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The Crimes of Bonnie and Clyde

Along with my fascination with true crime, I also have a great interest in history.  When the two intermingle it is even better.  I do admit that there are a few areas in which I am disinterested in.  I am not super interested in war and war times, aside from a slight interest in the Civil War of the 1860's.  And, then there are the areas that I am nearly obsessed with.  The Lincoln era and his assassination is one, the other is the 1930's gangster era.  This was a time in which many of the "outlaws" were celebrated because it was during The Great Depression and many felt that a lot of the mobsters of the time were just simply trying to survive and reading their stories gave them some sort of excitement.  Such is the story of Bonnie and Clyde.  

What set them apart from other gangsters of the time like John Dillinger and "Pretty Boy" Floyd was Bonnie.  The only other woman I can really think of that was considered to be deep into crime would probably have to…

The Hall-Mills Murder Case

This is one of the few cases that I had not heard of when I stumbled across it while researching other well known cases.  It is one of those cases that easily could have caused just as much of a media frenzy today, as it did in 1922 when it happened.  It involved wealthy suspects, adultery, devote church members, a bungled crime scene and an extremely gruesome crime.

On September 16, 1922 the bodies of Episcopal minister, Edward Hall, and a member of his choir, Eleanor Mills were found under a crab apple tree on a road near what was known as "Lover's Lane" in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Immediately it was pretty well known that the bodies had been posed.  Edward's arm was under Eleanor's head and her hand lay on his thigh.  Edward's hat was covering his face and when it was removed it was noticed his glasses apparently had been nicely placed on his face; his business card (often called a calling card) was propped up against his shoe.  Eleanor had a scarf wrappe…

The Ruby Ridge Incident

I have a system when deciding on what to blog about and/or when.  I have a list of cases or people that have caught my interest at one time or another.  Then depending on my mood at the time I will do the research on a subject, taking pages and pages of notes and then at some point I will blog about one of those that I have prepared. Most of the cases are old ones that have fascinated me throughout the years and generally I know a lot about the case.  However that never stops me from looking for more information available or another side of a case.  The Ruby Ridge Incident falls into that category.  It is a case that I have seen numerous documentaries and movies on, as well as read a lot about.  It is also one of those cases that just makes my blood boil to think about it.  What makes this case a bit different for me today is that while I am sitting here writing this now, I am still in the process of making my notes.  It is not as if starting this early is going to necessarily allow m…