TLW's Murdererscope™ (Murderer Historyscope)
By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™
© Copyright by T.L. Winslow. All Rights Reserved.
Original Pub. Date: May 30, 2017. Last Update: June 24, 2017.
Westerners are not only known as history ignoramuses, but double dumbass history ignoramuses when it comes to murderer history. Since I'm the one-and-only Historyscoper (tm), let me quickly bring you up to speed before you dive into my Master Historyscope.
Murder is as old as the human race, according to the Bible starting with brothers Cain and Abel, with farmer Cain murdering shepherd Abel from jealousy after Jehovah favors his sacrifices, trying to excuse himself with the soundbyte "Am I my brother's keeper?" At the time of his crime, Jehovah had issued no laws against murder, but he soon corrected that, ordering capital punishment for murder in Gen. 9:6: "Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for God made man in his own image."
Killers in military or police uniforms incl. executioners are routinely shielded by law, thank you Jehovah. Killers working for terrorist orgs. often commit suicide or are sheltered by their criminal orgs. Killers doing it in the name of Jehovah, Satan, Marx, and Allah sometimes have cryptic connections with terrorist orgs. We will concentrate here on muderers who did it for personal reasons and got plenty of publicity. Dummy corporations like Lee Harvey Oswald are a borderline case.
Murderers can do just one victim, or multiple (3+) victims, becoming known as serial murderers (killers); they should be distinguished from spree killers and mass murderers.
Funny, but the top murderer of all time came first, after which all the rest put together can't hold a stake to him.
In 1448 Vlad III Dracula (the Impaler) (Tepes) (1431-76), 2nd son of Vlad II Dracul (1390-1447) and Princess Cneajna, brother of Mircea II and Radu the Handsome (1437-75), and half-brother of Vlad IV the Monk becomes ruler (voivode) of Wallachia; the Ottomans call him Kazikli Bey ("Impaler Prince"); his daddy is invested into the Order of the Dragon in Nuremberg this year, and he follows at age 5, always displaying the symbol of the dragon when fighting, as if they didn't feel bad enough already?; born in Wallachia, but spends most of his life in exile in Transylvania to the N; after his daddy gives him and Radu to the Ottomans as a hostage, who whip him and instill a lifelong hatred for them, he never forgives daddy?; becomes known for his exaggerated justice and cruel law and order system, loving to have a bad guy's legs attached to horses while a sharpened greased stake is forced through his anus until it comes out of his mouth, and to impale bad guys upside down, and impale infants on their mothers' chests; when he impales them by the thousands, the stakes are laid out in concentric circles with the height of the stake indicating the rank of the victim; likes to stick red hot stakes in the vaginas of adulterous women and cut off their breasts; the entire list of fun and games fills volumes?
Real life vamp gets off like O.J.? On Dec. 29, 1611 Hungarian countess ("the Blood Lady of Cachtice") Elizabeth (Erzsebet) Bathory (Báthory) de Ecsed (1560-1615), wife of Gen. Ferencz Nadasdy, who lives in Cachtice (Csejthe) Castle in the Carpathian Mts. of Slovakia is arrested on orders of Hungarian king Matthias II; her castle is found to contain scores of bodies of young girls hanging from chains in the dungeons; she is convicted of murdering 50, and her accomplices executed, but since she is of noble birth they wall her in a tiny room in her castle and feed her tiny food scraps until she dies on Aug. 21, 1614; she thought that bathorying in fresh blood would preserve her Liz-like youth and beauty, and killed hundreds (650?) in 1585-1609 after torturing them? - so that's what gives me bad vibes about the Gabor sisters?
On Jan. 30, 1835 as U.S. pres. #7 (1829-37) Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) leaves the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol after attending the funeral of S.C. Rep. Warren R. Davis, mad unemployed Lancashire, England-born house painter Richard Lawrence (1800-61) (who believes he's really Richard III of England) becomes the first person to attempt to assassinate a U.S. pres. when he fires a pistol at his back, which misfires, after which Davy Crockett et al. wrestle him to the ground while Jackson hits him with his cane, but he pulls out a 2nd pistol and fires at Jackson again, and it misfires again, after which he is arrested; after his defense atty. Francis Scott Key proves him insane, he ends up in mental hospitals for life, ending up in St. Elisabeth's Hospital (Govt. Hospital for the Insane), future home of John Hinckley Jr.; after attributing his survival to Divine Providence, Jackson blames the Rothschilds, and Lawrence confirms that powerful banking interests in Europe had hired him to do it?; the odds of two consecutive misfires are 1 in 125K?; in the 1930s researchers at the Smithsonian Inst. examine the two pistols and find them both in good working order - Andy, you forgot your shawl?
In 1850 the Winter Garden Theatre (originally Tripler's Hall) in New York City at 667 Broadway opens as a venue for Swedish Nightingale Jenny Lind; too bad, when she arrives it isn't finished, causing her to appear at Castle Garden instead; in Dec. 1850 thousands of Freemasons meet there; in Feb. 1842 a memorial service for novelist James Fenimore cooper is held there, presided over by Daniel Webster, with eulogies by Washington Irving and William Cullen Bryant; in 1854 it is rebuilt as the New York Theatre; on May 15, 1855 it is renamed Metropolitan Hall, followed on Dec. 27, 1855 by Laura Keene's Varieties; too bad, the Panic of 1857 causes it to close; in 1859 it is remodeled by Dublin, Ireland-born impresario Dion Boucicault (Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot) (1820-90), who renames it Winter Garden Theatre; on Nov. 25, 1864 Junius Brutus Booth, Junius Brutus Booth Jr., Edwin Booth, and John Wilkes Booth stage a benefit performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" to raise funds for a statue of Shakespeare in Central Park, after which on Apr. 14 (Good Fri.), 1865 Bel Air, Md.-born John Wilkes Booth (1838-65) asassinates Lincoln at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. while viewing a performance of "Our American Cousin", crying out the words of Brutus "Sic semper tyrannis".
In 1861-5 the horrific U.S. Civil War sees the invention of the first modern weapon when N.C.-born agricultural equipment maker Richard Jordan Gatling (1818-1903) patents the 10-barrel hand-cranked hundreds-of-rounds-per-min. Gatling Gun (the first practical machine gun) just in time for use on some Johnny Rebs; it is first used by the Union Army in 1864, but luckily never sees extensive use.
On May 1, 1868 Wilkes County, N.C.-born former Confed. soldier Thomas C. "Tom" Dula (b. 1845) is hanged in Statesville, Iredell County, N.C. for the May 25, 1866 murder of his fiancee Laura Foster (-1866), with nat. publicity making him a legend, after which the Kingston Trio scores the hit song "Tom Dooley" in 1958; jealous Anne Melton really did it, and he covered for her because of a love triangle?
On Aug. 2, 1876 (Wed.) colorful white long-tressed mustachioed wide-brimmed-hatted white-tied U.S. marshal Wild Bill Hickock (b. 1837), who had been run out of Cheyenne, Wyo., and came to Deadwood this year after the gold rush began with sidekicks Martha "Calamity Jane" Canary (1852-1903) and Colorado Charley Utter (1838-1904) is shot in the back and killed by drifter John "Crooked/Broken Nose Jack" "Buffalo Curly" McCall (1852-77) with a Colt .45 (serial #2079) (five cartridges defective) in Carl Mann's Saloon #10 in Deadwood, Black Hills, Dakota Territory (S.D.) while playing poker; Hickock normally sits with his back to the wall and pours whiskey with his left hand to keep his right hand free, but forgets?; he is alleged to be holding a pair of black (clubs) aces and a pair of black 8s (along with a 9 of diamonds), which comes to be known as the "dead man's hand"; in his youth Hickock killed McCall's younger brother Andy by hitting him on the head with a hoe; after being acquitted in a "miner's court", McCall is arrested in the territorial capital of Yankton, convicted and hanged on Mar. 1, 1877; a series of 33 Deadwood Dick dime novels by Philly writer Edward Lytton Wheeler (1854-85) come out in 1877-97, starring him and his wife Calamity Jane (a cross-dressing ho and camp follower who falsely claimed to be an Army Scout?); they die together, leaving their son Deadwood Dick Jr. to carry on their adventures; meanwhile African-Am. Samuel Fields moves to Deadwood, claiming to have been a Civil War Union gen., and becomes a local celeb known as "Nigger General" and "General Darkey", known for looking to make a big strike and calling himself a "sly coon".
In Jan. 1880 shifty-eyed Manhattan, N.Y.-born Billy the Kid (Henry McCarty) (William H. Bonney) (1859-81) kills gunfighter Joe Grant in a gunfight in Ft. Summer, Lincoln County, N.M. after Billy asks to see Grant's Colt in Hargroove's Saloon, fixing it to insure that the first chamber is empty. On Mar. 28, 1881 Billy the Kid is transported from Santa Fe, N.M. to Mesilla, N.M. to stand trial on several counts of murder; on Apr. 9 he is found guilty of the murder of Sheriff Brady; on Apr. 13 Judge Warren Bristol sentences him to hang on May 13 in Lincoln, N.M., where he escapes on Apr. 28; the Kid describes the Mesilla jail as the "worst place I ever struck". On July 14, 1881 sheriff Patrick Floyd "Pat" Garrett (1850-1908) shoots and kills William H. Bonney Jr. AKA Billy the Kid (Henry McCarty) (b. 1859) in Pete Maxwell's ranch house in Ft. Sumner, N.M. with a .44-.40, "the gun that shot Billy the Kid".
On July 2, 1881 (Sat.) (9:30 a.m.) 100 days after taking office and two weeks after uttering the soundbyte: "Whoever controls the volume of money in our county is absolute master of all industry and commerce.. And when you realize that the entire system is very easily controlled, one way or another, by a few powerful men at the top, you will not have to be told how periods of inflation and depression originate", U.S. pres. #20 (since Mar. 4) James Abram Garfield (b. 1831) is shot in the back at the Baltimore and Potomac Rarilroad Station in Washington, D.C. by Freeport, Ill.-born disgruntled atty. Charles Julius Guiteau (1841-82), who shouts "I am a stalwart and now Arthur is president"; on Sept. 19 as the nation is flooded with sometimes hourly reports on his condition, Garfield dies in Elberon, N.J. after 80 days of malpractice by physicians who stick unwashed instruments and fingers in him searching for the bullet, while Alexander Graham Bell tries in vain to help with a metal detector (coil mattress springs throw it off?); the bullet is found during the autopsy in a protective cyst 10 in. from the wound, but since the doctors didn't embrace the antiseptic techniques of Joseph Lister (1827-1912), he dies from iatrogenic (doctor-caused) infections, causing Guiteau to say, "Doctors killed Garfield; I just shot him"; Garfield, who is pres. for less than 8 mo. signs one extradition paper during his fatal illness; Guiteau is hanged in Washington, D.C. on June 30, 1882; Garfield and Guiteau are autopsied by the Nat. Museum of Health and Medicine (Army Medical Museum) (founded 1862); Garfield becomes the 3rd straight victim of the Zero-Year Presidential Curse (after W.H. Harrison and Lincoln); future Repub. vice-pres. #22 (1889-93) Levi Parsons Morton (1824-1920) had been asked by Garfield to be his running mate, but had preferred the job of U.S. minister to France (until 1885), causing Guiteau to feel he had been "passed over", giving him the reason to murder Garfield?;
A 30-second point-blank gunfight by bad marksmen fuels zillions of hours of Am. West movie and TV footage? On Oct. 25, 1881 the simmering feud in Tombstone, Ariz. between the Earps and the Clantons reaches critical mass when a bungled stagecoach holdup near Benson, Ariz. in Mar. causes each side to accuse the others of being involved, and braggart Ike Clanton gets drunk and almost gets in a gunfight with them, but backs down, then instead of going back to the ranch stays in the saloon all night in a card game with Virgil Earp and Thomas "Tom" McLaury (b. 1853), then is seen about noon carrying a Winchester rifle and sidearm looking for an Earp or Holliday to plug, then is knocked out, disarmed and taken to the county judge, who fines him $25 for disorderly conduct, causing a courtroom confrontation between the two clans again, after which Wyatt Earp hits Tom McLaury over the head with a pistol, claiming that he is carrying a concealed pistol, which he denies although the saloon keeper of the Capitol Saloon later testifies that he deposits one right afterward; when Tom's older brother Robert Findley "Frank" McLaury (b. 1849) and Ike's younger brother William Harrison "Billy" Clanton (b. 1862) arrive and find out about the beating (that's just too much for an erin go bragh Celt?), they get pissed, load up on ammo and head for the O.K. Corral, which is the way out of town, but also happens to be next to Fly's Rooming House where Doc Holliday is staying, and two blocks from the Earps' home to the W, causing the Earps and Holliday to lock and load and make their big march through the streets to disarm them as officers of the law, although the cowboys are legally entitled to bear arms while entering or leaving the town, as evidenced by being in a, er, corral, causing a legal-poetic-justice ballet that depends on what they think witnesses will later testify to?; on Oct. 26 (Wed.) at 3:00 p.m. (cold day with snow on the ground) the 30-sec. 30-shot Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (18-ft.-wide) on the W end of 4.5K-ft. alt. Tombstone (formerly Goose Flats) in Pima County in SE Ariz. (with a view of the Dragoon Mts. to the NNE), 80 mi. from Tucson (where county sheriff Charles Alexander Shibell (1841-1908) resides) takes place between the sinister darkly-clad handlebar-moustached Earps (Virgil, Wyatt, and Morgan) (the original Morpheus, Neo, and Trinity?) and Doc Holliday (representing the miners, businessmen, bankers and the law) and the Clanton and McLaury "Cow-Boys" (heros of the small farmers and ranchers); after walking down Fremont St. and rounding the corner of Fourth St. in front of the Capitol Saloon, cane-carrying town marshal Virgil Walter Earp (1843-1905), his deputized officer Morgan Earp (1851-82), undeputized Wyatt Earp (1848-1929), and TB-suffering gambler-dentist John Henry "Doc" Holliday (1851-87) shoot it out with Joseph Isaac "Ike" Clanton (1847-87) and his gang in the vacant area on the Fremont St. side next to Fly's Rooming House behind the looms of the O.K. Corral; after finding drunken Ike Clanton and his recently-rounded-up wannabe contender William Floyd "Billy the Kid" Claiborne (1860-82) (who likes to pretend he's the real Billy the Kid although he's just a cowhand, and is probably unarmed, as is boasting Ike) standing in the middle of the lot, and well-armed Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton, and probably-unarmed Tom McLaury standing against a house to the W with the horses, Virgil Earp shouts: "Throw your hands up, I want your guns", after which (it depends on whom you believe, but) either Doc Holliday and Morgan Earp start it by opening fire at point-blank range, surprising Wyatt, who is seized by Ike against the rooming house wall, causing his pistol to allegedly accidentally discharge at Billy the Kid Claiborne, striking him in the knee, or Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton draw their pistols first, and Wyatt Earp and Billy Clanton fire first; after Tom McLaury tries to hide behind Billy Clanton's horse, and Frank McLaury shoots Morgan Earp in the shoulder, Doc pulls his concealed sawed-off 10-or-12-gauge double-barreled shotgun from his gray overcoat and fatally shoots Tom McLaury in the right chest near the armpit, after which he stumbles to the W to run away, falls at the telegraph pole at 3rd and Fremont St., and is finished off by a shot to the gut by Wyatt; Frank McLaury is shot by Wyatt Earp in the navel, then stumbles into Freemont St., gets off several shots, loses his horse, and is finished off by Morgan Earp with a head shot; Ike Clanton and Billy Claiborne escape to a nearby photo studio after Ike briefly struggles with Wyatt; death toll: Billy Clanton (shot in the wrist and right chest by Morgan, right arm, scalp and gut by Virgil, and hips by Wyatt) (dies last, claiming he had been murdered), Frank McLaury, Tom McLaury; Wyatt Earp emerges unscathed, but Virgil (right calf), Morgan (upper back between the shoulder blades) and Doc (hip) are badly wounded; Ike, who started it all, and led his brother Billy plus the McLaurys into a death trap, gets out unscathed; the Tombstone Epitaph headline on Oct. 27 reads "Yesterday's Tragedy, Three Men Hurled Into Eternity in the Duration of a Moment, the Causes That Led to the Sad Affair", and contains ed. John Phillip Clum's sage observation: "If the present lesson is not sufficient to teach the cowboy element that they cannot come into the streets of Tombstone, in broad daylight, armed with six-shooters and Henry rifles to hunt down their victims, then the citizens will most assuredly take such steps to preserve the peace as will be forever a bar to further raids"; on Nov. 29 after the hero shine wears off and talk of the unarmed innocent lambs throwing up their hands and being murdered in cold blood, and the boss, Cochise County Sheriff Johnny H. Behan (1844-1912) (a friend of the Clantons, who was at the all-night card game and arose at 1:30 p.m., got a shave at the barber shop, then encountered the Earps going to the corral and let them pass) arrests Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday for murder, a mo.-long legal inquest by Judge Wells W. Spicer (1831-85) (a relative of the Earps) clears them using a Wild West version of the old doing-their-official-duty theory; the pro-Clanton locals and the Earps go on to circulate different stories, which clouds the episode, making it take half a cent. to reach full Wild West legend status; Spicer's rep is ruined by his decision, and after death threats by the Cow-Boys he ends up a miner, and is found dead in the desert near Ajo, Ariz. in 1885; Clum leaves Tombstone on May 1, 1882, and ends up working in the post office in Alaska, finally running a date farm in Indio, Calif. in 1915, where he stays friends with Wyatt in Los Angeles; Wyatt leaves Tombstone by the end of the year, hooks up with Josephine Sarah "Josie" Marcus (1861-1944) (ex-babe of his arch-enemy Johnny Behan) in San Francisco next year, and becomes a prospector, then operates saloons and gambling halls in the gold camps of Nevada and Alaska, then goes into real estate speculation in Calif. before WWI, and owns a racetrack; he goes to his grave an old fart, never having suffered a direct hit; Billy the Kid Claiborne gets his chance to prove he's no Billy the Kid, and is killed next Nov. 14 in a gunfight with Franklin "Buckskin Frank" Leslie (1848-1930), "the only man who could compare to Doc Holliday's blinding speed and accuracy with a six-gun" (Wyatt Earp) - whose portrait bears a striking resemblance to Hollywood actor Brad Pitt (1963-)?
