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: Apr. 19, 2018.
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. Back in the day murderers did it up close and personal, incl. axe murderers; modern murderers use modern weapons to jack up the victim count, incl. serial murderers, rampage (mass) murderers, spree murderers, postal murderers, school murderers, massacre murderers, and terrorist 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?
In 1828 the Anthon Transcript is presented by Martin Harris to classical scholar Charles Anthon (1797-1867) of Columbia U., a small piece of paper on which Joseph Smith Jr. allegedly wrote several lines of chars. from the gold plates in reformed Egyptian, allegedly writing a letter of authenticity before hearing the story about an angel revealing the plates to Smith, causing him on Feb. 17, 1834 to write a letter denying authenticity and calling it a hoax and "a scheme to cheat the farmer [Harris] out of his money"; in 1980 Mormon closet apostate Mark William Hofmann (1954-) creates a forgery of the Anthon Transcript and successfully foists it on the leaders of the LDS Church for $25K; he goes on to forge a document by Thomas Bullock claiming that Joseph Smith Jr. had designated his son Joseph Smith III as his successor rather than Brigham Young, a holograph by Joseph Smith Jr. claiming that he was a practitioner of black magic and treasure hunting five years after his First Vision, which he sells to Gordon B. Hinckley for $15K, who suppresses it until Hofmann leaks it to the press, causing the LDS Church to deny possession then confess and release it for study, and the Salamander Letter from Martin Harris to W.W. Phelps, claiming that Smith practiced "money digging" and that it wasn't an angel that appeared to him, but a white salamander; too bad, in 1984 LDS critics Jerald and Sander Tanner blow the whistle, and after he squanders his dough on lavish living and gets desperate, he makes homemade bombs and uses them to kill document collector Steven Christiansen and Kathy Sheets, wife of his former employer in Salt Lake City, Utah, throwing the police off the track until he accidentally explodes a bomb in his car, getting him arrested in Jan. 1986, after which he pleads guilty to two counts of 2nd degree murder in Jan. 1987, and is sentenced in Jan. 1988 to 5-life in prison, with the parole board recommending no parole.
On Jan. 29, 1829 "resurrection man" William Burke (b. 1792) is executed in Edinburgh for serial murder after his partner William Hare (1792-1859) turns states' evidence on their racket of suffocating homeless children to sell to the Edinburgh School of Anatomy, leaving no marks behind; the affair causes the verb "burke" (smother or hush-up) to be coined, and legislation to be passed in 1832 providing medical schools with cadavers - burke you?
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 Feb. 9, 1874 Allegheny County, Penn.-born Civil War Union Army vet Alfred Griner "Alferd" Packer (1842-1907) becomes Colo.'s most famous epicure when his traveling party of six leaves Montrose, Colo. en route to the Los Pinos Indian Agency near Gunnison, Colo. and becomes snowbound in the Rockies and he dabbles in cannibalism, arriving alone on Apr. 16 with a suspicious story, compounded by spreading cash around, running from the law for nine years before being discovered on Mar. 11, 1883 in Cheyenne, Wyo. living under the alias John Schwartze, tried on Apr. 6 in Lake City, Colo. and convicted of murder on Apr. 7 and sentenced to death, with presiding judge M.B. Gerry uttering the soundbyte: "Stand up yah voracious man-eatin' sonofabitch and receive yir sintince. When yah came to Hinsdale County, there was siven Dimmycrats. But you, yah et five of 'em, goddam yah. I sintince yah t' be hanged by th' neck ontil yer dead, dead, dead, as a warnin' ag'in reducin' th' Dimmycratic populayshun of this county. Packer, you Republican cannibal, I would sintince ya ta hell but the statutes forbid it"; in Oct. 1885 the Colo. Supreme Court reverses his sentence, and on June 8, 1886 he is convicted of five counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 40 years, becoming the longest prison sentence so far in U.S. history; he is paroled on Feb. 8, 1901 after gaining publicity by petitioning the Colo. gov., and goes to work as a guard at the Denver Post, allegedly going vegetarian before dying on Apr. 23, 1907 in Deer Creek, Colo. and being buried in Littleton, Colo.
On May 26, 1874 (his 21st birthday) outlaw John Wesley Hardin (1853-95) shoots and kills deputy Charles Webb in Brown County, Tex., causing a lynch mob to hang his brother Joe and two of his cousins; after he is captured, he is sentenced to 25 hears in Huntsville, Ala. prison, claiming to have killed 42 men, after which he eventually tames down and passes the bar.
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 traveling 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".
On Dec. 10, 1909 the 1909 Savannah Axe Murders in Savannah, Ga. see Eliza Gribble, her daughter Carrie Olander, and Maggie Hunter beaten to death in their house; after the newspapers sensationalize the murders, a riot breaks out as a mob searches for the perps; on Dec. 11 150 blacks being held for investigation are attacked by a mob at the police station; before dying in the hospital, Maggie Hunter names her husband J.C. Hunter as the perp, and next Feb. 23 three men are indicted by a grand jury, but on Aug. 17 only Hunter is convicted, and he is hanged on Dec. 22, 1911.
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."
On Aug. 21, 1921 Neuruppin, Germany-born black market butcher ("Jack the Slaughterer") ("the Berlin Butcher") Carl Friedrich Wilhelm Grossmann (1863-1922), who ran a hotdog stand during WWI selling meat containing the juicy parts of his victims is arrested in his apt. in Berlin with a dead young woman in his bed, after which he confesses to 20 murders over 20 years, and police believing the total may have been as high as 100 since 1918; he liked to dismember and eat them to get rid of the evidence; too bad, on July 5, 1922 he hangs himself in his cell without giving a full confession.
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 Feb. 1, 1922 Irish-born Hollywood movie dir. (head of Paramount subsidiary Famous Players-Lasky and dir. of the Screen Directors' Guild) William Desmond Taylor (William Cunningham Deane-Tanner) (b. 1872) (who vanished from his home in New York City on Oct. 23, 1908, leaving a wife and daughter, moving to Hollywood and changing his name) is murdered in his bungalow apt. on Alvarado St. in the Westlake district of Los Angeles, Calif., with his body discovered the next morning by his black servant Henry Peavey, laying on his back on the floor of his study, with his large lucky diamond ring still on his finger and two .38 bullets in his heart, causing him to run down the street crying "Dey've kilt Massa!"; he is later found out to have been carrying on simultaneous affairs with Mabel Normand (who rushed to the bungalow to search for love letters before the police got there, along with Famous Players-Lasky gen. mgr. Charles Eyton, and Paramount boss Adolph Zukor?), Mary Miles Minter (Juliet Reilly) (1902-84) and her manipulative actress mother Charlotte Shelby (1877-1957), and to have a cache of porno and locked closet full of women's underwear tagged with initials and dates, incl. one embroidered MMM, causing Minter's rep as a virgin to tank and her career to skid; it is also found out that he visited queer dens that served drugs, and that Normand spent $2K a mo. for cocaine, forcing her to retire; the case is never solved, but the lurid revelations of hanky-panky, drugs, and bisexuality spur the growing movement to clean up Hollywood, ending in the 1930 Code of Decency; gossip pins the murder on Shelby, ruining Minter's career, causing her to retire in 1923, after which she and her mother go to fat.
On Feb. 25, 1922 "French Bluebeard" Henri Desire (Henri Désiré) Landru (b. 1869) is guillotined after being convicted of placing lonely hearts ads seeking lonely widows, then luring them to his villa and murdering them to get their money, then burning their bodies in his oven to get rid of the evidence; too bad, he has so many aliases that he keeps ledgers, which condemn him.
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.
