Forgotten Darkness

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

April 18th, 2020    

69 - The Brownout Strangler

Cities during wartime often eliminate outdoor lighting, and severely limit indoor lighting, to cut down on the effectiveness of air raids. Most famous of these blackouts are those utilized in Britain during the two World Wars, and particularly in London during the German raids of the Blitz. The Australian government used a similar tactic to combat Japanese air raids, though these restrictions were eased in the middle of 1942. Around that time, a killer prowled the streets, taking advantage of the darkened conditions.

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SOURCES

“Albert Park Mystery.” Melbourne Age, May 8, 1942.

“Another Woman Murdered.” Melbourne Argus, May 11, 1942.

“Charge Against U.S. Soldier.” Melbourne Age, June 8, 1942.

“Hunt for Killer of Woman.” Melbourne Argus, May 13, 1942.

“Inquiries Into Death of Woman.” Melbourne Argus, May 6, 1942.

“Murder Clue Sought.” Melbourne Argus, May 22, 1942.

“Murder Inquiry Continued.” Melbourne Argus, May 19, 1942.

“Murdered Bendigo Woman.” Riverine Herald, May 12, 1942.

“Mystery Death of Woman.” Melbourne Argus, May 5, 1942.

“Sanity Tests of U.S. Soldier Completed.” Melbourne Argus, July 11, 1942.

“Signed Confession By Leonski Alleged.” Melbourne Age, July 14, 1942.

“Spring St. Murder Mystery.” Melbourne Argus, May 14, 1942.

“The Parkville Tragedy.” Melbourne Age, May 21, 1942.

“Woman Murdered in Melb. Suburbs.” Border Morning Mail, May 4, 1942.

“Woman's Body in Doorway.” Melbourne Age, May 11, 1942.

“Woman's Death Puzzling Police.” Brisbane Telegraph, May 4, 1942.

Darian-Smith, Kate. On the Home Front: Melbourne in Wartime, 1939-1945. Carlton, Victoria, Australia: Melbourne University Press, 1990.

Schechter, Harold. Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of. New York: Ballantine, 2012.

Shaw, Ian W. Murder at Dusk: How US Soldier and Smiling Psychopath Eddie Leonski Terrorised Wartime Melbourne. Sydney: Hachette Australia, 2018.

http://www.emelbourne.net.au/biogs/EM00247b.htm

https://prov.vic.gov.au/about-us/our-blog/afraid-darkness

https://www.news.com.au/national/crime/look-for-a-guy-who-walks-on-his-hands-melbourne-stranglers-cryptic-clue-for-police/news-story/bd65e24e5714361c91c3151cf8ee791d

March 31st, 2020    

68 - The Dagg Poltergeist

In 1889, a lonely farmhouse in southern Quebec was afflicted by a series of ghostly manifestations, which seem to be centered on a Scottish orphan girl living in the home.

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SOURCES

“Dagg's demon.” Ottawa Journal, November 25, 1889.

“Dagg's dupes.” Ottawa Journal, November 29, 1889.

“Dinah a ventriloquist.” Ottawa Journal, November 29, 1889.

“Is it Beelzebub?” Vancouver Daily World, December 5, 1889.

“Mayor Geo. Dagg of Portage passes.” Ottawa Citizen, May 30, 1938.

“Mysterious noises in home had whole country on edge.” Ottawa Citizen, March 18, 1939.

“Outstanding personalities of the Ottawa district.” Ottawa Citizen, June 29, 1935.

“This beats them all.” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 13, 1890.

“Remarkable spontaneous manifestations.” Light: A Journal of Psychical, Occult, and Mystical Research (December 28, 1889).

Lackner, Chris. “The strange ghost that spooked Shawville.” Ottawa Citizen, November 18, 2014.

Playfair, Guy Lyon. This House Is Haunted. Guildford: White Crow Press, 2011.

Thormahlen, Judy. “Revived Shawville ghost mystery divides community into two camps.” Ottawa Citizen, April 9, 1959.

