Henri Landru was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
Her lover's secret work, a mysterious trip to Gambais and a hasty departure the next morning might have worried Fernande, but Henri cleared her mind of such matters by announcing that the impediments to their marriage would soon be gone.
Fernande Segret and Henri Landru, using the pseudonym Lucien Guillet, began living together as a married couple, though they were not married.
Lucien, who was really Henri Landru, had left Fernande's home in a rage. Yet, he had arranged the meeting between Fernande and her former fiance, now returned from the war. Knowing what we know now — and what Fernande did not know then — one …
Henri Landru had proposed to Fernande Segret. He was not really free to marry, but Since Landru had lied to Segret about his name — he told her he was Lucien Guillet — it is not hard to believe he lied about his marital status.
While these events did not happen in Tucson or even in the United States, the story was told exclusively to the Star and is a fascinating tale. Therefore, it is presented to Tales from the Morgue readers in the five original parts. Part 6 con…
Some “Tales from the Morgue” series are now available as eBooks along with some other Arizona Daily Star special sections. Click the links below the book covers to go to the pages on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and e-Newspaper versions tha…
The sale of El Con Mall marks an end to the Kivel and Papanikolas families’ 54-year run of operating the mall. The two families opened El Con in 1960 next to Tucson’s first resort, the El Conquistador, which opened in 1928. Read all about Joe…
Johnny Carson signed off of "The Tonight Show" for the last time May 22, 1992, 22 years ago today. Take a look back at some of his "Tonight Show" moments.
It's National Train Day May 10. We present trains old and new, full-sized and toy-sized to take you back to your childhood.
Read the story announcing the birth of the website.
In honor of Wilbur Wright's 147th birthday (he was born April 16, 1867), we present a look at some early flight history. Wilbur died in 1912, leaving his brother Orville to carry on the family aviation legacy.
On March 28, 1881, P.T. Barnum and James Bailey merged their circuses to form Barnum and Bailey's circus, known as "The Greatest Show on Earth." The circus spawned a motion picture starring Charlton Heston and James Stewart. Ringling Brothers…
The remains of John "Button" Salmon are marked by a tombstone at Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery & Crematory.
Electricity is a wonderful thing. We know this best when we don't have it for a while.
With Tucson often relegated to ugly stepsister status among Arizona cities, it must have been quite refreshing to have those in Phoenix clamoring for a railroad line to Tucson.
Once upon a time, when half a million dollars bought more than it does today, some capitalists outside of Tucson decided such a sum could make Tucson the country's playground. These backers intended a resort-style hotel and golf course.
The first paving work on a city street would soon be completed. How would such a feat of progress be celebrated?
The song "Take This Job and Shove It" was not yet written when the dog catcher tendered his resignation, but one could imagine him singing it nonetheless.
A man had been sentenced to six months in jail and a $50 fine for assaulting his wife. His behavior toward his baby saved him from the $50 fine.
There's a lot of talk lately about the repopulation of Pusch Ridge with bighorn sheep. While many sheep were captured and transported to the ridge last fall, almost half of them are now dead.
Take a look at some of the past Oscar winners for "Best Picture." Not represented here by a photo are: "The Broadway Melody," 1928-1929; "Grand Hotel," 1931/1932; "Cavalcade," 1932/1933; "The Great Ziegfeld," 1936; "The Life of Emile Zola," 1…
On Feb. 22, 1879, F.W. Woolworth open the first chain store in American in Utica, NY. The chain closed the last Woolworth store in 1997. In Tucson, a fire in the Woolworth store in Congress made big news in 1941 and the store moved to Congres…
The Washington Monument was dedicated Feb. 21, 1885. After an earthquake a few years ago, it was closed to tourists until repairs were made. Take a look at photos then and now.
Read some stories about the first Fiesta de los Vaqueros in 1925.