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Patricia Hearst is released on bail pending conviction for bank robbery - 1976
Nov 19, 2012, - 0 Comments

Patty Hearst

Patricia Hearst

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 19, 1976, Patricia Hearst, a granddaughter of the legendary publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, is released on bail pending the appeal of her conviction for participating in a 1974 San Francisco bank robbery.

Mass Murder-Suicide at Jonestown - 1978
Nov 18, 2012, - 0 Comments

Jim Jones

Jim Jones

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 18, 1978, Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in a remote part of the South American nation of Guyana. Many of Jones’ followers willingly ingested a poison-laced punch while others were forced to do so at gunpoint.

British Socialite Barbara Baekeland is Murdered - 1972
Nov 17, 2012, - 0 Comments

Barbara Baekeland

Barbara Baekeland

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 17, 1972, wealthy socialite Barbara Baekeland is stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by her 25-year-old son, Antony, in her London penthouse. When police arrived at the scene, Antony was calmly placing a telephone order for Chinese food. Antony's great-grandfather, Leo Baekeland, acquired his family's fortune with the creation of Bakelite, an early plastic product.

Wisconsin Serial Killer Claims Last Victim - 1957
Nov 16, 2012, - 0 Comments

Edward Gein

Edward Gein

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 16, 1957, serial killer Edward Gein murders his last victim, Bernice Worden of Plainfield, Wisconsin. His grave robbing, necrophilia, and cannibalism gained national attention, and may have provided inspiration for the characters of Norman Bates in Psycho and serial killer Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs.

The "In Cold Blood" Murders - 1959
Nov 15, 2012, - 0 Comments

Richard Hickcock & Perry Smith

Richard Hickock & Perry Smith

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 15, 1959, four members of the Clutter family were bound, gagged, and shot to death in their isolated farm home in Holcomb, Kansas. On the morning after the murders, the bodies of four members of the Clutter family: Herbert, his wife Bonnie Jean, daughter Nancy, and son Kenyan, were discovered by a friend of Nancy's after efforts to rouse them for church had failed.

Murder in the streets of Tombstone - 1882
Nov 14, 2012, - 0 Comments

Frank Leslie

Frank "Buckskin" Leslie

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 14, 1882, gunslinger Franklin "Buckskin" Leslie shoots and kills Billy "The Kid" Claiborne in the streets of Tombstone, Arizona. The town of Tombstone is best known today as the site of the infamous shootout at the O.K. Corral. In the 1880s, however, Tombstone was home to many gunmen who never achieved the enduring fame of Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday.

Suspect in bombing of United Flight 629 is arrested - 1955
Nov 13, 2012, - 0 Comments

United 629

United Flight 629

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 13, 1955, FBI agents search the home of John Graham, a chief suspect in the bombing of United Airlines 629 that killed 44 people on November 1, 1955 over Longmont, Colorado. The flight had originated at New York’s La Guardia Airport and made a scheduled stop in Chicago before continuing on to Denver, where there was a crew change. The flight took off at 6:52 p.m. and eleven minutes later, air traffic controllers saw two bright lights suddenly appear in the sky north-northwest of the airport.

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