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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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..

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