Cat lovers around the globe are thankful to Illinois authorities, who may just have prevented the perfect murder, saved the life of a presumed-innocent feline and convicted a budding criminal mastermind in the process.
Thomas Lowe, an attorney from Eagan, Minn., had an affair, which won’t help him win any awards for good character, but is not illegal. The affair, however, was with a woman he had known for many years that he was representing in a divorce case, whom he billed for the time he spent sexing her up.
On June 3, 1961, a robbery at a Fla. pool hall resulted in the arrest of small-time criminal Clarence Gideon, who was too poor to afford a lawyer. Forced to represent himself, Gideon received the maximum sentence, which gave him plenty of time to study America’s laws, and file a criminal case that affected our entire legal system and caused the release of thousands of convicts.