Illinois · Newspaper clippings

Teenager steals car, accidentally kills man after hitting man’s car

August 15, 1958 Chicago, Illinois A 14-year-old accidentally kills a man after stealing a car The teen had come across an empty vehicle and impulsively stole it for a joyride. The boy, James L. Moore, struck another vehicle belonging to Sebastian Wiedemer. When Wiedemer exited his car to assess the damage, Moore reversed the stolen… Continue reading Teenager steals car, accidentally kills man after hitting man’s car

Crime Scene Photography · Disasters · Massachusetts

Fog causes plane to strike seawall, killing 89

July 31, 1973 Boston, Massachusetts Delta Airlines Flight 723 crashes, killing all 89 occupants Weather conditions including fog, as well as a controller busy handling a potential collision between 2 other aircrafts, were the main causes for the fatal crash. While attempting to land, Flight 723 struck a seawall which demolished the craft. Two of… Continue reading Fog causes plane to strike seawall, killing 89

Disasters · Malaysia

Bridge collapses from overcrowding, kills 32 and wounds over 1,000

July 31, 1988 Penang, Malaysia The Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal bridge collapses, killing 32 and injuring 1,634 The collapse was blamed on extreme overcrowding. The terminal was built in 1956 and was not designed to withstand the force of the over 10,000 people attempting to use the bridge and ferries. The influx of visitors… Continue reading Bridge collapses from overcrowding, kills 32 and wounds over 1,000

Disasters · New York

Plane crashes into Empire State Building; woman falls down elevator shaft — twice — and survives

July 28, 1945 Manhattan, New York A B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building, killing all 3 crew members of the plane and 11 others in the building The airplane had been on a routine transport mission when a thick fog impaired the pilot's visibility causing the plane to hit the Empire State Building's… Continue reading Plane crashes into Empire State Building; woman falls down elevator shaft — twice — and survives

California · Disasters

Two children drown while playing at dam

July 27, 1947 Hansen Dam, Los Angeles, California Siblings Patricia and Raymond Thomas accidentally drown during a family picnic trip Patricia (6) and Raymond (9) were allowed by their father, John M. Thomas, to wade in the water after testing the depth. While the children played, the parents and other relatives prepared lunch and called… Continue reading Two children drown while playing at dam