Category: Crimes and Criminals

Unusual crimes and the criminals who enact them.

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The Kennedy Curse

The media-deemed “America’s Royal Family” has long been known for wealth, privilege, and political power. Among the like-minded, it’s also known for power abuses, corruption, substance abuse, and mental illness. Is the Kennedy family really cursed?

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The Curse of Chirikof Island

Chirikof Island is around 80 miles southwest of Kodiak in Alaska. The island has a long history of rumor and legend, although it’s difficult to substantiate much of the lore. The island was first sighted by Russian sea captain Alexei Chirikov in 1741, but wasn’t named after him until 1794.

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The Bell Family History

John Bell was already a successful North Carolina planter in 1804 when he brought his wife, Lucy, and six children to Robertson County, Tennessee. He eventually became owner of a 1,000-acre farm, in Adams, Tennessee. They were as blessed with children as they were monetary prosperity, and eventually had a total of seven sons and two daughters.

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Chicago’s Leutgert Ghost

The murder, and its resulting trial, was the most sensational episode of justice Chicago had ever witnessed in 1897. The notorious trial and even the death of the convicted killer was not the end. It was only the beginning of a haunting that some believe is ongoing today.

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The Ghosts of Ellis Island

When we hear the phrase “Ellis Island” we think of the historic gateway to America, the grand entrance for so many immigrants who wanted a life in the new world. What we aren’t familiar with is the colorful history of this iconic location in New York Harbor. Origins It was “Oyster Island” because the waters held countless oysters, a favorite of the Dutch settlers.

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