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Chinese student allowed to stay in Australia after six year sentence for drug trafficking


A former Chinese student who served six years in prison for his part in a drug-trafficking and money-laundering syndicate can stay in Australia after a tribunal overturned his visa cancellation. If sent back to China, Xin Liang might face the death penalty; his risk of reoffending in Australia was very low; and he had been … Continue reading

Australia: Aboriginal women sentenced to jail for being victims of domestic violence


Aboriginal women who are victims of violent domestic clashes have been sentenced to jail in regional NSW after retreating from their claims against their abuser – a trend that has sparked calls for an urgent review of police handling of false accusation cases. The Weekend Australian has uncovered 20 cases in which 19 indigenous women … Continue reading

December 26 1946 Bugsy Siegel opens Flamingo Hotel


On December 26th 1946, in Las Vegas, Nevada, mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel opens The Pink Flamingo Hotel & Casino at a total cost of $6 million. The 40-acre facility wasn’t complete and Siegel was hoping to raise some revenue with the grand opening. Well-known singer and comedian Jimmy Durante headlined the entertainment, with music by … Continue reading

October 17 1931 Al Capone goes to prison


On October 17th 1931, gangster Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion and fined $80,000, signalling the downfall of one of the most notorious criminals of the 1920s and 1930s. Alphonse Gabriel Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1899 to Italian immigrants. He was expelled from school at … Continue reading

October 14 1975 Trial begins in Amityville murders


On October 14th 1975, Ronald DeFeo Jr. went on trial for the killings of his parents and four siblings in their Amityville, New York, home. The family’s house was later said to be haunted and served as the inspiration for the Amityville Horror book and movies. On the evening of November 13, 1974, Ronald “Butch” … Continue reading

October 3 1995 O.J. Simpson acquitted


On October 3rd 1995, at the end of a sensational trial, former football star O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the brutal 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. In the epic 252-day trial, Simpson’s “dream team” of lawyers employed creative and controversial methods to convince jurors that … Continue reading

August 31 1888 Jack the Ripper claims first victim


On August 31st 1888, prostitute Mary Ann Nichols, the first victim of London serial killer “Jack the Ripper,” was found murdered and mutilated in Whitechapel‘s Buck’s Row. The East End of London saw four more victims of the murderer during the next few months, but no suspect was ever found. In Victorian England, London’s East … Continue reading

August 9 1969 Manson cult kills five people


On August 9th 1969, members of Charles Manson‘s cult killed five people in movie director Roman Polanski‘s Beverly Hills, California, home, including Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate. Less than two days later, the group killed again, murdering supermarket executive Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary in their home. The savage crimes shocked the nation … Continue reading

July 31 1975 Jimmy Hoffa disappears


On July 31st 1975, James Riddle Hoffa, one of the most influential American labour leaders of the 20th century, disappeared in Detroit, Michigan, never to be heard from again. Though he is popularly believed to have been the victim of a Mafia hit, conclusive evidence was never found, and Hoffa’s death remains shrouded in mystery … Continue reading

April 14 1865 Abraham Lincoln Shot


On April 14th 1865, United States President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth, an actor and Confederate sympathiser.  The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War. Booth was born on May 10th 1838 … Continue reading

Murphy’s Law: Deadly Dreaming 05 A Few Cold Beers


Murphy drank his beer down in one swallow, to the cheers and applause of the cop and his co-workers. He had stopped thinking of him as “the cop” and now referred to him as “Sergeant Joe,” in reverence to the cop’s temporary promotion. Joe was aware that he owed his promotion to Murphy, an ex-crim … Continue reading

April 1 1984 Marvin Gaye Killed By Father


On April 1st 1984, the day before his 45th birthday, soul singer Marvin Gaye’s life came to a tragic end, when he was shot and killed by his own father after a violent physical fight. At the peak of his career, Marvin Gaye was the Prince of Motown; the soulful voice behind hits as wide-ranging … Continue reading

March 25 1932 Scottsboro Case Verdict Announced


On March 25th 1932, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the case of Powell v. Alabama. The case arose out of the infamous Scottsboro case. Nine young black men were arrested and accused of raping two white women on train in Alabama. The boys were fortunate to barely escaped a lynch mob sent … Continue reading

Murphy’s Law: Deadly Dreaming 04 Lesson One


It had been a long time since Murphy had worked with a partner, and working back in a police station seemed a little strange. He was usually a loner when it came to this type of work, but he recognised that things had changed. Even when based at the station, in his early years with … Continue reading

March 16 2005 Robert Blake Acquitted of Murdering Wife


On March 16th 2005, a Los Angeles Superior Court acquitted Robert Blake of the murder of his younger wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, after a three month trial. Blake had previously won fame for his performance as a cop in the 70s TV series Baretta, but his performance as a murderer in the real life court … Continue reading

Murphy’s Law: Deadly Dreaming 03 Cotton Fields and Cotton Wool


Murphy’s Law: Deadly Dreaming 03 Cotton Fields and Cotton Wool Murphy was trying to be as diplomatic as he knew how, but sometimes that was difficult. He knew the cop meant well, but being a detective, why couldn’t he figure out that asking questions was sometimes dangerous? Murphy decided to play a wild card, hoping … Continue reading

Murphy’s Law: Deadly Dreaming 02 On The Inside


Murphy’s Law: Deadly Dreaming 02 On The Inside “Murphy remembers his time behind bars, and his forced return to The Service” Murphy watched as the detective scanned the files on the computer. They both knew they had the evidence they needed to get the guy they were after; to cripple his operation permanently. The detective … Continue reading

Murphy’s Law: Deadly Dreaming 01 Hind Sight


Murphy’s Law: Deadly Dreaming 01 Hind Sight “The Beginning of the First Murphy Memoirs, in the Aboriginal Community of Woora Warra” As he left the Aboriginal town of Woora Warra, that had been his home for almost a year, Murphy pondered that, in life, we make many mistakes. Some of us wish we could change … Continue reading

Woman Beats Up Fiance At Prenup Party


A Poulsbo woman was jailed after being accused of beating up her fiance at their prenuptial party. Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies said the woman’s 12-year-old son told her he saw her fiance kissing one of her women friends early Thursday morning. Deputies said the woman, 31, gave her friends the boot, told her fiance to … Continue reading

Are Banks Assisting Identity Fraud?


In recent weeks, I have received several calls from persons claiming to be from my bank.  They have told me that I have an account with them that is overdrawn.  They have then gone on to instruct me, “for identification purposes,” to verify my account number, by telling them over the phone.  This is exactly … Continue reading

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