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1994 Jun 17
Johnnie Cochran, who was later hired as a defense attorney for O.J. Simpson, was quoted off-camera during a break on ABC’s Nightline saying: "he obviously did it."
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1994 Jun 20
O.J. Simpson pleaded innocent in Los Angeles to the killing of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
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1994 Jun 20
Former airman Dean Allen Mellberg went on a shooting rampage at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Wash., killing four people and wounding 22 others before being killed by a military police sharpshooter.
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1994 Jul 2
Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar was shot to death in Medellin, ten days after accidentally scoring a goal against his own team in World Cup competition.
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1994 Jul 8
O.J. Simpson was ordered to stand trial on charges of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
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1994 Jul 20
OJ Simpson offered a $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife's killer.
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1994 Jul 22
O.J. Simpson pleaded innocent to the slaying of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
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1994 Jul 29
Jesse Timmendequas, a convicted child molester, raped and strangled 7-year-old Megan Kanka in New Jersey. The case spawned the 1996 "Megan’s Law," the requirement that communities be informed of paroled sex offenders living in their midst. A jury ordered the death penalty for Timmendequas in 1997. He remained on New Jersey's Death Row until December 17, 2007, when the New Jersey Legislature abolished the state's death penalty. Timmendequas' sentence was then commuted to life in prison without parole.
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1994 Aug 9
Sen. Manuel Cepeda was gunned down on his way to work in Bogota. In 1999 Sgt. Justo Zuniga and Sgt. Hernando Medina were found guilty of participating in the murder. They acted on orders from Col. Rodolfo Herrera Luna, commander of the Ninth Brigade, who died of a heart attack in 1996. In 2010 Colombia's government acknowledged responsibility in the killing and asked forgiveness.
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1994 Aug 14
In Ohio Harry Mitts Jr. shot and killed John Bryant (28) of Garfield Heights, a black man, and Sgt. Dennis Glivar (44), a white police officer. Mitts was distraught over a recent divorce and had been drinking heavily. In 2013 Mitts (61) was executed by lethal injection.
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1994 Aug 22
DNA testing linked OJ Simpson to the murder of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.
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1994 Sep 9
Prosecutors in Los Angeles said they would not seek the death penalty for O.J. Simpson.
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1994 Sep 13
In Cyprus 3 British soldiers abducted tour guide Louise Jensen (23). Her body was found 2 days later. In 1996 they were sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of abducting, conspiring to rape, and killing Louise Jensen. In 2006 the former soldiers were released and deported to Britain after serving only 12 years.
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1994 Sep 26
Jury selection began in Los Angeles for the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.
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1994 Sep 29
The first phase of jury selection in the O.J. Simpson murder trial ended, with a pool of 304 potential jurors chosen.
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1994 Oct 25
Susan Smith drowned her 2 sons when she let her car roll into John D. Long Lake in South Carolina. Smith of Union, S.C., claimed that a black carjacker had driven off with her two sons and later confessed to drowning the children in John D. Long Lake. She was convicted of murder. On Aug 31, 1996 three adults and 4 children drowned at the same location when their car rolled into lake by accident.
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1994 Nov 1
In Cherry Hill, Pa., Len Jenoff and Paul Daniels clubbed to death Carol Neulander (52), the wife of Rabbi Fred J. Neulander (53), under a contract from Rabbi Neulander. Neulander stood trial in 2001 in New Jersey. He was convicted of murder Nov 20, 2002 and sentenced to life in prison.
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1994 Nov 2
A jury in Pensacola, Fla., convicted Paul Hill of murder for the July 29 shotgun slayings of an abortion provider and his bodyguard; Hill was sentenced to death. He became the first person to be executed for killing an abortion provider when he was killed by electrocution on September 3, 2003 at the age of 49 at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida.
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1994 Nov 3
Susan Smith of Union (23), S.C., was arrested for drowning her two young sons, nine days after claiming the children had been abducted by a black carjacker. She was convicted on July 22, 1995, of murdering her two sons, aged 3 and 14 months, when she drove her car into a local lake. She was later sentenced to life in prison. Smith will be eligible for parole on November 4, 2024, after serving a minimum of thirty years. She is currently incarcerated at Leath Correctional Institution, near Greenwood, South Carolina.
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1994 Nov 3
Twelve jurors were seated at the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles.
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1994 Nov 4
In Union, S.C., townspeople jeered as Susan Smith was led into court, a day after the 23-year-old secretary was arrested and charged with murder in the drownings of her sons, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alexander.
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1994 Nov 5
Evelyna LeBlanc (15) was raped and shot in the head in San Leandro, Ca. She died the next day. In 2007 DNA evidence led police to Inani Charles Williams (27), who had been indicted for a 2006 residential burglary in Portland, Ore.
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1994 Nov 6
About 300 people crowded a small church in Union, S.C., for the funeral of 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex Smith, who'd been drowned by their mother, Susan Smith.
