13 Famous Places With Dark Secrets In Their Past

When it comes to sightseeing, protocol dictates that you stare at the monument, take a picture in front of said monument, see if you can make a penis joke about it, then move along to do other asshole tourist-y stuff. Nothing in there about actually learning the history behind the landmark.

Which is all the better. Because learning about those monuments on the spot might make for a depressing vacation. For example ...

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CRACKEDcO The Blue Mustang statue has tasted blood. Locals call him Blucifer. The red-eyed fierce-faced 9, 00-pound sculpture at Denver Internationa

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CRACKED James Smithson is entombed in the Smithsonian. acre' ta b AMmer'y ond Murinon sroe e hoyol Jocity ros In a crypt just inside the north entranc

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CRACKEDcO The River Thames is full of bodies. The most famous river in England has been nicknamed by The Guardian The Watery Grave. It has some 60 d

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CRACKEDcO The Little Mermaid Statue is constantly being mutilated. What is considered the Statue of Liberty of Denmark has been a target of gruesome v

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CRACKEDe The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse is the site of Toronto's first unsolved murder. Centuries ago, the keeper of the lighthouse vanished with noth

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CRACKEDO The Eiffel Tower was a popular suicide spot. The Eiffel Tower holds a death toll of over 350 suicides, some of whom chose to hang themselves

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Coney Island is the site of a gruesome fire. SHOWING DIVERS AT WORM UNDER WATER CONEY ISLAND'S BIGGEST FIRE DISASTER FIGHTING THE FLAMES AT DREAMLAND

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Mt. Rushmore was designed by a white supremacist. Gutzon Borglum, the man that sculpted Mount Rushmore, was a racist who had ties to the Ku Klux Klan

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CRACKEDGO The Great Wall of China is actually a great cemetery. It is estimated around 400,000 construction workers had died building the Great Wall,

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CRACKEDcO Part of the University of Cambridge was built over a massive graveyard. Beneath the Old Divinity School at St. John's College lies one of th

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CRACKEDCO The Bridge Of sighs was built for prisoners. That pretty Venice bridge-known for gondolas, honeymoons, and yes, appearing in Madonna's Like

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Westminster Abbey turned black from killer smog. Britain's greatest church was once more black and yellow than Wiz Khalifa in Pittsburgh. The cause of

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CRACKEDc The Alps are hiding dead soldiers from World War l. There were 150, 000 deaths on the Alpine front during WW1. A third of those were battle v