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Today in True Crime

Today in True Crime

Crime never takes a day off, and neither does Parcast. Every day, we flip back the calendar and examine a true crime event from the same date. It might be the anniversary of an important case being solved, the end of a landmark trial, or a serial killer?s birthday-- whatever the date, there?s no ordinary day in true crime history. In each episode, we present a short true crime story, then analyze the impact of that historic day?s events. Today in True Crime is a Parcast Original, with new episodes daily.

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Feb 23, 2002: Betancourt and Rojas Kidnapped

Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and her campaign manager Clara Rojas were kidnapped by the guerrilla group known as FARC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-23
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Feb 22, 1978: Jean-Bedel Bokassa?s Birthday

The Emperor of Central Africa turned 57 on this day in history ? his first birthday since his coronation two months earlier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-22
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Feb 21, 1994: Aldrich Ames Arrested

After years of suspecting a spy, the FBI arrested CIA agent Aldrich Ames and charged him with multiple counts of espionage and tax fraud. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-21
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Feb 20, 1998: Chevie Kehoe Pleads Guilty

In Spokane, Washington, white supremacist Chevie Kehoe pleaded guilty to charges related to a prolonged shootout with police. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-20
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Feb 19, 1983: Wah Mee Massacre

Three men robbed Seattle?s underground Wah Mee Club and killed nearly everyone inside. One man survived to seek justice. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-19
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Feb 18, 1949: Gary Ridgway Is Born

One of history?s most prolific serial killers, known as ?The Green River Killer,? was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-18
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Feb 17, 2014: Breck Bednar Murdered

Shortly after 14-year-old Breck Bednar went to meet a friend he had made online, images of his dead body were circulated online. Guest hosted by Greg Polcyn from Serial Killers, a Spotify Original from Parcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-17
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Feb 16, 1929: Ned Doheny Jr. Murdered

The son of an infamous oil tycoon died in a mysterious murder-suicide. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-16
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Feb 15, 1933: Giuseppe Zangara Attempts to Assassinate FDR

A 32-year-old bricklayer mortally wounded Anton Cermak, the Mayor of Chicago, at a rally ? though his intended target was President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-15
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Feb 14, 1530: Last King of Michoacán Executed

Indigenous Purépechan monarch Tangaxuan II was burned at the stake by Spanish conquistador Nuño de Guzmán. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-14
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Feb 13, 1917: Alleged WWI Spy Arrested

French authorities arrested a sex worker known as Mata Hari in Paris, believing she was a spy for Germany during World War I. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-13
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Feb 12, 2010: University of Alabama Shooting

Fifty minutes into a routine faculty meeting, assistant professor Amy Bishop opened fire on her colleagues.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-12
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Feb 11, 2011: Brooklyn Slasher Begins Killing Spree

Driven by paranoia and rage, small-time drug dealer Maksim Gelman killed four people and injured five more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-11
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Feb 10, 2013: The Whereabouts of Christopher Dorner

The LAPD posted a $1 million reward for information on an ex-cop whose revenge-fueled shooting spree claimed four lives. Guest hosted by Lanie Hobbs from Crimes of Passion, a Spotify Original from Parcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-10
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Feb 9, 2015: David Messerschmitt Murdered

While preparing for a hotel rendezvous with a man he met online, David Messerschmitt was instead accosted by a woman and stabbed to death. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-09
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Feb 8, 1587: Mary Queen of Scots Beheaded

A crowd of people gathered to witness the execution of the one-time Queen of Scotland and France. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-08
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Feb 7, 2012: Somali Pirates Capture ?Free Goddess?

The Greek cargo ship and its crew of 21 Filipino sailors were held captive for eight months as Somali pirates negotiated for ransom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-07
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Feb 6, 1577: Beatrice Cenci Is Born

The Italian noblewoman was later convicted in the murder of her abusive father, and sentenced to death by Pope Clement VIII. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-06
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Feb 5, 2012: The Powell Family Murders

Three years after their mother disappeared, 5-year-old Braden and 7-year-old Charlie were murdered by their father during a custody visit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-05
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Feb 4, 1974: M62 Coach Bombing

In Northern England, a 50-pound bomb exploded on a bus that was carrying British Armed Forces personnel and their families on the M62 motorway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-04
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Feb 3, 1971: Frank Serpico Is Shot

In what many believe was a set-up meant to silence him, NYPD Detective Frank Serpico was shot while making a drug bust. Guest hosted by Ash and Alaina from Crime Countdown, a Spotify Original from Parcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-03
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Feb 2, 2013: American Sniper Murdered

At a gun range in Texas, ex-Marine Eddie Routh shot and killed former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-02
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Feb 1, 2012: Israel Keyes Kidnaps Samantha Koenig

Keyes kidnapped 18-year-old Samantha from where she worked in Anchorage, Alaska. When police caught him, he was unmasked as a cunning killer with many more victims. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-02-01
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Jan 31, 1874: James-Younger Train Robbery

Jesse James and his gang of outlaws rode into Gads Hill, Missouri and staged a train robbery.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-31
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Jan 30, 1835: First Presidential Assassination Attempt

