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10 Murderous Russian Criminals

10 Murderous Russian Criminals

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The mighty country of Russia is home to many kinds of people, and not all of them are particularly nice. In fact, there are a surprisingly large amount of serial killers and murderous criminals running around that vast country. Language barriers and Russia’s historical reluctance to report its troubles to other countries have prevented most Western people from hearing about these ruthless monsters. That is, until now . . .  10 Valery Asratyan Valery Asratyan, also known as “The Director,” was the worst nightmare of an aspiring actress. From 1988 to 1990, this Moscow maniac habitually posed as an influential director (hence the nickname), luring unwitting girls to him with empty promises of riches and fame. Asratyan was mostly interested in sexual crimes, but he e
15 Nazis That Should Have Been Executed

15 Nazis That Should Have Been Executed

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Currently, over 60% of the world population lives in a country where capital punishment is practiced. In 2011, at least 676 executions were carried out worldwide. However, this number excludes China, where thousands of people are thought to have been executed. In 2011, 1,923 people were known to have been sentenced to death. Some people have accepted the law of capital punishment and others strongly contend that it is inhumane. The subject has been highly debated in the media and by world governments. In some countries, executions can be carried out only if the person is convicted of crimes against humanity. After the end of World War II, several meetings were held between the United Kingdom, Russia, and the United States to decide what to do with the Nazis. Thousands of German sold...
10 Terrifying Unsolved Serial Murders

10 Terrifying Unsolved Serial Murders

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Our audience here at Listverse has a bit of a fascination with serial killers. Humans seem to have a morbid curiosity about the monsters who perpetrate these serial murders; it’s even the subject of our most popular list of all time. We like to think that these murderers will eventually be hunted down and caught—but of course, this is not always the case. Some serial murderers elude capture for years, even decades—and some are never caught. Any one of the ten people below may still be roaming the streets today: On February 9, in a suburb of Salt Lake City, an Hispanic woman was attacked and murdered while alone in her apartment. Incredibly, the same thing happened twice, in both 2006 and 2008. And though at first the repeated circumstances were taken to be a grisly coi...
10 Attempts At Internet Vigilantism That Made Things Worse

10 Attempts At Internet Vigilantism That Made Things Worse

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Let’s face it—at least 90 percent of us on the Internet secretly wish we were Batman. Trapped in a hostile world where awful things happen to undeserving people, the desire to dispense some quick fist-based justice is almost overpowering. That’s why it’s so easy to organize an Internet lynch mob. We all want to make the world a better place, even if we can’t be bothered to leave our house to do so. However, not every attempt at online vigilantism snags a Dog Poop Lady or a sniggering cat abuser. Usually, it just serves to make the Punisher-wannabees among us look like total idiots. 10 The Red Lobster Racist Doesn’t Exist There are two behaviors in life that will mark you out forever as a jerk to the civilized world: being a total racist and refusing to tip. Therefore, when a l
10 Horrific Serial Killers From The Middle East

10 Horrific Serial Killers From The Middle East

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Perhaps you picture Middle Eastern nations as so strict that murder is a rarity. Or maybe you imagine war-torn countries where slaughter is a regular occurrence rather than a shocking crime. In reality, the Middle East has its share of serial killers, just like any other region, but you’re not very likely to have heard of any of them. 10Mohammed Bijeh Mohammed Bijeh raped and killed 16 boys between March and September 2004 in Pakdasht, Iran. He tricked the boys into the desert by telling them that they were going hunting. Once he’d finished with them, he buried their bodies in shallow, sandy graves, earning him his nickname—the “Iranian Desert Vampire.” Bijeh received 16 death sentences—one for each boy he killed—as well as 100 lashes for the r...
10 Murdered Beauty Queens

10 Murdered Beauty Queens

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Ethereal and lovely, beauty queens have always had a special place in human society. There is just something about a really attractive woman that stops the world. But good looks come with their own brand of danger. Sometimes, admirers morph into demented stalkers. Powerful criminals want trophy girlfriends. And owning a pageant title is no protection during robberies or when these women face violence for standing up for their beliefs. 10Monica SpearMiss Venezuela Venezuela is famous for its crop of Miss Universe winners—seven of them in all. Venezuela also has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The lovely and sultry Monica Spear won the Miss Venezuela crown in 2004 and proudly went on to represent her nation at the 2005 Miss Universe. The soap opera star was divorced fro...
Top 10 US Airline Hijackings of the Sixties

