Flea Market Massacre

The greatest number of old ladies to perish while fighting at a flea market sale is 98, and took place at a Methodist Church Hall in Sacramento, California, on February 12, 1991. When the doors opened at 10 a.m., the initial scramble to get in cost 16 lives, a further 25 being killed in a crush at the first table. A seven-way skirmish then broke out over a pinafore dress costing $1 which escalated into a full-scale melee resulting in another 18 lives being lost. A pitched battle over a headscarf then ensued and quickly spread throughout the hall, claiming 39 old women. The flea market sale raised $19.25 for local Boy Scouts.