We're not the only strange folk with a curious interest in old true crime stories. I recently joined a Yahoo group called The Crime Challenge, in which people with an interest in true crime quiz each other on their knowledge of famous and obscure murder cases. Some of the questions are really more of a test of your internet researching skills. Some questions will lead you to surf until you find a stunning true story.
So your correspondent recently came up with a Pop Quiz for the group. If you get more than half of these questions right, I'll be impressed.
Pop Crime Quiz
The Assassin's Assassin
1. Lee Oswald shot and killed John Kennedy. Who shot Lee Oswald?
2. Robert Ford shot and killed Jesse James. Who shot Robert Ford?
3. John Wilkes Booth shot and killed Abraham Lincoln. Who shot John Wilkes Booth?
4. Can you name these infamous women? Bonus question: what did they all have in common?
A. When her lover Cesar dumped her, this famous performer shot him to death as he tried to leave in a cab. In court, she was described as "a dewy rose".
B. This woman shot and killed her lover Jake, a national Republican committeeman.
C. This woman won campus beauty contests at Northwestern University before she took a man's life. Five juries were called before her case was finally resolved.
D. This wife of a sultan of Sahara never served a day in prison for his murder.
E. This lady walked into a South Carolina church with a loaded pistol cocked and ready. While Sunday School was in session, she shot her cousin John Steedley in the back and killed him. She was angry with him for gossiping about her.
Answers to come in 48 hours.