Top 10 US Airline Hijackings of the Sixties

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The decade after the first US airliner was hijacked and flown to Cuba may be thought of as the “golden age” of US hijackings. Anyone who remembers this era knows just how frequently planes were being hijacked. Prior to 1958 only one airplane was hijacked, per year, on average, in the entire world. The worst year was 1969 when 82 airplanes were hijacked. US airplane hijackings headed for Cuba became so common the FBI considered setting up a fake Havana airport in southern Florida to trick hijackers into thinking they had arrived in Cuba. “Take me to Cuba” became a national catchphrase. There was great confusion during this period of time about what to do with the hijackers – give into their demands or try to take them out (this ended on September 11, 2001, afte...
Top 10 Chilling Quotes During School Shootings

Top 10 Chilling Quotes During School Shootings

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It baffles the mind how somebody could enter a school and kill innocent students. In 2012, educational facilities have started to create prevention programs that will prohibit any student from attempting this kind of violence. Schools have imposed strict laws against weapons and will expel any child that brings a gun or knife to school. Authorities have also started to take online threats seriously. Police will do whatever it takes to prevent this kind of violence, including presenting information on past cases and giving links between killers and the media. Most people who carry out school shootings commit suicide. This suggests that the culprits don’t want to deal with the consequences of their actions. It also prevents authorities from interviewing the killers. A large am...
Top 10 Serial Killer Quotes

Top 10 Serial Killer Quotes

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Serial killers have fascinated and disgusted us for generations, their behavior an insane cesspit of deviant acts that we can’t get enough of – whether it be films like Silence of the Lambs or in the news as they dominate the headlines, making us double-check our windows and doors. Here lies a compilation of the most bizarre statements to have passed through the lips of these monstrous beings. Quote – “May your wife and children get raped, right in the ass.” (To the jurors who convicted her.) Aileen Wuornos entered the world on February 29th 1956 only to be forced into the most turbulent childhood, being forced into acts of incest from an early age. Barely leaving infancy she could be found trading sexual favors for cigarettes and when she was 14 faced the ...
10 Incredible Stories About The Real-Life Sherlock Holmes

10 Incredible Stories About The Real-Life Sherlock Holmes

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Ever since he showed up in A Study in Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has fascinated readers with his powers of deduction and arrogant eccentricities. But is this iconic investigator purely fictional, or was he based on a real-life hero? Die-hard fans probably know the answer already. According to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Holmes is a combination of Joseph Bell and Henry Littlejohn, both skilled doctors who assisted police and possessed the amazing ability to size up a person with a single glance. But while they influenced Doyle’s detective, they didn’t actually investigate crimes or battle any British baddies. Jerome Caminada, on the other hand, was Sherlock Holmes in the flesh. While historians debate if he actually inspired Doyle’s classic character, this Victorian investigator was definitely En
11 Tips For Outrunning The Cops

11 Tips For Outrunning The Cops

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This is a pretty lighthearted list of tips for making a clean and safe getaway from police pursuits, learnt from years of watching police chases on TV. Even if you don’t usually root for the fleeing vehicle when you’re watching a police chase video, you might sometimes think, “Why did the guy do that?” or “I would’ve done this instead, it’s so obvious!” Well, this is a general collection of those tips you would want the guys in the videos to know. The site, of course, does not condone any criminal acts. This list is only for fun. Attempting speeding anywhere is extremely dangerous for you and others. If you’re dumb enough to take this list seriously, then you’re not smart enough to outrun the cops. If you do decide to follow the advice here, you might also want to take a look at Top 10 Pri
Top 10 Cases Of Human Cannibalism

