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Crime History, Oct. 21, 1964: Mob boss Joe Bonanno snatched from Manhattan street?

On this day, Oct. 21, in 1964, notorious Mafia leader Joseph Bonanno was supposedly kidnapped off the street in front of his Manhattan apartment. Bonanno was there at the creation of the American Mafia in the 1920s, and established the Bonanno crime family in Brooklyn at the age of 26. His empire ultimately extended to California, […]

Muybridge created a series of 24 photographs of the galloping horse and later showed the series of photographs in his zoopraxiscope

Crime History, Oct. 17, 1874: ‘Father of motion picture’ shoots, kills wife’s lover

On this day, Oct. 17, 1874, Eadweard J. Muybridge, pioneer of motion photography, shot and killed his wife’s lover, a famous San Francisco newspaper reporter. The slaying came four years before Muybridge, a brilliant and eccentric artist, stunned the world with the first film ever — a galloping horse that proved that all four hoofs came off the ground […]

Brian Weyhenmeyer

Waldorf man charged with repeatedly running over wife with car

A Waldorf man has been charged with murder after sheriff’s deputies say he repeatedly ran a car over his wife outside a Charles County restaurant. Thirty-two-year-old Brian Patrick Weyhenmeyer was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault. His wife, Jennifer Lynn Weyhenmeyer, 36, was found behind a Pizza Hut Sunday in a […]

John Grisham

Firestorm erupts over John Grisham ‘white guy’ child porn remarks

Best-selling crime author John Grisham stirred up a Twitterstorm when he opined in an interview that the law is too harsh on people convicted of downloading child porn. Grisham, a lawyer, former politician, and member of the Innocence Project, told The Telegraph that the justice system should distinguish between “real pedophiles” and drunk people who accidentally stumble onto […]

Angela Dawson, her husband, and five of her children were killed when a drug dealer firebombed their East Baltimore home.

Crime History, Oct. 16, 2002: Baltimore family murdered in ‘Stop Stitchin’ violence

On this day, Oct. 16, in 2002, a courageous Baltimore woman, her husband and their five children were killed in a firebombing after the family complained to police about drugs and violence in their Baltimore neighborhood. The murders of Angela Dawson and her family are considered a prime example of the “Stop Snitchin”  culture of inner-city America that attempts […]

William Bradford Bishop, in a photo taken in 1979-75; photo of unidentified man taken by a cororner in 1981.

Body is not that of diplomat accused of slaying family in 1976

The unidentified body exhumed in Alabama last week is not the fugitive diplomat accused of killing his Bethesda family nearly 40 years, the FBI said Wednesday. Federal investigators dug up a “John Doe” after a tipster pointed out that the coroner’s photo of an unknown man killed by a car along a Alabama closely resembled the wanted […]

Barry Freundel

D.C. rabbi hid camera in ritualistic showers, police say

A prominent D.C. rabbi hid a camera inside a clock-radio to secretly record at least six women undressing for a ritualistic bath, according to D.C. police report made public Wednesday. Sixty-two-year-old Barry Freundel of Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown was arrested Tuesday after police executed a search as his home in the 3000 block of O […]

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Crime History, Oct. 15, 1888: Police receive ‘From Hell’ letter from Jack the Ripper

On this day, Oct. 15, in 1888, the “From Hell” letter was received by investigators of the Jack the Ripper serial killer. The slayings of five or six women in the East End of London had generated worldwide newspaper coverage.  All the women murdered were prostitutes, and all except for one, were horribly mutilated. Police had received hundreds […]

Arvester Horner Jr.

PG police officer charged with DWI

A veteran Prince George’s County police officer was charged with driving while impaired after North Carolina police said they found him asleep at the wheel of a car stopped in the middle of the road. Forty-one-year-old Arvester Horner Jr., of Bowie, was also charged with having an open container in the passenger compartment, according to the News & […]

President Theodore Roosevelt

Crime History, Oct. 14, 1912: Teddy Roosevelt shot, gives speech with bullet in chest

On this day, Oct. 14, in 1912, President Theodore Roosevelt, while campaigning in Milwaukee, was shot by saloonkeeper John Schrank, but went on to deliver his speech with the bullet still in his chest. Schrank shot Roosevelt at close range while the two-term president was leaving the Gilpatrick Hotel to speak at the city auditorium. The shot was slowed by Roosevelt’s […]

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Ex-cancer research company manager gets jail time for theft

A former manager of a major cancer research non-profit has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to stealing $25,000 from the company and its donors. Ilyona Carter, 38, the former executive and operations manager for the Melanoma Research Alliance in the District of Columbia, the largest private funder of melanoma research in the United States. […]