Man fatally shot after being mistaken for ghost

January 3, 1804Hammersmith, London, EnglandThomas Millwood (22) is shot after he is mistaken for a ghost For five weeks before Millwood’s death, the Hammersmith area had been seemingly plagued by a malevolent ghost. During one incident, a woman watched the ghost “rise from the tombstones.” The sighting scared her to the point she fainted and…

Child dies of burns after Halloween costume ignites; elderly man breaks neck attempting to kick a black cat

November 5, 1920Minneapolis, Minnesota7-year-old Betty Jones dies from injuries a week after her Halloween costume ignited Jones and a group of 25 other children visited a neighbor’s home for Halloween activities. Jones had a paper costume over her regular attire and, while the children played by casting shadows on the wall produced by candlelight, Jones’…

Three women are exhumed under suspicion of being vampires

March 17, 1892 Exeter, Rhode Island The bodies of Mary Eliza, Mary Olive, and Mercy Brown are exhumed under the belief one or multiple of the deceased were vampires At the time of the exhumation, local superstition held consumption (tuberculosis) was not a medical disease but rather a symptom of a vampire. The Brown family’s…

Cologne Massacre

August 24, 1349 Cologne, Germany Approximately 6,000 Jews accused of bringing the Black Death to the area and are burned at the stake On the night of Saint Bartholomew, the pogrom later called the "Slaughter of the Jews" took place. A riotous mob entered the Jewish quarter intent on eradicating who, they thought, brought the…