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George And Willie Muse, The Black Brothers Who Were Kidnapped By The Circus And Billed As ‘Martians’

George And Willie Muse, The Black Brothers Who Were Kidnapped By The Circus And Billed As ‘Martians’

Born with a rare form of albinism in the Jim Crow South, George and Willie Muse were spotted by a cruel showman and forced into a life of exploitation.
How A 200 Pound Order Of Meat And A Nosy Upstate Cop Nearly Vanquished The American Mob

How A 200 Pound Order Of Meat And A Nosy Upstate Cop Nearly Vanquished The American Mob

The 1957 Apalachin meeting held in upstate New York was meant to solidify and streamline underground operations. Instead, it was raided by police and brought the Mafia down.
How Gretl Braun Became Adolf Hitler’s Favorite Sister-In-Law

How Gretl Braun Became Adolf Hitler’s Favorite Sister-In-Law

The younger sister of Eva Braun, Gretl Braun was one of Adolf Hitler's closest friends from his rise to power until the bloody end of the Third Reich.
Elyesa Bazna, The Valet Who Became The Most Dangerous Nazi Spy Of World War II

Elyesa Bazna, The Valet Who Became The Most Dangerous Nazi Spy Of World War II

From 1943 to 1944, Elyesa Bazna worked as a valet for the British ambassador to Turkey. But behind the scenes, he photographed secret documents and gave them to the Nazis.
The Heroic Yet Tragic Life Of Patrice Lumumba, The Martyr Of Congolese Independence

The Heroic Yet Tragic Life Of Patrice Lumumba, The Martyr Of Congolese Independence

In June 1960, Patrice Émery Lumumba was elected the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Just months later, he was murdered.
How Henry Every Became The ‘King Of Pirates’ During The Late 17th Century

How Henry Every Became The ‘King Of Pirates’ During The Late 17th Century

A former sailor in the British Royal Navy, Henry Every led a mutiny on the Charles II ship in 1694. Soon after, he made a name for himself as one of the most feared pirates on the high seas.
Palmares, The Lost Kingdom Of Runaway Slaves In The Brazilian Amazon

Palmares, The Lost Kingdom Of Runaway Slaves In The Brazilian Amazon

For nearly a century until 1694, thousands of enslaved Africans escaped from Portuguese plantations to the rebel kingdom of Palmares, where fugitives ruled.
Inside Room 39, North Korea’s Mysterious State-Run Slush Fund

Inside Room 39, North Korea’s Mysterious State-Run Slush Fund

Room 39 allegedly uses money from drug smuggling, money laundering, and human trafficking to keep North Korean elites living in luxury.
The Adventures Of Legendary Spymaster Mansfield Smith-Cumming, The Inspiration For James Bond’s ‘M’

The Adventures Of Legendary Spymaster Mansfield Smith-Cumming, The Inspiration For James Bond’s ‘M’

In MI6’s early days, British naval officer Mansfield Smith-Cumming ran a spy agency full of daring eccentrics who used swords disguised as canes, poison-tipped rings, and invisible ink made from their own bodily fluids.
The Remarkable Life Of Eugène-François Vidocq, The Ex-Con Who Invented Modern Detective Work

The Remarkable Life Of Eugène-François Vidocq, The Ex-Con Who Invented Modern Detective Work

After escaping from prison several times in the early 19th century, Eugène-François Vidocq turned himself in — and went on to revolutionize policing.
He Was A Hero Of Ireland’s Independence Movement — Then Tried To Become An Irish Mussolini

He Was A Hero Of Ireland’s Independence Movement — Then Tried To Become An Irish Mussolini

In the 1930s, an Irish politician named Eoin O'Duffy embraced fascism and tried to turn Ireland into a dictatorship — but he ultimately failed.