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This Week In History News, Feb. 17 – 23

This Week In History News, Feb. 17 – 23

Medieval sword found in sewer, secrets of Stonehenge's construction revealed, WWII American shipwreck uncovered.
Mexican Businesswoman Decapitated After Her Family Couldn’t Pay Her Kidnappers’ Ransom

Mexican Businesswoman Decapitated After Her Family Couldn’t Pay Her Kidnappers’ Ransom

It is unknown why Susana Carrera was targeted and held for a $207,000 ransom. No arrests have been made in regards to her kidnappers.
World’s Largest Bee Species Thought To Be Extinct Rediscovered In Indonesia

World’s Largest Bee Species Thought To Be Extinct Rediscovered In Indonesia

"With all the bad news coming out about things in the natural world, this gives me hope."
Resurfaced Playboy Interview With John Wayne Extolls Racism, Homophobia, And White Supremacy

Resurfaced Playboy Interview With John Wayne Extolls Racism, Homophobia, And White Supremacy

John Wayne's legacy as the white, conservative Western hero of the 1950s included stances inherent to those attributes: racial superiority, homophobia, and revulsion at the changing landscape.
Turkish Mother Injected Her 18-Month-Old Baby With Bleach Because She “Couldn’t Love My Daughter”

Turkish Mother Injected Her 18-Month-Old Baby With Bleach Because She “Couldn’t Love My Daughter”

Elif K. reportedly began torturing her daughter when the baby was a month old — because she couldn't "warm towards her."
Scientists Discover Rare Galápagos Tortoise Thought To Be Extinct Since 1906

Scientists Discover Rare Galápagos Tortoise Thought To Be Extinct Since 1906

For more than a century, it was only a myth, with nothing but bite marks on cacti suggesting that this rare creature was still roaming the terrain of this remote island.
Alligator Named ‘El Chompo’ Found Guarding Fentanyl And Heroin Stash In Pennsylvania

Alligator Named ‘El Chompo’ Found Guarding Fentanyl And Heroin Stash In Pennsylvania

"Quite frankly, as we can tell from these drug dealers, the alligator may have been the brains of the operation."
Village Leader In Tanzania Murdered And Decapitated After Reporting Poachers

Village Leader In Tanzania Murdered And Decapitated After Reporting Poachers

"Sanka reported Lebangu and some of his colleagues to game rangers...and that was why they decided to kill him."
Scientists Assert Decorated Viking Warrior Skeleton Long-Thought To Be Male Actually Female

Scientists Assert Decorated Viking Warrior Skeleton Long-Thought To Be Male Actually Female

The skeleton was initially found in the mid-19th century and was posited to be female two years ago. After much debate and criticism, the research team confidently asserts that the high-ranking warrior skeleton is indeed "unassailably female."
Police Use DNA From Discarded Hotdog Napkin To Find A 1993 Murderer

Police Use DNA From Discarded Hotdog Napkin To Find A 1993 Murderer

Jerry Westrom intends to plead not guilty, but the evidence — undeniable, genetic material left on the victim's towel and comforter — will be difficult to fight against.
Earthquake Data Helps Scientists Discover Mountains Perhaps Bigger Than Everest Deep Inside Earth

Earthquake Data Helps Scientists Discover Mountains Perhaps Bigger Than Everest Deep Inside Earth

Researchers used seismic data from Bolivia's 1994 earthquake to map out a boundary 410 miles beneath the surface — and made a huge discovery.