Roland Burnham Molineux was a chemist and social climber from Brooklyn. He was charged with first degree murder for having caused the death of Katherine J. Adams by poisoning on December 28, 1898. It was alleged that Molineux had a feud with the director of his local athletic club, Harry Cornish, and had mailed a bottle of Bromo-Seltzer laced with cynide to Cornish.
Carrie A. Nation
On December 27, 1900, prohibitionist Carry Nation smashes up the bar at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas, causing several thousand dollars in damage and is arrested. Nation, who was released shortly after the incident, became famous for carrying a hatchet and wrecking saloons as part of her anti-alcohol crusade.
Software engineer Michael “Mucko” McDermott was a strange looking man: tall, overweight with a long bushy beard and shoulder length hair. On December 26, 2000 he went into work at Edgewater Technology in Wakefield, Massachusetts, armed with an AK-47, 12 gauge shot gun and a .32 caliber pistol. There he brutally murdered seven colleagues.
On December 25, 1996, six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey is killed in her Boulder, Colorado, home. John and Patsy Ramsey, her parents, called police around 6:00am the following morning to report that their daughter was missing. Although police found a ransom note demanding $118,000, the money would never be necessary, because JonBenet's body was found under a blanket in the basement that afternoon.
Air France Flight 8969
On December 24, 1994, four Islamic extremists hijack Air France Flight 8969 in Algiers. The terrorists then flew the plane to Marseilles with the permission of the French and Algerian governments, given in part because French Special Forces would be ready to perform a rescue mission.
On December 23, 1984, Bernhard Goetz, who shot four young black men on a subway car the previous day, flees New York City after becoming the central figure in a media induced frenzy. On the afternoon of December 22, Troy Canty, Barry Allen, Darrell Cabey, and James Ramseur reportedly approached Goetz as he was riding the subway and demanded $5. Goetz pulled out a .hand gun and shot each of the boys.
John Wayne Gacy
On December 22, 1978, John Wayne Gacy confesses to murdering over two dozen boys and young men and burying their bodies under his suburban Chicago home. In March 1980, Gacy was convicted of 33 sex-related murders, committed between 1972 and 1978, and given the death penalty. At the time, he was the worst serial killer in modern American history. George Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer, overtook Gacy in November 2003, when he admitted to murdering 48 women in the Pacific Northwest.
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