Today I learned of Robert Rozier, a former NFL player who killed 7 people on behalf of a cult, went into the witness protection program, did 22 years in prison, got out, became a web developer, and then was sentenced to 25 years to life for passing $2,200 worth of bad checks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Hitler was called as a witness in a murder trail being held for 4 storm troopers before he rose to Chancellor. He was cross examined for just over 3 hours, lost his temper, and his outburst is recorded testimony. pbs.org/show/rise-nazis/
The Quintinshill rail disaster in 1915 was the worst railway accident in UK history, involving a 4 train crash with fire caused by gas lighting. Over 200 were killed, and a witness reported seeing an officer shooting people trapped in burning carriages with no hope of rescue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qui…
Today I learned of Herbert Lee, a civil rights activists in the 60s who was murder in broad daylight by a representative. The representative claimed self defense. A black witness who was forced to tell a corroborated story ater was murdered as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
Irving Kanarek (Charles Mansons defense lawyer) was known for outrageous delaying tactics. He once claimed that a witness's name was hearsay as the witness had heard it from his mother first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irv…
In 1692, an 80yo Livonian farmer came to court as a witness on a robbery case. Instead he ended up admiting that he was a werewolf. He would transform into a werewolf at night, travel to hell and fight evil witches. One of the witches was his neighbour, who broke his nose with his broomstick en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
After examining 2,500 witness statements and approximately 270,000 pages of evidence, The Shipman Inquiry concluded that doctor Harold Shipman had murdered 250 of his patients. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
EDS lost a 2010 court case because their star witness, a senior EDS executive, bought his Masters degree from an online diploma mill. The opposing lawyer signed his dog up for the same degree, and the dog graduated with a higher score than the EDS executive. The judge ruled against EDS. itnews.com.au/news/key-ed…
After a woman murdered her husband and attempted suicide, their pet parrot who was the sole witness began repeating what's thought to have been their last conversation, including the words: "Don't shoot!" independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Ted Bundy legally married his then girlfriend and character witness Carole Ann Boone while cross-examining her at his own trial. popsugar.com/entertainmen…
Today I learned of Jeremiah Horrocks who died 23 years old, was the only person to predict the transit of Venus in front of the sun in 1639, and one of only two people in the world to witness it, ...the first two ever, and likely the first in 600+ years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
All about the DISCO DEMOLITION of 1979, wherein disco-hating White Sox fans were invited to witness a disco-filled dumpster explode in center field before a game. The game never happened and the visiting team won. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Saturns’ rings are, cosmically speaking, a very brief event. We are about halfway through their 200 million year lifespan and are very lucky as a species to be alive to witness them. β€œSome velociraptor with a telescope looking at Saturn would not have seen rings.” pbs.org/video/the-planets…
Lucy Lawless is fascinated by the criminal justice system, and goes to court on her days off to sit in the witness gallery and observe trials in progress. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/w…
I learned of Rodney Alcala, a serial killer who appeared on the TV show "The Dating Game", after he had already killed numerous people. He was said to have an IQ of 160, and interrogated himself on the witness stand during his trial, in Smeagol/Gollum fashion, switching voices and demeanor. youtu.be/XQ4d2nORMHQ
Alexander Godunov, who played Karl, the violent German in Die Hard (1988), his first major break into Hollywood was playing a gentle Amish farmer in Witness (1985). In 1979, he had defecting from the USSR and was a world class ballet dancer. Sadly, he died aged 45, in 1995 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Today I learned about Boris Weisfeiler, a Soviet-born American mathematician who was kidnapped in 1985 β€” allegedly for his Jewish faith β€” by the Colonia Dignidad, a Nazi commune in Chile. His fate remains unknown, as several witness have claimed to have seen him in the Colonia even decades later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
The highest-grossing non-sequel film of 1992 was Sister Act, starring Whoopi Goldberg. Plot: A lounge singer is forced to join a convent after being placed in a witness protection program. boxofficemojo.com/year/19…
On Kenta Kobashi faced Kensuke Sasaki in a wrestling match where Yoshihiro Takayama, on commentary stated β€œI hope this never ends.” This was during a chop exchange fans were witness to. Over 180 chops across the chest were exchanged between the two men for nearly 5 minutes. prowrestlingpost.com/koba…
Samuel J. Seymour, the last surviving witness of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, lived long enough to be interviewed on national television on February 9, 1956. historycollection.co/man-…
Today I learned about Witness Trees. These are trees that were present during key moments in American history. They have been known to hide bullets from those events within new layers of wood and bark. To help preserve their historic relevance, a Witness Tree Protection Program was launched in 2006. smithsonianmag.com/travel…
Only one man was uniquely present at (and witness to) all three of the first nuclear detonations. The Trinity Nuclear Test and the Hiroshima as well as the Nagasaki detonations. Scientist: Lawrence H. 'Larry' Johnston. dnews.com/obituaries/arti…
The sheer speed of Concorde can be demonstrated by flight BA3. The flight would leave Heathrow at 7pm in darkness. Everyone onboard could witness a β€œsunrise” before landing at JFK at 5pm. Two sunsets and a sunrise in the space of around 5 hours. independent.co.uk/travel/…
The crew of Planet Earth II filmed the mass birth gathering of Saiga Antelope, only to witness a disease spread and wipe out more than 150,000 antelope within 3 days. standard.co.uk/news/world…
