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That moment when you realize the "fake" body at a haunted house is real? Awesome. Until, that is, you realize it's not a real person playing dead, but a real person that is dead. This is the stuff psychiatrists live for, and it is all embodied (disembodied?) in this list of dead bodies mistaken for Halloween props.

Real dead body Halloween decorations are for the macabre and certainly something to avoid for the faint at heart. This list of overly creepy Halloween decorations is equal parts frightening and contemptible, but it's 100% messed up. These are real dead people that ended up mistaken as- or purposely used for- the purposes of making a spooky night seem more authentic. 
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Corpse Halloween Decoration Hanging From a Fence Turns Out to Actually Be a Dead Woman
Ohio residents were alarmed to find out that what they presumed to be a corpse-like Halloween decoration hanging from a fence turned out to be an actual dead person. Police are currently investigating Donnie Cochenoeur for the murder of 31-year-old Rebecca Cade, a local drunk beloved by the town. A bloody rock was found near the body, and is presently thought to be the murder weapon.  


A local construction worker actually told his daughter that the body was a dummy while driving by, only to find out hours later that it was, in fact, a dead woman.  


Actual Mummy Found on Set of Six Million Dollar Man

In 1976, the Nu-Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, CA was being prepped to film an episode of the Six Million Dollar Man. The props for the scene, which would take place in a fun house, were being assessed by the director when he saw a man hanging from a rope in the corner that he didn't like. A crewman went to move the dummy and was shocked when its arm came off exposing a real human arm bone.
Before you ask, no, this was not the Six Million Dollar Man Halloween special. The episode being filmed was called "Carnival of Spies" and it aired in February. But finding out a human prop is the real thing is still pretty creepy.
Medical examiners were called in to determine the identity of the mummy and, after finding a 1924 penny and a ticket to the Museum of Crime in Los Angeles in the body's mouth, determined it to be that of outlaw James McCurdy who died in a standoff in Oklahoma in 1911. 

Following his death by a posse sent to track the man after he and a handful of others robbed a train of $46 and a shipment of whiskey, McCurdy was embalmed with arsenic and used as a prop by the coroner who charged people a nickel to see the corpse of "The Bandit Who Wouldn't Give Up". The undertaker had been taking the nickels of the curious for nearly five years when a man claiming to be McCurdy's long-lost brother appeared and took possession of the body, claiming he'd have it taken to California for proper burial. The body wouldn't be interred until after the Six Million Dollar Man incident, however, as the "brother" had McCurdy on display weeks later as part of a carnival put on by Great Patterson Shows. 
The body eventually found its way to the Nu-Pike where unwitting visitors marveled at the "dummy" for years before its discovery as an actual human body.

NY Morgue Technicians Stage Photo Shoot with Cadavers
Ever wonder what happens to you after you die? Not in the metaphysical, heaven/hell sense, but your physical dead body. Assuming you die under somewhat normal circumstances, your body goes to a morgue for processing, like the one in New York City attended to by mortuary technician Kaihl Brassfield.
When the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner took over the supervision of the Brooklyn morgue where Brassfield was employed, things started to calm down in what was once a raucous work environment. And by raucous I of course mean to say they used the body parts of corpses as playthings. And took pictures. 

In November of 2009, Blackfield claims a stack of polaroids, which depicted him and other unidentified lab technicians posing with severed heads and other body parts in the morgue, was stolen from his possession and used in an attempt at blackmail. Several months after he refused to pay his blackmailer for silence, the photos made their way to the management and Blackfield was suspended from his position without pay. 
Perhaps the worst thing about this body parts as props situation is the fact that Blackfield and the other technicians didn't limit themselves to just Halloween time to take their pictures; some of the confiscated photos were dated while others were unlabeled leading investigators to believe the practice spanned a longer period of time.  

The Real Reason Poltergeist was Cursed
Over the years, the curse of the Poltergeist movies has been one of the most retold rumors in Hollywood; three films in the franchise, four of the principal actors dead within years- or even months- of the films' release. Now, we all know the Poltergeist films were not done on or strictly for Halloween, but the spooky stories on and off the set are said to have been the result of some sinister props that set off a gory chain of events. 

In 1982, months after the release of the first Poltergeist, Dominique Dunne (the older sister) was strangled to death by her ex-boyfriend.

In 1985, Julian Beck (the "bad spirit") of Poltergeist II died of stomach cancer. 

In 1987, Will Sampson (the "good spirit") of Poltergeist II died after a heart-lung transplant failed to take. 

Finally (so far), in 1988, Heather O'Rourke, who appeared in all three films, died of a septic infection that caused severe bowel blockage. She went through all the filming of Poltergeist III with symptoms of the condition, and eventually died of cardiac arrest en route to the hospital to remove the blockage. She was 12.
People die, yes, but why so many from this one franchise? Was something done on the sets of the film to anger the spirit world? Was something done to tempt the ire of other world while filming the movies? It was all in the props.

As has been revealed in interviews with the surviving cast and crew over the years, real bones were used as set decorations in Poltergeist I and II. A weird fact that was not revealed to the actors in the first movie until they had already filmed their scenes, and which led to actor Will Samson performing a ritual on the set of the second movie to exorcise the spirits that might be present during filming.
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Man Buried Alive During Fake Buried Alive Stunt
In Fresno, CA, "Amazing Joe" Burress had invited friends, family, and the community to witness his latest death-defying stunt where he would be placed under concrete in a plastic coffin and buried alive. 

Friends, associates, a radio station, and even scores of young fans told Burress the stunt was certain to result in his death, but the magician carried on, jumping into the clear plastic coffin handcuffed and chained. Burress was sealed in the box (which was of his own design) and lowered into a 7-foot deep grave at a local family fun center and left to secure his exit from the crypt.
In the days leading up to his grand exhibition, Burress made several attempts at the trick at a nearby pumpkin patch. While making his practice runs, he was informed that he would have a maximum of one minute to escape if he intended to live. His best time prior to the execution of the real thing was five minutes.

For the actual stunt, three feet of dirt was dumped atop Burress after which a window was revealed to show the stuntman working against the chains holding him captive. Then came the wet concrete; 6000 pounds of it to fill the remainder of the hole. When there was still one foot of gap remaining at the top of the grave, a worker pleaded to stop pouring the concrete, but another employee insisted that Burress wanted it to go all the way to the top. Before it could get there, though, the concrete's fill line suddenly dropped by two feet, indicating that the coffin had collapsed under the weight.

By the time the magician could be pulled from the collapsed contraption, he was no longer breathing and attempts to resuscitate him failed. 
Burress's body was cleared away from the scene and was not left as a prop itself, but the hole from his stunt-gone-wrong remained a creepy attraction for visitors until the end of the Halloween season.
Over 100 Brains Go Missing From University Of Texas, Austin
A collection of about 100 brains (stored in formaldehyde) that was on loan from another university has been found to be missing from the University of Texas, Austin Psychology program's holding area in the basement of the Animal Resources Center. Professor Tim Schallert, co-curator of the specimen collection, said of the brains' disappearance, "We think somebody may have taken the brains, but we don’t know at all for sure." His co-curator, Professor Lawrence Cormack, thinks the research items may have been swiped for pranks and/or Halloween decorations.

Remind me not to loan these guys anything from my house.

(Source: Yahoo!)
Dead Body Prop on Porch is Actual Dead Guy
On a Monday in 2009, Mostafa Mahmoud Zayed's neighbors thought he had gone all out with his Halloween decorations for the year, going so far as to put a slumped over, sinister-looking dummy on his porch to frighten his neighbors.

