September 2, 1906 Near Davenport, Iowa A 30-year-old man murders a 17-year-old girl he was infatuated with, wounds her friend, then kills himself The girl, Grace Reed, was orphaned and had been living with her killer’s brother and his family for a few years before her murder. The murderer, Harry Drenter, had become obsessed with… Continue reading Man kills girl he was obsessed over, wounds her companion, and kills self
August 18, 1941 New York The bodies of 2 women are covered after a stampede caused by counterfeit ferry tickets The ferry meant to shuttle the patrons across the Hudson River was only capable of carrying 3,100 people. However, after admitting 1,400 on board it was discovered that nearly 5,000 awaited the journey. Thousands of… Continue reading Stampede caused by counterfeit ferry tickets leaves 3 dead and 60 injured
August 17, 1915 Marietta, Georgia Convicted murderer and rapist Leo Frank is forcibly removed from his cell and lynched 13-year-old Mary Phagan had left school at the age of 10 to work in factories to help support her widowed mother and five siblings. She earned an income of $0.10 an hour, working 55 hours a… Continue reading Innocent man lynched for the murder of a young teen
August 16, 1957 Chicago, Illinois 15-year-old Judith Mae Anderson disappears while walking home from a friend's house Anderson was last seen on August 16. Six days later, a 55-gallon drum (pictured) was discovered, containing the her body minus the head, right arm, and left hand. On August 24, a 5-gallon bucket with the missing remains… Continue reading Teenager murdered, dismembered
August 11, 1924 New South Wales, Australia Patrick Riley's mugshot is taken Riley was arrested for counterfeiting coins with a mold and sentenced to 2 years of hard labor.