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Bonnie & Clyde are killed - 1934
May 23, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Bonnie Parker & Clyde Barrow

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 23, 1934, famed fugitives Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are killed in a police ambush near Sailes, Louisiana. A contingent of officers from Texas and Louisiana set up along the highway, waiting for the fugitives to appear, and then unloaded a two-minute fusillade of 167 bullets at their car, killing them both. 

Chandra Levy's remains are found - 2002
May 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Chandra Levy

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 22, 2002, the remains of former Federal Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Levy are found, over a year after the 24-year-old was last seen at a health club. The skeletal remains, discovered by a man walking through Washington D.C.'s Rock Creek Park, were identified through dental records. A sweatshirt, sneakers and a Sony Walkman cassette player were also found in the vicinity. 

Bobby Franks is kidnapped and killed - 1924
May 21, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Leopold & Loeb

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 21, 1924, fourteen-year-old Bobbie Franks is abducted from a Chicago, Illinois, street and killed in what later proves to be one of the most fascinating murders in American history. The killers, Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb, were extremely wealthy and intelligent teenagers whose sole motive for killing Franks was the desire to commit the "perfect crime." 

Mary Kay Letourneau marries her victim - 2005
May 20, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 20, 2005, ex-teacher and convicted pedophile Mary Kay Letourneau, marries her former victim and the father of two of her children, Vili Fualaau. Just nine months earlier, Letourneau had been released from prison after serving a seven-and-a-half year sentence for raping Fualaau.

Oscar Wilde is released from prison - 1897
May 19, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Oscar Wilde

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 19, 1897, writer Oscar Wilde is released from jail after two years of hard labor. His experiences in prison were the basis for his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898).

Teamsters are murdered by renegade Indians in Texas - 1871
May 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Chief Satanta

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 18, 1871, Kiowa Chief Satanta joins with other Indians to massacre a wagon train near the Red River in northeastern Texas. One of the leading chiefs of the Kiowa in the 1860s and 1870s, Satanta was a fearsome warrior but also a skilled orator and diplomat. He helped negotiate and signed treaties with the U.S. establishing a Kiowa reservation in Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma), but Satanta remained resistant to government efforts to force the Kiowa to abandon their nomadic ways.

LAPD raid leaves six SLA members dead - 1974
May 17, 2013, - 0 Comments

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The famous S.L.A. publicity image of new member Patty Hearst

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 17, 1974, Los Angeles police surround a home in Compton where the leaders of the terrorist group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) are hiding out. Several months earlier the SLA had kidnapped Patricia Hearst, heiress to the Hearst family publishing empire. Police found the house in Compton when a local mother reported that her kids had seen a bunch of people playing with an arsenal of automatic weapons in the living room of the home.

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