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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Q: What is the fraud case involving Ocwen?

    A: Ocwen Financial, one of the largest non-bank mortgage providers in the United States, has dealt with several fraud cases in its short and controversial history, with the most recent case involving a pair of fraud lawsuits that were thrown out by a Florida federal judge in September 2015. The plaintiffs alleged that Ocwen deliberately misled its shareholders by falsifying details in shareholder reports about the probe into the company by New York's Department of Financial Services.
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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: 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: 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: 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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  • How much money did Bonnie and Clyde steal?

    Q: How much money did Bonnie and Clyde steal?

    A: The exact amount of money stolen during the two-year Bonnie and Clyde crime spree is unknown. Most robberies were at small grocery stores and gas stations, along with the occasional bank. Bonnie and Clyde's robberies lacked the thoroughness that other gangsters displayed during the same era.
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  • Q: How much money was stolen by the owners of Angel Food Ministries?

    A: According to the FBI website, the owners of Angel Food Ministries stole $1,482,035.50 from the Angel Food Ministries to pay themselves bonuses in that amount. The defendants Joe Wingo, Harry Michaels, Linda Wingo and Andy Wingo were charged with committing theft from an organization receiving money from federal funds.
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  • Q: What are some facts about Cinnamon Brown?

    A: Some facts about Cinnamon Brown include that she murdered her stepmother at her father's urging and that she served seven years of jail in a juvenile facility for the offense. Brown earned both a high school diploma and an associate degree.
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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 is the chemtrail conspiracy?

    A: The chemtrail conspiracy, which was first promulgated in 1996 as an accusation against the U.S. Air Force, revolves around the idea that high-flying aircraft disperse harmful chemicals into the atmosphere in the form of unusually long-lasting contrails. The Environmental Protection Agency has since studied and disproven the theory.
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  • What happened to Amber Hagerman?

    Q: What happened to Amber Hagerman?

    A: Nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted while riding her bicycle in an abandoned grocery store parking lot in January 1996 in Arlington, Texas, according to the Dallas Morning News. The girl was murdered and her naked body was found with a slit throat four days later in a creek. As of July 2014, the murder remains unsolved. Amber's death led Texas authorities to create the AMBER Alert system.
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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: Where can one find a detailed account of the 1973 Texas Chainsaw Massacres?

    A: The 1973 Texas chainsaw massacres never happened. Tobe Hooper based Leatherface in "Texas Chain Saw Massacres" on Ed Gein, a real serial killer. The purely fictional introduction at the beginning of the movie says that the story is "an account of the tragedy which befell a group of five youths."
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  • Q: Where can you find updates on the Jodi Arias trial?

    A: The most effective way to see the newest updates and past stories on Jodi Arias trial is to use a news aggregator site such as Google News. Nearly every major news outlet has covered the trial.
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