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Sunny von Bulow is found unconscious at her Rhode Island Mansion - 1980
Dec 21, 2013, - 0 Comments


Sunny & Claus von Bulow

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 21, 1980, wealthy socialite Martha "Sunny" Crawford von Bulow is found in a coma at her Newport, Rhode Island mansion, from what initially appeared to be an insulin overdose. Following a long investigation, Sunny's husband, Claus von Bulow, was charged with two counts of attempted murder and was convicted in a sensational trial in 1982. His conviction was later overturned, and Claus was acquitted at a second trial in 1985.

Three Black Men were Beaten in Racially Charged Assault - 1986
Dec 20, 2013, - 0 Comments





by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 20, 1986, three black men are attacked by a group of white teenagers yelling racial slurs in Howard Beach, a predominately white, middle-class, Italian-American neighborhood in Queens, New York. Earlier that night, the men were driving from Brooklyn to Queens, when their car broke down near Howard Beach.

World Series Parachutist was sentenced - 1986
Dec 19, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 19, 1986, Michael Sergio, the man who parachuted into Game Six of the 1986 World Series at New York’s Shea Stadium, is fined $500 and sentenced to 100 hours of community service. On October 25, Sergio, a 37-year-old actor and Mets fan, landed on the infield with a "Go Mets" banner in the first inning of the sixth game between the Mets and the Boston Red Sox.

Last of the Molly Maguire's was executed in Pennsylvania - 1878
Dec 18, 2013, - 0 Comments



John Kehoe


by Michael Thomas Barry


On December 18, 1878, John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguire’s was executed in Pennsylvania. The Molly Maguire’s, an Irish secret society that had allegedly been responsible for some incidences of vigilante justice in the coalfields of eastern Pennsylvania, defended their actions as attempts to protect exploited Irish-American workers. In fact, they are often regarded as one of the first organized labor groups. 

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was sentenced for the attempted assassination of President Ford - 1975
Dec 17, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 17, 1975, a federal jury in Sacramento, California, sentences Lynette Alice Fromme, also known as "Squeaky" Fromme, to life in prison for the attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford.

Bomb Blast Kills Federal Judge in Alabama - 1989
Dec 16, 2013, - 0 Comments


Walter LeRoy Moody

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 16, 1989, Federal Judge Robert Vance is instantly killed by a powerful explosion after opening a package mailed to his house near Birmingham, Alabama. Two days later, a mail bomb killed Robert Robinson, an attorney in Savannah, Georgia, in his office. Two other bomb packages, sent to the federal courthouse in Atlanta and to the Jacksonville, Florida office of the NAACP, were intercepted before their intended victims opened them.

The Sandyhook Elementary School Tragedy - 2012
Dec 14, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shoots and kills his mother at their Newtown, Connecticut, home then drives to nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School, where he kills 20 first graders and six school employees before turning a gun on himself. The Sandy Hook tragedy was the second-deadliest mass-shooting in the United States, following the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech, in which a gunman killed 32 students and teachers before committing suicide.