Back in 1928, Clarence Frechette made national news for a bizarre attack that he made on the pilot of an airplane that he was aboard, possibly making him the world’s first hijacker. Amazingly, he was back in the news in 1935 for an equally bizarre crime.
Redfork, Oklahoma resident Jack Van Zandt was arrested on June 24th of 1931 after getting in an argument with his mother-in-law. He was held on $2500 bail, which is about $38,000 today. The charge? Maiming.
In 1945, 42-year-old Victor Sammarco was arrested in New York City for failure to pay $1225 (nearly $16,000 today) in alimony to Mrs. Elizabeth Doyen, to whom he had apparently been married to for eleven years and later divorced. He was thrown in alimony jail, but protested his innocence. “I never saw this lady before.”
Six students from the Santa Rosa Junior College in California found themselves in a bit of hot water on April 24th of 1960. The students, one female and five male, dressed up in roaring ‘20’s style clothes for the school’s annual “Character Day.” The 19-year-old woman wore a classic flapper outfit, while the five guys, ranging in age from 18 to 21, went for the classic mobster look of long coats, hats, and sunglasses.
Back in 1955, Evert Stenmark was out hunting alone for ptarmigan when he became buried by an avalanche. Day after day he remained trapped under the snow. Learn how he survived and the one thing that he had in his wallet that probably saved his life.
On March 7, 1952, there was a story in the British Medical Journal discussing an unnamed girl who was suffering from crippling arthritis coupled with a disfiguring skin disease. Her father did his best to find a doctor who could treat his daughter, but nothing was successful.
When Peter Grainger walked into a US Army recruiting center in San Antonio, Texas back in 1951, he had quite the story to tell. He had spent nearly his entire life living high in the mountains of New Mexico with virtually no contact with the outside world. But was there more to this story than what he was telling them?
The papers reported on January 4, 1935 that 56-year-old Summit, Tennessee resident James Beasom had died. Certainly nothing unusual about a death being reported in the newspaper on any given day, but how Beasom died was.
When 28-year-old Manuel Ramirez was laid off from his job as a laborer in the Chicago stockyards, he decided that it was time to move back to his mother’s house in Laredo, Texas. Lacking the necessary funds to make the trip, he instead jumped aboard a boxcar that he thought was headed south. Oh, how wrong he was.
On an October day back in 1941, John Kmetz received a trial supply of herbal pills that would supposedly restore vitality to his 54-year-old body. Shortly after taking the pills, Kmetz was dead. Learn about the man suspected of the crime, another bizarre event that occurred prior to the murder, and his ultimate fate.
On March 7th of 1922 it was reported that Rafaelo Diaz, a tenor for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, had just completed performing at a benefit for handicapped children at the Commodore ballroom. A group of young, attractive women gathered around him and someone commented about his great complexion.