A dirty little coward provides the laundry booster for the legend of Mister Clean Jesse James? On Apr. 3, 1882 (Mon.) (22 years to the day after the Pony Express began there) while planning to rob the Platte City Bank, Mo., aging, married-with-kids living legend outlaw (son of a Baptist preacher) Jesse Woodson James (b. 1847) (whose portrait bears a striking resemblance to actor Kevin Norwood Bacon (1958-)?), living under the name of Tom Howard is assassinated in his house on Lafayette St. in St. Joseph, Mo. (shot in the back of the head as he stands on a chair to adjust a picture above the mantle) by gang member Robert Newton "Bob" Ford (1862-92) (whose portrait bears a striking resemblance to actor Leonardo DiCaprio (1974-)?) after he outdraws his brother Charles Wilson "Charley" "Charlie" Ford (1857-84), killing him with a gun Jesse gave to him as a gift, then telling the shocked widow he didn't do it or it was an accident; he later claims that Jesse just learned in the newspaper of the arrest three weeks earlier of former gang member Dick Liddil and connected it with them, then laid his guns down supposedly to avoid been spotted by neighbors, but really to throw the Fords off guard that he planned to kill them that night out of the presence of his wife and kids; after rushing to the telegraph office to claim the reward, then being arrested, pleading guilty and being convicted of murder and sentenced to hang, the Ford brothers are pardoned in two hours by Mo. gov. (1881-5) Thomas Theodore Crittenden (1832-1909) and given only a portion of their $5K reward (causing rumors that he had planned the murder with them), after which they tour the U.S. restaging the murder 800X (Bob can act, Charley can't?) (Bob's face becoming more recognizable than the president's?) after which Charley (who disputes his brother's protestations that he isn't a coward, falls out with him, and becomes wracked with guilt?) commits suicide on May 6, 1884, while Bob ends up being called a "dirty little coward" and widely hated, and Jesse becomes the American Robin Hood, after which drunken Bob is finally killed by a sawed-off shotgun in his saloon in Creede, Colo. on June 8, 1892; Jesse leaves widow (and 1st cousin) Zerelda Amanda "Zee" James (nee Mimms) (1845-1900) and two children, Jesse Edward and Mary James; Jesse's mother Zerelda denounces Dick Liddil at the coroner's inquest, accusing him of cooperating with Mo. authorities, and he later turns state's witness against Frank James; the cottage and the bullet hole in the wall become a tourist attraction; two days earlier Jesse attempted to change a $100 bill at the downtown Mo. State Bank, the oldest bank W of the Mississippi, possibly to case it for a heist; from 1875-1900 St. Jo, where East-West trade converged is one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S.; on Oct. 4 Frank James surrenders to Crittenden on condition of not being extradited to Northfield, Minn., and is tried in Gallatin, Mo. in July 1883 for the murder of stone mason Frank McMillan during a July 15, 1881 Rock Island Line train robbery near Winston; his Confederate cmdr. Gen. Joseph O. Shelby testifies in his defense drunk, and comes back the next day to apologize; on Sept. 6 after three days of summary arguments the jury returns a not guilty verdict in four hours; in Apr. 1884 he is acquitted by another jury in Huntsville, Ala. for the Mar. 11, 1881 robbery of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers payroll at Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Frank becomes the only member of the James-Younger Gang to obtain an acquittal, going on to live to a ripe old age as a law-abiding citizen.
On Apr. 3, 1888 the 11 unsolved Whitechapel Murders in East End, London begin (end Feb. 13, 1891) (five between Aug. 31 and Nov. 9), later ascribed to Jack the Ripper. On Aug. 31-Nov. 9, 1888 mysterious English serial killer Jack the Ripper AKA the Whitechapel Murderer and the Leather Apron murders and dissects five hos in London's East End (Mary Anne "Polly" Nichols on Aug. 31, "Dark" Annie Chapman on Sept. 8, Elizabeth "Long Liz" Stride on Sept. 30, Catherine Eddowes on Sept. 30, "Black Mary" Jane Kelly on Nov. 9), each victim having progressively more of her organs taken; six other hos are suspected to be his victims, the first on Aug. 7, plus the Whitehall Mystery of Oct. 3, a headless torso of a woman found in the basement of the new Metropolitan Police HQ; he is never caught; Sir Charles Warren (1840-1927), head of the London Metropolitan Police (1886-8) (discoverer of Warren's Shaft in Jerusalem in 1867) is shafted for failing to catch him; in 2007 Trevor Marriott fingers German merchant sailor Carl Feigenbaum (-1894).
On Aug. 4, 1892 Andrew Jackson Borden and Abby Durfee Gray (Borden) (Sarah A. Morse), the father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden (1860-1927) are killed with an axe in Fall River, Mass., at 92 Second St.; although everybody thinks she did it, she is acquitted by an all-male jury in Bedford, Mass. on June 20, 1893; "Lizzie Borden took an axe/ And gave her mother forty whacks./ When she saw what she had done/ She gave her father forty-one."
Food is Love, or the Devil in the White City? The 20th Century begins ahead of schedule in the greatest World's Fair of All Time? On May 1, 1893 Pres. Cleveland presses a golden telegraph key in front of a crowd of 300K (largest so far in U.S. history) to start the giant Westinghouse electrical generators lighting 120K lightbulbs and open the $27M World's Columbian Expedition (Chicago World's Fair) (closes Nov. 1) in the "White City" of 150 neoclassic bldgs. in Jackson Park, 686 acres of reclaimed swamp along the shore of Lake Michigan 7 mi. S of downtown Chicago (built of plaster-cement-fiber staff on flammable wooden-steel frames, not marble, and painted using newfangled spray-painting equipment), designed by Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912) and John Wellborn Root (1850-91) (who dies trying to meet the crushing time constraints); on May 12 the South Side Elevated Railroad reaches Jackson Park to provide service to the fair, becoming the first "el", based on the nickname "alley L"; Frank Lloyd Wright (b. 1867) quits college to work for Burnham, who first sends him to the Beaux Arts in Paris, and he comes back saying that the Columbian Exposition set U.S. architecture back 50 years; Francis Bellamy's new "Pledge of Allegiance" is recited by children at the fair's dedication; the Exposition orchestra, conducted by Theodore Thomas (1835-1905) features violinist Maud Powell (1867-1920), who proves that woman can work in them newfangled orchestra thingies; the Court of Honor features the magnificent Peristyle by Charles Atwood, Daniel French's 65-ft.-tall statue The Republic, as well as colossal heads of artists Michelangelo et al. by French-born Beaux Arts popularizer Olin Levi Warner (1844-96) in the Palace of Fine Arts, which houses 10K pieces of art so crowded together that nobody can view them all; the 1687 ft. x 787 ft. x 245 ft. tall (500K sq. ft.) (44 acre) Manufacturers and Liberal Arts Bldg. (opened in Oct. 1892 in front of a crowd of 100K), the largest bldg. in the world, has a crowd cap. of 300K and is lit with 10K electric lights, and the endless exhibits are worth at least $50M; the U.S. Liberty Bell is displayed in the Penn. exhibit in a replica of Independence Hall; the Japanese Village is the first exposure of Americans to cool Japanese culture, and is the only non-white exhibition not snickered at; the Cold Storage Bldg. features an indoor skating rink, and burns down on July 10 with the loss of 13 firemen and four workers, who climb to the top of the metal tower then burn alive or jump while the crowds watch; the polychrome pro-Modern Transportation Bldg. is designed by Louis Henri Sullivan; the Women's Bldg., designed by 21-y.-o. Am. architect Sophia Hayden (1868-1953) (first female in the U.S. with an architecture degree) features exclusively work by women (too bad, welcome to reality, Hayden is only paid $1K for her design, 10% of what men earn); the first-ever (264 ft., 1.2K ton) Ferris Wheel, built by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. (1859-96) (36 salon cars, each holding 40-60 passengers, with five glass panels) is the highlight and the financial salvation of the fair, and is set up at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair then scrapped; an all-electric kitchen is featured; the Captive Balloon costs $2 for a ride to 1,490 ft. plus a photo, and it crashes in high winds and goes out of biz; the Shedd Aquarium Bldg., the largest indoor aquarium in the world causes an awakening of the environmental movement; the Midway Plaisance of future U.S. congressman (Jewish) Sol Bloom "the Music Man" (1870-1949), designed by Frederick Law Olmsted is the big moneymaker, filled with booze, cigars and bawdy entertainment, incl. the Streets of Cairo ("Beautiful Orient") Bldg., complete with a replica of the Sphinx, featuring Little Egypt (Farida Mazar Spyropoulos) and the "Naughty Girls from Algeria", who dance the Hootchy-Kootchy (Hoochie-Koochie) (Kouta-Kouta), AKA the "danse du ventre" (belly dance) (named by Bloom), with the first perf. of Bloom's uncopyrighted Snake Charmer Tune ("Oh they don't wear pants on the sunny side of France"), which pisses-off Head Prude Anthony Comstock into trying to shut it down, which only makes it more popular and causes the dance to spread around the U.S., complete with a better 1895 version of the song The Streets of Cairo, or The Poor Little Country Maid, by James Thornton (1861-1938), who uses his wife Bonnie to demonstrate it; the U. of Chicago is later built on the site of the Midway Plaisance, and the Chicago Bears football team becomes known as "the monsters of the Midway"; Boilerplate the Mechanical Marvel, a mechanical robot is another don't-miss; the fair introduces the word "cafeteria"; the Rumford Kitchen of home economics founder Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842-1911) showcases food science, incl. luncheon menus with nutritional info.; chili con carne is introduced; Joseph Garis Cochrane displays her new automatic dishwater (patented 1886); carmel maker Milton S. Hershey sees chocolate-making machinery at the fair and buys it; Henry Perky's shredded wheat is popularized, along with Wrigley's new Juicy Fruit brand chewing gum; German-born Frederick William "Fritz" Rueckheim and his brother Louis Rueckheim introduce Cracker Jack brand caramel-coated popcorn with peanuts (which is registered in 1896, comes in a "wax-sealed" packages in 1899, gets a boost from the 1908 song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" by Albert Von Tilzer and Jack Norworth, and begins incl. silly trivial toys as prizes starting in 1912, then features Sailor Jack and his dog Bingo in 1918, with the motto "The more you eat the more you want"); they actually don't introduce it until 1896?; Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, made by Capt. Johann Gottlieb Friedrich "Frederick" Pabst (1836-1904) (since 1882, when he started tying silk ribbons to his Select Beer) wins a blue ribbon, and guess what, 30M ft. of silk blue ribbon shipped with the beer that didn't quite make Milwaukee famous by the turn of the cent.?; Cream of Wheat farina breakfast porridge mix made from wheat semolina makes its debut; Bavarian sausage vendor Anton Ludwig Feuchtwanger starts out providing white gloves to eat them with, then switches to rolls when they keep the gloves as souvenirs; Henry John "H.J." Heinz (1844-1919) attracts people to his 2nd-floor out-of-the way booth by handing out Heinz pickle pins, going on to give away 100M of them during the next cent.; R.T. Davis Mill Co. hires Ky.-born former slave Nancy Green (1834-1923) to demonstrate Aunt Jemima pancake mix in front of their 24-ft.-high 12-ft.-diam. world's largest flour barrel, causing co. sales to go through the roof; writer L. Frank Baum later models his Emerald City after the White City; "Devil in the White City" serial killer Dr. Henry Howard Holmes (Herman Webster Mudgett) (1861-96) ("the Torture Doctor") sobers it up with some World's Fair murders after he builds a 105-room hotel nearby filled with torture chambers, and lures 27+ young women to their deaths, torturing and gassing them in a soundproof room, then butchering their bodies in the basement and selling the parts to medical schools; the fair closes on Nov. 1 after hosting 27M visitors from 73 nations, and makes a small profit; on the night of Oct. 28 disgruntled insane newspaper distributor Patrick Eugene Joseph Prendergast (1868-94) (who thought that he was owed a govt. job for supporting his election campaign) murders Chicago mayor Carter Henry Harrison Sr. (b. 1825) in his home with a small revolver, causing many to skip the closing ceremonies for his Nov. 1 funeral; Prendergast is hanged next July 13 after his atty. Clarence Darrow unsuccessfully raises the insanity defense - he didn't get the job, did he?
On Sept. 6, 1901 (Fri.) after travelling to Buffalo, N.Y. to open the Pan-Am. Exposition, and giving away his "lucky flower", the red carnation he wore in his label since his first first election V in Ohio for a seat in Congress, U.S. Pres. William McKinley (b. 1843) is shot at the Pan-Am. Exhibition at a receiving line in the Temple of Music by Alpena, Mich.-born anarchist (Jesuit agent?) Leon Frank Czolgosz (1873-1901), who conceals his .32 cal. Iver Johnson Safty-Automatic revolver in a handkerchief, firing 2x and hitting the pres. in a coat button and the abdomen; McKinley tells his guards "Go easy on him, boyd", and has two operations performed (after a gynecologist initially sews him up with a sewing needle), and seems to be recovering, but relapses on Sept. 12 and dies on Sept. 14 (Sat.), becoming the 4th straight victim of the Zero-Year Pres. Curse (after W.H. Harrison, Lincoln and Garfield); despite Czolgosz denying her involvement, the police arrest and give the third degree for two weeks to Russian anarchist Emma Goldman - an Illuminati plot to put their Teddy Boy in power, plowing the road for the Federal Reserve Bank, Income Tax, and Great Depression?
On Feb. 27, 1902 Australian army Lt. Harry "Breaker" Harbord Morant (b. 1864) and Lt. Peter Joseph Handcock (b. 1868) are executed by the British army for murder of nine Boer POWs after being acquitted of the murder of whistleblowing Lutheran minister Daniel Heese; although they are guilty as sin, they claim that the British high command gave standing orders to execute all Boer prisoners, and that they are scapegoats; filmed in 1980; Lt. George Ramsdale Witton (1874-1942) gets his sentence commuted, and serves three years in prison, going on to pub. Scapegoats of the Empire in 1907, refusing to fight for the British in WWI.
On Nov. 20, 1903 42-y.-o. Mo.-born hired gunman and stock dick Tom Horn (b. 1860) is hanged in Cheyenne, Wyo. for the 1901 murder of 14-y.-o. Willie Nickell based on a controversial confession.
On Aug. 28, 1905 French agricultural laborer Jean Lafray (1873-1906) of Commugny, Switzerland gets drunk on hard liquor, wine, and 2 oz. of absinthe, then murders his pregnant wife and two children, causing protests and a petition signed by 82K that causes absinthe to be banned in Vaud; in 1908 it is banned in all Switzerland, followed by most Euro countries, and the U.S. in 1912; in 2007 after it is proved not to contain hallucenogenic chemicals, it is relegalized in the U.S.; it was really a conspiracy by winemakers to get rid of competition?
The first American sex goddess? On June 25, 1906 New York City's #1 Gilded Age architect Stanford White (b. 1853), designer of Washington Arch and Madison Square Garden is shot 3x and murdered at his table in Madison Square Garden by Pittsburgh steel heir Harry Kendall Thaw (1871-1947) in a jealous rage over his showgirl wife, "Floradora girl" model Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967), AKA "The Girl on the Swing" ("The Eternal Question" Gibson Girl), resulting in the first Trial of the Cent., in which Thaw is found not guilty by reason of insanity based on her unprecedented revealing testimony of how in 1901 White had seduced and raped the 16-y.-o. sweet young thing, and how when she married Thaw in 1902 he er, forced it out of her, causing his insane reaction; the words "brainstorm" and "playboy" are coined to describe him.
On July 11, 1906 (eve.) Mont.-born Chester Ellsworth Gillette (1883-1908) drowns his pregnant girlfriend Grace Mae Brown (1886-1906) on Big Moose Lake in Herkimer County, N.Y.; did she fall out of the boat and he extended a paddle in vain to save her, or did he push her out and hit her over the head with his tennis racquet, or did she commit suicide by jumping out and refusing help?; either way, he made a quick getaway to Fulton Chain Lakes, checking into a hotel under his real name and acting like nothing happened; he is electrocuted on Mar. 30, 1908, and later immortalized in Theodore Dreiser's 1925 long-but-good novel An American Tragedy, which tries to palm it off as a perfect storm of accident and self-incrimination; filmed in 1931, and in 1951 as "A Place in the Sun".