Top 10 Cases Of Human Cannibalism

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Cannibalism is perhaps the ultimate cultural taboo. There are many reasons why humans partake in this practice; for cultural purposes, for survival or even for pleasure. Be clear: I do not condone or in any way; endorse what is contained in the following accounts. Read at your own risk. Packer was an American gold prospector and convicted cannibal. On February 9th 1874, he left with 5 others for an expedition in the Colorado mountains. Two months later Packer returned from the expedition alone. When questioned of the whereabouts of the men that had been with him, Packer said that he killed them in self defense and was forced to eat their remains in order to survive the elements. His story was not believed and he soon after signed two separate confessions. Packer was given a 40 y...
Top 10 Amazing Prison Escapes

Top 10 Amazing Prison Escapes

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As long as we have had prisons, we have had prison escapes. This is a list of the 10 most daring and amazing escapes from prison in history. This adds to our collection of crime related lists, such as tips for escaping the cops, tips for committing the perfect crime, and prison survival tips. In the biggest prison escape in British history, on 25 September 1983 in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, 38 Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners, who had been convicted of offenses including murder and causing explosions, escaped from H-Block 7 (H7) of the prison. One prison officer died of a heart attack as a result of the escape and twenty others were injured, including two who were shot with guns that had been smuggled into the prison. HM Prison Maze was considered one of the most escape-proof...
10 People Who Got Away With Vigilante Justice

10 People Who Got Away With Vigilante Justice

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In modern society, when a crime is committed, a judge and jury are typically the ones who handle the punishment. Then are some people who, for varied reasons, decide to take the law into their own hands. The problem is that when they do that, they are often committing crimes themselves. Therefore, law enforcement officials never condone vigilantism, but there are a few cases where someone gets away with dishing out their own punishment. 10David Chen In May 2009, in Toronto’s Chinatown, 56-year-old drug addict Anthony Bennett stole about $100 worth of plants from the Lucky Moose Food Store. An hour later, Bennett returned to the scene of the crime. Store owner David Chen, along with his cousin and nephew who worked at the store, confronted Bennett about the theft. Things escalated when th
Top 10 Tips to Commit the Perfect Crime

Top 10 Tips to Commit the Perfect Crime

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Every year in virtually every country, crimes go unsolved – and sometimes undetected. When someone commits a crime of this type it is called a perfect crime. This is a list of ten tips to perpetrating the perfect crime. I am sure it doesn’t need to be said, this is not meant as a reference for criminals, but rather as an entertaining look at crime and detection. 1. DNA DNA is the surest way to prove you committed a crime. It is absolute imperative that you do not leave ANY DNA behind you and that is very difficult. The best solution to this is to commit your crime in a place that is likely to have a lot of DNA from strangers. For example, a park, a mall, anywhere that a lot of people tend to gather. Finding your DNA will be like finding a needle in a haystack. 2. Rela...
10 Killer Spouses And Their Ridiculously Elaborate Plots

10 Killer Spouses And Their Ridiculously Elaborate Plots

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Marriage is hard work. But some people work even harder to end their marriage—permanently. The following are not crimes of passion, but complex plots to rid a wife or husband of a thorn in their side. 10Major Raymond Lisenba Lisenba, also known as Robert “Rattlesnake” James, had the unlikely knack of taking out insurance policies on his loved ones just before they died. His nephew was the first to go, perishing in a car accident just two weeks after Lisenba became his beneficiary. Someone had tampered with his steering wheel. Lisenba and his third wife, Winona Wallace, made it all the way to their honeymoon before they got in a car wreck. But Winona’s head injury was more consistent with the bloody hammer found in the backseat than any automotive mishap. Miraculously, Winon
Top 10 Amazing Execution Survival Stories

Top 10 Amazing Execution Survival Stories

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I thought it would be interesting to make a list to go along with Top 10 gruesome methods of execution and Top 10 modern methods of execution. This list includes individuals that came face to face with death and their execution devices and because of fate or just plain luck were able to survive and live another day. In 1692 Elizabeth Proctor and her husband John were accused of witchcraft in the Salem Witch Trials. After their arrest the court met in Salem to discuss the fate of John and Elizabeth and several others. In spite of the petitions and testimonies from friends, both John and Elizabeth were found guilty, and were sentenced to death. Elizabeth, who was pregnant at the time, was granted a stay of execution until after the birth of the baby. John tried to postpone his execution, ...
10 More Little Known Massacres

