From the Crazy Vault / 17.02.2012

This is a horrible story that I came across in the Washington Post. Read this in the context of it being the 1940s because it's very disturbing. In early June of 1946, the murder of a Don Glendening was front-page news. He was found dead in his apartment on Capitol Hill, having been bludgeoned to by a club. Joseph Sturiale, the son of apartment's owner, discovered Glendening after he. I can't imagine a more gruesome and disturbing scene to come upon. On the floor next to the body lay an Indian war club. Don collected these old clubs and his attacker had beaten him to death with it. This is an account of the 10-day manhunt across 13 states to find the killer, with daily updates and sensationalized headlines in the local newspapers. I should add that the papers often had ages, addresses and dates incorrect, but you'll be able to follow the story.

June 4th: Police checking military stations in areal victim's auto is missing

Don B. Glendenning [sic], 42, his head crushed with an Indian war club, was found slain yesterday morning in his apartment at 321 E st. ne. ... Believing a serviceman might have killed Glendenning, police were checking all camps and stations in the Washington area for persons who might have known the man. They also were searching for Glendenning's car, a 1941 Chevrolet couple, bearing District tags, 89--105, which they said was missing. ... According to the story given police by neighbors, Hubert Andrew, 41, a watchman at Tompkins Construction Co. who lives on the second floor above the Glendenning apartment, called Sturiale about 9:30 a. m. yesterday to complain about "a strange odor" permeating the house. ... A neighbor, Sergt. Frank E. Chase, who lives at 319 E st. ne., said that a "big birthday party had been held in Glendenning's apartment Wednesday night in honor of his forty-second birthday." Chase also told police, they said that "thought that Glendenning had been married twice; that one of his wives had died from natural causes and the other had been killed in an automobile accident."
If Walls Could Talk / 13.02.2012

I thought it would be a good to branch out and do a on Eastern High School (check them out on Facebook) near RFK Stadium. It's a beautiful building at 1700 East Capitol St. NE, originally built in 1923. The original Eastern High School building was building in the 1890s at 7th and C St. SE. This past fall, they started a unique program of enrolling a new ninth grade class, growing the school by one class each year until this incoming class of 300 freshman graduates in 2015. So, the next "If Walls Could Talk" will be Eastern High School: The Pride of Capitol Hill. Also, I know the poll we're running is for the next "If Walls Could Talk," but I thought I could slide this one in before since it's a school and not a restaurant. I'm sure you won't mind ... and plus, Capitol Hill is underrepresented on Ghosts of DC.
From the Crazy Vault / 06.02.2012

I thought the triple homicide post I put up was crazy. This one is right up there. The National Capital Brewery (cool PDF here) was a giant presence in southeast, near Capitol Hill. The plant stood at 14th and D St. SE (where Kentucky Ave. interests them). The Washington Post reported a crazy story of a murder-suicide that happened in the fall of 1912. The article below is from October 1st, 1912.
Confronted by a mystery involving the disappearance on September 17 of Arthur A. Webster, and the suicide on Sunday of Lennte L. Jette, the latter a former employee of the National Capital Brewing Company, and the former and habitue of the same place, the police last night were bending every effort to determine the facts in what they term a most extraordinary case. Webster, on the evening of his disappearance, told his wife he was going to the brewery, where Jett was employed as a fireman. That he did enter the brewery, and that there ensued a passage of words between him and Jett, is attested by a police witness. From that evening, until the present time nothing has been heard from Webster. His wife is firm in her conviction that he was murdered.