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39th year  -  N° 109                 Thursday, 18 April 2024         Antwerpen		
10 Minutes Before the Worm




41 events for 22 December:

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    385 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 22nd of December 1639

    Dramatist Jean Baptiste Racine is born in La Ferté-Milon, Picardie, France.


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    286 Years Ago Today

    Monday 22nd of December 1738

    Prostitute Constantia Jones is executed by hanging at the age of 30 in Tyburn Tree, London, Tyburn, Greater London, United Kingdom.

    Jones had stolen 36 shillings and a half-guinea from a client.


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    198 Years Ago Today

    Friday 22nd of December 1826

    Wilhelmine Rumpff is poisoned with arsenic by serial poisoner Gesche Gottfried aka Der Engel von Bremen in Bremen, Freie Hansestadt Bremen, Germany.


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    166 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 22nd of December 1858

    Composer Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini is born in Corte San Lorenzo 9, Lucca, Toscana, Italy.


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    148 Years Ago Today

    Friday 22nd of December 1876

    Founder of the Futurist movement Filippo Tommaso Marinetti is born as Emilio Angelo Carlo Marinetti in Alexandria, Alexandria, Egypt.


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    141 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 22nd of December 1883

    Composer Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse aka The Stratospheric Colossus of Sound is born in Paris, Île-de-France, France.


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    132 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 22nd of December 1892

    Mistress of Henri Désiré Landru aka Le Barbe-Bleue de Gambais Fernande Ernestine Marcelline Segret is born in Paris, Île-de-France, France.


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    122 Years Ago Today

    Monday 22nd of December 1902

    Psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing known for Psychopathia Sexualis: eine Klinisch-Forensische Studie dies of unknown causes at the age of 62 in Graz, Steiermark, Austria.


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    100 Years Ago Today

    Monday 22nd of December 1924

    Serial killer and cannibal Karl Denke aka Papa Denke commits suicide by hanging in his cell at the age of 64 in Münsterberg, Niederschlesien, Germany.

    Denke was arrested after attacking Vincenz Oliver with a hackblade during dinner. When police searched his house at Teichstraße 10, they found drums with salted meat and written notes about 20 years of murder and cannibalism.


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    98 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 22nd of December 1926

    48-year-old Elizabeth Beard is raped and strangled by serial killer Earle Leonard Nelson aka The Gorilla Murderer in Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States.


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    88 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 22nd of December 1936

    Victim of The Manson Family Wojciech Frykowski is born in Łódź, Łódź Voivodeship, Poland.


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    85 Years Ago Today

    Friday 22nd of December 1939

    186 die in D-Zug D 10 and D 180 collision in Bahnhof, Genthin, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany.


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    78 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 22nd of December 1946

    Wife of Jim Morrison Pamela Susan Courson is born in Weed, California, United States.


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    71 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 22nd of December 1953

    Double murderer Alfred Charles Whiteway known for the Towpath murders is executed by hanging at the age of 22 in Wandsworth Prison, London, Wandsworth, Greater London, United Kingdom.


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    61 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 22nd of December 1963

    128 die in TSMS Lakonia cruise-liner fire and sinking in the North Atlantic Ocean.

    The Lakonia departed Southampton on 19 December 1963 for an 11-day 'Christmas Cruise' of the Canary Islands.


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    58 Years Ago Today

    Thursday 22nd of December 1966

    5-year-old Ilona Harke is sexually assaulted and drowned by serial killer Joachim Kroll aka Jockel aka Der Ruhrkannibale in Feldbachtal, Hückeswagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

    Harke disappeared in Wuppertal and was found four days later.


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    55 Years Ago Today

    Monday 22nd of December 1969

    Film director Josef von Sternberg dies of a heart attack at the age of 75 in Hollywood, California, United States.


