Iowa · Newspaper clippings

Vintage crime: 14-year-old beats mother to death for slapping him (1930)

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)

England · Female Killers · France · Newspaper clippings

The Illustrated Police News: July 19, 1890

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

California · Executions · Famous Last Words

FLW: Make it snappy

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