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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.

Australian murderer Colin Ross was executed - 1922
Apr 24, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Colin Ross

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 24, 1922, Colin Ross was executed in Australia for the murder of 12-year-old Alma Tirtschke. Ross was one of the first criminals in Australia to be convicted based on forensic evidence. On December 30, 1921, she had been reported missing in Melbourne. The next day her naked body was found in Gun Alley.

Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death for assassination of Robert Kennedy - 1969
Apr 23, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Sirhan Sirhan

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 23, 1969, Sirhan Sirhan is sentenced to death penalty after being convicted in the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. In 1972, Sirhan's sentence was commuted to life in prison after California abolished the death penalty.

George "Baby Face" Nelson kills FBI agent - 1934
Apr 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

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George "Baby Face" Nelson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 22, 1934, George "Baby Face" Nelson kills Special Agent W. Carter Baum during an FBI raid in northern Wisconsin. Nelson was holed up with notorious bank robber John Dillinger's gang at the Little Bohemia resort but didn't follow the planned escape route. As he was stealing a car to escape, he shot several agents.

Robert Alton Harris is executed in California - 1992
Apr 21, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Robert Alton Harris

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 21, 1992, Robert Alton Harris is executed in California’s gas chamber after 13 years on death row. This was California's first execution since former Chief Justice Rose Bird and two other California state Supreme Court justices, Joseph Grodin and Cruz Reynoso, had been rejected by California voters. From 1979 to 1986, the Bird court had reversed 64 out of the 68 death penalty cases on appeal.

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