563 - Feb 26, 1870: Wyatt Outlaw Killed
Wyatt Outlaw, a Black man and town police officer, was kidnapped and hanged by a mob of Ku Klux Klan members. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Fri, 26 Feb 2021
562 - Feb 25, 2015: Shooting in Sejong, South Korea
Even with South Korea’s strict gun laws, a jilted lover decided to exact revenge on his ex-lover’s family, with deadly results. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thu, 25 Feb 2021
561 - Feb 24, 1986: Sherri Rasmussen Murdered
Newlywed Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in her Van Nuys home. Her killer was an LAPD officer. Guest hosted by Kate Leonard of Criminal Couples, a Spotify Original from Parcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Wed, 24 Feb 2021
560 - Feb 23, 2002: Betancourt and Rojas Kidnapped
Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and her campaign manager Clara Rojas were kidnapped by the guerrilla group known as FARC.
Tue, 23 Feb 2021
559 - Feb 22, 1978: Jean-Bedel Bokassa’s Birthday
The Emperor of Central Africa turned 57 on this day in history — his first birthday since his coronation two months earlier.
Mon, 22 Feb 2021
558 - Feb 21, 1994: Aldrich Ames Arrested
After years of suspecting a spy, the FBI arrested CIA agent Aldrich Ames and charged him with multiple counts of espionage and tax fraud.
Sun, 21 Feb 2021
557 - Feb 20, 1998: Chevie Kehoe Pleads Guilty
In Spokane, Washington, white supremacist Chevie Kehoe pleaded guilty to charges related to a prolonged shootout with police.
Sat, 20 Feb 2021
556 - Feb 19, 1983: Wah Mee Massacre
Three men robbed Seattle’s underground Wah Mee Club and killed nearly everyone inside. One man survived to seek justice.
Fri, 19 Feb 2021
555 - Feb 18, 1949: Gary Ridgway Is Born
One of history’s most prolific serial killers, known as “The Green River Killer,” was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thu, 18 Feb 2021
554 - Feb 17, 2014: Breck Bednar Murdered
Shortly after 14-year-old Breck Bednar went to meet a friend he had made online, images of his dead body were circulated online. Guest hosted by Greg Polcyn from Serial Killers, a Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 17 Feb 2021
553 - Feb 16, 1929: Ned Doheny Jr. Murdered
The son of an infamous oil tycoon died in a mysterious murder-suicide.
Tue, 16 Feb 2021
552 - Feb 15, 1933: Giuseppe Zangara Attempts to Assassinate FDR
A 32-year-old bricklayer mortally wounded Anton Cermak, the Mayor of Chicago, at a rally — though his intended target was President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Mon, 15 Feb 2021
551 - Feb 14, 1530: Last King of Michoacán Executed
Indigenous Purépechan monarch Tangaxuan II was burned at the stake by Spanish conquistador Nuño de Guzmán.
Sun, 14 Feb 2021
550 - Feb 13, 1917: Alleged WWI Spy Arrested
French authorities arrested a sex worker known as Mata Hari in Paris, believing she was a spy for Germany during World War I.
Sat, 13 Feb 2021
549 - Feb 12, 2010: University of Alabama Shooting
Fifty minutes into a routine faculty meeting, assistant professor Amy Bishop opened fire on her colleagues.
Fri, 12 Feb 2021
548 - Feb 11, 2011: Brooklyn Slasher Begins Killing Spree
Driven by paranoia and rage, small-time drug dealer Maksim Gelman killed four people and injured five more.
Thu, 11 Feb 2021
547 - Feb 10, 2013: The Whereabouts of Christopher Dorner
The LAPD posted a $1 million reward for information on an ex-cop whose revenge-fueled shooting spree claimed four lives. Guest hosted by Lanie Hobbs from Crimes of Passion, a Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 10 Feb 2021
546 - Feb 9, 2015: David Messerschmitt Murdered
While preparing for a hotel rendezvous with a man he met online, David Messerschmitt was instead accosted by a woman and stabbed to death.
Tue, 09 Feb 2021
545 - Feb 8, 1587: Mary Queen of Scots Beheaded
A crowd of people gathered to witness the execution of the one-time Queen of Scotland and France.
Mon, 08 Feb 2021
544 - Feb 7, 2012: Somali Pirates Capture “Free Goddess”
The Greek cargo ship and its crew of 21 Filipino sailors were held captive for eight months as Somali pirates negotiated for ransom.
Sun, 07 Feb 2021
543 - Feb 6, 1577: Beatrice Cenci Is Born
The Italian noblewoman was later convicted in the murder of her abusive father, and sentenced to death by Pope Clement VIII.
Sat, 06 Feb 2021
542 - Feb 5, 2012: The Powell Family Murders
Three years after their mother disappeared, 5-year-old Braden and 7-year-old Charlie were murdered by their father during a custody visit.
Fri, 05 Feb 2021
541 - Feb 4, 1974: M62 Coach Bombing
In Northern England, a 50-pound bomb exploded on a bus that was carrying British Armed Forces personnel and their families on the M62 motorway.
Thu, 04 Feb 2021
540 - Feb 3, 1971: Frank Serpico Is Shot
In what many believe was a set-up meant to silence him, NYPD Detective Frank Serpico was shot while making a drug bust. Guest hosted by Ash and Alaina from Crime Countdown, a Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 03 Feb 2021
539 - Feb 2, 2013: American Sniper Murdered
At a gun range in Texas, ex-Marine Eddie Routh shot and killed former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield.
Tue, 02 Feb 2021
538 - Feb 1, 2012: Israel Keyes Kidnaps Samantha Koenig
Keyes kidnapped 18-year-old Samantha from where she worked in Anchorage, Alaska. When police caught him, he was unmasked as a cunning killer with many more victims.
Mon, 01 Feb 2021
537 - Jan 31, 1874: James-Younger Train Robbery
Jesse James and his gang of outlaws rode into Gads Hill, Missouri and staged a train robbery.
Sun, 31 Jan 2021
536 - Jan 30, 1835: First Presidential Assassination Attempt
After being shot at twice, Andrew Jackson used his cane to fend off his attacker, Richard Lawrence.
Sat, 30 Jan 2021
535 - Jan 29, 2001: Gus Dur Jakarta Protests
In Indonesia, thousands of student protestors marched through Jakarta, calling for the resignation of President Abdurrahman Wahid.
Fri, 29 Jan 2021
534 - Jan 28, 1829: William Burke Hanged
The infamous Edinburgh bodysnatcher was publicly hanged after murdering over a dozen people with his partner in crime, William Hare, and selling their bodies to a professor.
Thu, 28 Jan 2021
533 - Jan 27, 2000: Bobby Glass Pleads Guilty
In an apparent case of consensual murder, Bobby Glass bound and tortured Sharon Lopatka to death after weeks of exchanging sexually explicit emails. Guest hosted by Molly Brandenburg from Conspiracy Theories, a Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 27 Jan 2021
532 - Jan 26, 1983: Dennis Nilsen Commits Last Murder
Scottish serial killer and necrophiliac Dennis Nilsen claimed his fifteenth and final victim, Stephen Sinclair.
Tue, 26 Jan 2021
531 - Jan 25, 1993: Shooting at CIA Headquarters
Enraged by American imperialism in the Middle East, Mir Aimal Kansi opened fire outside of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
Mon, 25 Jan 2021
530 - Jan 24, 2006: Banaz Mahmod Murdered
The 20-year-old daughter of Kurdish immigrants living in South London was raped and murdered at the behest of her father, who believed she had brought shame to the family.
Sun, 24 Jan 2021
529 - Jan 23, 1888: Daniel Driscoll Hanged
The co-leader of a notorious gang in New York City called the Whyos was hanged after he was convicted of first-degree murder.
Sat, 23 Jan 2021
528 - Jan 22, 1973: Roe v. Wade
In a famously controversial decision, the U.S. Supreme Court established a woman’s legal right to an abortion.
Fri, 22 Jan 2021
527 - Jan 21, 1970: Timothy Leary Convicted
Psychedelics researcher and former Harvard professor Dr. Timothy Leary was convicted of smuggling drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Thu, 21 Jan 2021
526 - Jan 20, 1649: Charles I Charged With Treason
Charles I of England faced charges of high crimes and treason stemming from the English Civil War. Guest hosted by Carter Roy from Conspiracy Theories, a Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 20 Jan 2021
525 - Jan 19, 1969: Czech Student Self-Immolates
20-year-old Jan Palach died three days after setting himself on fire in a protest against Soviet invasion. The act was a rallying cry for his country then, and again twenty years later during the fall of Czechoslovakia’s communist regime.
Tue, 19 Jan 2021
524 - Jan 18, 1978: U.K. Guilty of Mistreating Irish Prisoners
In a controversial ruling that set a precedent for state-sanctioned violence, the European Court of Human Rights found the United Kingdom guilty of mistreating — but not torturing — Irish Catholic prisoners.
Mon, 18 Jan 2021
523 - Jan 17, 1950: The Great Brink’s Robbery
A group of eleven men stole millions of dollars from an armored car depot belonging to the Brink’s company. It was the largest heist in U.S. history at the time.
Sun, 17 Jan 2021
522 - Jan 16, 1997: Ennis Cosby Murdered
The son of actor Bill Cosby was murdered in cold blood after he stopped to fix a flat tire on the side of a California freeway.
Sat, 16 Jan 2021
521 - Jan 15, 1947: Black Dahlia Murder
Elizabeth Short’s mutilated body was found on this day in a Los Angeles suburb. Her unsolved murder remains one of the city’s oldest — and most famous — cold cases.
Fri, 15 Jan 2021
520 - Jan 14, 1946: Harold Shipman Born
The doctor is considered one of the most notorious serial killers in English history. He’s believed to have killed over 250 people while practicing medicine.
Thu, 14 Jan 2021
519 - Jan 13, 1931: The Trial of Daisy DeVoe
In a case that became legendary, the secretary for silent film star Clara Bow was put on trial for stealing from her employer. Guest hosted by Richard Rossner from Dictators, a Parcast Original from Spotify.
Wed, 13 Jan 2021
518 - Jan 12, 1971: The Harrisburg Seven Indicted
A group of liberal Catholic activists stood accused of numerous charges, including damage to federal buildings and a conspiracy to kidnap foreign affairs advisor Henry Kissinger.
Tue, 12 Jan 2021
517 - Jan 11, 2012: Joran van der Sloot Pleads Guilty
The 24-year-old, who had been accused in 2005 of murdering Natalee Holloway in a highly publicized case, admitted to murdering Stephany Flores in Peru.
Mon, 11 Jan 2021
516 - Jan 10, 1645: Archbishop of Canterbury Beheaded
The disgraced William Laud was imprisoned in the Tower of London for nearly five years before facing an axeman.
Sun, 10 Jan 2021
515 - Jan 9, 1992: William Suff Arrested
A traffic violation exposed a notorious serial killer who had eluded police for years in Riverside, California.
Sat, 09 Jan 2021
514 - Jan 8, 2011: Gabrielle Giffords Shot
The Arizona congresswoman was shot by 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner at a public event in Tucson.
Fri, 08 Jan 2021
513 - Jan 7, 1131: Knud Lavard Murdered
The Danish prince was ambushed in Haraldsted Forest by his cousin Magnus, who was desperate to preserve his own claim to the throne.
Thu, 07 Jan 2021
512 - Jan 6, 2005: KKK Organizer Arrested
Preacher and Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen was arrested for the 1964 murders of three voter registration workers in Mississippi. Guest hosted by Alastair Murden from Superstitions, a Parcast Original from Spotify.
Wed, 06 Jan 2021
511 - Jan 5, 1941: Amy Johnson Disappears
The British pilot bailed out of her plane over the Thames Estuary, never to be recovered from the icy water.
Tue, 05 Jan 2021
510 - Jan 4, 1903: Topsy the Elephant Executed
The circus elephant’s death was delivered by a 7000-volt shock after her owners failed to find new buyers for the troublesome leviathan.
Mon, 04 Jan 2021
509 - Jan 3, 1972: John Wayne Gacy’s First Murder
Notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy, who would eventually kill at least 33 people, murdered his first victim: 16-year-old Timothy Jack McCoy.
Sun, 03 Jan 2021
508 - Jan 2, 2006: Thomas Montgomery’s Doomed Catfishing Affair
46-year-old Montgomery wrote a note to himself willing a full transformation into his internet persona. Months later, he murdered his online girlfriend’s other online beau.
Sat, 02 Jan 2021
507 - Jan 1, 2017: Istanbul Nightclub Shooting
The attack, carried out by Islamic terrorist Abdulkadir Masharipov, killed 39 people and injured upwards of 70 people.
Fri, 01 Jan 2021
506 - December 31, 1990: Robert Spahalski’s First Victim
24-year-old Moraine Armstrong was the first victim of serial killer Robert Spahalski, who confessed to the crime over a decade later.
Thu, 31 Dec 2020
505 - December 30, 2006: Saddam Hussein Executed
The former president of Iraq was found guilty for crimes against humanity and executed by hanging. Guest hosted by Kate Leonard from Daily Quote, a Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 30 Dec 2020
504 - December 29, 1170: Thomas Becket Slain
It was a murder that would live in infamy: Four knights loyal to King Henry II killed the Archbishop of Canterbury following a failed attempt to arrest him for crimes against the crown.
Tue, 29 Dec 2020
503 - December 28, 1987: Ronald Gene Simmons Murders
The largest familial massacre in U.S. history was part of a week-long killing spree that left 16 people dead.
Mon, 28 Dec 2020
502 - December 27, 1997: Irish Paramilitary Leader Murdered
37-year-old Billy Wright, who had established a fearsome reputation during a period known as the Troubles, was shot to death in a maximum-security prison.
Sun, 27 Dec 2020
501 - December 26, 1994: Terrorists Hijack Air France Flight 8969
Four members of the Armed Islamic Group of Algeria hijacked a plane, intending to detonate it above the Eiffel Tower.
