The Dark Sides Of 10 Beloved Historical Figures

It’s no secret that history books don’t get everything right, but you might be surprised to see the dark sides of these 10 beloved historical figures.

From civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to children’s author Sir Roald Dahl, each of these figures had a dark side that they kept hidden from followers, press, and fans. As you’ll learn, their lives, motives, and beliefs weren’t always savory.

1. Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is remembered for penning the line that “all men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence, but that sentiment certainly didn’t extend to his hundreds of slaves.

However, Jefferson not only kept slaves at his Monticello estate. He also fathered six children with a slave woman named Sally Hemings. While Jeffferson later freed his children, he kept Sally in his possession until his death in 1826.

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2. Winston Churchill

The name Winston Churchill is synonymous with leadership, strength, and power, but did you know that the former Prime Minster was also an outspoken racist?

In regard to Native Americans he said, “I am strongly in favor of using poisoned gas against uncivilized tribes…[It] would spread a lively terror.” He was also known to refer to Africans and Indians as “beasts” and “savages.”

3. Mahatma Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi, otherwise known as the “Father of the Nation” in India, is a worldwide symbol for peace, love, and hope. Unfortunately, he had a disturbing sexual appetite behind closed doors.

According to numerous accounts, Gandhi forced female followers and his own grandnieces to sleep with him naked. Nightly, he would perform “celibacy tests,” a thin cover for molestation.

4. John Lennon

John Lennon wrote songs about love and peace, but his son Julian says that he was a very different man at home.

Julian Lennon, the son of John and his first wife Cynthia, doesn’t hold the same admiration for his father as the rest of the world does. In 1998 he said, “I felt he was a hypocrite. Dad could talk about peace and love out loud to the rest of the world, but he could never show it to the people who supposedly meant the most to him: his wife and son.” After a bitter divorce in 1968, John rarely visited or spoke to his son.

5. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered as one of the greatest orators of all time, but many say he was known plagiarizer.

When King’s wife donated his papers to Stanford University in 1985, staff noticed something fishy. King’s doctoral dissertation, written for Boston University, contained large plagiarized sections from another student, Jack Boozer. Indignantly, Boston conducted their own investigation, but soon found that the Stanford claims were true.

6. Sir Roald Dahl

Sir Roald Dahl is the author of beloved children’s classics like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Matilda.” However, those close to him remember him as a misogynist and Nazi sympathizer.

Dahl’s fiction is filled with whimsical flying fruit and children with special powers, but if you read deeper, you’ll also find hints of racism and misogyny. His own wife nicknamed him “Ronald the Rotten,” perhaps because of his numerous affairs.

In 1983, he defended Hitler by saying, “There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity. I mean, there’s always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere; even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason.”

7. Abraham Lincoln

Since the end of the Civil War, Lincoln has been known as the president who freed the slaves, but his personal letters tell a different story.

Despite popular opinion, Lincoln’s intention going into the Civil War was not to free slaves. It was to save the Union. In 1862, he wrote to Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, saying, “If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it.”

8. Steve Jobs

Everyone knows that Steve Jobs had a bad temper, but that only scratches the surface of his dark side.

In addition to cheating his friend and business partner, Steve Wozniak, out of Apple profits, Jobs has been accused of illegally backdating stocks, investing in Chinese sweat shops, and holding long, spiteful grudges. He’ll always be remembered as the father of the iPhone, but those who knew him say he was a outright jerk.

9. Mother Teresa

On September 4, 2016, Mother Teresa was officially canonized as a Saint, causing many to call out her problematic history.

By all reports, Mother Teresa was no saint. Her worldwide fame was based on exploiting the very people she claimed to care for, and many say her medical practices were negligible at best. She’s even been accused of withholding funding for food and medicine, saying, “There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering.”

10. Walt Disney

I hate to burst your bubble, but Walt Disney wasn’t exactly the jovial, fun-loving guy that history’s made him out to be. In addition to creating some of our favorite movies, he was also a racist and a chauvinist.

Few people have heard of the Disney film “Song of the South.” That’s because it’s considered so offensive, it’s been removed from circulation. He was also heard referring to the dwarves in “Snow White” as an “n-word pile” and “pickaninnies,” and refused to hire female animators on the basis of their gender.

Read More: 10 ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows…That Aren’t Accurate At All

The truth hurts. Anyone else feeling disappointed? If you need me, I’ll be busy hating everything.

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If You Live Near Green Bay And You’re Afraid Of Clowns…Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

Have you ever wondered how it is that clowns became associated with all that is horrible and terrifying in the world? I wonder this from time to time for about five minutes before it becomes too creepy.

While clowns used to be restricted to the circus and occasionally TV, they seem to be becoming a more frequent sight in various cities around the world. The latest sighting? Green Bay, Wisconsin…

Here is the nightmare in question spotted walking the streets of Green Bay earlier this week. One local has dubbed him (or her?) Gags the clown.

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This brave local resident had the fortitude to take a few pictures of the clown walking mysteriously into the night with handful of black balloons. They even created a Facebook page where locals can share their encounters with Gags.

While there is no clear origin of Gags, some speculate that he might be part of a horror movie that’s shooting in town.

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Of course, Gags could simply be a prank orchestrated by a local radio station or store to drum up business.

Whether Gags is real or fake, I know that I’m glad he’s stalking the streets of a town other than mine.

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Personally, I would put my money on Gags being a prank of some kind. At any rate, he’s a terrifying presence that I hope is soon brought to justice.

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Singapore’s Haw Par Villa Is Probably The Most Bizarre Theme Park You’ll Ever See

Amusement parks like Disneyland and Disney World are magical havens full of endless fun, but they sure generate some creepy urban legends.

Luckily, you can just ignore those kinds of stories and enjoy your favorite theme parks in blissful ignorance. But could you imagine a park where those legends sit at the helm of their business model? That’s exactly what you’ll find at Haw Par Villa, which is Singapore’s most bizarre park.

Formerly called the Tiger Balm Gardens, the park was originally built in 1937 to celebrate Chinese culture, but it turned out to be so much weirder than anticipated. Its many statues and dioramas depict very strange and disturbing scenes from Chinese legends, mythology, history, and lore. They look to me like hallucinations from a bad drug trip or things that should just say in people’s nightmares. See a few of them for yourself in the images below.

Nothing says “this is so much fun” quite like getting your organs ripped out.

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Just some severed heads, nothing to see here.

“If you could hurry up with the sacrifice, that’d be great.”

“Crab people, crab people.” (Sorry, I couldn’t help it.)

Something tells me he’s not helping the rabbit…

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I’m not sure which is creepier: breast feeding your father-in-law or letting your kids watch.

“Look Ma, one leg!”

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“Close the damn deal, Bill.”

Whatever you do, DON’T step into that cave. Don’t.

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“Paint me like one of your French hogs.”

Like this guy, I prefer clean blood ponds.

“You’re so cute I could just pinch you, bizarre mouse-human.”

Exorcist bunny? