Disasters · Russia

Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s fatal crash after being sent to space in a dangerously shoddy vessel

April 24, 1967 Orenburg Oblast, Soviet Union Cosmonaut Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov (Влади́мир Миха́йлович Комаро́в) is killed when returning to Earth during a space flight Komarov knew the space capsule he was to use was unsafe, as did his friend, fellow cosmonaut, and first man in space Yuri Gagarin. Gagarin and a team of technicians found… Continue reading Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov’s fatal crash after being sent to space in a dangerously shoddy vessel

Female Killers · Minnesota

Toddler murdered by abusive adoptive mother

April 11, 1965 White Bear Lake, Minnesota Three-year-old Dennis Jurgens is murdered by his adoptive mother Adopted just after his first birthday, Dennis suffered years of abuse at the hands of his adoptive mother, Lois Jurgens. Lois had had a history of mental illnesses — including depression and psychosis — and was originally deemed unfit… Continue reading Toddler murdered by abusive adoptive mother

Nevada · Newspaper clippings

Sonja McCaskie’s murder and dismemberment by high school student

April 5, 1963 Reno, Nevada Olympic skier Sonja McCaskie is strangled, raped, mutilated, and dismembered by an 18-year-old A babysitter caring for McCaskie’s 10-month-old son called police when she failed to come by for the infant. Officers were greeted by McCaskie's heart near the front door before they found her nude, headless body crammed in… Continue reading Sonja McCaskie’s murder and dismemberment by high school student