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About Murder Made Me Famous

Murder Made Me Famous is a fact-based crime documentary series that examines killers who gained public notoriety (Jodi Arias, Scott Peterson, Ted Bundy) when their crimes generated intense media coverage and made the killers household names. The unnerving psychology behind murder has long been source material for television, books and movies but why do certain killers capture the attention of millions?

Each one-hour episode presents dramatic recreations of the crimes using archival material and insightful commentary from those connected to the case to help unravel the twisted personalities that were thrust into the spotlight. Featured commentator is author and PEOPLE crime reporter, Steve Helling, who has covered several high-profile crime stories including the Natalee Holloway and Laci Peterson disappearances.

Test Your Knowledge: Jodi Arias

Test your knowledge of the notorious Jodi Arias.

The Boston Strangler - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

It is one of the most famous cases of serial murder in American history. Albert DeSalvo wanted fame more than anything. He finally found it by striking fear into women - young and old. DeSalvo’s rape and murder spree took the lives of thirteen women between 1962 and 1964. Many of his victims were strangled to death by their own nylon stockings. During this time, no woman in Boston was safe and some even resorted to leaving the area out of fear for their safety. He was a face they knew, a face they trusted, and the last face they would ever see. He was the Boston Strangler.

Whitey Bulger - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

Notorious gangster, Whitey Bulger, was one of the most prominent figures in Boston’s organized crime scene. From 1975 to 1990, Bulger also served as an informant to the FBI and tipped off police of other crime families while simultaneously building his own crime network. Bulger spent 12 years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for charges that included racketeering, extortion, conspiracy and 11 murders. Bulger was the subject of the 2015 film Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp as the crime boss himself.

Pablo Escobar - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

He was a modern day Robin Hood, with a vicious bite. Pablo Escobar dreamed of being a millionaire as a small child and with ruthlessness and determination, he killed his way to the top, becoming the Columbian Cartel Kingpin of the 1970-80s. Escobar had a saying, “silver or lead,” meaning either you were with him and took the bribe or you were against him and you would die by bullets. He turned Columbia into the murder capital of the world, and was responsible for around 4,000-5,000 murders. His dark side unprecedented, Escobar also cared deeply for the impoverished conditions of his countrymen, taking care of the poor and less fortunate. Because of his compassion towards them, when Escobar was eventually convicted his people defended him to the very end.

The Unabomber - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

A mathematical prodigy and former professor at Cal Berkeley, Ted Kaczynski became widely known as the “Unabomber” after mailing bombs to universities and airlines between 1978 and 1995. After struggling at Berkeley, he decided to live a survivalist lifestyle in a cabin in Montana and adopted an anti-government and anti-technology philosophy. His bombing campaign resulted in the death of three people and injured 23 more. He would often send written manifestos on the problems of modern society and demand that they be printed in the paper.

Ken & Barbie Killers - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

The Canadian serial killer, alongside her husband Paul Bernardo, drugged, raped and murdered three women, including her own younger sister. While the world watched in shock as her sentencing unfolded, Karla struck a deal claiming that she had been an unwilling accomplice to her husband and walked away a free woman in 2005 after only serving 12 years in prison. In recent years, she was met with protesters trying to prevent her from working in a school.

Test Your Knowledge: Charles Manson

Test your knowledge of infamous killer Charles Manson.

Prom Mom - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

18-year-old Melissa Drexler attended high school in New Jersey where she was impregnated by her boyfriend in 1997. Ignoring her stomach cramps, Drexler arrived at her school’s Prom and gave birth to her son in a bathroom stall. The miraculous moment turned into murder when the teen suffocated the child, wrapping him in a plastic bag and discarding her baby in the trash. Drexler returned to the dance floor as if nothing happened, blaming the blood trail on her period. It's not until janitors discovered the deceased baby in the dumpster that Drexler was finally discovered for the killer she is.

