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Shooting rampage at the University of Texas - 1966
Thu, 08/01/2013 - 09:29, - 0 Comments

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Charles Whitman

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman takes a stockpile of guns and ammunition to the observatory platform atop a 300-foot tower at the University of Texas and proceeds to shoot 46 people, killing 14 people and wounding 31.  Whitman, who had killed both his wife and mother the night before, was eventually shot to death after Austin police officers charged up the stairs of the tower to subdue the attacker.

Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappears - 1975
Wed, 07/31/2013 - 09:08, - 0 Comments

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Jimmy Hoffa

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 31, 1975, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing. He was last seen alive in a parking lot outside the Machus Red Fox restaurant the previous afternoon. To this day, Hoffa's fate remains a mystery, although many believe that he was murdered by organized crime figures.

Murder of seven year old girl inspires Megan's Law - 1994
Tue, 07/30/2013 - 08:45, - 0 Comments

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The 1994 murder of Megan Kanka inspires sex offender reporting law

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 30, 1994, Jesse Timmendequas is charged with the murder of seven-year-old Megan Kanka in New Jersey. Kanka's death inspired Megan's Law, a statute enacted in 1994 requiring that information about convicted sex offenders be available to the public.

Son of Sam serial killer claims first victims - 1976
Mon, 07/29/2013 - 08:30, - 0 Comments

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David Berkowitz aka The Son of Sam serial killer

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 29, 1976, Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti of the Bronx are shot while they are sitting in a car, talking. Lauria died and Valenti was seriously wounded in the first in a series of shootings by the serial killer known as “Son of Sam” who terrorized New York City over the course of the next year.

The Atlanta Olympic bombing - 1996
Sat, 07/27/2013 - 10:14, - 0 Comments

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Eric Robert Rudolph

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 27, 1996, the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia are disrupted by the explosion of a nail-laden pipe bomb in Centennial Olympic Park. The bombing, which occurred during a free concert, killed one and injured more than 100 others.

Serial Killer Ed Gein died - 1984
Fri, 07/26/2013 - 08:18, - 0 Comments

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Ed Gein

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 26, 1984, infamous serial killer Ed Gein dies of complications from cancer in a Wisconsin prison. Gein served as the inspiration for writer Robert Bloch's character Norman Bates in the 1959 novel "Psycho," which in 1960 was turned into a film starring Anthony Perkins and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

The head of infamous bandito Joaquin Murrieta is put on display - 1853
Thu, 07/25/2013 - 08:51, - 0 Comments

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Joaquin Murrieta

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 25, 1853, bandito Joaquin Murrieta's head is placed on exhibit in the Northern Californian town of Stockton. Murrieta, who was known as the "Robin hood of El Dorado," had been disrupting the burgeoning gold trade and intimidating the public, along with his gang of thieves. The first celebrity outlaw in the new state of California, various legends sprung up about the bandito’s life.

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