The Ted Bundy of England? On Nov. 23, 1910 Coldwater, Mich.-born "wife poisoner" dentist and homeopathic quack doctor Hawley Harvey Crippen (b. 1862) is hanged in Pentonville Prison in London, England for murdering his flamoyant spendthrift mediocre theatrical singer wife Belle Ellmore (Cora Henrietta Crippen) (-1910) with hyoscine (scopolamine) in order to run off with his secy. Ethel Le Neve (1883-1967), then dismantling and burying her body in his cellar; after Belle disappears and the lovebirds begin living together openly they draw the suspicions of chief inspector Walter Dew (1863-1947) (known for hunting Jack the Ripper), then not knowing that he buys their story they suddenly flee to Brussels and Antwerp, then board the SS Montrose en route to Canada, with her dressed as a boy, drawing suspicions by the captain, who radios London, causing the house to be searched and a piece of skin with an identifying scar to be found under the basement floor (he carefully disposed of her body in acid and fire, and left just enough to incriminate himself?); after being foiled by the newfangled Marconi radio apparatus recently installed, they arrive in Quebec to find Dew waiting for them on July 31, becoming the first criminals to be captured with the aid of wireless communication; Ethel is acquitted after being defended by Frederick Edwin Smith, 1st Earl Birkenhead (1872-1930) in his first big case; DNA tests made in 2007 by David Foran of Michigan State U. reveal that the body parts found were from a man.
On Aug. 4, 1914 - Nov. 11, 1918 the horrific World War I causes 15M deaths and 39M military casualties. and destroys the Old Order of white formerly Christian Europe. On Feb. 26-28, 1915 the Germans first use a Flamethrower (Flame Projector) in the village of Douaumont, France near Verdun, becoming the first of 653 flamethrower attacks in the war. On Apr. 1, 1915 French aviator Roland Garros (1888-1918) becomes the first pilot to shoot down an aircraft using a deflector gear, which allows shooting through the propeller; after more Vs against German aircraft on Apr. 15 and Apr. 18, he is shot down and the Germans capture his plane, after which Dutch designer Anthony (Anton Herman Gerard) Fokker (1890-1939) clones then improves the deflector gear into the synchronization (interrupter) gear, mounting them on the new Fokker E.I. in Aug., beginning the Fokker Scourge (Scare) as they shoot down nearly every enemy aircraft they encounter and generate the first German aces, incl. Max Immelmann (1890-1916); next year the French counter with the Nieuport 11 Bebe (Bébé), in which the gun is mounted on the top wing clear of the prop, and the British with the Royal Aircraft Factory F.E.2b and Airco DH.2 (Feb. 1916), which mount the engine backwards with the prop in back, causing them to be called "pushers", ending the Fokker Scourge by spring 1917. In 1915 arsenic-based vomiting-sneeze gas Adamsite (DM) (diphenylaminechlorarsine) is synthesized by German chemist Heinrich Otto Wieland (1877-1957); in 1918 Am chemist Roger Adams (1889-1971) duplicates it, and both sides stockpile it, but it is allegedly never used on the battlefield. On Mar. 22, 1916 the British have their first success with their new Depth Charge off the SW coast of Ireland, destroying a German U-boat. Are you used to Hell yet, try this? On Sept. 15, 1916 Winston Churchill's pet project the Tank (Russian Water Closet) (Char-Schneider) is first used by the Brits in the Somme.
On July 14, 1921 Italian-born Am. anarchists Nicola Sacco (1891-1927) (clean-shaven) and Bartolomeo Vanzetti (1888-1927) (big moustache) (charged in 1920) are found guilty of the murders of a guard and a paymaster in South Braintree, Mass. during an Apr. 15, 1920 robbery of the slater and Morrill Shoe Co. in Braintree, Mass. in a trial charged with Red Scare politics, protesting their innocence, gaining internat. publicity and global protests; after being convicted of first-degree murder, they are electrocuted at Charlestown State Prison on Aug. 23, 1927, sparking, er, more riots in London, Paris et al.; on Aug. 23, 1977 Mass. Gov. Michael Dukakis proclaims that they had been given an unfair trail, and that "any disgrace should be forever removed from their names."
The first O.J. case in Hollyweird? On Sept. 10, 1921 Keystone Kops movie star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle (1887-1933) is charged with murder over the Sept. 9 (Labor Day) death of 26-y.-o. alcoholic rising actress Virginia Rappe (b. 1895) (whose smiling face in a sunbonnet appeared on the sheet music cover of "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"), who dies of peritonitis from a burst bladder after going into a bathroom in his suite in San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel during a celebration of his new $3M 5-year Paramount contract; accused of bursting her bladder with his big prick, or with a jagged piece of ice, or a Coke bottle, the big iced-Coke-guzzling prick is acquitted after three trials, and later evidence suggests she was drunk and tried a self-induced abortion, but his career is ruined with all the bad publicity, which sells zillions of papers for Randolph Hearst's San Francisco Examiner, and gets him blacklisted; he later makes a comeback as a film producer under the name William B. Goodrich (Will B. Good), but dies suddenly before pulling himself out of, er, debt; San Francisco chief of police Daniel J. O'Brien, father of actor George O'Brien ordered Arbuckle's arrest.
On May 21, 1924 the sensational Leopold and Loeb Case sees 14-y.-o. Robert "Bobby" Franks murdered in a "thrill killing" committed by brainy rich gay lovers Nathan Freudenthal Leopold Jr. (1904-71) (son of the pres. of the Fibre Can Co.) and Richard Albert Loeb (1905-36) (son of a vice-pres. of Sears), two rich Jewish college kids at the U. of Chicago who think they're Nietzsche's Supermen; Franks is Loeb's cousin, and they kill him with four chisel smashes to the head; not-so-smart Leopold's eyeglasses are discovered near his body, and Loeb breaks down and confesses, followed by Leopold; the sensational murder trial features the most eloquent attack on the death penalty in a U.S. courtroom to date by famed atty. Clarence Seward Darrow (1857-1938), who saves them from capital punishment by blaming the univ. for teaching them Nietzsche (plus playing the "Jew card"?), getting them life sentences plus 99 years each; they had intended to murder Armand Deutsch, an heir to the Sears & Roebuck fortune, but he was ill and stayed home that day (he later becomes a successful Hollywood producer); Loeb is murdered by another convict in 1936; Leopold is paroled in 1958.
On Nov. 16, 1924 (his birthday) Newport, R.I.-born "Civilization" filmmaker (inventor of the detailed shooting script and the assembly line system of filmmaking, founding Inceville in Palisades Highlands) Thomas Harper Ince (b. 1880) takes sick mysteriously aboard Oneida, the yacht of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) among a bevy of Hollywood stars, then dies three days later at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., after which Hearst takes great pains to cover up the facts (that he might have shot him and/or that he died on the ship?); in 1996 Patty Hearst pub. a novel about it titled "Murder at San Simeon"; subject of the 2001 film "The Cat's Meow".
In 1924 German gay serial murderer Friedrich Heinrich Karl "Fritz" Haarmann (1879-1925), "the Butcher of Hanover", "the Hanover Vampire", "the Wolf Man", who killed 27 boys and young men since 1918 by biting them in the neck then decapitating and stripping their flesh is convicted of 24 murders and sentenced to death by guillotine, and executed on Apr. 15, 1925 in Hanover - what a waste of a good potential Nazi?
On Aug. 7, 1930 two black men, Abram "Abe" Smith (19) and Thomas "Tommy" Shipp (19) are lynched in Marion, Ind. for the Aug. 6 murder of white man Claude Deeter (b. 1907) and the rape of his white companion Mary Bell; a third black man, James Cameron (1914-2006) escapes after Bell tells the crowd he's innocent of the murder and she wasn't raped, and after serving four years for accessory to murder later founds the America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) in Milwaukee, Wisc. in 1988; a famous photo is taken of the lynched men hanging from a tree while a white crowd mills around; on Oct. 19, 2003 a Reconciliation Day is proclaimed, attended by 400.
On Mar. 18, 1932 Dutch-born Am. serial killer Harry F. Powers (Herman Drenth) (b. 1892) (AKA A.R. Weaver, Cornelius O. Pierson) is hanged in Moundsville State Penitentiary, W. Va after luring women to his home in Quiet Dell, W. Va. with lonely hearts ads and murdering them in his garage; portrayed in the 1953 Davis Grubb novel "The Night of the Hunter" and a 1955 film.
On June 22, 1932 Congress passes the U.S. Little Lindbergh Law (Federal Kidnapping Act), giving the death penalty for kidnapping across state lines for ransom with bodily harm, not necessarily murder; too bad, states get too eager, passing their own versions providing a death penalty for kidnapping with bodily harm within state borders, allowing corrupt prosecutors to railroad almost anybody up to the greatest golfer on Earth until the U.S. Supreme Court stops it in the 1970s.
On July 2, 1932 German-Am. Jewish MGM studio exec Paul Bern (Levy) (b. 1889) marries glamorous actress Jean Harlow, then on Sept. 5 commits suicide, found naked and shot in the head in their secluded driveway on Easton Dr. in Beverly Hills, Calif. with a note saying "Last night was only a comedy", becoming a big scandal for MGM when she refuses to talk, and his former common-law wife Dorothy Millette (b. 1886) commits suicide on Sept. 7 by jumping in the Sacramento River after taking her shoes and jacket off; the official story is suicide because of sexual impotence; mob-connected MGM vice-pres. Edgar Joseph "Eddie" Mannix (1891-1963) (who is later implicated in the death of George Reeves but is not charged) becomes a suspect but is never charged; she wouldn't let the animal perform perverted sex on her so he ended it?; he was impotent, so that's why he ended it?; murdered by Millette?; a studio coverup, with the suicide note really being an earlier makeup note?
On Sept. 1, 1939 - Sept. 2, 1945 the horrific $3.5T World War II resulted in 24M military and 49M civilian deaths, and featured the low point of the Jewish Holocaust (Shoah) by the German Nazis, I guess it was the Jews' fault for not ransoming themselves to go to Israel before they could round them up for the camps. The whole experience turned Jews from lovers into fighters, ramping up the Zionist movement with full world sympathy and support by new world superpower U.S., which had its own guilt trip because on Nov. 24, 1942 Budapest-born Am. Zionist leader Rabbi Stephen Samuel Wise (1874-1949) announced in a press conference in Washington, D.C. that he was authorized by the U.S. State Dept. to confirm that the Nazis had murdered 2M Jews as part of a plan to exterminate all Jews in Europe; too bad, the nat. newspapers didn't consider it front page news, and the U.S. govt. did nada. After the war ended and Americans toured the concentration camps in horror, Polish-born Jewish scholar Raphael Lemkin (1900-59), who single-handedly led an unsuccessful campaign to get the League of Nations to give internat. protections against genocide starting in 1933 finally got what he wanted after his own people got it, namely the Dec. 9, 1948 U.N. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Gen. Assembly Resolution 260), which didn't come in force until Jan. 12, 1951, and which the U.S. still didn't ratify until 1988.
On Jan. 24, 1941 the Happy Valley Murder Case sees dissolute English-born Scottish peer Josslyn Victor Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll (b. 1904), member of the pink-walled British expatriate gin-and-tonic Muthaiga Country Club in Nairobi (founded 1913) found shot dead in his Buick on the Nairobi-Ngong Road in Kenya; old fart Sir Henry John Delves "Jock" Broughton, 11th Baronet (1883-1942), husband of young foxy Lady Diana Broughton, who was hooking up with Erroll is tried for the murder, and after his hairdresser becomes jury foreman he is acquitted, but commits suicide on Dec. 5, 1942 after returning to England; basis of the 1987 film "White Mischief".
On Jan. 15, 1945 after taking over from Jimmy Wakely at the Venice Pier Ballroom in Calif., Grand, Okla.-born part-Cherokee Western swing fiddler Donnell Clyde "Spade" Cooley (1910-69) and His Western Dance Gang release Shame on You (#1 in the U.S.), which becomes his signature song, going on to become known as "the King of Western Swing"; the first song pub. by Hill & Range Pub. Co. of Los Angeles, Calif., founded by Vienna, Austria-born Julian J. Aberbach (1909-2004) et al., which goes on to dominate country music (75% of the action in Nashville), contracting with Elvis Presley in 1955 to pub. all his songs, which keeps him from pub. his own material until the early 1970s. In 1945 Spade Cooley and His Orchestra release I've Taken All I'm Gonna Take from You (#4 country), followed by Detour (1946) (#2 country), You Can't Break My Heart (1946) (#3 country), and Crazy 'Cause I Love You (1947) (#4 country). In June 1948 Cooley begins hosting a radio show on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, Calif, becoming the #1 draw on the West Coast. Too bad, in 1961 Cooley is convicted of the head-bashing stomach-stomping murder of his 2nd wife Ella Mae Evans, ending his career.
On June 26, 1946 Evanston, Ill.-born genius-IQ William George Heirens (1928-2012), known as "the Lipstick Killer" after leaving the lipstick message "For heavens sake catch me before I kill more/I cannot control myself") at a crime scene is arrested, confessing to three murders in 1945-6 and receiving a life sentence wih possibility of parole, dying in a hospital in Chicago on Mar. 5, 2012 after recanting his confession and claiming coercion.
What happens in Hollyweird stays in Hollyweird? On Jan. 15, 1947 in Los Angeles, Calif. the mutilated remains of 22-y.-o. aspiring actress Elizabeth Short (b. 1924) (known as the Black Dahlia for her dark outfits) are found dumped in a vacant lot in the residential L.A. neighborhood of Leimert Park; she had been hung upside down and tortured, her body cut in half, and her face carved into a hideous rictus; the case is never solved, even though the perp sends the girl's birth certificate and address book, with one page ripped out, to the police; later Steve Hodel claims it was his L.A. cop father?
On Feb. 18, 1949 Stamford, Lincolnshire-born Acid Bath Murderer John George Haigh (1909-49) kills his last victim, wealthy widow Olive Durand-Deacon, then steals her valuables and dissolves her body in sulfuric acid, but having no drain to pour the sludge down he makes the mistake of pouring it on a rubbish pile, allowing police to catch and arrest him, after which he confesses to nine murders, and is convicted of six, and hanged in Wandsworth Prison in London on Aug. 10, 1949.
On Jan. 28, 1953 epileptic illiterate retarded Derek William Bentley (1933-53) is hanged in Wandsworth Prison for murdering policeman Sidney Miles in Croydon, Surrey, England on Nov. 2, 1952; trouble is, he was in police custody at the time of the murder, which was done by his partner Christopher Craig, and all he did was shout "Let him have it, Chris", which he later claimed meant he was telling him to hand the gun to him and surrender; after the justice-to-the-police prosecution railroads the poor sucker through a jury to a death sentence for killing a sacred pig, er, cow, even though his hands are literally tied at the time by the police, and he has a great alibi (I was not there at the time, I was someplace else, in police custody, and I never killed anybody?), his lawyers' appeals are denied, and pro-death penalty Edinburgh-born home secy. David Maxwell Fyfe, 1st Earl of Kilmuir (1900-67) (co-drafter of the European Convention on Human Rights, who cross-examined Herman Goering in the Nuremberg Trials) stinks himself up by refusing to ask the queen for clemency despite a petition by 200+ MPs, and Parliament is not allowed to debate whether he should be hanged until after the fact; Craig, being under 18 is released in 10 years; in 1993 Bentley is pardoned, and on July 30, 1998 his murder conviction is quashed; filmed in 1991 by Peter Medak as "Let Him Have It" - proving you can kill a cop and get away with it in Britain if you're underage and a good ventriloquist, but somebody always has to die for killing a cop?
On July 15, 1953 English serial killer John Reginald Halliday Christie (b. 1899) is hung for murdering at least six women (usually raping them afterward) incl. his wife via strangulation in his flat at 10 Rillington Pl., Notting Hill, London, then moving out in Mar. and leaving three bodies stuffed in a kitchen alcove, where they were quickly found; in 1949 he strangled Beryl Evans and her infant daughter Geraldine, then framed her mentally defective husband Timothy Evans on it and got him hanged in 1950, after which it takes the English justice system until Oct. 1966 to grant him a posth. pardon for the murder of the daughter but not the wife, while England abolishes capital punishment for murder in 1965; filmed in 1971 starring Richard Attenborough as Christie and John Hurt as Evans.
On July 4, 1954 (early a.m.) the murder of 4-mo.-pregnant Marilyn Reese Sheppard in her bedroom in Bay Village, Ohio, followed by the arrest of her husband, Cleveland, Ohio-born osteopath-neurologist Dr. Samuel Holmes "Sam" Sheppard (1923-70) becomes sensationalized, and his trial becomes a media circus after he blames it on a "bushy-haired intruder"; on Dec. 21 he is convicted of 2nd degree murder and given life in prison, after which on Jan. 7 his mother shoots and kills herself, and on Jan. 18 his father dies of stomach cancer; maintaining his innocence, in July 1961 he hires defense atty. Francis Lee "F. Lee" Bailey Jr. (1933-), and is helped by the Sept. 17, 1963 debut of the ABC-TV series The Fugitive (ends Aug. 29, 1967); on June 6, 1966 the U.S. Supreme (Warren) Court rules 8-1 in Sheppard v. Maxwell that the trial had a "carnival atmosphere", and that the judge Edward J. Blythin (-1958) was clearly biased against him and failed to protect him from prejudicial publicity, and is granted a new trial, then acquitted on Nov. 16, 1966 after he marries German divorcee Ariane Tebbenjohanns, half-sister of Magda Ritschel, wife of Nazi leader Joseph Goebbels, divorcing her on Oct. 7, 1969; "The Fugitive" Sam Sheppard dies on Apr. 6, 1970 in Columbus, Ohio.