Aaron Hernandez - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

From All-American to convicted murderer, Aaron Hernandez’ early career success as tight end for the New England Patriots was shockingly overshadowed by his violent life as a killer. Hernandez’ temper seemed to get the best of him in situations, and he was charged with the first-degree murder of friend Odin Lloyd and also indicted in connection with two drive-by murders in 2012. Without the possibility of parole on his life sentence, Hernandez ultimately saw no way out from it all and tragically took his own life in prison in 2017.

DC Sniper - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

For three weeks in 2002, the streets of D.C. were terrorized and residents were paralyzed with fear. Two men, 17 year-old Malvo and 42 year-old Muhammad, were hunting random civilians in broad daylight with a rifle. The sniper attacks made national news and Americans became fearful that they could be next. After becoming a skilled marksman in the military, John Muhammad recruited the help of friend Lee Boyd Malvo, in 2002, to shoot people from the trunk of his car. They killed 17 people who were doing simple, everyday tasks such as pumping gas or leaving a store. After testifying against Muhammed, Malvo was given multiple life sentences and Muhammed was executed by lethal injection in 2009.

The Gainesville Ripper - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

Murder. Rape. Mutilation. August 1990. After 675 suspects and thousands of pieces of evidence, it all came down to one man: Danny Rolling. Three years after five brutal and disturbing murders in Gainesville, Florida, Danny Rolling is called to trial. He is accused of several counts of murder, rape, and burglary. But before Rolling can step foot into his trial he unexpectedly pleads guilty to each charge. His motive for the crimes? To become a “superstar” like Ted Bundy. Rolling was sentenced to death on each count and was later executed by lethal injection. Moments before his execution, he writes a statement in which he takes responsibility for another three murders in Shreveport, Louisiana.

BTK Killer - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

Although a seemingly average husband and father of two, Dennis Rader lived a double life as a serial killer who terrorized the Wichita, Kansas area from the 1970s to the ‘90s. In letters to police and local news outlets that detailed his murders, Rader would sign them as the BTK Killer, AKA: Blind, Torture, Kill). During all ten of his murders, Rader lived a normal working life and was an active member of his church until he was arrested in 2005. He is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences.

John Wayne Gacy - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

The original “Killer Clown”, Gacy is widely thought to be the inspiration for the terrifying and nightmare inducing Stephen King character, Pennywise the Clown. Gacy’s death count totals 33 young men and teen boys, most of whom he buried in the crawl space beneath his home. An active member of his community, Gacy often dressed up as a clown to perform for charitable events and parties. He’d lure his victims to his house, many who were underage, with the promise of giving them alcohol. After they were drunk, he would handcuff them claiming he wanted to demonstrate a trick from his clown routine. After they were bound, he would viciously torture and sodomize them before ultimately strangling them to death. In May of 1994, he was executed by lethal injection.

Buddy Day uncovers new details on the Manson Family Murders

After directing and producing Charles Manson: The Final Words for REELZ, James Buddy Day continued to uncover new evidence and information. His new book Hippie Cult Leader: The Last Words of Charles Manson gives new insight into the infamous murders through new interviews with members of the Manson Family and others. Check out this excerpt from Buddy's book and don't forget to get your own signed copy at REELZ fans even ge...

Jeffrey Dahmer - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

Responsible for killing and dismembering 17 young men between 1978 and 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer is arguably one of the most gruesome serial killers the world has ever seen. Mostly targeting African-American men at gay bars, Dahmer would lure his victims to his home and drug them before strangling them to death. He would then engage in sexual acts with their corpses and often keep their genitals or skills as souvenirs. Dahmer’s rampage came to an end in 1992 after he was captured and given 15 life sentences.

Jack the Ripper - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

The case is undoubtedly the most infamous murder-mystery in history. Jack the Ripper is the name given to the unidentified serial killer that murdered and mutilated five female prostitutes in London in 1888. While there have been over 100 theories presented on the Ripper’s true identity, renowned “Ripperologist” Martin Fido suggests that a violent, anti-social man named “David Cohen” is the true killer, partly because Cohen’s incarceration at an insane asylum happened to coincide with the end of the murders. Although various letters were sent to the press by the alleged killer, one with a human kidney, the case of the Ripper murders will possibly forever remain unsolved.

