Crimes and Criminals

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  • Accused of Spreading Plague - Jews Burned in a Pit: During the 14th-century plague epidemic in Europe, Jews are accused of having something to do with spreading the "Black Death." In Strasbourg, residents take violent action against their Jewish neighb...

  • A COLD CASE: Over the years, 50 people confess to Short's murder, but the case remains officially open.

  • Actual Bullets from the Boston Massacre: An event which came to be known as The Boston Massacre occurred on the 5th of March, 1770. It all started over a dispute involving a wig.

  • A DEATH SENTENCE: Convicted of murder, Webster is given a death sentence.

  • A FOILED PLOT: As Booth shoots Lincoln, Lewis Payne tries and fails to assassinate Secretary of State William Seward.

  • AFTER THE CONSPIRACY TRIAL: Marys son John is captured in Europe and tried in a civil trial, which ends in a mistrial.

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

  • A HORRIBLE DEATH: Mary Ann Nichols, the Ripper's first victim, has her throat slit and abdomen cut open.

  • AL CAPONE AND THE OUTFIT: From the early 1920s to 1931, Al Capone leads the Chicago outfit, a crime syndicate who bootlegs liquor and commits other crimes.

  • Al Capone - Early Years: When the federal government outlawed liquor, in 1920, alcohol still flowed - and Al Capone made sure he was at the center of the illegal enterprise. He'd become the most famous gangster in the countr...

  • AN ASTONISHING DISCOVERY: A Harvard janitor explores Webster's lab and find parts of Parkman's body.

  • A NAZI DEATH CAMP: Photographs, blueprints, and records provide evidence that Auschwitz and Auschwitz II (Birkenau) are operating death camps.

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

  • Arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald: Police officers arrest Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theater on November 22, 1963.

  • A SHAM TRIAL: The jurors selected in the William Penn case side with the defendant, surprising the judges.

  • A SHOCKING VERDICT: The jurors stand by their verdict, in favor of William Penn, are willing to starve for it.

  • A SHOOTING IN BUFFALO: Czolgosz shoots McKinley two times, gravely wounding him, but McKinley's main concern is about his wife.

  • A SMOKING GUN: A receipts ledger with Capone's name on it shows profits from his gambling house; it is enough evidence to charge him with income tax evasion.

  • A SON of the SOUTH: Jesse is born inClay County,Missouri, on September 5, 1847, and loses his father at a young age.

  • Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand: During a June 28, 1914 visit to Sarajevo, Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie are assassinated. The archduke's death is a precipitating cause of World War I.

  • Assassination of Franz Ferdinand - A Cause of WWI: Gavrilo Princip tries to commit suicide, after his fatal shooting of the Archduke and his wife, but the cyanide in the capsule he swallows is old, hence ineffective.

  • Assassin Fires at Franz Ferdinand and Sophie Chotek: Driving through the streets of Sarajevo, the driver of Franz Ferdinand makes a wrong turn. This provides a potential assassin with a deadly opportunity.

  • ATROCITIES in KANSAS: Barely sixteen, Jesse participates with William Quantrill and his men in killing citizens of Lawrence Kansas.

  • ATROCITIES in MISSOURI: Jesse takes part in theCentralia Massacre, in which his group kills or wounds 22 unarmed Union troops.

  • Attacking the Death Penalty - Clarence Darrow: On the 22nd of August, 1924, Clarence Darrow speaks from the heart as he tries to save Leopold and Loeb from a death-sentence.

  • Attempted Assassination of FDR: Less than a month before he was sworn-in as America's president, Franklin Roosevelt was involved in a career-defining situation. Giuseppe ("Joe") Zangara fired five shots toward the President-Elect.

  • ATTEMPTED COVER-UP: To get rid of all the evidence, Webster cuts up Parkman's body and burns the pieces in his lab.

  • Auschwitz: Place of Horrors: Pope Francis calls attention to Auschwitz-Birkenau, a place of horrors for so many people during WWII.

  • BASS REEVES - U.S. DEPUTY MARSHAL: Born a slave, Bass Reeves ran away from slavery during America's Civil War. He fled to Indian Territory (today's Oklahoma) where he learned five Native-American languages.

  • Blackbeard and Shipwrecks - Ocracock Inlet: In 1718, a battle occured between the British Royal Navy and Edward Teach (the pirate known as "Blackbeard").

  • Black Dahlia: Elizabeth Short's mutilated body is found a week after she is last seen; no one knows what happened to her.

  • Blow: George Jung and Carlos Lehder, who meet in jail, agree to flood the US with cocaine. Lehder hopes to destroy America's politics and moral structure.

  • Bonnie and Clyde - Death Car: Bonnie and Clyde drive theirweapons-loaded, stolen car. Clyde slows-down for a vehicle whose owner was a friend. He had no way to know thatsix law-enforcement officers had appropriated that truck fo...

  • BOONE'S COURT MARTIAL : Daniel Boone is a defendant in a court martial. The criminal charges against him assert that is a traitor.

  • BOOTH'S CAPTURE AND DEATH: Sergt. Boston Corbett shoots and kills Booth as he hides in a barn near Port Royal, Virginia.

  • Boyhood Home of Jesse James: The James-Samuel farm, as it appeared in 1877, was the boyhood home of Jesse James.

  • BRITAIN CREATES AN IRISH MARTYR: Tone kills himself rather than be hanged as a traitor, and becomes a martyr.

  • CAPONE GOES DOWN: Capone is convicted on federal charges of tax evasion in 1931 and sentenced to federal prison; he is released on parole in 1939.

  • CAPTURE and DEATH of JOHN WILKES BOOTH: After a 12-day manhunt, Booth is tracked down and killed.

  • CHANCE EVENTS DESTROY A PLAN: Tony Minke, on his way to get his watch repaired, finds Bobby's body.

  • CHICAGO IN THE TWENTIES: Chicago reporter Maurine Watkins, who covers the courts, turns two real murders into a play for a college class.

  • CHICAGO'S EARLY CRIME BOSSES: Meet Chicago's early crime bosses including Big Jim Colosimo, Johnny Torrio, and Al Capone.

  • CHICAGO, THE PLAY: Maureen Watkinss play Chicago appears on Broadway in 1926 and later is the basis for the Bob Fosse musical.

  • COCAINE AND THE COCA PLANT: Albert Nieman discovers how to separate the alkaloid base of the coca plant. Thereafter, many products now contain small amounts of cocaine.

  • COCAINE - IT'S NOT CHOCOLATE: Cocaine and chocolate are from different plants; cocaine is from the coca plant, chocolate is from the cacao plant.

  • COCAINE-LACED DRINKS: In France, some wine contains cocaine. Because of Atlanta's early experiment with prohibition, however, John S. Pemberton uses fruit oils instead of cocaine-laced alcohol when he develops a new produc...

  • CONFEDERATE PARTISANS: Taking part in the Civil War at such a young age is what creates Jesse's brutal outlaw status.

  • Conspirator - Mary Surratt: Although questions remain, Mary Surratt is arrested, tried, convicted and executed for her part in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

  • CONSPIRATORS and the MILITARY COMMISSION: A military commission holds the trial of Mary Surratt and other conspirators.

  • Count Victor Lustig - The Real Tricky Vic: Born Robert Miller, in what is now the Czech Republic, Tricky Vic was a very good student who learned several European languages.

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