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Teenage spree killers Charlie Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate begin their murder frenzy
Dec 1, 2012, - 0 Comments

Starkweather and Fugate

Caril Ann Fugate & Charlie Starkweather

by Michael Thomas Barry

In the early morning hours of December 1, 1957, teenage spree killer, Charlie Starkweather and his girl friend, Caril Ann Fugate, murder gas station attendant Robert Colvert for refusing to sell him a stuffed animal on credit. Starkweather returned several times during the night to purchase small items, then finally, brandishing a shotgun, forced Colvert to hand over $100, then drove Colvert to a remote area. After Colvert was injured during a struggle over the gun, Starkweather killed him with a shot to the head.

Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos abducts her first victim
Nov 30, 2012, - 0 Comments


Aileen Wuornos

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 30, 1989, Richard Mallory, a storeowner in Palm Harbor, Florida, is last seen taking a ride with Aileen Wuornos. The following day, his car was found abandoned in a remote area of Ormond Beach. Nearly two weeks later, his body turned up in a Daytona Beach junkyard with three bullets in his chest.

Notorious English burglar Charles Peace murders Arthur Dyson - November 29, 1876
Nov 29, 2012, - 0 Comments


Charles Peace at his murder trial in 1879

by Michael Thomas Barry

Charles Frederick Peace was a notorious English burglar and murderer from Sheffield, whose somewhat remarkable life later spawned dozens of novels and films. Peace is mentioned by name in the Sherlock Holmes short story, The Adventure of the Illustrious Client and in Mark Twain’s Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven. Peace's earliest criminal exploit is said to have been stealing an old gentleman's gold watch, and he soon passed to burglary.

Convicted Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer is Beaten to death - 1994
Nov 28, 2012, - 0 Comments


Jeffrey Dahmer

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 28, 1994, convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is beaten to death by a fellow inmate while performing cleaning duty in a bathroom at the Columbia Correctional Institute gymnasium in Portage, Wisconsin. During a 13-year period, Dahmer, who lived primarily in the Midwest, murdered at least 17 men.

British Political activist Ross McWhirter is killed by IRA terrorists - 1975
Nov 27, 2012, - 0 Comments


Ross McWhirter (right) with his twin brother Norris

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 27, 1975, Ross McWhirter was assassinated by two IRA terrorists. He was shot outside of his home in north London. His killers Harry Duggan and Hugh Doherty, both of whom were members of what became known as the Balcombe Street Gang were captured and charged with his and nine other murders.

The Brink's-MAT Heist - 1983
Nov 26, 2012, - 0 Comments


Scene of the Brink's Mat Heist 

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 26, 1983, six robbers break into the Brink's-MAT warehouse at Heathrow Airport, London and steal millions in gold, diamonds and cash. At the time, it was described as "the crime of the century.” The robbers gained entry to the warehouse from security guard Anthony Black, who was in on the heist.

French serial killer Thierry Paulin murders Rachel Cohen
Nov 25, 2012, - 0 Comments


Thierry Paulin

by Michael Thomas Barry

On November 25, 1987, French serial killer Thierry Paulin murders Rachel Cohen, age 79. On the same day, he attacked 87-year-old, Berthe Finalteri, whom he suffocated and left for dead. Two days later, he strangled Genevieve Germont, who would be his last victim.