Date: 1960-09-20 

Description: Portrait of Circuit Judge Russell E. Hanson, presiding judge at the Jon (Mickey) Hayes double murder trial. Hayes is accused of shooting his father and ano...

Date: 1918 

Description: Ann Anderson (played by Margarita Fischer) is accosted by two ruffians in an outdoor scene still from the 1918 Mutual production "Ann's Finish." The man in...

Date: 1920 

Description: Sitting on a table in a filthy cellar, Prudence Thorne (played by Billie Burke) compares knives with a Chinaman as four other thugs watch in a scene still...

Historical Essay

The Trial of Chief Oshkosh

The Clash of U.S Law and Indian Legal Tradition

Learn how the trial of Menominee Chief Oshkosh, one of the most famous in Wisconsin history, pitted Indian traditional justice against white man's law.

Date: 1958-12-04 

Description: Herbert Hilgendorf was sentenced to six months in jail for beating his father, Louis Hilgendorf, a town of Roxbury farmer.

Date: 1960-09-20 

Description: Jon (Mickey) Hayes, left, sits at a table during the first day of his double-murder trail for killing his father and another man. Shown with his attorney,...


Wanted Poster

Date: 1920 ca.

Description: A paste-up of a wanted poster created to identify Frank Lambert and his aliases and crimes. A series of 14 poses of Lambert dressed in a suit and hat, smok...

Wisconsin Historical Museum Object – Feature Story

Arm and leg restraints that bound John McCaffary, the last man executed in Wisconsin, 1851. (Museum object #1976.249.1–.2)

Date: 2012 

Description: Press conference podium area in the City Hall for a double-homicide case, with main suspect (later convicted), Jeffrey Lepsch, pictured twice. American and...

Date: 1919 

Description: Bare-fisted Gallagher (played by William Desmond) stands in full Western costume (cowboy hat, plaid shirt, bandana neckerchief, charro chaps, leather wrist...

Date: 1916 

Description: The leader of a band of Mexican desperadoes, Steve Denton (played by William S. Hart), has his heart softened by the innocent young Mary Beth Garth (Bessie...


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