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What is it about a life of crime that fascinates us? Find out from some of history’s most infamous events and notorious criminals.

A Woman Named Girly (September 10, 1999) star
Reptilian aliens. A con-man. An innocent girl. What sounds like would be an amazing science fiction story turns out to be a true case of murder. Girly Chew Hossencoft, aged 36, disappeared on September 10, 1999. Her body was never found.

Japan´s Abe Sada (May 21, 1936) star
Sada Abe created a scandalous name for herself in 1936 in Japan. During a time when women were akin to property, Sada was determined to control her man--and she did it the only way she knew how...

Lizzie Borden Acquitted (June 20, 1893) star
Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother 40 whacks...or did she? She was acquitted on three counts of murder on June 20, 1893, but the legend of her murderess rampage that August 4th morning lives on... is it fact or is it fiction?

Mary Surratt star
Due to her implication as a co-conspirator in the Lincoln assassination, Mary Surratt was the first woman to be executed by our federal government, even though she and other co-conspirators said that she was innocent of the charges.

Patty Hearst star
It was today, March 20 in 1976 that Patty Hearst was convicted of crimes with the SLA, a guerrilla group that had kidnapped her but also a group that she swore loyalty to later on. Her defense team tried to claim that she was a victim of the Stockholm Syndrome.

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