July 22, 2021
On July 23, 2011, British singer Amy Winehouse was found dead inside her London home. Just 27 years old, she joined the tragic club of other music icons, like Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Kurt Cobain, who had died tragically at that same young age.
To some, Winehouse’s death seemed like a terrible yet predictable end to a long, public downfall. Right in front of the world’s eyes, Winehouse’s frame had grown skeletal and her behavior erratic. Rumors swirled about her drug addiction, her heavy drinking, and her volatile relationship with her then ex-husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.
This is the story of Amy Winehouse’s tragic death and the downward spiral that preceded it.
July 1, 2021
Sometime in the early morning hours of July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison — the iconic lead singer of The Doors — died of heart failure at the age of just 27. He was found by his girlfriend, Pamela Courson, unconscious in the bathtub of their Paris apartment.
The questions surrounding his death have endured for half a century — did Morrison truly die of heart failure, as the official reports said, or was it a heroin overdose, or perhaps something else altogether?
In recent years, new witnesses have come forward to challenge the official account of Jim Morrison’s death. They tell quite a different story, one that might finally rewrite the history of this doomed rock star’s untimely demise.
June 25, 2021
February 13, 2017, started as a surprisingly warm winter day in the small town of Delphi, Indiana. But the events of this one day would, in an instant, shatter a sense of calm and safety that its few thousand citizens had always enjoyed. That afternoon, 13-year-old Abby Williams and 14-year-old Libby German were out for a walk in the woods when they simply disappeared.
June 15, 2021
In the second half of the 19th century, in a lawless stretch of land in present-day Oklahoma known as Indian Territory, the name “Bass Reeves” struck terror into the heart of any criminal who was on the run. A deputy U.S. marshal with a quick trigger and a reputation for both doggedness and creativity in chasing down outlaws, Reeves was perhaps the greatest lawman of the Wild West. But Reeves — unlike most lawmen of his day — was Black.
May 27, 2021
On April 13, 2011, Holly Bobo disappeared into the woods behind her family's home in Tennessee, leaving investigators with few clues or leads.
Bobo’s disappearance rattled her small community of Darden, Tennessee. But despite having an eyewitness who’d seen her being abducted, authorities struggled to develop any leads. For years, the Bobo family had nothing but a handful of disturbing clues, as well as wrenching questions about the fate of their daughter.
By the time a pair of ginseng hunters finally found Holly’s bones in the woods nearby, several men had been arrested for kidnapping, raping, and killing her.
May 5, 2021
On October 26, 1881, a group of nine outlaws and lawmen gathered in a narrow alleyway in Tombstone, Arizona. Their showdown was the result of long-simmering tensions that had been building between these two groups — tensions about good and evil, right and wrong, and the future of the American Frontier.
April 9, 2021
On January 7, 1943, Nikola Tesla passed away at the age of 86 from coronary thrombosis. He died alone, and in debt, at a cheap hotel in New York City. His body was only found when a hotel maid ignored the “do not disturb” sign on his door and decided to enter his room after two days of no activity from within.
It was an inglorious end to a remarkable life. Listen to learn more about the rise and fall of Nikola Tesla, the groundbreaking inventor determined to unlock the full potential of electricity.
April 1, 2021
At the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904, an aerialist named Maud Wagner struck a deal with a tattoo artist. She would go on a date with him — if he taught her how to tattoo. Thus began the two most important love affairs of Wagner’s life: the tattoo artist and tattoos themselves.
Proudly adorned with hundreds of tattoos, renowned circus performer Maud Wagner was unlike most women in early 1900s America. In an era when women couldn't vote and had little say in their own fate, Wagner proudly took control of her body by decorating it with hundreds of tattoos, ranging from animals to military iconography to her own name displayed on her arm. At the height of her fame in the years before World War I, Wagner would earn the equivalent of about $2,000 per exhibition just to show off these tattoos to awestruck crowds — and then give tattoos to those who wanted them.
This is the wild, heroic tale of Maud Wagner, the first known female tattoo artist in American history.
March 5, 2021
On March 24, 1998, 23-year-old Amy Lynn Bradley disappeared— a Royal Caribbean cruise ship en route to the island of Curacao.
The easiest explanation is that Bradley fell overboard and vanished beneath the ocean waves. But Bradley was a strong swimmer. She was a trained lifeguard. The ship was not far from shore. And there was no evidence that she’d fallen into the water.
Bradley’s disappearance seems much more sinister than a case of someone accidentally lost at sea. Ever since Bradley vanished, there has been a string of odd sightings of her -- or at least a woman who looks just like her, right down to her unique tattoos. In 2005, someone even sent her family a gut-wrenching photograph that suggested she had been trafficked into sexual slavery.
But even after more than 20 years, chilling clues like these have given us few real answers, and we’re no closer to solving this baffling mystery than we were in 1998…