Stalking is a terrifying crime because it's such a violation of privacy. Sadly, women are targeted much more in cases of stalking. One-in-six women experience stalking in their lifetime, while one-in-19 men will experience it. These are more five true unsolved mysteries about scary stalkers.
The Piri Reis Map is a remarkably accurate map of Europe and Northern Africa that was named after the cartographer who assembled it. Reis drew the map using fragments of many other maps as reference. It was drawn sometime in the early part of the 16th century.
Missing Since: October 4, 1974 from Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
Classification: Endangered Missing
Weight: 120-135 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: Dark spot on right ankle. Heavy dark
plastic framed glasses.
Medical Conditions: Alcohol abuse.
Jewelry: A white gold Mother's ring, four stones of unknown color.
AKA: Christine Marie Harrington, Christine Marie Compo, Barbara Jean Compo
Case Number: 16561-84
Details of Disappearance
Christine Honson was last seen in the Grand Rapids area in 1974. She was married to George Honson and lived in Petoskey.
Christine had a good relationship with her children, but she had a drinking problem and occasionally fought with her husband. She would sometimes leave the home for a few days at a time. In the fall of 1974, George told her that if she wanted to drink, the next time she left she should keep on going. One evening, a few weeks later, George discovered that Christine was gone. George found some suitcases in the backyard and he assumed that his wife had gone out to the highway and hitchhiked a ride. He filed a missing-person report with the sheriff's department.
About a year later, he divorced Christine. He has never heard from her since she disappeared. Neither her children or sisters ever heard from her again.
There has been no activity on Christine's earning record with the Social Security Administration since the summer of 1974 and no driver's license has been issued since July, 1973, in any of the names used by Christine. Also, Christine has not been involved in any criminal activity.
In 1986 Nicholas Paul Brasic was convicted by a jury of felony murder of Christine Honson. He beat and killed her because she resisted when he tried to rape her. There was eyewitness testimony that defendant had beaten Christine and that she was last seen alive with him. Brasic told several people that he buried Christine near South Bend, Indiana, with the help of someone.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Kent County Sheriff's Department
This horrific tale of mass suicide was carried out by the followers of the People’s Temple – a cult born in the 1950’s. The People’s Temple was known as a sanctuary against racial and social inequality prevalent at the time. The Jonestown Massacre was the biggest single mass suicide in modern history.
Jim Jones, the charismatic cult leader of the People’s Temple, ordered his loyal followers to drink a cocktail mixed with deadly cyanide and sedatives. Jones, as heartless as he was, did not even spare the lives of the 300 children living in the community.
The People’s Temple – Making of Cult
The Peoples Temple, the organization hardly anyone outside California had heard of, was originally founded in the state of Indiana. Jim Jones, the self-declared Messiah, created the church out of frustration by the U.S government persecuting the communists. Using his church as a tool, he was able to recruit working-class people who were tired of poverty, racial issues, and the Vietnam War. The members were urged to live a communal lifestyle. The money saved from their aloof lifestyle was donated to the Temple. This money went to further expand the cult’s influence and further promote their Marxist ideas.
By the 1970’s, the church had over a dozen temples. The temples were headquartered in San Francisco, California. The higher ranking members knowingly faked healings, knowing that such acts attract people and generate income that help the poor and finance the church. In time, the People’s Temple earned a reputation for aiding African-Americans, drug addicts, and the homeless.
In his early life, Jim Jones found making friends difficult. He was a social outcast, described by his peers as a “really weird kid” and “obsessed with religion and death.”Having and intense interest in religion and politics, he spent most of his time carefully studying historical figures such as Joseph Stalin, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, and Adolf Hitler. He endorsed communism, preached that the United States was the Antichrist, and that capitalism was the Antichrist system.
His father was an alcoholic and a sympathizer of the Ku Klux Klan. Due to his own experiences as a social outcast, Jones identified more with the repressed African-American community than with his own Caucasian community.
Jonestown – The Utopia Turned Fatal
In 1974, the Peoples Temple signed a lease to rent land in Guyana – a small sovereign state on the northern mainland of South America. The group was formally named the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project. However, it was better known as Jonestown. In the summer of 1977, Jones and several hundred Temple members moved to Guyana to escape from public pressure and allegations. Jim Jones saw the place as a socialist paradise – utopia.
At its peak in 1978, the population was just under 1000.
However, it quickly became clear that life in the remote area was definitely not a paradise. The settlers were fed with Soviet propaganda, adults and children had to study about grandiose Jones ideas, and everyone had to worship their self-claimed leader. Being on poor soil meant that Jonestown was not self-sufficient. Large quantities of commodities had to be imported, buildings fell into disrepair, and weeds encroached on fields.
The Mass Suicide
Congressman Leo Ryan flew to visit Jonestown with 18 others. Both Ryan and the 18 others were aroused by the allegations of abuse in Jonestown. They wanted to visit in order to do some of their own investigation. Before leaving, the congressman was shot more than twenty times and was killed. Four other members of the delegation were also killed. The deaths of Ryan and the other visitors became a large turning point in the Jonestown story, and unfortunately also led to history’s biggest mass suicide.
According to escaped Temple member Odell Rhodes, the first to take the poison was Ruletta Paul and her one-year-old infant. Others were forced to drink a grape drink mixed with cyanide, Valium, chloral hydrate, and Phenergan. Parents were instructed to inject their own children with the very same lethal cocktail. The few survivors regard the event as a mass murder, Jones saw it as a revolutionary suicide.
The Confederacy is still celebrated by descendants of the thousands of Southerners that fled to São Paulo after the Civil War.
As Confederate monuments are coming down in the Southern United States, even further south, in South America, the Confederacy lives on in a different way.
Every year, the Festa Confederada (Confederate Party) is held in Santa Barbara d’Oeste, north of São Paulo, to commemorate the Confederate ancestry of the approximately 10,000 to 20,000 Southerners who fled the U.S. for Brazil after the Civil War, establishing a colony that became known as Americana.
Known as “Confederados,” they immigrated to Brazil between 1865 and 1885 rather than live under the influence of the Northern states or risk prosecution for treason. The Brazilian emperor Dom Pedro II, hoping to boost the country’s cotton production, sweetened the deal by offering cheap land and a consistent way of life: Brazil was the largest importer of slaves in the Western Hemisphere and did not abolish slavery until 1888, the last country in the Americas to do so.
Over the generations, the ex-pats intermarried, became intermixed in the culture, and spread all throughout Brazil, while retaining some of the cultural traditions from the early United States. Portuguese is the dominant language at the Festa Confederada, but the festivities include traditional Southern dress—including hoop skirts and Confederate uniforms—food, music, and dancing on a floor decorated with the Confederate flag.
The celebrations that take place each year at the Campo Cemetery, a.k.a “the Cemetery of the Americans” (originally founded because non-Catholic Confederados could not be buried in Brazil’s cemeteries) celebrate this heritage. However, especially in today’s political climate, the racial implications of celebrating the Confederate South can’t be ignored. Some festival attendees don’t realize that the Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery and racism in much of the United States, while others hold that it signifies very different things in Brazil.
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Out of all the powerful photos following John F. Kennedy’s assassination, this one of his 3-year-old son, John F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the most tear-jerking. Here, he is saluting his father one last time during his funeral procession. Unfortunately, this was not the last tragic death in the Kennedy family, as JFK’s brother Robert was assassinated just a few years after this photo was taken
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