Sat, 26 Dec 2020
500 - December 25, 1950: Stone of Destiny Stolen
Scottish nationalists broke into Westminster Abbey in London and stole the Stone of Destiny, an ancient symbol of Scottish royalty.
Fri, 25 Dec 2020
499 - December 24, 1997: “Carlos the Jackal” Sentenced
International terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, also known as Carlos the Jackal, received a life sentence for murders he committed in 1975.
Thu, 24 Dec 2020
498 - December 23, 1974: Three Go Missing From Texas Mall
A trio of young girls vanished from a mall in Fort Worth, Texas. Their disappearance remains unsolved. Guest hosted by Tim Johnson from the Parcast series Today in Music History.
Wed, 23 Dec 2020
497 - December 22, 1715: “The Old Pretender” Lands In Scotland
After a lifetime of exile in France, 27-year-old James Edward arrived in Scotland to lead an uprising and claim the throne of England.
Tue, 22 Dec 2020
496 - December 21, 2001: Larry Mayes Freed
After 21 years in prison, Mayes’ wrongful conviction was overturned. He became the 100th person in the U.S. to be liberated due to advances in DNA testing.
Mon, 21 Dec 2020
495 - December 20, 1917: Cheka Secret Police Founded
The All-Russian Extraordinary Commission for Combating Counterrevolution and Sabotage — Cheka for short — was a secret government organization, and precursor to the infamous KGB.
Sun, 20 Dec 2020
494 - December 19, 1986: Andrei Sakharov Released from Exile
Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov was once the country’s leading scientist. In 1980, he was arrested and exiled to the city of Gorky, where he and his wife spent 6 years in isolation.
Sat, 19 Dec 2020
493 - December 18, 1948: Edmund Kemper Is Born
One of America’s most infamous serial killers, Ed Kemper, was born on this day in 1948 in Burbank, California.
Fri, 18 Dec 2020
492 - December 17, 1967: Australian Prime Minister Swept Out to Sea
Harold Holt was out for a swim when he disappeared, never to be recovered. Officially, there was no foul play. Unofficially, conspiracy theories swirled.
Thu, 17 Dec 2020
491 - December 16, 1773: Boston Tea Party
In one of the country’s first instances of peaceful public protest, 100 American colonists dumped 45 tons of tea into Boston Harbor. Guest hosted by Alastair Murden, host of the Parcast series Medical Murders.
Wed, 16 Dec 2020
490 - December 15, 1944: Glenn Miller Disappears
A single-engine plane carrying popular bandleader and U.S. Army Major Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel.
Tue, 15 Dec 2020
489 - December 14, 2000: Edmond Pope Released from Russian Prison
President Vladimir Putin pardoned Pope, a former U.S. naval-intelligence officer, after he’d been convicted of espionage in Moscow.
Mon, 14 Dec 2020
488 - December 13, 2016: Pizzagate Attack
Edgar Maddison Welch was charged after storming a Washington D.C. pizzeria with his AR-15 rifle, believing it to be ground zero of a conspiracy theory involving pedophilia.
Sun, 13 Dec 2020
487 - December 12, 2018: Grease Vent Thief Caught
A botched burglary left a would-be thief stuck in the grease vent of an abandoned Chinese restaurant. He was trapped for two days.
Sat, 12 Dec 2020
486 - December 11, 2001: Operation Buccaneer
U.S. Law Enforcement launched a successful initiative against online piracy, seizing computers across the country and shutting down a group called Drink or Die.
Fri, 11 Dec 2020
485 - December 10, 1945: Lipstick Killer Murder
Frances Brown was one of three victims of the self-titled “Lipstick Killer,” who left a message for police on Brown’s living room wall written in the victim’s lipstick.
Thu, 10 Dec 2020
484 - December 9, 2008: Illinois Governor Arrested
Rod Blagojevich, nicknamed “Governor Sunshine,” was arrested by FBI agents on bribery and conspiracy charges. Guest hosted by Greg Polcyn of the Parcast series Serial Killers.
Wed, 09 Dec 2020
483 - December 8, 1980: John Lennon Assassinated
The world-famous rock star and advocate for world peace was murdered in broad daylight in New York.
Tue, 08 Dec 2020
482 - December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor Attacked
The surprise attack on the U.S. naval base killed over 2,400 U.S. soldiers, sailors and civilians, and thrust the nation into war.
Mon, 07 Dec 2020
481 - December 6, 1993: Former Priest Sentenced
James R. Porter was sentenced to 18 to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing 28 children. The Boston Archdiocese had been complicit in covering up his crimes.
Sun, 06 Dec 2020
480 - December 5, 1872: Ghost Ship Found in the Atlantic
The crew of the Dei Gratia found the abandoned Mary Celeste drifting in open water. The ship was largely intact, but no passengers were aboard, and its crew was never found.
Sat, 05 Dec 2020
479 - December 4, 1971: McGurk’s Bar Bombing
In one of the deadliest bombings in Irish history, an explosion destroyed McGurk’s Bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Fri, 04 Dec 2020
478 - December 3, 1792: King Louis XVI’s Trial
The French National Convention resolved to put the king on trial for committing high crimes against France throughout his 18-year reign.
Thu, 03 Dec 2020
477 - December 2, 1993: Pablo Escobar Killed
The infamous drug lord was killed in a shootout with Colombian law enforcement. Guest hosted by Carter Roy from Unsolved Murders, a Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 02 Dec 2020
476 - December 1, 1955: Rosa Parks Arrested
The civil rights activist was arrested by Montgomery police for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.
Tue, 01 Dec 2020
475 - November 30, 2001: Former Sheriff Charged
Sidney Dorsey, former DeKalb County Sheriff in Georgia, was arrested for the murder of Sherriff-elect Derwin Brown after losing his bid for re-election.
Mon, 30 Nov 2020
474 - November 29, 1994: Julianne Stallman Murdered
The brutality of the still-unsolved murder shocked Butte, Montana.
Sun, 29 Nov 2020
473 - November 28, 1992: King William’s Town Golf Club Attack
In a time of extreme racial tensions in South Africa, militant gunmen opened fire in a country club, killing four people and injuring twenty.
Sat, 28 Nov 2020
472 - November 27, 1970: Pope Paul VI Attacked
It was the first modern papal assassination attempt: A Bolivian painter disguised as a priest attacked the pope while he was visiting the Philippines.
Fri, 27 Nov 2020
471 - November 26, 1975: “Squeaky” Fromme Found Guilty
One of the most committed members of the Manson Family tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford.
Thu, 26 Nov 2020
470 - November 25, 1986: Iran-Contra Scandal Revealed
President Reagan stunned reporters — and the world — at a press briefing weeks after a Lebanese magazine reported the U.S. had sold weapons to Iran. Guest hosted by Molly Brandenburg of Unexplained Mysteries, a Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 25 Nov 2020
469 - November 24, 1946: Serial Killer Ted Bundy Is Born
The notorious murderer, who grew up believing his mother was his sister, displayed a penchant for violence from a young age.
Tue, 24 Nov 2020
468 - November 23, 1985: EgyptAir Hijacking
One of the deadliest airliner attacks in history began when gunmen hijacked EgyptAir Flight 648 en route to Cairo.
Mon, 23 Nov 2020
467 - November 22, 2019: William Hargrove Found Guilty
A dramatic love triangle ends in murder, and an Oregon man named William Hargrove is convicted for killing his 27-year-old Russian fiancée.
Sun, 22 Nov 2020
466 - November 21, 1987: Oakdale Prison Siege
After news broke that Cuban inmates were subject to new deportation orders, detainees at a federal prison in Louisiana united in an attempt to overtake the prison.
Sat, 21 Nov 2020
465 - November 20, 1945: Nuremberg Trials Begin
Nearly two dozen Nazis went on trial in Nuremberg, Germany to answer for atrocities committed during World War II.
Fri, 20 Nov 2020
464 - November 19, 1998: Clinton’s Impeachment Inquiry
President Bill Clinton was charged with lying under oath and obstruction of justice. This day marked the first of several hearings that resulted in the president’s impeachment.
Thu, 19 Nov 2020
463 - November 18, 1978: Jonestown Massacre
Cult leader Jim Jones ordered the mass murder-suicide of hundreds of his followers. Guest hosted by Wenndy Mackenzie from Solved Murders, a Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 18 Nov 2020
462 - November 17, 1878: King Umberto Assassination Attempt
The anarchist Giovanni Passannante attempted to assassinate the king of Italy, whose reign had proved contentious.
Tue, 17 Nov 2020
461 - November 16, 1885: Rebel Louis Riel Executed
The Canadian rebel had led a group of the native Métis people in an uprising against the government.
Mon, 16 Nov 2020
460 - November 15, 1902: Anarchist Attempt to Murder a King
43-year-old Gennero Rubino was a spy before he became an anarchist. To prove his loyalty to the anarchist cause, he tried to assassinate the king of Belgium, Leopold II.
Sun, 15 Nov 2020
459 - November 14, 1881: Trial for Presidential Assassin Begins
Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for the assassination of U.S. President James Garfield. It was the first high-profile case where the insanity plea was seriously considered.
Sat, 14 Nov 2020
458 - November 13, 2000: Polish Businessman Goes Missing
Dariusz Janiszewski’s body was found four weeks after his disappearance, with a noose around his neck. A graphic novel provided clues for the investigation.
Fri, 13 Nov 2020
457 - November 12, 1948: Tojo Hideki Sentenced
The former Prime Minister of Japan was found guilty of committing war crimes during WWII, and sentenced to death.
Thu, 12 Nov 2020
456 - November 11, 1934: Charles Manson Born
The man who became a notorious criminal was born to a young mother in Cincinnati, Ohio. Guest hosted by Tim Johnson from Today In Music History, a Spotify Original from Parcast,
Wed, 11 Nov 2020
455 - November 10, 1898: The Wilmington Riots
White supremacists sparked deadly riots in Wilmington, North Carolina. Their hateful actions resulted in the only successful coup d’etat ever to take place on American soil.
Tue, 10 Nov 2020
454 - November 9, 1938: Revenge Killing Used to Ignite Kristallnacht
Nazi diplomat Ernst vom Rath died after being shot by Polish-German Jew Herschel Grynszpan. His death became the pretext for Kristallnacht, one of the most violent attacks against Jewish people in Nazi Germany.
Mon, 09 Nov 2020
453 - November 8, 1993: Swedish Art Heist
A massive art heist in Sweden’s Museum of Modern Art saw thieves plundering works by Picasso and Braque, valued altogether at $52 million.
Sun, 08 Nov 2020
452 - November 7, 1837: Mob Kills Elijah Lovejoy
Abolitionist and newspaper editor Elijak Lovejoy was killed in Alton, Illinois by a mob of white supremacists. His murder emboldened others to speak out against slavery.
Sat, 07 Nov 2020
451 - November 6, 1967: Bobby BeauSoleil’s 20th Birthday
This musician moved to LA and became involved with the infamous Manson Family. Two years later, he was charged for the murder of fellow artist Gary Hinman.
Fri, 06 Nov 2020
450 - November 5, 1872: Susan B. Anthony Casts Illegal Vote
Risking jail time and a steep fine, Susan B. Anthony cast her ballot in a U.S. federal election. It was part of a law-breaking strategy to help women gain the right to vote.
Thu, 05 Nov 2020
449 - November 4, 1985: Vitaly Yerchenko Redefects
When high-level KGB officer Vitaly Yurchenko announced his return to the Soviet Union just three months after defecting to the U.S., many questioned whether his defection was a ploy. Guest hosted by Greg Polcyn from Haunted Places, a Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 04 Nov 2020
448 - November 3, 1979: The Greensboro Massacre
A group of Klansmen and Neo-Nazies attacked protestors at a 1979 anti-Klan rally in North Carolina.
Tue, 03 Nov 2020
447 - November 2, 1999: Hawaii’s Xerox Murders
Still suffering the fallout of a car accident twenty years earlier, disgruntled Xerox technician Byran Uyesugi murdered several of his coworkers in 1999.
Mon, 02 Nov 2020
446 - November 1, 2020: Truman Assassination Attempt
On this day in 1950, two members of the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party attempted to assassinate President Harry S. Truman. Their ultimate gameplan was to secure Puerto Rican independence from America.
Sun, 01 Nov 2020
445 - October 31, 2020: Indian Prime Minister Assassinated
On this day in 1984, India’s first female P.M., Indira Gandhi, was assassinated outside of her home in New Delhi.
Sat, 31 Oct 2020
444 - October 30, 2020: Nat Turner Apprehended
On this day in 1831, Nat Turner was apprehended in Southampton County, Virginia, weeks after leading the bloodiest slave uprising in U.S. history.
Fri, 30 Oct 2020
443 - October 29, 2020: Death of McKinley’s Assassin
On this day in 1901, 28-year-old Leon Czolgosz was executed via electric chair for fatally shooting U.S. President William McKinley.
Thu, 29 Oct 2020
442 - October 28, 2020: H.H. Holmes Murder Trial Begins
On this day in 1895, serial killer H.H. Holmes went on trial for murder in Philadelphia. He refused a court appointed lawyer, opting to defend himself.
Wed, 28 Oct 2020
441 - October 27, 2020: Quakers Hanged for Being Quakers
On this day in 1659, William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson became the first Quakers to be executed for their religion in America.
Tue, 27 Oct 2020
440 - October 26, 2020: Verdict for Murderer of Expectant Mother
On this day in 2007, Lisa Montgomery was given the death penalty for murdering 8-months-pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett and cutting the baby from her womb.
Mon, 26 Oct 2020
439 - October 25, 2020: Teapot Dome Scandal
On this day in 1929, President Harding’s interior secretary, Albert B. Fall, was found guilty of accepting a bribe while in office.
Sun, 25 Oct 2020
438 - October 24, 2020: UK Closes Syrian Embassy
On this day in 1986, the British government cut diplomatic ties with Syria over a failed airplane bombing — an attack that was allegedly planned by Syrian intelligence.
