Meet Yoshiko Kawashima, The Chinese Princess Who Spied For Japan
Known for her prowess on the battlefield and her penchant for cross-dressing, Yoshiko Kawashima became a polarizing figure in Asia during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Inside The Darién Scheme, Scotland’s Miserably Failed Attempt To Build A Colony In The Americas
In 1698, Scottish colonists set sail to modern-day Panama with the goal of building a settlement there. But the plan turned out to be a total disaster.
The Unsolved Mystery Of Carroll A. Deering, The ‘Ghost Ship’ Of North Carolina
In 1921, 11 sailors boarded the Carroll A. Deering in Barbados to head back to the United States. But weeks later, the ship was found wrecked — with no crew in sight.
The Horrific Story Of William Calley And The My Lai Massacre
Even after U.S. Army Lt. William Calley helped perpetrate the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War, most Americans supported him and he faced little punishment for his crimes.
Inside The Tragic Descent Of Vasily Stalin, The Soviet Dictator’s Second Son
Though he received special attention as Joseph Stalin's son, Vasily Stalin also gained a reputation for being a spoiled drunk. He was just 40 years old when he died in obscurity.
The Grisly History Of The Glasgow Smile, The Torture Method Devised By Scotland’s Early Gangs
In 20th-century Scotland, roving gangsters punished each other by carving the sides of a victim's mouth into a demented grin known as the "Glasgow smile." But this bloody practice didn't end there.
The Unbelievable True Story Of Eddie Chapman, The British Criminal-Turned-Spy Who Fooled The Nazis
After offering his criminal services to the Nazis in exchange for his freedom from jail, Eddie Chapman turned himself in to the British and became "Agent Zigzag."
Meet Trofim Lysenko, The Russian Agronomist Whose Pseudoscience Doomed Millions
For decades, the lives of Soviet citizens hung on the whims of Trofim Lysenko, a man who believed that plants could be taught to bloom in winter and that nature could be mastered by raw force.
Meet Asa Earl Carter, The Klansman Who Reinvented Himself As A ‘Native American’
In the 1950s and '60s, Asa Earl Carter was a violent white supremacist. But years later, he tried to cover up his racist past — by pretending to be a Native American author.
Inside The Red Orchestra, The German Anti-Nazi Group That Waged A Secret War Against Hitler
From 1933 until they were caught in 1942, the Red Orchestra group battled Nazi Germany behind the scenes.
Meet Mabel Walker Willebrandt, The Woman Who Took Down Prohibition’s Biggest Bootleggers
In 1921, Mabel Walker Willebrandt became the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. federal government. Appointed as the assistant attorney general, she used her power to enforce Prohibition.