Aktion T4: The Nazi Party’s First Mass Murder Program

January 18, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Nazi Party is most infamously known for perpetrating the Holocaust, a mass genocide of eleven-million “undesirables” during the reign of Hitler. However, many of the methods used during the Holocaust, including the use of the gas chamber, was developed during the Nazi’s first mass murder program: Aktion T4.   Aktion T4, which predated the Holocaust by two years, was an involuntary euthanasia program established by Adolf Hitler that focused on eliminating “life unworthy of life”. This program, which lasted from September 1939 until August 1941, was led by Philipp Bouhler, director of Hitler’s private chancellery and Karl Brandt, Hitler’s […]

The Demmin Suicides

January 16, 2017 rehadlock 0

During World War II the population of the small town of Demmin, Germany doubled due to an influx of refugees from the east. By 1945, 15,000-16,000 people were inhabiting the town, located just north of Berlin in the German province of Pomerania (modern-day MecKlenburg-Vorpommern). Demmin sat on a small peninsula with three sides of the town surrounded by the Peene and Tollense Rivers. In April of 1945, following the Battle of Berlin, the Eastern Front grew ever closer to Demmin. Women, children and the elderly were forced by German troops to dig a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) long tank ditch […]

The Dark Childhood of Satanic Serial Killer Richard Ramirez

January 6, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Lurid Case of The Black Dahlia: Unsolved, 70 Years LaterRicardo Leyva Munoz Ramirez, the youngest of five siblings, was born February 29, 1960 in El Paso, Texas. Twenty-five years later, the world would come to know him as ‘The Nightstalker’, a serial killer and devout Satanist who terrorized the residents of California with his heinous crimes from 1984-1985. He is considered to be one of the most brutal serial killers to have ever lived, known for torturing and sexually assaulting his victims before killing them. He often mutilated the bodies or left behind Satanic symbolism, occasionally, forcing them to “swear on Satan” […]

The Horrific History of the Cecil Hotel

January 4, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles has seen more than its fair share of suicides, murders and mysterious disappearances since its opening in 1927. Built on Main Street, an up-and-coming area of the city, the opulent, art deco-style hotel promised to draw in affluent tourists and businessmen. Unfortunately, just a few years after its opening, the Great Depression hit, turning Main Street into skid row and forcing The Cecil to become a budget hotel.  Over the years, The Cecil has certainly made a name for itself. During the 50s and 60s, the location was a popular destination for suicides; So […]

Decorated WWI Soldier Spares Hitler’s Life

December 21, 2016 rehadlock 0

   On September 28, 1918 Private Henry Tandey, a British WWI soldier serving near the French village of Marcoing, happened upon a wounded German soldier. Out of compassion, Private Tandey chose to spare the young man’s life. Little did he know, his sympathy for this injured soldier would lead to the genocide of approximately 20 million people and bring about WWII; The German soldier Tandey spared was 29-year-old Adolf Hitler. Private Henry Tandey went on to become the most decorated private soldier in WWI. In 1923, a museum dedicated to Tandey’s regiment commissioned a painting from Italian war artist Fortunio Matania.   […]

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Everybody Poops: The Post-Mortem Edition

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 29

After a person has been declared clinically dead and biological death occurs, long after our sentient personality has left this world, certain bodily functions just keep on keepin’ on. Old habits die hard, and in the case of the human body, some habits won’t die just because you do. 1. Brain Activity & Our Five Senses You may have heard at one point in your life that after death, brain activity continues for a period of time. This is true to some extent, though most of the postmortem brain activity is actually the brain making one last attempt to keep itself […]

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Stage 2: Algor Mortis

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 7

The second stage of decomposition, Algor Mortis translates to “coldness” [algor] “of death” [mortis]. Algor Mortis, sometimes refered to as the “death chill”, is marked by a steady decline in body temperature and continues until the corpse reaches “ambient temperature”, or matches the temperature of its surroundings. Algor Mortis usually sets in one hour after death, but many factors have significant influence on this phase of decomposition. Determining the correct time of death by way of body temperature can be difficult due to stability/fluctuation of ambient temperature, the thermal conductivity of the surface the corpse is on and what is […]

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Stage 4: Livor Mortis

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 11

The fourth stage of decomposition, Livor Mortis translates to “blueish color” [livor] “of death” [mortis] although it has many names including “hypostasis”, “suggillation”, “cadaveric lividity”, “darkening of death” and “postmortem staining”. Livor Mortis begins when circulation stops, blood vessels become more permeable due to decomposition, and blood settles throughout the corpse. Red blood cells, which are very dense, travel and pool in the lowest areas possible, staining the tissue. This means in a hanging death, discoloration would be seen in the feet, fingertips and ear lobes. Males who die from hanging may also acquire what’s known as a “Death Erection” (or “Angel Lust”) due […]

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Who Killed Kendrick Johnson?

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 5

-This article contains GRAPHIC IMAGES which may not be suitable for some- On the evening of January 10, 2013, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, a sophomore at Lowndes High School did not return home from school. The following day at 9AM, his body was discovered inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the gym of his Valdosta, Georgia high school. The grisly discovery was made by two sisters, daughters of the Superintendent, Wes Taylor. The girls were sitting in the gym near an area full of rolled up mats when they noticed a pair of feet inside one of them. The mat was moved from its vertical position to the […]

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