Body of robbery victim found floating in river

March 12, 1872 Sydney, New South Wales The body of John Bridger (pictured) is found floating in the Parramatta River As a laborer rowed down the river, he spotted something floating in the water. As he drew closer he discovered it was a decomposing body and notified the authorities. The corpse had been weighed down…

Man beats two women to death with axe during robbery

March 5, 1873 Smutty Nose Island (now spelled Smuttynose), Maine Two women are beaten to death with an axe while a third manages to escape On the evening of March 5, 1873, John Hontvet, his brother Matthew Hontvet, and John’s wife’s brother Ivan Christenson left their home to go fishing and trapping. A man known…

Unsolved: two students who attended school during the Columbine shooting are killed during a robbery

February 14, 2000 Littleton, Colorado Nick Kunselman (15) and Stephanie Hart-Grizzell (16) are shot to death Kunselman and Hart-Grizzell (pictured) were dating at the time of their murders, and both were students of the nearby Columbine High School, which had infamously been the stage of a school shooting the previous April. On Valentine’s night, Kunselman…

Rebel Without a Cause actor killed during robbery

February 12, 1976 West Hollywood, California  Actor Sal Mineo is killed during a robbery attempt Mineo had appeared in films including Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus in his younger years, but as his boyish good looks faded, so did his career. He also was one of the first actors to openly come out, coming…

FLW: Whisky killer

Famous Last Words Henry Dickerson New Orleans, Louisiana September 7, 1883 "You young saints and sinners, take warning and let whisky alone. It was whisky that brought me here. I did not kill the man, it was whisky; but I am come here now, and God has pardoned me. My way is clear before me.…