On this day…in 1967

John McVitie, a British drug dealer and thief known as “Jack the Hat,” is stabbed to death in London by the Kray brothers, Britain’s most notorious criminals of the 1950s and 1960s. Ronald and Reginald Kray, identical twins, were eventually convicted of McVitie’s murder, putting an end to their lengthy underworld careers. The Kray brothers … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1797

The first parachute jump of note is made by André-Jacques Garnerin from a hydrogen balloon 3,200 feet above Paris. Leonardo da Vinci conceived the idea of the parachute in his writings, and the Frenchman Louis-Sebastien Lenorm and fashioned a kind of parachute out of two umbrellas and jumped from a tree in 1783, but André-Jacques … [Read the full story]

Dear Lily – I’m in love with an armed robber

Dear Lily, I’ve fallen in love with an absolutely wonderful man who is kind and funny and loving. The only issue is that he’s in jail for armed robbery and aggravated assault. We met through one of those prison pen pal schemes, which I got involved with soon after my last relationship went wrong. I’ve … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1979

Judge John Wood, known as “Maximum John,” is assassinated outside his San Antonio, Texas, home as he bent down to look at a flat tire on his car. Charles Harrelson, father of actor Woody Harrelson was charged with the murder after evidence revealed that drug kingpin Jimmy Chagra, whose case was about to come up … [Read the full story]

Lauryn Hill is given a 3 month prison sentence

Fugees singer, Lauryn Hill, has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay around $1million in taxes over the past decade. In addition to serving three months, Hill must pay a $60,000 fine. On release from jail, she will spend three months in home confinement and will be under parole supervision for … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1981

On May 5, 1981, imprisoned Irish Catholic militant Bobby Sands dies after refusing food for 66 days in protest of his treatment as a criminal rather than a political prisoner by British authorities. His death immediately kicked-off widespread rioting in Belfast, as young Irish-Catholic militants clashed with police and British Army patrols and started fires. … [Read the full story]

Davo’s quote of the day

“My mate reckons he always cries after sex. Mind you, he is in prison”

On this day…in 1990

The leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, Nelson Mandela, is released from prison after 27 years on February 11, 1990. In 1944, Mandela, a lawyer, joined the African National Congress (ANC), the oldest black political organization in South Africa, where he became a leader of Johannesburg’s youth wing of the ANC. In … [Read the full story]

Plan to castrate and murder Justin Bieber – foiled

Two men have been arrested over a plot to castrate and murder Justin Bieber at a concert in the US. Mark Staake and his nephew Tanner Ruane from New Mexico were hired by jailed fan Dana Martin, who is currently serving two life sentences at a state prison near Las Cruces, for the rape and … [Read the full story]

Youth gets sentenced to 10 years of church

Tyler Alred, 17, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the crash that led to his 16-year-old friend John Dunn’s death in December last year. Muskogee county Judge Mike Norman in Oklahoma gave Alred a 10-year deferred sentence for DUI manslaughter. The conditions included 10 years of church attendance, finishing high school and completing a welding … [Read the full story]

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