On This Day in True Crime History – 12th October

Today we rewind the clock to the 12th of October on This Day in True Crime History.

1609: 🎵 Hidden Horrors in Harmony: The Dark Tale Behind Three Blind Mice 🐁

On this day in 1609, London witnessed the publication of what seemed to be a simple nursery rhyme, “Three Blind Mice.” While it enchanted children with its catchy tune, some historians theorize that the “three blind mice” are believed to represent three Protestant bishops who conspired against Queen Mary I of England, infamously known as “Bloody Mary”. Their failed plot led to their conviction for treason and subsequent execution by being burned at the stake. The “farmer’s wife” cutting off their tails with a carving knife? None other than Queen Mary herself. 🎶🔥👑

1933: 🔒 From Island to Infamy: Alcatraz’s Transformation into America’s Most Dreaded Prison 🌊

On this day in 1933 Alcatraz Island, formerly a military fortification, underwent its most notorious transformation: it became a federal maximum-security prison designed to hold the nation’s most dangerous criminals. Alcatraz was the ultimate punishment – a remote, inescapable fortress where inmates faced a life of strict discipline amidst the chilling winds and unforgiving waves. Names like Al “Scarface” Capone and Robert “Birdman” Stroud would soon echo through its cells, cementing Alcatraz’s reputation in true crime lore. 🏢🦜🚔

1949: 🌍 Birth of a Mercenary – The Early Days of Carlos the Jackal 🔫

On this day in 1949, Ilich Ramírez Sánchez was born in Venezuela. He would later become infamously known to the world as Carlos the Jackal, responsible for a series of terrorist attacks and hostage takings across Europe during the 1970s and early 1980s. Raised by a devoutly Catholic mother and a Marxist father, his early introduction to communism set the stage for his future activities. 🌎✈️🕵️‍♂️🧨

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1960: 📺 A Live Broadcast Turned Tragedy: The Assassination of Inejiro Asanuma 🗡️

On this day in 1960, televisions across Japan showed what would become one of the most shocking moments in the nation’s modern history. Inejiro Asanuma, leader of the Japan Socialist Party, was addressing a political gathering when a young nationalist named Otoya Yamaguchi rushed onto the stage and assassinated Asanuma with a samurai sword. The horrifying act was witnessed in real time by countless viewers. 🇯🇵🎥🚫

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1984: 💥 Brighton’s Dark Day: The IRA’s Attempt on Thatcher 🏨

On this day in 1984, the serene coastal town of Brighton, England, became the epicentre of a chilling political assassination attempt aiming to eliminate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her cabinet, who were staying there for the Conservative Party Conference. The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) orchestrated a bomb attack at the Grand Hotel; nevertheless, the Prime Minister narrowly escaped, but the blast claimed the lives of five individuals and injured 31 others. 🇬🇧🔍🚑

1988: 🔍 Melbourne’s Unsolved Mystery: The Walsh Street Shootings 🚓

On this day in 1988, a tragic incident unfolded in South Yarra, Melbourne. Constables Steven Tynan, aged 22, and Damian Eyre, aged 20, members of the Victoria Police force, were ambushed and tragically killed during the early hours 🕰️. The Walsh Street police shootings sent shockwaves 🌊 through Melbourne, leading to an intense and prolonged investigation which to this day remains unsolved. 🔍

2002: 💥 Bali’s Night of Horror 💥🌴

On this day in 2002, Indonesia faced its deadliest act of terrorism. The Bali bombings resulted in the tragic loss of 202 lives, and among the casualties, 88 were Australians 🇦🇺. The bustling nightlife of Bali’s Kuta district was shattered when blasts from two bombs ripped through popular nightclubs. 🌌

On This Day in True Crime History – 05th October

Today we rewind the clock to the 5th of October on This Day in True Crime History.

1582: The Day Pope Gregory XIII “Stole” 🕵️‍♂️ Ten Days from the World 🌍

In a bold move, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar, effectively “robbing” the world of ten days 📅➡️🗓. This change was to fix the quirks of the Julian calendar, which had been rolling since Julius Caesar set it up in 45 BCE ⏳. So, instead of chilling on October 5th 🍂, people in the adopting countries were suddenly fast-forwarded to October 15th 🚀, creating a calendar jump for the history books 📚✨.

1880: 🖊️ From Ink to Infamy: The Ball-Point Pen’s Unintended Role in Crime Lore 📜

On this day, Alonzo T. Cross secured the patent for the first-ever ball-point pen. This invention unwittingly gave future crime writers a smoother tool and potential culprits a more reliable instrument for their dubious deeds. From jotting down the intricate details of a mysterious event to crafting sinister ransom notes, or penning a gripping thriller novel about a heist, the ball-point pen became an accomplice in crime… at least on paper! 🔍✒️📖

1882: 🔫 Guns Down, Hands Up: The Surrender of Outlaw Frank James 🌵

On this date, Frank James, one half of the notorious James Brothers, chose to lay down his weapons and give himself up in Missouri. His decision came just six months after the assassination of his infamous sibling, Jesse James. Frank was looking to escape the looming shadow of his brother’s fate opted for the path of surrender. 🚂🤠🚓

1999: 💊 Behind the Stethoscope: Shipman’s Sinister Secret 🔍

In 1999, a chilling revelation came to light: Dr. Harold Shipman, a seemingly trustworthy medical professional, was suspected of causing the deaths of nearly 300 patients. On this day, Shipman stood trial, but not for the vast number he’s believed to have harmed. Instead, he faced accusations for a mere 15 murders.

