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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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1995 Jul 22
In San Luis Obispo, 15-year-old Elyse Pahler was murdered by 3 teenagers of the death metal band called "Hatred" patterned after the group "Slayer." Her body was not found for 8 months until revealed by Joseph Fiorella (16), who received a 26 year to life sentence in 1997 as part of a plea bargain. Royce Casey (18) and Jacob Delashmutt still faced trial as adults. Death metal was a sub-genre of heavy metal that featured explicit lyrics dealing with murder, torture and occult practices.
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1995 Aug 13
Hans-Christian Ostro, a 27-year-old Norwegian who had come to India to study dance was found dead in the Pahalgam district with his severed head balanced between his thighs, close to the sight of a previous kidnapping by Kashmir guerillas.
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1995 Aug 16
In Orinda, Ca., Maria Corrieo and her sister, Gina Roberts, were killed by Dalton Lolohea and 2 others during a robbery. Lolohea was tried and convicted for the double murder in 2000 along with robbery and burglary. David Ross was sentenced to 20 years in prison in exchange for testifying against Corey Williams. In 2013 the state Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Williams.
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1995 Aug 21
In Thailand Prince Thitiphan Yugala (60) was poisoned by his new wife Chalasai Yugala (23), aka Luk Pla (Baby fish). He died after 8 days and Luk Pla ran off with Uthet Choopwa (19), a chestnut peddler. She had become his lover at 14 and wife at 23. In 2002 she was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
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1995 Aug 29
At the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles, without the jury present, tape recordings of police detective Mark Fuhrman were played in which Fuhrman could be heard spouting racial invectives.
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1995 Aug 31
At the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles, Judge Lance Ito ruled the defense could play only two examples of police detective Mark Fuhrman’s racist comments from taped conversations with a screenwriter.
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1995 Aug
In Austin, Texas, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, leader of United Secularists of America, disappeared with her son and granddaughter and more than $600,000 in funds from her various organizations. Her diaries, some 2,000 pages, were scheduled to be auctioned in 1999. The IRS filed an affidavit in 1999 against David Waters and 3 others in relation to suspected murders and theft. In 1999 Waters (52) was sentenced to 60 years in prison for skimming over $50,000 from the atheist organization. Waters was later given another 8 year sentence on a federal weapons charge. [See Oct 3.] In 2001 bones were found on the ranch where she was believed to have been buried following an agreement between Waters and prosecutors. All 3 bodies were identified in Mar.
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1995 Sep 5
O.J. Simpson jurors heard testimony that police detective Mark Fuhrman had uttered a racist slur, and advocated the killing of blacks.
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1995 Sep 11
The prosecution in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles reluctantly began its rebuttal case, as ordered by Judge Lance Ito, after the defense refused to rest.
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1995 Sep 11
Jimmy Ryce (9) was kidnapped, raped and murdered in south Florida. In 1998 Juan Carlos Chavez, a Cuban ranch hand was convicted. His defense was that he was framed by his bosses into a confession for fear of being deported. The defense held that Edward Sheinhaus, the son of Chavez’s bosses, was the killer. Chavez was executed on Feb 12, 2014.
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1995 Sep 17
A 3-year old girl, Stephanie Kuhen, was shot dead in Los Angeles when the car she was riding in driven by Timothy Stone made a wrong turn into a dead-end alley in Cypress Park, and happened on a gang setting. Her 2-year old brother was wounded in the foot. Accused of the murder are Manuel Rosales Jr., Augustin Lizama, Hugo David Gomez, Marcos Antonio Luna and Anthony Gabriel Rodriguez. A 6th defendant, Marvin Pech, is expected to testify for the prosecution.
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1995 Sep 22
Both sides rested in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
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1995 Sep 26
The prosecution began its closing argument in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.
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1995 Sep 27
At the O.J. Simpson trial, the prosecution and defense presented dueling summations.
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1995 Sep 29
The O.J. Simpson trial was sent to the jury.
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1995 Oct 2
O.J. Simpson’s jurors stunned the courtroom and the nation by reaching verdicts in the sensational eight-month murder trial in less than four hours. The decision was kept secret until the following day, when it was announced that Simpson had been acquitted. Simpson was acquitted in the double-murder of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
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1995 Oct 3
The jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial found the former football star innocent of the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman. Simpson was later found liable in a civil proceeding. The verdict, reached Oct 2, was announced Oct 3.
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1995 Oct 14
In Mississippi Rhonda Hatten Griffis (28), a mother of two, was found dead at her home in Petal. Larry Matthew Puckett, a local landscaper, was convicted of her murder in 1996 and sentenced to death. Puckett said it was David Griffis who murdered his wife with the club after accusing her of having an affair. Puckett (35) was executed on March 20, 2012.
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1995 Oct 23
A jury in Houston convicted Yolanda Saldivar of murdering Tejano singing star Selena.
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1995 Oct 26
In California Deborah Sammons (40) was raped and murdered by Robert Bacon. He had been hired to murder Deborah by her husband Charles Sammons, who later pleaded guilty to non-capital murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. In 2010 the California state Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for Bacon.
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1995 Oct 27
William Kreutzer, US Army sergeant, opened fire on a field of 1300 soldiers at Fort Bragg, NC. He killed a fellow 82nd Airborne soldier, Major Stephen Badger and wounded several others. Defense lawyers in 1996 pleaded that he suffered from depression. He was convicted of pre-meditated murder on 6/11/96. The next day he was sentenced to death. His death sentence was later overturned. In 2009 Kreutzer pleaded guilty under a deal that could get him life in prison at most.
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1995 Oct
In Kewanee, Ill., Scott English, the boyfriend of Tabitha Pollock, killed Jami Pollock (3) as she and her mother slept. Tabitha Pollock, the mother, was later convicted of 1st degree murder for not preventing the murder and sentenced to 36 years in prison. In 2002 the state Supreme Court overturned the sentence. English was sentenced to life in prison.
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1995 Oct
In Djibouti the half-burned body of French judge Bernard Borrel was found at the foot of a ravine 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the town of Djibouti. A former French military intelligence officer later testified that Borrel was investigating President Ismael Omar Guelleh, who was then a candidate for the top job.
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1995 Nov 9
In a pair of telephone interviews, O.J. Simpson told Associated Press reporter Linda Deutsch that people have supported rather than shunned him since his acquittal, and that he has learned that fame and wealth are illusions: "The only thing that endures is character."
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1995 Nov 21
In Mississippi Patty Milliken (38) disappeared after walking out of the Majik Mart convenience store where she worked to have a cigarette with William Mitchell in Biloxi. Mitchell was convicted of murder in 1998 and was executed on March 22, 2012.
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1995 Nov 23
Free-lance photographer Charles Rathbun was booked in Hermosa Beach, Calif., for investigation of murder in the disappearance of model Linda Sobek. Rathbun was later convicted of Sobek's murder.
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1995 Dec 4
In Texas Diane Zamora and David Graham, high school sweethearts, killed Adrienne Jones (16). It was alleged that Jones and Graham had had sex and the murder was reported as an appeasement to Zamora. Graham went on to the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs. The murder remained a mystery until Zamora confided her story to classmates at the Annapolis Naval Academy in Sep 1996. Zamora later testified that Graham shot and killed Jones. Zamora was convicted in Feb, 1998, and received a life sentence with possible parole after 40 years. Graham was convicted in July, 1998, and received an automatic life sentence.
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1995 Dec 5
Stanley Keith Runcorn (73), a professor in geophysics, was killed by Paul Bradford Cain (26), a kickboxer, at the Hotel San Diego. Cain was convicted in 1997 of first-degree murder.
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1995 Dec 7
US paratrooper James N. Burmeister (21) shot and killed Jackie Burden and Michael James. He was convicted on Feb 27, 1997 of 1st degree murder and conspiracy in the hate crime and faced the death penalty. The jury deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of death so the judge sentenced him to 2 consecutive life terms in prison. He will have to serve at least 50 years before becoming eligible for parole. Malcolm Wright, a fellow soldier, was also charged in the murders and convicted on May 2, 1997.
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1995 Dec 19
A gunman opened fire inside a Bronx, New York, shoe store, killing five people.
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