For years, Lowry's swamp outlaws made front page news across the country. Then, in 1872, he disappeared after robbing a local sheriff's office. Despite the massive bounty on his head, no one ever found him. Some say he's still out there, beating up people who practice unfair hiring practices and distributing their 401ks to the needy.
What? We say that. We count as "some."
Real Inglourious Basterds Crews Used To Hunt Nazi War Criminals
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Inglourious Basterds was actually based on true events (uh, minus the whole Hitler-killing part), and there was a real Nazi-hunting special force running around at the end of World War II. They operated until 1960 and eliminated hundreds of escaped Nazis. Somewhere, Quentin Tarantino is high-fiving the coke hallucination that give hims all his ideas.
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It was about time his muse coughed up something besides samurai swords and skinny black ties.
As the war ended, a number of Jews realized that a huge number of Nazi war criminals would be left unpunished. So a bunch of them started delivering their own brand of justice, Avengers-style. No, seriously, they called themselves "Avengers." They devoted themselves to tracking down unpunished Nazis, especially high-ranking SS officers who were never prosecuted for their crimes.
Masquerading as military police, small crews of Avengers "arrested" these targets from their hideouts, only to take them to a secure location and, uh, finish the job. Their methods varied from the common strangling, hanging, and hit-and-runs to the occasional kerosene injection. In 1946, they even managed to make 1,900 former SS in a POW camp violently sick by lacing their bread with arsenic, while taking care not to poison their guards.
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Point: That's not exactly legal treatment of POWs. Counterpoint: Fuck Nazis.
Unfortunately, just like their Marvel counterparts, the Avengers had their internal conflicts. In 1946, Avenger Abba Kovner went rogue and formed a plan to poison German water reservoirs, wanting to kill six million Germans for the six million Jews that perished in the Holocaust. The British military caught him, and it's likely Kovner's own crew tipped them off. The old "eye for an eye" adage starts to sound kind of insane when it's "twelve million eyes for twelve million eyes."
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