The Green River Killer - Murder Made Me Famous Podcast

With a total of 49 confirmed murders (he confessed to 71), Gary Ridgway, otherwise known as the Green River Killer, is one of the most prolific serial killer in American history. While married, Ridgway began murdering sex workers and children throughout the 1980's and 1990's. Strangling his victims and discarding their bodies around Seattle and the Washington Green River, Ridgway regularly returned to the corpses for intercourse. It wasn't until 2001 when the nefarious necrophiliac was connected by DNA evidence to the murders of four women.

Test Your Knowledge: John Wayne Gacy

Test your knowledge of infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Susan Smith

Blinded by her obsession for a man who wasn't interested in women with children, Susan Smith did the unthinkable; pushing her car into a lake, killing her two young sons. Smith's case first garnered national attention when - for 9 days - she made public emotional pleas for the safe return of her children, claiming her vehicle had been carjacked by a black man who drove away with her sons still in the car. Smith eventually plead guilty to killing her sons and was sentenced to life in prison.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: David Koresh

As the leader of the Branch Davidians religious cult, David Koresh became highly known for leading his "Army of God" in a 51-day standoff against the Federal Government that resulted in the deaths of four ATF agents and over 80 Davidians. After stockpiling massive amounts of weapons in preparation for the apocalypse and alleged sex with minor cult members, the ATF raided their holy compound and burned down the center after their bloody standoff. Koresh was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after the fire.

Test Your Knowledge: Jeffrey Dahmer

Test your knowledge of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.

Test Your Knowledge: Jack the Ripper

Test your knowledge of infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper.

Test Your Knowledge: Ted Bundy

Test your knowledge of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: The Dating Game Killer

With estimates that run as high as 130 murders, Rodney Alcala's ruthless spree of murder, rape, and sexual assault throughout the 1970's has been widely compared to that of Ted Bundy's. During this time, Alcala took sexually explicit photos of hundreds of young men and women as a self-proclaimed professional photographer. Alcala was a contestant on the TV show, The Dating Game in 1978 - despite being a convicted rapist, registered sex offender, and being investigated for multiple murders. After two mistrials, Alcala was sentenced to death in 2010 and 120 of his horrific photographs were later released by police to identify any additional victims.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: John Gotti

Known as the Teflon Don because charges against him would never stick, John Gotti was the invincible crime boss that ruled the streets of New York as head of the notorious Gambino family from 1985 to 2002. Following a four-year prison sentence for murdering a rival gang member, Gotti quickly rose to prominence in the Gambino family by leading his crew of mafia mobsters towards violent hijackings, illegal gambling, and selling drugs on the streets. Gotti was eventually hunted down by the FBI and sentenced to life in prison in 1992, but died of throat cancer ten years later.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Playmate Killer

The "Playmate Killer," Paul Snider, was the ex-husband of Playboy Model Dorothy Stratten. Snider was one of the creators of Chippendales, the male strip club chain, but he is most remembered as the killer of Stratten. Their marriage lasted barely a year. When Stratten developed a romantic relationship with acclaimed film director Peter Bogdanovich, Snider's jealousy led to murder-suicide. Stratten was killed by Snider in the Los Angeles apartment they had once shared. On the same day, Snider killed himself. Police believe he raped Stratten and sexually abused her corpse as his last twisted obsession of the Playmate of 1980.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Jim Jones

Jim Jones was the cult leader and founder of the People's Temple. Known for his extreme beliefs on Christianity, socialist politics, and racial equality, Jones is infamous for the mass murder-suicide he led of over 900 of his followers in Jonestown, Guyana. Urging his church's members to drink a cyanide-laced punch as a sign of loyalty, the 1978 event resulted in the greatest single loss of American lives before 9/11.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: The Hillside Strangler

