Jan. 19, 1999 – Gary Dellapenta Charged With Cyber-Stalking
On Jan. 19, 1999 Gary Dellapenta was charged in California with cyber-stalking after he repeatedly placed ads in a woman’s name soliciting sexual assault. Dellapenta used the internet to post the online ads as revenge for the rejection of his romantic advances. His identity as the perpetrator was found after the victim’s father responded to the ads, thus tracing the origin. Only weeks earlier, California had become the first state to ban cyber-stalking. Gary Dellapenta pled guilty and received a six year prison sentence.
Jan. 18, 1967 – Boston Strangler Sentenced to Life in Prison
On Jan. 18, 1967 Albert DeSalvo was sentenced to life in prison, having confessed to the unsolved murders of 13 women in the Boston area. Although many doubted DeSalvo’s confession, believing that the murders were the work of multiple individuals, he was able to describe the murder scenes in detail to the detectives. He had initially confessed the murders to a fellow inmate who in turn informed his attorney of DeSlavo’s claims. The month following his conviction, Albert DeSalvo escaped from Bridgewater State Hospital, turning himself in the next day. He was transferred to Walpole State Prison where he was found murdered six years later.
Jan. 17, 1977 – Gary Gilmore's Execution Lifts Death Penalty Moratorium
On Jan. 17, 1977 Gary Gilmore was executed by firing squad in Utah, have been sentenced to death for two murders committed the previous year. He became the first person to be executed in the United States after the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976. A four year moratorium on death penalty had been in effect since 1972. Gilmore’s execution had gained national attention due to his fierce demands that is death be carried out and that his attorneys drop any appeals.
Jan. 16, 1919 – Ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment Jump Starts Prohibition
On Jan. 16, 1919 the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, putting in motion the steps toward a period of Prohibition. The amendment went into effect exactly one year later, banning the sale and consumption of intoxicating liquors. The negative public response to the law made a considerable cultural impact, causing a surge in organized crime due to the demand for illegally imported alcohol. The Eighteenth Amendment was repealed by the Twenty First Amendment in 1933, making it the first and only constitutional amendment to be repealed in its entirety.
Jan. 15, 1976 – Sara Jane Moore Receives Life Sentence for Attempted Ford Assassination
On Jan. 15, 1976 Sara Jane Moore was sentenced to life in prison for her attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford. The assassination attempt took place in September of 1975 outside the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Moore, who had been examined by the Secret Police for her involvement in revolutionary politics, had been arrested the day prior to the attempt for an illegal handgun charge, but was released.
Moore fired a single shot at Ford that missed as a result of bystander Oliver Sipple grabbing her arm at the time of the shot. She pled guilty and was sentenced to life in prison in California, but was paroled on December 31, 2007 at the age of 77.