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Serial Killer Joseph Briggen Fed His Victims to His Hogs

Joseph Briggen of Sierra Morena, California was proud of his award winning pigs. They were beautiful creatures, plump and frisky. All the farmers knew he…

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The Life and Death of Serial Killer Carl Panzram

Carl Panzram was an active serial killer in the 1920s. He claimed he killed 21 people, although many of the murders are unconfirmed. He had…

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The Brides’ Bath Murderer George Joseph Smith

English serial killer, George Joseph Smith, came to be known as the Brides’ Bath Murderer after he drowned three of his wives in a bathtub…

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The Savage Murder of Ruth Wheeler

Ruth Wheeler grew up in poverty, but that did not stop her from following her dream of becoming a stenographer. At age 15 in 1910,…

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8 Heinous Crimes Committed By Children

They were called fiendish youths in the 1800 and 1900s, but they were simply children who sadistically hurt and sometimes murdered other people, both children…

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7 Last Moments at the Gallows

What happened when condemned men stepped onto the scaffold? Did they cry? Repent? Shake with fear? Yes, many men and women met their fates as…

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7 Axe Murderers of Children

People find StrangeAgo in a variety of ways, including odd and gruesome search strings. Recently, someone found their way here searching for axe murderers of…

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6 Old Cases of Decomposed Bodies

Finding decomposed bodies was a regular occurrence in the past. In fact, if you would do a search on “decomposed body” in the newspaper archives,…

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The Disappearance of the Hangman’s Tree

As a child, I remember large, ancient trees being called “hangman’s trees.” It was unlikely that anyone was actually hung on these particular trees, but…

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5 People Who Lived After Being Hanged

People did not survive a quick drop of the blade under the guillotine, but plenty of people did survive their hanging. This was mostly because…

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