The Blinding of Isaac Woodard
Isaac Woodard was a highly decorated African America World War II veteran. When returning home from service, he was brutally attacked by Sheriff Lynwood Shull after a bus driver lied and claimed he was causing trouble. He had simply asked to use the restroom. The beating was so severe that it left Isaac Woodard permanently blind.
Nittany Nightmare: The Sex Murders of 1938-1940 and the Panic at Penn State
As the Great Depression hit, Penn State College was cash-strapped and dilapidated. In 1937, underfunded state police fighting a losing battle against striking miners and steel workers in Johnstown called in the National Guard. There were not enough police to cover the state, and it showed. Then someone started killing young women in the area.
“Let’s Roll!” – Todd Beamer & The Final Call of United 93
The world watched on in horror as the September 11 attacks unfolded. United Airlines Flight 93 was the only hijacked airplane not to hit its target, all thanks to a group of everyday heroes on-board, one of whom was Todd Beamer. "You ready? Okay, let's roll" were his last words caught during an on-board telephone call.
The Lynching of Laura & L.D. Nelson
At one point in American history, there was nothing quite as entertaining as a lynching. During the late 19th and early 20th century, lynchings were common practice. The “Lynching Era” is one of the darkest chapters in American history. Disturbingly, it was big business to create postcards of these so-called events.
The Crimes of Burke and Hare
Ironically, the duo known as the foremost of the 19th century’s Scottish grave-robbers were neither. William Burke and William Hare were natives of Ireland, and there is no evidence that any of the bodies they sold to an Edinburgh medical school were taken from cemeteries - but both eventually confessed to obtaining bodies by a more direct method: murder.
Eyam – The Plague Village
Eyam is a small village in England which lies within the Peak District National Park. It is well known as ‘the plague village' due to the collective act of self-sacrifice the villagers made during an outbreak of the bubonic plague in 1665/1666, when they chose to isolate themselves to prevent the infection spreading to neighbouring villages and the wider community..
The Teen Who Sailed Across The World – Robin Lee Graham
In 1965, 16-year-old Robin Lee Graham set out to sail from California. At the time, he said he just wanted “to be on my own and explore.” But he returned five years and 30,000 miles later, as the youngest person to ever sail around the world solo. His only companion was an ever-changing crew of cats.