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Clinton and Lewinsky on a 1998 Abkhazia stamp.

The Story Behind the Dress

In November 1997, Monica Lewinsky told her confidant and supposed friend, Linda Tripp that she had in her possession a blue Gap dress that still bore the semen stain that resulted from her administering oral sex to President Clinton in February of that year.

Tripp called her literary agent, and fellow Clinton-hater, Lucianne Goldberg to report the news that evidence existed in Lewinsky’s closet that could prove a sexual relationship between Monica and the President. Goldberg and Tripp, according to published reports in both Time and Newsweek, discussed stealing the dress and turning it over to investigators. Goldberg admitted having such a discussion with Tripp, calling it a “Nancy Drew fantasy.”

In late November, Lewinsky mentioned to Tripp that she intended to have the dress, which she had been saving as a souvenir, dry-cleaned for a family event. Tripp, anxious to preserve the dress to nail the President, discouraged her from doing so. “I would tell my own daughter,” Tripp told her, that she should save the dress “for your own ultimate protection” should she later be accused of lying about the affair with Clinton. When Lewinsky expressed skepticism that it would ever come to that, Tripp told her that the dress made her look “really fat” and she shouldn’t wear it again in public.

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The young Empress Catherine the Great.

Catherine the Great

Debunking the Horse Myth

 The salaciousness of a rumour often helps it survive—take Catherine the Great and how she is remembered. Catherine has been slandered for several centuries.

During and after the reign of the flamboyant and powerful Empress Catherine II of Russia, whose long rule led to the modernization of the Russian Empire, many urban legends arose, some false and others based on true events, concerning her sexual behaviour.

Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia was so infamous for her sexual freedom that when she died there was even a sexually themed rumour. I learnt about Catherine the Great at school, about how she modernised Russia, pioneered women’s education, enlisted Voltaire to her cause and presided over the age of the Russian Enlightenment. Her kinky side, however, was rudely omitted from my education.

Catherine II of Russia (1729-1796) was one of history’s most unlikely rulers. After marrying into Russia’s Romanov family, she found herself part of a coup to unseat her husband and place her on the throne. The achievements of her reign, which lasted for 34 years, have often been overshadowed by her personal life, one of the most scandalous of her—or any—era. However, behind the rumour and gossip lay one of the most astute and skillful rulers in Russia’s long, turbulent history.

The rumour is that the lusty czarina was crushed to death while trying to make love to a stallion. The story holds that the harness holding the horse above her broke, and she was crushed. This story took root after her servants reported her visits to the stalls of Arabian stallions for long hours without supervision. Another story claiming that she died on the toilet when her seat broke under her is true only in small part: she did collapse in a bathroom from a stroke, but after that she died while being cared for in her bed. This tale was widely circulated and even jokingly referred to by Aleksandr Pushkin in one of his untitled poems. literal translation: “Decreed the orders, burned the fleets / And died boarding a vessel,” the last line can also be translated as “And died sitting down on the toilet.”) There existed also a version on alleged assassination, by spring blades hidden in a toilet seat.

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Saddam Hussein charming a lady in his own romantic way. Saddam Hussein with his wife Sajida Talfah, 1960s.

“Beware of death” sign above an unexploded shell stuck in a tree WW1. I wonder what the guy was thinking when he put up the sign?

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Remembered as the “Goddess of Nanking”, Minnie Vautrin. When the Japanese army invaded Nanjing in December 1937, she and the other foreigners in the city, worked to protect the civilians in the Nanking Safety Zone. Ginling Girls College became a haven of refuge, at times harbouring up to 10,000 women in a college designed to support between 200 and 300.

I Will never Forget!

The Rape of Nanjing

Warning: This story includes memories of extreme acts of violence and trauma.

Between an estimated 20 to 30 thousand women were raped by the Japanese soldiers during the six weeks of the Nanjing/Nanking Massacre, most were brutally killed afterwards. The Japanese soldiers even raped girls less than ten years old, women over seventy years’ old, pregnant women, and nuns. Rampant raping took place in the streets or at religious worshiping places during the day. Many women were gang raped. Some Japanese even forced fathers to rape their daughters, sons to rape their mothers, etc. Those who resisted were killed immediately.

