From the Crazy Vault

These stories will require a second reading because they’re a little nuts.

“Quite Pretty” Wife Catches “Fairly Good-Looking” Husband With Woman

A scene was enacted just outside the National Theatre last night at the close of the performance which may end in a divorce suit.
Congressman Wilbur Mills and exotic dancer Fanne Foxe speak with reporters outside Foxe’s dressing room in 1974. (Bettmann Archive via Getty Images)

Arkansas Congressman and the Argentine Stripper

I watched The Front Runner this weekend, the story about Gary Hart's implosion of a presidential campaign in 1988. What a...

Flying Saucers Over the Capitol and White House

The hot summer of 1952 witnessed some bizarre lights floating over the District. Evidently for many nights in July, sightings were reported of up...
NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade

NSA Allows Homosexual to Stay

When this headline hit the papers in 1980, it was a big deal. A really big deal. Being gay was something that would disqualify...
Marijuana

Marijuana and Alcohol Consumed by Kids in Silver Spring

This is a bizarre and disappointing article that we dug up in The Washington Post. It was printed on April 2nd, 1977. Montgomery County school officials...

Takoma Park Bans Guns, Dogs, and Weeds

This is a bizarre piece we found in The Washington Post from July 18th, 1928. And no, we're not talking about that weed. The town fathers...

Vietnam-Era Soldier’s Remains Found 30 years Later at 10th and E...

Thanks to a tip from GoDCer John, we did some digging into the story of a soldier who disappeared from Ft. Myer in 1967....
Washington Post - April 29th, 1895

Where Was Herring Hill in Georgetown?

We once had a neighborhood called Herring Hill? True story. It was named for the fish pulled from Rock Creek, which, I don't think...
Washington Post headline

Shots End Alexandria Saloon Brawl

The sub headline for this article was "Walter Bryant Hurls Beer Bottle and Edward Bryant Uses Pistol." Who do you think won that fight? We...
Washington Post headline - December 29th, 1924

Man Killed and Gunman Seized in Daylight Brawl

Below is a story we came across from The Washington Post, printed on December 29th, 1924. Remember, this was during the depths of Prohibition, so...
Washington Post - August 5th, 1928

Prohibition Agents Raid 18th Street Oyster House Speakeasy

These prohibition stories are always great. This one is from a raid that happened on August 3rd, 1928 at 2106 18th St. NW in...
Inside of lodging house and opium den in San Francisco, 1890s (Wikipedia)

Police Raid Opium Den on 10th St. NW

This is probably a headline we wouldn't see today. We found this in The Washington Post, printed on September 10th, 1894.
Potomac River

Tragic Potomac Drowning Ends Romance

This is a sad story that we came across in The Washington Postfrom June 29th, 1908. John McCalip, 22 years old, an electrician, at the Senate...
Georgetown waterfront

Drunken Sailor Creates Smallpox Scare in Georgetown

This isn't the measles scare of today's California. This was an article that we dug up in The Washington Post from May 3rd, 1881. For...
Naked wild man

Who Was the Naked Wild Man of Tennallytown?

The newspapers during the summer of 1894 were full of bizarre stories about a wild man wandering the vicinity of Tennallytown (when was it...

Tornado Severely Damages D.C. in 1927

On November 17th, 1927 a large tornado ripped through the area, destroying over 200 homes in D.C. and 300 structures in Alexandria. Up to...
sign at the National Zoo

Lost Children Will Be Taken to the Lion House

Here is an amusing (though I don't believe intentionally) sign that was posted in the National Zoo. The photo was taken in May of...
October 29, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Melvin Jones, 5, who pierced heart with scissors."

Boy Pierces Self in Heart With Scissors and Lives

Here's a super crazy story. The boy below is Melvin Jones, five years old, who lived at 210 9th St. NE with his family....
article excerpt

Two Bandits Killed on Union Station Train by Marines

What a headline to draw you in. I couldn't resist, so I read this piece from The Washington Times, printed on November 23rd, 1921 (also...

Argument Over Dog Ends in Fatal Shooting

Here's a sad story that we dug up in The Washington Post from May 26th, 1969. An argument over a dog that bit a young boy...
This is a bulldog. Not Queen.

Wild Dog, Potomac Parkway Terror, Shot and Killed

This is probably not something you would see today. At least, let's hope not. We came across the headline "Wild Dog of Potomac Slain" in The...