Crime in History

Historical Events

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Historic Event

0800-11-23 Charlemagne arrives in Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III

  • 1315-04-30 French chamberlain Enguerrand de Marigny is hanged on the public gallows at Montfaucon after being convicted of sorcery

Execution

1478-02-18 George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is privately executed in the Tower of London (allegedly by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine).

  • 1490-01-04 Anna of Brittany announces that all those who would ally with the king of France will be considered guilty of the crime of lese-majesty.
  • 1619-02-20 Trial against Johan van Oldenbarnevelt begins in The Hague for alleged crimes against the federal government
  • 1634-08-18 Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France.

Historic Event

1649-01-06 The English Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other "high crimes"

Execution

1701-05-23 Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and the murder of William Moore

Historic Publication

1703-07-31 Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers

  • 1734-06-21 In Montreal, New France (Quebec), black slave Marie-Joseph Angélique, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city, is tortured and hanged by the French authorities in a public ceremony

Historic Event

1762-03-10 French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspires Voltaire to begin campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform

Historic Event

1783-04-08 Catherine II of Russia annexes the Crimea

Historic Event

1792-12-11 France's King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state

Historic Event

1824-05-17 The diaries of Lord Byron are burnt by six of the poet's friends at the office of John Murray in London, sometimes described as “the greatest crime in literary history”

  • 1834-02-26 1st US interstate crime compact (NY-NJ) ratified
  • 1854-10-25 Prince Menshikov of Crimea occupies British base at Balaclava
  • 1855-06-17 Heavy French/British bombing of Sebastopol, Crimea: 2,000+ killed

Historic Event

1873-11-19 William Magear Tweed "Boss Tweed", of Tammany Hall (NYC) convicted of defrauding city of $6M, sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment

  • 1883-04-13 US prospector Alfred Packer convicted of manslaughter though accused of cannibalism

Historic Event

1895-01-05 French Captain Alfred Dreyfus, convicted of treason, publicly stripped of his rank; later exonerated

  • 1898-07-08 The shooting death of crime boss Soapy Smith releases Skagway, Alaska from his iron grip
  • 1910-10-22 Dr. Crippen is convicted at the Old Bailey of poisoning his wife and was subsequently hanged at Pentonville Prison in London.
  • 1915-08-15 Journalist Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, convicted of murder in Georgia

Murder of Interest

1917-03-17 Albert Anastasia is convicted of murdering longshoreman George Turino

  • 1918-12-20 The Allies turn their attention to Bolshevik expansion in the East, landing troops in Crimea and Latvia
  • 1921-07-14 Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti convicted of killing their shoe company's paymaster and sentenced to death, in Dedham Massachusetts
  • 1921-10-18 Biding its time, Soviet Russia agrees to independence for the Crimea

Historic Event

1923-01-13 Taking advantage of the chaotic condition of Germany, Hitler stages a demonstration of 5000 storm troopers and denounces the 'November crime'

  • 1923-06-06 Gangster Albert Anastasia is convicted of illegal possession of a firearm and sentenced to two years in prison
  • 1924-05-21 Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb kidnap and kill Bobby Franks to demonstrate their supposed intellectual superiority by committing a "perfect crime"
  • 1924-09-10 Leopold and Loeb found guilty of the murder of Robert Franks in Chicago in the "the crime of the century"

Historic Event

1929-10-25 Former Interior Secretary Albert B. Fall convicted of accepting $100,000 bribe in the Teapot scandal - 1st US Cabinet member to go to jail

  • 1930-03-31 The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next 38 years

Historic Event

1931-10-18 American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion

  • 1932-05-04 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion
  • 1932-11-24 In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
  • 1935-02-02 Leonarde Keeler first uses his polygraph machine on criminals later convicted of assault on its findings in Portage, Wisconsin

Historic Event

1936-06-07 Charles "Lucky" Luciano is convicted on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution

  • 1939-06-17 Last public guillotining in France. Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the prison Saint-Pierre
  • 1942-05-08 German summer offensive opens in Crimea
  • 1942-07-03 German troops march into Sebastopol, Crimea
  • 1942-08-08 6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who landed in US executed in Washington, D.C.
  • 1942-09-12 Free-Poland & Belgium asks pope to condemn nazi-war crimes
  • 1943-06-02 German assault on Sebastopol, Crimea, begins
  • 1944-05-05 Soviet offensive against Sebastopol, Crimea
  • 1944-05-09 Russians recapture Crimea by taking Sevastopol
  • 1944-05-12 Crimea purged of Nazi troops
  • 1944-05-18 Expulsion of more than 200,000 Tartars from Crimea by Soviet Union begins, they are accused of collaborating with the Germans

