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.
Meet The Confederados, The Confederate Loyalists Who Fled To Brazil After The Civil War
Rather than accept defeat, up to 20,000 die-hard Confederates moved to the slaveholding Empire of Brazil to establish colonies of Confederados. Their descendents still honor them today.
Meet Steve Biko, The Anti-Apartheid Activist Who Was Tortured And Killed By South African Police
In the 1970s, Bantu Steve Biko fought against South Africa's racist regime until his brutal death.
Meet Lope De Aguirre, The 16th-Century Conquistador Who Stabbed His Daughter To Death While Searching For El Dorado
Lope de Aguirre called himself the "Wrath of God, Prince of Freedom, King of Tierra Firme." But his fellow explorers just called him a madman.
The Story Of The Pearl Incident, The Largest Attempted Slave Escape In American History
Even though 77 hopeful fugitives were caught just two days after trying to escape aboard The Pearl, their daring attempt would inspire abolitionists nationwide.
Meet Gaston Means, The Swindler Who Loved Ripping Off Bootleggers During Prohibition
Gaston Means used his connections to President Warren Harding to convince bootleggers that he could protect them from the law for a price — and pocketed up to $60,000 a day.