Cults that ripped themselves apart with torture, murder and suicide.
On June 11, 1964, the defense and prosecution summed up the case of William Moseley in the murder of Kitty Genovese, trying to get the 11-man, one-woman jury to accept Moseley’s plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Moseley had repeatedly attacked Genovese, even as she cried out for help to her neighbors, as if he knew they would never respond.
On April 8, 1987, police searched the home of serial killer suspect Gary Ridgway. Though at the time there was not enough evidence to arrest him, he would ultimately be convicted of 49 murders and suspected in dozens more in a slaughter that spanned over a decade.
As visually compelling as it is, this belt will probably not be featured in Vogue’s spring line.
As dozens of UConn students are arrested for breach of peace, interfering with police, vandalism, and inciting a riot following the Huskies 60-54 win over Kentucky for the NCAA championship, we take a look back at the mayhem surrounding the Huskies 2004 win over Georgia Tech.
Shrien Dewani has been avoiding extradition to South Africa since 2011 on mental health grounds, stymieing South African authorities’ efforts to charge him with the 2010 murder of his newlywed wife Anni Dewani. Dewani is suspected of having his assistant hire a group of men to abduct and kill his wife, and make it look like a robbery.
15 of the most mysterious deaths of American politicians or associates of politicians
Read about the real members of the notorious Lucchese crime family, people who inspired some of the most notable mob characters on film and TV, including Goodfellas and The Sopranos.
On its website PETA suggested that the Akron, Ohio, home of cannibal killer Jeffrey Dahmer, which is up for sale, could be re-purposed as a vegan restaurant. We salute anyone, especially anyone who shuns meat, who thinks they could eat a meal in that house, or even in the yard, after reading this.
Some recent, and not-so-recent cases that seem to support the notion that myths — even the weird and disturbing ones — often find their origins in reality.