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Guy Fawkes & the Gunpowder Plot was foiled - 1605
Nov 5, 2013, - 1 Comment


by Michael Thomas Barry

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated - 1995
Nov 4, 2013, - 0 Comments


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.

Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated - 1984
Oct 31, 2013, - 0 Comments

Indira Gandhi

by Michael Thomas Barry

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.

Rapper Jam Master Jay was shot and killed - 2002
Oct 30, 2013, - 0 Comments

Jam Master Jay

Jason William Mizell aka Jam Master Jay

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 30, 2002, influential rap pioneer, Jason William Mizell was murdered. He is better known by his stage name Jam Master Jay, who was a founding member of the hip hop group Run-DMC. During the 1980s, Run-D.M.C. was one of the biggest hip-hop groups in the world and is credited with helping rap music break into mainstream music with hits such as “It’s Tricky,” “King of Rock” and a remake of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”

President William McKinley's assassin is executed - 1901
Oct 29, 2013, - 0 Comments


Leon Czolgosz

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 29, 1901, President William McKinley’s assassin, Leon Czolgosz, is executed in the electric chair at Auburn Prison in New York. Czolgosz had shot McKinley on September 6, 1901; the president succumbed to his wounds eight days later.

Second trial of rock & roll icon Chuck Berry begins - 1961
Oct 28, 2013, - 0 Comments


by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 28, 1961, the second so-called "Apache trial" begins for rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry. Although his earlier conviction for transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes in violation of the Mann Act was thrown out on appeal, the prosecution decided to retry Berry.

Wife kills cheating husband with meat cleaver - 1948
Oct 26, 2013, - 0 Comments

crime scene

by Michael Thomas Barry

On October 25, 1948, Betty Ferreri kills her husband, Jerry, in their Los Angeles, California, home with the help of gardener Alan Adron. When Jerry, a notorious womanizer, brought a young model to the couple's home in the upscale Hancock Park neighborhood, Betty became upset and threatened him with a large wrench. Although Jerry fled, Betty was worried that he would return in a violent state, so she asked for Adron's assistance. When Jerry later returned, he began dragging Betty by her hair and Adron shot him twice, but the gun jammed before she could fire again, so Betty finished off her husband with a meat cleaver, striking him in the head 23 times.