Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I'M ALREADY GONE

After six and a half years at this address, I've moved on to a new neighborhood. I wasn't really looking to move, but I guess I didn't have much of a choice (you can read more about that here). Anyway, my new blog's address is http://armedrobbery.wordpress.com/. If you have a link to me on your site, you might want to update it. Hope to see you there.

Monday, June 20, 2011

BREAKING OUT OF THE HALL OF SHAME


If you've read this post, you're familiar with my battle with Websense. Here's an update on the whole fiasco:

I emailed Websense and explained my situation to them. They got back to me a few days later and told me that they'd be reclassifying my site from adu1t c0ntent to "swimsuit/lingerie." OK, not great, but better than being labeled a pr0nographer, I guess. Well, a week later, the network at the office still blocks my site as A.C. On top of that, I ran across two sites that were also erroneously smeared with this label by Websense: sci-fi author JL Bryan's blog, and crime fiction author Paul Bishop's blog. If you click either one of those links, I promise you, you'll fund no pr0n. Websense strikes again. Both blogs are hosted on Blogger. I can only conclude that there's something seriously wrong with Websense's software. It makes me wonder how many other sites are being blocked for no reason.

My solution to this whole situation is to switch hosts. I've been advised on a number of occasions that I ought to consider using Wordpress. I never really gave it much thought, as I'd always been relatively happy with Blogger. But things being what they are, I guess I don't have a choice. I suppose I could switch to another Blogger address, but Websense seems to have an issue with Blogger, so I'll give Wordpress a try.

Last week, I grabbed a Wordpress address. I've spent the last few days transferring things over. You can find my new blog at http://armedrobbery.wordpress.com/. I'll keep this site up for the time being, but my archives have been moved to the new site. Note that comments at the new site will be moderated for first-time posters. I'm not really happy about that, but I really want to keep out the spammers, so it'll have to do until I figure Wordpress out.

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: JUNE 20, 1947


On this date in 1947, Bugsy Siegel got whacked. Iced. Taken out. Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel -- who hated that nickname, by the way -- was shot while sitting next to a window in the Beverly Hills house he shared with girlfriend Virginia Hill. According to his death certificate, the cause of death was "cerebral hemmorage" (apparently spelling was not a high priority at the L.A. County Registrar's Office) due to "gunshots of the head" (neither was grammar, I guess). One shot hit Siegel right near his eye. If he saw it coming, he didn't see it for long.

The murder was never solved, but theories abound. Who was behind it? Was it Meyer Lansky? Lucky Luciano? Some investors who were less than happy about the profitability of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino? Author Warren Hull has a theory about the identity of the trigger man. Check out the video below for more info.



Further reading:

BugsySiegel.net

Wikipedia - Bugsy Siegel

Family Secret, by Warren Robert Hull

Sunday, June 19, 2011

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: JUNE 19, 1975

On this day in 1975, Chicago mob boss Salvatore Giancana, aka "Momo," aka "Mooney," aka "Sam the Cigar," aka "Sam Flood" and aka "Sam Gold," was killed in the basement of his Oak Park, IL home. Giancana was due to testify before a Senate panel later that month. He was shot several times, once in the back of the head, and several times in the face.


Further reading:

Gansters Incorporated: SAM "MOMO" GIANCANA

Find-a-Grave - Sam Giancana (1908-1975)

American Mafia: Sam Giancana

Wikipedia: Sam Giancana

Friday, June 17, 2011

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: JUNE 17, 1933


On this date in 1933, outlaw, and former lawman, Verne Miller, along with bank robbers Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd and Adam Richetti, attempted to free Frank "Jelly" Nash from Federal custody in Kansas City. A gunfight ensued, leaving three police officers, an FBI Agent, and Frank Nash dead.

FBI History: Famous Cases Kansas City Massacre - Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd

Wikipedia: Kansas City Massacre

Movie: The Kansas City Massacre (1975)

FRIDAY MOVIE QUOTE


"You don't remember me, do you?... When you hang a man, you better look at him."

-Marshal Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood), Hang 'Em High (1968)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: JUNE 16, 1999


On this date in 1999, middle class St. Paul, MN mom Sara Jane Olson was arrested after being profiled on America's Most Wanted. As it turns out, the socially active mother of three had a secret identity. In a prior life, she was Kathleen Ann Soliah, a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist group.

Soliah had been in hiding since 1976, when she was indicted for her role in planting pipe bombs that were targeted at police officers in Los Angeles.

Olson eventually pled guilty to the explosives charges and to her role in a robbery that resulted in the death of a woman. She was sentenced to 14 years in prison, but her sentence was eventually reduced by a judge.

In 2008, Olson was erroneously released from prison due to a miscalculation by prison officials. She was rearrested and returned to prison. She was paroled in March of 2009 and was allowed to return to Minnesota to serve out her sentence.

Further reading:

truTV - Hearst, Soliah, and the SLA

Wikipedia - Sara Jane Olson

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

WICKED WEASEL WEDNESDAY


I can't let Wednesday end without our weekly dose of Wicked Weasel.

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: JUNE 15, 1933

On this date in 1933, William Hamm Jr., heir to the Hamm's Brewery, was kidnapped by the Barker-Karpis gang in St. Paul, MN. The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $100,000, which they received. After the ransom was paid, Hamm was released near Wyoming, MN.

The Barker-Karpis gang's crime spree would continue as the government arrested and unsuccessfully prosecuted Chicago bootlegger Roger Touhy and members of his gang (thanks to informants working for Touhy's rival, Al Capone). The true culprits were eventually located and prosecuted thanks, in large part to the emerging forensic science of latent fingerprint examination.

Further reading:

truTV - Alvin Karpis: Pursuit of the Last Public Enemy

FBI - Latent Prints in the 1933 Hamm Kidnapping

Placeography - Hamm Brewery, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

BABE OF THE WEEK


This week's babe is Indian actress Sherlyn Chopra. For more of Sherlyn, check out her official website.

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: JUNE 14, 1962

On this date in 1962, Anna E. Slesers was found dead. She was believed to be the first victim of the notorious serial killer known as the Boston Strangler, who may, or may not, have been Albert DeSalvo (pictured above). In fact, the murders may have been committed by more than one person. DeSalvo's confession was the only significant piece of evidence that linked him to the crimes. He died in 1973, while serving time in prison on unrelated offenses.

TruTV Crime Library: THE BOSTON STRANGLER

Albert DeSalvo - The Boston Strangler?

Wikipedia: Boston Strangler

The Boston Strangler (1968)