7th January
It was on this day...
1946 "For heaven's sake, catch me before I kill more, I cannot control myself."
Six year old Suzanne Degnan is kidnapped in Chicago on this day with a ransom demand of $20,000. She is found dead, with washed hair. This detail leads police to connect it with other burglaries in the area, which pointed to a University of Chicago restaurant. Just as the trail seemed to go cold, a William Heirens was arrested during a burglary. A search of his dorm room unearthed suitcases of stolen goods. He was given sodium pentathol ('the truth serum') and claimed his partner George Murman did it. It turned out that Murman was not another person and that the man had a split personality and got sexual kicks out of killing during burglaries.
 
It was on this day...
1901 Cannibal Alfred Packer is paroled
After 18 years in prison for manslaughter, Alfred Packer is released. In early November 1873, Packer left Bingham Canyon, Utah, to lead a party of 21 men bound for the gold fields near Breckenridge, Colorado. After 3 months the party arrived at Ute Indian Chief Ouray, near present-day Montrose, Colorado, where they stayed to recover from their ordeal. Later, he, and 5 others, set off again. But only he arrived at the Los Pinos Indian Agency. His first story seemed believable, that those in his party had died at various points along the way. But when the authorities discovered one camp with four of the men dead ("Cannibal Plateau" near present-day Lake City, Colorado,) he was arrested. His second confession was that one of the trekers went mad and killed four, and he in self defence killed him then ate him...

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1964 Nicolas Cage
1957 Katie Couric
1948 Kenny Loggins
1938) Paul Revere
1928 William Peter Blatty
1912 Charles Addams
1800 Millard Fillmore
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