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Weird stories about Baltimore.

Richard “Candy Kid” Whittemore, Gang Leader Hanged in Baltimore

Before Bonnie and Clyde (i.e., Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow) captured the attention of a nation, we had Richard and Margaret, affectionately known as the Candy Kid and the Tiger Girl. They were arrested in 1926...
The Eiffel Tower in 1890

Eiffel Tower Purchased for Move to Baltimore in 1894

This was a story idea sent to us about two years ago by Dave, and we’re just now getting to it. It’s also a pretty unbelievable story, so get ready to wow your friends at happy...
1927 explosion at Baltimore mayor's home

Baltimore Mayor William Broening’s Home Destroyed by Bomb

Italian anarchists destroy Mayor William Broening's home with a bomb in 1927. Baltimore was placed on a war basis for protection soon after the explosion.
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Oyster Schooner Captain Shoots and Kills Prostitute Wife in Brothel

How can you not look at this title and want to know what’s up with this story? Below is a fascinating story that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun from September 28th, 1885. Short after 6...
Bill Ripken 1989 Fleer

F**k Face: Bill Ripken’s 1989 Fleer Baseball Card

Remember this? If you were a big baseball card collector, you sure do. Here’s a story about it from CNBC, posted December 9th, 2008. “I got a dozen bats in front of my locker during the...
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Conduct Unbecoming an Officer and Neglect of Duty

Those are not charge you would like to have thrust upon you if you’re a Baltimore police officer. Sadly, for one such individual, this happened and was reported in The Baltimore Sun on May 2nd, 1901. Patrolman...
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Accident Cuts Brakeman’s Body in Two

You read that correctly. This is a ghastly accident that we read about in The Baltimore Sun, printed on May 8th, 1911. Falling between freight cars being switched in the lower yards at Locust Point, J. C....
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Prohibition Officers Seize 9,600 Bottles of Beer

Such a sad time … not being able to drink beer? What a horrible idea Prohibition was. Below is an article that we dug up from The Washington Post, detailing the seizure of a lot of bottles...
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Wild Italian Man Dances Naked in the Streets

How can you not click on a post with this title? That’s what we thought when we came across this amusing article in The Washington Post, printed on August 3rd, 1907. Baltimore, Md., Aug. 2.–A man rushed...
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British Tourist Killed Chasing Thief

What a tragic story, and this wasn’t really that long ago. Maybe some of you remember when this happened? We found the article in The Baltimore Sun, printed on August 23rd, 1981. An Englishman visiting Baltimore was...