August 15, 1958 Chicago, Illinois A 14-year-old accidentally kills a man after stealing a car The teen had come across an empty vehicle and impulsively stole it for a joyride. The boy, James L. Moore, struck another vehicle belonging to Sebastian Wiedemer. When Wiedemer exited his car to assess the damage, Moore reversed the stolen… Continue reading Teenager steals car, accidentally kills man after hitting man’s car
August 14, 1902 Near Irondale, Missouri A man looking for scrap wood finds a baby in a valise who had been thrown from a train William Helms (72) was constructing a barn and needed additional scrap lumber. He visited a riverbank near a railroad trestle and noticed a valise (a small suitcase). As he approached… Continue reading Newborn rescued after being packed in suitcase, thrown from train
From The Daily Notes (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) Published August 12, 1931 An unnamed teenage girl with a history of self-mutilation (she had previously pulled out three of her own teeth) tore both of her eyes from their sockets. I attempted to find out more information about her name or other incidents but without luck.
August 4, 1881 New York A police officer interrupts a child’s funeral procession, breaking open the coffin, and pulling the boy’s corpse out The child, names as Robert Williams by the Harrisburg Daily Independent (Aug 5, 1881), was pulled from the coffin by Jeremiah O’Connor who later identified himself as a police officer. Also according… Continue reading Man stops child’s funeral procession, pulls body from coffin
August 3, 1960 Rangeley, Maine A man testing his robotic monster in cold-climate conditions in a restaurant’s freezer scares a waitress and 25 patrons The monster was created for a traveling horror show called “Terrors of the Unknown” led by Dr. Evil. The traveling show also featured acts including “The Mummy-King Kong” and a woman… Continue reading Monster robot kept in refrigerator scares waitress, patrons