Here you will find some of history´s most well-known crimes. Either the criminals, victims, or the crimes themselves have captured public attention on a large scale.
Attacks on Athletes
Like other high-profile figures, athletes are subject to attack from a number of sources -- from deranged fans to rivals, protestors to robbers. Read about a few famous and not-so-famous cases of attacks on athletes.
Buford Pusser - Walking Tall
Sheriff of McNairy County, Tenessee, Buford Pusser walked tall and carried a big stick. He survived 8 shootings and 7 stabbings but was killed in a car accident on his way home from the county fair. His daughter and her friends came upon the accident just moments after it happened.
NYC Police Lieutenant Charles Becker headed up the secret police squad known as the strong-arm squad and was later arrested and convicted for the murder of bookmaker
Dumb Celebrity Crimes
Celebrities are not above the law. This article will list some celebrities and the dumb crimes they have committed.
I Don't Like Mondays
Brenda Spencer was sixteen years old when she opened fire with a .22 caliber rifle from her house across the street from the school where the children were waiting to get in. The song "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats was inspired by her explanation for shooting the kids.
Jack Kevorkian - Dr. Death
With a nickname fit for a horror movie, Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian sparked nationwide debate on the topic of assisted suicide. Although he helped 130 people kill themselves, he only stood trial for one. Read about his life and the loophole that prevented his prosecution.
The Miranda warning was established after a 1966 court case in which a man was convicted of rape and his confession was allegedly coerced. Miranda was unaware that he didn't have to say anything to police. Now, everyone who is being arrested, has to be warned of their Miranda rights.
Mumia Abu-Jamal - Appeals
After Mumia Abu-Jamal's sentencing, his defense team began nearly 30 years of appeals. Read about the setbacks and accomplishments here.
Mumia Abu-Jamal - Trial
The Mumia Abu-Jamal case led to decades of controversy and activism. Read a brief overview of the original trial in 1982 here.
Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Faulkner Murder
In 1981, Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner was gunned down during a routine traffic stop. The aftermath of the crime resulted in decades-long debate and even celebrity involvement.
Murder of Shanda Sharer
Shanda Sharer was just 12 years old when she was brutally tortured and burned alive by four other girls.
Notorious Serial Killers Quiz
Ronnie Biggs was probably one of the most famous criminals that you have never heard of. He escaped from prison after being arrested for his part in what is known as "The Great Train Robbery."
Terrorism and Americans Pre - 9/11
A brief synopsis of notable terrorist events prior to the 9/11 attacks.
The Chowchilla Kidnapping
The small city of Chowchilla, California was thrust into the national spotlight on July 15, 1976, when kidnappers seized 26 schoolchildren and their driver from a school bus and held them for ransom. Read about the abduction and aftermath.
The Chowchilla Kidnapping - Arrest and Aftermath
The mistakes made by the Chowchilla kidnappers quickly led to their arrest. Read about their errors and the aftermath of the crime.
The Chowchilla Kidnapping - Escape
The Chowchilla captives faced a set of daunting circumstances, and their survival was in their own hands. Read about their escape here.
The Dating Game Serial Killer
Rodney Alcala was a serial killer who once appeared on the Dating Game television show. He won the show but after the woman who picked him got to talk with him afterward, found him to be creepy and declined to go on the date. This had probably saved her life.
The Mike Tyson Rape Case
Before becoming famous as the boxer who would bite off part of an ear and threaten to eat children, Mike Tyson stood accused of raping a beauty pageant contestant in 1991. Read about the case and its outcome.
Tupac Shakur Murder - Background
2011 marks the 15th anniversary of controversial rapper Tupac Shakur's death. Get details on Shakur's early life in the first of a series on his murder.
Tupac Shakur Murder - The Aftermath
Who killed Tupac Shakur? Or could he be alive to this day? Read about the aftermath of Shakur's murder.
Tupac Shakur Murder - The Crime
Part two in my series on Tupac Shakur, covering the night of the murder, an event that would lead to a great deal of controversy in the following years.
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Three teen-agers were convicted for the murders of three 8 year old boys in 1994. In 2010, the teens, now men, were released from prison based on new DNA evidence that was discovered 2007. These men are known as the West Memphis Three.
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