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The Lonely Hearts Killers are Executed - 1951
Mar 8, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Martha Beck & Raymond Martinez

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 8, 1951, the Lonely Hearts Killers, Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, are executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York. They had schemed to seduce, rob and murder women who placed personal ads in newspapers. Beck and Fernandez boasted to killing as many as seventeen women in this manner, but evidence suggests that there may have been only four victims.

Defense rests in Andrea Yates murder trial - 2002
Mar 7, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Andrea Yates

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 7, 2002, the defense rests in the trial of Andrea Yates, a 37-year-old Texas woman who confessed to killing her five young children by drowning them in a bathtub. Less than a week later, on March 13, Yates was convicted and sentenced to life in prison; however, her conviction was later reversed.

The trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg begins - 1951
Mar 6, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 6, 1951, the trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins in New York. Judge Irving R. Kaufman presides over the espionage prosecution of the couple accused of selling nuclear secrets to the Russians (treason could not be charged because the U.S. was not at war with the Soviet Union).

Arrest Warrant is Issued for Jim Morrison - 1969
Mar 5, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Jim Morrison

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 5, 1969, the Dade County Sheriff's Office issues an arrest warrant for Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors. He is charged with a single felony count and three misdemeanors for his stage antics at a Miami concert a few days earlier.

Infamous Mob Boss Louis Buchalter is executed - 1944
Mar 4, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Louis "Lepke" Buchalter

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 4, 1944, Louis "Lepke" Buchalter, the head of Murder, Inc., is executed at Sing Sing Prison in New York. Lepke was the leader of the country's largest crime syndicate throughout the 1930s and was making nearly $50 million a year from his various enterprises.

Charles Ponzi was born - 1882
Mar 3, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Charles Ponzi

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 3, 1882, Charles Ponzi, was born in Lugo, Italy. He became known in the early 1920s as one of the most infamous swindler’s in American history.

Graverobbers steal the corpse of Charlie Chaplin - 1978
Mar 2, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Charlie Chaplin

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 2, 1978, two men steal the corpse of the legendary film actor Charlie Chaplin from a cemetery in the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey. A comic actor who was perhaps most famous for his alter ego, the Little Tramp, Chaplin was also a respected filmmaker whose career spanned Hollywood’s silent film era and the momentous transition to “talkies” in the late 1920s.

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