Who Is Michael Rockefeller?

If you are a history buff or conspiracy theorist, the last name Rockefeller is well-known. Nelson Rockefeller was a Vice President as well as the Governor of New York, garnering him Rockefeller Square where the famous Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place each year. Michael Rockefeller was the fifth child of Nelson and Mary Clark.

Michael Rockefeller was reported missing on November 19th, 1961 and was declared legally dead three years in 1964. Until this day, his body has not been found and the details of his disappearance are unknown. This seems odd considering how much money and power the name Rockefeller contains.

After working with the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and studying the Dani Tribe, Michael left to begin studying the Asmat Tribe in Netherland New Guinea. During an excursion on a pontoon boat on November 17th, Michael, anthropologist Rene Wassing and two locals tipped over. The two local guides swam back to shore to get help. At this time, the shore was approximately 3 miles away. The boat continued to drift with Rene and Michael. Two days later on November 19th, Rockefeller told Rene that he felt he can swim to shore. At this point, the boat was estimated to be 12 miles from shore. Rene was rescued the next day (November 20th) and Rockefeller was never seen again.

There have been many speculations on what exactly happened to Michael ranging from drowning, eaten by a shark to being captured and eaten by local tribes. Investigations revealed that in 1958, Dutchmen murdered local Otsjnaep tribe members. Therefore it is possible then when the “white” Rockefeller landed on shore he was captured and killed. In 2014, Carl Hoffman published a book Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Micheal Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art. The book strongly suggests that Michael was murdered once arriving on shore. However, in 2011 Agamemnon Films released a documentary showing what appeared to be a white person with a long beard living amongst the locals. We may never know the truth.

SHARON TATE: A LIGHT EXTINGUISHED

Sharon Tate has a legacy, but it isn’t one she was designed for when she first arrived in Hollywood. Her star was rising while her life was a wife and soon-to-be mother was in its nascent stages.

Then the flame went out – quicker than it ignited. And that has been her legacy for nearly the last 50 years.

Sharon Tate, married to iconic director Roman Polanski and more than eight months pregnant with the couple’s son, was brutally murdered by members of the Charlie Manson Family in August 1969, taking Tate’s star out of Hollywood just as it was shining at its most bright. She had earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work in Valley of the Dolls in 1967, and she was the headline actress in 12+1, when she was killed – the movie showed in theaters posthumously.

Sadly, though, her Hollywood career in life was not long enough to overshadow her death, though she was on the way to possible greatness in the wake of her most recent performances. However, it took the cult fame and cruelty of the Mason Family to take over the legacy and list Tate as just another one of Manson’s victims – though certainly one of the more famous ones.

Tate began in Hollywood as an 18-year-old in 1961 in Barabbas with Anthony Quinn, after entering in a few beauty pageants and earning a cover photo in a swimsuit on the U.S. military magazine Stars & Stripes, which garnered her some celebrity status in Italy, where her military family was stationed.

Her performance in Barabbas got her name in Hollywood and she moved on from modeling and started focusing more on acting. At the time of her murder, she had ascended to receiving top actress billing in her latest films, including a 1967 Polanski project called The Fearless Vampire Killers, where she had met Polanski and ended up marrying in January 1968.

While Tate’s actual murderer is unknown (she was killed along with four others inside the home she shared with Polanski), Charles Manson served the rest of his life in prison for running the Manson Family and guiding it through its crime spree that included several murders. Since her death, Tate’s mother and sister advocated for changes to California’s sentencing and criminal laws which led to Manson’s’ lifetime imprisonment. For their work, Sharon Tate’s life has served as a symbol for victims’ rights, as many of the reforms in California were implemented in other states as well.

Sharon Tate will sadly be known as perhaps the sot famous of Charles Manson’s’ victims, instead of being remembered for her beauty and promising acting career. It is another one of those situations where usually the last thing you do or have done to you that impact the most people is what will be remembered. But at the end of the day, Tate’s family will make sure that her name lives on and has a more lasting impression than anything Manson ever did.

