On November 9, 1971, John Emil List murders his entire family in their Westfield, New Jersey, home and then disappears. Though police quickly identified List as the most likely suspect in the murders, it took 18 years for them to locate him and close the case.
Gunslinger, gambler, and occasional dentist, Doc Holliday died on November 8, 1887 from tuberculosis. Though he was perhaps most famous for his participation in the shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, John Henry "Doc" Holliday earned his reputation well before that famous feud.
On November 6, 1982, Shirley Allen is arrested for poisoning her husband, Lloyd Allen, with anti-freeze. After witnessing her mother spike Lloyd's drinks with the deadly substance, Shirley's own daughter turned her in to the authorities.
On November 5, 1605, King James I of England learns that a plot to blow-up Parliament has been foiled. Only hours before he was scheduled to attend a general parliamentary session. At about midnight on the night of November 4-5, Guy Fawkes was found lurking in a cellar under the Parliament building and after a search of the building 20 barrels of gunpowder was located.
On November 4, 1995, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is assassinated. He was shot after attending a peace rally held in Tel Aviv's Kings Square in Israel and died in surgery at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv.
I will be traveling the next few days and have decided to take a much needed break from wriritng. This column will resume Monday, November 4th and in the mean time please enjoy the archives of "on this date in crime history." On October 31, 1984, Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi by two of her own bodyguards. Beant Singh and Satwant Singh, both Sikhs, emptied their guns into Gandhi as she walked to her office from an adjoining bungalow. Although the two assailants immediately surrendered, they were both shot in a subsequent scuffle, and Beant died.