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Weird man, weird murder
To call Edward Albert Ridley an eccentric is a vast understatement; it was fitting that circumstances surrounding his murder were among the strangest in New York City history.
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Widow dazzled jurors
Jessie Costello, accused of poisoning her husband wrapped an all-male jury around her finger during a much-ballyhooed Massachusetts trial in 1933.
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"Sphinx Murder" remains unsolved
It didn't happen in Chinatown, but the 1933 Pasadena, CA, murder of Dr. Leonard Siever and its cast of characters suggested a case for Los Angeles private detective J. J. "Jake" Gittes.
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He became his fifth victim
In 1933, once successful Akron attorney Mark H. Shank carried out an unspeakable plan, intending to murder a client, his wife and three children.

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Accident or murder?
The death of Mrs. Allene Thorpe Lamson while taking a bath in Palo Alto, CA, foreshadowed Ohio's Sam Sheppard case and the more recent death of Kathleen Peterson.
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No candidate for mother-in-law of the year
Dr. Alice Lindsay Wynekoop was a respected Chicago doctor who seemed to feel her son, Earle, was somehow being held back by his wife.
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They try to tell us they're too young
Three of 1933's most shocking murders were committed by teenager — Mary Kavala, Harry Murch and Balfe MacDonald.
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This murder played out like a movie
The murder of Joseph (Giuseppe} Carlucci, on the eastern outskirts of Syracuse, New York, had elements that in years to come would be found in several classic movies.
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Murder in the cockpit
A 21-year-old Texas student pilot had a get-rich-quick crime in mind. All he needed was an airplane. He thought he'd get it by killing his flying instructor while they were in the air, then landing the plane by himself in Mexico.
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The Philandering Pharmacist
While his wife was out of town, Edward V. W. Kerr, a New Kensington, Pennsylvannia, druggist, let his obsession with other women get the best of him. The result was a double murder and suicide.
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Who killed Dr. Gaines?
James I. Gaines, a 44-year-old Spokane, Washington, doctor, was married, but had induced his wife to sign a paper giving him permission to see other women. He soon discovered that agreement wasn't worth the paper it was written on. It was the last lesson he ever learned.
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Perfect for 'Forensic Files'
The murder of Ida May Hanson had the makings of a classic episode of TV's "Forensic Files" or "CSI."
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Wed today, dead tomorrow
Three of the four women who married Carl W. Wickman didn't live long enough to regret it.
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