Famous Criminal Defense Attorneys

Being a defense attorney is often a question or morality. In the United States, our constitution declares everyone is innocent until proven guilty. However, in the court of public opinion, there are many who are quick to judge and deem a guilty verdict before the trial has begun. And while many alleged criminals might actually be guilty of their accused crime, a defense lawyer doesn’t need to prove that the alleged criminal didn’t commit the crime, just show that the evidence presented by the prosecution is not sufficient enough to prove the alleged crime. Some defense lawyers are better than others. Here’s a list of the most famous defense lawyer.

Johnnie Cochran  – Best known for defending O.J. Simpson when he was accused of murdering his wife Nicole Brown Simpson, where he famously said “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.” Cochran was successful and earned Simpson an acquittal. He has also represented other celebrities accused of crimes such as P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Rosa Parks, Michael Jackson, and Tupac Shakur. In the P. Diddy weapons charge case, Cochran was able to get him acquitted on all charges.

Mark Geragos – Best known for defending Scott Peterson who was accused of murdering his pregnant wife, Lacie Peterson, during the same time period where he was defending Michael Jackson, who was being accused of molestation. Attempting to defend two high profile cases at the same time became costly for Geragos; Jackson dropped him as a lawyer and Scott Peterson was found guilty and sentenced to death.

Howard K. Stern – Best known for representing Anna Nicole Smith and appearing on her reality TV show. The two of them dated in 2006 and were married in 2007. After Anna Nicole gave birth to her daughter Dannielynn, Howard was thrust into a paternity lawsuit against Larry Birkhead, which he lost. He was then arrested and tried for conspiracy surrounding prescription medications for Anna Nicole. However, these charges were dismissed as Judge Robert Perry believed that the fake names used in obtaining prescriptions were for Anna Nicole’s protection.

The Infamous Life Of Jordan Belfort

Ever since the hit movie “The Wolf Of Wall Street” premiered in 2013, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, Belfort’s personal life and story has become rather infamous. Although he scammed investors out of $200 million, he may be even more well-known for the activities and debauchery of his private life.

Belfort At His Peak

At his peak, socially and financially, Belfort could be seen by many as a legend — amassing an immense fortune and lifestyle to accompany it. At the age 31, he already was a multimillionaire stockbroker, in possession of a helicopter, yacht, plane, and more. But how did he make all this money? Well, Belfort founded the company Stratton Oakmont, a stockbroker firm based on Long Island. His success came from his incredible sales tactics, reportedly able to sell anything to anyone. He was able to transfer these tactics to young brokers, many of them fresh out of school. He handed them a script to read and trained them in his program, allowing them to successfully cold-call potential investors. These practices, along with some illegal ones that will later be explored, allowed Belfort to earn $50 million a year. However, the numbers get even more insane. Allegedly, he once made $12 million in just three minutes! However, these astronomical figures did not come without a cost.

The Darker Side

Jordan Belfort’s rapid success did not come without a cost. In addition to engaging in illegal trading activities, his life was filled with other debauchery — both legal and illegal. Perhaps most notable was his excessive drug abuse. He preferred the powerful sedative known as Quaaludes, a recreational drug banned in many different countries. He was said to have ran out of Quaaludes during a hotel stay in London, and had his secretary in New York send him an emergency supply at four in the morning. However, Belfort was not alone in his drug indulgence, as many of the brokers at Stratton Oakmont (also know as Strattonites) used cocaine regularly.

Illegal Trading Practices

In addition to Belfort’s illegal personal practices, he employed illegal market manipulation techniques at Stratton Oakmont. Most common were “pump and dump” schemes, a technique where Stratton’s brokers would buy up a bunch of shares of a company for their clients, causing the stock price to rapidly rise or “pump.” At this point, Belfort would “dump” his personal shares on the market, causing the price to collapse and leaving his clients with nothing. Further, he engaged in money laundering, or the concealing of illegally obtained money. Usually, this was done by transferring money to foreign banks, or funneling in the money through legitimate businesses.

