Dr. Fredrich Wertham, a psychiatrist that believed comic books were dangerous in his book Seduction of the Innocent, testified at the trial of Albert Fish. Fish was a sadistic cannibal and one of America's earliest serial killers whom Wertham described as "the most deranged human being". psychology.wikia.org/wiki…
6 years after resigning, Nixon testified on behalf of former FBI assistant director Mark Felt at Felt's own trial, and gave money to Felt's defense fund. In 2005 Felt revealed he had been "Deep Throat", Bob Woodward's source while breaking the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon's resignation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A California dam collapse in 1928 is considered one of the worst engineering disasters in US history. Its chief engineer took sole responsibility, testifying, "If there was an error in human judgment, I was the human." Over 400 people were killed when the dam failed in the middle of the night. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who grew up in Brooklyn, had no hint of an accent when she testified there as a lawyer in 1975. Now that she is a Justice, her accent has returned. time.com/ruth-bader-ginsb…
The photographer (Eddie Adams) of the South Vietnamese officer (Nguyen Ngoc Loan) executing the North Vietnamese man in front of him regretted ever publishing the picture and refused to testify against him when Nguyen was brought to trial on charges of committing a war crime. bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
"spousal privilege", which prevents spouses from testifying against each other in a court of law, was abolished in New Mexico on August 30, 2019. As a result, New Mexico is now the only state where spouses lack any protections for confidential statements made during their marriage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
Titanic accidentally pulled the SS New York out of its dock and nearly collided with it. Thanks to expert maneuvering, they avoided collision. If they had collided then, they would not have hit the iceberg later. encyclopedia-titanica.org…
The Scopes "Monkey" Trial was staged to raise publicity for the town of Dayton, Tennessee. Scopes himself wasn't even sure if he had ever taught evolution before, but agreed to be a defendant and asked his students to testify against him. wikipedia.org/wiki/Scopes…
Secret Service Agent Clinton J. Hill testified to the Warren Commission that Jackie Kennedy appeared to be reaching for something when she climbed out of the limo after JFK was shot. Also, the saw the back of JFK's skull missing after the shot, and a piece of skull was found the next day. aarclibrary.org/publib/jf…
Today I learned of Walt Whitman's friend, Silas Soule. At 17, he was escorting slaves on the Underground Railroad. By 22, he'd staged two prison heists & become a blacksmith. At 26, he defied orders to participate in a massacre of Native Americans, testified against its architect, and was murdered for it. nps.gov/sand/learn/histor…
When Freud left Austria, he was required to sign a document testifying that he had had every opportunity 'to live and work in full freedom' and had 'not the slightest reason for any complaint'. He signed it, adding a remark of his own: 'I can most highly recommend the Gestapo to anyone.' time.com/3840374/freud-bi…
American founding father George Wythe was poisoned by his great-nephew, George Sweeney. Even though Wythes black housekeeper provided evidence against Sweeney, it was thrown out in court because a black person could not legally testify against a white person, and Sweeney went free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Elmo from Sesame Street is the only puppet or non-human to testify before Congress in 2002, advocating for increased funding for music programs. loweringthebar.net/2010/0…
Pearl Jam discovered Ticketmaster was adding a service charge to all their concert tickets without informing the band. The band then created their own outdoor stadiums for the fans and testified against Ticketmaster to the United States Department of Justice articles.latimes.com/1994…
Today I learned of Silas Soule, an abolitionist who, among other accomplishments, was present at the Sandy Creek Massacre where he refused to order his men to fire. He testified at Congress against his commanding officer and was murdered soon after, likely as a result of his testimony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
One of the charges against Marie Antoinette included incestuous relations with her son Louis-Charles, who was forced to testify that his mother had molested him. After a two-day show trial, an all-male jury found the former queen guilty on all charges and unanimously condemned her to death. history.com/news/10-thing…
The 'Expert Wizard Amendment' in New Mexico (1995) required psychiatrists and psychologists to dress up as wizards in court proceedings if they provided expert testimony. It was revealed to be satire before the vote, yet passed the New Mexico Senate unanimously. It was not signed into law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
Today I learned of the Newport Sex Scandal in 1919, when male navy recruits investigating homosexuality in Rhode Island had sex with men, and then testified against them in trials against sodomy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
In 1995 Richard Stallman, a well-known critic of the patent system, testified in Patent Office hearings that, to test the system, a colleague of his had managed to win a patent for one of Kirchhoff's laws, an observation about electric current first made in 1845. groups.csail.mit.edu/mac/…
When congress asked physicist R.R. Wilson to justify the US government spending millions of dollars on a new particle accelerator (Fermilab), Wilson testified that the knowledge gained from it would have "nothing to do directly with defending our country except to help make it worth defending." history.fnal.gov/testimon…
Today I learned of one of the most inaccurately named men in history: Charles Coward. While in German captivity, he traded clothes with a Jewish inmate so he could report to the British on what was happening in Auschwitz, and later testifyed in Nuremberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Lamb Chop, the sock puppet, has testified before Congress en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Today I learned of Silas Soule, an abolitionist who, among other accomplishments, was present at the Sandy Creek Massacre where he refused to order his men to fire. He testified at Congress against his commanding officer and was murdered soon after, likely as a result of his testimony. arcgis.com/apps/MapJourna…
In 1994 the CEOs of the seven biggest tobacco firms testified before Congress that "nicotine was not addictive" despite overwhelming scientific evidence. youtube.com/watch?v=e_ZDQ…