Sat, 24 Oct 2020
437 - October 23, 2020: Christ Miracle Healing Shootout
On this day in 1982, police in southern Arizona engaged in a deadly shootout with members of the Christ Miracle Healing Center and Church.
Fri, 23 Oct 2020
436 - October 22, 2020: Pretty Boy Floyd Killed
On this day in 1934, Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd died after a shootout with the police. He was wanted for the Kansas City Massacre, a violent altercation in July 1933 that took the lives of three police officers and one FBI agent.
Thu, 22 Oct 2020
435 - October 21, 2020: Elizabeth Olten Murdered
On this day in 2009, Alyssa Bustamante killed her 9-year-old next-door neighbor, Elizabeth Olten. Bustamante was only 15 when she committed the murder.
Wed, 21 Oct 2020
434 - October 20, 2020: Man Illegally Jumps Over Niagara Falls
On this day in 2003, 40-year-old Kirk Jones threw himself over Niagara Falls... and miraculously survived.
Tue, 20 Oct 2020
433 - October 19, 2020: Robert Lee Yates, Jr. Pleads Guilty
On this day in 2000, serial killer Robert Lee Yates, Jr. pled guilty to thirteen murders. It marked an end to Yates’ nearly 25-year murder spree.
Mon, 19 Oct 2020
432 - October 18, 2020: Benjamin Moloise Hangs
On this day in 1985, South African authorities executed Black activist Benjamin Moloise after he was convicted of murdering a police officer.
Sun, 18 Oct 2020
431 - October 17, 2020: Al Capone Convicted
On this day in 1931, 32-year-old gangster Al Capone was convicted of income tax evasion, finally ending his violent reign as ‘Public Enemy Number One.’
Sat, 17 Oct 2020
430 - October 16, 2020: Lesley Ann Downey Found Dead
On this day in 1965, British police found the body of missing 10-year-old girl, Lesley Ann Downey. Lesley was one of the five young victims of serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.
Fri, 16 Oct 2020
429 - October 15, 2020: Clarence Thomas Confirmed to Supreme Court
On this day in 1991, Clarence Thomas was narrowly confirmed to the Supreme Court — despite allegations of sexual harassment by Thomas’s former aide, Anita Hill.
Thu, 15 Oct 2020
428 - October 14, 2020: Theodore Roosevelt Assassination Attempt
On this day in 1912, saloonkeeper John Schrank shot U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt. The bullet remained lodged in Roosevelt’s chest for the rest of his life.
Wed, 14 Oct 2020
427 - October 13, 2020: Death of Emperor Claudius
On this day in the year 54 CE, Roman Emperor Claudius was poisoned by his wife Agrippina.
Tue, 13 Oct 2020
426 - October 12, 2020: Sex Pistols Girlfriend Found Dead
On this day in 1978, 20-year-old Nancy Spungen — the girlfriend of former Sex Pistols’ bassist Sid Vicious — was found dead. She had succumbed to a stab wound on a hotel bathroom floor…
Mon, 12 Oct 2020
425 - October 11, 2020: Ken Bridges Shot While Gassing Up His Car
On this day in 2002, a Black businessman named Kenneth Bridges died in a random shooting. His murderers came to be known as the Beltway Snipers for their senseless three-week killing spree.
Sun, 11 Oct 2020
424 - October 10, 2020: A.P. Report on the Zetas
On this day in 2003, the Associated Press first reported on a dangerous Mexican drug cartel known as the Zetas.
Sat, 10 Oct 2020
423 - October 9, 2020: Aileen Wuornos Executed
On this day in 2002, serial killer Aileen Wuornos was executed by the state of Florida. Twelve years earlier, Aileen murdered as many as seven men in cold blood.
Fri, 09 Oct 2020
422 - October 8, 2020: Hungerford Memorial
On this day in 1987, the town of Hungerford in Berkshire, England held a memorial service for 16 residents—all of whom were slain in a vicious shooting spree.
Thu, 08 Oct 2020
421 - October 7, 2020: Secondary School Student Stabbed By Classmates
On this day in 2019, four students attacked their classmate, 14 year-old Devan Bracci-Selvey. Devan was stabbed to death outside of his high school in Hamilton, Ontario. Guest hosted by Alastair Murden, host of Superstitions, the new Spotify Original from Parcast.
Wed, 07 Oct 2020
420 - October 6, 2020: Reno Brothers Train Robbery
On this day in 1866, the notorious Reno Brothers and their gang committed the first successful peacetime train robbery in history.
Tue, 06 Oct 2020
419 - October 5, 2020: Hollywood’s Black Friday
On this day in 1945, police clashed with striking workers outside of the Warner Brothers Studio. The incident forever changed labor relations in the Motion Picture Industry.
Mon, 05 Oct 2020
418 - October 4, 2020: Battle of Cable Street
On this day in 1936, the British Union of Fascists violently clashed with antifascist organizations. Over 150 people were injured in the confrontation.
Sun, 04 Oct 2020
417 - October 3, 2020: Irish Republican Army Ceases Hunger Striked
On this day in 1981, Northern Ireland’s H-Block Hunger Strike ended after 217 days. The movement sought better treatment for inmates at Long Kesh Prison.
Sat, 03 Oct 2020
416 - October 2, 2020: John André Hanged
On this day in 1780, a British spy named John André was hanged by American revolutionaries. He had been caught conspiring with the notorious Benedict Arnold.
Fri, 02 Oct 2020
415 - October 1, 2020: The Tylenol Murders
On this day in 1982, the seventh victim of the Tylenol Murderer was found dead in her Chicago, Illinois home. The killer’s crime would forever change the way medication is packaged.
Thu, 01 Oct 2020
414 - September 30, 2020: U.S. Releases Soviet Spy Zakharov
On this day in 1986, Gennadi Zakharov, a Soviet spy, spent four minutes in a Brooklyn Courtroom before promptly being let go. Guest hosted by Alastair Murden from Haunted Places: Ghost Stories.
Wed, 30 Sep 2020
413 - September 29, 2020: Francisco Macis Nguema Executed
On this day in 1979, Francisco Macías Nguema, the brutal dictator of Equatorial Guinea, was executed for crimes against humanity.
Tue, 29 Sep 2020
412 - September 28, 2020: Duke Wenceslaus Killed
On this day in 935 CE, the Duke of Bohemia, Wenceslaus was assassinated by his younger brother, Prince Boleslaus.
Mon, 28 Sep 2020
411 - September 27, 2020: Jack the Ripper’s “Dear Boss” Letter
On this day in 1888, London’s Central News Agency received the first piece of correspondence from the Victorian era serial killer known as Jack the Ripper.
Sun, 27 Sep 2020
410 - September 26, 2020: “Kansas City Butcher” Kills
On this day in 1985, Robert Berdella Jr. AKA the Kansas City Butcher, brutally abused and murdered his fourth victim, James Ferris.
Sat, 26 Sep 2020
409 - September 25, 2020: Bill Cosby Sentenced
On this day in 2018, Judge Steven O’Neill sentenced Bill Cosby to up to 10 years in prison for the sexual assault of Andrea Constand.
Fri, 25 Sep 2020
408 - September 24, 2020: Bar-Jonah Attempts Child Murder
On this day in 1977, child predator Nathaniel Bar-Jonah assaulted and attempted to kill two children. Years later, Bar-Jonah faced allegations of sadistic serial murder and cannibalism.
Thu, 24 Sep 2020
407 - September 23, 2020: Adam Anhang Murdered
On this day in 2005, real estate developer Adam Anhang was killed on the streets of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The case culminated in an international manhunt that lasted more than ten years.
Wed, 23 Sep 2020
406 - September 22, 2020: Ira Einhorn Arrested
On this day in 1998, Ira Einhorn was arrested for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Helen “Holly” Maddux. The arrest came nineteen years after her shocking death–and sixteen years after Einhorn posted bail for the crime and fled to Europe.
Tue, 22 Sep 2020
405 - September 21, 2020: Andrea DelVesco Murdered
On this day in 2015, 21-year-old UCLA student Andrea DelVesco was found dead in her campus apartment. She had been stabbed 19 times in what appeared to be a burglary gone wrong.
Mon, 21 Sep 2020
404 - September 20, 2020: MI6 Building Attacked
On this day in 2000, members of the Real Irish Republican Army launched a rocket at the MI6 office in London. Those responsible were never arrested.
Sun, 20 Sep 2020
403 - September 19, 2020: Son of Sam’s Letter
On this day in 1977, the New York Post published a letter from the serial killer known as “Son of Sam.” The letter implied that he hadn’t been acting alone in his murder spree.
Sat, 19 Sep 2020
402 - September 18, 2020: Domitian Assassinated
On this day in 96 CE, Roman Emperor Domitian was assassinated. His successor, Nerva, was named that same day… leading some to suspect that the new emperor was involved in Domitian’s bloody demise.
Fri, 18 Sep 2020
401 - September 17, 2020: Shao Tong Reported Missing
On this day in 2014, Iowa State University student Shao Tong was reported missing. Her body was found nine days later—but by then, her killer had taken a one-way flight to China.
Thu, 17 Sep 2020
400 - September 16, 2020: Vicki Wegerle Murdered
On this day in 1986, Dennis Rader, also known as the BTK Killer, strangled 28-year-old Vicki Lynn Wegerle. Guest hosted by Dan Cummins from Incredible Feats.
Wed, 16 Sep 2020
399 - September 15, 2020: Lehman Brothers Collapses
On this day in 2008, financial firm Lehman Brothers made the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
Tue, 15 Sep 2020
398 - September 14, 2020: Aiko Koo Murdered
On this day in 1972, 15-year-old Aiko Koo was murdered by notorious serial killer, Ed Kemper, also known as the Co-Ed Killer.
Mon, 14 Sep 2020
397 - September 13, 2020: Amana Holiday Inn Murders
On this day in 1980, a housekeeper at the Amana Holiday Inn in Williamsburg, Iowa discovered a double homicide.
Sun, 13 Sep 2020
396 - September 12, 2020: David Bacon Dies
On this day in 1943, Hollywood actor David Bacon died of a mysterious stab wound while driving his car.
Sat, 12 Sep 2020
395 - September 11, 2020: Staten Island Conference of 1776
On this day in 1776, three representatives of the Continental Congress met with British Admiral Richard Howe in Staten Island, New York. They hoped to broker a peace treaty that might save the colonies from a bloody war. Instead, they crossed a point of no return.
Fri, 11 Sep 2020
394 - September 10, 2020: Lattimer Massacre
On this day in 1897, a sheriff’s posse gunned down 19 unarmed coal miners in Lattimer, Pennsylvania.
Thu, 10 Sep 2020
393 - September 9, 2020: U Ottama Dies in Jail
On this day in 1939, Sayadaw U Ottama, Buddhist monk and non-violent revolutionary, starved to death. Many call him the first martyr in Burma’s fight for independence. Guest hosted by Carter Roy from the Parcast original, Famous Fates: Movers and Shakers
Wed, 09 Sep 2020
392 - September 8, 2020: Annie Chapman’s Body Found
On this day in 1888, the mutilated body of 47-year-old Annie Chapman was found in Whitechapel, England. Annie was the second victim of notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper.
Tue, 08 Sep 2020
391 - September 7, 2020: San Francisco Brinks Robbery
On this day in 1989, a pair of bandits shot two security guards and one onlooker while robbing a Brinks truck in San Francisco.
Mon, 07 Sep 2020
390 - September 6, 2020: President William McKinley Shot
On this day in 1901, anarchist Leon Czolgosz shot President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. The president died eight days later.
Sun, 06 Sep 2020
389 - September 5, 2020: Pan Am Flight 73 Hijacked
On this day in 1986, four hijackers attacked Pan Am Flight 73 on a runway in Pakistan, resulting in the deaths of over twenty passengers and crew.
Sat, 05 Sep 2020
388 - September 4, 2020: Peekskill Riots
On this day in 1949, Black singer Paul Robeson performed a concert to benefit the Civil Rights Congress near Peekskill, New York. But thousands of his supporters had to form a human shield around the show to block out angry, racist protesters.
Fri, 04 Sep 2020
387 - September 3, 2020: Sun Myung Moon Dies
On this day in 2012, the self-proclaimed messiah accused of cult-like behavior, Sun Myung Moon, died at the age of 92. His death ignited a power struggle over who should take his place at the head of the Unification Church—or the “Moonies,” as they’re sometimes called.
Thu, 03 Sep 2020
386 - September 2, 2020: Rocks Spring Massacre
On this day in 1885, a mob of white nationalists slaughtered 28 Chinese miners and wounded 15 more in Rock Springs, Wyoming—all in the name of a union uprising.
Wed, 02 Sep 2020
385 - September 1, 2020: Libya Coup
On this day in 1969, a military group led by captain Muammar Gaddafi orchestrated a coup and seized control of Libya.
Tue, 01 Sep 2020
384 - August 31, 2020: Richard Ramirez Captured
On this day in 1985, serial killer Richard Ramirez was chased down by a mob of angry Angelenos and caught by police.
Mon, 31 Aug 2020
383 - August 30, 2020: Mary Ramey Killed
On this day in 1885, an 11-year-old girl named Mary Ramey was murdered in Austin, Texas. She was the fourth victim of a serial killer known as “the Servant Girl Annihilator.”
Sun, 30 Aug 2020
382 - August 29, 2020: Joann Hobson Disappears
On this day in 1985, 16-year-old Joann Hobson went missing from her hometown of Stockton, California—marking the inception of a gruesome, tragic tale.
Sat, 29 Aug 2020
381 - August 28, 2020: The Fall of San Marco
On this day in 1849, the Republic of San Marco—or Venice, Italy as we know it today—lost its brief independence and was forced back under the Austrian Empire’s control.
Fri, 28 Aug 2020
380 - August 27, 2020: John Milton’s Books Burned
On this day in 1660, King Charles II commanded English poet John Milton’s books burned in the city of London. These events inspired the outspoken, and controversial, Milton to complete his epic poem, “Paradise Lost.”
