30
Jul
14

this day in crime history: july 30, 1975

On this date in 1975, former (and wannabe future) teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. Hoffa was scheduled to have a sit-down at the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield, MI with Detroit mobster Anthony “Tony Jack” Giacalone and New Jersey labor leader Anthony “Tony Pro” Provenzano. Tony Pro, by the way, was also a made member of the Genovese crime family.

Hoffa’s plan was to mount a court challenge to a federal ban on his participation in union activities that would have kept him out of the Teamsters until 1981. With that out of the way, he could challenge his successor Frank Fitzsimmons for control of the Teamsters. Sadly for Jimmy, it looks like the mob had other ideas. He was last seen leaving the restaurant parking lot in an unidentified car.

Further reading:

truTV Crime Library – The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

Wikipedia – Jimmy Hoffa

29
Jul
14

this day in crime history: july 29, 1976

sonnasam

On this date in 1976, an unidentified man shot two women, 18 year old Donna Lauria and her friend, 19 year old Jody Valenti, while they sat in a car in the Bronx. Lauria died from her wounds, while Valenti survived. These were the first shootings attributed to the “.44 Caliber Killer,” who would later be known as the “Son of Sam.” A year and two days later, postal worker David Berkowitz would be arrested for the crime. Prior to being caught, Berkowitz would go on to kill five more victims and wound another six. Berkowitz was convicted of the crimes and is currently incarcerated at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, NY. His next parole hearing is scheduled for May 2016.

Further reading:

Crime Library – David Berkowitz: The Son of Sam

About.com – The Son of Sam

Wikipedia – David Berkowitz

28
Jul
14

the walking dead – season 5 trailer

Over the weekend, I saw the trailer for season 5 of The Walking Dead. Normally, I’d hate to say I’m looking forward to October, but…

It looks like we’re finally going to find out what happened to Beth. It also seems as if Rick & company will work out some sort of uneasy truce with their captors. Cast members gave interviews about the upcoming season at Comic-Con. You can read more about that here, if you’re so inclined.

27
Jul
14

this day in crime history: july 27, 1996

rudolphwanted

On this day in 1996, a bomb was detonated at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA during the 1996 Summer Olympics. One person was killed by the blast. Another died of a heart attack at the scene.

The bomb, actually three pipe bombs in a military-style pack, was discovered by security guard Richard Jewell. Jewell managed to clear most of the spectators away from the area before the detonation. In addition to the two fatalities, 111 people were injured.

Jewell was hailed as a hero. At first. Within three days of the bombing, the FBI leaked to several media outlets that Jewell was a “person of interest” in the investigation. Jewell was painted in the media as a failed wannabe cop who planted the bomb in order to play hero. NBC talking head Tom Brokaw said, “The speculation is that the FBI is close to making the case. They probably have enough to arrest him right now, probably enough to prosecute him, but you always want to have enough to convict him as well. There are still some holes in this case.” As it turns out, there were more holes than there was case.

By October, the FBI had given up on Jewell for lack of evidence. The US Attorney went so far as to send Jewell a letter informing him that he had been cleared of any wrongdoing related to the bombing.

Jewell sued the media outlets that had libeled him. He reached settlements with NBC, CNN, the New York Post, and his former employer, Piedmont College. A lawsuit against the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was dismissed in 2007 after Jewell died at the age of 44.

After clearing Jewell, the investigation into the bombing stalled out until early 1997, when two more bombings occurred in the Atlanta area. While investigating the bombings of an abortion clinic and a lesbian nightclub, investigators noted similarities between those bombs and the one detonated at the Olympics. Evidence from the 1997 bombings led the feds to a new suspect: Eric Robert Rudolph.

In May 1998, Rudolph was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. He was believed to be hiding somewhere in the Appalachians. Multiple searches were unable to locate him. He was finally arrested in May 2003 in Murphy, NC. Officer Jeffery Postell spotted him behind a Save-a-lot store at four in the morning. Suspecting a burglary in progress, Postell arrested Rudolph, who was unarmed.

In exchange for not receiving a death sentence, and for revealing the location of a large cache of dynamite, Eric Rudolph pleaded guilty to all charges. He is currently incarcerated at the federal supermax prison in Florence, CO. He will never be eligible for parole.

Further reading:

TruTV – Eric Rudolph: Serial Bomber

Wikipedia – Centennial Olympic Park Bombing

Wikipedia – Eric Rudolph

Wikipedia – Richard Jewell

Washington Post – Richard A. Jewell; Wrongly Linked to Olympic Bombing

25
Jul
14

friday movie quote

syls

“What would I want with a reputation? That’s a good way to get yourself killed.”

-Jason McCullough (James Garner), Support Your Local Sheriff (1969)

23
Jul
14

principles and principals, they’re not interchangeable

A teen mother, living in poverty; she works hard to extricate herself from her situation, eventually earning two masters degrees. She becomes a teacher and goes on to become a public school principal. Pretty inspiring story, isn’t it? But the ending is a little less than inspiring.

Meet Sadie Silver, principal of Public School 28 in Brooklyn, NY. She and her boyfriend, Michael Acosta, were arrested for trying to smuggle heroin and suboxone into Coxsackie Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Just to add a little icing to this layer cake of shame, they had a 10 year old child with them when they tried to pass the drugs to an inmate in the facility’s visiting room. Nice, huh?

Both were charged with promoting prison contraband and possession of a controlled substance. They were arraigned and released on bond. The NYC school system has “reassigned” Ms. Silver pending the outcome of her case. But don’t worry, she’ll still be collecting her paycheck (to the tune of $129K per year, by the way) while she waits for the wheels of justice to turn. Is this a great country or what?

22
Jul
14

this day in crime history: july 22, 1934

On this day in 1934, John Dillinger was shot and killed by lawmen as he left the Biograph Theater in Chicago, IL. FBI agents under Special Agent in Charge Melvin Purvis, along with officers from the East Chicago, IN Police Department set up a stakeout outside the theater, which was showing the film Manhattan Melodrama.

After the movie, Dillinger walked out with his girlfriend Polly Hamilton and Anna Sage, the infamous “Woman in Red” (she was really wearing orange, but “The Woman in Orange” doesn’t have quite the ring to it). Agent Purvis ID’d Dillinger, and the agents closed in. The outlaw ran toward an alley and tried to draw a pistol from his pocket. The agents opened fire, and Dillinger was hit four times. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“It’s like the coroner said, ‘Crime don’t pay!’ does it?”

Further reading:

truTV Crime Library – John Dillinger

FBI Famous Cases – John Dillinger 




contact

symphonic_gunfire(at)hotmail.com

currently reading

Twitter Updates

Categories

Archives

wordpress blog stats

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 322 other followers