Crime History, Sept. 1, 1807: Former vice president Aaron Burr tried in plot to create new nation

Aaron Burr

On this day, Sept. 1, 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr is acquitted in Richmond of charges of trying to set up an empire. Burr, who had shot and killed fromer U.S. Treasure Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel three years earlier, was accused of conspiring to take over land in the Texas Territory to form an […]

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 […]

Ex-cop pleads to killing Silver Spring puppy

Alec Eugene Taylor

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 […]

Crime History, Aug. 28, 1955: Slaying of 14-year-old Emmett Till galvanizes civil rights movement

Emmett Till

On this day, Aug. 28, in 1955, black teenager Emmett Till was killed in Mississippi, a murder that stunned the country and became a watershed moment in the civil rights movement. Four days earlier, the 14-year-old Till visited Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market, a store in Money, Miss., owned by a white couple, Roy and Carolyn Bryant. Till, […]

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

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)

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 […]

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

Edmund Kemper III

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 […]

Couple wanted after man shot in face outside McDonald’s

DeWayne Andrews Williams and Jamie Lea Bowyer

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 […]

Crime History, Aug. 26, 1969: Manson family kills Hollywood stuntman on movie set; body found 10 years later


On this day, Aug. 26, in 1969, Charles Manson cult members killed Hollywood stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea, whose body was not discovered for nearly a decade. Shea, 35, was a bit actor, wrangler and the caretaker of the movie set ranch where Manson had his commune. Manson believed Shea had reported the cult to police, who were investigating […]

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

Walter Winchell

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, […]