West Virginia

Five children are killed or disappear after house fire

December 24, 1945 Fayetteville, West Virginia Five children from the Sodder family die in or disappear following a house fire On Christmas Eve, George and Jennie Sodder awoke to find their home engulfed in flames. They brought their 2-year-old daughter Sylvia, whose crib was in her parents’ room, from the house, and three other children… Continue reading Five children are killed or disappear after house fire

Newspaper clippings · Virginia

Unknown person gasses first of several houses

December 22, 1933 Haymakertown, Virginia A “mad gasser” attacks the first of several houses The gasser attacked the home of Cal Huffman late on the evening of December 22. A strange smell permeated the home on three separate occasions during the night, the last of which was strong enough to nauseate seven of the eight… Continue reading Unknown person gasses first of several houses

Virginia

Woman kills self in cemetery next to small Christmas tree, leaves suicide note signed “Jane Doe”

December 18, 1996 Annandale, Virginia The body of an unidentified woman is found in a cemetery The woman, who is approximated to have been in her late 50s or early 60s, was found by a groundskeeper in a section of the cemetery designated for deceased infants. She had laid a clear sheet on the ground,… Continue reading Woman kills self in cemetery next to small Christmas tree, leaves suicide note signed “Jane Doe”

Pennsylvania

Severed, embalmed head of woman, with rubber balls in place of eyes, found by teen

December 12, 2014 Economy, Pennsylvania The severed, embalmed head of an unidentified woman is found by a teenager The victim is approximated to have been around 50 years old at the time of her death; a toxicology report determined she had been taking heart medication for some time leading to her death, suggesting she died… Continue reading Severed, embalmed head of woman, with rubber balls in place of eyes, found by teen

Crime Scene Photography · Illinois

Man with connections to Al Capone gunned down as he drives

November 8, 1939 Chicago, Illinois Lawyer and racetrack operator Edward J. “Easy Eddie” O’Hare is fatally shot by unidentified men while driving O’Hare’s assassination occurred a week before mob boss Al Capone was released from Alcatraz. The two were in business together, running dog- and horse-tracks, and O’Hare had represented Capone in court in the… Continue reading Man with connections to Al Capone gunned down as he drives