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Ronald DeFeo Jr. Murders Family in Amityville, NY

After the DeFeo family was discovered murdered in their beds, Ronald DeFeo Junior, the family's only surviving member, was placed under police protection. Investigators initially believed a mob hit man had committed the crime, but DeFeo soon confessed and was convicted of murdering his parents and four siblings. A number of controversies surround the case, especially regarding the possible involvement of DeFeo's sister Dawn. What best-selling novel and series of films did these events inspire?



The Tar

The tar is a long-necked lute found in Iran and throughout the Caucasus region. Its music was believed to cure a number of physical maladies and induce philosophical moods that compel listeners to reflect upon life. The tar's double-bowl shape is carved from mulberry wood, and a thin membrane of stretched lambskin covers the top. It has a number of adjustable frets as well as three double courses of strings. Tar, Persian for string, is the root for the names of what other instruments?

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Edward III of England

Edward III, crowned at age 14, was one of the most successful English monarchs of the Middle Ages. After subjugating the Scots, Edward laid claim to the French crown, provoking the conflict which would come to be known as the Hundred Years' War. During Edward's long reign, the Black Death decimated about a third of England's population. The resulting labor shortage allowed the lower classes to demand higher wages and social advancement. How did Parliament attempt to curb these developments?

Last updated on Tuesday, 13th November 2007

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