In 1897, a newlywed woman was found dead …

ZonaHeasterShueIn 1897, a newlywed woman was found dead in her home. Although her death was attributed to natural causes, her mother’s insistence that she had been visited by the woman’s ghost compelled authorities to reopen the case, at which time an autopsy revealed the woman had suffered a broken neck. Under the guise of emotional grief, the husband kept people away from the body of his “beloved” wife, tied a scarf around her neck claiming it to be “her favorite”, and went to other lengths to veil the fact that her neck was broken.

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The narrative of A …

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym” (1838) was about 4 shipwreck survivors stranded in a boat before they killed and ate a cabin boy–Richard Parker. In 1884, a boat was stranded with only 4 survivors. 3 of the men killed and ate the cabin boy, also named Richard Parker.

Space travel gives astronauts a feeling …

global-consciousnessSpace travel gives astronauts a feeling of being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. Edgar Mitchell described what it’s like to stand on the moon and look at the Earth: “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’