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The Saipan Suicides

January 23, 2017 rehadlock 0

    On June 15, 1944, the 2nd and 4th United States Marine divisions, who had nick-named themselves the “Apple-Knockers” landed on the shores of Saipan. A few days later they were joined by the inexperienced 27th division of the New York National Guard. The three divisions were comprised of 71,000 U.S. soldiers who were charged with the task of carrying out ‘Operation Forager’. This operation was a critical strategical maneuver to the war; The intent of the attack was for Allied troops to gain control over the island. Saipan, part of the Mariana Islands chain in the western Pacific Ocean is located 2,250 […]

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 Iroquois Theatre Fire, “A Climax of Holiday Horrors”

December 29, 2016 rehadlock 0

   On Wednesday, December 30, 1903 the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was holding a matinee of the musical comedy Mr. Bluebeard‘, starring the popular comedian, Eddie Foy.   he luxury, Renaissance-style theatre had opened only a few weeks prior on November 23 and was touted as being “fireproof beyond all doubt”. Despite rushing to finish construction on the 1.1 million dollar theatre in time for the holiday busy season, the Iroquois had failed, so far, in attracting large audiences.    ut on December 30, 1903, more than two-thousand people flocked to see the matinee of Mr. Bluebeard. Although the theatre’s capacity was only 1,602, […]

Hector Pieterson: An Iconic Symbol of the Apartheid

January 8, 2016 rehadlock 0

The Apartheid was a period of extreme segregation in South Africa beginning in 1948 and lasting until 1994. The word “Apartheid” translates literally to “the state of being separate”. During the Apartheid, citizens of South Africa were placed into one of four major groups: Black, White, Coloured or Indian, with the ‘Coloured’ and ‘Indian’ groups having many subdivision. South Aftica’s ruling party during this time, the National Party (NP), created laws to support a long-time goal of the NP; To discriminate against the black majority and give the white minority superiority. These laws banned the black population from doing business, […]

Life Before Death: Overcoming the Fear of Death Through Postmortem Photography

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 15

 German photographer Walter Schels and journalist Beate Lakotta set out to dispell their shared fear of death by photographing terminally ill people perimortem and postmortem in the series “Life Before Death”. Beate Lakotta and Walter Schel have been married for over twenty years; Schel is 30 years her senior. The two are well-aware Schels will most likely die long before Lakotta, an event which they both fear. Walter Schels grew up near Munich, Germany during the final years of World War II; His own home was bombed as a child and he saw many victims of the air raids. He […]

Fire Escape Collapse

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 5

    On July 22, 1975 a fire raged in one of the apartment buildings on Marlborough Street in Boston, Massachusetts. Nineteen-year old Diana Bryant and her two-year-old goddaughter, Tiare Jones were trapped and awaiting rescue on a fire escape. One firefighter, Robert O’Neil, was shielding Bryant and Jones from the flames as a ladder approached, ready to lower them to safety. O’Neil would be the first to step onto the ladder and instructed Diana Bryant to pass Tiare Jones to him once he was in place. Robert O’Neil had just begun to pull himself onto the ladder when the fire […]

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Survivors of Spontaneous Human Combustion

June 24, 2015 rehadlock 2

In 2013 a 9-day-old infant, “Baby Rahul”, made headlines when his mother, Rajeshwari Karnan admitted him to a local hospital in India to seek treatment for his burns which she claimed were caused by spontaneous combustion. Rahul was discovered lying in his bed, on fire, by a neighbor who heard the child’s screams. Professor R. Jayachandran, Rahul Karnan’s pediatrician believed his burns may have been caused by gasses expelling through his skin and theorized it may be a genetic condition. Twenty-five year old Rajeshwari has an older daughter, Narmatha, who has never suffered a believed instance of SHC. Since Rahul’s initial incident, […]