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Tales from the Morgue: Climate is not changing

Tales from the Morgue: Climate is not changing

It would seem the debate on global warming is nothing new.

July 29, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Jazz is just a fad

Tales from the Morgue: Jazz is just a fad

John Philip Sousa's name is solidly placed in musical history.

July 28, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 5

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 5

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.

July 25, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 4

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 4

Fernande Segret and Henri Landru, using the pseudonym Lucien Guillet, began living together as a married couple, though they were not married.

July 24, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 3

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 3

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 must conclude Lucien's behavior was calculated to …

July 23, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 2

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 2

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.

July 22, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 1

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 1

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 contains later news.

July 21, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Grieving the loss of a 'cousin,' Walt Nett

When I first came to work for the Arizona Daily Star as a library assistant in 1991, I already knew quite a few people here. My husband was a sports copy editor, so I had met a few of his coworkers.

April 24, 2014 2:15 pmLoading…
Tales from the Morgue: Motherless biddies

Tales from the Morgue: Motherless biddies

Electricity is a wonderful thing. We know this best when we don't have it for a while.

March 24, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Railroad from Tucson to Phoenix

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.

March 21, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Playground of the nation

Tales from the Morgue: Playground of the nation

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.

March 19, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Dancing in the streets

The first paving work on a city street would soon be completed. How would such a feat of progress be celebrated?

March 14, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Resignation not accepted

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.

March 13, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Kissing babies really works

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.

March 12, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: The end of the bighorns on Pusch Ridge

Tales from the Morgue: The end of the bighorns on Pusch Ridge

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.

March 05, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Tales from the Morgue: Lost in the Catalinas

It's a story heard too often. A hiking party in the Catalina Mountains encounters an unexpected snow storm and is missing. This one involved two University of Arizona students.

February 12, 2014 9:00 amLoading…

Tales from the Morgue: Women on juries?

Once upon a time, juries consisted of men — usually white men. If the defendant was a woman, the jury still had only men. So much for a jury of one's peers.

February 10, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Snow in the desert and a bit of treason

Tales from the Morgue: Snow in the desert and a bit of treason

We have heard so much about snow over much of the country that we might yearn for some ourselves. However, the freezing temperatures that accompany that snow, we'd just rather do without.

February 05, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Billiards is a clean game

Tales from the Morgue: Billiards is a clean game

The game of billiards had a better reputation than the game of pool in 1914, it would seem, even though they are the same to many. Perhaps pool halls were the source since they were often considered places of drinking and gambling.

February 04, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Motorcycle club is a 'go'

Tales from the Morgue: Motorcycle club is a 'go'

When one thinks of hobbies for the year 1914, motorcycles is probably not the first hobby that comes to mind, except of course, for motorcycle enthusiasts.

January 31, 2014 1:00 pm Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Cactus needles, phonographs and road runners

Tales from the Morgue: Cactus needles, phonographs and road runners

Oh, those versatile cactus needles. Who would have thought they could be used as needles on a phonograph?

January 30, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: A soft spot for animals

Once upon a time, it was not unusual to see a horse and wagon out on the street. But it likely was uncommon to see the animal tied in one spot for several hours.

January 28, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Road runners building fences

Tales from the Morgue: Road runners building fences

Tales from the Morgue presents a tall tale reminiscent of Big Jim Griffith's history and folklore blog, "A storied desert land."

January 25, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Rumors of his death were greatly exaggerated

It has been said that it's a good day when one wakes up and reads the obituaries and does not find himself listed. But perhaps if you read your own obituary, you can have some fun attending your funeral.

January 23, 2014 12:00 pm Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Eulogy for an executioner

This story has nothing to do with Tucson except that it appeared in the Arizona Daily Star, picked up from the Associated Press. It was just rather interesting. You decide if it is worth reading.

January 22, 2014 6:00 pm Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue replay: Fire at the Congress Hotel

The Congress Hotel fire on Jan. 22, 1934, brought about the capture of John Dillinger, but before the capture, the fire was the big news in the Arizona Daily Star.

January 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Tales from the Morgue: Pedestrians dodging bicycles

Tucson is often considered a bicycle-friendly city, but one still hears heated discussions about whether car drivers are prone to crowd cyclists or the cyclists are interfering with traffic flow for cars.

January 21, 2014 12:00 pm Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Tucson is civilized, residents even read books

Headlines are important for a newspaper. If the headline doesn't encourage people to read the story below it, the headline didn't work. It's no secret that headlines are occasionally a bit sensational just so people will read more.

January 20, 2014 12:00 pm Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Local law more severe than federal, misspellings notwithstanding

When a 35-year-old man elopes with a 13-year-old girl, there will be repercussions. In this case they came when federal authorities decided that they could prosecute the man under Arizona law, which was more severe than the federal law for the crime.

