Sunday, July 15, 2012

15 July 1997 - Gianni Versace is Shot Dead

1381 (-)  Priest and Peasants’ Revolt leader John Ball is executed by hanging, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II at the age of 43 in London, United Kingdom.
His head was subsequently stuck on a pike on London Bridge.

1606 (+)   Artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn is born in Leiden, the Netherlands.

1881 (-)  Willem De Hees is poisoned by Maria Swanenburg aka Goeie Mie, in the Netherlands.

1883 (-)  Dwarf Charles Sherwood Stratton aka General Tom Thumb, dies of a stroke at the age of 45 in Connecticut, USA.

1892 (+)   Philiospher Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin is born in Berlin, Germany.

1904 (-)  Writer Anton Pavlovitsch Chekhov dies of tuberculosis at the age of 44 in Badenweiler, Germany.

1919 (+)   Writer Iris Murdoch is born in Dublin, Ireland.

1924 (-)  Francis McDonnel is sexually assaulted and strangled by Albert Fish aka The Cannibal, at the age of 7 in Staten Island, Charlton’s Woods, New York, USA.

1929 (-)  Writer Hugo Laurenz August Hofmann von Hofmannsthal dies of a stroke at the age of 55 in Vienna, Rodaun, Austria.

1930 (+)   Philosopher Jacques Derrida aka The Father of Deconstructionism, is born in El-Biar, Algeria.

1936 (-)  Husband Murderess Charlotte Bryant is executed by hanging at the age of 33 in Exeter Prison, United Kingdom.

1940 (+)   Mass Murderer Gene Ronald Simmons is born in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

1945 (-)  Lloyd Gomez is briefly abducted by Harvey Glatman aka The Pin-Up Killer, in Boulder, Sunshine Canyon, Colorado, USA.
He tied her up, they spent the night together in his car, and he let her go the next day. He was identified almost instantly.

1946 (+)   Musician Linda Ronstadt is born in Tucson, Arizona, USA.

1952 (+)   New York Doll Johnny Thunders originally John Anthony Genzale Jr., is born in New York, Queens, New York, USA.

1953 (-)  Serial Killer John Reginald Christie of 10 Rillington Place, is executed by hanging at the age of 55 in Pentonville Prison, United Kingdom.

1956 (+)   Musician Ian Kevin Curtis from Joy Division, is born in Stretford, Manchester, Old Trafford Memorial Hospital, Lancashire, United Kingdom.

1956 (+)   Punk Rocker Marky Ramone originally Marc Steven Bell, is born in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

1957 (x)   58 Die in KLM Super Constellation crash in Biak, New Guinea.

1958 (-)  Julia Lennon (John’s mom), is knocked down by a Standard Vanguard car driven by learner-driver PC Eric Clague at the age of 44 in Liverpool, Menlowe Avenue, United Kingdom.
Her body landed about 100 feet from where she'd been hit.

1969 (x)  The German Stadtguerilla group Rote Armee Fraktion burglarize government headquarters and steal a number of official documents in München, Bavaria, Germany.

1971 (-)  Member of the Rote Armee Fraktion, Petra Schelm is shot dead by the police in a road-block at the age of 20 in Hamburg, Reineckestrasse, Germany.
She was the first RAF member to die in the Stadtguerilla.

1971 (+)   Murderer Ponchai “Kamau” Wilkerson is born in Houston, Texas, USA.

1971 (x)  46-year-old Artist Jean Tinguely marries artist Niki de Saint Phalle in Paris, France.

1973 (-)  Caroline Davis is presumably strychnine-poisoned by Zodiac at the age of 15 in Santa Rosa, California, USA.

1974 (-)  Television reporter Christine Chubbuck commits suicide by a shot through the head at the age of 29 in Sarasota, Florida, USA.
She was doing a live newscast during her Suncoast Digest show and said "In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: an attempted suicide" and shot herself behind the left ear.

1979 (x)   130 whales commit suicide by hitting the coast in Newfoundland.

1990 (x)  31-year-old Murderess Laurie Lawrencia Bembenek aka Bambi, escapes from prison with the help of her fiancé Nick Gugliatto in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Her escape ignited the slogan "Run, Bambi, Run".

1991 (-)  Oliver Lacy is drugged, strangled and dismembered by Jeffrey Dahmer aka The Milwaukee Cannibal, at the age of 24 in Milwaukee, 924 25th North Street, Oxford Apartments, Room 213, Wisconsin, USA.
Earlier that day Dahmer was fired from his job at the Ambrosia Chocolate Co. for chronic absenteism.

1997 (-)  Fashion designer Gianni Versace is shot dead as fifth victim by Andrew Cunanan aka American Gigolo/American Psycho at the age of 50 in Miami, Southern Beach, Ocean Drive, Florida, USA.

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