Crime Scene Photography · Mississippi · Racially Motivated

Three civil rights activists murdered by white supremacists

June 21, 1964 Philadelphia, Mississippi Three civil rights workers are murdered by white supremacists The activists (pictured left to right: Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael Henry Schwerner) had visited Meridian, Mississippi to speak with members of a recently burned church, and were on a campaign to encourage the black community to vote. The… Continue reading Three civil rights activists murdered by white supremacists

Connecticut · Newspaper clippings

Man kicks wife, throws children from cliff in front of a crowd of horrified spectators

June 21, 1930 New Haven, Connecticut A man throws his wife and four children from a cliff before jumping to his own death Raymond Sprang had been confined to the veteran’s hospital after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder (at the time referred to as “manic depression”). He escaped but explained to his family he had… Continue reading Man kicks wife, throws children from cliff in front of a crowd of horrified spectators

Female Killers · Massacres/Mass Murder · Texas

Mother suffering from diagnosed postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis drowns 5 children to save their souls

June 20, 2001 Houston, Texas Andrea Yates drowns her 5 children to supposedly save their souls from Satan Andrea, who had 5 children in a 7 year timespan, was suffering from postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis. She became depressed after her fourth child; she was found shaking and chewing her fingertips on June 16, 1999… Continue reading Mother suffering from diagnosed postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis drowns 5 children to save their souls

California · Crime Scene Photography

The murder of Bugsy Siegel

June 20, 1947 Beverly Hills, California Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel is shot to death at his girlfriend's house Siegel, a mobster and one of those behind Las Vegas' success, had been reading a newspaper when an unknown assailant fired a .30 caliber M1 carbine through a window, striking Siegel several times. Popular folklore based on the… Continue reading The murder of Bugsy Siegel

Executions · Newspaper clippings · Utah

Man executed for killing five in a “wild orgy of death,” sticks out tongue in lieu of a final statement

June 19, 1944 Utah Austin Cox is executed by firing squad for killing five people in a "wild orgy of death" Cox had flown into a jealous rage upon hearing of his ex-wife's new residence. (The couple had been married for only seven weeks and had recently divorced after she accused him of battery and… Continue reading Man executed for killing five in a “wild orgy of death,” sticks out tongue in lieu of a final statement