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Lipstick Killer kidnaps child from her Chicago home - 1946
Mon, 01/07/2013 - 09:32, - 0 Comments

17 year-old William Heirens the alleged Lipstick Killer

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 7, 1946, six-year-old Suzanne Degnan is kidnapped from her home in Chicago. Illinois. Police found a ladder outside the girl’s window, and also discovered a ransom note which had been overlooked by the family. The note asked for a $20,000 in ransom and a man (presumably the kidnapper) repeatedly called the Degnan residence demanding the ransom, but hung up before any meaningful conversation could take place.

BLOOD ALCOHOL: Smiley Strikes Again
Sun, 01/06/2013 - 14:51, - 1 Comment

Walton "Matt" Ward

by Eponymous Rox

He mysteriously disappeared on October 12, 2012 from downtown Indianapolis, Indiana where he'd spent the evening entertaining himself at a few popular watering holes.

Peppers Bar, Applebee's Restaurant, Mindshaft, Landsharks...the 23-year-old friendly, fearless, and athletic Walton Matthew Ward spent an hour or two at all of these crowded establishments, socializing, dancing, and drinking at each one before moving on to the next.

At 10:30 p.m. when his mother buzzed his cell phone just to touch base with him again and chat for a few minutes, Ward assured her everything was okay and that, as might be expected, he was having a blast.

But shortly thereafter, at approximately two in the morning, there was a drastic change in that happy status. Ward was dragged from Landsharks by security staff into the parking lot, and during this event he placed an emergency 911 call which was terminated after only one second.

After that, the outgoing young man wouldn't be seen again until October 23rd when construction workers downtown discovered his body floating in the White River.

Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan is Attacked - 1994
Sun, 01/06/2013 - 09:12, - 0 Comments

Kerrigan

Nancy Kerrigan

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 6, 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked after a practice session at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. The attack came just one day before the U.S. National Championships and one month before the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, in which Kerrigan was a gold medal favorite.

Cat caught sneaking saw, phone into Brazil prison
Sat, 01/05/2013 - 09:40, - 0 Comments

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A cat carrying a saw and a mobile phone was "detained" as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported on Saturday.

Prison guards were surprised when they saw a white cat crossing the main gate of the prison, its body wrapped with tape. A closer look showed the feline also carried drills, an earphone, a memory card, batteries and a phone charger.

All 263 detainees in the prison of Arapiraca, a city of 215,000 people in the state of Alagoas, are considered suspect in the plot, which is being investigated by local police.

"It's tough to find out who's responsible for the action as the cat doesn't speak," a prison spokesperson told local paper Estado de S.Paulo.

The cat was taken to an animal disease center to receive medical care.

The incident took place on New Year's day but was first reported by national media on Saturday.

United Mine Workers Union leader Jock Yablonski and his family are found murdered - 1970
Sat, 01/05/2013 - 09:25, - 0 Comments

Yablonski

Jock and Margaret Yablonski

by Michael Thomas Barry

On January 5, 1970, the bodies of dissident union leader Joseph "Jock" Yablonski, his wife, and daughter are discovered in their Clarksville, Pennsylvania farmhouse. The family had been dead for nearly a week, killed on New Years’ Eve by killers hired by the United Mine Workers (UMW) union leadership.

Detroit reports highest homicide rate in 20 years
Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:42, - 0 Comments

Associated Press

Violent crime in Detroit shadows the landscape like its rows of abandoned buildings, but now the city faces a new precedent, even as gun-related killings decline nationwide: More people were killed here last year than at any time in the past 20 years.

"America has a problem with guns, but the epicenter seems to be here in Detroit," Interim Detroit Police Chief Chester Logan said at a news conference Thursday, as city officials reported 386 criminal homicides in 2012, the highest since 1992.

"As the chief of police in the city of Detroit, I take a certain amount of blame for the spiraling gunplay in the city," he said, "but one of the things you should realize, and everybody here in this room should realize, is that gunplay is a national problem.”

Logan is correct: The United States is in the throes of another cultural self-examination about guns after the horrific deaths of 20 children and six adults at the hands of a 20-year-old gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Inmate ordered retried in '80 'waiting ever since'
Fri, 01/04/2013 - 10:49, - 0 Comments

GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jerry Hartfield was still a young man when an uncle visited him in prison to tell him that his murder conviction had been overturned and he would get a new trial.

Not long afterward, he was moved off of death row.

"A sergeant told me to pack my stuff and I wouldn't return. I've been waiting ever since for that new trial," Hartfield, now 56, said during a recent interview at the prison near Gatesville where he's serving life for the 1976 robbery and killing of a Bay City bus station worker. He says he's innocent.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Hartfield's murder conviction in 1980 because it found a potential juror improperly was dismissed for expressing reservations about the death penalty. The state tried twice but failed to get the court to re-examine that ruling, and on March 15, 1983 — 11 days after the court's second rejection — then-Gov. Mark White commuted Hartfield's sentence to life in prison.

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