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British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is shot to death 1812
May 11, 2013, - 0 Comments

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 11, 1812, British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is shot to death by demented businessman John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons. Bellingham, who was inflamed by his failure to obtain government compensation for war debts incurred in Russia, gave himself up immediately.

J. Edgar Hoover is named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation 1924
May 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

J. Edgar Hoover

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 10, 1924, J. Edgar Hoover is named acting director of the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI). By the end of the year he was officially promoted to director. This began his 48-year tenure in power, during which time he personally shaped American criminal justice in the 20th century.

Body of Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro is found 1978
May 9, 2013, - 0 Comments

Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 9, 1978, the body of former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro is found, riddled by bullets, in the back of a car in the center of historic Rome. He was kidnapped by Red Brigade terrorists on March 16th after a bloody shoot-out near his suburban home.

Cyanide Poisoner Stella Nickell is Convicted of Murder 1988
May 8, 2013, - 0 Comments

Stella Nickell

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 8, 1988, Stella Nickell is convicted on two counts of murder by a Seattle, Washington, jury. She was the first person to be found guilty of violating the Federal Anti-Tampering Act after putting cyanide in Excedrin capsules in an effort to kill her husband.

Serial killer H. H. Holmes is hanged 1896
May 7, 2013, - 0 Comments

H. H. Holmes

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 7, 1896, serial killer H. H. Holmes is hanged in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although his criminal exploits were just as extensive and occurred during the same time period as Jack the Ripper, Holmes has not endured in the public's memory the way the Ripper has.

Hangman George Maledon dies 1911
May 6, 2013, - 0 Comments

George Maledon

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 6, 1911, George Maledon, the man who executed at least 60 men for "Hanging Judge" Isaac Parker, died from natural causes in Tennessee. Few men actively seek out the job of hangman and Maledon was no exception.

Irish Hungerstriker Bobby Sands Dies 1981
May 5, 2013, - 0 Comments

Bobby Sands

Bobby Sands

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 5, 1981, Irish Republican Army militant Bobby Sands dies after refusing food for 66 days in protest of his treatment as a criminal rather than a political prisoner by British authorities. His death immediately touched off widespread rioting in Belfast, as young Irish-Catholic militants clashed with police and British Army patrols and started fires.

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