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Joseph Conrad

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Hitler Commits Suicide

In the final days of World War II, as the Red Army of the Soviet Union was closing in on his underground bunker in Berlin, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler committed suicide by shooting himself while simultaneously biting into a cyanide capsule. Hitler's body and that of Eva Braun—his mistress whom he had wed the day before—were then placed in a bomb crater, doused with gasoline, and set on fire by German officials. How did Hitler test the poison he and wife were going to take?



The Whiskey Robber

After trying to make a living as a gravedigger, pelt smuggler, and hockey player, Romanian-Hungarian Attila Ambrus turned to a life of crime. Known as the Whiskey Robber because he was often seen drinking whiskey at a pub prior to his heists, Ambrus committed 27 robberies between 1993 and his arrest in 1999. Though he stole about $1,000,000 in total, he became a folk hero for never harming his victims, presenting female bank tellers with flowers prior to robberies, and sending what to police?

Born on a day like today


Kaspar Hauser

In 1828, a teenage boy appeared in Nuremberg, Germany, carrying a letter that stated he had been placed in the care of the anonymous author as an infant. This caretaker claimed to have taught the boy reading, writing, and religion but never let him leave the house. The boy barely spoke but confirmed that he had been kept imprisoned and in isolation. In the following years, he sustained several mysterious injuries, and he was fatally stabbed in 1833. Who is thought to have been behind his death?

Last updated on Friday, 30th April 2010

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