Thu, 27 Aug 2020
379 - August 26, 2020: Jaycee Dugard Rescued
On this day in 2009, Jaycee Lee Dugard reappeared at a parole office in Concord, California. She had been missing for 18 years. Guest hosted by Molly Brandenburg from the Parcast original, “Conspiracy Theories.”
Wed, 26 Aug 2020
378 - August 25, 2020: Confrontation Day
On this day in 1948, the House Un-American Activities Committee held a highly anticipated and televised congressional hearing, known as “Confrontation Day.” Alger Hiss took to the stand to defend himself against accusations of communism from Whittaker Chambers.
Tue, 25 Aug 2020
377 - August 24, 2020: Visigoths Sack Rome
On this day in 410 C.E., the Visigoths, led by King Alaric, became the first group of people to sack Rome. For three days, the Visigoths plundered, pillaged—and set the most prosperous city of the ancient world ablaze.
Mon, 24 Aug 2020
376 - August 23, 2020: Sacco and Vanzetti Executed
On this day in 1927, two Italian-born anarchists were executed for a robbery they possibly didn’t commit. The controversial penalty sparked riots throughout the world.
Sun, 23 Aug 2020
375 - August 22, 2020: First Geneva Convention
On this day in 1864, twelve nations signed the First Geneva Convention, which established neutral, war-time medical services for all soldiers. The resulting organization eventually became the Red Cross.
Sat, 22 Aug 2020
374 - August 21, 2020: Robert Hansen Dies
On this day in 2014, serial killer Robert Hansen died in prison. Known as the “Butcher Baker,” Hansen raped, tortured, and killed at least 17 women before his capture.
Fri, 21 Aug 2020
373 - August 20, 2020: Postumus Agrippa Murdered
On this day in 14 C.E., Postumus Agrippa, the grandson and potential heir of the late Roman emperor Augustus, was executed under mysterious circumstances.
Thu, 20 Aug 2020
372 - August 19, 2020: Salem Witch Trials
On this day in 1692, five residents of Salem, Massachusetts—including a clergyman—were hanged to death for the crime of witchcraft. They wouldn’t be the last. Guest hosted by Wenndy MacKenzie from the Parcast original podcast, Unsolved Murders.
Wed, 19 Aug 2020
371 - August 18, 2020: Terrorist Attack In Finland
On this day in 2017, Abderrahman Bouanane—a Moroccan man who was denied asylum in Finland—staged a deadly terrorist attack, killing two people and wounding eight others.
Tue, 18 Aug 2020
370 - August 17, 2020: Duchess de Choiseul-Praslin Murdered
On this day in 1847, 40-year-old Françoise, Duchess de Choiseul-Praslin, was brutally murdered. The scandal surrounding the noblewoman’s slaying sent French society into an uproar.
Mon, 17 Aug 2020
369 - August 16, 2020: Virginia Christian’s Execution
On this day in 1912, 17-year-old Virginia Christian was executed by electric chair for the murder of her employer, Ida Belote. To this day, Virginia remains the only female juvenile delinquent ever sentenced to the electric chair.
Sun, 16 Aug 2020
368 - August 15, 2020: Frank Lloyd Wright House Murder
On this day in 1914, Frank Lloyd Wright’s employee set fire to one of his Wisconsin homes. Seven people died in the blaze, including the architect’s mistress.
Sat, 15 Aug 2020
367 - August 14, 2020: Macbeth & King Duncan
On this day in 1040, the forces of Macbeth of Moray killed Scottish King Duncan I in battle. Nearly 600 years later, William Shakespeare immortalized Macbeth’s bloody fight for the throne in his tragedy of the same name.
Fri, 14 Aug 2020
366 - August 13, 2020: Barbed Wire Sunday
On this day in 1961, the first stretch of the Berlin Wall was erected with barbed wire.
Thu, 13 Aug 2020
365 - August 12, 2020: The Bosco Murders
On this day in 1993, a teenager named Joseph Shadow Clark broke into his old childhood home in the early hours of the morning and murdered the new residents. Guest hosted by Carter Roy from the Parcast original, Espionage.
Wed, 12 Aug 2020
364 - August 11, 2020: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
On this day in 1994, a U.S. federal jury awarded nearly 287 million dollars to Alaskan commercial fishermen for the losses they sustained as a result of the devastating Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Tue, 11 Aug 2020
363 - August 10, 2020: Jeffrey Epstein Found Dead
On this day in 2019, financier, pedophile, and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell. The coroner ruled it a suicide, but much of the public—and Epstein’s lawyers—called it a conspiracy.
Mon, 10 Aug 2020
362 - August 9, 2020: The Manson Family Murders
On this day in 1969, four members of the Manson Family broke into the home of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanksi. Just after midnight, they murdered Tate and her houseguests.
Sun, 09 Aug 2020
361 - August 8, 2020: The Great Train Robbery
On this day in 1963, a highly coordinated gang stole two and a half million British pounds from a mail train.
Sat, 08 Aug 2020
360 - August 7, 2020: Ban on “Ulysses” Struck Down
On this day in 1934, after months of deliberation, the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling to remove the federal ban on James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.
Fri, 07 Aug 2020
359 - August 6, 2020: Louis Freeh Confirmed FBI Director
On this day in 1993, Louis J. Freeh was confirmed by the United States Senate as the 5th director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he would oversee some of the most infamous criminal cases in U.S. history.
Thu, 06 Aug 2020
358 - August 5, 2020: LAPD Officers Charged
On this day in 1992, four Los Angeles police officers were indicted on civil charges for violating Rodney King’s rights in an act of police brutality. Guest hosted by Alastair Murden from the Parcast original, Kingpins.
Wed, 05 Aug 2020
357 - August 4, 2020: Anne Frank Arrested
On this day in 1944, Nazi officers raided a spice and jam warehouse in Amsterdam. They discovered eight Jewish civilians and arrested them all, including fifteen-year-old Anne Frank.
Tue, 04 Aug 2020
356 - August 3, 2020: Alger Hiss’ Confrontation Day
On this day in 1948, the House Un-American Activities Committee held a highly anticipated congressional hearing, wherein Alger Hiss took to the stand to defend himself against accusations from Whittaker Chambers.
Mon, 03 Aug 2020
355 - August 2, 2020: Bologna Massacre
On this day in 1980, neo-fascists bombed a train station in Bologna, Italy, killing eighty-five people and injuring more than two-hundred.
Sun, 02 Aug 2020
354 - August 1, 2020: The Assassination of Sid Hatfield
On this day in 1921, Sid Hatfield and his friend Ed Chambers were assassinated by agents of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency.
Sat, 01 Aug 2020
353 - July 31, 2020: The Death of Mark Antony
On this day in 30 BCE, 53-year-old Mark Antony defended Egypt against Rome in the bloody Battle of Alexandria.
Fri, 31 Jul 2020
352 - July 30, 2020: USS Indianapolis Torpedoed
On this day in 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian.
Thu, 30 Jul 2020
351 - July 29, 2020: John Demjanjuk Acquitted
On this day in 1993, retired Ohio autoworker John Demjanjuk appeared before the Israeli Supreme Court after appealing his 1988 conviction. He’d been sentenced to death for crimes committed during World War Two.
Wed, 29 Jul 2020
350 - July 28, 2020: 14th Amendment Ratified
On this day in 1868, the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.
Tue, 28 Jul 2020
349 - July 27, 2020: The Murder of Eugene Williams
On this day in 1919, 17-year-old Black teen Eugene Williams was murdered after accidentally rafting into the white section of Lake Michigan’s segregated waters. His death sparked the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, and a broader wave of protests known as “The Red Summer.”
Mon, 27 Jul 2020
348 - July 26, 2020: Special Agent Force Founded
On this day in 1908, U.S. Attorney General Charles Bonaparte founded the federal investigative agency that eventually became the FBI.
Sun, 26 Jul 2020
347 - July 25, 2020: Jonelle Matthews’ Remains Found
On this day in 2019, the remains of a 12-year-old girl were found by construction workers in Weld County, Colorado.
Sat, 25 Jul 2020
346 - July 24, 2020: Amy Wroe Bechtel Goes Missing
On this day in 1997, 24-year-old Amy Wroe Bechtel went missing while running in Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest.
Fri, 24 Jul 2020
345 - July 23, 2020: Karen Beineman Disappears
On this day in 1969, 18-year-old Karen Beineman disappeared in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She was last seen getting onto a stranger’s motorcycle outside a wig shop.
Thu, 23 Jul 2020
344 - July 22, 2020: John Dillinger Shot
On this day in 1934, legendary bank robber John Dillinger was shot and killed by FBI agents outside Chicago’s Biograph theater. Guest hosted by Ash Kelly and Alaina Urquhart from the Parcast original, Crime Countdown.
Wed, 22 Jul 2020
343 - July 21, 2020: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877
On this day in 1877, Pennsylvania state militia attacked railroad workers participating in one of the largest strikes of the 19th century.
Tue, 21 Jul 2020
342 - July 20, 2020: Eddie Tipton Found Guilty
On this day in 2015, Eddie Tipton was found guilty of rigging the lottery in Iowa. He’d used his position inside the industry to cheat the system and get rich quick…
Mon, 20 Jul 2020
341 - July 19, 2020: Oil Tankers Collide
On this day in 1979, the Very Large Crude Carrier Atlantic Empress collided with another VLCC, the Aegean Captain. The wreckage spewed roughly 280,000 tons of oil into the Caribbean Sea.
Sun, 19 Jul 2020
340 - July 18, 2020: Edict of Expulsion Issued
On this day in the year 1290, King Edward I of England issued an edict expelling the Jewish people from his kingdom. As many as 16,000 Jews were turned into refugees overnight.
Sat, 18 Jul 2020
339 - July 17, 2020: Bloody Falls Massacre
On this day in 1771, it’s possible that one of the most infamous events in indigenous Canadian history took place. According to the posthumously released journal of surveyor Samuel Hearne, a group of Dene tribe members killed 20 Inuit nomads.
Fri, 17 Jul 2020
338 - July 16, 2020: Catcher in the Rye Published
On this day in 1951, The Catcher in the Rye was published. J.D. Salinger’s coming-of-age classic would be embraced by generations of teenagers. However, the book had another, much darker, legacy…
Thu, 16 Jul 2020
337 - July 15, 2020: Taiwan Ends Martial Law
On this day in 1987, Taiwan ended thirty-eight years of martial law—but that didn’t necessarily mean peaceful, democratic governing would follow. Guest hosted by Greg Polcyn from the Parcast original show Haunted Places.
Wed, 15 Jul 2020
336 - July 14, 2020: The Storming of the Bastille
On this day in 1789, angry French citizens and soldiers stormed a garrison-turned-political prison: The Bastille. The mob murdered, looted and destroyed the building. But they did it all in the name of democracy.
Tue, 14 Jul 2020
335 - July 13, 2020: Betancourt Rescue Aborted
On this day in 2003, French intelligence operatives aborted a mission to rescue French-Colombian politician Íngrid Betancourt from FARC rebels in Colombia—resulting in an international political scandal.
Mon, 13 Jul 2020
334 - July 12, 2020: Sacred Mayan Texts Burned
On this day in 1562, a Spanish friar named Diego de Landa ordered the destruction of dozens of sacred texts in an attempt to convert the Maya people to Christianity.
Sun, 12 Jul 2020
333 - July 11, 2020: Roman Emperor Anthemius Captured
On this day in 472, enemies of Emperor Anthemius, ruler of the Western Roman Empire, captured and beheaded him in Old St. Peter’s Basilica.
Sat, 11 Jul 2020
332 - July 10, 2020: King Canute IV Assassinated
On this day in 1086, King Canute IV of Denmark was killed during a peasant uprising. He was eventually canonized as the patron saint of the country.
Fri, 10 Jul 2020
331 - July 9, 2020: Greek Cypriots Executed
On this day in 1821, 486 Greek Cypriots were executed by the Ottoman Empire. Among the victims was a prominent member of the Greek Orthodox community, Archbishop Kyprianos.
Thu, 09 Jul 2020
330 - July 8, 2020: The Shootout on Juneau Wharf
On this day in 1898, the Wild West’s most notorious con man, Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith, was killed in a shootout in Skagway, Alaska. Guest hosted by Carter Roy from the Parcast series Unsolved Murders.
Wed, 08 Jul 2020
329 - July 7, 2020: The Murders of Virginia and Rachelle Temple
On this day in 1984, Virginia Temple and her ten-year-old daughter were found dead in Toledo, Ohio. They were the latest victims of serial killer couple Alton Coleman and Debra Brown.
Tue, 07 Jul 2020
328 - July 6, 2020: The Martyrdom of Jan Hus
On this day in 1415, Czech religious reformer Jan Hus was burned at the stake for heresy. His martyrdom fueled a nearly 20-year war between the Pope and Hus’s followers.
Mon, 06 Jul 2020
327 - July 5, 2020: Bloody Thursday
On this day in 1934, police opened fire on the longshoreman striking at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. The men were protesting for better wages and working conditions, but the violent assault left over a hundred wounded and two dead.
Sun, 05 Jul 2020
326 - July 4, 2020: Dannarriah Finley Disappears
On this day in 2002, four-year-old Dannarriah Finley disappeared from her home in Orange, Texas. Residents of Orange rallied together in the search for Dannarriah… but after four days, they discovered that she was the victim of a horrific murder.
Sat, 04 Jul 2020
325 - July 3, 2020: Last Great Auks Killed
On this day in 1844, the last pair of great auks was killed. Due to overhunting from eager collectors, these penguin-like birds were wiped off the earth.
Fri, 03 Jul 2020
324 - July 2, 2020: James Garfield Shot
On this day in 1881, President James Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau. Garfield would survive another 79 days before succumbing to his bullet wounds.
Thu, 02 Jul 2020
323 - July 1, 2020: The Wonderland Murders
On this day in 1981, members of the drug-peddling Wonderland Gang were viciously beaten to death in their home on Wonderland Avenue in Los Angeles. Guest hosted by Molly Brandenburg from the Parcast series, Medical Mysteries.
