Queen Nzinga, The West African Leader Who Fought Off Slave Traders
In the 17th century, the southwest region of Africa now known as Angola stood divided. It would take years -- and the influence of one remarkable woman -- to unite it.
Can This New Computer Algorithm Solve Murders?
A former news reporter has developed an algorithm to help solve murders — but will law enforcement use it?
“Dead Shot Mary” Shanley: The 1930s NYPD Officer With A Gun In Her Purse
Mary Shanley was one of the NYPD's first female police officers — and one of its most badass.
The Ins And Outs Of Victorian Dating
In spite or perhaps because of the value placed on chastity, the Victorians took flirting to a new level of crazy.
Inside The Mysterious Lives Of 19th-Century Garden Hermits
In 1800s Europe, real-life humans served as ornamental garden hermits on the estates of wealthy landowners. This is their bizarre yet true story.
Sherri Finkbine And The 50-Year Fight For Abortion In America
Sherri Finkbine's story is an apt reminder of the hurdles that women have had to cross in order to assert control over their own bodies.
Meet Ida B. Wells, The Fearless Black Activist Who Exposed Racism And Fought For Women’s Suffrage
In the 1890s, Ida B. Wells galvanized the early civil rights movement through her investigative journalism and intersectional feminism — and she was just getting started.
The Story Of Hypatia, An Ancient Greek Intellectual Killed For Her Beliefs
One of the few women in Ancient Greek academe, Hypatia of Alexandria was a true sight to behold. And she was killed because of it.
The Worst Witch Trial in History Took Place In Spain, Not Salem
If you thought the Salem witch trials were bad, wait until you learn about what went down in Spain.
The Scary Truth Behind The Phantom Social Worker Legend
In the 1990s, hundreds of families in rural England reported that "phantom" social workers had abducted their children. As it turns out, the truth is worse than the urban legend.
How “Lobster Boy” Grady Stiles Went From Circus Act To Murderer
Discover how "Lobster Boy" Grady Stiles got his "claws" and how he eventually began using them to commit murder.