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Inside The Final Days Before Marie Antoinette’s Death Sated France’s Bloodlust

Inside The Final Days Before Marie Antoinette’s Death Sated France’s Bloodlust

The days preceding Marie Antoinette's execution were excruciating. She was imprisoned, endured allegations of incest, and her hair went white overnight from shock.
The Groom Of The Stool, The Prestigious King’s Aide Who Would ‘Wipe His Nether End’

The Groom Of The Stool, The Prestigious King’s Aide Who Would ‘Wipe His Nether End’

Though the Groom of the Stool transported the king's portable toilet and recorded his bowel movements, the royal toilet attendant was nonetheless a coveted position.
The Ariel Castro Kidnappings: How One Vile Man Abused Three Women For A Decade

The Ariel Castro Kidnappings: How One Vile Man Abused Three Women For A Decade

Cleveland abduction victims Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry were forced to live in Ariel Castro's house of horrors for 10 years. He raped and beat them until they escaped in 2013.
Abandoned, Abused, Exploited: Inside The Cursed Life Of The Feral Child, Genie Wiley

Abandoned, Abused, Exploited: Inside The Cursed Life Of The Feral Child, Genie Wiley

"Feral Child" Genie Wiley was strapped to a chair in a makeshift straitjacket for 13 years. Her extreme neglect resulted in a rare opportunity for researchers to study human development, though perhaps at her expense.
Meet Adolphe Sax: The Badass Who Invented The Saxophone And Cheated Death 7 Times

Meet Adolphe Sax: The Badass Who Invented The Saxophone And Cheated Death 7 Times

No one thought Adolphe Sax would make it past childhood after his myriad near-death experiences. But he did — and invented an instrument that revolutionized the music world.
Meet The Edelweiss Pirates: The Little-Known Teenaged Resistance Fighters Of Nazi Germany

Meet The Edelweiss Pirates: The Little-Known Teenaged Resistance Fighters Of Nazi Germany

In stark contrast to the Hitler Youth, the Edelweiss Pirates resisted Nazism in any way they could at a time when doing so was a criminal offense.
Ann Atwater Pushed To Integrate Her City’s Schools — And Got A Klansman To Join Her In The Fight

Ann Atwater Pushed To Integrate Her City’s Schools — And Got A Klansman To Join Her In The Fight

In the 1960s, Ann Atwater could feel the breeze through the cracks in her house's walls. Then a housing advocate recommended she attend a community organizing training — and the rest is history.
The Knights Of The Golden Circle: The Secret Civil War Society That Wanted To Build An Empire Of Slavery

The Knights Of The Golden Circle: The Secret Civil War Society That Wanted To Build An Empire Of Slavery

The Knights of the Golden Circle sought to create a confederation that would encompass 2,400 square miles from the southern United States to South America — and run on the labor of slaves.
Meet Bobby Beausoleil: The Haight-Ashbury Hippie Who Became A Manson Family Murderer

Meet Bobby Beausoleil: The Haight-Ashbury Hippie Who Became A Manson Family Murderer

With the help of Charles Manson, Bobby Beausoleil went from just another struggling actor and musician to a world-famous murderer.
17-Year-Old Kitty Lutesinger Helped Police Nab The Manson Family For The Tate Murders

17-Year-Old Kitty Lutesinger Helped Police Nab The Manson Family For The Tate Murders

Kathryn "Kitty" Lutesinger told the police about a fellow Manson Family member who bragged about stabbing someone. That someone? A murder victim at Sharon Tate's house.
Mary Brunner, A Librarian From Wisconsin, Was Charles Manson’s First Recruit

Mary Brunner, A Librarian From Wisconsin, Was Charles Manson’s First Recruit

Mary Brunner immediately fell under Charles Manson's spell. She bore his son, aided in a murder, and attempted to hijack a plane in his name.