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U.S. Supreme Court Hands Down Decision in the Scottsboro Nine Rape Case - 1932
Mar 25, 2014, - 0 Comments


The Scottsboro Nine


by Michael Thomas Barry


On March 25, 1932, the United States Supreme Court hands down its decision in the case of Powell v. Alabama. The case arose out of the infamous Scottsboro case. Nine young black men were arrested and accused of raping two white women on train in Alabama in March 1931. The boys were fortunate to barely escape a lynch mob sent to kill them, but were railroaded into convictions and death sentences. The Supreme Court overturned the convictions on the basis that they did not have effective representation.

Jonesboro School Shooting - 1998
Mar 24, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 24, 1998, Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden shoot and kill five and wound 10 at the Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Golden, 11, the younger of the two boys, asked to be excused from his class, pulled a fire alarm and then ran to join Johnson, 13, in a wooded area 100 yards away from the school's gym. As the students streamed out of the building, Johnson and Golden opened fire on students and teachers.

McMartin Preschool Teachers were Indicted - 1984
Mar 22, 2014, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry


On March 22, 1984, seven teachers at the McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California were indicted on molestation charges by the Los Angeles County grand jury after hearing testimony from 18 children. Included among the charged are Peggy McMartin Buckey, the head of the school and her son Ray Buckey.

Alcatraz Prison was Closed - 1963
Mar 21, 2014, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry


On March 21, 1963, Alcatraz Prison was closed. At its peak period of use in 1950s, "The Rock” housed over 200 inmates at the maximum-security facility. Alcatraz remains an icon of American prisons for its harsh conditions and record for being inescapable.

Sarin Gas Attacks on Tokyo Subways - 1995
Mar 20, 2014, - 0 Comments


Shoko Asahara


by Michael Thomas Barry


On March 20, 1995, packages of sarin gas are set off in the Tokyo subway system killing twelve people and injuring thousands. Sarin gas is one of the most lethal nerve gases known to man. Tokyo police quickly learned who had planted the chemical weapons and checkpoints were set up across the nation in the massive manhunt.

Mobster Frank "The Enforcer" Nitti Committed Suicide - 1943
Mar 19, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 19, 1943, mobster Frank “The Enforcer” Nitti, one of Al Capone’s henchmen and later front man for the Chicago Outfit, committed suicide after being indicted for extorting money from Hollywood producers. 

The Yosemite Murders - 1999
Mar 18, 2014, - 0 Comments


Cary Stayner


by Michael Thomas Barry


On March 18, 1999, Carole Sund and Silvina Pelosso are found dead in their charred rental car in a remote wooded area of Long Barn, California. The women, along with Sund's daughter Juli, had been missing since February when they were last seen alive at the Cedar Lodge near Yosemite National Park. Juli Sund's body was found a week later.