Who needs the 1941 Pearl Harbor Attack as an excuse to declare war on Japan? On Sept. 12, 1931 the Massie (Paradise Rape) Case results after lily white upper-class Hawaiian socialite Thalia Massie (-1963) (wife of white U.S. Navy Lt. Thomas Massie (-1987), stationed at Pearl Harbor) leaves a nightclub in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii and later claims to be have been raped in Ala Moana Park by several dark-skinned savage, er, locals, identifying Japanese man Horace Ida, who had just been involved in an automobile accident with his boxer friend Joseph Kahahawai, after which a trial results in a deadlocked jury, after which Thalia's mother Grace Hubbard Fortescue (nee Bell), niece of Alexander Graham Bell and granddaughter of Nat. Geographic Society founder Gardiner Greene Hubbard arranges for Horace Ida to be kidnapped and viciously beaten, and talks Thomas Massie and two enlisted Navy men into kidnapping and killing Kahahawai, only to be arrested in their rented car with the shades pulled down while trying to dump the body off Koko Head, causing the white supremacist press to fan the flames to cause another hung jury, with the Honolulu Advertiser running the headline "Gang Assaults Young Wife", and another claiming that "the roads go through jungles and in those remote places bands of degenerate natives lie in wait for white women driving by", raising the temperature almost to race riots; after famed defense atty. Clarence Darrow comes out of retirement to defend the whites for big bucks ($40K), the jury convicts them of manslaughter, with 10-year sentences that are commuted by lily white territorial gov. Lawrence M. Judd, after which they leave Hawaii aboard a ship; Thalia and Massie divorce in 1934, and she commits suicide in 1963.
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?
In 1935 the Cleveland Torso Murderer AKA the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run begins killing, beheading, and dismembering victims in the Cleveland Flats shanty town area of Cleveland, Ohio, reaching 12 by 1938, causing Cleveland public safety dir. Eliot Ness to focus on Dr. Francis E. Sweeney, who survives a grueling interrogation then leaves two more victims in view of Ness' office in city hall; nobody is ever charged until ?.
On May 18, 1936 jealous Japanese geisha Abe Sada (1905-72) strangles her married lover, gangster Ishida Kochizo during sex, then cuts off his penis and testicles as a souvenir, writing "Sada and Kichi are now one" in blood on his chest; she is caught and sent to jail, but mistakenly released in 1947 by U.S. occupation forces, and buys an (oyster?) bar near Tokyo's Sumida River, becoming a folk heroine; the 1976 Nagisa Oshima film In the Realm of the Senses dramatizes their relationship so luridly that it is seized by U.S. customs, making it more popular?
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 Aug. 4/5, 1952 (night) British nutrition biochemist Sir Jack Cecil Drummond (b. 1891) (known for naming Vitamins A and B and dropping the e from vitamine) is brutally murdered along with his wife Ann and 10-y.-o. daughter Elizabeth in their car near Lurs (75 mi. from Aix) in Provence, France; 18 mo. later 75-y.-o. French peasant farmer Gaston Dominici (1877-) is convicted and sentenced to the guillotine, which is reduced to life, and is let out in 1959 by Pres. Charles de Gaulle after cries of a a frameup and possible spy hanky-panky - take that for Dunkirk?
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.
On July 13, 1955 Welsh-born bottle blonde nightclub mgr. Ruth Ellis (b. 1926) becomes the last woman to be hanged in Britain (until ?) for the murder of her lover David Blakely in broad daylight, and a complete confession; filmed in 1985 as "Dance With a Stranger" by Mike Newell.
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 Jan. 22, 1962 the murder trial of James Hanratty (b. 1936) begins for the Aug. 22, 1961 A6 Murder of physicist Michael Gregsten in Maulden Wood, Bedforshire, after his companion Valerie Storie (1936-), who was raped, shot, and left for dead IDs him in a lineup, although he claims an alibi; after being convicted in Feb., he is hanged in Bedford Gaol despite many believing in his innocence, beginning a decades-long controversy (ends ?).
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 Feb. 2, 1964 the first of the Thames (Hammersmith) Nude Murders in London is discovered, followed by a 2nd victim on Apr. 8 and a 3rd on Apr. 24, and three more by next Feb. 16; the murderer pays prostitutes for beejays, then kills them by forcing their head down on his er, head, strangling them; the choker is never caught; rumors point a huge finger at world light heavyweight champion boxer (1948-50) Frederick Percival "Freddie" Mills (1919-65), who is found shot in the you-guessed-it head on July 25, 1965.
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 July 31, 1966 Lake Worth, Fla.-born architectural engineering student and former U.S. Marine Corps sharpshooter (discharged Dec. 1964) Charles Joseph Whitman (b. 1941) kills his mother and wife, then on Aug. 1 (11:48 a.m. - 1:24 p.m.) terrorizes the U. of Texas campus in Austin from the clock tower of its 27-story 307-ft. main bldg., killing three in the tower followed by 11 from the 28th floor observation deck, wounding 31 before officers break in and kill him - after waiting until he is out of ammo?
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 Mar. 16, 1968 in South Vietnam's Quang Ngai Province the My Lai (Song My) Massacre of 350-500 men, women, and children carried out by U.S. troops of the 11th Infantry Brigade of the Am. Div., C Co., 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, under orders of Army Lt. William Laws Calley Jr. (1943-) (William callously breaks the laws?) in retaliation for the Viet Cong killing of a popular sgt. stinks up the U.S. name in Vietnam, although it is buried, er, covered-up for a year; La.-born warrant officer Hugh C. Thompson Jr. (1943-2006) and his recon heli crew try to stop the massacre, landing and rescuing a dozen villagers, then get ostracised for it; after two soldiers write their congressmen about it, the U.S. Army puts up-and-coming African-Am. Maj. Colin Luther Powell (1937-) in charge of an investigation, who later writes "In direct refutation of this portrayal is the fact that relations between American soldiers and the Vietnamese people are excellent." Calley is later convicted of 22 murders, but is released by federal judge J. Robert Elliott because of errors in the trial.
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 100x) 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 (nee Maddox) (1934-2017) (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?
On July 21, 1971 Nederland, Colo. town marshal Renner LeRoy Forbes (1929-) pulls 19-y.-o. hippie Guy "Deputy Dawg" Gougnor from the Pioneer Inn tavern, drives to a remote area in Clear Creek County and shoots him in the head; Goughnor's body is found 1 mo. later, but the Colo. authorities claim insufficient evidence to try a sacred cow marshal for the killing of a non-cop; in 1997 at age 68 Forbes confesses to the murder, and is allowed to stay in a nursing facility without going to priz.
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 June 23, 1973 Manchester, England-born spastic IQ-68 arsonist "Daft" Peter George Dinsdale (1960-) (who in 1979 changes his name to Bruce George Peter Lee after the Hong Kong martial arts star) fires his first house, in Kingston upon Hull, killing a 6-y.-o. boy; it is called an accident at first, along with several others, until a Dec. 4, 1979 fire in Hull that kills three brothers, which is traced to him. On Dec. 4, 1979 the Hastie (Selby St.) Fire on Selby St. in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England kills three boys (Charles, Paul, and Peter), leading to a manhunt; on Jan. 20, 1981 after confessing to 11 arsons he pleads guilty to 26 charges of manslaughter, and is detained indefinitely as a psychopath.
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 May 18, 1975 16-y.-o. Michael Woodmansee (1959-) murders 5-y.-o. Jason Foreman in South Kingstown, R.I., then gets away with it until he is being questioned about the strangulation of another child and confesses; in fall 2011 after being released for good behavior after 28 years in priz, he is committed to Eleanor Slater Hospital in Cranston, R.I.
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 Oct. 27, 1975 after raping and stabbing his 17-y.-o. babe Kim Rabot to death, 18-y.-o. student Robert Poulin (b. 1957) shoots and kills one and wounds five at St. Pius X H.S. in Ottawa, Canada with a shotgun before committing suicide.
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.
On Aug. 2, 1976 after megamillionaire Tex. oilman Thomas "T." Cullen Davis (1933-) is ordered to pay his ex-wife Priscilla Davis (1943-) $5K/ mo. in living expenses plus $52K for bills and legal expenses, that night Priscilla and her boyfriend Stan Farr and their 12-y.-o. daughter Andrea Wilborn are attacked in their kitchen by a man dressed in black with a long black wig, killing Andrea and Stan and injuring Priscilla, causing Thomas to be arrested on Aug. 3, becoming the wealthiest man to stand trial for murder in U.S. history (until ?); too bad, his fancy lawyers gets him off because he's so rich he coulda hired a hit man and that provides reasonable doubt, and he goes on to become a born-again Christian and supporter of the right-wing John Birch Society et al. and go broke.
