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Oscar Wilde

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Jesse Tafero's Execution Goes Horribly Wrong

Accused of the fatal shooting of a Florida Highway Patrol officer and a visiting Canadian constable, Tafero was convicted of murder in 1976 and sentenced to death. His execution by electrocution in 1990 was grisly. Lasting more than 13 minutes, it took three separate jolts of electricity and caused flames to shoot out of Tafero's head. Later, the conviction of Tafero's girlfriend—obtained with the same evidence that implicated Tafero—was overturned. Who do many believe was guilty of the murder?




Today, the killing of game animals is principally done for sport, but for early humans, it was a necessity. The development of agriculture gave humans a reliable alternative food source and reduced the need for hunting. Still, humans continued to hunt extensively, both for necessity and recreation, and many animal populations suffered, some to the point of extinction. More recently, hunters have established ethical codes to govern the practice of hunting. What is Internet hunting?

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Richard Louis "Dick" Proenneke

An icon of wilderness living, Proenneke spent 30 years residing alone in a log cabin he built by hand in remote Twin Lakes, Alaska. His three decades of solitude there were, in fact, his retirement years. During his stay, he chronicled his daily life, keeping detailed written journals and filming his activities, like the construction of his cabin, as well as wildlife. Proenneke left Alaska in 1998, at age 82, to live out the remainder of his life with family. What has since become of his cabin?

Last updated on Saturday, 4th May 2013

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