Notorious Crimes that Stand the Test of Time!
America is home to some of the most famous crimes in the world, and even when the media was not as evolved as it is today, these crimes fascinated and entire nation. While there are crimes that get very little coverage, there are those that echo even decades after they were solved or laid to rest. The next 5 crimes are some of the most famous ones in history, and they will likely remain notorious for years to come.
March 1, 1932 - The Lindbergh baby kidnapping
Charles Lindbergh was the first man to fly solo from New York to Paris – all the way across the Atlantic. The famous flight earned his several award, including a $25,000 Orteig Prize, and made him a national hero in America. Unfortunately, Charles' fame might have been one of the causes for his young son's kidnapping. On March 1st, 1932, the Lindbergh, a 20-month-old bay was kidnapped from his second-floor crib. The kidnapper left a ransom note demanding $50,000, which prompted the Lindberghs to call the police. A retired New Jersey teacher supposedly met with the kidnapper, who upped his ransom to $70,000, and gave him the money. The mysterious criminal told the teacher the infant was in a boat off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, but the search turned up empty. Two months later, the Lindbergh baby's body was found in the woods close to his family home, and investigators suspected he was killed on the day of his kidnapping. An FBI investigation led to the arrest of German native Bruno Richard Hauptmann, who was hiding $13,750 of the ransom in his garage. Hauptmann was charged with kidnapping, murder and extortion. Hauptmann was eventually killed with an electric chair on April 3, 1936 for his part in what was dubbed "the crime of the century".
January 15, 1947 - The Black Dahlia
The grisly Black Dahlia remains the most famous murder in tinsel town, and is has yet to be solved. On January 15, 1947, 22-year-old actress Elizabeth Short was found dead in the Los Angeles in a most shocking condition; Short's body was cut in half, she had gashes on both sides of her mouth, and her body appeared to be completely drained of blood in medical precision. The gruesome murder led to the cooperation of the police and the press, who began to hand out clues to find a suspect. Several people confessed to Short's murder, but nothing stuck due to a lack of evidence. It was reported that Short's grief over the loss of a man she loved led to her visiting jazz clubs in the city, which made it nearly impossible to pin down one suspect, and the case remains unsolved to this day.
June 17, 1972 - Watergate break-in
Some of the most infamous crimes in the country weren't necessarily murders, and Watergate has to be one of the most famous crimes in history. During the elections in the early 1970's, five men were arrested for breaking in to the Democratic National Committee's room at the Watergate hotel in D.C to plant bugs, and listen in on their election plans. DNC candidate, George McGovern, was surely about to lose, but Richard Nixon, the GOP's candidate, was harmed from the break-in. On August 9, 1974, it was announced that Nixon will resign from office, and his successor Gerald Ford later pardoned him.
December 24, 2002 - The murder of Laci Peterson
On Christmas Eve, 2002, Scott Peterson reported his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, missing. Scott reported that the last time he saw his wife was earlier that morning, when he went on an all-day fishing trip. Several days after Scott's report and the media coverage frenzy, a woman named Amber Frey called the police and confessed that Scott had been her boyfriend for over a month. Police investigation showed that Peterson took out a life insurance policy on his wife in the sum of $250,000. In April 2003, the body of a baby turned up in a San Francisco bay – less than 5 miles from the location where Peterson said he went fishing. A few days later, the body of a woman turned up in the same bay as the baby, and medical examination reveled the bodies were that of Laci and her son. Scott was arrested and sentenced to death – a sentence that will be carried out in San Quentin, where he is held.
June 12, 1994 - The murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman
A white Ford Bronco, a police chase and black gloves – all became iconic in one of the greatest criminal trials in US history. On June 12, 1992, OJ Simpson's ex-wife and her boyfriend were found dead after being brutally killed in Los Angeles' Brentwood neighborhood. Police that arrived at the scene found a bloody glove and bloody footprints at the murder home. Investigators went to OJ's home where they found bloodstains on his socks, car and driveway. Simpson was no where to be found, and police perused him in a low-speed chase while he was in his white Ford Bronco. Simpson was charged with murder, and after a 6-month trial, he was acquitted in what was dubbed "trial of the century."
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