On Nov. 28, 1976 Dallas, Tex. police officer Robert W. Wood is murdered in Jefferson County, Tex., and in 1977 Randall Dale Adams (1948-2010) is convicted on the testimony of 16-y.-o. David Ray Harris (1960-2004), even though Harris clearly did it, but was too young to receive a death sentence, which Adams receives instead after being railroaded by corrupt DA Henry Menasco Wade (1914-2001) (known for charging Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby, and winning a conviction in court against Ruby, big surprise, while, hee hee, Oswald never got to court), scheduled for May 8, 1979 before being commutted by Tex. gov. Bill Clements; on Aug 25, 1988 Errol Morris' The Thin Blue Line debuts, exposing prosecutorial misconduct incl. how Harris was known to have bragged about doing it while Adams wasn't even in their stolen car, getting Adams' conviction overturned in 1989; in 2004 Harris is executed for the murder of Mark Mays.
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 May 25, 1978 a package bomb from the Unabomber addressed to materials engineering prof. Buckley Crist injures Terry Marker, a Northwestern U. security guard, becoming the first victim of Theodore John "Ted" Kaczynski (1942-) AKA the Unabomber (univ. and airlines bomber), a math prodigy who earned a doctorate in math in 1967 and becomes an asst. prof. at UCB, then dropped out in 1969, going on to kill three and injure 23 by 1995. On Apr. 3, 1996 after a tip from his own family, authorities arrest 53-y.-o. hermit Unabomber suspect Theodore John (Ted) Kaczynski (1943-) in a log cabin in lonerland Lincoln, Mont., making America safer for FedEx; he had mailed 16 package bombs killing three and injuring 23 over a 17-year period (1978-95); on July 21, 2005 a federal appeals court in San Francisco orders his 40K pages of writings and other materials (seized from the cabin) sold to compensate his victims; as late as 2007 Big Ted is still fighting in court to reclaim them, still in govt. custody.
On Jan. 29, 1979 (Mon.) 16-y.-o. Brenda Ann Spencer (1962-) shoots and kills principal Burton Wagg and head custodian Mike Suchar at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, Calif. across the street from her house with her father's rifle, and wounds eight students and a police officer; when asked whom she wanted to shoot, she replies "I like red and blue jacket"; when asked why, she replies "I don't like Mondays - this livens up the day"; she gets 25 years to life in priz after claiming she was under the influence of alcohol and PCP; inspires the Bob Geldorf and the Boomtown Rats song I Don't Like Mondays.
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 May 29, 1980 Am. civil rights leader Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr. (1935-) is shot and critically wounded in an assassination attempt in Gary, Ind. by Mobile, Ala.-born white supremacist serial killer ("the Racist Killer") Joseph Paul Franklin (James Clayton Vaughn Jr.) (1950-2013), who got pissed-off after seeing him with a white woman in Ft. Wayne, Ind., becoming the first major news story for CNN (debuts June 1); on Mar. 6, 1978 Franklin allegedly shot Penthouse mag. publisher Larry Flynt and his atty. for an interracial sex article; Jordan goes on to become a close adviser to Pres. Bill Clinton; next Mar. 4 a jury in Salt Lake City convicts Franklin of violating the civil rights of two black men he shot to death; he later receives six life sentences and a death sentence, and is executed by lethal injection on Nov. 20, 2013.
A dingo ayt my bye-bee? On Aug. 17, 1980 (night) Seventh Day Adventist pastor's wife Alice Lynne "Lindy" Chamberlain (1948-) sees her 9-week-old daughter Azaria Chamberlain disappear in a dingo's mouth in Ayers Rock (Ularu), Australia, but authorities don't believe her, and on Oct. 29, 1982 she is railroaded into a murder conviction, which is quashed as a miscarriage of justice in 1988 after new evidence and unsuccessful appeals.
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 May 15, 1981 after being found in a landfill stuffed in a compacted 55-gal. drum wrapped in plastic, Donna Payant (nee Collins) (b. 1950) becomes the first female prison officer killed on duty in the U.S., by serial murderer serial killer Lemuel Warren Smith (1941-) at Green Haven Correctional Facility in N.Y.; Smith killed six victims between Jan. 21, 1958 and his arrest on Aug. 19, 1977.
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 July 27, 1981 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.
On Dec. 9, 1981 (3:51 a.m.) white Philadelphia police officer Daniel J. Faulkner (b. 1955) is shot and killed during a routine traffic stop of a vehicle owned by the younger brother of Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal (Wesley Cook) (1954-), who is later convicted despite his claim of a frame-up; black Berkeley, Calif. activist and city councilwoman Maudelle Shirek (1911-) supports his release, causing her to be rejected in 2005 by the U.S. House of Reps. 215-190 for the honor of having a post office in her city named when Steve King (R-Iowa) brings it up; on Jan. 19, 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court reinstates the death penalty of a Neo-Nazi, opening the way for Abu-Jama's death penalty to be reinstated; too bad, on Dec. 7, 2011 prosecutors announce that they won't seek the death penalty after getting approval from the victim's family.
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 Dec. 7, 1982 Muslim convicted murderer Charlie Brooks Jr. becomes the first U.S. prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Tex.
On Feb. 17, 1983 Denise Denofrio (b. 1961) is found strangled to death in a car in Fairfield, Calif.; Alan Hall (1949-) is convicted of voluntary manslaughter in July; in 1997 a suspected friend of Denofrio calling herself Denise lures Hall into having sex and then severs his penis with a knife and escapes.
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 Sept. 12, 1985 after she jilts and ridicules his appearance, Michael J. Manfredonia rapes and stabs to death a 14-y.-o. girl in Morris County, N.J., and is sentenced on Aug. 8, 1986 to life in prison.
On Nov. 7, 1985 after his autobio. "The Sixteenth Round" is pub. in 1975, inspiring the 1975 Bob Dylan song "Hurricane", former middleweight boxer (1961-6) Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (1937-) is released from prison after 20 years for the June 1966 triple murder of three whites at a bar in Paterson, N.J. by federal district judge Haddon Lee Sarokin (1928-) for irregularities incl. racial prejudice and tainted evidence; many remain convinced of his guilt; in 1999 the film "The Hurricane" starring Denzel Washington is released.
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 Aug. 20, 1986 (7:00 a.m.) the Edmond Post Office Shooting in Edmond, Okla. sees disgruntled postal worker Patrick Sherrill shoot 20 co-workers and kill 14 before committing suicide, causing the phrase "going postal" to be coined.
On Dec. 27, 1986 San Diego State U. student Cara Evelynn Knott (b. 1966) is strangled to death by on-duty highway patrol officer "ticket assassin" Craig Allen Peyer (1950-), who is convicted of the murder in 1988, becoming the first homicide conviction of an on-duty CHiPS.
In 1988 after a crime spree on Staten Island beginning in 1977, suspected Satanic serial murderer Andre Rand (Frank Rushan) (1944-) is charged with the kidnapping and murder of Jennifer Schweiger on July 9, 1987, and convicted of kidnapping, receiving a 25-year sentence; in Oct. 2004 he is convicted of the kidnapping of 7-y.-o. Holly Ann Hughes in 1981, receiving another 25 years; he is eligible for parole in 2037.
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.
In Oct. 1990 31-y.-o. meat packer Diana Lumbrera (1959-) is tried in the same courtroom in Garden City, Kan. as "In Cold Blood" murderers Perry Smith and Richard Hickock for seven murders, and is convicted on Oct. 6 of smothering her 4-y.-o. son Jose to death while lying in his bed with his teddy bear on May 1, the last of six brothers and sisters who all died before reaching age five from 1976-84 when she lived in the Tex. panhandle, which are only discovered after her arrest in Kan.; a 7th child under her care died in 1980; the prosecution claims she has Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, despite receiving $15K in insurance claims; she is later tried in Tex. for the other counts and convicted - I know today's your birthday, and I did not find no rose, but I wrote this song instead, Popsicle Toes?
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 convicted 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 Aug. 21, 1992 Ocinena Waymer is found raped and strangled in Highland Park, Detroit, Mich., becoming the last of 11 women victims since Oct. 1991 of Benjamin "Tony" Atkins (1968-97) AKA the Woodward Corrider Killer, who is sentenced to 1ife sentences before dying on Sept. 17, 1997 of AIDS in prison.
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 July 1, 1993 55-y.-o. failed entrepreneur Gian Luigi Ferri (b. 1937) fires TEC-9 and Norinco NP44 semi-automatic pistols in the 101 Calif. St. offices of San Francisco law firm Pettit and Martin (with whom he had been involved in a lawsuit), killing eight and wounding six before killing himself; none of the 30 law firm employees on his hit list are injured; the shooting sparks several legislative actions leading to the 1994 U.S. Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act - should have played more arcade games?
