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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.

Yale University Research Assistant Pleads Guilty to Murder - 2011
Mar 17, 2014, - 0 Comments


Raymond Clark III


by Michael Thomas Barry


On March 17, 2011, Raymond Clark, a former animal research assistant at Yale University, pleads guilty to the murder and attempted sexual assault of graduate student Annie Le. On September 13, 2009, Le’s partially decomposed body was found stuffed behind a wall in the university research building where she was last seen five days earlier.

Julius Caesar was Assassinated - 44 B.C.
Mar 15, 2014, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry


On March 15, 44 B.C., Julius Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting hall next to the Pompey’s theatre by 60 conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. Caesar was scheduled to leave Rome on March 18 and had appointed loyal members of his army to rule the Empire in his absence. The Republican senators, already chafing at having to abide by Caesar's decrees, were particularly angry about the prospect of taking orders from Caesar's subordinates. Cassius Longinus initiated the plot against the dictator, quickly getting his brother-in-law Marcus Brutus to join.  

FBI Introduces the "Ten Most Wanted" List - 1950
Mar 14, 2014, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry


On March 14, 1950, the Federal Bureau of Investigation introduces the "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list in an effort to publicize particularly dangerous fugitives. The creation of the program arose out of a wire service news story in 1949 about the "toughest guys" the FBI wanted to capture. The story drew so much public attention that the "Ten Most Wanted" list was given the okay by J. Edgar Hoover the following year.

Salem Witch Hunt Began - 1692
Mar 1, 2014, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry


On March 1, 1692, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba, an Indian slave from Barbados, are charged with practicing witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. Later that same day, Tituba, possibly under coercion, confessed to the crime, encouraging the authorities to seek out more Salem witches. Trouble in the Puritan community began the month before, when nine-year-old Elizabeth Parris and 11-year-old Abigail Williams, the daughter and niece, respectively, of the Reverend Samuel Parris, began experiencing fits and other mysterious maladies.

Siege of Branch Davidian Compound in Waco Texas Began - 1993
Feb 28, 2014, - 0 Comments


David Koresh


by Michael Thomas Barry


On February 28, 1993, Federal agents raid the Branch Davidian cult compound in Waco, Texas, prompting a gun battle in which four agents and six cult members are killed. They were attempting to arrest the leader of the Branch Davidians, David Koresh, on information that the religious sect was stockpiling weapons. A nearly two-month standoff ensued after the unsuccessful raid.