Overview

Overall, the story of Jordan Belfort and his firm Stratton Oakmont is certainly a memorable one. Riddled with crime and ethical dilemmas, it is truly unlike any other. However, in present day (after serving jail time), Belfort is reportedly a changed man. He is paying restitution to his victims, and serving as a dutiful father to his children.

Who Is Frank Abagnale?

Frank Abagnale currently works are a security consultant for the FBI academy. However, he is more famously known for his criminal activity in his youth. He is a former check forger, confidence trickster, swindler, and impostor. It’s claimed he assumed at least eight identities and became known as one of America’s most famous impostors. In addition, he escaped prison twice before reaching the age of 21. For his past crimes, he served less than 5 years in a prison before being offered employment with the federal government.

Some of his most famous impersonations include a physician, an airline pilot, a lawyer and a prison agent. With a goal of wanting to fly around the globe for free, he decided to obtain a Pan Am uniform and a fake employee ID. Abagnale then went one to forge an FAA pilot’s license and managed to fly over a million miles with commercial airlines over 250 flights.

Abagnale managed to get a job as a lawyer by forging a law transcript from Harvard University and passing the Louisiana bar exam at just 19. It took him three attempts and eight weeks of intensive studying to pass the bar exam. He also claimed he worked as a teaching assistant at BYU, but the university denies the claim.

Abagnale’s father was the victim of the first con he carried out. The con involved him using a gasoline card his father had given him to pay for gas to get to work to buy tires, car batteries, and other car parts. He then asked the gas station attendants to exchange the products he bought for cash. His father ending up having to pay a $3,400 bill, as Abagnale was just 15 years old.

Drawing on his former life as a criminal, Abagnale wrote four books: Stealing Your Life, The Art of the Steal, Catch Me If You Can and Real U Guide to Identity Theft. He is married to Kelly Anne Welbes and the couple has three children. In addition to working for the FBI academy, Abagnale also runs a financial fraud consultancy firm called Abagnale & Associates. Lots of people in America might know Abagnale from his numerous media appearances over the years.

You can learn more about Frank W. Abagnale at abagnale.com. On the site, you can also learn more about protecting yourself from ID theft, forgery, and embezzlement. The internet has made it easier than ever for criminals to carry out ID theft, so you need to arm yourself with knowledge so you don’t fall victim to the crime.

10 Interesting Facts About Bernie Madoff

Who is Bernie Madoff?

Bernard Lawrence Madoff, more commonly known as “Bernie” is a well-known American-financier that executed the largest Ponzi scheme ever. He defrauded countless investors that accounted for billions over a period of about 17 years.

Despite, his claims of generating steady and large returns through the investing strategy known as “split-strike conversion”, which actually does exist, Madoff deposited his client’s funds into one bank account, where he would pay out clients that wanted a cash out. He funded these redemptions in the way of attracting “new” investors. He failed to maintain this fraud when the markets took a sharp turn in the late part of 2008. Here are 10 interesting facts about Bernie Madoff.

Facts About Bernie Madoff

1. Bernard Lawrence Madoff was born on the 29 April 1938, in Rockaways section of Queens, N.Y.

2. He went onto graduate from Far Rockaway High School. He met Ruth Alpern in high school who later became his wife.

3. When he finished high school, he went to the University of Alabama for a year before he transferred to the Hofstra University. In 1960 he graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in political science.

4. He went to Brooklyn Law School briefly, before leaving to start his company known as Madoff Investment Securities in the year 1960. He used the $5,000 he had managed to save from repairing and installing sprinkler systems and from working as a lifeguard.

5. His reputation and prominence started to grow and he went onto help pioneer electronic-trading. He also testified in front of congressional committees about financial matters, along with serving as a chairman on the board for the Nasdaq Stock Market.

