True Crime On This Day February 2nd

True Crime On This Day February 2nd

February 2nd

On February 2nd in true crime, punk rocker death, prison riots, macabre discovery, serial killer, Hama massacre and robbery.


Serial killer Joseph James DeAngelo, AKA: The Golden State Killer, shot dead Brian Maggiore and Katie Maggiore. DNA has been matched against the two victims and confirms DeAngelo as the killer.

It is suggested he killed again in 1978, probably more than once. In mid-2020, DeAngelo pleaded guilty to 13 murders, 13 kidnappings and 161 other crimes including 80 rapes.


In New York, former Sex Pistols guitarist Sid Vicious was found dead after a heroin overdose. The 21-year-old Londoner was on bail for the second-degree murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen in October 1978.

The trial for her murder had already begun in January, and Vicious had proclaimed his innocence over her death.


In Santa Fe County, New Mexico, the New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot began and lasted for almost 36 hours. It went on to become one of the most violent prison riots in United States history.

Inmates managed to take complete control of the prison and took 12 prison guards’ hostage. Seven of the guards were brutally beaten and raped during the takeover.

33 inmates at the prison were murdered by other inmates, including 12 who had been in the Protective Custody Unit. Some of them had been mutilated and tortured before being dismembered.

Over 200 people were injured in the riots. 36 hours later, heavily armed officers managed to slowly regain control of the prison.

Although some inmates with charged with minor felonies, most of the crimes committed during the riots went unpunished.


In Dade City, Pasco County, Florida, the skeletal remains of a 40 to 50-year-old white male were discovered in a wooded area. Two boys were playing in the area when they noticed bones in a dry ditch, they told their parents, and the police were called.

An autopsy confirmed he was most likely a local man, but an investigation suggested he was from North Carolina and went under the name of Dakota or Kenneth Salnang. His body was found with clothes and personal possessions, but none could prove who he was.

The circumstances surrounding his death and his identity have long remained a mystery, but foul play has long been suspected.


In Hama, Syria, the Hama Massacre, or Hama Uprising took place and lasted 26 days until February 28th.

The President of Syria, Hafez al-Assad, ordered the Syrian Arab Army and Defence Companies to quell an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood, who were against al-Assad’s government.

Over the course of the 26 days, an estimated 40,000 people were killed, including about 1,000 soldiers. Death count estimates have varied wildly but in recent years it has been suggested that 30,000 people were killed, along with 15,000 unaccounted for.

Large parts of Hama, including ancient buildings, were destroyed during the massacre. The attack has been described as one of the deadliest acts by any Arab government against its own people in the modern Middle East. It also suppressed the Islamist insurgency in the country at the time.


In Houston, Texas, 67-year-old property manager Ethyl Delaney was beaten to death in her own home during a robbery. She had been murdered by her neighbour, a drunken John Sawyers, who had broken into her home with the intention of robbing it but got into a confrontation with Delaney.

He ripped off her clothes, slapped her, and hit her over the head four times with a cast iron skillet pan. He eloped with three rings, and her car, later pawning the rings for approximately $200 (USD).

Sawyers was arrested shortly after while involved in an unconnected traffic incident, driving Delaney’s car. He was subsequently sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection in Texas on May 18th 1993.

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