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Boston has had its share of bookies and loan sharks, gangsters and wiseguys, hoodlums and hit men. From the Great Brink's Robbery, which was hailed as the crime of the century; to the long-forgotten Cotton Club in Roxbury, where the legendary nightlife kingpin Charlie "King" Solomon was gunned down; to the infamous Blackfriars Massacre, a brutal gangland slaying that left five men dead - all of these dark moments in time are a part of Boston's history that is rarely spoken about.

Events in Aleppo have prompted a chorus of accusations of war crimes from world figures. Are war crimes being committed in Syria and will they be prosecuted?

Vuco Perovich was convicted of murder of Jacob Jaconi on August 3, 1905. The jailer placed him in special boots, chained to floor of his six-by-six prison cell. On September 15, he was sentenced to hang, but an appeal was filed. On March 11, 1907, the United States Supreme Court upheld his conviction. The hanging was thus rescheduled for August 14, 1907. Perovich now applied for a commutation of sentence from the President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. Click through for more.

Emma Goldman, a crusader for women's rights and social justice, was arrested in New York City on February 11, 1916 for lecturing and distributing materials about birth control. She was accused of violating the Comstock Act of 1873, which made it a federal offense to disseminate contraceptive devices and information through the mail or across state lines.

'Make America White Again': Hate speech and crimes post-election

The Aztecs handed down the death penalty for serious crimes like murder and rape, but also for crimes like moving the boundary markers between property, witchcraft, defamation of character, and creating a public disturbance. Public intoxication was punishable by death, but only in the case of young offenders. Being found guilty of crimes didn’t mean you automatically got the death sentence, though. Those wronged could speak up to remove the death penalty—by taking you as their slave instead.

Jack the Ripper

Photographic copy of the now lost "From Hell" letter, postmarked 15 October 1888.- it was sent to George Lusk, chairman of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee by Jack the Ripper: From hell Mr Lusk Sor I send you half the kidne I took from one woman prasarved it for you tother piece I fried and ate it was very nise I may send you the bloody knif that took it out if you only wate a whil longer. signed Catch me when you can Mishter Lusk

When you need to get the real story about some of history's most fascinating women, call Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work includes Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra: A Life. In her highly anticipated new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Schiff focuses on an infamous and dark period of American history, especially as it relates to women: the Salem witch trials.

Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful People by Joe Navarro http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K8DSRFE/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_b8APvb1SJVC21

This particular Kindle collection consists primarily of the landmark articles written by members of the Behavioral Science Units, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, at the FBI Academy. These seminal publications in the history of FBI profiling were released by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the information on serial killers provided by the FBI's Training Division.