This is what it sounds like when the doves cry, Or, The 1954 Brown v. Board of Ed. Supreme Court Decision inflames racial hatred throughout the Southy South South Johnny Reb KKK South, and the good die young? On Aug. 28, 1955 two white men take visiting 14-y.-o. black Chicagoan Emmett Louis "Bobo" Till (b. 1941) from his uncle's Mississippi Delta home in the town of Money after being angered over his whistling at white woman Carolyn Bryant at her hubby Roy's store; in Aug. his mutilated body is found in the Tallahatchie River; his mother Mamie Till Mobley holds an open coffin funeral in Chicago which is viewed by 50K visitors, galvanizing opposition to segregation and Jim Crow; he is buried in Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill.; Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam are acquitted by an all-white jury, and later admit their guilt to Look mag., but can't be retried; a U.S. atty. charges them with kidnapping but a grand jury refuses to indict, causing the FBI to reluctantly close their file, but in June 2005 federal authorities unearth his casket in an effort to prosecute somebody, anybody before they all kick off scot-free; in 2017 Bryant admits that her story was false.
Colorado's 1950s Osama bin Laden? On Nov. 1, 1955 at 7:03 p.m., 11 min. after takeoff from Stapleton Airport in Denver, Colo. United Airlines Flight 629 en route to Portland, Ore. explodes and crashes into sugar beet fields N of Denver, killing all 39 passengers and five crew; John Gilbert "Jack" Graham (1932-57), son of passenger Daisie E. King (b. 1902), who bought a $37.5K insurance policy on her life shortly before takeoff is convicted after a televised trial (Colo.'s first big TV trial) of planting 25 sticks of dynamite with a timer in her luggage, and is executed in the Colo. gas chamber on Jan. 11, 1957, his heart taking 11 min. to stop beating; the first confirmed downing of a commercial airliner in the U.S. by a bomber; the plane left 35 min. late, foiling his scheme to have it blow up over the Rocky Mts. where the debris would be difficult to find; his mean mother dominated and messed up his life, putting him in an orphanage and never letting him out even after marrying a wealthy rancher; as an adult she financed a drive-thru restaurant, which failed; Denver Post reporter Zeke Scher breaks several stories, incl. finding the man who sold Graham the dynamite, that his wife Gloria no longer loves him, and that his sister Helen believes he's guilty and wants him to die; he is one of the first inmates transfered to the new Denver County Jail, whose cell windows look out upon Stapleton Airfield; his last words are "I don't mind getting the gas but I would like make my last request, and that is to have Zeke Scher sitting on my lap when I go."
On Nov. 16, 1957 police search the property of Edward Theodore "Ed" Gein (1906-84) in Plainfield, Wisc., and discover his little habit of murder, grave-robbing, and human taxidermy, incl. "woman suits" made out of tanned skin; he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, and "the Butcher of Plainfield" spends the rest of his life in the Mendota Mental Health Inst. in Madison, Wisc., his life spawning a whole genre of horror movies incl. "Psycho" (1960), "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974), and "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991).
Did he use a Silver Bullet? On Feb. 9, 1960 Coors beer magnate Adolph Coors III (b. 1916), grandson of the founder is kidnapped and murdered en route to work in Golden, Colo. by Seattle, Wash.-born Fulbright scholar and escaped murderer Joseph Corbett Jr. (1928-2009), who tries to get $500K in ransom before the remains are found on Sept. 14 in a garbage dump near Pikes Peak, after which Corbett is captured in Vancouver, Canada on Oct. 29 and sentenced to life, then paroled in 1978, ending up living in Denver, Colo.; too bad, the experience causes Coors to initiate polygraph tests for potential employees.
On May 2, 1960 St. Joseph, Mich.-born "Red Light Bandit" rapist and best-selling author (of "Cell 2455, Death Row") Caryl Whittier Chessman (b. 1921) (convicted of 17 counts of robbery, kidnapping, and rape, but not murder), who was railroaded under the Calif. version of the Little Lindbergh Law (which makes a capital offense out of kidnapping with any kind of "bodily harm", and which was repealed in 1955, after which other death row inmates except him were converted to lifers), is gassed at San Quentin Prison in Calif. after 12 years on death row and mucho worldwide publicity, during which time he became the cause celebre for anti-capital punishment forces, dooming him?; a last-minute stay of execution is ignored since the peach blossom and bitter almond cyanide fumes have already been released - checkmate?
On June 14, 1962 $65/week 55-y.-o. divorced Back Bay, Boston, Mass. seamstress Anna E. Slesers (b. 1907) is found, becoming the first known victim of the Boston Strangler, known for getting women to let them into their apts., with the Sunday Herald pub. the July 8 headline "A mad strangler is loose in Boston", and the Record American giving him the final name in 1963; the last of 13 single women between ages 19-85 is murdered on Jan. 4, 1964. First day on the job, and sure you're nervous? On Mar. 11, 1963 the first murder in its 104-year history occurs in the Boston suburb of Belmont when elderly Bessie Goldberg (b. 1899) is raped and strangled in her living room; black cleaning man Roy Smith is arrested and charged, but when the killings resume they take a peek at his skin color and send him to priz anyway, and it takes more than a decade to commute his sentence; more killings follow until Jan. 4, 1964; in Mar. 1965 construction laborer Albert Henry DeSalvo (1931-73) (with a German wife and two children) confesses to all 13 murders except the Goldberg one after being arrested for rape, and is sentenced to prison, where he is stabbed to death on Nov. 25, 1973, although experts still aren't sure he did it. On Jan. 18, 1967 Albert Henry DeSalvo (1931-73) is convicted on various charges of rape et al. (not incl. murder) in Cambridge, Mass., even though he confesses to being the Boston Strangler (Silk Stocking Murderer), who murdered 13 women in the Boston, Mass. area in 1962-4, with DNA evidence posth. linking him to the last victim in July 2013; there was more than one perp? On Nov. 25, 1973 Albert Henry DiSalvo (b. 1931), the self-confessed Boston Strangler (who later recanted) is stabbed to death in the maximim security prison in Walpole, Mass.; Winter Hill Gang member Robert Wilson is tried for the murder but the jury is hung.
On July 3, 1962 John Frankenheimer's Birdman of Alcatraz (United Artists) debuts, based on the 1955 book by Thomas E. Gaddis, starring Burt Lancaster as lifer IQ-134 ornithologist Robert Franklin Stroud (1890-1963), who is portrayed as an unjustly imprisoned mild-mannered scientist crushed by the cruelty of anti-scientific wardens like Harvey Shoemaker (Karl Malden) even though he killed two men, is not exactly mild mannered, and is a pedophile?; he had been kept in Alcatraz (prisoner #594) in 1942-59, when his failing health caused him to be moved to a federal prison hospital in Mo.; petitions are handed out in the theater lobbies for his release, and atty. Richard M. English takes up his cause, approaching the Kennedy admin., but he dies next Nov. 21 (one day before the assassination of JFK) in the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo. still petting his files in priz and studying French.
In 1962 after getting caught poisoning his family members and killing his stepmother, Neasen, London-born amateur chemist Graham Frederick Young (1947-90) is sent to Broadmoor Hospital; in Feb. 1971 he is released, allowing him to poison 70 more people, killing his 4th victim before being arrested on Nov. 21, 1971 and convicted in June 1972, being dubbed the Teacup Poisoner, after which he is shipped to Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Weight, dying of a heart attack on Aug. 1, 1990.
On Mar. 9, 1963 after getting pulled over for having no rear license plate light, petty thieves Gregory Ulas "Greg" Powell (1933-2012) and Jimmy Lee "Youngblood" Smith (1929-2007) (AKA Jimmy Youngblood) kidnap then murder police officer Ian James Campbell (-1963) and attempt the murder of his partner Karl Francis Hettinger (1934-94) in the Onion Field Killing near Bakersfield, Calif., who rabbits; they are tried on July 15-Sept. 12, and given the death sentence, which is reduced to life after Powell becomes a jailhouse lawyer, filing appeals until he gets out after 19 years; meanwhile Hettinger is scorned by fellow officers for letting the punks get the better of him, and he resigns from the LAPD in 1966, suffering from guilt and PTSD; subject of the 1973 novel "The Onion Field" by Joseph Wambaugh, and a 1979 film starring James Woods as Powell.
On June 12, 1963 black Miss. NAACP leader (a Freemason) Medgar Evers (b. 1925) is fatally shot in the back in front of his Jackson, Miss. home by white KKK sniper Byron De La Beckwith (1920-2001), who scoffs at the law for years before being convicted of murder on Feb. 5, 1994 by last-laughing prosecutor Bobby DeLaughter (1954-) and receiving a life sentence; meanwhile the killing causes mass protests by blacks, and 158 arrests - I love my job, I love my pay, I love it more and more each day?
On Nov. 22, 1963 (Fri.) (12:30 CST) New Orleans, La.-born ex-Marine Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-63) allegedly assassinates U.S. pres. (1961-3) John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy (JFK) (b. 1917) in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Tex., allegedly firing three shots from the Texas School Book Depository, hitting JFK once in the back and once in the head, then casually leaving the scene and allegedly murdering Dallas police office J.D. Tippit 45 min. later before being arrested at the Texas Theatre at 1:40 p.m.; at a news conference he denies shooting anybody, claiming that he's a "patsy"; on Nov. 24 he is assassinated on nat. TV by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Leon Ruby (Jacob Leonard Rubenstein) (1911-67) in the city jail as he is being transferred to the county jail before he can talk to an atty., closing the case as far as the govt. is concerned; later numerous dedicated researchers poke holes in the official govt. line that point to a conspiracy, only to be dismissed as kooky "conspiracy theorists".
On Apr. 21-May 6, 1966 after making the mistake of taking photos of themselves doing it, Ian Brady (Ian Duncan Stewart) (1938-2017) and Myra Hindley (1942-2002) of England are tried and convicted of killing five children of both genders after sexually abusing and torturing them for fun, and given three life sentences, becoming known as the Moors Murders since all victims were buried in Saddleworth Moore near Oldham in Lancashire; they later confess to two more kiddie murders; Brady becomes friends with Teacup Poisoner Graham Young in Parkhurst Prison, sharing a fascination with Nazi Germany; starting in 1999 Brady tries to commit suicide via hunger strikes, and is force-fed.
On July 14, 1966 Kirkwood, Ill.-born. ex-con Richard Benjamin Speck (1941-91) terrorizes nine student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital in Chicago, Ill., murdering eight of them; he is arrested on July 17, found guilty of eight counts of murder next year, and given a death sentence, which is reduced in 1972 to eight 50-150 year sentences after the U.S. Supreme Court overrules the death sentence in 1971; in priz he goes gayer than a kite and takes female hormones to develop breasts - blame it on 666?
On Oct. 30, 1966 the Zodiac Killer murders his first female college student in Riverside, Calif.; the police later claim that the first confirmed killing isn't until Dec. 20, 1968; he goes on to kill up to 28-38 in the Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco area by Oct. 1969 while sending taunting letters to the press that incl. four cryptograms, incl. the soundbyte ""[killing] gives me the most thrilling experience it is even better than getting your rocks off with a girl" - not too late for 666 zombie points? On Dec. 20, 1968 the Wing Walker boot-wearing Zodiac Killer murders teenie lovers David Arthur Faraday (17) and Betty Lou Jensen (16) in their car on lover's lane in Lake Herman Road in Benicia, Calif. with a .22-cal semi-auto pistol, becoming the first of up to 37 murders in N Calif. that the police attribute to him by Oct. 1969, confirming seven victims (four men, three women), of whom two survive; he gets his jollies by sending letters to the Bay Area Press containing four cryptograms, only one of which is solved; he isn't caught until ?.
On Aug. 21, 1968 the Monster of Florence kills his first young couple parked in lovers' lane, cutting out the sexual parts of the woman; the 14th and last is on Sept. 7/8, 1985; the case is never solved; filmed in 1977 as "Il Mostro", and in 1994 as "The Monster" starring Roberto Benigni; in 1994 69-y.-o. farmer Pietro Pacciani (1925-98) is convicted of 14 of the murders and sentenced to life in prison then released after allegations of a police frame-up, but his two alleged accomplices Mario Vanni and Giancarlo Lotti are sentenced to life and 30 years.
Well chap my hide, or, Heat makes a true Kennedy horny? On July 18, 1969 a 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 sedan driven from a party at moonlight, er, midnight by inebriated astronaut, er, Sen. Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009) (D-Mass.) (JFK's younger brother) takes a wrong turn and plunges off 10.5-in.-wide railless Dike Bridge at 20 mph on Chappaquiddick Island ("separated island") off the E end of Martha's Vineyard, and his 28-y.-o. passenger Mary Jo Kopechne (b. 1940) (former RFK campaign worker and secy.) is killed in 8 ft. of water; too bad, he gets out of the car and leaves the scene and doesn't report it for 8-11 hours, launching the Chappaquiddick Scandal, causing his career to go down the toilet just as the first men walk on the Moon; Scottish-born Pulitzer Prize-winning pro-Kennedy journalist James Barrett "Scotty" Reston (1909-95), who is summering at Martha's Vineyard files the first account of the incident for the New York Times, and stinks himself up with the opening line "Tragedy has again struck the Kennedy family", to which managing ed. A.M. Rosenthal replies "This story isn't about the Kennedy family, it's about this girl"; on July 25 Ted Kennedy appears on the three major U.S. networks to explain himself, and nobody buys it?; the truth is that he made that turn intentionally to have sex with her in a secluded place and went over the bridge too fast?; he receives a 2-mo. suspended sentence, but gets it overturned in Apr. 1970 - Geico, 15 minutes can save you on car insurance?
On July 27, 1969 Santa Barbara, Calif.-born Manson Family associate Robert Kenneth "Bobby" Beausoleil (1947-) stabs music teacher Gary Hinman to death for failing to pay money owned the Manson Family for a mescaline transaction, and is given a life sentence; Charles Manson slices off part of his ear with a sword before ordering the murder; it was intended as the first of a series of murders by the Manson Family to spark Helter Skelter, and was staged to look like the Black Panthers did it?
On Aug. 8, 1969 Dundee, Scotland-born photographer Iain Stewart Macmillan (1938-2006) takes pictures of the Beatles as they cross Abbey Road for the much-discussed cover of their final Abbey Road album - the perfect alibi for the Tate murders?
On Aug. 8, 1969 (eve.) 8-mo.-pregnant actress Sharon Marie Tate (Polanski) (b. 1943) (wife of movie dir. Roman Polanski) and four other people, Hollywood hair stylist Jay Sebring (b. 1931), coffee heiress Abigail Folger (b. 1943), her common-law hubby Vojciech "Voytek" Frykowski (b. 1936), and delivery boy Steven Parent (b. 1951) are brutally murdered (Parent is shot and the rest stabbed a total of 100 times) in her Bel-Air, Los Angeles home in Benedict Canyon at 10050 Cielo Dr. (formerly owned by record exec Terry Melcher (1942-2004), son of Doris Day (1924-), who had refused to record an album for Cincinnati, Ohio-born self-described Flower Power singer-songwriter (hey-hey-I'm-a-Monkee-wannabe) Charles Milles "Charlie" Manson (Maddox) (1934-) (who has done plenty of hard time, but was let out, allowing him to portray himself as a guru in San Fran's Haight-Ashbury district during the 1967 Summer of Love, while he picked up hippie women then used his study of Scientology and its psycho-babble to hypnotize them, helped by his super sexual stamina that turned them into sexual slaves), and saw him there when he was shacking up with girlfriend Candice Bergen) during a party by uninvited Manson Family members Charles Denton "Tex" Watson (1945-) (a religiously-raised boy who was picked up hitchhiking by Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys and taken home, where he meets Manson), Susan Atkins (1948-2009) (who starred in "Witches Sabbath" by Anton Szandor LaVey), Patricia Dianne Krenwinkel (1947-), and Leslie Louise Van Houten (1949-); Atkins writes "Pig" on the front door in blood; novelist Jerzy Kosinski (1933-91) (invited by Frykowski) misses his plane (and the party), later writing the novel Blind Date about the close call; on Aug. 10 wealthy married business people Leno LaBianca (b. 1925) and Rosemary LaBianca (b. 1931) are murdered in their Los Angeles home; this time "Death to Pigs" (Pigz) is written in blood on a wall, and "Helter Skelter" on the refrigerator door, referring to a song in the Beatles' White Album which Charlie Manson thinks prophesies a race war in which the blacks will kill all whites; on Oct. 12 the Tate-La Bianca Murders are traced to Charles Manson and three female members of his Manson Family, who are arrested while holing up in the Barker Ranch house in the Panamint Mts. of Calif. W of Death Valley, and who are later given death sentences (later reduced to life imprisonment); after the arrests hippies in the Los Angeles area can no longer count on hitchhiking. In 1974 Hibbing, Minn.-born Manson Family prosecutor Vincent T. Bugliosi Jr. (1934-2015) and Lamar, Colo.-born Curtis Marsena "Curt" Gentry (1931-2014) pub. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders, which claims there is no conspiracy and it's a simple slam dunk case for a prosecutor of his caliber in this 1.5M-word 1,612-page book, devoting much space attempting to shred conspiracy theorists; "The case is a very simple case" - or your mind is a very simple case?
