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Outlaw Frank James is Born - 1843
Jan 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

Frank James

Frank James

by Michael Thomas Barry

Outlaw Frank James, the lesser-known older brother of Jesse, was born on Jamuary 10, 1843 in Clay County, Missouri. Frank and Jesse James were both legends in their own time, though Jesse is better remembered today because of his more dramatically violent death. The two Missouri brothers drifted into a life of crime after serving in Confederate guerilla forces during the Civil War.

Hillside Strangler Co-defendant Angelo Buono is Sentenced - 1984
Jan 9, 2013, - 0 Comments

Buono

Angelo Buono, Hillside Strangler co-defendant

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 9, 1984, Angelo Buono one of the co-defendants in the Hillside Strangler case is sentenced to life in prison for his role in the rape, torture, and murder of 10 young women in Los Angeles. Buono's cousin and partner in crime, Kenneth Bianchi, testified against Buono to escape the death penalty.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is critically injured and six are killed in Arizona shooting rampage
Jan 8, 2013, - 0 Comments

Giffords

Gabrielle Giffords

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 8, 2011, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is critically injured when a man goes on a shooting spree during a constituents meeting held outside a Tucson-area supermarket. Six people died in the attack and another 13, including Giffords, were wounded.

Lipstick Killer kidnaps child from her Chicago home - 1946
Jan 7, 2013, - 0 Comments

17 year-old William Heirens the alleged Lipstick Killer

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 7, 1946, six-year-old Suzanne Degnan is kidnapped from her home in Chicago. Illinois. Police found a ladder outside the girl’s window, and also discovered a ransom note which had been overlooked by the family. The note asked for a $20,000 in ransom and a man (presumably the kidnapper) repeatedly called the Degnan residence demanding the ransom, but hung up before any meaningful conversation could take place.

Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan is Attacked - 1994
Jan 6, 2013, - 0 Comments

Kerrigan

Nancy Kerrigan

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 6, 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked after a practice session at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. The attack came just one day before the U.S. National Championships and one month before the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, in which Kerrigan was a gold medal favorite.

United Mine Workers Union leader Jock Yablonski and his family are found murdered - 1970
Jan 5, 2013, - 0 Comments

Yablonski

Jock and Margaret Yablonski

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 5, 1970, the bodies of dissident union leader Joseph "Jock" Yablonski, his wife, and daughter are discovered in their Clarksville, Pennsylvania farmhouse. The family had been dead for nearly a week, killed on New Years’ Eve by killers hired by the United Mine Workers (UMW) union leadership.

Boston Strangler Claims Final Victim - 1964
Jan 4, 2013, - 0 Comments

DeSalvo

Albert DeSalvo

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 4, 1964, Mary Sullivan is raped and strangled to death in her Boston apartment. The killer left a card reading "Happy New Year" leaning against her foot. Sullivan would turn out to be the last woman killed by the notorious Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo, who had terrorized the city between 1962 and 1964, raping and killing 13 women.

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