On the morning of July 29, 1976, David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam, took his first victim, Donna Lauria. Police thought it was a mob hit gone wrong or a lone psycho, but it was a serial killer, who, driven by demons, would terrorize the city of New York until he was stopped.
On June 3, 2003, Eric Rudolph pleaded not guilty to charges that he bombed an abortion clinic. The bombing killed an off duty police officer and critically injured a nurse.
On June 2, 1985, Theodore Wildings was shot in the head while he slept in his apartment in the Cow Hollow section of San Francisco. Nancy Brien, Theodore’s girlfriend., was then brutally raped by the Night Stalker.
On June 1, 1981, police discovered a corpse at the Moonlit Hotel in Chicago. The woman was murdered, mutilated, and had her breasts removed. Having a fetish for breasts would become one of the Chicago Ripper Crew’s trademarks.
On May 31, 2003, the long search for one of the nation’s most notorious domestic terrorists was at last brought to an end when a young rookie police officer made a surprising find behind a grocery store.
On May 27, 2001, Richard Rogers was arrested and charged with the murder and dismemberment of two victims found in New Jersey. The “Last Call Killer” has also been suspected in other murders.
On May 26, 1999, Katie Poirier was reported missing from the convenience store where she worked. Once the surveillance video was reviewed, police were able to put clues together to help discover that the abductor was Donald Blom.
On May 25, 1979, Etan Patz disappeared. Etan was 6 years of age when he was abducted and has become one of the most famous missing children of the 20th Century.
On May 24, 1972, pipe bombs exploded just outside the Campbell Barracks at the U.S. Army headquarters in Heidelberg. The bombing, perpetrated by the left-wing militant group known as the Baader Meinhof gang, killed three American G.I.’s and wounded five more.
On May 23, 1943, iconic outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police.