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1994 Nov 11
Eddie Polec (16), a Fox Chase high school student, died after being clubbed to death by students of Abington High School. On March 20, 1996, Carlo Johnson (20) and Bou Khathavong (18) – believed by prosecutors to be the ring leaders in the assault, although neither beat Polec – received maximum five- to 10-year sentences for conspiracy. Prosecutors believe the two organized the rumble and provided the baseball bats. Anthony Rienzi and Nick Pinero, both 18, were sentenced to the maximum 15- to 30-year terms for third-degree murder and conspiracy. Thomas Crook (19) sobbed and apologized to his family before receiving 14.5 years to 30 years on the same charges. Dawan Alexander (18) who was convicted of manslaughter for kicking Polec, received an eight- to 20-year term. Seventh defendant Kevin Convey (19) had pleaded guilty earlier to third-degree murder in exchange for testifying against the others. In February he had been sentenced to five to 20 years. In 2000 Bryn Freedman and William Knoedelseder authored "In Eddie’s Name: One Family’s Triumph Over Tragedy."
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1994 Dec 5
In India’s Bihar state a mob that pulled senior government official G. Krishnaiah out of his car and beat him unconscious before shooting him to death because the official's car had inadvertently crossed paths with the funeral procession of a noted underworld don and aspiring politician, Chottan Shukla. In 2007 Anand Mohan and two other politicians were sentenced to hang for their role in the attack. Four others, including Mohan's wife, Lovely Anand — also a former member of parliament — were sentenced to life in prison by the court in Patna, the capital of Bihar state.
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1994 Dec 8
In Los Angeles, 12 alternate jurors were chosen for the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
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1994 Dec 30
John Salvi opened fire at two abortion clinics in suburban Boston and killed 2 clinic receptionists, Lee Ann Nichols and Shannon Lowney. He was convicted on two accounts of first-degree murder in Mar, 1996. Salvi committed suicide in prison on Nov 29, 1996. His conviction was voided in 1997 because he died before his appeal was heard.

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1994 Dec 31
John C. Salvi III, accused of killing two receptionists at two Boston-area abortion clinics on Dec 30, was arrested in Norfolk, Va. Salvi, later convicted of murder, committed suicide in prison.
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1994
In the US New Orleans was the murder capital with 425 homicides.
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1994
French legislator Yann Piat of the UDF was shot to death in her car by 2 men on motorcycle. A 1997 book, "The Yann Piat Case" by Andre Rougeot and Jean-Michel Verne," says that she was killed by the French secret service to keep her from revealing a plot to sell military land to the Mafia. The book was suspended after its first printing sold out. Many believe the tale to be disinformation.
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South African Moses Sithole raped and strangled 38 women in the Johannesburg area. He was sentenced in 1997 to more than 2,400 years in jail.
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1994
Jenny Lin (14), was murdered at her Castro Valley home. In 2006 police linked Sebastian Shaw, a convicted murderer serving 3 life sentences in Oregon, to her murder.
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1994
In Puerto Rico a record 995 people were killed.
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1995 Jan 1
Fred West hanged himself in his London prison while awaiting trial in the murders of a dozen girls and women. The victims included his wife's 16-year-old daughter and 8-year-old stepdaughter and several young runaways.
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1995 Jan 5
A warrant was issued for the arrest of James “Whitey” Bulger (b.1929), top mobster of Boston’s Winter Hill Gang. He had disappeared with his girlfriend just days before the warrant was issued. Bulger was linked to 21 murders and in 2000 became a fixture on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list. In 2007 Kevin Weeks authored “Brutal: The Untold Story Of My Life Inside Whitey Bulger's Irish Mob.”
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1995 Jan 12
In LA, Ca., Judge Ito heard defense arguments for questioning racial attitudes of Detective Mark Fuhrman in the murder trial against OJ Simpson. Fuhrman had found a bloody glove at O.J.'s estate.
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1995 Jan 16
In Union, S.C., a prosecutor announced he would seek the death penalty for Susan Smith, the woman accused of drowning her sons, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex. Smith was later convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
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1995 Jan 20
Bruno Jordan, suit salesman and brother a drug enforcement officer, was shot dead in El Paso. In 2002 Charles Bowden authored "Down By the River," an account of the murder and narcotics traffickers.
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1995 Jan 24
The prosecution gave its opening statement at the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
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1995 Jan 25
The defense gave its opening statement in the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles, saying Simpson was the victim of a "rush to judgment" by authorities who had mishandled evidence and ignored witnesses.
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1995 Jan
In Georgia Andrew Cook (21) shot and killed Michele Cartagena (19) and Grant Hendrickson (22) in a lover’s lane. Cook, the son of a former FBI agent, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1998.