The Japanese organized burning of buildings in the city. After they had set fire to buildings using either gasoline or some other inflammable chemicals, they hid, waited for, and killed people who came to extinguish the fire. Numerous people were killed by fire. Nanjing, once a beautiful historical city, was burned to ashes by the Japanese.

The Nanking Massacre was an episode of mass murder and mass rape committed by Japanese troops against the residents of Nanjing (Nanking), then the capital of the Republic of China, during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The massacre is also known as the Rape of Nanking or, using Pinyin Romanisation, the Nanjing Massacre or Rape of Nanjing.

Following a bloody victory in Shanghai during the Sino-Japanese War, the Japanese turned their attention towards Nanking. Fearful of losing them in battle, Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek ordered the removal of nearly all official Chinese troops from the city, leaving it defended by untrained auxiliary troops. Chiang also ordered the city held at any cost, and forbade the official evacuation of its citizens. Many ignored this order and fled, but the rest were left to the mercy of the approaching enemy.

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Mary Vincent walks her two dogs, Danny, left, and Mikey. Mary, in agonizing pain, bleeding profusely, did not die. She slowly made it to the road where a stranger rushed her to the hospital.

The Amazing Survival Story of Mary Vincent

 WARNING: This post contains details of violence and sexual assault

Lawrence Singleton was a monster. Anyone who kills an innocent human being in cold blood is a monster. Anyone who rapes another human being is a monster. And that was just where Lawrence Singleton’s crimes began. He earned the nickname The Mad Chopper for the worst possible reason. He wasn’t your ordinary cruel, sadistic maniac. He truly was a monster, with a resentment and hatred of humanity that makes someone like Ted Bundy look compassionate. Be glad Lawrence Singleton is no longer on this Earth — he was the closest thing to evil incarnate imaginable.

In 1998, a woman raised one of her metal prosthetic hands in court and pointed at Lawrence Singleton, who raped and mutilated her in California when she was a runaway teenager.

Singleton, then 70, showed no emotion during Mary Vincent’s 10 minutes of testimony as the only prosecution witness in the penalty phase of his trial for murdering a prostitute in Tampa.

“I was raped and I had my hands cut off,” Vincent said quietly of the 1978 attack, when she was 15. “He used a hatchet. He left me to die.”

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The Death of Azaria Chamberlain

The growl came first, low, and throaty, piercing the darkness that had fallen across the remote Australian desert. A baby’s cry followed, and then abruptly went silent. Inside the tent, the infant girl had vanished. Outside, her mother was screaming: “My God, My God, the dingo’s got my baby!”

With those panicked words, the mystery of Azaria Chamberlain’s disappearance in the Australian Outback in 1980 became the most notorious, divisive and baffling legal drama in the country’s history. Had a wild dog really taken the baby? Or had Azaria’s mother, Lindy, slit her daughter’s throat and buried her in the desert?

The simple story is that three people heard the cry of Azaria on the night she disappeared from the tent in the camping ground at Ayers Rock (Uluru). Lindy saw a dingo coming out of the tent and dingo tracks were seen around and inside the tent. Blood from Azaria was found in large quantities – for an infant – on the tent mattress and other items, on the tent itself, near the carry-basket she had been sleeping in, and next to dingo tracks.

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Male chastity belt. Museum of tortures in Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Petersburg.

Cat and Dogs Meat Man, London, 1930s.

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This is the last photograph of Vicki Weaver before she was killed by an FBI sniper 22 Aug 1992 in the Ruby Ridge standoff. It was taken by USMS surveillance the morning of 21 Aug 1992 and was evidence at the subsequent trial.

Ruby Ridge Standoff

It’s been 25 years since the Ruby Ridge siege in North Idaho. Randy Weaver and his family faced off with federal agents in a shocking stand-off on a mountain top not far from Bonners Ferry.

