August 3, 1951 Nottingham, East Highlands, England 19-year-old Herbert Leonard Mills bludgeons and strangles Mabel Tattershaw (47) to prove he could commit a "perfect murder" Mills had met his victim the day before the murder. They scheduled to meet August 3 where Mills led Tattershaw to a secluded area, beat her head repeatedly, strangled her,… Continue reading Man beats, strangles woman to death to prove himself capable of the “perfect murder”
From The Chicago Daily Tribune July 25, 1896 A story appears concerning an apparent suicide note held within a glass bottle signed by a Harry Svensgaard. The following day, The Saint Paul Globe published a follow-up story, revealing the supposed suicide note was a hoax, either meant to be a joke or a malicious rumor.
July 20, 1881 Erie, Pennsylvania 7-year-old Mamie Anthony was crushed by a one-ton, red-hot piece of metal while taking food to her uncle at a forge. Clipping: The Saint Paul Globe. July 21, 1881
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)
July 18, 1890 The Carolina Banner (Tarboro, North Carolina) runs an article with several tidbits of various misfortunes The article was too long to replicate without compression issues. Instead, here are some of the more interesting bits quoted from the newspaper. Any additional information I could find is added in parentheses. As the stories are… Continue reading Vintage crime collection: 9 stories of misfortune