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DNA evidence helps solve murder - 1968
Feb 7, 2013, - 0 Comments

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by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 7, 1968, Bernard Josephs returns to his house in Bromley, England, and finds his wife Claire lying under their bed, her throat slashed and severed to the spine. Defensive wounds to her hands appeared to be caused by a serrated knife. No weapon was found at the house, and police had no other clues to go on.

Dalton Gang Attempts First Train Robbery - 1891
Feb 6, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Dalton Gang wanted poster

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 6, 1891, members of the Dalton Gang commit their first train robbery in California. Bob, Emmett, and Grat Dalton were only three of Lewis and Adeleine Dalton's 10 sons. The brothers grew up on a succession of Oklahoma and Kansas homesteads during the post-Civil War period, when the region was awash in violence lingering from the war and notorious outlaw bands like the James-Younger Gang.

Byron Beckwith is convicted of the assassination of Civil Rights leader Medger Evers - 1994
Feb 5, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Byron Beckwith

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 5, 1994, Byron de la Beckwith is convicted of the assassination of civil rights leader Medger Evers. The assassination had taken place 31 years earlier, ending the lengthiest murder case in American history. Evers was gunned down in the driveway of his Jackson, Mississippi, home while his wife, Myrlie, and the couple's small children were inside waiting for their father.

Australian heiress Janie Shepherd is abducted - 1977
Feb 4, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Janie Shepherd newspaper clipping

by Michael Thomas Barry

Australian heiress Janie Shepherd, the stepdaughter of the former chairman of BP Australia, John Darling was abducted and murdered by David Lashley on the night of February 4, 1977 in West London.  Lashley, a 50-year-old West Indian with a psychopathic hatred of white women, worked as a driver, had an obsession with blondes and raped or indecently assaulted six others between 1969 and 1977.

Mass Murder in Rural Connecticut - 1780
Feb 3, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Portrait of Barnett Davenport

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 3, 1780, Barnett Davenport murders Caleb Mallory, his wife, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren in rural Connecticut. Davenport was born in 1760; he enlisted in the American army as a teenager and had served at Valley Forge and Fort Ticonderoga. In the waning days of the Revolutionary War he took a job with Caleb Mallory, a farmer who operated a grist mill in Washington. Mallory and his wife Jane had two daughters who lived in the area.

British Serial Killer "Jack the Stripper" claims first known victim - 1964
Feb 2, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Hannah Tailford is the first known victim of Jack the Stripper

by Michael Thomas Barry

Jack the stripper was the nickname given to an unknown British serial killer responsible for what came to be known as the London "nude murders" between 1964 and 1965 (also known as the "Hammersmith murders" or "Hammersmith nudes" case). He murdered six — possibly eight —prostitutes, whose nude bodies were discovered around London or dumped in the River Thames.

Hollywood Director William Desmond Taylor is Murdered - 1922
Feb 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

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William Desmond Taylor

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 1, 1922, Hollywood director William Desmond Taylor is murdered. His body is found the next morning inside his bungalow at the Alvarado Court Apartments, in the West Lake Park area of downtown Los Angeles. Taylor was an Irish-born American director and actor. He directed 59 silent films between 1914 and 1922 and acted in 27 between 1913 and 1915. He was a popular figure in the growing Hollywood motion picture colony of the 1910s and early 1920s.

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