"The Hillside Strangler," Kenneth Bianchi, was a serial killer that terrorized Los Angeles between October 1977 and February 1978. But what cops didn't know was that he had a killing accomplice - his own cousin! During this time, Kenneth and his cousin Anthony went on a spree of kidnappings, rapes, and murders in the area and claimed the lives of 10 innocent people. Because the bodies of the victims were usually found on hillsides, the infamous "Hillside Strangler" name was born. When Kenneth was caught in 1979, he ratted out Anthony, and both cousins were sentenced to life in prison.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: The Craigslist Killer

The hit true-crime series Murder Made Me Famous is now on PodcastOne. Catch a new podcast every Tuesday on or Apple Podcasts. Listen to the podcast below and be sure to check out Murder Made Me Famous on REELZChannel.The "Craigslist Killer" also known as Philip Markoff, was 23 when he was preparing for a promising future as a doctor and a life of happiness with his fiancée, Megan McAllister. He seemed destined for greatness as...

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Jean Harris

The 1980 murder of Scarsdale diet doctor, Herman Tarnower, shocks the nation. His lover and headmistress of a prestigious girls' school is arrested and convicted in a sensational trial in the suburbs of New York City. Jean Harris claims the shooting was accidental when the doctor struggled for her handgun to prevent her attempt at suicide. This true story of wealth, fame and jealousy garners sympathy for Harris as a long-time girlfriend rejected by Tarnower and replaced with a younger woman.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Billionaire Boys Club

Con man Joe Hunt forms an investment club with wealthy young men who trust him with their families' money. The Ponzi scheme leads to murder when Hunt gets involved with Ron Levin, a notorious con man, himself. Set in Beverly Hills with fancy cars and expensive designer suits, this story about upper class young men with bright futures turns into a bizarre tale of greed, deception, violence, missing bodies and eventually, life in prison.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: The Preppy Killer

The partially clothed body of pretty, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin is discovered on the Upper East Side of Manhattan's Central Park. The chief suspect is handsome 19-year-old Robert Chambers, who claims Jennifer wanted "rough sex" and blames her for her own death. The sensational 1986 tabloid story of affluent teens from New York City's private prep schools becomes known as the "preppie murder." And even the jury doesn't believe Chambers is a cold-blooded killer.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Steven Avery

The 2005 murder of young photographer Teresa Halbach shocks the central Wisconsin community of Manitowoc County. A grisly crime scene of her burned bones is discovered at the family auto salvage business of Steven Avery, recently released from prison after serving 18 years for a rape he didn't commit. Two years earlier, DNA evidence exonerated him. But now arrested, charged and convicted of the photographer's murder, Avery's case becomes the subject of the popular documentary "Making a Murderer," on Netflix, in which defense attorneys cast doubt on Avery's guilt once again.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Pamela Smart

The horrific murder of 24 year-old Gregg Smart becomes a national media event when his attractive young wife is found to be having an affair with the 15 year-old killer, a case that inspired the Nicole Kidman movie "To Die For."

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Joran van der Sloot

The disappearance of Natalee Holloway in 2005 has never officially been solved. The 18 year-old vanished while visiting Aruba on a high school graduation trip, and was last seen with Joran van der Sloot. Prime suspect from the start, authorities were never able to prove van der Sloot's guilt, leaving him free to kill again.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Ted Bundy

America's most notorious serial killer, Ted Bundy, held the nation in his terrifying grip for years before he was stopped. With at least 36 victims, 2 prison escapes, and a crime spree that crossed the country, his name and crimes live on in infamy.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Drew Peterson

A Bolingbrook, Illinois police sergeant bathes in the media limelight after he becomes a suspect in the drowning murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio and the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Cales Peterson, in 2007

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: The Menendez Brothers

The 1989 slaughter of Hollywood media mogul Jose Menendez and his wife became a national media event when the couple's two privileged young sons confessed to the murder.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Jodi Arias

Sex, jealously and obsession fueled a national media fixation on Jodi Arias, who in 2008 savagely murdered her ex-boyfriend, 30 year-old motivational speaker Travis Alexander.

