1941

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Photo: Robert H. "Bob" Jackson, Dallas Times Herald. Lee Harvey Oswald, suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy, grimaces as he is shot to death at point-blank range by nightclub owner Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters Nov. 24, 1963. Plainclothes officer to the left of him is Jim Leavellem in the white suit and stetson.

Photo: Robert H. “Bob” Jackson, Dallas Times Herald.
Lee Harvey Oswald, suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy, grimaces as he is shot to death at point-blank range by nightclub owner Jack Ruby in the basement of the Dallas police headquarters Nov. 24, 1963. Plainclothes officer to the left of him is Jim Leavelle in the white suit and stetson.

Det. Jim Leavelle, Captured in Iconic Image of Lee Harvey Oswald Being Shot

Det. Jim Leavelle, the cop cuffed to killer, recalls the instant Jack Ruby fired: Oswald said, “‘Nobody’s gonna shoot at me.’ Famous last words”

Leavelle, entrusted with moving the nation’s most notorious killer, secured his infamous suspect with a set of handcuffs. The police veteran then took a second pair, snapping one manacle around his left wrist and the other on the right wrist of Lee Harvey Oswald. As the pair prepared to walk through the basement of the Dallas police headquarters to a waiting vehicle, Leavelle mentioned the dozens of death threats against Oswald.

“I said, ‘Lee, if anybody shoots at you, I hope they’re as good a shot as you are’ — I meant that they would hit him and not me,” recounts Leavelle in a soft Texas twang.

“And he said, ‘Nobody’s gonna shoot at me.’ Famous last words.’”

From the moment he lunged out of the shadows and pulled the trigger on his .38-caliber Colt Cobra, Jack Ruby did more than blast his way into history.

Lee Harvey Oswald, the man suspected of killing President John F. Kennedy two days earlier, suffered a single, fatal shot from Ruby’s gun. But other men standing in the basement of the Dallas police station on Sunday morning, Nov. 24, 1963, saw their own lives change, none more so than Jim Leavelle.

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Mariya Oktyabrsakaya

To Avenge her Husbands Death

Mariya bought a Tank and Killed Nazis

When Nazis invaded her homeland, bombed her city, blew up her house, kicked over her garbage cans, walked across her kitchen floor without taking their boots off, and violently killed her husband during the Battle of Kiev, the Ukrainian housewife  Mariya Oktyabrskaya didn’t just roll over and take it …She got revenge.

Violent, armor-piercing, high-explosive, white-knuckled revenge served Siberian Ice Cold with a side of mashed potatoes and a pot of hot borscht to the face.

Mariya sold all of her worldly possessions, clenched her teeth, bought a 26-ton T-34 Main Battle Tank, taught herself how to drive it and repair it, and just started blasting every Nazi that came within range of the fearsome-looking 76mm cannon, mounted on the turret of her vengeance-fueled war machine, and she didn’t take her finger off the trigger or her hands off the throttle until someone pried them out of her cold dead hands.

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Photo: Thomas McAvoy—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images In the winter of 1941, these American patriots -- wielding axes, swilling rum -- took to the Maryland woods, aiming "to kill Hitler by voodoo." Then things got weird.

Photo: Thomas McAvoy—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
In the winter of 1941, these American patriots — wielding axes, swilling rum — took to the Maryland woods, aiming “to kill Hitler by voodoo.” Then things got weird.

Putting a Hex on Hitler: Life Went To a Black Magic Party

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