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May 4, 1970, Four Kent State University Students Killed By Ohio National Guard - Today In Crime History

On this date, May 4, in the year 1970, four students were killed and nine others wounded when members of the Ohio National Guard opened fire during a Vietnam War protest.  Approximately 67 shots were fired by the guardsmen over thirteen seconds.  Jeffrey Glenn Miller, age 20, was shot through the mouth and killed instantly.  Allison B. Krause, age 19,was shot in the chest and died later that day.  William Knox Schroeder, age 19, was also shot in the  chest and died almost an hour later in a hospital while undergoing surgery.  Sandra Lee Scheuer, age 20, was shot in her neck and died within a few minutes from loss of blood.  Among the wounded was Dean R. Kahler, who was shot in the back, causing permanent paralysis from the chest down.  All of those killed or wounded were unarmed.

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April 30, 1871, Settlers In Arizona Murder More Than 100 Indian Women & Children - Today In Crime History

On this date, April 30, in the year 1871, more than one hundred Apache Indians in Arizona were murdered by local settlers in what became known as the Camp Grant massacre.  Apaches refer to the site as g’ashdla a cho o aa or “big sycamore standing there,” with the unspoken understanding of what took place.

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Trayvon Martin & The Rise Of A Lynch Mob Mentality

I suppose I should not write this.  I suppose I should just go with the flow created by the apparent overwhelming ground swell of the media and popular outrage over the Sanford Police Department’s failure to arrest George Zimmerman on a murder charge.  As a criminal defense attorney that knows well that the police are not only fallible but also capable of outright dishonesty, I still feel the need to speak in opposition to the idea that we can know with certainty the facts of this investigation by reading news reports or listening to popular media accounts.  As my friends and associates lineup on Facebook acknowledging that they have signed a petition essentially demanding that Zimmerman be immediately arrested, I can’t help but smell a lynch mob mentality that causes me to step back and urge caution.

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January 17, 1989, Patrick Purdy Kills Five School Children, Wounds Thirty Others - Today In Crime History

On this day, January 17, in the year 1989, at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, California, Patrick Purdy shot and killed five schoolchildren, and wounded 29 other children and one teacher, before committing suicide.  This event became known as the Cleveland School massacre.

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January 4, 1923, White Mob Destroys Small Black Community In Rosewood, Florida - Today In Crime History

On this date, January 4, in the year 1923, a white vigilante mob began a two day rampage, resulting in the burning and dislocation of the small Afro-American community of Rosewood Florida.

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January 2, 1932, Two Brothers Kill Six Police Officers Near Brookline, Missouri - Today In Crime History

On this date, January 2, in the year 1932, two brothers, Harry and Jennings Young, killed six law enforcement officers who were trying to arrest them just outside Brookline, Missouri.  Known as the “Young Brothers Massacre,” it was the worst single gun battle killing of U.S. police officers in the 20th century.

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December 30, 1994, Abortion Foe John Salvi Attacks Clinics in Brookline, MA, Killing Two - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 30, in the year 1994, John Salvi, III, carried out fatal attacks at two Planned Parenthood reproductive health clinics in Brookline, Massachusetts.  During the attacks he shot and killed two receptionists and wounded five other individuals.

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December 29, 1975, Bomb Explodes At La Guardia Airport Killing 11, Injuring 74 - Today In Crime History

On December 29, 1975, a bomb, with the blasting capacity of 25 sticks of dynamite, exploded in the main terminal at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, killing 11 and injuring 74 others.  The explosive device had been placed in a coin operated locker near a luggage pickup carousel.

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December 28, 1987, Ronald Simmons Kills 2, Later 14 Bodies Of Relatives Discovered, Today In Crime History

On this day, December 28, in the year 1987, Ronald Gene Simmons shot and killed two people and wounded three others in the course of a shooting rampage in the town of Russellville, Arkansas.  After police apprehended Simmons, they searched his home in nearby Dover, Arkansas, and discovered the bodies of 14 members of Simmons' family, all of whom had been murdered.

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December 15, 1927, Ed Hickman Kidnaps Child Which He Later Dismembers - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 15, 1927, William Edward Hickman abducted twelve year old Marion Parker from her school.  Hickman would later dismember her limbs, disembowel her and wire her eyes open to appear as though she was still alive. This crime has been referred to as the most horrible crime of the 1920’s.

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December 9, 1935, Newspaper Publisher Walter Liggett Murdered - Today In Crime History

On this date, December 9, in the year 1935, newspaper publisher Walter Liggett was murdered in an alley behind his home in Minneapolis.  Liggett, editor and founder of a weekly newspaper called The Midwest American, had published stories exposing links between Minnesota government officials and organized crime, leading many to conclude that he was killed to silence his disclosures.

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December 8, 1980, John Lennon Murdered In New York City - Today In Crime History

On this date, December 8, in the year 1980, John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, the rock group that transformed popular music in the 1960s, is shot and killed by Mark David Chapman.  He was shot at the entrance of the building where he lived, The Dakota, in New York City.   Lennon had just returned from Record Plant Studio with his wife, Yoko Ono.

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December 7, 1993, Man Opens Fire On Long Island Rail Road Commuter Train Killing Six - Today In Crime History

On this day, December 7, in the year 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire on the Long Island Rail Road commuter train from New York City, killing 6 and injuring 19 others.  Train passengers stopped the perpetrator by tackling and holding him down.

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November 29, 1864, Colorado Militia Murders More Than 100 Indian Women & Children - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 29, in the year 1864, a 750-man force of Colorado Territory militiamen attacked a village of friendly Cheyenne and Arapaho encamped in the southeastern part of the Colorado Territory, killing and mutilating an estimated 150–200 Indians, about two-thirds of whom were women and children.   These killings became known as the “Sand Creek Massacre”.

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November 22, 1994, Ex-Convict Kills Three & Himself At D.C. Police Headquarters - Today In Crime History

On this date, November 22, in the year 1994,  Ex-con Bennie Lee Lawson, Jr., entered the Cold Case Squad room at the D.C. Metropolitan Police Headquarters armed with a semi-automatic firearm and opened fire killing two FBI Agents and a D.C. Metro Police Sergeant, before killing himself.

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November 16, 1957, Woman’s Headless Body Found Hanging Upside-down In Shed - Today in Crime History

On this date, November 16, in the year 1957, law enforcement officers went to Edward Gein's Wisconsin farmhouse and found Bernice Worden's headless corpse hanging upside down in a shed.

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November 15, 1959, Four Members Of Herbert Clutter Family Murdered - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 15, in the year 1959, ex-convicts Richard Hickock and Perry Smith brutally murdered Herbert Clutter, his wife, and two children in their rural Holcumb, Kansas, farmhouse.

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November 14, 1991, Fired U.S. Postal Service Employee Goes On Shooting Rampage - Today in Crime History

On this day, November 14, in the year 1991, Thomas McIlvane killed five people, including himself, in a Michican post office, after being fired from the Postal Service for "insubordination."

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November 10, 1924, Chicago North Side Mob Boss Dean O’Banion Killed In Flower Shop - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 10,  in the year 1924, Chicago North Side mob boss Dean O'Banion was shot and killed in the back of the Schofield flower shop which served as his criminal headquarters.

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November 9, 1971, Sunday School Teacher Murders Family, Disappears For 18 Years - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 9, in the year 1971, John Emil List slaughtered his entire family, including his mother, in their Westfield, New Jersey, home and then disappeared.  Though law enforcement quickly identified List as the most likely suspect in the homicides, it took 18 years for them to locate and arrest him.

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