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Terrible People, Places, Things

Mary Surratt, 42, proprietor of a Maryland tavern and a Washington boarding house that served as meeting places and safe houses for Confederate spies and couriers. She was found guilty for her part in Lincoln's assassination. Pictured: Mary Surratt, the first woman ever put to death by the Federal Government.

West German girls chat with their grandparents in East Germany, separated from them by an early version of the Berlin Wall.

Belle Gunness was one of America’s most degenerate and productive female serial killers. Standing 6 ft (1.83 m) tall and weighing in at over 200 lbs (91 kg), she was an imposing and powerful woman of Norwegian descent. It is likely that she killed both her husbands and all of her children at different times, but it is certain that she murdered most of her suitors, boyfriends, and her two daughters, Myrtle and Lucy. The motive was greed-pure and simple; life insurance policies and assets stolen o

Vera Renczi, a stunningly beautiful woman, was also one of the most prolific female serial killers in history. Born in 1903 in Bucharest, Romania into wealth and privilege, by the age of 15 she had engaged in numerous affairs .If she suspected they were being unfaithful, the men were given a dose of arsenic. Vera confessed to killing both husbands and her son. Lorenzo discovered her secret and attempted to blackmail her. Vera Renczi was convicted on 35 counts of murder.

London, England after Germany began to brutally bomb its civilian population. WWII.

April 30, 1945 – Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun commit suicide (Front page of the U.S. Armed Forces newspaper, Stars and Stripes, 2 May 1945) ~Cowardly bastard!

A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one year old

SS Sturmbannführer (Major) Alfred Helmut Naujocks, alias Hans Müller, etc. (9.20.1911 – 4.4.1966.) 1939: He leads a group of German officers into Gleiwitz, a small town in German Silesia, dressed as Polish soldiers and takes over a German radio station -- he makes a statement of attack against Germany as a Polish soldier, backed by gratuitous gunfire. Even though very few people hear the declaration, Hitler can now use it to justify an attack on Poland by Germany, which in turn provoked WWII.

A little boy reaches for his reflection in a black cop's riot shield at a KKK rally in Gainesville, Georgia, Sep. 5 1992. Click through for the story behind the image.

"This photograph intrigues me so much! Why isn’t this the most famous photo from 9/11 instead of the falling man? Isn't two people holding hands after jumping, more significant than 1 man? It makes me wonder what the story is behind this photo... were they friends or lovers, or just strangers who were too afraid to jump alone? It shows that people need a helping hand even in their final moments!"

Arriving at Auschwitz, children and their mothers, along with the old and infirm, were taken directly to the gas chambers. Those exhausted by slave labor and the appalling conditions joined them, while camp doctors, including the notorious Josef Mengele, selected thousands of prisoners for cruel, crippling and life-threatening experimentation. By 1944, so many were being killed that the bodies had to be burnt on huge pyres, fueled, partly, by the victim’s own fat.

A Jew is surrounded by men of Einsatzgruppen A who have just shaved his beard and smeared his face with dirt. And, the Germans smirk for the camera, as if this human being were of no more account than a pesky fly. Once in the company of an Einsatzgruppe (mobile killing squads), there can be little doubt of a Jew's ultimate fate. Comments below this picture on this site (I won't name) laugh at the Jew and praise the Germans. Truly, men do not change.

One of the most famous photos taken during the Holocaust shows Jewish families arrested by Nazis during the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto in Poland, and sent to be gassed at Treblinka extermination camp. This picture and over 50 others were taken by the Nazis to chronicle the successful destruction of the Ghetto.

A surviving Mengele twin, Moshe Offer, later recalled the death of his twin brother: "Dr. Mengele had always been more interested in Tibi. I am not sure why - perhaps because he was the older twin. Mengele made several operations on Tibi. One surgery on his spine left my brother paralyzed. He could not walk anymore. Then they took out his sexual organs. After the fourth operation, I did not see Tibi anymore. I cannot tell you how I felt. It is impossible to put into words how I felt.

This photo of the iceberg that sank the Titanic was taken by the chief steward of the German ocean liner SS Prinz Adalbert just hours after the tragedy. Its identity was confirmed by a red streak of paintwork scraped across its base, an indication that it had collided with a vessel in the past 12 hours or so

~So sad, I hope the photographer helped this baby. This photograph showing a starving Sudanese child being stalked by a vulture won Kevin Carter the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography.

  • Wes Hellyar

    Soon after taking this photo, photographer Kevin Carter actually committed suicide, possibly because of the sights he witnessed?

  • Sandy Bobet

    Oh, no, that is such a tragedy! Thank you for the information.

A Japanese family returning home from a relocation center camp in Hunt, Idaho, found their home and garage vandalized with anti-Japanese graffiti and broken windows in Seattle, Washington, on May 10, 1945. (AP Photo)

Mushroom cloud from the atomic explosion over Nagasaki at 11:02 a.m, August 9, 1945

April 19, 1995: Timothy McVeigh sets off a massive fertilizer bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK. 168 people were killed, including 19 children who were at the day-care inside the building at the time, making it the largest act of domestic terrorism in US history.