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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.

Amanda Knox's murder conviction is overturned - 2011
Oct 3, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Amanda Knox

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 3, 2011, an Italian appeals court overturns the murder conviction of Amanda Knox, an American exchange student who two years earlier was found guilty in the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

West Nickels Mines Amish School shooting - 2006
Oct 2, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 2, 2006, Charles Roberts fatally shoots five female students and wounds five more at the West Nickel Mines Amish School in Nickels Mines, Pennsylvania. Roberts, a 32-year-old milk truck driver from a nearby town, entered the one-room schoolhouse at around 10:30 a.m. armed with an arsenal of weapons. He forced all of the boys and several women with infants to leave and made the 11 remaining girl’s line up against the blackboard.

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