On November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo burst into a bar, screaming that his family had been murdered. Indeed, DeFeo’s parents and four siblings lay dead in their beds, each shot with a .35 caliber rifle. DeFeo told police the killings were the work of a mobster, but his story soon began to unwind and he was charged with the murders.
Fearing the worst, officials at the Medgar Evers Middle and High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, summoned emergency crews after detecting a noxious enough odor that they thought it could be toxic. The source of the hazardous smell turned out to be someone’s Axe body spray.
He stopped his bus when he saw a woman in distress that no one else noticed. Then he kept her from jumping to her death. Buffalo transit bus driver Darnell Barton says that any one of his co-workers would have done the same thing. The passengers think he is a hero.
From our friends at The Daily Dot: Is there anything America loves more than a criminal with a conscience? If the Internet’s cooing over a remorseful pumpkin thief is any indication, we’re guessing no.
New York City’s crime rate continues its epic decline. The latest good news for the city is another murder-free week, the third in a year.
A man in New York is suing after being seriously injured when he flushed the toilet in his apartment to check the water pressure. His was one of four toilets to have exploded at the time.
So much for having a gun. An armed robber attempted to hold up a Long Island, NY, deli on September 25, 2013. He is shown by the surveillance video entering the business wearing a gray anorak and brandishing his semiautomatic at the clerk. What could possibly go wrong?
The ruthless queen of New York real estate, didn’t want her reputation as one of the meanest women in America to survive her, but that was precisely what happened.
Learn why members of the Lucchese crime family have inspired some of the most notable mob characters on film and TV, including “Goodfellas” and “The Sopranos.”
On July 25, 1841, Mary Rogers, the well-known “beautiful cigar girl” of a Manhattan tobacconist’s frequented by authors and newspapermen, disappeared, sparking an unprecedented media frenzy. Though her murdered body was found three days later, this famous case was never solved. The enduring mystery inspired a short story by frequent customer Edgar Allan Poe, who knew her.