List of villainy in the United States

From Real Life Villains Wiki

There is a frequency of villainy in the United States. This could be bombings, massacres, betrayal, assassinations, political crimes, and school shootings in the country. This list is only for the most extremely serious crimes such as terrorism, assassinations, especially brutal homicides and mass murder.

Powhatan attack of 1622

On March 22, 1622, Chief Opechancanough of the Powhatan tribe led an attack on the Jamestown settlement, slaughtering 347 people in revenge for the constant seizure of Native American lands.

1831 slave rebellion

On August 23, 1831, slave Nat Turner started an uprising of slaves and free blacks in Southampton County, Virginia. Turner and his men killed fifty white people, including women and children, before they were finally defeated.

Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

On April 14th, 1865, John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln at the Ford's Theater in Washington D.C., only five days after the beginning of the end of the American Civil War. 8 hours later, Lincoln died from his wound at the Petersen House across the street from Ford’s Theater. 2 weeks after the assassination, Booth was killed by Boston Corbett.

Assassination of James A. Garfield

James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States, was shot by Charles J. Guiteau on 2 July, 1881 while waiting for a train to Massachusetts. Garfield died 79 days later.

Borden family murders

On August 4, 1892, Abby and Andrew Borden were hacked to death in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was tried for the murders but acquitted after a controversial trial, and nobody else was ever charged.

Wilmington insurrection of 1898

The Wilmington insurrection of 1898, also known as the Wilmington massacre of 1898 or the Wilmington coup of 1898, was a riot and insurrection carried out by white supremacists in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Thursday, November 10, 1898. The coup was the result of a group of the state's white Southern Democrats conspiring and leading a mob of 2,000 white men to overthrow the legitimately elected local Fusionist biracial government in Wilmington, proclaiming Alfred Moore Waddell as the new Mayor of Wilmington in the process. They expelled opposition black and white political leaders from the city, destroyed the property and businesses of black citizens built up since the Civil War, including the only black newspaper in the city, and killed an estimated 60 to more than 300 people.

Assassination of William McKinley

On 6 September 1901, William McKinley, 25th president of the USA, was approached by Leon Czolgosz while attending the Temple of Music in Buffalo. Czolgosz shot McKinley twice, resulting in McKinley dying 8 days later on September 14, 1901 after his wounds became gangrenous.

Los Angeles Times bombing

At 1 am on the 1st of October, 1910, the headquarters of the Los Angeles Times were destroyed in a dynamite explosion that ignited several gas pipes and flammable printer's ink. As the Times was a morning paper, many employees were working at the time. As a result, 21 people were killed in the bombing and ensuing fire. Two other bombs were found at the homes of the newspaper's publisher and the secretary of the Merchants and Manufacturers' Association, which was owned by the Times' publisher. An Irish trade unionist named J.B. McNamara confessed to bombing the headquarters of the Times, as the paper had been very much anti-union, and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Murder of Mary Phagan

On April 21, 1913, a thirteen-year-old girl named Mary Phagan was raped and murdered by Jim Conley. This led to an innocent Jewish man, Leo Frank, being convicted of the crime and later murdered by a Ku Klux Klan branch known as the Knights of Mary Phagan.

Lexington Avenue explosion

An explosion occurred at an apartment in Lexington Avenue, New York city, when a bomb designed by anarchists Arthur Caron, Carl Hanson and Charles Berg with which to assassinate John D. Rockefeller prematurely detonated. Four people, including Caron, Hanson and Berg, were killed, and dozens more were injured.

Black Tom explosion

A series of fires occurred on Black Tom island, New York harbour, on July 30, 1916. This was followed by two explosions which killed 4 - 7 people, the first of which could be heard as far away as Maryland. It was later found that the fires and explosions were caused by German spies Kurt Jahnke and Lothar Witzke.

Osage Indian murders

During the late 1910s - early 1930s, various members of the oil-rich Osage tribe were murdered as part of a conspiracy to gain the rights to the oil. Several conspirators and investigators who could link the conspirators to the crimes were also killed. Most of the murders are officially unsolved, but several conspirators were eventually convicted of individual murders, including the ringleaders William Hale and Ernest Burkhart.

Greenwood Massacre

The Greenwood Massacre, also known as the Tulsa race riot, took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of whites attacked black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The attack, carried out on the ground and by air, destroyed more than 35 blocks of the district, at the time the wealthiest black community in the United States (nicknamed "the Negro Wall Street" for this very reason.) This is considered one of the worst incidents of racial violence in the history of the United States.

Murder of Madge Oberholtzer

In 1925, Madge Oberholtzer was abducted, tortured and violently raped by D. C. Stephenson, grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, eventually resulting in her dying of her injuries after being dumped at home by KKK members.

Bath School bombing

On May 18 1927, Andrew Kehoe murdered his wife and detonated a bomb in the north wing of bath School, Michigan, before committing suicide by blowing up his truck, also killing school superintendent Emory E. Huyck and several bystanders. A total of 45 people, Kehoe included, were killed by the explosions.

Saint Valentine's Day Massacre

The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre was the 1929 Valentine's Day murder of seven members and associates of Chicago's North Side Gang. The men were gathered at a Lincoln Park garage on the morning of Valentine's Day. They were lined up against a wall and shot by four unknown assailants who were dressed like police officers. The incident resulted from the struggle to control organized crime in the city during Prohibition between the Irish North Siders and their Italian South Side rivals led by Al Capone. The perpetrators have never been conclusively identified, but former members of the Egan's Rats gang working for Capone are suspected of a significant role, as are members of the Chicago Police Department who allegedly wanted revenge for the killing of a police officer's son.