Wed, 01 Jul 2020
322 - June 30, 2020: The Glasgow Airport Bombing
On this day in 2007, Kafeel Ahmed and Bilal Abdulla drove a Jeep Cherokee filled with propane canisters and barrels of gasoline into the entrance of Glasgow Airport in a failed terrorist attack.
Tue, 30 Jun 2020
321 - June 29, 2020: Lewis and Clark Expedition Flogging
On this day in 1804, two members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were court-martialed for breaking into the party’s stores and drinking while on duty.
Mon, 29 Jun 2020
320 - June 28, 2020: Castro Seizes Oil Refineries
On this day in 1960, dictator Fidel Castro began seizing control of American oil refineries in Cuba. The incident caused the relationship between the United States and Cuba to deteriorate beyond repair for decades.
Sun, 28 Jun 2020
319 - June 27, 2020: Nazi Saboteurs Captured
On this day in 1942, the FBI captured the last of eight Nazi saboteurs planning to decimate the American war machine.
Sat, 27 Jun 2020
318 - June 26, 2020: Yorkshire Ripper Kills Shop Assistant
On this day in 1977, 16-year-old Jayne MacDonald was murdered on her way home from a night out with friends. It was the fifth in a string of murders by the mysterious killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper.
Fri, 26 Jun 2020
317 - June 25, 2020: Nyleen Kay Marshall Disappears
On this day in 1983, four-year-old Nyleen Kay Marshall vanished in the Helena National Forest.
Thu, 25 Jun 2020
316 - June 24, 2020: UpStairs Fire
On this day in 1973, 32 members of the Metropolitan Community Church were killed in an arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans, Louisiana. Guest hosted by Kate Leonard from the Parcast series, Daily Quote.
Wed, 24 Jun 2020
315 - June 23, 2020: June Days Uprising Begins
On this day in 1848, workers in Paris revolted against France’s newly installed conservative government. It marked the beginning of a historic 4-day uprising known as June Days.
Tue, 23 Jun 2020
314 - June 22, 2020: Mississippi Burning
On this day in 1964, FBI officers were called to Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers. What they uncovered would shock the nation.
Mon, 22 Jun 2020
313 - June 21, 2020: Flag Burning Protected
On this day in 1989, the United States Supreme Court ruled that flag burning is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Sun, 21 Jun 2020
312 - June 20, 2020: Marion Wilson Jr. Executed
On this day in 2019, 42-year-old Marion Wilson Jr. was executed by lethal injection. He was the 1500th person to be executed in the United States since the return of the death penalty in 1976.
Sat, 20 Jun 2020
311 - June 19, 2020: Mussolini Arrested
On this day in 1903, one of the most infamous Italians in history, Benito Mussolini, was arrested—for neither the first, nor the last time.
Fri, 19 Jun 2020
310 - June 18, 2020: Battle of Orgreave
On this day in 1984, a miner’s union strike in Orgreave, South Yorkshire, devolved into a bloody clash with local policemen.
Thu, 18 Jun 2020
309 - June 17, 2020: Wiedmann to the Guillotine
On this day in 1939, kidnapper and serial murderer Eugen Wiedmann was sent to the guillotine in Versailles, France...
Wed, 17 Jun 2020
308 - June 16, 2020: George Stinney Executed
On this day in 1944, 14-year-old George Stinney became the youngest American to be executed in the 20th century. But he may have been killed for a crime he didn’t even commit…
Tue, 16 Jun 2020
307 - June 15, 2020: Margaret Jones Executed
On this day in 1648, midwife and medicine woman Margaret Jones was executed for witchcraft in Boston. She was the first woman killed for the crime in Massachusetts Bay Colony, pre-dating the infamous Salem Witch Trials by almost 50 years.
Mon, 15 Jun 2020
306 - June 14, 2020: First Transport to Auschwitz
On this day in 1940, a group of 728 Polish prisoners were forced on a train from Tarnów to Auschwitz. Less than half survived.
Sun, 14 Jun 2020
305 - June 13, 2020: Murder of Robin Elam
On this day in 1977, 26-year-old Sister Roberta “Robin” Elam was raped and brutally murdered on the grounds of her own convent.
Sat, 13 Jun 2020
304 - June 12, 2020: Simpson and Goldman Murdered
On this day in 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered outside of Nicole’s Brentwood home.
Fri, 12 Jun 2020
303 - June 11, 2020: Timothy McVeigh Executed
On this day in 2001, domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh was executed in federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Thu, 11 Jun 2020
302 - June 10, 2020: Jaycee Lee Dugard
On this day in 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped from a bus stop in Lake Tahoe.
Wed, 10 Jun 2020
301 - June 9, 2020: Jake Lingle Shot
On this day in 1930, Chicago Tribune reporter Jake Lingle was murdered on the way to a horse race.
Tue, 09 Jun 2020
300 - June 8, 2020: “Study for ‘Over Vitebsk’” Stolen
On this day in 2001, Marc Chagall’s painting “Study for ‘Over Vitebsk’” was stolen from New York’s Jewish Museum. Three days later, the museum received a mysterious ransom note...
Mon, 08 Jun 2020
299 - June 7, 2020: The Breakup of Microsoft
On this day in 2000, the U.S. Justice Department slapped Microsoft with a severe penalty following charges of breaking the law. The company stood accused of engaging in monopolistic practices.
Sun, 07 Jun 2020
298 - June 6, 2020: RFK Dies
On this day in 1968, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy died. His death was the result of an assassination, committed 25 hours earlier.
Sat, 06 Jun 2020
297 - June 5, 2020: Lake Bodom Murders
On this day in 1960, three teenagers were brutally murdered at Lake Bodom in Espoo, Finland.
Fri, 05 Jun 2020
296 - June 4, 2020: Jonathan Pollard Pleads Guilty
On this day in 2000, the U.S. Justice Department slapped Microsoft with a severe penalty following charges of breaking the law. The company stood accused of engaging in monopolistic practices.
Thu, 04 Jun 2020
295 - June 3, 2020: The Weepy-Voiced Killer
On this day in 1981, Paul Michael Stephani murdered Kimberly Compton in St. Paul, Minnesota. Stephani called 911 and confessed to the crime in tears, earning him the nickname, “The Weepy-Voiced Killer.”
Wed, 03 Jun 2020
294 - June 2, 2020: Hope Murders
On this day in 2004, 71-year-old Hope Schreiner murdered her husband of 43 years, 78-year-old Robert Schreiner.
Tue, 02 Jun 2020
293 - June 1, 2020: The Terry Nichols Sentencing
On this day in 2004, Terry Nichols arrived at an Oklahoma State courthouse for the first day of the penalty phase of his trial. He’d already been sentenced to life in prison by a federal jury—but state prosecutors believed he deserved worse for his role in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Mon, 01 Jun 2020
292 - May 31, 2020: Emperor Petronius Maximus Killed
On this day in 455 C.E., Emperor Petronius Maximus tried to escape Germanic Vandals. However, his own subjects murdered him before the invaders got the chance.
Sun, 31 May 2020
291 - May 30, 2020: The Jackson Duel
On this day in 1806, future president Andrew Jackson killed a man in a duel. Despite this murder, Jackson would face no criminal charges and go on to be seen as a national hero.
Sat, 30 May 2020
290 - May 29, 2020: Jennifer Holiday
On this day in 2005, Texas EMT worker Jennifer Holiday was shot, abducted, tortured, and sexually assaulted—after watching her cousin, Anna Franklin, get murdered in cold blood.
Fri, 29 May 2020
289 - May 28, 2020: Eastern Lightning Strikes McDonalds
On this day in 2014, followers of a Chinese cult, the Church of the Almighty God—also known as Eastern Lightning—killed a woman inside of a shopping mall McDonalds.
Thu, 28 May 2020
288 - May 27, 2020: John Dillinger’s New Look
On this day in 1934, legendary bank robber John Dillinger underwent facial reconstructive surgery to change his appearance. Guest hosted by Richard Rossner from the Dictators podcast.
Wed, 27 May 2020
287 - May 26, 2020: The Sir Broughton Trial
On this day in 1941, Sir Broughton stood trial for the murder of Lord Erroll. Both were English noblemen living in Kenya. And both were carrying on a relationship with one Diana Broughton.
Tue, 26 May 2020
286 - May 25, 2020: Richard Cromwell Resigns
On this day in 1659, Lord Richard Cromwell resigned from the Protectorate of England, ushering in a new era of unrest.
Mon, 25 May 2020
285 - May 24, 2020: Freedom Riders Arrested
On this day in 1961, a group of civil rights activists rode a bus into Jackson, Mississippi. Despite federal protections, all riders were jailed, labeled “criminals” for entering a bus stop.
Sun, 24 May 2020
284 - May 23, 2020: Auto Lite Strike
On this day in 1934, a five-day standoff began. Thirteen-hundred Ohio National Guard troops faced down six-thousand striking auto workers and unemployed civilians in Toledo, Ohio.
Sat, 23 May 2020
283 - May 22, 2020: Clinton’s Secret Service
On this day in 1998, Federal Judge Norma Holloway Johnson ruled that President Bill Clinton’s Secret Service would have to testify about the Monica Lewinsky Scandal.
Fri, 22 May 2020
282 - May 21, 2020: Leopold & Loeb
On this day in 1924, wealthy University of Chicago students Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks in cold blood.
Thu, 21 May 2020
281 - May 20, 2020: Church Street Bombing
On this day in 1983, a bomb went off in the South African city of Pretoria, killing 19 people and wounding over a hundred more. As the dust settled, it was clear that the attack was politically motivated, and carried out by the paramilitary wing of the African National Congress.
Wed, 20 May 2020
280 - May 19, 2020: Brian Reader Arrested
On this day in 2015, notorious thief Brian Reader was arrested in connection with one of the largest burglaries in English history.
Tue, 19 May 2020
279 - May 18, 2020: Operation Casablanca
On this day in 1998, the United States Department of Justice and Department of the Treasury announced the arrests of over 20 Mexican bankers—all of them connected to drug cartel money laundering.
Mon, 18 May 2020
278 - May 17, 2020: Tent Girl Found
On this day in 1968, the decaying body of an unidentified young woman was found off Route 25 in backwoods Kentucky. She was dubbed “Tent Girl” by the media, thanks to the fabric her body was wrapped in.
Sun, 17 May 2020
277 - May 16, 2020: Sedition Act Signed
On this day in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Sedition Act of 1918, making it illegal for United States citizens to publicly criticize the government or country’s involvement in World War I.
Sat, 16 May 2020
276 - May 15, 2020: Jackson State Killings
On this day in 1970, armed police forces from across Mississippi were called to the Jackson State University Campus to subdue a group of students protesting the Vietnam War. Shortly after midnight, the police opened fire on the students.
Fri, 15 May 2020
275 - May 14, 2020: The Assassination of Henry IV
On this day in 1610, King Henry IV of France was assassinated. His killer, François Ravaillac, insisted he acted alone…but did he?
Thu, 14 May 2020
274 - May 13, 2020: Captain Arthur Phillip
On this day in 1787, Captain Arthur Phillip set sail from Portsmouth, England with a fleet of eleven ships. They were bound for a new penal colony in Australia.
Wed, 13 May 2020
273 - May 12, 2020: Lindbergh Baby Found
On this day in 1932, 20-month-old Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr., the kidnapped son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, was found—dead.
Tue, 12 May 2020
272 - May 11, 2020: Kim Philby Dies
On this day in 1988, Soviet spy Harold “Kim” Philby died in Moscow, at the age of 76. It was the end of one of the most storied double-agent careers in espionage history.
Mon, 11 May 2020
271 - May 10, 2020: Astor Place Riot
On this day in 1849, a riot erupted outside the Astor Opera House in New York City where Shakespeare’s Macbeth was being performed.
Sun, 10 May 2020
270 - May 9, 2020: Cleashindra Hall Disappears
On this day in 1994, 18-year-old Cleashindra Hall vanished without a trace from Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Sat, 09 May 2020
269 - May 8, 2020: Standoff at Wounded Knee
On this day in 1973, Native American activists surrendered to federal authorities, marking the end of a historic 71-day standoff at Wounded Knee.
Fri, 08 May 2020
268 - May 7, 2020: Sydney River McDonald’s Murders
On this day in 1992, three employees of a McDonald’s in Sydney River, Nova Scotia, were murdered in an armed robbery. It was the first “fast food murder” to occur in Canada.
Thu, 07 May 2020
267 - May 6, 2020: William Colby’s Body Found
On this day in 1996, the body of former CIA director William Colby was found washed up on a riverbank in southern Maryland, nine days after he disappeared.
Wed, 06 May 2020
266 - May 5, 2020: Iran-Contra Joint Hearings
On this day in 1987, Congress commenced a joint hearing to investigate the Reagan administration’s illegal funding of the Contras, a guerilla military group in Nicaragua.
Tue, 05 May 2020
265 - May 4, 2020: Kent State Massacre
On this day in 1970, a protest at Kent State University in Ohio turned deadly when four students were shot by National Guardsmen.
Mon, 04 May 2020
264 - May 3, 2020: Sidney Reso Dies
On this day in 1992, Exxon Company International president Sidney Reso died in captivity, four days after being kidnapped outside his home in Morris Township, New Jersey.
Sun, 03 May 2020
263 - May 2, 2020: Anne Boleyn Arrested
On this day in 1536, Henry VIII’s second wife, Queen Anne, was arrested. To her face, she was accused of adultery, but in whispers, she was accused of incest, conspiracy, and even witchcraft.
Sat, 02 May 2020
262 - May 1, 2020: Illuminati Founded
On this day in 1776, Professor Adam Weishaupt founded a secret society he called…The Order of the Illuminati. It would go on to become one of the most infamous organizations on planet Earth.
