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November 20, 2003: Michael Jackson Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Molestation

On November 20, 2003, singer Michael Jackson was arrested on suspicion of child molestation. More specifically, Jackson was accused of having “substantial sexual conduct” and engaging in lewd contact with a child younger than 14.

Jackson had been in Las Vegas, Nevada shooting a music video at the time the announcement of his status as a wanted man was made.

“Michael would never harm a child in any way,” Jackson’s spokesperson, Stuart Backerman, said at the time. “When the evidence is presented and the allegations proven to be malicious and wholly unfounded, Michael will be able to put this nightmare behind him.”

A decade before, Jackson had settled a lawsuit with the family of a boy who had stayed at Neverland Ranch (the pop star’s bizarre homestead, which resembled a theme park) and claimed that he had been molested. It was settled out of court for a reported $15 million.

Jackson was arrested after

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November 14, 1990: Simon & Schuster Drops ‘American Psycho’ From Its Publishing Roster

On November 14, 1990, esteemed publishing company Simon Schuster decided to drop the controversial and ultra-violent novel “American Psycho” from its pipeline. The book, about an impossibly vain serial killer, would eventually be published by Vintage Books and would go on to inspire the cult movie of the same name.

Simon Schuster cited “aesthetic differences” as the reason for dropping the bloody story from its roster, cancelling its production just a few months before the book was supposed to be sold in stores.

“I just decided it was an error in judgment to put our name on a book of such questionable taste, and that’s when I decided we wouldn’t publish it,” Richard E. Snyder, the company chairman, said at the time.

Snyder’s decision caused outrage within the literary community: “When a corporate executive like Richard Snyder or Martin Davis can censor an author based on their tastes or

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November 6, 2012: Lawrence Nathaniel Jones Opens Fire In Poultry Processing Plant

Lawrence Nathaniel Jones, an employee of a poultry processing plant, opened fire at his place of employment on November 6, 2012. Jones killed two workers and wounded two others during the shooting. He also killed himself after taking out his targets.

Though his motivations at the time were unclear, a 2004 Fresno County mental health evaluation diagnosed Jones with intermittent explosive disorder, drug-induced psychotic disorder and dependence on multiple substances including amphetamine, marijuana and alcohol, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

“He had opportunity to shoot other co-workers that were in the business at this time, but he chose not to,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said at the time. “He walked around them in order to get very close to the intended targets, place the gun very close and fire a round.”

Jones had an extensive criminal background, which included robbery, vehicle theft and a handful of other convictions. Police later found

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November 3, 1994: Susan Smith Arrested For Drowning Her 2 Sons

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On November 3, 1994, Susan Smith was arrested for the murder of her two sons. Smith tried to claim that her children were abducted by a carjacker, and the story quickly gained international attention after Smith went on TV to beg the alleged kidnapper to return her children.

Following a nationwide search, it was eventually determined that Smith had locked her children in her car and let it roll into a lake, drowning them both. Smith would go on to blame mental illness for her behavior. Smith’s defense psychiatrist diagnosed her with dependent personality disorder and major depression, revealing an extensive narrative of trauma and abuse in her past. Smith claimed that she had no motive for her crime and had not planned it, saying that she was not sane at the time.

“I love

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‘Dahmer On Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks’ Premieres November 11 On Oxygen

Oxygen Media, the new destination for high-quality crime programming, ventures into the mind of America’s most notorious serial killer when its two-night special “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks” premieres Saturday, November 11 at 7pm ET/PT. Twenty-five years ago, Milwaukee resident Jeffrey Dahmer was tried and convicted of 17 gruesome murders, shaking the public’s perception of evil to its core. The shocking nature of his crimes – luring young men into his home, where he drugged, sexually violated, killed and eventually consumed his victims – unmasked a madman walking in the shadows and launched the question: how did a once mild-mannered, handsome young man become one of history’s most terrifying and unexpected serial killers? During his time behind bars, one of the nation’s leading investigative journalists, Nancy Glass, secured both exclusive access and the first televised interview with Dahmer, developing a candid relationship in which he divulged the darkest

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‘Dahmer On Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks’ Premieres November …

Oxygen Media, the new destination for high-quality crime programming, ventures into the mind of America’s most notorious serial killer when its two-night special “Dahmer on Dahmer: A Serial Killer Speaks” premieres Saturday, November 11 at 7pm ET/PT. Twenty-five years ago, Milwaukee resident Jeffrey Dahmer was tried and convicted of 17 gruesome murders, shaking the public’s perception of evil to its core. The shocking nature of his crimes – luring young men into his home, where he drugged, sexually violated, killed and eventually consumed his victims – unmasked a madman walking in the shadows and launched the question: how did a once mild-mannered, handsome young man become one of history’s most terrifying and unexpected serial killers? During his time behind bars, one of the nation’s leading investigative journalists, Nancy Glass, secured both exclusive access and the first televised interview with Dahmer, developing a candid relationship in which he divulged the darkest

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