10. A Young Jack Kerouac and William S. Burrough Had a Brush with Murder at Columbia

Riverside Park

Before they became the voices of the Beat Generation, the then unknown Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg were involved in a story of intrigue and murder that played out on the Columbia University campus and Riverside Park, that became the focus of the movie Kill Your Darlings in 2013.  Read in detail about the story, which Kerouac and Burroughs helped cover up, here.