A look at the hippie girls who gave unswerving loyalty and love to their crazed guru, Charles Manson. The group includes Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, and Patricia Krenwinkel, who followed Manson's orders to commit mass murder, and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who later tried to assassinate President Ford.
The story of Chevie O'Brien Kehoe, who was taught to be a white supremacist by his father and then went on a crime and murder spree.
Is Wayne Williams the monster responsible for killing 29 African Americans between 1979 and 1981? Or did the prosecution in Williams' trial withhold evidence that white supremacists were responsible? This in-depth probe explores the continuing controversy over the infamous Atlanta child murders that shocked the nation. We'll hear from the prosecutors, the defense attorney, a mother of one of the victims, and Williams, who keeps fighting for a new trial after nearly two decades in prison.
These famous faces were a mix of genius, ego, and ultimately self-destruction. Although many of them contributed to the betterment of humanity in the form of the arts, some were oppressive political tyrants. Unable to deal with their own personal demons, these notable figures ended their problems on their own terms. Below are some of the most famous suicides.
In 2012, we said goodbye to many iconic figures—the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong and the first American woman in space, Sally Ride. We lost writers such as Ray Bradbury, Maeve Binchy, Maurice Sendak and Nora Ephron. We said farewell to musicians and singers who left an indelible mark on the soundtrack of our times—among them Whitney Houston, Davy Jones, Donna Summer, Etta James, Robin Gibb, Kitty Wells, Adam Yauch and Ravi Shankar. We also lost great actors such as Ernest Borgnine, Larry Hagman, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jack Klugman and Sherman Hemsley, as well as TV personalities such as Andy Griffith, Phyllis Diller, Dick Clark and Don Cornelius.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Mousetketeer and 1960s beach party babe Annette Funicello, former South African President Nelson Mandela, singers such as George Jones and Richie Havens, beloved film critic Roger Ebert, and actors such as James Gandolfini, Paul Walker and Jean Stapleton are just a few of people we've said goodbye to in 2013.
Whether fighting to defend their culture from foreign invaders, as in the case of Aztec emperor Montezuma II, or relaying the horrors of war with reports from the front like American journalist Ernie Pyle, famous people throughout history have died for their cause in military battle. Frontiersman Davy Crockett fought in the War of 1812 and died at the Alamo in the Texas Revolution. African American Crispus Attucks, killed during the Boston Massacre, was the first casualty of the Revolutionary War. General George Armstrong Custer and his men were famously cut down in the Battle at Little Bighorn. Roman slave and gladiator Spartacus is believed to have died during his uprising against Rome. These brave men and more became battlefield legends who met their end at the hands of their enemies. See People Who Died in Military Battles