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Crime History, May 10, 1875: Former slave becomes legendary Old West lawman

On this day, May 10, in 1875, former slave Bass Reeves was sworn in as a deputy U.S. Marshal in Fort Smith, Ark., becoming one of the most feared and fearless lawmen in the Old West. Reeves was hired by the “Hanging Judge” Isaac Parker, to help bring justice to the vast Indian Territory, a […]

The "Boy in Box" mystery has stumped investigators for decades.

Crime History, Feb. 25, 1957: ‘Boy in Box’ stumps America’s detectives

On this day, Feb. 25, in 1957, a college student in Philadelphia stumbled across the body of a young child, a discovery that attracted national attention and became known as the “Boy in the Box” mystery. The child, estimated to be 4 to 6 years old, was found naked and battered in a cardboard J.C. […]

Frank Steunenberg

Ex-governor assassinated over dispute with miners

On this day, Dec. 30, in 1905, former Idaho Gov. Frank Steunenberg was wounded by a powerful bomb rigged to the front gate of his home. He died shortly afterward. The case was one of the most sensational and widely reported of the first decade of the 20th century. Steunenberg had taken a hard line stance against labor, […]


Eleven killed in New York airport bombing

On this day, Dec. 29, in 1975, a bomb explosion at LaGuardia Airport killed 11 and injured 75 people. Two days before New Year’s Eve, the New York City airport was teeming with holiday travelers when a powerful blast exploded in the baggage claim area.The bomb, equivalent to 25 sticks of dynamite, had been placed […]

Johnnie Riley

Ex-cop sentenced for shooting handcuffed man in the back

A former District Heights police officer was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for shooting a handcuffed suspect in the back. Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks was not happy with Judge Hassan A. El-Amin’s decision, saying that that 34-year-old Johnnie Riley should have received harsher punishment. “We respectfully disagree with the judge’s sentence in this case,” […]

Abe Reles

Crime History, Nov. 12, 1941: Murder, Inc. hit man plunges to untimely death

On this day, Nov. 12, in 1941, Murder Inc.’s most feared killer,  Abe “Kid Twist” Reles, mysteriously fell to his death after becoming a government informant. Reles was a contract hit man for a national crime syndicate and a hit squad known as Murder, Inc. The group was believed to be responsible for between 400 and 1,000 contract killings. […]

The Capitol Hill home of Rep. Rosa DeLauro was broken-into Friday. (Sage Ross/Wikipedia Commons)

Burglary suspect found in Congresswoman’s home in Capitol Hill

The husband of a longtime Congresswoman foiled an attempted break-in at the couple’s Capitol Hill home, according to a report by CNN. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who won her 13th term to the U.S. House of Representatives last week, was not at home at the time of the burglary Friday evening. Her husband, political strategist Stan […]

Elijah Lovejoy

Crime History, Nov. 7, 1837: Angry mob kills anti-slavery newspaperman

On this day, Nov. 7,  in 1837, in Alton, Illinois, abolitionist newspaper owner Elijah P. Lovejoy was shot dead while attempting to protect his printing shop from an angry pro-slavery mob. Lovejoy was a pastor who ran a religious newspaper, the Observer, in the then-thriving river town of St. Louis, Missouri, a slave state. After publishing stories about […]

Police are looking for the mother of a newborn baby found in Beltsville on Wednesday. (Photo Prince George's County Police)

Mother of abandoned newborn turns out to be 911 caller

The woman who called 911 to report the discovery of a newborn baby turned out to be the child’s mother, police said Thursday. Police issued a bulletin the previous day asking the public to help find the mother of a baby girl who was reportedly found outside a home in the 12600 block of Shoal Creek […]