this day in crime history: june 3, 1968


On this date in 1968, writer Valerie Solanas, author of the SCUM Manifesto, began her 15 minutes of fame by shooting artist Andy Warhol in his New York City studio. Solanas also shot art critic Mario Amaya, and tried to shoot Warhol’s manager Fred Hughes, but was unable to do so due to a gun malfunction.

After the shooting, Solanas turned herself in to police and confessed to the shooting. Warhol and Amaya survived the shooting, and Solanas was charged with felony assault. After extensive evaluation in a psychiatric ward, Solanas was found fit to stand trial. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison, with credit for time served. She was released from prison in 1971.

After her release, Solanas periodically harassed Warhol by telephone. She was institutionalized several more times and died of pneumonia in 1988.

Further reading:

Wikipedia – Valerie Solanas

Chron – Andy Warhol’s near-fatal encounter with S.C.U.M.


7 thoughts on “this day in crime history: june 3, 1968

  1. John D.:
    Just when you think things are weird enough, along comes a story from our past like THIS.
    Never heard of this person before today (never a fan of Warhol), and it surprises me that NATURE did to her what the (in)justice system could not…get her OUT of existence.
    Only charged with assault…amazing.
    The world was changing even back then, and not for the better.

    Very good story.
    Roll safe out there.


    • Actually, she fronted a Simply Red tribute band called Simply Dead. The band broke up when she decided she wanted to exclusively perform original material inspired by her SCUM Manifesto.


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