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Victim of Reno Bros. Gang succumbs to injuries - 1868
Dec 6, 2012, - 0 Comments

Reno Brothers

Reno Bros. Gang

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 6, 1868, a guard, who had been shot by brothers Frank, William, and Simeon Reno during a train robbery in May, dies of his wounds. His death so infuriated the public that a group of vigilantes yanked the three brothers from their Indiana jail cell five days later and hanged them. Although the Reno gang had a short reign of criminal terror, they are credited with pulling off the first train robbery in American history and are believed to be the inspiration for criminal copycats like Jesse James and others.

Boston Belfry Murderer Claims First Victim
Dec 5, 2012, - 0 Comments

Concord Baptist Church

Warren Avenue Baptist Church - Boston

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 5, 1873, Bridget Landregan is found beaten and strangled to death in the Boston suburb of Dorchester. According to witnesses, a man in black clothes and a flowing cape attempted to sexually assault the dead girl before running away.

Prohibition Era Mob Boss Dapper Dan Hogan is Murdered - December 4, 1928
Dec 4, 2012, - 0 Comments


Danny "Dapper Dan" Hogan

by Michael Thomas Barry

Danny "Dapper Dan" Hogan  was a charismatic Irish mob boss in St. Paul, Minnesota during Prohibition. Due to his close relationships with the officers of the deeply corrupt St. Paul Police Department, Hogan was able to act as a go between. Known as the "Smiling Peacemaker" to local police officials, Police Chief John "The Big Fellow" O'Connor of Saint Paul allowed criminals and fugitives to operate in the city as long as they checked in with police, paid a small bribe and promised not to kill, kidnap, or rob within city limits.

Five-Year-Old Melissa Brannen disappears without a trace - 1989
Dec 3, 2012, - 0 Comments

Melissa Brannen

Melissa Brannen

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 3, 1989, five-year-old Melissa Brannen disappears without a trace from a Christmas party in Fairfax, Virginia. After interviewing everyone who had been at the party, investigators determined that Caleb Hughes had left the party at roughly the same time that Brannen was discovered missing. When detectives visited Hughes' home at 1 a.m., they found him washing his clothes, shoes, and belt.

William Kennedy Smith Rape Trial Begins
Dec 2, 2012, - 0 Comments

William Kennedy Smith

William Kennedy Smith

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 2, 1991, opening testimony begins in the highly publicized rape trial of William Kennedy Smith, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy. Smith, then a 30-year-old medical student at Georgetown University, was accused of sexually assaulting a 29-year-old Florida woman in the early hours of March 30, 1991, at the Kennedy family’s Palm Beach compound.

Teenage spree killers Charlie Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate begin their murder frenzy
Dec 1, 2012, - 0 Comments

Starkweather and Fugate

Caril Ann Fugate & Charlie Starkweather

by Michael Thomas Barry

In the early morning hours of December 1, 1957, teenage spree killer, Charlie Starkweather and his girl friend, Caril Ann Fugate, murder gas station attendant Robert Colvert for refusing to sell him a stuffed animal on credit. Starkweather returned several times during the night to purchase small items, then finally, brandishing a shotgun, forced Colvert to hand over $100, then drove Colvert to a remote area. After Colvert was injured during a struggle over the gun, Starkweather killed him with a shot to the head.

Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos abducts her first victim
Nov 30, 2012, - 0 Comments


Aileen Wuornos

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 30, 1989, Richard Mallory, a storeowner in Palm Harbor, Florida, is last seen taking a ride with Aileen Wuornos. The following day, his car was found abandoned in a remote area of Ormond Beach. Nearly two weeks later, his body turned up in a Daytona Beach junkyard with three bullets in his chest.