Shipman had a sinister method to his madness; he often recommended cremation to the victims’ families, effectively destroying the very evidence of his wrongdoings. However, every criminal leaves a trail. His lack of tech savviness became his downfall as authorities identified suspicious patterns in his patient records, uncovering the monstrous truth behind Britain’s most prolific serial killer. 💊🖥️🚫

2014: Behind Closed Doors: A Disturbing Crime in Teneriffe 🚪🔍

October 5, 2014, bore witness to a harrowing crime🌪️ in the quiet suburb of Teneriffe, Queensland. Marcus Peter Volke claimed the life of his partner in a heinous manner. The aftermath saw the house tainted with dismembered remains being boiled. As the law👮 closed in, Volke’s story concluded with a sombre end 🕊️.

Whether it’s the seemingly harmless invention of a pen 🖊️ or the unspeakable acts that transpired in a quiet suburb 🏡, every event from the 5th October has added a dark chapter to our collective story. May your 5th of October be far removed from the harrowing tales of yesteryears.

On This Day in True Crime History – 28th Sept – Power Plays

Are you ready to peel back the layers of time and uncover the mysteries and exhilarating tales on This Day in True Crime History – the 28th of September? We’re taking a cultured journey through time today!

48 BC: The Murder of Pompey the Great 🕵️‍♀️

Pompey the Great, a celebrated Roman General, experienced a shocking betrayal and brutal murder in Egypt. Upon landing, he was misled to believe he was welcomed, only to be stabbed and beheaded by the men of Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII. His severed head was presented to Julius Caesar to gain favour, who, far from pleased, ordered a respectful burial for his once ally and comrade. 🗡️

929: Wenceslas: The Good King’s Bad Day 👑

Good King Wenceslas of Bohemia fell victim to the ambitious and treacherous plot of his brother, Boleslaus the Cruel. Invited to a feast, he was ambushed the following morning, attacked, and ultimately murdered by his brother. Wenceslas’s legacy of kindness and piety endured, earning him sainthood and the title of the patron saint of the Czech state, his life immortalised in the timeless carol “Good King Wenceslas.” 👑💔

1066: William: The Conqueror’s Grand Entrance 🏰

William, Duke of Normandy’s invasion of England on September 28, 1066, is not a crime in the traditional sense, but it is fraught with the themes of conquest and usurpation. This strategic invasion paved the way for William’s eventual reign as the first Norman King of England, altering the course of history and the lineage of the English monarchy. ⚔️🏰

1808: Australia’s Law & Order: Early Edition 🌿

On September 28, 1803, James Tracey paid the ultimate price for a bold but ill-fated move after he entered the house of Samuel Phelps at Hawkesbury in NSW. This wasn’t a mere trespass; he knocked Samuel down, bound his hands and feet, and robbed him. After his capture, James Tracey was hanged on this day at Castle Hill, NSW, depicting the tough justice that existed in the olden days. 🏡🚨

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1904: New York’s Forbidden Puff 🚬

Lastly, a woman on this day in 1904 missed the memo about not smoking on New York’s Fifth Avenue. This devastating bureaucratic oversight earned her an unexpected trip to the police station. Talk about pushing the boundaries! Who knew lighting up could light up so much trouble? 🚬👮‍♀️

The pages of history are marked with harsh and severe events. May your September 28th unfold much more pleasantly than it did for these historical figures.

The Return of the Sydney Harbour True Crime Cruise

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock and haven’t heard the news – The Sydney Harbour True Crime Cruise is back for this summer season.

Sydney Harbour is simply the most important harbour in Australia’s history. From it is earliest times, it has been the nation’s lifeblood. And with great amounts of activity comes tremendous amounts of True Crime.

From unsolved cold cases to buried loot, serial killers, time-travelling criminals, gangland operations, and all other types of monkey business in between, this Harbour – The Sydney Harbour – has seen it all.

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Why not come and enjoy a morning out on the Sydney Harbour on a fine summer morning and uncover all the dark history you never even knew existed? Enjoy the beautiful waters and scenery and truly learn about the dark events that the city wishes to keep hidden beneath the waves.

The Sydney Harbour True Crime Cruise will only run for a limited time, starting from October 14th and running each Saturday Morning through to January.

Here are some photographic sneak preview hints at just some of the stories we will cover as we visit every dark nook and crime cranny spread across the most beautiful harbour in the world.

We can’t wait to share this incredible true crime history with you. See you soon!