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One of the things I like most about these boards is all the lesser known but fascinating murders which are discussed.
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50 years ago - 1964 November 13 - In California, David Russell is murdered by Vaughn Greenwood, the Skid Row Slasher. The next day, he kills a second transient named Benjamin Hornberg. Greenwood then took a ten year hiatus due in part to a period of incarceration. In late 1974 and early1975, he killed nine more men, was caught and then sentenced to life in prison where he still resides at age 70.
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150 years ago - 1864 November 14 - Franz Muller is hanged for committing England's first railway murder. He'd killed Thomas Briggs during a robbery earlier in this year then fled to the United States. After some delicate negotiations, the Americans returned Muller to his fate.
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50 years ago - 1964 November 25 - Under some debris, adjacent to a parking lot, the body of Margaret McGowan is discovered. She had been missing more than a month and a police sketch was created regarding the last man she was seen with but it led nowhere. Margaret was a prostitute who'd, under the alias Frances Brown, gained some notoriety during the Profumo Affair. Indications were that she had been suffocated during oral sex and had been kept by her murderer for several weeks after her death. Margaret was another victim of London's Jack the Stripper; a serial killer who was never captured or identified.
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150 years ago - 1864 November 14 - Franz Muller is hanged for committing England's first railway murder. He'd killed Thomas Briggs during a robbery earlier in this year then fled to the United States. After some delicate negotiations, the Americans returned Muller to his fate.
The argument presented by Muller's defense at the deportaion hearing was that Great Britain had been waging an unofficial war against the North by giving aid (in the form of commerce raiders, like the "C.S.S. Alabama") to the South. Therefore why aid the British in demanding the return of anyone? Fortunately this idiotic argument did not stock up against returning a man to face a murder charge, so Muller was sent back to Britain.

Oddly enough, after one narrow escape from an international incident Muller created a second by being of Prussian ancestry. The King of Prussia (the future Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany) tried to stop the execution of Muller because he felt Muller's trial was prejudiced (in 1864 British - Prussian relations were strained due to the Schleswig-Holstein Matter which led to Denmark being attacked by Prussia and Austria; the current Princess of Wales was Alexandra of Denmark, and there was extreme anger at Prussia for it's bullying, as well as Bismarck - then foreign minister of Prussia - dismissing Britain as a "once-great" power). This too did not work for Muller in the long run.

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50 years ago - 1964 December 10 - The business of Louisiana shop owner Frank Morris is set on fire with his inside. Mr. Morris, who was African-American, died from his burns four days later. The FBI investigated the murder and had numerous suspects including several Klansman and a local law enforcement officer but no arrests were ever made. All the men on the FBI's suspect list are now deceased.
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50 years ago - 1964 December 11 - Popular singer Sam Cooke is shot and killed when he allegedly breaks in to an LA motel office. Justifiable homicide was the official finding but some close to Cooke claimed that it was murder.
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100 years ago - 1914 December 14 - Jacob Groh dies when his scaffold collapses while he is doing some painting at a New York elder care facility. The suspicion was that the rig was sabotaged by a fellow employee named Carl Menarik, aka Frederick Mors, because Groh may have known about his serial killing of patients. Menarik did eventually confess to murdering eight inmates but never took responsibility for the death of his coworker. He was found to be insane and was sent to a mental hospital. In 1916, Menarik escaped from the asylum and was never recaptured.
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100 years ago - 1914 December 18 - In England, Margaret Lofty is drowned in the tub shortly after marrying George Joseph Smith, the Brides in the Bath Killer. Smith's motive was to collect on inheritance and life insurance benefits. She was the third woman Smith had married and killed in this manner and people who remembered reading about a similar death in the newspapers a year earlier put two and two together. The killer was then hunted down, arrested and put on trial. In 1915, he was convicted of the murders and hanged.
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100 years ago - 1914 December 24 - Josef Fourie is executed by a firing squad in South Africa. He had been charged with treason because, during the Maritz Rebellion, he had gone over to the rebel side without first resigning his commission the country's military.
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