For days neighbors and guests marveled at the authenticity of the prop, though no one rang Mr. Zayed's doorbell to ask where he'd purchased the dummy.
On Thursday, someone in the 75-year-old's Marina Del Rey, CA complex suspected something was amiss with the prop and called the police, who discovered it was not a fake body but Zayed's corpse on the porch, gradually decomposing for almost four days after a single gunshot wound to the eye ended the man's life. 
The lifeless corpse had been looking over the complex for days without anyone noticing that it was not a decoration but the body of their former neighbor.
Dozens Drive By Actual Dead Woman in Tree
In Frederica, DE, a 42-year-old woman hung from a tree, simultaneously frightening and impressing passers by for hours before it was discovered the "lifelike" corpse hanging from the tree had actually been void of life since that morning.

On October 26th, 2005, an unidentified woman climbed a tree a quarter mile from her home and jumped from a tall branch in an apparent suicide. Because of the proximity to Halloween, all that drove by the display assumed it to be a clever display for the public and failed to report the body until much later in the morning. 
Three Teenage Boys Accidentally Hang Themselves
William Anthony Odem, Caleb Rebh, and Brian Jewell were just trying to make some kids cry from fright. The tears came, but not from the patrons of the haunted attractions employing the three.

In October of 1990, Jewell, 17, was working as part of a Haunted Hayride attraction in Lakewood, NJ when he decided to up the scare factor for patrons of the park. As part of his portrayal of a hanging victim, he was meant to stand on the gallows at the Hangman's Scene and recite a chilling speech to the carts that came by as part of the ride. Sometime during the night, the noose that was supposed to hang limply around his neck became cinched and choked the young man to death. He was discovered by a tractorful of patrons, dead, standing on the deck of the gallows.
Six days later, in North Carolina, 15-year-old Odem was working with friends in his aunt's home to construct a haunted house in the basement. Among the fake spider webs, cauldrons, and other Halloween milieu was a noose, meant to be strictly decorative. When Odem playfully slipped the noose over his own neck, it tightened and killed the boy.

Over a decade later in Sparta, MI, 14-year-old Rebh ended up in a scene that the Universe had worked very hard to keep him away from. Earlier in the day, his mother, Kathy, had taken the boy to a local horse farm to see about a job at a haunted hayride. The proprietor said he had filled all the positions and tried to turn the boy away. He begged both the man and his mother to stay, stating he would work for free. The two relented and he was placed in a coffin display and told to scare patrons. 
Not satisfied with his performance at the coffin, he offered to switch with another worker whose display involved a plastic skeleton hanging from a noose slung over a small tree. In an attempt to be scarier, Rebh took the place of the skeleton in the tree, causing it to snap back suddenly and cinch the noose around his neck. A group of patrons went by as he was struggling to free himself, but took the display for a good show of acting, watching as his body went limp in the noose.

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<![CDATA[27 of the Trashiest Tweets Ever Posted on Twitter]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/trashy-tweets/randy-cobb
Who doesn't love to read funny Twitter posts? Twitter has given everyone in the world with a cell phone or an Internet connection a way to broadcast any old thought or photo to the entire world. Unlike Facebook, where people are simply annoying their friends and family, Twitter broadcasts your every thought to the world using hashtags and trending topics.

Still, people seem to think that their posts are private, and that nobody will find the misspelled outburst, picture of a bad tattoo, or admission of drug use that they posted. Luckily some Internet heroes know when to hit the screenshot button, nab that funny twitter status and share the trashiest tweets they find with the world. Every possible grammar mistake, social faux pas, and baby-daddy related drama is exhibited here. Their trashiness and mistakes are our entertainment. Check out the weirdest, trashiest and most ridiculous posts Twitter has to offer.

27 of the Trashiest Tweets Ever Posted on Twitter,

A Good Work Ethic

Who Needs Maury

Nice Wordplay


Well, Go On

Like Father Like Son

Check out more outrageous tweets by a person you may know here.

Everyone Just Shut Up

Missed This Pinnacle Cake Vodka, Mom

That's Just Rude

See which celeb couldn't keep their trashy tweets quiet here.

Take the Easy Road

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<![CDATA[The 13 Most Fascinating Unsolved Hollywood Murders]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-most-fascinating-unsolved-hollywood-murders/william-neckard
A list of unsolved Hollywood homicides and show business crimes, along with the stories, theories and mysteries behind them. Hollywood is a place of glamour (if you take classic movies as documentaries), and it can be a dangerous place if you're famous, partying too hard, becoming insanely depressed, or caught up with the "wrong" crowd.

People in LA with power and money tend to (sometimes appropriately) think that they're above the law, and often act accordingly.

And most times, the rich, famous, and well-known will do anything, even kill, to protect their reputations and careers. There have been many murders in Hollywood, most of which have been solved, but there are some famous Los Angeles crimes that remain complete mysteries, with an intriguing cast of suspects and multiple motives... but no answers. These are the thirteen most fascinating unsolved murders of actors, actresses, and celebrities.
The 13 Most Fascinating Unsolved Hollywood Murders,

Bob Crane
Who was he?
Crane, born in 1928, was an actor known for starring in the popular TV series "Hogan's Heroes" from 1965 to 1971. Crane was a successful actor but his personal life included womanizing and a predilection for sexual indiscretion. He had started recording and photographing his sexual encounters with help from his friend, John Carpenter, a salesman who provided Crane with recording equipment.

The Case
Crane was found murdered on June 29, 1978. He had been beaten to death while sleeping in a Scottsdale, Arizona hotel room. The killer wrapped an electric cord around Crane's neck after he was dead.

Theories for Crane's death included a jealous spouse or boyfriend attacking Crane (which put the suspect list in the 100s) or someone seeking revenge for being recorded without his or her consent. Carpenter was another suspect; besides providing Crane with recording devices, he had also participated in at least one three-way with the actor. People had observed tension between the friends right before the murder.

Where the Case Stands Today
No concrete evidence linked Carpenter to the crime until 1992, when the police found an expert to testify that a photographed spot on Carpenter's rental car was actually brain matter. Carpenter was tried for the crime, but his defense stated that there was no way to be sure what the photograph showed. Carpenter was eventually acquitted and maintained he was innocent until his 1998 death.

Biography: Bob Crane
IMDB: Bob Crane Biography
How Did Bob Crane Die?
George Reeves
Who was he?
Reeves was an actor best known for playing Superman in the 1950s TV show.

The Case
Reeves died of a gunshot wound to the head on June 16, 1959. He was in his Benedict Canyon home at the time, as were his fiancée Leonore Lemmon and three other guests.

Although ruled a suicide, the fact that the others in the house waited to call the police and that stray bullet cases were found by the body led some to believe Reeves was a victim of homicide, not suicide. He had been having an affair with Toni Mannix, the wife of an MGM executive. One theory holds that the jilted Toni had Reeves killed, another that the cuckolded husband, Eddie Mannix, used his underworld ties to have Reeves killed.

Where the Case Stands Today
In 1999, a Hollywood publicist, Edward Lozzi, claimed Toni Mannix confessed to killing Reeves. However, no proof was offered or found, so the case remains an official suicide.

IMDB: George Reeves Biography
On This Day
Wikipedia: George Reeves
Marilyn Monroe
Who was she?
Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson, was a famous actress, known for her roles in movies such as Some Like It Hot and for her relationships with powerful men of the day, from Arthur Miller to Joe DiMaggio to JFK.

The Case
On August 4, 1962, the 36-year-old Monroe died in her Brentwood home. Her housekeeper and psychiatrist discovered Monroe naked in bed with an empty bottle of sleeping pills nearby.

Before her death, Monroe had been hospitalized for psychiatric problems and was receiving long-term psychiatric care. Her death was ruled a probable suicide. But many believe Monroe was murdered, possibly to make sure she wouldn't talk about her liaisons with both JFK and his brother, Robert. Although Monroe's affair with JFK had been talked about in Hollywood for some time, her birthday serenade of the President in April 1962 made more people aware of the connection.

Where the Case Stands Today
Although rumors and speculation continue, there is no more definitive answer now about Monroe's death than in the 1960s.

Crime Library: Marilyn Monroe
On This Day: Monroe found dead
Natalie Wood
Who was she?
43-year-old Wood was a successful actress, known for her roles in West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause. Wood was married to the actor Robert Wagner at the time of her death. The two had a long-term, tempestuous relationship, having divorced in 1957 and remarried in 1972.

