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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

bombing

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

Electric chair

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

Noe

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.

Sir Roger Casement was executed - 1916
Sat, 08/03/2013 - 08:31, - 0 Comments

Casement

Sir Roger Casement

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 3, 1916, Sir Roger David Casement, an Irish-born diplomat who in 1911 was knighted by King George V, is executed for his role in Ireland's Easter Rising. Casement was an Irish Protestant who served as a British diplomat during the early part of the 20th century.

Notorious gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok is murder - 1876
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 08:50, - 0 Comments

Hickok

Wild Bill Hickok

by Michael Thomas Barry

On August 2, 1876, Wild Bill Hickok, one of the most famous gunfighters of the American West, is murdered in Deadwood, South Dakota. Born on May 27, 1837 in Troy Grove, Illinois, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok first gained notoriety as a gunfighter in 1861 when he coolly shot three men who were trying to kill him. A highly sensationalized account of the gunfight appeared six years later in the popular periodical Harper's New Monthly Magazine, sparking Hickok's rise to national fame.

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