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Cement Shoes: Method of Execution

Cement shoes or Chicago overcoat is a largely fictional method of execution and/or body disposal, usually associated with criminals such as the Mafia or gangs. It involves weighing down the victim, who may be dead or alive, with concrete and throwing them into the water in the hope the body will never be found. In the US, the term has become tongue-in-cheek for a threat of death by criminals. [...]

By | 2017-12-16T11:35:19+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Prohibition in the United States, 1920 – 1933

The ratification of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution–which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors–ushered in a period in American history known as Prohibition. The result of a widespread temperance movement during the first decade of the 20th century, Prohibition was difficult to enforce, despite the passage of companion legislation known as the Volstead Act. The increase of the illegal production and sale of liquor [...]

By | 2017-12-05T07:41:36+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Gregson Slave-Trading Syndicate: The Zong Massacre

On 29 November 1781, Captain Luke Collingwood of the British ship, slave trading Zong, ordered one-third of his cargo to be thrown overboard. That cargo was human – 133 African slaves bound for Jamaica. His motive – to collect the insurance. The case was brought to court – not for murder, but against the insurers who refused to pay up. This is the cruel story of the Zong Massacre. [...]

By | 2017-12-04T11:59:21+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events|Tags: , , |0 Comments

William E. Fairbairn: Chief Pioneer of Close Combat

In the early 1900’s, the city of Shanghai, China was easily one of the most violent and dangerous cities in the world. Gangs and opium dealers ran the show and they would do whatever was necessary to thrive and survive. The gangsters of Shanghai were reputed to be extremely ruthless, handing out muggings, beatings, armed robberies, kidnappings and murders on a daily basis. They used strong-arm tactics to coerce [...]

By | 2017-11-24T07:27:03+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Golden State Serial Killer, Night Stalker

While not as well known as the Zodiac Killer or the Night Stalker, the Golden State Killer is one of California's creepy serial killers. Between 1976 and 1986, he committed at least 45 rapes, 12 murders, and 120 residential burglaries throughout California, and then disappeared without a trace. Who is the Golden State Killer? He preyed on women in their bedrooms, he was known to make disturbing phone calls [...]

By | 2017-11-07T08:21:17+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp

Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was a network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by Nazi Germany in annexed Polish areas during World War II. It consisted of Auschwitz I (the original camp), Auschwitz II–Birkenau (a combination concentration/extermination camp), Auschwitz III–Monowitz (a labor camp to staff an IG Farben factory), and 45 satellite camps. Auschwitz I was first constructed to hold Polish political prisoners, who began [...]

By | 2017-12-05T21:24:39+00:00 November 5th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Irma Grese: Blond Female SS Beast

The female guards at Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Ravensbrück are less well known than their male counterparts, but they were no less brutal. You don’t have to look too hard to find horrifying stories about Nazis. However, one of the craziest stories revolves around a woman that not many people are aware of: Irma Grese, an S.S. officer who was so evil and heinous that even other Nazis thought she [...]

By | 2017-11-01T07:09:51+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Carl Panzram: The Most Sadistic Serial Killer

Carl Panzram — a tattooed, 6-foot-tall giant of a man with cold gray eyes — stowed away on a ship bound for Angola around 1920 to work as a merchant seaman. After arriving in Lobito Bay, he hired half-dozen local guides for a crocodile-hunting expedition. But Panzram had other prey on his mind. As their canoe wended its way down the river, he shot each crew member dead before [...]

By | 2017-10-30T12:06:30+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Joseph Lozito: The Hero who Halted a Serial Hero

Joseph Lozito, the man being dubbed a hero for helping disarm and capture a New York man accused of going on a 28-hour stabbing spree, says that watching mixed martial arts fights for 20 years may have saved his life. Joseph Lozito used his leg to sweep Maksim Gelman off his feet when the accused killer lunged at him on a subway car with what Lozito described as a [...]

By | 2017-10-30T00:56:44+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Alexander Solonik: Russian Killer Number One

Alexander Viktorovich Solonik, also known as Sasha the Macedonian, and Superkiller, was an infamous Russian hitman in the early 1990s and was thought to have the ability to shoot ambidextrously. He carried out numerous murders for the Orekhovskaya group and other criminal associations, in the early 1990s. Alexander was jailed again in 1994, only to escape in July 1995 from the Moscow maximum security prison Matrosskaya Tishina. Reportedly, his [...]

By | 2017-10-30T01:00:31+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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