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2 charged in deadly Canada cyberbullying case
Fri, 08/09/2013 - 12:21, - 0 Comments

Aug. 9, 2013 Associated Press

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia  — Two young men were arrested in the cyberbullying case of a 17-year-old Canadian girl who killed herself after a photo of her allegedly being sexually assaulted circulated online. They were charged with distributing child pornography almost two years after the alleged assault.

Rehtaeh Parsons, who died after being removed from life support following a suicide attempt in April, led to an outcry across North America. Police initially concluded there were no grounds to charge anyone after a yearlong investigation.

Her mother said a boy took a photo of the alleged assault in November 2011 and that her daughter was bullied for months after it went viral.

On Thursday, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Chief Supt. Roland Wells said one man, 18, was charged with two counts of distributing child pornography and the second man, also 18, was charged with making child pornography and distributing it. Wells said the two are not being identified because they were minors when the alleged crimes occurred. Read More

Manson family murder spree begins - 1969
Fri, 08/09/2013 - 04:18, - 0 Comments

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Charles Manson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 9, 1969, members of Charles Manson's cult kill five people in movie director Roman Polanski's Beverly Hills, California, home, including Polanski's pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. Less than two days later, the group killed again, murdering supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their home.

The Great Train Robbery - 1963
Thu, 08/08/2013 - 08:21, - 0 Comments

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Bruce Reynolds, mastermind behind the Great Train Robbery

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 8, 1963, a gang of 14 thieves rob a royal mail train headed from Glasgow and London making off with over $7 million in stolen money. The mastermind of the Great Train Robbery was Bruce Reynolds, a known burglar and armed robber. He was inspired by the railroad heists of the Wild West in America. 

Ft. Hood Trial Interrupted by Lack of Defense
Wed, 08/07/2013 - 13:33, - 0 Comments

Aug. 7, 2013 ABC News

The trial of Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding dozens more in a Fort Hood shooting rampage, was temporarily halted today when a lawyer objected that Hasan was putting up no defense in an effort to get himself executed.

The lawyer's concern brings a touch of the absurd to the trial. Hasan was prevented from pleading guilty because that would have eliminated a trial and the option of a death sentence.

But his feeble defense -- in his opening statement Hasan said, "I am the shooter" -- may ultimately backfire if an appeals court finds his defense was so poor that his trial could not be considered fair.

The government has spent four years and $5 million to guarantee Hasan is given an airtight trial that concludes with a guilty verdict and the possibility of a death sentence. Read More

Truck bomb explodes outside the U.S. Embassy in Kenya - 1998
Wed, 08/07/2013 - 09:05, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 7, 1998, a massive truck bomb explodes outside the U.S. embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Minutes later, another truck bomb detonated outside the U.S. embassy in the capital of neighboring Tanzania.

First use of the electric chair in execution - 1890
Tue, 08/06/2013 - 08:42, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 6, 1890, the electric chair is first used at Auburn Prison in New York against William Kemmler, who had been convicted of murdering his lover, Matilda Ziegler. Electrocution as a humane means of execution was first suggested in 1881 by Dr. Albert Southwick, a dentist. Southwick had witnessed an elderly drunkard "painlessly" killed after touching the terminals of an electrical generator in Buffalo, New York.

Mother is arrested in the deaths of her 8 children - 1998
Mon, 08/05/2013 - 08:41, - 0 Comments

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Marie Noe

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 5, 1998, Marie Noe is arrested at her Philadelphia home and charged in the smothering deaths of eight of her children, who all died between 1949 and 1968. Each of the eight infants was reportedly healthy at birth, but later died when home alone with Noe.

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