Meet The Killer Surgeon Who Inspired Hannibal Lecter’s Character
Alfredo Balli Trevino was a well spoken, inquisitive, sleek, psychologically complicated surgeon convicted of a brutal murder. Remind you of anyone?
Otto Rahn And The Nazi Crusade For The Holy Grail
Otto Rahn was an openly gay and liberal-leaning historian in search of the Holy Grail. Unfortunately, Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, was a big fan of his work.
How John Callahan Turned His Paralysis Into Politically Incorrect Art
After John Callahan was paralyzed following a drunken car crash, he learned to draw cartoons with both hands, went to rehab, and had is politically incorrect cartoons published in dozens of magazines and newspapers.
The Incredible Life Of Alexander Selkirk, The Real Robinson Crusoe
Alexander Selkirk was a Scottish sailor and Royal Navy officer who many people believe to be the real-life inspiration for the novel by Daniel Defoe.
Valerie Solanas — The Radical Feminist Who Shot Andy Warhol
Shortly after publishing her manifesto, titled "Society for Cutting Up Men," Valerie Solanas' feminism spiraled out of control, and she attempted to assassinate famed artist Andy Warhol.
Edgar Allan Poe’s Death Sounds Like An Edgar Allan Poe Story
Edgar Allan Poe died in 1849, but historians still disagree today on exactly what caused his untimely demise.
Fart Proudly: Ben Franklin Loved Farting So Much He Wrote An Essay About It
In addition to being a founding father and noted inventor, Ben Franklin once sent a letter now entitled "Fart Proudly" to the Royal Academy of Brussels.
Dark Disney: The Real And Horrifying Stories Behind The Classics
From Cinderella to the Little Mermaid, the origins behind your favorite secretly dark Disney movies are more shocking and violent than you could imagine.
Vlad The Impaler Was Much Worse Than Dracula Ever Was
The legend of a vampire Count living in the gloomy foothills of Transylvania stems from the real, bloody life of Vlad the Impaler.
Meet Dr. Giovanni Aldini — The Man Whose Experiments Inspired ‘Frankenstein’
The disturbed Dr. Victor Frankenstein had his real-life roots in Dr. Giovanni Aldini.
Meet The Man Whose Double Life Inspired Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
The two-faced maniac was actually based on a real person.