Political · Religion · Russia

The eventual death of Rasputin, the mystic who was poisoned, shot 4 times, beaten, castrated, and drowned

December 30, 1916 Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire Rasputin, a Russian healer completely enrobed in mystery, dies. Eventually. A group of nobles, fearing Rasputin's growing power, recruited two assassins to deal with him. Attempting a sneakier, more passive approach, they gave Rasputin food and wine laced with cyanide. When the poison failed, he was shot at… Continue reading The eventual death of Rasputin, the mystic who was poisoned, shot 4 times, beaten, castrated, and drowned

Australia · Crime Scene Photography

Vintage mugshot: a thief and bigamist

December 30, 1922 New South Wales, Australia Adeline Alice Cooke has her mugshot taken At just 24, Cooke had a list of arrests including theft and bigamy, a collection of aliases, and at least 2 husbands. She was known to be attractive with even the police noting she was "rather good looking." Photo source: Sydney… Continue reading Vintage mugshot: a thief and bigamist

Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion · Spain

The 1066 Granada Massacre

December 30, 1066 Granada, Spain A Muslim mob storms the royal palace, crucifying the Jewish vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela and massacring approximately 4,000 Jews Tensions were high in Granada between the Islamic and Jewish faiths, especially because the vizier Joseph ibn Naghrela was considered to be pulling the strings of the king who was reportedly… Continue reading The 1066 Granada Massacre