Forgotten Darkness

Strange things are lost and forgotten in obscure corners of the newspaper.

March 25th, 2019    

The Murder of Mabel Mayer

A 1927 California murder, once called "California's worst crime," but now little-remembered.  A 15-year-old girl is slain at a vacant house amidst a series of other attacks possibly by the same offender.

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“2 women hear girl's scream,” Oakland Tribune, July 5, 1927.
“Actions of radium man are sifted,” Woodland Daily Democrat, July 14, 1927.
“Barnett is cleared in Mayer girl death quiz,” Oakland Tribune, March 22, 1929.
“Barnett is described as Santa Claus,” Oakland Tribune, March 20, 1929.
“Barnett is given 20 years,” Oakland Tribune, March 21, 1929.
“Brother of dead girl mystified; had no enemies, he is certain,” Oakland Tribune, July 4, 1927.
“Employee of Barnett knew girl,” Oakland Tribune, March 20, 1929.
“Girl seen in auto on eve of murder,” Oakland Tribune, July 8, 1927.
“Here are clues in girl killing,” Oakland Tribune, July 5, 1927.
“Human wolf sought in Oakland murder,” Modesto News-Herald, July 8, 1927.
“Kidnapper involves boy friend of girl in Mabel Mayer murder mystery,” Oakland Tribune, March 20, 1929.
“Live clue in Oakland girl murder case spurs police,” Modesto News-Herald, July 5, 1927.
Logan, Guy B.H.  Great Murder Mysteries.  London: Stanley Paul, 1931.
“Man, 35, accused of assaulting girl, 13,” Modesto News-Herald, July 30, 1927.
“Man accused of kidnapping held in jail,” Oakland Tribune, February 15, 1929.
“Man linked to victim of mystery,” Oakland Tribune, March 20, 1929.
Marshall, Donald L. “Who killed 'Sunshine Mabel'?” True Detective Mysteries 12:3 (December 1929).
“Mother not to look on slain girl,” Oakland Tribune, July 4, 1927.
“Murder of girl baffles police,” Modesto News-Herald, July 7, 1927.
“Murder of girl denied by prisoner,” Oakland Tribune, March 20, 1929.
“Plane hunt for Salinas jail breakers” Petaluma Daily Morning Courier, September 10, 1927/
“Oakland girl murdered by maniac, say authorities,” Modesto News-Herald, July 6, 1927.
“Raving youth is suspect in girl murder,” Oakland Tribune, July 14, 1927.
“Rich man faces felony charge,” Oakland Tribune, January 22, 1929.
"The horrible experience of Mr. John Smith,” Modesto New-Herald, July 7, 1927.
“Trunk is new clue in girl murder case,” Oakland Tribune, July 4, 1927.
“Two 'auto sheiks,' named by former suspect, now hunted in girl murder,” Oakland Tribune, July 7, 1927.
“Woman is hunted as murderer,” Oakland Tribune, July 5, 1927.
“Woman with grudge, new murder clue,” Oakland Tribune, July 6, 1927.
“Youth cleared in murder case,” Oakland Tribune, July 15, 1927.

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March 13th, 2019    

The Chase Vault

The famous paranormal story of the moving coffins of Barbados, several other instances of moving coffins, and the coffin of Henry VIII.

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http://wearesouthdevon.com/kingskerswells-creeping-coffin/

Alexander, James E. Transatlantic Sketches. London: Richard Bentley, 1833. 2 vols.

Gould, Rupert T. Oddities: A Book of Unexplained Facts. New York: University Books, 1965.

Halford, Henry. An Account of What Appeared on Opening the Coffin of King Charles the First. London: Nichols, Son, and Bentley, 1813.

Lang, Andrew. “Death's Deeds: A Bi-Located Story,” Folklore, December 1907.

McNaught, Lilian. “The 1816 Barbados Slave Revolt,” https://ore.exeter.ac.uk/repository/bitstream/handle/10871/31536/McNaughtL_TPC.pdf?sequence=2&isAllowed=y.

Owen, Robert D. Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World. London: Trubner & Co., 1860.

Price, Harry. The End of Borley Rectory. London: G.G. Harrap, 1946.

Ridout, Brian V. “An Analytical Review of the Chase Vault Mystery at Christ Church, Barbados.” Journal of the Society for Psychical Research 82:4 (October 2018).

Stapleton-Cotton, Mary Woolley. Memoirs and Correspondence of Field-Marshal Viscount Combermere. London: Hurst and Blackett, 1866.

 

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February 27th, 2019    

The Lights of Capel Egryn

Mysterious lights are reported from a small village in northern Wales where a religious revival is underway, in 1904 and 1905.

