“But you’re stabbed, don’t you know.”

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Little MurdersOn Wednesday evening, October 1, 1888, Brundage H. Welton, a well-known insurance man, was standing in Wilcox Brother’s cigar store in Bainbridge, New York, when a young man came into the store, walked up to Welton and punched him i

2016-03-29 12:42:43  

Love and Arsenic.

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Little MurdersElizabeth RaganAs Arthur Ragan lay dying of a stomach ailment, in Piqua, Ohio, on April 3, 1855, his wife, Elizabeth took the physician aside and told him she believed her husband had poisoned himself. She said she thought the cream

2016-03-27 09:04:04  

Cup of Affliction.

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If Mary Runkle was to be believed, she lived a life of sorrow, made all the worse by false accusations. Her “cup of affliction,” was filled with tragic deaths of three of her children and the suspicion that she was responsible. When her husband J

2016-03-12 13:02:18  

Caught in Bad Company.

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Little MurdersLuke Dimick was a successful livery stable keeper in Rock Island, Illinois, and the son of a wealthy Chicago real estate man. To all appearance, Luke seemed like an ideal husband, but he had one fault that his wife could not abide—

2016-03-05 09:19:55  

Murderous Missouri.

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The “Show Me State” has been the scene of quite a few sensational murders, including three that inspired memorable songs.Love and Law. - 1874 The tragic love affair between Charles Kring and Dora Broemser ended in one maddened instant—he asked he

2016-02-28 09:09:24  

A Mystery in Pittsburgh.

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Little MurdersPolice Lieutenant Snyder, walking down Frankstown Avenue in Pittsburgh’s East End, around one a.m. on January 8, 1889, heard a gunshot from the house of Albert Davis, a well-known African American restaurant owner. The Lieutenant fo

2016-02-20 11:49:10  

The Kiss of Death.

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Little MurdersFrank Sharon, a young barber in Fall River, Massachusetts had some difficulty with his wife in December 1881, which resulted in his arrest. After his release, he went home and entered the room where his wife, and mother of his three

2016-02-20 09:44:13  

Little Conestoga Creek.

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The discovery of the murdered body of Mrs. Mary Dellinger led to the very public airing of her family’s dirty laundry. Calvin Dellinger was a philanderer, an abusive husband, and a sadistic father, but was he a killer as well?Read more »

2016-02-13 08:53:17  

Jack the Ripper in St. Louis.

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(From Salt Lake Tribune , January 10, 1889)The Whitechapel Murderer.St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 8.—A thorough scare exists in the worst haunts of vice in St. Louis to-night over a letter received today by chief of Police Huebler. The writer cl

2016-01-30 07:56:14  

A New Jersey Mystery.

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Little MurdersThe body of Francisco Avidois was found lying among the cat-tails in the meadows outside East Newark, New Jersey, on September 8, 1889. His throat had been cut to the bone, and he had been shot three times by a .32 caliber revolver,

2016-01-23 09:51:37  

Illicit Infatuation.

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On the surface, George and Fanny Crozier were a well-bred, churchgoing couple in a happy and stable marriage. But not too far beneath the surface, George’s “illicit infatuation” with 18-year-old Minerva Dutcher, had long been the subject of rumor

2016-01-16 09:37:41  

The Elmira Tragedy.

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Little MurdersTwo boys playing near a bridge at Carr’s Corners outside of Elmira, New York on Sunday, January 6, 1884 found the body of a young woman frozen in the snow under the bridge. The coroner determined that the woman had been murdered, ca

2016-01-09 10:54:52  

Murderous Chicago.

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Referring to an 1889 book entitled The Crime of the Century or, The Assassination of Dr. Patrick Henry Cronin, noted crime writer Edmund Pearson remarked, “…anyone with the faintest knowledge of Chicago will remember that that city has a Crime of

2016-01-09 10:28:40  

Shot His Father.

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Little Murders(From National Police Gazette, January 29, 1888)Shot His Father.William Howell, of Ashland, Ky., 17 years old, shot and killed his father, John Howell, on Saturday. John Howell served a term of years in the penitentiary, a

2015-12-30 10:21:05  

The Hawkins Matricide.

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Little MurdersIslip was a quiet little town on the southern shore of Long Island, populated by the families of seafaring men and summer visitors from New York, escaping the noise and bustle of the city. The town had no saloons and had did not hav

2015-12-27 10:26:51  

The Notorious Mrs. Clem.

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The sensational murders of successful businessman, Jacob Young and his wife in Indianapolis, in 1868, exposed a web of financial fraud involving some of the most influential men in the city. Circumstantial evidence soon pointed to Mrs. Nancy E. C

2015-12-20 11:40:14  

Murder of a School Mate by Two Girls.

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Little Murders(From Sun,  Baltimore, Maryland, December 25, 1879)Murder of a School Mate by Two Girls.Cincinnati, Dec. 24. –A dispatch to the Enquirer, from Hogerstown, Ind., states that a murder, which occurred near a country schoolhou

2015-12-12 12:47:20  

Murdered in Court.

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Little MurdersA bitter rivalry between two Ashland, Ohio newspapers turned bloody in a Cleveland courtroom on October 30, 1887. The details of the lawsuit have been overshadowed by subsequent events in the courtroom, but C. D. Mason, the editor o

2015-12-06 19:11:33  

Little Mary Mohrman.

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In 1868, Mrs. Mohrman, a widowed mother, lived with her five daughters, on Orkney Street in Philadelphia. The youngest girl, Mary, was a favorite of everyone in the neighborhood. “Little Mary Mohrman,” as she was known by all, was described as “o

2015-12-06 19:11:09  

Transitory Frenzy.

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Little MurdersCharles E. Henry came to Denver, Colorado, determined to live the fast life. The ambitious nineteen-year-old left his home in London, Ontario, in 1887 after winning $5,000 in the Louisiana lottery. He planned to use his winnings as

2015-11-21 15:42:55  

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