Crimes of the Centuries: Notorious Crimes, Criminals, and Criminal Trials in American History, 1st Edition

  • Steven Chermak
  • Frankie Y. Bailey School of Criminal Justice University, Albany
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  • ISBN-10: 1610695941
  • ISBN-13: 9781610695947
  • DDC: 364.10973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1368 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released July 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Overview

This unique, multivolume reference features the most famous crimes and trials in the United States since colonial times. Each of the 500 entries provides information about the crime, the perpetrators, and those affected by the misconduct, along with a short bibliography to extend learning opportunities. The set addresses a breadth of famous trials across American history, including the Salem witch trials, the conviction of Sacco and Vanzetti, and the prosecution of O. J. Simpson.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Preface.
Acknowledgments.
Introduction.
Guide to Related Topics.
Chronology.
1: Abagnale, Frank, Jr. (1948–).
2: Abbott, Jack Henry (1944–2002).
3: Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse Scandal (Iraq) (2003–2004).
4: Adams, Randall Dale (1948–2010).
5: Adler, “Polly” Pearl (1900–1962).
6: Alcala, Rodney (1943–).
7: Alien and Sedition Acts (1798).
8: Allen, Wanda Jean (1959–2001).
9: Altamont Free Concert (Alameda County, CA) (December 6, 1969).
10: Amedure, Scott, Murder of (1995).
11: Ames, Aldrich Hazen (1941–).
12: Amish School Shootings (Lancaster County, PA) (October 2, 2006).
13: Amistad Slave Ship Case (1839).
14: Anastasia, Albert (1902–1957).
15: Anthony, Casey, Murder Trial of (May 24–July 5, 2011).
16: Anthony, Susan B., Trial of (1873).
17: Arbuckle, Roscoe “Fatty,” Murder Trials of (1921–1922).
18: Arias, Jodi (1980–).
19: Armstrong, John Eric (1973–).
20: Armstrong, Lance (1971–).
21: Arnold, Benedict (1741–1801).
22: Aron, Ruthann (1942–).
23: Ashley, John (1888–1924) and His Gang (Florida Everglades).
24: Atlanta Race Riot (1906).
25: Attica Prison Riot (1971).
26: Aurora (CO) Movie Theater Shooting (July 20, 2012).
27: B & O Railroad Strike (1877).
28: Bagwell, Dennis (1963–2005).
29: Baker, Lena (1900–1945).
30: Bakker, Jim (1940–).
31: Bales, Robert (1973–).
32: Ball, Joseph (1896–1938).
33: Barfield, Velma (1932–1984).
34: Barker, Kate “Ma” (1873–1935).
35: Barker–Karpis Gang (1931–1936).
36: Baseball and Steroids (1980–).
37: Bath (MI) School Massacre (1927).
38: Becker, Lieutenant Charles (1870–1915).
39: Becker–Rosenthal Murder Trials (1912).
40: Beecher, Henry Ward, Adultery Trial of (1875).
41: Berkowitz, David Richard (1953–).
42: Bianchi, Kenneth (1951–) and Angelo Buono (1934–2002).
43: Bickford, Maria, Murder of (1845).
44: Big Dan Gang Rape Case (1983–1984).
45: Billy the Kid (1859–1881).
46: Bishop, Amy (1965–).
47: Black Dahlia Murder (1947).
48: Black Liberation Army (BLA) (c. 1970–1981).
49: Black Sox Scandal (1919).
50: Blackbeard the Pirate (Edward Teach) (d. 1718).
51: Blake, Robert, Murder Trial of (2005).
52: Boesky, Ivan, Insider Trading Scandal (1980s).
53: Borden, Lizzie (1860–1927).
54: Bosket, Willie (1962–).
55: Boston Marathon Bombings (April 15, 2013).
56: Boston Massacre (March 5, 1770).
57: Boston Strangler Murders (1962–1964).
58: Brando, Christian (1958–2008).
59: Brandon, Teena, Murder of (1993).
60: Branion, Dr. John (c. 1926–1990).
61: Brawley, Tawana (1972–).
62: Brown, H. Rap (1943–).
