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Let’s Relive the Scandals & Shocking Moments of the 1990s!

The 90’s was a fantastic cultural shitshow. Murder, court trials, sex, smut, scandals!

I wanted to have a poll but there are so many, I would run out of choices.

by Anonymousreply 38May 26, 2023 2:09 PM

On the evening of Sunday, June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson, aged 35, was stabbed to death outside her home, along with 25-year-old restaurant waiter Ron Goldman. Her body was discovered shortly after midnight on June 13. She was lying in the fetal position in a pool of blood.

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by Anonymousreply 1May 26, 2023 5:32 AM

The incident in which Lorena Bobbitt severed her husband John Wayne Bobbitt's penis occurred on June 23, 1993, in Manassas, Virginia. Lorena stated in a court hearing that, after coming home that evening, her husband had raped her. After he then went to sleep, she got out of bed and went to the kitchen for a drink of water. She then grabbed an eight-inch Ginsu carving knife on the kitchen counter, returned to their bedroom, pulled back the bed sheets and cut off his penis.

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by Anonymousreply 2May 26, 2023 5:33 AM

Fisher became increasingly jealous of Buttafuoco's wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco. She obtained a .25-caliber handgun with the assistance of Peter Guagenti, a Brooklyn auto supply salesman who acted as her getaway driver. When Mary Jo Buttafuoco answered the door, Fisher told her that Joey Buttafuoco was having an affair with Fisher's (imaginary) younger sister, providing a T-shirt advertising Buttafuoco's auto body shop as "proof". The conversation lasted about 15 minutes, during which Buttafuoco became increasingly angry. She finally told Fisher to leave and then turned her back to return to the house. Fisher took out the gun, struck Buttafuoco twice with it, then shot her in the head; she later said the severely wounded Buttafuoco fell on her.

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by Anonymousreply 3May 26, 2023 5:33 AM

On October 25, 1994, Smith reported to police that her vehicle had been carjacked by a black man who drove away with her sons still inside. For nine days, she made dramatic pleas on national television for their safe return. However, following an intensive investigation and a nationwide search for them, she confessed on November 3, 1994, to letting her car roll into nearby John D. Long Lake, drowning them inside.

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by Anonymousreply 4May 26, 2023 5:34 AM

On the morning of 15 July 1997, Versace took a walk on Ocean Drive to retrieve his morning magazines. Usually, Versace would have an assistant walk from his home to the nearby News Cafe to get his magazines, but on this occasion, he decided to go himself. Versace had returned and was climbing the steps of his Miami Beach mansion when a man dressed in a gray T-shirt, black shorts, a white hat, and carrying a backpack shot him in the head at point-blank range with a .40 caliber Taurus PT100. He was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital, at 9:21 a.m.

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by Anonymousreply 5May 26, 2023 5:34 AM

At 9:02 a.m., the Ryder truck, containing over 4,800 pounds of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, nitromethane, and diesel fuel mixture, detonated in front of the north side of the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. 168 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

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by Anonymousreply 6May 26, 2023 5:35 AM

In the early hours of 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died from injuries sustained earlier that night in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris, France. Diana's partner, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the Mercedes-Benz W140, Henri Paul, also died upon impact. Diana's bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, was seriously injured, but was the only survivor of the crash.

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by Anonymousreply 7May 26, 2023 5:35 AM

Trans World Airlines Flight 800 (TWA800) was a Boeing 747-100 that exploded and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Moriches, New York, on July 17, 1996, at about 8:31 pm. EDT, 12 minutes after takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport, on a scheduled international passenger flight to Rome, with a stopover in Paris. All 230 people on board died in the crash; it is the third-deadliest aviation accident in U.S. history.

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by Anonymousreply 8May 26, 2023 5:36 AM

On March 26, 1997, deputies of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department discovered the bodies of the 39 active members of the group, including that of Applewhite, in a house in the San Diego suburb of Rancho Santa Fe. They had participated in a coordinated series of ritual suicides, coinciding with the closest approach of Comet Hale–Bopp. Just before the mass suicide, the group's website was updated with the message: "Hale–Bopp brings closure to Heaven's Gate ...our 22 years of classroom here on planet Earth is finally coming to conclusion—'graduation' from the Human Evolutionary Level. We are happily prepared to leave 'this world' and go with Ti's crew."

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by Anonymousreply 9May 26, 2023 5:36 AM

After 51 days, on April 19, 1993, the FBI launched a tear gas attack in an attempt to force the Branch Davidians out of the compound's buildings. Shortly thereafter, the Mount Carmel Center became engulfed in flames. The fire and the reaction to the final attack within the group resulted in the deaths of 76 Branch Davidians, including 25 children, two pregnant women, and David Koresh. In total, the 51-day siege resulted in the deaths of four federal agents and 82 Branch Davidians, 28 of whom were children.

