Crime Scene Photography · Pennsylvania

John Irving Bentley’s spontaneous combustion (graphic)

December 5, 1966 Coudersport, Pennsylvania Dr. John Irving Bentley dies in the bathroom of his home, allegedly from spontaneous human combustion On the morning of December 5, a meter reader named Don Gosnell let himself in Dr. Bentley's home to read the meter as he was allowed to do owing to Dr. Bentley's infirmity. While… Continue reading John Irving Bentley’s spontaneous combustion (graphic)

Alabama · Executions

The Hole That Won’t Stay Filled

December 3, 1864 Newton, Alabama Methodist minister Bill Sketoe is hanged for betraying the Confederacy, and begins a local ghost story Sketoe had either deserting the Confederate Army or had aided pro-Union renegades (or possibly something else entirely) and was lynched for his betrayal. Because of his large frame, he bent the branch in which… Continue reading The Hole That Won’t Stay Filled

California · Crime Scene Photography · Newspaper clippings

Confessed murderer jumps to his death at fear of receiving a death penalty

November 30, 1942 Los Angeles, California Francis O'Toole jumps from a window to his death after pleading guilty to the murder of his common-law wife O'Toole has shot his common-law wife, Lillian White, to death after an argument on September 27. The fatal fight, as well as many before it, broke out because, in O'Toole's… Continue reading Confessed murderer jumps to his death at fear of receiving a death penalty