Gruesome Horror Stories The History Books Left Out

Your history textbook is full of drama, political intrigue, even romance. But there's one genre they seem to go out of their way to leave out: terrifying, underwear-ruining horror. And trust us, there's easily a pants-load of it. If it's true that those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it, then for the love of God, please pay close attention to the following. Or don't, if you ever want to sleep again.

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Renaissance Florence was plagued with syphilitic zombies. The disease caused flesh to fall from people's faces and the complete destruction of the For details, read 6 True Stories From History Creepier Than Any Horror Movie

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Jamestown was a cannibalistic disaster. The winter of 1609-1610 turned unexpectedly brutal for the first permanent English settlement in America. One For details, read 6 Real-Life Horror Movies Your History Teacher Skipped Over

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During World War I, soldiers drowned in mud. One soldier wrote about that unique feeling you get when you successfully navigate the mud, only to realiFor details, read 5 Creepy As Hell Stories Cut From Your PG-13 History Books

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A mad serial killer reigned during Rome's most peaceful age. Locusta was freed to help Agrippina poison Emperor Claudius then was freed again to poisoFor details, read 6 True Stories From History Creepier Than Any Horror Movie

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A 1937 school disaster killed one-sixth of a town's population. A Michigan school board treasurer killed his wife and blew up his farm with dynamite, For details, read 5 Horror Scenes Deleted From History For Being Too Creepy

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15th-century Spain deployed 85O-pound war mastiffs. These were especially effective against enemies with little or no armor. Their powerful jaws easilFor details, read 5 Horror Scenes Deleted From History For Being Too Creepy

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Lincoln's widow shared this photo of his ghost. Okay, it's not really Lincoln's ghost, and it's not much to look at today. Photo manipulation seemed lFor details, read 6 Real-Life Horror Movies Your History Teacher Skipped Over

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Amelia Dyer murdered 400 babies. Customers paid the 19th-century orphanage nurse a fee, and once the check cleared, she just left the babies lying aroFor details, read 5 Real-Life Horror Movies Deleted from Your History Books

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Doctors prescribed powdered human skull as medicine. PNUMLAN N 218 The same went for human fat, powdered mummy, moss from a dead person's skull, and eFor details, read 6 Real-Life Horror Movies Your History Teacher Skipped Over

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Did you know some scalping victims survived? The man pictured is Robert McGee, circa 1890. At 14, he was shot and personally scalped by Sioux Chief LiFor details, read 5 Real-Life Horror Movies Deleted from Your History Books

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Andrew Jackson kept Native noses in a bucket. Jackson had his men systematically murder hundreds of Creek Indian men, women, children, and even infantFor details, read 5 Horror Scenes Deleted From History For Being Too Creepy

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In 1514, a Hungarian rebel received a unique punishment. Gyorgy Dozsa was forced to sit on an iron throne while wearing a crown and holding a scepteFor details, read 6 Real-Life Horror Movies Your History Teacher Skipped Over

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Marie Delphine Lalaurie kept a torture mansion. When an 1834 fire attracted a crowd, they found a 70-year-old slave woman chained to a stove. She direFor details, read 5 Real-Life Horror Movies Deleted from Your History Books

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A prime minister was eaten by his constituents. In 1672, Prime Minister Johan de Witt of Holland was wounded by an assassin and forced to resign. ThenFor details, read 5 Creepy As Hell Stories Cut From Your PG-13 History Books

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After 19th-century battles, people harvested teeth. Scavengers would pry every last tooth out of the soldiers' skulls, without concern about whether tFor details, read 6 Real-Life Horror Movies Your History Teacher Skipped Over

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Joan of Arc fought alongside a serial killer. Gilles de Rais was her ardent companion by day. By night, he preyed particularly on children between tFor details, read 6 True Stories From History Creepier Than Any Horror Movie

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Britain killed 750,000 pets in the run-up to WWII. 'CLOSED SUNDAYST UNWANTED ANIMALS HUMANELY DESTROYED SUPPORTED BY VOLUNTARY CONTRISUTIONS They fearFor details, read 6 True Stories From History Creepier Than Any Horror Movie

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A plot aimed to resurrect George Washington. Family friend William Thornton planned to warm Washington's corpse by the fire then inject it with lamb'sFor details, read 6 Real-Life Horror Movies Your History Teacher Skipped Over

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When Vesuvius erupted, heads exploded. Herculaneum saw superheated pyroclastic flows of molten rock, mud, and gas. The skull holds lots of liquids, For details, read 6 True Stories From History Creepier Than Any Horror Movie

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Three years after this photo, Rose Kennedy was lobotomized. Rosemary, who historians agree had some mental ailment (though it definitely wasn't debiliFor details, read 5 Real-Life Horror Movies Deleted from Your History Books

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After Lincoln's death, Ma jor Rathbone went mad. Henry Rathbone is the man on the left of the famous illustration above. On December 23, 1883, he trieFor details, read 6 True Stories From History Creepier Than Any Horror Movie

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