The Great Brinks Robbery of 1950 was almost the perfect crime, until one member of the group behind it decided to bring the entire criminal enterprise tumbling down.
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Famed Hollywood producer Thomas Ince died in 1924, after a night of hpartying on William Randolph Hearst’s yacht. Ever since, rumors of dark deeds onboard have swirled.
On December 12, 1910, 25-year-old Dorothy Arnold left the Upper East Side home she shared with her parents. Then she vanished—never to be seen again.
On June 16, 1959, George Reeves, who was the first to make the superhero an icon when he played the titular role in the inaugural TV series, was found dead in his bedroom.
Even though its organizer denies it was intended as such, Chicago’s “Disco Demolition Night” of July 1979 has come to be seen as an ugly frenzy of homophobia and racism.
Judith Campbell, dubbed the “mob moll” by the media, had a passionate affair with JFK, and fell in love with him. She also became a conduit between the White House and the mob.
On June 20, 1947, mobster Bugsy Siegel was sitting on his girlfriend’s Beverly Hills couch reading a paper when shots blasted through the window. His murder remains an open case.
When Mississippi socialite Idella Thompson was brutally murdered in 1948, her daughter Ruth pointed the finger of suspicion at a Black man. But Ruth was convicted of the crime.
First, Rose Marie Turford and Joyce Carolyn Stevens robbed at least 10 men of $250,000. Then, after being arrested and bailed, they caused more chaos dressed as nuns and strippers.
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