Yalta Conference

1945-02-03 WWII: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Yalta, Crimea, Soviet Union for the "Big Three" Yalta Conference

Historic Event

1945-02-04 Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin meet at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss the final phase of World War II

Historic Event

1945-09-11 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during most of World War II, attempts suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal but fails - later he is hanged

  • 1946-07-16 US court martial sentences 46 members of the SS to death (Battle of Bulge crimes) in Dachau

Nuremberg Trials

1946-09-30 Twenty-two Nazi leaders, including Joachim von Ribbentrop and Hermann Goering, are found guilty of war crimes and sentenced to death or prison at the Nuremberg war trials

  • 1948-05-04 The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949)
  • 1948-11-12 Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo sentenced to death by war crimes tribunal
  • 1949-10-14 14 US Communist Party leaders convicted of sedition

Historic Event

1950-02-01 USSR demands condemnation of Emperor Hirohito for war crimes

  • 1951-02-28 Senate committee reports of at least 2 major US crime syndicates

Historic Event

1951-03-29 American citizens Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are convicted and sentenced to death for conspiracy to commit espionage for the Soviet Union

  • 1953-01-28 19-year old Derek Bentley is hanged in Wandsworth Prison, London, controversially convicted of the murder of a police officer. He was pardoned on 30th July 1998.

Historic Event

1953-04-08 Jomo Kenyatta convicted of involvement with the Mau Mau rebellion and sentenced to 7 years jail in Kenya

  • 1953-09-28 "Racket Squad" TV Crime Drama last airs on CBS
  • 1954-07-04 Dr Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of the crime)
  • 1956-02-01 Hague Daily Newspaper reveals war crimes of Hague mayor Schokking
  • 1957-10-25 Cosa Nostra crime boss Albert Anastasia is murdered in a barber's chair in New York City, probably by fellow mobster Joe Gallo

Film & TV History

1958-04-04 Cheryl Crane (14), daughter of actress Lana Turner, stabs to death organized crime figure Johnny Stompanato, her mother's boyfriend, in self-defense; crime later ruled a "justifiable homicide"

  • 1959-06-23 Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany (where he resumed a scientific careerhistory of ultrasounds

Historic Event

1960-08-19 American CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident); sentence to 3 years in prison plus 7 in a labor camp, he served 17 months before being exchanged for a captured Soviet KGB spy

  • 1961-09-29 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV

Historic Event

1961-12-12 Nazi German army officer Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes in Israel

  • 1961-12-15 Adolf Eichmann is sentenced to death for war crimes in Israel
  • 1962-06-01 SS officer Adolf Eichmann is executed in Israel after being found guilty of war crimes
  • 1962-06-15 South Africa passes a bill setting death penalty for many crimes
  • 1964-03-04 Jimmy Hoffa convicted of jury tampering
  • 1964-07-26 Teamsters President and US union leader Jimmy Hoffa convicted of fraud and conspiracy
  • 1964-12-22 American comedian Lenny Bruce is convicted of obscenity
  • 1965-03-25 West German Bondsdag extends war crimes retribution
  • 1967-05-15 "In re Gault", US Supreme Court rules juveniles accused of crimes should be given same legal rights as adults
  • 1967-08-15 UK's Marine Offences Bill making pirate radio stations a crime goes into effect, pirate station Radio 355 closes down
  • 1970-05-11 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
  • 1970-08-31 Lonnie McLucas, a Black Panther activist, convicted of conspiracy to commit murder
  • 1970-12-24 9 Jews are convicted in Leningrad of hijacking a plane

Murder of Interest

1971-01-25 Charles Manson & 3 women followers convicted of Tate-LaBianca murders

  • 1971-01-26 Dutch 2nd Chamber accepts law against limitation of war crimes
  • 1972-05-26 In the Republic of Ireland, the Special Criminal Court is re-instituted to deal with crimes arising out of the Northern Ireland conflict; as part of the measures trial by jury is suspended
  • 1973-04-09 Otto Kerner, former governor of Illinois, convicted for his role in an illegal racetrack scheme