The Case
On the morning of November 28, 1981, Wood's body was found floating in a Catalina Island cove. The night before, Wood had been on a nearby yacht with her husband, Robert Wagner, and their friend, actor Christopher Walken.

In the aftermath of her death, authorities concluded that Wood had gone at night to take a dinghy to the dock, and simply slipped into the water. However, Wood and Wagner were seen fighting the night she disappeared, possibly about her closeness to Walken. Wood also had a lifelong fear of water, making the idea of her taking a small boat alone, as Wagner contended, difficult to believe. The boat's captain, Dennis Davern, wrote in a 2010 book that he believed Wagner was responsible for Wood's death, and that Wagner didn't search diligently for Wood when she was missing.

Where the Case Stands Today
For 30 years, Wood was classified as a victim of accidental drowning. However, Wood's case was reopened by the LAPD in November 2011. Davern now says he lied to investigators during the original investigation. Police have currently said that neither Walken nor Wagner is a suspect in their new investigation.

Captain Says Wagner Responsible for Wood's Death
Wikipedia: Natalie Wood
Was Natalie Wood's Death Foul Play?
Developments in Wood Investigation
Police Say Wagner Not a Suspect
Peter Ivers
Who was he?
Ivers was a talented musician who wrote the song "In Heaven (The Lady in the Radiator Song)" for David Lynch's Eraserhead. He also hosted New Wave Theatre, a variety show which featured punk and New Wave acts. He was good friends with Lynch, Harold Ramis, The Pixies, John Lithgow, and many other stars.

The Case
Ivers was bludgeoned to death in his apartment in 1983. A large group of friends gathered in his apartment soon after his death, and may have unintentionally destroyed evidence by doing so.

Although some of Ivers' friends believe that someone who knew Ivers from New Wave Theatre may have been the killer, there was no evidence tying anyone to the crime. Ivers knew a large group of people, which gave the police a large pool of potential suspects. More prosaically, it could have simply been a robbery gone wrong.

Where the Case Stands Today
Sadly, the case remains unsolved and officially is still under investigation.

Murder in Six Degrees
Unraveling the Life and Death of a New Wave Pioneer
Rediscovering Peter Ivers
Wikipedia: Peter Ivers
Wikipedia: New Wave Theatre
Thelma Todd
Who was she?
Born in 1906, Todd was a successful film actress who worked during the 1920s and 1930s. She appeared in Marx Brothers hits such as Horse Feathers and Monkey Business.

The Case
Todd had opened a restaurant called Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe and lived in an apartment above it. On December 16, 1935, she was found inside her car, which was parked near her restaurant. It was determined that she had died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Although first considered a case of accidental poisoning, the death was ruled a suicide; Todd had been experiencing financial difficulties. But blood spots found in the car and on Todd's face led some to believe she had been killed. She had just divorced a man whom she'd accused of spousal abuse, and some speculated the bad feelings from the split led her ex-husband, Pat DeCicco, to kill her.

Where the Case Stands Today
Todd's body was cremated, so no thorough autopsy was ever carried out. The case remains an official suicide, with no new evidence to support the theory of murder.

Wikipedia: Thelma Todd
The Mysterious Death of Thelma Todd
Virginia Rappe
Who was she?
Rappe was a pretty, somewhat successful 1920s starlet who attended a Labor Day Weekend party celebrating Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's signing a million-dollar contract with Paramount.

The Case
At the raging party, Rappe became ill in Arbuckle's hotel room. Arbuckle found her when he went to change clothes, and he and other guests were seen approaching Rappe. A doctor saw Rappe and stated she was drunk. Rappe continued to be ill at the hotel but did not make it to a hospital until three days later, when it was too late for treatment. She died of peritonitis from a ruptured bladder.

Bambina Maude Delmont, another party attendee, led the charges against Arbuckle, saying Rappe had confided to her that "Roscoe hurt me." Tabloids leapt into the story, with one theory holding that Arbuckle raped Rappe, and his weight (over 300 pounds) caused injuries that led to her death. Another theory was that Arbuckle raped Rappe with a foreign object, resulting in fatal internal injuries for Rappe.

Where the Case Stands Today
Arbuckle was arrested and tried for Rappe's death. His first two trials for manslaughter ended in hung juries, but he was acquitted in his retrial, and received an apology from the jury due to the complete lack of evidence against him. Rappe may not have even been a victim of murder; instead she may have received an illegal abortion, which could have caused the peritonitis that killed her. Though Arbuckle was acquitted, he had been found guilty in the court of public opinion and couldn't find work for years. He appeared in some comedy shorts in 1933, but this comeback ended when he died in his sleep of a heart attack soon after.

Wikipedia: Virginia Rappe
About the Fatty Arbuckle Scandal
Crime Library: Fatty Arbuckle
William Desmond Taylor
Who was he?
Taylor was a successful silent film director, who debuted with The Awakening in 1914 and worked in Hollywood until his 1922 murder.

The Case
Taylor's corpse was found in his bungalow on the morning of February 2, 1922. He had been shot in the back. He had last been seen by his friend Mabel Normand the night before. After she left him at approximately 7:45pm, anyone could have entered his house and shot him. After Taylor's body was found, a crowd gathered in the house before the police arrived, making evidence collection nearly impossible.

His former and current valets were initially suspected, but the fact that Taylor still had his diamond ring and cash in his wallet made people discount the idea of robbery. Taylor had been helping his friend Normand with her cocaine addiction and working with law enforcement to catch her drug dealers, which may have made the criminals target him. The actress Mary Miles Minter had an unrequited crush on Taylor, which made her and her mother suspects as well.

Where the Case Stands Today
An actress named Margaret Gibson confessed to the murder in 1964, but no corroborating evidence was ever found. Taylor's murder remains unsolved, and at this late date it is unlikely that the killer will ever be known.

Crime Library: William Desmond Taylor
IMDB: William Desmond Taylor Biography
Wikipedia: William Desmond Taylor
LAist: Who Killed William Desmond Taylor?
Ronni Chasen
Who was she?
Chasen was a well-known Hollywood publicist. At 64, she had had a long career in Hollywood, and was known for helping the films she publicized win Oscars.

The Case
Chasen was returning home from the world premiere for Burlesque on November 16, 2010, when she was shot multiple times in her car in Beverly Hills. She died at the scene of the shooting.

Police believe Chasen was shot in a robbery attempt that went wrong. But Chasen's purse was left at the scene. The main suspect, Harold Martin Smith, killed himself in 2010 when police tried to search his apartment building, leaving many unanswered questions. Smith had bragged that he had been paid $10,000 to kill Chasen. But some believe the murder was a professional drive-by shooting that Smith had little to do with, as his only means of getting around L.A. was a bicycle.

Where the Case Stands Today
Smith used the same gun to kill himself that Chasen had been shot with and left no clues as to who, if anyone, may have hired him.

Man in Inquiry Shoots Self
Chasen Death: One Year Later
Chasen Death Looks Professional
Chasen Murder Solved?
The Black Dahlia (Elizabeth Short)
Who was she?
Short was a 22-year-old who worked as a waitress while hoping to make it in Hollywood. She disappeared on January 9, 1947. A passerby discovered Short's mutilated body in a residential section of L.A. on January 14, 1947.

The Case
Short's corpse was cut in half, and her face had deep gashes. Marks on her wrists indicated she'd been tied up and possibly tortured. A lack of blood at the scene meant she had been killed elsewhere and dumped in the vacant lot where she was discovered. The attractive victim and gruesome murder garnered a lot of press attention. The press started calling Short the Black Dahlia (possibly a reference to Short's dark hair and the recent release of a film called The Blue Dahlia).

