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

8 Salem Witch Trial Victims Who Were Executed For Being Witches

In colonial Massachusetts, more than 200 people were accused of being witches and wizards — and 20 of them were killed when they couldn’t prove otherwise. From 1692 to 1693, it didn’t take much to spark suspicion of witchcraft in Salem. Sometimes, it just took town gossip to send victims of the Salem witch trials … 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

Neighbors Outraged At Halloween Decorations Referencing Local Murders

Homeowner Amanda Gee was not only friends with the slain family but had to clean up some of their blood. Neighbors are outraged at the decorations, which she deems cathartic. MLive/YouTubeThe brutal triple-murder saw two children stabbed to death. On Jan. 22, 2003 17-year-old Jon Siesling brutally killed his mom and two younger sisters in … 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

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

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

Meet Tyria Moore, Serial Killer Aileen Wuornos’ Girlfriend

When Tyria Moore cooperated with police and coerced a confession out of Aileen Wuornos, the two had been living together in a committed relationship for nearly five years. YouTubeAileen Wuornos’ girlfriend Tyria Moore cooperated with police to finally put her behind bars. On a humid Florida evening in 1986, Tyria Moore fatefully met Aileen Wuornos, … Read more

The Horrific History Of Indigenous Residential Schools In Canada

From 1883 to 1996, nearly 150,000 Indigenous children were forcibly taken away from their parents and sent to Canadian residential schools where they faced horrific abuse. Library and Archives Canada/FlickrChildren at an Indian Residential School in Ft. Simmons hold letters that spell out “Goodbye.” For over a century, Canada held a dark, open secret. All … Read more

Paul Snider And The Murder Of His Playmate Wife Dorothy Stratten

Paul Snider was a low-life from Vancouver when he met his meal ticket, Dorothy Stratten. When she outgrew him, Snider wouldn’t stand for it. Paul Snider wanted glitz, glamour, fame, and fortune — and he would do anything to get it. Dorothy Stratten already had it all. She was beautiful, photogenic, and had the eye … Read more