President Abraham Lincoln’s death on April 14, 1865, is still seen as one of the most important and sad events in American history. Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., by John Wilkes Booth, a supporter of the Confederacy. Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. The president was killed the
Assassination of President John F. Kennedy President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. This event changed the course of American history forever. People’s curiosity and fascination with the stunning occurrence persists despite the persistence of conspiracy theories and unanswered questions surrounding it. A thorough examination of the
In 2002, a horrifying series of shootings known as the Beltway Sniper grabbed the Washington, DC, area and sent shockwaves across the country. Over the course of three weeks, sniper team John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo killed ten people and gravely injured three more.
William E. Delaney, at 27 years old, was one of five robbers who struck in the Arizona mining town of Bisbee on December 8. Four innocent citizens of the community were killed throughout the course of this crime. The next six weeks saw the capture, trial, and execution of all five robbers; Delaney was the
Since its occurrence in January 1947, the murder of the Black Dahlia has captivated the public and remained one of the most infamous and enigmatic in American history. The body of 22-year-old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short was discovered in a Los Angeles vacant lot. Her body had been cut in half at the waist, and
Bonnie and Clyde During the Great Depression of the 1930s, American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow became household names. Their crime spree, which included robberies of banks and other financial institutions as well as violent confrontations with law authorities, sparked widespread interest and cemented their place in American legend. After meeting one other in
Brink’s-MAT Robbery The events that led up to the Brink’s-MAT Robbery in London in 1983 are fascinating because of their daring, intrigue, and criminal ingenuity. The heist, in which a group of armed men stole £26 million in gold bullion, diamonds, and cash from a Brink’s-MAT security warehouse, is widely regarded as one of the
The “Killdozer” incident involving Marvin John Heemeyer and his bulldozer took place near Granby, Colorado in 2004. A long-held grievance against town officials over a zoning issue provided the fuel for Heemeyer’s painstaking preparation of a bulldozer with many layers of steel armor before he set it loose on the town.
The disappearance and subsequent death of Caylee Anthony, Casey Anthony’s two-year-old daughter, in Orlando, Florida, in 2008, was at the heart of a highly publicized court saga. The trial of Casey Anthony, the mother of murdered Caylee, attracted widespread attention because of the allegations against her.
Centennial Olympic Park Bombing During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, a terrorist bombing took place in Centennial Olympic Park. Centennial Olympic Park was a hub for visitors and spectators during the 1996 Summer Olympics, and on July 27th, a pipe bomb went off there. Two people were killed and nearly a hundred were
A young woman was viciously raped in New York City’s Central Park in 1989, and the case that followed became a watershed moment in American criminal history. Trisha Meili, the victim, went into a coma after sustaining life-threatening injuries. The incident provoked widespread outrage and exposed long-suppressed concerns about crime and racism in the community.
Chicago Mob During the early and mid-20th century, Chicago was home to a notorious criminal organization known as the Chicago mob, also called the Chicago Outfit. Bootlegging during Prohibition, gambling, prostitution, and extortion were only some of the criminal activities that the mafia dominated under the leadership of men like Al Capone, Frank Nitti, and
Chicago Tylenol Murders In 1982, a string of poisonings in Chicago created a fascinating and horrific true crime story known as the Tylenol Murders. Capsules of Extra-Strength Tylenol were found to contain cyanide, resulting in the deaths of seven persons in the Chicago region. Consumers became leery of over-the-counter pharmaceuticals as a result of the
Chowchilla, California, was the site of a terrifying kidnapping in 1976, in which 26 students and their bus driver disappeared. Three men carried out the heinous crime of sealing the victims inside a moving van before burying it in a quarry. The prisoners were confined for 16 hours below before they escaped by clearing a
The Torso Murders, also known as the Cleveland Torso Murders or the Kingsbury Run Murders, were a series of gruesome and unsolved killings that terrorized Cleveland, Ohio, during the 1930s. The murders primarily targeted vagrants and marginalized individuals, making the investigation particularly challenging.
