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Sacco & Vanzetti - 1920
Apr 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

Sacco and vanzetti

Sacco and Vanzetti

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 15, 1920, a paymaster and a security guard are killed during a mid-afternoon armed robbery of a shoe company in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Out of this rather unremarkable crime grew one of the most famous trials in American history and a landmark case in forensic crime detection.

Abraham Lincoln is shot - 1865
Apr 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

Lincoln assassination

The Lincoln Assassination

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. The assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, shouted, "Sic simper tyrannis! (Ever thus to tyrants!) The South is avenged," as he jumped onto the stage and fled on horseback. Lincoln died early the next morning.

Mass murderer Christopher Wilder kills himself - 1984
Apr 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

Wilder

Christopher Wilder

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 13, 1984, mass murderer Christopher Wilder dies after a month-long crime spree involving eleven young women who have disappeared or been killed. Police in New Hampshire attempted to apprehend Wilder, who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, but Wilder apparently shot himself to death in a scuffle with state troopers to avoid capture.

Inquisition of astronomer Galileo Galilei begins - 1633
Apr 12, 2013, - 0 Comments

Galilieo

Galileo Galilei

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 12, 1633, chief inquisitor Father Vincenzo Maculano da Firenzuola begins the inquisition of physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei. Galileo was ordered to turn himself in to the Holy Office to begin trial for holding the belief that the Earth revolves around the Sun, which was deemed heretical by the Catholic Church.

Infamous Black Widow Louise Peete is executed in California's gas chamber - 1947
Apr 11, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Louise Peete

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 11, 1947, Louise Peete is executed in the gas chamber of San Quentin Prison. She was one of only four women executed in the California gas chamber. She was born Lofie Louise Preslar on September 20, 1880 in Bienville, Louisiana. Her childhood was uneventful and she received an expensive education, but was expelled from school for inappropriate behavior.

Emiliano Zapata is assassinated - 1919
Apr 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

Zapata

Emiliano Zapata

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 10, 1919, Emiliano Zapata, a leader of peasants and indigenous people during the Mexican Revolution, is assassinated in Morelos by government forces.

Billy the Kid is found guilty of murder - 1881
Apr 9, 2013, - 0 Comments

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 9, 1881, after a one-day trial, Billy the Kid is found guilty of murdering William Brady, the sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico and is sentenced to hang. There is no doubt that Billy the Kid did indeed shoot the sheriff, though he had done so in the context of the bloody Lincoln County War, a battle between two powerful groups of ranchers and businessmen fighting for economic control of Lincoln County.

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