The LaLaurie House of New Orleans

The haunted history of the Lalaurie House is perhaps one of New Orleans' best known ghostly tales...

For more than 150 years, and through several generations, the LaLaurie House has been considered to be the most haunted and the most frightening location in the French Quarter.

A postcard of the LaLaurie Mansion from 1906

Madame Delphine LaLaurie

My own photo of the outside of the LaLaurie Mansion, taken at night on May 7, 2007.

A photo of the LaLaurie Mansion

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Pig Farm Serial Killer- Robert William Pickton

Prostitutes are far too often thrown to the wayside when they go missing. In almost every country, when a hooker is missing nobody usually notices for a good amount of time, there is simply no one to take notice or care if they are missing. Once they are reported missing, the police once again discard these women as casualties of the trade so to speak and do little to nothing in regards to searching or finding the women. It is so easy to slip into oblivion when you practice the world's oldest profession. No one remembers your name or cares to, these women don't often stay too long at one place, switching their preferred area of "work" weekly, many times daily. Also, when violence does happen to a prostitute, it often goes unreported, because who is going to believe or care when a hooker says she has been raped or viciously beaten? Also, many of the women don't want to go to the police in fear of their ownselves falling under prosecution, instead of their attacker. Prostitution makes it far too easy for serial killers and various types of sociopaths to essentially get away with murder, literally. The killers often have a large amount of time to cover up any evidence and traces of the crimes before their victims are even reported missing, much less seriously investigated. This leads into this horrific tale of serial killing in Canada where numerous street-walkers have vanished and in many cases turned up dead.

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JonBenet Ramsey Autopsy Photos

JonBenet Ramsey was brutally murdered in her home on Christmas night 1996. Six-years-old at the time, her official cause of death was found to be asphyxia by strangulation associated with head trauma. The investigation into her murder has carried on for almost 10 years. Wednesday, school teacher John Mark Karr was arrested Thailand in connection with the slaying and has since confessed to killing JonBenet. Some experts now doubt the validity of his confession. Here we revisit the murder with four images and the report from JonBenet's autopsy.

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"Hit him harder, the bastard," yelled Ali Khosravi, whose 10-year-old son was last year kidnapped and killed by 22-year-old Mohammad Bijeh.

But Wednesday was the killer's turn to die.

"I would like to strangle him and burn him myself," Khosravi said of the man convicted of killing 21 people - mostly little boys.

Before his execution south of Tehran, Bijeh, his hands tied to a post, was lashed 100 times.

The huge crowd, kept back by barbed wire and security forces, chanted "Harder, harder!".

Bijeh, branded "the vampire of the desert" in the Iranian press, was arrested with an accomplice in September after more than a year of luring children into the desert before beating them with stones, sexually abusing them, then burying their bodies.

Bijeh also reportedly ate a victim's leg - just to see what it tasted like.

Just before the hanging, the 17-year-old brother of one of his victims broke through the security and planted a knife in Bijeh's back.

Then the mother of another victim was invited to place the noose around his neck.

He was then hauled into the air by a crane.

"Dance and think of what you did to our kids," yelled a father, as Bijeh was throttled to death.

Bijeh and his accomplice, Ali Baghi, were arrested in September 2004.

Over a period of more than a year, they reportedly lured children into the desert by saying they were going to dig out rabbits or foxes from their burrows.

The pair -- who both worked in a brickworks -- reportedly stunned their victims with blows from a stone, sexually abused them and buried the bodies in shallow graves in the desert south of Tehran.

In November 2004 the pair were found guilty of the murders of between 19 and 22 people around this impoverished town just south of Tehran.

The initial trial saw only Bijeh sentenced to death, but a speedy re-trial ordered by the head of the judiciary -- an apparent response to anger from the families of the victims -- saw both get the death penalty.

In January the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence against Bijeh, but overturned the ruling that Baghi be hanged. He was instead given a 15 year prison term.

The case has drawn huge attention in the Iranian media.

Bijeh handcuffed to a pole and preparing to be whipped before hanging:

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St. Valentine's Day Massacre

One February evening in North Chicago, seven well-dressed men were found riddled with bullets inside the S.M.C Cartage Co. garage. They had been lined up against a wall, with their backs to their executioners and shot to death. With the exception of Dr. Reinhardt H. Schwimmer these men were mobsters working under the leadership of gangster and bootlegger, "Bugs" Moran. Within a few seconds, while staring at a bare brick wall, these seven men had become a part of Valentine's Day history: the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

Dead Gangsters on St. Valentine;s Day Massacre:

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Bodies of St. Valentine's Day Massacre victims being removed from the garage at 2122 North Clark Street where they were shot. :

Al Capone murderer of the massacre:

A victim of the massacre and gangster, Frank Gusenberg:

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Evil Doesn't Take A Holiday

Police hunt 'Father Christmas' killer

Press Association
Thursday November 24, 2005

Police were today hunting a man who stabbed to death a 25-year-old accounts manager while disguised as Father Christmas.