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by Anonymousreply 10May 26, 2023 5:37 AM

The Clinton–Lewinsky scandal was a sex scandal involving Bill Clinton, the president of the United States, and Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. Their sexual relationship began in 1995—when Clinton was 49 years old and Lewinsky was 22 years old—and lasted 18 months, ending in 1997.

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by Anonymousreply 11May 26, 2023 5:37 AM

At 11:15 p.m., a white, four-door, late-model Cadillac pulled up to Knight's right side. The shooter, seated at the back of the Cadillac, rolled down the window and rapidly fired gunshots from a .40 S&W Glock 22 at Shakur's BMW. Shakur was hit four times – twice in the chest, once in the arm, once in the thigh. One of the bullets went into Shakur's right lung.

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by Anonymousreply 12May 26, 2023 5:38 AM

On May 28, 1998, the comedian and actor Phil Hartman, famous for his work on Saturday Night Live and NewsRadio, is shot to death by his wife, Brynn, in a murder-suicide. He was 49.

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by Anonymousreply 13May 26, 2023 5:38 AM

In 1995, Kaczynski sent a letter to The New York Times promising to "desist from terrorism" if the Times or The Washington Post published his manifesto, in which he argued that his bombings were extreme but necessary in attracting attention to the erosion of human freedom and dignity by modern technologies that require mass organization. The FBI and Attorney General Janet Reno pushed for the publication of the essay, which appeared in The Washington Post in September 1995. Upon reading it, Kaczynski's brother, David, recognized the prose style and reported his suspicions to the FBI. Kaczynski was arrested in 1996, and—maintaining that he was sane—tried and failed to dismiss his court-appointed lawyers because they wanted him to plead insanity to avoid the death penalty. He pleaded guilty to all charges in 1998 and was sentenced to eight consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.

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by Anonymousreply 14May 26, 2023 5:39 AM

Beginning in the early hours of July 23, 1991, Dahmer was questioned by Detective Patrick Kennedy as to the murders he had committed and the evidence found at his apartment. Over the following two weeks, Kennedy and, later, Detective Dennis Murphy conducted numerous interviews with Dahmer which, when combined, totaled over 60 hours. Dahmer waived his right to have a lawyer present throughout his interrogations, adding he wished to confess all as he had "created this horror and it only makes sense I do everything to put an end to it." He readily admitted to having murdered sixteen young men in Wisconsin since 1987, with one further victim—Steven Hicks—killed in Ohio in 1978.

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by Anonymousreply 15May 26, 2023 5:39 AM

Surrounded by his family, longtime friend Alex Escarano, Sasser, Winick, and Ling, Zamora died at 4:40 a.m. on November 11, 1994, at the age of 22, hours after the final episode of The Real World: San Francisco aired. He was buried on November 13.

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by Anonymousreply 16May 26, 2023 5:40 AM

The Menéndez case became a national sensation when Court TV broadcast the trial in 1993. Represented by their defense lawyer, Leslie Abramson, the brothers stated that they killed their parents out of fear for their lives after a lifetime of abuse at the hands of their parents, especially sexual abuse at the hands of their father, who was described as a cruel perfectionist and pedophile. Meanwhile, their mother was described as an enabling, selfish, mentally unstable alcoholic and drug addict who encouraged her husband's behavior and was also violent towards the brothers.

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by Anonymousreply 17May 26, 2023 5:40 AM

On August 18, 1993, the Los Angeles Police Department's Sexually Exploited Child Unit began a criminal investigation into Jackson. June Chandler initially told police that she did not believe Jackson had molested her son; however, her position wavered a few days later. On August 21, a search warrant was issued, allowing police to search Neverland Ranch.

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by Anonymousreply 18May 26, 2023 5:41 AM

Louise Woodward is a British former au pair, who at the age of 18 was accused of second degree murder but subsequently convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of eight-month-old Matthew Eappen in Newton, Massachusetts, United States.

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by Anonymousreply 19May 26, 2023 5:41 AM

Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. OJ got that out of the news.

by Anonymousreply 20May 26, 2023 5:43 AM

The April 14, 1997, issue of TIME featured a sit-down with the comedian, who confirmed that her sitcom character was gay—and so was she.

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by Anonymousreply 21May 26, 2023 5:44 AM

Simpler times.

by Anonymousreply 22May 26, 2023 5:45 AM

In January 1994, Tonya Harding became embroiled in controversy when her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, orchestrated an attack on her fellow U.S. skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. On March 16, 1994, Harding accepted a plea bargain in which she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to hinder prosecution. As a result of her involvement in the aftermath of the assault on Kerrigan, the United States Figure Skating Association banned her for life on June 30, 1994.

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by Anonymousreply 23May 26, 2023 5:45 AM

Maggie shot Mr. Burns.

