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Southern Pacific train is blown-up in botched robbery attempt - 1923
Oct 11, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Edward O. Heinrich, private detective

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 11, 1923, three men blow up the mail car of a Southern Pacific train carrying passengers through southern Oregon in a botched robbery attempt. Just as the train entered a tunnel, two armed men jumped the engineer. A third man appeared with a bomb that the thieves intended to use to open the mail car. However, the explosives were too powerful and the entire mail car was blown to bits, killing the clerk inside. In the ensuing chaos, the train robbers shot the train's engineer, fireman, and brakeman, and then fled. They left behind the detonator and some clothes, but bloodhounds were unable to track them.

Former postal worker shoots and kills two in Ridgewood, New Jersey - 1991
Oct 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Joseph Harris

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 8, 1991, former U.S. postal worker Joseph Harris shoots two former co-workers to death at the post office in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The night before, Harris had killed his former supervisor, Carol Ott, with a three-foot samurai sword, and shot her fiancé, Cornelius Kasten, in their home. After a four-hour standoff with police at the post office, Harris was arrested.

Notorious Chicago area bootlegger Roger Touhy escapes from prison - 1942
Oct 9, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Roger Touhy

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 9, 1942, notorious Chicago area bootlegger Roger "The Terrible" Touhy escapes from Statesville Prison by climbing the guard's tower. Touhy, who had been framed for kidnapping by his bootlegging rivals, was serving a 99-year sentence for a crime he did not commit.

Botched sweat lodge ceremony kills three - 2009
Oct 8, 2013, - 0 Comments

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James Arthur Ray

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 8, 2009, two people die and more than a dozen others are hospitalized following a botched sweat lodge ceremony at a retreat run by motivational speaker and author James Arthur Ray near Sedona, Arizona. A third participant in the ceremony died nine days later.

Terrorists hijack the Achille Lauro cruise ship - 1985
Oct 7, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Achille Lauro

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 7, 1985, Palestinian terrorists hijack the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro shortly after it left Alexandria, Egypt. The well-armed men, who belonged to the Popular Front for the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF), the terrorist wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) led by Abu Abbas, easily took control of the vessel since there was no security force on board.

Dalton gang's last bank robbery - 1892
Oct 5, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 5, 1892, the Dalton gang attempts to rob two banks simultaneously in Coffeyville, Kansas, but meets resistance from townspeople, who wind up killing four of the five bandits.

Evangelist Jim Bakker was indicted on federal charges - 1988
Oct 4, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 4, 1988, televangelist Jim Bakker was indicted on federal charges of mail and wire fraud and of conspiring to defraud the public. The case against the founder of Praise the Lord (PTL) Ministries and three of his aides exploded in the media when it was revealed that Bakker had sex with former church secretary Jessica Hahn.

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