Author Archives: Megan

A Murder on Halloween

It was late on Halloween night of 1957 in Los Angeles.  Beauty shop owner, Peter Fabiano and his wife, Betty were turning out all the lights in their home to go to bed for the night when their doorbell rang.  Mr. … Continue reading

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Murderer Sentenced to Hang Walks Away a Free Man

Frank L. Dinsmore spent only 19 years in the Nebraska State Penitentiary after being found guilty for the murder of his wife and his roommate. Apart from murder, this case includes adultery, claims of hypnotic powers, a failed attempt on Dinsmore’s … Continue reading

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Missing Boy Found…Or Was He?

Bobby Dunbar was a four year old boy from Louisiana who disappeared on a fishing trip while with his family in 1912.  After months of searching, detectives believed they had found the boy and returned him to his parents.  Years … Continue reading

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What Was the Fate of the Five Sodder Children?

On Christmas Eve of 1945 in Fayetteville, West Virginia, George and Jennie Sodder had been celebrating the Christmas season with nine of their ten children.  Their son, Joe, was away in the Army.  As the night grew later George retired … Continue reading

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The Disappearance of Jean Elizabeth Spangler

Jean Elizabeth Spangler was born in Seattle, Washington on September 2, 1923 and was an American dancer, model, and bit-part actress in Hollywood films and early television.  She mysteriously disappeared on October 7, 1949 at the age of 26. Spangler … Continue reading

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AMY ARCHER-GILLIGAN, NURSING HOME KILLER

“Sister” Amy Duggan Archer-Gilligan was born in Milton, Connecticut October of 1868.  She was the owner of a nursing home and a serial killer.  She was proven to have murdered at least five people, possibly many more. Amy was the … Continue reading

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6 Year Old Tried for Murder

In Paintsville, a small eastern coal-mining town in Kentucky, Carl Newton Mahan became the youngest person ever tried for murder. On May 18, 1929 Carl, age 6 and his friend Cecil Van Hoose, age 8, found a scrap of iron … Continue reading

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Serial Killer H.H. Holmes

Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, was born May 16, 1861 in Gilmanton, New Hampshire.  He was one of the first recorded American serial killers. Mudgett had a difficult childhood, growing up with a violent alcoholic … Continue reading

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Frankie Silver Murders Husband in 1831

Frances “Frankie” Silver was born in 1815.  She was hung in Morganton North Carolina on July 12, 1833 for killing and dimembering her husband, Charlie Silver.  She was only 18 years old at the time of her death. Frankie married … Continue reading

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Lawson Family Murders

Charles Davis Lawson was a tobacco farmer from Stokes County North Carolina.  He owned a farm on Brook Cove Road near Germantown.  He lived there with his wife, Fannie (37), and their seven children: Marie (17) Arthur (16) Carrie (12) … Continue reading

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