The police had a huge suspect pool that included all the men Short had dated and medical students at LA area colleges (who had the surgical knowledge needed to sever Short's body). One later theory is that Dr. Walter Bayley, who lived near the lot where the body was found and whose daughter was a friend of the Short family, was the killer. He died suffering from a brain disease that may have made him more violent and it was rumored he'd been blackmailed by a former mistress about some misdeed.

Where the Case Stands Today
At the time, the killer followed the case in the papers, even going so far as to mail the contents of Short's purse to an LA paper. The case has stayed in popular culture through the years, most notably with James Ellroy's novel The Black Dahlia, but no one has ever been arrested for the crime. Given the large suspect pool and the time that has passed, the murder may never be solved.

Wikipedia: Black Dahlia
Wikipedia: Black Dahlia Suspects
America's Most Wanted: Unknown Black Dahlia Killer
Crime Library: Black Dahlia

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<![CDATA[Cannibals Describe What Human Meat Tastes Like]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/what-does-human-meat-taste-like/jacob-shelton

It’s a question as old as time: what does human meat taste like? Is it sweet, savory, gamey, or all of the above? From the way most people look, you would expect the taste of human flesh to be oily, or maybe even stringy, but according to the cannibals catalogued here, we actually taste pretty good. If you’re pretending that you’ve never thought about what your ribs would taste like after a couple hours on the grill, then you need to stop lying to yourself and admit that you're morbidly curious. What does human taste like? Keep reading to find out.

Every couple of years, someone will be arrested for cannibalism, but the hungry killers usually don't discuss what the person tasted like. Luckily, there are a few cannibals that are happy to chat about that delicious human meat taste and even give up a few recipes.

Depending on where they live, some cannibals eat their victims raw, some put them in a stew, and others simply toss the loose human meat into a sandwich and give it to their neighbors. If you aren’t grossed out yet and your mouth is watering at the question, "What do people taste like?" then you’re in luck because these fine young(ish) cannibals were happy to share their experiences of chomping down on a human being. What does human flesh taste like? You’re about to find out in a big way. 

Cannibals Describe What Human Meat Tastes Like,

Flesh Biopsied from a Thigh Tastes Like Beef and Ale Stew

You know when you get an idea that you have to see through to the end? That's what happened to Greg Foot when he decided to have a piece of his upper thigh biopsied so he could find out what human meat tastes like. Because cannibalism is illegal in England (boooo!), Foot had the meat from his thigh analyzed so he could construct a human thigh meat avatar that he could eat legally. Scientific research aside, it's a little disappointing that Foot didn't nosh on his leg meat and tell the Queen to deal with it. He said it tasted like beef and ale stew.

Albert Fish Thought Human Meant Was 'As Sweet as a Nut'

If you have children, you're probably not going to want to know about serial killer/child murder/human vase Albert Fish's recipe for human stew. "The Grey Man," as he was called by many who knew him, was a literal boogeyman who spent his days working as a sanitarium painter when he wasn't eating children, spanking himself with a paddle, or shoving needles into his pelvis. After he was caught, he confessed to killing and eating a boy named Billy Gaffney in a stew. He wrote to his attorney,

His monkey and pee wees and a nice little fat behind to roast in the oven and eat. I made a stew out of his ears - nose - pieces of his face and belly. I put onions, carrots, turnips, celery, salt and pepper. It was good. 

Then I split the cheeks of his behind open, cut off his monkey and pee wees and washed them first. I put strips of bacon on each cheek of his behind and put them in the oven. Then I picked 4 onions and when the meat had roasted about 1/4 hour, I poured about a pint of water over it for gravy and put in the onions.

At frequent intervals, I basted his behind with a wooden spoon. So the meat would be nice and juicy. In about two hours, it was nice and brown, cooked through. I never ate any roast turkey that tasted half as good as his sweet fat little behind did. I ate every bit of the meat in about four days. His little monkey was a sweet as a nut. 

What's more upsetting: the recipe, or the fact that Fish calls male genitals "monkey and pee wees"?

Jeffrey Dahmer Says It Tastes Like Filet Mignon

Jeffrey Dahmer began fantasizing about killing and eating people from a young age, and by the time he was on his final run of murders in the late '80s, he was experimenting with a variety of body parts. So much so that he knew some cuts were better than others. According to an FBI interview, Dahmer would cook "thighs, biceps, and various internal organs" in a stovetop skillet before consuming them. He told one FBI agent that the taste was reminiscent of filet mignon. But before you think of Dahmer like some kind of greedy cannibal that kept his food to himself, he was always happy to share with his neighbors. In fact, one of Dahmer's former neighbors, Pamela Bass, still isn't sure what was in a sandwich that Dahmer made her one day before his arrest. Bass admits, "I have probably eaten someone's body part." 

A German Cannibal Said It's Stronger Than Pork

In a televised interview with Germany's RTL television channel, convicted cannibal Armin Meiwes not only described human meat as "[tasting] like pork, a little bit more bitter, stronger," but he also revealed that he ate his victims in a green pepper sauce with croquettes and Brussels sprouts. In 2002, Meiwes made an online post hoping to find a "man to slaughter," and found a victim in 42-year-old computer engineer Bernd Brandes. Meiwes said that he'd fantasized about cannibalism ever since he was a child, when he began hoping to have a younger brother who could "be inside him." 

It Tastes Odorless

If that description sounds needlessly existential to you, that's because it came from Issei Sagawa, a wealthy creep from Japan who allegedly first became interested in cannibalism at a young age when he saw a classmate's thigh. "I suddenly thought, 'Mmm, that looks delicious.'" In 1981, Sagawa was studying in Paris and invited a friend over to help him "translate some poetry."(Side note: ladies, if a guy ever asks you to come back to his place and do anything with poetry - RUN.)

When his friend arrived, he shot her with a hunting rifle, raped her corpse, and ate various parts of her body. As far as the taste, he said, "Human meat is odorless. I actually believe that human meat is the tastiest of all meats. It doesn’t have any of that gamey animal smell. When I ate some more a couple of days later, just before I got arrested, the meat had become sweeter and it tasted great."

It Can Be Tender and Delicious

After a whirlwind romance and one month of marriage, Omaima Nelson murdered and dismembered her husband Bill on Thanksgiving in 1991 before castrating his dead body, cooking his head, and mixing his excess body parts in with the day's leftovers. Later when she spoke to a series of prison psychiatrists she claimed to barbecue his ribs and munch on them like your dad on the one day a year he gets to eat red meat. She described their taste as "So sweet, it's so tender and delicious." and "Just like in a restaurant." Well, not just like in a restaurant. 

Native Tribes from Vanuatu Also Described the Taste as 'Very Sweet'

While studying the natives of Vanuatu - an island nation located in the South Pacific - in the 1970s, Jeremy MacClancy tried to get to the bottom of what was going on with their love of human meat. As you might have guessed from reading some of the other stories of flesh eating collected here, many of the islanders told him that human meat is "very sweet."

Apparently, It Kind of Tastes Like Veal

In his book Jungle Ways, William Seabrook recounts his travels to West Africa to observe a cannibalistic tribe and admits he ended up going native. Seabrook thought human tasted so good that you wouldn't know you were eating people unless someone told you.

It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef. It was very definitely like that, and it was not like any other meat I had ever tasted. It was so nearly like good, fully developed veal that I think no person with a palate of ordinary, normal sensitiveness could distinguish it from veal.

Penises Taste Hard and Rubbery

In 2012, a Japanese illustrator named Mao Sugiyama invited anyone who was interested to eat his severed genitals for the sake of art. Sugiyama is asexual and had his penis and testicles surgically removed, and after he got them back from his doctor, he decided that they would make a tasty meal for someone.

At a banquet, Sugiyama served the genitals to five people (including himself) and anyone who attended who wasn't able to gain a seat at the "lucky" table was served a meal consisting of beef and alligator. According to one of the eaters, the penis was hard and rubbery, and it bent his fork when he tried to pierce it. The testicles were hard on the outside and soft and glutinous in the middle, with a fishy or gamey taste. In Sugiyama's defense, he's an illustrator, not a chef. 

