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Guy Fawkes Jumps to Death Prior to Execution - 1606
Jan 31, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 31, 1606, Guy Fawkes, a chief conspirator in the plot to blow up the British Parliament building, jumps to his death moments before his execution for treason in London. On the eve of a general parliamentary session scheduled for November 5, 1605, Sir Thomas Knyvet, a justice of the peace, found Guy Fawkes lurking in a cellar of the Parliament building.

First Attempted Assassination of U.S. President - 1835
Jan 30, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 30, 1835, Andrew Jackson becomes the first American president to experience an assassination attempt. Richard Lawrence, an unemployed house painter, approached Jackson as he left a congressional funeral held in the House chamber of the Capitol building and shot at him, but his gun misfired.

Brenda Spencer "I Don't Like Mondays" - 1979
Jan 29, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 29, 1979, Brenda Spencer kills two men and wounds nine children as they enter the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. Spencer blazed away with rifle shots from her home directly across the street from the school. After 20 minutes of shooting, police surrounded Spencer's home for six hours before she surrendered. Asked for some explanation for the attack, Spencer allegedly said, "I just don't like Mondays. I did this because it's a way to cheer up the day. Nobody likes Mondays."

Teenage Spree Killers Strike in the Heartland - 1958
Jan 28, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 28, 1958, Charles Starkweather, a high-school dropout from Lincoln, Nebraska, and his teenage girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, kill a Lincoln businessman, his wife and their maid, as part of a murderous crime spree that began a week earlier and would ultimately leave 11 people dead. The killer couple’s deadly road trip, which generated enormous media attention and a massive manhunt, came to an end the following day, when Starkweather and Fugate were arrested near Douglas, Wyoming.

Dracula Killer Strikes in Sacramento - 1978
Jan 27, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 27, 1978, Richard Chase, who becomes known as the "Dracula Killer," murders Evelyn Miroth and Daniel Meredith, as well as Miroth's 6-year-old son and another woman, in Sacramento, California. Chase sexually assaulted Miroth with a knife before killing her and mutilating her body.

Widow of Chinese Leader Mao Zedong was Sentenced to Death - 1981
Jan 25, 2014, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 25, 1981, Jiang Qing, the widow of Chinese leader Mao Zedong, is sentenced to death for her "counter-revolutionary crimes" during the Cultural Revolution. Originally an actress in Communist theater and film, her marriage to Mao in 1939 was widely criticized, as his second wife, Ho Zizhen, was a celebrated veteran of the Long March who Mao had divorced while she lay languishing in a Moscow hospital. His first wife, Yang Kaihui, was killed by the Nationalists during the Chinese Civil War.

Police Officers Murder in Texas Leads to Universal use of Dashboard Cameras in Patrol Cars - 1991
Jan 23, 2014, - 0 Comments

 

by Michael Thomas Barry

 

On January 23, 1991, Darrell Lunsford, a county constable in Garrison, Texas was killed after pulling over a traffic violator. His murder was remarkable because it was captured on a camera set up in Lunsford's patrol vehicle. The videotape evidence led to the conviction of the three men who beat, kicked, and stabbed the officer to death along the East Texas highway.

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