May 24, 1905 San Rafael, California A man kills his wife, five children whose ages range from 14 months to 13 years, and himself The killer, Edwin Stevens, left no suicide note so the motive behind the murders is unclear. Each victim was shot in bed. Two of the children managed to survive until police… Continue reading Man kills wife, 5 children, self, motive unclear (1905)
May 23, 1962 Boston, Massachusetts A team of doctors successfully reattach a boy’s severed arm, the first known successful procedure of reattaching a completely-severed limb Everett Knowles (12) had decided to try train hopping — the act of jumping into or onto a car of a moving train — “just once.” The practice had become… Continue reading Boy’s severed arm reattached, the first recorded successful reattachment of a completely severed arm
May 23, 1918 New Orleans, Louisiana The first of several murders attributed to The Axeman of New Orleans are committed The Axeman’s career officially spanned from May 23, 1918 to October 27, 1919, beginning with the murders of Joseph and Catherine Maggio. The Maggios were attacked in their sleep, their throats sliced then their heads… Continue reading The Axeman of New Orleans’ first murder
May 22, 1937 Jersey City, New Jersey During trial, Gladys MacKnight (17) accuses her ex-boyfriend of killing her mother with a hatchet According to the younger MacKnight, her 18-year-old boyfriend Donald Wightman bashed Mrs. MacKnight over the head with a hatchet after she attacked the couple with a knife for hugging and kissing in her… Continue reading Girl testifies former boyfriend killed her mother after she discovered the couple kissing
From The Washington Times (Washington DC; top) and The Selma Times-Journal (Selma, Alabama; bottom) Both published May 20, 1922 Famed author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the subject of journalistic ire with his claims of spiritual photography and paranormal studies of ectoplasm.