It's the Sweetest Meat

While searching for gold in Colorado in 1874, Alfred Packer and his crew ran out of food in the middle of a harsh winter and had to resort to cannibalism to survive. At the end of their trek only Packer survived, and after he was arrested, he described a horrific series of murders that make it seem like human meat is worth killing your friends for. In his confession, he made sure to note, "The breasts of man... are the sweetest meat I ever tasted."

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<![CDATA[14 Terrible Parents Who Used Their Kids for Effed Up Things]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/parents-who-used-their-kids/jacobybancroft
Parents act as a child's first role model, as beacons of integrity and high moral standards. As such, they're responsible for helping children grow into fully-functional adults, and teaching them what's right and wrong in the world. Unfortunately, all the parents on this list fail spectacularly. These parents should never have been parents in the first place, as they exploit or steal from their children in order to benefit themselves. Check out the list below of some of the worst parents ever and how they used their children for messed up things. 
14 Terrible Parents Who Used Their Kids for Effed Up Things,

Dad Uses Son to Teach a Lesson About Discipline

Look, everyone has different opinions about how to raise and discipline children, but this might be taking things a bit too far. In April 2016, a father was upset that his son cut class so he decided to use his son to make a video about discipline.

As he explains in the video, he is doing this to teach his son a lesson. He decides to box his son and beats him until he's bloody. He says it's okay because he was giving his son the opportunity to fight back, but one look at the aftermath and you got to wonder if a timeout would have worked better. The man was later arrested for battery. 

Mother Uses Daughter to Extort Money from Father

In theory, it was an incredibly sweet gesture. In March 2016, a little girl in Dubai called a radio station and asked to send a message out to her father, who she claimed she hadn't seen in quite some time. The girl was about to undergo heart surgery and she was hoping that her father would come visit her before it happened.

The radio station was so moved that they broadcast her message, but people started to question the motives when the little girl asked her father to buy her a business class ticket to go to Germany for treatment. Social services stepped in and found that the father had in fact seen the girl last year, and that the girl was being forced on the radio by her mother in order to get more money out of the father.

Dad Uses Nine-Year-Old Daughter as Designated Driver

Picture this: you're drunk at 3am and you really want to go to the gas station for a late night snack. What do you do? The smart decision would be to call a cab, but in October 2011, Shawn Weimer of Detroit had a better idea. He used his nine-year-old daughter to drive him and you know what? He couldn't have been more proud.

As the video shows, he loudly brags to the gas store clerk how he got his kid to drive him there and even rewards her with a candy apple. "I got a designated driver," he said. "Nine years old. Nine! Dad's drinking. Listen, we're leaving, and she's driving." 

He now faces charges of second and fourth degree child abuse. 

Mother Steals Daughter's Identity to Become 15-Year-Old Cheerleader

You know how it's completely normal for parents to hate their children for ruining their careers and hindering their inhibitions? Well, in September 2008, one mom actually did something about it. This mother stole her daughter's identity, and then pretended to be a 15-year-old in order to infiltrate high school and follow her life's goal of becoming a cheerleader.

She made the team (!!) and interacted with the unknowing student population for awhile until she found out school is actually hard work. Her desire to avoid actual classwork drew attention to her, and when her checks started to bounce, school officials knew something was up. 

Father Uses Half Naked Pictures of Daughter to Sell Car

A father trying to sell his car on eBay decided to get creative with his ads in 2012 to see if it might help with the sale. In the pictures he posted, he had a half-naked woman pose with the car in order to garner more attention. As you might guess, the ploy worked. The car sold for $7,500.

People started to question the man's methods when they realized that the half naked woman in the photos was in own daughter. Imagine a father asking his daughter to undress and act provocative for the camera. Creepy.

Mother Gets Daughter to Steal Woman's Purse

The best thing about having children is their ability to fit in small spaces and lurk about unnoticed. At least, that's probably what this mother thinks. In the June 2013 surveillance video above, you can see the mother instruct her daughter to crawl underneath a desk and snatch the purse of the woman sitting next to her.

On the bright side, this mother is at least teaching her child to take what she wants in life.

Mother Steals Son's Identity

Fun fact: Approximately 500,000 children under the age of 18 have had their identity stolen by their parents each year. Cynthia Hampton, a credit counselor has seen an abundance of cases like this, but there was one that happened in February of 2013 that really stuck out to her.

A woman came to her asking to be put on a debt repayment plan, and after digging a little deeper, Hampton discovered that all five of the woman's accounts were in her son's name. She had used his Social Security number and filled out applications in his name. In the end, she had maxed out the credit limits on all five of the accounts and racked up close to $13,000 worth of purchases. The next time you're eating dinner with your family, take a closer look at who would want to steal your identity. 

Dad Uses Daughter as Human Shield to Avoid Being Tased

Let's hear it for #1 Dad! In May 2016, a man wearing a #1 Dad t-shirt walked into a sheriff's station with his daughter to take out a protective order against his wife. While there, the officers realized that the mild-mannered Jonathan Morrow was actually wanted on drug charges.

When he tried to flee the station, an officer pointed a Taser at Morrow, who did what any great dad would do: use his his young daughter as a human shield. He then fled the premises, presumably to go return that shirt. 

Mother Uses Daughters to Help Rob Liquor Store

Does robbing a liquor store together count as family bonding time? If not, then this is just another example of bad parenting.

In February 2016, Jennifer Brannon used her two daughters to help her rob a liquor store. She had one of them go in and ask the clerk to help with an item in the back while she snuck in with her other daughter. The second daughter acted as lookout while Brannon robbed the cash register.

Mom left with the second daughter, drove out to the desert and left her there with the money. She then drove back to the liquor store to pick up her other daughter. It would've been the perfect plan except for the whole part about leaving her daughter there after she just robbed the place. . . which was not very smart at all. 

The mother was arrested after deputies responded to the scene.

Father Uses Toddler to Hide a Stolen Laptop

You never know, maybe this father was trying to steal a laptop so he could give it to his son when he reached high school or something. Or maybe this father was just stealing it for himself. Whatever the reason, kudos to this guy for thinking of using his toddler-aged son to hide the laptop he stole from a Russian store ub October 2015. 

Nobody likes to stare too long at babies because they make normal people uncomfortable. "What's that rectangular protrusion on your left side?" "Oh, that's just baby stuff, you wouldn't understand." Genius. Unfortunately, dad was caught on the shop's CCTV and authorities are now investigating the situation.

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<![CDATA[49 Best College Dorm Room Pranks Of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-best-college-dorm-room-pranks-of-all-time/robert-wabash
If you didn't involve yourself in any college pranks while you were at whichever middle-college, university, trade school, or community college you attended, then you missed out. College dorm room pranks are some of the greatest institutions we have to honor every year at our actual institutions of higher learning. There aren't as many dorm pranks as there used to be because supervision is A LOT tighter now that everyone knows where everyone is all the time. If there's one thing that the Internet and smartphones have done, it's increasing accountability for dumb people's actions, but hey, college exists. Kids do stupid stuff. 

So in honor of the beginning of the university-going season and to give people some great, funny prank ideas for college, here are some of the best dorm room pranks the Internet has ever seen. 

Upvote the college dorm pranks that would impress you if they happened to you and downvote the trivial ones. 
49 Best College Dorm Room Pranks Of All Time,

Remember When You Had THIS Much Time?

Wrapping Each and Every Single Thing in Tinfoil

The Water Cup Door Trick. Wow.

Making The Dorm Room into A BALL HOUSE

Making Getting Up a Horrible Marching Band of Shame

This would be a great man cave idea.

Some College Kids Did This, but the City Liked It So Much They Kept Them

Wrapping Absolutely Everything in Christmas Wrapping Paper

Showing The People Putting Their Lives into Educating You Some Gratitude


Tucking in Your Roommate

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<![CDATA[The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-druggiest-rock-stars-of-all-time/robert-wabash

Rock stars and drugs go together like football and beer: you could have one without the other and it would still be fun, but you would sense that something was missing. And in the world of rock and roll, musicians being whacked out on drugs and alcohol can be pretty entertaining (right up until they OD, of course. RIP).

