Crimes and Criminals Chapters

Sometimes the law makes criminals out of innocent people; other times guilty people go free. Then again ... sometimes the punishment fits the crime. Meet some of history's alleged and actual criminals and learn about their crimes.Sometimes the law makes criminals out of innocent people; other times guilty people go free. Then again ... sometimes the punishment fits the crime. Meet some of history's alleged and actual criminals and learn about their crimes.

Over the years, 50 people confess to Short's murder, but the case remains officially open.

Convicted of murder, Webster is given a death sentence.

As Booth shoots Lincoln, Lewis Payne tries and fails to assassinate Secretary of State William Seward.

Marys son John is captured in Europe and tried in a civil trial, which ends in a mistrial.

Columbia tries to replace cocaine money with fresh-flower crops, but Pablo's death cannot stop the cocaine trade.

Mary Ann Nichols, the Ripper's first victim, has her throat slit and abdomen cut open.

From the early 1920s to 1931, Al Capone leads the Chicago outfit, a crime syndicate who bootlegs liquor and commits other crimes.

A Harvard janitor explores Webster's lab and find parts of Parkman's body.

Photographs, blueprints, and records provide evidence that Auschwitz and Auschwitz II (Birkenau) are operating death camps.

Dostoevsky gets into serious trouble when he reads, then copies, a censored work; he goes to prison for this alleged crime.

The jurors selected in the William Penn case side with the defendant, surprising the judges.

The jurors stand by their verdict, in favor of William Penn, are willing to starve for it.

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