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1995 Jan
In Nevada the charred body of Ron Rudin (64), a millionaire real estate developer, was found in the desert. His 5th wife, Margaret, was suspect but there was insufficient evidence to arrest her.
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1995 Feb 17
Colin Ferguson was convicted of six counts of murder in the December 1993 Long Island Rail Road shootings. He was later sentenced to a minimum of 200 years in prison.
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1995 Feb 25
In Oklahoma store manager Richard Yost was beaten to death with a baseball bat and placed in the freezer of his supermarket in Tulsa. Three men were later executed for the murder and a 4th was convicted to life in prison.
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1995 Mar 3
In Georgia Glenn Turner (31) was discovered dead in bed by his wife. A Cobb medical examiner ruled that he died from an irregular heartbeat. Lynn Turner murdered her police officer husband, Glenn Turner, to get his life insurance money. In 2001 she killed her boyfriend, Randy Thompson, by poisoning him with antifreeze. In 2007 Turner (38), convicted in 2004 for her husband’s death, was convicted again for the Thompson’s murder. Turner (42) died in prison on Aug 30, 2010.
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1995 Mar 22
Convicted Long Island Rail Road gunman Colin Ferguson was sentenced to life in prison for killing six people.
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1995 Mar 27
Joanne Marie Mascha, an Ursuline Sister, was murdered while walking near her motherhouse just outside Cleveland.
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1995 Mar 27
In Italy Maurizio Gucci (46), businessman, was shot to death in Milan. He was the last family member to have held shares in the Gucci fashion company, now part of the Bahrain-based Investcorp. In 1997 police arrested his former wife, a psychic, a doorman, and two hitmen for their roles in the murder. In 1998 Patrizia Reggiani Martinelli (50) was convicted and sentenced to 29 years in prison. The psychic got 25, the doorman got 26, the driver got 29 and the gunman got life.
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1995 Mar
In Louisiana Patsy Byers, a convenience store clerk, was shot and seriously wounded by Sarah Edmonson and Benjamin Darrus. The two had just killed a Mississippi man and later asserted that the film "Natural Born Killers" inspired their actions.
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1995 Mar
In Mich. Jonathan Schmitz shot and killed Scott Amedure 3 days after the 2 appeared on the "Jenny Jones Show," where Schmitz learned that his secret admirer was Amedure. Schmitz was convicted of murder in 1996 but the verdict was overturned due to an error in jury selection. Schmitz was sentenced to a 25-50 year prison term. In 1999 a jury pronounced a $25 million verdict against the producers of the show in a wrongful death suit by the family of Amedure. In Aug 1999 a 2nd jury convicted Schmitz of murder. Judge Wendy Pots sentenced Schmitz to 25-50 years in prison.
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1995 Apr 15
Norma Patricia Esparza, a Southern California college student, pointed out Gonzalo Ramirez (25) at a bar to her boyfriend Gianni Van and two others as the man who had recently raped her. Ramirez was then kidnapped and hacked to death. In 2014 Esparza pleaded guilty in exchange for a prison term. In 2015 Van was sentenced to life in prison without parole. In 2016 Esparza was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
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1995 Apr 23
Hideo Murai, head of the science ministry of the Aum Shinri Kyo cult, was stabbed and killed. Police suspected that a cult leader ordered his murder so that he would not testify about Aum’s nerve gas production.
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1995 May 28
Harvard undergraduate Sinedu Tadesse of Ethiopia stabbed her college roommate, Trang Ho of Vietnam, 45 times and then hanged herself. In 1997 Melanie Thernstrom wrote: "Halfway Heaven, Diary of a Harvard Murder" an account of the incident with extensive background information.
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1995 Jun 15
At the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Simpson struggled to don a pair of gloves that prosecutors said were worn the night Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were murdered.
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1995 Jun 19
Jennifer Lea Evans (21), a vacationing college student, was killed outside a Virginia Beach nightclub. Navy SEAL trainees Dustin Turner and his best friend, Billy Joe Brown, were convicted for the same crime. When they were arrested, each man accused the other of being the killer. In 2009 Brown said he killed Evans with no help from Turner. Brown said he wanted to tell the truth after almost 13 years because he had found religion in prison. A court soon overturned the convictions against Turner (33).
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1995 Jun 23
In Mexico Hector "El Guero" Palma, reputed head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was arrested after his plane crashed near Guadalajara. He faced 9 counts of murder for the killing of 9 relatives and associates of his rival Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. Gallardo had earlier decapitated Palma’s first wife and arranged the murder of his 2 children.
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1995 Jul 6
The prosecution rested at the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles.
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1995 Jul 10
The defense opened its case at the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles.
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1995 Jul 18
Opening statements were presented in the trial of Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman charged with drowning her two young sons.
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1995 Jul 22
Susan Smith was convicted by a jury in Union, South Carolina, of first-degree murder for drowning her two sons. She was later sentenced to life in prison.
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