6. He was also an avid golfer who belonged to several exclusive clubs.

7. His sons, Mark and Andrew were made senior employees in his company. They both turned their dad into the federal authorities in 2008, when the Ponzi scheme was made public.

8. The scheme was estimated at around $65 billion and is suggested as the largest in Wall Street history.

9. At the time of receiving charges for the fraud, he owned yachts in New York, Florida and the Mediterranean, a $7 million penthouse based in Manhattan, a villa situated on the French Riviera, a mansion based in the Hamptons, and a 56-foot boat that he named “The Bull.”

10. The 11 counts of theft, money laundering, perjury and fraud ended with Madoff being sentenced to 150-years in prison.

If you are a victim of a similar scheme, it is important that you speak with an medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Sometimes, these schemes are not only tried in a criminal court, but a civil as well.

The Top Mobsters of All Time

Being a member of the top ten mobsters of all time is the hall of fame for members of organized crime families. Many of the gangsters that made this list were considered pioneers of heir craft. Often, these criminals brought in well over 100 million dollars annually. These guys made it to the top of their profession and some of them changed the game forever.

The Top Five Mobsters of All Time

Recently, National Crime Syndicate performed a survey to uncover who the public views as the top ten mobsters of all time. 200 people voted and here are the results:

1.Lucky Luciano

Lucky Luciano claimed the number one spot on this list and deservedly so. After taking out New York mob bosses, Sal Maranzano and Joe Masseria, Lucky restructured the entire New York crime organization. He broke New York into five families, giving each family territory and putting an end to the bloodshed.

2.Carlos Gambino

Carlos Gambino might have been the most low-profile gangster of all time. Carlos ruled his family for over 20 years. During Gambino’s reign, the family was estimated over $500,000,000 a year. The mob boss never had an attempt made on his life and only served 22 months in prison over his lifetime.

3. Frank Costello

Mr.  Costello was a true mobster cinderella story. The gangster rose from the bottom of the family to the top of what is known today as the Genovese Crime Family. Frank Costello was known for his relationships with politicians and was said to run the democratic party in the 1940s. Costello’s run s the boss of the family almost came to an abrupt end, but he was ablet o talk his way out of being murdered by future boss Vito Genovese.

4. Meyer Lansky

Meyer Lansky was one brought into the mob life for his impeccable knowledge of business and finance. The Jewsih born mobster was a founding member of the national crime syndicate. Lansky became well-known for the idea of using foreign accounts to launder money. By 1970, Meyer was worth an estimated $300,000,000.

5. Tony Accardo

Tony Accardo was once the boss of the crime family that controlled all of Chicago. He was virtually untouchable, only spending one night in jail over an 80+ year career in organized crime. Accardo rose through the ranks as a hitman for Al Capone and was said to be part of the infamous Valentine’s Day Massacre.

 

Celebs Accused of Sexual Assault

We live in a changing world. The U.S. is experiencing a surge of charges against alleged sexual predators, and women are standing up against their assailants in droves. You would think those who live in the public eye would be less prone to commit these crimes, but unfortunately, the opposite seems true. Here are a few celebrities accused of sexual assault.

Kevin Spacey was recently accused of sexual assault by a list of at least fifteen men. Anthony Rapp made the first accusation, alleging that Spacey had advanced on him when he was only 14 years old. Spacey made history by becoming the first person to find a bad time to come out of the closet. He responded to the accusation by denying he had any memory of the incident, then elaborated on his interest in men. Matters have only grown worse for Spacey ever since.

Although no charges have been levied, James Franco was recently accused of sexual misconduct by actresses formerly under his direction. Many have asserted that Franco is also guilty of assault, but these are still only rumors. He has previously been accused of trying to hook up with a seventeen year old girl through Instagram and texting, although these accusations have not been verified either.

“X-Men” director Bryan Singer has been accused of rape more than once of the last few years. In 2014, Michael Egan accused Singer of drugging and raping him when he was underage in the 90s. Most recently, he was accused of rape by Cesar Sanchez-Guzman, who was only 17 at the time of the incident. So far, no charges have been filed.