After being shot at twice, Andrew Jackson used his cane to fend off his attacker, Richard Lawrence.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-30
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Jan 29, 2001: Gus Dur Jakarta Protests

In Indonesia, thousands of student protestors marched through Jakarta, calling for the resignation of President Abdurrahman Wahid. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-29
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Jan 28, 1829: William Burke Hanged

The infamous Edinburgh bodysnatcher was publicly hanged after murdering over a dozen people with his partner in crime, William Hare, and selling their bodies to a professor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-28
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Jan 27, 2000: Bobby Glass Pleads Guilty

In an apparent case of consensual murder, Bobby Glass bound and tortured Sharon Lopatka to death after weeks of exchanging sexually explicit emails. Guest hosted by Molly Brandenburg from Conspiracy Theories, a Spotify Original from Parcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-27
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Jan 26, 1983: Dennis Nilsen Commits Last Murder

Scottish serial killer and necrophiliac Dennis Nilsen claimed his fifteenth and final victim, Stephen Sinclair. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-26
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Jan 25, 1993: Shooting at CIA Headquarters

Enraged by American imperialism in the Middle East, Mir Aimal Kansi opened fire outside of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-25
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Jan 24, 2006: Banaz Mahmod Murdered

The 20-year-old daughter of Kurdish immigrants living in South London was raped and murdered at the behest of her father, who believed she had brought shame to the family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-24
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Jan 23, 1888: Daniel Driscoll Hanged

The co-leader of a notorious gang in New York City called the Whyos was hanged after he was convicted of first-degree murder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-23
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Jan 22, 1973: Roe v. Wade

In a famously controversial decision, the U.S. Supreme Court established a woman?s legal right to an abortion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-22
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Jan 21, 1970: Timothy Leary Convicted

Psychedelics researcher and former Harvard professor Dr. Timothy Leary was convicted of smuggling drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-21
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Jan 20, 1649: Charles I Charged With Treason

Charles I of England faced charges of high crimes and treason stemming from the English Civil War. Guest hosted by Carter Roy from Conspiracy Theories, a Spotify Original from Parcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-20
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Jan 19, 1969: Czech Student Self-Immolates

20-year-old Jan Palach died three days after setting himself on fire in a protest against Soviet invasion. The act was a rallying cry for his country then, and again twenty years later during the fall of Czechoslovakia?s communist regime.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-19
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Jan 18, 1978: U.K. Guilty of Mistreating Irish Prisoners

In a controversial ruling that set a precedent for state-sanctioned violence, the European Court of Human Rights found the United Kingdom guilty of mistreating ? but not torturing ? Irish Catholic prisoners. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-18
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Jan 17, 1950: The Great Brink?s Robbery

A group of eleven men stole millions of dollars from an armored car depot belonging to the Brink?s company. It was the largest heist in U.S. history at the time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-17
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Jan 16, 1997: Ennis Cosby Murdered

The son of actor Bill Cosby was murdered in cold blood after he stopped to fix a flat tire on the side of a California freeway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-16
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Jan 15, 1947: Black Dahlia Murder

Elizabeth Short?s mutilated body was found on this day in a Los Angeles suburb. Her unsolved murder remains one of the city?s oldest ? and most famous ? cold cases. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-15
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Jan 14, 1946: Harold Shipman Born

The doctor is considered one of the most notorious serial killers in English history. He?s believed to have killed over 250 people while practicing medicine. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-14
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Jan 13, 1931: The Trial of Daisy DeVoe

In a case that became legendary, the secretary for silent film star Clara Bow was put on trial for stealing from her employer. Guest hosted by Richard Rossner from Dictators, a Parcast Original from Spotify.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-13
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Jan 12, 1971: The Harrisburg Seven Indicted

A group of liberal Catholic activists stood accused of numerous charges, including damage to federal buildings and a conspiracy to kidnap foreign affairs advisor Henry Kissinger.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-12
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Jan 11, 2012: Joran van der Sloot Pleads Guilty

The 24-year-old, who had been accused in 2005 of murdering Natalee Holloway in a highly publicized case, admitted to murdering Stephany Flores in Peru.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-11
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Jan 10, 1645: Archbishop of Canterbury Beheaded

The disgraced William Laud was imprisoned in the Tower of London for nearly five years before facing an axeman. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-10
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Jan 9, 1992: William Suff Arrested

A traffic violation exposed a notorious serial killer who had eluded police for years in Riverside, California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-09
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Jan 8, 2011: Gabrielle Giffords Shot

The Arizona congresswoman was shot by 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner at a public event in Tucson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-08
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Jan 7, 1131: Knud Lavard Murdered

The Danish prince was ambushed in Haraldsted Forest by his cousin Magnus, who was desperate to preserve his own claim to the throne.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-07
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Jan 6, 2005: KKK Organizer Arrested

Preacher and Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen was arrested for the 1964 murders of three voter registration workers in Mississippi. Guest hosted by Alastair Murden from Superstitions, a Parcast Original from Spotify.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-06
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Jan 5, 1941: Amy Johnson Disappears

The British pilot bailed out of her plane over the Thames Estuary, never to be recovered from the icy water.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2021-01-05
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