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The head of infamous bandito Joaquin Murrieta is put on display - 1853
Jul 25, 2013, - 0 Comments


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.

Serial killer Della Sorenson claims first victim - 1918
Jul 23, 2013, - 0 Comments


Della Sorenson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 23, 1918, Della Sorenson kills the first of her seven victims in rural Nebraska by poisoning her sister-in-law's infant daughter, Viola Cooper. Over the next seven years, friends, relatives, and acquaintances of Sorenson repeatedly died under mysterious circumstances before anyone finally realized that it had to be more than a coincidence.

San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing - 1916
Jul 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

Preparedness day bombing

Preparedness Day parade just prior to the bombing

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 22, 1916, a bomb explodes during the Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, kills 10 people and wounding dozens more. The parade was organized by the city's Chamber of Commerce in support of America's possible entrance into World War I.

King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated - 1951
Jul 20, 2013, - 0 Comments

King Abdullah I of Jordan

King Abdullah of Jordan

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 20, 1951, while entering a mosque in the Jordanian sector of east Jerusalem, King Abdullah of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian nationalist.

Doc Holiday kills man in New Mexico - 1879
Jul 19, 2013, - 0 Comments


Doc Holliday

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 19, 1879, Doc Holliday commits his first murder, killing a man for shooting up his New Mexico saloon. Despite his formidable reputation as a deadly gunslinger, Holliday only engaged in eight shootouts during his lifetime, and it has only been verified to have killed two men.

Mass shooting in San Ysidro - 1984
Jul 18, 2013, - 0 Comments


James Huberty

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 18, 1984, James Huberty opens fire in a crowded McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others. Minutes earlier, Huberty had left home, telling his wife, "I'm going hunting... hunting for humans."

Casey Anthony is released from jail - 2011
Jul 17, 2013, - 0 Comments


Casey Anthony

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 17, 2011, Casey Anthony is released from jail in Orlando, Florida, after being acquitted on charges that she killed her 2-year-old daughter. Caylee Anthony was last seen alive with her mother on June 16, 2008, leaving the Orlando home they shared with Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony. Casey Anthony waited a month to report her daughter missing, and when questioned by police in mid-July, she told them a nanny had kidnapped her daughter. On October 14, 2008, Anthony was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and lying to police. On December 11th of that year, Caylee’s skeletal remains were found in a wooded area less than a mile from George and Cindy Anthony’s house.