35 Shocking Facts About Disturbing TV Incidents

31Lee Harvey Oswald

The shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of killing US President John F. Kennedy, is the first known instance of a murder seen live on television. In 1963, while being transferred to a new prison, Jack Ruby leapt from a crowd and shot Oswald at point blank range, all while news cameras were rolling.


32Shawn Nelson

In 1995, Veteran Shawn Nelson walked into an unlocked Armory in San Diego and drove away with a 57-ton tank. He destroyed traffic lights, poles, and several vehicles, and almost toppled a bridge. He led police on a 23-minute televised chase, which ended when he tried to cross the highway into oncoming traffic but got stuck on the median. A police officer was then able to climb on top, open the hatch, and shoot him.


332010 European Poker Tour

During the live broadcast of the 2010 European Poker Tour tournament, an armed gang stormed the hotel in which the event was taking place and made off with $1.2 million. Several players and the hotel staff were wounded in the robbery, which lasted less than 3 minutes.


34Clint Malarchuk

In 1989, during a live broadcast an ice hockey game, NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk’s carotid artery was severed by another player’s skate. The sight of blood gushing out of his neck caused 11 fans to faint, 2 suffered heart attacks, and 3 players to vomit on the ice. The team's athletic trainer, who was a former army medic and Vietnam veteran, saved him on the ice by reaching into his neck and pinching off the artery until medical help could arrive.


35Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala, a convicted rapist, and serial killer, was a contestant on ‘The Dating Game’ in 1978. He actually won a date with the bachelorette, but she subsequently refused to go out with him, because she found him “creepy.”

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