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    53 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 22nd of December 1971

    Seven members of die Rote Armee Fraktion aka Baader-Meinhof Gruppe rob a bank of 134.000 DM in Bayerische Hypotheken- und Wechselbank, Fackelstraße 29, Kaiserslautern, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

    32-year-old policeman Herbert Schoner was shot dead when he tried to caution the getaway car for unlawful parking.


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    53 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 22nd of December 1971

    66-year-old Murderess Winnie Ruth Judd aka The Trunk Murderess is released on parole after 39 years imprisonment in Arizona State Hospital, 2500 E. Van Buren, Phoenix, Arizona, United States.


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    53 Years Ago Today

    Wednesday 22nd of December 1971

    46-year-old Ida Van Isacker-Smeets is raped, tortured and strangled by serial killer Gustaaf Van Eyken aka De Vampier van Muizen in Dijleoever, Mechelen, Hanswijk, Antwerpen, Belgium.

    Van Eyken wanted to rape Van Isacker but he couldn't so he strangled her. Then he went home to eat. Upon returning to finally rape her she was still alive. Van Eyken mutilated and strangled her again.


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    52 Years Ago Today

    Friday 22nd of December 1972

    16 survivors of the Uruguayan Air Force twin turboprop Fairchild FH-227D Flight 571 plane crash are found in the Andes || Glaciar de las Lágrimas, the Andes.

    They fed on the dead passengers who had been preserved in the snow after their plane crashed on 13 October 1972.


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    52 Years Ago Today

    Friday 22nd of December 1972

    Singer, model and actress Vanessa Chantal Paradis is born in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Île-de-France, France.


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    50 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 22nd of December 1974

    Victim of Arthur Gary Bishop aka The Mormon Murderer Alonzo C. Daniels is born in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.


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    50 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 22nd of December 1974

    42-year-old David Perez is stabbed to death by serial killer Vaughn Greenwood aka The Skid Row Slasher in Los Angeles, California, United States.


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    49 Years Ago Today

    Monday 22nd of December 1975

    Suzanne Bach is attacked by serial killer Bernd Bopp aka Der Hammermörder in Weinheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

    Bach survived.


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    49 Years Ago Today

    Monday 22nd of December 1975

    29-year-old Connie Jo Claborn Bronzich and 26-year-old Laurent Ormond Carrière is drugged and stabbed to death by serial killer Charles Sobhraj aka Bad Blood in Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal.


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    46 Years Ago Today

    Friday 22nd of December 1978

    9-year-old Yelena Zakotnova is raped, stabbed and strangled by serial killer Andrei Chikatilo aka The Rostov Ripper in Grushevskiy most, Shakhty, Rostov Oblast, Russia.

    Zakotnova was Chikatilo's first victim. Other suspects for the murder were 25-year-old Alexander Kravchenko and 50-year-old Anatoly Grigoriev. On 8 January 1979 Grigoriev hanged himself. On 5 July 1983 Kravchenko was executed for the murder.  


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    46 Years Ago Today

    Friday 22nd of December 1978

    36-year-old Serial killer John Wayne Gacy aka The Killer Clown is placed under arrest as a suspect in the abduction of Robert Piest in 8213 West Summerdale Avenue, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.


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    46 Years Ago Today

    Friday 22nd of December 1978

    Start of the excavations in the house of 36-year-old Serial killer John Wayne Gacy aka The Killer Clown in 8213 West Summerdale Avenue, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

    Between 22 and 29 December, 27 bodies were recovered from Gacy's property, 26 of which were found buried in his crawl space, with one additional victim, John Butkovitch, being found buried beneath the concrete floor of his garage precisely where Gacy had marked the youth's grave with a can of spray paint.


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    40 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 22nd of December 1984

    37-year-old Bernhard Hugo Goetz aka The Subway Vigilante shoots 19-year-old Troy Canty, 19-year-old Darrel Cabey, 19-year-old Barry Allen and 18-year-old Jimmy Ramseur who attempted to rob him in the Broadway - Seventh Avenue Line express subway train in IRT 14th Street Station, New York, New York, United States.