This list of rock stars who used drugs was inspired by an article in the OC Weekly that chronicled the six druggiest rock stars of all time, but since we go big at Ranker, we added a few more to the mix. Because honestly, one thing the music world isn't lacking are train wrecks who drink and do drugs.

If you can think of other rock stars that deserve to be on the list that didn't make it in the first wave of qualifications (which basically consist of the ability to frighten one of the nurses at Promises upon checking into rehab), add them. But heed the criteria that your rock star must have a splendid past with drugs.

If you're looking for inspiration in the drugs and rock & roll arena (we'll assume the rest of the Internet can cover the "sex" part), the list of rock stars who have aged the worst is an excellent way to make you feel better about those gray hairs you've been denying. And if you're wondering what's to come of these miscreants of the mic after the drugs have run their course, there's the list of celebrity ODs we should have seen coming.

The Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time,

Amy Winehouse

Courtney Love

Janis Joplin

Jimi Hendrix

Jim Morrison

Keith Richards

Kurt Cobain

Ozzy Osbourne

Sid Vicious

Whitney Houston

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<![CDATA[14 People Who Were Found Living with Dead Bodies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/12-people-who-were-found-living-with-dead-bodies/carly-kiel
This list of stories about people found living alongside the dead bodies of their relatives or friends is shocking proof that some people just can't let their loved ones go. It's straight up unnatural - even elephants bury their dead - but these news stories about people who keep dead bodies come out time after time. Many involve spouses unwilling to let go, but others involve panicked murderers, depraved lunatics, and many sad lonely people who just want someone to sit next to them and point their lifeless eyes at the NASCAR. The list includes people living with dead wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, mothers, sisters, and brothers, but - happily - no dead strangers. Keep your eyes on the people closest to you.
14 People Who Were Found Living with Dead Bodies,

Carl Tanzler
Though married with children, radiologist Carl Tanzer (aka Count Carl Von Cosel, aka Georg Karl Tänzler) fell in love with raven-haired tuberculosis patient Elena de Hoyos in April 1930. He was convinced he had been dreaming about her for decades, and he gave her many gifts. He tried to save her with several unorthodox methods, but she eventually died in October 1931 at age 22. Tanzler designed and built her a crypt, and he sat by her coffin every night to talk to her. She talked back, begging him to exhume her body.

So he did. Then he tied her body parts together with piano wire, fitted her with glass eyes, made her a wig of human hair (her own), and covered her skin with wax. In time, she looked perfect. For the next seven years, he played music for her at night and slept beside her.

Tanzler was eventually arrested, tried, and somehow declared "sane." Only then did doctors examine Elena's body. They found that Tanzler had fitted her hoo-ha with a tube wide enough for him to stick his no-no into it. They also found sperm inside it.

Man Lives with Wife's Corpse After Failed Murder-Suicide
Early one week in 2010, Phoenix police got a bizarre call from a 56-year-old man who said he had shot his wife. When they arrived at the house, they found the body of the 66-year-old woman in question, who had been shot with a handgun the Friday before. They also noticed that the caller had shot himself in the face, but was still alive. It went down as one of the worst weekends ever.

Indian Man Hides Wife's Suicide from Children
One Sunday night in 2011, Parthasarathy argued with his wife, beat her soundly, and left the room. When he returned some time later, he found his wife Saraswathi, 28, hanging from the ceiling fan with a noose made of her sari. Rather than call for help, he cut her down himself, and she died soon after. For the next four days, he kept his wife's body locked in the bedroom, slept in the hallway, and told his children (8 and 5) that their mom was sick. Neighbors eventually called police to investigate the foul smell of her decomposition.

Women Share Homes with Dead Husbands
In June 2009, a concerned neighbor summoned police to the house of a 70-year-old Pasadena woman who was acting strange. There, they found her husband's badly decomposed body sitting upright on the couch. The deterioration was so bad, they could not tell if he had been dead for two months or four. The woman was taken in to be treated for dementia.

Around the world in Copenhagen, a 66-year-old woman failed to report her husband's death from cancer. Instead, she kept his body around for two months – until family members called the police in July 2012.

Across the other pond (the Pacific one), news broke in March 2012 of a woman in Khabarovsk, Russia, also living with her dead husband. When the 72-year-old needed medical assistance, doctors showed up to her apartment and were surprised to find a mummified corpse lying in a bed.

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Widower Leaves Corpse in Bed for 5 Months
In 2005, loving husband Howard Lewis, 68, kept his wife Elizabeth's death a secret from friends and neighbors. He went on working at a shop in South Wales, and when asked, said she was "fine." When police were finally called in after five months of no-sees, they found the body of Elizabeth, 79, still in the bed where she died, surrounded by air fresheners. Friends speculated that Howard was in shock and denial.

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Vietnamese Man Turns Wife's Corpse into Real Doll
This is kind of sweet, but in the creepiest way possible. Like Let the Right One In sweet, maybe? Maybe cute-coworker-who-somehow-knows-where-you-live creepy.

Anyway, after Le Van’s wife died and was buried in 2003, he began sleeping on top of her grave every night. When the weather got nasty, he dug a tunnel down to the casket so he wouldn’t get rained on. In November 2004 – more than a year later – he finally dug up the body and took it on home. To keep his wife’s corpse nice and fresh, Van molded her skin with plaster and clay, dressed her up, and put on a little lipstick. In 2009, he reported that she slept on the bed with him, and that his eldest of three children hugged her every night before turning in.

A neighbor described Van as “a normal and well-behaved man.” They always are.

Little Old Lady Lives with Husband and Sister, Both Dead
When Jean Stevens's husband James died around 2000, she still had her twin sister June for company. But when June passed away in 2009, Jean, 91, was very lonely. She somehow had the graves of both her husband and her sister exhumed (whoever helped her got in trouble later) and brought their bodies home so she could see and talk to them.

Stevens sat James down on a couch in her detached garage in rural Pennsylvania, and she propped June up in a spare room in the main house. She spoke to the two corpses, dressed them up in "accessories" (funny mustaches and hats, probs), and spritzed them with perfumes that they liked / made them stink less.

When questioned, she said, "I think when you put them in the (ground), that's goodbye, goodbye. In this way, I could touch [them] and look at [them] and talk to [them]." Sad.

Teenager Cuddles and Desecrates Mother's Corpse
In 1890 Paris, while Cézanne and Gauguin painted lovely things and ladies and gentlemen made merry at the Moulin Rouge, a teenage boy slept contentedly beside his mother. The twist was that she was dead, and he had just completely disemboweled her with his bare hands. And also raped her corpse.

Woman Makes Boyfriend's Corpse NASCAR Buddy
Sometimes, all a girl wants is to maybe meet some guys, some Michigan guys, y’know… watch NASCAR and stuff. But when 67-year-old Charles Zigler died in December 2010, that didn’t put an end to his TV watching days. His longtime girlfriend Linda Chase, 72, kept his mummified corpse propped up in a living room chair, glassy eyes trained on the fast cars going in circles on the screen. When police discovered Zigler’s body in July 2012 – 18 months post-mortem – Chase admitted that she had been cashing his social security checks. “I’m probably going to prison,” she said.

Man Murders Girlfriend, Hides Body on Bedroom Floor
Some men dump the bodies of the girlfriends they murder. Others lay them out on their bedroom floors, cover them in sheets, and surround them with taxi cab air fresheners to combat the stench of decomposition. That’s how police found 39-year-old Melinda Raya in July 2011, two months after Erik Grumpelt, 35, punched her in the stomach one too many times. In his defense, she cheated on him, and hiding a body is hard.


