Meet Sir Oswald Mosley, The Aristocrat Who Nearly Turned Britain Toward Fascism Before World War 2
In the 1930s, Sir Oswald Mosley led the 50,000-member British Union of Fascists and drew audiences of up to 30,000 people when speaking at nationalist and anti-Semitic rallies.
Meet August Vollmer, The Man Who Militarized American Police
In 1905, August Vollmer became town marshal of Berkeley, California. In just a few years, he transformed his department into the first modern police force — and laid the groundwork for the heavily-armed police of today.
How Racism Turned Chicago’s Cabrini-Green Homes From A Beacon Of Progress To A Run-Down Slum
Popularly known as the setting for the horror movie Candyman, Cabrini-Green began as a mid-century example of what a public housing project could provide, but eventually grew so neglected that it had to be demolished.
The Assassinations, Bombings, And Bizarre Fame Of Carlos The Jackal, History’s First ‘Celebrity Terrorist’
Born Ilich Ramírez Sánchez in Venezuela, Carlos the Jackal found worldwide infamy in the 1970s as a Marxist revolutionary and terrorist who admitted to killing at least 80 people.
The True Stories Of Murder And Lynchings That Inspired The Horror Classic ‘Candyman’
The real Candyman stories behind the legend may not be supernatural, but they are just as chilling as anything the movie could ever depict.
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 as the "Vampire of Hanover."
How The Nazis Used The Crime Of A Jewish Teen Named Herschel Grynszpan As An Excuse For The Holocaust
Days after learning his family had been shipped off to a refugee camp beside 12,000 other Jews, 17-year-old Herschel Grynszpan bought a gun and snuck into the German embassy in Paris.
How The Voulet-Chanoine Mission Revealed The Horrors Of French Colonialism In Africa
In 1898, French soldiers Paul Voulet and Julien Chanoine were sent to unify colonies in Africa. But they brutalized them instead.
Inside Atlantropa, The 1920s Plan To Drain The Mediterranean And Merge Europe And Africa Into One Supercontinent
With Europe in turmoil after World War I, German architect Herman Sörgel became convinced his Atlantropa project was the only way to prevent another conflict.
Fordlândia: Henry Ford’s Forgotten Rubber Empire Deep in the Heart of the Amazon
In 1928, Henry Ford broke ground on Fordlândia, a rubber-producing town in Brazil that he hoped would supply his car factories and serve as a model industrial society. Instead, it devolved into a dystopia.
The Sensational Murder Of Johnny Stompanato, The LA Mobster Stabbed To Death By Lana Turner’s Daughter
Johnny Stompanato was a bodyguard for Mickey Cohen when he was killed at the hands of teenaged Cheryl Crane.