publication date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (part of Fall 2016)

category: Crime

clue: Giving prisoners like him the weekend off may have cost Michael Dukakis the presidency.

explanation: William Horton, mistakenly called "Willie" in the press, was a convicted felon in Massachusetts while Dukakis was governor. On furlough, he did not return to prison and committed several violent crimes. This leniency on criminals was a major weakness of Dukakis's presidential campaign and it is often suggested to have cost him the election. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, and Jesse King

trivia: Scott accidentally used a photograph of convicted felon Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez instead of Horton. The only player to guess Lopez-Sanchez was LaVonne Lemler, who wasn't able to protest the "incorrect" ruling until the goo had already expired, robbing her of a chance to guess again under the rules.


Similar Goos

John Wayne Gacy

You think clowns hiding in the woods are scary? This one was a real danger to teenaged boys in Chicago in the 1970s. Go »

Mark David Chapman

With four bullets, this J.D. Salinger enthusiast broke a lot of hearts in December 1980. Go »

RuPaul

This mononymic actor is the queen of reality TV, and another kind of queen entirely. Go »

Billy Bush

This about-to-be-unemployed host probably wishes that his cousin Jeb was the GOP nominee for president, instead of the billionaire with whom he was once recorded having a very inappropriate conversation. Go »

Nas

Hip hop became ill when this Brooklyn native started his career, and later died when he feuded with Jay Z. Go »

Harvey Weinstein

This studio executive had a magic touch (and hair-trigger temper) in the 1990s, producing such hits as Shakespeare in Love, Pulp Fiction, Clerks, The English Patient, Good Will Hunting, and The Crying Game. Go »