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Paul Bateson Was In One Of The Most Horrifying Scenes Of ‘The Exorcist’ Before Becoming A Murderer

Paul Bateson Was In One Of The Most Horrifying Scenes Of ‘The Exorcist’ Before Becoming A Murderer

Bateson was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the murder of Addison Verrill, but he also allegedly confessed to killing and dismembering six other men in 1970s New York.
Inside The Hanoi Hilton, North Vietnam’s Torture Chamber For American POWs

Inside The Hanoi Hilton, North Vietnam’s Torture Chamber For American POWs

The North Vietnamese called it the Hỏa Lò prison, while American POWs ironically dubbed it the "Hanoi Hilton." Hundreds were tortured there with meat hooks and iron chains — including John McCain.
How 15-Year-Old Latasha Harlins’ Murder Over A Bottle Of Orange Juice Helped Spark The L.A. Riots

How 15-Year-Old Latasha Harlins’ Murder Over A Bottle Of Orange Juice Helped Spark The L.A. Riots

On March 16, 1991, Latasha Harlins went to a grocery store to buy a bottle of orange juice. Soon Ja Du, the store clerk, assumed she was stealing it and shot her in the back of the head.
The Grotesque Dissection Of Annie Chapman, Jack The Ripper’s Second Victim

The Grotesque Dissection Of Annie Chapman, Jack The Ripper’s Second Victim

In 1888, London was terrorstruck by the grotesque murders of Jack the Ripper, who was shortly about to claim his next-victim: 47-year-old prostitute Annie Chapman.
The Gulf Of Tonkin Incident: The Lie That Sparked The Vietnam War

The Gulf Of Tonkin Incident: The Lie That Sparked The Vietnam War

In August 1964, the United States entered the Vietnam War after reports of an unprovoked attack in the Gulf of Tonkin. But the reports were false — and the president knew it.
Anubis: The Ancient Egyptian God That Inspired The Sacrifice Of 8 Million Dogs

Anubis: The Ancient Egyptian God That Inspired The Sacrifice Of 8 Million Dogs

All ancient civilizations had a god of death. For Ancient Egypt, that god was Anubis, the jackal-headed figure who oversaw mummification and judged the worthiness of a person's soul in the afterlife.
Before There Was The Incredible Hulk, There Was Cú Chulainn: The Superhuman Of Irish Myth

Before There Was The Incredible Hulk, There Was Cú Chulainn: The Superhuman Of Irish Myth

The legendary half-god Cú Chulainn was a staple in ancient Irish mythology because of his Herculean strength — and rage.
Why Harlem Godfather Bumpy Johnson Is The Most Fearsome Gangster You’ve Never Heard Of

Why Harlem Godfather Bumpy Johnson Is The Most Fearsome Gangster You’ve Never Heard Of

Once dubbed the most dangerous gangster in New York, Ellsworth Raymond "Bumpy" Johnson was also a philanthropist and a poet.
Jamaican Doctress Mary Seacole Was As Heroic As Florence Nightingale

Jamaican Doctress Mary Seacole Was As Heroic As Florence Nightingale

Mary Seacole faced adversity — and open fire — to help injured soldiers during the Crimean War. Now, more than a century later, she is being remembered for her heroic achievements.
The Complicated Truth About Hitler’s Children: Was The Führer Actually A Father?

The Complicated Truth About Hitler’s Children: Was The Führer Actually A Father?

Historians, as well as Hitler himself, claim that he never fathered a child. But there is a man who claims to have been the Führer's son — and Hitler may have known about him all along.
Samantha Smith Wanted Peace During The Cold War, So She Wrote The Soviets And Asked For It

Samantha Smith Wanted Peace During The Cold War, So She Wrote The Soviets And Asked For It

With a simple letter, American schoolgirl Samantha Smith sparked peace and friendship between two nations during one of the tensest periods in modern history.