5 Most Scandalous Crimes in US History

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“Innocent until proven guilty,” it’s the legal right of any person standing in trial in the United States, no matter what the case is or no matter who is in trial. Listed below are the five most scandalous crimes in the United States history.

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

St. Valentine’s Day Massacre happened in February 14, 1929 in Chicago. It was on that day where 7 men were murdered at a garage in Lincoln Park. They were shot by four men using weapons such as machine guns. Some of the murderers were disguised in police uniforms, while some were dressed in suits and ties. The massacre was allegedly planned out by a group led by Al Capone to kill George “Bugs” Moran, the leader of the well-known North Side Gang.

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy happened on November 22, 1963. A 24-year-old former US Marine, Lee Harvey Oswald, shot Kennedy from the 6th floor of a book depository building in Dallas, Texas while he was riding on a presidential motorcade. A ten-month long investigation occurred preceding the incident and it was found that Oswald acted alone in the crime. This event gained many speculations and was thought to be a conspiracy.

The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was standing at motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee when he was killed through a gunshot, which pierced his neck and chin. A criminal named James Earl Ray had confessed to the crime and was eventually taken into custody and was to serve 99 years in prison. King was known to be a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement and spearheaded the movement on race equality in the United States.

The Oklahoma City Bombing

The Oklahoma City Bombing was a terrorist truck bombing on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on April 19, 1995. The truck was filled with two and a half tons of homemade explosives. The said bombing killed 168 people and injured about 680 others. It also destroyed a third of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building. The crime was committed by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, who were both arrested after several days. The bombing was motivated by their dislike for the US Federal Government.

The 9/11 Terrorist Attack

On September 11, 2001, passenger airlines operated by the major US passenger air carriers, namely United Airlines and American airlines were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the airplanes of American Airlines and United Airlines were crashed into the two towers of the World Trade Center complex in Ney York City. Within several hours, both of the tall towers collapsed, which caused fires due to falling debris around the other buildings of the World Trade Center complex. Another American Airlines plane was crashed into the Pentagon, where the United States Department of Defense was located, in Virginia. And another United Airlines plane was initially planned to crash in Washington, D.C., but instead crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.

Listed above are some of the most scandalous crimes in the history of the United States. According to a San Diego criminal lawyer, there are many crimes committed in the country day by day, but these are that truly stand out in history, namely the ones listed above. It may not come as a shock to many, but some of these crimes are deeply rooted in motive and are done mostly by groups who would like to express their ideals or anger towards a certain person or a certain group.