Kansas City Massacre

On June 17, 1933, three gunmen opened fire on a group of seven lawmen and FBI agents at the Union Station in Kansas City in an attempt to free captured outlaw Frank Nash. Five of the officers and Nash himself were killed. Law enforcement identified the three gunmen as Vernon Miller, Adam Richetti and Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, although this has been disputed.

Attack on Pearl Harbor

On December 7, 1941, Imperial Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was the definitive event that lead to the United States entering World War II.

Murder of Betty Binnicker and Mary Thames

On March 22, 1944, 7-year-old Mary Thames and 11-year-old Betty Binnicker were beaten to death in Alcolu, South Carolina. Binnicker also may have been raped. 14-year-old George Stinney was executed for the murders after allegedly confessing, but was later exonerated.

Texarkana Moonlight Murders

See article: Phantom Killer
From February 22, 1946 to May 3, 1946, a mysterious serial killer known as the Phantom Killer went on a murder spree, managing to kill five people and injure three. The killer only came out at night and wore a white hood that covered his face. He was never identified.

Black Dahlia murder

22-year old aspiring actress Elizabeth Short was found horrifically murdered in a vacant lot on the west side of South Norton Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Short had suffered extensive internal injuries, as well as numerous lacerations and bruises to her face and neck area. She also bore a Glasgow smile on her face. The most gruesome detail was that she had been bisected at the waist, effectively cutting her body in half. Nobody has ever been arrested for the crime, and Short herself has become posthumously known as the Black Dahlia.

Walk of Death

On September 6, 1949, ex-soldier Howard Unruh went on a rampage through his neighbourhood, killing thirteen people with a 9mm Luger P08 before barricading himself in his apartment and being wounded by police, at which point he surrendered.

Murder of Emmett Till

In the early morning of 28 August 1955, African-American teenager Emmett Louis Till was abducted by Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam, who pistol-whipped and mutilated him before shooting him in the head and dumping him in the Tallahatchie River. Bryant and Milam were brought to trial, but both were acquitted, subsequently confessing to the crime due to being protected against double jeopardy.

Bombing of United Airlines Flight 629

See article: Jack Gilbert Graham

Bethel Baptist Church bombing

See article: J. B. Stoner

Battle of Hayes Pond

The Battle of Hayes Pond, or Maxton Riot, was an armed confrontation between members of the Ku Klux Klan and the Lumbee Native Americans at a Klan rally near Maxton, North Carolina, on the night of January 18, 1958. Grand Dragon James W. "Catfish" Cole was the organizer of the Klan rally. Sanford Locklear, Simeon Oxendine and Neill Lowery were leaders of the Lumbee who attacked the Klansmen and successfully disrupted the rally. Four Klansmen were injured in exchange of gunfire, while several Lumbee were disoriented or injured by tear-gas grenades. No fatalities or serious injuries occurred.

Assassination of Medgar Evers

See article: Byron De La Beckwith

16th Street Baptist Church bombing

See articles: Robert Edward Chambliss, Bobby Frank Cherry, Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., and Herman Frank Cash

Assassination of John F. Kennedy

See article: Lee Harvey Oswald

Freedom Summer murders

Civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were abducted and murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan and the Neshoba County Sheriff's Department in June 1964 in Mississippi. The three were abducted by a lynch mob lead by Deputy Cecil Price and taken to a secluded road, where they were shot. Chaney was also beaten and castrated before he was killed. Seven of the killers, including Klan Imperial Wizard Samuel Bowers who ordered the murders, were convicted of violating the victims civil rights, and an eighth man, Edgar Ray Killen, was convicted of orchestrating the killings forty-one years later.

Assassination of Malcolm X

See articles: Malcolm X, Nation of Islam, Elijah Muhammed and Thomas Hagan
Malcolm X, American Muslim minister and human rights activist, was assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam on February 19, 1965 after he had become disillusioned with the Nation's extremist ideologies. He was giving a speech at Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom when NOI member Thomas Hagan ran up to him and shot him once in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun.

Murder of Sylvia Likens

See article: Gertrude Baniszewski

Murder of Vernon Dahmer

See article: Samuel Bowers

University of Texas tower shooting

See article: Charles Whitman

1967 Detroit riots

The 1967 Detroit riots took place in Detroit, Michigan from July 23 to 28. Precipitated by a police raid on an unlicensed bar, it exploded into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in American history, lasting five days and surpassing the scale of Detroit's 1943 race riot 24 years earlier, with widespread looting and arson attacks being commonplace. The chaos in Detroit got so out of control that President Lyndon B. Johnson sent in U.S. Army and National Guard troops to try and restore order. The result was 43 dead, 1,189 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 400 buildings destroyed.

Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

See article: James Earl Ray

Zodiac murders

The infamously long-unidentified Zodiac Killer's reign of terror is widely believed to have begun on December 20, 1968, on Lake Herman Road, just inside Benicia city limits. High school students Betty Lou Jensen and David Faraday were both shot to death. The murders would continue until November 13, 1972. The Zodiac was never caught and the investigation into finding out his true identity remains ongoing.

Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

See article: Sirhan B. Sirhan

Helter Skelter (Manson family scenario)

See articles: Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Charles "Tex" Watson
On August 9 and August 10, 1969, Charles Manson and his followers, known as "the Family", committed a series of gruesome murders in hopes of igniting an apocalyptic race war between blacks and whites that Manson referred to as "Helter Skelter."

Kent State shootings

The Kent State shootings (also known as the May 4 massacre or the Kent State massacre), were the shootings on May 4, 1970, of unarmed college students by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, during a mass protest against the bombing of neutral Cambodia by United States military forces. Twenty-eight National Guard soldiers fired approximately 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

Houston Mass Murders

See article: Dean Corll

List family murders

See article: John List
On November 9th 1971 a banker named John List shot his entire immediate family with a Colt .22 and a 9mm Steyr semi-automatic handgun in a perverted attempted to "save" them, as he believed that they would be assured a place in Heaven if he killed them.

Zebra murders

See article: Death Angels

Hi-Fi murders

Six men robbed the Hi-Fi store in Ogden, Utah, on April 22, 1974, and took five people hostage. The hostages were forced to drink Drano, then when this took too long to kill them they were shot. One of the victims, a teenage girl, was raped before she was killed. Two of the hostages survived, although one suffered brain damage from being shot in the head and the other suffered a burst eardrum from being stabbed in the ear with a ballpoint pen. The two main perpetrators, Dale Pierre and William Andrews, and their getaway driver Keith Roberts, were convicted.

Killing of the DeFeo family

On 13 November 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed his parents and four siblings in their house in Amityville. He then called the police, but later admitted to committing the shooting himself. The horror story The Amityville Horror were based on the event.

Murder of Martha Moxley

See article: Michael Skakel

Hijacking of Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305

See article: D. B. Cooper

1975 LaGuardia Airport bombing

On December 29, 1975, a bomb was detonated near the TWA baggage reclaim terminal at LaGuardia Airport, New York City. The blast killed 11 people and seriously injured 74. The perpetrators have never been identified.

CSU Fullerton massacre

See article: Edward Charles Allaway

Assassination of Orlando Letelier

Orlando Letelier, a former member of the Chilean government and an outspoken opponent of dictator Augusto Pinochet, was killed by a car bomb in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 1976, along with his assistant Ronni Moffitt. The killing was carried out by members of the Chilean Intelligence Agency, DINA.

Oklahoma Girl Scout murders

On the morning of June 13, 1977, three girl scouts - Lori Lee Farmer, 8, Michelle Heather Guse, 9, and Doris Denise Milner, 10 - were found raped and murdered at Camp Scott in Mayes County, Oklahoma. Only one suspect was ever found, Gene Leroy Hart, but he was acquitted when he stood trial for the crime and later died from a heart attack before any more evidence against him could be found. However, in 2022, DNA testing confirmed that Hart was indeed the killer.


See article: Ted Kaczynski
From May 25 1978 to April 24 1995, Ted Kaczynski mailed sixteen bombs to various businesses and Universities across America, killing three people and wounding twenty-three others.

Murder of Bob Crane

On the afternoon of June 29, 1978, sitcom star Bob Crane was found dead in his apartment, having been bludgeoned with what was believed to be a camera tripod. Only one man, John Henry Carpenter, was ever charged with the murder. However, he was acquitted and continued to maintain his innocence until his death. No other suspects were ever named.

1978 Holiday Inn fire

The 1978 Holiday Inn Fire broke out at the Holiday Inn-Northwest which was located at 1525 West Ridge Road in the Town of Greece, near Rochester, New York, on November 26, 1978, and killed ten people. Seven of the fatalities were Canadian; 88 Canadians were staying in the hotel at the time on a holiday shopping trip. The fire was considered notable enough by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and The Center for Fire Research to document the fire in their 1979 publications. The fire was determined to be an act of arson, but the perpetrator has never been identified.

Assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone

On November 27, 1978, both Mayor of San Francisco George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk were killed at the San Francisco City Hall by former Supervisor Dan White.

Cleveland Elementary School shooting

See article: Brenda Spencer

Greensboro Massacre

A shootout involving members of the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party, and the U.S. Communist Workers' Party broke out in Greensborn, North Carolina on November 3, 1979. Four members of the CWP and one other individual were killed, and eleven other demonstrators and a Klansman were wounded. No one was ever formally convicted with the murders, as those charged were ultimately acquitted by an all-white jury.

Assassination of John Lennon

See article: Mark David Chapman

Lynching of Michael Donald

On March 21 1981, Ku Klux Klan members Henry Francis Hayes and James Knowles abducted African-American man Michael Donald, beat him with a tree branch, strangled him with a rope, slashed his throat repeatedly and hung his body from a tree.

Keddie Cabin murders

On the night of 11 - 12 April 1981, an unidentified assailant broke into cabin #28 at the Keddie resort, California, where the Sharp family were staying. The killer then bound three of the victims - Sue Sharp, John Sharp and John's friend Dana Wingate - with tape and electrical cords before beating them with a hammer, stabbing Sue to death, slitting John's throat and strangling Dana to death. A fourth victim, Tina Sharp, was abducted; her remains were found in 1984.

