Crime History: Radical feminist shoots Andy Warhol at his studio

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On this day, June 3, in 1968, radical feminist Valerie Solanas shot and nearly killed artist Andy Warhol in his New York City studio.

Solanas, a graduate of the University of Maryland, wrote the SCUM Manifesto, a manuscript calling for the extermination of all men. She tried to get Warhol to review the manuscript. Warhol, who had already been busted on obscenity charges, found the writing so pornographic that he believed he was being set up by police -- so he ignored it.

Solanas ambushed Warhol in the lobby of The Factory, Warhol's iconic studio, and shot him in the chest. Solanas turned herself in to a rookie police officer. She spent three years in a psychiatric hospital and prison. She died in 1988.

-- Scott McCabe

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