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Oscar Wilde is released from prison - 1897
May 19, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Oscar Wilde

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 19, 1897, writer Oscar Wilde is released from jail after two years of hard labor. His experiences in prison were the basis for his last work, The Ballad of Reading Gaol (1898).

Teamsters are murdered by renegade Indians in Texas - 1871
May 18, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Chief Satanta

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 18, 1871, Kiowa Chief Satanta joins with other Indians to massacre a wagon train near the Red River in northeastern Texas. One of the leading chiefs of the Kiowa in the 1860s and 1870s, Satanta was a fearsome warrior but also a skilled orator and diplomat. He helped negotiate and signed treaties with the U.S. establishing a Kiowa reservation in Indian Territory (modern-day Oklahoma), but Satanta remained resistant to government efforts to force the Kiowa to abandon their nomadic ways.

LAPD raid leaves six SLA members dead - 1974
May 17, 2013, - 0 Comments

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The famous S.L.A. publicity image of new member Patty Hearst

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 17, 1974, Los Angeles police surround a home in Compton where the leaders of the terrorist group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) are hiding out. Several months earlier the SLA had kidnapped Patricia Hearst, heiress to the Hearst family publishing empire. Police found the house in Compton when a local mother reported that her kids had seen a bunch of people playing with an arsenal of automatic weapons in the living room of the home.

Famed 'Hatchet Hitchhiker' arrested in NJ homicide
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 16, 2013 MSN

A man who gained famed online as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" has been arrested and charged with the murder of a New Jersey lawyer.

ELIZABETH, N.J. — A homeless, hatchet-wielding hitchhiker who became an Internet celebrity earlier this year was arrested Thursday for allegedly beating a New Jersey lawyer to death inside his home, authorities said.

Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, who became known as "Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker" after intervening in an attack on a California utility worker, was arrested at a Philadelphia bus station, according to Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.

McGillvary was charged with the murder of Joseph Galfy, Jr., a Clark, N.J. attorney found dead in his home on Monday.

McGillvary will be processed in Philadelphia and sent to back to New Jersey in to coming days, Romankow said. His bail is set at $3 million.

Mother Chases Down Kidnapper After Child Abducted
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 16, 2013 KWTX

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police in Albuquerque, N.M., say a woman who saw her 5-year-old being abducted chased the kidnapper down and crashed her vehicle into his car.

Police say the incident unfolded Wednesday evening after the woman saw her child being forced into a car in Albuquerque's North Valley.

She jumped into her vehicle and gave chase for about seven miles, unaware the man had pushed the girl out of the car shortly after grabbing her.

The girl was not injured.

The mother followed the kidnapper and finally rammed into his car near an intersection.

President Andrew Johnson is aquitted of High Crimes & Misdemeanors - 1868
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Andrew Johnson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 16, 1868, the U.S. Senate votes against impeaching President Andrew Johnson and acquits him of committing high crimes and misdemeanors. In February 1868, the House of Representatives charged Johnson with 11 articles of impeachment for vague "high crimes and misdemeanors."

Mont. man in custody after release in 1979 slaying
May 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 16, 2013 Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — The three-decade fight for freedom by a Montana man convicted of the 1979 slaying of a teenage classmate entered what could be its final stage this week, when the Montana Supreme Court ordered him back to prison and took away his brief taste of normal life.

But from the time he confessed to out-of-state police four years after the notorious killing of Kim Nees, almost nothing about the Barry Beach case has been routine — and advocates promised they will find other ways to prove his innocence.

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