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Crime History, Sept. 2, 1985: N.J. senator fakes death to avoid corruption sentence

On this day, Sept.2, 1985, New Jersey state senator David Friedland faked his death during a supposed scuba accident off the coast of the Bahamas while awaiting sentencing on racketeering charges. Friedland, a flamboyant Democratic senator from Hudson and a lawyer with mob ties, was ousted from the Senate in 1980 after a federal conviction for […]


Crime History, Aug. 29, 1977: Plot to steal Elvis’ body gets even stranger

On this day, Aug. 29, in 1977, three men were arrested and charged with trying to steal Elvis Presley’s body, leading to the dead singer being moved to his Graceland mansion. The incident stunned Elvis fans just a week after he was buried at a Memphis cemetery. The thieves’ plan allegedly was to ransom the corpse for $10 million, but the plot […]

Alec Eugene Taylor

Ex-cop pleads to killing Silver Spring puppy

A former Baltimore city police officer has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend’s puppy and tossing its body into a Silver Spring trash bin. Alec Eugene Taylor,  28, of Hyattsville, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Circuit Court to one count of aggravated animal cruelty for choking and beating the dog — a 7-month-old Jack Russell terrier named […]

A girl was taken to the hospital from the diplomatic residence of Equatorial Guinea after police said she was struck with a wooden chair leg. (Google Maps)

Diplomat won’t face charges after girl beaten with chair leg

A man struck a girl several times with a wooden chair leg but was not charged because he had diplomatic immunity, according to Arlington County Police. It was the second time in less than a year that police responded to the diplomatic residence of the ambassador of Equatorial Guinea and did not make an arrest […]

Edmund Kemper III

Crime History, Aug. 27, 1964: Future serial killer shoots grandparents out of curiosity

On this day, Aug. 27, in 1964, 15-year-old Edmund Kemper III killed his grandparents with a rifle while visiting their California ranch. He then called his mother and reportedly told her, “I just wondered how it would feel to shoot Grandma.” Kemper, whose later crimes would be even more horrific, was sent to a California hospital, where […]

DeWayne Andrews Williams and Jamie Lea Bowyer

Couple wanted after man shot in face outside McDonald’s

Police are looking for a man and woman after a person was shot outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Northern Virginia. It happened around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Woodbridge. Following an altercation in the parking lot near the fast food restaurant, a 23-year-old man walked into McDonald’s with a gunshot wound, according to Prince William County Police. The victim had been shot […]

Walter Winchell

Crime History, Aug. 24, 1939: Murder Inc. boss surrenders to journalist

On this day, Aug. 24, in 1939, the leader of a notorious group of hit men, Murder Inc., gave himself up to influential newspaper columnist and radio commentator Walter Winchell. Winchell then turned him over to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Louis “Lepke” Buchalter, a devoted family man, controlled the contract execution squad responsible for about 1,000 mob hits. He […]


Crime History, Aug. 21, 1911: Mona Lisa stolen in heist of the century

On this day, Aug. 21, in 1911, the Mona Lisa painting was stolen from a Paris museum in what has been described as the greatest art heist of the 20th century. Vincenzo Peruggia hid in a storeroom in the Lourve museum on a Sunday, knowing that the Paris museum would be closed on Monday. The next morning, […]

Daniel Schorr

Crime History, Aug. 20, 1971: FBI starts covert probe of journalist Daniel Schorr

On this day, Aug. 20, in 1971, the FBI began an investigation of CBS White House reporter Daniel Schorr.Schorr caught the ire of President Richard Nixon’s administration after he refused to retract a story about the president’s failure to set up a program to fund Catholic schools. The FBI started a background check on Schorr, interviewing […]

Gary Little

Crime History, Aug. 18, 1988: Judge kills himself amid sex scandal allegations

On this day, Aug. 18, in 1988, a Washington judge shot himself just hours before the Seattle Post-Intelligencer published an article accusing him of sexually exploiting juvenile defendants who appeared before him. King County Superior Court Gary M. Little was admonished by a commission in 1991 for having inappropriate contact with three juvenile offenders, but the report […]

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HBO actor stabbed at D.C. nightclub

Anwan “Big G” Glover, the actor who played gang member Slim Charles in the acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” was stabbed at a D.C. nightclub early Sunday. Glover told investigators he was at Café Asia early Sunday when an unknown person punched him and another person hit him on the head. Glover told police he […]

Michael Anderson

Police seek defendant who walked out of armed robbery trial

A man on trial for the armed robbery of a Laurel liquor store apparently had a good idea which way the jury was leaning and decided to not stick around to hear the verdict. While the Prince George’s County jury deliberated his fate Tuesday, 40-year-old Michael Anderson slipped out of the Upper Marlboro courthouse and disappeared. Anderson’s hunch may […]

An unidentified Ohio man is facing charges after a YouTube video appeared showing him urinating on the Baltimore grave off former Ravens owner Art Modell.

Browns fan faces charge for urinating on Ravens owner’s grave

A Cleveland Browns fan will be prosecuted for urinating on the grave of Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell. The charges came as a result of a YouTube posting in which a man is seen ripping off a Ravens team jersey to reveal a Browns jersey before using a catheter to whiz on to the mausoleum of the […]


Crime History, July 29, 1862: ‘Cleopatra’ of Civil War thrown in D.C. prison

On this day, July 29, in 1862, teenage Confederate spy Belle Boyd, “the Cleopatra of the Secession,” was arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C.” Born May 1844 in Bunker Hill, Va. (now West Virginia), family lore has it that when she was excluded from an family discussion because she was too […]