Murder

 
May 7, 1999 Updated 8/30/06;  07/20/08; 1/30/13 and 10/25/13by J. J. Maloney & J. Patrick O'ConnorRelated Story: Solving the JonBenet Case by Ryan Ross. (04/14/03)Editor's Note:The...
 
June 21 2016, Chuck Lyons
(image sfgate.com)When Laura Fair went on trial in 1871for murdering her double-crossing married lover, a morality play was acted out in a San Francisco courtroom that made headlines across the...
 
May 16 2016, Chuck Lyons
 Serbian-born Szilveszter Matuska pulled off four train wrecks in Hungary and Austria in the 1930s that killed 22 people and injured hundreds of people. He said God made him do it. Was he a...
 
April 2 2015, Benjamin Welton
Ever since the release of Andrew Jarecki’s HBO documentary "The Jinx," which carries the subtitle of “The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” public attention has been focused on the long trail of...
 
March 21 2016, Nolan Moore
In 1921, San Franciscans witnessed one of the weirdest trials in U.S. history.  A purebred Airedale named Dormie was accused of viciously murdering 14 cats.  Only instead of winding up in the pound,...
 
April 20 2015, Cal Schoonover
Five days after General Lee surrendered to General Grant at Appomattox, ending the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre.by Cal Schoonover By the time...

Laura Fair: The Woman Scorned

June 21 2016, 0 Comments
(image sfgate.com)When Laura Fair went on trial in 1871for murdering her double-crossing married lover, a morality play was acted out in a San Francisco courtroom that made headlines across the...

The Train Wrecker

May 16 2016, 0 Comments
 Serbian-born Szilveszter Matuska pulled off four train wrecks in Hungary and Austria in the 1930s that killed 22 people and injured hundreds of people. He said God made him do it. Was he a...

The Dog That Stood Trial for Murder

March 21 2016, 0 Comments
In 1921, San Franciscans witnessed one of the weirdest trials in U.S. history.  A purebred Airedale named Dormie was accused of viciously murdering 14 cats.  Only instead of winding up in the pound,...
Jan 10, 2011
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Updated April 1, 2012Shrien and Anni Dewani on their wedding day. (Photo was handed out to the media.)Both brilliant and beautiful, Anni Dewani was shot to death on her honeymoon outside Cape Town, South Africa during a carjacking that her millionaire husband, Shrien Dewani,...
Oct 28, 2010
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In 2004, Denise Noe wrote "The Manson Myth" for Crime Magazine, an article debunking the charismatic image of Charles Manson propagated by Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi in the best-selling true crime book of all time, Helter Skelter.  Noe wrote that...
Oct 6, 2010
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For murdering his pregnant wife and unborn son, Scott Peterson became one of the most reviled husbands in the annals of crime. by Denise NoeLaci Peterson is missing!On Christmas Eve, 2002, Scott Peterson called police to report that his 27-year-old wife, Laci Peterson, was...
Dec 1, 2009
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A coward and a megalomaniac, Ray Allen gave orders that resulted in the deaths of many people.  At age 76, he was the oldest person ever executed by the State of California.  by Randy Radic His name was Clarence Ray Allen.  Born in Blair, Oklahoma in 1930, he...
Oct 14, 2009
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Updated Sept 23, 2003 Madalyn Murray O'Hair When atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair, her son, and granddaughter mysteriously disappeared from their Austin, Tex., home in 1995, the police didn't lift a finger to find the family that had taken God out of America. Five years went by...
Oct 13, 2009
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Lizzie Borden When Lizzie Borden axed her stepmother and father to death in 1892 it was unthinkable that a woman of such upbringing could commit such vicious crimes. The savagery of the murders set her free. by Denise M. Clark The New York Times headline for Aug. 5th, 1892...
Jun 21, 2016
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(image sfgate.com)When Laura Fair went on trial in 1871for murdering her double-crossing married lover, a morality play was acted out in a San Francisco courtroom that made headlines across the United States and became a national obsession. by Chuck LyonsLaurel Fair was born...
May 16, 2016
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 Serbian-born Szilveszter Matuska pulled off four train wrecks in Hungary and Austria in the 1930s that killed 22 people and injured hundreds of people. He said God made him do it. Was he a revolutionary or a mad man?by Chuck Lyons“I like to see people die,” Szilveszter...
Mar 21, 2016
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In 1921, San Franciscans witnessed one of the weirdest trials in U.S. history.  A purebred Airedale named Dormie was accused of viciously murdering 14 cats.  Only instead of winding up in the pound, Dormie found himself in a California courtroom, facing a jury of his (human)...
Mar 14, 2016
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Twenty-two-year-old grad student, Betsy Aardsma, was stabbed to death among the book shelves of the Pattee Library at Penn State University in 1969. Her murder remains unsolved.  by  Cal Schoonover The slight breeze combined with the cold November air was...

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