Wonderland murders

The Wonderland murders, also known as the Four on the Floor Murders or the Laurel Canyon Murders, are four unsolved murders that occurred in Los Angeles, California, USA on July 1, 1981. It is assumed that five people were targeted to be killed in the known drug house of the Wonderland Gang, three of whom were present. All three of them, Ron Launius, Billy DeVerell, and Joy Miller, along with their accomplice Barbara Richardson, died from extensive blunt-force trauma injuries. Only Launius' wife, Susan Launius, survived the attack, allegedly masterminded by the organized crime figure and nightclub owner Eddie Nash. Nash, his henchman Gregory Diles, and porn star John Holmes were at various times arrested, tried, and acquitted for their involvement in the murders. LAPD detectives are on record saying the crime scene was bloodier and more gruesome than that of the Tate-LaBianca murders.

Murder of Adam Walsh

See article: Ottis Toole

Murder of Kirsten Costas

See article: Bernadette Protti

Murder of Alan Berg

Alan Berg, Jewish-American lawyer and talk show host, was shot and killed in the driveway of his home in Capitol Hill, Denver, Colorado on June 18, 1984, by members of a neo-Nazi and white separatist group called The Order led by terrorist David Lane. Berg had stridently argued with a member of the group on the show earlier who was convicted in his murder.

San Ysidro McDonald's massacre

On July 18, 1984, James Oliver Huberty shot and killed 21 people, and injuring 19 others before he himself was killed by police sniper Chuck Foster, in a San Ysidro, California McDonald's restaurant.

Bear Brook murders

Between 1985 and 2000, the bodies of one woman and three young girls were discovered at Bear Brook State Park in Allentown, New Hampshire; they were later identified as having been victims of Terrance Peder Rasmussen.

Assassination of Alex Odeh

Alex Odeh, a prominent Arab-American activist, was killed by a bomb in his office in Santa Ana, California on October 11, 1985. The case is unsolved, but it is thought the Jewish Defense League was responsible.

Murder of Sherri Rasmussen

See article: Stephanie Lazarus

Edmond post office shooting

See article: Patrick Sherrill
A disgruntled post office worker named Patrick Sherrill shot and killed 20 co-workers of his before committing suicide at an Edmond, Oklahoma post office on August 20, 1986. The term "going postal" originates from this event.

Barsi family murders

See article: József Barsi
On the evening of July 25, 1988, József Barsi shot his daughter child actress Judith Barsi in the head while she was asleep in her room. Maria Barsi, hearing the gunshot, ran down the hall where József met her and shot her. József spent the next two days wandering around the house, and said during a phone call with Judith's agent on Tuesday night that he intended to move out for good, and just needed time to “say goodbye to [my] little girl.” Then, he poured gasoline on the bodies and set the two of them on fire. Later, he went into the garage and shot himself in the head with a .32 caliber pistol.

Hijacking of Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771

See article: David Burke

The Last Christmas

See article: Ronald Gene Simmons Sr.

Murder of Jacob Wetterling

See article: Danny Heinrich

1991 Yogurt Shop murders

On Friday, December 6, 1991, an I Can't Believe It's Yogurt shop in Austin, Texas was set on fire. Inside the store were four deceased teenagers: 13-year-old Amy Ayers, 17-year-old Jennifer Harbison, her 15-year-old sister Sarah and 17-year-old Eliza Thomas. All four had been raped and murdered. The identities of their killers have never been discovered.

Luby's massacre

A misogynist and white supremacist, George Hennard, shot and killed 24 people, including himself, at a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas on October 16, 1991. 22 people were injured in the shootout.

Murder of Shanda Sharer

See articles: Melinda Loveless, Laurie Tackett, Hope Rippey, and Toni Lawrence

On January 11, 1992, 12-year old Shanda Sharer was kidnapped by four teenage girls (Loveless, Tackett, Rippey and Lawrence), who spent eight hours brutally torturing her before burning her alive. The incident attracted international attention due to both the brutality of the murder and the young age of the perpetrators, who were aged between 15 and 17 years old.

Ruby Ridge standoff

Ruby Ridge was the site of an eleven-day siege near Naples, Idaho beginning on August 21, 1992 and ending ten days later. The incident surrounded the refusal of an American man named Randy Weaver to in court for firearms-related charges. Weaver's wife Vicki, son Samuel, and Deputy US Marshal William Francis Degan were all killed during the standoff before Weaver surrendered on the 31.

1993 World Trade Center bombing

See article: Ramzi Yousef

Murder of David Gunn

See article: Army of God

1993 Waco siege

See articles: David Koresh and Branch Davidians

1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting

See article: Colin Ferguson

Murder of John Britton

Abortion provider John Britton and his bodyguard James H. Barrett were shot dead outside an abortion clinic in Pensacola on 29th July 1994 by militant anti-abortionist Paul Hill, a member of the Army of God. Barret's wife June was also wounded during the shooting.

Murders of Nicole Simpson Brown & Ron Goldman

See article: O.J. Simpson

Murder of the Hodges family

On 29 August 1994, Earl Bramblett broke into the house of the Hodges family, where he raped eleven-year-old Winter Hodges and shot her and her three-year-old sister Anah. He also shot and killed Teresa Lynn Hodges and William Hodges before setting the house on fire and escaping.

Murder of Sandra Lee Long

See article: Brian Steckel

Kim Anh restaurant robbery

On 4 March 1995, police officer Antoinette Frank and drug dealer Rogers Lacaze robbed the Kim Anh Vietnamese restaurant in New Orleans. During the robbery, Lacaze killed police officer Ronald Williams and Frank killed Cuong and Ha Vu, two members of the family that owned the restaurant.