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 watched by 95M 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 Jan. 24, 1995 U.S. TV has its first unofficial reality show when the opening arguments for the ratings hit O.J. Simpson Murder Trial Series are aired; the I-know-I'm-guilty-but-I'm-O.J.-Simpson O.J. Simpson Defense Dream Team incl. Jewish Harvard prof. Alan Dershowitz (1938-), top black defense atty. Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. (1937-2005), famed white atty. F. Lee Bailey (1933-), and Armenian-Am. atty. Robert George Kardashian (1944-2003), who was seen leaving O.J.'s home the day after the murder with a bag (containing the murder weapon?); the inept prosecution team incl. outclassed-looking Hillary-wannabe Marcia Clark (1953-) and black beginner-looking Christopher Darden (1956-); Am. journalist Dominick John Dunne (1925-2009) covers the trial, gaining fame and later covering Simpson's 2008 kidnap-robbery trial in Las Vegas, Nev. before croaking in 2009; virtually every day until Oct. 3 the major networks cover the events at the trial, and on the big day over 100M viewers tune in as the handsome smiling German-looking trained actor with a deep dark tan and an air of an African prince presides over his subjects wearing a $1K brown suit with white shirt and yellow tie with a small blood stain from shaving, (which becomes a sought-after souvenir), putting on a "are you crazy" expression every time evidence proving his guilt is shown to the jury, as if to eclipse it with his beaming presence into irrelevacy, since a prince is above the law, and what a waste to make a jury tell the govt. so?
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.
On Dec. 30, 1994 John C. Salvi III (1972-96) kills two employees and wounds five others in a pair of suburban Boston, Mass. abortion clinics; he is later convicted of murder and commits suicide in prison.
On Mar. 31, 1995 Lake Jackson, Tex.-born Tejana crossover singing star Selena Quintanilla-Perez (Quintanilla-Pérez) (b. 1971) is shot in the back and murdered by Yolanda Saldivar (1960-), pres. of her fan club in Corpus Christi, Tex. during an argument where Selena accused her of embezzlement and fired her; Saldivar gets life in priz; on Apr. 12 Tex. gov. George W. Bush declares her birthday Apr. 16 "Selena Day" in Tex.
Somebody gets smart in the U.S. homeland, or, Oh no, another right-winger listening to talk radio? On Apr. 19, 1995 (9:02 a.m. CDT) the Okla. City Bombing sees the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Bldg. in Oklahoma City, Okla. (opened Mar. 2, 1977) truck-bombed by army-trained white supremacists Timothy James McVeigh (1968-2001) and Terry Lynn Nichols (1955-), killing 168 incl. 19 children (some in diapers) and injuring 680+ in a day care center on the 2nd floor; a nurse dies during rescue efforts; the nation learns about the lethality of fuel oil and fertilizer; on Apr. 21 the feds arrest McVeigh, and his ass is grass and they got the lawnmower, fuel oil, fertilizer, and lighter?; in the days before McVeigh's arrest clears it all up, Americans assume that Muslim terrorists from the Middle East are to blame, resulting in nearly 250 incidents of harassment and violence; on Dec. 27, 2006 the House Internat. Relations Investigative Subcommittee releases its findings that there is no conclusive evidence of a foreign connection to the attack but that the FBI failed to fully investigate other suspects and executed McVeigh too soon without making enough effort to question him; the govt. covered-up connections with Muslims, incl. Ramzi Yousef (1967-) (1993 WTC bombing conspirator and nephew of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed), 1993 WTC bombing conspirator Abdul Hakim Ali Hashim Murad (1968-), and Hussain Al-Hussaini?; the govt. planted informant Andreas Strassmeir with McVeigh in advance, encouraging him to set off a bomb, which backfired bigtime, causing a coverup leading to the Clinton White House?
On Jan. 29, 1996 Philly-born Du Pont heir John Eleuthere (Eleuthčre) du Pont (1938-2010), own of the Foxcatcher Farm Olympic wrestling facility in Penn. is arrested for the Jan. 26 shooting of Olympic wrestling champ Dave Schultz, who lived and trained on his estate in Penn.; on Feb. 25, 1997 he is convicted of 3rd degree murder, and sentenced to 13-30 years, dying in prison on Dec. 9, 2010.
On Mar. 13, 1996 (9:30 a.m.) theDunblane Massacre in Scotland sees Thomas Watt Hamilton (Thomas Watt Jr.) (b. 1952) shoot and and kill 16 children and their teacher before committing suicide, becoming the deadliest mass shooting in Briitsh history (until ?); as a result the 1996 Cullen Reports result in two new firearms acts being passed, greatly restricting private firearms ownership in Britain.
On Apr. 3, 1996 after a tip from his own family, authorities arrest 53-y.-o. Chicago, Ill.-born hermit Unabomber suspect Theodore John "Ted" Kaczynski (1942-) in a log cabin in lonerland Lincoln, Mont., making America safer for FedEx; he had mailed 16 package bombs killing three and injuring 23 over a 17-year period (1978-95); on July 21, 2005 a federal appeals court in San Francisco orders his 40K pages of writings and other materials (seized from the cabin) sold to compensate his victims; as late as 2007 Big Ted is still fighting in court to reclaim them, still in govt. custody.
On July 27, 1996 a pipe bomb packed with nails explodes in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park at a late night rock concert, killing one and injuring 111; CNN scoops fledgling MSNBC on the bombing footage, even though most of MSNBC's reporters are covering the Olympics; in Apr. 2005 abortion protester Eric Robert Rudolph (1966-) pleads guilty to it; 26-y.-o. security guard Richard Jewell (1962-2007) is initially hailed as a hero for spotting a suspicious backpack containing the bomb and moving people away from it, but on July 27 he is branded as a suspect by the FBI in a report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which causes him to be tried by the media even though he is never arrested or charged; it takes 88 days for U.S. atty. Kent Alexander to issue a statement clearing him; in 1998 the Ga. state legislature issues a proclamation honoring him, followed by a ceremony on Aug. 1, 2006 at the state capitol; he spends the rest of his short life living under a shadow, thanks to the stinkin' FBI? On Apr. 13, 2005 abortion opponent Olympic Park Bomber Eric Robert Rudolph (1966-) pleads guilty to four bombings across the S U.S. that killed two and injured 120 in back-to-back court appearances in Birmingham and Atlanta, saying "Because I believe that abortion is murder, I also believe that force is justified... in an attempt to stop it"; he gets a plea bargain giving him four consecutive life sentences without parole, and is shipped off to Florence Supermax prison in Colo. to join Sammy "the Bull Gravano, Robert Hanssen, Ted Kaczynski, Richard Reid and Ramzi Yousef.
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? America's Got Talent Salutes Whom? On Aug. 15, 2006 41-y.-o. Ga. elementary school teacher John Mark Karr (1964-) is arrested in Bangkok, Thailand for the 1996 Christmas night murder of 6-y.-o. Boulder, Colo. beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey; he had become a suspect after long e-mail correspondence with U. of Colo. Michael Tracey in which he volunteered info. on the killing that was not public; in 2001 a 5-count misdemeanor child porno charge was brought against him in Calif.; on Aug. 17 he tells the press that he "was present at her death" but that it was "an accident" and that he "loves" her, stirring concerns that he is just confessing to gain fame; after being extradited to Boulder, he is cleared on Aug. 28 by district atty. Mary Lacy hours before appearing before a judge after DNA tests fail to match; Karr is sent to Calif. on his child porno charges, but they are dropped after prosecutors lose the evidence, the computer holding the images.
On Feb. 9, 1997 Court TV has another juicy winner with the Nanny Case, after 8-mo.-o. Matthew Eappen dies in Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., and innocent-looking 19-y.-o. British au pair Louise Woodward (1978-) is charged with his shaking murder; after a televised trial, she is convicted of 2nd-degree murder (15+ years in priz) on Oct. 30, but on Nov. 10 Judge Hiller B. Zobel (1932-) downgrades the verdict to involuntary manslaughter, citing a lack of malice, and sentences her to time served (279 days), releasing his findings on the Internet (a first?); next June his decision is upheld by the Mass. Supreme Court, and she returns to her home village of Elton, Cheshire, where neighbors had funded her defense, then later enters law school, but quits to take up ballroom dance instruction.
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?
