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.
An eight year old murder cold case may soon be solved as an arrest warrant is about to be issued for a person of interest in the Chandra Levy murder in 2001.
Famous Crime Deaths 2013 January - June
Take a look at some criminals, victims, and others related to crime who passed away in the first half of 2013.
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.
Mary Kay Letourneau - After Prison
Mary Kay Letourneau always claimed it was true love. Vili Fualaau claimed otherwise in a lawsuit against the school district. What happened when Letourneau got out of prison? The final Letourneau article.
Mary Kay Letourneau - Plea Deal
With her plea deal, Mary Kay Letourneau got a second chance at living life outside the walls of a prison. Would she take that opportunity or squander it in her pursuit of her teen soulmate? Part two in the series.
Mary Kay Letourneau - The Beginning
Love or lust? Soul mate or predator? The questions raised by the Mary Kay Letourneau case still come up over 10 years after her arrest. Read about the background of the case in part one of my Letourneau series.
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.
Notorious Serial Killers Quiz
Stella Nickell - The Excedrin Trial
Stella Nickell did not escape police notice when her husband was poisoned with cyanide. But circumstantial evidence was all they had...until someone very close to her began to talk.
Ten Years After Columbine
Monday, April 20, 2009 Marked the remembrance of the Columbine Massacre in Littleton, Colorado.
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 Lindbergh Case - Ransom Negotiations
As police frantically searched for the missing Lindbergh baby, ransom negotiations with the kidnapper began. But was it too late for little Lindy? Part two in my Lindbergh kidnapping series.
The Lindbergh Case - The Kidnapping
Dashing aviator Charles Lindbergh seemed to lead a charmed life...until his firstborn son was kidnapped in 1932. Read about the original "Crime of the Century" here.
The Lindbergh Case - Trial and Aftermath
What price would the accused kidnapper of the Lindbergh baby pay for the crime? And might he have been innocent after all? The final article in my Lindbergh kidnapping series covers the trial and aftermath.
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.
The O.J. Simpson Case
The glove didn't fit, so they did acquit. The OJ Simpson case inspired poetry, dancing Itos and divided a nation with the verdict. Was the jury right or wrong? Get the facts and decide for yourself.
The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector
Legendary music producer and songwriter, Phil Spector is on trial for second degree murder charges.
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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