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the murder castle

from chicago world’s fair, serial killers posted in history by pete_nice

Owner and operator of a drug store at this intersection, Dr. H. H. Holmes bought the adjacent lot and proceeded to construct a mammoth building. The three-story building had a 162' x 50' footprint, and was dubbed "The Castle" in the neighborhood. Holmes named it "The World's Fair Hotel", and it served as a hotel during the World's Columbian Exposition (aka The Chicago World's Fair) in 1893.

Holmes constructed a variety of rooms with the intent of killing his boarders, and carried out numerous murders in "The Murder Castle." He sold the skeletons of his victims to medical schools, while stealing the belongings of the deceased.

The "Murder Castle" was burned from the inside by arsonists in 1895, but the building survived and remained in use until it was torn down in 1938.

The story was retold in Erik Larsen's book The Devil and the White City, and an adaption of this work by Martin Scorsese with Leonardo DiCaprio is in production.

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ötzi the iceman

from mummy, prehistoric people posted in history by crabapple

Found by hikers in 1991, "Ötzi" is Europe's oldest known natural human mummy. Through forensic archaeology, it may also be the world's oldest murder cold case.

The story of Ötzi was featured in Episode 3 of History on Fire podcast.

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bataclan theatre

from terrorism posted in history by prof_improbable

Built in 1864 and opened in 1865, the Bataclan is a café-concert theatre built in the Chinoiserie (European version of Chinese) style. With historical appearances by notable figures as diverse as Buffalo Bill Cody and Edith Piaf, the Bataclan has been hosting rock acts since the 1970s.

The theatre was the scene of a coordinated terrorist attacks on Nov. 13, 2015, killing 89 people and injuring over 200. The members of the band that evening, Eagles of Death Metal, were interviewed after the attack for Vice.

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cincinnati zoo

from extincti animals, extinction, passenger pigeons posted in history by pete_nice

Passenger pigeons were at one time the most abundant birds in North America. Estimates of their population in the United States at the time of European arrival were between 3-5 billion. On September 1, 1914, the last passenger pigeon (named Martha) died at the Cincinnati Zoo.

According to a 2014 study by Taiwanese biologist Chih-Ming Hung, the primary reasons for their extinction were commercial exploitation of pigeon meat on a massive scale and loss of habitat.

The methods for hunting the bird read like an adaption of medieval torture methods: cut down trees with nests, set the tree on fire, poison the fire with sulfur to intoxicate them, etc.

The dead pigeons were then stacked onto rail cars, shipped across the country, and sold by the dozen. The meat was a cheap source of protein for the poor and slaves, and it was even used to fatten pigs.

Thanks for the meal, pigeons!

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wind cave national park

from extinct animals, national park posted in history by pete_nice

The first cave to be classified as a national park, Wind Cave was established in 1903 by Teddy Roosevelt. The Lakota Sioux believed in their creation myth that the cave is where they emerged with the creation of the world.

In Salamandar Cave, another cave in the park, the oldest fossil of the now extinct Dire Wolf (Canis dirus) was found. The fossil dates to 252,000 years ago.

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