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Music Legend John Denver Illegally Piloted An Experimental Plane — And Never Came Down Alive

Music Legend John Denver Illegally Piloted An Experimental Plane — And Never Came Down Alive

John Denver's death shocked a nation which had for decades revelled in his joyous and generous spirit — until he met a grisly death in an experimental plane.
The Drownings At Nantes: How One Man Orchestrated The Execution Of Over 4,000 Men, Women, And Children

The Drownings At Nantes: How One Man Orchestrated The Execution Of Over 4,000 Men, Women, And Children

Jean-Baptiste Carrier, appointed by his government during the French Revolution, personally oversaw the execution of 13,000 counterrevolutionaries. 4,000 of which were sent to slow, watery deaths.
Ella Baker: The Unsung Hero Of The Civil Rights Movement

Ella Baker: The Unsung Hero Of The Civil Rights Movement

She galvanized the individual's role in the Civil Rights Movement, influenced MLK and taught Rosa Parks how to resist peacefully. But history often forgets to mention that.
Why 12-Year-Old Shanda Sharer Was Tortured And Killed By Four Teenage Girls

Why 12-Year-Old Shanda Sharer Was Tortured And Killed By Four Teenage Girls

Shanda Sharer was an ordinary Indiana teenager in 1992 — until four girls tortured her for hours before finally killing her.
What JFK’s Mob-Affiliated Mistress, Judith Exner, May Have Known About His Assassination

What JFK’s Mob-Affiliated Mistress, Judith Exner, May Have Known About His Assassination

"The worst thing I did was fall in love with a married man," Judith Campbell Exner confessed years after the affair: "I kept my secret out of fear."
Tituba: The Slave Girl Who May Have Used The Salem Witch Trials To Win Her Own Freedom

Tituba: The Slave Girl Who May Have Used The Salem Witch Trials To Win Her Own Freedom

Tituba proved to be a fantastic orator as she talked her way out of slavery using the fear and mass hysteria of witchcraft that paralyzed the people of Salem.
General Tom Thumb: P.T. Barnum’s Most Acclaimed Sideshow Dwarf

General Tom Thumb: P.T. Barnum’s Most Acclaimed Sideshow Dwarf

General Tom Thumb, the 25-inch man, became P.T. Barnum's most popular attraction with his unparalleled charisma and charm.
How Alexandra Feodorovna Became The Last Empress Of Russia

How Alexandra Feodorovna Became The Last Empress Of Russia

Though born and wedded royal, the life of Tsarina Alexandra proved to be anything but charmed.
Alexander Solonik: The Cold-Blooded Russian Hitman Known As “The Superkiller”

Alexander Solonik: The Cold-Blooded Russian Hitman Known As “The Superkiller”

He escaped impenetrable prisons. He murdered mafiosos. He almost lived safely in secrecy, until the hitman became the target.
Masamune, The 13th-Century Japanese Swordsmith Who Was The Stuff Of Legends

Masamune, The 13th-Century Japanese Swordsmith Who Was The Stuff Of Legends

Legend says that his swords were so well-made, their layers went to a point that was but one atom thick.
The Delphi Murders Continue To Haunt Authorities More Than A Year Later

The Delphi Murders Continue To Haunt Authorities More Than A Year Later

The killer of two teenaged-girls in Delphi, Ind. remains at large despite the best efforts of the police.