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Crime History: Captain pardoned in steamboat deaths of 1,021

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On this day, Dec. 19, in 1912, William H. Van Schaick, captain of the General Slocum , which caught fire and sank, killing 1,021 people, was pardoned by President Taft after three and a half years in prison. On June 15, 1904, the excursion ship caught fire in New York's East River. The crew had never practiced a fire drill and made crucial mistakes. The life jackets had been tied...