History

Raymond C Schindler

Born in the northern town of Oswego in Mexico, Raymond C Schindler’s life was not initially exciting. Raymond struggled with odd jobs ranging from a salesman to an insurance agent, to working as a gold-miner. However, little did Raymond know what the future held for him. After finishing his studies at high school in Wisconsin,… Continue reading Raymond C Schindler

Real Life Crime

Female Killers from the Big Apple

Elizabeth van Valkenburgh On January 22, 1846, Elizabeth van Valkenburg was arrested and charged with the murder of her second husband, John van Valkenburgh. She was tried, found guilty and sentenced to be hanged by the neck until dead. The killer confessed to adding arsenic to her husband’s tea, and waiting as he died slowly… Continue reading Female Killers from the Big Apple

Real Life Crime

Juana Barraza – The Old Lady Killer

Juana Barraza is a criminal in Mexico who is also known as the old lady killer due to the murders she committed. She was sentenced to 759 years in prison for killing 42 to 48 older women. Barraza was born in Hidalgo, which is the rural part of Mexico City, in Mexico. Her mother was… Continue reading Juana Barraza – The Old Lady Killer

Real Life Crime

The Murder Hotel

Henry Howard Holmes was born Herbert Webster Mudgett, but changed his name and moved to Chicago in 1886. Described as charming, fashionable and intelligent, Holmes was well liked by everybody he met. He soon started working at a drugstore and purchased an empty lot across the street. Here he began to construct a three storey… Continue reading The Murder Hotel

Crime Fiction, Real Life Crime

Agatha Christie – An Author’s Mysterious Disappearance

Ironic situations are one of the most gripping parts of any detective story. One of these occurred in real life in December 1926, when popular mystery writer, Agatha Christie, disappeared under suspicious circumstances. The author wrote a note stating that she was going on vacation and drove away from her home in Berkshire, England. Shortly… Continue reading Agatha Christie – An Author’s Mysterious Disappearance