In 1971 Estherville, Iowa-born pimply-faced baker Robert Christian Hansen (1939-2014) AKA "the Butcher Baker" abducts, rapes, and murders the first of 17-30 women ages 16-41 in the Anchorage, Alaska area, hunting them for sport with his Ruger Mini-14; on June 13, 1983 17-y.-o. Cindy Paulson escapes from him and gets him arrested, but he convinces them of his innocence and is released, then arrested in Oct. and sentenced to 461 years, dying in prison in Seward, Alaska on Aug. 21, 2014; portrayed by John Cusack in the 2013 film "The Frozen Ground".
On May 15, 1972 Clio, Ala.-born U.S. Dem. pres. candidate George Corley Wallace Jr. (1919-98) is shot 3x by Milwaukee, Wisc.-born Arthur Herman Bremer (1950-) while campaigning at the Laurel Shopping Center in Laurel, Md., with one bullet lodging in his spine; three others are wounded; Wallace survives as a paraplegic and finishes 3rd in Nov.; on Aug. 4 Bremer, who previously tried to assassinate Pres. Nixon is sentenced to 63 years for attempted murder, reduced on appeal to 53 years; Wallace goes on to become Ala. gov. 4x (4-term Ala. gov., 1963-7, 1971-9, 1983-7).
On June 29, 1972 the U.S. Supreme Court rules 5-4 in Furman v. Georgia (a black rapist) that the death penalty is unconstitutional as possible "cruel and unusual punishment", causing state capital punishment laws to be revised; the U.S. joins 37 other countries in abolishing the death penalty, leaving only France and Spain in Europe; "These death sentences are cruel and unusual in the same way that being struck by lightning is cruel and unusual... My concurring brothers have demonstrated that, if any basis can be discerned for the selection of these few to be sentenced to death, it is the constitutionally impermissible basis of race." (Potter Stewart)
In 1972 the Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders of female hitchhikers in North Bay, Calif. begin, with the nude victims found in embankments and creed beds, stopping at seven next year; they are unsolved until ?.
On Jan. 2, 1973 Am. schoolteacher Roseann Quinn (b. 1944), who likes to bring strange men home from bars is murdered in New York City by bar acquaintance John Wayne Wilson, who after his arrest hangs himself in Bellevue Hospital on May 5, 123 days after the murder, the whole incident spawning the hit 1975 Judith Rossner novel "Looking for Mr. Goodbar".
On May 24, 1973 Brazilian serial murderer Pedro Rodrigues "Killer Petey" (Pedrinho Matador) Filho (1954-) is arrested, confessing to 100+ murders; in 2003 he is convicted of 71 murders incl. 47 in prison (incl. his father to get revenge for killing his mother), and is released on Apr. 24, 2007, then rearrested in Sept. 2011 for various charges incl. riot and false imprisonment.
On Aug. 8, 1973 the Houston Mass Murders in Tex. of 27+ boys ages 9-27 is discovered after electrician and former candymaker (known as the Candy Man and the Pied Piper) Dean Arnold Corll (b. 1939) is killed by his 17-y.-o. accomplice Elmer Wayne Henley Jr. (1956-), who calls police and tells how he and 15-y.-o. David Brooks had helped lure them for $200 "per head", after which they were raped and tortured first, becoming the worst U.S. serial murder case so far.
On Jan. 4, 1974 Vt.-born serial rapist-murderer Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy (Cowell) (1946-89) attacks Joni Lenz in her bedroom in Wash. state, leaving her severely beaten, becoming his first victim, followed by Lynda Ann Healy on Feb. 1, Donna Gail Manson on Mar. 12, Susan Elaine Rancourt on Apr. 17, Janice Ott and Denise Naslund on July 14, and dozens of others in Wash., Ore., Colo., Utah, and Fla., the last known one being 12-y.-o. Kimberly Diane Leach in Lake City, Fla. on Feb. 9, 1978; he later confesses to 30 murders in seven states in 1974-8, but authorities estimate 100+.
On Nov. 13, 1974 (3:00 a.m. local time) the Amityville Murders in Amityville, Long Island, N.Y. sees Ronald Joseph "Butch" DeFeo Jr. (1951-) murder his parents and four siblings with a .35 Marlin 336C rifle, then unsuccessfully try to lie his way out of it; he is convicted of six counts of 2nd degree murder on Nov. 21, 1975, and given six consecutive 25-life sentences after claiming to be possessed; the house at 112 Ocean Ave. is later claimed to be haunted, inspiring the 1977 book-film "The Amityville Horror".
On Nov. 21, 1974 Orlando, Fla.-born Paul John Knowles (b. 1946) is arrested in Ga. after a crime spree beginning July 26 that killed 18-35, becoming known as "the Casanova Killer" for his good looks and seductive manner, ending up getting killed trying to escape a police car on Dec. 18.
In 1974 FBI agent Robert K. Ressler (1937-2013) coins the term "serial killer" after interviewing killers inflamed by soft-core porno.
On Sept. 5, 1975 (Fri.) Charles Manson disciple (who lived with him during the 1969 murders, and carved an X in her forehead with other supporters during his trial) Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme (1948-) pulls a .45-cal. pistol from a thigh holster and attempts to assassinate Pres. Ford as he approaches the Calif. State Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., pointing but not firing because it has four bullets in the magazine but no bullet in the chamber; after a zany trial where she tries to represent herself, tries to call Charles Manson as a witness, throws an apple at the judge and is removed for violent outburst, she is convicted on Nov. 26, and sentenced to life on Dec. 17 in Sacramento federal court, then paroled from a Tex. prison on Aug. 14, 2009; in 1987 she escapes from a low security woman's prison in Alderwon, W. Va. to be closer to her Charley, but is recaptured two days later. Everybody doesn't like Sara Jane? On Sept. 22, 1975 (Mon.) Charles Manson disciple (former FBI informant) Sara Jane Moore (1930-) attempts to assassinate Pres. Ford in San Francisco, Calif. outside the Westin St. Francis Hotel (bordering Union Square) with a .38-cal. Smith & Wesson pistol from 40 ft. away across the street after he leaves the English Grill, firing one shot, which is deflected, after which gay ex-U.S. Marine Oliver W. "Billy" Sipple (1941-89) knocks the gun out of her hand, after which the news that he's gay makes him a San Francisco treat for gays; the bullet hole next to one of the hotel awnings becomes a tourist attraction; she pleads guilty on Dec. 12, and on Jan. 15 becomes another lesbian-meat lifer - two misses in 17 days?
On Mar. 21, 1976 Am. skier Vladimir Peter Spider Sabich Jr. (b. 1945) is accidentally shot in Aspen, Colo. by his Paris, France-born actress-singer girlfriend Claudine Georgette Longet (1942-) (wife of Andy Williams in 1961-75), who is convicted of misdemeanor criminally negligent homicide and spends 30 days in a jail cell painted pink on weekends, after which she never performs again.
Goodbye groovy Tuesday, or, He asked for it, so declare him insane and don't do it - not? On Jan. 17, 1977 (Mon.) after gaining internat. publicity for demanding the quick implementation of his death sentence, convicted double murderer Gary Mark Gilmore (Faye Robert Coffman) (b. 1940) becomes the first person executed in the U.S. since 1967 when he is shot by a firing squad at Utah State Prison (four shots to the heart); in 1979 Norman Mailer pub. the nonfiction novel "The Executioner's Song" about him; in 1982 a TV movie about him starring Tommy Lee Jones debuts.
On July 1, 1977 Los Angeles, Calif.-born gay necrophile Patrick Wayne Kennedy (1939-) is arrested, confessing to the murders of 35 young men in Calif. since 1962, becoming known as "the Freeway Killer", and "the Trash Bag Killer" from his habit of disposing of their bodies along Calif. highways, and is convicted of 21 murders and given a life sentence.
On Aug. 10, 1977 Yonkers postal employee David Richard Berkowitz (1953-) is arrested in Yonkers, N.Y. by N.Y. detective John M. Falotico (1924-2006) after he receives a tip through the window of a Ford Galaxy and puts his gun to the suspect's temple, asking "Who have I got, you tell me?"; Berkowitz is accused of being the "Son of Sam" ".44 Caliber Killer" .44 Bulldog revolver gunman responsible for six murders and seven woundings of couples in parked cars over the last 12 mo. (since July 29, 1976); after arrest he claims that he acted on orders of the dog of neighbor Sam Carr (b. 1913), who claims not to know him; after conviction, he is sentenced on June 12, 1978 to 365 years, 25 years for each murder; Falotico gets a $2.5K raise and promotion from 2nd to 1st grade detective; before his arrest, New York Daily News columnist James Earle "Jimmy" Breslin (1930-2017) developed a relationship with Berkowitz, who sent him rambling letters forecasting his shootings.
On Oct. 17, 1977 the Hillside Strangler(s), really Rochester, N.Y.-born Angelo Anthony Buono Jr. (1934-2002) (the brains of the outfit) and his cousin Kenneth Alessio Bianchi (1951-) murder their first victim in the Los Angeles, Calif. area, followed by nine more by Feb. 16, 1978; their modus operandi is to pose as police officers, pick them up in an unmarked car, then abuse and strangle them; on Jan. 12, 1979 after revealing to Buono that he applied to become an LAPD officer and had ridden with them searching for the Hillside Strangler, causing a death threat that makes him flee, Bianchi is arrested in Bellingham, Wash. near Seattle one day after luring two female univ. students into his house and murdering them and leaving dumb clues, leading to Buono's arrest; both end up getting life sentences in Wash. after playing legal games that backfire.
On Mar. 10, 1980 The Complete Scarsdale Diet (1979) author, cardiologist, and confirmed bachelor Dr. Herman Tarnower (b. 1910) is shot to death in Purchase, N.Y. by Madeira private school headmistress (Smith College grad) Jean Struven Harris (nee Struven) (1923-2012), his jealous lover of 14 years; after claiming it was an accident, she is convicted and serves almost 12 years in prison before her release in Jan. 1993; "Marriage isn't a natural state of being." (Tarnower)
On July 27, 1980 7-y.-o. toy lover Adam John Walsh (b. 1974) is abducted from a Sears store in Hollywood Mall, Fla. after he becomes separated from his mother, hooks up with older boys playing a video game, and a security guard asks them to leave, and 14 days later on Aug. 10 his severed head is found in a drainage canal 100 mi. away in Vero Beach (the rest of the body is never recovered), causing his father John Edward Walsh Jr. (1945-) to become a crusader, pushing for the creation of the U.S. Missing Children Act of 1982, the U.S. Missing Children's Assistance Act of 1984, and the U.S. Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006; on Feb. 7, 1988 he becomes host of the Fox-TV series America's Most Wanted, which spotlights wanted suspects and coordinates a nationwide search, celebrating its 1000th caught crook in Dec. 2008; prime suspect Ottis Elwood Toole (1947-96) (didn't I see him in "Deliverance"?) is arrested, confesses, recants, is never charged, and dies of liver failure in prison, but on Dec. 16, 2008 the police finally say they can prove he did it; meanwhile Toole's gay lover-partner, Blacksburg, Va.-born Henry Lee Lucas (1936-2001) is arrested in Tex. on June 11, 1983, then confesses to hundreds of unsolved murders, getting convicted for 157; after newspapers lampoon the convictions as made-up, his death sentence is commuted to life in 1998, and he dies of heart failure in prison in Huntsville, Tex. on Mar. 12, 2001.; on Sept. 24, 1986 John McNaughton releases the film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, starring Michael Rooker as Henry and Tom Towles as Otis, getting rated X by the MPAA.
That really chaps my hide, or, the Day the Music Died, or, Imagine there's no John Lennon? On Dec. 8, 1980 (Mon.) (12-8-80) (10:49 p.m.) after a nude photoshoot and a recording session for Yoko Ono's "Walking on Thin Ice", former Beatle John Winston Ono Lennon (b. 1940) is shot 4x in the back, side, and shoulder with a Charter Arms .38 Special Undercover snub-nosed revolver firing five hollow point "dum-dum" bullets, and killed outside the Dakota Apt. Bldg. in New York City's Upper West Side on W 72nd St. (6 blocks from 66th St.) (a reputed home for witches, famous as the setting for "Rosemary's Baby") by deranged eyeglasses-wearing Tex.-born "Catcher in the Rye" loving fan and Honolulu security guard Mark David Chapman (1955-), who had gotten his autograph earlier in the day, and stays on the scene reading his novel, then calls out "Mr. Lennon" and drops to a combat stance before firing, and later tells police "I'm sure the large part of me is Holden Caulfield, who is the main person in the book - the small part of me must be the Devil"; Lennon is hit in the aorta and collapses to the floor, dropping cassettes of "Walking on Thin Ice", then struggling to the lobby shouting "I'm shot! I'm shot!", and arrives DOA at the hospital, and is pronounced dead at 11:07 p.m.; Chapman remains on the scene, letting his smoking gun drop on top of Lennon's bloodstained eyeglasses, and not resisting arrest, telling them "I acted alone" and "Lennon had to die"; future rock star Madonna (1958-), who had just moved to the Big Apple is walking a few blocks away at the time, and joins the crowd outside the Dakota; singer Neil Diamond is also in town for the debut of his movie "The Jazz Singer"; Howard Cosell announces Lennon's death on Monday Night Football during a game between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, with the soundbyte "This, we have to say it, remember this is just a football game, no matter who wins or loses. An unspeakable tragedy, confirmed to us by ABC News in New York City. John Lennon, outside of his apartment building on the West Side of New York City, the most famous, perhaps, of all the Beatles, shot twice in the back, rushed to the Roosevelt Hospital, dead on arrival"; after the usual calls for more gun control laws, Pres. Reagan says they wouldn't have prevented the shooting; on Dec. 14 fans around the world pay tribute to the brainy Beatle in a John Lennon Memorial Service in Central Park across the street from the Dakota, where the Strawberry Fields Memorial (designed by Yoko Ono) is erected, complete with the word "Imagine" (dedicated on Oct. 9, 1985); Fidel Castro commemorates a statue to this "revolutionary hero"; before he dies, John arranges a dog for his 5-y.-o. son Sean Ono Lennon (1975-), which arrives on Dec. 25 and is named "Merry Christmas"; 1 mo. after the murder, Yoko Ono releases Walking on Thin Ice (for John) her first charting single, peaking at #58; Lennon is awarded a posth. album of the year at the 1982 Grammy Awards; Chapman toys with an insanity defense then pleads guilty, and on Aug. 24, 1981 is sentenced to 20-life, ending up in Attica Correctional Facility in Buffalo, N.Y.; the hit was really ordered by the CIA?
On Jan. 2, 1981 after interviewing him 9x, British police arrest Yorkshire, England-born truck driver Peter William Sutcliffe (1946-), and on May 22 he is convicted of the Yorkshire Ripper Murders of 13 women and attempted murders of seven more that began on Oct. 30, 1975 and ended on Nov. 17, 1980, receiving a life sentence on each count; the police are criticized for taking so long to arrest him, and in 2006 the Byford Report makes it official.
It's Hinckley Day at the Washington Zoo? On Mar. 30, 1981 (Mon.) (2:30 p.m.) after attending a labor event, the Reagan Assassination Attempt sees 69-day U.S. pres. Ronald Reagan shot in the left lung along with three others outside the Washington, D.C. Hilton Hotel by Colo.-based Jodie Foster fetishist John Hinckley Jr. (1955-) using a Rohm RG-14 6-shot .22 blue steel revolver loaded with Devastator brand exploding cartridges (all shots fired); shot #1 hits Reagan's 6'1" 250 lb. White House press secy. ("the Bear") James Scott "Jim" Brady (1940-2014) in the head, causing permanent brain damage and partially paralyzing him, after which he becomes a er, half-wit, er lobbyist for gun control legislation, getting the 1993 U.S. Brady Handgun Control Act passed, providing for a 5-day waiting period before purchasing handguns to kill politicians with (expires 1998); D.C. police officer Thomas K. Delhanty (1934-) is hit with shot #2 in the back; shot #3 misses and hits a window; shot #4 hits Secret Service agent Timothy J. McCarthy (1949-) in the abdomen after he leaps in front of POTUS, after which he becomes police chief of Orlando Park, Ill.; shot #5 hits the window of the pres. limo; shot #6 hinkleys off the limo into Reagan's left underarm, stopping 1 in. from his heart; Nancy Reagan is at first told he wasn't hit, until Michael Deaver breaks it to her at the hospital, where the glib movie cowboy pres. tells his wife, "Honey, I forgot to duck"; White House campaign strategist Franklyn C. "Lyn" Nofziger (1924-2006) becomes the first to announce it to the press; all three major U.S. TV networks provide day-long coverage of the incident; U.S. Gen. Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. (1924-2010) stinks himself up by telling reporters "As for now I'm in control here in the White House" (Heil Haig?), then claims "There are absolutely no alert measures that are necessary at this time or contemplated", while in reality defense secy. Cap Weinberger is ordering an alert in case it's a Soviet plot?; Reagan leaves the hospital after 12 days, and addresses Congress to a rousing ovation, helping him get his economics program passed by 238-195 (like Zangara's bad shooting helped FDR in 1933?), with many Dem. defections, which he calls the greatest political win in half a cent.; he fires Haig for being "power-hungry", causing Haig to say that he "isn't a mean man, he's just stupid"; on Aug. 28 Hinckley pleads innocent to charges of attempting to kill Reagan, and on June 21, 1982 he is found not guilty by reason of insanity; Reagan loses half his blood and turns white before he arrives in the operating room, after which his mental decline begins?