Film Release

1973-05-11 Ground-breaking Indian crime film "Zanjeer" directed by Prakash Mehra and starring "The Angry Young Man" Amitabh Bachchan released

  • 1974-07-12 John Ehrlichman convicted of violating Daniel Ellsberg's rights
  • 1974-07-30 House Judiciary Committee votes on 3rd & last charge of "high crimes & misdemeanors" to impeach President Nixon in the Watergate cover-up

Historic Event

1974-09-08 US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon of all federal crimes

Historic Event

1975-01-01 H. R. Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell and Mardian convicted of Watergate crimes

  • 1975-06-26 Two FBI agents and a member of the American Indian Movement are killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; Leonard Peltier is later convicted of the murders in a controversial trial.
  • 1976-03-20 Patricia Hearst convicted of armed robbery
  • 1976-05-15 The Ulster Volunteer Force launch gun and bomb attacks on 2 pubs in County Armagh, killing 4 Catholic civilians and wounding many more; a British Army soldier is later convicted for taking part in the attacks
  • 1976-10-04 Supreme Court lifts 1972 ban on death penalty for convicted murderers
  • 1976-10-25 Governor Wallace grants full pardon to Clarence Norris, last known survivor of 9 Scottsboro Boys who were convicted in 1931 rape
  • 1976-11-10 Utah Supreme Court approves execution of convicted murderer Gary Gilmore
  • 1977-01-17 Gary Gilmore is executed by firing squad in the Utah state prison, convicted of murder

Famous Birthdays

Guy Fawkes

1570-04-13 Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator who was convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the British Parliament, born in York, England (d. 1606)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

1821-11-11 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime and Punishment, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man) who helped shape literary modernism and existentialism, born in Moscow, Russian Empire (d. 1881)

  • 1833-12-20 Samuel Mudd, American physician (imprisoned for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth), born in Charles Country, Maryland (d. 1883)
  • 1853-04-22 Alphonse Bertillon, French police officer and anthropologist (devised crime ID system), born in Paris (d. 1914)

Mata Hari

1876-08-07 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, born in Leeuwarden, Netherlands (d. 1917)

  • 1876-09-06 Willem Adriaan Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), born in Amsterdam (d. 1940)
  • 1878-12-31 Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan playwright, poet, and short story writer (Anaconda, El Crimen del Otro), born in Salto, Uruguay (d. 1937)
  • 1886-07-31 Salvatore Maranzano, Sicilian-born American organized crime figure, born in Sicily, Italy (d. 1931)
  • 1887-12-25 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), born in NYC, New York (d. 1968)
  • 1888-10-15 S.S. Van Dine [pseudonym for William Huntingdon Wright], American art critic and crime writer (Philo Vance), born in Charlottesville, Virginia (d. 1939)

Agatha Christie

1890-09-15 Agatha Christie, English crime writer (Murder on the Orient Express), born in Torquay, Devon (d. 1976)

  • 1893-10-12 Velvalee Dickinson, American spy, convicted of espionage against the United States on behalf of Japan during World War II, born in Sacramento, California (d. 1980)
  • 1894-03-09 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, born in Vienna (d. 1976)
  • 1894-10-04 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1972)
  • 1896-11-07 Herbert O'Connor, 51st Governor of Maryland and TV narrator (Crime Syndicate), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)
  • 1897-10-12 Inez Courtney, American stage and screen actress (The 13th Man; Crime Ring; The Raven), born in Amsterdam, New York (d. 1975)

John T. Scopes

1900-08-03 John T. Scopes, American teacher convicted for teaching evolution (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), born in Paducah, Kentucky (d. 1970)

