Browsing: Crime

A Brief History On February 3, 1998, a bizarre aircraft accident occurred on the ski slopes of Italy when a USMC EA-6B Prowler electronic warfare jet flew below allowable altitude and cut the cable to a cable car carrying skiers. Digging Deeper The cable car was carrying an operator and 19 passengers, all of whom were killed as the car fell 300 feet from the severed cable.  The pilot and navigator of the jet were uninjured, and the damaged jet made a safe landing. The accident happened in the Dolomite mountains at Cavalese, and of course, the Italian public and…

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A Brief History On February 2, 1954, the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League played the first ever outdoor hockey game in the history of the NHL in Marquette, Michigan, up North in the Upper Peninsula. Digging Deeper Not only was the outdoor venue a notable first, but the opponents of the Red Wings were also inmates of the Marquette Branch Prison!  The prisoners gave their team the apropos name of “Pirates,” but unfortunately for the convicts, their hockey team was not up to NHL standards. The Red Wings won the game by a score of 18 to…

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A Brief History On January 29, 2009, Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich was successfully impeached by the state legislature and booted from office for the crime of soliciting appointment as the replacement as US senator for President-elect Obama.  Blagojevich was convicted and served eight years in prison for his crime.  About 18 governors have suffered sexual scandals or criminal charges resulting in being forced from office. Digging Deeper Spiro Agnew of Maryland, while serving as Vice President was charged with taking bribes and kick backs while Governor of Maryland and became the second US VP to resign in 1973. Virginia…

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A Brief History On January 24, 2018, defrocked medical doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison for molesting American female gymnasts over the course of his career as the gymnastic team’s doctor.  On January 24, 1989, serial killer Ted Bundy was executed by electric chair.  Which of these creeps is hated more? Digging Deeper For most Americans, any criminal that uses children as victims is generally held in the most contempt of all criminals.  Nassar was assaulted by other prisoners almost immediately upon being sent to prison and in 2023 he was viciously stabbed by another convict.…

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A Brief History On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl, was kidnapped in downtown Karachi, Pakistan by Islamist militants. Pearl was investigating a link between al Qaeda and Pakistan at the time.  When the US failed to meet the kidnappers’ demands, Pearl was beheaded. Digging Deeper Some other high-profile kidnappings include: Julius Caesar, in 75 BC at the age of about 25, was captured by pirates and held for ransom, returning after his release to kill all his kidnappers! Holocaust mastermind Adolf Eichmann was hiding in Argentina in 1960 when the Israeli Mossad kidnapped him and took…

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