    On 31 December 1984 Goetz walked into the Concord, New Hampshire police headquarters and told the officer on duty "I am the person they are seeking in New York." At the civil trial years later Goetz said "I was trying to get as many of them as I could."


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    40 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 22nd of December 1984

    Noise music band Club Moral perform 'Here Lives My House' as their 41st concert in V2, Vughterstraat 234, Den Bosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands.


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    38 Years Ago Today

    Monday 22nd of December 1986

    Terrorist Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab aka Omar Farooq al-Nigeri aka The Underwear Bomber is born in Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria.


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    37 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 22nd of December 1987

    47-year-old Mass murderer Ronald Gene Simmons kills his 46-year-old wife Rebecca, his children, 29-year-old Gene, 17-year-old Loretta, 14-year-old Eddy, 11-year-old Marianne and 8-year-old Rebecca Becky, and his granddaughter (or daughter) 3-year-old Barbara by shooting, strangling and drowning in Mockingbird Hill, Dover, Arkansas, United States.

    Four days later Simmons killed another seven members of his family.


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    35 Years Ago Today

    Friday 22nd of December 1989

    Writer and playwright Samuel Barclay Beckett known for Waiting for Godot dies of respiratory failure at the age of 83 in Résidence Tiers Temps, 24 Rue Rémy Dumoncel, Paris, XIVe, Île-de-France, France.


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    32 Years Ago Today

    Tuesday 22nd of December 1992

    157 die in Libyan Arab Airlines Boeing 727-2L5 Flight 1103 and a Libyan Air Force MiG-23 mid-air collision in Tripoli International Airport, Tripoli, Greater Tripoli, Libya.


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    28 Years Ago Today

    Sunday 22nd of December 1996

    33-year-old Jacqueline Leclercq is abducted, killed and cut to pieces by unidentified serial killer Le Dépeceur de Mons aka The Trash Bag Killer in Rue Malapert, Hyon, Hainaut, Belgium.

    On 22 March 1997 several parts of Leclercq's body were found in trash bags in Cuesmes.


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    27 Years Ago Today

    Monday 22nd of December 1997

    Start of the trial against 48-year-old Serial killer Ahmad Suradji aka The Sorcerer in Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia.

    Suradji stood trial for the murders of 42 women whom he ‘treated’ as a sorcerer, this involved the drinking of their saliva, and strangling them while half buried.



  • 25 Years Ago Today The Eyes had it

    Wednesday 22nd of December 1999

    The clerk at the post-office across the Royal Palace who at first refused to gave me a postbox address but completely changed his mind when I came back with Sutee and gave me one at the office in Banglamphu in Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand.


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    23 Years Ago Today His Foot Perspiration Was to Blame

    Saturday 22nd of December 2001

    28-year-old Terrorist Richard Colvin Reid aka The Shoe Bomber aka Abdel Rahim aka Abdul Rof attempts to blow up the American Airlines Flight 63 from Paris to Miami Boeing 767 by use of PETN explosives hidden in his shoe in Logan International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

    The rainy weather along with Reid's foot perspiration caused the fuse to be too damp to ignite.


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    17 Years Ago Today

    Saturday 22nd of December 2007

    61-year-old Serial killer Peter William Sutcliffe aka The Yorkshire Ripper is stabbed in the face by fellow inmate Patrick Sureda with a metal cutlery knife while shouting "You fucking raping, murdering bastard, I'll blind your fucking other one" in Broadmoor Hospital, Crowthorne, Berkshire, United Kingdom.

    Sutcliffe, already blind in one eye after a previous attack, flung himself backwards and the blade missed his right eye, instead stabbing him in the cheek.


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    10 Years Ago Today

    Monday 22nd of December 2014

    Singer and musician Joe John Robert Cocker dies of lung cancer at the age of 70 in Crawford, Colorado, United States.



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