Murder of Scott Amedure

See article: Jonathan Schmitz

Murder of Selena Quintanilla-Perez

See article: Yolanda Saldívar
On March 31, 1995, Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez confronted Yolanda Saldívar (the president of her fanclub and manager of Selena Etc.) at the Knights Inn (formerly known as Days Inn) in her hometown in Corpus Christi, Texas to demand for the missing financial papers. When Selena tries to give Yolanda the friendship ring back, Selena realized Yolanda's deception as she pulls out a gun from her purse and points it at Selena. As Selena attempted to flee, Yolanda shot her at the lower right shoulder, servering a major artery and resulted from a massive blood loss. Yolanda chased after her and called her a "bitch" before returning to her hotel room. Selena made it to the lobby and collapsed, telling the workers who shot her, and she was later pronounced dead on arrival to the hospital at 1:05 p.m and 16 days before her 24th birthday due to blood loss and cardiac arrest. Yolanda tried to flee the scene only to be stopped by a passing police cruiser, and a 9-hour stand-off ensued with Yolanda threatening to kill herself before she surrendered to the police.

The Oklahoma City Bombing

See articles: Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols

Freddie's Fashion Mart attack

In the midst of the protests against the eviction of The Disc Shack by Fred Harari, protestor Roland J. Smith entered Freddie's Fashion Mart, the shop owned by Harari, and opened fire, wounding several people, before setting the building on fire and fatally shooting himself. Seven customers were killed.

Mueller family murders

Gun dealer William Mueller, his wife Nancy and their 8-year-old daughter Sarah were taken hostage by white supremacists Daniel Lewis Lee and Chevie Kehoe on 11 January 1996. They tortured the family until they told them where to find cash and guns before suffocating them with plastic bags and duct tape and disposing of their bodies.

Frontier Middle School shooting

See article: Barry Loukaitis

Centennial Olympic Park bombing

See article: Eric Rudolph

Assasination of Tupac Shakur

On September 13, 1996, after attending a Mike Tyson match in Las Vegas with Suge Knight, rapper Tupac Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting. His killer was never identified, but is believed to have been Orlando Anderson, a member of the Southside Crips.

Murder of JonBenét Ramsey

On December 25, 1996, 6-year old beauty pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey was found dead in her parents' basement; she had been raped, beaten, and strangled. To this day, the identity of her killer remains unknown, despite several people confessing to the crime. It remains one of America's most infamous unsolved crimes.

Bethel Regional High School shooting

See article: Evan Ramsey

Assasination of The Notorious B.I.G

See article: Blue Tuxedo Man

Heaven's Gate mass suicide

See article: Marshall Applewhite

Jonesboro massacre

See article: Mitchell Johnson and Andrew Golden

Thurston High School shooting

See article: Kip Kinkel

1998 Willowbrook shootout

On 29 May 1998, Southside Crips members Orlando Anderson and Michael Dorrough approached fellow gang members Jerry Stone and Michael Stone and attempted to extract money Jerry Stone owed them. In the ensuing shootout, Anderson and both the Stones were killed. Dorrough was arrested and sentenced to three life sentences for his involvement in the shootout.

Murder of James Byrd, Jr.

See articles: John William King, Lawrence Russell Brewer, and Shawn Allen Berry

Murder of Matthew Shepard

See article: Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson

Murder of Maddie Clifton

See article: Joshua Phillips

Columbine High School massacre

See articles: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold
The Columbine massacre took place in April 20, 1999 in Columbine High School. It remains one of the most infamous school shootings ever perpetrated.

Murders of Todd and Stacie Bagley

Youth pastors Todd and Stacie Bagley were abducted by a gang of African-American teenagers in June 1999 and forced into the trunk of their car. The gang then drove round using their ATM card to withdraw money from the Bagley's bank account. Once they had finished, the gang stopped the car and poured lighter fluid over the victims before the leader, Christopher Vialva, shot both of them in the head. Todd Bagley was killed instantly, but Stacie survived and was killed when another gang member, Brandon Bernard, set the car on fire.

Murder of Gary Matson and Winfield Mowder

See article: Benjamin and James Williams

University of Washington firebombing incident

See article: Earth Liberation Front

Yates kids murders

See article: Andrea Yates
On June 20, 2001, Andrea Yates, a resident from Houston, Texas murdered her kids Noah, 7, John, 5, Paul, 3, Luke, 2 and Mary 6 months by drowning them in their bathtub.

9/11 terrorist attack

See articles: September 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda
On the eleventh of September 2001, four passenger planes were hijacked by the Muslim terrorist group Al-Qaeda. Two of them were crashed into the World Trade Centre and a third into the Pentagon, although the fourth failed to reach the intended target of the White House. A total of 2,996 people were killed in the attack, making it the deadliest terror attack in the history of America.

2001 anthrax attacks

One week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, letters were mailed containing anthrax spores to several news media offices and to Democratic Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, killing 5 people and infecting 17 others. The sole suspect, Bruce Edwards Ivins, committed suicide before he could be definitively linked to the attack.

River Run riot

A brawl broke out between Mongols Motorcycle Club and Hell's Angels at Harrah's Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Three died and at least a dozen were injured.

2002 Los Angeles International Airport shooting

On July 4, 2002, Egyptian national and suspected terrorist Hesham Mohamed Hadayet opened fire on the queue for the El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport, killing two people and injuring five before being shot and killed by security.

