Chicago Tribune, January 19, 1919. As we all know from Charles Bronson movies, shrinks and their natural allies, liberal judges, are soft on crime and that’s why the whole world has gone to hell in a gay, socialist, heroin-addicted handbasket. It wasn’t always thus, however: Here’s one tough-minded clinician who had the moral courage to advocate the wholesale execution of the violently insane. Okay, he wasn’t exactly advocating it so much as running it up the flagpole to see who saluted. Read more.
Georgia Weekly Telegraph, April 16, 1880. The level of detail here proposes sort of a PSA agenda: Robbing graves isn’t cool, kids, plus it can liquefy your eyes. This item would make for a swell high school instructional film, or an equally fine E.C. horror comic.
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Yet another item for which I have no citation data. I think this is from the Chicago Tribune though. “Drummer” here refers to a traveling salesman, not a musician. Read More »
Chicago Tribune, January 4, 1851. It’s been a while since we’ve run an Unwritten Law drama. This one’s pretty intense, starting with that quality bad-guy dialog from murdered libertine Abraham Redden. Read More »
Detroit News, May 10, 1931. Okay, we’ve solved the slaying of “dime-a-dance hostess” Virginia Brannen: She was bumped off by the mob for talking to the law. And the going rate in gangland for killing a prostitute in 1931 was $300.
Detroit News, March 28, 1931. “Yeah, gettin’ wise, see? And the boss don’t like it, see?” Observe how subtly the cartoonist has captured the signature phrenological traits of the constitutional criminal. No sign of our old friend Merciful Percival though. Perhaps even he finally got wise and they had to rub him out, see?
Detroit News, March 26, 1931. Here’s our friend Merciful Percival again, he of the soft hands and softer heart. It’s amply clear he’s just in this for the rough trade, no? I’m not sure this cartoonist is earning his paycheck though.
Detroit News, April 3, 1931. Michigan was debating whether to reinstate the death penalty in the Thirties, in response to the gangland murders that had become a part of daily life under Prohibition. On the editorial page of the News, the anti- side was invariably represented by this long-haired, po-faced, pencil-necked, bleeding-heart little douchenozzle. Fair and balanced coverage decades before Fox News.