Murder Made Me Famous Podcast: Scott Peterson

Murder Made Me Famous: Scott Peterson chronicles one of the most significant criminal trials that ever captivated the nation, the disappearance of Laci Peterson. A true crime story with twists and turns to rival a soap opera.

The Year Was 1979: The Dating Game Killer

It's 1979, and serial killer Rodney Alcala has been arrested for rape and murder. A killer hiding in plain sight as a contestant on The Dating Game. Here's some of the biggest events from 1979 to take you back to the year.

The Year Was 1992: John Gotti

It's 1992, and once again, John Gotti is under arrest, but he's not getting away this time. Here's some of the biggest events from 1992 to take you back to the year.

The Year Was 1985: Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker"

It's 1985, and the people of Los Angeles live in terror of "The Night Stalker." His crimes are shocking and anybody could be a target. Here's some of the biggest events from 1985 to take you back to the year.

The Year Was 1980: Paul "Playmate Killer" Snider

It's 1980, and Paul Snider has brutally murdered his estranged wife, Dorothy Stratten, a playboy playmate whose star is on the rise. Here's some of the biggest events from 1980 to take you back to the year.

The Year Was 1978: Jim Jones

It's 1978, and Jim Jones is responsible for the deaths of over 900 people...people that had followed him to Jonestown in South America to follow the promise of a better life. We've all heard the saying "don't drink the kool aid", but do you know where it came from? Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple is where it came from! Jones ordered his followers to drink cyanide, and those that refused were forced. Here's a few other things that happened in 197...

The Year Was 1977: The Hillside Strangler

The year is 1977, and young women are being found murdered in the Hollywood hills. As detectives scramble to solve these heinous crimes, bodies are pilling up, and the murders are escalating in violence.  The LAPD struggles to narrow down a suspect, but that's because they haven't realized the shocking truth, they're not looking for one suspect, but 2.  Here are some of the biggest events of 1977 to take you back to the year.

The Year Was 1989: Betty Broderick

1989, Betty Broderick shot and killed her ex-husband and his new wife. Was it a case of a battered wife or a jealous one? Here are some of the biggest events of 1989 to take you back to the year.

The Year Was 1982: Robert Durst

1982, Robert Durst's wife Kathleen has gone missing and his unique involvement with the investigation leaves police baffled. No one knows it yet, but this is the start of one of the quirkiest string of murders to ever happen, that has an ending made for T.V.

The Year Was 2009: Philip "Craigslist Killer" Markoff

2009, Philip Markoff is a bright medical student, engaged to the girl of his dreams, and accused of murdering a woman he met on craigslist, dubbing him the "Craigslist Killer". Here are some of the biggest events of 2009 to take you back to the year.

The Year Was 1980: Jean Harris

1980, Jean Harris is struggling to keep herself together while her life spirals out of control, and her ex-lover is caught in the cross hairs. Was it an accident, or cold blooded murder? Here are some of the biggest events of 1980 to take you back to the year....

The Year Was 1984: Billionaire Boys Club

1984, Joe Hunt and his buddies start an investment firm, convinced they are smart enough to rake in the money in no time, but when they hit a bump in the road, Joe Hunt does the unthinkable to get them back on track. Here are some of the biggest events of 1984 to take you back to the year....

The Year Was 1986: Robert "Preppy Killer" Chambers

1986, 18-year-old Jennifer Levin has been found beaten to death and raped in Central Park, and Robert Chambers is the #1 suspect. Here are some of the biggest events of 1986 to take you back to the year....

The Year Was 2005: Steven Avery

2005, the country is still reeling from the disappearance of Natalee Holloway earlier in the year, and now another young woman, Teresa Halbach, is missing. Here are some of the biggest events of 2005 to take you back to the year....

Murder Made Me Famous: Steven Avery - Web Extras

Did lightening strike twice? Is Steven Avery sitting in prison for a crime he didn't commit for a second time? Watch the videos below and get a glimpse at the side of the story you didn't hear on Making A Murderer....

The Year Was 1969: Charles Manson

1969, several shocking murders have left L.A. in a state of panic. Sharon Tate and her house guests are butchered by The Manson Family, the question is, why? Here are some of the biggest events of 1969 to take you back to the year....

