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San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing - 1916
Jul 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

Preparedness day bombing

Preparedness Day parade just prior to the bombing

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 22, 1916, a bomb explodes during the Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, kills 10 people and wounding dozens more. The parade was organized by the city's Chamber of Commerce in support of America's possible entrance into World War I.

Bodies of Three Women Found Wrapped in Garbage Bags in Fetal Position in Cleveland Neighborhood
Jul 21, 2013, - 0 Comments

July 21, 2013 Good Morning America

Authorities and volunteers expanded their search of vacant and abandoned houses today in a Cleveland, Ohio, suburb for more possible victims after three bodies wrapped in plastic bags were found within less than 200 yards of each other.

Michael Madison, 35, was arrested Friday after authorities uncovered the body of a woman who had been wrapped in several garbage bags in a garage near a vacant East Cleveland home where he was apprehended.

Madison, a convicted sex offender, has been named a suspect in all three deaths, Norton said. He has not been charged.

"We believe every hour he was on the street, he would have been a danger to someone," East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton told ABCNews.com.

Police returned to the neighborhood to find two more bodies in the backyard and in the basement of nearby vacant homes the next day, Norton said.

All three corpses were found in the fetal position, wrapped in multiple trash bags, officials said.

King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated - 1951
Jul 20, 2013, - 0 Comments

King Abdullah I of Jordan

King Abdullah of Jordan

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 20, 1951, while entering a mosque in the Jordanian sector of east Jerusalem, King Abdullah of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian nationalist.

Doc Holiday kills man in New Mexico - 1879
Jul 19, 2013, - 0 Comments

Holliday

Doc Holliday

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 19, 1879, Doc Holliday commits his first murder, killing a man for shooting up his New Mexico saloon. Despite his formidable reputation as a deadly gunslinger, Holliday only engaged in eight shootouts during his lifetime, and it has only been verified to have killed two men.

Justice Will Review Two Dozen Capital Cases Due to Flawed FBI Testimony
Jul 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

Justice Will Review Two Dozen Capital Cases Due to …July 18, 2013 Atlantic Wire

An expert witness testifies at a trial to provide evidence in his or her field. Over the course of several decades beginning in the late 1970s, witnesses with the FBI went further, suggesting that particular evidence—hair-match analysis—was a stronger indicator of guilt than the science supports. They tried, in other words, to help prosecute the case.

RELATED: It's Way Too Easy to Become an Expert Witness in Forensics

Now, in an apparently unprecedented move, the Department of Justice has agreed to review 120 convictions that may have been influenced by the agents' exaggerated testimony. In 27 of those cases, the convicted individuals were sentenced to death.

The Washington Post reports:

If so, the department will assist the class of prisoners in unprecedented ways, including waiving statutes of limitations and other federal rules that since 1996 have restricted post-conviction appeals. The FBI also will test DNA evidence if sought by a judge or prosecutor.

As many as 21,000 cases may have been affected by similar testimony. The Innocence Project, one of the groups that worked with the Department of Justice on the issue, explained why the cases are being reconsidered.

'Whitey' Bulger Witness Found Dead
Jul 18, 2013, - 0 Comments
July 18, 2013 ABC News
 

Stephen "Stippo" Rakes, a possible witness in the murder trial of alleged crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, has been found dead, authorities said.

The body of Rakes, 59, had "no obvious signs of trauma" and an autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Lincoln, Mass., Police Chief Kevin Mooney announced today.

The corpse was found on Mill Street in Lincoln yesterday at 1:30 p.m., police said.

Rakes had been on the witness list and had been eager to testify that Bulger threatened his family at gunpoint and forced him to turn his liquor store into a front for the Winter Hill Gang. But earlier this week prosecutors informed Rakes he would not be called to testify, a decision that left Rakes "despondent," a source close to his family told ABC News.

The judge overseeing the Bulger case hunkered down with lawyers in a confidential conference at the South Boston courthouse today where the trial is being held. Bulger, alleged to be a notorious and murderous crime boss and federal informant, is standing trial after being found on the lam in California two years ago.

Federal prosecutors said Rakes was supposed to testify that Bulger and associate Stephen Flemmi threatened his daughter at gunpoint, and took over his South Boston liquor store for Bulger's headquarters. Bulger sidekick Kevin Weeks testified last week Rakes' contention that Bulger's gang put a gun to his daughter's head was bogus. Read More

Mass shooting in San Ysidro - 1984
Jul 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

Huberty

James Huberty

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 18, 1984, James Huberty opens fire in a crowded McDonald's restaurant in San Ysidro, California, killing 21 people and wounding 19 others. Minutes earlier, Huberty had left home, telling his wife, "I'm going hunting... hunting for humans."

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