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Mormon Leader Joseph Smith is Murdered - 1844
Jun 27, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Joseph Smith

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 27, 1844, Joseph Smith, the founder and leader of the Mormon religion, is murdered along with his brother Hyrum when a mob breaks into a jail where they are being held in Carthage, Illinois.

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez charged with murder
Jun 26, 2013, - 0 Comments

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was formally charged Wednesday afternoon with murder, more than a week after a body was found near his Massachusetts home.

Hernandez was also charged with several counts of unlawful possession of firearms. A judge ordered him to be held without bail.

Wearing a white V-neck shirt, red sports shorts, and handcuffs in Attleboro District Court, Hernandez showed no emotion as attorneys for the victim laid out a bruising account of what allegedly happened the night semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd was killed, citing what they say is surveillance camera footage, text messages, and witnesses who were working the overnight shift who heard gunshots as evidence. He wiped tears from his face at the very end of the arraignment.

The body of Lloyd, 27, was found June 17 in an industrial park about one mile away from the ex-tight end's North Attleborough home. The death was ruled a homicide.

Hernandez, 23, was placed in handcuffs and put in a police cruiser just before 9 a.m. on Wednesday by Massachusetts State Police and North Attleborough police. Authorities have searched his home, on the Rhode Island line not far from the Patriots' stadium, several times over the past week.

Less than two hours after the arrest, the Patriots announced they were releasing Hernandez.

Serial killer strikes near Annapolis, Maryland - 1957
Jun 26, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Melvin Rees

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 26, 1957, Margaret Harold is shot and killed while out for a drive with her boyfriend near Annapolis, Maryland. Her killer swerved in front of the couple's car, approached with a .38 revolver, and shot Harold in the side of the face, while her boyfriend managed to escape. Investigating police found an abandoned building nearby, filled with pornographic pictures, but its full significance would not be revealed until nearly two years later.

Famed Architect Stanford White is Shot to Death - 1906
Jun 25, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Stanford White

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 25, 1906, architect Stanford White is shot and killed by the jealous husband of his lover. White was the son of the essayist, critic, and Shakespearean scholar Richard Grant White. He was one of the most popular and prolific architects in the country.

Unabomber Strikes Again - 1993
Jun 24, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Theodore Kaczynski aka The Unabomber

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 24, 1993, Yale University computer science professor David Gelernter is seriously injured while opening his mail when a padded envelope explodes in his hands. The attack just came two days after a University of California geneticist was injured by a similar bomb and was the latest in a string of bombings since 1978 that authorities believed to be related.

Mobster Whitey Bulger is Arrested - 2011
Jun 22, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Whitey Bulger

by Michael Thomas Barry

On June 22, 2011, mobster James “Whitey” Bulger is arrested in Santa Monica, California. The 81-year-old Bulger, one of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” fugitives, was arrested with his longtime companion, 60-year-old Catherine Greig, who fled Massachusetts with the gangster in late 1994, shortly before he was to be indicted on federal charges. At the time of his 2011 arrest, there was a $2 million reward for information leading to Bulger’s capture, the largest amount ever offered by the agency for a domestic fugitive.

U.S. files criminal charges against Snowden over leaks
Jun 21, 2013, - 0 Comments

June 21, 2013 Rueters

WASHINGTON  - The government has filed sealed criminal charges against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who admitted leaking secrets about classified U.S. surveillance programs, U.S. sources said on Friday.

A U.S. Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said a criminal complaint had been filed against Snowden, who disclosed documents detailing U.S. telephone and internet surveillance efforts.

Another U.S. source, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States was preparing to seek Snowden's extradition from Hong Kong, where he is believed to be in hiding.

Earlier, the Washington Post reported that U.S. prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint charging Snowden with espionage, theft and conversion of government property. The Post also reported that the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain Snowden on a provisional arrest warrant.

The criminal complaint was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, where Snowden's former employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, is located, the Post reported.

Documents leaked by Snowden revealed that U.S. security services had monitored data about phone calls from Verizon and Internet data from large companies such as Google and Facebook as part of counterterrorism efforts.

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