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Daniel Sickles Shoots and Kills Philip Barton Key - 1859
Feb 27, 2013, - 0 Comments


Daniel Sickles shoots Philip Barton Key

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 27, 1859, Daniel Sickles shoots and kills his wife’s lover Philip Barton Key II. Sickles was a colorful and controversial American politician, Union general in the American Civil War, and diplomat. As an antebellum New York politician, Sickles was involved in a number of public scandals, most notably the killing of his wife's lover, Philip Barton Key II, son of Francis Scott Key.

Notorious French Serial Killer Henri Désiré Landru is Executed - 1922
Feb 25, 2013, - 0 Comments


Henri Désiré Landru

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 25, 1922, French serial killer Henri Désiré Landru is executed. Landru was born in Paris, France on April 12, 1869. After leaving school, he spent four years in the French Army from 1887 – 1891. After he was discharged from service, he proceeded to have a sexual relationship with his cousin.

Jean Harris is convicted of killing Dr. Herman Tarnower - 1981
Feb 24, 2013, - 0 Comments


Jean Harris

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 24, 1981, socialite Jean Harris is convicted of murdering Dr. Herman Tarnower, the author of the bestselling The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet. Harris, the headmistress of an exclusive girls' school, shot Dr. Tarnower at his Westchester County, New York, home on March 10, 1980.

The Stockyard Bluebeard goes to the Gallows - 1906
Feb 23, 2013, - 0 Comments


Johann Otto Hoch aka The Stockyard Bluebeard

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 23, 1906, serial killer Johann Otto Hoch was hanged in Chicago, Illinois. Hoch was born John Schmidt in 1855, at Horweiler, Germany. He immigrated to the United States as a young man in the 1890s and dropped his surname in favor of assorted pseudonyms where he began to marry a string of women, frequently taking the name of his most recent victim.

Accussed Murderer Harry Kendall Thaw died - 1947
Feb 22, 2013, - 0 Comments


Harry Kendall Thaw

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 22, 1947, notorious playboy and accused murderer Harry Kendall Thaw died in Miami, Florida. Thaw was the son of American coal and railroad baron William Thaw. Plagued by mental illness since childhood, Thaw led a profligate life. Heir to a multi-million dollar fortune, he spent money lavishly to fund his obsessive partying, drug addiction, and the gratification of his sexual appetites.

Malcolm X is Assassinated - 1965
Feb 21, 2013, - 0 Comments

Malcolm X

Malcolm X

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 21, 1965, Malcolm X is assassinated by rival Black Muslims while addressing his Organization of Afro-American Unity at the Audubon Ballroom in Washington Heights, New York City.

Editor of Atlanta Constitution is Kidnapped - 1974
Feb 20, 2013, - 0 Comments


Reg Murphy, editor of Atlanta Constitution

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 20, 1974, Reg Murphy, an editor of The Atlanta Constitution, is kidnapped at gun point after being lured from his home near the city.