63: Brownsville (TX) Affair (August 13, 1906).
64: Bruce, Lenny, Obscenity Trial of (1964).
65: Bryant, Kobe, Rape Accusation against (June 30, 2003).
66: Buchalter, Louis “Lepke” (1897–1944).
67: Buddhist Temple Massacre (Maricopa County, AZ) (1991).
68: Buenoano, Judy (1943–1998).
69: Bulger, James Joseph “Whitey,” Jr. (1929–).
70: Bumpurs, Eleanor, Shooting of (1984).
71: Bundy, Ted (1946–1989).
72: Burns, Robert Elliot (1892–1955).
73: Burr, Aaron, Treason Trial of (1807).
74: Burr–Hamilton Duel (July 11, 1804).
75: Bustamante, Alyssa (1994–).
76: Byrd, James, Jr., Murder of (1998).
77: Capone, Al (1899–1947).
78: Carpenter, David (1930–).
79: Carruth, Rae (1974–).
80: Carter, Rubin “Hurricane” (1937–2014).
81: Carthage Conspiracy Trial (1844).
82: Cassidy, Butch (1866–1908).
83: Catholic Priest Child Sex Abuse Scandal (1950s–2000s).
84: Celia (a Slave), Murder Trial of (1855).
85: Central Park Jogger Case (1989).
86: Cermak, Anton Joseph, Assassination of (February 15, 1933).
87: Chappaquiddick Incident (July 18–19, 1969).
88: Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, Forced Removal of Indian Tribes (1831).
89: Cherry Hill Murder (Albany, NY) (May 7, 1827).
90: Cheshire (CT) Home Invasion Murders (2007).
91: Chessman, Caryl (1921–1960).
92: Chicago Seven (1968).
93: Chin, Vincent Jen, Murder of (1982).
94: Chino Hills (CA) Murders (June 4, 1983).
95: Christian, Virginia (1895–1912).
96: Civil War Espionage (1861–1865).
97: Clementi, Tyler, Death of (2010).
98: Cleveland Torso Murders (1935–1938).
99: Clinton, Bill, Impeachment Trial of (1999).
100: Clutter Family Murders (1959).
101: Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire (Boston) (1942).
102: Cole, Tiffany (1981–).
103: Coleman, Alton (1955–2002).
104: Colosimo, James “Big Jim,” Mob Murder of (May 11, 1920).
105: Columbine High School Shootings (Littleton, CO) (April 20, 1999).
106: Coo, Eva (1889–1935).
107: Cooney, Celia (1904–1992).
108: Cooper, D. B., Airplane Hijacking (November 24, 1971).
109: Copeland, Ray (1914–1993) and Faye Copeland (1921–2003).
110: Corona, Juan (1934–).
111: Costello, Frank (1891–1973).
112: Cotton, Ronald (1962–).
113: Crafts, Helle, Murder of (1986).
114: Crane, Bob, Murder of (1978).
115: Crimmins, Alice, Murder Trials of (1968, 1971).
116: Crowley, Francis “Two Gun” (1912–1932).
117: Cullen, Charles (1960–).
118: Cunanan, Andrew (1969–1997).
119: Dahmer, Jeffrey (1960–1994).
120: Dakota Conflict Trials (1862).
121: Danziger Bridge Shootings (New Orleans, LA) (September 4, 2005).
122: Dartmouth College Murders (January 27, 2001).
123: Davis, Angela, Trial of (1972).
124: Detroit Halloween Fires (1972–).
125: Detroit Riot (1943).
126: Detroit Riot (1967).
127: Diallo, Amadou, Shooting of (1999).
128: Diamond, Jack “Legs” (1897–1931).
129: Dillinger, John (1903–1934).
130: Dorner, Christopher (1979–2013).
131: Downs, Elizabeth Diane Frederickson (1955–).
132: Dred Scott Decision (1857).
133: Du Pont, John (1938–2010).
134: Dugard, Jaycee, Kidnapping of (1991).
135: Duperrault Family Slayings (November 12, 1961).
136: Dyer, Mary Barrett, Execution of (1660).