10 More Little Known Massacres

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Unfortunately, there are plenty of horrendous massacres, genocides and mass killings in history. For many of us, learning about them appeals to our morbid curiosity. You should all be familiar with the most well-known of these tragedies: the Holocaust, Wounded Knee, the Rwandan Genocide, etc. But like most historical topics, there are lots of events that tend to be swept under the rug, all arguably just as interesting and intriguing as the household names. You may have heard of some of these, but I think the majority of the entries in this list will be among the most fascinating, and thought-provoking, massacres in history that you’ve never heard of. In order, from earliest to most recent: In the aftermath of the Fall of Acre, during the Third Crusade, Richard the Lionheart attemp...
Top 10 Assassins

Top 10 Assassins

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This is a list of some of the more noteworthy assassinations in world history. I put some conditions on the list when I started: the assassin had to have committed a successful assassination, had to have some political or national significance, and had to have been more or less working alone. Number one doesn’t meet this final requirement, but it is too famous not to include. 10. John Wilkes Booth [Wikipedia] Assassinated American president Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Booth was an actor and Confederate sympathizer who conspired with several others to kill Lincoln, Vice President Andrew Johnson, and Secretary of State William Seward. It was hoped that the death of Lincoln and his first two successors would cripple the Union government and allow t
10 Lesser-Known Yet Brutal Serial Killers

10 Lesser-Known Yet Brutal Serial Killers

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It is said by many that anyone who would take a life is undeserving of the life they live—but what about those who would, and do, take the lives of many people? From a nineteenth century child murderer to a modern-day necrophiliac, this list looks at ten deranged serial killers who commonly go unnoticed. The entries in this list are arranged in no particular order. With 138 proven child murders behind him, and with a suspected total of at least four hundred, Luis Alfredo Garavito could by no means be left off of this list. According to a map on which Mr. Garavito indicated the locations of the remains of his various victims, his victims could easily exceed three hundred in number. Previously a victim of sexual abuse himself, he would capture, torture, and rape boys between the age...
10 Huge And Crazy Ransoms

10 Huge And Crazy Ransoms

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Criminals can be roughly divided into two camps—the pathological and the opportunistic. The former camp go to extremes beyond the average human’s comprehension, but the latter break the law purely for a profit motive. These types of crimes are best achieved quickly and impersonally, such as through kidnappings and ransom. But these ransoms can still add up to enormous sums, and they may not always go as the kidnappers plan. 10J. Paul Getty Having a billionaire for a grandfather sounds pretty awesome at face value, but it didn’t work out too well for J. Paul Getty III. Getty was a rebellious child, and he often joked that he would stage his kidnapping to squeeze some cash out of his frugal grandfather. So when the 16-year-old really was taken in Rome in 1973, no one took it seriousl
10 Millionaires Who Committed Murder

10 Millionaires Who Committed Murder

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Not everyone is preoccupied with becoming rich, but few would turn it down. It’s hard to imagine how not having to worry about money could possibly be bad (to quote Forrest Gump: “One less thing”), and most of us can’t help but be a little jealous of those whose lifestyles we can only daydream about. Most people also find it hard to conceive of how anyone could commit cold-blooded murder. And when carried out by the very rich, who perhaps weren’t quite rich enough to get away with it, maybe there’s a touch of schadenfreude in seeing those who once had it all end up behind prison bars. 10Haissam Safetli In September 2009, Sydney businessman Michael McGurk was gunned down outside his home, while his nine-year-old son watched. Two men were involved in the ...
Top 10 Prison Survival Tips

Top 10 Prison Survival Tips

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Prison is something we all want to avoid, but the time may come when you have to spend some time there (whether or not you are guilty). This is a list of the top 10 things to remember if you find yourself in the big house. If you follow these rules, you should manage to make your stay tolerable. If you found this article through a search engine, I sincerely hope you are reading it out of curiosity and not necessity! 1. Do not get involved with punks I am not talking about guys with spiked hair – I am talking about guys who become other guys’ “girlfriends” – usually for protection. While the short term benefits may be appealing (protection from other prisoners), you can become a virtual slave, to be gambled or sold to other inmates and you will definitely ...
10 Notorious Serial Killers Of The Last Decade