Solomon Northup, a free African American living in New York in the 1800s, was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the south. As a slave, he had no way to testify his case. He remained a slave for 12 years before finally being freed. He then wrote a memoir "Twelve Years A Slave". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
Today I learned about James Grigson, nicknamed Dr. Death, a forensic psychiatrist who testified in 167 trials, most of which resulted in death sentences. He diagnosed some patients without ever having met them, and would testify that the defendants were incurable sociopaths who were 100% certain to kill again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 1970 the US Senate held hearings on the hazards of The Pill but didn't invite one woman to testify. The legacy of the hearings was that pharma companies would have to list the side effects of all of their drugs. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Otto Skorzeny, a Nazi commando during WWII, was tried for war crimes for having worn Allied uniforms to conduct missions behind the lines. He was acquitted after British commandos testified that they did the same during the war and convicting him would have meant an indictment against them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
Today I learned about Marion Pruett, who was given $800, a new name, and placed in the US Federal Witness Protection Program after testifying about a prison slaying in Atlanta. He later killed 5 more and admitted to the prison killing. learning-history.com/mari…
Mr. Rogers testified in the landmark case for people's right to record TV programs, saying that people should be able to decide when they watch TV: "I am opposed to people being programmed by others" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Right after Japan's surrender (WW2), some Japanese soldiers commited suicide.. but also POWs and civilian interns were murdered, to stop them being able to testify to the atrocities committed by the guards. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
In Auschwitz, an SS guard fell in love with a Jewish prisoner. He saved her life multiple times and in return, she testified on his behalf during his post-war trial. theguardian.com/media/200…
Jay Leno, Chris Tucker, George Lopez, and Macaulay Culkin all testified at the 2005 criminal trial of Michael Jackson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Hugh Thompson (who saved numerous Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai massacre) suffered from PTSD, alcoholism, divorce, and severe nightmare disorder as a result of testifying against those responsible for the massacre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
Frontier lawman Wyatt Earp was a horse thief and brothel owner, was nicknamed "Peoria Bummer", and was arrested at least four times. He was also charged with murder for the O.K. Corral gunfight, where the Sheriff testified that the Cowboys had not resisted but had thrown up their hands. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wya…
In 1590 there was a Hungarian noblewoman named Elizabeth BΓ‘thory, aka Countess Dracula. She has the Guinness World Records as the most prolific female murderer of all time. The highest number of victims cited during her trial was 650, most of them servant girls aged 10 to 14 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eli…
O'Hare airport is named after an American fighter pilot who was the lone defender during a attack on his carrier, then was killed leading the first night defense against a Kamikaze attack. Two years earlier, his own father was murdered for being the only man willing to testify against Al Capone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Seth Rogen testified before Congress to call for financing care for sufferers of Alzheimer's disease and that he has a charity for the same called "Hilarity for Charity" youtube.com/watch?v=hvdbH…
In 1995 New Mexico state senator Duncan Scott introduced an amendment that psychologists were required to wear a wizard's hat when they testify in court. overlawyered.com/2012/01/…
Suge Knight's girlfriend who was about to testify against him disappeared and hasn't been found since 2008. When all charges were cleared Suge Knight said "God is good, Happy Holidays" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sug…
In 1938, a Kindergarten teacher who witnessed a burglary was jailed for five days because she wore a pair of slacks into court the day she was called to testify. latimes.com/local/califor…
A Louisville man was acquitted of killing his girlfriend. 6 mos later, rolls of film were found in his former home with photos of him torturing and murdering her. Double jeopardy prevented a retrial, but he was charged with perjury for testifying that he didn't do it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel…
Michael Jackson's 1994 settlement with the family that accused him of abusing Jordan Chandler did not prevent them from testifying in a criminal trial, and specifically states that Jackson admitted to no wrongdoing. The family took the money and stopped cooperation with the police investigation thesmokinggun.com/documen…
Pepper Trail, America's only criminal forensic ornithologist, can identify a bird species from a feather, a claw or breast meat. He has assisted with hundreds of investigations and testified in federal court as an expert witness. audubon.org/magazine/wint…
Tim Allen was arrested at the Kalamazoo, Michigan airport in 1978 for possession of 1.4 pounds of cocaine. He served 2 years and four months in federal prison after agreeing to testify against fellow dealers in court, allowing him to skirt a possible life sentence. cbsnews.com/pictures/cele…
Hugh Thompson (who saved numerous Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai massacre) suffered from PTSD, alcoholism, divorce, and severe nightmare disorder as a result of testifying against those responsible for the massacre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hug…
Spanish rear admiral Pasaron was court-martialed following his decisive defeat at the hands of U.S. Commodore Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay. Dewey testified at the court-martial in defense of his former opponent, who was later acquitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Michael Moore directed the music videos for Rage Against The Machines "Testify" and "Sleep Now In The Fire" and appears in both videos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Marijuana was made illegal in 1937 by man who testified that the drug made white women want to be with black guys youtube.com/watch?v=rB5qC…

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