On June 21, 1981 23-y.-o. gay black pedophile Wayne Bertram Williams (1958-) is arrested for murdering two of 29 young blacks whose bodies were found in the Atlanta, Ga. area over a 22-mo. period; next Jan. 6 his trial begins, and on Feb. 27 he is found guilty of the murder of the two; later 23 more murders are pinned on him.
On May 23, 1982 Killeen, Tx.-born 75-IQ African-Am. man Carl Eugene "Coral" Watts (1953-2007) is arrested after breaking into the home of two young women in Houston, Tex., after which they give him a plea bargain, allowing him to confess to the murders of 40-80 women since 1974, receiving a 60-year sentence; too bad, a loophole in Tex. law allows him to be released on May 9, 2006, causing a mad scramble to hook him on new charges, and after a nat. TV call he is charged with the stabbing murder of 25-y.-o. Helen Dutcher in Westland, Mich. on Dec. 1, 1979, and convicted on Nov. 17, 2004, receiving a life sentence; on Sept. 21, 2007 he dies of prostate cancer in a hospital in Jackson, Mich.
On Feb. 18, 1983 the Wah Mee Gambling Parlor Massacre sees 13 tied-up and killed in an attempted robbery at the Wah Mee gambling parlor in the Louisa Hotel in Chinatown, Seattle, Wash., becoming the deadliest mass murder in Wash. state history (until ?); the 14th victim survives and testifies against the shooters Kwan Fai "Willie" Mak, Wai-Chiu "Tony" Ng, and Benjamin Ng.
On June 18, 1984 (9:30 p.m.) outspoken Chicago, Ill.-born liberal Jewish radio talk show host Alan Harrison Berg (b. 1934) is shot 12x and killed by an automatic MAC-10 in the driveway of his Denver, Colo. home in front of his black VW Beetle by two white supremacists of The Order (Silent Brotherhood), connected with the Aryan Nations Church, and eerily similar to a scene in the 1978 white supremacist novel "The Turner Diaries"; Order founder David Eden Lane (1938-2007) (author of the white supremacist slogan known as the 14 Words: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children", and/or "Because the beauty of the White Aryan woman must not perish from the Earth") and several other white supremacists are railroaded by Denver's first African-Am. district atty. Norman S. "Norm" Early (normally up early to step and fetch it?) on federal RICO and other squishy charges to 190+-year sentences when he can't prove a state murder charge and decides to 'get' them.
Getting into the pre-puberty Millennium Fever spirit at the Golden Arches? On July 18, 1984 (3:59 p.m. PDT) pissed-off unemployed welder James Oliver Huberty (1942-84) opens fire with a semiautomatic rifle, shotgun, and pistol at a McDonald's fast food restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 and injuring 19 before being shot dead by police.
On Nov. 16, 1984 Kenova, W. Va. Robert Joseph "Bobby Joe" Long (1953-) is arrested after abducting, sexually assaulting, and murdering 10+ women in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area during an 8-mo. period; he receives 26 life sentences without parole and seven more with possible parole in 25 years, along with a sentence of death by electrocution - the lawyer flies zoom in on the manure?
Merry Christmas, sucka II? On Dec. 22, 1984 New York's "Subway Vigilante" (an engineer) Bernhard Hugo "Bernie" Goetz (1947-) shoots at and wounds four black teens (Barry Allen, Troy Canty, James Ramseur, Darrell Cabey) in the Seventh Ave. 2 Express subway in Manhattan, then flees into a tunnel after telling a motorman that they tried to rob him; after the victims all turn out to have criminal records, but Cabey ends up a paraplegic, it sparks a nat. debate on vigilantism vs. legitimate self-defense, his claims of self-defense get him acquitted of attempted murder in 1987 in a trial where atty. William Kunstler represents Cabey; the other three wounded teens all go to jail; Goetz ends up convicted of illegal weapon possession and serves 8 mo.
On June 2, 1985 after raping, torturing, and murdering 11-25 women in a remote cabin near Wilseyville, Calaveras County, Calif. 150 mi. E of San Francisco, Calif., Hong Kong-born ex-Marine Charles Chi-Tat Ng (1960-) is caught shoplifting a vise from a hardware store in San Francisco, Calif., after which his San Francisco-born ex-Marine partner Leonard Thomas Lake (1945-85) tries to pay for it and is arrested, taking cyanide pills in jail and dying on June 6; Ng flees to Calgary, Alberta, Canada and lives in a lean-to in Fish Creek Provincial Park until July 6, when he tries to shoplift a can of salmon from a grocery store in Calgary and is arrested after shooting a security guard; after a long legal battle to avoid extradition, he ends up in Calif. in 1991, and in Feb. 1999 is convicted of 11 murders after a $20M trial, most expensive in Calif. history (until ?), ending up on death row in San Quentin State Prison.
On June 6, 1986 after being released on a weekend furlough program, convicted murderer (life sentence) William R. "Willie" Horton (1951-) fails to return, and on Apr. 3, 1987 he ends up in Oxon Hill, Md., raping a woman twice, beating and restraining her fiance and stealing his car before being caught, receoving two more consecutive life terms plus 85 years; on Sept. 21, 1988 the George H. W. Bush campaign begins its "Weekend Passes" campaign, using him as a poster boy for the stupidity of Dem. candidate Michael Dukakis, who vetoed a bill by the Mass. legislature in 1976 that would have prohibited Horton from being furloughed, helping Bush win.
On Apr. 19, 1989 (9:00 p.m. local time) a group of up to 50 black and Hispanic Harlem teenagers go "wilding" in Central Park, New York City looking for random whites to terrorize and rape, and chase down, rape, and beat Trisha Ellen Meili (1962-), a 28-y.-o. Wall Street investment banker, who becomes known as the Central Park Jogger; six teenagers are charged and five (four black, one Hispanic) are convicted, receiving 5-15-year sentences, until convicted serial murderer-rapist Matias Reyes confesses in 2002 that he did it alone, but is not prosecuted because of the statute of limitations, causing all five convictions to be vacated, and in 2003 they sue the city, which stalls until mayor Bill de Blasio authorizes a $41M settlement in 2014 - so let them off and I'll do their time?
On July 23, 1989 Tsutomu Miyazaki (1962-2008) is arrested for attempting to insert a zoom lens into a schoolgirl's vagina in a park, going on to blame it on his alter-ego Rat Man, becoming known as "the Human Dracula" "the Otaku Murderer" and "the Little Girl Murderer" for abducting and murdering four girls in Tokyo and Saitama Prefectures in Aug. 1988-June 1989 then having sex with the corpses before engaging in canibalism and sending letters to the victims' families bragging about it; he is hanged on June 17, 2008.
On Aug. 20, 1989 entertainment exec and his wife Jose and Mary "Kitty" Menendez are murdered by a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun in their Beverly Hills, Calif. mansion; their sons Erik Galen Menendez (1970-) and Joseph Lyle Menendez (1968-) are tried for the murders in a high-profile trial shown on Court TV, and are convicted in 1996 after the first trial jury is deadlocked by their defense of parental abuse.
On Aug. 23, 1989 in a case that inflames racial tensions in New York City, black teenager Yusuf (Yusef) Hawkins (b. 1973) is shot dead after he and three friends are confronted and chased by 10-30 white youths in the heavily Italian working-class Brooklyn neighborhood of Bensonhurst; Rev. Al Sharpton leads a protest march through the neighborhood; two men are tried for the murder, and Joseph Fama is convicted of 2nd degree murder, while Keith Mondello is acquitted of murder but convicted on 12 lesser charges, causing more protest marches by Sharpton, contributing to the downfall of New York City mayor (since Jan. 1, 1978) Ed Koch.
On Nov. 20, 1990 impotent Ukrainian-born "Butcher/Ripper of Rostov" ("the Red Ripper") Andrei Romanovich Chikatilo (1936-94) is arrested, and confesses to 56 murders since 1978; on Feb. 14, 1994 after being convicted of 52 murders, he is executed; his modus operandi is to stab the victim in order to get off sexually and ejaculate, then eviscerate them; in July 1983 innocent Alexander Kravchenko was executed for one his murders.
On June 16, 1991 (9:14 a.m.) (Sun.) the Father's Day Bank Massacre in Denver, Colo. takes place when a lone gunman talks and shoots his way into the vault area of the United Bank at 17th Ave. and Broadway, killing four unarmed guards and making off with $200K; police later arrest former Denver police sgt. and bank security guard James W. King (1936-), but he is acquitted after testifying in his own behalf; no one else is ever charged, as the police claim they had their man.
On Sept. 6, 1991 after being c+onvicted of nine counts of murder, then claiming 100-110 murders in 1953-82 to journalist Wilton Earle, incl. 80-90 hitchhikers in 1969-82, Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins Jr. (nee Parrott) (b. 1933), known as "the Redneck Charles Manson", "the Hitchhikers' Killer", and "the Meanest Man in America" is executed in the electric chair in Columbia, S.C.
On Oct. 16, 1991 (12:39 p.m.) George Jo (Georges Pierre) Hennard (1956-91) smashes his pickup through a Luby's Cafeteria window in Killing, er, Killeen, Tex. near Ft. Hood, firing on the customers with high-powered Glock 17 and Ruger P89 pistols, killing 23 and injuring 27; he ends up committing suicide.
On Feb. 15, 1992 gay cannibal serial killer ("the Milwaukee Cannibal") Jeffrey Linel Dahmer (1960-94) is sentenced in Milwaukee, Wisc. to life in prison for 15 murders; in 1978 he is sentenced for #16; he is beaten to death in priz in Nov. 1994 - here's the tale of Sweeney Todd?
On Feb. 17, 1993 Scarborough, Ont., Canada-born "Scarborough Rapist", "Schoolgirl Killer" Paul Kenneth Bernardo (1964-) (AKA Paul Jason Teale) and his wife (since 1991) Karla Leanna Homolka (Teale) (1970-) (AKA Leanne Bordelais), the "Ken and Barbie Killers" are arrested for a string of rapes since May 4, 1987, and 3-4 murders in 1990-2; in 1995 Bernardo is convicted of two murders of teenage girls and given a life sentence with possibility of parole in 25 years; after claiming that he forced her to help him, Homolka is given a sentence of 12 years, and released on July 4, 2005.
On Dec. 7, 1993 35-y.-o. Kingston, Jamaica-born rabid black supremacist Colin Ferguson (1958-) draws a semi-auto pistol and shoots 23 and kills six on a Long Island Railroad commuter train as it approaches Garden City, Long Island, N.Y.; he acts as his own lawyer and conducts his own defense in a ludicrous show trial where he has an ass for a client, receiving a sentence of 315 years 8 mo. to life - did you see me do it, and when you saw me do it did you know it was me?
On Dec. 14, 1993 (10:00 p.m. MST) 19-y.-o. Nathan Jerard Dunlap (1974-), a disgruntled former employee kills four employees and seriously injures a fifth at the Chuck E. Cheese Restaurant in Aurora, Colo.; after being found guilty four murders, he is sentenced to death in 1996, with the execution date set in mid-Aug. 2013 on May 1, 2013 by Judge William Sylvster; too bad, on May 22 liberal Dem. Colo. gov. John Hickenlooper grants him a temporary reprieve, while the ACLU tries to get him off death row because he's black?
The year of the serial murderers? On May 10, 1994 after a last meal of a dozen deep-fried shrimps, a bucket of original recipe Kentucky Fried Chicken, French fries, and a pound of strawberries, Chicago, Ill.-born serial murderer and part-time Pogo the Clown John Wayne Gacy Jr. (b. 1942) is executed by the state of Ill.; on Nov. 28 serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmer (b. 1960) (who already had his kind of last meal before being arrested) is killed in a bathroom at Columbia Correctional Inst. in Portage, Wisc. by fellow convicted multiple murderer Christopher J. Scarver (1969-), who becomes an instant celeb - Christ, don't scarf me down?
The actor figures out how to put the cops on trial and wins? On June 12-13, 1994 (night) the slasher-style murder of Nicole Brown Simpson (b. 1959) and friend Ron Goldman (b. 1968) leads to a great media circus as her hubby, former NFL football star O.J. (Orenthal James) Simpson (1947-) is arrested on June 17 after a 60-mi. nationally-televised low speed pursuit in his white Ford Bronco (which causes TV coverage Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets to be interrupted, along with the final round of the U.S. Open, a parade honoring the New York Rangers for winning the Stanley Cup, and the start of the World Cup match between Germany and Bolivia), and then in a televised media circus trial is tried and acquitted on Oct. 5 next year, with most blacks believing him innocent and cheering, while most Am. whites believe him to be guilty; the supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer "reminded us what good, basic journalism is about" (Ted Koppel) by breaking many authentic stories about the case; O.J.'s Wisc.-born bleached-blonde surfer boy "professional houseguest" Brian "Kato" Kaelin (1959-) (son of Gilligan and Ginger?) becomes a celeb, and ends up flip-flopping and saying he believes he's guilty.
On Nov. 3, 1994 the Susan Vaughan Smith (1971-) child abduction saga in S.C. turns kinky when she confesses to drowning her two sons (ages 3 years and 14 mo.) in her maroon Mazda Protege in John D. Long Lake in Union County, S.C. on Oct. 25 and making-up an imaginary black kidnapper as a patsy, going on TV several times and pleading for him to return her children safely; she confesses to putting them in the back seat and letting the car roll into a lake after a recent breakup with her boyfriend left her a single mom, and she wanted to hook up with a local wealthy man who didn't want a family; she is sentenced to life in prison, eligible for parole on Nov. 4, 2004.
Daddy just loved his daughter so much he named him after himself? On Dec. 25/26, 1996 (Christmas night) the murder of 6-y.-o. white rich-kid beauty queen (1995 Little Miss Colo.) JonBenet Patricia Ramsey (b. 1990) in "perfect town" very-white Boulder, Colo. (home of the U. of Colo., the Bolder Boulder, the Naropa Inst., and Mork and Mindy) (the only murder in that town this year), followed by the focusing of suspicion on the well-to-do parents John Bennett Ramsey (1943-) (pres. of Access Graphics, which passed the $1B revenues mark in 1996, then gave autographed paperweights to his employees) and Patricia Ann "Patsy" Ramsey (nee Paugh) (1956-2006) (1977 Miss W. Va.), followed by the failure to charge a suspect captures the world's attention; the bungling police let daddy locate and carry the garrotted body away from the basement, and the mother to hug it, while calling on Jesus to raise her from the dead like he did Lazarus?; no signs of an intruder are found, and everything used in her murder are traced to the home; a long ransom note found in the home, purporting to be by "a group of individuals that represent a small foreign faction" demands $118K, the exact amount of a recent bonus received by daddy, and ends with the cryptic signature "S.B.T.C."; in Aug. 2006 after his arrest a high school yearbook from the early 1980s signed by John Mark Karr surfaces, containing the words "I shall be the conqueror", after which he is arrested in Thailand and confesses, but charges are later dropped; meanwhile local Santa Claus (ex-Univ. of Colo. journalism professor) Bill McReynolds is suspected by some - daddy really did it and mommy helped cover it up, allowing police to later suspect that she did it and he helped her cover it up?
On Feb. 19, 1997 16-y.-o. Evan Ramsey (1981-) opens fire with a shotgun in a common area at a high school in Bethel, Alaska, killing the principal and a student and wounding two students, and receives two 99-year sentences, eligible for parole in 2066; on Oct. 1 16-y.-o. Luke Woodham (1981-) kills his mother plus two high school students in Pearl, Miss., and receives three life sentences plus 120 years; on Dec. 1 14-y.-o. B-student Michael Carneal (1983-) kills three girl students and wounds five others while praying at Heath High in West Paducah, Ky., and receives three concurrent life sentences plus 120 years, which is reduced to life without possibility of parole for 25 years after pleading guilty but claiming mental illness; the U.S. school rage death toll reaches 323 by Sept. 2007.
On Feb. 23, 1997 (5:00 p.m.) the 1997 Empire State Bldg. Shootings sees 69-y.-o. Palestinian Muslim English teacher Ali Hassan Abu Kamal (b. 1927) (from Ramallah, West Bank, who entered the U.S. on Christmas Eve and purchased the gun in Melbourne, Fla.) shoot seven followed by himself on the 86th floor observation deck using a .38-caliber Beretta pistol, wounding six and killing himself and one other; before shooting he asked victims "Are you from Egypt?"; in Feb. 2007 his relatives admit that he did it to punish the U.S. for supporting Israel and that they had been pushing a cover story for 10 years that he did it after losing $300K in a business venture that was invented by the Palestinian Nat. Authority; he chose the highest bldg. in the U.S. for effect.
On Apr. 30, 1997 Medan, Indonesia-born serial murderer (local sorcerer) Ahmad Suradji (1949-2008) (AKA Nasib Kelewang, Datuk) is arrested after 42 bodies of women aged 17-40 killed in 1986-97 are discovered near his home on a sugarcane plantation near Medan, North Sumatra, all buried waist-deep so he could strangle them and drink their saliva to increase his healing powers, after which he would bury them with their heads pointing to his house, all because his father told him to drink the saliva of 70 women and killing them was the fastest way; on July 10, 2008 he is executed by firing squad.
