Public Safety

Joseph Strauss, the engineer of the golden Gate Bridge, mandated that a net be installed under the bridge for safety while being built. This was revolutionary at the time. The net caught 19 men who fell, saving all of them from a certain death.

Joseph Strauss (engineer) For other people with the same name, see Joseph Strauss (disambiguation). Joseph Baermann Strauss (January 9, 1870 – May 16, 1938) was an American structural engineer who revolutionized the design of bascule bridges. He was the chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge. Life, beginnings and death He was …

Joseph Strauss, the engineer of the golden Gate Bridge, mandated that a net be installed under the bridge for safety while being built. This was revolutionary at the time. The net caught 19 men who fell, saving all of them from a certain death. Read More »

Mike Judge, the co-creator of “King of the Hill”, once got a fan letter from a girl who survived Columbine. After watching the “Wings of the Dope” episode, she credited Mike on helping her finally grieve over the loss of her high school crush – which happened to be one of the shooters.

Columbine High School massacre in popular culture Part of a series of articles on the Columbine massacre Related articles Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold Rachel Scott Cassie Bernall Austin Eubanks A Mother’s Reckoning Columbine Legacy In popular culture v t e The following is a list of cultural references to the 1999 Columbine High School …

Mike Judge, the co-creator of “King of the Hill”, once got a fan letter from a girl who survived Columbine. After watching the “Wings of the Dope” episode, she credited Mike on helping her finally grieve over the loss of her high school crush – which happened to be one of the shooters. Read More »

The operation of the largest fraud in US history was fairly simple. Bernie Madoff deposited all his investors’ money into his Chase bank account and paid them off as necessary. At its height his account balance was over $5 billion. The scheme collapsed when he ran out of money.

Bernie Madoff “Madoff” redirects here. For other people with the same surname, see Madoff (surname). For the miniseries about Bernard Madoff, see Madoff (miniseries). Bernard Lawrence Madoff (/ˈmeɪdɔːf/; born April 29, 1938) is an American former market maker, investment advisor, financier and convicted fraudster who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for offenses related …

The operation of the largest fraud in US history was fairly simple. Bernie Madoff deposited all his investors’ money into his Chase bank account and paid them off as necessary. At its height his account balance was over $5 billion. The scheme collapsed when he ran out of money. Read More »

There are otter gangs in Singapore who fight for territories. It is well followed by the locals and the press. Each gangs has names and reputations.

Bishan otters defeat Marina rivals again in Kallang Basin clash SINGAPORE – The two most well-known otter families here have clashed again, more than a year after a fight that resulted in the death of at least one otter pup. The Marina otter family clashed with its Bishan rival at the Kallang Basin on Wednesday …

There are otter gangs in Singapore who fight for territories. It is well followed by the locals and the press. Each gangs has names and reputations. Read More »

Firefighters that responded to last year’s fire at Notre Dame knew which works of art to rescue and in which order following a protocol developed for such a disaster.

Scientists are leading Notre Dame’s restoration—and probing mysteries laid bare by its devastating fire Eight restoration scientists put on hard hats and heavy-duty boots and stepped inside the blackened shell of Notre Dame de Paris, the world’s most famous cathedral. Ten days earlier, a fire had swept through its attic, melted its roof, and sent …

Firefighters that responded to last year’s fire at Notre Dame knew which works of art to rescue and in which order following a protocol developed for such a disaster. Read More »

Jesse Tafero was executed for two murders he did not commit. At his execution the electric chair malfunctioned, and the wrong sponge for conductivity was used, causing flames to shoot out of his head. The process took 7 minutes. After his execution, Walter Rhodes confessed to the murders.

Jesse Tafero Jesse Joseph Tafero (October 12, 1946 – May 4, 1990), was wrongly convicted of murder and executed via electric chair in the state of Florida for the murders of Florida Highway Patrol officer Phillip Black and Donald Irwin, a visiting Canadian constable and friend of Black. The officers were killed during a traffic …

Jesse Tafero was executed for two murders he did not commit. At his execution the electric chair malfunctioned, and the wrong sponge for conductivity was used, causing flames to shoot out of his head. The process took 7 minutes. After his execution, Walter Rhodes confessed to the murders. Read More »

Alcatraz’s reputation as a tough as nails prison was a Hollywood myth. Many inmates requested transfer there on account of its good food and one man per cell policy.

10 Things You May Not Know About Alcatraz 1. Al Capone played banjo in the inmate band. The notorious gangster and mob boss was among the first prisoners to occupy the new Alcatraz federal prison in August 1934. Capone had bribed guards to receive preferential treatment while serving his tax-evasion sentence in Atlanta, but that …

Alcatraz’s reputation as a tough as nails prison was a Hollywood myth. Many inmates requested transfer there on account of its good food and one man per cell policy. Read More »

In 1974 the girlfriend of Ted Bundy called Seattle police to tell them he matched the description of the suspect in several murder cases. She hung up after being told, “You need to come in and fill in a report. We’re too busy to talk to girlfriends over the phone.” He would kill many more women.

What We Know About Ted Bundy’s Girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall And Where She Is Today Ted Bundy brutally murdered dozens of women across the country in the late 1970s. Around the time he began his killing spree, he started dating a young secretary named Elizabeth. But it wasn’t until years later that Elizabeth first realized her …

In 1974 the girlfriend of Ted Bundy called Seattle police to tell them he matched the description of the suspect in several murder cases. She hung up after being told, “You need to come in and fill in a report. We’re too busy to talk to girlfriends over the phone.” He would kill many more women. Read More »

In 1981, a California doctor worked around the clock to save the life of a (3.2 lb) premature baby boy. Exactly 30 years later, that baby (now a Paramedic/Firefighter) saved the life of the doctor when a semi struck his car.

Dr. Michael Shannon This is a true story about coming full circle in life and how the world is a lot smaller than it seems. Some find the facts too hard to imagine, and others believe it’s a miracle featuring fated twin events. There are two main characters to the story, Dr. Michael Shannon and …

In 1981, a California doctor worked around the clock to save the life of a (3.2 lb) premature baby boy. Exactly 30 years later, that baby (now a Paramedic/Firefighter) saved the life of the doctor when a semi struck his car. Read More »

Two men from Indiana were wrongfully convicted in a 1996 armed robbery because of a false statement from an informant who had sex with the lead detective who set them up. 20 years later, they were found innocent and one of them received $4.9 Million settlement.

LONG-LOST RECORDS SURFACE IN WRONGFUL CONVICTION CASE LONG-LOST RECORDS SURFACE IN WRONGFUL CONVICTION CASE by Christian Sheckler, South Bend Tribune, and Ken Armstrong, ProPublica. This story was originally published by ProPublica. Newly released documents show the lead detective in an Elkhart, Indiana, police investigation that led to a pair of wrongful convictions was forced to …

Two men from Indiana were wrongfully convicted in a 1996 armed robbery because of a false statement from an informant who had sex with the lead detective who set them up. 20 years later, they were found innocent and one of them received $4.9 Million settlement. Read More »