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Judge throws out key evidence against twice-convicted murderer Woodworth
Apr 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

In a scathing order, a Platte County judge on Monday threw out key evidence against a rural Missouri man who has spent 20 years maintaining his innocence in a 1990 murder.

Circuit Judge Owens Lee Hull Jr. excoriated law enforcement’s handling of critical bullet and revolver evidence that state prosecutors have used to twice convict Mark Woodworth of murdering Cathy Robertson and wounding her husband, Lyndel, in November 1990 outside Chillicothe.

“(T)he court finds that there has been an egregious, flagrant, cavalier disregard of evidentiary procedures,” Hull wrote in his 10-page order.

Elsewhere in the order, Hull described law enforcement’s lack of documentation as “odious.”

Woodworth was remodeling the basement of his parents’ home near Chillicothe when his lawyer called with the news. “I feel great,” he said. “It’s a great victory.”

Woodworth was 16 at the time of the shootings. After a long investigation, he was charged in 1993 with murder and assault. A jury convicted him two years later.

Marvin Gaye is murdered by his father - 1984
Apr 1, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Marvin Gaye

by Michael Thomas Barry

On April 1, 1984, singer Marvin Gaye is murdered . At the peak of his career,  Gaye was the Prince of Motown—the soulful voice behind many hits. Over the course of his roughly 25-year recording career, he moved successfully from upbeat pop to "message" music to satin-sheet soul, combining elements of Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan and Barry White into one complicated and sometimes contradictory package.

English serial killer John Christie is arrested - 1953
Mar 31, 2013, - 0 Comments

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John Christie

by Michael Thomas Barry

John Reginald Christie was a notorious English serial killer active in the 1940s and early 1950s. He murdered at least eight females, including his wife Ethel, by strangling them in his flat at 10 Rillington Place, Notting Hill, London.

Texas district attorney, wife found dead at home
Mar 31, 2013, - 0 Comments

March 31, 2013 Associated Press

KAUFMAN, Texas — A Texas prosecutor and his wife were found killed in their house two months after one of his assistants was gunned down near their office, authorities said.

Investigators found the bodies of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, on Saturday, said Kaufman County sheriff's Lt. Justin Lewis. Police, FBI agents, Texas Rangers and deputies were part of the investigation.

Assistant district attorney Mark Hasse was shot to death in a parking lot a block from his office on Jan. 31.

Lewis declined to say how the couple died or whether authorities believe their deaths are linked to Hasse's. He wouldn't provide further details.

Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh told The Dallas Morning News that the McLellands had been shot in their home and that although investigators didn't know if their deaths and Hasse's were related, they couldn't discount it.

John Hickley Jr. shoots President Reagan - 1981
Mar 30, 2013, - 0 Comments

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John Hickley Jr.

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. shoots President Ronald Reagan outside the Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. The president had just completed an address to the Building and Construction Workers Union of the AFL-CIO. Hinckley was armed with a .22 revolver with exploding bullets and was only ten feet away from Reagan when he began shooting.

The Mad Bomber strikes again - 1951
Mar 29, 2013, - 0 Comments

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George Peter Metesky aka the Mad Bomber

by Michael Thomas Barry

On March 29, 1951, a homemade device explodes at Grand Central Station in New York City, startling commuters but injuring no one. In the next few months, five more bombs were found at landmark sites around New York, including the public library. Authorities realized that this new wave of terrorist acts was the work of the Mad Bomber.

The murder of 7-year old Emily Holland - 1876
Mar 28, 2013, - 0 Comments

by Michael Thomas Barry

The case of William Fish was the first recorded official use of dogs by police to capture a murderer. On March 28, 1876 seven-yearold Emily Agnes Holland went missing from Birley Street, Blackburn, after telling friends at St. Alban’s School that she had met a nice man and was going to run some errands for him. She was never seen alive again. 

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