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The Mystery of the Elongated Skulls

The Mystery of the Elongated Skulls

Many cultures around the world have been creating elongated skulls for thousands of years, but the exact reasons why are still a mystery.

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The Kidnapping of Charley Ross

The Kidnapping of Charley Ross

American crime lore has made the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., the most infamous of kidnappings for ransom in history. But it was not the first. The first kidnapping ...

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The Disappearance of Paula Jean Welden

The Disappearance of Paula Jean Welden

Paula Jean Welden vanished into nowhere on December 1, 1946, in Bennington Vermont. This is a mystery that would haunt the sleepy town forever.

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Dracula’s Castle – Is the Real One in Transylvania or Scotland?

Dracula’s Castle – Is the Real One in Transylvania or Scotland?

Most people believe Bram Stoker based Dracula's castle on Bran Castle in Transylvania, but there is evidence that it may have been Slains Castle instead.

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Prester John Legend: Where Was The “Exotic” Land of This Christian King?

Prester John Legend: Where Was The “Exotic” Land of This Christian King?

Prester John was a legendary man who ruled over lands filled with riches and exotic animals. Could he have been a real person? If so, where was he from?

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Stonehenge: The Enduring Enigmas

Stonehenge: The Enduring Enigmas

Stonehenge is the story of the enduring mysteries of very ancient monuments built by very ancient people. What exactly is the purpose of this place?

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Mysterious Clava Cairns of Scotland

Mysterious Clava Cairns of Scotland

Mysterious stone structures once used for astronomical and burial purposes still stand near Inverness, Scotland. These are the Clava Cairns.

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Attack on Lady Florence Dixie: “Saved by Her St Bernard”

Attack on Lady Florence Dixie: “Saved by Her St Bernard”

During the purported attack on Lady Florence Dixie, her St Bernard saved her from two assailants dressed in womens clothing.

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How The Darien Scheme Changed the History of Scotland’s Independence

How The Darien Scheme Changed the History of Scotland’s Independence

William Paterson dreamt to establish a Scottish colony and international trade post at Darien, Panama. Did the Darien scheme cause Scotland's lost freedom?

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A Brief History of New Years: Why We Celebrate on January 1st

A Brief History of New Years: Why We Celebrate on January 1st

Thousands of years ago the Romans created calendars that would establish the foundation for New Year's history. How did January 1st become New Year's Day?

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Celtic Goddess Brigid and the Story of the Enduring Deity

Celtic Goddess Brigid and the Story of the Enduring Deity

The Celtic goddess Brigid changed into St. Brigid of Kildare in 450 AD, but she never lost her goddess qualities. How did the ancient deity survive so long?

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Witch Prickers of 17th Century Inquisition

Witch Prickers of 17th Century Inquisition

Witch prickers drove long needles into accused witches in public in search of the devil's mark hoping to convict someone of being a witch.

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Lady of the Swamp: Margaret Clement

Lady of the Swamp: Margaret Clement

They called her "Lady of the Swamp." Margaret Clement lived around the swamps and one day she vanished. Murder was suspected, but where was her body?

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History of Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Real Inspiration

History of Dracula: Bram Stoker’s Real Inspiration

What is the real history of Dracula? Where did Bram Stoker get his inspiration for his vampire? It seems Vlad the Impaler made only a small contribution.

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The Theft of the Mona Lisa is What Made Her Famous

The Theft of the Mona Lisa is What Made Her Famous

Was the theft of the Mona Lisa a blessing in disguise? She became famous after Vincenzo Perugia artfully stole her from the Louvre in 1911.

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