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Poison and Women: Cordelia Botkin

Reading Time: 3 minutes Cordelia Botkin (née Cordelia Brown) and Dunning began consistently seeing each other in secret. When Mrs. Dunning took her baby to her father’s home in Dover, Dunning stayed behind in California and moved into a boarding house that Cordelia was living in. Dunning allegedly told Cordelia that his wife loved candy and that she had a friend who lived in San Francisco named Mrs. Corbaley— seemingly benign information that later came back to bite him

Macabre Religious Relics: The Nursing Madonna/Virgo Lactans.

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Nursing Madonna is an iconography of the Madonna and Child in which the Virgin Mary is shown breastfeeding the infant Jesus. The depiction is mentioned by Pope Gregory the Great, and a mosaic depiction probably of the 12th century is on the facade of Santa Maria in Trastevere in Rome, though few other examples …

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Women Mob Bosses: Stephanie St. Clair / The Queen of Harlem

Reading Time: 5 minutes Stephanie St. Clair, the notorious “queen” of the illegal numbers racket in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, sat in a witness chair to testify about payoffs she made to New York police to protect her employees from arrest. The date was December 8, 1930, in a Prohibition-era city reeling from recent exposures of police officers who, …

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World Stories: Mary Jane Veloso

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso is a Filipino woman who was arrested and sentenced to death for smuggling heroin into Indonesia. Her case, among others, sparked international attention towards Indonesia’s capital punishment and drug prohibition laws. Veloso was born in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. She is the youngest of five siblings. She and her husband married when …

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Urban Legends: Kuchisake-onna\ Cleft mouth woman \ Slit Mouth Woman.

Reading Time: 2 minutes She is a woman who was mutilated by her husband, and returns as a malicious spirit . When rumors of alleged sightings began spreading in 1979 around the Nagasaki Prefecture, it spread throughout Japan and caused panic in many towns. There are even reports of schools allowing children to go home only in groups, escorted …

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