Monthly Archive: July 2013

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Trial Of A Dead Pope

By the end of the ninth century A.D., the papacy was run by powerful Roman families and had many problems including corruption, murder, and immorality. Pope Formosus I, ruling from 891-896, made political enemies while in office. After his death, his successor had Formosus’ corpse exhumed and tried the dead man for supposed crimes during the Cadaver Synod or Synodus Horrenda, one of the Catholic Church’s more gruesome episodes.

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Prison Wine: The Devil’s Nectar

Although banned from prisons, inmates have found ways to make their own alcohol. Called “pruno,” the substance is made from smuggled odds and ends from the cafeteria. Its taste has been described as almost unbearably vile.

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The San Ysidro McDonald’s Massacre

In July 1984, James Huberty walked into a McDonald’s with an Uzi, a shotgun, and a pistol and killed or injured 40 people before taking his own life. At the time, it was the largest massacre in United States history.

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The First Murder By Ouija Board

After a Ouija board session on November 8, 1933 in Prescott, Arizona, 15-year-old Mattie Turley fired a shotgun at her father, Ernest Turley, inflicting mortal wounds. She’d shot him, she said, because “the board could not be denied.” She eventually plead guilty to attempted murder, was sentenced to a state reformatory, and received parole three years later.

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India’s Farmer Suicides

Monsanto’s exorbitantly expensive genetically modified seeds and ineffective pesticides have destroyed the sustainable farming industry of India. To keep their land, farmers take out huge loans, but when they are unable to pay them back, hundreds of thousands of despondent farmers have killed themselves to escape their obligations.

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America’s Real Proposal To Attack Its Own Citizens

A series of proposals that were submitted and, luckily, rejected by the US Government that planned for Central Intelligence Agency operatives to commit several acts of terrorism in US cities, the purpose of which was to incite a war against the Cuban regime with public support. These proposals were not released to the public until 1997.

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The Wandering Wolf Children Of Nazi Germany

As the Red Army took control of East Prussia at the end of World War II, thousands of orphaned children were forced to flee the cities and enter the woods in search of food and shelter. They became known as wolf children because they traveled in packs and made regular night trips between Germany, Poland, and Lithuania to avoid Soviet detection.

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Village Of Cannibals: Herxheim, Germany

Archaeological excavations at a site in Herxheim in southwestern Germany unearthed Stone Age mass graves with hundreds of human remains. The bones showed evidence of cannibalism. Exactly what happened and why these victims were butchered and eaten remains a subject of debate and bafflement.