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Jonathan Swift

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John Dillinger Killed by the FBI

During a nine-year stint in Indiana state prisons for a 1924 holdup, Dillinger learned the craft of bank robbery from his fellow inmates. After being paroled in 1933, he went on to commit five bank robberies in four months. Captured by police yet again, Dillinger escaped jail twice and was named "public enemy number one" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His run came to an end when he was shot to death by FBI agents outside a Chicago theatre. Who lured Dillinger to the ambush site?



The Great Book of Saint Cyprian

Purported to have been taken from a manuscript written by early Christian martyr Saint Cyprian of Antioch, The Great Book of Saint Cyprian is an occult work that first appeared in 1849 and has since spawned several editions with varying titles. Written in Portuguese and Spanish, the book contains a mixture of Christian prayers and pagan spells, and many consider it a sin to possess or even touch it. Some even believe that reading the book from back to front will do what?

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Oscar de la Renta

De la Renta is a Dominican-born American fashion designer whose work has strongly influenced the fashion world since the 1970s. Originally trained as a painter in Madrid, de la Renta first entered the industry as a sketcher for some of Spain's top fashion houses. Later, he moved to New York to design the couture collection for Elizabeth Arden. In 1965, de la Renta began his signature ready-to-wear label. For what organization did de la Renta design new uniforms in the 1980s?

Last updated on Wednesday, 22nd July 2009

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