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Crime and Court Cases
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Meter maids took abuse, but didn't always frown

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  • Traffic violations officer Tania Ledesma became legendary as a meter maid for South Miami police. In a 1985 profile, Herald writer Francine Barron wrote: "Walking for eight hours in Florida heat and thunderstorms, rarely taking a break, shouldering the abuse from outraged citizens who arrive at their cars an instant too late, Ledesma is intimately acquainted with the perils of the parking violations officer. She loves her job." Other meter maids also found reasons to smile sometimes.
  • 4/22/2014
  • Album ID: 1791408

Illegal gambling left its mark on Florida

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  • Legal and illegal gambling has long been a part of Florida.
  • 1/28/2014
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Murder of Sydney and Lillian Gans, 1974

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  • A factory worker hidden in a shallow hole beneath of a clump of wild holly trees was captured and charged in the kidnap slaying of his wealthy employer and the employer's wife. Millionaire Sydney Gans had chosen to pay his kidnaper $50,000 in ransom in an attempt to save the life of his wife, Lillian. The couple died together, executed by their kidnaper who would live another 40 years on death row, and take another life, of a prison guard, before justice came for him in lethal injection.
  • 1/8/2014
  • Album ID: 1751958

Attorney never gave up on real estate case

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  • Attorney Michael Feinstein never gave up on a real estate closing in South Miami, even though it took 22 years.
  • 11/12/2013
  • Album ID: 1730813

Death Row inmate James Duckett

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  • Florida Death Row inmate James Duckett was convicted in 1988 of raping and drowning an 11-year-old girl. In 2003, retired Miami-Dade County homicide detective Marshall Frank declared he was convinced Duckett was innocent but after a nine-month investigation said he had been wrong and Duckett was the killer.
  • 10/24/2013
  • Album ID: 1722549

Sensational 1932 trial brought world's press to Miami

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  • Early in the morning of April 21, 1932 a shot was fired at 2321 SW 21st Ter. in Miami. Shot in the head and dying was Charles Haden Clarke, fiancee of Jessie M. Keith-Miller, an Australian aviatrix. In the room with the victim was Captain William Newton Lancaster, a British aviator who would later admit that he wrote a suicide note and signed it with Clarke's name, hoping to escape blame for the shooting. He went to trial for murder on August 2, 1932 in Miami in a case that attracted international attention.
  • 10/22/2013
  • Album ID: 1721605

Paul Petruzzi, attorney at law

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  • Miami Herald newspaper pages related to Paul Petruzzi, attorney at law.
  • 9/14/2013
  • Album ID: 1705046

Victor and Natalia Wolf wanted in classic Florida land scam

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  • Victor and Natalia Wolf disappeared after concocting what the FBI says is a massive land swindle on Florida's Gulf Coast. Now they're being investigated in the spectacular collapse of a project to build a new city in Texas
  • 8/16/2013
  • Album ID: 1692658

Business partner blamed in 1986 penthouse shooting

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  • Businessman Krishna Maharaj was accused in the 1986 shooting deaths of two former partners in a two-story penthouse suite of the Dupont Plaza Hotel. Killed were Derrick Waverly Moo Young and his son Duane. He was eventually sentenced to 50 years in prison.
  • 5/28/2013
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Gunman accused parents in 1990 murder of son

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  • A strange and frightening tale of deceit, greed and torture unfolded when police accused Martin Rector of shooting his friend Chris Morris five times. Rector accused the victim's parents of playing key roles in the crime.
  • 4/18/2013
  • Album ID: 1640744
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