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.
If we had taken a trip to the Liberty National Bank at 3158 Roosevelt Road in Chicago, Illinois on September 18th of 1949, we would have found bank floor manager William H. Oglesbee sitting at his very unusual desk. What made the desk so unusual was that it was covered with more than 12,000 pennies that had been individually glued to it using 77 tubes of airplane cement.
It was reported in the New York Times on May 21, 1967 that Dr. Orlo K. Jantz, a researcher at Michigan State University had stumbled upon a new way to control strawberry and picnic beetles. All that was needed was to set up traps baited with two colors of automobile paint.
In 1953 Harold Jesse Berney, head of a Washington, DC television antenna manufacturing operation, was chosen by the US government to be its main contact with Uccelles, a prince visiting our planet from Venus. If that sounds a bit bizarre, check out this story to learn about one of the most fantastic swindles ever conceived.
It was reported in the February 19, 1902 edition of the New York Times that 18-year-old Alfred De Chico walked into the Bedford Avenue police station in NYC claiming that 18-year-old Salvatore Carricato had shot him three times.
On January 22nd of 1958 thieves in New York City stole a tractor trailer loaded with $22,000 worth of green coffee. (That would be about $175,000 today.) They drove the truck to another garage at 564 Carroll Street and unloaded the coffee. What they didn’t anticipate was that in removing all of that weight, the truck’s body would rise higher than the garage door through which it had entered.
Joe Bonavita was a Brooklyn tavern owner who went to the Bowery in 1946 to give away a big chunk of his hard-earned money to those less fortunate. Believing he was crazy, the men refused to take his handouts. But Joe wouldn’t take no for an answer…
One of the most bizarre stories that I have ever researched. The nearly unbelievable true story from 1946 about a New York City woman hired to investigate another woman suspected in a jewel heist. What happened next is truly unforgettable.