The Strange Life Of ‘Lord’ Timothy Dexter, The Eccentric 18th-Century Millionaire Whose Success Defied Reason
Timothy Dexter made absurd investments that somehow panned out, wrote an entire memoir without a single piece of punctuation, and faked his own death just to see how he would be mourned.
Meet Mary Pearcey, The 19th-Century Murderess Who May Have Actually Been ‘Jack The Ripper’
Two years after Jack the Ripper murdered and mutilated five women in London, Mary Pearcey was found guilty of an eerily similar slaying.
The Extraordinary Life Of Mary McLeod Bethune, The First Black Woman To Lead A Federal Agency
A child of former slaves, Mary McLeod Bethune achieved the near-impossible when she became an advisor to five different U.S. Presidents in the Jim Crow era.
The Controversial Story Of Gertrude Bell, The British ‘Desert Queen’ Of Iraq
Loathed by British imperialists but beloved by the Iraqis, Gertrude Bell negotiated a sovereign Iraq — while opposing women’s suffrage in her own home country.
The Disturbing Story Of Mary Ann Cotton, Britain’s First Serial Killer
For nearly a decade in the mid-Victorian era, Mary Ann Cotton poisoned a string of her husbands for their insurance money as well as anyone else who got in her way — including 11 of her own children.
The Outrageous Story Of Amelia Bloomer And The Fashion Trend That Infuriated Victorian Men
In 1851, an American editor named Amelia Bloomer wrote an article in support of female pantaloons — inspiring women to wear a controversial garment called "bloomers."
The Legend Of Molly Pitcher, A Heroine Of The American Revolution
After the Revolutionary War, American soldiers told stories about a brave woman named Molly Pitcher who fought alongside them — but the truth is more complex.
Sarah Forbes Bonetta: The African Princess Who Became Queen Victoria’s Goddaughter
Born a princess of the Yoruba people in West Africa, Sarah Forbes Bonetta was kidnapped by a rival king at an early age. Then in a twist of fate, she was taken to Victorian England.
The Complicated Story Of Norma McCorvey, The ‘Jane Roe’ From Roe V. Wade
As "Jane Roe," she fought for the right to choose in the landmark Roe v. Wade case. As Norma McCorvey, she later took money to push an anti-abortion agenda.
The Remarkable Legacy Of Jane Bolin, The First Black Female Judge In The United States
On July 22, 1939, Jane Bolin was sworn in as a judge in New York City. She would go on to serve in this position for the next 40 years.
Meet The Dahomey Amazons, The Fearless All-Female Army That Once Dominated West Africa
Trained to be ruthless killers, Dahomey Amazons struck fear into the hearts of 19th-century colonizers. And though they were ultimately defeated, some survivors still got their revenge.