The United States of America, amidst its dynamic economy and culture, diversity and openness, contains a dark past like any country has. We cannot deny the fact that there were numerous crimes that were witnessed by thousands and thousands of Americans and foreigners alike. Up to now, some American criminal cases remained unsettled, undisclosed; or worse, still appear lacking or unsatisfactory--even when they're deemed as solved.
In the course of American crime history, there were really outstanding instances that could constantly remind us that nowhere in the world is safe from violent beings and humans with negative intentions.
Looking at the ten of the most shocking, horrible and unexpected crimes, you can get the idea that nobody can live an ideal and secured life. Now, have a quality look at the list of the most unfathomable crime incidents in the US.
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During the Christmas Eve, Scott Peterson reported the loss of his wife Laci, and according to his account, his wife lost upon his return from an all-day fishing trip. After four months of search, bodies of his wife and his soon-to-be-baby-should-he-did-not-commit-murder were found in San Francisco Bay. This killing was linked to monetary issues, and proofs get even stronger when investigations pointed the angle that Laci's husband purchased a $250,000 life-insurance policy for her, so maybe he needs the money for some reasons.
It was exactly on April 14, 1865 right after Abraham Lincoln's second inauguration when he decided to attend a comedy show entitled "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C. While watching the show, actor John Wilkes Booth went behind the president and shoot him at the back of the president's head. Motive of murder identified is related to political conflicts.
Charles Manson and his 'followers' killed all who resided in a home pre-owned by producer Terry Melcher on August 8, 1969. Five people including Roman Polanski's wife Sharon Tate was murdered in this incident.
It's actually a very sad story because it involves a young soul, and a lot of money. On March 1, 1932, Chas A. Lindbergh was abducted by then determined as Richerd Hauptmann. Two years after the suspect's arrest (1934), he was electrocuted to death. After the case, there were still conspiracy theories up in the air, including the participation of a retired teacher and Lindbergh's in-house nanny to the practice of the crime.
This most-researched American crime occurred on November 22, 1963. After a very thorough investigation, a 24-year old independent man in the name of Lee Harvey Oswald was charged guilty of this crime. Although this was settled back then, a big question was still being discussed: how in the world could a simple independent citizen assassinate a high-profile personality?
On April 4, 1968, in front of a Memphis Hotel Room, civil rights inspirational leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot on his neck through his chin. An ex-convict named James Earl Ray was determined to be the mastermind of this crime.
Exacatly on April 15, 1995, the traumatic Oklahoma city bombing have happened. It took off 168 lives, and had injured approximately 800 individuals. The culprit is a former US Army soldier known as TImopthy McVeigh. What made a damage this terrible was 2.5 tons of homemade explosives.
According to various literatures, Nicol Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti--anarchist Italian immigrants, killed people and robbed roughly $16,000 in a shoe factory located in Massachusetts in April 1920. They were electrocuted as their penalty.
If you're from the 1970s, you probably have heard this murder story involving John Simon Ritchie (or Sid Vicious), a punk-rock band Sex Pistols member, and his partner Nancy Spungen. The pair was known to be Heroin dependent. After Sex Pistols disbanded, the pair, especially Vicious became depressed. On October 12, 1978, Spungen was shockingly found dead under the hotel sink, with a stab on the abdomen. Knowing this crime, policemen charged and arrested Vicious for murder. Apparently, this punk guy died of heroin intoxication.
This crime dated February 14, 1929, has a direct relation to a very rampant gangster-related violence and crime throughout Chicago. The event killed at least 7 civilians.