Philip Vankirk (1913 - 1987)

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Philip Vankirk
1913 - 1987
Born
September 9, 1913
Burnsville, Braxton County, West Virginia United States
Death
April 17, 1987
Robinson Memorial Hospital 6847 N Chestnut St, in Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio United States 44266
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Windham, Portage County, Ohio 44288
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Philip Vankirk was born on September 9, 1913 in Burnsville, West Virginia. He is the child of Robert Madison Todd Vankirk and Margaret Virginia Wine, with siblings Ethel and Virgil. He died on April 17, 1987 at Robinson Memorial Hospital, Ravenna, Ohio at 73 years of age. We know that Philip Vankirk had been residing in Windham, Portage County, Ohio 44288.
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Grand View Memorial Park/Bethany Cemetery Spencer Hwy, in Pasadena, Texas United States 77505
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Philip Vankirk died on April 17, 1987 at Robinson Memorial Hospital, Ravenna, Ohio at 73 years of age. He was buried in Grand View Memorial Park/Bethany Cemetery, Pasadena, Texas. Philip was born on September 9, 1913 in Burnsville, West Virginia. He is the child of Robert Madison Todd Vankirk and Margaret Virginia Wine, with siblings Ethel and Virgil. We know that Philip Vankirk had been residing in Windham, Portage County, Ohio 44288.

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In 1913, in the year that Philip Vankirk was born, the Philippine–American War ended for good in June. While the official end of the war was in 1902, fighting continued for several years. An estimated 200,000 to 250,000 total Filipino civilians died and although the U.S. viewed its role as a colonial presence as one of preparing the Philippines for independence, American colonization drastically changed the character off the culture. The Catholic Church was no longer the state religion and English became the primary language of the government.

In 1924, at the age of merely 11 years old, Philip was alive when in May, wealthy college students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and killed 14 year old Robert Franks "in the interest of science". Leopold and Loeb thought that they were intellectually superior and that they could commit the perfect crime and not be caught. They were brought in for questioning within 8 days and quickly confessed. Clarence Darrow was hired as their defense lawyer, getting them life imprisonment instead of a death sentence. Loeb was eventually killed in prison - Leopold was released after 33 years, dying of a heart attack at age 66.

In 1934, by the time he was 21 years old, on June 6th, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was formed as a response to the stock market crash of 1929 and the continuing Great Depression. Previously, the states regulated the offering and sales of stocks - called "blue sky" laws. They were largely ineffective. Roosevelt created a group (one member was Joseph Kennedy, father of the future President Kennedy) who knew Wall Street well and they defined the mission and operating mode for the SEC. The new organization had broad and stringent rules and oversight and restored public confidence in the stock market in the United States.

In 1970, Philip was 57 years old when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1987, in the year of Philip Vankirk's passing, was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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