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A Terrible Case of Mistaken Identity - 1851
Feb 19, 2013, - 0 Comments


Seal of the San Francisco Vigilance Committee

by Michael Thomas Barry

On the late evening of February 19, 1851, two men entered the Jansen & Bond Company, on Montgomery Street in San Francisco, knocked manager J.C. Jansen unconscious, and fled with over two thousand dollars in gold coin.

Green River Killer Pleads Guilty to 49th Murder - 2011
Feb 18, 2013, - 0 Comments


Gary Leon Ridgway

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 18, 2011, Gary Leon Ridgway pleads guilty to the 1982 aggravated, first-degree murder of his 49th victim, 20-year-old Rebecca Marrero. Her remains were found in December 2010, decades after her murder, in a ravine near Auburn, Washington.

Union Leader Bill Hayward and others are arrested - 1906
Feb 17, 2013, - 0 Comments


Charles Moyer, Bill Hayward & George Pettibone (1907)

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 17, 1906, union leaders Bill Hayward, Charles Moyer, and George Pettibone are taken into custody by Idaho authorities and the Pinkerton Detective Agency. They are put on a special train in Denver, Colorado, following a secret, direct route to Idaho because the officials had no legal right to arrest the three union executives in Colorado.

Gunslinger John Wesley Hardin is Paroled - 1894
Feb 16, 2013, - 1 Comment


John Wesley Hardin

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 16, 1894, infamous gunslinger John Wesley Hardin is pardoned after spending 15 years in a Texas prison for murder. Hardin, who was reputed to have shot and killed a man just for snoring, was 41 years old at the time of his release.

Attempted assassination of President-elect Franklin Roosevelt - 1933
Feb 15, 2013, - 0 Comments


Giuseppe Zangara

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 15, 1933, Italian immigrant Giuseppe Zangara attempts to assassinate President-elect Franklin Roosevelt in Miami, Florida. Zangara’s shots miss and strike Anton Cermak, the Mayor of Chicago.

Mass Shooting at Northern Illinois University - 2008
Feb 14, 2013, - 0 Comments


Steven Kazmierczak

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 14, 2008, Steven Kazmierczak shot multiple people on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, killing five and injuring twenty-one, before committing suicide. At approximately 3:05 p.m., Steven Kazmierczak entered Cole Hall wearing a black t-shirt with the word "Terrorist" written across the chest imposed over an image of an assault rifle.

Bruno Richard Hauptmann is convicted of the kidnap & murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr. - 1935
Feb 13, 2013, - 0 Comments


Bruno Richard Hauptmann

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 13, 1935, Bruno Richard Hauptmann is convicted of the kidnap and murder of Charles Lindbergh Jr. the young son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh. The trial attracted widespread media attention and was dubbed the "Trial of the Century.”