It Happened On #26

I know y’all can’t wait for another It Happened On, so here’s the 26th edition earlier than usual

It happened on October 23 1998… Doctor Barnett Slepian is shot to death inside his home in Amherst, New York, by an anti-abortion radical. This marked the fifth straight year that a doctor who was willing to perform abortions in upstate New York and Canada had been the victim of a sniper attack. Investigators believe that James Charles Kopp was responsible but was nowhere to be found

 In March 2001, the authorities caught up with Kopp in Europe. On May 9, 2003, he was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison

Also on October 23 1942, Michael Crichton is born. He wrote Jurassic Park and Rising Sun

He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard then returned for medical school

Crichton was a smart cookie, and tall-6’9”


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