  • 1901-06-08 Lena Baker, American murderer, convicted of capital murder of her employer, Ernest Knight, born in Cuthbert, Georgia (d. 1945)
  • 1902-12-22 Joe Adonis, Italian American crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, born in Montemarano, Italy (d. 1971)
  • 1906-03-28 Robert Allen [Irvine Theodore Baehr], American actor (The Awful Truth, Crime and Punishment), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1998)
  • 1907-09-06 Elizabeth Ferrars, British crime writer, born in Yangon, Myanmar (d. 1995)
  • 1909-03-07 Leo Malet, French crime novelist (Nestor Burma novels), born in Montpellier, France (d. 1996)
  • 1913-09-04 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (Cohen crime family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1976)
  • 1913-11-28 Hugo Pos, Surinamese-Dutch poet and writer, born in Paramaribo, Suriname (d. 2000)
  • 1915-06-26 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
  • 1917-10-15 Jan Miner, American actress (Crime Photographer), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2004)
  • 1918-03-28 Youly Algaroff, Russian-French ballet dancer, born in Simferopol, Crimea (d. 1995)
  • 1918-05-04 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking, born in Kariwa, Japan (d. 1993)
  • 1919-10-28 Bernhard Wicki, Austrian director and actor (Morituri, Crime & Passion), born in St. Pölten, Austria (d. 2000)
  • 1920-04-03 John Demjanjuk, Ukrainian-born American auto worker, alleged Nazi and convicted war criminal (under appeal at death), born in Berdychiv uyezd, Kiev Governorate, Ukrainian People's Republic (d. 2012)
  • 1920-07-04 Leona Helmsley, American real estate billionaire convicted of federal income tax evasion, born in Marbletown, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1920-08-03 P. D. James [Phyllis Dorothy], Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime writer (Cover Her Face), born in Oxford, England (d. 2014)
  • 1923-06-26 Barbara Graham, American criminal convicted of murder, born in Oakland, California (d. 1955)
  • 1924-03-28 Frank Lovejoy, American actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1962)
  • 1925-10-09 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure and abusive partner of actress Lana Turner, born in Woodstock, Illinois (d. 1958)

Efraín Ríos Montt

1926-06-16 Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemalan general and dictator convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, born in Huehuetenango, Guatemala (d. 2018)

  • 1927-04-12 Patrick Meehan, Scottish petty criminal, wrongly convicted of murder
  • 1927-06-19 Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, Argentine general, Commander of the Third Army Corps (1975-79), and convicted human rights violator and murderer, born in San Martín, Buenos Aires (d. 2018)
  • 1930-09-29 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), born in Stamford, Lincolnshire (d. 2017)
  • 1931-10-04 Dick Tracy, comic strip crimestopper
  • 1934-07-24 Sante Kimes, American convicted con artist and murderess
  • 1935-04-26 James Cecil "Humpy" Parker, American disgraced ex-Sheriff convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture, born in San Jacinto County, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1935-07-05 John Gilmore, American true crime author (Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2016)
  • 1936-04-03 Reginald Hill, British crime author (Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novels), born in West Hartlepool, County Durham (d. 2012)
  • 1938-04-06 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2004)
  • 1938-07-23 Charles Harrelson, American organized crime figure, born in Lovelady, Texas (d. 2007)

Jim Bakker

1939-01-02 Jim Bakker, American televangelist (Assemblies of God, The PTL Club) and convicted fraud, born in Muskegon, Michigan

  • 1939-07-14 Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, born in Sarajevo (d. 2017)
  • 1940-08-06 Louise Sorel, actress (BS I Love You, Crimes of Passion), born in Los Angeles, California

Ratko Mladić

1942-03-12 Ratko Mladić, Bosnian Serb general during the Bosnian War (found guilty of war crimes 2017), born in Božanovići, Croatia

  • 1942-08-06 George Jung [Boston George], American convicted drug felon whose story was portrayed in the biopic "Blow", born in Boston, Massachusetts

Roy DeMeo

1942-09-07 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1983)

  • 1943-03-13 André Téchiné, French director and screenwriter (Scene of the Crime, Rendez-Vous), born in Valence-d'Agen, Tarn-et-Garonne, France

Bob Woodward

1943-03-26 Bob Woodward, American author and investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes), born in Geneva Illinois

