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Famous Suspects - Guilty or Innocent?

Updated on February 22, 2015

Some crimes have fired up whole nations. It seemed like no one could talk about anything else.

Let's consider some of the most famous suspects and offer our own verdict of guilt or innocence.

Here are my opinions:

*Alger Hiss - Guilty The aristocratic Hiss was a high ranking government official in the Roosevelt and Truman administrations. He attended the Yalta Conference and served as secretary-general of the San Francisco United Nations Conference. Few could imagine he was a snake who betrayed his country to Communist dictators - but he was. The Moynihan Commission on Government Secrecy concluded "The complicity of Alger Hiss of the State Department seems settled." According to John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, the Venona project (A U.S. government program which intercepted Soviet intelligence messages) revealed Hiss to be a Communist spy.

*The Rosenbergs - Guilty Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed in 1953 for providing atomic secrets to The Soviets. This one is certain. Even the Rosenbergs' two sons have admitted their parents were guilty. They betrayed their country by handing over nuclear secrets to Stalin, one of the worst dictators in history. I've heard people say we shouldn't judge the Rosenbergs harshly because they were not very effective spies, but a bad spy is still a traitor - he is just incompetent as well.

Julius Rosenberg
Julius Rosenberg | Source

*Harry Dexter White - Guilty He died before he went to trial. I think he was the blackest traitor in American history. While working at the U.S. Treasury department White repeatedly betrayed his country to the Communists. According to Benn Steil, White was the author of the key ultimatum demands that led to the attack on Pearl Harbor. White wanted Japan fighting the U.S. instead of the Soviets.

*Lizzie Borden - Not Guilty She was acquitted for the axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1892. I don’t know who committed the murders, but not enough evidence exists to convict Lizzie. She was immortalized in the rhyme:

Lizzie Borden took an ax

And gave her mother forty whacks.

When she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty-one.

*Bruno Hauptman - Guilty Hauptman was executed in 1936 for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's baby son. Lindbergh became an international hero after his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927 and the N.J. trial fascinated millions around the globe. Some of the ransom money was found in Hauptman's garage and I think he was guilty.

*O. J. Simpson - Guilty Another "trial of the century", it eventually turned into a circus.

*Jon Benet Ramsey’s family: John, Patsy, and Burke Ramsey - Not Guilty The lying media vipers were eager to portray this picture perfect American family as a cauldron of hidden rage, perversion, and cruelty. I was appalled by the media coverage of this case. The media was so disgusted by photos of a sexualized Jon Benet that news reports showed the pictures again and again and again.

*Leo Frank - Guilty He raped and killed a 13-year-old girl and tried to blame it on a black man. In 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia sweatshop worker Mary Phagan was strangled to death. Her boss, Leo Frank, was convicted of the crime. What convinced me of Frank's guilt is the evidence that Frank tried to take advantage of girls in his employ. (For example Jim Conley earned special privileges because he served as Frank's lookout.)

*Lee Harvey Oswald - Guilty Oswald was killed before going to trial. The only "conspiracy" is the conspiracy theories themselves. The liberal media establishment was uncomfortable with the fact that liberal icon JFK was killed by a Communist. So the establishment concocted increasingly ludicrous right-wing conspiracy theories.

Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald | Source

*David Berkowitz, was guilty but he may not have acted alone. In 1976 and 1977 in NYC six people were killed and seven wounded. Hundreds of detectives searched for the killer who called himself "Son of Sam". Eventually caught, Berkowitz told of a neighbor's dog which commanded him to kill and of his feelings of resentment towards women. Berkowitz was involved in the occult and may have been associated with a Satanic cult.

*Aaron Kosminski - Guilty Looks like they finally found the identity of Jack the Ripper!

What do you think?

Which suspect(s) was/were clearly guilty?

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      Frances 3 years ago

      I agree with your comments. I think Lizzie's strange behavior during the trial could be attributed to guilty feelings - her arguments with her father and step-mother before their gruesome deaths would make anyone feel badly.