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Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are Executed - 1953
Wed, 06/19/2013 - 08:23, - 0 Comments

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Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 19, 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are executed at Sing Sing Prison in Ossining, New York. They had both been convicted of conspiring to pass U.S. atomic secrets to the Soviets. Both had also refused to admit any wrongdoing and proclaimed their innocence right up to the time of their deaths in the electric chair. The Rosenberg’s were the first U.S. citizens to be convicted and executed for espionage during peacetime and their case remains controversial to this day.

Radio Talk Show Host is Gunned Down - 1984
Tue, 06/18/2013 - 08:17, - 0 Comments

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Alan Berg

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 18, 1984, talk radio personality Alan Berg, the self-described "man you love to hate," is gunned down and killed  in the driveway of his home in Denver, Colorado. The 50-year-old radio host, whose show on the station KOA gained a strong following in the early 1980s, stirred up controversy with his outspoken personality, abrasive approach and liberal views. He had already been the target of a steady stream of death threats.

Five Burglars are Apprehended at Watergate Complex - 1972
Mon, 06/17/2013 - 15:47, - 0 Comments

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The Watergate Complex

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 17, 1972, five burglars are arrested in the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office and apartment complex in Washington, D.C. James McCord, Frank Sturgis, Bernard Barker, Virgilio Gonzalez, and Eugenio Martinez were apprehended in the early morning after a security guard at the Watergate noticed that several doors leading from the stairwell to various hallways had been taped to prevent them from locking.

Ryan Ferguson's fight for freedom
Sun, 06/16/2013 - 01:43, - 0 Comments

[This story previously aired on Feb. 23, 2013. It was updated on June 15.]

(CBS NEWS) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- I'm Erin Moriarty. I have been covering Ryan Ferguson's case now for more than seven years. Ferguson was charged with killing a man named Kent Heitholt on Halloween night 2001.

From the beginning, there was just something not right about this case. There was plenty of physical evidence at the crime scene -- hair, fingerprints and bloody shoe prints -- but none of it matched him.

The entire case hinged on one troubled accuser: Charles Erickson.

Bit by bit, the case against Ferguson has fallen apart, and yet, his conviction has been upheld time and time again. This time, however, an unexpected development may make a difference.

For the first time, Ferguson's accuser spoke publicly ... and what a story he told.

Police search Joran Van der Sloot's home for clues in disapperance of missing U.S. teen - 2005
Sat, 06/15/2013 - 07:56, - 0 Comments

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Natalie Holloway

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 15, 2005, more than two weeks after Natalee Holloway vanished while on a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba, police search the home of 17-year-old Joran Van der Sloot, one of the last known people to see the young woman alive. Although Van der Sloot would emerge as a prime suspect in the case, he was never charged. Holloway’s disappearance generated massive media attention in the United States; however, her body never has been found, and in 2012 she was declared legally dead.

TWA Flight 847 is Hijacked - 1985
Fri, 06/14/2013 - 07:32, - 0 Comments

TWA 847

TWA Flight 847

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 14, 1985, TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome is hijacked by terrorists who immediately demand to know the identity of ''those with Jewish-sounding names." Two of the Lebanese terrorists, armed with grenades and a 9-mm. pistol, then forced the plane to land in Beirut, Lebanon.

Four fatally shot in apparent murder-suicide at St. Louis business
Thu, 06/13/2013 - 17:35, - 0 Comments

The male shooter is among the four dead, police say. Officers recovered a semiautomatic handgun from the crime scene.

St. Louis Police Capt. Michael Sack said the dead were in their early 40s to mid-50s.

The shots were fired about 1:40 p.m. at the business, police say. Sack said surveillance video showed the shooter opened fire after having a brief argument with people inside the business.

“We don’t know if this is a prior thing that carried over,” Sack said.

Michael Graff, who has a law office in the same building, said the health care business was owned and staffed by Somalian immigrants. He said he had heard heated arguing there on past occasions. Graff was not in the building Thursday when the shooting occurred.

Sack said the shooter appeared to be an employee or owner of the health care business, and that the victims were employees. No one else was injured.

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