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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.

The Lindbergh baby kidnapping - 1932
Mar 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 1, 1932, Charles Lindbergh III, the young son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, is kidnapped from the family's home in Hopewell, New Jersey. Lindbergh, who became an international celebrity when he flew the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, and his wife Anne discovered a ransom note demanding $50,000 in their son's empty room.

Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme is assassinated - 1986
Feb 28, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Olof Palme

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 28, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated. Palme led the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1969 until his death, and was a two-term Prime Minister of Sweden.

Daniel Sickles Shoots and Kills Philip Barton Key - 1859
Feb 27, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Daniel Sickles shoots Philip Barton Key

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 27, 1859, Daniel Sickles shoots and kills his wife’s lover Philip Barton Key II. Sickles was a colorful and controversial American politician, Union general in the American Civil War, and diplomat. As an antebellum New York politician, Sickles was involved in a number of public scandals, most notably the killing of his wife's lover, Philip Barton Key II, son of Francis Scott Key.

Notorious French Serial Killer Henri Désiré Landru is Executed - 1922
Feb 25, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Henri Désiré Landru

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 25, 1922, French serial killer Henri Désiré Landru is executed. Landru was born in Paris, France on April 12, 1869. After leaving school, he spent four years in the French Army from 1887 – 1891. After he was discharged from service, he proceeded to have a sexual relationship with his cousin.

Jean Harris is convicted of killing Dr. Herman Tarnower - 1981
Feb 24, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Jean Harris

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 24, 1981, socialite Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Dr. Herman Tarnower, the author of the bestselling The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet. Harris, the headmistress of an exclusive girls' school, shot Dr. Tarnower at his Westchester County, New York, home on March 10, 1980.

The Stockyard Bluebeard goes to the Gallows - 1906
Feb 23, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Johann Otto Hoch aka The Stockyard Bluebeard

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 23, 1906, serial killer Johann Otto Hoch was hanged in Chicago, Illinois. Hoch was born John Schmidt in 1855, at Horweiler, Germany. He immigrated to the United States as a young man in the 1890s and dropped his surname in favor of assorted pseudonyms where he began to marry a string of women, frequently taking the name of his most recent victim.

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