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<![CDATA[31 Deranged People Who Committed Random Public Knife Attacks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-people-public-knife-attacks/mel-judson

Sadly, shooting sprees are popular all over the world... but what about stabbing sprees? These disturbing true stories of insane knife-wielding maniacs take place anywhere, from D.C. sidewalks, to British shopping centers, to the streets of Tokyo. Senseless stabbing attacks seem to happen in broad daylight, with adults and children witnessing the massacres, if not being victims to them. Whether it's terrorism or psychosis (although perhaps the former is impossible without the latter), this list of crazy public knife attacks will shock you.

Passer-bys are not immune to these murderous maniacs, as the knife wielders who perpetrated the crimes on this list will stab pedestrians at random. That's what's so scary about these chilling tales; there is no rhyme nor reason to the fatal stabbings, no pattern to speak of - and the sheer randomness of them is terrifying. Take the Canadian beheading on a Greyhound bus ride. Or the slashing at a Wal-Mart in Texas. How about the Hollywood Walk of Fame? And a stabbing spree at a Target? You ain't seen nothin' yet.

31 Deranged People Who Committed Random Public Knife Attacks,

Killing of Tim McLean

22-year-old Tim McLean was napping on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba when Vince Weiguang Li began stabbing him in the chest and neck - before beheading him and showing McLean's decapitated head to fellow passengers. Then he ate some of it. Li was found not guilty by reason of insanity, and will spend the rest of his life in a high-security mental institution.


Munich Train Station Knife Attack

In May 2016, a man at a train station outside Munich, Germany began screaming "Allahu ackbar" and stabbing anyone in his path. One man was killed and three others wounded when the attacker, who hasn't been identified, began randomly knifing people. He stabbed two men on the platform, then ran across and stabbed two more men on bicycles before being subdued by police. Authorities claim the man had no connection to Islamic terror groups, and had been in and out of mental health treatment for years.

Minnesota Mall Attack: Maybe ISIS, Probably a Random Pscyho

On September 17, 2016, a man dressed in a security uniform entered Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, MN around 8:00 pm, made some comments about Allah, asked at least one person whether s/he was Muslim, then attacked random shoppers with a knife, injuring nine, one of whom is in life threatening condition the week after the attack. The attacker was shot dead by an off duty police officer. 

Ashley Bane, an employee of the JC Penny in the mall, said of the attack, "There was a bunch of people running into the JCPenney mall entrance, and they were just screaming that someone was going around the mall stabbing people, and that there was blood everywhere."

An ISIS-affiliated group took credit for the attack, though its doing so follows a pattern of such groups taking credit for random acts of violence committed by isolated individuals throughout the world. Though the FBI remains wary of possible terrorist connections, Blair Anderson, St. Cloud chief of police, said, "We haven't uncovered anything that would suggest other than a lone attacker..."

Las Vegas Casino Knife Attack

In the summer of 2013, a lunatic at a casino randomly stabbed a man in public, slashing him in the face before Metro Police arrived at the scene.


Akihabara Massacre

In 2008, a 25-year-old man went on a public stabbing spree in a Tokyo shopping district.randomly knifing bystanders, injuring 10 and killing seven.


Wal-Mart Meltdown

A Fort Collins Super Wal-Mart  turned into a crime scene in 2008 after a knife-wielding man attacked 20-year-old Frank McConnell in public and in broad daylight before driving away.


Knife-Wielding Pennsylvania Student
On April 9 2014,16-year-old Franklin Regional Senior High School student Alex Hribal, went on a stabbing spree. Wielding two knives, he went through the hallways, wounding 21 people before he was stopped by an assistant principal. Hirbal was arraigned as an adult and faces four counts of attempted homicide; 21 counts of aggravated assault; and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds.


Giants vs. Dodgers Stabbing

Crazy public knife attacks took a new high (or low) in San Francisco when a Dodgers vs. Giants fight escalated to the point of a fatal stabbing of a Dodgers fan at the game. A group of fans from each team had been arguing after the game, when the "verbal disagreement" turned violent. Charges were never filed against the stabber, as the district attorney's office couldn't prove it wasn't in self-defense.


West Hollywood Target Lady

Layla Trawick stabbed four random people at a Target in West Hollywood in 2010, as she came screaming out of the cosmetics aisle holding a butcher knife in one hand and a steak knife in the other. 


NPR Intern Sidewalk Stabbing

A 20-year-old Boston University student was almost murdered on her way to a Summer 2010 internship at NPR in D.C. when a deranged 24-year-old woman began attacking her with a knife, randomly stabbing the stranger all over her body. The attacker, Melodie Brevard, was later found to be bipolar and off her medication.


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<![CDATA[The 13 Most Evil U.S. Government Experiments on Humans]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-13-most-evil-u-s-government-experiments-on-humans/robert-wabash
The U.S. Government has been caught conducting an insane amount of vile, inhumane, and grisly experiments on humans without their consent... and often without their knowledge. These are the thirteen most evil, creepy, disturbing cases of human-testing ever conducted by the United States of America.

Conspiracy theory nuts are known for being a little out there, but once you read the wild government experiment stories on this list, you'll be a believer too. Did the U.S. government really infect its own citizens with syphilis and not tell them? Sure did. Did other government agencies test nuclear weapons, resulting in radiation fallout on multiple innocent Pacific islands? Oh yes. And did top U.S. officials condone the research of corrupt doctors who were clearly torturing their research subjects? Click through the list below to find out.
Get ready to become one of those conspiracy theory nuts, because after this list, you will never fully trust the U.S. government again.
The 13 Most Evil U.S. Government Experiments on Humans,

Operation Paperclip
Following World War II, the U.S. Goverment covertly instituted Operation Paperclip, a program of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in which over 1,500 German scientists, technicians, and engineers from Nazi Germany and other foreign countries were brought to the United States for employment.

They did this in part to keep German scientific expertise and knowledge from the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom, and to keep post-war Germany from redeveloping its military research capabilities. The U.S. Government "bleached" the scientists of their Nazi ties, removing and/or destroying any documents or records tying them to the party.

Evacuations netted the U.S. Government an estimated 1,800 technicians and scientists, along with 3,700 family members. Any who had special skills or knowledge were taken to detention and interrogation centers, to be held and interrogated, sometimes for months at a time. Some were then transported to villages without research facilities or work and forced to report twice weekly to police headquarters to prevent them from leaving. A Joint Chiefs of Staff directive stated that the scientists should only be released "after all interested agencies were satisfied that all desired intelligence information had been obtained from them."

Deadly Chemical Sprays on American Cities
Showing once again that the U.S. always tends to test out worse-case scenarios by getting to them first, the Army, CIA, and government conducted a series of biochemical warfare simulations upon American cities to see how the effects would play out in the event of an actual chemical attack.

They conducted the following air strikes/naval attacks:
- The CIA released a whooping cough virus on Tampa Bay using boats, and so caused a whooping cough epidemic. 12 people died.
- The Navy sprayed San Francisco with bacterial pathogens and in consequence many citizens developed pneumonia.
- Upon Savannah, GA and Avon Park, FL, the army released millions of mosquitoes in the hopes they would spread yellow fever and dengue fever. The swarm left Americans struggling with fevers, typhoid, respiratory problems, and the worst, stillborn children.

Even worse was that after the swarm, the Army came in disguised as public health workers. Their secret intention the entire time they were giving aid to the victims was to study and chart-out the long term effects of all the illnesses the public was suffering.
Mind Control, Child Abuse - Project MKULTRA, Subproject 68
This is the stuff of nightmares. The CIA-run Project MKULTRA paid Dr. Donald Ewen Cameron for Subproject 68, AKA experiments involving mind-altering substances. The entire goal of the project was to look into methods of influencing and controlling the mind and extracting information from resisting minds.

In order to accomplish this, the doctor took patients admitted to his Allen Memorial Institute in Montreal (mostly for issues like bi-polar depression and anxiety disorders) and conducted "therapy" on them. The treatment they received was life-altering and scarring.

