Sidney Reilly, The Master Spy Who Inspired James Bond

Adventurer and spy Sidney George Reilly did daring espionage work for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, earning him the moniker “Ace of Spies” — until Stalin put an end to him. Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Public Archive/Wikimedia CommonsSidney Reilly, once called “the Scarlet Pimpernel of Red Russia.” While the thrilling cloak-and-dagger of classic fictional spies … Read more

The Jewish Parachutists Who Went Behind Nazi Lines During WWII

From 1943 until the end of the war, these brave men and women risked everything to sneak into German-held territory and aid the resistance. Wikimedia Commons/Yad VaShem ArchiveNearly 40 Jews volunteered to serve with Britain’s Special Operations Executive behind enemy lines in World War II. In 1943, the slaughter of millions of Jews in Nazi-occupied … Read more

Who Killed Biggie? Inside The Shooting Death Of The Notorious B.I.G.

The Notorious B.I.G. was at the height of his fame when he was murdered in Los Angeles in 1997. And to this day, no one knows who shot Biggie Smalls. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images Wallace in Chicago in September 1994. Nearly a quarter-century ago, Biggie Smalls’ death in Los Angeles shocked the hip hop world. The … Read more

New Zealand Fires State-Appointed Wizard Ian Brackenbury Channell

After 23 years on the payroll of Christchurch, New Zealand, the city council has closed its books on Ian Brackenbury Channell — ending the unprecedented reign of the world’s only state-appointed wizard. Martin Hunter/Getty ImagesThe Wizard awaits the arrival of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge during their April 2014 visit to Christchurch, New … Read more

11 Real-Life Murders That Were Inspired By Horror Movies

From “Scream” to “Friday the 13th,” some of the most famous horror movies of all time have inspired people to commit heinous real-life crimes. The bloody visions of the horror genre have been blamed — fairly or not — for a variety of society’s ills over the years. And while modern understandings of psychology have … Read more

Inside ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot’s Death — And What Really Caused It

When “Mama” Cass Elliot died on July 29, 1974, rumors spread that she had choked on a ham sandwich. But it was later revealed that the singer had died in her sleep. Michael Putland/Getty ImagesCass Elliot in 1972. “Mama” Cass Elliot initially dreamed of becoming an actress but soared to hippie-era celebrity with The Mamas … Read more

Indian Man Murders Wife With Deadly Cobra Snake To Inherit Her Jewelry

Tired of caring for his disabled wife and plotting to find a new one, Sooraj Kumar found himself a snake handler and unleashed a deadly serpent on his slumbering wife — twice. AFP/Getty ImagesSooraj S. Kumar was sentenced to 17 years for poisoning and destruction of evidence — and two life terms for murder and attempted … Read more

​​What Is The Blarney Stone And Why Do People Kiss It?

Installed at the top of Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland, the Blarney Stone can only be kissed while hanging upside down and suspended over thin air — yet countless people line up to do it each year. Flickr/Pat O’MalleyAbout 400,000 people kiss the Blarney Stone every year. The Blarney Stone would undoubtedly be just … Read more

Colorado Elk Freed From Car Tire Stuck Around Its Neck For Two Years

In July 2019, rangers in Colorado spotted a bull elk with a car tire stuck around its neck. After two long years of trying to relocate it, wildlife officials finally managed to liberate it. Colorado Parks and WildlifeThe elk was spotted on Oct. 9, 2021, by local Pine, Colorado resident Patrick Hemstreet. During a survey … Read more

Inside Young Danny Trejo’s Journey From ‘Death Row’ To Hollywood Star

Danny Trejo’s roles in movies like “Heat” and “Con Air” have nothing on his early years of drug dealing in Los Angeles and boxing in San Quentin prison. Charley Gallay/ CineVegas/Getty ImagesDanny Trejo spent 11 years in prison before shooting a single scene. Clad in leather with a muscle-bound body covered in tattoos, Danny Trejo … Read more