Today in True Crime
Crime never takes a day off, and neither does Parcast. Every day, we flip back the calendar and examine a true crime event from the same date. It might be the anniversary of an important case being solved, the end of a landmark trial, or a serial killer’s birthday-- whatever the date, there’s no ordinary day in true crime history. In each episode, we present a short true crime story, then analyze the impact of that historic day’s events. Today in True Crime is a Parcast Original, with new episodes daily.
July 12, 2020: Sacred Mayan Texts Burned
Sunday 12 July 2020
: On this day in 1562, a Spanish friar named Diego de Landa ordered the destruction of dozens of sacred texts in an attempt to convert the...
July 11, 2020: Roman Emperor Anthemius Captured
Saturday 11 July 2020
: On this day in 472, enemies of Emperor Anthemius, ruler of the Western Roman Empire, captured and beheaded him in Old St. Peter’s...
July 10, 2020: King Canute IV Assassinated
Friday 10 July 2020
: On this day in 1086, King Canute IV of Denmark was killed during a peasant uprising. He was eventually canonized as the patron saint of the...
July 9, 2020: Greek Cypriots Executed
Thursday 09 July 2020
: On this day in 1821, 486 Greek Cypriots were executed by the Ottoman Empire. Among the victims was a prominent member of the Greek Orthodox...
July 8, 2020: The Shootout on Juneau Wharf
Wednesday 08 July 2020
: On this day in 1898, the Wild West’s most notorious con man, Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith, was killed in a shootout in Skagway,...
July 7, 2020: The Murders of Virginia and Rachelle Temple
Tuesday 07 July 2020
: On this day in 1984, Virginia Temple and her ten-year-old daughter were found dead in Toledo, Ohio. They were the latest victims of serial...
July 6, 2020: The Martyrdom of Jan Hus
Monday 06 July 2020
: On this day in 1415, Czech religious reformer Jan Hus was burned at the stake for heresy. His martyrdom fueled a nearly 20-year war between...
July 5, 2020: Bloody Thursday
Sunday 05 July 2020
: On this day in 1934, police opened fire on the longshoreman striking at the Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. The men were...
July 4, 2020: Dannarriah Finley Disappears
Saturday 04 July 2020
: On this day in 2002, four-year-old Dannarriah Finley disappeared from her home in Orange, Texas. Residents of Orange rallied together in the...
July 3, 2020: Last Great Auks Killed
Friday 03 July 2020
: On this day in 1844, the last pair of great auks was killed. Due to overhunting from eager collectors, these penguin-like birds were wiped...
July 2, 2020: James Garfield Shot
Thursday 02 July 2020
: On this day in 1881, President James Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau. Garfield would survive another 79 days before succumbing to...
July 1, 2020: The Wonderland Murders
Wednesday 01 July 2020
: On this day in 1981, members of the drug-peddling Wonderland Gang were viciously beaten to death in their home on Wonderland Avenue in Los...
June 30, 2020: The Glasgow Airport Bombing
Tuesday 30 June 2020
: On this day in 2007, Kafeel Ahmed and Bilal Abdulla drove a Jeep Cherokee filled with propane canisters and barrels of gasoline into the...
June 29, 2020: Lewis and Clark Expedition Flogging
Monday 29 June 2020
: On this day in 1804, two members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were court-martialed for breaking into the party’s stores and drinking...
June 28, 2020: Castro Seizes Oil Refineries
Sunday 28 June 2020
: On this day in 1960, dictator Fidel Castro began seizing control of American oil refineries in Cuba. The incident caused the relationship...
June 27, 2020: Nazi Saboteurs Captured
Saturday 27 June 2020
: On this day in 1942, the FBI captured the last of eight Nazi saboteurs planning to decimate the American war machine.
June 26, 2020: Yorkshire Ripper Kills Shop Assistant
Friday 26 June 2020
: On this day in 1977, 16-year-old Jayne MacDonald was murdered on her way home from a night out with friends. It was the fifth in a string of...
June 25, 2020: Nyleen Kay Marshall Disappears
Thursday 25 June 2020
: On this day in 1983, four-year-old Nyleen Kay Marshall vanished in the Helena National Forest.
June 24, 2020: UpStairs Fire
Wednesday 24 June 2020
: On this day in 1973, 32 members of the Metropolitan Community Church were killed in an arson attack at the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans,...
June 23, 2020: June Days Uprising Begins
Tuesday 23 June 2020
: On this day in 1848, workers in Paris revolted against France’s newly installed conservative government. It marked the beginning of a...
June 22, 2020: Mississippi Burning
Monday 22 June 2020
: On this day in 1964, FBI officers were called to Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers. What they...
June 21, 2020: Flag Burning Protected
Sunday 21 June 2020
: On this day in 1989, the United States Supreme Court ruled that flag burning is protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
June 20, 2020: Marion Wilson Jr. Executed
Saturday 20 June 2020
: On this day in 2019, 42-year-old Marion Wilson Jr. was executed by lethal injection. He was the 1500th person to be executed in the United...
June 19, 2020: Mussolini Arrested
Friday 19 June 2020
: On this day in 1903, one of the most infamous Italians in history, Benito Mussolini, was arrested—for neither the first, nor the last...
June 18, 2020: Battle of Orgreave
Thursday 18 June 2020
: On this day in 1984, a miner’s union strike in Orgreave, South Yorkshire, devolved into a bloody clash with local policemen.