May 15th, 2011
OJ Simpson


Date:  June 17, 1994
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Crime:  Murder 


Simpson’s former wife, Nicole Brown and her friend, Ron Goldman were found dead outside her condominium.  Simpson was soon charged with the murders.  After failing to turn himself in, he led police on a low speed pursuit which was one of the most publicized in American history.  

The following trial was often referred to as, “The Trial of the Century”.  On October 3, 1995 OJ Simpson was found not guilty of the two murders.  The verdict was seen on live tv by more than half of the US population.  


OJ Simpson

OJ Simpson



Date:  June 17, 1994

Location:  Los Angeles, CA

Crime:  Murder 



Simpson’s former wife, Nicole Brown and her friend, Ron Goldman were found dead outside her condominium.  Simpson was soon charged with the murders.  After failing to turn himself in, he led police on a low speed pursuit which was one of the most publicized in American history.  



The following trial was often referred to as, “The Trial of the Century”.  On October 3, 1995 OJ Simpson was found not guilty of the two murders.  The verdict was seen on live tv by more than half of the US population.  



OJ Simpson

May 4th, 2011
Mick Jagger


Date:  July 18, 1972
Location:  Warwick, Rhode Island
Crime:  Assault


Some of the Rolling Stone’s entourage got into a scuffle with a photographer a few hours before a concert.  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and three other members of their entourage were arrested that night.  The incident caused a four-hour delay in their concert that night.  All the charges were eventually dropped.


Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger



Date:  July 18, 1972

Location:  Warwick, Rhode Island

Crime:  Assault



Some of the Rolling Stone’s entourage got into a scuffle with a photographer a few hours before a concert.  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and three other members of their entourage were arrested that night.  The incident caused a four-hour delay in their concert that night.  All the charges were eventually dropped.



Mick Jagger

May 3rd, 2011
Perry Smith and Dick Hickock


Date:  January 2, 1960
Location:  Las Vegas, Nevada
Crime:  Murder


Smith and Hickock met in prison and hatched a plan for robbery and murder.  They had been told by a former prison mate that the Clutter family had a safe containing $10,000.  When they invaded the Clutter residence on November 15, 1959 they discovered there was no safe.  They proceeded to kill all four members of the family.  Both men were tried and found guilty of murder.  

They were executed by hanging on April 14, 1965.  Truman Capote’s famous novel which recounts the details of the crime, In Cold Blood, was released a year later.


Perry Smith  Dick Hickock

Perry Smith and Dick Hickock



Date:  January 2, 1960

Location:  Las Vegas, Nevada

Crime:  Murder



Smith and Hickock met in prison and hatched a plan for robbery and murder.  They had been told by a former prison mate that the Clutter family had a safe containing $10,000.  When they invaded the Clutter residence on November 15, 1959 they discovered there was no safe.  They proceeded to kill all four members of the family.  Both men were tried and found guilty of murder.  



They were executed by hanging on April 14, 1965.  Truman Capote’s famous novel which recounts the details of the crime, In Cold Blood, was released a year later.



Perry Smith  Dick Hickock

Timothy McVeigh


Date:  April 19, 1995
Location:  Perry, Oklahoma
Crime:  Use of a weapon of Mass Destruction ( Oklahoma City Bombing )


A former member of the U.S. Army, McVeigh wanted revenge for the Waco Seige and other government raids.  He and a friend constructed and mounted an AMMN explosive device on the back of a Ryder rental truck.  On April 19, 1995 McVeigh drove and parked the truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, just as it’s offices and daycare opened up for the day.  At 9:02am a large explosion destroyed the north half of the building.  The explosion killed 168 people and 450 were injured.

McVeigh was indicted on 11 federal counts, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, use of a weapon of mass destruction, destruction by explosives, and eight counts of first-degree murder.  He was found guilty of all 11 federal charges and sentenced to the death penalty.  


On June 11, 2001 Timothy McVeigh was executed by way of legal injection.


Timothy McVeigh

Timothy McVeigh



Date:  April 19, 1995

Location:  Perry, Oklahoma

Crime:  Use of a weapon of Mass Destruction ( Oklahoma City Bombing )



A former member of the U.S. Army, McVeigh wanted revenge for the Waco Seige and other government raids.  He and a friend constructed and mounted an AMMN explosive device on the back of a Ryder rental truck.  On April 19, 1995 McVeigh drove and parked the truck in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, just as it’s offices and daycare opened up for the day.  At 9:02am a large explosion destroyed the north half of the building.  The explosion killed 168 people and 450 were injured.



McVeigh was indicted on 11 federal counts, including conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, use of a weapon of mass destruction, destruction by explosives, and eight counts of first-degree murder.  He was found guilty of all 11 federal charges and sentenced to the death penalty.  