  • 1943-06-08 William Calley Jr., American war criminal, convicted by court-martial of murdering 22 unarmed South Vietnamese civilians in the My Lai Massacre, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1943-10-12 Jeffrey MacDonald, American medical doctor convicted of murdering his wife and two daughters, born in Queens, New York City
  • 1943-11-05 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor and playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), born in Fort Sheridan, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • 1944-02-29 Dennis Farina, American actor (Get Shorty, Law & Order, Crime Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1945-05-25 Dave Lee Travis [David Griffin], British DJ and presenter (Top of the Pops], convicted of indecent assault, born in Buxton, Derbyshire
  • 1946-01-23 Don Whittington, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1979), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1946-08-08 James W. Lewis, American convicted extortionist
  • 1946-10-11 Oba Chandler, American convicted murderer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • 1946-11-11 Corrine Brown, American politician convicted on corruption charges (Rep-D-Florida 1993-2017), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1947-05-16 Bill Smitrovich, American character actor (Crime Story; Miami Vice; Life Goes On), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1947-11-09 Robert David Hall, American actor (Dr. Albert Robbins M.D, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1948-02-08 Lynda Lyon Block, American convicted murderer (d. 2002)
  • 1950-08-22 I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney and convicted felon, born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1952-03-27 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), born in Paris, France (d. 2011)
  • 1953-05-19 Dawud M. Mu'Min, American convicted murderer (d. 1997)
  • 1954-03-28 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer (d. 1985)
  • 1954-08-07 Caroline Aaron, American actress (Crimes & Misdemeanors), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1954-11-17 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2013)
  • 1954-12-07 Mark Hofmann, American forger, bomber and convicted murderer, born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1955-10-12 Ante Gotovina, Croatian army general accused of war crimes, born in Tkon, Croatia
  • 1955-12-03 Warren Jeffs, American convicted polygamist
  • 1955-12-31 Dawood Ibrahim, Indian crime boss (D-Company), born in Khed, Ratnagiri, India
  • 1958-01-11 Diego León Montoya Sánchez, former Colombian crime boss
  • 1958-02-03 Lizzie Borden, director/writer (Love Crimes, Working Girls)
  • 1958-03-30 Peter Ellis, New Zealand convicted child abuser, born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2019)
  • 1959-03-23 Epic Soundtracks [Kevin Paul Godfrey], English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls), born in Croydon, Surrey (d. 1997)
  • 1959-08-19 Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer, born in Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • 1961-12-22 Andrew Fastow, US convicted criminal and businessman (former CFO of Enron), born in Washington, D.C., United States
  • 1962-01-30 Mary Kay Letourneau, American convicted statutory rapist, born in Tustin, California
  • 1963-08-02 Daniel Pelosi, American convicted murderer, born in Center Moriches, New York
  • 1964-01-20 Victoria Sellers, English actress (Crime Zone, Warlords), born in London, England
  • 1965-04-09 Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted mass murderer (d. 2002)
  • 1965-08-04 Dennis Lehane, American crime writer (Mystic River), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1966-03-09 Michael Patrick MacDonald, Irish-American activist against crime and violence and author (All Souls: A Family Story From Southie), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1967-08-16 Pamela Smart, American convicted murderess
  • 1969-07-02 Matthew Cox, American convicted felon
  • 1970-07-23 Thea Dorn, German writer of crime fiction, born in Offenbach am Main, Hesse, Germany
  • 1971-04-21 Hasan Akbar, American convicted murderer
  • 1972-12-12 Brandon Teena, American trans man and hate crime victim, born in Lincoln, Nebraska (d. 1993)
  • 1977-04-28 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (d. 2006)
  • 1977-07-10 Schapelle Corby, Australian convicted drug smuggler
  • 1977-10-30 Charmian Faulkner, Australian crime victim (went missing with her mother from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, in 1980), born in Colac, Victoria, Australia
  • 1983-03-17 Martin Shkreli, American businessman (Pharma), former hedge fund manager and convicted felon, born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Weddings

Ella Fitzgerald

1941-12-26 Jazz musician Ella Fitzgerald (24) weds convicted drug dealer Benny Kornegay; annulled 1943

  • 1978-01-24 Rose Dugdale and Eddie Gallagher become the first convicted prisoners to marry in prison in the history of the Republic of Ireland.

Famous Deaths

  • 1536-05-17 George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford, English brother of Anna Boleyn, beheaded after being tried and convicted for high treason and incest at 32

ExecutionGuy Fawkes

1606-01-31 Guy Fawkes, English Catholic conspirator who was convicted in the "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the British Parliament, hanged at 35

  • 1661-03-24 William Leddra becomes the last Quaker to be hanged in Boston, for the crime of returning from banishment
  • 1776-06-28 Thomas Hickey, American sergeant convicted of treason, hanged
  • 1862-02-21 Nathaniel Gordon is hanged in NYC for engaging in the slave trade, the only slave trader in US history to be convicted and executed under the Piracy Law of 1820
  • 1872-04-01 William Frederick Horry, English convicted murderer, dies at 28