Wilson, Colin. Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Haunting. Llewellyn, 2009.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/176738034/george-dagg

http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/hauntings/dagg-poltergeist/

https://arlenestaffordwilson.wordpress.com/tag/dagg-ghost/

March 19th, 2020    

67 - The Murder of Betsy Aardsma

On November 28, 1969, Betsy Aardsma was stabbed and killed among the bookshelves of the Pattee Library at Penn State University. 50 years later, the case remains unsolved, with the main suspect having died in 2002.

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SOURCES

“5 refused help, says girl who found slain coed.” New York Daily News, December 1, 1969.

“Beaten coed said improved slightly.” Port Clinton (OH) News-Herald, December 2, 1969.

“Clarion coed admits wounds self-inflicted.” Franklin News-Herald, December 17, 1969.

“Clarion coed slashed.” New Castle News, December 4, 1969.

“Co-ed knifing baffles police.” Oberlin (OH) Review, December 5, 1969.

“Coed buried while slayer hunt continues.” Port Huron (MI) Times-Herald, December 3, 1969.

“No evidence of an intruder at Clarion.” Kane Republican, December 11, 1969.

“Oberlin coed 'fair' in vicious knife attack.” Dover (OH) Daily Reporter, December 1, 1969.

“Ohio U co-ed found beaten.” Akron (OH) Beacon-Journal, November 25, 1969.

“Out of hospital.” Akron (OH) Beacon-Journal, December 11, 1969.

“Probe of attack being continued.” Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, December 12, 1969.

“Robert G. Durgy.” Lansing (MI) State Journal, December 22, 1969.

“Six killed on state highways.” Lansing (MI) State Journal, December 21, 1969.

“Stab death hunt tries drawings.” Pittsburgh Press, December 5, 1969.

“Stabbing of college co-ed in Arb labelled as attempted murder.” Oberlin (OH) Review, December 2, 1969.

Glembocki, Vicki. “Who Killed Betsy Aardsma?” The Penn Stater, September/October, 2009. https://pennstatermag.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/aardsma_so_09.pdf

Hogge, Erin. “Murder in the Stacks: 50 Years Later, Still No Answers.” The Daily Collegian, December 10, 2019. https://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/campus/article_b6280ed6-1a18-11ea-a966-2b1ac6ebcdcb.html

Sherwood, Derek. Who Killed Betsy? Uncovering Penn State University's Most Notorious Unsolved Crime. Pine Grove Press, 2011.

Williams-Herrman, Elizabeth. “Haunted Libraries of Pennsylvania.” Supernatural Lore of Pennsylvania (Thomas White, ed.). Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2014.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19328800/betsy-ruth-aardsma

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/new-york-daily-news/20070708/281934538539278

March 3rd, 2020    

66 - The Disappearance of Benjamin Bathurst

Shortly after the signing of the treaty of Schönnbrun in October of 1809, bringing an end to Austrian involvement in the Fifth Napoleonic War, a British official on a mission to the Austrian court vanished without a trace. He was in Germany, on his way back to British territories, and while examining his horses at an inn near Berlin, he walked around to the other side of his horses – and disappeared, never to be seen again. Or that's the way it's usually told.

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SOURCES

“A century old mystery.” London Observer, December 18, 1910.

“A mysterious crime.” Hull Packet and East Riding Times, September 26, 1862.

Baring-Gould, Sabine. Historic Oddities and Strange Events. London: Methuen & Co., 1889.

Dash, Mike. “The Disappearance of Benjamin Bathurst.” Fortean Times 54 (Summer 1990).

Fraser, Mary Crawford. Storied Italy. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co., 1915.

Lang, Andrew. The All Sorts of Stories Book. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1911.

Machen, Arthur. Dreads and Drolls. New York: Alfred A, Knopf, 1927.

https://www.svz.de/lokales/spurlos-in-perleberg-verschwunden-id4680756.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis-Alexandre_de_Launay,_comte_d%27Antraigues

http://www.notableabodes.com/abode-search-results/abode-details/139177/dantraigues-27-the-terrace-barnes-london

February 18th, 2020    

65 - The Ratcliffe Highway Murders

In December 1811, two households in the borough of Wapping, one of the docks districts of east London were annihilated in a pair of brutal and apparently motiveless crimes. After the crimes, the murderer was disposed of in a novel and unusual fashion. Twenty years later, they were described in Thomas De Quincey's satirical essay “On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts” as “the sublimest and most entire in their excellence that ever were committed.”

