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Robert Stroud "The Birdman of Alcatraz" committs second murder - 1916
Mar 26, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Robert Stroud aka The Bird Man of Alcatraz

by Michael Thomas Barry

Robert Stroud better known as the Birdman of Alcatraz was in prison for the killing of F.K. Van Dahmer in Juneau, Alaska when he committed his second murder. On March 26, 1916 he stabbed to death prison guard Andrew Turner in front of 1,200 witnesses in the mess hall after Turner criticized Stroud for a minor rule infraction. Stroud was tried and sentenced to die on May 27th but, after three trials and four years, his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment, after his mother appealed to President Woodrow Wilson.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Scottsboro Case - 1932
Mar 25, 2013, - 0 Comments

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The Scottsboro 9 with attorney Samuel Liebowitz

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 25, 1932, The U.S. Supreme Court hands down its decision in the case of Powell v. Alabama. The case arose out of the infamous Scottsboro case, where 9 young black men were arrested and accused of raping two white women on train in Alabama. The boys were fortunate to barely escape a lynch mob, but were railroaded into convictions and death sentences.

Jonesboro School Shooting - 1998
Mar 24, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Class photo of Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 24, 1998, Mitchell Johnson, 13, and Andrew Golden, 11, shoot their classmates and teachers in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Golden, the younger of the two boys, asked to be excused from his class, pulled a fire alarm and then ran to join Johnson in a wooded area 100 yards away from the school's gym. As the students streamed out of the building, Johnson and Golden opened fire and killed four students and a teacher.

Novo & Diaz are sentenced for the murder of former Chilean ambassador - 1979
Mar 23, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Orlando Letelier

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 23, 1979, Guillermo Novo and Alvin Ross Diaz are sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Orlando Letelier, former Chilean ambassador to the United States. The murder to place on September 21, 1976, when a car bomb exploded while victims, Orlando Letelier, and his friends Michael and Ronni Moffitt were driving on Washington D.C.'s Embassy Row.

Seven teachers at the McMartin Pre-School are indicted - 1984
Mar 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

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The McMartin Pre-School in Manhattan Beach

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 22, 1984, seven teachers at the McMartin Preschool in Manhattan Beach, California are indicted on child molestation charges by a Los Angeles County grand jury after hearing testimony from 18 children. Among the charged are Peggy McMartin Buckey, the head of the school and her son Ray Buckey.

Terrorists attack the Tokyo subways - 1995
Mar 20, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Shoko Asahara

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 20, 1995, at the height of the morning rush hour in Tokyo, Japan, terrorist teams from the Aum Shinrikyo religious cult, riding on separate subway trains, converge at the Kasumigaseki station and secretly release lethal sarin gas into the air. The terrorists then took a sarin antidote and escaped while the commuters, blinded and gasping for air, rushed to the exits. Twelve people died, and 5,500 were treated in hospitals, some in a comatose state.

The Hill-Robinson Murders - 1969
Mar 19, 2013, - 0 Comments

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John Robert Hill and Joan Robinson-Hill

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 19, 1969, Joan Robinson-Hill the daughter of wealthy Texas oilman Ash Robinson dies of an apparent heart attack in Houston, Texas. She and her plastic surgeon husband John Robert Hill had married in 1957. They led separate lives – he was busy with his practice and she was a keen equestrian. However, leading separate lives did not mean that Mrs. Hill wanted her husband to share the beds of other ladies. On December 3, 1968 Dr. Hill filed for divorce but back down when his wife contested the petition. In March 15, 1969 he again instigated divorce proceedings.

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