A review of the diabolical plots of Patricia Allanson, nee Taylor, a southern belle who encouraged her husband to kill his parents, served time for attempting to murder his grandparents, then after parole, opened a private nursing care service and tried to kill two clients. Once again free on parole, some fear she will strike again.
In 1977, Cameron Hooker kidnapped 20-year-old hitchhiker Colleen Stan and forced her to be his sex slave for seven years of physical and psychological abuse. At times she was even kept in a coffin-like box under his and his wife Janice's bed. Yet through it all, she stayed, even when it seemed she could escape. In the end, it would be left to a jury to answer the question: Was Colleen Stan brainwashed and forced to endure years of sexual degradation and mental torture as she and Janice Hooker contended, or a willing partner in her own enslavement, and as Cameron Hooker maintained, in a consensual "love" relationship?
The pursuit of beauty has separated friends, created dangerous love triangles and split shallow lovers--could it also be a motive for homicide? We sometimes forget that beauty is often the root of jealousy and jealousy is often the root of murder. From pageant queens to envious killers, KILLER BEAUTY will tell the true story of those who use murder as a way to get back at or closer to all things physically appealing. Beauty is a weapon, so be careful how you use it.
Thomas Bowdler was a physician and self-appointed editor of great literature. He published The Family Shakespeare, a family friendly version of Shakespearean works, in 1807, and gave rise to the term "Bowdlerized."
Claudette Colvin was a civil rights activist in Alabama during the 1950s. She refused to give up her seat on a bus months before Rosa Parks' more famous protest.
James Herriot was a British veterinarian and author best known for his books detailing life as a country vet. Two films and a TV series were based on his book All Creatures Great and Small.
African-American chemist Percy Julian was a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs such as cortisone, steroids and birth control pills.
DaSusan La Flesche Picotte was the first Native American female to become a physician in the United States. A member of the Omaha Reservation, she worked there as a physician until 1894.
Rita Levi-Montalcini shared the 1986 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for her part in the discovery of a protein that stimulates nerve cell growth.
Senator Rand Paul, son of Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, is best known for his support of the Tea Party movement and his controversial comments on the Civil Rights Act.
Army medic Clarence Eugene was awarded the Medal of Honor for treating wounded Vietnam soldiers amidst gunfire despite having been shot in both legs himself.
Controversial radio host Laura Schlessinger, also known as "Dr. Laura," is an expert at giving listeners—and readers—a piece of her mind when it comes to moral living and leading a successful family life.
Dr. Anna Howard Shaw was the first female minister in the Methodist Protestant Church. She spent most of her life working for the cause of women's suffrage.