In 1948, the First Mass Fingerprinting Operation Snagged a Horrific Child Killer

It was an unbelievably monstrous crime: a three-year-old who was in the hospital recovering from pneumonia was snatched from her bed in the middle of the night, sexually assaulted, and murdered. It appeared the girl had been held by her legs and swung skull-first into a wall until she died. »10/20/15 1:25pm10/20/15 1:25pm

A Grim Discovery Inside This Suitcase Uncovered More Than One Murder

June 18, 1934 was a typical day at Brighton Railway Station — except for a fetid odor emanating from an unclaimed trunk in the cloakroom. An attendant alerted the police; when they broke it open, they found a woman’s torso, wrapped like a macabre parcel. She was five months pregnant. »6/19/15 12:00am6/19/15 12:00am

The 40-Year-Old Mystery Of The Murdered Nanny And The Missing Earl

Where is Richard John Bingham, also known as Lord Lucan? He hasn’t been seen since November 8, 1974, the day after the family nanny was found beaten to death in the basement of the home where his estranged wife, Veronica, lived with the couple’s three young children. Left in his wake: scandal and endless speculation. »6/17/15 8:00pm6/17/15 8:00pm

A Horrible Crime Begets An Even More Horrible Punishment In 1726 England

In the 18th century England, a woman who offed her husband wouldn’t just be charged with murder. Thanks to the 1351 Treason Act, she’d also have to own up to Petty Treason for taking the life of her “superior.” And if found guilty, her punishment was specially tailored to be extremely gruesome. »6/16/15 1:41pm6/16/15 1:41pm

Scotland Yard Worried That Star Trek Would Cause a Doomsday Cult

New documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request show that Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on various science fiction shows and movies out of a fear that they would cause rioting and cyber attacks. On the list of worrying imports were Star Trek, The X-Files, Roswell, Dark Skies, and Lawnmower Man. »5/20/15 3:00am5/20/15 3:00am

How A Note Attached To A Severed Sheep's Head Helped Solve A Murder

On April 9, 1984, Margaret Backhouse's car wouldn't start. Her husband, hairstylist-turned-sheep farmer Graham, quickly offered up his vehicle instead. But as soon as she turned the ignition, a bomb rocked the English countryside. Scandal — and impressive feats of forensic science — soon followed. »4/09/15 3:34pm4/09/15 3:34pm

The Magna Carta marks its 800th anniversary, and the four surviving O.G. copies are currently being

The Magna Carta marks its 800th anniversary, and the four surviving O.G. copies are currently being displayed together for the first time at London's British Library. "The birth certificate of democracy" contains the groundbreaking declaration that no one (including the king) is above the law. »2/02/15 5:20pm2/02/15 5:20pm

Ebenezer Elliott Was The Most Badass Slam Poet Of The 19th Century

During the early- to mid-1800s, a group of British poets marshaled their talents to inspire a popular movement against the "Corn Laws," a set of government policies to further pad the pockets of land-owning aristocrats. Among the most powerful poems were the Corn Law Rhymes, penned by businessman Ebenezer Elliott. »11/14/14 9:40am11/14/14 9:40am

Make-a-Wish Helps Child Defeat Evil in His Own Sci-Fi Film

Clark Doyle, a seven-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, made his very own science fiction epic with the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The above photo of awesomeness is Clark at the red carpet premiere of his film Zero Hour. Between this and the Iron Man child, our hearts may just implode in on themselves. »9/10/14 7:30am9/10/14 7:30am