Room 39 is one of the most secret organizations in arguably the world's most secretive state. It is believed to be involved in obtaining foreign currency for the nation’s leaders.
Hanns Scharff: The Luftwaffe Nicest “Master Interrogator” 1942-45
Hanns Scharff was a Master Interrogator working for The Luftwaffe at Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah: The Founder of Pakistan in 1947
Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Muhammad Ali Jinnah did all three in 1947 as the Founder of Pakistan
The Reichstag Fire – 1933
On Monday 27 February 1933, after dictator Adolf Hitler was inaugurated as Chancellor of Germany, there was an attempt on the Reichstag German parliament known as the Reichstag Fire (Reichstagsbrand, in German).
John Mulholland: The 20th Century Magician Turned CIA Asset
John Mulholland was an American magician, author, and illustrator who is best known for his work in the field of magic and his contributions to the history of American Intelligence
Flaps and Seals and Project HTLingual – 1952 to 1973
The term “flaps and seals” is derived from the original opening-and-resealing procedure used to open surreptitiously letters and dispatches inside either a flapped envelope or folded and fastened with a wax seal.
Entomological Warfare in the US: 80 Years of Human and Animal Experimentation
Entomological warfare (EW) is a form of biological warfare in which insects are used to disrupt supply lines through damage to crops, or directly to injure enemy combatants and civilian populations
Project MK-Ultra: The CIA Secret Quest for ‘Mind Control’ – 1953
Project MK-Ultra was the code name of the CIA's covert mind control program. It was designed to identify techniques and drugs that might be used in interrogations to weaken subjects and compel confessions through psychological torture and brainwashing
The Palomares Atomic Bomb Disaster of 1966
The Palomares atomic bomb disaster of 1966 was a major nuclear accident that occurred in the small agricultural and fishing town of Palomares, located in the Southeastern region of Spain known as Almería.
The Invention of Radar 1935
The invention of radar has revolutionized the way we navigate and interact with the world around us. It was first developed in the early twentieth century by a British physicist named Sir Robert Watson-Watt, and has since become an invaluable tool for navigation, surveillance, and defence.
Medieval Dance Mania, the Dancing Plague and Tarantism: 7th to 17th Century European Outbreaks
Medieval Dance Mania, the Dancing Plague and Tarantism are often confused and named as the same event, but in reality, they were different outbreaks of the crazed plague that swept Europe at different periods of time and in different locations.
Gaugamela: The Battle That Changed The World – 331 BC
The battle of Gaugamela was no doubt a decisive battle that changed the history of the world. Its triumph opened the door to the known world for the Macedonian Army. Alexander became the king of kings after this battle as he went on to defeat the remaining Persian Army and became the king of the known world (Persia, at that time).
The Grisly Tale of ‘The Angel of Death’: One of the Most Prolific Serial Killers in Modern History 1975- 1998
One of the most infamous lonely hearts killers was Harold Frederick Shipman, nicknamed ‘Dr Death’ or ‘The Angel of Death’, a British doctor who is believed to have murdered between 215 and 250 of his patients, making him one of the world’s most prolific murderers. He posed as a caring and trustworthy physician but used his position to administer lethal doses of drugs to his victims.
Jack the Ripper: The Victorian Serial Killer 1888–1891
The Victorian Serial Killer Jack the Ripper was originally known as the ‘Whitechapel Murderer’, given that his crimes were committed in the neighbourhood of East London by the same name.
‘El Arropiero’: The Vagabond of Death – 1964-1971
‘El Arropiero’: The Vagabond of Death is said to have carried out 48 murders across Italy, France and Spain between 1964 and 1971. This psychopath holds the sad record of being the ‘greatest serial killer’ in Spanish history.
Baba Anujka: The Witch of Vladimirovac
Behind the façade of the sweet old lady, there was a terrible secret. Baba Anujka was the first and the most prolific of the former Yugoslavia’s serial killers, and probably also among the world’s most prolific.
Baba Anujka: The Witch of Vladimirovac
Bematists Were The Original Step Counters in Ancient Greece in The 5th Century BCE
The ancient Greeks were known for their fascination with physical activity and exercise, and one of the professions that emerged from this culture was that of the Bematists or Bematistae, who were essentially 'step counters'. These individuals were responsible for measuring the distance of various routes, such as roads and racecourses, by counting the number of steps it took to traverse them