‘Whipped Peter’ And The Photo That Exposed Slavery’s Horrors
In 1863, a slave known only as Gordon escaped from a Louisiana plantation where he was nearly whipped to death. His story was quickly published — along with a gruesome photo of his injuries.
The True Story Of Candyman That Inspired The Horror Classic
The vengeful ghost of a murdered slave named Daniel Robitaille, Candyman may be fictitious, but one real murder did help inspire the classic film's horrors.
Fritz Haarmann Was A Popular Butcher In 1920s Germany — Until They Found Out His Meat Was Human
For six years, Fritz Haarmann used his position as a police informant to hide in plain sight while he carried out at least 24 grisly murders that earned him the nickname of the "Vampire of Hanover."
How The Rumble In The Jungle Became One Of The Most Iconic Fights In Boxing History
Held in Kinshasa, Zaire in 1974, the Rumble in the Jungle saw Muhammad Ali challenge George Foreman for the world heavyweight title that had been stripped from him seven years earlier.
The True Story Of Herbert Sobel, The First Commander Of The ‘Band Of Brothers’
Known as a "devil in jump boots" and a "petty tyrant," Herbert Sobel was one of the strictest U.S. Army officers during World War II.
The Truth About Omertà, The Mafia’s Sacred Code Of Silence That Hid Their Crimes For Generations
Under the code of omertà, anyone who spoke to the police was marked for torture and death — and so were their families.
The Tragic Story Of Amie Huguenard, The Doomed Girlfriend Of ‘Grizzly Man’ Timothy Treadwell
Amie Huguenard spent three years with her boyfriend Timothy Treadwell studying and filming grizzly bears in Katmai National Park — until a brown bear killed them both.
The Tragic Story Of Mary Ann Bevan, The ‘Ugliest Woman In The World’
After a beautiful English woman named Mary Ann Bevan developed acromegaly, she was forced to perform in sideshows and circuses to support her family in the early 20th century.
The Disturbing Story Of The Heart Attack Gun Invented By The CIA During The Cold War
The heart attack gun fired a dart made of frozen shellfish toxin that would enter the target's bloodstream and kill them in mere minutes without leaving a trace.
The Shocking Story Of ‘Bloody Bill’ Anderson, The Civil War’s Most Vicious Confederate Guerrilla
William T. Anderson became known as the deadliest Confederate raider of the Civil War after perpetrating several horrific massacres in Kansas and Missouri.
The Wild Story Of Buck Barrow, Clyde Barrow’s Older Brother
After a life of petty crime and several attempts to go straight, Buck Barrow joined up with Bonnie and Clyde for just four months before he was mortally wounded by a gunshot to the head.