Posted on 13 January 2012.
The deaths of these 10 leaders has remained a mystery to this day. If you look back the last 200 years,, you will find no less than 150 leaders and politicians have died under the most mysterious circumstances. 200 might seem like “not that many” but for the international community it`s way to many.
We never take the deaths of famous people lightly, but these 10 deaths are worth mentioning because they were so unexpected and tragic.
1. Nelson Rockefeller:
What or shall I say who was this vice president doing when he died? Megan Marshak, Rockefeller’s mistress, would probably know. Marshak did not call 911 when Rockefeller had a heart attack. She called her friend who did the dirty work for her.
2. John F. Kennedy:
No one to this day knows who killed J.F.K. in 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald, the person held in connection to the shooting, was fatally wounded before he could present any evidence. Conspiracy theories also link Oswald to all groups who wanted to see J.F.K dead. In the three-years after Lee Harvey Oswald and JFK mysterious deaths, 18 material witnesses died . 6 of them died by gunfire, 3 were involved in motor accidents, 2 committed suicide, 1 died from a cut throat, another died from from a karate chop to the neck, 3 had died from heart attacks and 2 from natural causes.
3. Felix Faure:
Faure was the President of France from 1895 up until his death in 1899. He was engaging in oral sex with a mistress in his office when suffered apoplexy. Marguerite Steinheil became known as the funeral pomp or the funeral pump to the French. The sexual activity (oral sex) is something that the French hypothesize; there are no true or reliable facts.
4. Shikhali Gurbanov:
Can you really trust your dentist? This statesman and writer got killed while at his dentists. Cyanide acid was injected into him. The dentist was never found. This all happened shortly before Gurbanov was to be elected First Secretary of Azerbaijan Communist Party.
5. Atilla the Hun:
This man was the ruler of the Huns right up until his death. He was able to cross the Danube and defeat the Baltics. Although he was a great military warrior in history books, he was no combatant when it came to the bedroom. He died while engaging in sexual activity with his partner on their wedding night. What caused this great leader to die so quickly? Mystery was never unraveled.
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Posted on 09 January 2012.
Execution day in many countries is extravagant and a public affair. Handcuffed and shackled, the convicted men and women are paraded (sometimes in public) to the execution grounds. There-they are either hung, electrocuted, given a legal injection, shot or beheaded. Here are 10 crimes which are still punishable by death penalty. Each one sites examples of where it is used.
Terrorism is a crime punishable by death penalty. India and the United States have taken drastic actions to make certain that people know terrorism is a serious crime deserving high punishments. In March of 2010, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab was sentence to hang for his role in the Mumbai Bombings.
2. Honor Killing:
If anyone has been accused of adultery, they are sentenced to death by their own family. They are stoned and sometimes shot to death publicly. The practice is a growing problem in both Western and Eastern countries.
No one likes spies, including the United States. Iran arrested a University of Texas student on grounds of espionage. The sentence carries a death penalty. Similarly, China’s criminal code carries a death sentence for espionage. In the past Israel wrongfully executed Meir Tobianski and US executed the Rosenbergs on counts of espionage and treason.
4. First Degree Murder:
Interestingly enough, a myriad of countries like the United States still include common crimes such as murder as punishable by death penalty. Many states like Pennsylvania have outlawed other types of murders as cause for capital punishment. Michigan does not perform capital punishment for any common crimes committed.
Treason crimes against the government, nation and the states are punishable by death penalty. The most famous case was the Rosenberg Case in the 1950s. The couple was accused of spying for the Soviet Union.
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Posted on 06 December 2011.
A death certificate or an obituary is not enough to stifle people’s love for imagination. Some people come up with the best stories and the unsurpassed ideas of how famous people and celebrities never died. Here are just 10 cases where this happened.
Views of Jesus Christ vary amongst different Christian factions. One thing they do agree on is that Jesus Christ was a redeemer and savior. They profess that Jesus is/was the son of God and became a man in incarceration. For them, he resurrected to bodily life, three days after his death. He thus, in their opinion, is not dead.