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Clark, Jerome. Unexplained! Canton, MI: Visible Ink, 1999.
Corliss, William A. “Fiery Exhalations in Wales,” Science Frontiers 136 (July/August 2001).
Evans, Beriah G. “Merionethshire Mysteries,” The Occult Review 1:3 (March 1905).
---. “Merionethshire Mysteries – II,” The Occult Review 1:4 (April 1905).
---. “Merionethshire Mysteries – III,” The Occult Review 1:6 (June 1905).
Fort, Charles. The Complete Books of Charles Fort. New York: Dover, 1974.
Fryer, A.T. “Psychological Aspects of the Welsh Revival, 1904-1905.” Proceedings of the Society for
Psychical Research Volume 19 (1905-1907).
McClure, Kevin. “Stars and Rumors of Stars: The Egryn Lights and Other Mysterious Phenomena in
the Welsh Religious Revival, 1904-1905” (1980). http://magonia.haaan.com/1980/stars-and-rumours-of-stars/
Richards, William. A Pocket Dictionary, Welsh-English (1861). https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/A_pocket_dictionary,_Welsh-English
Sandell, Roger. “UFOs in Wales in 1905,” Flying Saucer Review, 17:4 (July/August 1971).

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February 14th, 2019    

The Tillinghast Airship

New England, 1909: a Massachusetts inventor of steam valves claims to have built an airplane, and sightings seem to back up his claims.  Or do they?

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“Aeronaut had fight for life,” Boston Globe, July 24, 1909.
“Airship story worries them,” Boston Globe, December 26, 1909.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrée%27s_Arctic_balloon_expedition
Bartholomew, Robert E. and George S. Howard. UFOs & Alien Contact: Two Centuries of Mystery. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 1998.
Bartholomew, Robert E. and Stephen Whalen. “The Great New England Airship Hoax of 1909,” New England Quarterly 75:3 (September 2002).
“Calls Tillinghast the cook of the air,” El Paso (TX) Herald, March 1, 1910.
“Certain as the stars,” Boston Globe, December 25, 1909.
“Fell from airship,” Boston Globe, August 24, 1909.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenn_Curtiss
“Is aviator Tillinghast hoaxing the nation? New England thinks his flying machine wonder is straight,” Evansville (IN) Press, December 30, 1909.
“Like the buzzard,” Boston Globe, December 26, 1909.
“Marlboro has it, too,” Boston Globe, December 23, 1909.
“Many see airship in the evening star,” Fitchburg Sentinel, December 24, 1909.
“Mr. Glidden is convinced,” Boston Globe, March 12, 1911.
“New style aeroplane,” Boston Globe, December 5, 1909.
“Tillinghast airship found,” Boston Globe, July 12, 1910.
“Tillinghast flyer no joke,” Boston Globe, March 16, 1911.
“Weird airship man is found,” Boston Globe, December 30, 1909.
“Worcester palpitating,” Boston Globe, December 23, 1909.

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February 2nd, 2019    

Death Rides the Rails, Part 4

Summing up the Midwest axe murders.  Suspects, some bizarre letters, and a second serial killer operating at the same time.

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Spellings used in the letter by Eli Eloi received at Villisca: 'nation' is written Nay Shun. 'Mystery of life' is written Miss Tree of life.

“Arrest a Villisca suspect,” Adams County (IA) Free Press, June 29, 1912.

Connelley, William E. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago: Lewis, 1918.

Henry Lee Moore. http://murderpedia.org/male.M/m/moore-henry-lee.htm.

“Hunting Iowa ax-murder clew in hundreds of crank letters,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 21, 1912.

James, Bill and Rachel McCarthy James. The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery. New York: Scribner, 2017.

Klingensmith, Beth. The 1910s Ax Murders: An Overview of the Crimes and the McClaughry Theory. http://sites.rootsweb.com/~bkling/hi815%20moore%20history%20paper.pdf.

Last name: Errett. http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Errett.

“Letters puzzle the officials,” Galena (KS) Evening Times, October 25, 1911.

Marshall, Roy. Villisca: The True Account of a Mass Murder. Chula Vista, CA: Aventine, 2003.

Martin, Ernest L. “The temple symbolism in Genesis,” http://www.askelm.com/temple/t040301.htm.

“Release Villisca murder suspect,,” Des Moines Register, June 25, 1912.

Taylor, Troy. Murdered in Their Beds: History and Hauntings of Villisca and the Midwest Ax Murders.

Testimony of John V. Morse in the trial of Lizzie Borden. http://www.famous-trials.com/lizzieborden/1457-morsetestimony.

