JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Shorpy members who are Patreon contributors get an ad-free experience! (Mostly -- there's still an ad above the comments.) Sign up or learn more.

Dynamite Kills Two Babes: 1920

Dynamite Kills Two Babes: 1920

November 18, 1920. "Newsboy holding the Washington Times." Whose banner headline, DYNAMITE KILLS TWO BABES ASLEEP IN CRIB, summarizes a lurid crime that literally rocked Montgomery County, Maryland, in the fall of 1920 when a house painter engaged in a political feud with his neighbor, farmhand James Bolton, dynamited his bungalow, killing the man along with the two small children of his housekeeper. Guy Vernon Thompson was hanged for the crime the following April. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


On Shorpy:
Today’s Top 5

The old house

You can still see remnants of the exploded house just off the trail that leads up to Black Hills from the Waters Landing community. Over the recent years, it has become more obscure. You can still find it if you know what you are looking for.

Last Man Hanging

According to this article, Guy Vernon Thompson has the distinction of being the last person hanged in Montgomery County before executions were centralized to Baltimore.

From the archives

From the archives of the Gettysburg Times, January 10, 1921.

A good scout

1911 pattern Boy Scout badge on his lapel.

Syndicate content is a vintage photography site featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago. Contact us | Privacy policy | Site © 2021 Shorpy Inc.