Browsing: Crime

A Brief History On October 13, 54 A.D., Roman Emperor Claudius was poisoned to death, possibly by his wife, via tainted mushrooms! Digging Deeper Claudius is most famous for being Roman Emperor when the Roman Empire added Britain to its territory.  As such, he is generally remembered for his expansion of Roman control over a territory that would remain in Roman possession for centuries.  Yet it is with his personal life, particularly in his marriages, that we find all sorts of less impressive accomplishments. His first marriage was to Plautia Urgulanilla (try saying that five times fast!).  This marriage ended…

A Brief History On October 9, 2013, American Horror Story: Coven debuted on FX with at least three characters based on real life infamous Americans! Digging Deeper First off, yes, most of the show’s plot and characters are the inventions of the show’s creative writers, but the story does have elements based in our country’s history.  This approach is actually consistent with previous incarnations of the show as the original series did, after all, include notorious bisected murder victim Elizabeth Short a.k.a. The Black Dahlia in a memorable episode. This series (yes, series, not season, because for some reason when…

A Brief History On October 1, 1993, twelve-year old Polly Hannah Klaas (January 3, 1981 – October 1, 1993) was murdered under horrifying circumstances erroneously starting the rumor that Nirvana’s “Polly” was inspired by the event. Digging Deeper Californian Richard Allen Davis ranks among the legion of disgusting individuals who walk among us.  In his youth, he reportedly tortured cats and dogs with gasoline and knives.  From the 1970s through 1990s, his arrest record included everything from burglary to murder.  The most infamous of his crimes occurred on the fateful October in 1993. Davis invaded Klaas’s slumber party where a…

A Brief History On September 30, 1888, unidentified serial killer Jack the Ripper killed his third and fourth victims, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes.  The incident known as the “double event” is the only such instance of the Ripper committing two murders on the same night. Digging Deeper Without any doubt, Jack the Ripper has been for over a hundred years now the world’s most well-known unknown serial killer.  The amount of books, graphic novels, and films on the murderer far surpass any other, although his real identify remains a mystery.  The number of suspects offered are legion and tickle…

A Brief History On September 29, 522 B.C., following two years of bizarre and bloody political intrigue, King Darius I the Great of Persia killed a Magian (think of the magi or wise men of the Bible) usurper, thereby securing Darius’s hold as great king of the Persian Empire. Digging Deeper Most westerners know of Darius as one of the two Persian monarchs who attempted and failed to conquer Greece.  Darius’s forces were those who suffered the iconic defeat at the Battle of Marathon in 490 B.C.  Yet, this invasion happened over thirty years into Darius’s reign and just four…

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