June 27 - 1844 - Joseph Smith, Jr. is Killed in the Carthage Jail
Joseph Smith, Jr. was controversial for a whole host of reasons. He was the founder of a new religious movement, he was viewed as a threat to American traditions, and he founded a town and raised his own army. Yet it was when he argued for polygamy that things turned truly dark for him. After being attacked in a newspaper by his followers, Smith destroyed that paper's printing press. They called on authorities, which placed Smith in the jail in Carthage, Illinois. From there, he was a sitting duck for an anti-Mormon mob.