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How Mob Hitman Johnny Martorano Admitted To Killing At Least 20 People — And Then Walked Free

How Mob Hitman Johnny Martorano Admitted To Killing At Least 20 People — And Then Walked Free

The government not only eventually let Johnny Martorano off the hook, they also gave him $20,000 to start a new life.
How “Crazy Joe” Gallo Started A Mafia War — And Paid For It With His Life

How “Crazy Joe” Gallo Started A Mafia War — And Paid For It With His Life

Joe Gallo was known as "Crazy Joe" for a reason.
Angelo Ruggiero: The Psycho Gangster Whose Wiretapped Rants Helped Bring The Mob Down

Angelo Ruggiero: The Psycho Gangster Whose Wiretapped Rants Helped Bring The Mob Down

Angelo Ruggiero rose to the top of the New York underworld with John Gotti — until he and his big mouth helped bring the mob to its knees.
How Nando Parrado And Roberto Canessa Brought Recent History’s Most Infamous Cannibal Incident To An End

How Nando Parrado And Roberto Canessa Brought Recent History’s Most Infamous Cannibal Incident To An End

Roberto Canessa and Nando Parrado were members of the ill-fated Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, whose survivors had to resort to cannibalism.
Elizabeth Magie: The Inventor Of Monopoly Who Tried To Teach Us Progressive Economic Ideas

Elizabeth Magie: The Inventor Of Monopoly Who Tried To Teach Us Progressive Economic Ideas

Inventor of Monopoly Elizabeth Magie designed the game to reveal the dangers of land-grabbing, but we all learned the wrong lesson from it.
Why John Colter May Be The Most Badass Mountain Man Of The American West

Why John Colter May Be The Most Badass Mountain Man Of The American West

How John Colter ventured into the uncharted West with Lewis and Clark, explored Yellowstone before any non-Native, and survived being hunted for sport by Blackfeet warriors.
This Writer Argued To Keep The South Full Of Black Slaves — And White Ones Too

This Writer Argued To Keep The South Full Of Black Slaves — And White Ones Too

George Fitzhugh was a slave-owner and sociologist who had some oddly egalitarian defenses of chattel slavery.
The Forgotten Bear River Massacre May Be The Deadliest Native American Slaughter Ever

The Forgotten Bear River Massacre May Be The Deadliest Native American Slaughter Ever

When the Bear River Massacre ended in Preston, Idaho on Jan. 29, 1863, hundreds lay dead — hundreds largely forgotten today.
Why John Basilone Might Be The Most Badass Marine Of World War II

Why John Basilone Might Be The Most Badass Marine Of World War II

World War II Marine John Basilone, hero of Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, once said that he was a "plain soldier" — he was wrong.
Elizabeth Van Lew – The Unlikely Woman Who Started A Union Spy Ring

Elizabeth Van Lew – The Unlikely Woman Who Started A Union Spy Ring

How Elizabeth Van Lew, a woman born to wealthy Virginia slaveholders, became one of the Union's most important spies.
This Black World War I Hero Died In Obscurity — Then Got His Due 86 Years Later

This Black World War I Hero Died In Obscurity — Then Got His Due 86 Years Later

A soldier in the famed Harlem Hellfighters regiment during World War I, Henry Johnson's incredible act of bravery earned him France's highest military honor. His own country, however, took much longer to do the same.