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Suspect was arrested in the "Mona Lisa" heist - 1911
Sep 7, 2013, - 0 Comments

Mona Lisa

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 7, 1911, French poet Guillaume Apollinaire is arrested and jailed on suspicion of stealing Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. The 31-year-old poet was known for his radical views and support for extreme avant-garde art movements, but his origins were shrouded in mystery.

South African Prime Minister is assassinated - 1966
Sep 6, 2013, - 0 Comments

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South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 6, 1966, South African Prime Minister is assassinated during a parliamentary meeting in Cape Town. The assailant, Demetrio Tsafendas, was a Mozambique immigrant of mixed racial descent--part Greek and part Swazi. As minister of native affairs and later as South African leader, Verwoerd oversaw the introduction and application of South Africa's racist apartheid policies.

Prison Rape Elimination Act: Landmark Legislation To End Abuse Behind Bars Turns Ten
Sep 5, 2013, - 0 Comments

Sept. 5, 2013 Huffington Post

Ten years after the passage of landmark legislation designed to curb and eventually eliminate rape behind bars, prisoner advocates remain confident the law can save lives.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act, signed into law by George W. Bush on Sept. 4, 2003, is the "first federal civil law to address sexual abuse in detention," according to a press release from Just Detention International.

"PREA stands today as one of the most significant human rights victories in modern U.S. history,” Lovisa Stannow, JDI’s Executive Director, said in the release. “The law acknowledged that prisoner rape constitutes a crisis – something many people denied at the time – and that the government has a duty to end this violence."

Stannow said the law has had a "transformative impact."

"Corrections facilities are more transparent, and are adopting policies and practices that were simply unheard of before PREA,” Stannow said.

The legislation mandated a nationwide survey, released in 2010, that showed the prevalence of prison rape and abuse across the country.

The survey showed that one in eight detained youths are sexually abused. That number is nine times greater for transgender youths. Overall, about 200,000 people are sexually abused behind bars every year. Read More

First attempted assassination of President Ford - 1975
Sep 5, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 5, 1975, an assassination attempt against President Gerald Ford is foiled in Sacramento, California, when a Secret Service agent wrests a semi-automatic handgun from Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of incarcerated cult leader Charles Manson.

Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Committed Suicide in Prison Cell, Condemned by Prosecutor
Sep 4, 2013, - 0 Comments

Sept. 4, 2013 ABC News

Ariel Castro, who was convicted of kidnapping, torturing and imprisoning three young women for over a decade in his Ohio home, committed suicide by hanging in his prison cell. He was characterized as a degenerate and a coward by the prosecutor from his case.

"These degenerate molesters are cowards," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said in a statement. "They con and capture vulnerable children. This man couldn't take, for even a month, a small portion of what he had dished out for more than a decade."

"Let this be a message to other child kidnappers: There will be a heavy price to pay when you are caught," he said. "You won't enjoy the captive side of the bars."

See the Evidence from the Ariel Castro Kidnapping Case

Castro, 53, died after being found hanging in his cell at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, Tuesday at 9:20 p.m. local time, Ohio Department of Corrections spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said.

Facility staff tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the prisoner, according to Smith. Castro was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. Read More

Earl of Lennox, Regent of Scotland was assassinated - 1571
Sep 4, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox and Regent of Scotland

by Michael Thomas Barry

On September 4, 1571, Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox and Regent of Scotland was assassinated. Stewart was the leader of the Catholic nobility in Scotland and was the grandson of James VI of Scotland. He spent most of his youth in exile in England, but returned to Scotland to assert his claims to the line of succession when James V died in 1542. At the time of the king's death in 1542, Lennox possessed a strong claim to the throne of Scotland should Mary, Queen of Scots, an infant, pass away childless.

Nazi murder trial: Germany in one last push to bring remaining war criminals to justice before they die
Sep 3, 2013, - 0 Comments

Sept. 3, 2013 The Independent

After years of reluctance, Germany is moving to try the last surviving Nazi war criminals before they die. After long lives in  hiding, nonagenarian Auschwitz guards and more finally face justice

In Holland he is nicknamed the “Beast of Appingdam” – but white-haired, frail and aged 92, Siert Bruins hardly looked the brutal Nazi war criminal as he shuffled into a German courtroom on Monday to face charges of murdering a Dutch resistance fighter at the end of the Second World War.

In 1949, Holland sentenced the Dutch-born former Nazi SS officer to death in absentia for killing resistance fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944. Bruins is accused of shooting his victim four times in the back after he was captured by an SS squad near the town of Appingdam.

Yesterday, nearly 70 years after the murder, Bruins appeared for the first time in court in the town of Hagen to answer for the killing. But although he admitted joining the Waffen SS as a volunteer in 1941, he maintained a stony silence as judges read out the charges against him. Read More

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