Crime in History

Historical Events

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

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

MurderMurder of Interest

1620-12-26 Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Báthory's crimes and serial murders are uncovered

Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History Elizabeth Báthory
Most Prolific Female Serial Killer in History
Elizabeth Báthory
  • 1634-08-18 Urbain Grandier, accused and convicted of sorcery, is burned alive in Loudun, France.

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

King of England Charles I
King of England
Charles I

BattleExecution

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

Pirate Legend William Kidd
Pirate Legend
William Kidd

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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

Novelist Daniel Defoe
Novelist
Daniel Defoe
  • 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

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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

Enlightenment Philosopher Voltaire
Enlightenment Philosopher
Voltaire

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

Empress of Russia Catherine the Great
Empress of Russia
Catherine the Great

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

King of France Louis XVI
King of France
Louis XVI

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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”

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • 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

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

Politician and Businessman Boss Tweed
Politician and Businessman
Boss Tweed
  • 1883-04-13 US prospector Alfred Packer convicted of manslaughter though accused of cannibalism
  • 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
  • 1906-11-23 Joseph Smith, leader of the Mormon Church, convicted of polygamy
  • 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

MurderMurder 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 in Dedham Massachusetts, of killing their shoe company's paymaster
  • 1921-07-14 Sacco & Vanzetti Trial: Sacco and Vanzetti are convicted murder and sentenced to death
  • 1921-10-18 Biding its time, Soviet Russia agrees to independence for the Crimea

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

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 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"

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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

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall
  • 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

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

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 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

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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

Conference of InterestYalta Conference

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
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Conference of the Big Three at Yalta (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin
Conference of the Big Three at Yalta (from left to right) Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1945-02-05 British premier Winston Churchill arrives in Yalta, the Crimea

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 1946-07-16 US court martial sentences 46 members of the SS to death (Battle of Bulge crimes) in Dachau

Conference of InterestNuremberg Trials

1946-09-30 22 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
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Hermann Goering on trial at the Nuremberg Trials. He would later be sentenced to death, but committed suicide the night before his sentence was to be carried out.
Hermann Goering on trial at the Nuremberg Trials. He would later be sentenced to death, but committed suicide the night before his sentence was to be carried out.
  • 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

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

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

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

Soviet Spy Ethel Rosenberg
Soviet Spy
Ethel Rosenberg
  • 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.

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

Founding Father of Kenya Jomo Kenyatta
Founding Father of Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta
  • 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

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1958-04-04 Cheryl Crane aged 14, daughter of actress Lana Turner, stabs to death organized crime figure Johnny Stompanato, her mother's boyfriend, in self-defence. The crime was later ruled a "justifiable homicide"

Actress Lana Turner
Actress
Lana Turner
  • 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
  • 1960-08-19 Francis Gary Powers convicted of spying by USSR (U-2 incident)

Execution'The Banality of Evil'

1961-04-11 Trial of Adolf Eichmann for war crimes in World War II begins in Jerusalem, Israel
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Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann sits in the dock at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem
Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann sits in the dock at his 1961 trial in Jerusalem
  • 1961-09-29 "Detectives" TV Crime Drama; moves to NBC-TV

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1961-12-12 Adolf Eichmann is found guilty of war crimes in Israel

Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal Adolf Eichmann
Nazi SS Officer and War Criminal
Adolf Eichmann
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969-04-17 Sirhan Sirhan is convicted of assassinating US Senator Robert F. Kennedy

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • 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
  • 1970-12-24 9 Jews are convicted in Leningrad of hijacking a plane

MurderMurder of Interest

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

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson
  • 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 premierFilm 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

37th US President Richard Nixon
37th US President
Richard Nixon
38th US President Gerald Ford
38th US President
Gerald Ford
  • 1975-01-01 Haldeman, Ehrlichman, Mitchell & 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

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestGuy 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)

English Catholic Conspirator Guy Fawkes
English Catholic Conspirator
Guy Fawkes

Person of interestFyodor 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. 1833)
  • 1853-04-22 Alphonse Bertillon, French police officer and anthropologist (devised crime ID system), born in Paris (d. 1914)

Person of interestMata Hari

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

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 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)

Person of interestAgatha Christie

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

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie
  • 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)
  • 1900-08-03 John T. Scopes, American teacher convicted for teaching evolution (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), born in Dayton, Tennessee (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)
  • 1908-03-12 Inez Courtney, American actress (13th Man, Crime Ring, Raven), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1909-03-07 Leo Malet, French crime novelist
  • 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)

Person of interestEfraín 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)

Dictator and President of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt
Dictator and President of Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt
  • 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)
  • 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

Person of interestRatko Mladić

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

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

Person of interestRoy DeMeo

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

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • 1943-03-13 André Téchiné, French director and screenwriter (Scene of the Crime, Rendez-Vous), born in Valence-d'Agen, Tarn-et-Garonne, France
  • 1943-03-26 Robert "Bob" Woodward, Geneva Illinois, Washington Post investigative reporter (Watergate, CIA crimes)
  • 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 racing driver, 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, actor (Crime Story, Miami Vice)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1959-03-30 Peter Ellis, convicted child abuser
  • 1959-08-19 Susan Cummings, Monegasque-born American heiress and convicted murderer
  • 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
  • 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


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Jazz Musician Ella Fitzgerald
Jazz Musician
Ella Fitzgerald
  • 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

BattleGuy 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

English Catholic Conspirator Guy Fawkes
English Catholic Conspirator
Guy Fawkes
  • 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

Person of interestFyodor 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

BattleMata Hari

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

Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy Mata Hari
Exotic Dancer, Courtesan and German Spy
Mata Hari
  • 1931-09-11 Salvatore Maranzano, Sicilian-born American organized crime figure, dies 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

BattleHideki Tojo

1948-12-23 Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister during WW II (1941-44), hanged for war crimes at 64

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • 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 Turner's daughter in self-defence 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)
  • 1970-10-21 John T. Scopes, American teacher convicted for teaching evolution (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), dies 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

Person of interestAgatha Christie

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

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie
  • 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

MurderRoy DeMeo

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

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • 1985-06-25 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer, dies 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, actress (Night for Crime, Hard Hombre), dies at 87
  • 1994-11-19 Julian Gustave 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, convicted killer, executed by injection at 47
  • 1997-06-25 William Lyle Woratzeck, convicted killer, executed in Ariz 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, Sicilian-born Canadian organized crime figure (b. 1924)
  • 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

Person of interestEfraín 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

Dictator and President of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt
Dictator and President of Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt