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1893 – Lizzie Borden is acquitted of murder

20 June

Lizzie Andrew Borden (19 July, 1860 – 1 June, 1927) was an American woman who gained infamy for being tried and acquitted for the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts.

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1968 – The Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California

20 December

Zodiac Killer is the nickname given to an unidentified serial killer who operated in northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Zodiac murdered victims in Benicia, Vallejo, Lake Berryessa, and San Francisco between December 1968 and October 1969. Four men and three women between the ages of 16 and 29 were targeted. The killer originated the name “Zodiac” in an August 7, 1969 letter to the local Bay Area press, which was just one in a series of taunting letters. These letters included four cryptograms (or ciphers). Of the four cryptograms sent, only one has been definitively solved. Continue reading “1968 – The Zodiac Killer kills Betty Lou Jenson and David Faraday in Vallejo, California”

1959 – Unknown attackers murder the Walker family in Osprey, Florida

20 December

Authorities believe that 24-year-old Christine Walker arrived at the family’s farm home around 4pm on Saturday, 19 December, 1959, and was raped and shot by intruders. Her husband Cliff, 25, then arrived, and was shot to death. Their three-year-old son Jimmie was also shot, and Debbie, a month shy of her second birthday, was shot and drowned in a bathtub. News stories at the time noted that there were gifts around the Christmas tree. Continue reading “1959 – Unknown attackers murder the Walker family in Osprey, Florida”

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