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SOURCES

Caledonian Mercury, September 21, 1812.

Ipswich Journal, December 28, 1811.

“Another horrid murder!” Bury and Norwich Post, December 25, 1811.

“Another massacre – coroner's inquest on the dead bodies of Mr. Williamson, and family.” Leeds Mercury, December 28, 1811.

“Important examination.” Leeds Mercury, December 28, 1811.

“Murder of Mr. Marr and family.” Caledonian Mercury, December 14, 1811.

“Murder of Mr. Marr and family.” Hull Packet and East Riding Times, December 17, 1811.

“Murder of Mr. Marr's family in Ratcliff Highway.” London Observer, December 15, 1811.

“Murders in New Gravel Lane.” London Morning Chronicle, December 24, 1811.

“Murders in New Gravel Lane, &c.” London Times, December 24, 1811.

“The late murder in Ratcliffe Highway – examination of suspected persons.” Jackson's Oxford Journal, December 21, 1811.

“The late murders.” Jackson's Oxford Journal, January 4, 1812.

“The Marr's murder.” Exeter Flying Post, June 1, 1815.

“Williams, the murderer.” Caledonian Mercury, January 4, 1812.

“Williamson's murder.” Jackson's Oxford Journal, February 1, 1811.

De Quincey, Thomas. “Postcript to 'On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.'” On Murder. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. https://books.google.com/books?id=sww0kGQ5AFkC&pg=PA95&lpg=PA95&dq=postscript+to+murder+as+one+of+the+fine+arts&source=bl&ots=LZhKTGKaaB&sig=ACfU3U11QoFgOth13xjI_QQr-qRjmWEZKg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjdwPKYhNrnAhUaknIEHWPnDdE4FBDoATAAegQIChAB#v=onepage&q=postscript%20to%20murder%20as%20one%20of%20the%20fine%20arts&f=false

The Literary Panorama, Vol. XI. London: Cox and Baylis, 1812. https://books.google.com/books?id=UZLfAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA359&lpg=PA359&dq=Roxburgh+Castle+(1809+ship)&source=bl&ots=KxKyfUQM-l&sig=ACfU3U1r4OtmDCpT60PvubrRTDn9PqSp2g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjX7tWbq9nnAhVslXIEHdV7DUYQ6AEwBXoECA0QAQ#v=onepage&q=Roxburgh%20Castle%20(1809%20ship)&f=false

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratcliff_Highway_murders

https://www.murdermap.co.uk/historical-murders/mapping-the-ratcliffe-highway-murders/

http://www.thamespolicemuseum.org.uk/h_ratcliffehighwaymurders_8.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxburgh_Castle_(1809_ship)

February 5th, 2020    

64 - The Ships on the Ice

The HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus disappeared on the Franklin Expedition searching for the Northwest Passage in 1845. Six years later, a ship bound for Canada from Ireland saw two ships on an iceberg off Newfoundland. Were they the lost Franklin Expedition?

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SOURCES

Barr, William and Glenn M. Stein. “Frederick J. Krabbé, last man to see HMS Investigator afloat, May 1854.” 2017. https://www.hakluyt.com/PDF/krabbe.pdf

Carney, Peter. “Further Light on the Source of the Lead in Human Remains from the 1845 Franklin Expedition.” 2016. https://www.hakluyt.com/PDF/carney_franklin.pdf

Gould, Rupert T. Oddities: A Book of Unexplained Facts. University Books: New Hyde Park (NY). 1964 ed.

