The story of legendary exotic dancer Mata Hari, aka Margaretha Zelle, accused of being a double agent for the French and Germans during World War I, she was tried and executed before her true allegiance could be learned. The reputation she earned as a great seductress, however, lives on.
The true story behind Theodore Dreiser’s wildly popular novel An American Tragedy inspired by the brutal July 11, 1906, murder of the lovely Grace Brown by her lover Chester Gillette, who did not want to marry Brown after she became pregnant with his child.
A weary traveler in the desolate Old West is relieved to see an inn. He is invited in and the owner’s beautiful young daughter makes conversation with him as he relaxes. Suddenly, he’s hit on the head with a hammer and his body is dumped through a trap door. This is how the Benders–the quintessential demented family of murderers seen so often in horror movies–operated.
On February 1, 1959, police found August Norry’ s car at the end of a “lover’s lane.” The vehicle was ominously bloody and riddled with bullet holes with spent bullets inside it. Officers’ fears that Norry had been killed were confirmed the next day when his bullet-riddled corpse was found in the San Bruno Hills.
An examination of the history of dueling — a primarily, perhaps almost exclusively, male activity in every culture in which it has existed — the rules, the forms, historic duels and famous winners and losers.
Did this legendary serial killer, the inspiration for the cult thriller Eaten Alive, really feed anywhere from 5-20 of his victims to his pet alligators?
On May 6, 1934, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow met with their families for what would be the last time. She gave her mother a poem called The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and asked that her mother not say anything "ugly" about Clyde after the outlaw couple had gone to their violent deaths.
As chief inquisitor of the infamous Spanish Inquisition, Torquemada was responsible for the torture and execution of thousands.
The Phantom Killer, a serial killer known for killing when the moon was full, is believed to have murdered five people in Texarkana, the last victim on May 4, 1946. The case remains unsolved.
If it’s 1888 and your name is John Swarthout, that is. The recipient of this invitation was granted access to the November 15, 1888, hanging of Charles Johnson, convicted of killing John Walters in January 1887. Walters, who worked as a maintenance man at the jail in Seneca County, N.Y., died from blows to the head when some prisoners–Johnson among them–tried to escape.