On June 11, 2001 Timothy McVeigh was executed by way of legal injection.



Timothy McVeigh

May 2nd, 2011
Anna Nicole Smith


Date:  September 21, 1989
Location:  Houston, Texas
Crime:  DUI


Smith was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.


Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith



Date:  September 21, 1989

Location:  Houston, Texas

Crime:  DUI



Smith was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.



Anna Nicole Smith

May 1st, 2011
Sid Vicious


Date:  December 8, 1978
Location:  New York City, New York
Crime:  Assault


Vicious, best known as the bassist of the punk rock group, Sex Pistols, was charged with assault after an altercation with Todd Smith (Patti Smith’s brother) at a Skafish concert.  A little over a year later Vicious would be dead of a heroin overdose.


Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious



Date:  December 8, 1978

Location:  New York City, New York

Crime:  Assault



Vicious, best known as the bassist of the punk rock group, Sex Pistols, was charged with assault after an altercation with Todd Smith (Patti Smith’s brother) at a Skafish concert.  A little over a year later Vicious would be dead of a heroin overdose.



Sid Vicious

Frankie Valli


Date:  September 1965
Location:  Columbus, Ohio
Crime:  Failure to pay hotel bill


Frankie Valli, frontman of the music group, The Four Seasons, was arrested after he and his manager skipped out on a hotel room bill.



Frankie Valli

Frankie Valli



Date:  September 1965

Location:  Columbus, Ohio

Crime:  Failure to pay hotel bill



Frankie Valli, frontman of the music group, The Four Seasons, was arrested after he and his manager skipped out on a hotel room bill.



Frankie Valli

John Wayne Gacy


Date:  December 22, 1978
Location:  Des Plaines, Illinois
Crime:  Murder


Gacy, also known as the Killer Clown, because of the character of Pogo the clown that he dressed up as for children’s parties, is one of the most well known serial killers in America.  Between 1972 and 1978 he raped and murdered 33 teenage boys and young men.  He lured them to his home where he tortured them for hours before killing them and disposing of their bodies in his home’s crawlspace.  In March of 1978 he left one of his victim’s in a park, chloroformed, but alive.  Gacy was arrested for the assault.  Police started to investigate Gacy on suspicion that he might have something to do with some teenage boys who had gone missing.  In December detectives went to Gacy’s home to question him and noticed the smell of corpses coming from the heating duct. Police obtained a search warrant, found bones in the crawlspace and charged Gacy with murder. 

In custody, Gacy confessed to 30 murders, but was charged with 33.  He plead not guilty by reason of insanity.  The jury found him guilty of each murder and sentenced him to the death penalty.  In the hours before his execution a crowd of over 1,000 gathered outside the correctional center where Gacy had been imprisoned for 15 years.  

John Wayne Gacy was executed by way of lethal injection on May 10, 1994.


**There is a lot more information that I left out at his Wikipedia page.  It’s a pretty fascinating story if you are interested.
John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy



Date:  December 22, 1978

Location:  Des Plaines, Illinois

Crime:  Murder



Gacy, also known as the Killer Clown, because of the character of Pogo the clown that he dressed up as for children’s parties, is one of the most well known serial killers in America.  Between 1972 and 1978 he raped and murdered 33 teenage boys and young men.  He lured them to his home where he tortured them for hours before killing them and disposing of their bodies in his home’s crawlspace.  In March of 1978 he left one of his victim’s in a park, chloroformed, but alive.  Gacy was arrested for the assault.  Police started to investigate Gacy on suspicion that he might have something to do with some teenage boys who had gone missing.  In December detectives went to Gacy’s home to question him and noticed the smell of corpses coming from the heating duct. Police obtained a search warrant, found bones in the crawlspace and charged Gacy with murder. 



In custody, Gacy confessed to 30 murders, but was charged with 33.  He plead not guilty by reason of insanity.  The jury found him guilty of each murder and sentenced him to the death penalty.  In the hours before his execution a crowd of over 1,000 gathered outside the correctional center where Gacy had been imprisoned for 15 years.  



John Wayne Gacy was executed by way of lethal injection on May 10, 1994.



**There is a lot more information that I left out at his Wikipedia page.  It’s a pretty fascinating story if you are interested.

John Wayne Gacy

Vanilla Ice aka Robert Van Winkle


Date:  January 2001
Location:  Davie, Florida
Crime:  Assault

Van Winkle and his wife, Laura, were having an argument as they drove down Interstate 595.  At one point his wife tried to jump out of the passenger window, and Van Winkle grabbed her by her hair and pulled her back in, tearing chunks of hair from her head.  He pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct four months later, and sentenced to probation and ordered to attend family therapy sessions.