O'Farrell, Joe. “The Search for HM Ships 'Erebus' and 'Terror'.” 2008. http://www.ric.edu/faculty/rpotter/Search_for_H_M_Ships.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fata_Morgana_(mirage)

 

January 24th, 2020    

63 - A Blaze on Banyan

Lucille Miller was a California housewife who, in 1964, was accused of murdering her dentist husband in a fiery accident on a lonely road through a lemon grove. The ensuing case is one of the most muddled and morally-unclear I have ever come across.

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SOURCES

“Another death factor in murder trial.” Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, December 7, 1964.

“Attorney Hayton tells trial of affair with Mrs. Miller.” Los Angeles Times, February 5, 1965.

“Attorney to ask federal hearing in Miller case.” Redlands Daily Facts, December 10, 1964.

“Attorneys keep vigil in auto fire death case.” Los Angeles Times, October 11, 1964.

“Civil rights of arrested woman said violated.” Eureka Humboldt Standard, December 16, 1964.

“Coroner declares Dr. Miller murdered.” San Bernardino County Sun, October 16, 1964.

“Cremation in a car; murder quiz of wife.” San Francisco Examiner, October 11, 1964.

“Decision due today on dentist's auto death.” Los Angeles Times, October 13, 1964.

“Defense presses for Mrs. Miller's release.” San Bernardino County Sun, October 23, 1964.

“Dentist dies in auto blaze; wife arrested.” Los Angeles Times, October 9, 1964.

“Dentist dies in flaming car, wife held.” San Bernardino County Sun, October 9, 1964.

“Dentist's wife indicted after jury hearing.” Santa Cruz Sentinel, October 21, 1964.

“Dentist's wife indicted for car fire death.” Los Angeles Times, October 21, 1964.

“Exam indicates suspect pregnant.” Santa Maria Times, December 21, 1964.

“Hearing for wife held for murder.” Eureka Humboldt Standard, October 14, 1964.

“Miller trial loses juror; 'discharged.'” San Bernardino County Sun, February 26, 1965.

“Motel romance loveless on his part, Hayton says.” Los Angeles Times, February 9, 1965.

“Mother of three faces indictment.” Ukiah Daiy Journal, October 20, 1964.

“Mother to go on trial.” Roseville Press-Tribune, November 5, 1964.

“Mrs. Miller arraigned in dentist's car death.” Los Angeles Times, October 22, 1964.

“Mrs. Miller loses another freedom bid.” San Bernardino County Sun, October 17, 1964.

“Mrs. Miller to enter plea on Friday.” Redlands Daily Facts, October 28, 1964.

“Mrs. Miller's defense may seek trial delay.” Los Angeles Times, November 30, 1964.

“Murder charges filed against Mrs. Miller.” Redlands Daily Facts, October 13, 1964.

“New trial scheduled.” Hanford Sentinel, December 9, 1964.

“New trial set Jan. 11 in Miller murder case.” Redlands Daily Facts, December 8, 1964.

Hartsfield, Jack. “Attorneys clash during Miller trial arguments.” San Bernardino County Sun, February 26, 1965.

─. “Debbie Miller, friends take witness stand.” San Bernardino County Sun, February 10, 1965.

─. “Doctor Miller's funeral first quiet in case.” San Bernardino County Sun, October 16, 1964.

─. “Foley tears into Turner and Mr. Hayton.” San Bernardino County Sun, February 26, 1965.

─. “Lucille Miller may gain freedom.” San Bernardino County Sun, February 6, 1972.

─. “Lucille Miller's 5-year fight for freedom.” Ontario Daily Report, October 18, 1970.

─. “Miller murder trial goes to jury today.” San Bernardino County Sun, March 2, 1965.

─. “Mrs. Miller's murder trial opens tomorrow.” San Bernardino County Sun, December 1, 1964.

─. “Turner claims defense using double talk.” San Bernardino County Sun, March 2, 1965.

─. “Turner says Mrs. Miller's story baloney.” San Bernardino County Sun, February 26, 1965.

─. “Uproar sweeps court as verdict announced.” San Bernardino County Sun, March 6, 1965.

─. “Was wife of S.B. attorney murdered?” San Bernardino County Sun, December 5, 1964.