Jeffrey Tambor was recently accused of making sexual advances on a transgender actor on the show “Transparent”, on which he plays the role of a transgender woman. He denies any form of predation.

Louis C.K. stands accused of sexual misconduct that may go as far back as fifteen years. According to comedians Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov, Louis pleasured himself in front of them after they accepted his invitation to meet them in his hotel room. He has been accused by other women as well, and has admitted that these allegations are truthful. He has expressed remorse for his actions.

Famous Miami Criminals

What do you think about when somebody mentions Miami? Do you think about a green Florida paradise? Do you think about architecture? Do you think about contemporary trends in a changing world? Or do you think about the criminal underworld? Miami is famous for a lot of things, but none are more fascinating than its evildoers. Here are just a few of the most famous!

Everyone has heard of Pablo Escobar, the Medellin Cartel kingpin. When he reigned at the top, flooding the city with drugs, Anibal Mustelier (the Ghost) was making his way up a different ladder–as a hitman. He’s known for robberies, cartel murders, and most notoriously, a number of assassinations in Colombia and Cuba. Until 2016, he was never caught. He was found in a Miami suburb after another string of robberies.

Who else but Al Capone might have run his criminal enterprises from afar? He was known for running the criminal world as Scarface, and he routinely made Miami his home. He passed away in Palm Island in 1947.

Leonid Fainberg, or Tarzan,  was involved in drug and human trafficking. He delivered girls from Moscow so they could work for him, and he gave all of us the impression that strip joints are run by Russian guys who like to drink Vodka and have a bit of fun on the side. When he finally got nailed in Miami, he was subsequently deported to Israel.

Miami isn’t all about drugs and prostitution. It’s also known for a number of cults. Yahweh Ben Yahweh ran one. Authorities believe he may be responsible for around twenty deaths during the same time period. No one ever nailed him for murder, though–instead, they got him for conspiracy. He died of prostate cancer in 2007, only eleven years into an eighteen year sentence.

Eddie Lee Mosley was a serial killer and rapist, known as the “Rape Man”. Even though there was enough evidence to connect him to a large number of murders, a judge ruled him incompetent to stand trial. One of the rapes that have kept him in prison for over two decades occurred in Miami-Dade County.

Five Most Famous Get Away Cars

History is filled with little details that grab our attention–even when they shouldn’t. Most would argue against our communal interest in the criminal mind, yet most of us just can’t help it. For the introverted thrill seekers among us, here are the five most famous getaway cars that history won’t ever forget.

  1. Beginning in 1911, there was a string of bank robberies in France committed by the anarchist Bonnot Gang. This was one of the first cases that made the getaway car an actual thing because cars were so new that police didn’t even have access to them! They used a Delaunay-Belleville to escape authorities and committed a number of murders in the process. Many of the gang members were killed during the pursuit, and others died by execution after they were caught. A few survived.
  2. Al Capone, who most of us know better as “Scarface”, was a famous mobster with high class tastes. Because he was so important to organized crime in the early 1900s, he required certain extravagant protections. That’s why his vehicle of choice was an armored 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan. When you’re invincible, you can always get away.
  3. John Dillinger is a legend, depending on who you ask. He managed to survive an almost hour-long firefight with the authorities, only to then escape in a 1930 Ford Model A. That’s no small feat when the entirety of the FBI is under a single mandate to capture you.
  4. Bonnie and Clyde drove a 1934 Ford during their attempts to evade law enforcement. Of course, the vehicle is riddled with holes now. Not everyone’s getaway story ends in victory, and this is a story that has captivated Americans ever since.
  5. Remember the white Ford Bronco that Al Cowlings drove (very slowly) while helping O.J. Simpson avoid police in 1994? This might just be the most infamous vehicle of all time. Cowlings told police that O.J. had a gun to his head. When they finally arrived at the mansion that O.J. owned, police took him into custody. Yet again, the getaway car proved useless.