August 18 was the day in history when…
2005: The BTK strangler was sentenced. Dennis Rader was a serial killer who went by the name BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) which is what he did to his victims. He killed a total of ten people in Kansas between 1974 and 1991. BTK was also known for sending taunting letters to both police and television stations which contained items such as crime scene photos, pictures of drivers licenses of the victims, and the first chapter of a proposed book about his life. In the late 1990s through the early 2000s, BTK went silent. In 2004 more letters began to arrive at the television station. It was the letters that lead to his arrest. Rader was sentenced to ten consecutive life sentences, one for each of his victims.
1987: Donald Harvey, the self described “Angel of Death” was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of at least 24 people. Harvey worked in several hospitals during his career, in positions ranging from orderly to nurses aide. During that time he murdered dozens of patients. Initially the killings were perceived by Harvey as easing their suffering. The choice of victims broadened over time to include people who made him angry such as rude patients, annoying neighbors, and the father of a lover who broke up with him. Methods of murder included poisoning, suffocation, sabotaging equipment, and putting air bubbles in IV tubes. Harvey was eventually captured, convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
1969: Mick Jagger was injured during the filming of Ned Kelly. The movie, in which Jagger played the lead role, was plagued with problems from the start. The crew was struck with illness. Jagger’s girlfriend, who played the female lead, attempted suicide shortly after filming started. Costumes were destroyed by fire. On this date, Mick Jagger was injured by a backfire from a prop pistol.
1971: Jada Pinkett- actress
1969: Edward Norton- actor
1961: Timothy Geithner- Secretary of the Treasury under President Barak Obama
1957: Dennis Leary- actor
1952: Patrick Swayze- actor/dancer
1940: Frankie Avalon- rocker
1937: Robert Redford- actor
1904: Max Factor, Jr.- CEO, Max Factor Cosmetics
Notable People Lost:
1990: B F Skinner- psychologist
1969: Mildred Davis- actress
1952: Ralph Byrd- actor
1940: Walter Chrysler- American Inventor
Odd Holidays (There’s Always Something to Celebrate!):
Mail Order Catalog Printing Day
Women’s Voting Rights Day
Bad Poetry Day
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