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Massacre at Virginia Tech - 2007
Apr 16, 2013, - 0 Comments

Cho

Seung Hui Cho

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 16, 2007, 32 students and teachers die after being gunned down on the campus of Virginia Tech by Seung Hui Cho, a student at the school who later dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The violence began around 7:15 a.m., when Cho, a 23-year-old senior and English major at the college, shot a female freshman and a male resident assistant in a campus dormitory before fleeing the building.

Explosions at Boston Marathon
Apr 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

April 15, 2013 ABC News

Two explosions erupted the finish line of the Boston Marathon today, turning the annual race into a bloody crime scene.

The blasts occurred on Boyleston Street about three hours after the top runners had finished the race, but with thousands of marathoners still running the route.

According to law enforcement sources, the first blast was at the Marathon Sports running store before 3 p.m., and blew out windows in four nearby buildings, injuring 15 to 20 individuals.About 10 second later, a second explosion occurred, severely injuring more bystanders, police said.Boston EMS personnel could be seen shuttling the injured out of the blast area on wheelchairs.

Several of them were bleeding from the face.

Massachussets Genreal Hospital has received four patients and is expecting more, according to a hospital spokesman.

Sacco & Vanzetti - 1920
Apr 15, 2013, - 0 Comments

Sacco and vanzetti

Sacco and Vanzetti

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 15, 1920, a paymaster and a security guard are killed during a mid-afternoon armed robbery of a shoe company in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Out of this rather unremarkable crime grew one of the most famous trials in American history and a landmark case in forensic crime detection.

Abraham Lincoln is shot - 1865
Apr 14, 2013, - 0 Comments

Lincoln assassination

The Lincoln Assassination

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. The assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, shouted, "Sic simper tyrannis! (Ever thus to tyrants!) The South is avenged," as he jumped onto the stage and fled on horseback. Lincoln died early the next morning.

Mass murderer Christopher Wilder kills himself - 1984
Apr 13, 2013, - 0 Comments

Wilder

Christopher Wilder

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 13, 1984, mass murderer Christopher Wilder dies after a month-long crime spree involving eleven young women who have disappeared or been killed. Police in New Hampshire attempted to apprehend Wilder, who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List, but Wilder apparently shot himself to death in a scuffle with state troopers to avoid capture.

Inquisition of astronomer Galileo Galilei begins - 1633
Apr 12, 2013, - 0 Comments

Galilieo

Galileo Galilei

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 12, 1633, chief inquisitor Father Vincenzo Maculano da Firenzuola begins the inquisition of physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei. Galileo was ordered to turn himself in to the Holy Office to begin trial for holding the belief that the Earth revolves around the Sun, which was deemed heretical by the Catholic Church.

Charades are over for Rockefeller Impostor
Apr 11, 2013, - 0 Comments

April 11, 2013 Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his world of pretense, the little man in spectacles became many fabulous people from royalty to a Rockefeller until his charades finally ended with a conviction under his true name — Christian Gerhartsreiter — a German immigrant guilty of a cold case murder.

A jury found Wednesday that the past had caught up with him. He was no longer Clark Rockefeller, heir to a fabled oil fortune, or Chris Chichester, the 13th baronet of England or even Chris Crowe, a producer of an Alfred Hitchcock mystery TV show.

"I've never known anyone with the ability to become so many people," said jury forewoman Kristen Lee, an attorney. "But his character was his character. We were more concerned with the evidence."

She and other jurors found that Gerhartsreiter, who lived briefly in California in the 1980s, killed John Sohus, a 27-year-old computer programmer who was the son of the defendant's landlady. Sohus and his new wife, Linda, vanished under strange circumstances in 1985. No trace of her has been found.

But the discovery of a bag of bones in a pit being dug for a swimming pool at his former residence gave new life to the missing persons case in 1994. It took another nine years for authorities to put together the pieces of the baffling circumstantial case.

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