On Feb. 3, 1998 Tex. under Gov. George W. Bush becomes the first U.S. state to execute a woman since the U.S. Civil War, born-again (good idea?) Christian Karla Faye Tucker (b. 1959), who has been on death row for 15 years, becoming the 2nd woman executed in the U.S. since resumption of capital punishment in 1977 - you know the rest, chicken fingers?
On July 24, 1998 (3:40 p.m.) police officers Jacob Chestnut and John Gibson are shot and killed on the steps of the U.S. Capitol by gunman Russell Eugene Weston Jr. (41) of Rimini, Mont., who pulls it out and begins firing when asked to walk through a metal detector; Weston is injured, and a Va. tourist is injured by stray gunfire in the first shooting inside the Capitol since 1954, and the deadliest since its 1800 opening; the first two policemen killed on duty at the Capital, they are later buried in Arlington Nat. Cemetery; Weston is locked up in a mental institution sans trial (until ?).
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 July 28, 1999 12-y.-o. African-Am. Lionel Alexander Tate (1987-) beats and stamps 6-y.-o. playmate Tiffany Eunick to death in Broward County, Fla., and in 2001 becomes the youngest person in modern U.S. history to receive a life sentence; he claims it was an accident as he was imitating pro wrestling moves saw on TV; in 2004 an appeals court throws out his conviction, and he pleads guilty to second degree murder, receiving 10 years probation; he is sent back for 30 more years after he robs a pizza delivery man at gunpoint in May, 2005; "In plain English, Lionel Tate, you've run out of chances" (Judge Joel Lazarus).
On Sept. 15, 1999 Larry Gene Ashbrook (b. 1952) shoots up Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Tex., killing seven and wounding seven during a concert by Christian rock group Forty Days before committing suicide.
On Dec. 6, 1999 after "exploding" under the pressure to make good grades, 13-y.-o. student Seth Trickey in Ft. Gibson, Okla. opens fire at school with his father's 9mm semi-auto handgun, wounding five schoolmates, incl. a 13-y.-o. girl he shoots in the head.
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.
On Feb. 29, 2000 a 6-y.-o. boy shoots and kills his 6-y.-o. classmate Kayla Renee Rolland at Theo J. Buell Elementary School in Mount Morris Township, Mich. using a Smith and Wesson .32-cal. handgun; he is too young to be charged, but gun control advocates take up the case, and on Mar. 17 Smith and Wesson (now owned by an English co.) agrees to limit the manufacture and distribution of handguns for fear of more lawsuits, and promises to install smart gun technology within three years to allow only authorized users to fire them.
On May 26, 2000 13-y.-o. honor student Nathaniel Brazill (1987-) kills his English teacher Barry Grunow on the last day of classes in Lake Worth, Fla. for preventing him from talking with two girls in his classroom; he receives a 28-year sentence - preventing him from talking to girls until he's too old to enjoy it, and likes men better anyway?
On Dec. 13, 2000 the Texas Seven (Joseph Christopher Garcia, Randy Ethan Halprin, Larry James Harper, Patrick Henry Murphy Jr., Donald Keith Newbury, George Angel Rivas Jr., and Michael Anthony Rodriguez) escape from prison in Kenedy, Tex., and begin a crime spree, robbing a sports store in Irving, Tex. on Dec. 24 and killing rookie police officer Aubrey Hawkins (b. 1971); they are not apprehended until Jan. 21 in an RV park in Woodland, Colo. posing as Christian missionaries after a segment on the TV show "America's Most Wanted"; Larry James Harper commits suicide to avoid capture; on Apr. 23-24 the last two are apprehended at a Holiday Inn in Colorado Springs, Colo.; all are convicted of murder and sentenced to death in Tex.
On Dec. 26, 2000 computer software tester Michael McDermott (1958-) (whose portrait bears a striking resemblance to "Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter" actor Robbie Coltrane (1950-)?) goes berserk at a Wakefield, Mass., Internet co. and kills seven co-workers with a semiautomatic rifle and shotgun.
On Mar. 5, 2001 15-y.-o. Charles Andrew "Andy" Williams (1986-) kills two students and wounds 13 others at Santana High School in Santee, Calif. near San Diego; he is sentenced to 50 years to life.
On Mar. 9, 2001 after placing ads looking for "a well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed", German cannibal Arwin Meiwes (1961-), AKA the Rotenburg Cannibal and the Butcher Master kills and eats Bernd Jurgen Brande, starting with his penis, recording it on videotape, and ends up convicted of manslaughter on Jan. 30, 2004 and sentenced to 8.5 years in priz, with cannibalism having no criminal statute against it, then retried and convicted on May 10, 2006 of murder and given a life sentence; he becomes a vegetarian in priz - to paraphrase Justice Stewart, I can't define cannibalism but I know it when I see it?
On May 1, 2001 bodacious chic Chandra Ann Levy (b. 1977) mysteriously disappears; a romantic affair with Calif. Dem. Rep. Gary Adrian Condit (1948-) is uncovered, and his nervous actions end up ruining his career; meanwhile her skeletal remains are found in Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., and on Apr. 22, 2009 El Salvadoran illegal immigrant Ingmar A. Guandique (1982-), who had been convicted of assaulting two other women in the park is charged with her murder, and convicted on Nov. 22, 2010 and sentenced to 60 years in prison; in June 2015 he is granted a new trail, and on July 28, 2016 prosecutors drop the case in exchange for deportation.
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 Mar. 21, 2002 Calif. atty. Marjorie Knoller is found guilty of implied-malice second-degree murder in the Jan. 26, 2001 mauling death of college lacrosse coach Diane Alexis Whipple (1968-2001) in San Francisco, Calif. by her two big Presa Canario dogs, becoming an unprecedented verdict; she was present during the attack, while her atty. hubby Robert Noel wasn't; the dogs were owned by imprisoned Aryan Brotherhood leader Paul Schneider, adding implied malice to the prosecution?; on June 17 an appeals judge reduces the conviction to manslaughter.
It's April again, and the school rage shooters are back? On Apr. 26, 2002 19-y.-o. Robert Steinhauser (Steinhäuser) (b. 1982) shoots and kills 13 teachers, two students and a policeman before killing himself at the Gutenberg Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany.
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 somehow come back?; filmed in 2003 as "Monster" starring Charlize Theron - the wuornos turns?
In Dec. 2002 former Green Beret bodyguard-nurse Ted Maher (1958-) is sentenced to 10 years in Monaco for causing the fire and smoke-inhalation death on Dec. 3, 1999 in his Monaco penthouse apt. of billionaire Syrian Brazilian Jewish banker Edmond Safra (1932-99), who had Parkinson's disease, claiming he only set a small fire in a wastebasket so it would trigger the alarm and he could rescue to score browning points with him; he is convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison; Safra's widow Lily inherits $4B; on Jan. 22, 2003 Maher escapes and is captured in Nice in seven hours, and tried in 2005 on escape charges, receiving 9 more mo.; in Oct. 2007 he is released after serving eight years.
On Feb. 3, 2003 super-rich 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 hilltop castle-like 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", which the D.A. disagrees with, saying he has evidence he pulled guns on other women, despite other evidence that Clarkson had gunshot residue on both of her hands; on May 23 he shows up in L.A. Superior Court sporting an oversized "Dolly Parton" hairdo of frosted and teased curls; on Nov. 20 he is charged with murder; 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; writer Mick Brown, who interviews Spector weeks before the killing later pub. a book detailing his long history of pulling loaded guns on people incl. John Lennon and The Ramones - but never pulling the trigger? 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 Apr. 24, 2003 (7:34 a.m.) a 14-y.-o. boy shoots and kills his junior high school principal Eugene Segro with a shotgun to the chest in Red Lion, Penn., then shoot uses another gun to shoot himself in the head in a packed school cafeteria.
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 July 16, 2003 after confusing the gas pedal with the brake, 86-y.-o. retired salesman George Russell Weller (1916-) plows his 1992 Buick Le Sabre at freeway speed into a crowded farmers market in Los Angeles, Calif., killing 10 and injuring 63 over a 2.5 block area; on Oct. 20 he is convicted of 10 counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, and in Nov. is let off on probation because of illness.
On Aug. 27, 2003 Salvador Tapia (b. 1967), who had been fired from an auto parts warehouse in Chicago, Ill. six years earlier comes back armed and kills six employees before being killed by police.
