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The "Teflon Don" John Gotti is found guilty of murder - 1992
Tue, 04/02/2013 - 08:44, - 0 Comments

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John Gotti

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 2, 1992, a jury in New York finds mobster John Gotti, guilty on 13 counts, including murder and racketeering. In the wake of the conviction, the assistant director of the FBI’s New York office, James Fox, was quoted as saying, “The don is covered in Velcro, and every charge stuck.” On June 23 of that year, Gotti was sentenced to life in prison, dealing a significant blow to organized crime.

Marvin Gaye is murdered by his father - 1984
Mon, 04/01/2013 - 09:11, - 0 Comments

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Marvin Gaye

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 1, 1984, singer Marvin Gaye is murdered . At the peak of his career,  Gaye was the Prince of Motown—the soulful voice behind many hits. Over the course of his roughly 25-year recording career, he moved successfully from upbeat pop to "message" music to satin-sheet soul, combining elements of Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan and Barry White into one complicated and sometimes contradictory package.

English serial killer John Christie is arrested - 1953
Sun, 03/31/2013 - 08:57, - 0 Comments

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John Christie

by Michael Thomas Barry

John Reginald Christie was a notorious English serial killer active in the 1940s and early 1950s. He murdered at least eight females, including his wife Ethel, by strangling them in his flat at 10 Rillington Place, Notting Hill, London.

John Hickley Jr. shoots President Reagan - 1981
Sat, 03/30/2013 - 07:58, - 0 Comments

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John Hickley Jr.

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. shoots President Ronald Reagan outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. The president had just completed an address to the Building and Construction Workers Union of the AFL-CIO. Hinckley was armed with a .22 revolver with exploding bullets and was only ten feet away from Reagan when he began shooting.

The Mad Bomber strikes again - 1951
Fri, 03/29/2013 - 10:59, - 0 Comments

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George Peter Metesky aka the Mad Bomber

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 29, 1951, a homemade device explodes at Grand Central Station in New York City, startling commuters but injuring no one. In the next few months, five more bombs were found at landmark sites around New York, including the public library. Authorities realized that this new wave of terrorist acts was the work of the Mad Bomber.

The murder of 7-year old Emily Holland - 1876
Thu, 03/28/2013 - 11:46, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

The case of William Fish was the first recorded official use of dogs by police to capture a murderer. On March 28, 1876 seven-yearold Emily Agnes Holland went missing from Birley Street, Blackburn, after telling friends at St. Alban’s School that she had met a nice man and was going to run some errands for him. She was never seen alive again. 

British Appeals Court upholds death sentence of Stinie Morrison - 1911
Wed, 03/27/2013 - 09:39, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 27, 1911, the British Court of Appeals upholds the death penalty conviction of Stinie Morrison. Leon Beron was born in Poland but his family left to settle in London. In 1894 he bought nine ramshackle houses in Stepnsey in the East End. He rented them out for ten shillings a week and lived off the rental income. He was a man of habit each day he would have a meal at a local restaurant. He dressed smartly, a large gold watch and chain dangled from his waist coat.

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