D.C. sniper attacks

See articles: John Allen Muhammed and Lee Boyd Malvo

Murder of Lana Clarkson

See article: Phil Spector

Murder of Craig Sorger

See article: Evan Savoie and Jake Eakin

2003 California bombings

See article: Daniel Andreas San Diego

2003 Superbike Motorsports shooting

Future serial killer Todd Kohlhepp shot four people dead in the Superbike Motorsports bike store in Chesnee, having been insulted and ridiculed when he earlier tried to get a refund from the owner. The case went cold for years until Kohlhepp confessed after his arrest for murder in 2016.

Alrosa Villa Shooting

See article: Nathan Gale

Murder of Bobbie Jo Stinnett

A mentally disturbed woman named Lisa Montgomery strangled a pregnant woman named Bobbie Jo Stinnett to death in Skidmore, Missouri, before cutting her womb open and abducting her baby on 16 December 2004. She was arrested the following day in Kansas after being tracked via mobile data and the child was recovered unharmed.

Murder of Jessica Lunsford

See article: John Couey

Red Lake shootings

See article: Jeff Weise

2005 Toledo riot

The 2005 Toledo riot, on October 15, 2005, occurred when the National Socialist Movement (NSM), a neo-Nazi organization, planned a march to protest African-American gang activity in the North End of Toledo, in the U.S. state of Ohio. The appearance of the group sparked a four-hour riot by elements within the assembled protesters, and caused a citywide curfew to be implemented for the remainder of the weekend. A local Antifa chapter, called Anti-Racist Action, helped to assemble the counter-demonstration. 12 people were injured and a gas station was looted.

Virginia Tech shooting

On April 16th, 2007, Virginia Tech student 23-year-old Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 students and staff at Virginia Tech. At the time, it was both the deadliest mass shooting and school shooting carried out by a lone gunman in American history.

Benoit family murders

See article: Chris Benoit

Over a three-day period between June 22 and 24, 2007, Chris Benoit, a 40-year-old Canadian professional wrestler employed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and living in Fayetteville, Georgia, killed his wife Nancy Benoit and their 7-year-old son, Daniel, before hanging himself. Autopsy results showed that Benoit's wife was murdered first as she was bound at the feet and wrists and died of asphyxiation on the night of June 22. On June 25, Nancy was found wrapped in a towel with blood under her head, although Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard reported no other signs of a struggle.

Cheshire home invasion murders

Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes broke into the home of the Petit family in Cheshire, Connecticut, on July 23, 2007. They subdued Dr. William Petit and forced his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit to withdraw $15, 000 from her bank account before Hayes raped and killed her. Komisarjevsky also raped their daughters Hayley and Michaela before he and Hayes set the house on fire. Only Dr. Petit survived.

Black Widow murders

On April 18, 2008, Helen Golay, 78, formerly of Santa Monica, California, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, formerly of Hollywood, California, were convicted of the murders of two vagrants — Paul Vados in 1999 and Kenneth McDavid in 2005. According to reports, Golay and Rutterschmidt staged Vados and McDavid's deaths to appear as hit and run incidents in order to collect on multimillion-dollar life insurance policies they had taken out on the men. The killings became known as the 'Black Widow Homeless Murders."

Knoxville Unitarian Universalist church shooting

See article: Jim Adkisson

Covina Massacre

See article: Bruce Jeffery Pardo

Binghamton shootings

See article: Jiverly Wong

Flores family murders

On 30 May 2009, Shawna Forde, Jason Eugene Bush and Albert Gaxiola, three members of a right-wing militia group, forced their way into the home of the immigrant Flores family and robbed them. Bush, acting on orders from Forde, then shot dead Raul Flores and his nine-year-old daughter Brisenia. He also shot Flores's wife Gina Gonzalez three times, although she survived.

Murder of George Tiller

On the 31st of May, 2009, abortion provider George Tiller was shot in the head by anti-abortion militant Scott Roeder while serving as an usher at the Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita. Roeder fled the scene, only to be arrested in Kansas three hours later.

Murder of Elizabeth Olten

See article: Alyssa Bustamante

Fort Hood shooting

See article: Nidal Malik Hassan

Murder of Jennifer Daugherty

On 11 February 2010, six individuals known as The Greensburg Six abducted Jennifer Daugherty, a mentally disabled woman, and tortured her for 36 hours before stabbing her to death.

2010 Austin suicide attack

See article: Joseph Stack

2011 Tucson shooting

See article: Jared Lee Loughner

Lululemon murder

See article: Brittany Norwood

Sesler family murders

See article: Trey Sesler

2012 Aurora shooting

See article: James Holmes

Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting

See Article: Wade Michael Page

Murder of Melanie Davis

On August 10 2012, Zachary Davis hit his mother Melanie 24 times with a sledgehammer before setting his house on fire in a failed attempt to kill his brother. When he was later arrested, he claimed that his motive was that his mother did not take care of her family.

2012 FRC shooting

On August 15, 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins entered the Washington DC headquarters of the Family Research Council (FRC) and opened fire, slightly wounding security guard Leonardo Johnson before being taken down.

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

See article: Adam Lanza

2013 California shootings

From February 3 - February 12 2013, Christopher Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer sacked for falsely testifying against a fellow officer, went on a rampage across the state of California, killing four people and wounding three before being killed in a standoff with police.

Overland Park Jewish Community Center shooting

See article: Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr.

