Category Archives: Murder

Pancho Villa – 1923

“Don’t let it end like this. Tell them I said something” THE CRIME: The Mexican revolutionary was born as José Doroteo Arango Arambula near San Juan del Rio, Durango on 5 June 1878. Much of Villa’s life story is disputed. It is said that when he was 16, he discovered that a local rancher had… Read More »

Huey Long – 1935

“God, don’t let me die. I have so much to do” THE CRIME: Senator and Governor of Louisiana, Huey Pierce Long elicited both love and hatred among the American people. In May 1915 he passed the Bar examination and built up a healthy practice, defending the poor against big companies. In 1918 he entered public… Read More »

Harry S. Truman – 1950

“The patriot who never had doubts when his country called him” THE CRIME: In 1948 the American government launched Operation Bootstrap to improve the economy of Puerto Rico. In 1950 the Jayuya Uprising, led by the nationalist Blanca Canales in Puerto Rico, failed. Among those injured in the uprising was the sister of Griselio Torresola,… Read More »

Lee Harvey Oswald & Jack Ruby – 1963

“You killed my president, you rat” THE CRIME: Before 22 November 1963 the name of Lee Harvey Oswald was unknown. Since that day it has become notorious as the assassin of the most charismatic American president of the 20th century. However, Oswald was not to live to enjoy that infamy. At around 12.05am on Saturday… Read More »

Martin Luther King – 1968

“Longevity has its place, but I’m not concerned about that now” THE CRIME: Martin Luther King, Jr was born at Atlanta, Georgia, on 15 January 1929, as Michael Louis King. In 1947 he was ordained a minister and on 18 June 1953 he married a young concert singer named Coretta Scott and they had two… Read More »

Lord Mountbatten – 1979

“I put no bomb in the boat” THE CRIME: Admiral of the Fleet, last Viceroy of India, Prince Philip’s uncle and a rampant self-publicist, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, PC, was born at Frogmore House, Windsor, Berkshire in England, at 6am on 25… Read More »

Johnny Torrio – 1924

“This is for Deanie O’Banion, you dago bastard” THE CRIME: Born in Osara, Italy, Torrio arrived in New York in 1884, aged two. He joined the James Street Gang but, since he was just 1.76 m (5 ft 6 in) tall, this was as much for protection as for villainy. He became a bouncer at… Read More »

John Gotti – 1985

“They’re telling me I’m too tough for the job” THE CRIME: “The Teflon Don” was John Gotti’s nickname for many years because it appeared that no charges would stick. In 1972 Manny Gambino, the nephew of Carlo Gambino, was kidnapped and murdered. The FBI arrested two of the kidnappers while Gambino put a contract out… Read More »

Richardson Brothers – 1966

“I started clubs where drinking was 24 hours. They were a bit illegal” THE CRIME: The Richardson brothers — Charlie (born 18 January 1934) and Eddie (born 1936) — ran criminal activities in south London. They began the Peckford Scrap Metal Company in 1956 in Addington Square, but that was really a front for their… Read More »