Vanilla Ice

Vanilla Ice aka Robert Van Winkle



Date:  January 2001

Location:  Davie, Florida

Crime:  Assault



Van Winkle and his wife, Laura, were having an argument as they drove down Interstate 595.  At one point his wife tried to jump out of the passenger window, and Van Winkle grabbed her by her hair and pulled her back in, tearing chunks of hair from her head.  He pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly conduct four months later, and sentenced to probation and ordered to attend family therapy sessions.



Vanilla Ice

Larry King


Date:  December 20, 1971
Location:  Miami, Florida
Crime:  Grand larceny


King allegedly took money from a business partner.  He had been dealing with some legal and financial troubles at the time, stemmed from a deal he had made with Louis Wolfson, who had been convicted of selling bad stock in 1968.


Larry King

Larry King



Date:  December 20, 1971

Location:  Miami, Florida

Crime:  Grand larceny



King allegedly took money from a business partner.  He had been dealing with some legal and financial troubles at the time, stemmed from a deal he had made with Louis Wolfson, who had been convicted of selling bad stock in 1968.



Larry King

Rosa Parks


Date:  December 1, 1955 
Location:  Montgomery, Alabama
Crime:  Refusal to give up seat on bus to a white passenger


Rosa Parks is one of the most well known names having to do with the Civil Rights Movement.  After a long day working as a seamstress, Parks was riding the bus home when the bus driver ordered her to make room for a white passenger.  Parks refused to obey to bus driver and her individual act of civil disobedience created an impact by sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.


Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks



Date:  December 1, 1955 

Location:  Montgomery, Alabama

Crime:  Refusal to give up seat on bus to a white passenger



Rosa Parks is one of the most well known names having to do with the Civil Rights Movement.  After a long day working as a seamstress, Parks was riding the bus home when the bus driver ordered her to make room for a white passenger.  Parks refused to obey to bus driver and her individual act of civil disobedience created an impact by sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott.



Rosa Parks

David Bowie


Date:  March 25, 1976
Location:  Rochester, N.Y.
Crime:  Drug Possession


Bowie was arrested in upstate New York on a felony pot possession charge along with Iggy Pop.  The arrest occurred at a Rochester hotel following a concert.  Bowie was only held for a few hours before being released.  


David Bowie

David Bowie



Date:  March 25, 1976

Location:  Rochester, N.Y.

Crime:  Drug Possession



Bowie was arrested in upstate New York on a felony pot possession charge along with Iggy Pop.  The arrest occurred at a Rochester hotel following a concert.  Bowie was only held for a few hours before being released.  



David Bowie

April 30th, 2011
Jim Morrison


Date:  September 28, 1963
Location:  Tallahassee, Florida
Crime:  Public intoxication


A 19-year-old Jim Morrison was arrested for public intoxication during a student prank at a 1963 football game.  Two years later he would form the legendary rock band, The Doors.




Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison



Date:  September 28, 1963

Location:  Tallahassee, Florida

Crime:  Public intoxication



A 19-year-old Jim Morrison was arrested for public intoxication during a student prank at a 1963 football game.  Two years later he would form the legendary rock band, The Doors.



Jim Morrison

Al Pacino


Date:  January 9, 1961
Location:  Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Crime:  Carrying a concealed weapon


A 21-year-old Pacino and two friends were arrested after a police officer stopped to check their “suspicious” vehicle.  Inside the friends had black masks and gloves, as well as a .38 caliber pistol.  Unable to pay the $2,000 bail, the three men spent three days and nights in jail.


Al Pacino

Al Pacino



Date:  January 9, 1961

Location:  Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Crime:  Carrying a concealed weapon



A 21-year-old Pacino and two friends were arrested after a police officer stopped to check their “suspicious” vehicle.  Inside the friends had black masks and gloves, as well as a .38 caliber pistol.  Unable to pay the $2,000 bail, the three men spent three days and nights in jail.



Al Pacino

Ted Bundy


Date:  February 13, 1980
Location:  Florida
Crime:  Murder


Ted Bundy was handsome, charming and used this to his advantage.  He often approached his young, female victims in public, pretending to be injured or impersonating an authority figure. Bundy went on a kidnapping and killing spree between 1974 and 1978 throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, and Florida.  He confessed to 30 victims, though it is believed that there were more, and was sentenced to the death penalty.  He was executed in the electric chair on January 24, 1989.


Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy



Date:  February 13, 1980

Location:  Florida

Crime:  Murder



Ted Bundy was handsome, charming and used this to his advantage.  He often approached his young, female victims in public, pretending to be injured or impersonating an authority figure. Bundy went on a kidnapping and killing spree between 1974 and 1978 throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, Idaho, Colorado, and Florida.  He confessed to 30 victims, though it is believed that there were more, and was sentenced to the death penalty.  He was executed in the electric chair on January 24, 1989.



Ted Bundy