Graves · Texas

Sick man dies on man’s lawn, is buried as a Stranger

October 4, 1867 Texas A sick man wanders onto the lawn of J. S. Donaldson and dies before being able to reveal his name Without a name, the man’s family could not be notified to lay his body to rest. It’s likely the community or Donaldson paid to have the stranger buried and to erect… Continue reading Sick man dies on man’s lawn, is buried as a Stranger

California

Woman dies of ruptured bladder, thought by some to have been killed during sexual assault

September 9, 1921 San Francisco, California Actress Virginia Rappe dies of a ruptured bladder and peritonitis Rappe had attended a party on September 5 with various other celebrities including Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. During the evening, the guests became drunk (despite the party occurring during the Prohibition), and Rappe reportedly began stripping after complaining she could… Continue reading Woman dies of ruptured bladder, thought by some to have been killed during sexual assault

California · Crime Scene Photography

Director found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, though some suspect murder

September 5, 1932 Beverly Hills, California Paul Bern dies in an apparent suicide Bern was an acclaimed Hollywood director, screenwriter, and producer. He also had a live-in common-law wife, Dorothy Millette, before she was committed to a sanitarium for various mental and emotional illnesses. Bern later met actress Jean Harlow at a movie premiere in… Continue reading Director found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, though some suspect murder

Louisiana

4-year-old disappears, “found” in another state

August 23, 1912 St. Landry Parish, Louisiana 4-year-old Bobby Dunbar disappears during a trip, later sparking a mystery solved nearly 100 years later Bobby’s family had been on a fishing trip when the boy disappeared. His parents frantically looked for him before calling police when their own search turned up nothing. Authorities dissected alligators in… Continue reading 4-year-old disappears, “found” in another state

Newspaper clippings · Washington

Mysterious clear jelly blobs rain from sky, kill kitten

August 7, 1994 Oakville, Washington Gelatinous blobs containing human white blood cells falls from the sky The translucent, gelatinous pieces reportedly rained on and near the home of Sunny Barclift twice in as many weeks. Barclift, her mother Dotty Hearn, and a new kitten were all struck with illnesses after coming in contact with the… Continue reading Mysterious clear jelly blobs rain from sky, kill kitten