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. Joseph's Hospital. The death of America's leading civil rights advocate sparked a wave of rioting in the black communities of several cities around the country.
On this date in crime history – April 3, 1882, Jesse James, one of America's most notorious outlaws, was shot to death by Robert Ford, a member of his gang. James was born in Clay County, Missouri in 1847. During the Civil War, he joined a Confederate guerrilla band led by William Quantrill, which included several future members of the James Gang.