Essential Articles

  1. Nicholas “Nick” Berg

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    Nick Berg was 26-year-old American who had gone to Iraq to help them rebuild. He owned a company in Pennsylvania that inspected and built communications towers. He first arrived in Iraq in late December of 2003, where he tried to secure work for his company. While there, he visited the city of Mosul to visit a man who had been married to his late aunt.
  2. Daniel Pearl Beheading

    Daniel Pearl was an American journalist working as the South Asia Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal. He was kidnapped in Pakistan on January 23, 2002 when he travelled there to investigate the possible link between Richard Reid (more commonly referred to as “The Shoe Bomber”) and al-Qaeda.
  3. Jack Hensley Beheading

    Captured along with his colleague, Eugene Armstrong, Hensley was an American engineer from Marietta, Georgia, near Atlanta. From all indications, it’s highly likely that he was killed the same day as Eugene Armstrong and by the same man.
  4. Kenneth Bigley Beheading

    Kenneth Bigley was from Liverpool, England and was a colleague to both Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong. He was a civil engineer.
  5. Eugene Armstrong Beheading

    Eugene Armstrong was an American civil engineer in Iraq. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his militant group again claimed responsibility for Mr. Armstrong’s capture (and his subsequent beheading on September 21, 2004). The video was originally posted on an Arab web site, as so many are.
  6. The Tragic Crash of Nicole "Nikki" Catsouras

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    Nicole "Nikki" Catsouras had taken her father’s Porsche 911 Carrera on October 31, 2006 and had done so without his knowledge. She and her parents had had lunch together at their home before her father headed to work. A few moments later, her mother saw Nikki pulling out of the driveway in her father’s car; a car she wasn’t allowed to drive.
  7. The Academy Maniacs

    On April 5, 2011, Anoufriev and Lytkin were arrested in connection with a series of six murders and nine attacks on local residents in Akademgorodok of Irkutsk. The attacks, which involved a mallet and knife, began in November 2010; their first two victims survived. Anoufriev and Lytkin were arrested after a video recording showing the dead body of a woman being mutilated with a knife was found on a camera belonging to Lytkin's uncle, who had become suspicious.
  8. The Very Public Suicide of Daniel Victor Jones on an LA Freeway - August 30, 1998

    Daniel Victor Jones became infamous, but sadly unnamed to many, for committing suicide in the middle of the interchange of the Harbor and Century Freeways on live TV on April 30, 1998. He was protesting the treatment of HMOs in regards to the treatment, or lack thereof, of his cancer and HIV. He'd had a previous bad run-in with an HMO over abdominal pain and flu-like symptoms, to which he was essentially sent home. His appendix later burst.
  9. Paris Lane Suicide in Harlem Caught On NYPD Surveillance Cam - March 16, 2004

    This video hitting the net was purportedly an innocent mistake by an NYPD officer emailing it to a friend. The incident occurred on March 16, 2004. It was caught on camera because the NYPD had 200 CCTV cameras in the Morris Houses housing projects in the Bronx as part of their Video Interactive Patrol Enhances Response (VIPER) program.
  10. Jane Wicker (Wingwalker) and Charles Schwenker (Pilot) Die in Airshow Accident

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    On Saturday, June 22, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio during the Vectren Dayton Air Show, the lives of Jane Wicker, 45, and Charles Schwenker, 64, came to an abrupt, fiery, and tragic end. The two were performing a stunt called ‘On Top of the World’ when the left wing then nose of the Boeing Stearman biplane slammed into the ground. Both were killed instantly.
  11. Mr. Hands

    Otherwise known as the Enumclaw horse sex case, this clip features no blood and gore – but definitely shock. It centers on the sexual exploits of Kenneth Pinyan. Kenneth Pinyan had previously videotaped his occasional trysts with animals and distributed them under the name of Mr. Hands.
  12. Matthias Schoormann Murders Bianca Brust and Posts the Photos Online

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    This involves the exploits of 32 year old Matthias Schoormann. Schoorman was in a heavy metal band called Carpe Noctem (Seize the Night) in Leer, Germany and was obsessed with that, computers, weapons...and Bianca Brust.
  13. 2 Girls, 1 Cup

    Only one minute in length, this trailer to the scat-porn film, Hungry Bitches, doesn’t wait long to get straight to the point. It’s the brainchild of Brazilian distributor Marco Fiorito, who describes himself as a “compulsive fetishist.” Having started his production exploits in the foot fetish niche, he soon decided to turn to the eating of feces; coprophagia.
  14. 29-Year-Old Olga Gaikovich is Killed by a Brick Flying Through Her Windshield

    I haven’t been able to find much information on this particular story, but the details pretty much speak for themselves. Any information I did find was garnered through Russian language news sites, as Syktyvkar, Russia was the location of the accident. Not having a fluent speaker of both Russian and English handy or a knack for searching the Internet’s vast non-English news sources, proved extremely limiting.
  15. 1 Lunatic, 1 Ice Pick - Luka Rocco Magnotta

    Born Eric Clinton Newman, occasionally using the alias Vladimir Romanov and many others, Luka Magnotta is more notoriously known as the killer in 1 Lunatic, 1 Ice Pick. Even before the infamous video for which he is known, he was rumored to be the deranged killer in at least two other videos.