Didion, Joan. “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream.” The Literature of Reality (Gay Talese & Barbara Lounsberry, eds.). New York: Harper Collins, 1995.

Hertel, Howard. “Mrs. Miller takes witness stand to deny killing mate.” Los Angeles Times, February 17, 1965.

Hertel, Howard and Henry Sutherland. “Mrs. Miller had two love affairs, prosecutor implies.” Los Angeles Times, February 11, 1965.

─. “Mrs. Miller's fate rests with jury.” Los Angeles Times, March 3, 1965.

Miller, Debra J. “A Mother's Crime.” https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2006-apr-02-tm-dreams14-story.html

Murphy, Mike. “Supreme Court to review Lucille Miller's S.B. trial.” San Bernardino County Sun, December 5, 1967.

"People v. Miller (1966).” https://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-appeal/2d/245/112.html

Yetzer, Carl. “Policewoman 'plant' may get new trial for Lucille Miller.” San Bernardino County Sun, June 8, 1969.

January 7th, 2020    

62 - The Mapleton Ghost

A ghost haunts the railroad connecting Brooklyn and Coney Island in August 1894, but it soon proves to be... not what was expected.

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SOURCES

Brooklyn Standard-Union, May 28, 1894.

Brooklyn Eagle, March 7, 1943.

“A.D. Mapledoram.” Brooklyn Citizen, March 28, 1909.

“All lies within the ken of Mr. Kennedy's pen.” Brooklyn Eagle, March 7, 1943.

“Funeral of Margaret Barning.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 10, 1894.

“Ghost – beware!” Brooklyn Standard-Union, August 14, 1894.

“Ghost hunt a-wheel.” New York Evening World, August 13, 1894.

“Her identity is a mystery.” New York Evening World, August 6, 1894.

“Her identity known.” New York Evening World, August 8, 1894.

“Mapleton slights its ghost.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 11, 1894.

“Mapleton's ghost out again.” New York Evening World, August 20, 1894.

“Mapleton's shy ghost.” New York Sun, August 20, 1894.

“Mr. Kelly's queer statement.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 9, 1894.

“More mysterious than ever.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 7, 1894.

“Recognized at the morgue.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 8, 1894.

“Rides royally.” Brooklyn Citizen, July 8, 1894.

“Scientists look for a ghost.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 22, 1894.

“The ghost cornered.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 28, 1894.

“The ghost seen again.” New York Sun, August 13, 1894.

“The ghost walks again.” Brooklyn Standard-Union, August 20, 1894.

“The great ghost hunt.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 23, 1894.

“Three shots at the ghost.” New York Sun, August 17, 1894.

“To be interred in Jersey.” Brooklyn Citizen, August 9, 1894.

“Turned out to be a pig.” Brooklyn Standard-Union, August 13, 1894.

“Walks about the city.” Brooklyn Eagle, August 26, 1894.

Heffernan, John A. “How two reporters laid Mapleton ghost.” Brooklyn Times-Union, July 21, 1930.

https://www.nycsubway.org/wiki/Early_Rapid_Transit_in_Brooklyn,_1878-1913

http://and-now-the-screaming-starts.blogspot.com/2009/08/stuff-portrait-of-victorian-ghost.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Drinker_Cope

December 26th, 2019    

61 - The Case of George Edalji

Small-town politics and old-fashioned racism come into play when the household of an Indian vicar in Great Wyrley, in Staffordshire, England is targeted for harassment. In 1903, a series of animal mutilations and maiming afflict the area and the vicar's son, a solicitor by the name of George Edalji, is convicted.

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SOURCES

“A stupid hoax.” London Standard, July 26, 1895.

“Cattle-maiming – fresh atrocities at Great Wyrley.” The Guardian, August 28, 1907.

“Cattle-maiming – the new situation at Great Wyrley.” The Guardian, August 29, 1907.

“Edalji is restored.” Washington Post, December 1, 1907.

“Extraordinary hoax.” Essex County Standard, August 24, 1895.

