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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.

Mass Prison break in South Texas - 2000
Dec 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

Texas Seven

The Texas Seven

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 13, 2000, seven convicts break out of a maximum-security prison in South Texas, setting off a massive six-week manhunt. The escapees, dubbed the "Texas Seven" by the media, overpowered civilian employees and prison guards in the maintenance shop where they worked and stole clothing, guns and a vehicle.  The men left a note saying: "You haven't heard the last of us yet."

Stolen "Mona Lisa" was recovered - 1913
Dec 12, 2013, - 0 Comments

Mona Lisa

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 12, 1913, two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece The Mona Lisa is recovered inside Italian waiter Vincenzo Peruggia's apartment in Florence. Peruggia had previously worked at the Louvre and had participated in the heist with a group of accomplices dressed as Louvre janitors on the morning of August 21, 1911.

Singer Sam Cooke was shot to death - 1964
Dec 11, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 11, 1964, in response to a reported shooting, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department were dispatched to the Hacienda Motel, where they found singer Sam Cooke dead on the office floor, shot three times in the chest by the motel's manager, Bertha Franklin. The authorities ruled Cooke's death a case of justifiable homicide, based on the testimony of Franklin, who claimed that Cooke had threatened her life after attempting to rape a young woman with whom he had earlier checked in.

Frank Sinatra Jr. speaks with his father after being kidnapped - 1963
Dec 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

sinatra jr

Frank Sinatra Jr.

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 10, 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr., who was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, California, two days earlier is allowed to talk to his father briefly. The 19-year-old man, who was trying to follow in his father's footsteps by pursuing a singing career, was abducted at gunpoint from his hotel room at Harrah's Casino and taken to Canoga Park. After the brief conversation between father and son, the kidnappers demanded a ransom of $240,000.

Well-Known activist shoots and kills Philadelphia police officer - 1981
Dec 9, 2013, - 0 Comments


Mumia Abu-Jamal

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 9, 1981, Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner is found dead on the street with Mumia Abu-Jamal, a well-known activist and freelance journalist, lying severely wounded nearby. In 1982, Abu-Jamal was tried for and convicted of Faulkner's murder, but because of the murky circumstances surrounding the incident and a trial that many believe was unfair, activists have since protested Abu-Jamal's imprisonment.