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November 4, 1970, “Genie” Is Discovered, Exposing Bizarre Child Abuse Case - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 4, in the year 1970, “Genie” a feral child, who spent nearly all of the first thirteen years of her life locked inside a bedroom surrounded by chicken wire and strapped to a potty chair by day, was discovered by Los Angeles authorities.  She was a victim of one of the most severe cases of social isolation in American history.  “Genie” is the pseudonym given to the child by subsequent care givers, to protect her privacy.

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November 3, 1979, Five People Murdered At "Death to the Klan" Protest - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 3, in the year 1979, five protesters were shot dead and eleven others wounded by a group of Klansmen and neo-Nazis during a “Death to the Klan” rally in Greensboro, North Carolina.  These tragic murders are often referred to as the “Greensboro massacre”.  The shootings took place in broad daylight, some of which was taped by local television news crews.

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November 2, 1979, Assata Shakur Escapes From Federal Prison - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 2, in the year 1979, three members of the Black Liberation Army broke fellow BLA member Assata Shakur out of the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in Union Township, NJ.  Shakur was the step-aunt of deceased hip hop icon Tupac Shakur (the sister of his stepfather, Mutulu Shakur).

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Florida Supreme Court Accepts Jurisdiction In Drug Law Constitutionality Cases

The Florida Supreme Court has accepted jurisdiction to decide the constitutionality of Florida’s drug statutes pursuant to the request of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal.  Meanwhile, in another case, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal upheld the constitutionality of Florida’s drug law.

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November 1, 1950, Assassins Attempt To Kill President Harry Truman - Today In Crime History

On this day, November 1, in the year 1950, Puerto Rican nationalists Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempted to assassinate President Truman at the Blair House in Washington DC.  While Truman escaped unharmed, U.S. Secret Service officer Leslie Coffelt was killed in an exchange of gunfire.

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October 31, 1974, Ronald O’Bryan Murders 8 Year Old Son With Poison Laced Candy - Today in Crime History

On this day, October 31, in the year 1974, Ronald O'Bryan killed his 8-year-old son Timothy by giving him cyanide-laced trick-or-treat candy.

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October 28, 1919, Congress Criminalizes The Possession of Alcohol - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 28,  in the year 1919, the U.S. Congress passed the Volstead Act, which banned the possession of intoxicating beverages and ushered in the era known as Prohibition.  Across the entire United States it became a crime to manufacture, transport, import, export, sell, possess or consume alcoholic beverages.

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October 27, 1994, Government Reports U.S. Prison Population Doubled Within 10 Years - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 27, in the year 1994, the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, released a report documenting that the prison population in the United States exceeded, for the first time,  more than one million incarcerated individuals.  The number, which included those incarcerated in state and federal prisons (but did not include those incarcerated in jails), was more than double the prison population that had been reported in 1984.

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October 26, 1948, Abused Wife, Betty Ferreri, Kills Husband With Meat Cleaver - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 26, in the year 1948, Betty Ferreri killed her abusive husband, Jerry, with a meat cleaver, in their Los Angeles home with the assistance of handyman Alan Adron.

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October 25, 1957 - New York Mob Boss Murdered While Getting A Haircut - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 25,  in the year 1957, New York mob chieftain Albert Anastasia was gunned down while getting a haircut.

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October 24, 2002 - Beltway Snipers Arrested After Shooting 10 People In One Month - Today in Crime History

On this day, October 24, 2002, in the year 2002, law enforcement officers arrested the snipers who had been terrorizing the Washington, D.C. area over the course of 23 long days.

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Support for Marijuana Legalization Growing in Popularity

Gallup reports that fully 50% of those polled support the decriminalization of marijuana.  With arrests for cannabis increasing three fold since 1991, support for decriminalization has risen.

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October 20, 1990, 2 Live Crew Acquitted Of Obscenity Charges - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 20, in the year 1990, members of the musical group 2 Live Crew were acquitted of obscenity charges in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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October 19, 1982, John DeLorean Arrested With Briefcase Full Of Cocaine - Today in Crime History

On this day, October 19, in the year 1982, auto executive John DeLorean was arrested in a Los Angeles, California, airport motel with a briefcase containing pounds of cocaine.  According to law enforcement officials, DeLorean was trying to organize a huge drug deal in order to save his bankrupt automobile business, the DeLorean Motor Company.

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October 18, 1672 - Thomas Rood Executed By Hanging For The Crime Of Incest - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 18, in the year 1672, Thomas Rood was executed in Norwich, Connecticut for committing the crime of incest with his adult daughter.  Incest is generally defined as sexual intercourse between close relatives, though the exact definition and the degree of biological relationship, varies between individual states.

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October 17, 1931, Al Capone Convicted At Trial Of Income Tax Evasion - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 17,  in the year 1931, Chicago mob boss Al Capone was convicted at a jury trial in federal court of charges of income tax evasion.

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October 14, 1912, Teddy Roosevelt Shot During Campaign Stop - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 14, in 1912, saloon keeper John Schrank shot Theodore Roosevelt during a campaign stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.   Amazingly, with the .32-caliber bullet still in him, Roosevelt delivered his campaign speech anyway.

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In an editorial published on 10-13-11, the Herald-Tribune cites a host of problems associated with the Intoxilyzer currently being used throughout the State of Florida including incorrect measurements of breath volume, unreliable results, increased government costs, and wasted court time.

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October 13, 1999 - Grand Jury Dismissed Without Indictment In Ramsey Child Murder - Today in Crime History

On this day, October 13, in the year 1999, a grand jury investigation of the death of six year old JonBenet Ramsey ended without an indictment after more than one year.

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October 12, 1978, Sex Pistol’s Bassist Sid Vicious Charged With Murder - Today In Crime History

On this day, October 12, in the year 1978, Nancy Spungen, the twenty year old girlfriend of former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was found dead in a blood stained bathroom in their room at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, New York. Spungen had a single stab wound in her abdomen.  Police arrested Sid Vicious (real name John Simon Ritchie), who had given inconsistent descriptions of what happened.

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