Fri, 01 May 2020
261 - April 30, 2020: Operation Mincemeat
On this day in 1943, the body of Major William Martin of Britain’s Royal Marines washed up on a beach in Huelva, Spain. The discovery of the body would set in motion one of the most notorious counterintelligence operations of World War II: Operation Mincemeat.
Thu, 30 Apr 2020
260 - April 29, 2020: Nancy Wake
On this day in 1944, British spy Nancy Wake parachuted into France to help coordinate the French Resistance for the upcoming Allied invasion.
Wed, 29 Apr 2020
259 - April 28, 2020: Maple Syrup Heist
On this day in 2017, three men were sentenced for their roles in one of the biggest heists in Canadian history—18.7 million Canadian dollars’ worth of maple syrup.
Tue, 28 Apr 2020
258 - April 27, 2020: Mussolini Captured
On this day in 1945, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini was arrested in Northern Italy. It was the beginning of the end for the longest-ruling fascist of the World War II era.
Mon, 27 Apr 2020
257 - April 26, 2020: John Wilkes Booth Killed
On this day in 1865, Union soldiers at a farm in Port Royal, Virginia engaged in a deadly stand-off with presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth.
Sun, 26 Apr 2020
256 - April 25, 2020: Obelisk of Axum
On this day in 2005, the last piece of the stolen Obelisk of Axum was returned to Ethiopia, after spending sixty-eight years in Rome, Italy.
Sat, 25 Apr 2020
255 - April 24, 2020: Helen Barthelemy & Jack the Stripper
On this day in 1964, 22-year-old Helen Barthelemy was found asphyxiated in an alleyway in Brentford, England. A sex worker from Blackpool, Barthelemy fell prey to one of London’s most notorious serial killers—“Jack the Stripper.”
Fri, 24 Apr 2020
254 - April 23, 2020: Battle of Clontarf
On this day in 1014, the forces of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland, defeated an alliance of Viking and Irish armies at the Battle of Clontarf.
Thu, 23 Apr 2020
253 - April 22, 2020: McNamara Arrested For LA Times Bombing
On this day in 1911, JB McNamara was arrested at his union office for bombing the LA Times building and killing 21 people. Guest hosted by Lanie Hobbs from Crimes of Passion and True Crime Fan Club.
Wed, 22 Apr 2020
252 - April 21, 2020: Graham Young Kills Stepmother
On this day in 1962, serial killer Graham Young, aka the “Teacup Poisoner,” murdered his 37-year-old stepmother, Molly.
Tue, 21 Apr 2020
251 - April 20, 2020: Zodiac Sends 13-Character Cipher
On this day in 1970, the notorious Zodiac Killer sent one of his most disturbing communications to the San Francisco press. The letter not only held the key to the killer’s identity, but also included a detailed bomb threat that terrified the public.
Mon, 20 Apr 2020
250 - April 19, 2020: Tamerlan Tsarnaev Dies
On this day in 2013, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev died from his injuries after a shootout with the police. Tamerlan, along with his younger brother Dzhokhar, was suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon.
Sun, 19 Apr 2020
249 - April 18, 2020: The International Court of Justice
On this day in 1946, the International Court of Justice held its inaugural sitting at The Peace Palace in The Netherlands.
Sat, 18 Apr 2020
248 - April 17, 2020: Sirhan Sirhan Convicted
On this day in 1969, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was convicted of the murder of United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Fri, 17 Apr 2020
247 - April 16, 2020: The Murder of Kelly Anne Bates
On this day in 1996, James Patterson Smith walked into a police station in Manchester, claiming that his teenage girlfriend drowned in the bathtub. Subsequent investigations showed that the death was far from an accident…
Thu, 16 Apr 2020
246 - April 15, 2020: The Case of Sacco & Vanzetti
On this day in 1920, two anarchists, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, robbed and killed the paymaster and security guard of a Massachusetts shoe company.
Wed, 15 Apr 2020
245 - April 14, 2020: Chibok Schoolgirls Kidnapped
On this day in 2014, 276 schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria. Six years later, over one hundred girls are still presumed missing.
Tue, 14 Apr 2020
244 - April 13, 2020: The Phantom Killer Strikes Again
On this day in 1946, the Phantom Killer committed his second double-murder in Texarkana, Texas.
Mon, 13 Apr 2020
243 - April 12, 2020: The CBS Murders
On this day in 1982, three television engineers were fatally shot as they left their offices at CBS.
Sun, 12 Apr 2020
242 - April 11, 2020: Ruth Ellis Charged With Murder
On this day in 1955, 28-year-old English nightclub hostess and escort Ruth Ellis was charged with murdering her lover, 25-year-old race car driver, David Blakely.
Sat, 11 Apr 2020
241 - April 10, 2020: Madame LaLaurie Caught
On this day in 1834, New Orleans firefighters responded to an act of arson. But the fire’s light revealed an even more heinous crime, deep inside the LaLaurie Mansion.
Fri, 10 Apr 2020
240 - April 9, 2020: Billy the Kid Found Guilty
On this day in 1881, legendary outlaw William H. Bonney, aka Billy the Kid, was found guilty of murder and condemned to the gallows.
Thu, 09 Apr 2020
239 - April 8, 2020: Otto and Elise Hampel Executed
On this day in 1943, Otto and Elise Hampel were beheaded in Berlin’s Plötzensee Prison for their protests against Hitler’s government.
Wed, 08 Apr 2020
238 - April 7, 2020: Joe Gallo Murdered
On this day in 1972, notorious mobster Joseph “Crazy Joe” Gallo was gunned down in front of his family in a clam bar in Little Italy.
Tue, 07 Apr 2020
237 - April 6, 2020: Gene Leroy Hart Manhunt
On this day in 1978, a team of Oklahoma law enforcement agents arrested 34-year-old Gene Leroy Hart. Hart was the main suspect for the notorious Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders.
Mon, 06 Apr 2020
236 - April 5, 2020: Beverley Allitt Murders
On this day in 1991, 11-year-old patient, Timothy Hardwick, was admitted to the hospital after suffering from epileptic seizures. He would die in the care of nurse Beverley Alitt only a few hours later.
Sun, 05 Apr 2020
235 - April 4, 2020: Buddhist Uprising
On this day in 1966, the Buddhist uprising in South Vietnam reached a crucial turning point when Nguyen Cao Ky sent battalions of South Vietnamese Marines to quash the unrest in Da Nang.
Sat, 04 Apr 2020
234 - April 3, 2020: Unabomber Arrested
On this day in 1996, the FBI arrested an infamous domestic terrorist at his cabin in the Montana wilderness. It was the culmination of a 17-year manhunt, for a man known as “The Unabomber.”
Fri, 03 Apr 2020
233 - April 2, 2020: Wanda Walkowicz
On this day in 1973, 11-year-old Wanda Walkowicz was sent to fetch groceries for her mother in Rochester, New York. Unfortunately, that afternoon, Wanda was the second victim in the gruesome and haunting, “Alphabet Murders.”
Thu, 02 Apr 2020
232 - April 1, 2020: Bloody Easter
On this day in 1934, outlaws Bonnie Parker, Clyde Barrow, and Henry Methvin shot and killed two Texas highway patrolmen.
Wed, 01 Apr 2020
231 - March 31, 2020: Hinterkaifeck Murders
On this day in 1922, six people were murdered at a farmstead in southern Germany. It was a horrific event that would become one of the most infamous crimes in German history.
Tue, 31 Mar 2020
230 - March 30, 2020: Judge Peel Found Guilty
On this day in 1961, Judge Joseph Peel, a corrupt municipal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida, was found guilty for participating as an accessory to murder.
Mon, 30 Mar 2020
229 - March 29, 2020: Moscow Subway Bombing
On this day in 2010, two suicide bombers attacked two different metro stations in Moscow, during rush hour, killing forty people.
Sun, 29 Mar 2020
228 - March 28, 2020: Emperor Pertinax
On this day in 193 CE, Roman Emperor Pertinax was murdered by his treacherous bodyguards.
Sat, 28 Mar 2020
227 - March 27, 2020: Yoshikawa Arrives
On this day in 1941, Japanese spy Takeo Yoshikawa arrived in Hawaii. He was a key figure in planning the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor later that year.
Fri, 27 Mar 2020
226 - March 26, 2020: Rayna Rison Disappears
On this day in 1993, 16-year-old Rayna Rison disappeared after her shift at the local animal hospital. It would take two decades for her murder to be solved.
Thu, 26 Mar 2020
225 - March 25, 2020: “Hitler’s Clairvoyant” Assassinated
On this day in 1933, Erik Jan Hanussen was shot to death in the woods outside Berlin.
Wed, 25 Mar 2020
224 - March 24, 2020: Mary Ann Cotton Hanged
On this day in 1873, convicted serial killer Mary Ann Cotton was executed for fatally poisoning her stepson, Charles Edward Cotton.
Tue, 24 Mar 2020
223 - March 23, 2020: Colosio Assassinated
On this day in 1994, presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was assassinated in Tijuana, Mexico.
Mon, 23 Mar 2020
222 - March 22, 2020: Zodiac Killer Pines Postcard
On this day in 1971, the San Francisco Chronicle received a strange postcard. Reporters were quick to connect it to the serial killer who terrorized northern California from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s: The Zodiac Killer.
Sun, 22 Mar 2020
221 - March 21, 2020: Ponce Massacre
On this day in 1937, police in Ponce, Puerto Rico opened fire on a peaceful Nationalist parade. The resulting bloodshed killed at least 19 people and wounded around 200 more.
Sat, 21 Mar 2020
220 - March 20, 2020: Tokyo Subway Attack
On this day in 1995, the Aum Shinrikyo cult killed 13 people when they released sarin, one of the deadliest nerve gases in the world, into the Tokyo subway system.
Fri, 20 Mar 2020
219 - March 19, 2020: The Trial of “Dr. Satan”
On this day in 1946, the murder trial of French doctor Marcel Petiot began in Paris.
Thu, 19 Mar 2020
218 - March 18, 2020: Frank Gotti Run Over
On this day in 1980, 12-year-old Frank Gotti was run over by a neighbor as he played outside his home in New York City. But Frank was the youngest son of John Gotti—the future head of the Gambino crime family—and the mafia wouldn’t let the story end there...
Wed, 18 Mar 2020
217 - March 17, 2020: Leprechaun Bank Robbery
On this day in 2010, David Cotton held up a bank in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee wearing an unconventional disguise.
Tue, 17 Mar 2020
216 - March 16, 2020: Timothy King Disappears
On this day in 1977, 11-year-old Timothy King vanished from his hometown of Birmingham, Michigan. His body would later be discovered, marking him as the fourth victim of the Oakland County Child Killer.
Mon, 16 Mar 2020
215 - March 15, 2020: Julius Caesar Assassinated
On this day in 44 BCE, Roman general and dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a cabal of rival Senators.
Sun, 15 Mar 2020
214 - March 14, 2020: Shannon Matthews Discovered Alive
On this day in 2008, 9-year-old Shannon Matthews was discovered in a flat in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England. She had been missing for 24 days.
Sat, 14 Mar 2020
213 - March 13, 2020: FBI Arrests Jimmy Hoffa
On this day in 1957, labor leader Jimmy Hoffa was arrested by the FBI on charges of bribery.
Fri, 13 Mar 2020
212 - March 12, 2020: Lewis Stabs Jones
On this day in 2009, Brian Lewis murdered his common-law wife, Hayley Jones. His motive was unthinkable; Brian claimed he killed his wife over a Facebook status.
Thu, 12 Mar 2020
210 - March 11, 2020: Lululemon Murder
On this day in 2011, 29-year-old Brittany Norwood murdered her co-worker, 30-year-old Jayna Murray. Their place of business? Lululemon, the athletic apparel store.
Wed, 11 Mar 2020
209 - March 10, 2020: Cortimiglia Family Attacked
On this day in 1919, Italian immigrants Charles Cortimiglia, his wife Rose, and their two-year-old daughter, Mary, were brutally attacked by an intruder.
Tue, 10 Mar 2020
208 - March 9, 2020: Bombing of Tokyo
On this day in 1945, the United States executed the single deadliest airstrike in history on the city of Tokyo, Japan.
Mon, 09 Mar 2020
207 - March 8, 2020: Timothy McVeigh Indicted
On this day in 1999, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the murder conviction of Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City Bomber.
Sun, 08 Mar 2020
206 - March 7, 2020: Ellen Turner Abducted
On this day in 1826, 15-year-old Ellen Turner was abducted in a forced marriage plot intended to swindle her family out of their fortune.
Sat, 07 Mar 2020
205 - March 6, 2020: The Rosenbergs Are Tried
On this day in 1951, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg's espionage trial began in New York's federal court. Today, nearly 70 years after the trial, their guilt or innocence is still a matter of debate.
Fri, 06 Mar 2020
204 - March 5, 2020: The Beverley Allitt Murders
On this day in 1991, 11-year-old patient Timothy Hardwick was admitted to the hospital after suffering from epileptic seizures. He would die in the care of nurse Beverley Alitt only a few hours later.
Thu, 05 Mar 2020
203 - March 4, 2020: Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders
On this day in 1972, Kim Wendy Allen, a junior college student in Santa Rosa, California, was raped, strangled and dumped after she hitched a ride late one night. Kim was the first victim discovered in the series of slayings now known as the Santa Rosa Hitchhiker Murders.
Wed, 04 Mar 2020
202 - March 3, 2020: Gary Glitter Convicted
On this day in 2006, former British pop star Gary Glitter was convicted of molesting two underage girls in Vietnam.
Tue, 03 Mar 2020
201 - March 2, 2020: Nick Leeson Arrested
On this day in 1995, 28-year-old derivatives trader Nick Leeson was arrested for defrauding his superiors at Barings Bank and for cheating the Singapore exchange.
Mon, 02 Mar 2020
200 - March 1, 2020: Massacre of Wassy
On this day in 1562, Francis, Duke of Guise ordered the massacre of dozens of Protestants as they worshipped in a makeshift church.
