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Murder of Serge Rubinstein - 1955
Jan 27, 2013, - 0 Comments


Serge Rubinstein

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 27, 1955, wealthy Russian businessman Serge Rubinstein is found dead by his valet. He had been tied up, gagged and strangled in the bedroom of his 5th Avenue New York apartment. He was the son of Dimitri Rubinstein financial lender of Tsar Nicolas II of Russia. During the revolution of 1917, his family fled the country with a fortune in diamonds.

The Beast of Bastille Murders his First Victim - 1991
Jan 24, 2013, - 0 Comments


Guy Georges aka The Beast of Bastille

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 24, 1991, French serial killer and rapist Guy Georges, known as the Beast of Bastille, kills for the first time. Guy Georges was a French serial killer who preyed on attractive, young, energetic women, whom he assaulted, tortured, raped and killed between 1976 and 1997. He was dubbed the ‘Beast of Bastille’ due to the fact that several of his attacks occurred in the Bastille quarter, an east Parisian neighborhood.

Muckraking Journalist & Author David Graham Phillips is Shot - 1911
Jan 23, 2013, - 0 Comments


David Graham Phillips

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 23, 1911, muckraking journalist and novelist David Graham Phillips is shot outside the Princeton Club at Gramercy Park in New York City. The shooter Fitzhugh Coyle Goldsborough was a Harvard educated musician, a violinist in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra who came from a prominent Maryland family.

Unabomber suspect Ted Kaczynski pleads guilty - 1998
Jan 22, 2013, - 0 Comments


Ted Kaczynski

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 22, 1998, Theodore J. Kaczynski pleads guilty to all federal charges against him, acknowledging his responsibility for a 17-year campaign of package bombings attributed to the "Unabomber." Born in 1942, Kaczynski attended Harvard University and received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He worked as an assistant mathematics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, but abruptly quit in 1969.

Carl Switzer, Alfalfa from the Our Gang serial is murder - 1959
Jan 21, 2013, - 0 Comments


Carl Switzer as Alfalfa in the Our Gang Serial

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 21, 1959, Carl Dean Switzer, the actor who as a child played "Alfalfa" in the Our Gang comedy film series, dies at age 31 in a fight, allegedly about money, in a Mission Hills, California, home. Alfalfa, the freckle-faced boy with a warbling singing voice and a cowlick protruding from the top of his head, was Switzer's best-known role.

Legendary Virginia City Madam Julia Bulette is Murdered - 1867
Jan 20, 2013, - 0 Comments


Julia Bulette

by Michael Thomas Barry

On the morning of January 20, 1867, Julia Bulette's partially nude body was found by her maid in her bedroom of her Virginia City brothel. She had been strangled and bludgeoned to death, and robbed of her valuable jewel collection, clothing, and furs. Julia Bulette was an English-born American prostitute and madam in Virginia City, Nevada. After her violent death, she was described as proprietor of the most elegant and prosperous brothel in the City and various films and books took inspiration of her real or purported biography.