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The Great Brinks Robbery - 1950
Jan 17, 2013, - 0 Comments

Brinks

Newspaper account of the heist

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 17, 1950, a team of eleven thieves, in a precisely timed and choreographed strike, steals more than $2 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. The Great Brinks Robbery, as it quickly became known, was the almost perfect crime. Ironically, only days before the statute of limitations were set to expire on the crime, the culprits were finally caught.

The Moon Maniac is executed - 1936
Jan 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

Fish

Albert Fish aka the Moon Maniac

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 16, 1936, Albert Fish the infamous “Moon Maniac” is executed at Sing Sing prison in New York. Fish was one of America's most notorious and disturbed killers. Authorities believe that Fish killed as many as 10 children and then ate their remains. Fish went to the electric chair with great anticipation, telling guards, "It will be the supreme thrill, the only one I haven't tried."

Body of Elizabeth Short is found mutilated in Los Angeles area neighborhood - 1947
Jan 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

Short

Elizabeth Short aka the Black Dahlia

by Michael Thomas Barry

On the morning of January 15, 1947 Betty Bersinger and her three year old daughter were out for an early morning stroll when they came across the bisected torso of a naked woman in a vacant lot in Leimert Park, Los Angeles. When police examined the remains of the woman they noted that the face had been slashed and the mouth cut on each side, so that it resembled a grin.

Black Panther Killer kidnaps final victim - 1975
Jan 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

Neilson

Donald Neilson aka The Black Panther

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 14, 1975 Donald Neilson aka the Black Panther, kidnaps his last victim, 17 year old Lesley Whittle from her bedroom at her family home in Highley, Shropshire, England. Donald Neilson , (who was born Donald Nappey) was a British murderer and armed robber. He turned to crime when a business he owned failed.

Doc Barker is shot and killed while trying to escape from Alacatraz - 1939
Jan 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Doc Barker

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 13, 1939, Arthur "Doc" Barker is killed while trying to escape from Alcatraz Prison. Barker, of the notorious "Bloody Barkers" gang, was spotted on the rock-strewn shore of the island after climbing over the walls. Despite the fact that guards were ordering him to surrender, Barker continued tying pieces of wood together into a makeshift raft.

The Harrisburg Seven are Charged with Conspiracy - 1971
Jan 12, 2013, - 0 Comments

Harrisburg Seven

The Harrisburg Seven

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 12, 1971, U.S. Attorneys charge “the Harrisburg Seven” with conspiracy to kidnap national Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and bomb steam tunnels. The Harrisburg Seven were a group of religious anti-war activists led by former Roman Catholic priest Philip Berrigan. The "Seven" included Berrigan, Elizabeth McAlister, Neil McLaughlin, Joseph Wenderoth, Eqbal Ahmed, Anthony Scoblick, and Mary Cain Scoblick.

Joran van der Sloot Pleads Guilty to Murder of Peruvian Girl
Jan 11, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Joran van der Sloot

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 11, 2012, Joran van der Sloot, a longtime suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, pleads guilty to the murder of 21-year-old Stephany Flores, in Lima, Peru. Flores was killed on May 30, 2010, exactly five years to the day after Holloway went missing while on a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island.

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