Grim milestone: Chicago records 500th homicide of 2012
Jan 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

A man gunned down Thursday on Chicago's West Side marked what police say is the city's 500th homicide of the year. It's a dubious distinction that hasn't occurred since 2008, when the city ended the year with 512 murders.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the total "an unfortunate and tragic milestone, which not only marks a needless loss of life but serves as a reminder of the damage that illegal guns and conflicts between gangs cause in our neighborhoods."

"The brave officers of the Chicago Police Department work tirelessly to continually reduce crime, but this is not just a law enforcement issue," Emanuel said in a statement.

The Looking for Mr. Goodbar Murder - 1973
Jan 1, 2013, - 0 Comments


Looking for Mr. Goodbar movie poster

by Michael Thomas Barry

On the evening of January 1, 1973, Roseann Quinn, a 27-year-old New Yorker, visits Tweed's Bar on the Upper West Side and is picked up by her soon-to-be killer. The incident inspires the cautionary novel and subsequent movie Looking For Mr. Goodbar.

Sello Mall Shooting Finland - 2009
Dec 31, 2012, - 0 Comments


Ibrahim Shkupolli & entrance to Sello mall

by Michael Thomas Barry

The Sello mall shooting occurred on the morning of December 31, 2009 in Espoo, Finland. The shooting was believed to have been started after Ibrahim Shkupolli, the gunman, found that his ex-girlfriend had a lover at the grocery store where she worked. Shkupolli first killed her in her apartment before heading to the mall. The shooting began when the gunman entered the Prisma supermarket and began firing with a handgun.

The Railway Rapist Commits First Murder - 1982
Dec 29, 2012, - 0 Comments


Alison Day 1st murder victim of Railway Rapist

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 29, 1982, the "Railway Rapist" attacks and abducts Alison Day from a London train. Her strangled body was recovered two weeks later. Although the perpetrator had attacked and raped many women since 1982, this was his first murder. The Railway Rapist had a distinctive method of operation: He used a knife, bound the victim's hands with string, and usually operated close to the railroad tracks.

New York Socialite Roland Molineux Poisons Katherine Adams - 1898
Dec 28, 2012, - 0 Comments


Roland Molineux

by Michael Thomas Barry

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 Smashes Up the Carey Hotel
Dec 27, 2012, - 0 Comments


Carrie A. Nation

by Michael Thomas Barry

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.

Michael McDermott Murders Seven Co-workers - 2000
Dec 26, 2012, - 0 Comments


Michael McDermott

by Michael Thomas Barry

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.