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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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Who was Selena Quintanilla's killer?

    Q: Who was Selena Quintanilla's killer?

    A: Yolanda Saldivar shot Latin pop singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez on March 31, 1995 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Saldivar was both the founder of the Selena fan club as well as a manager of one of Selena's boutiques.
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  • Q: Was Avonte Oquendo ever found?

    A: Avonte Oquendo’s remains were found in the East River in New York City in January 2014. During the search for the missing teenager, police had canvassed 468 subway stations in hopes of finding him. The teen had a fondness for trains.
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  • Q: Did Phill Lewis commit manslaughter?

    A: Phill Lewis was convicted of vehicular manslaughter in November, 1992. In addition to vehicular manslaughter, the actor was also found guilty on one count of drunk driving.
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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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  • Q: What is the truth about the Amityville murders?

    A: The Amityville murders, which inspired the 1979 Oscar-nominated film, "The Amityville Horror," were the murders of Ronald J. DeFeo and his wife, Louise, as well as four of their children, John, Mark, Allison and Dawn. The police learned of the murders after the eldest son, Ronald "Butch" DeFeo, claimed he found the bodies on the second floor of the family's home. Authorities convicted DeFeo of shooting his parents and siblings while they slept on the morning of Nov. 13, 1974.
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  • Q: What crimes did Al Capone commit?

    A: Al Capone committed many crimes, including bootlegging, tax evasion and murder. He was a known mobster who was involved in every aspect of street crime, but was only tried and sentenced for income tax evasion.
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  • Q: What are some notorious murders that have taken place in New Jersey?

    A: Some of the notorious murders that have taken place in New Jersey include a mass murder in 1949, the killings of four people by a postal worker in 1991 and the murder a Morristown couple in 1833. All the suspects in these cases were arrested.
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  • Q: Why did Rae Carruth go to prison?

    A: Rae Carruth shot his pregnant girlfriend who ultimately died from her injuries. Rae Carruth was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child.
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  • Q: What details surrounded the finding of the Black Dahlia's body?

    A: Elizabeth Short, nicknamed "The Black Dahlia," was found mutilated in a vacant lot in Los Angeles, California. Her body was found by a local resident on Jan. 15, 1947.
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  • Q: How many times were Bonnie and Clyde shot?

    A: The official coroner's report lists Bonnie Parker's body as having 26 bullet wounds and Clyde Barrow's body as having 17 bullet wounds. However, researchers have stated that there were around 25 total bullets in each corpse.
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  • Q: What did Zimmerman do?

    A: On Feb. 26th, 2012, 17 year old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Zimmerman claims he acted out of self defense, shooting Martin after an altercation broke out when Zimmerman confronted Martin about his alleged suspicious behavior. Zimmerman was eventually acquitted of second-degree murder charges.
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  • Q: Does George Jung have a relationship with his daughter?

    A: George Jung, the notorious cocaine smuggler and subject of the Johnny Depp film 'Blow,' reportedly spoke with his daughter Kristina over the phone after his June, 2014 release from prison, according to the celebrity gossip service TMZ. Though 'Blow' includes a heavy focus on Jung's participation in the drug trade, TMZ describes that film's depiction of George's strained relationship with Kristina as the film's 'emotional core.'
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  • Q: What was the Jody Arias trial verdict?

    A: In May 2013, an Arizona jury found Jody Arias guilty of the 2008 murder of her former boyfriend Travis Alexander. Convicted of first-degree murder, Arias received a sentence of life imprisonment in 2015.
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  • Q: Has Scott Peterson had an execution date set as of 2015?

    A: As of October 2015, there is no execution date set for Scott Peterson. Many inmates on California's death row, including Scott Peterson, have long waits for execution dates pending appeals.
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