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Manson family murder spree begins - 1969
Fri, 08/09/2013 - 04:18, - 0 Comments

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Charles Manson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 9, 1969, members of Charles Manson's cult kill five people in movie director Roman Polanski's Beverly Hills, California, home, including Polanski's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. Less than two days later, the group killed again, murdering supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their home.

The Great Train Robbery - 1963
Thu, 08/08/2013 - 08:21, - 0 Comments

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Bruce Reynolds, mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 8, 1963, a gang of 14 thieves rob a royal mail train headed from Glasgow and London making off with over $7 million in stolen money. The mastermind of the Great Train Robbery was Bruce Reynolds, a known burglar and armed robber. He was inspired by the railroad heists of the Wild West in America. 

Truck bomb explodes outside the U.S. Embassy in Kenya - 1998
Wed, 08/07/2013 - 09:05, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 7, 1998, a massive truck bomb explodes outside the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Minutes later, another truck bomb detonated outside the U.S. embassy in the capital of neighboring Tanzania.

First use of the electric chair in execution - 1890
Tue, 08/06/2013 - 08:42, - 0 Comments

Electric chair

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 6, 1890, the electric chair is first used at Auburn Prison in New York against William Kemmler, who had been convicted of murdering his lover, Matilda Ziegler. Electrocution as a humane means of execution was first suggested in 1881 by Dr. Albert Southwick, a dentist. Southwick had witnessed an elderly drunkard "painlessly" killed after touching the terminals of an electrical generator in Buffalo, New York.

Mother is arrested in the deaths of her 8 children - 1998
Mon, 08/05/2013 - 08:41, - 0 Comments

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Marie Noe

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 5, 1998, Marie Noe is arrested at her Philadelphia home and charged in the smothering deaths of eight of her children, who all died between 1949 and 1968. Each of the eight infants was reportedly healthy at birth, but later died when home alone with Noe.

Sir Roger Casement was executed - 1916
Sat, 08/03/2013 - 08:31, - 0 Comments

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Sir Roger Casement

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 3, 1916, Sir Roger David Casement, an Irish-born diplomat who in 1911 was knighted by King George V, is executed for his role in Ireland's Easter Rising. Casement was an Irish Protestant who served as a British diplomat during the early part of the 20th century.

Notorious gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok is murder - 1876
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 08:50, - 0 Comments

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Wild Bill Hickok

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 2, 1876, Wild Bill Hickok, one of the most famous gunfighters of the American West, is murdered in Deadwood, South Dakota. Born on May 27, 1837 in Troy Grove, Illinois, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok first gained notoriety as a gunfighter in 1861 when he coolly shot three men who were trying to kill him. A highly sensationalized account of the gunfight appeared six years later in the popular periodical Harper's New Monthly Magazine, sparking Hickok's rise to national fame.

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