Boston Marathon bombing

See articles: Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev

Washington Naval Yard shooting

See article: Aaron Alexis

2014 Isla Vista killings

See article: Elliot Rodger

Slender Man stabbing

See article: Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier

Killing of Eric Garner

See article: Daniel Pantaleo

Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting

See article: Jaylen Fryberg

November 2014 Sony Pictures hack

See article: Sony Pictures hack

2014 shooting of NYPD police officers

See article: Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley

2015 Chapel Hill shooting

See article: Craig Stephen Hicks

Charleston church shooting

See article: Dylann Roof

Smith Mountain Lake shooting

On August 26 2015, Vester Lee Flanagan opened fire on news reporters Adam Ward and Alison Parker, killing them and wounding Vicki Gardner before fleeing the scene and committing suicide.

Umpqua Community College shooting

See article: Christopher Harper-Mercer

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting

See article: Robert Lewis Dear

2015 San Bernardino attacks

See article: Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik

Pulse Nightclub shooting

Omar Mateen, an Islamic terrorist who had pledged allegiance to The Islamic State, shot and killed 49 people in an Orlando, Florida nightclub, on June 12, 2016. Later, he was shot and killed by the police.

2016 Sacramento riot

The 2016 Sacramento riot was a civil disorder at a neo-Nazi rally outside the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California on June 26, 2016. Antifa and their allies and white supremacist groups (the National Socialist Movement and the Traditionalist Youth Network) were involved. Ten people were hospitalized for stabbing and laceration wounds with the majority of those hospitalized being counter-protesters.

Grand 16 movie theater shooting

See article: John Russell Houser

Assassination of Christina Grimmie

See article: Kevin Loibl

2016 shooting of Dallas police officers

See article: Micah Xavier Johnson

2016 shooting of Baton Rouge police officers

On July 17 2016, Gavin Eugene Long tricked the police into deploying officers to the Hammond Aire Plaza and shot at them, killing three before being fatally gunned down during the ensuing shootout.

Dakota Access Pipeline

When members of the Lakota Sioux tribe near the Standing Rock reservation protested against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would destroy sacred sites belonging to the tribe and potentially contaminate the Missouri River, police officers and DAPL security attacked them with teargas canisters, concussion grenades, rubber bullets, water cannons in freezing temperatures, and attack dogs. Even though the cops were defending private property, they were defending lands that are illegally privately owned, as the lands that the pipeline is on belongs to the Lakota Sioux tribe in accordance with the treaty of Fort Laramie in 1851.

2016 New York and New Jersey bombings

See article: Ahmad Khan Rahimi

2017 Portland train attack

See article: Jeremy Joseph Christian

2017 Eaton Township Weis Markets shooting

See article: Randy Stair
On the morning of June 8 2017, Randy Stair barricaded a Weis Markets supermarket in Eaton Township, where he then proceeded to shoot three workers before turning the gun on himself.

2017 Congressional baseball shooting

See article: James Hodgkinson

2017 Bronx-Lebanon hospital shooting

On June 30 2017, Henry Bello, a doctor fired for sexual harassment, entered his former workplace, the Bronx-Lebanon hospital in the Bronx, and shot seven people, killing one and wounding six.

2017 Charlottesville car attack

See article: James Alex Fields Jr.

The Charlottesville car attack was a terror attack perpetrated on August 12, 2017, when James Alex Fields Jr. deliberately drove his car into a crowd of people who had been peacefully protesting the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one victim and injuring 19 people.

2017 Las Vegas shootings

See article: Stephen Paddock
Stephen Paddock opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest music festival during Jason Aldean's performance. 59 people in total, making it the current deadliest mass shooting in American history.

Rancho Tehama Reserve shootings

See article: Kevin Janson Neal

2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting

See article: Devin Patrick Kelley

2017 Aztec High School shooting

On December 7th 2017, William Atchison entered Aztec High School with a Glock 19 and entered a second floor toilet, where he was caught by a student. Atchison proceeded to shoot the student and run into the hallway, where he shot a second student and tried to enter a classroom before shooting himself.

Murder of Blaze Bernstein

See article: Samuel Woodward

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

See article: Nikolas Cruz

Austin serial bombings

See article: Mark Anthony Conditt

2018 San Bruno YouTube shooting

See article: Nasim Najafi Aghdam

Nashville Waffle House shooting

On April 22, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at a Waffle House restaurant in the Antioch neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Four victims were killed and two suffered gunshot wounds. Two others were injured by broken glass. The shooter, armed with a semi-automatic rifle, was rushed by an unarmed customer, James Shaw Jr., who wrestled the weapon away, interrupting the shooting spree. The suspect, Travis Reinking, was captured on April 23, ending a 34-hour manhunt.

Santa Fe High School shooting

See article: Dimitrios Pagourtzis

Capital Gazette shooting

On June 28, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at the offices of The Capital, a newspaper serving Annapolis, Maryland. The gunman, Jarrod Ramos, shot seven people with a shotgun, killing five employees and injuring two others. Ramos was arrested shortly after.

The newspaper published an article in 2011 about Ramos being put on probation for harassing an acquaintance from high school through social media and email. Ramos, angered by the article, brought a defamation lawsuit against The Capital; a judge later dismissed the suit. Ramos is alleged to have sent enraged letters and messages to the newspaper's offices about his threats to attack the office and its staff; no legal action was taken after the threats were received.

