The years between WWI and WWII in Germany were fraught with poverty and rates of inflation so high that a wheelbarrow of banknotes bought barely a loaf of bread. But meat, when it was available, sold well nonetheless. In 1921, tenants in a Berlin rooming house heard sounds of a struggle coming from one of the rooms, and upon investigation found Karl Grossmann with the body of a plump young woman. Grossmann confessed to having picked up many a young woman, preferably plump, at Berlin’s railroad station. Then he killed them, cut them into pleasing-looking cuts of meat, and sold them to the citizens of Berlin. Arrested and tried, Grossmann was sentenced to death, but he killed himself in his cell before the execution.
A police officer loads alligators onto a pickup truck during the Sociable Inn murder investigation. Joe Ball, the inn’s owner, fed several waitresses and two of his wives to the alligators before committing suicide.
Dorothy Stratten appeared as “Playmate of the Month” in 1979 and was heading for stardom as “Playmate of the Years 1980”. But she couldn’t take her husband with her. Paul Snider was a pimp when he met Dorothy in Vancouver and persuaded her to let him send photos spreads of her to Playboy. The magazine employed her, and Snider came along as her manager. When he obviously wasn’t wanted there, he married her to tie her to him. Dorothy fell in love with film producer, Peter Bogdanovice. When Dorothy spoke to Paul about divorce, he tied her up, raped her, shot her, raped her corpse, and then shot himself.
Tina Isa was the first known honor killing victim in the US, killed on 6 November 1989, in Missouri. Her father was under surveillance by the FBI for connections to the PLO. In FBI surveillance tapes (FBI surveillance unit not staffed that night) she can be heard screaming, pleading for her life while her mother holds her down and her father stabs her in the chest with a boning knife while shouting “Die quickly my daughter.” Tina had taken a job they didn’t approve of and had a boyfriend.
Italian special force soldier after 72 hour battle in Afghanistan
School for black civil rights activists. Young girl being trained to not react to smoke blown in her face, 1960
Disability activists abandon their wheelchairs and mobility devices and crawl up the 83 stone steps of the U.S. Capitol Building demanding the passage of the American with Disability Act, March 12, 1990.
A south Korean man cries as his brother is on a train back to North Korea. Separated by the war, they have not seen the other since 1950. They were allowed to see each other for three days, but one will go back spending life in luxury, and the other in hard labour
The Mocambo night club in East Hollywood, a white’s only club, was the most popular dance spot around but would not book Ella because she was black. Marilyn, who adored Ella Fitzgerald and her music, called the manager and demanded that they book Ella immediately
Portrait of Istvan Reiner, taken shortly before he was killed in Auschwitz
Werfel, a 6 year old orphan from Austria has just been given his first pair of new shoes by the American Red Cross,1946.
The last Jew of Vinnitsa
Until the mid-60s, the Aboriginals came under the Flora And Fauna Act, which classified them as animals, not human beings. This also meant that killing an Aboriginal meant you weren’t killing a human being, but an animal.
Here’s a link to 75 iconic pictures of the 21st century
I hope you guys learned and teared up from this as much as I did.
|—||David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (via larmoyante)|