Columbine High School Massacre The tragedy and significance of the Columbine High School Massacre in Littleton, Colorado on April 20, 1999 cannot be overstated. Twelve students and one teacher were killed in a school shooting that was planned and executed by two pupils, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. They killed themselves after injuring a large
D.B. Cooper One of the most intriguing and long-lasting mysteries in American history is the D.B. Cooper case. A man calling himself “Dan Cooper” hijacked Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 on November 24, 1971, and held the passengers hostage for $200,000. He also demanded four parachutes. After receiving the ransom money, Cooper parachuted over the
A heartbreaking reminder of the pervasive bigotry and brutality that afflicted America in the middle of the twentieth century, Emmett Till’s tragedy is a powerful illustration of the futility of revenge. A black Chicago kid named Emmett Till, aged 14, was brutally killed in Mississippi in 1955 after being accused of whistling at a white
Freedom Summer Murders An important turning point in the American Civil Rights Movement occurred in 1964 with the case of the Mississippi Burning, commonly known as the Freedom Summer Murders. Violence against African Americans and civil rights workers in the Deep South received widespread attention after the disappearance and death of three activists in Neshoba
The FLQ Crisis of 1970 marked a critical period in Canadian history, centered in Quebec. The Front de libération du Québec (FLQ), a separatist group advocating for an independent Quebec, escalated its campaign for sovereignty with a series of bombings and kidnappings. The crisis reached a boiling point when the FLQ kidnapped British diplomat James
Gardner Museum Theft Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a historical site with a long and illustrious past. The museum was established in 1903 by Isabella Stewart Gardner to hold her extensive collection of artworks and artifacts from different cultures. In defiance of the traditions of her day, Isabella Stewart Gardner
H.H. Holmes Murder Hotel Herman Holmes Mudgett, also known as H.H. Holmes, was a serial killer active in Chicago in the late 19th century. Holmes, a guy of charisma and intelligence who preyed on his victims, was born in 1861. He built a three-story structure he called the “Murder Castle,” complete with secret entrances, trapdoors,
The Hatton Garden Heist of 2015 is a remarkable and audacious criminal operation that captured international attention. A group of elderly thieves, dubbed the “Bad Grandpas,” executed an elaborate plan to break into the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, a vault in London’s jewelry district.
The disappearance and tragic fate of Kristin Smart, a student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO), is a haunting and unsolved mystery that continues to capture public attention. In 1996, Kristin Smart vanished without a trace while walking back to her dormitory after an off-campus party.
There was a terrible massacre in the American Southwest in 1846 known as the Santa Fe Trail Murders or the Kuykendall Massacre. A group of settlers and merchants, led by Captain Philip St. George Cooke, were making their way from Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico along the Santa Fe Trail in June of that
Lindbergh Kidnapping On March 1, 1932, in what has become known as the “Crime of the Century,” the Lindbergh infant was abducted. The Lindberghs’ 20-month-old son, Charles Jr., was taken from their house in Hopewell, New Jersey. His parents were famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne. One of the most notorious criminal cases
Lufthansa Heist The Lufthansa Heist, which occurred in 1978 at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport, is a fascinating and daring heist. It has fascinated both true-crime buffs and average people as one of the most renowned heists ever. About $5 million in cash and about $1 million in jewelry were taken in a
Manson Family Murders The followers of cult leader Charles Manson were responsible for a string of horrific killings known as the Manson Family Murders in the late 1960s. Charles Manson, a charismatic but unstable figure, attracted a group of ardent followers who saw him as a messianic figure and set up a commune to rule
Murder of JonBenet Ramsey The murder of JonBenét Ramsey, a 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant, in 1996 in her Boulder, Colorado home, remains a haunting and unsolved mystery. Her lifeless body was found in the basement hours after her family reported her missing. The case garnered immense media attention due to its shocking nature and the
One of the most famous unsolved crimes in the entertainment business is the assassination of Tupac Shakur, one of the most influential and iconic characters in hip-hop music’s history. Six days after being wounded many times in a drive-by shooting on September 7, 1996, Tupac, at the age of 25, passed away on September 13.
