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Tales from the Morgue: Murdered for gold

Tales from the Morgue: Murdered for gold

A merchant was murdered in his home in Santa Cruz County, and speculation was that he was murdered by old enemies.

January 21, 2015 12:15 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Pistol duel or gunfight?

Tales from the Morgue: Pistol duel or gunfight?

It was called a duel, but in hindsight it seems to have been more of a gunfight. Either way, two men died.

January 20, 2015 12:15 am Related Loading…

The doctor, the highwayman and the big mistake

The doctor, the highwayman and the big mistake

"Tales from the Morgue" presents the story of a big rumor that grew from a misunderstanding.

January 15, 2015 12:15 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: A unique presentation of a correction

Tales from the Morgue: A unique presentation of a correction

Everyone makes mistakes, including newspaper reporters and editors, and readers aren't at all hesitant to point them out — which is actually q…

January 12, 2015 12:15 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: They went 'postal'

Tales from the Morgue: They went 'postal'

Who knew the job of postmaster could lead to such bitterness?

January 09, 2015 12:15 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Jealousy made him do it, conclusion

Tales from the Morgue: Jealousy made him do it, conclusion

As stated earlier, Tom Reap's plea was insanity. There were several willing to testify to this, but of course, the jury would have the last say.

January 08, 2015 12:15 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Jealousy made him do it, part 3

Tales from the Morgue: Jealousy made him do it, part 3

Tom Reap was accused of murder for the killing of John Halter, whom Reap claimed had an inappropriate relationship with Reap's wife.

January 07, 2015 12:15 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Jealousy made him do it, part 2

Tales from the Morgue: Jealousy made him do it, part 2

Tom Reap had been arrested for killing John Halter in front of several witnesses, including Mrs. Reap. Mr. Reap had accused Halter and Mrs. Re…

January 06, 2015 12:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Jealousy made him do it, part 1

Tales from the Morgue: Jealousy made him do it, part 1

Jealousy is a dangerous thing, even when it's justified. Add alcohol and the results can be disastrous.

January 05, 2015 12:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Stories from the 1967 jet crash

Tales from the Morgue: Stories from the 1967 jet crash

An Air Force F4D fighter jet had crashed.

December 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tales from the Morgue: Jet crash stunned Tucson in 1967

Tales from the Morgue: Jet crash stunned Tucson in 1967

Almost 11 years before an Air Force jet crashed near UA, there was a similar, more devastating crash.

December 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tales from the Morgue: Bachelors and Old Maids

Bachelors and unattached ladies at the university formed separate unions.

December 16, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: A swindler in Phoenix

Tales from the Morgue: A swindler in Phoenix

Tucsonans were warned in 1902 to be aware of a scheme happening in the Phoenix area. As Phoenix police still hadn't caught the perpetrator, Tu…

December 15, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: A daring diamond robbery

Tales from the Morgue: A daring diamond robbery

The lead paragraph in this article may have one wondering how many diamond robberies there were in Tucson by the end of 1921, for this to be o…

December 12, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Mystery murder victim

Tales from the Morgue: Mystery murder victim

It is truly hard to solve a murder when one doesn't know the identity of the victim. However, the bashed-in skull, drag marks and other eviden…

December 11, 2014 11:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Traffic woes

Tales from the Morgue: Traffic woes

One might think that traffic could not have been a serious problem in 1920 Tucson. After all, how many cars could there have been?

December 10, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: From the hospital to a car accident

Tales from the Morgue: From the hospital to a car accident

No sooner does a patient leave the sanitarium to catch a train than the bus in which he is riding is hit by a car. It is no wonder he claimed …

December 05, 2014 11:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: A fool for a client

Tales from the Morgue: A fool for a client

It is said that a man who acts as his own attorney has a fool for a client. Unless that man is really an attorney, this may well be true as di…

December 04, 2014 11:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Resisting arrest was deadly

Tales from the Morgue: Resisting arrest was deadly

As a deputy sheriff attempted to arrest a man on an earlier charge, the man attempted to assault or kill the sheriff and his assistant. This t…

November 10, 2014 11:00 am Related Loading…

For want of a bridge, don't eat the burros

For want of a bridge, don't eat the burros

Tales from the Morgue

November 07, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: An accident and a miracle

Tales from the Morgue: An accident and a miracle

Tom Dougherty had a guardian angel in 1899.

November 05, 2014 12:00 pm Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Buckskin Frank

Tales from the Morgue: Buckskin Frank

The first death in Tombstone attributed to Buckskin Frank was Mike Killeen.

November 03, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: More on the 1978 jet crash

Tales from the Morgue: More on the 1978 jet crash

A good samaritan's lost purse led her friends to believe she was in critical condition.

October 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Here lie 47 epitaphs written by readers in the 90s

Here lie 47 epitaphs written by readers in the 90s

In 1991 the Star asked readers what they would put on their tombstones.

October 27, 2014 12:49 pmLoading…

Tales from the Morgue: Stories of the 1978 jet crash

Tales from the Morgue: Stories of the 1978 jet crash

How would you feel if an Air Force jet crashed near your home or school?

October 27, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Tales from the Morgue: A jet crashes in Tucson

Tales from the Morgue: A jet crashes in Tucson

An Air Force jet crashed just south of the University of Arizona 34 years ago.

October 25, 2014 10:30 am Photos

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Tales from the Morgue: Student pranks become vandalism

Tales from the Morgue: Student pranks become vandalism

Student pranks at the University of Arizona escalated to the point of criminal activity in 1920.

October 16, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: The woman bandit, conclusion

Tales from the Morgue: The woman bandit, conclusion

Pearl Hart, the "Woman Bandit," had escaped from the Pima County jail.

October 14, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: The woman bandit

Tales from the Morgue: The woman bandit

It was probably the last stage coach robbery in Arizona.

October 13, 2014 6:30 am Related Loading…

About this blog

"Tales from the Morgue" is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library — also known as News and Research Services — for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

If you have suggestions, comments or questions about this blog, e-mail jeubank@tucson.com

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