On Sept. 24, 2003 after getting pissed-off at being teased over his acne, 15-y.-o. student John Jason McLaughlin (1988-) shoots and kills fellow students, 17-y.-o. Aaron Rollins and 14-y.-o. Seth Bartell at Rocori H.S. in Cold Springs, Minn.; he is sentenced to life in priz.
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.
On Aug. 5, 2004 74-y.-o. James Barney Hubbard (b. 1930) is executed in Ala. after 26 years on death row, becoming the oldest person to be executed in the Ala. history and the oldest in the U.S. since 1976.
The real She Vangs combined with the real Deer Hunter? On Nov. 21, 2004 36-y.-o. Hmong Laos immigrant Chai Soua Vang (b. 1968) of St. Paul, Minn. shoots eight deer hunters in NW Wisc., killing six after he claims that the white hunters surrounded and threw racial slurs at him; on Nov. 8, 2005 he is sentenced to six life sentences, equal to life without parole; on Jan. 6, 2007 the body of Hmong squirrel hunter Cha Vang (b. 1976) is found shot with a shotgun and stabbed 6x in a wildlife refuge near Green Bay, Wisc., and on Jan. 16, 2007 James Allen Nichols (1978-) (white) is charged with murder, but ony convicted by an all-white jury of 2nd degree intentional homicide on Oct. 6, 2007, with a 60-year sentence, causing Hmongs to call it a retaliatory killing.
On Jan. 26, 2005 (6:03 a.m. PST) Juan Manuel Alvarez (1978-) leaves his gasoline-soaked SUV on some railroad tracks in Glendale, Calif., at the outskirts of Los Angeles, causing a commuter train to smash into it, derail, and crash into an oncoming train, killing 11 and injuring 177; in Aug. 2008 he is sentenced to 11 consecutive life sentences without possibility of parole - guess why I did it?
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?
On Feb. 28, 2005 Nemaha County, Kan.-born Donna Grace Glenn Humphrey (b. 1915) and her son-in-law Michael Lefkow (64) are shot to death at the Chicago area home of her daughter, U.S. District Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow (1944-); on Mar. 9 Chicago electrician Bart Ross is stopped by police in his car and commits suicide, leaving a suicide note claiming responsibility for the slayings; the judge had earlier dismissed his lawsuits over a cancer treatment; white supremacist leader Matthew F. "Matt" Hale (1971-), convicted in Apr. 2004 for trying to have the same judge killed over a trademark case is sentenced to 40 years on Apr. 6 by U.S. District Judge James Maxwell Moody (1940-) in Chicago after the Ross confession clears him of the killings, causing Hale to claim he is a victim of govt. persecution.
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 Mar. 21, 2005 16-y.-o. Prozac-popping Ojibwe h.s. student Jeffrey James "Jeff" Weise (b. 1988) goes on a shooting rampage at a poverty-stricken Indian rez in Red Lake, Minn., killing his grandfather and his girlfriend, followed by seven people at Red Lake H.S., injuring five before killing himself after exchanging gunfire with police; on Apr. 12 the school reopens, and more than two-thirds of the students stay away.
On May 13, 2005 (Fri.) Cornell-educated serial killer Michael Ross (b. 1959) is executed by lethal injection after fighting attempts by public defenders to save his life, becoming the first execution in New England in 45 years.
Welcome to the beginning of a whole new life? On May 30, 2005 18-y.-o. blonde beautiful honors student Natalee Ann Holloway (b. 1986) of Mountain Brook, Ala. disappears in Oranjestad, Aruba in the early hours after celebrating her high school graduation with 124 other students and seven chaperones on the boat Tattoo; she is seen leaving with three young men; in June Joran van der Sloot (1988-), son of Dutch justice ministry official Paul van der Sloot and two Surinamese brothers, Satish Kalpoe (1987-) and Deepak Kalpoe (1984-) are detained, telling police that they dropped her off from their car beside a lighthouse at Arisha Beach after she and the Dutch teen had been kissing in the back seat; on June 12 one of them admits that "something bad happened" to her, and on June 15 authorities search elder van der Sloot's home; on June 17 DJ Steve Gregory Croes (1979-) is arrested, while Natalee's mom Beth Holloway Twitty complains that the authorities are dragging their feet; in July a judge releases the Kalpoe brothers for lack of evidence, but they are rearrested on Aug. 26 after new evidence is found, then released again; critics complain that 53% of 47.6K active cases of missing adults in the U.S. are men and 29% black, but that only upper-middle class white (usually blonde and sexy) women get news coverage and police action; on Nov. 8 Ala. Gov. Bob Riley steps it up a notch by asking for a nationwide travel boycott of Aruba after the case remains unsolved; on Feb. 23, 2006 Joran appears on ABC News' Primetime claiming that he left her on the beach after they "cuddled for a while"; too bad, on Feb. 3 a hidden camera video is released where he confesses to dumping her possibly alive body in the sea and brags that she'll never be found - bleach is how many dimes a gallon?
On June 15, 2005 former Baylor U. basketball player Carlton Eric Dotson Jr. (1982-) is sentenced to 35 years in prison in Waco, Tex. for the murder of his teammate and best friend Patrick James Dennehy (1982-2003), whose body was found in 2003 in a field after Dotson called police to say he was hearing voices saying he is Jesus Christ, and told them where to find the body, launching the Baylor U. Basketball Scandal, causing head basketball coach (since 1999) David Gregory "Dave" Bliss (1943-) to resign after he is exposed for paying Dennehy's tuition, not reporting failed drug tests, and asking players to lie about it; the team doesn't have another winning season until 2008.
In June 2005 the State Supreme Court of Chihuahua, Mexico throws out the case against Victor Javier Garcia Uribe, setting him free after 3.5 years in prison after police frame him and torture him into a false confession in the mysterious rape-deaths of more than 350 women in and around the border city of Juarez during the past decade; meanwhile the crime spree is spreading to other Mexican cities such as Chihuahua; the police are suspected of being involved.
On Sept. 21, 2005 Stephen M. Ressa (1978-) of Rialto, Calif. plows his car into pedestrians "like a lawnmower" on the Las Vegas Strip in Nev., killing three and injuring 14; he tells police he thought the people in the crowd were staring at him like demons, and is charged with murder and attempted murder, receiving six life sentences.
On Oct. 12, 2005 after deliberating only 80 min., a jury in Baton Rouge, La. finds black serial killer Derrick Todd Lee (1968-) guilty of first degree murder in the death of 22-y.-o. Charlotte Murray Pace; he later receives the death penalty.
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?
Islam, the religion of Kill Kill Kill Kill strikes again? On Dec. 24, 2005 Nazir Ahmed (1965-) of Gago Mandi, Punjab, Pakistan slits the throats of his three young daughters and their 25-y.-o. stepsister in front of his wife and 3-mo.-o. son to salvage his family's "honor" after the older girl allegedly commited adultery and he doesn't want the daughters to do the same when they grow up; he is arrested and faces the death penalty, but remains unrepentant, saying that "I wish that I get a chance to eliminate the boy she ran away with and set his home on fire."
Sanmarco the Markswoman? On Jan. 30, 2006 (9 p.m.) former postal worker Jennifer Sanmarco (b. 1961) forces her way into her old workplace at the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Processing and Distribution Center, and kills five before killing herself, using a 9mm handgun and reloading at least once, becoming the highest kill count for a woman at a workplace shooting.
On Apr. 2, 2006 career criminal Ralph James "Bucky" Phillips (1962-) escapes from Erie County, N.Y. jail, living off the land and becoming a folk hero, until on June 10 he shoots N.Y. state trooper Sean Brown, then on Aug. 31 ambushes state troopers while staking out a family member's house in Pomfret, killing trooper Joseph Longobardo (b. 1974), after which the reward on him jumps to $450K; on Sept. 8 (8:00 p.m. EDT) he is captured by Penn. State Police in Warren County, Penn., and sentenced to life in prison.
On May 11, 2006 Catholic priest Rev. Gerald Robinson (1938-2014) is convicted of murder in the Apr. 5, 1980 (Holy Sat.) slaying of Sister of Mercy Margaret Ann Pahl, who was found stabbed 31x in a hospital chapel with her forehead anointed with a smudge of blood and her wounds forming an upside-down cross on her chest; a sword-shaped letter opener found in his room gives him away, plus he presided at her funeral Mass; he is sentenced to 15 to life, and dies in prison on July 4, 2014 while appealing.