Meet Pamela Smart's Four Accomplices

Pamela Smart wasn't the only one charged with Gregg Smart's murder. Four teenage boys from a local high school she worked at were also charged with the crime. Below you'll see their mugshots along with their official charges....

The Year Was 1990: Pamela & Greggory Smart

1990, Greggory Smart is found gunned down in his apartment and his wife Pamela Smart stands accused of his murder. Here are some of the biggest events of 1990 to take you back to the year....

5 Harsh Facts About Joran van der Sloot's Prison Life

Joran van der Sloot became a household name in 2005 when he was the prime suspect in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway (who went missing in Aruba just after her high school graduation). Joran was never charged with the crime (let alone convicted) due to a lack of evidence and a pretty sorry police investigation....

The Year Was 2005: Joran van der Sloot

In 2005 the world gets their first glimpse of Joran van der Sloot in connection to the disappearance (and suspected murder) of Natalee Holloway, 5 years later to the day, he's back in the media for the murder of Stephany Flores Ramírez, will he finally pay for all his crimes? Here are some of the biggest events of 2005 to take you back to the year....

Ted Bundy's Murder Kit

Ted Bundy's murder spree spanned several states, and at least 4 years, although many speculate that his crimes started years earlier. When the authorities caught up with Ted Bundy for the last time in Florida, a search of his car produced his murder kit. He had it with him all the time so he was always ready for the next kill.

The Year Was 1979: Ted Bundy

The year is 1979, Ted Bundy has been terrorizing the country with his serial killings, and the authorities have finally caught up with him. Here are some of the biggest events of 1979 to take you back to the year....

Anonymous Warning Sent to Drew Peterson's third wife Kathleen Savio

Kathleen Savio and Drew Peterson were gearing up for their divorce in 2003 when she received an anonymous letter informing her that Drew was having an affair, and to be careful and protect herself. The affair was with his soon to be fourth wife, Stacy Cales, who was 17 at the time. This letter was sent as a warning to Kathleen, to let her know she had no one to turn to for help in the law enforcement community...

The Year Was 2007: Drew & Stacy Peterson

It's 2007 and Drew Peterson's wife Lacy has been missing for weeks, but upon closer investigation, it seems Lacy isn't the only wife of Drew's to befall mysterious circumstances. Here are some of the biggest events of 2007 to take you back to the year....

Lyle and Eric Menendez's Spending Spree

Days after the brutal murder of their parents, Lyle and Eric Menendez went on a shopping spree that included Rolex's, new cars, and body guards. See what else they bought with their newly found fortune....

The Year Was 1989: Lyle & Eric Menendez

Lyle & Eric Menendez stand accused of murdering their parents in their Beverly Hills home. The trial that follows is one of the first to receive the media attention that is so common today. Here are some of the biggest events of 1989 to take you back to the year....

Scott Peterson's 'Go Bag' - What He Had On Him When He Was Arrested

When Scott Peterson was arrested on April 18, 2003 for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson, who was 8 months pregnant with their son Conner, he was supposedly on his way to play golf with his father and brother. When his vehicle was searched, however, they found everything BUT golf clubs. Below is a list and evidence photos of the items seized from the car he had purchased under his mother's name....

The Year Was 2002: Scott & Laci Peterson

It's Christmas Eve 2002, Laci Peterson (who is 8 months pregnant) has gone missing, and her husband Scott Peterson is heading up the search team, or is he? Here are some of the biggest events of 2002 to take you back to the year....

Jodi Arias Journal Excerpts

During Jodi Arias' long and sensational trial, her personal journals were admitted into evidence and read aloud to the court. They were used to catch her in lies and determine her character. Below you can read her bizarre feigned entries written days after she killed Travis Alexander....

The Year Was 2008: Jodi Arias & Travis Alexander

In 2008, Travis Alexander was found dead in his home and the prime suspect was his ex-girlfriend Jodi Arias. Here are some of the biggest events of 2008 to take you back to the year....