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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 quite helpful.

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. Reap of "improper conduct."

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: 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, Tucson police were no doubt hoping he wouldn't make his way south.

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 one of the most daring. It was daring nonetheless.

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 evidence gave pretty clear indication that the death was not an accident.

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 no injuries and left on that train. It was safer.

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 discovered by an accused moonshiner in 1920.

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 turned out to be deadly for the accused.

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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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…
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…

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