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. 5, 2006 Iraqi War vet Zackery Bowen (b. 1978) kills his girlfriend Adriane "Addie" Hall (b. 1976) in their 1-bedroom 1829 garret above a voodoo temple in the macabre-loving French Quarter of New Orleans, La., then dismembers her and cooks her head and legs before leaping to his death on Oct. 16 from the roof of the Omni Hotel in the French Quarter, leaving a long suicide note in his pocket with instructions on finding her pieces; her torso is found in the fridge, her arms and legs in the oven, and her charred head in a pot; they met in Aug. 2005 when Hall gave Bowen refuge in her apt. the night that Hurricane Katrina hit, and they defied the mayor's order to evacuate and fell in love; subject of the 2009 book Shake the Devil Off by Ethan Brown.
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 Dec. 15, 2006 Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush suspends all executions after prison officials botch the Dec. 13 lethal injection of Angel Nieves Diaz (b. 1951), shooting the chemicals into the flesh of his arms instead of his veins, causing a 2nd dose to be needed and the execution to take 34 min. instead of the usual 15 min. max.; meanwhile a federal judge in Calif. imposes a moratorium on executions, declaring that the state's method of lethal injection violates the U.S. constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, followed by Md. on Dec. 19 - ask Spock about the Vulcan death grip?
On Dec. 18, 2006 grocery store clerk Tom Stephens (1969-) is arrested in Ipswich, England (70 mi. NE of London) for the murder of five hos, whose naked bodies were found dumped in rural areas, causing fear of a modern Jack the Ripper; he later confesses after his involvement with up to 50 hos in the year after his 8-year marriage collapsed is revealed.
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 July 23, 2007 the Petit Murders see the home of Dr. William Petit (1957-) in Cheshire, Conn. invaded by Steven Hayes (1963-) and Joshua Komisarjevsky (1980-), who beat him with a baseball bat, rape and torture his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit (b. 1959) and daughters Hayley (b. 1990) and Michaela (b. 1996), after which Petit escapes and goes for help, but the females are bound to their beds and burned alive while police surround the house and do nothing.
On Dec. 9, 2007 (12:30 a.m.) after being refused an overnight stay at the Youth with a Mission Center, Matthew John Murray (b. 1983) shoots four people, killing two, then drives 100 mi. S and shoots five more, killing one at New Life Church in Colo. Springs, then committing suicide after being shot several times by security guard Jeanne Assam; he had posted on the Internet newsgroup alt.suicide.holiday under the name "dyingchild_65", saying "I'm going to make a stand for the weak and the defenseless... for all those young people still caught in the Nightmare of Christianity... for all those people who've been abused and mistreated and taken advantage of by this evil sick religion", explaining that his mother tries to keep him from popular music and video games, then posting Eric Harris' words "I'm coming for everyone soon and I will be armed to the teeth and I will shoot to kill" 11 hours after the first shooting and two hours before the 2nd.
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 July 25, 2008 Cindy Anthony, maternal grandmother of 2-y.-o. Caylee Anthony (b. 2005) of Orlando, Fla. calls 911 to report her disappearance, and that the car of her mother Casey Marie Anthony (1986-) smells like a corpse, after which she is charged with first-degree murder in Oct. 2008 and pleads not guilty; on Dec. 11, 2008 Caylee's remains are found in a blanket in a trash bag in a wooded area near the home, with duct tape on her skull; in Casey's trial in May-July 2011 the defense claims that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool on June 16, 2008 and that Cindy's husband George disposed of the body, and on July 5 the jury finds Casey not guilty of murder or manslaughter, but guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false info. to police, and she is released on July 17, 2011 outraging the public; on Jan. 25, 2013 the Fla. appeals court oveturns two of the misdemeanor convictions.
On Oct. 14, 2008 5'7" 275 lb. Richard Wade Cooey II (b. 1967) is executed for the killing of two U. of Akron students on Sept. 1, 1986, becoming the first to die by lethal injection in Ohio in more than a year; his plea that he was too fat to be executed humanely by lethal injected was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court and Grill.
On Dec. 25, 2008 recently-divorced 45-y.-o. Bruce Jeffrey Pardo (b. 1963) dresses up as Santa Claus and arrives at the home of his ex's parents in Covina, Calif., then opens up, killing eight, then accidentally sets his suit on fire while throwing Molotov cocktails, giving him critical burns, after which he commits suicide at his brother's home near Sylmar; he was carrying $17K in cash and a plane ticket to Canada.
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.
Last year we had Made-Off, now we have Mark-Off? On Apr. 20, 2009 police arrest suspected "Craigslist Killer" Philip "Phil" Markoff (1985-), a medical student accused of contacting escort services in Craigslist then meeting with their hos in upscale hotels and robbing them to mark off, er, pay off gambling debts, collecting their panties as souvenirs and leaving his tracks all over the Internet, making him easy to catch after he went too far on Apr. 14 and killed 26-y.-o. Julissa Brisman, upping his police priority; his babe Megan McAllister stands by him at first, then cancels the Aug. 14 wedding on Apr. 27.
On May 6, 2009 U.S. Navy vet. (a Colo. resident) Stephen P. Morgan (1979-) guns down and murders Wesleyan U. student (also from Colo., where he met her in 2007) Johanna Justin-Jinich (b. 1987) in a cafe near the campus, after which his notebook is discovered, containing the soundbyte "Kill Johanna", plus notes about his grudges against Jews and "beautiful" and "smart" Wesleyan students; he gives himself up on May 7.
On June 10, 2009 anti-Semitic white supremacist (Navy officer in WWII) James W. Van Brunn (1920-2010) enters the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and shoots and kills a guard before being shot and captured; he later dies in the hospital in which he was incarcerated; it is later revealedthat David Axelrod was one of his targets.
On Sept. 11, 2009 Harlan James Drake (1976-) drives by a school in Owosso, Mich. and guns down abortion protester James Pouillon for carrying a sign showing a fetus, then drives to a grave pit and shoots owner Mike Fuoss, finally being captured before he can pull off a 3rd planned shooting.
On Mar. 9, 2010 after years of enjoying a rape-murder spree and flouting the legal system, then being convicted in Feb., 1978 "Dating Game" contestant Rodney James Alcala (1943-) is sentenced to death in Calif. on five counts of murder incl. four women and a 12-y.-o. girl; on Jan. 27, 2011 he is indicted for two more murders in N.Y. during the 1970s.
On Apr. 21, 2010 white supremacist Richard Barrett (b. 1943) is stabbed and beaten to death and his house set on fire to cover it up by ex-con black neighbor Vincent McGee (1988-).
On Jan. 8, 2011 (Sat.) U.S. Rep. (D-Ariz.) (2007-) Gabrielle Dee "Gabby" Giffords (1970-), first Jewish congresswoman from Ariz. is shot in the head during a public event in Tucson, Ariz. outside a Safeway store by er, lone gunman Jared Lee Loughner (1988-), a mixed-up white leftist-rightist pothead whose favorite books are the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf, and is against the abandonment of the gold standard; he is captured; six others are killed, incl. federal judge (since Nov. 25, 1991) John McCarthy Roll (b. 1947) and 9-y.-o. Christina-Taylor Green; 13 are injured; on Dec. 6 Gifford read the First Amendment to the House; Gifford's last Tweet said "My 1st Congress on Your Corner starts now. Please stop by to let me know what is on your mind or tweet me later"; the leftist PC media knee-jerks by blaming the Tea Party and/or Sarah Palin for the shooting, causing her on Jan. 11 to release a video calling the politicization of the shooting a "reprehensible... blood libel"; 20-y.-o. gay political intern Daniel Hernandez (1990-) becomes a hero for helping save Giffords by applying pressure to her wounds; on Jan. 10 U.S. secy. of state Hillary Clinton gives a townhall interview in Abu Dhabi, and comments that Gifford's shooter is like Islamic extremists in other countries, pissing them off and causing her to flop; on Jan. 12 Pres. Obama delivers a eulogy before an overflow crowd at Ariz. Stadium at the U. of Ariz., with the soundbytes: "Gabby opened her eyes for the first time", and "The hopes of a nation are here tonight. We mourn with you for the fallen"; after dissing leftist comments that the shooter was motivated by rightist politics, he calls on the country to start "talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds"; the speech is his biggest hit ever, causing his popularity rating to go positive for the 1st time since last May 18; N.Y. Dem. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy uses the shooting as an excuse for introducing legislation prohibiting high-capacity gun magazines; on Jan. 15 shooting victim James Eric Fuller is arrested at a town hall meeting for shouting "You're dead" to Tea Party spokesman Trent Humphries, and is committed for psychiatric evaluation.
