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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Q: What did Jeffrey Dahmer do?

    A: Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 people, all males. During those murders he also raped, dismembered and cannibalized his victims. Necrophilia was also involved in his crime spree.
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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: 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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  • Q: What was the O.J. Simpson murder trial?

    A: In November of 1994, O.J, Simpson was put on trial for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The acrimonious relationship between Simpson and his ex-wife, along with what seemed to be a significant amount of physical evidence, led the Los Angeles Police Department to charge Simpson with the crime. However, after a very public eight-month trial, the jury acquitted Simpson on all counts.
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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: 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: Is David Eifrig a scam artist?

    A: Dr. David Eifrig may be a scam artist, depending on one's definition of the term. Eifrig is employed at Stansberry Research, an American publishing company founded and operated by Frank Porter Stansberry, who has been convicted of securities fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission and fined $1.5 million.
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  • Q: In "The Nibelungenlied," how was Siegfried slain?

    A: According to a translation of "The Nibelungenlied" that is available in the public domain, Lord Siegfried was slain by Hagen, who pierced Siegfried's heart with a spear. "The Nibelungenlied" is a Middle High German epic poem that dates back to around 1200 A.D.
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  • Q: What were some of the deadliest school shootings?

    A: One of the deadliest schools shootings in recent history is the one that occurred at Virginia Tech College in Blacksburg, Virginia. Other deadly school shootings include the ones that occurred at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut.
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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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  • 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: 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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  • 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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  • 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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