England

Suspected killer found dead in cell after apparent suicide

December 28, 1811 Clerkenwell, London, England Suspected murderer John Williams is found hanged in his cell Williams, alias John Murphy, was suspected of killing seven in two separate attacks. The first, carried out December 7, 1811, involved the murders of Timothy and Celia Marr, their 14-week-old son, and apprentice James Gowan in the Marrs’ shop.… Continue reading Suspected killer found dead in cell after apparent suicide

California

Actress kills self rather than seek an abortion when the child’s father refuses to marry her

December 14, 1944 Los Angeles, California Actress Lupe Vélez dies from an intentional overdose of sleeping pills Vélez was four months pregnant at the time of her suicide. She left behind two suicide notes, one to her former lover and father of her child Harald Ramond, and the to her secretary and close friend Beulah… Continue reading Actress kills self rather than seek an abortion when the child’s father refuses to marry her

Texas

Man kills self by tearing off head in while driving

December 5, 2014 Dallas, Texas A man kills himself by decapitation during a public suicide Witnesses saw the man write the phrases “no codigo” (“no code” in Spanish) and “CODBO” on the side of his van in what is considered to be a suicide note before typing a rope around a fire hydrant and his… Continue reading Man kills self by tearing off head in while driving

Maine · Newspaper clippings

Brothers who remained inseparable in life hang themselves to die inseparable as well

September 26, 1922 Gorham, Maine The bodies of two men are found hanging in a tree in a suspected double suicide The men, Charles and James Westervelt, were identified the day following their discovery, after initials were found on their clothing and traced back to a clothing store and laundry service. The men were from… Continue reading Brothers who remained inseparable in life hang themselves to die inseparable as well

Disasters · Florida · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania · Vermont

Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches

August 27, 1934 The Evening News (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania) runs several stories of misfortune The stories (clippings below) are: Two girls under the age of three died in a barn fire after their older brother (4) ignited hay while playing with matches. A boy (6) watching a steam shovel excavate was killed when the scoop accidentally… Continue reading Several cases of misfortune, including a hornet-assisted suicide and two babies burned after brother plays with matches