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Samuel Byck

AKA Samuel Joseph Byck

Born: 30-Jan-1930
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Died: 22-Feb-1974
Location of death: Linthicum, MD [1]
Cause of death: Suicide

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Assassin

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Unsuccessful Nixon assassin

Military service: US Army (1954-56)

Planned to assassinate President Richard M. Nixon, by hijacking a plane and crashing it into the White House. Byck began his attempt at the airport, shooting his way onto a parked DC-9 and locking himself in the cockpit. Locks on the plane's wheels prevented it from taxiing, and the trapped Byck was eventually shot by police through the cockpit window. He committed suicide rather than be captured.

Portrayed by Sean Penn in The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004).


[1] Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Wife: (four children)

    High School: (dropped out)

    Shot: Self-Inflicted (22-Feb-1974)
    Shot by Police twice (22-Feb-1974)
    Murder George Neal Ramsburg (police officer, 22-Feb-1974)
    Murder Fred Jones (pilot, 22-Feb-1974)
    Institutionalized 1972
    Risk Factors: Depression



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