The 1912 Villisca Axe Murders Blog. https://docublogger.typepad.com/villiscamystery/.

“The murder case at Villisca,” Adams County (IA) Free Press, June 29, 1912.

“The Showman murder,” Ellsworth (KS) Reporter, May 8, 1913.

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January 20th, 2019    

Death Rides the Rails, Part Three

Some speculative crimes that may be by the same killer.  Three crimes are described, the murder of the interracial Casaway family in San Antonio, TX; the Hills in Ardenwald, OR; and the Cobles in Rainier, WA.

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San Antonio

Claims he is innocent,” Austin American-Statesman, August 14, 1911.

Five in family killed while asleep,” San Antonio Express, March 23, 1911.

House in which tragedy occurred appears gloomy,” San Antonio Express, March 25, 1911.

M'Williams held in jail,” Houston Post, August 17, 1911.

Mystery deepens,” Victoria Daily Advocate, March 27, 1911.

Official Guide of the Railways and Steam Navigation Lines of the United States (1908).

Person crazed,” Victoria Daily Advocate, April 1, 1911.

Ruby B. Casaway. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/134658370/ruby-b_-casaway

Says he killed Casaway family,” Victoria Daily Advocate, May 30, 1911.

Texas news,” Austin American-Statesman, August 10,1911.

Two brothers located,” San Antonio Express, March 31, 1911.

White suspected,” Victoria Daily Advocate, March 25, 1911.

With a smiling face defendant hears evidence,” San Antonio Express, August 15, 1911.

 

Ardenwald

A reign of terror at Ardenwald,” Salem Capital Journal, June 16, 1911.

Attorneys admit Harvey employed them after crime,” Oregon Daily Journal, December 21, 1911.

"Fiend uses axe to murder family of five,” Oregon Daily Journal, June 9, 1911.

Harvey family record bad; case of state in brief,” Oregon Daily Journal, December 20, 1911.

Much evidence against Harvey not yet divulged,” Oregon Daily Journal, December 21, 1911.

Mulatto may be murderer of 4, belief of police,” Oregon Daily Journal, June 10, 1911.

Murder and suicide,” Salem Statesman Journal, June 12, 1890.

Nathan Harvey is dismissed; will be rearrested,” Oregon Daily Journal, December 26, 1911.

Nathan Harvey may be Barbara Holtzman slayer,” Oregon Daily Journal, December 21, 1911.

Neighbors recall strange actions of Nathan Harvey,” Oregon Daily Journal, December 21, 1911.

Posse on trail of man seeking an unused road,” Oregon Daily Journal, June 21, 1911.

Reward of $2875 for conviction of Hills' murderer,” Oregon Daily Journal, December 20, 1911.

Series of crimes for 20 years in Harvey's family,” Oregon Daily Journal, December 20, 1911.

Stories agree up to about an hour before murders,” Oregon Daily Journal, December 20, 1911.

Thatcher, George A. Why Some Men Kill: Or, Murder Mysteries Revealed. Pacific Coast Rescue and Protective Society, 1919.

 

Rainier

Did insane man slay couple?,” Tacoma Times, July 12, 1911.

Fiend confesses,” Roseburg (OR) Review, July 25, 1911.

Rainier butchery proves parallel to that of Hills,” Oregon Daily Journal, July 12, 1911.

Sheriff Mass of Clackamas to go to Rainier, Wash.,” Oregon Daily Journal, July 16, 1911.

Slain with axe while asleep,” Seattle Star, July 12, 1911.

The Cathey boys in limelight,” Corvallis (OR) Weekly Gazette-Times, July 21, 1911.

 

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January 8th, 2019    

Death Rides the Rails, Part Two

The infamous Villisca murder, the convoluted clues and divisive aftermath, when a charismatic conman came to town.

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“Axe murders claiming 31 victims during the last 4 years probed,” Green Bay (WI) Semi-Weekly Gazette, July 20, 1915.
“Confesses Blue Island murder,” Princeton (IN) Daily Clarion, July 19, 1915.
“Family and guests murdered in sleep,” Bayard News, June 13, 1912.
“Farmer is a suicide after killing two,” Webster City Freeman, September 17, 1912.
“Four are victims to mysterious axe,” Dixon (IL) Evening Telegraph, July 6, 1914.
Getting the Axe. http://gettingtheaxe.blogspot.com/
James, Bill and Rachel McCarthy James. The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery. New York: Scribner, 2017.
“Ricks is not the man,” Marshalltown Evening Times-Republican, June 14, 1912.
Taylor, Troy. Murdered in Their Beds: History and Hauntings of Villisca and the Midwest Axe Murders. Whitechapel Press, 2012.
“Thinks slayer knew family,” Waterloo Courier, June 12, 1912.
Villisca Ax Murder House. http://www.villiscaiowa.com/index.php
“Whole family brutally slain in their home; accused man, jailed, in peril of lynching,” Tacoma (WA) Times, December 7, 1910.
“Wrong confession by death's head,” Keokuk Daily Gate City, January 23, 1910.

