Monthly Archive: July 2013

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.