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

1881-02-09 Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist (Crime and Punishment, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man) who helped shape literary modernism and existentialism, dies from a pulmonary haemorrhage at 59

  • 1884-06-18 Juan Bautista Alberdi, Argentine political theorist and writer (Crime of War), dies at 74
  • 1915-08-15 Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, Jew convicted of murder, lynched

ExecutionMata Hari

1917-10-15 Mata Hari [Margaretha Geertruida Zelle], Dutch dancer, courtesan and convicted German WWI spy, executed by firing squad at 41

  • 1931-09-11 Salvatore Maranzano, Sicilian-born American organized crime figure, murdered at 63
  • 1936-04-03 Bruno Hauptmann, German kidnapper of Charles Augustus Lindbergh III, executed at 36
  • 1937-03-19 Horacio Quiroga, Uruguayan playwright, poet, and short story writer (Anaconda, El Crimen del Otro), commits suicide at 58
  • 1940-05-15 Willem Adriaan Bonger, Dutch criminologist (Race & Crime), suicide at 63
  • 1944-03-04 Louis Capone, New York organized crime figure (b. 1896) (executed)
  • 1944-06-16 George Stinney, African-American boy wrongfully convicted of murder, is executed by electric chair at 14
  • 1945-03-05 Lena Baker, American murderer, convicted of capital murder of her employer, Ernest Knight, dies at 44
  • 1945-10-06 Leonardo Conti, Nazi physician, dies by hanging himself while awaiting trial for war crimes at Nuremberg at 45
  • 1946-02-23 Tomoyuki Yamashita [Yamashita Tomobumi], Imperial Japanese general dubbed "Tiger of Malaya," executed for war crimes by hanging at 60
  • 1946-06-01 Ion Antonescu, Romanian soldier and authoritarian politician, is executed after having been convicted of war crimes
  • 1948-06-02 Karl Brandt, German physician of Adolf Hitler, hanged for war crimes at 44
  • 1951-09-08 Jürgen Stroop, SS General during World War II and commander of Nazi forces during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, executed by hanging for crimes against humanity at 56
  • 1955-06-03 Barbara Graham, American criminal convicted of murder, dies at 31
  • 1958-04-04 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure and abusive partner of actress Lana Turner, stabbed to death by her teenage daughter in self-defense at 32
  • 1961-04-13 John A. Bennett, American convicted rapist, dies at 26
  • 1962-10-02 Frank Lovejoy, American actor (Man Against Crime, Meet McGraw), dies from a heart attack at 50
  • 1968-01-15 John Davidson, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc, Charlie Chan-Chinese Cat), dies at 80
  • 1970-06-11 William 'Billy Batts' Devino, American crime figure (b. 1921)

John T. Scopes

1970-10-21 John T. Scopes, American teacher convicted for teaching evolution (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), dies of cancer at 70

  • 1971-11-26 Joe Adonis, US crime-syndicate boss in NY & NJ, dies at 68
  • 1972-10-06 Cliff Hall [Robert Clifford Hall], American actor (At This Moment, Dutch Treat, Crime Photographer), dies at 78
  • 1974-01-31 Harry Baum, actor (Crime & Punishment), dies at 58

Agatha Christie

1976-01-12 Agatha Christie, British crime writer (Murder on the Orient Express, Mousetrap), dies at 85

  • 1976-02-11 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, dies at 81
  • 1976-07-29 Mickey Cohen, American gangster (Cohen crime family), dies at 62
  • 1977-09-10 Hamida Djandoubi, Tunisian convicted murderer who was the last person to be executed in Western Europe, is beheaded in Marseille by guillotine at 28
  • 1979-01-14 Thomas DeSimone, gangster associate of the Lucchese crime family (b. 1950)
  • 1981-03-06 Klaus Grabowski, German alleged murderer and convicted sex offender, shot and killed in Lübeck District Court by Marianne Bachmeier the mother of the daughter he was accused of murdering
  • 1982-06-23 Vincent Chin, Chinese-American hate crime victim (b. 1955)
  • 1982-12-07 Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas

Murder of InterestRoy DeMeo

1983-01-10 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), murdered at 40

