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Crime History: Prison escapee shoots Pope John Paul II

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On this day, May 13, in 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot and seriously wounded in St. Peter's Square by a Turkish assailant. Mehmet Ali Agca, who had escaped from a Turkish prison where he was awaiting trial on murder charges in the killing of prominent journalist in 1979, fired at the pope as he was being driven across the square in his "Popemobile." The pope was hit by three bullets,...

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