31Over the Edge
In 1999, during a botched aerial stunt at the WWF live pay-per-view ‘Over the Edge’ event, 34-year-old WWF wrestler Owen Hart fell almost 80 feet from the rafters of Kemper Arena into the middle of the ring, where he died in front of a crowd of over 18,000 fans. The harness that was supposed to slowly lower him into the ring prematurely snapped, causing his fall.
32Alison Parker & Adam Ward
In 2015, reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were gunned down on air by a disgruntled former colleague near Roanoke, Virginia while broadcasting live. The perpetrator was Vester Lee Flanagan, who once worked as an on-air broadcaster for WDBJ in Virginia. He killed himself a short time after the murders occurred.
In 1998, an HIV-positive maintenance worker from Los Angeles named Daniel V. Jones parked his truck in the middle of an interstate, unfurled a banner that read, “HMO’s are in it for the money!! Live free, love safe or die.” That's when the SWAT Team and news helicopters showed up, giving Jones the world stage to light himself on fire with a Molotov cocktail, before shooting himself with a shotgun.
In 1987, Budd Dwyer who was the former Treasurer of Pennsylvania called in a press conference and committed public suicide live on national television. He had been convicted for accepting a bribe and just before he shot himself, he claimed that he had been framed. After his suicide and further investigation, Wiliam T. Smith, whose testimony was largely used for Dwyer's conviction, admitted to lying under oath.
35Lee 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.
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.
372010 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.
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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.”
40Admiral Broadway Revue
Sid Caesar's first TV show, “The Admiral Broadway Revue”, was canceled because it became too popular. It had been sponsored by a TV manufacturer who couldn't keep up with the demand for new television sets.