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West Nickels Mines Amish School shooting - 2006
Oct 2, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 2, 2006, Charles Roberts fatally shoots five female students and wounds five more at the West Nickel Mines Amish School in Nickels Mines, Pennsylvania. Roberts, a 32-year-old milk truck driver from a nearby town, entered the one-room schoolhouse at around 10:30 a.m. armed with an arsenal of weapons. He forced all of the boys and several women with infants to leave and made the 11 remaining girl’s line up against the blackboard.

Austin Sigg pleads guilty in kidnapping, murder of Jessica Ridgeway
Oct 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

Oct. 1, 2013 Denver Post

GOLDEN — Nearly one year after 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway disappeared on her way to school, Austin Sigg pleaded guilty on Tuesday in her kidnapping, murder and dismemberment.

A judge accepted the plea, which was entered against the advice of Sigg's attorneys. The plea on just the first-degree murder charge will send him to prison for life with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

A two-day sentencing hearing has been scheduled to start on Nov. 18. Prosecutors said they would argue for consecutive sentences for some charges.

Sigg, 18, pleaded guilty to 15 counts less than 72 hours before opening statements were scheduled to begin in his murder trial.

Sigg stood in dress clothes, with his left thumb in his pocket. Several members of Jessica's family, as well as members of Sigg's family, wore purple — Jessica's favorite color. Read More

Former Nazi leaders are sentenced at Nuremberg - 1946
Oct 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 1, 1946, twelve high-ranking Nazis are sentenced to death by the International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg. Among those condemned to death by hanging were Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi minister of foreign affairs; Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo and chief of the German air force; and Wilhelm Frick, minister of the interior.

Jack the Ripper claims two victims in one night - 1888
Sep 30, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Jack the Ripper

by Michael Thomas Barry

On the early morning hours of September 30, 1888, serial killer Jack the Ripper claimed two victims in one night, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes. Jack the Ripper is the name given to an unidentified serial killer who was active in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888.

Pompey the Great was assassinated - 60 B.C.
Sep 28, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Assassination of Pompey 

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 28, 48 B.C., Roman general and politician Pompey is murdered on the orders of King Ptolemy of Egypt. During his long career, Pompey displayed exceptional military talents on the battlefield. He fought in Africa and Spain, quelled the slave revolt of Spartacus, cleared the Mediterranean of pirates, and conquered Armenia, Syria, and Palestine. Appointed to organize the newly won Roman territories in the East, he proved a brilliant administrator. In 60 B.C., he joined with his rivals Julius Caesar and Marcus Crassus to form the First Triumvirate, and together the trio ruled Rome for seven years.

Future gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok shoots man involved in brawl - 1869
Sep 27, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Wild Bill Hickok

by Michael Thomas Barry

On the early morning hours of September 27, 1869, then lawman Wild Bill Hickok (and future gunslinger) responded to a report of men brawling at a saloon in Hays, Kansas. A local ruffian named Samuel Strawhun and several friends were tearing up John Bitter's Beer Saloon when Hickok arrived and ordered the men to stop, Strawhun turned to attack him, and Hickok shot him killing him instantly.

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