Inside Byberry Mental Hospital, Philadelphia’s House Of Horrors

The Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry tormented its patients with almost no consequences from its opening in 1911 until it was finally shut down in 1990. Public DomainThe “violent ward” at Byberry mental hospital. 1943. “Thousands spend their days – often for weeks at a stretch – locked in devices euphemistically called ‘restraints’: thick leather … Read more

7 Real-Life Mad Scientists Who Make Doctor Frankenstein Look Sane

From a two-headed dog to attempts to raise the dead, these scientists performed some of the most deranged experiments of all time — often with horrific results. The term “mad scientist” conjures up images of dangerous experiments and frenzied surgeries. It also denotes a time period when science was still in its infancy, thereby excusing … Read more

The Habsburg Jaw And The Disturbing Cost Of Royal Inbreeding

Learn about the Habsburg jaw and the debilitating costs of rampant, decades-long incest among Europe’s most powerful royal families. While marriages between biological relatives were common in the ruling houses of Europe well up until the last century (Queen Elizabeth II actually married her own third cousin), the Spanish Habsburgs engaged in the practice with … Read more

The Celebrity ‘Herbalist’ Who Claimed To Have A Cure For AIDS

Born Alfredo Bowman in Honduras, Dr. Sebi sold vegan diets and “cell food” to some of the world’s biggest celebrities — and even claimed that he found a cure for AIDS. Dr. Sebi/FacebookDr. Sebi was a controversial herbalist and healer who worked with celebrity clients, including Michael Jackson. Throughout his lifetime, Dr. Sebi was a … Read more

The Story Of Christopher Duntsch, Killer Surgeon Known As ‘Dr. Death’

Over the course of just two years, Christopher Duntsch — known as Dr. Death — operated on 38 patients in the Dallas area, leaving 31 paralyzed or seriously injured and two of them dead. From 2011 to 2013, dozens of patients in the Dallas area woke up after their surgeries with horrible pain, numbness and, … Read more