Newspaper clippings · West Virginia · Wisconsin

Clippings: suicide by tearing “brains out through a bullet hole with a bit of wire”

From the Fairmont West Virginian Published February 8, 1906 A man committed suicide by pulling pieces of his brain out of a bullet hole he sustained during a robbery last summer. Before he could damage his brain enough to kill himself, he died from blood poisoning. He had previously tried suicide by poking at his… Continue reading Clippings: suicide by tearing “brains out through a bullet hole with a bit of wire”

Indiana · Newspaper clippings · Ohio

Clippings: a “gypsy curse” and a teen’s attempted suicide over broken elopement (1902)

From the Evening Times-Republican (Marshalltown, Iowa) Published February 3, 1902 An 11-year-old girl's slight against a fortune teller results in a "curse" being placed upon the girl, stating she will be murdered in 10 days. After 3 days, the girl could no longer take the anticipation and kills herself by drinking acid, probably carbolic acid… Continue reading Clippings: a “gypsy curse” and a teen’s attempted suicide over broken elopement (1902)

Female Killers · Missouri · Newspaper clippings · Ohio

Clippings (1909): woman killers; cold, fire, mule cause havok; actor dies on stage, acting skills praised

From the St. Louis  Post-Dispatch Published January 31, 1909 An article by a former chief of police mentions how deadly a woman with her mind set to killing can be. An unfortunate night for police and firefighters: 8 die from the cold while fighting a fire, 1 dies of smoke inhalation, and a police officer… Continue reading Clippings (1909): woman killers; cold, fire, mule cause havok; actor dies on stage, acting skills praised

Disasters · France

4 men, sewn in costumes, burn to death during party

January 28, 1393 Paris, France Several men, sewn into resin-soaked costumes to resemble shrubbery, are set on fire and are burned alive as "their flaming genitals dropping to the floor" At a masquerade, a suggestion was made for some high-ranking knights to be dressed as "wood savages," sewing them into costumes of linen soaked in… Continue reading 4 men, sewn in costumes, burn to death during party