In 1897, a newlywed woman was found dead …

ZonaHeasterShueIn 1897, a newlywed woman was found dead in her home. Although her death was attributed to natural causes, her mother’s insistence that she had been visited by the woman’s ghost compelled authorities to reopen the case, at which time an autopsy revealed the woman had suffered a broken neck. Under the guise of emotional grief, the husband kept people away from the body of his “beloved” wife, tied a scarf around her neck claiming it to be “her favorite”, and went to other lengths to veil the fact that her neck was broken.

In 1882, Robert Ford killed the outlaw J …

Robert_FordIn 1882, Robert Ford killed the outlaw Jesse James in order to collect the reward… only to find out that he would immediately be charged for first degree murder. He was charged with murder and sentenced to be hanged but was pardoned and given 500 dollars and let free instead (much less money than promised).