LAPD raid leaves six SLA members dead - 1974
May 17, 2013, - 0 Comments


The famous S.L.A. publicity image of new member Patty Hearst

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 17, 1974, Los Angeles police surround a home in Compton where the leaders of the terrorist group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) are hiding out. Several months earlier the SLA had kidnapped Patricia Hearst, heiress to the Hearst family publishing empire. Police found the house in Compton when a local mother reported that her kids had seen a bunch of people playing with an arsenal of automatic weapons in the living room of the home.

Famed 'Hatchet Hitchhiker' arrested in NJ homicide
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 16, 2013 MSN

A man who gained famed online as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" has been arrested and charged with the murder of a New Jersey lawyer.

ELIZABETH, N.J. — A homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who became an Internet celebrity earlier this year was arrested Thursday for allegedly beating a New Jersey lawyer to death inside his home, authorities said.

Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, who became known as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" after intervening in an attack on a California utility worker, was arrested at a Philadelphia bus station, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.

McGillvary was charged with the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr., a Clark, N.J. attorney found dead in his home on Monday.

McGillvary will be processed in Philadelphia and sent to back to New Jersey in to coming days, Romankow said. His bail is set at $3 million.

Mother Chases Down Kidnapper After Child Abducted
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 16, 2013 KWTX

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police in Albuquerque, N.M., say a woman who saw her 5-year-old being abducted chased the kidnapper down and crashed her vehicle into his car.

Police say the incident unfolded Wednesday evening after the woman saw her child being forced into a car in Albuquerque's North Valley.

She jumped into her vehicle and gave chase for about seven miles, unaware the man had pushed the girl out of the car shortly after grabbing her.

The girl was not injured.

The mother followed the kidnapper and finally rammed into his car near an intersection.

President Andrew Johnson is aquitted of High Crimes & Misdemeanors - 1868
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments


Andrew Johnson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 16, 1868, the U.S. Senate votes against impeaching President Andrew Johnson and acquits him of committing high crimes and misdemeanors. In February 1868, the House of Representatives charged Johnson with 11 articles of impeachment for vague "high crimes and misdemeanors."

Mont. man in custody after release in 1979 slaying
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 16, 2013 Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — The three-decade fight for freedom by a Montana man convicted of the 1979 slaying of a teenage classmate entered what could be its final stage this week, when the Montana Supreme Court ordered him back to prison and took away his brief taste of normal life.

But from the time he confessed to out-of-state police four years after the notorious killing of Kim Nees, almost nothing about the Barry Beach case has been routine — and advocates promised they will find other ways to prove his innocence.

Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi Concerts Scene of Stadium Heist
May 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 15, 2013 Good Morning America

It's a scene seemingly ripped right from an "Ocean's Eleven" script.

Thieves targeted the city's famed FNB Stadium following concerts this weekend by Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi in a heist that included them chiseling through the wall of a safe room and lowering themselves into the room with ropes. And using a system of ropes and ladders to get back out.

Authorities are not disclosing exactly how much cash was stolen, but they believe most of the money had been collected from numerous bars, food stands and merchandise outlets.

No one even noticed the cash was gone until early Monday morning. Eyewitness News South Africa footage shows a crime scene littered with roof debris and busted bricks.

"It wasn't an impromptu incident," Jacques Grobbelarr, a member of the stadium's management team, told Eyewitness News South Africa. "There was definite planning. Looking at the scene and the place they broke into, it looks as if they were planning this for quite some time, probably a couple of days."

Private investigators have been brought in to help police, and several employees have been given polygraph tests, as authorities believe only those with an intimate knowledge of the stadium's layout and security plans could have pulled off a heist of this caliber. Officials are also combing through footage from 10 security cameras around the stadium, which remains on lockdown.

San Francisco's 2nd Vigilance Committee is formed - 1856
May 15, 2013, - 0 Comments


Symbol of the 2nd Vigilance Committee

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 15, 1856, angered by the shooting of a prominent journalist, San Franciscans form their second vigilance committee to combat lawlessness. The need for vigilance committees in San Francisco was obvious. Only two years after gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in 1848, San Francisco had grown from a sleepy little village with 900 inhabitants to a booming metropolis with more than 200,000 residents.