Today I learned of β€œwitness trees”: trees that were on LDS founder Joseph Smith’s property in New York State where he was supposedly visited by an angel, and which are still alive today. deseret.com/platform/amp/…
In 1815 London a carnival of debauchery and drunkenness arose, complete with dog fighting and acrobats, to service the crowds that had gathered to witness the most Pedestrian of events. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Indiana's most notorious serial killer Belle Gunness was nearly exposed but she burned down her home and feigned death while successfully framing the only potential witness to her crimes for the murder of her and her children. He died a year later in prison. She was never seen again. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Prosecutors considered, but ended up not, calling a husband's parrot as a key witness in a wife-husband murder case after the bird kept repeating "don't shoot" in the victim's voice; wife found guilty anyway. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
Prince was talked into becoming a Jehovah's Witness by bassist Larry Graham and occasionally knocked on doors to spread the faith en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
A lawyer was hired for a traffic case. Instead of sitting his client at the witness table, he dressed another lawyer to look like the client. When the only witness (a policeman) was asked to point to the defendant in the room he pointed to the fake client. The real defendant was found not guilty nytimes.com/1994/07/29/us…
Two movies about former mobster Henry Hill were released in the span of about a month. The first was a buddy comedy staring Steve Martin as Hill and Rick Moranis as an FBI agent in the witness relocation program. The second was Goodfellas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
The Pledge of Allegiance was compulsory in US schools until a Jehovah Witness Father appealed to the court that saluting the flag in such a manner made it a "graven image," and by forcing his children to do so was an attack on this family's right to freedom of religion and speech. cdn.loc.gov/service/ll/us…
95% of individuals in the witness protection program are criminals, but only 10% of these people re-offend. Ex-prisoners have a recidivism rate of 65%+ popularmechanics.com/tech…
There is a Cabbage Patch Kids hospital where you can witness the birthing of a Cabbage Patch Kid cabbagepatchkids.com/page…
House M.D. episodes are given a "Zebra-Factor", rating the likelihood of a similar medical case happening in real-life. 1 is a common condition, whereas 10 is so rare only a few doctors will witness it in their lifetimes. house.fandom.com/wiki/Zeb…
The zoo scene from The Rescuers was longer and featured a bear played by Louis Prima (King Louie from The Jungle Book) who sang a song called "Peoplitis" and served as an important witness. The sequence was cut when Prima was diagnosed with a tumor and couldn't participate anymore. alostfilm.com/2013/11/the…
A lawyer was hired for a traffic case. Instead of sitting his client at the witness table, he dressed another lawyer to look like the client. When the only witness (a policeman) was asked to point to the defendant in the room, he pointed to the fake client. The real client was found not guilty nytimes.com/1994/07/29/us…
After seven years of planning about 10,000 visitors converged to witness the grand opening of Walt Disney World. One paper even predicted 200,000 people would show. thisdayindisneyhistory.co…
A ships hull flexes significantly when encountering rough seas. Skip to 01.00 to witness this. youtu.be/PmlTk_3NN_g
A lawyer had his client sit in the stands and had a similar looking friend to sit where the defendant usually sits, so that when pointed out the witness would pick the wrong person getting his client off free nytimes.com/1994/07/29/us…
The residents of the International Space Station witness 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets every day. The ISS travels at 17,100 miles per hour, orbiting the Earth every 90 minutes. theatlantic.com/notes/201…
A dog was called to the witness stand in the 1922 Court Case of Helmick v. Morse - who were fighting over custody of the dog (Buddy). The dog saw Mrs. Helmick, ran straight towards her and wagged his tail excitedly. The Judge immediately handed the dog over to Mrs. Helmicks. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
A witness in a Scottish court who had answered "aye" to confirm he was the person summoned was told by the Sheriff that he must answer either "yes" or "no". His name was read again and he was asked to confirm it, he answered "aye" again, and was imprisoned for 90 minutes for contempt of court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
Astronauts witness 16 sunrises and 16 sunsets every day while on the international space station. This is because of the speed they are orbiting the earth at theatlantic.com/notes/201…
Last surviving witness to the Abraham Lincoln assassination lived long enough to be interviewed about it on television. youtube.com/watch?v=I_iq5…
Prince would play concerts as a "cover" in areas affected by natural disasters so that he could be in cities where he could offer help. Because of his faith as a Jehovah’s Witness he couldn’t, and wouldn’t, ever speak publicly about any of his charitable acts. echoba.se/van-jones-says-…
Robert Tod Lincoln, son of President Lincoln was at his father’s death bed after being shot, witnessed the assassination of President Garfield, and was near by at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, when President McKinley was assassinated, although not a witness. wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert…
St. Augustine, in the 4th century, wrote that Christians should not interpret Genesis literally because if science proved it otherwise, Christian witness would be gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Gangster Henry Hill (Ray Liotta's "Good Fellas" character was based on him) was put in the Federal Witness Program. However, after multiple relocations the Feds finally kicked him out because he kept getting drunk and telling his neighbors who he really was. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Mob informant Henry Hill - subject of the movie "Goodfellas" - on the first day of his new identity in Witness Protection, took his family to dinner at a Godfather's Pizza franchise as a joke. cbsnews.com/news/on-the-r…

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