The Long Island Torso Murder: The True Crime of Martin Thorn and Augusta Nack

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One summer day in 1896, three young boys discover a mysterious package floating near the docks of the East River. Hoping for some kind of treasure, what they found was the freshly dismembered body of a man. Police eventually discovered the identity of the man and found that he was involved in a deadly love triangle. His lover and her other man were charged with the grisly crime.

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The True Crime of Ida Laboeuf, Dr. Thomas Dreher, and James Beadle

Another love triangle gone horribly wrong.The_Anniston_Star_Fri__Jul_8__1927_headline

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Aniston (Alabama) Star, July 8, 1927

Undone by a couple of froggers…

The Danville (Virginia)  Bee, July 9, 1927

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The Danville (Virginia) Bee, July 9, 1927

The trigger man testified at the trial:

Corsica (Texas) Semi Weekly Light, August 5, 1927
Corsica (Texas) Semi Weekly Light, August 5, 1927

Ida Laboeuf would be the first white woman to be sentenced to death in Louisiana.

The Escanaba (Michigan) Daily Press, August 13, 1927
The Escanaba (Michigan) Daily Press, August 13, 1927
The Kane (Pennsylvania) Republican, January 7, 1929
The Kane (Pennsylvania) Republican, January 7, 1929
The Monroe (Louisiana) Star, January 12, 1929
The Monroe (Louisiana) Star, January 12, 1929
The Springfield (Missouri) Leader, December 7, 1928
The Springfield (Missouri) Leader, December 7, 1928

After a long and bitter battle in the courts and in the Louisiana state house, here’s a graphic and pathetic account of the double execution:
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Kingsport (Tennessee) Times, February 1, 1929

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