January 17, 2014 6:00 pm Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: In praise of spelling bees

Even back in 1914, people claimed that students left school — even university — deficient in spelling abilities. Shouldn't clerks and stenographers be able to spell?

January 16, 2014 6:00 pm Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Old friends meet and a warning to thieves

One hundred years ago today, a blind man who was once a telegrapher and correspondent for the Star in 1881, attended a meeting during which Arizona's governor spoke. The man recognized the governor's voice as that of his former editor at the Star.

January 14, 2014 12:00 pm Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: A new country club, and who's reporting this fire?

Tales from the Morgue presents news that happened 100 years ago today and was reported in the Star a day later.

January 13, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Ladies' fashions in 1914

Yay! The fashion news is in from New York. Women are wearing combinations of two materials in one gown. Can we handle the challenge?

January 12, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Pima County hires Chuck Huckelberry as manager

Tales from the Morgue: Pima County hires Chuck Huckelberry as manager

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is nearing his 20th anniversary on the job. Let's take a look back to his hiring.

January 12, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Tucson news from 100 years ago

Tales from the Morgue presents some items of interest that happened 100 years ago.

January 10, 2014 6:00 pm Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: A neighborly call

One hundred years ago today a motorcade from Phoenix traveled to Tucson for its second annual call on Tucson. The Maricopa Automobile club members were welcomed with speeches and events.

January 09, 2014 6:00 pm Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: The demise of the Silver Slipper

In July and August of 2010, Tales from the Morgue ran a series about a murder at the opening night party of the Silver Slipper night club. It was noted at the end of the series that the club had burned down in the 1930s, but detailed information had not been found. Until now.

January 09, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Hungry children needed help

It was, no doubt, a heart-rending plea. The Arizona Daily Star received a letter from the children of Greaterville telling of their desperation and hunger. It was early in the Great Depression, and this district showed the situation quite clearly.

January 08, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Water conservation is nothing new

They didn't have television to spread the word, but even back in 1908, the Tucson City Council knew that Tucsonans couldn't use water indiscriminately here in the desert.

January 07, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Arizona's flag is older than Arizona

Tales from the Morgue: Arizona's flag is older than Arizona

Did you ever wonder who Arizona's Betsy Ross might have been? Who designed our state flag? It turns out that the design of Arizona's flag began in 1910 when the Arizona rifle team when to the national matches and wanted a flag for the territorial entry.

January 06, 2014 9:00 amLoading…
Tales from the Morgue: Congresswoman Isabella Greenway sworn in

Tales from the Morgue: Congresswoman Isabella Greenway sworn in

Isabella Greenway was sworn in as Arizona's newest U.S. Congressional Representative, and the first female representative from Arizona, on Jan. 3, 1934, in the presence of her friend Eleanor Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt even stopped her knitting as the swearing-in took place.

January 04, 2014 9:00 amLoading…

Tales from the Morgue: A Tombstone tragedy

That green-eyed monster, jealousy, is always getting in the way of a peaceful life — or any life, as occasionally proves to be the case.

January 03, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: A follow up to the attempted train robbery

Tales from the Morgue: A follow up to the attempted train robbery

The Morgue Lady has been contacted by the grandson of one of the principal players in the attempted train robbery. Farrall Smith has offered many photos that give us insight into life in early 20th-century Tucson.

December 17, 2013 9:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Trouble over a lady's affections

It's been happening since the beginning of time. Two young men are eyeing the same young lady and come to blows. But this time, one of the men was armed, so a fist fight turned into something that could have been deadly.

December 13, 2013 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: New ice plant

Tales from the Morgue: New ice plant

We don't realize how easy we have it. Our ice is made in our own homes, in our own refrigerators. Many of use don't even have to open the door of the freezer to get the ice.

December 10, 2013 9:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Star files help widow of massacre victim

While searching for the fates of the Golden State Limited's accused bandits, the Morgue Lady came across this story. The Mexican consul was attempted to help a widow whose husband was a victim of the Samaniego massacre in 1881. It appeared articles from the Arizona Daily Star night help.

December 05, 2013 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: The not-so-great, attempted train robbery, Part 8

Tales from the Morgue: The not-so-great, attempted train robbery, Part 8

The names of the others accused of involvement with the holdup of the Golden State limited were revealed at the preliminary examination of George Winkler Sr.

December 03, 2013 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: The not-so-great, attempted train robbery, Part 7

Tales from the Morgue: The not-so-great, attempted train robbery, Part 7

Alleged train robber F.W. Jirou apparently saw that things weren't going his way. So he confessed, turned state's evidence and named his fellow bandits. One can only assume he would not be eligible for any reward.

December 02, 2013 9:00 am Related Loading…

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