10 Notorious Serial Killers Of The Last Decade

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Even a group of people as disturbing as serial killers has its classics. Everyone has heard of Bundy, Manson, BTK, or the Zodiac Killer. Those men have enjoyed extensive media coverage, documentaries showing their murderous exploits, and even movies based on them. However, focusing solely on decades-old killers makes us think that this phenomenon is a thing of the past, something we don’t have to worry about anymore. This is far from the truth. Evil is just as present today as it ever was. 10 The Serial Shooter Phoenix was not a good place to live in 2005 and 2006 because it had not one but two serial killers active at the same time. One of them, dubbed the Serial Shooter by the media, performed drive-by shootings on pedestrians seemingly targeted at random. The killings went on for mo
10 Horrible Crimes Committed By Children

10 Horrible Crimes Committed By Children

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Children are commonly used to symbolize innocence in literature and media today. But there’s an exception to every rule, and when you’re talking about weird and random acts of violence, you’re talking about these kids. 10 Erin Caffey Kills Entire Family Erin Caffey had a wish: she wanted to go out with her boyfriend James Wilkinson, but her parents stood in her way. So she took some initiative and planned the murders of her family. In March 2008, Erin Caffey’s boyfriend and his buddy, Waid, attacked the family house in the early hours of the morning. Her mother was killed and her father was maimed badly. Her two brothers, Matthew and Tyler, were murdered in grotesque ways. Matthew was shot in the head, while Waid and Wilkinson took turns stabbing Tyler. They then proce
10 Unusual Crime Fighters

10 Unusual Crime Fighters

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It takes all different kinds of people to fight crime. There are many different types of law enforcement agencies around the world, and there are even people who dress up in superhero costumes and patrol the streets. However, there are others—ordinary men and women working at normal day jobs—who investigated crimes or mysteries and ultimately brought wrongdoers to justice. 10Landon Crabtree What always amazes adults about young people, especially children, is their natural adaptability to new technology. For example, take eight-year-old Landon Crabtree from Manchester, Tennessee, who managed to bring a serial criminal to justice with just an app. After Landon’s house was burglarized, he went online and used a tracking app to locate his stolen iPad. The app allowed him to see w
Top 10 Evil Children

Top 10 Evil Children

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From time to time the unthinkable happens: children kill. Some decide to murder members of their own family in spite of their seemingly normal upbringing. Others do so because their upbringing was far from normal – often including beatings and abuse. Then there are misguided children who, from the sheer desire to kill, go on murder sprees ending the lives of purely innocent victims. Children are supposed to be innocent and pure; without malice, contempt, sinister anger, or desires to kill, yet every year many commit horrific crimes. Here are Ten of the Most Evil Children in History, with number One exclusively dedicated to one foul group. The age limit for this list is 17 years. 10. Brian And David Freeman / Nelson Byrdwell Bryan Freeman, 17, and David, 16, who had shaved and tattoo...
25 Methods for Killing With Your Bare Hands

25 Methods for Killing With Your Bare Hands

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[WARNING: This list contains graphic descriptions of techniques for killing.] Sometimes when you are threatened with physical violence, a weapon to defend yourself with is not always available. Your hands, however, are always with you, and can be as lethal as any weapon. Below are a list of attacks that will almost certainly result in death. Remember, these techniques should never be used except in a life or death situation for self-defense. Techniques 1 – 5 1. TEMPLE – A very susceptibile vital spot. If struck with sufficient force, may cause unconsciousness or death. 2. NASION – This is the summit of the nose. If struck with sufficient force may cause death. 3. PHILTRUM – This is the area between the upper lip and the bottom of the nose. Attack to this area may ...
10 More Evil Serial Killers That Are Still On The Run

