Disasters · Massacres/Mass Murder · New York

Happy Land Social Club Fire, set by man angry at his ex, kills 87

March 25, 1990 Bronx, New York 87 people die and 6 are injured in a fire set intentionally by a jealous ex-boyfriend at an illegally-operating night club Happy Land had been ordered to close in 1988 due to a lack of sufficient sprinklers and fire exits. Additionally, the club had blocked the few fire exits… Continue reading Happy Land Social Club Fire, set by man angry at his ex, kills 87

Crime Scene Photography · Disasters · New York

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

March 25, 1911 New York, New York A fire breaks out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, killing 146 and injuring 71 The fire was determined not to have been set intentionally despite the "moral hazard" the factory demonstrated; shirtwaists, a type of women's blouse, had fallen out of fashion, insurance policies had been taken out… Continue reading Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Crime Scene Photography · Disasters · Ohio · School Violence

The Collinwood school fire

March 4, 1908 Collinwood, Ohio The Lake View School catches fire resulting in the deaths of 173 students and 2 teachers The fire’s cause is still considered of unknown origin, though several theories were considered. Officially, the coroner noted the fire was started by heating pipes, which ran adjacent to exposed wooden beams, ignited the… Continue reading The Collinwood school fire

California · Massacres/Mass Murder

Father kills wife, 6 kids

February 6, 1996 Glendale, California Jorjik Avanesian kills his wife Turan and their 6 children by setting their one-room apartment on fire Jorjik set fire to the apartment, allegedly because his wife and eldest daughters had been using drugs which made them promiscuous. When investigators searched the remains of the apartment, they found 4 bodies… Continue reading Father kills wife, 6 kids

Disasters · France

4 men, sewn in costumes, burn to death during party

January 28, 1393 Paris, France Several men, sewn into resin-soaked costumes to resemble shrubbery, are set on fire and are burned alive as "their flaming genitals dropping to the floor" At a masquerade, a suggestion was made for some high-ranking knights to be dressed as "wood savages," sewing them into costumes of linen soaked in… Continue reading 4 men, sewn in costumes, burn to death during party