Sun, 01 Mar 2020
199 - February 29, 2020: Salem Women Accused
On this day in 1692, farmer Thomas Putnam accused three women of witchcraft—some of the first witchcraft accusations in Salem, Massachusetts.
Sat, 29 Feb 2020
198 - February 28, 2020: Mario Buda Arrested
On this day in 1921, Italian anarchist Mario Buda was arrested in his village of Savignano during an anti-Fascist protest. Little did the authorities know, they had apprehended the man suspected of a deadly bombing in New York City.
Fri, 28 Feb 2020
197 - February 27, 2020: Jack Unterweger is Caught
On this day in 1992, Austrian serial killer Jack Unterweger was caught by the authorities for the final time while hiding in Miami, Florida.
Thu, 27 Feb 2020
196 - February 26, 2020: Branch Davidians Acquitted
On this day in 1994, eleven members of the Branch Davidian cult were acquitted of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Guest hosted by Erica Kelly from Southern Fried True Crime.
Wed, 26 Feb 2020
195 - February 25, 2020: Murder of Victoria Climbié
On this day in 2000, eight-year-old Victoria Climbié died in a hospital from physical abuse at the hands of her great-aunt and her great-aunt’s boyfriend.
Tue, 25 Feb 2020
194 - February 24, 2020: Dell Cherry Factory Raid
On this day in 2015, authorities raided Dell’s Maraschino Cherries Factory in Brooklyn, New York. They came looking for potential environmental violations—what they found instead was a hidden drug empire.
Mon, 24 Feb 2020
193 - February 23, 2020: Johann Hoch Executed
On this day in 1906, con artist Johann Hoch was executed for the murder of his wife, Marie Walcker-Hoch.
Sun, 23 Feb 2020
192 - February 22, 2020: Samuel Byck Attempted Hijacking
On this day in 1974, out-of-work tire salesman Samuel Byck murdered two people in an attempt to hijack an aircraft and crash into the White House.
Sat, 22 Feb 2020
191 - February 21, 2020: Bernard Julius Otto Kuehn
On this day in 1942, German-born Bernard Julius Otto Kuehn was convicted of spying for the Japanese. His espionage led to the devastating WWII attack on Pearl Harbor.
Fri, 21 Feb 2020
190 - February 20, 2020: Golfers Violate Blue Laws
On this day in 1927, four golfers were arrested in Aiken, South Carolina for playing golf...on a Sunday.
Thu, 20 Feb 2020
189 - February 19, 2020: Donner Party Relief
On this day in 1847, the first relief party began the arduous rescue of the Donner Party, who had been snowbound beyond the Sierra Nevada mountains the entire winter. Guest hosted by Carter Roy from Parcast Network’s Killer Knowledge.
Wed, 19 Feb 2020
188 - February 18, 2020: Hanssen Arrested
On this day in 2001, FBI agent Robert Philip Hanssen was arrested and charged with espionage. He’d been a double agent for the USSR and Russia for more than two decades.
Tue, 18 Feb 2020
187 - February 17, 2020: Dahmer Gets Life
On this day in 1992, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced on 15 counts of murder. The three-week insanity trial had been a nationally-televised spectacle.
Mon, 17 Feb 2020
186 - February 16, 2020: The Greystone Murder Mystery
On this day in 1929, the 35-year-old heir to one of America’s largest fortunes, Ned Doheny, was found dead in his Beverly Hills mansion along with his secretary, Hugh Plunkett.
Sun, 16 Feb 2020
185 - February 15, 2020: Mark Stebbins
On this day in 1976, 12-year-old Mark Stebbins became the first known victim of the “Oakland County Child Killer.”
Sat, 15 Feb 2020
184 - February 14, 2020: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
On this day in 1929, seven members of Bugs Moran’s North Side Gang were gunned down in Chicago, Illinois.
Fri, 14 Feb 2020
183 - February 13, 2020: The Execution of Catherine Howard
On this day in 1542, Catherine Howard, queen of England and wife of King Henry VIII, was executed for adultery.
Thu, 13 Feb 2020
182 - February 12, 2020: Christa Helm Stabbed
On this day in 1977, 27-year-old actress Christa Helm was stabbed and killed on the streets of West Hollywood. Guest hosted by Jami Rice from MURDERISH.
Wed, 12 Feb 2020
181 - February 11, 2020: Burke and Hare
On this day in 1828, William Burke and William Hare launched a plan to murder Abigail Simpson of Edinburgh…and sell her body to science.
Tue, 11 Feb 2020
180 - February 10, 2020: Mike Tyson Found Guilty
On this day in 1992, pro-boxer Mike Tyson was found guilty of sexually assaulting beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington.
Mon, 10 Feb 2020
179 - February 9, 2020: The Death of Sonia Mejia
On this day in 2006, 29-year-old Sonia Mejia was found dead inside of her Utah apartment. Her killer was responsible for two deaths: both Sonia’s and her unborn child’s.
Sun, 09 Feb 2020
178 - February 8, 2020: Theft of Shergar
On this day in 1983, champion racehorse Shergar was kidnapped during an unsolved nighttime raid on his stable in Kildare, Ireland.
Sat, 08 Feb 2020
177 - February 7, 2020: Ramzi Yousef Arrested
On this day in 1995, 26-year-old terrorist Ramzi Yousef was arrested in Islamabad, Pakistan—two years after he masterminded the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Fri, 07 Feb 2020
176 - February 6, 2020: Black Donnelly Family Funeral
On this day in 1880, five members of the Irish-Canadian family known as the “Black Donnellys” were laid to rest. And the priest presiding over the funeral... may have been involved in their murders.
Thu, 06 Feb 2020
175 - February 5, 2020: Freda Burnell Disappears
On this day in 1921, 8-year-old Freda Burnell left her home in a Welsh village and never returned. Her disappearance turned into one of England’s most nefarious murders. Guest hosted by Amanda, Kenyon, and Lucy from Wine and Crime.
Wed, 05 Feb 2020
174 - February 4, 2020: Patricia Hearst Kidnapped
On this day in 1974, heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped from her apartment by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
Tue, 04 Feb 2020
173 - February 3, 2020: Madeleine McCann’s Parents Cleared
On this day in 2008, an interview was published in which Alipio Ribeiro, then-head of Portuguese police, admitted that law enforcement had been too hasty to name Gerry and Kate McCann as suspects in their daughter Madeleine’s disappearance.
Mon, 03 Feb 2020
172 - February 2, 2020: The Blackout Murder
On this day in 2011, 18-year-old Israel Nieves shot and killed 19-year-old Jason Rodriguez, in what he later claimed was a drug-induced blackout.
Sun, 02 Feb 2020
171 - February 1, 2020: Dr. Hawley Crippen
On this day in 1910, Dr. Hawley Crippen murdered his wife Cora in their North London home.
Sat, 01 Feb 2020
170 - January 31, 2020: Who Killed Rita Bouchard?
On this day in 1947, 17-year-old mill worker Rita Bouchard disappeared without a trace. Her body was found the next day, stabbed 30 times.
Fri, 31 Jan 2020
169 - January 30, 2020: Assassination of Gandhi
On this day in 1948, Mohandas Gandhi, better known by his honorific, Mahatma, was assassinated by a Hindu extremist.
Thu, 30 Jan 2020
168 - January 29, 2020: Charlie Starkweather
On this day in 1958, teenage criminal Charlie Starkweather was apprehended outside Douglas, Wyoming with his girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate. The arrest ended the couples’ weeklong murder-spree. Guest hosted by Rachel and Desi from Hollywood Crime Scene.
Wed, 29 Jan 2020
167 - January 28, 2020: Robert de Comines Murdered
On this day in 1069, the Earl of Northumbria, Robert de Comines, was burnt alive by rebel forces in Durham, England.
Tue, 28 Jan 2020
166 - January 27, 2020: Silk Pajama Murder
On this day in 1955, Wall Street mogul Serge Rubenstein was murdered in his mansion in New York City’s Millionaire’s Row.
Mon, 27 Jan 2020
165 - January 26, 2020: Beaumont Children Disappear
On this day in 1966, three children from a suburb of Adelaide, Australia went missing, sparking the largest missing persons search the country had ever seen.
Sun, 26 Jan 2020
164 - January 25, 2020: Escaping Ivan Milat
On this day in 1990, hitchhiker Paul Onions narrowly escaped the clutches of Australia’s most notorious serial killer—Ivan Milat.
Sat, 25 Jan 2020
163 - January 24, 2020: Ted Bundy Executed
On this day in 1989, serial killer and rapist Ted Bundy was executed via electric chair in a Florida penitentiary.
Fri, 24 Jan 2020
162 - January 23, 2020: Chase’s 2nd Murder
On this day in 1978, Richard Trenton Chase, “The Vampire of Sacramento,” killed his second victim, Teresa Wallin.
Thu, 23 Jan 2020
161 - January 22, 2020: “Mad Bomber” Confesses
On this day in 1957, “Mad Bomber” George Metesky confessed to planting over 30 explosives around New York City. Guest hosted by Sam Dingman from Family Ghosts.
Wed, 22 Jan 2020
160 - January 21, 2020: Louis XVI Executed
On this day in 1793, the 38-year-old former King of France, Louis XVI, was executed by guillotine in Paris.
Tue, 21 Jan 2020
159 - January 20, 2020: Iran Hostages Released
On this day in 1981, 52 American hostages were released from Iran after being held captive for 444 days.
Mon, 20 Jan 2020
158 - January 19, 2020: Arnold Rothstein Arrested
On this day in 1919, gangster Arnold Rothstein held a high stakes dice game in a New York City apartment. Authorities interrupted the game and, in the ensuing chaos, three policemen were grazed with gunfire, and Rothstein was charged with the shooting.
Sun, 19 Jan 2020
157 - January 18, 2020: Albert DeSalvo Sentenced
On this day in 1967, Albert DeSalvo was sentenced to life in prison for armed robbery and the sexual assault of four women. DeSalvo is most notorious, however, for confessing to the brutal Boston Strangler murders.
Sat, 18 Jan 2020
156 - January 17, 2020: Gary Gilmore Executed
On this day in 1977, 36-year-old Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad. He was the first person executed by the state after capital punishment was reinstated in the U.S.
Fri, 17 Jan 2020
155 - January 16, 2020: The Barker Shootout
On this day in 1935, the FBI killed outlaw Ma Barker, and her son Fred, in a 4-hour shootout.
Thu, 16 Jan 2020
154 - January 15, 2020: Sara Jane Moore Sentenced
On this day in 1976, 45-year-old Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford.
Wed, 15 Jan 2020
153 - January 14, 2020: Lesley Whittle Kidnapped
On this day in 1975, 17-year-old heiress Lesley Whittle was abducted from her home in the village of Highley, England.
Tue, 14 Jan 2020
152 - January 13, 2020: Abduction of Amber Hagerman
On this day in 1996, 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted from a supermarket parking lot in Arlington, Texas, and murdered. While her killer has never been found, the tragedy of her disappearance sparked the creation of the Amber Alert system.
Mon, 13 Jan 2020
151 - January 12, 2020: Qubilah Shabazz is Arrested
On this day in 1995, 34-year-old Qubilah Shabazz was arrested for plotting to assassinate Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. She was allegedly seeking revenge for the 1965 assassination of her father, Malcolm X.
Sun, 12 Jan 2020
150 - January 11, 2020: Wanda Beach Murders
On this day in 1965, 15-year-olds Christine Sharrock and Marianne Schmidt were murdered on the sand dunes off Wanda Beach, in south Sydney, Australia. Their case remains one of the most infamous unsolved murders in the country.
Sat, 11 Jan 2020
149 - January 10, 2020: Roy DeMeo Killed
On this day in 1983, New York mobster Roy DeMeo was shot seven times and left dead in the trunk of his own car.
Fri, 10 Jan 2020
148 - January 9, 2020: Bloody Sunday Massacre
On this day in 1905, a calvary of armed Russian soldiers fired into a crowd of peaceful protestors outside the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.
Thu, 09 Jan 2020
147 - January 8, 2020: Pamela Werner’s Body Found
On this day in 1937, the mutilated body of 19-year-old Pamela Werner was found outside the walls of old Peking, China. Her murder was never solved.
Wed, 08 Jan 2020
146 - January 7, 2020: Mark Essex Shooting Spree
On this day in 1973, 23-year-old Mark Essex shot 19 people in New Orleans, Louisiana—many of them police officers.
Tue, 07 Jan 2020
145 - January 6, 2020: Nancy Kerrigan Attacked
On this day in 1994, Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was assaulted after a practice session in Detroit, Michigan.
Mon, 06 Jan 2020
144 - January 5, 2020: The Death of Yahya Ayyash
On this day in 1996, Hamas bombmaker Yahya Ayyash was assassinated by Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency.
Sun, 05 Jan 2020
143 - January 4, 2020: Charles Stuart Suicide
On this day in 1990, Charles Stuart, a Boston man suspected of killing his pregnant wife, committed suicide by jumping off the Tobin Bridge into the piercing cold of the Mystic River.
Sat, 04 Jan 2020
142 - January 3, 2020: Joy Adamson Murdered
On this day in 1980, Joy Adamson, famed Austrian wildlife conservationist, was found dead by her assistant.
Fri, 03 Jan 2020
141 - January 2, 2020: The Body in the Well
On this day in 1800, the body of 22-year-old Elma Sands was discovered in the Manhattan Well. Elma’s death captured the attention of the city, and led to the first murder trial with a recorded transcript in the USA.
Thu, 02 Jan 2020
140 - January 1, 2020: Alcatraz Retrofit
On this day in 1934, Alcatraz Island began its formal transformation from a benign military brig into one of the most notorious federal prisons in the country.
Wed, 01 Jan 2020
139 - December 31, 2019: The Egan Murders
On this day in 1964, 27-year-old Peter Egan, his 24-year-old wife Barbara Egan, and his 19-year-old brother Gerald Egan were murdered at a rest stop. Each family member was shot twice in the head, in what was described by investigators as a Gangland revenge killing.
