100 Years Ago Today: Murderer Ends His Life in Prison

Moffat County Courier, March 13, 1919 The tragedy of Celina Haberl reached its conclusion when her murderer, Richard H. Baugh, ended his own life by hanging himself in his jail cell in the Canon City State Penitentiary. Miss Haberl was just 21-years-old when Baugh shot her to death on June 7, 1918. She and her …

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100 Years Ago Today: Murder-Suicide at Tolland Station

Oak Creek Times, March 7, 1919 More tragedy on the old Moffat Road this week. On January 29th it was a boiler explosion on the hoodoo Engine No. 100 near Dixie Lake that killed two coworkers. Today it's a murder suicide at the Tolland railroad station of the Denver Northwest & Pacific that left two …

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100 Years Ago Today: Wealthy Rancher Murdered, Buried Under Manure

Wray Rattler, February 27, 1919 John Breuss went missing from his Silt, Colorado ranch home on November 18, 1918. By late December of that year, Sheriff Charles W. Fravert of Garfield County, on suspicion that Breuss was dead, offered a $250 reward for the recovery of Breuss' body, and another $250 for any information leading …

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100 Years Ago Today: Lunatic Threatens to Cut Off Police Chief’s Head

Herald Democrat, February 14, 1919 Governor Oliver H. Shoup (shoop ba-doop) was elected the 22nd governor of Colorado in November, 1918, and he was already receiving death threats by February, 1919. "Lunatics" weren't wasting any time. Granted, Shoup's own head was not under threat but that of a proxy, Hamilton Armstrong, long-serving Denver Chief of …

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100 Years Ago Today: Mabel Normand, Silent Film Comedy Star

Fort Collins Courier, February 12, 1919 The old Lyric Theater in Fort Collins, 1915 Last night I was watching an episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel where a male booking agent meets the comedian he hired, Midge Maisel, for the first time. She's wearing a black evening dress. Her hair is fabulous. She looks gorgeous. …

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100 Years Ago Today: Small Son Tells How Father Killed Mother

Herald Democrat, January 28, 1919 Let's fill out some key points to this terrible story. On December 2, 1918, 34-year-old Pearl(e) Centers, plow factory worker, father of nine-year-old Raymond Centers and former husband of now-deceased Daisy Myrtal Centers (34), killed his wife because she refused to reconcile their recent divorce, aka she wouldn't take his …

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