2. Osama bin Laden:
On May 2, 2011 it was announced that the Al Qaeda leader and perpetrator of 9/11 was killed point blank in a US led operation. For nearly 10 years, bin Laden was America’s most wanted. There was a $25 million reward offered for his capture. Many do not know what to believe. They know that bin Ladin had dummies walking around throughout the Middle East. Reports by Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) stated that bin Ladin was never killed. Rumours of his impending death due to ill health did lead people on throughout the years following 9/11.
3. Adolf Hitler:
On May 2nd, 1945, it was said that Adolph Hitler committed suicide in his bunker with his girlfriend Eva Braun. Conspiracy theories were ignited recently over the alleged findings of a female skull thought to be Hitler’s for over 6 decades.
4. Tupac Shakur:
A famous rapper and actor, Tupac Shakkur was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rumors began to fluctuate about Shakkur being alive with the release of the first post-hummus record Makaveli: Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. The album was named after Nicolo Machiavelli, a philosopher who believed that faking one’s death was a good way to fool enemies. With the release of 7 more albums, the rumors of Tupac being alive became even stronger.
5. Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov:
Does anyone know what Anna Anderson, Eugenia Smith, Eleanora Kruger, Natalia Bilikhodze, and Nadezhda Ivanovna Vasilyeva have in common? They all pretended to be the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov.
Rumours of Anastasia’s survival started when reports read that the Bolshevik soldiers and secret police searched for ‘Anastasia Romanov’. More witnesses also came forward with the claim that they saw a young woman by the name of Anastasia running away in Perm in September of 1918. With the finding of the graves in 1991, the rumors inflated. Two bodies were still missing and unaccounted for. In 1998, the two bodies were finally accounted for; ending any rumors about Anastasia being alive.
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Posted on 13 February 2011.
At the world’s current population over 57 million people die every year. The causes are varied, but there are ten diseases and accidents which are the major reasons behind these deaths.
The Top Ten causes of death are listed below:
1. Ischaemic Heart Disease – 12.6%
Commonly classified as heart attacks, this disease is characterized as reduced blood supply to the heart muscles. There are many causes behind the occurrence of this problem and they range from age factors, dietary habits, diabetes, smoking, hypertension and sedentary lifestyles among other aspects. It is the most common cause of death in Western countries and the reason behind most hospital admissions.
2. Cerebrovascular Disease- 9.7%
These are generally known as strokes and are related to diseases related to the vessels supplying blood to the brain. Hypertension is the most important cause behind this. It damages the blood vessel lining, causing neurological damage and complications which often lead to death. Swift medical response can often prevent fatalities.
3. Lower Respiratory Infections- 6.8%
Pneumonia, lung abscess, acute bronchitis are all symptoms of lower respiratory infections. Among infectious diseases they are the leading cause of death. Symptoms could include fatigue. weakness, shortness of breath and high fever. Antibiotics have become an effective form of treatment, but among the lower economic strata these are difficult to get or cost too much.
4. HIV/AIDS- 4.9%”:
AIDS is a disease of the human immune system and is now believed to have spread in pandemic proportions through the world. According to a UNAIDS 2009 report 60 million people have been infected, with over 25 million deaths, and 76% of them have occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is believed to have originated in central Africa in the early twentieth century.
5. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – 4.8%:
In England it is believed one out of every 59 people will be diagnosed with having COPD. It is most commonly caused by tobacco smoking and also by coming in contact with noxious gases. Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are a part of this group of diseases. In 1990 it was the sixth most prevalent cause of death, but due to a progressive increase in the number of smokers it is going higher as a cause of death as the years go by.
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Posted on 23 January 2011.
There are certain criminals that were given the death penalty because they were connected with unforgivable crimes.
1. Carlos De Luna
Carlos De Luna was found under a truck when Wanda Lopez was killed in a gas station. De Luna told the judge that Carlos Hernandez was the person they were looking for but despite the other man’s colorful criminal record, they ignored his pleas. De Luna was executed in 1989.
2. Larry Griffin
Larry Griffin was arrested after Quintin Moss was shot to death in 1980. Even though his fingerprints could not be found at the crime scene, other evidence was allegedly found against him. He was executed in 1995 and 10 years later a professor declared that Larry was indeed, innocent.
