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Former NBA star is indicted for manslaughter - 2002
May 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Jayson Williams

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 1, 2002, former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams was indicted on a series of charges, including aggravated manslaughter, in connection with the shooting death of limousine driver Costas Christofi.

First Federal Prison for women opens - 1927
Apr 30, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Alderson Federal Prison

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 30, 1927, the Federal Industrial Institution for Women, the first women's federal prison, opens in Alderson, West Virginia. All women serving federal sentences of more than a year were to be brought here. Run by Dr. Mary B. Harris, the prison's buildings, each named after social reformers, sat atop 500 acres.

Rodney King beating verdicts - 1992
Apr 29, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Rodney King

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 29, 1992, four police officers who were accused of beating Rodney King are acquitted. The announcement of the verdict, which enraged the black community, prompted widespread rioting throughout much of Los Angeles. It wasn't until three days later that the arson and looting finally ended.

Jaycee Dugard's kindnappers plead guilty - 2011
Apr 28, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Phillip and Nancy Garrido

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 28, 2011, Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy plead guilty to the kidnapping of 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard. The Garrido’s held Dugard captive at their Northern California property for 18 years, during which time Phillip Garrido fathered two children with her. The 29-year-old Dugard was rescued, along with her daughters, then ages 11 and 15, in 2009.

Andrew Cunanan begins his cross country murder spree - 1997
Apr 27, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Andrew Cunanan

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 27, 1997, Andrew Cunanan kills Jeffrey Trail by beating him to death with a claw hammer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Trail's murder set Cunanan off on a killing spree that ended in July when he killed himself on a houseboat in Miami Beach.

The Murder of Mary Phagan - 1913
Apr 26, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Mary Phagan

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 26, 1913, thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan is found sexually molested and murdered in the basement of an Atlanta pencil factory where she worked. Her murder later led to one of the most disgraceful episodes of bigotry, injustice, and mob violence in American history.

James Richardson who was wrongly accused of murderer is released from prison - 1989
Apr 25, 2013, - 0 Comments

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James Richardson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 25, 1989, James Richardson walks out of a Florida prison 21 years after being wrongfully convicted of killing his seven children. Special prosecutor Janet Reno agreed to the release after evidence showed that the conviction resulted from misconduct by the prosecutor. In addition, neighbor Betsy Reese had confessed to the crime to a nursing home employee.

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