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Famous Crimes Around Washington -- PICTURES

May 17, 2012

With the Capitol reeling from news of mysterious burglaries in the Rayburn Building, we take a look back at other D.C. crimes that capitivated the news media and impacted lawmakers. 

People line up in the Russell Senate Office Building to be tested for exposure to anthrax on Oct. 17, 2001. Congressional leaders ordered an unprecedented shutdown of the House after more than two dozen people in Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office tested positive for exposure to a highly concentrated form of anthrax.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The death-bed scene after President Lincoln was mortally wounded in Ford's Theater on April 14, 1865, is shown in this rare picture. Mary Todd Lincoln is shown kneeling beside the bed and members of the Cabinet behind it. This picture was supposed to have been given to a friend by Mrs. Lincoln shortly after the funeral and then passed down through the family from generation to generation.   (AP Photo)

In this March 30, 1981 photo released by the White House, White House press secretary James Brady (face down at right) and Washington, D.C., police officer Thomas Delahanty (front) lie on the ground after being wounded during the assassination attempt on President Reagan as he was leaving the Washington Hilton.(AP Photo/White House, Michael Evans)


Chandra Levy missing person flier is seen in the front window of the offices of Rep. Gary Condit on July 4, 2001, in Modesto, Calif. Levy, a constituent of Condit, disappeared in early May 2001 after finishing an internship at the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Her body was later discovered in Rock Creek Park.  (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Capitol Police Chief Gary Abrecht presents the flag that draped the casket of Capitol Police officer Jacob Chestnut to his widow Wendy Chestnut during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery on July 31,1998. Chestnut and fellow officer John Gibson were shot and killed the previous week when a gunman burst through a security barrier on Capitol Hill.  (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

In 1932, Rep. Melvin Maas, R-Minn., coaxed a weapon from a gunman who had entered the House gallery.(Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives)


From the House Historian's website: "The most infamous floor brawl in the history of the House of Representatives erupted as members debated Kansas’s pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution late into the night of February 5-6 [1858]. Shortly after 1 a.m., Pennsylvania Republican Galusha Grow and South Carolina Democrat Laurence Keitt exchanged insults, then blows."(Courtesy of Library of Congress)

From the House Historian's website: "On this date [Feb. 24, 1838], Jonathan Cilley of Maine was killed by Representative William Graves of Kentucky in a duel on the outskirts of D.C., in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Graves approached Cilley with a letter at the behest of a newspaper editor, James Webb, who was incensed about a bribery accusation Cilley had made on the House Floor. Cilley refused to accept the letter; Graves interpreted the refusal as a direct insult to his character and challenged Cilley to a duel. With Henry Wise of Virginia and Delegate George Jones of Wisconsin (the dueling seconds for both men), the duel went beyond the customary two rounds, resulting in Cilley’s death in the third round. After the ensuing House investigation, Graves, along with Wise and Jones, were recommended for censure after Cilley’s death. Although the House refused to impose the censure recommendation it offered a bill to 'prohibit the giving or accepting within the District of Columbia, of a challenge to fight a duel, and for the punishment thereof.' On February 27, 1838, the House Chamber hosted a funeral, attended by the President Martin Van Buren and other statesmen, to honor Cilley."(Library of Congress)

The break-in at the Democratic National Committee's headquarters at the Watergate complex prompted the investigation the eventually brought about President Richard Nixon's resignation.  (CHARLES TASNADI/AP)

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