What would the Christmas season be without those classic, holiday-themed movies we’ve all come to know and love? Here’s an honest movie trailer for the 90s’ contribution to the season.
Yes, that’s right, it’s Wednesday again. And you know what that means, time for your weekly dose of Wicked Weasel.
On this date in 1985, Hugh Scrutton, a computer store owner in Sacramento, CA was killed when a bomb loaded with nails and splinters exploded in the parking lot of his store. Scrutton was the ninth victim, and first fatality, in the 17 year bombing spree of the man who turned out to be the nuttiest of nutty professors: Ted Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber. By the time he was arrested in 1994, Kaczynski had planted sixteen bombs. Two of the bombs were defused before they could explode. The other fourteen bombs killed three and injured eleven. He is currently serving a life sentence (without the possibility of parole) in federal prison.
Wikipedia – Theodore Kaczynski
truTV – Ted Kaczynski: The Unabomber
FBI – The Unabomber
Today’s the day I hit the big half-century mark. I have no real plans for the day, other than a follow-up with the retina specialist. I took the day off, but only because I have to use up vacation time before the end of the year (Christmas is going to fall on a six day weekend this year). I’m probably going to just spend the day watching TV, reading, and surfing the net.
Since today is brought to you by the numbers 5 and 0, I thought I’d post a clip of my favorite movie dialog involving those two digits. WARNING: NSFW for language.
On this date in 1935, newspaperman Walter Liggett was murdered in an alley behind his home in Minneapolis. Liggett, editor and founder of a weekly newspaper called The Midwest American, published stories that exposed the links between government officials and organized crime. Liggett persisted, even after multiple warnings that included an assault and a trumped-up prosecution for a rape that never happened. On December 9th, Liggett’s enemies took action to silence him once and for all: they shot and killed him as he returned home from a shopping trip that evening. Liggett’s wife and 10 year old daughter witnessed the shooting. Mob boss Isadore “Kid Cann” Blumenfeld and one of his associates were identified as the shooters, but a (possibly intentionally) sloppy prosecution prevented their conviction.
“Hunt Gang in Slaying of Crusading Editor” – Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 10, 1935
Stopping The Presses: The Murder Of Walter W. Liggett, by Marda Liggett Woodbury
Wikipedia – Walter Liggett
Wikipedia – Kid Cann
On this date in 1980, former Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed outside his apartment building in New York City by a pathetic loser named Mark David Chapman. Chapman was arrested and charged with second degree murder. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twenty years to life in prison. He first came up for parole in 2000. His parole was denied. He has been denied at every subsequent parole hearing. He is eligible again in August 2014.
Wikipedia – Death of John Lennon