10 More Evil Serial Killers That Are Still On The Run

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We’ve written about a lot of serial killers at Listverse, because people like reading about them as much as the world likes to unleash them on us. Sadly, not all serial killers are caught, and we’ve listed some of those cases before. However, in case you were finding it too easy to sleep at night, here are 10 more brutal killers that, for all we know, are still out there. 10The Bowraville Killer In 1991, a 16-year-old Aboriginal girl named Colleen Walker-Craig disappeared from her hometown of Bowraville, New South Wales. Three weeks later, a four-year-old named Evelyn Greenup vanished. A short time after that, a 16-year-old boy named Clinton Speedy became the third youngster to go missing. Two weeks later, Clinton’s body was found in the hills that surrounded the town, shortly follo
10 Parties That Ended In Tragedy

10 Parties That Ended In Tragedy

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By their very nature, parties are supposed to be fun. But not all parties go the way you want them to. The company can be boring, the food can be terrible, and there’s always the chance that you’ll do something embarrassing. However, no matter how bad your worst party story is, let’s hope it’s never as bad as these ones. 10The Dinner Party Murder Benoit Savean was a technician for a French car manufacturer in Britanny, France. He was visiting his children in Audincourt when he was invited to a dinner party by some of his stepdaughter’s neighbors. It was a small party, but six of the guests had their sights set on more than just having a good time. At some point during the night, 54-year-old Savean made the mistake of mentioning that he had quite a bit of mone...
10 Kidnapped Children Who Escaped Death

10 Kidnapped Children Who Escaped Death

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Children are precious, valued members of society. They represent the innocence that only childhood can possess. Unfortunately, they are too often the target of the sickest predators. This list is comprised of children kidnapped and held captive by strangers but eventually found alive. Warning: some people may find the text in this list to be too graphic. Captivity: 10 days Elizabeth Shoaf, aged 14, was abducted after leaving her school bus on September 6, 2006. Her abductor, Vinson Filyaw, took her through the woods to a hand-dug, 15-foot bunker located near his trailer home. There he restrained her and raped her several times, daily. Filyaw repeatedly told Shoaf she would die and would place explosives around her neck anytime he left her. Despite this, Elizabeth talked to him about hi...
Top 10 Deadliest Rampage Killers

Top 10 Deadliest Rampage Killers

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We’ve seen plenty of movies, books and documentaries on serial killers, but not so many on those who are so efficient and deadly that they can murder dozens of people in a single day. Murder sprees seem to have become more prominent over time – notably the tragedy in Norway, which is as recent as July 2011. This evil act will no doubt happen again thousands of times in the future. What I have presented in this list is no more than the proverbial tip of the iceberg. On October 16th, 1991, George Hennard, of Bell County Texas, drove his pick-up truck through the window of a Luby’s Cafeteria. The carnage that followed later became known as the Luby’s Massacre. Hennard crawled out of the vehicle and screamed at the top of his voice: “This is what Bell County ha...
Top 10 US Prison Gangs

Top 10 US Prison Gangs

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Prison gangs were originally formed by inmates as a means to protect themselves from other inmates. Throughout the years, prison gangs have evolved from a group that provides protection to its members, to criminal entities involved in prostitution, assaults, drugs and murder. Prison gangs continue to thrive because prosecuting them has, historically, been difficult due to the fact that many members are already serving life sentences with no possibility of parole. When you get arrested and sent to prison for all of those illegal movies and songs you’ve been downloading, it would be a good idea to know which gang you would like to join. Here is a look at the top 10 prison gangs in the country. Neta is the name of an Hispanic gang that was formed in the late 70s at Oso Blanco pr...
10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Jack The Ripper

10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Jack The Ripper

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There may have been more prolific serial killers than the murderer of prostitutes in Whitechapel in 1888, but few have captured the public imagination in the same way. The ferocity of the crimes coupled with the mystery surrounding it only adds to the fascination. Much is known about the Jack the Ripper murders, but despite (or perhaps because of) the hundreds of books, movies and documentaries about him, there’s still a ton of misguided conjecture and just flat-out wrong information out there. Educate yourself on some true facts about Jack the Ripper. 10 Total Number Of Victims It is generally accepted by Ripperologists (people who take a keen interest in the case) that there were five murders, known as the canonical five. However, by the time murder #1 occurred, the press already ref