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Young girl is kidnapped from her hospital room - 1948
May 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Peter Griffiths

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 14, 1948, three-year-old June Devaney is kidnapped from her room at Queen's Park Hospital in Blackburn, England. The child had been recovering from a recent bout of pneumonia. Nurses discovered her missing at 1:20 a.m. the next day, and police were immediately summoned to investigate.

Pope John Paul II is shot in Vatican Square - 1981
May 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Pope John Paul II is shot

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II is shot and seriously wounded while passing through St. Peter’s Square in an open car. The assailant, 23-year-old escaped Turkish murderer Mehmet Ali Agca, fired four shots, one of which hit the pontiff in the abdomen, narrowly missing vital organs, and another that hit the pope's left hand.

12 shot in New Orleans Mother's Day parade
May 12, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 12, 2013 New Zealand Herald

At least 12 people have reportedly been shot during a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans.

Body of Lindbergh baby is found - 1932
May 12, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Charles Lindbergh Jr.

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 12, 1932, the body of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh’s baby is found, more than two months after he was kidnapped from his family’s Hopewell, New Jersey home. Lindbergh, who became the first worldwide celebrity five years earlier when he flew The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic, and his wife Anne discovered a ransom note in their 20-month-old child's empty room on March 1, 1932.

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is shot to death 1812
May 11, 2013, - 0 Comments

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval

by Michael Thomas Barry

On May 11, 1812, British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is shot to death by demented businessman John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons. Bellingham, who was inflamed by his failure to obtain government compensation for war debts incurred in Russia, gave himself up immediately.

Texas Fertilizer Explosion EMS Worker Charged With Owning Explosive Device
May 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 10, 2013 ABC News

A first responder who helped treat victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, last month was arrested and charged today with possessing an explosive device.

The arrest came on the same day that Texas authorities opened a criminal investigation into the April 17 explosion. 

Paramedic Bryce Reed, who works with the West, Texas, EMS and served as incident commander during the response to the explosion, appeared in federal court in Waco, Texas, this morning for alleged possession of a destructive device. According to the charges filed against Reed, the McLennan County Sheriff's Office was called to a residence in Abbot, Texas, on Tuesday because of a possible destructive device, and arrived to find powders, metals and canisters filled with bomb-making materials.

An official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said in an affidavit that officials found a metal pipe, canisters of fuses, a lighter, a digital scale, a plastic spoon, coils of metal and several pounds of chemicals at the residence and determined that they belonged to Reed. The resident of the home said that he had unknowingly accepted the materials from Reed on April 26.

Feds in NYC: Hackers stole $45M in ATM card breach
May 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

May 10, 2013 Associated Press

NEW YORK  — A worldwide gang of criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then draining cash machines around the globe, federal prosecutors said Thursday — and outmoded U.S. card technology may be partly to blame.

Seven people are under arrest in the U.S. in connection with the case, which prosecutors said involved thousands of thefts from ATMs using bogus magnetic swipe cards carrying information from Middle Eastern banks. The fraudsters moved with astounding speed to loot financial institutions around the world, working in cells including one in New York, Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said.

She called it "a massive 21st-century bank heist" carried out by brazen thieves.

One of the suspects was caught on surveillance cameras, his backpack increasingly loaded down with cash, authorities said. Others took photos of themselves with giant wads of bills as they made their way up and down Manhattan.

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