The Boy Hanged from a Chair: The True Crime of Harvey Church


A reading from America’s historic newspapers


Eye for an Eye Edition
The Boy Hanged from a Chair
The True Crime of Harvey Church
Chicago, Illinois

Convicted of killing a pair of Studebaker salesmen because he wanted a car to impress the girls, Harvey Church went into a catatonic coma a month before his execution and never came out of it, even as deputy sheriffs carried him to the gallows in a chair.
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Chicago Tribune, September 12, 1921
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Chicago Tribune, March 4, 1922
New Castle (Indiana) Herald, March 6, 1922

Serial Killer Clips: Billy Gohl, Admiral of the Floater Fleet


A reading from America’s historic newspapers during the golden age of yellow journalism

Aberdeen, Washington

February, 1910

During the last half of the first decade of the twentieth century, the port of Grays Harbor near the city of Aberdeen Washington, was so inundated with dead bodies that the local newspapers called it the invasion of the floater fleet. Numerous investigations did not turn up anything except a few likely suspects and even more mystery. When police arrested the local union agent Billy Gohl for the murder of a pair of sailors, they believed they caught the man behind anywhere from 40 to 200 murders between 1906 and 1910.

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Aberdeen Herald, February 3, 1910
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Oregon Daily Journal, February 4, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, February 7, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, April 7, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, May 12, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, May 2, 1910
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Los Angeles Herald, May 3, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, May 5, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, May 26, 1910
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The Newport (Washington) Miner, October 27, 1910
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Aberdeen Herald, April 11, 1910