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Jeanne d'Arc's capture and subsequent sale to the English during The Hundred Years' War meant certain death for her. She was tried on trumped-up charges of heresy and burned at the stake in 1431. A new post-mortem trial vindicated her and found she was not guilty of the allegations against her. She was canonized as St. Joan of Arc in 1920.
Patty Loveless, born Patty Lee Ramey, used a natural born gift for musicality and overcame some adverse life circumstances to become one of Country music's greatest female vocalists and live performers.
The Disability Rights Movement originated in the 1970's and remnants of it have continued into the 1990's. The movement was significant in the United States because it was the first time the disabled people were acknowledged as people who deserved to be treated equally as the rest of society. Before the Disability Rights Movement the disabled had minimal to rights.
A poor working-class widow, Mary Ann Cotton has passed into history as a vicious serial poisoner, mercilessly killing her loved ones for financial gain. She was vilified in the press most likely because of her station in life (as were more modern judicial victims, the early 1900s' Martha Rendell and the 1980s' Lindy Chamberlain of "the dingo ate my baby" infamy). Mary Ann's story, however, upon closer inspection may prove to be completely false; her execution may in fact have been one of history's more shameful miscarriages of justice.
Some years before the mass hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials (in the late 17th Century) one hapless woman, working as a midwife and healer, was put to death for witchcraft. Hers was the second execution of its type in the New World and the first in the Massachusetts Colony.
The brain delivers signals via a complex system of both electrical and chemical transmissions. When a message does not reach the target receptor it results in mental fog and physical chaos. Find out why this affects psychiatric disorders and diseases that relate to brain damage.
Silvery, cold moonlight and night conspire to create an eerie sense of foreboding and terror. For the night stalkers of the world – the serial killers, the sexual predators – a moonlit night provides just enough illumination to see the prey, but not so much light that the victim can easily identify the assailant. Presuming the victim remains alive, of course.
Joseph Carey Merrick lived his life in Victorian England as a "human novelty exhibit". As the infamous "Elephant Man" Merrick's grotesque appearance was sufficent to incite public outrage; he made women faint at the sight of him. Beneath his hideous deformities, however, lay the spirit of a sensitive, albeit wounded soul, with intelligence and respect for other living things, including those who'd wronged him.
The mannish 17th century queen of Sweden, Christina, was anomolous in her day. Preferring men's clothing, engaging in manly pursuits, and a scholar, she also abdicated to pursue an interest in Catholicism (illegal in Sweden then). Her androgynous appearance, attachments to at least one woman, and failed "love" interests in men have led many to believe she may have been a hermaphrodite.
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.
When two young women--both working professionals, one a teacher, the other a magazine "copy girl"--were found stabbed to death in their apartment in 1963, police had only one thing in mind: close the case. However, their initial suspect, a mentally incompetent black man, turned out NOT to be their killer, though he was arrested, confessed, and put behind bars.