On Nov. 12, 1997 Denver, Colo. police officer Bruce VanderJagt (b. 1950) is killed after a break-in at the apt. of Matthaus Jaehnig, the boyfriend of Lisl Auman (1976-), who kills himself; although she is handcuffed in a police car at the time, the powerful Denver Police Dept. gets more than enough justice for itself by getting her charged by the puppet Denver DA and convicted of the class 1 felony of felony murder by a jury of Denver dopes, then sentenced to life without parole by a puppet Denver machine judge; after Hollywood A-list actors and prominent attys. (incl. Hunter S. Thompson) hammer the system for her, it still takes until Mar. 2005 to get her conviction overturned by the Colo. Supreme Court, after which she pleads guilty anyway on July 11 to avoid a retrial and is sentenced to 20 years in prison - I'm kidnapped in Tokyo and am on a Japanese game show?
Baby you can drive my car, baby you can be star? In 1999 Kiddie rage shootings at U.S. schools peak just before the big triple oh, as an inevitable result of teaching godless evolution and barring God from school curricula combined with religion's revenge, Millennium Fever?
On Mar. 26, 1999 after 130 assisted suicides (voluntary euthanasia) and four acquittals since Janet Adkins in 1990, "Dr. Death" pathologist Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian (1928-2011) is charged with 2nd-degree murder in Mich. for assisting the suicide of Lou Gehrig's disease patient Thomas Youk, representing himself and getting convicted, receiving a 10-25 year prison sentence, threatening to starve himself to death if they don't relieve, er, release him, which they don't buy; he is not released on parole until June 1, 2007 after first vowing to give it up.
Happy 120th Birthday, Herr Hitler? On Apr. 20, 1999 (Tues.) starting at 11:21 a.m. the Columbine High School Massacre in Littleton, Colo. (less than 10 mi. from TLW's home) sees America's worst school rage shooting (until ?), with 13 killed (12 students and a teacher) and 23 injured by two disaffected white supremacist (closet gay?) students, 18-y.-o. Eric David Harris (b. 1981) and Dylan Bennet Klebold (b. 1982), who finish by killing themselves, leaving insane Web pages; later students are permitted to place memorial tiles in the school, and one reading "Jesus Wept" is banned for being religious?; families of victims sue to have historic statements by the killers and their parents sealed or destroyed, while the U.S. Nat. Archives and Records Admin. offers to store them, and in Apr. 2007 U.S. District Judge Lewis T. Babcock orders them sealed for 20 years - why weren't the Columbine shooters black, and when will they be?
On Apr. 22, 1999 Genova, Colombia-born "the Beast", "Tribilin" (Goof) Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos (1957-) is arrested for attempted rape of a boy, after which he confesses to anally raping, murdering, and decapitating 146 boys, and is convicted of 138 murders, after which the lenient criminal justice system reduces his sentence from 1,853 years to 22; he is suspected of 300+ murders.
On July 13, 1999 after murdering up to 15 since 1991 while railroad-hopping between the U.S. and Mexico and being added to the FBI Ten Most Wanted List, Matamoros, Puebla, Mexico-born "Railroad/Railway/Railcar Killer" Angel Maturino Resendiz (Ángel Maturino Reséndiz) (Angel Leoncio Reyes Recendis) (1959-2006) (AKA Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, Angel Leoncio Reyes Recendis) is arrested on a bridge between El Paso, Tex. and Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, and convicted of only one murder, Baylor College neurologist Claudia Benton, then executed by lethal injection on June 27, 2006 in Huntsville, Tex.
On Jan. 31, 2000 British physician (gen. practitioner) Dr. Harold Frederick Shipman (1946-2004) AKA "Doctor Death", "the Angel of Death" is convicted of 15 counts of murder and given a "whole life tariff", becoming the first British physician convicted of murdering his patents; he is suspected of killing as many as 297 people, all patients, in 1995-8; on Jan. 13, 2004 he hang himself in his cell in HM Prison Wakefield in West Yorkshire; on Jan. 27, 2005 the Ł21M Shipman Inquiry Report is pub., concluding that he probably murdered 250+, 80% of them women, usually by injecting diamorphine into them then falsifying their medical records.
On Jan. 31, 2000 Ill. Repub. gov. (1999-2003) George Homer Ryan (1934-) announces a moratorium on executions in his state after 13 wrongfully condemned inmates have been exonerated since 1977 after 12 were executed, and half of the 260 capital cases in the state had been reversed on appeal; in Feb. a Gallup poll finds that 66% of Americans support capital punishment, down from 80% in 1994; too bad, on Apr. 17, 2006 a federal jury in Chicago finds him guilty of racketeering conspiracy, fraud, and tax charges, making him the 3rd Ill. gov in three decades to be convicted of federal felony charges in Al Capone Town.
The Devil Made Me Do It Defense is alive and well in Bush's Bible-thumping Texas? On June 20, 2001 Andrea Yates (nee Andrea Pia Kennedy) (1964-) of Houston, Tex. drowns her five children (6-mo.-o. Mary, 2-y.-o. Luke, 3-y.-o. Paul, 5-y.-o. John and 7-y.-o. Noah) in the bathtub; in 2002 she is found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life, but an appeal court throws out the conviction because of erroneous testimony from a prosecution pshrink, and a new trial results in her acquittal on July 26, 2006 on grounds of insanity, and she is committed to Vernon State Mental Hospital, moving to a low security mental hospital in Kerrville, Tex. in Jan. 2007; she had told psychiatrists that she was ordered by Satan to kill them.
On Sept. 11, 2001 (Tues.) Pres. George W. Bush is targeted in an assassination plot by al-Qaida in Sarasota, Fla.? On Sept. 11 (Tues.) the New York Times pub. a story about ex-Weatherman radical Bill Ayers, quoting him as saying "I don't regret setting bombs. I feel we didn't do enough." On Sept. 11 (Tues.) the 9/11 Attacks see the New York City skyline changed after 19 lowdown cowardly stinking crazed Satan-controlled Muslim raghead jihad terrorist scumbags (incl. 15 Saudis) hijack four U.S. commercial airliners and take over the unprotected cabins, using flying lessons given them in the U.S. to steer and crash into the twin towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) (dedicated in Apr. 1973), and also the Pentagon; Am. Airlines Flight 11 (Boeing 767) from Boston to Los Angeles hits the North Tower at 8:46:26 a.m. with a direct hit that disables all the elevators; actor Tony Perkins' wife Berinthia "Berry" Berenson-Perkins (b. 1948) is on Flight 11; United Airlines Flight 175 (Boeing 767) from Boston to Los Angeles hits the South Tower at 9:02:54 a.m. at an angle, permitting people to escape; Am. Airlines Flight 77 from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles hits the SW face of the Pentagon at 9:43 a.m. on the 60th anniv. of its groundbreaking; it was really a U.S.-launched missile, and was covered-up?; Pres. Bush had a meeting scheduled with affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood after he arrived back at the White House; Pres. Bush first informs the nation of "an apparent terrorist attack on our country" at 9:30 from the school; at 9:45 a.m. the FAA grounds all civilian domestic and internat. flights to-from the U.S., although an El Al (Boeing 747) flight is allowed to take from JFK Airport to Tel Aviv at 4:11 p.m.; commercial flights resume on Sept. 13, followed by private flights on Sept. 14; on Sept. 20 a flight containing Bin Laden family members is allowed to leave the U.S., carrying four Americans; on Sept. 11 NBC-TV commentator Tom Brokaw answers a speculation by Matt Laurer with "This is war. This is a declaration and execution of an attack on the United States", later chanting "War! War!"; "When I saw the second airplane hit, I knew jihad has come to America" (Nonie Darwish); the South Tower implodes at 9:59:04 a.m., followed by the North Tower at 10:28:31 a.m., after the jet fuel ignites tons of paper, which causes internal temps as high as 2K F; Pres. Bush is informed of the South Tower crash at 9:07 a.m. by White House chief of staff (2001-6) Andrew Hill "Andy" Card Jr. (1947-) while visiting with 2nd grade (mainly black) students at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., and turns red, but stays with the kids, reading aloud from the children's story The Pet Goat (by Siegfried Engelmann and Elaine C. Bruner) with them; British-born former U.S. Army officer Cyril Richard "Rick" Rescoria (b. 1939), vice-pres. of security at Morgan Stanley (scheduled for retirement at year's end) dies after helping 2.7K coworkers to safety; after rushing in to help not knowing about the impending collapse; 343 firefighters die in the Twin Towers, and firefighter (Argentine native) Sergio Gabrial Villanueva (b. 1968) becomes a hero; Hollywood actor Steven Vincent "Steve" Buscemi (1957-) (a former NYC firefighter) quietly returns to Engine Co. 55 and works 12-hour shifts, trying to avoid publicity; two Port Authority of N.Y. and N.J. police officers survive the towers' collapse and are rescued from the rubble after 22 hours; 300K are evacuated by boat in lower Manhattan after hundreds of craft answer a Coast Guard call for help "From All Available Boats" and converge on the West Side; meanwhile United Air Lines Flight 93 from Newark, N.J. to San Francisco, Calif. carrying 37 passengers and seven crew is hijacked by Beirut, Lebanon-born pilot (al-Qaida member) Ziad Samir Jarrah (1975-2001) and three Saudi Arabia-born muscle men Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Nami (1977-2001), Ahmed Ibrahim al-Haznawi (1980-2001), and Saeed Abdallah Ali Sulayman al-Ghamdi (1979-2001), crashing at 10:03 a.m. near Shanksville in Somerset County, Penn. (60 mi. SE of Pittsburgh and 150 mi. NW of Washington, D.C.) after the 33 all-American passengers are first cowed by a fake body bomb then fight back against the four ragheads instead of cowering like sheep, and kick the surprised terrorists butts, although too late to prevent the crash; Flight 93 passenger Todd Morgan Beamer (b. 1968) becomes a U.S. hero when he quarterbacks the makeshift anti-raghead team with the all-American words "Let's roll!", which are heard on his cellphone; his sad-proud wife Lisa later founds the charity Heroic Choices; the Flight 93 Nat. Memorial is established on Sept. 24, 2002, and dedicated on Sept. 10, 2011; 2,976 are killed in the 9/11 attacks, incl. 2,605 in New York City, 125 at the Pentagon (incl. 55 military personnel), and 246 on the four planes, with 24 listed as missing, becoming the most Americans lost on U.S. soil since the Sept. 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam, and the greatest single-day civilian loss of life in the U.S. since the May 31, 1889 Johnstown Penn. Flood; Time mag. pub. a 9/11 tragedy issue with a cover photo by Lyle Owerko; many Palestinians openly celebrate the attackon the Great Satan U.S.; Iraqi pres. Saddam Hussein utters the soundbyte: "The American cowboys are reaping the fruit of their crimes against humanity"; the govts. of Cuba, Iran, Libya, and North Korea join a worldwide chorus denouncing the attacks; Arab leaders denouncing the attacks incl. King Hussein of Jordan, Egyptian pres. Hosni Mubarak, and Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri; some Muslims around the world express sympathy for the 9/11 victims, incl. a moment of silence at a World Cup match between Bahrain and Iran on Sept. 14, and a candlelight vigil by Palestinians in Jerusalem on Sept. 15 along with another in Tehran; on Sept. 14 Ireland holds a nat. day of mourning, becoming the only country other than the U.S. and Israel to do so; the Taliban in Afghanistan condemns the attacks but denies that Osama bin Laden is behind them; bin Laden also denies involvement, claiming that there is a govt. within the govt. of the U.S. that wants to turn the 21st cent. into a cent. of conflict between Islam and Christianity, suggesting U.S. Jews and intel agencies; the mastermind was mechanical engineering-trained Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (1964-); the economic repercussions cost the U.S. economy $1T (same as Bush's June 7 tax cut); 40K workers work at "The Pile" at Ground Zero for the next 8 mo., removing 1M tons of rubble, and 69% of them later develop permanent lung problems known as "WTC Cough"; NASA astronaut Frank Culbertson films the smoking WTC from space; New York Fire Dept. chaplain (Roman Catholic Franciscan friar) Father Mychal (Michael) Fallon Judge (b. 1933) dies at the WTC, becoming the "Saint of 9/11" ("God is going to make the headlines some day rather than the Devil, so don't give up"); St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at 130 Liberty St. is destroyed, and the govt. stalls in rebuilding it until ?; St. Paul's Chapel at 209 Broadway facing Church St. opposite the E side of the WTC, where new U.S. pres. #1 George Washington prayed after his first inauguration on Apr. 30, 1789 is not harmed, and the syacmore tree in its courtyard becomes known as the 9/11 Sycamore, with a memorial later built for it (Isaiah 9:10); at 8:30 p.m. Pres. Bush gives a great Red-Blooded Am. Cowboy Speech from the White House, with the soundbyte "Make no mistake about it, the U.S. will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts"; the U.S. launches into a new kind of war, the Global War on Terror (Terrorism) (ends ?); Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaida org. are immediately suspected and become the world's most-wanted criminals, despite of a lack of hard evidence; Egyptian-born 9/11 ringleader ("Emir of the WTC Attack") Mohamed Mohamed Atta (b. 1968) (Mohamed Attacker?) (who created the jihad cell in Hamburg, Germany in the late 1990s, incl. three of the four pilots) is found to have met in Prague with an Iraqi spy, throwing suspicions on Saddam Hussein, and New York City-born U.S. nat. security adviser Richard N. Perle (1941-) allegedly either blames the 9/11 attack on Iraq or wants retaliation to incl. them; Pres. Bush activates the "shadow govt." of 75-150 top officials working 90-day shifts in underground bunkers on the East Coast; the Five Dancing Israelis incident starts with a woman named Maria claiming to see a white van with five men in it filming the burning Twin Towers, allegedly with shouts of joy, who are alleged to be Israeli Mossad agents, although they are interviewed and deny dancing etc., causing conspiracy theorists to claim 9/11 was a Mossad operation; New York City Mayor Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani (1944-) leads the city in a heroic manner after the attacks, earning the title "America's Mayor", and calling the deaths "worse than anyone could bear"; "Vanity Fair" ed. Graydon Carter comments "I think it's the end of the age of irony"; British Queen Elizabeth II comments "Grief is the price we pay for love"; Russian pres. Vladimir Putin orders a massive expansion of intel-gathering efforts in North Am. and W Europe; a folded $20 U.S. bill shows the Twin Towers burning?; Algerian-born British airline pilot Lotfi Raissi becomes the first person accused of participating in the 9/11 attack, and is held for five mo. in Belmarsh hi-security prison in London, then put through nine years of hell until being cleared on Apr. 23, 2010; the 20-ft. Ground Zero Cross, a fortuitous configuration of fallen I-beams draws memorial messages and becomes a religious monument; Alicia Esteve Head, who is in Spain on 9/11 arrives in the U.S. in 2003 and pretends to be 9/11 Twin Towers survivor Tania Head, becoming er, head of the survivors' network until she is exposed in 2007, becoming the subject of the 2012 book The Woman Who Wasn't There: The True Story of an Incredible Deception by Robin Gaby Fisher; ; meanwhile by 2003 a joke translation of Quran 9:11 begins circulating: "For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced, for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace"; later conspiracy theorists begin exposing the 9/11 attacks as really perpetrated by the U.S. govt. to give them a pretext to destroy the last bastions of the Bill of Rights in the name of homeland security and give them a coverstory to invade the Middle East at will to secure oil, and point to a giant 9/11 conspiracy and coverup, incl. the framing of Muslim terrorists, who allegedly could never have accurately flown the airliners into the WTC, the fact that no fighters were scrambled to accept any of them, the fact that Osama bin Laden et al. were originally trained by the U.S., the problem that eight of those named on the FBI's list of 19 names later turn up alive and well living in different countries, and the evidences of the deliberate demolition of WTC Bldg. 7, which hadn't been struck by an airplane; later civil engineers prove WTC Bldg. 7 was in free-fall for 2.5 sec., pointing to planted explosives; others claim to rebut conspiracy allegations; did the U.S. govt murder its own people to make a power grab, then stage a coverup, stay tuned?; in Aug. 2009 a group of law enforcement officers and others who participated in the 9/11 rescue and cleanup develop immune system cancer and other health problems; by 2010 3K WTC survivors are still experienced long-term PTSD; on Mar. 11, 2010 they reach a $657.5M settlement; Saudi princess Haifa bint Faisal, wife of U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Prince Bandar bin Sultan is later discovered to have donated money via a conduit to two of the 9/11 hijackers.
On Nov. 30, 2001 Salt Lake City, Utah-born "Green River Killer" Gary Leon Ridgway (1949-) is arrested while leaving the Kenton truck factory in Renton, Wash. for murdering four women; he is convicted of 49 murders of women and girls in Wash. State in the 1980s-1990s, mainly hos and runaways, strangling them and dumping their bodies in wilderness areas in King County, often returning to have sex with them.