“Labourer sent to penal servitude.” London Times, November 7, 1934. https://www.casebook.org/press_reports/times/19341107.html

“'Poison pen' letters.” The Guardian, November 7, 1934.

“Strange persecution of a clergyman.” Birmingham Daily Post, January 20, 1893.

“Strange persecution of a clergyman.” Leicester Chronicle and Leicestershire Mercury, April 1, 1893.

“The Edalji case – a mysterious letter from Walsall.” The Observer, January 20, 1907.

“The Edalji case – prisoner to be released this week.” The Observer, October 7, 1906.

“The maiming outrages – an arrest at Wolverhampton.” The Guardian, September 6, 1907.

“The renewed Wyrley outrages.” Manchester Guardian, April 1, 1904.

“The Staffordshire maiming outrages.” The Penny Illustrated Paper, November 14, 1903.

“The Wyrley outrages.” The Guardian, September 7, 1907.

Costello, Peter. Conan Doyle, Detective: The True Crimes Investigated by the Creator of Sherlock Holmes. London: Constable & Robinson, 2006.

Doyle, Arthur Conan. “The Case of Mr. George Edalji.” New York Times, February 2-3, 1907.

Risinger, D. Michael. “Boxes in Boxes: Julian Barnes, Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and the Edalji Case.” International Commentary on Evidence 4:2 (2006).

Weaver, Gordon. Conan Doyle and the Parson's Son: The George Edalji Case. Cambridge: Vanguard Press, 2006.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shapurji_Edalji

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/mar/18/arthur-conan-doyle-set-up-by-police-fabricated-letters

https://britishheritage.com/features/sir-arthur-conan-doyle-and-the-case-of-george-edalji

December 18th, 2019    

60 - Fire, Devil, Bat

Charles Fort related the story of how an elderly couple named the Krings were murdered and their house burned, and a number of mysterious bodies found nearby. Discussed here is the story of what actually happened. Also: unreported facts in the cases of the 1909 sightings of the Jersey Devil in Bristol, PA and a possible other interpretation of the famous Houston Batman.

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SOURCES

Austin American-Statesman, June 19, 1953.

Bucks County Gazette, July 4, 1901; January 30, 1902.

Perkasie Central News, July 2, 1908; April 22, 1909; November 25, 1918.

“Attacker of 12 women believed held.” Brownsville (TX) Herald, October 14, 1953.

“Beautiful ex-model said suicide victim.” Waco Tribune-Herald, July 4, 1953.

“Bellaire mugger strikes again.” Odessa (TX) American, February 26, 1953.

“Bellaire phantom suspect caught.” Mexia (TX) Daily News, October 14, 1953.

“Bristol dealers are acquitted.” Bucks County Gazette, May 22, 1908.

“Bristol liquor dealers arrested.” Bucks County Gazette, February 28, 1908.

“Cambria County mysteries.” Altoona Tribune, February 4, 1892.

“Death in the flames.” Altoona Tribune, January 29, 1892.

“Democrats to have censors for candidates.” Bristol Daily Courier, March 9, 1915.

“'Devil prints' in Bristol.” Bucks County Gazette, January 22, 1909.

“Houston area love bandit is sought by dogs.” Waco News-Tribune, May 21, 1952.

“Houston girl fights off night attacker.” Lubbock Evening Journal, February 5, 1953.

“Lynn pleaded guilty.” Bucks County Gazette, February 28, 1908.

“Man eludes pair in chase.” Lubbock Evening Journal, May 21, 1953.

“Mysterious 'Batman' seen by five persons in Houston.” El Paso Times, June 19, 1953.

“Phantom prowlers sought by officers at Dallas, Houston.” Lubbock Morning Avalanche, September 30, 1953.

“Purse snatcher is sought at Houston.” Lubbock Evening Journal, October 23, 1953.

“Slashed with a knife.” Bucks County Gazette, January 23, 1902.

“Suspected mugger held in Houston.” Mexia (TX) Daily News, March 9, 1953.

“The borough conventions.” Bucks County Gazette, February 11, 1892.

“Two horses killed.” Bucks County Gazette, November 6, 1908.

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