3. Ruben Cantu
Ruben Cantu and David Garza robbed two men at gunpoint in 1984. One of the victims panicked and started looking for his pistol because of which the two boys started shooting and killed him. Even though no evidence was found, Cantu was convicted and executed.
4. David Spence
David Spence was convicted on the grounds that he raped and killed three girls in Texas. The man received the death penalty even though no concrete evidence was found against him.
5. Jesse Tafero
Jesse Tafero, Walter Rhodes and Sonia Jacobs were found by three police officers in 1976. Rhodes says that Tafero then shot at the two officers. He also said that the other two were responsible and he was released after about 20 years from jail. Tafero was executed in 1990 but it was recently found that Rhodes had shot at the officers, not him.
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Posted on 01 December 2010.
Visiting grave sites of the long gone but not forgotten celebrities is a pastime indulged in by many tourists. There seems to be some kind of odd pleasure they derive from spending time at these sites and paying homage to heroes of yesteryear.
In no particular order, here are ten of the most popular grave sites in the world:
1. Marilyn Monroe:
She died a tragic death at a very young age in 1962 and left behind many forlorn fans Even 47 years later her grave is a much visited place and it is believed that her ex-husband Joe DiMaggio sent roses to this crypt thrice a week for the next twenty years. A much publicized auction was held for the space above her crypt and the bidding went up to $ 4.6 million.
2. Elvis Presley:
The King of Rock was originally buried in a mausoleum at the Forest Hills Cemetery in Memphis. However due to an attempt by vandals to steal his mortal remains, they moved his mortal remains to his home at Graceland. Over 600,000 people visit his grave every year as part of the tour of Graceland.
3. Frank Sinatra:
Buried with a bottle of jack Daniels and a pack of Camel cigarettes, his two faithful companions over the years, Frank Sinatra’s final resting place lies in Palm Spring, California. The lines carved over his gravestone are “The best is yet to come” – words from one of his memorable songs.
4. Princess Diana:
The Spencer family estate at Althorp has become the final resting place of the world’s most photographed woman. Situated at an island in the centre of a lake known as Round Oval, no one is allowed to get close to the grave. However twice a year in July and early September visitors are permitted to go up to the shrine near the island.
One of the world’s best known playwrights, Shakespeare paid for his and his family’s gravesite in Stratford-Upon-Avon with the princely sum of 440 pounds. His legacy of great literature has made this one of the world’s most visited grave sites.
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Posted on 29 November 2010.
These people were sentenced to death and were almost on their way to heaven or hell but got lucky and managed to live another day.
1. Elizabeth Proctor
Elizabeth Proctor was thought to be a witch in 1692 and was arrested. Even though her friends protested, she was sentenced to death. Elizabeth was pregnant at the time and gave birth to her baby in prison. The rope was placed around her neck and she fell through the trapdoor but did not die!
2. John Henry George Lee
John Henry George Lee was arrested because it was felt that he was involved in the murder of a woman named Emma Keyse. He was about to be hanged when the release on the trap door malfunctioned and he fell through it thrice but did not die.
3. William Duell
William Duell along with 4 other men was hanged after spending time in jail for raping and murdering a child in London. At the time, dead bodies of criminals were used for medical purposes. When William’s body was laid in the Surgeons’ Hall, a student realized that he was breathing!
4. Zoleykhah Kadkhoda
Zoleykhah Kadkhoda was arrested because she was having an affair even though she was married. It was declared that she was to be killed and that people were to throw stones at her till she died. However, the stoning was abruptly stopped and the woman was taken to the morgue where the officials realized that she was breathing.
5. Wenseslao Moguel
Wenseslao Moguel was arrested after getting caught during the Mexican revolution. The officials were supposed to open fire at him and continue till he died. He was shot at 9 times but somehow managed to escape and live for a long time after.
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Posted on 28 October 2010.
Most criminals are caught either because they were not careful enough or because the authorities were too smart. However, the following murders have not been solved till date.
1. The Seewen Murders
These murders took place in 1986 when five members of a particular family in Switzerland were killed. Even though the police suspects Carl Doser, no concrete evidence has been found as such. The gun shots were extremely accurate and most of the victims were shot through the head.