On Oct. 2, 2002 the Beltway (D.C.) Snipers, Baltimore, Md.-born U.S. Army vet (Nation of Islam convert) John Allen Muhammad (1960-2009) and his Muslim-convert "son", Kingston-Jamaica-born Am. teenager Lee Boyd (John Lee) Malvo (1985-) begin terrorizing the U.S. East Coast from their blue 1990 Chevrolet Caprice sedan, finally being arrested on Oct. 24 at a W Md. rest stop after killing 17 and injuring 10 in gas stations and parking lots with sniper rifles as part of a jihad; on May 23, 2006 Malvo testifies in a 2nd trial in Rockville, Md. that Muhammad had plans to used the $10M federal govt. ransom to set up a Canadian terrorist training camp for 140 homeless black kids, and planned to kill six random people a day for 30 days and then kill kids and pigs, er, police with explosives in Baltimore, then blow up the funeral of the police officer(s); after the Oct. 9 shooting of Dean Myers in Manassas, Va., Muhammad gets upset that the quota is not being met?; Malvo is sentenced to six consecutive life sentences without parole, and Muhammad to death; on Nov. 10, 2009 Muhammad is executed by lethal injection at Greensville Correctional Center in Va.
On Oct. 9, 2002 after 12 years on death row, Rochester, Mich.-born Aileen Carol Wuornos (nee Pittman) (b. 1956), a prostitute who killed seven johns in 1989-90 and claimed self-defense becomes the 3rd woman to be executed in Fla., predicting that she will somewhow come back?; filmed in 2003 as "Monster" starring Charlize Theron - the wuornos turns?
On Feb. 3, 2003 Bronx, N.Y.-born "Wall of Sound" pop music producer Phillip Harvey (Harvey Phillip) "Phil" Spector (1939-) is arrested for the shooting murder of B-movie actress Lana Jean Clarkson (b. 1962) in his mansion in Alhambra, Calif., uttering the soundbyte "I think I just shot her", claiming that it was an "accidental suicide", and she "kissed the gun"; on May 23 he shows up in L.A. Superior Court sporting an oversized "Dolly Parton" hairdo of frosted and teased curls; on Sept. 26, 2007 a mistrial is declared after a 10-2 hung jury; on Oct. 20, 2008 he is retried, and convicted on Apr. 13, 2009 of 2nd degree murder, receiving a 19-years-to-life prison sentence on May 29, 2009. On Feb. 21, 1975 former Beatle John Lennon (1940-80) released album #6 Rock 'n' Roll; producer Phil Spector pulled a loaded gun on Lennon during the song You Can't Catch Me at the Record Plant recording studio in Los Angeles, and the gun went off, causing Lennon to tell him "If you're going to shoot me, shoot me, but don't mess with me ears; I need them to listen with"; he didn't find that he was shooting real bullets until the next day, shaking him up; the album incl. Stand By Me (but not Phil Spector?).
On Apr. 13-14, 2003 the badly decomposed bodies of 8-mo. pregnant Laci Denise Peterson (nee Rocha) (b. 1975) and her fetus Conner are found in the Isabel Regional Shoreline of Richmond Point in San Francisco Bay, causing authorities to arrest her husband, fertilizer salesman Scott Lee Peterson (1972-) on Apr. 18 and charge him with capital murder; he hires famed defense atty. Mark John Geragos (1957-), known for representing pop star Michael Jackson; Rick Warren's "A Purpose-Driven Life" is on his car seat during his arrest at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif., given him by his hot blonde girlfriend Amber Dawn Frey (1975-), who had been working with authorities to draw him out, despite wanting to hook up with her being his main motive; his hair and goatee had been bleached blonde, and he was carrying $15K in cash along with an array of camping equipment; on Mar. 16, 2005 Peterson is sentenced to death row by Judge Alfred Delucchi in Redwood City, Calif for the slaying of his pregnant wife Laci after a turbulent court session in which Laci's father Dennis Rocha tells him "You're going to burn in Hell for this", and he is sentenced to death by lethal injection, beginning a bonanza for lawyers handling his appeals.
On June 17, 2003 after being dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Army in Fort Benning, Ga. and moving to Jacksonville, Fla. in 1999 and working as a taxi driver, 6'6" Beaumont, Tex.-born Paul Durousseau (1970-) is arrested and charged with five counts of murder out of up to nine from Jan. 6, 1997-Jan. 20, 2003, all single and black; on Dec. 13, 2007 he is sentenced to death by lethal injection for the 1999 rape-murder of 24-y.-o. Tyresa Mack.
On Dec. 12, 2003 West Orange, N.J.-born nurse Charles Edwmund Cullen (1960-) is arrested, admitting to murdering up to 40 patients since 1987 by feeding them unprescribed medications incl. digoxin, allegedly to end their suffering, becoming known as "the Angel of Death"; on Mar. 2, 2006 he receives a life sentence in Somerville, N.J. as relatives of the victims yell at him in the courtroom; he is given 127 years in prison (18 life sentences), eligible for parole in 2403; he is suspected of up to 400 murders, which would make him the U.S. serial murder champ.
In June 2003 Sedan, France-born Michel Fourniret (1942-) is arrested after he fails to kidnap a 14-y.-o. Belgian girl in 2000 and his wife Monique Olivier turns him in in an attempt to avoid prosecution; in June-July 2004 Fourniret confesses to the kidnap, rape, and murder of nine girls in 1987-2001, with 10 more suspected, and on May 28, 2008 he is convicted of 16 murders, receiving a life sentence; Olivier receives life with possible parole in 28 years.
BTK: a new Burger King sandwich? On Feb. 25, 2005 Pittsburg, Kan.-born Dennis Lynn Rader (1945-), a white church-going family man and code enforcement supervisor with the Wichita, Kan. suburb of Park City is arrested, and admits to being the self-styled BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) killer, confessing to at least six out of 13 suspected slayings dating back to 1974; he eluded capture for years with his pose as a married father of two who was a Cub Scout leader and pres. of the church council of the Christ Lutheran Church, but resurfaced a year earlier after 18 years of silence; on Mar. 1 he is charged with 10 counts of first degree murder, pleads guilty, and on Aug. 18 is sentenced to 10 consecutive life sentences (min. 175 years without chance of parole) - try using that for your starting point?
America's justice for the stars system produces two verdicts in one day? On Mar. 16, 2005 71-y.-o. actor Robert Blake (Michael James Gubitosi) (1933-) is acquitted of the May 4, 2001 murder of his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley (1956-2001) in a parked car outside a restaurant in Studio City, Calif. by a Los Angeles jury after a 4-mo. trial; he claims to have spent $10M in his defense and to be broke and in need of a job; on Nov. 18 he is found liable for his wife's death by a civil jury in Burbank, Calif. and ordered to pay her children $30M (O.J.'s victims got $33.5M).
On Oct. 24, 2005 a Los Angeles judge signs a Dec. 13 death warrant at San Quentin Prison for Crips gang co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams III (b. 1953), who has been on death row since Apr. 20, 1981 for four 1979 shotgun murders, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his prison-written children's books; his lawyers appeal to Calif. Gov. Ahnuld for clemency, hoping to be the first to receive clemency since Reagan spared a mentally-ill killer in 1967; on Dec. 12 the Governator nixes it, and he is executed by lethal injection on Dec. 13 - appealing to the Terminator for clemency?
On June 16, 2006 Mytishchi, Moscow-born "Bitsa Park Maniac" Alexander Yuryevich "Sasha" Pichushkin (1974-) is arrested after killing 48-63 mainly elderly homeless men in Bitsa Park in Moscow with a hammer to the head after offering them vodka, then pushing a vodka bottle into the holes in their skulls, becoming known as "the Chessboard Killer" after he states that his aim is to kill 64 people, the number of squares on a chessboard; he is given life in prison.
On Oct. 25, 2006 after confessing to killing eight people, Shreveport, La.-born serial murderer ("the Gainesville Ripper") Daniel Harold "Danny" Rolling (b. 1954) is executed by lethal injection in Fla. for murdering five U. of Fla. college students in Gainesville in Aug. 1990; he confesses to eight murderers on Nov. 4, 1989-Aug. 27, 1990.
On Jan. 1, 2007 Denver Broncos cornerback (#27) Darrent Demarcus Williams (b. 1982) (AKA D-Will) is killed in his limo in downtown Denver, Colo. by drive-by shooters in a SUV right after his team loses their final game and is eliminated from the playoffs; the SUV is traced to Brian Hicks, leader of a Denver gang called the Elite Eight, formed in a New Year's Eve, 2002 pact, resulting in over 100 people being arrested in Apr. 2007 in the largest gang-drug sweep in Denver history; on Mar. 11, 2009 Willie Clark is found guilty of the murder.
An eerie reverse restaging of Pickett's Charge and Columbine H.S. put together? Four days too early proves he needs to study more history? On Apr. 16, 2007 (7:15 a.m.) the Va. Tech Massacre sees loner South Korean lousy student English senior Cho Seung-hui (1984-) (in the U.S. since 1992) stage the deadliest shooting in U.S. history (until ?) at the Blacksburg, Va. campus of Virginia Tech, killing two at West Ambler Johnston Hall at 7:15 a.m., followed by 30 more plus himself in Norris Hall at 9:15 a.m., and wounding 17; he lamely attempts to conceal his identity, half-filing away serial numbers on his $571 (incl. 50 rounds of ammo) Glock 19 9mm semiauto and $250 Walther P22 .22 handgun (both with 33 cap. magazines) and shooting himself in the face, but leaves a typed 8-page note ranting against rich kids, debauchery, and deceitful charlatans, with the soundbyte "You caused me to do this"; Prof. Carolyn Rude reveals that plays he wrote for her class, incl. Richard McBeef were so violent and twisted that she referred him to a univ. counseling service; "Ismail Ax" in red ink was found on one of his arms; he signed into class with the name "?" (Question Mark); between Ambler and Norris he mails an elaborate videotape package to NBC in New York City which praises the Columbine H.S. shooters; the incident is seized on by gun control advocates, all bringing up the factoid that Britain had 46 homicides in 2006 vs. 590 in New York City alone, and that the death rate from firearms in the U.S. is 46 per million vs. 0.9 in Britain, although it's 146 in South Africa and 213 in Brazil; after the NRA caves, the U.S. House passes a new gun control bill on June 13 to fix flaws in the nat. gun background check system that allowed him to buy guns despite known mental health problems, requiring reporting of flagged nuts like him to the FBI's Nat. Instant Criminal Background System (NCIS), the first major U.S. gun law in more than a decade.
On June 22, 2007 popular WWE Superstar U.S. wrestler Christopher Michael "Chis" Benoit (b. 1967) strangles his wife Nancy and tranquilizes and kills his 7-y.-o. son Daniel in his $1M home, then hangs himself in his weight room on June 24; "roid rage" is suspected, and on July 2 his physician Dr. Phil Astin, who saw him on June 22 and gave him a prescription for Zoloft the morning before the rampage is charged with improperly dispensing 1M doses of controlled substances during the past two years; Benoit's testosterone ratio is found to be 59x normal - family secrets at 10/9 Central only on what network?
On June 6, 2008 Glenview, Ill.-born Michael Thomas Gargiulo (1976-) is arrested in Santa Monica, Calif. after killing up to 10 women, incl. Ashton Kutcher's babe Ashley Ellerin on Feb. 21, 2001, becoming known as "the Hollywood Ripper" and "the Chiller Killer"; he is not convicted of murder until ?
On Mar. 27, 2009 8-y.-o. Sandra Cantu is kidnapped in Tracy, Calif. by Sun. school teacher Melissa Huckaby (1981-), who rapes and murders her with a rolling pin, then stuffs her body in a black Eddie Bauer suitcase and thows it into a pond; on June 24, 2010 she is sentenced to life in prison.
On July 22, 2011 (7/22/11) (3:26 p.m. local time) (13:26 GMT) (65th anniv. of the bombing of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem by the Jewish Irgung?) two bombs in Oslo, Norway (home of the Nobel Peace Prize) damage several bldgs. incl. the office of PM Jens Stolgenberg, killing eight and injuring 10; at 4:50 p.m. the same man disguised as a police officer opens fire at a summer youth camp for members of the ruling Labor Party on Utoya Island 25 mi. from Oslo, where Stolgenberg is scheduled to attend a Labor Party conference, calling people to come to him them shooting them with a rifle, incl. those fleeing by jumping in the water, killing 68 and injuring 309 by the time police arrive at 6:20 p.m.; after initial speculation that it's an al-Qaida attack, and the jihadist group Ansar al-Jihad al-Alami taking credit for it briefly, the killer turns out to be blonde-blue Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik (1979-) (AKA Andrew Berwick), a nationalist non-fundamentalist pro-Israel pro-gay Protestant Christian, son of a retired Norwegian diplomat who has been estranged for over 16 years and later says he should have killed himself, who has posted on anti-Islam Web sites, and claims to be one of 15-80 secret Justiciar Knight Commanders devoted to ridding Europe of Marxists and multiculturalists, and saving it from becoming Islamized by sparking a Christian war against Islam; he leaves an unexploded bomb and a romantic but unrealistic 1.5K-page manfesto 2083: A European Declaration of Independence under the alias Andrew Berwick; hours before the attack he emailed to his friends a list of Euro traitors, whom he claims deserve the death penalty for permitting the spread of Islam in Europe, incl. Gordon Brown, Prince Charles, Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, and European Commission pres. Jose Manuel Barroso; he was delayed both ways from Oslo to Drammen by accident caused by Muslim truck driver Mohamed (1991-), messing up his timetable; under Norway's permissive laws he faces a max of 21 years in prison; the Utoya Island meeting incl. "Break the Israel Blockade" games, causing Am. blogger Wayne Madsen to blame the Mossad for the attack; Glenn Beck compares the Norway Camp to the Hitler Youth, with the soundbyte "Who does a camp for kids that's all about politics?"; on July 25 100K hold a rose march in Oslo; on July 26 Norway's ambassador to Israel Svein Sevje says that Norwegians consider the "occupation" to be the cause of the terror against Israel, and that Breivik's attack won't change their minds; on July 26 Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi ally Mario Borghezio describes some of Breivik's ideas as "excellent", saying he agrees with his "opposition to Islam and his explicit accusation that Europe has surrendered before putting up a fight against its Islamization"; on July 27 Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg speaks at the Central Jamaat Mosque in Oslo to attend a memorial ceremony for the two Muslim victims of Breivik's attack, Bano and Ismail, saying "We will be one commnity, across religion, ethnicity, gender, and rank. Bano is Norwegian, Ismail is Norwegian, I am Norwegian. We are Norway, and I am proud of this"; on Aug. 4 the blogger Fjordman, who is repeatedly referencesdin Breivik's manifesto reveals himself to be 36-y.-o. Peter Jensen; in Jan. 2014 Breivik flops and disowns the anti-Islam movement, claiming to have been trying to discredit it and spark a neo-Nazi movement.
On May 24/25, 2012 Scarborough, Ont., Canada-born gay pinup model Luka Rocco Magnotta (Eric Clinton Kirk Newman) (1982-) kills and dismembers Chinese internat. student Lin Jun (b. 1978) with an ice pick and kitchen knife, then mails his limbs to elementary schools and federal political party offices, posting a video of the murder online, complete with scenes of necrophilia and cannibalism, leaading to his arrest in an Internet cafe in Berlin on June 4; on Dec. 23, 2014 he is convicted of first-degree murder, and given a life sentence with possible parole in 19 years.
On Dec. 14, 2012 after shooting and killing his mother Nancy, 20-y.-o. lone gunman Adam Lanza (1992-) attacks Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 children and six women at his mother's kindergarten classroom, along with himself; the Anders Breivik attack in Norway was his inspiration?; it was a govt. false flag?
On Feb. 2, 2013 Odessa, Tex.-born "American Sniper" Navy SEAL vet (150+ kills) Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle (b. 1974) is killed in Erath County (near Chalk Mountain), Tex. on a shooting range along with Chad Littlefield by fellow Marine vet Eddie Ray Routh, who suffers from PTSD, and is charged with two counts of murder and given a life sentence without parole; subject of the 2014 film "American Sniper" dir. by Clint Eastwood, starring Bradley Cooper.
On Feb. 14, 2013 South African amputee sprinter ("Blade Runner") ("the Fastest Man on No Legs") Oscar Leonard Carl "Oz" Pistorius (1986-) fatally shoots his model girlfriend Reeva Rebecca Steenkamp (b. 1983) in his bathroom in Pretoria, claiming he thought she was an intruder, after which next year he is found guilty of culpable homicide, receiving a 5-year prison sentence; on Dec. 3, 2015 after prosecutors appeal the lenient sentence, the appeals court convicts him of murder, extending the sentence to six years after voiding the usual min. sentence of 15 years - piss on that?
On June 27, 2013 New England Patriots tight end (#81) (since 2010) Aaron Josef Hernandez (1989-2017) is arrested and charged with the first degree murder of his friend Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez' fiancee; in 2015 he is found guilty, and sentenced to life without parole; he is also indicted for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado, and acquitted in 2017; five days later he is found dead hanging in his cell, which is ruled a suicide; since his murder conviction is under appeal, it is vacated.
On Aug. 26, 2015 (6:45 a.m.) WDBJ-TV Roanoke (Va.) reporter Alison Parker (24) and cameraman Adam Ward (27) are shot and killed by 41-y.-o. disgruntled gay black ex-TV reporter Vester Lee Flanagan II (who goes by the stage name Bryce Williams) while filming a live broadcast at Bridgewater Plaza near Smith Mt. Lake in Moneta, Bedford County, Va., who posts videos of the murders on social media; interviewee Vicki Gardner is wounded; after failing to elude police, he fatally shoots himself in his car; he had accused them of racist comments, and claimed that Allah, er, Jehovah ordered him to do it as payback for the Charleston shooting.