Sikandar Shaheen was killed in his home in Leytonstone, east London, on Saturday.

A Metropolitan police spokesman said the suspect was spotted near the scene on Grove Green Road wearing a red Santa hat and fake white beard.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Garnish said: "We believe the suspect wore this hat at the time of the attack."

Mr Garnish has appealed for witnesses to the incident, which took place between 5.30am and 7am.

Neighbours in the block of flats where Mr Shaheen lived called police after hearing a disturbance just after 6am.

Officers found the victim bleeding heavily in a hallway. He was taken to hospital but later died.

The hat thought to have been worn by the attacker has been recovered and police have released an image of it in a bid to jog people's memories.

Mr Garnish said: "Sikandar was a hard-working, law-abiding religious man who attended mosques in the Leyton and Leytonstone area.

"We are appealing for members of the mosques who knew Sikandar to assist us.

"We are also appealing to anyone who knew Sikandar or knew his last movements leading up to Saturday to contact us."

He added that police were keeping an "open mind" about what the motive for the murder might have been.

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Sikandar Shaheen was his family's sole earner
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Deadliest of the Deadly

Worst single air-craft accident

WHO: JAL's Boeing 747 (flight 123)
WHEN: August 12, 1985
WHERE Near Ueno, Japan
WHAT 520 deaths

The single worst air accident was on August 12, 1985, when a JAL Boeing 747, flight 123, crashed near Ueno, Japan, killing 520 passengers and crew. The aircraft had climbed to an altitude of 24,000 feet when an aft pressure bulkhead failed. This resulted in the flight controls for the rudder and elevator being disabled. All 15 crew members and 520 out of the 524 passengers lost their lives.

Wreckage of the crash

The airplane shown missing a section of the plane, after take-off

Wreckage of crash

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Part III Infectious Diseases

7. Malaria

Malaria (Italian: "bad air"; formerly called ague or marsh fever in English) is an infectious disease which in humans causes about 350-500 million infections and approximately 1.3 million deaths annually, mainly in the tropics. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 85% of these fatalities.
Malaria is caused by the protozoan parasite, Plasmodium (one of the Apicomplexa) and the transmission vector for human malarial parasite is the Anopheles mosquito. The P. falciparum variety of the parasite accounts for 80% of cases and 90% of deaths. Pregnant women and infants under the age of five are most vulnerable to malaria.

Symptoms of malaria include fever, shivering, arthralgia (joint pain), vomiting, anemia, and convulsions. There may be the feeling of tingling in the skin, particularly with malaria caused by P. falciparum. Complications of malaria include coma and death if untreated—young children are especially vulnerable. Splenomegaly (enlarged spleen), intense headaches, cerebral ischemia and hemoglobinuria with renal failure may occur.

Mosquito responsible for transmitting Malaria

Malaria Patient

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Part II Infectious Epidemic Diseases

4. Leprosy

Undoubtedly no disease has cast such an intense social stigma over its sufferers as Hansen's Disease - commonly known as Leprosy. Leprosy has afflicted humanity since time immemorial. It once affected every continent and it has left behind a terrifying image in history and human memory - of mutilation, rejection and exclusion from society. Leprosy has struck fear into human beings for thousands of years, and was well recognized in the oldest civilizations of China, Egypt and India. A cumulative total of the number of individuals who, over the millennia, have suffered its chronic course of incurable disfigurement (see images below) and physical disabilities can never be calculated.

Bacterial Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an acid-fast, rod-shaped bacillus. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and also the eyes, apart from some other structures. When M.leprae was discovered by G.A. Hansen in 1873, it was the first bacterium to be identified as causing disease in man. Although Leprosy is contagious, it is not widespread because 95% of the population have immune systems able to cope with the bacteria.

Leprosy usually starts as a slightly light colored patch desensitized to pain, touch or temperature. The patch can be found anywhere in the body. Nerves near to these patches and at the joints are swollen when affected. In the majority of patients, the disease progresses without any deformity. In a few patients the involved nerves become damaged. When improperly treated, the nerve damage is severe and may lead to deformities of hands, feet and eyes. These deformities occur due to loss of sensation and a break in the communication between nerves and muscles. Loss of sensation results in unusual injuries and ulcers. The eyes are affected in a few patients with prolonged disease.

Treatment for leprosy only appeared in the late 1940s with the introduction of dapsone, and its derivatives. Leprosy bacilli resistant to dapsone gradually appeared and became widespread. In 1997, there were an estimated 1.2 million cases in the world, most of them concentrated in South-East Asia, Africa and the Americas. It is estimated that there are between one and two million people visibly and irreversibly disabled due to past and present leprosy who require to be cared for by the community in which they live.

A man shown with the ravages of Leprosy

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