2. Bob Crane
Robert Crane was a part of the successful sitcom called Hogan’s Heroes. He was loved by the audience but they did not know that he had been battling with sex addiction for years. He was found dead in 1978 and even though a man named Carpenter was connected with the crime, the murder remains quite a mystery till date.
3. Dian Fossey
Dian Fossey dedicated her life to stop the practice of poaching in Africa because of which she became quite famous. She was killed in 1985 and was found with a machete stuffed into her skull. Even though the staff members at the research center were arrested, nobody was prosecuted.
4. Julie Ward
Julia Ward was an avid wildlife photographer and was found dead in Kenya in 1988. When her body was found, it was charred and was buried in the reserve.
5. Amber Hagerman
Amber Hagerman was 10 years old when she was kidnapped and murdered. Terapon Adhahn was arrested in 2007 but he was let go because nothing solid was found. There is nothing scarier than an unsolved murder but what is even more terrifying is the thought of a free serial killer who enjoys victimizing young children.
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Posted on 15 October 2010.
Graveyards are fun to visit if you have a strong heart and enough water to keep dehydrating yourself. The following are the best of the best.
1. La Recoleta Cemetery
This cemetery is in Argentina and is the resting place of many famous personalities, politicians and poets. It is designed beautifully and consists of several alleyways that are scattered with ‘houses’, mostly meant for families. The sculptures are stunning, albeit slightly eerie and the ghostly element comes to life when a well-fed black cat scurries past you and you are all alone
2. Saint Louis Cemetery
The Saint Louis Cemetery encompasses three graveyards in Louisiana. All of them are placed above the ground but the first one is slightly above the rest and is the one to visit if you are interested. It is mostly in ruins which is what makes it so creepy.
3. Forest Lawn Memorial Parks
This graveyard is the resting place of famous deceased celebrities and will be found in Los Angeles, California. Sculptures created by famous painters and replicas of artwork can be found here. The creators of this graveyard obviously went a little far with the design as it looks like an unusual theme park- the theme here being death.
4. Green-Wood Cemetery
This cemetery extends over 478 acres of land and is a well-known tourist attraction in Brooklyn, New York. The tombs are beautiful in a way and the decorations are elaborate and carefully sculpted. It also features war memorials and was initially constructed only for those people that did something worthwhile when they were alive and kicking.
5. Old Jewish Cemetery
This is definitely the oldest graveyard that should be visited in Josefov, Chzech Republic as it was constructed in 1439. Therefore, it is not surprising that the headstones are placed at odd angles and are extremely worn out. The headstones are kept away from the walkway with the help of a thick rope. While most Hitler destroyed every Jewish cemetery he could lay his hands on, he left this one as it was because he said that he wanted to build a museum in its place once he conquered the world.
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Posted on 11 September 2010.
Some people have dramatic deaths while the rest simply fade away. Then there are those who pass away due to embarrassing circumstances.
This Greek philosopher is world-renowned for his theories and had many followers during his time. According to legend, he jumped into a volcano because he wanted his supporters to think that his body would disappear and he would be among them soon after, but as a God. One of his shoes flew out of the volcano and revealed his deceit.
2. Pyrrhus of Epirus
When this man was entering Argos atop an elephant after losing a battle, an elderly woman threw a tile at him. Needless to say, he was stunned after which a foot soldier stabbed him.
3. Eleazar Maccabeus
Maccabeus was fighting a battle in 163 B.C. when he thought he saw the enemy atop his elephant a few feet away. He ran towards the two and stabbed the animal in the stomach. The elephant died and fell on Maccabeus who, in turn, died on impact. What’s more, the man riding the elephant was not the enemy.
4. Emperor Valerian
Emperor Valerian was quite a disaster as far as rulers are concerned. He was solely responsible for the downfall of the western empire and the loss of a significant battle at the time. Shapur got tired of the emperor and started using him as a footstool to humiliate him. Once he was done, Shapur had the emperor skinned and stuffed with straw.
5. Humphrey de Bohun
Humphrey was a powerful man during 1323 A.D. However, he made the mistake of going against The King who decided to punish him. A battled ensued and one of the soldiers from the other side thrust upwards when the man was standing on a bridge. The pike went through the man’s anus and into his intestines.
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