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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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: Have any women been executed by hanging in the United States?

    A: As of 2015, there are 306 verified cases of women in the United States being executed by hanging. Eight of these cases occurred in the 20th century, between 1900 and 1937, after which hanging was gradually replaced by other methods of execution.
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  • Is the Casey Anthony adoption true?

    Q: Is the Casey Anthony adoption true?

    A: The rumor of Casey Anthony adopting a baby from Romania is not true. According to the website of the Florida Times-Union, the rumour began with a fake news story from the website Weekly World News, which is known to provide fake news stories, some as parodies and some as exaggerations.
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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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  • Who is the real John Q. Archibald and how long was he imprisoned?

    Q: Who is the real John Q. Archibald and how long was he imprisoned?

    A: The character John Q. Archibald is a fictitious character, so he was never imprisoned. The character appears in the movie John Q.
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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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  • How long did the OJ Simpson trial last?

    Q: How long did the OJ Simpson trial last?

    A: The O.J. Simpson trial lasted more than eight months. Opening statements for the murder trial were given on Jan. 24, 1995, and a verdict was reached on Oct. 3, 1995.
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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: Who are some of the world's most wanted male fugitives as of 2015?

    A: Interpol lists some of the world's most wanted male fugitives as Adriano Giacobone, Ahmed Kamran and Ariel Bustamante Sanchez, as of November 2015. The FBI lists William Bradford Bishop, Jr., Victor Manuel Gerena and Robert William Fisher on its most wanted lists.
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  • Q: Was the Zodiac Killer ever caught?

    A: As of 2014, the case of the Zodiac Killer has not been solved. Crime Library indicates that over 2,500 suspects have been considered since the killings attributed to the Zodiac Killer in the late 1960s.
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  • Q: When is Scott Peterson's execution date?

    A: Scott Peterson's execution date has not been set, as of 2015. In March 2005, the courts sentenced Scott Peterson to death as punishment for the murder of his wife, Laci Peterson, and her unborn son.
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  • Q: Where is Robert Thompson now?

    A: As of 2014, the whereabouts of Robert Thompson are not known to the public. After his release from a detention center in 2001, Thompson was given a new identity and sent to a secret location.
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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 has Scott Peterson been doing since his conviction?

    A: Scott Peterson has been living on San Quentin’s death row since 2005, when he was sentenced for the murder of his wife, Laci, and their unborn child, Conner. Peterson’s life reportedly has been more comfortable than that of the typical California death row inmate, with regular access to a rooftop deck that includes a basketball court, as of November 2015. Most other death row inmates at San Quentin are locked in their cells 23 hours a day.
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