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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…
Tales from the Morgue: He must be SOMEBODY

Tales from the Morgue: He must be SOMEBODY

Once upon a time, there was a body builder who started a film career.

October 10, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Jailbreak

Tales from the Morgue: Jailbreak

Every once in a while life offers the lesson that one should never become complacent. This must be especially true of those in charge of keeping the incarcerated behind bars.

September 03, 2014 9:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Disparaging writers

Tales from the Morgue: Disparaging writers

This article turned up in a very old filmed copy of the Arizona Daily Star. It isn't a local story or about Tucsonans or Arizonans, but the Star's editors thought it was good enough for them, so it should be good enough for today's readers.

August 25, 2014 6:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, conclusion

Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, conclusion

A Star reporter interviewed the condemned man the day before the execution.

August 21, 2014 6:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 11

Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 11

William Estaver, aka Paul Hadley, went on trial for the second time.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 9

Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 9

Peter Johnson testified for the prosecution and would now be cross examined.

August 18, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 8

Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 8

William Estaver testified in his own defense at his trial.

August 15, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 7

Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 7

Love letters to Estaver were entered into evidence.

August 14, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 6

Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 6

Peter Johnson testified for the prosecution and would now be cross examined.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 5

Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 5

William Estaver was on trial for the murder of Anna C. Johnson.

August 12, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 4

Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 4

William Estaver finally came to trial in April 1922.

August 11, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 2

Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 2

Peter Johnson was seriously wounded and his wife killed.

August 07, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 1

Tales from the Morgue: Deadly road trip, Part 1

Traveling a lonely, desert road with a stranger wasn't the best idea.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…
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…

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