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The Bizarre and Gruesome Saga of Linda Hazzard: “The Starvation Doctor”

Doctor Linda Burfield Hazzard was many things to many people: A wealthy socialite. A female doctor in a time when there were almost none. A pioneer in alternative medicine before the term had even been invented. And one of the deadliest female serial killers in history. Her murder method was as unique as her life […]

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Did Adolf Hitler Really Invent the Sex Doll?

While historians have recorded the battles, atrocities, and ghost blimps of World War II in great detail, Hitler’s secret sex doll program remains shrouded in mystery to this day. The Borghild Project was (supposedly) a super-secret attempt to stop the spread of syphilis by providing Nazi soldiers with inflatable sex dolls. That’s right: Hitler invented […]

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These Mysterious Unsolved Clues Lead to Virginia’s Lost Treasure of $63 Million

Got some vacation time coming up? Good at solving mysteries? Looking to quit your day job and take up treasure hunting? Then you need to sit down and spend a little quality time with the Beale Ciphers, three cyphertexts over a century old that are said to lead to $63 million in treasure. Let’s start […]

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The True Story of “The Town That Banned Halloween”

If you’re familiar with the later sequels in the HALLOWEEN franchise, and I’m sure you are, you know there’s a point where Haddonfield completely bans the holiday. While Oil City, PA may not have experienced a rampant serial killer, they did endure something equally awful: On October 27th, 1992, 11-year-old Shauna Howe went missing two blocks […]

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The Horrifying Crimes of Colombia’s Three Deadliest Serial Killers

The phrase “serial killer” is, historically, a relatively recent term. Although there have been serial killers throughout the ages (Jack the Ripper, active in 1888, is usually seen as the grandfather of all serial killers, although others handily predate him, some going back to ancient China), the actual codification of the phenomenon didn’t begin until […]

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Euro-Sleaze: Landmarks in European Queer Cinema

The blame for my indoctrination into the human despair, psychological violence and sadistic glee of European Queer Cinema lies entirely with French writer, filmmaker and rape-survivor Virginie Despentes. In my boyhood I went along to a screening in Dublin’s IFI (Irish Film Institute) of her vengeance-themed and violently pornographic BAISE-MOI. The tagline piqued my morbid […]

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5 Real Civilizations that Mysteriously Vanished

Anyone who has ever played SimCity can attest to how hard it is to create a working society. Not only do you have to balance industry, commercial, and residential properties, but you also have to deal with the occasional volcanic eruption and UFO invasion. Then there are those times when you just get bored with […]

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Reports of “Violent Paranormal Activity” Are Turning This Cemetery Into a Danger Zone

While it certainly isn’t the first ancient graveyard claimed to be under an ominous curse, Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh, Scotland may be one of the scariest and potentially most hazardous to visit — at least according to those who have returned with bruises, scratches and even mysterious bites after touring the grounds. Paranormal investigators have […]

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War, Poverty and Desperation Lead to the Horror of “The Blind Man’s Favor”

Today’s tale may be brief, but its historical background is just as horrifying — because it reveals the lengths desperate people will go to in order to survive. In the days after World War II, the city of Berlin was reeling from its invasion by the Soviet Red Army. While first-stage relief efforts were underway […]

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The Boogeymen of Los Angeles

I was born and raised in Los Angeles — a fact which I am immensely proud of. Like most major cities, L.A. has a history of notorious crime, including rampant police corruption, riots, serial killers, and political assassinations. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by true crime, but three horrific […]

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The Horrifying True Story Behind the “Pig-Men Hunts” of Colonial New England

The term “prodigy” once meant a monster — a hideous abnormality, an unnatural being. The kind of prodigies that Colonial New England feared the most came from the suspected sexual liasons of men with female beasts, resulting in creatures of the imagination that we now know to be scientific impossibilities, but in the 1600s were […]

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THE PUPPETMASTER’S REGIME May Be the Deadliest Stage Play Ever Performed

For today’s tale of the macabre, we’re not merely digging deep into the darkest corners of the web; we’re also rummaging through the vaults of musical theatre’s golden days, and drawing back the curtain on a mysterious musical whose author remains unknown to this day… a show which was allegedly performed only once, at New York’s long-abandoned […]

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Nine of the Most Terrifying Mental Health Practices Through the Ages

While the stigma associated with mental disorders certainly still remains to this day, if we look back to the “bad old days” it’s clear that things have come a long way for the better. Since time immemorial, mental illness has been given a myriad of names, ranging from lunacy (based on the hypothesis that people’s insanity […]

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Take a Chilling Subterranean Tour of Spain’s Most Terrifying Museum

From the outside, this ornate palace in the town of Ronda, within the Spanish province of Málaga, looks like a magical fairytale kingdom… but just wait until you get a look inside. The Museo Lara is a private museum boasting one of the most bizarre, fascinating and horrifying collections in the entire world — most of […]

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America’s Oldest Unsolved Mystery: The Frightening Tale of the Lost Roanoke Colony

The early history of America is one of colonization, and Europeans crossing to the New World in order to start a new civilization. Being a colonist isn’t just planting a flag and accusing young girls of witchcraft. During the 14th and 15th century it was a frightening occupation riddled with dangers at every turn. Not […]