Meet Tad Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s Youngest Son

Growing up in the White House, Tad Lincoln was a “notorious hellion,” a wide-eyed observer of the catastrophe of the Civil War, and the apple of his father’s eye. Library of CongressTad Lincoln was Abraham Lincoln’s youngest son. In the fall of 1860, seven-year-old Tad Lincoln learned that his father had been elected president. He … Read more

Hundreds Of Bodies From Rhode Island Institution Buried Under Highway

In the 1960s, Rhode Island built state Route 37 right over nearly 1,000 graves of people who had died at a nearby state institution for the poor, sick, and mentally ill. WPRI/YouTubeThe bodies buried under Rhode Island’s Route 37 were part of a state cemetery for the poor and mentally ill. Tens of thousands of … 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

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

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

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

American Bumblebees Are Officially On The Verge Of Extinction

Over the last 20 years, the American bumblebee has seen a staggering decline in population due to habitat loss, disease, and pesticides. Wikimedia CommonsThe American bumblebee is an essential pollinator for crops like tomatoes, melons, peppers, and strawberries. Though their importance may be lost on many of us, American bumblebees are in fact a crucial … Read more