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by Anonymousreply 24May 26, 2023 5:48 AM

On March 9, 1997, at 12:30 a.m., Wallace left with his entourage in two Chevrolet Suburbans to attend an after-party at Steve Stoute's house in the Hollywood Hills. Prior to leaving, the Los Angeles Fire Department closed the party early because of smoking, loud music, and overcrowding. Wallace traveled in the front passenger seat alongside his associates Damion "D-Roc" Butler, Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil' Cease, and driver Gregory "G-Money" Young. Sean Combs traveled in the other vehicle with Eugene "Gene" Deal, Tone, Stevie J and driver Kenny. The two SUVs were trailed by a Chevrolet Blazer carrying Bad Boy Records' director of security, Paul Offord, driven by an off-duty Inglewood police officer.

By 12:45 a.m., the streets were crowded with people leaving the museum. Wallace's SUV stopped at a red light on the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and South Fairfax Avenue just 50 yd (46 m) away. Two minutes later, a dark-colored 1994–1996 Chevrolet Impala SS pulled up alongside Wallace's Suburban. The driver of the Impala, a black male, rolled down his window, drew a 9 mm blue-steel pistol and fired at the SUV; four bullets hit Wallace. Wallace's entourage rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors performed an emergency thoracotomy, but he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m. at the age of 24.

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by Anonymousreply 25May 26, 2023 5:48 AM

Kurt Cobain’s suicide

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by Anonymousreply 26May 26, 2023 5:48 AM

I have to state that Nancy Kerrigan and I share the same convenient store. I haven’t seen her in years but maybe she doesn’t come in when I do lol.

by Anonymousreply 27May 26, 2023 5:50 AM

The school shooting that started it all

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by Anonymousreply 28May 26, 2023 5:53 AM

Before Octomom there were the McCaughey septuplets.

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by Anonymousreply 29May 26, 2023 5:59 AM

As a child in a grocery store in the 90’s there were 2 things that gave me nightmares.

Nicole Simpson’s murder coverage and Heaven’s Gate / Marshall Applewhite on all the newspapers at checkout.

Marshall Applewhite was my own personal boogeyman. I was so scared of that famous photo of his wide eyes.

by Anonymousreply 30May 26, 2023 6:00 AM

Speaking of crazy newspapers at the grocery checkout

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by Anonymousreply 31May 26, 2023 6:02 AM

Charles Stuart committed suicide by jumping off the Tobin Bridge in Boston, MA on January 4, 1990 after being under investigation for murdering his wife.

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by Anonymousreply 32May 26, 2023 6:05 AM

[quote]Nicole Simpson’s murder coverage

r30 I will also admit that hearing the graphic details on the news about how she was nearly decapitated freaked me out as a kid. News coverage was savage back in the 90s. I remember my throat even starting to hurt after hearing it.

Another disturbing piece of news imagery that I'll never forget from my childhood was the photo of the fireman carrying a bloodied baby after the Oklahoma City bombing. That, literally, gave me nightmares.

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by Anonymousreply 33May 26, 2023 6:06 AM

Pee Wee Herman exposed in a porn place. That wouldn't get that much notice today.

by Anonymousreply 34May 26, 2023 6:32 AM

R34 Oh I forgot Pee Wee!

by Anonymousreply 35May 26, 2023 12:58 PM
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by Anonymousreply 36May 26, 2023 1:01 PM

Just so Americans know - your cultural moments were replayed across our news channels as if we were over there. That was the start of the anti-Americanism ('fat, dumb, ignorant') that resonated around the globe.

I lived in the States in 1999, and I found the people I met to be friendly, interesting and incredibly diverse. It's unfortunate that the worst news/moments got exported, but that's seriously what started the rot - Springer etc.

by Anonymousreply 37May 26, 2023 1:19 PM

The 32nd Grammy Awards took place February 21, 1990 at Los Angeles’ fabled Shrine Auditorium, where Milli Vanilli’s Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan sat in the front row, nervously waiting for Kris Kristofferson and Young MC to announce the winner of that year’s Best New Artist award from among a group that included folk duo Indigo Girls, alternative fave Neneh Cherry, British house music pioneers Soul II Soul and MC’s Delicious Vinyl labelmate Tone Loc.

“And the best new artist Grammy goes to… Milli Vanilli!”

Nine months after their Grammy win, on November 20, 1990, Pilatus and Morvan were holding a hastily called press conference at Ocean Way studios in Hollywood to officially turn over their Grammy awards, a day after then-Recording Academy head Michael Greene had already officially revoked it on behalf of the organization.

Just a week before, the duo’s Germany producer and mastermind Frank Farian revealed to Reuters what had been a poorly kept secret within the tight-knit recording industry: The German-born Pilatus and Paris native Morvan hadn’t sung a note on the worldwide 14-million-selling, chart-topping “Girl You Know It’s True” album, which generated five Top 5 singles and three No. 1 pop hits in “Blame It on the Rain,” “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” and “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You.” Farian pulled the plug and blew up his own creation, in turn punishing Pilatus and Morvan for the sheer gall of wanting to sing on their own next album.

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by Anonymousreply 38May 26, 2023 2:09 PM
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