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Serial killer Della Sorenson claims first victim - 1918
Tue, 07/23/2013 - 07:10, - 0 Comments

Sorenson

Della Sorenson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 23, 1918, Della Sorenson kills the first of her seven victims in rural Nebraska by poisoning her sister-in-law's infant daughter, Viola Cooper. Over the next seven years, friends, relatives, and acquaintances of Sorenson repeatedly died under mysterious circumstances before anyone finally realized that it had to be more than a coincidence.

Package sent to Boston Globe brings end to long mystery
Mon, 07/22/2013 - 14:57, - 0 Comments

 

July 20, 2013 Boston Globe

Inside the nondescript cardboard box were a skull and other skeletal human remains, along with a plea and a clue. The plea was from the anonymous sender: Find out whose bones these are. The clue was about where to start, with four young people who vanished at sea in 1976, four whose families never gave up the dream of their return.

Marge Habib waved to her brother and sister as they rode past early that Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend in 1976. Her brother’s 16-foot motorboat was hitched to the back of her sister’s Mercury Cougar and they were heading to Plymouth for a day of fishing along with their dates.

“It was a beautiful day,” recalled Marge, who was working at a fruit stand on Route 9 in Westborough when the coast-bound foursome cruised by. “They were tooting and laughing and they were happy.”

That was the last time she ever saw her younger siblings, Danny and Elaine. The next morning, fishermen came upon Danny Kwiatkowski’s tri-hull Arrowglass motorboat floating partially submerged — but otherwise undamaged — about 6 miles off the coast of Marshfield. The people were gone, leaving behind only Elaine’s purse, two pairs of shoes, and some cans of soda.

The Coast Guard concluded that the four were probably dead — victims of the frigid Atlantic – but their families never believed it. They kept looking for the lost boaters, scouring the shoreline and islands of Cape Cod Bay, traveling the country on the advice of psychics, and appealing for help in every imaginable quarter.

San Francisco Preparedness Day Bombing - 1916
Mon, 07/22/2013 - 08:45, - 0 Comments

Preparedness day bombing

Preparedness Day parade just prior to the bombing

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 22, 1916, a bomb explodes during the Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, kills 10 people and wounding dozens more. The parade was organized by the city's Chamber of Commerce in support of America's possible entrance into World War I.

Bodies of Three Women Found Wrapped in Garbage Bags in Fetal Position in Cleveland Neighborhood
Sun, 07/21/2013 - 20:10, - 0 Comments

July 21, 2013 Good Morning America

Authorities and volunteers expanded their search of vacant and abandoned houses today in a Cleveland, Ohio, suburb for more possible victims after three bodies wrapped in plastic bags were found within less than 200 yards of each other.

Michael Madison, 35, was arrested Friday after authorities uncovered the body of a woman who had been wrapped in several garbage bags in a garage near a vacant East Cleveland home where he was apprehended.

Madison, a convicted sex offender, has been named a suspect in all three deaths, Norton said. He has not been charged.

"We believe every hour he was on the street, he would have been a danger to someone," East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton told ABCNews.com.

Police returned to the neighborhood to find two more bodies in the backyard and in the basement of nearby vacant homes the next day, Norton said.

All three corpses were found in the fetal position, wrapped in multiple trash bags, officials said.

King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated - 1951
Sat, 07/20/2013 - 09:23, - 0 Comments

King Abdullah I of Jordan

King Abdullah of Jordan

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 20, 1951, while entering a mosque in the Jordanian sector of east Jerusalem, King Abdullah of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian nationalist.

Doc Holiday kills man in New Mexico - 1879
Fri, 07/19/2013 - 08:44, - 0 Comments

Holliday

Doc Holliday

by Michael Thomas Barry

On July 19, 1879, Doc Holliday commits his first murder, killing a man for shooting up his New Mexico saloon. Despite his formidable reputation as a deadly gunslinger, Holliday only engaged in eight shootouts during his lifetime, and it has only been verified to have killed two men.

Justice Will Review Two Dozen Capital Cases Due to Flawed FBI Testimony
Thu, 07/18/2013 - 13:13, - 0 Comments

Justice Will Review Two Dozen Capital Cases Due to …July 18, 2013 Atlantic Wire

An expert witness testifies at a trial to provide evidence in his or her field. Over the course of several decades beginning in the late 1970s, witnesses with the FBI went further, suggesting that particular evidence—hair-match analysis—was a stronger indicator of guilt than the science supports. They tried, in other words, to help prosecute the case.

RELATED: It's Way Too Easy to Become an Expert Witness in Forensics

Now, in an apparently unprecedented move, the Department of Justice has agreed to review 120 convictions that may have been influenced by the agents' exaggerated testimony. In 27 of those cases, the convicted individuals were sentenced to death.

The Washington Post reports:

If so, the department will assist the class of prisoners in unprecedented ways, including waiving statutes of limitations and other federal rules that since 1996 have restricted post-conviction appeals. The FBI also will test DNA evidence if sought by a judge or prosecutor.

As many as 21,000 cases may have been affected by similar testimony. The Innocence Project, one of the groups that worked with the Department of Justice on the issue, explained why the cases are being reconsidered.

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