Inside North Korea’s Disturbing Kidnapping Industry That Saw Hundreds Of Japanese People Abducted
Between 1977 and 1983, at least 17 Japanese nationals were abducted by North Korean spies, though Japan claims it is likely that hundreds more were taken.
The Story Of Yule, The Raucous Viking Celebration Of Winter That Inspired Christmas
From the holiday ham to the evergreen in your living room, here’s how the pagan celebration of Yule influenced modern Christmas traditions.
How Stalin’s Favorite Executioner Vasily Blokhin Personally Killed 7,000 Poles During The Katyn Massacre
As Joseph Stalin's chief executioner of the NKVD, Vasily Blokhin is believed to have ended tens of thousands of lives.
How The Kennedy Curse Has Tormented America’s First Family For Nearly 80 Years
Despite their fame, power, and glamour, the Kennedy family has suffered a seemingly endless series of tragedies that have been dubbed the "Kennedy Curse."
7 Of History’s Most Unbelievable Heists, From D.B. Cooper To The Lufthansa Robbery
Discover the astounding stories behind the biggest heists in history, whether the perpetrators were eventually captured or the case remains unsolved.
Meet Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler’s Favorite Spy Who Used CIA Resources To Free Nazi War Criminals
An expert spymaster, Reinhard Gehlen surrendered to the Allies at the end of World War II in order to work with the CIA before founding Germany’s modern intelligence service with hundreds of former Nazis like him.
Meet Boston Corbett, The Man Who Took Credit For Shooting John Wilkes Booth
After John Wilkes Booth killed Abraham Lincoln, Union soldier Thomas "Boston" Corbett was sent to Virginia with orders to capture Booth alive. He shot and killed him instead.
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.