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January 1st, 2019    

Death Rides the Rails, Part One

Before the infamous Villisca murders in Iowa, there was a series of other, eerily similar, axe murders across the Midwest indicating that that crime may not have been as isolated as is often thought...

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General
Getting the Axe. http://gettingtheaxe.blogspot.com/

James, Bill and Rachel McCarthy James. The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery. New York: Scribner, 2017.
Taylor, Troy. Murdered in Their Beds: History and Hauntings of Villisca and the Midwest Axe Murders. Whitechapel Press, 2012.

Colorado Springs
“Arrest is made in wholesale murder,” Anaconda (MT) Standard, September 22, 1911.
Arthur J. Burnham (1871-1912). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/22917676/arthur-j_-burnham
“Burnham released,” Leadville Herald-Democrat, September 24, 1911.
“Burnham involves another man,” Elk Mountain Pilot, September 28, 1911.
“Burnham lived in Leavenworth,” Leavenworth (KS) Post, September 21, 1911.
“Discovery of gory ax,” Leadville Herald-Democrat, September 29, 1911.
“Finger mark best clue,” Leadville Herald-Democrat, September 22, 1911.
“Finger print on ax examined by expert,” Leadville Herald-Democrat, September 24, 1911.
“Former suitor is now suspected in killing of six,” Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times-Leader, September 22, 1911.
“Ghastly crime; six are slain,” Princeton (IN) Daily Clarion, September 21, 1911.
“Inquest being held,” Montrose Daily Press, September 30, 1911.
“Italian is held for wholesale murder,” Butte (MT) Miner, September 22, 1911.
“Italian nabbed for the murder,” Montrose Daily Press, September 22, 1911.
“Searching dumb evidence,” Leadville Herald-Democrat, September 27, 1911.
“Six killed with axe by unknown,” Trenton (NJ) Evening Times, September 21, 1911.
“Six murdered in Colo. Springs,” Salida Record, September 22, 1911.
“Suspects detained by police,” Lincoln (NB) Journal-Star, September 22, 1911.
“Two families murder victims,” Anaconda (MT) Standard, September 21, 1911.
“Two families not slain by an insane murderer,” Buffalo (NY) Times, September 23, 1911.
“Two families with heads split open,” Montrose Daily Press, September 20, 1911.

Monmouth
“Axe murder case,” Oak Hill (KS) Gazette, March 25, 1915.
“Killed with ax while sleeping,” Rock Island Argus, October 2, 1911.
“John Knight to prove that he was working,” Monmouth Daily Atlas, January 29, 1918.
“Lovey Mitchell, colored man, is held, charged with Dawson murders,” Monmouth Daily Atlas, March 22, 1915.
“Lovey Mitchell given freedom this morning,” Monmouth Daily Atlas, September 23, 1918.
“Mitchell is given freedom,” Monmouth Daily Atlas, May 6, 1915.
“Murder is baffling to officials,” Monmouth Republican-Atlas, October 2, 1911.
“Murder trials to commence next Monday,” Monmouth Daily Atlas, January 16, 1918.
“Three of family slain with ax while asleep,” Moline Dispatch, October 2, 1911.

Ellsworth
“Charles Marzyck caught in Canada,” Topeka Daily Capital, May 4, 1912.
“Family of five murdered in Kansas,” Boise Idaho Sunday Statesman, October 17, 1911.
“He reaches Ellsworth,” Lawrence Daily Journal-World, May 16, 1912.
“Showman family of five murdered,” Ellsworth Reporter, October 19, 1911.
“Showman murder clue has blown think officers,” Wichita Daily Eagle, June 29, 1912.
“Slayer of family of five friendly with watch dog,” Wichita Daily Eagle, October 18, 1911

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December 18th, 2018    

The Presque Isle Incident/The Morristown Monster

A reading from “New Landing and Creature Reports" by John Keel, appearing in the Flying Saucer Review for November/December, 1966.

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December 11th, 2018    

The Drummer of Tedworth

The story of another poltergeist, this one from Puritan-era England.  Account from Joseph Glanvil's Saducismus Triumphatus (1681).  

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