This Week In History News, Apr. 22 – 28

Published April 27, 2018

Huge child sacrifice uncovered, infamous serial killer case likely solved, John Wilkes Booth's wild side revealed.

“Their Chests Were Carved Open” — Biggest Mass Child Sacrifice Ever Found

Child Sacrifice

National GeographicOver a dozen children were uncovered in a single day.

In an exclusive with National Geographic , a team of international and interdisciplinary scientists have revealed what is likely the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice in world history. The skeletal remains of over 140 children, as well as 200 llamas, were uncovered in the north coast of Peru and date back to over 500 years ago, around 1450 A.D.

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Suspected “Golden State Killer” Arrested After 40-Year Manhunt

Golden State Killer Sketch

Wikimedia CommonsVarious sketches of what the Golden State Killer may have looked like.

Beginning in the late 1970s, the residents of Sacramento County, Calif., were terrorized by an unknown assailant. Over 100 people found themselves victims of either break-ins, rapes, and murders, yet the police were never able to catch the perpetrator. Now, more than 40 years later, an arrest has been made.

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John Wilkes Booth Was A Sex-Crazed Playboy, Says New Book

Wilkes Booth Women

Amazon / John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Loved Him book cover; Maggie Mitchell, Fanny Brown, and Helen Western

Apparently, the expression is true: Everyone loves a bad boy. At least, according to a new book on Abraham Lincoln‘s assassin, it is. John Wilkes Booth and the Women Who Love Him written by E. Lawrence Abel and published on April 8, 2018, chronicles the women (and there were many) who were lovers or intense admirers of John Wilkes Booth.

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