Blog Profile / Historical True Crime Stories

Filed Under:News / Crime
Posts on Regator:125
Posts / Week:0.8
Archived Since:March 9, 2015

Blog Post Archive

New Book: Bobby BlueJacket, The Tribe, The Joint, The Tulsa Underworld

From HCD: The biography of Native American Bobby BlueJacket, a safecracker & killer who redeemed himself inside and out of prison, will go on sale in February, 2018.  The book, Bobby BlueJacket: The Tribe, The  Joint, The Tulsa Underword, is available for preorder from the publisher, First to Knock. Author Michael P. Daley, was kind […]

The Murder of Judge Chillingworth and his Wife, 1955, as Detailed in a New Book, Grim Justice

In the early morning hours of June 15, 1955, Judge Curtis Chillingworth and his wife Marjorie were snatched from their beachfront home in Palm Beach County, Florida and were never seen again. Curtis E. Chillingworth was born to an upper-class family in 1896. His grandfather had moved down from New York and served as sheriff. […]

Vintage Detective Story: Mrs. Evelyn Romadka’s Scandalous Downfall, 1907

Story Summary: The high-society wife of a millionaire trunk manufacturer undergoes an unspecified operation, which alters her personality (or so it is claimed). In 1907 she runs away to Chicago where she falls in love with a black man. To keep him happy, she works as a maid for a string of wealthy Chicago families. […]

Mug Shot Monday: Robert Edward Stansbury, 1963-1982

Lenient Sentences for Serial-Rapist and Molester Lead to More Crimes DNA Connected Stansbury to 1974 Murder Seven Years After He Died in Prison In the summer of 1974, twenty-nine-year old Barbara Hall was found dead near a horse trail in the San Dimas/Claremont area near Pomona, California. Her life was tragically ended at the hands […]

Charleston’s Most Inhospitable Hosts: The Story of John and Lavinia Fisher

  Guest Post by Harry Parsons, Content Manager, Arcadia Publishing We all know the horror film trope: the motel, the inn, the guesthouse at the side of the road that is, for some reason, curiously empty. The friendly, welcoming, eager proprietors who usher you in and tell you to make yourself at home, but somehow […]

Vintage Detective Story: The Stackhouse Case, 1916

Story by A. ANDERSON (Private Detective), Principal Southern Detective Agency, Tampa, Florida, (formerly with Scotland Yard, London, England), and, Dalton O’Sullivan, Detective and Author of Enemies of the Underworld, 1917.   Early in April of the year 1916, I was summoned to Boca Grande by the president of the C. H. & N. railroad. The […]

Mug Shot Monday! FBI’s Second Longest Most Wanted Fugitive Found Buried in Wife’s Backyard, Died of Natural Causes in 1999

  On August 4, 1980, forty-nine-year-old Donald Eugene Webb, a career criminal and associate of the Patriarca Crime Family was in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, preparing to rob a jewelry store when he was stopped by the local police chief during a routine traffic stop. Summary of Crime from Gregory B. Adams, a 31-year-old police chief […]

First Person Friday: Confessions of a 1950s Porn Star

  By Tracy B (anonymous), aka “Racy Tracy” Writing from some unknown women’s prison in New Jersey or New York Article originally appeared in Expose Detective, January 1959 Although I don’t know all the laws and statutes of that era, the production, distribution, and presentation of pornographic material in the 1950s was not only illegal, […]

Famous Crimes the World Forgot Vol II Reviewed by Defrosting Cold Cases

Special thanks to cold case blogger Alice de Sturler for the nice write-up and review of Famous Crimes the World Forgot Volume II on her fantastic website, You can read her review here. “My blog (DCC) is a resource blog about old unsolved homicides and wrongful convictions. Many cases have no web presence or […]

Vintage Detective Story: The Conviction of ‘Omaha Billy,’ 1903

  Story by Tom F. Callaghan, Chief of Detectives, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Dalton O’Sullivan, Detective and Author of Enemies of the Underworld, 1917 Bert Forney was proprietor of a saloon, 1028 West Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa. He was not a quarrelsome man, but was a man of more than ordinary nerve, and one who […]

Criminal Slang Dictionary for 1890 to 1919890 Words & Phrases used by Criminals

In 1910, if someone said they were “blowing the peter,” — it’s not what you’re thinking. From approximately 1890 to 1919, that term mean they were going to blow-up a safe to rob it, and the person doing was likely a yeggman, slang for safe robber. If someone said they wanted to buy some “happy […]

New Book: Ugly Prey, by Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi

Book Synopsis An Italian immigrant who spoke little English and struggled to scrape together a living on her primitive family farm outside Chicago, Sabella Nitti was arrested in 1923 for the murder of her missing husband. Within two months, she was found guilty and became the first woman ever sentenced to hang in Chicago. Journalist […]

CrimeCon 2017, June 9-11, Indianapolis

CrimeCon 2017 – A friendly reminder that CrimeCon 2017 will take place in Indianapolis June 9-11. Day passes are now available and they have put together quite a line-up of “true crime” stars including Nancy Grace, Josh Mankiewicz, Aphrodite Jones, Kelly Siegler, Carl Marino (the young Lt. Joe Kenda), and over 30 True Crime […]

First Person Friday: I was a Killer’s Captive, 1954

  By Mary Ruth Rombalski Bakersfield, California, February 4, 1955 Originally appeared in Front Page Detective, May 1955 Editor’s Note: In 1954, Mary Ruth Rombalski was a nineteen-year-old girl from Kentucky who, like many young girls from that era, dreamed of moving to Hollywood where she would become a movie star. After leaving her husband […]

Was a Mermaid Captured in 1890?

Okay, this isn’t crime related, but it is mysterious. And weird. A short news story published in 1890 about a captured mermaid–with a well-developed bosom, apparently. I find all kinds of weird stories when digging around in old newspapers and this is just one example. — JLM —###—

Mug Shot Monday! Emma LeDoux, Housewife, Prostitute, Bigamist, Murderer

  Emma Head was born near Jackson, Amador County, California, where her parents were in comfortable circumstances. While quite young, she married a man named Barrett, but after living with him a short time in Fresno, Cal., a divorce was granted, and she then married a man named Williams, with whom she went to Arizona. […]

Serial Killers Anonymous: Stanley Everett Rice, 1963-1968

Serial Killers Anonymous is a new series by HistoricalCrimeDetective that will present information and photographs of lesser known American serial killers.     Stanley Everett Rice, 1942-2007 This story may be re-posted but must include hyperlink and author attribution, Jason L. Show More Summary

Donald Harvey, ‘Angel of Death’ Serial Killer, Killed in Prison

From People Magazine online, March 30, 2017 A former hospital orderly dubbed the “Angel of Death,” who said he killed more than 50 people while insisting he only meant to end their suffering, died Thursday after an attack in an Ohio prison, PEOPLE confirms. Donald Harvey, 64, was found Tuesday beaten in his cell at […]

New Book: Famous Crimes the World Forgot Volume II

My new book, Famous Crimes the World Forgot Volume II: More Vintage True Crime Stories Rescued from Obscurity, is now available for download to your Amazon Kindle. The book will be available for free for five days (the maximum they allow) from Tuesday, March 21, to Saturday, March 26, 2017. The paperback version will be […]

Copyright © 2015 Regator, LLC