India · Religion

Girl murdered and mutilated, allegedly to please goddess for good harvest

October 21, 2011 Jailwara, Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh, India 7-year-old Lalita Tati (pictured) is kidnapped, murdered, and mutilated, allegedly by two desperate farmers who sacrificed her for a better harvest Lalita was abducted as she walked home after leaving a neighbor's house. It is suspected that Lalita was targeted because her alleged killers, Ignesh Kujur and… Continue reading Girl murdered and mutilated, allegedly to please goddess for good harvest

Colorado · Newspaper clippings

Man who had been hiding in attic for weeks kills friend, “haunts” house for 9 more months

October 17, 1941 Denver, Colorado Theodore Coneys, later called the “Denver Spider Man,” kills 73-year-old Philip Peters after being caught stealing from Peters’ ice box Coneys had fallen on hard times and was desperate for food. He and Peters had been friends and Coneys visited his home in hopes of being invited to dinner as… Continue reading Man who had been hiding in attic for weeks kills friend, “haunts” house for 9 more months

Oklahoma

Robber killed during shootout, spends next 60 years as a carnival attraction and haunted house prop

October 7, 1911 Osage Hills, Oklahoma Bank robber Elmer McCurdy is killed during a shootout, his body eventually becoming a prop in a haunted house McCurdy and his gang intended to rob a train carrying a $400,000 (roughly $10.5 million in 2018) royalty payment to the Osage Nation, but they attacked the wrong train; the… Continue reading Robber killed during shootout, spends next 60 years as a carnival attraction and haunted house prop

Colorado · Newspaper clippings

“Miracle Mike,” the chicken who lived 18 months without a head

September 10, 1945 Fruita, Colorado A chicken intended to be eaten survives being beheaded, lives for another 18 months The chicken, later called “Miracle Mike” or “Mike the Headless Chicken,” was 5-and-a-half months old when he was selected to be butchered. The swing of the axe meant to end his life removed most of his… Continue reading “Miracle Mike,” the chicken who lived 18 months without a head

England · Newspaper clippings

Man assassinated by poisoned umbrella

September 7, 1978 London, England Georgi Ivanov Markov (Георги Иванов Марков) is struck in the leg with a poisoned pellet, leading to his death four days later Markov had defected from his home, the People’s Republic of Bulgaria, and became an outspoken critic of the country’s regime. On September 7, as he walked across Waterloo… Continue reading Man assassinated by poisoned umbrella