  • 1985-06-25 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer, executed by electric chair at 31
  • 1985-12-16 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant at 70
  • 1987-01-30 Ken Drake, American actor (Crime & Punishment USA), dies at 65
  • 1989-12-16 Aileen Pringle, actress (Age of Consent, Convicted, Night Parade), dies
  • 1993-12-16 Kakuei Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister (1972-74), convicted of bribe-taking, dies at 75
  • 1994-03-13 James Cecil "Humpy" Parker, American disgraced ex-Sheriff convicted of violating inmates civil rights and of torture, dies at 58
  • 1994-08-14 Patrick Meehan, Scottish petty criminal, wrongly convicted of murder, dies at 67
  • 1994-09-30 Lina Basquette, American actress (Night for Crime, Hard Hombre), dies at 87
  • 1994-11-19 Julian Symons, British crime writer and poet, dies at 82
  • 1996-03-03 Leo Malet, French crime novelist, dies at 86
  • 1996-06-20 Michel Lebrun, crime writer, dies at 65
  • 1997-01-23 Randy Greenawalt, American convicted killer, executed by injection at 47
  • 1997-06-25 William Lyle Woratzeck, American convicted killer, executed in Arizona at 51
  • 1997-11-05 Epic Soundtracks [Kevin Paul Godfrey], English musician (Swell Maps, Crime and the City Solution, These Immortal Souls), dies in his sleep at 38
  • 1998-10-09 Robert Allen [Irvine Theodore Baehr], American actor (The Awful Truth, Crime and Punishment), dies from cancer and collapsed lung at 92
  • 2000-01-03 Bernhard Wicki, Austrian director and actor (Morituri, Crime & Passion), dies at 80
  • 2002-05-10 Lynda Lyon Block, convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • 2002-12-12 Jay Wesley Neill, American convicted mass murderer, dies at 37
  • 2004-03-30 Frances Schreuder, American socialite convicted of murder, dies at 65
  • 2005-07-30 Anthony Walker, English hate crime murder victim (b. 1987)
  • 2005-12-02 Kenneth Lee Boyd, American convicted murderer (executed) (b. 1948)
  • 2005-12-13 Stanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips and convicted murderer (b. 1953)
  • 2006-08-31 Derrick Wayne Frazier, American convicted murderer (b. 1977)
  • 2007-05-29 Posteal Laskey, American convicted murderer widely believed to be the Cincinnati Strangler, dies of natural causes (b. 1938)
  • 2007-08-06 Heinz Barth, German convicted war criminal (SS) (b. 1920)
  • 2007-08-20 Leona Helmsley, American real estate billionaire and convicted of federal income tax evasion, dies at 87
  • 2007-12-10 Aqsa Parvez, Canadian victim of an honor crime (b. 1991)
  • 2010-11-10 Nicolo Rizzuto, Italian-Canadian organized crime figure, killed at his residence by a sniper at 86
  • 2010-11-20 Laurie Bembenek, American convicted murderer and fugitive (b. 1958)
  • 2010-12-09 John du Pont, American member of the Du Pont family and convicted murderer (b. 1938)
  • 2011-02-03 Maria Schneider, French actress (Last Tango in Paris, Crime of Honor), dies at 58
  • 2012-01-12 Reginald Hill, British crime author (Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe novels), dies of brain cancer at 75
  • 2012-01-23 Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53
  • 2012-03-17 John Demjanjuk, convicted Nazi war criminal, dies from natural causes at 91
  • 2012-05-20 Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted bomber (Pan Am 103), dies from prostate cancer at 60
  • 2012-11-17 Margaret Yorke, English crime fiction writer, dies at 88
  • 2013-10-09 Mark "Chopper" Read, Australian criminal and crime author (Chopper: From the Inside), dies from liver cancer at 58
  • 2014-11-27 P. D. James [Phyllis Dorothy], Baroness James of Holland Park, English crime and mystery writer (Cover Her Face, Death in Holy Orders), dies at 94
  • 2017-02-08 Ljubisa Beara, Bosnian general convicted of overseeing Srebrenica Massacre, dies in prison at 77
  • 2017-03-21 Colin Dexter, English crime writer (Inspector Morse), dies at 86
  • 2017-07-27 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor and playwright (Frances; Crimes of the Heart), dies at 73
  • 2018-02-27 Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, Argentine general, Commander of the Third Army Corps (1975-79), and convicted human rights violator and murderer, dies of cardiogenic shock at 90

Efraín Ríos Montt

2018-04-01 Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemalan general and dictator (1982-83) convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, dies of a heart attack at 91