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Serial killers Burke & Hare claim second victim - 1828
Feb 11, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Burke & Hare

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 11, 1828, Abigail Simpson is murdered by William Burke and William Hare in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Burke and Hare murders (also known as the West Port murders) were a series of murders committed in Scotland over a period of about ten months in 1828. The killings were attributed to Irish immigrants William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses of their 16 victims to Doctor Robert Knox as dissection material for his well-attended anatomy lectures.

DEAD IN THE WATER
Feb 11, 2013, - 1 Comment

Feb. 11, 2013

Natalie Wood and Joshua Swalls: Foul play, or splendid accidents?

HUNTING SMILEY: What's Natalie Wood got to do with it?

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner

by EPONYMOUS ROX

Without a doubt, this glamorous woman’s fatal midnight plummet from the deck of The Splendour into the cool ocean waters off Catalina Island in 1981 has got to be the most high profile “accidental drowning” on record.

In the hours preceding her watery demise, she was overheard loudly quarreling with an enraged and jealous husband. They had been at this all day, in fact. All evening they’d been drinking.

Married, divorced, and remarried for a second try, the two were known to have a volatile relationship, with more than their fair share of public and private disagreements, be they drunk or sober. But this argument was different. The worst one yet.

When she drowned, she had prominent contusions in “no particular pattern” all over the front and back of her body. Some of these were fresh injuries, said to have been obtained as she frantically grappled with a small, wooden dinghy secured to the side of the yacht. Some she’d received just days before plunging to her death.

Mike Tyson is convicted of raping beauty pageant contestant - 1992
Feb 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Mike Tyson

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 10, 1992, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is found guilty of raping 18-year-old beauty-pageant contestant Desiree Washington. The following month, Tyson was given a 10-year prison sentence, with four years suspended.

South Africans mourn rape victim, say 'enough is enough'
Feb 10, 2013, - 0 Comments

Published at 10 p.m. ET -- BREDASDORP, South Africa - Hundreds of South Africans chanting "enough is enough" gathered on Friday at a building site where a 17-year-old girl was mutilated and left to die after being gang-raped.

Their tribute was testimony to how the killing of Anene Booysen has stirred outrage in a country where many people have become oblivious to rampant sex crimes and violence.

People marched in a procession to the site in the sleepy town of Bredasdorp, 80 miles east of Cape Town, where they placed flowers and candles by a simple wooden cross.

Booysen was found by security guards lying only a short distance from her house after partying at a nearby bar last Friday evening. She later died in hospital.

Adolph Coors III is kidnapped - 1960
Feb 9, 2013, - 0 Comments

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Adolph Coors III

by Michael Thomas Barry

On February 9, 1960, Adolph Coors disappears while driving to work from his Morrison, Colorado, home. The grandson of the Coors' founder and chairman of the Golden Colorado Brewing Company was kidnapped and held for ransom before being shot to death.

Man arrested in alleged bomb plot at Calif. bank
Feb 8, 2013, - 0 Comments

Feb. 8, 2013 Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The FBI arrested a San Jose man as he went through the motions of detonating what he believed to be a car bomb in front of a Northern California bank, federal authorities said Friday.

FBI agents arrested Matthew Aaron Llaneza, 28, Thursday night near a Bank of America branch in Oakland as part of a sting operation.

Llaneza had minutes earlier parked an SUV in front of the bank believing the vehicle contained an explosive rigged to detonate from a cellphone command, authorities said. Llaneza was arrested as he stood nearby and tried to detonate the device with a cellphone.

The FBI says Llaneza expressed support for the Taliban and had hoped the bombing would be blamed on anti-government activists and would somehow spark a civil war after a severe government crackdown. The FBI said Llaneza expressed a desire to travel to Afghanistan to train Taliban fighters.

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