Between 1957 and 1964 Cameron was paid to administer electroconvulsive therapy at 30-40 times the normal power. He would put patients into a drug-induced coma for months on end and playback tapes of simple statements or repetitive noises over and over again.

The victims forgot how to talk, forgot about their parents, and suffered serious amnesia. All of this was performed on Canadian citizens because the CIA wasn’t willing to risk such operations on Americans.

To ensure the project remained funded, Cameron, in one scheme, took his experiments upon admitted children and in one situation had filmed the child engaging in sex with high-ranking government officials.

He and other MKULTRA officers blackmailed the officials to ensure more funding.
Mustard Gas Tested on Soldiers via Involuntary Gas Chambers
As bio-weapon research intensified in the 1940s, officials also began testing its repercussions and defenses on the Army itself. In order to test the effectiveness of various bio-weapons, officials were known to have sprayed mustard gas and other skin-burning, lung-ruining chemicals like Lewisite on soldiers, without their consent or knowledge of the experiment happening to them. Upon contact with the skin, this would cause extreme pain, itching, and swelling reminiscent of severe chemical burns.

They also tested the effectiveness of gas masks and protective clothing by locking soldiers in a gas chamber and exposing them to mustard gas and Lewisite, mimicking the gas chambers of Nazi Germany.

It was also rumored that along with the soldiers, patients at VA hospitals were being used as guinea pigs for medical experiments involving bio-warfare chemicals, but that all experiments were changed to be known as "observations" to ward off suspicions.
US Infects Guatemalans With STDs
In the 1940s, with penicillin as an established cure for syphilis, the U.S. decided to test out its effectiveness on Guatemalan citizens. To do this, they used infected prostitutes and let them loose on unknowing prison inmates, insane asylum patients, and soldiers. When spreading the disease through prostitution didn't work as well as they'd hoped, they instead went for the inoculation route.

Researchers poured syphilis bacteria onto men's penises and on their forearms and faces. In some cases, they even inoculated the men through spinal punctures. After all the infections were transmitted, researchers then gave most of the subjects treatment, although as many as 1/3 of them could have been left untreated, even if that was the intention of the study in the first place.

On October 1, 2010, Hilary Clinton apologized for the events and new research has gone on to see if anyone affected is still alive and afflicted with syphilis. Since many subjects never got penicillin, its possible and likely that someone spread it to future generations.
Pentagon Treats Black Cancer Patients with Extreme Radiation
In the 60s, the Department of Defense performed a series of irradiation experiments on non-consenting, poor, African-American cancer patients. They were told they would be receiving treatment, but they weren’t told it would be the "Pentagon" type of treatment: meaning to study the effects of high level radiation on the human body. To avoid litigation, forms were signed only with initials so that the patients would have no way to get back at the government.

In a similar case, Dr. Eugene Saenger, funded by the Defense Atomic Support Agency (fancy name), conducted the same procedure on the same type of patients. The African-Americans received about the same level of radiation as 7500 x-rays to their chest would, which caused intense pain, vomiting and bleeding from their nose and ears. At least 20 of the subjects died.
Infecting Puerto Rico With Cancer
In 1931, Dr. Cornelius Rhoads was sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute to conduct experiments in Puerto Rico. He infected Puerto Rican citizens with cancer cells, presumably to study the effects. Thirteen of them died. What’s most striking is that the accusations stem from a note he allegedly wrote:

"The Porto Ricans (sic) are the dirtiest, laziest, most degenerate and thievish race of men ever to inhabit this sphere... I have done my best to further the process of extermination by killing off eight and transplanting cancer into several more... All physicians take delight in the abuse and torture of the unfortunate subjects."

A man that seems to be hell-bent on killing Puerto Rico through a cancer infestation would not seem a suitable candidate to be elected by the U.S. to be in charge of chemical warfare projects and receive a seat on the United States Atomic Energy Commission, right?

But that’s exactly what happened. He also became vice-president of the American Cancer Society. Any shocking documentation that would have happened during his chemical warfare period would probably have been destroyed by now.
Injected Prisoners with Agent Orange
WARNING: the above video may be disturbing, but is a reality of what Americans used as biological warfare during Vietnam and what we, as Americans, VOLUNTARILY injected into people for "testing" purposes... with the help of a very popular American company.

While he received funding from Agent Orange producer Dow Chemical Company, the U.S. Army, and Johnson & Johnson, Dr. Albert Kligman used prisoners as subjects in what was deemed "dermatological research."

The dermatology aspect was testing out product the effects of Agent Orange on the skin. For the effects Agent Orange had on the Vietnamese during the Vietnam War, please click here. (WARNING images in this article may be extremely disturbing, as they include extreme human deformation, including that of infants.)

Needless to say the injecting of, or exposure to, dioxidin is beyond monstrous to voluntarily do to any human. Kligman, though, injected dioxidin (a main component of Agent Orange) into the prisoners to study its effects. What did happen was that the prisoners developed an eruption of chloracne (all that stuff from high school combined with blackheads and cysts and pustules that looked like the picture shown to the left) that develop on the cheeks, behind the ears, armpits, and the groin - yes, the groin.

Kligman was rumored to have injected 468 times the amount he was authorized to. Documentation of that effect has, wisely, not been distributed.

The Army oversaw while Kligman continued to test out skin-burning chemicals to (in their words) "learn how the skin protects itself against chronic assault from toxic chemicals, the so-called hardening process" and test out many products whose effects were unknown at the time, but with the intent of figuring that out.

During these proceedings, Kligman was reported to have said, "All I saw before me were acres of skin ... It was like a farmer seeing a fertile field for the first time." Using that analogy, it's easy to see how he could plow straight through so many human subjects without an ounce of sympathy.
U.S. Grants Immunity to Involuntary-Surgery Monster
As head of Japan's infamous Unit 731 (a covert biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II), Dr. Shiro Ishii carried out violent human experimentation on tens of thousands during the Second Sino-Japense War and World War II.

Ishii was responsible for testing vivisection techniques without any anesthesia on human prisoners. Vivisection is the act of conducting experimental surgery on living creatures (with central nervousness) and examining their insides for scientific purposes. So basically, he was giving unnecessary surgery to prisoners by opening them up, keeping them alive, and not using any anesthetic.

During these experiments he would force pregnant women to abort their babies. He also subjected his prisoners to change in physiological conditions and inducing strokes, heart attacks, frost bite, and hypothermia. Ishii considered these subjects "logs."

Following imminent defeat in 1945, Japan blew up the Unity 731 complex and Ishii ordered all the remaining "logs" to be executed. Not soon after, Ishii was arrested. Then, the respected General Douglas McArthur allegedly struck a deal with Ishii. If the U.S. granted Ishii immunity from his crimes, he must exchange all germ warfare data based on human experimentation. So Ishii got away with his crimes because the U.S. became interested in the results of his research.

While not directly responsible for these acts, the actions of the American government certainly illustrated that it was more than willing to condone human torture for advancements in biological warfare that could kill even more people.

Secret Human Experiments to Test the Effects of The Atomic Bomb
While testing out and trying to harness the power of the atomic bomb, U.S. scientists also secretly tested the bomb's effects on humans. During the Manhattan Project, which gave way to the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, U.S. scientists resorted to secret human testing via plutonium injection on 18 unsuspecting, non-consenting patients.

This included injecting soldiers with micrograms of plutonium for Project Oak Ridge along with later injecting three patients at a Chicago hospital. Imagine you're an admitted patient, helpless in a hospital bed, assuming that nothing is wrong when the government suddenly appears and puts weapons-grade plutonium in your blood. Out of the 18 patients, who were known only by their code-names and numbers at the time, only 5 lived longer than 20 years after the injection.

Along with plutonium, researchers also had fun with uranium. At a Massachusetts hospital, between 1946 and 1947, Dr. William Sweet injected 11 patients with uranium. He was funded by the Manhattan Project.

And in exchange for the uranium he received from the government, he would keep dead tissue from the body of the people he killed for scientific analysis on the effects of uranium exposure.

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