There's something to be said for years of experience. A 72-year-old bank guard — a former officer with several law enforcement agencies — disarmed a bank robber and saved the day.
Tucson is probably a rest stop for many who pass through on the way east or west, but it seems unlikely the proud residents of the Old Pueblo ever expected millions of grasshoppers would stop here for a rest.
There are times for each of us when we wish for elves to help us in our work when we are sleeping or away. The Morgue Lady refers to the fabled elves who helped the poor shoemaker.
In 1994, Gina Celaya became the youngest person to be tried for murder in the first degree in Pima County. She was accused of killing Trinidad Lopez, 50, in December 1992, days after her 14th birthday.
Even now, the desert is not a friendly place for someone unprepared. Add illness or injury and a much longer travel time, and the desert can be deadly.
The Morgue Lady has been a bit hard to find lately, but she will attempt to revive this blog. Other duties have kept her away for a while.
University of Arizona coach Sean Miller talks about the seniors on the Wildcats basketball team.
University of Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller talks about playing Arizona State.
On Sept. 26, 1991, a grand experiment began. Eight people were locked in the giant terrarium, Biosphere II, to live without physical contact with the outside world for two years.
Arizona Wildcats basketball coach Sean Miller talks about the upcoming game and the strength of Colorado's team.
University of Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller talks about freshmen improving and the strength of the Pac 12.
Sure the game is great, but how many people watch the Super Bowl for the commercials? Here's a taste of what you can expect.
University of Arizona Coach Sean Miller and Wildcat Solomon Hill discuss Hill's improvement.
University of Arizona Coach Sean Miller discusses the upcoming game against Arizona State.
The Congress Hotel fire on Jan. 22, 1934, brought about the capture of John Dillinger, but before the capture, the fire was the big news in the Arizona Daily Star.
University of Arizona Coach Sean Miller talks about the team's close games and its 14-0 record.
University of Arizona Coach Sean Miller talks about the team's upcoming road trip and the challenge of playing Oregon.
University of Arizona basketball Coach Sean Miller talks about his team's rank of No. 12 in the preseason Associated Press media poll.
University of Arizona Basketball Coach Sean Miller says his team will play the Humboldt State exhibition game as if it is a season opener.
This article originally ran in Tales from the Morgue April 9, 2012. Today is the 131st anniversary of the shootout in Tombstone.
University of Arizona Basketball Coach Sean Miller talks about the importance of the Red-Blue game for the current team, future players and former players.
University of Arizona Coach Sean Miller talks about freshmen and expectations for the season.
University of Arizona Basketball Coach Sean Miller says he has a team built for success over the long term and that time is on the Wildcats' side.
Tales from the Morgue present a story that reminds us of the perils of living in a rural area in a time when travel was slower, phones were not in every home and neighbors were too far away to hear a call for help.
When one thinks of an assassination, it is usually of a high-ranking government official like the president or of a well-known activist.
It appears that drug smuggling is an old standard when it comes to occupations in Southern Arizona.
The old pioneer had a reputation for honesty and a kind heart, and he had a storied past. He had made and lost a fortune. But now the man was considered insane and a danger to those around him.
It's a good thing when the police blotter is filled with the mundane daily reports of traffic violations, public drunkenness and disturbance of the peace.
We know that Tucson was once a small town with small-town ways at the same time it had aspirations to bigger things.
During World War II, dried eggs became one of the most nutritious foods that could be safely sent to troops overseas without spoiling.
Imagine being inspired by the adventures of Amelia Earhart in a day when women were more often found making beds and dinner than flying around the world.
A recent "Tales from the Morgue" article about women's fashions in 1902 (see a link at the end of this article under "Related stories") made the Morgue Lady wonder how women handled the problem of dusty or muddy streets in Tucson when their gowns often trailed behind them.
We're never happy. We always want more.
Just what was the well-dressed woman wearing in Tucson in 1902? If the fashion writers of the day had their say, it would be Japanese dressing gowns suitable for the family breakfast table.
We have all heard of people's lives being saved by animals. When a man fell down a well and was saved by a horse, one might imagine the horse pulled the man up as he clung to a rope. Visions of the Lone Ranger and Silver come to mind.
Rain is an event here in Southern Arizona, and it almost always makes the news. But rain was not the most exciting thing to happen in Tombstone in July, 1937. How can rain compete with a fire, a ghost and a lynching?
Nowadays, when someone buys a car during Tucson's rainy season, he wraps that temporary license plate, which is made of paper, in a plastic baggie. Alas, temporary plates have been around longer than plastic bags.
The following originally ran in "Tales from the Morgue" July 28, 2008:
A woman saw a man prowling about her home, but when the police arrived, he managed to keep hidden so they didn't find him. Once they left, he came back and peeped into the windows again.
It is quite likely that people have argued over what to teach children in schools — and what not to teach — since schools were first started.
Some advice is eternal. While this article is not local, it did appear on the Society Page of the Star. The Morgue Lady seldom has occasion for formal attire, but she would appreciate this advice if she did.
Did you ever have one of those days in which everything was just fine until you were given that small piece of news that ruined it all?
It was only Arizona's second Independence Day as a state. No doubt celebrators in Tucson wanted everything to go smoothly, yet memorably. Well, at least it was memorable.
We've all heard of the havoc wreaked by a fox in the hen house, but this time it was a cat who got to the baby chicks after closing time. They fought back, but it just wasn't much of a fight. In the end, it was the cat's last meal.
The jury only deliberated for three hours before returning their verdict. Thus the final day of arguments was also the final day of the trial. While the defendants were stoic, their wives were not.
Closing arguments weren't completed in a single day. After having sat through all of the testimony, one might imagine the jurors were getting a bit weary of the back and forth between the attorneys on this case, but they were treated to more during the first day of closing arguments.
More testimony for the defense, cross examinations by the prosecution and legal wrangling between the two marked the final day of testimony in the case.
The defense planned to use the "I was only following orders" defense. It also suggested that Hilario Leon was killed by someone other than the deputies after they had left the men.
After another day of testimony in the murder trial of Robert Fenter and Frank Moore, the state rested its case.
A tree limb was entered into evidence when the trial of the former deputies got under way. It was from the tree from which the deputies allegedly hanged their victims.