The Gruesome Reason Why Chainsaws Were Invented
The chainsaw was invented to more safely perform a brutal surgery known as a symphysiotomy on laboring women, during which the birth canal was widened with a hand-cranked, rotating blade.
The Tragic Story Of Mildred Harnack, The American Teacher Beheaded By The Nazis During World War II
Mildred Harnack moved to Berlin with her German-born husband in 1929 and joined a Nazi resistance group — and was later sentenced to death by Adolf Hitler himself.
‘I Shall Eat You Up’: Inside The Terrifying Legend Of The Cannibalistic Baba Yaga
A fearsome witch of Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is said to kidnap, roast, and eat children in the woods of Eastern Europe.
How Margaret Hamilton Helped Land NASA On The Moon
In 1969, NASA relied on software engineer Margaret Hamilton to safely land the Apollo 11 astronauts on the lunar surface — and to bring them back home.
Inside Poveglia Island’s History Of Death And Madness
Venice's Poveglia Island was a quarantine center and mass grave for victims of bubonic plague, earning it the nickname the "Island of Ghosts."
The Shocking Story Of Sara Jane Moore, The Woman Who Tried To Assassinate President Gerald Ford
On September 22, 1975, Sara Jane Moore became the second woman to try to kill Gerald Ford in the span of just 17 days — and she very nearly succeeded.
The Story Of Ronald Speirs, The Tough-As-Nails Paratrooper From The Real-Life ‘Band Of Brothers’
Lieutenant Ronald Speirs earned a reputation for both bravery and brutality while fighting in Europe with the now-legendary Easy Company during World War II.
How 9/11 Hero Mark Bingham Helped Lead A Passenger Revolt On Flight 93 — And Became An LGBTQ Icon
Moments before his death on September 11th, Mark Bingham bravely fought back against the terrorists who had hijacked his plane. His heroism later inspired many to reconsider gay stereotypes.
The Story Of Legs Diamond, The Prohibition-Era Gangster Who Was Nearly Invincible
Bootlegger Jack "Legs" Diamond proved nearly impossible to kill as he withstood rivals like Dutch Schultz — until fate finally caught up with him and he was gunned down in 1931.
The Inspiring Story Of Constance Baker Motley, The First Black Woman On The Federal Bench
A groundbreaking civil rights strategist, Constance Baker Motley argued 10 landmark cases before the Supreme Court — and won nine of them.
Meet Robert Ressler, The First FBI Profiler And The Man Who Coined The Term ‘Serial Killer’
The inspiration for Bill Tench on Mindhunter, Robert Ressler interviewed dozens of murderers during his career with the FBI and came up with the very first serial killer profiles.