Tue, 31 Dec 2019
138 - December 30, 2019: The Miyazawa Murders
On this day in the year 2000, the Miyazawa family was slaughtered inside their home in the Setagaya Ward of Tokyo. Despite a large collection of available evidence, the murders have not been solved.
Mon, 30 Dec 2019
137 - December 29, 2019: John Gill Found Murdered
On this day in 1888, 7-year-old John Gill was found murdered about 200 miles north of London. The brutality of the killing led the police and the press to link the crime to Jack the Ripper’s Whitechapel murders.
Sun, 29 Dec 2019
136 - December 28, 2019: Grimes Sisters Disappear
On this day in 1956, 12-year-old Patricia Grimes and her 15-year-old sister Barbara left the movies and never returned home.
Sat, 28 Dec 2019
135 - December 27, 2019: Dian Fossey Found Murdered
On this day in 1985, primatologist Dian Fossey was found murdered at her research camp in Rwanda.
Fri, 27 Dec 2019
134 - December 26, 2019: Jill Robinson’s Body Found
On this day in 1976, police in Michigan received a tip about a body lying on the side of the road. Upon investigation, they identified it as 12-year-old Jill Robinson. She would come to be known as the second victim in the mysterious case of the “Oakland County Child Killer.”
Thu, 26 Dec 2019
133 - December 25, 2019: JonBenet Ramsey Murdered
On this day in 1996, JonBenet Ramsey was murdered. The death of the 6-year-old beauty queen captivated the nation and dominated headlines; it’s one of the most notorious unsolved murders in American history.
Wed, 25 Dec 2019
132 - December 24, 2019: Sodder Family Tragedy
On this day in 1945, George and Jennie Sodder’s West Virginia home caught on fire. Five of their nine children were trapped inside the house as it burned to the ground.
Tue, 24 Dec 2019
128 - December 23, 2019: Sophie Toscan du Plantier
On this day in 1996, the body of 39-year-old French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found at her vacation home in County Cork, Ireland.
Mon, 23 Dec 2019
127 - December 22, 2019: 1984 New York Subway Shooting
On this day in 1984, Bernhard Goetz shot and wounded four young Black men in a subway car in New York City. The incident launched a national debate about race, crime, and vigilantism.
Sun, 22 Dec 2019
126 - December 21, 2019: Gacy’s Home Searched
On this day in 1978, police obtained a second search warrant to enter the home of suspected serial killer John Wayne Gacy. What they found in a crawl space underneath Gacy’s house remains one of the grisliest crime scenes in American history.
Sat, 21 Dec 2019
125 - December 20, 2019: Luis Carrero Blanco Assassinated
On this day in 1973, Spanish Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco, the heir apparent to dictator Francisco Franco, was killed by a terrorist group.
Fri, 20 Dec 2019
124 - December 19, 2019: Jules Rimet Trophy Theft
On this day in 1983, the Jules Rimet FIFA World Cup Trophy was stolen from the Brazilian Football Confederation in Rio de Janeiro.
Thu, 19 Dec 2019
123 - December 18, 2019: Ivan Boesky Sentenced
On this day in 1987, Ivan Boesky was sentenced to three years in prison. When he was found guilty of insider trading.
Wed, 18 Dec 2019
122 - December 17, 2019: Margaret Martin Disappears
On this day in 1938, went to meet a mysterious man for a job interview. It was the last time she was seen alive. Her body turned up 4 days later—her killer never found.
Tue, 17 Dec 2019
121 - December 16, 2019: Judge Robert Vance Killed
On this day in 1989, Federal Judge Robert Vance opened a mail bomb delivered to his house; the explosion killed him instantly.
Mon, 16 Dec 2019
120 - December 15, 2019: Black Dahlia Origins
On this day in 1946, Robert Manley decided to cheat on his wife—setting off a chain of events that led directly to Manley’s arrest as a suspect in one of the most gruesome murders in American history: The Black Dahlia.
Sun, 15 Dec 2019
119 - December 14, 2019: The Sweet Dew Incident
On this day in 835 CE, a plot hatched by China’s Emperor Wenzong to kill the court eunuchs backfired. Instead, the eunuchs used their own army to slaughter more than 1,000 government officials and their families.
Sat, 14 Dec 2019
118 - December 13th, 2019: The Eichmann Verdict
On this day in 1961, the widely publicized trial of Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann reached its conclusion in Jerusalem.
Fri, 13 Dec 2019
117 - December 12th, 2019: Corpsewood Manor Murders
On this day in 1982, 56-year-old Dr. Charles Scudder and his partner, 44-year-old Joseph Odom, were murdered in their house in rural Georgia.
Thu, 12 Dec 2019
116 - December 11th, 2019: Lufthansa Heist
On this day in 1978, over $5.8 million in cash and jewelry were stolen from the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
Wed, 11 Dec 2019
115 - December 10th, 2019: Brighton Trunk Murders Trial
On this day in 1934, Tony Mancini began his trial for the Brighton Trunk murders. But the crime itself was bound to another, eerily similar murder.
Tue, 10 Dec 2019
114 - December 9th, 2019: JFK’s Assassination Findings
On this day in 1963, the FBI released a five-volume report on the JFK assassination to the Warren Commission: the agency’s first official investigative statement on President Kennedy’s death.
Mon, 09 Dec 2019
113 - December 8, 2019: Washington Monument Standoff
On this day in 1982, nuclear disarmament activist Norman D. Mayer brought Washington D.C. to a stand-still when he claimed to have a truck full of explosives at the Washington Monument.
Sun, 08 Dec 2019
112 - December 7, 2019: Menendez Brothers Indicted
On this day in 1992, a Grand Jury indicted Lyle and Erik Menendez for murdering their parents in Beverly Hills over 3 years earlier.
Sat, 07 Dec 2019
111 - December 6, 2019: “Tent Girl” Murdered
On this day in 1967, 24-year-old Barbara Ann Taylor was murdered. For 30 years, her body remained unidentified, and she was simply referred to as “Tent Girl” — due to the material covering her corpse.
Fri, 06 Dec 2019
110 - December 5, 2019: Boston Belfry’s First
On this day in 1873, Bridget Landregan was found beaten and strangled to death in Boston. Witnesses described a figure wearing a black cape standing menacingly over her body, but he fled before they could see his face.
Thu, 05 Dec 2019
109 - December 4, 2019: Moses Sithole Found Guilty
On this day in 1997, Moses Sithole was found guilty of 38 counts of murder and 40 counts of sexual assault, making him one of the most notorious serial killers in South African history.
Wed, 04 Dec 2019
108 - December 3, 2019: Agatha Christie Disappears
On this day in 1926, mystery novelist Agatha Christie vanished from her home outside London for nearly two weeks; when she was later discovered, she had no recollection of her disappearance.
Tue, 03 Dec 2019
107 - December 2, 2019: Pablo Escobar Killed
On this day in 1993, notorious cocaine crime lord Pablo Escobar was fatally shot after a police chase across the rooftops of Bogota.
Mon, 02 Dec 2019
106 - December 1, 2019: Taman Shud
On this day in 1948, a man was found dead on Somerton Beach in Adelaide, Australia with no clues to his identity. The investigation into his person would fascinate the world but ultimately prove fruitless. He came to be known by the two words found on a piece of paper in his pocket: “Tamam Shud.”
Sun, 01 Dec 2019
105 - November 30, 2019: Gary Ridgway Apprehended
On this day in 2001, Gary Ridgway was arrested and thanks to DNA testing, was proven to be the "Green River Killer."
Sat, 30 Nov 2019
104 - November 29, 2019: Natalie Wood Drowns
On this day in 1981, actress Natalie Wood was found dead in the water off the coast of Catalina Island in Southern California. Police initially ruled the death an accident, but have since reopened the case and investigated it as a possible homicide.
Fri, 29 Nov 2019
103 - November 28, 2019: Lady Pirates Escape Death
On this day in 1720, Anne Bonny and Mary Read were convicted of piracy and sentenced to hang. Before their sentence was carried out, both of them pleaded pregnancy and were not hanged.
Thu, 28 Nov 2019
102 - November 27, 2019: Baby Face Nelson Dies
On this day in 1934, Baby Face Nelson, an American bank robber, was killed in a shootout with the FBI. But not before he’d killed more FBI agents than any other criminal in history.
Wed, 27 Nov 2019
101 - November 26, 2019: Brink’s-Mat Robbery
On this day in 1983, diamonds, gold, and cash worth £26 million pounds were stolen from a warehouse near Heathrow Airport in London.
Tue, 26 Nov 2019
100 - November 25, 2019: Mirabal Sisters Assassinated
On this day in 1960, the activist Mirabal sisters were assassinated, and their deaths were staged to look like a car accident.
Mon, 25 Nov 2019
99 - November 24, 2019: D.B. Cooper
On this day in 1971, D.B. Cooper hijacked a commercial airliner, then disappeared into the night with a $200,000 ransom.
Sun, 24 Nov 2019
98 - November 23, 2019: Felix Moncla and Robert Wilson Disappear
On this day in 1953, Air Force pilot Felix Moncla Jr. and his radar observer, Robert L. Wilson, disappeared on a routine mission over Lake Superior.
Sat, 23 Nov 2019
97 - November 22, 2019: Blackbeard Killed
On this day in 1718, Edward Teach, the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard, was killed off the coast of North Carolina during the Battle of Ocracoke.
Fri, 22 Nov 2019
96 - November 21, 2019: Columbine Mine Massacre
On this day in 1927, a group of coal miners on strike in the town of Serene, Colorado came head-to-head with state police—6 were killed. The incident became a rallying point for Labor Rights activists across the U.S.
Thu, 21 Nov 2019
95 - November 20, 2019: The Rostov Ripper Caught
On this day in 1990, Russian authorities arrested serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, better known as the Rostov Ripper.
Wed, 20 Nov 2019
94 - November 19, 2019: Charles Manson Dies
On this day in 2017, infamous cult leader Charles Manson dies of heart and respiratory failure due to colon cancer.
Tue, 19 Nov 2019
93 - November 18, 2019: The Jonestown Massacre
On this day in 1978, Jim Jones, the founder of the People’s Temple cult, led a little over 900 followers to drink poisoned Flavor-Aid in a mass suicide.
Mon, 18 Nov 2019
92 - November 17, 2019: H.H. Holmes Arrested
On this day in 1894, con artist and serial killer H.H. Holmes was arrested in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sun, 17 Nov 2019
91 - November 16, 2019: Carmen Colon Disappears
On this day in 1971, 10-year Carmen Colon disappeared in Rochester, New York. She was found dead two days later, setting off a string of alliterative killings known as the Alphabet Murders.
Sat, 16 Nov 2019
90 - November 15, 2019: Myra Hindley Dies
On this day in 2002, Myra Hindley, co-conspirator in the notorious Moors Murders, died in prison.
Fri, 15 Nov 2019
89 - November 14, 2019: The Mothman Sighted
On this day in 1966, the Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia was sighted in the neighboring town of Salem by contractor Merle Partridge. Merle’s dog was never seen again.
Thu, 14 Nov 2019
88 - November 13, 2019: The Amityville Murders
On this day in 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot his mother, father, and four siblings while they slept in their New York home.
Wed, 13 Nov 2019
87 - November 12, 2019: Randall Saito Escapes
On this day in 2017, 59-year-old Randall Toshio Saito walked out of Hawaii State Hospital. He’d been committed there for over 30 years.
Tue, 12 Nov 2019
86 - November 11, 2019: Lori Lee Kursa Disappears
On this day in 1972, 13-year-old Lori Lee Kursa slipped away from her mother during a shopping trip, and was never seen alive again.
Mon, 11 Nov 2019
85 - November 10, 2019: Suffragists Arrested
On this day in 1917, 33 members of the National Women’s Party were arrested for picketing in front of the White House. They had been peacefully demanding women’s suffrage for months, but were countered by violence in the infamous “Night of Terror.”
Sun, 10 Nov 2019
84 - November 9, 2019: John List Murders Family
On this day in 1971, 46-year old John List murdered his wife, mother, and three children.
Sat, 09 Nov 2019
83 - November 8, 2019: Carolyn Wasilewski
On this day in 1954, 14-year-old Carolyn Wasilewski was murdered. Her body was found the following day with the name “Paul” written in lipstick on her thigh.
Fri, 08 Nov 2019
82 - November 7, 2019: Butch and Sundance
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente Canton, Bolivia on this day in 1908.
Thu, 07 Nov 2019
81 - November 6, 2019: Palace of Justice Seized
On this day in 1985, a group of militants seized the Palace of Justice in Bogota, Colombia. The bloody conflict left hundreds dead, including eleven of the nation’s twenty-five supreme court judges.
Wed, 06 Nov 2019
80 - November 5, 2019: Guy Fawkes Arrested
On this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested in connection with the Gunpowder Plot, a failed attempt to assassinate King James I.
Tue, 05 Nov 2019
79 - November 4, 2019: Hara Takashi
Japanese Prime Minister Hara Takashi was assassinated in Tokyo on this day in 1921.
Mon, 04 Nov 2019
78 - November 3, 2019: Black Bart’s Final Robbery
On this day in 1883, infamous western outlaw "Black Bart the Poet" gets away with his last stagecoach robbery, leaving behind a clue that would eventually lead to his capture.
Sun, 03 Nov 2019
77 - November 2, 2019: Penguin Books Verdict
On this day in 1960, Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial of Regina V. Penguin Books Ltd.
Sat, 02 Nov 2019
76 - November 1, 2019: Edmund Zagorski
On this day in 2018, 63-year-old Edmund Zagorski was executed by electrocution in Tennessee for two counts of first-degree murder.
Fri, 01 Nov 2019
75 - October 31, 2019: The Hillside Strangler Strikes
On this day in 1977, the body of 15-year-old Judith Lynn Miller was discovered in a flowerbed in the Los Angeles neighborhood of La Crescenta.
Thu, 31 Oct 2019
74 - October 30, 2019: Sybille Niemans Murdered