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February 20, 2021
The Tulsa Race Massacre
Everything Burns
On the night of May 31, 1921, the town of Tulsa, Oklahoma was the site of a gruesome and intense racial extermination. How and why did this happen?
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January 30, 2021
Locusta
The Poisoner to the Rich
Locusta was an incredibly talented assassin skilled in the use of poison. Her skills were put to good use against all members of society, royalty or not.
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January 30, 2021
The Ancient Roman Poison Ring
Showing Those Men Who's Boss
When hundreds of patrician men began dying suddenly, Rome was confused by the cause. Until someone tattled.
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January 16, 2021
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
Just days after the South's surrender, John Wilkes Booth snuck into Ford's Theatre and shot Abraham Lincoln in the head. Why and how did he do this?
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January 2, 2021
Frank Serpico
Taking on the NYPD
Frank Serpico was a New York City police officer during the 60s and 70s who fought against the disgusting levels of corruption. He made a huge mark on the NYPD that lasts even to this day.
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December 12, 2020
1953 Iranian Coup
The British Stole the Booty
In 1953, Great Britain and the United States conspired together to overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran. This is an incredibly interesting story and provides a look into the mindset of world leaders in the 50s.
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November 14, 2020
Alan Turing
The Evil Queen, and her Poison Apple
Alan Turing was a genius inventor during WWII who directly assisted the Allied Forces victory. But his life was far from happy, as was his unfortunate death.
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October 31, 2020
The Atrocities of Unit 731
Unit 731 was a Japanese WWII research and experimentation facility where a number of depraved and sadistic acts took place. We take a hard look at its creation and ultimate downfall.
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October 24, 2020
Plagues
Black Fingers and Rectum Bleeding
Plagues have been apart of the human experience for thousands of years. We decided to cover a few of the most deadly from history (but not Covid-19).
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October 17, 2020
Liver-Eating Johnson
The Mountain Man Cannibal
Liver-Eating Johnson was the epitome of a mountain man, although not all mountain men are cannibals. In this article, we cover Johnson's brutal life along with all the liver-eating bits.
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October 10, 2020
Julius Caesar
Blinded by Blood
In this article, we’ll be taking our Unfortunate History chariots back in time to the land of togas, gladiators, and being fed grapes on day beds as we discuss the one and only Gaius Julius Caesar.
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August 31, 2020
Unfortunate Hollywood
Superman was a Murderer
Hollywood is full of terribly unfortunate moments, including murders, beheadings, and more than a few curses. Who knew the place where dreams go to die would be so violent?
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August 26, 2020
Sammy Davis Jr.
The Honorary Warlock
Sammy Davis Jr was much more than a singer, dancer, or actor. His life was filled with incredible moments, including meetings with presidents, threats from the mob, and even satanic parties.
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August 24, 2020
Viking Torture
Inventive, To say the Least
Vikings were a very interesting culture, but not as interesting as their various forms of torture.
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August 10, 2020
Delphine LaLaurie
The Stirring of Brains
Delphine LaLaurie was a Creole socialite in New Orleans who allegedly murdered hundreds of African American slaves. This article is deep-dive into her life and awful crimes.
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August 4, 2020
Mike "the Durable" Malloy
He. Just. Won't. Die.
It was a very cold winter in New York City when the Murder Trust decided to kill Michael Malloy. Although, they had no idea just how difficult that was going to be.
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July 27, 2020
The Kray Twins
A Few More Murders
This is the conclusion to our series on The Kray Twins. We discuss a few more of the twins' murders and their ultimate downfall.

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July 20, 2020
The Kray Twins
Let's Get Kray Kray
The Kray Twins were prolific in the London crime scene throughout the 1950s and 60s. From fistfights to executions, the Krays were a pair with the force of a hurricane. This is Part 1 of our two part series on the brothers.
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July 13, 2020
The Great Emu War of Australia
So Much Blood
The Great Emu War of Australia rocked Western Australia in 1932 and left thousands (of emus) dead. Read on to find out who actually won the war. You may be surprised.
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July 6, 2020
Captain Morgan
Torture Tactics & Politics
This article is the conclusion to our series on Captain Morgan. This covers a few of Morgan's famous attacks and torture tactics, as well as his later life and death.

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June 30, 2020
Captain Morgan
The Pirate, Not the Rum
Captain Henry Morgan was much more than a rum icon. He was a dastardly pirate of the Caribbean, but worse than that, he was also a politician.
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June 19, 2020
Digby Tatham Warter
The Umbrella Soldier
Major Digby Tatham Warter was an umbrella-wielding commander during the Battle of Arnhem that occurred during World War II.
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June 13, 2020
Lorena Bobbitt
Yanked it Right Off
Lorena Bobbitt shocked the world in the early 90s when she injured her husband in an...inventive way. This story caused the world to take a hard look at domestic violence, and also caused a flurry of jokes on nearly every talk show around the world.
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June 10, 2020
Twilight Zone Accident
Dead in the Water
The “Twilight Zone Accident” was a deadly incident that occurred during the filming of the Twilight Zone Movie. This incident killed three people, including two children. The tragedy also caused wide changes in the film industry at large.
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June 4, 2020
The Murder of Emmett Till
14-year-old African American Emmett Till was brutally murdered on 28 August 1955. The details of his murder are infuriating, as are the reasons why it occurred. But even more infuriating were the punishments handed out to the child's murderers.
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May 30, 2020
Billy the Kid
Dying in Your Socks
This article is the final in our Billy the Kid series and covers the downfall of the famous Wild West Outlaw.

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May 24, 2020
Billy the Kid
Brains and Blood
Billy the Kid was one of the Wild West's most infamous criminals. We cover Billy's life from start to finish, letting you know all about the amazing criminal.
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May 20, 2020
Tsutomu Yamaguchi
The Atomic Man
Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on the day it was bombed by the US with the dropping of Little Boy, the first atomic bomb ever used in armed conflict. If that wasn't worse enough, he was also in Nagasaki days later when the second atomic bomb was dropped. This article discusses his life and the terrible details of both days.
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May 16, 2020
The Murder of James Bulger
James Bulger was a 2-year-old child who was kidnapped, tortured, and eventually murdered on the 12th of February, 1993. His murderers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables were both ten years old at the time of James’ death, and their gruesome attack turned them both into social pariahs, with many describing them as total monsters.
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May 1, 2020
Lord Timothy Dexter
And his Strange and Unfortunate Life
Lord Timothy Dexter was an uneducated man born in the 1700s that embodied luck and fortune. But wealth can only take you so far, which Dexter never quite seemed to learn.
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April 25, 2020
Tarrare
The French Cannibal
Tarrare was a French cannibal during the French Revolution who is described as having an abnormally insatiable appetite. This is a truly strange tale of espionage, cannibalism, and, possibly, murder.
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April 2, 2020
Robert Liston
The Testicle Wrangler
Robert Liston was an incredibly talented surgeon born at the turn of the 19th century. Liston was most known for his speed and dexterity when performing gruesome surgeries prior to the invention of anaesthesia.
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