February 15, 1976 Oakland County, Michigan The first of 4 confirmed murders by the still unidentified Oakland County Child Killings occurs Mark Stebbins (12) was the first known victim of a serial killer who targeted children. He was strangled and sexually assaulted with an object, and had rope marks in his wrists. His body was… Continue reading First victim of Oakland County Child Killer
February 12, 1976 West Hollywood, California Actor Sal Mineo is killed during a robbery attempt Mineo had appeared in films including Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus in his younger years, but as his boyish good looks faded, so did his career. He also was one of the first actors to openly come out, coming… Continue reading Rebel Without a Cause actor killed during robbery
February 2, 1979 New York, New York Sid Vicious (real name John Ritchie) dies of a heroin overdose The toxicology report during Sid's autopsy revealed he had died from an 80% heroin solution, whereas his normal dosage was around 5%; he had no chance at survival and it was concluded he had committed suicide. However,… Continue reading Sid Vicious’ death
January 29, 1979 San Diego, California Brenda Spencer (16) fires on children and faculty at the school across the street, killing 2 and injuring 9 Spencer, armed with a Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic .22 caliber rifle, shot children playing at the neighboring Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. The victims killed in the shooting were the… Continue reading Shoots at elementary school because “I don’t like Mondays”
Front page of the Daily News Published January 25, 1971 Charles Manson and 3 of his female "family" members were convicted of the August 9, 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.