July 3, 1987 |
The news accounts, now 70 years old, offer only fragments of the "ghastly drama" that surrounded the marriage of Mary Kenan Flagler Bingham, "the richest woman in America." She was the widow of Standard Oil co-founder Henry Flagler and her estate was worth between $60 million and $100 million. Her bridegroom was Judge Robert Worth Bingham, a Kentucky lawyer without independent means. Their wedding in 1916 made headlines, even in New York. And so did her mysterious death eight months later.
September 29, 2006 |
Lamar Odom sat down, placed his Bible on a table and, with damp eyes, told the story of his summer. His infant son died while sleeping in a crib, a loss that has tugged at him since it happened in June. The autopsy report labeled it an "unremarkable" death, a seven-month-old's life snatched by sudden infant death syndrome, the latest in a line of losses traceable through Odom's years. Odom was in New York for the funeral of an aunt when Jayden Odom died.
September 27, 2012 |
Actor Johnny Lewis, known for his role as Kip "Half Sack" Epps in “Sons of Anarchy,” fell to his death Wednesday in a bizarre series of events. Police are investigating whether the 28-year-old actor may have been under the influence of drugs when he went on a rampage in which he allegedly fought with two men and beat to death an 81-year-old woman who may have rented a room to Lewis. It is believed Lewis died after falling from a roof or balcony. In the FX drama, Lewis played a hopeful trying to join the outlaw motorcycle club.
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June 8, 2013 |
The death of "Night Stalker" serial killer Richard Ramirez on Friday at the age of 53 brought satisfaction and even some cheers from people involved in the infamous case. Some victims and their relatives said Ramirez should have been executed long ago. "It's about time," said Bill Carns, one of the last people attacked by Ramirez. Carns was left partially paralyzed after Ramirez broke into his Mission Viejo house in August 1985, shot him three times and raped his girlfriend. "He should have been put to death an awful long time ago. " Ramirez died Friday morning of natural causes at Marin General Hospital, state corrections officials said.
December 10, 2013 |
In the New Yorker this week, James Wood has a fascinating essay on the narrative implications of death. Inspired by the experience of attending a memorial service for a friend's younger brother, who died at 44 “suddenly, in the middle of things, leaving behind a wife and two young daughters,” it is a meditation on evanescence, serendipity and the way death offers a shape, a closure that life, with all its ongoing and overlapping turmoils, cannot....
November 24, 2010 |
Showing I'm as much in the little box we could call Lakerdom, or Clipper Nation, or fans of any team in any town, I didn't set out to do it. I was thinking about Tuesday night's Lakers game against the Bulls, which I was assigned to cover, what it meant, what I could say about it when it struck me. A 2-year-old boy died in Staples Center at a Lakers game not 48 hours before. As storied as the arena has become in its 11 years, nothing that important ever happened there.