137: East St. Louis Race Riot (1917) and Chicago Race Riot (1919).
138: East Village (NY) Groovy Murders (1967).
139: Eastern Air Lines Hijacking (1970).
140: Edwards, Edward Wayne (1933–2011).
141: Einhorn, Ira (1940–).
142: Enron Case (1985–2001).
143: Essex, Mark James Robert (1949–1973).
144: Eubanks, Susan (1964–).
145: Eugene, Rudy (1981–2012).
146: Evers, Medgar, Assassination of (June 12, 1963).
147: Ex parte Crow Dog (1883).
148: Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (1989).
149: Feldman, Dora (1872–1930).
150: Ferguson v. City of Charleston (2001).
151: Fish, Albert (1870–1936).
152: Fisher, Amy (1974–).
153: Fleiss, Heidi (1965–).
154: Florida A&M Hazing Death (November 19, 2011).
155: Floyd, Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” (1904–1934).
156: Ford, Gerald, Assassination Attempts on (1975).
157: Foster, Vince, Death of (1993).
158: Frank, Leo (1884–1915).
159: Franklin, Joseph Paul (1950–2013).
160: Fromme, Lynette “Squeaky” (1948–).
161: Fugitive Slave Laws (1793, 1850).
162: Gacy, John Wayne (1942–1994).
163: Gallaudet University Murders (2000–2001).
164: Garfield, James, Assassination of (July 2, 1881).
165: Gaskins, Donald “Pee Wee” (1933–1991).
166: Gates, Wyley (1969–).
167: Gein, Ed (1906–1984).
168: Genovese, Catherine Susan “Kitty,” Murder of (1964).
169: Genovese, Vito (1897–1969).
170: Getty, John Paul, III, Kidnapping of (1973).
171: Giancana, Sam (1908–1975).
172: Gigante, Vincent “the Chin” (1928–2005).
173: Gilley Family Murders (April 26, 1984).
174: Gillis, Lester Joseph “Baby Face Nelson” (1908–1934).
175: Gilmore, Gary (1940–1977).
176: Glen Ridge (NJ) Rape Case (March 1, 1989).
177: Goetz, Bernhard (1947–).
178: Goldman, Emma, and Alexander Berkman, Trial of (1917).
179: Gonzales, Julio (1954–).
180: Gotti, John (1940–2002).
181: Goudeau, Mark (1964–).
182: Graham, Barbara (1923–1955).
183: Gravano, Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” (1945–).
184: Great Brink’s Robbery (1950).
185: Green, Debora (1951–).
186: Grimes Sisters, Murder of (1956).
187: Grossberg, Amy (1978–) and Brian Peterson (1978–).
188: Gunness, Belle (1859–c. 1908).

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Frankie Y. Bailey

Frankie Y. Bailey is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (SUNY). Her area of research is crime and culture, focusing on two areas: crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture. She is the author of the Edgar-nominated OUT OF THE WOODPILE: BLACK CHARACTERS IN CRIME AND DETECTIVE FICTION (Greenwood, 1991). She is the co-editor (with Donna C. Hale) of POPULAR CULTURE, CRIME, AND JUSTICE (Wadsworth, 1998). She is the co-author (with Alice P. Green) of ALAW NEVER HERE: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN RESPONSES TO ISSUES OF CRIME AND JUSTICE (Praeger, 1999). She is the co-editor with Steven Chermak and Michelle Brown of MEDIA REPRESENTATIONS OF SEPTEMBER 11 (Praeger, 2003). She and Donna C. Hale are the co-authors of book, BLOOD ON HER HANDS: THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF WOMEN, SEXUALITY, AND MURDER (Thomson, 2004). As a mystery writer, Bailey is the author of DEATH=S FAVORITE CHILD (Silver Dagger, 2000), A DEAD MAN=S HONOR (Silver Dagger, 2001), and OLD MURDERS (Silver Dagger, 2003), featuring Southern criminal justice professor/crime historian Lizzie Stuart. Her most recent publication is a short story in the mystery anthology, Shades of Black (2004), edited by Eleanor Taylor Bland.