Many penny dreadful
-worthy tales from the mid-19th century press in New Jersey, USA to be found here
Hard to choose just one.
November 6, 1883
Whitfield Bowlby, of Washington, got up about two o'clock on Thursday morning, and taking his gun, told his wife that he was going to shoot a dog whose howling prevented him from sleeping. Going to the door, he placed the gun to the side of his head and pulled the trigger. His head was blown almost entirely from his shoulders.
Bowlby was a confirmed drunkard and had just been on a four-weeks' spree. It is expected that he was insane from the effects of liquor.
Those who lay awake and try to sleep without air conditioning this summer, spare a thought for Whitfield Bowlby.