Michael Thomas Barry

Apr 16, 2014
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  by Michael Thomas Barry   On this date in crime history – April 16, 1881, western lawman Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle in the streets of Dodge City, Kansas. William Barclay "Bat" Masterson had made a living with his gun from a young age. In his early...
Apr 15, 2014
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  by Michael Thomas Barry   On this date in crime history – April 15, 1920 a paymaster and a security guard are killed during a mid-afternoon armed robbery of a shoe company in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Out of this crime grew one of the most famous...
Apr 14, 2014
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  by Michael Thomas Barry   On this date in crime history – April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by actor John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater. After shooting the president Booth shouted, "Sic semper tyrannis! (Ever thus to tyrants!) The South is...
Apr 11, 2014
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by Michael Thomas Barry  On this date in crime history – April 11, 1947, Louise Peete, the infamous Black Widow was executed at San Quentin Prison. She was born in 1883 in Bienville, Louisiana. Her family was relatively wealthy, and she received an expensive education, but...
Apr 10, 2014
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by Michael Thomas Barry   On this date in crime history – April 10, 1919, Emiliano Zapata, a leader of the Mexican Revolution, is ambushed and shot to death in Morelos by government forces. Born a peasant in 1879, Zapata was forced into the Mexican army in 1908 following...
Apr 9, 2014
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by Michael Thomas Barry   On this date in crime history – April 9, 1881, outlaw Billy the Kid was found guilty of murdering the sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico and sentenced to death. There is no doubt that Billy the Kid did indeed shoot the sheriff, though he had...
Apr 8, 2014
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by Michael Thomas Barry On this date in crime history – April 8, 2005, Eric Rudolph plead guilty to a series of bombings, including the fatal bombing at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, in order to avoid the death penalty. He later cited his anti-abortion and anti-homosexual views...
Apr 7, 2014
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by Michael Thomas Barry   On this date in crime history – April 7, 1994, Rwandan forces kill 10 Belgian peacekeepers in an effort to discourage international intervention in their genocide that had begun only hours earlier. In less than three months, Hutu extremists who...
Apr 5, 2014
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by Michael Thomas Barry  On this date in crime history – April 5, 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for conspiring to transmit atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. The Rosenberg case began with the arrest of Klaus Fuchs, a German-born and U.S.-...
Apr 4, 2014
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  by Michael Thomas Barry   On this date in crime history – April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr., was shot to death at a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. A single shot fired by James Earl Ray from over 200 feet away struck King in the neck. He died an hour later at St...

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