Detroit man accused of murder at 14 to get $1.1M
Nov 23, 2012, - 0 Comments

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit has been ordered to pay $1.1 million to a young man who was rousted out of bed as a 14-year-old, charged with murder and held in a violent juvenile lockup for nearly two years before being acquitted of a fatal shooting in his neighborhood.

Caleb Sosa, now 19, claimed police violated his civil rights by coercing him to put his initials on a confession that he couldn't even read. The allegations in his lawsuit were never tested, however, because the case ended in an extraordinary way. A judge declared a default when city lawyers failed the most basic procedural step: They never filed a timely answer in court.

"The judge found that mistakes were made," acknowledged Krystal Crittendon, the head of Detroit's law department. Read More

Lord Louis Mountbatten is assassinated - 1979
Nov 23, 2012, - 0 Comments


Lord Louis Mountbatten

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 23, 1979, Thomas McMahon, a member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), is sentenced to life imprisonment for preparing and planting the bomb that killed Lord Louis Mountbatten and three others. On August 27, 1979, Lord Mountbatten was killed when McMahon and other IRA terrorists detonated a 50-pound bomb hidden on his fishing vessel Shadow V.

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas - 1963
Nov 22, 2012, - 0 Comments

Kennedy Assassination

President Kennedy on day of assassination 

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy is shot and killed as his motorcade drives through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy's suspected assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was believed to have used a mail-order rifle in order to shoot the president from the sixth story window of the Texas School Book Depository.

Clothes dealer arrested in 3 NY shopkeeper deaths
Nov 21, 2012, - 0 Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A balding garment salesman was arrested Wednesday for systematically killing three shopkeepers as they worked alone in their clothing stores and had been poised to strike again, police said.

Salvatore Perrone, 63, was taken into custody after a pharmacy worker recognized him as the man shown in surveillance footage leaving the scene of the most recent shooting, last Friday, with a duffel bag, police said.

Another shopkeeper came forward and said Perrone had gone into his store and questioned him on whether he worked alone and when he closed, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. Police devoted scores of detectives to the case, he said.

"It's reasonable to assume he was going to keep doing this, and, by arresting him, we saved lives," Kelly said at a news conference. Read More

Leicestershire England murder leads to first British DNA conviction
Nov 21, 2012, - 0 Comments

Colin Pitchfork

Colin Pitchfork

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 21, 1983, 15-year-old Lynda Mann is found raped and strangled on a deserted footpath in Narborough, Leicestershire, England. Using forensic science techniques police linked a semen sample taken from her body to a person that matched only 10 percent of males. With no other leads or evidence, the case was left open.