On May 2, 1981, Jim Williams fatally shot his lover, Danny Hansford inside Savannah’s famously haunted Mercer House. Williams died himself not far from the spot where he shot Hansford after finally being acquitted nine years later.
When her “picture perfect” marriage lost its appeal, Pam Smart seduced a young teenage boy and convinced him to murder her husband. On May 1, 1990, Pam came home to find the deed had been done.
On April 30, 1999, the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s suicide, schools in several states shut down to investigate threats of attack. Ten days earlier on the 20th, Hitler’s birthday, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris perpetrated the infamous shooting at Columbine high school in Colorado.
Leo Frank was accused of raping and killing a little girl named Mary Phagan in a pencil factory on April 26, 1915. Frank insisted on his innocence all along but was hung from a tree by an angry mob.
On April 23, 1973, the Santa Cruz police received a call that they could not quite believe. It was from a phone booth in Pueblo, Colorado, from a twenty-four-year-old man who had eaten with them, drank with them, and talked with them for hours: Big Ed, or Edmund Kemper. And now he was telling them that he had committed murder.
The 20th anniversary of the Waco siege comes during a week when the city of Waco is once again in the news for a massive fertilizer plant explosion that occurred there Wednesday. On April 19, 1993, a lengthy standoff between the religious group the Branch Davidians and law enforcement came to a brutal end that killed 86 people.
On April 12, 1996, a jury began to deliberate the fate of the Menendez brothers, who had killed their wealthy parents. It would take them three days to decide that Lyle and Erik should be sentenced to life in prison.
On April 5, 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death. The married couple were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage for passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.
On April 4, serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells broke into the trailer home of a 32-year-old woman in Gibson County, Tenn., 75 miles northeast of Memphis. He raped and stabbed the woman to death, then stabbed to death her 8-year-old daughter.
On April 2, 2012, two months after her disappearance, the body of Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig was pulled from a lake. She had been the victim of serial killer Israel Keyes.