July 20, 1921 Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Hampton Hirscham, Cornelius Joseph Kevin, William Thomas O'Brien, and James O'Brien are arrested for robbing a bookie's house William Thomas O'Brien was not prosecuted, and the other 3 were sentenced to 15 months in jail. [Source]
From multiple sources published July 19, 1930 Lester Mohr (14), under the influence of "near beer [low alcohol beer] and pop 'spiked' with alcohol," beat his mother with his fists, bricks, and a poker, managed to wedge her head between a tree and a fence, beat her more, then returned to shoot her with a… Continue reading Vintage crime: 14-year-old beats mother to death for slapping him (1930)
From The Illustrated Police News Published June 19, 1890 The Illustrated Police News published interesting, sensational, and often exaggerated or fabricated news from 1864 to 1938. Its signature was an illustrated cover designed to attract readers. From left to right, top to bottom: A husband and wife duo, John and Mary Jane Duckworth Pickavance, shot… Continue reading The Illustrated Police News: July 19, 1890
Famous Last Words Charles H. Simpson San Quentin, California o July 17, 1931 "Make it snappy, boys." 18-year-old Simpson, nicknamed the "torch slayer" by the newspapers, was executed for the February 16, 1931 robbery and murder of an elderly family friend. Albina Voorhies ran a shop and had locked up for the night, which Simpson… Continue reading FLW: Make it snappy
July 17, 1942 Los Angeles, California Coy Townsend kills his friend George McNeal, critically wounds his estranged wife, and commits suicide Clipping: The Bakersfield Californian, July 18, 1942 Warning: the following images may be considered graphic . . . . . .