Browsing: Crime

A Brief History On December 30, 1977, serial murderer Ted Bundy escaped from jail in Colorado, only to continue his murderous ways.  Incredibly, he had also escaped only 6 months previously.  Today, we ask, what was the most infamous great escape? Digging Deeper Here are some to pick from: John Dillinger, Bank Robber, in 1934 escaped from jail, purportedly using a fake gun carved from a bar of soap. Henri Charrière, Safe Cracker and murderer, in 1944 escaped from Devil’s Island, writing about it in his book, Papillon. Pablo Escobar, Drug Lord, in 1992 escaped from a Columbian prison he…

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A Brief History On December 29, 1916, the Russian known as “Rasputin,” or “The Mad Monk,” was murdered by a group of Russian noblemen, finally dying the next day after surviving being poisoned with cyanide and shot three times, and ultimately having to be drowned.  Today, we look at some of history’s toughest characters that were hard to kill. Digging Deeper Blackbeard the Pirate: In 1718, the most notorious pirate of them all was finally killed in spectacular fashion, only after being shot five times and slashed by swords 20 times! Hugh Glass: A tough as nails Mountain Man and…

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A Brief History On October 31, 2017, an Uzbek immigrant to the United States deliberately drove a rented truck into a New York City bicycle and jogging path, killing 8 people and injuring another 11 in a terrorist mass killing that proves bad people do not need guns to commit terrible crimes. Digging Deeper Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov was apparently a supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and intended his actions as a terrorist event.  After leaving the truck, he brandished a paintball gun and a pellet gun and was shot and wounded by the police. …

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A Brief History On September 29, 2011, a special court convened in India convicted a staggering 269 police and government officials of complicity in an atrocity called the “Vachathi case,” including 17 of those convictions for rape. Digging Deeper On June 20, 1992, almost 2 decades before the eventual convictions a large group of officials, including 108 police officera, 155 forestry agents and 6 revenue agents conducted a raid on Vachathi village, a community suspected of smuggling sandalwood. The so called “search team” ransacked private property, looted what they could, destroyed property and livestock, and assaulted scores of villagers, including…

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A Brief History On September 19, 1692, Giles Corey, age 81, became a footnote in the history of America by becoming the first and only man to be “pressed” to death during the infamous Salem Witch Trials.  Today, we ask our readers and viewers, “What is the Most Horrible Way to be Executed?” Digging Deeper We list a few possible answers, but feel free to name your own: Boiling Alive Brazen Bull Burning at the Stake Crucifixion Drawing and Quartering Drowning Eaten by critters (such as rats, ants, lions, etc.) Pressing Skinned Alive (or Flaying) Stoning Suffocation Question for students…

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