Crime History, Dec. 31, 1860: D.C. police nab Congressmen shortly before pistol duel

Rep. Galusha Grow, of Pennsylvania, and Rep. Lawrence Branch, of North Carolina.

On this day, Dec. 31, in 1860, D.C. police arrest several Congressmen mere seconds before two of them were to duel in Silver Spring. Earlier in the week, Rep. Lawrence Branch, of North Carolina, and Rep. Gulasha Grow, of Pennsylvania, traded insults on the House floor in a dispute over a post office appropriations bill. Grow […]

The Crime Scene: Fire officials ban posting of fire, accident images; brawl at Victoria’s Secret; and bus kills Metro driver

Crime scene tape fingerprint

It’s the crime scene to be seen. • Crime reporters pick favorite stories of 2013 (Slate) • D.C. fire department bans posting of images of fire or accident scenes (Washington Times) • The most likely place a child will be killed? Home (Mother Jones) • D.C. Metro bus driver pinned by bus, killed (NBC4) • Police impersonators rob women who […]

Md. police investigate shooting deaths of two bald eagles

Bald eagle (Wikipedia)

Maryland police are investigating the shooting of two bald eagles in Montgomery County this week. On Christmas, one of the eagles was found shot with a rifle in a field in the area of Georgia Avenue and Bordley Road in Brookville, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police. The eagle had been feeding on a […]

Crime History, Dec. 30, 1905: Ex-governor assassinated after dispute with miners

Frank Steunenberg

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, […]

The Crime Scene: Composite sketches before and after; Santa who was shot forgives; and horse whisperers behind bars

A real estate agent described a woman who had attended an open house in which a gun, medication and other items were taken in March 2008. Detectives tracked the woman down based on the sketch, and police say she confessed to this and other incidents where she posed as a potential homebuyer to steal items. (Courtesy of Capt. Thom Shaw/Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)

• Case of Pr. George’s man accused of serial killings leaves police, families unsatisfied (Washington Post) • Santa who was shot forgives, moves on (WJLA) • Man wanted in Metro kidnapping turns himself in (WNEW) • Hammer attack suspect in court (NBC4) • Composite sketches waning amid new technology, but some departments still use them […]

Santa shot in Southeast Washington

D.C. fire and rescue workers administer aid to a man dressed as Santa Claus at Barry Farms in Southeast Washington early Tuesday. (Credit: Delia Gonçalves @9NewsDelia)

A man dressed as Santa Claus was shot while delivering toys to children in Southeast Washington, according to WUSA9. Reporter Delia Gonçalves reported that Santa was shot twice in the back with a pellet gun at the 22nd Annual toy drive at Barry Farms, a mostly public housing area in the Anacostia neighborhood. The gun […]

Crime History, Dec. 23, 1987: ‘Squeaky’ Fromme escapes from W. Virginia prison

Squeaky Fromme

On this day, Dec. 23, 1987, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, the infamous Charles Manson disciple who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford, escapes from Alderson Prison in West Virginia. Fromme, the daughter of a well-to-do aerospace engineer, was a California college student before joining Manson’s cult. She was never implicated in the Manson killings. After his […]

The Crime Scene: ‘Duck Dynasty’ impersonator robs bank; FBI secret book left at library; and victim forced to ride Metro

Security camera footage captures a man wearing a Santa-style beard as he fires shots and robs a PNC bank in Laurel on Dec. 21. (Laurel Police)

We round up the top crime stories because there’s only two shopping days until Christmas. • Snafu leads to FBI’s ‘secret interrogation manual’ available to library goers (Mother Jones) • College police forces begin patrols beyond borders (Associated Press) • Fastest growing crime, barely registers to most Americans (The Atlantic Cities) • Woman pulled from Md. river, […]

D.C. police officer indicted for attempted murder of wife

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A veteran D.C. police officer has been indicted on attempted murder charges for trying to kill his wife at their Prince George’s County home, authorities said. Officer Samson Lawrence III faces charges of attempted first- and second-degree attempted murder,  two counts of assault and two counts of possessing a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, according […]

The Top 13 D.C. Crime Stories for 2013

Top 13 Crime Stories

The capital region saw an abundance of crimes in 2013, including an increase in homicides, the deadliest mass shooting in District of Columbia history and the arrests of many political figures, including a U.S. Congressman busted for cocaine. Which crimes made the Top 13? Check it out here and let us know which ones we […]