On June 27, 1844, Joseph Smith, the founder and leader of the Mormon religion, is murdered along with his brother Hyrum when a mob breaks into a jail where they are being held in Carthage, Illinois.
On June 26, 1957, Margaret Harold is shot and killed while out for a drive with her boyfriend near Annapolis, Maryland. Her killer swerved in front of the couple's car, approached with a .38 revolver, and shot Harold in the side of the face, while her boyfriend managed to escape. Investigating police found an abandoned building nearby, filled with pornographic pictures, but its full significance would not be revealed until nearly two years later.
On June 25, 1906, architect Stanford White is shot and killed by the jealous husband of his lover. White was the son of the essayist, critic, and Shakespearean scholar Richard Grant White. He was one of the most popular and prolific architects in the country.
Theodore Kaczynski aka The Unabomber
On June 24, 1993, Yale University computer science professor David Gelernter is seriously injured while opening his mail when a padded envelope explodes in his hands. The attack just came two days after a University of California geneticist was injured by a similar bomb and was the latest in a string of bombings since 1978 that authorities believed to be related.
On June 22, 2011, mobster James “Whitey” Bulger is arrested in Santa Monica, California. The 81-year-old Bulger, one of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” fugitives, was arrested with his longtime companion, 60-year-old Catherine Greig, who fled Massachusetts with the gangster in late 1994, shortly before he was to be indicted on federal charges. At the time of his 2011 arrest, there was a $2 million reward for information leading to Bulger’s capture, the largest amount ever offered by the agency for a domestic fugitive.
FBI Poster seeking information about missing civil rights actiivists
On June 21, 1964, civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney are killed by a Ku Klux Klan lynch mob near Meridian, Mississippi. The three young men were working to register black voters in Mississippi, thus inspiring the anger of the local Klan. The deaths of Schwerner and Goodman, white Northerners and members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), caused a national outrage.
Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel
On June 20, 1947, mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel is murdered at the home of his mistress Virginia Hill in Beverly Hills, California. Siegel had been talking to his associate Allen Smiley when three bullets were fired through a side window, killing him instantly.
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