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Australian heiress Janie Shepherd is abducted - 1977
Mon, 02/04/2013 - 10:21, - 0 Comments

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Janie Shepherd newspaper clipping

by Michael Thomas Barry

Australian heiress Janie Shepherd, the stepdaughter of the former chairman of BP Australia, John Darling was abducted and murdered by David Lashley on the night of February 4, 1977 in West London.  Lashley, a 50-year-old West Indian with a psychopathic hatred of white women, worked as a driver, had an obsession with blondes and raped or indecently assaulted six others between 1969 and 1977.

Mass Murder in Rural Connecticut - 1780
Sun, 02/03/2013 - 13:20, - 0 Comments

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Portrait of Barnett Davenport

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 3, 1780, Barnett Davenport murders Caleb Mallory, his wife, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren in rural Connecticut. Davenport was born in 1760; he enlisted in the American army as a teenager and had served at Valley Forge and Fort Ticonderoga. In the waning days of the Revolutionary War he took a job with Caleb Mallory, a farmer who operated a grist mill in Washington. Mallory and his wife Jane had two daughters who lived in the area.

British Serial Killer "Jack the Stripper" claims first known victim - 1964
Sat, 02/02/2013 - 09:21, - 0 Comments

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Hannah Tailford is the first known victim of Jack the Stripper

by Michael Thomas Barry

Jack the stripper was the nickname given to an unknown British serial killer responsible for what came to be known as the London "nude murders" between 1964 and 1965 (also known as the "Hammersmith murders" or "Hammersmith nudes" case). He murdered six — possibly eight —prostitutes, whose nude bodies were discovered around London or dumped in the River Thames.

Hollywood Director William Desmond Taylor is Murdered - 1922
Fri, 02/01/2013 - 10:26, - 0 Comments

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William Desmond Taylor

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 1, 1922, Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor is murdered. His body is found the next morning inside his bungalow at the Alvarado Court Apartments, in the West Lake Park area of downtown Los Angeles. Taylor was an Irish-born American director and actor. He directed 59 silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915. He was a popular figure in the growing Hollywood motion picture colony of the 1910s and early 1920s.

Lynda Ann Healey second known victim of serial killer Ted Bundy is abducted - 1974
Thu, 01/31/2013 - 09:23, - 0 Comments

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Ted Bundy

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 31, 1974, the second known victim of serial killer Ted Bundy, Lynda Ann Healey disappears but there is no real consensus to when he actually began his murder spree. She had been bludgeoned while asleep and abducted; her skull and mandible were eventually recovered at the Taylor Mountain site. Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy was born Theodore Robert Cowell on November 24, 1946 he was an American serial killer who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier.

Mohandas Gandhi is assassinated - 1948
Wed, 01/30/2013 - 09:32, - 0 Comments

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Mohandas Gandhi

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 30, 1948, Mohandas Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi) the preeminent leader of Indian nationalism in British-ruled India is assassinated in New Delhi by a terrorist sponsored right-wing Hindu militia group. The murder came only 10 days after another failed attempt on Gandhi's life.

Brenda Ann Spencer - "I Don't Like Mondays" - 1979
Tue, 01/29/2013 - 09:49, - 0 Comments

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Brenda Ann Spencer

by Michael Thomas Barry

Brenda Ann Spencer was born on April 3, 1962. For Christmas 1978 her father, Wallace, had given her a .22 rifle as a present. A month later, on January 29, 1979, she achieved infamy when she began shooting at her school, Grover Cleveland Elementary in San Diego from her home, located across the street. Spencer shot principal Burton Wragg, 53, as he was trying to protect the children. Head custodian Mike Suchar, 56, died as he tried to help Mr. Wragg. In all, Spencer killed two and wounded eight children and a policeman.

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