Justice is served! James Earl Ray on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King: convicted on March 10, 1969, after entering a guilty plea to forgo a jury trial. Had he been found guilty by jury trial, he would have been eligible for the death penalty. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. He later recanted his confession and tried unsuccessfully to gain a new trial. He died in prison
“In my lifetime I have murdered 21 human beings, I have committed thousands of burglaries, robberies, larcenies, arsons and last but not least I have committed sodomy on more than 1,000 male human beings. For all of these things I am not the least bit sorry. I have no conscience so that does not worry me. I don’t believe in man, God nor Devil. I hate the whole damned human race including myself.” - Carl Panzram
On June 16, 1944, the United States set a record when they executed George Stinney (14 years old), the youngest person to be legally executed in the US during the twentieth century. George was convicted of the murder of two girls named Betty June Binnicker (11) and Mary Emma Thames (8) who were both found in a muddy hole. The girls suffered severe fractures to their skulls, inflicted by a railroad spike. George confessed to the crime and was tried and sentenced to death in the electric chair.
In the wake of Rosa Parks's death, a mug shot of her taken during the Montgomery bus boycotts accompanied most media accounts of the civil rights pioneer's life. That 1956 photo (and a similar one of Martin Luther King, Jr.) was discovered last year by a deputy cleaning out a Montgomery County Sheriff's Department storage room. Turns out that Alabama basement contained about 100 other historic booking photos taken at the time of the Parks arrest and, five years later, during a Freedom Riders ...
U.S.-born Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who was dubbed 'Tokyo Rose' for broadcasting anti-American propaganda from Japan during World War II, was convicted of treason and sent to federal prison for about seven years (this picture was taken at the lockup in Alderson, West Virginia). D'Aquino was pardoned by President Gerald Ford in 1977.
In 1961, Gwendolyn Greene was a 19 yr old student at Howard University when she took part in a Freedom Ride from New Orleans to Jackson, Mississippi. She later married fellow Freedom Rider Travis Britt and raised two sons while working in real estate & human resources. Beginning in 2003, she represented District 47 (Prince George’s County) in the Maryland State Senate. She won her seat with 99.4% of the vote. Her main goal was legalizing gay marriage in Maryland, but she died in office in 2008.
Vincent Margera, better known as Don Vito on the MTV show 'Viva La Bam,' was arrested by Colorado cops in August 2006 and charged with two felony counts of sexual assault on a child. According to police, Bam Margera's 50-year-old uncle inappropriately touched two girls (ages 12 and 14) while signing autographs at a mall. Margera, who faces up to two years in prison if convicted of the charges, spent about a week in the Jefferson County Jail (where he posed for the above mug shot)before posting..
Anna Nicole Smith, former Playboy Playmate of the Year and widow of a rickety billionaire, was arrested on a drunk driving rap in Texas in 1989. After getting popped on the misdemeanor DUI charge, Smith posed for the above mug shot snapped by the Houston Police Department.
Ilse Koch was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, commandant of the Nazi concentration camps Buchenwald (from 1937 to 1941) and Majdanek (from 1941 to 1943). She was accused of taking souvenirs from the skin of murdered inmates with distinctive tattoos. She was known as "The Witch of Buchenwald" by the inmates because of her cruelty and lasciviousness toward prisoners. She is also called in English "The Beast of Buchenwald", "The Bitch of Buchenwald"and the "Butcher Widow".