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In 1962, Nelson Mandela was convicted by the South African government on charges of inciting public strikes and leaving the country without permission. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

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  • How many people did Abigail Williams accuse of witchcraft?

    Q: How many people did Abigail Williams accuse of witchcraft?

    A: Abigail Williams accused more than 20 people of witchcraft and was one of the first accusers to come forward. The majority of those whom she accused executed.
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  • Was the Zodiac killer caught?

    Q: Was the Zodiac killer caught?

    A: As of 2014, the case of the Zodiac Killer remains unsolved. The San Francisco Police Department and California Department of Justice claim to have investigated thousands of potential leads without being able to conclusively determine the person responsible for these infamous murders.
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  • How much did O.J. Simpson pay his lawyers?

    Q: How much did O.J. Simpson pay his lawyers?

    A: A New York Times article from 1994 estimates O.J. Simpson's lawyer fees at approximately 5 million dollars. The exact amount that O.J. Simpson paid the defense team to help acquit him of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Brown, however, is unknown.
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  • Why did Nelson Mandela go to prison?

    Q: Why did Nelson Mandela go to prison?

    A: In 1962, Nelson Mandela was convicted by the South African government on charges of inciting public strikes and leaving the country without permission. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
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  • How was Jeffrey Dahmer caught?

    Q: How was Jeffrey Dahmer caught?

    A: Serial killer and sex offender Jeffrey Dahmer was apprehended by police when one of his intended victims escaped from Dahmer's home on July 22, 1991. The victim caught the attention of police officers, from whom he requested assistance removing a pair of handcuffs Dahmer had placed on him. Although another of Dahmer's victims had previously managed to escape and make contact with police, Dahmer was able to convince police to release the boy into his custody, resulting in the boy's death.
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  • Did the CIA help create the Unabomber?

    Q: Did the CIA help create the Unabomber?

    A: While it's impossible to say whether the CIA helped create the Unabomber, there are some intriguing historical connections between the two. It all started in 1959, during Kaczynski's sophomore year at Harvard, when he was just 17. There, he was recruited for a strenuous mental experiment, and it's speculated that he was never the same after that point.
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  • What was "Bonnie and Clyde" about?

    Q: What was "Bonnie and Clyde" about?

    A: Bonnie and Clyde were American outlaws from Dallas, Texas. During the Great Depression, they traveled throughout the Central United States with their gang, known as "The Barrow Gang," robbing banks, stores and gas stations. They took the lives of many people in the process, and their short lives ended when they were caught and killed by police. They are often portrayed as one of Hollywood's most glamorous outlaw couples.
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  • Q: Was Lizzie Borden guilty?

    A: Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the murder of her father and step mother in 1893, although there has since been speculation that she did indeed commit the crime. Andrew and Abby Borden were hacked to death with an axe sometime during the night of August 3, 1892.
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  • Q: Who was the killer of Selena Perez?

    A: In March 1995, Selena Quintanilla-Perez was killed in Corpus Christi, Texas, by Yolanda Saldivar, who founded Selena's fan club and ran her boutique. The incident occurred after Saldivar was accused of embezzling funds from the singer.
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  • Q: What has happened in Scott Peterson's case since his conviction?

    A: Scott Peterson is on California’s death row awaiting lethal injection after his 2005 conviction for murdering his wife, Laci, and Conner, with whom Laci was pregnant at the time. Peterson’s life on San Quentin’s death row is very cushy reportedly, having his own private cell with a roof deck and basketball court, as of November 2015.
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  • Q: Does HLN have upates about Jodi Arias?

    A: HLN provides regular updates about the Jodi Arias case on its website, HLNTV.com. HLN's latest update as of June 2015 concerns an Arizona judge's order of restitution that Arias will be required to pay to siblings of Travis Alexander.
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  • Q: What were the names of Richard Kuklinski's three children?

    A: Richard Kuklinski and his wife, Barbara, had three children during their marriage: Merrick, Christin and Dwayne. Merrick and Christin are the couple's daughters, and Dwayne is their son. He also has two sons whose names have not been publicized from a previous relationship.
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  • What similar goals did Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito share?

    Q: What similar goals did Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito share?

    A: During World War II, the Axis Powers shared the goals of territorial expansion, the destruction of Soviet communism and forcing the United States to maintain its isolationist position. Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito viewed their alliance as a means of regaining what they had lost during World War I and expanding their global influence.
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  • Q: Who is Aaron Alexis?

    A: Aaron Alexis killed 12 people in a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16, 2013. He also shot three others and died after exchanging gunfire with the police. Alexis had been discharged two years earlier from the Navy Reserve due to misconduct.
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  • What was the longest high-speed chase?

    Q: What was the longest high-speed chase?

    A: The longest recorded car chase was 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) and took place in April 2002. The chase began at a bank in Wrestedt, Germany and ended near the city of Rivne, Ukraine. It lasted two days and went through three countries.
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  • Q: When was Amanda Sue Bradley executed?

    A: Amanda Sue Bradley is a fictional character who was not executed. She was a character in a movie titled "Too Young to Die?"
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  • Q: Who is Mirtha Jung?

    A: Mirtha Jung was married to drug trafficker George Jung during his time working for the Medellín Cartel. The couple had one daughter, Kristina Sunshine Jung. In the movie "Blow," which is based on the life and times of George Jung, Mirtha was portrayed by actress Penélope Cruz.
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  • Q: What are some famous instances of violence towards parents?

    A: A jury convicted Lyle and Erik Menendez on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for killing their parents, and a judge sentenced them to life in prison in 1996. In 2002, Alex and Derek King plead guilty to third-degree murder and arson in the death of their father, Terry King.
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  • Q: Is Charles Manson still alive?

    A: As of February 2015, convicted murderer Charles Manson is alive and remains behind bars serving a life sentence in a California state prison. Manson received this sentence for his role in the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders that took place in August, 1969.
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  • Q: Why is Scott Peterson in prison?

    A: Scott Peterson is in prison for the murder of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, as of 2015. Peterson was convicted of the first degree murder of his wife and the second degree murder of his son in 2004, and was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2005.
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  • Q: What was the United States Supreme Court case Terry v. Ohio about?

    A: The U.S. Supreme Court case Terry v. Ohio ruled that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows police officers to stop, detain and frisk individuals without probable cause or a warrant if the officer can prove a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. The Supreme Court ruled that the Fourth Amendment only protects against unreasonable searches and that the police have the flexibility to investigate and prevent crime.
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