The Ruby Ridge incident, happened in August 1992 in which Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and U.S. marshals engaged in an 11-day standoff with self-proclaimed white separatist Randy Weaver, his family, and a friend named Kevin Harris in an isolated cabin on Ruby Ridge in Boundary county, Idaho.

The FBI surrounded Randy Weaver’s mountaintop cabin near Naples, Idaho, for  days following the shooting of a federal marshal. In the end, Weaver and a friend were shot and injured, and three people were dead, including Weaver’s wife, Vicki, his 14-year-old son, Sammy, and U.S. Marshal William Degan were killed during the siege. Moreover, the incident became a rallying cry for those who felt law enforcement had overstepped its bounds.

In the 1980s, the mountainous panhandle of northern Idaho became a magnet for people of all stripes. Government-haters, minority-haters, immigrant-haters, and modern culture-haters all found refuge in the sparsely populated ponderosa country. Idaho’s northernmost county, Boundary County, is a place where “a blurring continuum of home schoolers, Christian survivalists, apocalyptic, John Birchers, Posse Comitatus members, constitutionalists, tax protesters, Identity Christians, and neo-Nazis” could find both one another and “a ridge top on which to hide out and build a life.” One family that in 1983 found its way from the heartland of Iowa to an Idaho ridge top was the Randy and Vicki Weaver family. Before long, things just got out of hand–hopelessly and tragically out of hand.

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Members of the German League of Girls were expected to take children from large families to visit the park while the mothers of the infants were at work.

Life in Nazi Germany

“Hille had to join the Hitler Youth and wear the brown uniform with the Swastika on the armband. We both felt uncomfortable and embarrassed about it. It was never talked about”

          Anne Kind OBE 

Holocaust Survivor; Quote from Survival.

Life has a way of forging on — even in the face of evil. A new political regime may present and enact policies that harm many, but for those who benefit from the policy or regime (or at least are not immediately affected by them), many just wake up, get ready, and go about their days.

The League of German Girls (Bund Deutscher Mädel [BDM]) was the female section of the Hitler Youth, its role was to indoctrinate girls into the beliefs and ideals of the Nazi regime. The BDM focused on developing girls into women who were dedicated to Nazism, dutiful housewives, and whose role within in society was to become a mother. Girls were to grow-up with an unquestioning understanding of the intended role of women in the Third Reich. BDM members were required to have German parents, be in good health, and conform to Nazi racial ideals.

The whole idea of having a solely girls organisation within Nazi Germany started in the 1920’s. Hitler had already formulated his belief that young girls had to undergo training to make them fit and strong enough to be goodGerman mothers to ensure the survival of the 1000 year Reich. While the Nazi Party was still a relatively weak political party prior to the 1929 Great Depression, it did have the Sisterhood of the Hitler Youth. In 1932, the name was changed to the League of German Girls. But initially membership of this youth movement was purely voluntary.

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Ursula makes the first dash into the oncoming traffic – Sabina soon follows her… The Bizarre Case Of Twins Ursula And Sabina Eriksson.

The Strange Case of The Eriksson Sisters

This is a strange tale, a really strange tale. It truly is a modern mystery that has still not really been unravelled…. it is one of the most bizarre chain of events ever captured live by TV cameras in the UK.

Swedish twins Ursula and Sabina Eriksson became known in 2008 after the pair went on a spree of violence. The two first caught the attention of the world after they both decided to run into a busy highway. After Sabina was struck by the truck, she told officers, “We say in Sweden that an accident rarely comes alone. Usually at least one more follows – maybe two.” She also exclaimed the following: “They’re going to steal your organs. I recognize you – I know you’re not real.”

After Sabina had sprinted out in front of traffic, Ursula decided to do the same. She ended with with a broken leg and other immobilizing injuries, yet also tried her best to fight off the cops.

Sabina was taken into custody and then released. Following her release, she murdered Glenn Hollinshead with a knife and then hurled herself off a 40-foot bridge. Wildly enough, she survived the plunge and is still alive today.

Be warned, the video is disturbing to watch

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