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Queen of Mean is Sentenced
Dec 12, 2012, - 0 Comments


Leona Helmsley

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 12, 1989, Leona Helmsley, the "Queen of Mean," is sentenced to four-year in prison, 750 hours of community service, and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine for tax evasion. For many, Helmsley became the object of disgust and revulsion when she quipped that "only the little people pay taxes." Leona's husband, Harry, was one of the world's wealthiest real estate moguls.

Bernie Madoff is Arrested - 2008
Dec 11, 2012, - 0 Comments


Bernie Madoff

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 11, 2008, Bernard Madoff is arrested at his New York City apartment and charged with masterminding a long-running Ponzi scheme later estimated to involve around $65 billion, making it one of the biggest investment frauds in Wall Street history.

The Frank Sinatra Jr. Kidnapping - 1963
Dec 10, 2012, - 0 Comments

Sinatra Jr

Frank Sinatra Jr.

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 10, 1963, Frank Sinatra Jr., (who was kidnapped in Lake Tahoe, California, two days earlier) is allowed to talk to his father.  He was abducted at gunpoint from his hotel room at Harrah's Casino on December 8, 1963 and taken to Canoga Park, an area of Southern California's San Fernando Valley. After the brief conversation between father and son, the kidnappers demanded a ransom of $240,000.

John Lennon is Murdered - 1980
Dec 8, 2012, - 0 Comments


John Lennon

by Michael Thomas Barry

Former Beatle John Lennon is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his apartment building in New York City on December 8, 1980. After committing the murder, Chapman waited calmly outside, reading a copy of The Catcher in the Rye.

First Execution by Lethal Injection in United States - 1982
Dec 7, 2012, - 0 Comments


Charles Brooks Jr

Charles Brooks Jr.

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 7, 1982, the first execution by lethal injection takes place at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. On December 14, 1976, Charles Brooks Jr., went to a used car lot and asked to test drive a car. The mechanic, David Gregory, accompanied him in the car. After Brooks picked up his accomplice Woody Loudres, they put the mechanic in the trunk of the car and Brooks and Loudres drove to a motel. There the mechanic was bound to a chair with coat hangers, gagged with tape and then shot once in the head.

Victim of Reno Bros. Gang succumbs to injuries - 1868
Dec 6, 2012, - 0 Comments

Reno Brothers

Reno Bros. Gang

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 6, 1868, a guard, who had been shot by brothers Frank, William, and Simeon Reno during a train robbery in May, dies of his wounds. His death so infuriated the public that a group of vigilantes yanked the three brothers from their Indiana jail cell five days later and hanged them. Although the Reno gang had a short reign of criminal terror, they are credited with pulling off the first train robbery in American history and are believed to be the inspiration for criminal copycats like Jesse James and others.

Boston Belfry Murderer Claims First Victim
Dec 5, 2012, - 0 Comments

Concord Baptist Church

Warren Avenue Baptist Church - Boston

by Michael Thomas Barry

On December 5, 1873, Bridget Landregan is found beaten and strangled to death in the Boston suburb of Dorchester. According to witnesses, a man in black clothes and a flowing cape attempted to sexually assault the dead girl before running away.