The Béziers massacre: 20,000 killed during religious purge ordered by Pope who did not spare those of his own faith “for God knows His own”

July 22, 1209 Béziers, County of Toulouse (present day France) The Massacre at Béziers is carried out by crusaders under the order of Pope Innocent III, with up to 20,000 murdered regardless of their age, gender, or faith The Pope (pictured) had recently declared war upon the Cathars, members of a sect of Christianity the…

The death of John Dillinger, Public Enemy No. 1

July 22, 1934 Chicago, Illinois Public Enemy No. 1 John Dillinger is killed by federal agents as he leaves a theater Dillinger was a bank robber during the Depression Era and, like other bank robbers at the time including Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Baby Face Nelson, had achieved a sort of celebrity…

Today in Horror History: July 22

Birthdays:James Whale (July 22, 1889 - May 29, 1957), the legendary director behind horror classics Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Willem Dafoe (July 22, 1955), who starred in The Hunger (1983), “Deadly Nightmares” (episode: Ghostwriter), Mississippi Burning (1988), American Psycho (2000), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Anamorph (2007), Antichrist…