Currently, the shooting is the third-deadliest mass shooting of 2018, after the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, where a shooter killed 17 people and injured 17 others, and the May 2018 Santa Fe High School shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, where 10 people were shot and killed and 13 others were wounded.

Jacksonville Madden NFL 19 Tournament shooting

On August 27, 2018, David "RavensChamp" Katz took part in a Madden NFL 19 tournament held in the Good Luck Have Fun (GLHF) Game Bar in Jacksonville, Florida, which is home of the Jacksonville Jaguars football team.

During the tournament, Katz lost a match ungraciously and, in what could be the worst case of Rage Quitting ever, went berserk and started firing a smuggled pistol in the direction of other contestants, killing two and injuring eleven before turning the gun on himself. The entire match was streamed on Twitch and the gunshots and ensuing chaos were caught on audio, though the video feed of the contestants cut out moments before the shooting started.

This is the third known mass shooting in recent Floridian times, the first being the Pulse gay nightclub shooting in 2016, where 49 people were killed, followed by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in February 2018, where 17 people were killed.

One of the victims, Elijah "TrueBoy" Clayton, was seen with a red laser sight aimed at his chest shortly before the first shots were fired. The other, Taylor "SpotMePlzzz" Robertson, was happily married with a son and was good friends with Clayton on Facebook. Clayton was a big fan of the Jaguars and helped the team reach the quarterfinals in the Madden NFL 17 tournament while Robertson was killed exactly 3 months before his 28th birthday

Murder of Botham Jean

See article: Amber Guyger

2018 United States mail bomb attempts

See article: Cesar Sayoc
In late October 2018, sixteen packages containing pipe bombs were mailed via the U.S. Postal Service to several prominent critics of U.S. President Donald Trump, including leading Democratic Party politicians such as former U.S. President Barack Obama, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

See article: Robert Bowers

2018 Tallahassee shooting

See article: Scott Beierle

Thousand Oaks shooting

See article: Ian David Long

Escondido mosque arson attack

See article: John T. Earnest

Poway synagogue shooting

See article: John T. Earnest

2019 Virginia Beach shooting

DeWayne Craddock fatally shot twelve people and wounded four in a Mass shooting at a municipal area of Virginia Beach on 31 May 2019. He was killed by responding police officers during a prolonged shootout.

2019 Dallas courthouse shooting

See article: Bryan Isaack Clyde

2019 Tacoma attack

See article: Willem van Spronsen

Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting

On 29 July, 2019, Santino William Legan opened fire at a food festival in Gilroy, California, killing three people, including 6-year-old Steven Romero, before committing suicide with a gunshot to the head after being shot by responding officers.

2019 El Paso shooting

On August 3, 2019, a masked man entered a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, carrying a WASR-10 Semi-automatic rifle and shot 22 people dead before fleeing the scene. The suspect, Patrick Crusius, turned himself in to the police shortly after.

2019 Dayton shooting

A mere 13 hours after the El Paso shooting, Connor Betts opened fire outside the Ned Peppers Bar in the Oregon Historic District, Dayton, killing 9 people and injuring 17 before being shot by police.

2019 Jersey City shooting

On December 10, 2019, David Nathaniel Anderson and Francine Graham opened fire on customers and employees of a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey. They killed three inside the store before being killed by police, and had killed police detective Joseph Seals shortly before. Two police officers and one civilian were injured. A pipe bomb was found inside their van, indicating other plans.

Murder of Ahmaud Arbery

See article: Gregory and Travis McMichael

Killing of George Floyd

See articles: Derek Chauvin, Tou ThaoThomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng

Kenosha shootings

See articles: Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber

Murder of Aaron Danielson

See article: Michael Reinoehl

2020 Nashville bombing

See article: Anthony Warner

2021 United States Capitol storming

The storming of the United States Capitol was a riot and violent attack against the 117th United States Congress on January 6, 2021, carried out by a mob of right-wing extremists (which included members of the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Extreme Black Hebrews, the Boogaloo movement, the Groypers, and numerous QAnon followers) in an attempt to overturn Donald Trump's defeat in the 2020 presidential election. After attending a pro-Trump rally, thousands of his supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, where they stormed the building in an effort to disrupt the Electoral College vote count by a joint session of Congress and prevent the formalization of President-elect Joe Biden's election victory. Breaching police perimeters, rioters then occupied, vandalized, and looted parts of the building for several hours until they were kicked out by the National Guard. The rampage led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol, as well as five deaths and the second impeachment of Donald Trump, making him the first and only president in American History to be impeached twice.

2021 Atlanta spa shootings

See article: Robert Aaron Long

April 2021 Capitol attack

On 2 April 2021, black supremacist Noah Green rammed his car into the police barricade outside the US Senate, killing a police officer. He then attacked another officer with a knife before being fatally shot.

Killing of Daunte Wright

See article: Kimberly Potter

Indianapolis FedEx shooting

See article: Brandon Scott Hole

2021 San Jose shooting

See article: Samuel Cassidy

Killing of Gabby Petito

See article: Brian Laundrie

Oxford High School shooting

See articles: Ethan Crumbley and James & Jennifer Crumbley

Colleyville hostage crisis

See article: Malik Akram

Buffalo shooting

See article: Payton Gendron

Laguna Woods church shooting

See article: David Chou

Robb Elementary school shooting

See article: Salvador Ramos

Warren Clinic shooting

See article: Michael Louis

Highland Park parade shooting

See article: Robert Crimo