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 Oct. 25, 2012 Leo Krim (b. 2010) and Lucia "Lulu" Krim (b. 2006) are stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by their Domnican Repub.-born nanny Yoselyn "Josie" Ortega in Upper West Side, Manhattan, N.Y., who tries to slit her own throat after mother Marina Krim and her 3-y.-o. daughter Nessie Krim arrive from a swimming lesson a few blocks away; on Apr. 18, 2018 she is found guilty of 1st and 2nd degree murder; subject of the 2016 novel "Chanson Douce" (The Perfect Nanny) by Leila Slimani.
On Dec. 14, 2012 after shooting and killing his mother Nancy, 20-y.-o. lone gunman Adam Lanza (b. 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, winning an Oscar for his piss story that 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; on Nov. 24 the supreme court doubles the sentence to 13 years 5 mo. - piss on that?
On Feb. 19, 2013 unemployed Muslim Ali Syed (1992-) goes on a shooting spree in Orange County, Calif., killing three and injuring two others on the freeway.
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; his autopsy reveals a whopping case of CTE from playing football.
On May 23, 2014 (Fri.) (night) after filming a video vowing to kill "blond sorority sluts" for never giving him any, 22-y.-o. "virgin gunman" Elliot Rodger (b. 1991) stages a drive-by shooting spree at the UCSB campus in Isla Vista (near Santa Barbara), Calif., killing seven and injuring 13 before being killed in a shootout with police; he leaves a 141-page manifesto plus several YouTube videos.
On Oct. 12, 2014 after her 78-y.-o. patient Rosa Calderoni at Umberto I Hospital in Lugo is found dead on Apr. 8 with abnormally high blood levels of potassium, along with two more the same day, Italian nurse Daniela Poggiali (1972-) is arrested for kiling up to 38 patients for being "annoying" with "pushy relatives".
On Oct. 24, 2014 "1-man crime spree" Marcelo Marquez (1980-) of Salt Lake City, Utah shoots three N Calif. sheriff's deputies, killing two, and injures a civilian before being captured in a massive manhunt.
On June 6, 2015 (early a.m.) convicted murderers Richard William Matt (1966-2015) and David Sweat (1980-) escape from the 2015 Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemore, N.Y., causing a huge manhunt involving N.Y. gov. Andrew Cuomo; on June 26 Matt is killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents in Franklin County, N.Y.; on June 28 Sweat is shoot twice and captured by a N.Y. state trooper in a field near Constable, N.Y. 16 mi. N of where Matt was killed, and 1.5 mi. from the Canadian border; prison employee Joyce Mitchell and prison guard Gene Palmer are later charged and convicted of aiding their escape.
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.
On Aug. 28, 2015 (8:30 p.m.) Harris County, Tex. sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth (b. 1968) is murdered at a Chevron gas station in Cypress, Tex. (25 mi. from Houston), by 30-y.-o. African-Am. Shannon Jaruay Miles (1985-), who shoots him in the back of the head execution-style than pumps 14 more shots into his back.
On July 7, 2016 (9:00 p.m.) amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests against recent police murders of blacks, hours after Pres. Obama gives a speech on the police shootings in La. and Minn., white police officers in Dallas, Tex. are ambushed by black Nation of Islam member rooftop sniper (U.S. Army Afghanistan vet) Micah Xavier Johnson (b. 1991), who kills five (incl. a transit authority policeman) and injures nine, becoming the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since 9/11, causing Pres. Obama to break off in Warsaw, Poland to condemn the shooters, taking pains to lobby for gun control; three suspects are taken into custody; Johnson is cornered in El Centro College and killed at 2:30 a.m. with a bomb robot during negotiations after uttering the soundbyte "I want to kill white people."
On Nov. 3, 2016 after kidnapping a 14-y.-o. girl in Tempe, Ariz. in 1986 and serving 14 years, then killing Charles Carver and chaining his babe Kala Brown to a shipping container in a makeshift dungeon for 2 mo. before being found, Fla.-born hi-IQ computer science degree holder and real estate agent Todd Christopher Kohlhepp (1971-) is arrested, and convicted for seven murders in S.C. since 2003, receiving seven consecutive life sentences without parole; on Dec. 10, 2017 he claims to have "more than seven" victims.
On Oct. 1, 2017 (10:00 p.m.) after renting two rooms on the 23rd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Strip in Las Vegas, Nev. under the name of his out-of-state girlfriend Marilou Danley, and bringing in 10 suitcases full of guns, accountant, serious gambler, and real estate millionaire Stephen Paddock (b. 1953) of Mesquite, Nev. shoots into a crowd of 22K attending the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival featuring country music star Jason Aldean, killing 58 and injuring 527 then killing himself before police break into his room, becoming the deadliest gun massacre in U.S. history (until ?); police find 19 military rifles, some fitted with bump stocks to make them into automatics, plus 23 more at his home; Pres. Trump calls it "an act of pure evil", saying "We pray for the day when evil has vanished"; ISIS claims that he converted to Islam and was doing Allah's work, later calling him Abu Abd Abdulbar al-Ameriki, which the FBI is all-too quick to deny?; CBS-TV vice-pres. Hayley Geftman-Gold stinks herself up on Facebook by saying that she has no sympathy for the victims because country music fans "often are Republican", getting her fired; he is later found to have research other attack sites in Boston and Chicago; the motive eludes investigators until ?
On Nov. 1, 2017 metal fabricator Scott Ostrem 1971-) walks off his job at B&M Roofing in Frederick, Colo. and drives to the Walmart in Thornton, Colo., shooting and killing three at random before other shoppers who are packing draw back and he flees, causing police to search for him until the next day when they raid his home, find it empty, and sit around puzzled until he drives on by and is chased and captured.
On Nov. 5, 2017 (11:30 a.m. local time) the Sutherland Springs Church Shooting in Sutherland Springs (30 mi. SE of San Antonio), Tex. sees shooter Devin Patrick Kelley (b. 1991) (dishonorably discharged from the USAF in 2013 before teaching at a Bible school) kill 24 aged 5-72 and injure 20+ church members at the First Baptist Church with a Ruger AR-15 rifle before being killed by rifle-toting area resident Johnnie Langendorff after a chase, becoming the deadliest church shooting in modern U.S. history (until ?).
On Nov. 28, 2017 Howell Emanuel Donaldson III AKA the Seminole Heights Serial Killer is apprehended for the murder of four victims in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, Fla. between Oct. 9-Nov. 14.
On Dec. 31, 2017 37-y-o. ex-soldier Matthew Riehl (b. 1990) ambushes police at his home in the Copper Canyon Apts. in Highlands Ranch, Colo., firing 100+ shots and killing Douglas County deputy Zackari Parrish and wounding four officers before being killed.
On Feb. 14, 2018 (2:21 p.m.) (Valentine's Day) 19-y.-o. expelled JROTC student Nikolas Jacob Cruz (1998-) shoots up 3.3K-student Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. in Parkland, Fla. 45 mi. N of Miami with an AR-15-style assault rifle after tossing in smoke grenades that set off fire alarms, then pick them off as they pour out, killing 17 and injuring 15 before being trying to melt in with the fleeing students and getting arrested, becoming the 18th U.S. school shooting of the year and highest kill count since Columbine H.S. in Colo. (13); on Feb. 14 (night) the board of Hanover School District 28 30 mi. SE of Colorado Springs, Colo. votes 3-2 to allow school employees to be armed on the job; it later emerges that four armed Broward County deputies hid outside the school while the shooting was going on, making public statements by Coral Springs police chief Tony Pustizzi blaming the NRA seem lame.
The s in piss is Austin? On Mar. 19, 2018 a booby-trapped bomb goes off in Austin, Tex., injuring two, becoming the 4th in three weeks that killed two and injured three, all in black-Hispanic neighborhoods on the E side; on Mar. 21 (a.m.) the bomber Mark Anthony Conditt (b. 1994) blows himself up in his car after being cornered by police, leaving a 25-min recorded confession.