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Lifestyle
by egdcltd
6 years ago
Crowdsourcing Presumed Serial Poisoner, Mary Ann Cotton, to Death

Mary Ann Cotton has passed into history as a vicious serial poisoner, mercilessly killing her loved ones for financial gain. However, a more careful inspection of her life and her case leads to the conclusion she was a victim of class prejudice and ignorance, and is not guilty of the 21 murders ascribed to her without a sound foundation.

Lifestyle
by egdcltd
7 years ago
Jailhouse Etiquette: Survivor's Guide for the Straight Man

While not the most pleasant experience, spending time in the hoosegow doesn't have to be the end of the world, either.  Here's how to make the best of your time and not go stir crazy, or get the bejeebers beaten out of you!

Technology
by egdcltd
8 years ago
5 Random Things: Mythical Beings

A charming, serio-comic tour de force featuring apes, aliens, the Loch Ness Monster, Santa Claus, and the Boston Strangler.

Entertainment
by egdcltd
8 years ago
Why I Am Madly In Love With Donna Summer

Yesterday's disco queen, a smoldering, sexy black woman named Donna Summer, was never recognized for the great rock vocalist she really is. Today, however, a second listen might be worthwhile.

Lifestyle
by egdcltd
8 years ago
Exorcism of Anneliese Michel

A neurotic German girl's psychic struggle led to one of the most inhumanely conducted exorcisms recorded. It also led to the miserably torturous year-long decline and death of the once pretty and energetic Anneliese Michel in 1976. Her story was brought to light in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose".

Entertainment
by egdcltd
7 years ago
Ugliness on the Small Screen: Racism's History on Television

Television's earliest days were filled with racial stereotypes, cruelly portrayed and appealing to the lowest common denominator of the white viewing public.  These images reinforced popular prejudices of the times, but television has not been so progressive as to shy away from such racist portrayals.  Even today, programs feature modern versions of negative stereotypes of ethnic groups. 

Entertainment
by egdcltd
5 years ago
Why I Am Madly In Love With Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie

One of rock band Fleetwood Mac's most quietly creative forces--singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Chrisitne McVie--is back with the group after a roughly 16 year absence.  And, boy, howdy, did we miss her! 

Entertainment
by egdcltd
7 years ago
Desi Arnaz: Innovative TV Pioneer Genius

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III (forever equated with the happy-go-lucky and sometimes clueless TV husband Ricky Ricardo) was a pioneer in television production.  A true Renaissance man, Desi Arnaz was a musician and bandleader on the cutting edge of musical integration, an actor, a business man, producer, director, and founder of a production juggernaut named Desilu Productions.

History
by egdcltd
8 years ago
Vanished Villages

Cities and towns don't last forever. The causes of their disappearances make for fascinating investigations, however.

Lifestyle
by egdcltd
8 years ago
Beautiful Cigar Girl Murder Mystery

The unsolved murder of The Beautiful Cigar Girl, Mary Rogers, caught the fancy of macabre short story author, Edgar Allan Poe. He wrote a tale based on her murder that he thought might help catch her killer.

Lifestyle
by egdcltd
8 years ago
Erotic, Exotic Mata Hari

The most famous spy, who was active during World War I, happened to be a celebrated female exotic dancer named Mata Hari. However, her real "spy" activities may not have been as pervasive as orginally reported, and she may have been executed before a firing squad more for political reasons than for any real security breach.

Entertainment
by egdcltd
8 years ago
Carmilla: Le Fanu's Vampiress Before Dracula

Before Dracula was even a glint in Bram Stoker's eye, the erotically-charged Gothic vampiress Carmilla debuted in a novella in 1872.

Lifestyle
by egdcltd
8 years ago
St. Bernadette: Beatific Light

46 years after her death, the Catholic Church beatified Bernadette, the first step toward canonization as a saint. During the years of investigation, her life and her death were examined in detail. Her body was exhumed more than once, and initially found free of advanced decomposition, a condition known as "incorruptibility".

History
by egdcltd
6 years ago
Hell Town of the Lenape Indians

One of the first Native American tribes encountered by Europeans settling the eastern parts of North America were the Lenape, or Delaware, Indians.  Forced out of their ancestral homes, they moved west into Ohio, scattering throughout that territory.  One group took up residence in a place they named Hell Town-from there it was only a matter of time before most of these villagers were massacred by white Colonial militia during the American Revolution. 

Lifestyle
by egdcltd
8 years ago
The Evil Stepmother

The stereotypical stepmother image, combined with ultra-conservative community "family values", led to one woman's execution (accused of three child murders she probably did not commit) in early 20th Century Australia.

History
by egdcltd
6 years ago
Most Conspicuous Courage of the Indian Princess Spy, Noor Inayat Khan

There are very few members of royalty who will ever--certainly in this day--put their lives, literally, on the line to do something they think might better the perception of their people.  The Indian princess, Noor Inayat Khan, was one such rare royal personage--she acted as a spy on behalf of the British during World War II and was executed by the Germans.

History
by egdcltd
7 years ago
Bad Man of the "Bounty" Mutiny, Fletcher Christian

History and pop culture can be at odds many times with respect to an event or a certain historic figure.  The name "Bligh" conjures up images of an abusive, megalomaniac British naval captain of the "Mutiny on the Bounty" infamy.  However, it was not Bligh, the commanding officer of "HMS Bounty", who was the wrongdoer in the events leading to the well-known mutiny.  It was the spoiled dilettante, Fletcher Christian, who was the true villain of the "Bounty" Mutiny.

History
by egdcltd
7 years ago
Warrior Woman of Early Islam, A'isha

The story of Islam, for those open-minded enough to explore it as a purely historical narrative, is as riveting as anything found in the classic collection of fantasy tales, The 1,001 Nights.  And, much like The 1,001 Nights, Islam has its Scheherazade.

Health
by egdcltd
5 years ago
Death of Karen Carpenter

Beyond CaringAnorexia nervosa: it’s a harsh sounding term for a misunderstood condition that mostly affects young women.As with all illnesses...

History
by egdcltd
7 years ago
Body Snatching, the Resurrectionist Times and the Burke & Hare Murders

Burke and Hare were a pair of serial murderers operating in Edinburgh in the early nineteenth century. The result of their actions was a change to how anatomy was done in the country, with greater regulation and an increase in the supply of corpses, in order to remove the circumstances that resulted in these murders.

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