One of the most infamous and mysterious events in the history of organized crime is the assassination of Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. Los Angeles mobster Bugsy Siegel was murdered on the evening of June 20, 1947, in his Beverly Hills home. Someone opened shot through the window when he was reading the newspaper in the living
The public’s attention is still riveted on the tragic and unsolved murder of Natalee Holloway. American high school senior Natalee Holloway, age 18, vanished on her graduation trip to Aruba on May 30th, 2005. She was last spotted leaving a club with Dutch adolescent Joran van der Sloot, as well as Deepak and Satish Kalpoe,
New York Mob The New York Mob, or Italian-American Mafia, has left an unmistakable influence on the city’s history and popular culture, and their story is compelling and timeless. The arrival of Italians in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century is sometimes cited as the beginning of the New York
North Hollywood Shootout The gunfire in North Hollywood, California, on February 28, 1997, was a spectacular and furious event. Larry Phillips Jr. and Emil Mătăsăreanu, armed and armored, robbed a bank in a brutal and bloody attack. The gunmen and law enforcement authorities, including those from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los
The O.J. Simpson trial, which lasted from 1994 until 1995, was a watershed moment in the development of American law. The murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her companion Ronald Goldman led to the arrest of former football star O.J. Simpson. A powerful blend of evidence, including racial tensions and the defendant’s celebrity status, helped
Oklahoma City Bombing The horrific act of domestic terrorism known as the Oklahoma City Bombing happened on April 19, 1995, when a rental truck full of explosives exploded in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There were 168 fatalities, including 19 children, and over 500 injuries, making this one
Patty Hearst Kidnapping The abduction of Patty Hearst, often known as the Hearst Affair, is a fascinating true crime story from the 1970s. Hearst family heiress Patricia “Patty” Hearst was the granddaughter of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The revolutionary left-wing Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) kidnapped her from her Berkeley, California, residence on February 4,
An important turning point in American history occurred when the Pentagon Papers were leaked in 1971, revealing a labyrinth of government secrecy and deception around the Vietnam War. To expose the full scope of U.S. engagement in Vietnam and the administration’s honest assessments of the war’s progress, a military analyst called Daniel Ellsberg leaked a
August 1992, in a remote part of northern Idaho, the Ruby Ridge incident took place. It is still one of the most contentious and closely examined incidents in recent American history. At first, it was a conflict between the federal law enforcement agencies and the white nationalist and strongly anti-government Weaver family.
Tensions of the time were reflected in the Sacco and Vanzetti trial of 1921, which was a watershed point in American history. Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian immigrants, were arrested in Massachusetts and accused with murder and robbery. Red Scare anti-immigrant emotions and worries of radicalism obscured the trial’s many flaws.
Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre was a horrific crime that occurred on February 14, 1929, at the height of Chicago’s Prohibition era. This execution-style murder was planned and carried out by Al Capone’s Chicago Outfit against members of the North Side Gang, headed by Bugs Moran. Seven North Side Gang members
The Texas Rangers are a famous police force with a long past that goes back to the early days of Texas. In the 1830s, during the turbulent Texas Revolution, they were first made. At first, they were a loosely organized group of average citizens who fought to protect Texan towns from attacks by Native Americans
The Great Brink’s Robbery One of the boldest and best-planned heists in U.S. history was the 1950 Great Brink’s Robbery. On January 17, 1950, armed thieves in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts, targeted the Brink’s Armored Car Depot. The robbers made off with a remarkable haul of about $2.7 million in cash, cheques, and
The Unabomber Theodore John Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, is a mathematician and domestic terrorist who launched a deadly bombing campaign via the mail in the United States from 1978 until 1995. Kaczynski was born on May 22, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois. He received a scholarship to Harvard University at the age of 16.