Called “the perfect place to die,” the Aokigahara forest has the unfortunate distinction of the world’s second most popular place to take one’s life. (The first is the Golden Gate Bridge.) Since the 1950s, Japanese businessmen have wandered in, and at least 500 of them haven’t wandered out, at an increasing rate of between 10 and 30 per year. Recently these numbers have increased even more, with a record 78 suicides in 2002.
Hooded Inmate. Eastern State Penitentiary was the world’s first true “Penitentiary.” In order to encourage penitence - or true regret - in the hearts of criminals, inmates would spend their entire sentence in solitary confinement. On the rare occasion when an inmate left his cell, a hood was placed over his head to ensure his identity would remain anonymous. Ideally, no inmate would ever see the face of another inmate.
The story of Beth Thomas is a shocking one. Horribly abused by her biological father until 19 months of age, by the time social services came and rescued her, she had already been incredibly scarred and severely detached. Beth started developing disturbing behaviors, especially towards her adoptive parents and younger brother, Jonathan. Her mom Julie caught Beth masturbating several times a day until she made her own vagina bleed and had to be hospitalized. Beth poked pins into her brother and into her parents’ pets. As she got older, on a particularly violent occasion she smashed her brother’s head into the cement floor of their basement until he needed stitches to close a gash in his forehead. Beth’s intention was not merely to harm her brother but to kill him. She often voiced her desire to kill her entire family including her parents. Yet the most disturbing aspect of Beth’s behavior was her complete lack of remorse and concern for her actions. She was well aware that her actions were wrong and hurtful but this did not matter to her. Not long after these incidents her parents brought her to a therapist named Connell Watkins, who diagnosed Beth with a severe case of Reactive Attachment Disorder. HBO aired a documentary on Beth titled Child of Rage. After many years of therapy, Beth has grown up normal and is now a pediatric nurse.
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Timeline of a Murder of Robert Hansen:
1. November 17, 1981. Exotic dancer Sherry Morrow heads out to Alice’s 210 Cafe in Anchorage, Alaska. She tells a friend that she is meeting a photographer who has offered her $3000 for allowing him to take erotic photos.
2. Having met Hansen, Morrow climbs into his Subaru truck. Once inside the vehicle, Hansen gets violent. He handcuffs and blindfolds her and pushes her onto the vehicle’s floor. She lies there while he drives out to a place on the Knix River. There he drags her out of the truck.
3. Distressed at ther imprisonment, Morrow resists Hansen’s physical attempts to control her. For a time he simply sits back against a tree, watching her struggle, cradling the .223 Mini-14 rifle that he has now retrieved from the trunk of the vehicle.
4. At one point, Morrow runs up to Hansen, screaming and kicking. He aims the rifle at her and shoots her through the head. He later stated “I just pointed the Mini-14 up toward her and pulled the trigger.”
5. Hansen digs a shallow grave in the riverbed and drops Morrow’s body into it. He covers her with a thin layer of dirt, and throws the spent cartridge from the rifle into the grave.
Franz Six: The Brilliant Nazi Educator
Franz Six was a Doctor of Philosophy who taught at the University of Konigsberg. He was also the chairman of Foreign Political Science at the University of Berlin, and was its first Dean of the Faculty for Foreign Countries.
Along with his achievements in the academic world, Franz Six was also a member of the German Schutzstaffel (SS), eventually making rank as SS-Brigadefuhrer (the equivalent of a United States brigadier general). Reinhardt Heydrich, one of the most vicious men in the Nazi hierarchy, even appointed him the head of a department tasked to create anti-Semitic, anti-masonic propaganda.
Aside from Jews and other “enemies of the state,” Six’s department also studied prominent figures among the Allies. Their names were written down in a “Black Book” for imprisonment, exile, or execution. Had “Operation Sea Lion” (the Nazi invasion of Britain) succeeded, Six would have commanded several SS death squads. They would have rounded up and liquidated their Black Book targets, which numbered over 2,800 people.
With the failure of the invasion, Hitler turned his eyes on the Soviet Union. In Russia, Franz Six led a team of SS thugs, dubbed the Einsatzgruppen, who massacred hundreds in Smolensk, including several Jewish intellectuals.
In 1948, Six was captured and put on trial. However, attempts to link him to the atrocities in Russia, as well as alleged plans for Britain, all failed. He was sentenced to decades of imprisonment but was released just four years later.
Karosta Prison Hotel
Located in Latvia, this haunted hotel allows you to pay them to be a treated as a prioner during your stay. Before Karosta was a hotel, it used to be a military prison that was used by both the Soviets and Nazis. Many people died there, mostly by gun shot to the head, so this place is considered haunted by many people.
Before you can be a “guest” at the hotel, you have to sign an agreement that allows the hotel to treat you as a prisoner. This includes living in an iron cell, sleeping on an old mattress, letting the guards yell at you, etc. Failure to do any of this will result in punishment, which means that you have to do chores around the hotel, like cleaning.
In 2011, John Barry and Jacob Parish were sentenced for their roles in the dragging death of James Kozicki. John Barry sits in Lakeland Correctional Facility, his maximum discharge date set for 10/02/2025. He is 20 years old. Jacob Parish was paroled 08/06/2014. He is 21 years old.
Charles ‘Andy’ Williams, a 15-year old student from Santana High School sits with his attorney Randy Mize during his arraignment for murder in the death of two fellow students at the California Superior Court in El Cajon, California 07 March, 2001. Two students were killed and 13 wounded when he opened fire in a boys bathroom in the school March 5, 2001.
The mask of notorious Serial Killer B.T.K. Dennis Rader.
This was his own personal mask he used to enjoy wearing when he would bind himself up. Eventually, he left it at one of his crime scenes. He would later say that he regretted doing so, and missed his mask. His known body count is 10. He is doing his time at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in Kansas.
Pictured above is the mugshot of Elizabeth Short, better known as The Black Dahlia, arrested in 1943 for underage drinking in Santa Barbara. Born in Medford, MA, in 1924, Short spent her time after high school criss-crossing the country, eventually settling in Hollywood with predictably unrequited starlet-type aspirations. This aimless young lady came to national attention on 15 January 1947, after a stroller-pushing mother discovered her torn body in a vacant lot, torso cut in two and drained of its blood, a chunk of flesh taken from her leg and stuffed up her genitals, her hair freshly shampooed and still wet.