The Illustrated Police News: attacking octopus

October 17, 1896 The Illustrated Police News publishes a story about a group of bathing ladies being attacked by an octopus The story accompanying the illustration relates an account of bathers in America being grabbed by an octopus, an animal which the artist of the illustration had apparently never seen. The startled women screamed, alarming…

The Illustrated Police News: an execution; man watches as sharks eat the bodies of his wife and children; man kills children, self after losing job; a bee attack leads to death of woman

The Illustrated Police News Published August 27, 1887 The stories in this issue include: * The execution of Israel Lipski, hanged for the murder of a 6-months-pregnant woman named Miriam Angel who was killed by forcing her to drink aqua fortis (nitric acid). Lipski was found under the bed where Angel’s body rested, with acid…

The Illustrated Police News: “peeping tom” thrown into bath after being discovered; six nuns buried under debris of collapsed convent

Cover of The Illustrated Police News Published August 5, 1899 A man caught spying on female bathers was thrown into the bath and left “a sadder, wetter, wiser man.” Another article mentioned on the cover involves six nuns being buried alive, though “buried alive” is an optimistic approach to the story; the nuns’ “shockingly mutilated”…

The Illustrated Police News: July 19, 1890

From The Illustrated Police News Published June 19, 1890 The Illustrated Police News published interesting, sensational, and often exaggerated or fabricated news from 1864 to 1938. Its signature was an illustrated cover designed to attract readers. From left to right, top to bottom: A husband and wife duo, John and Mary Jane Duckworth Pickavance, shot…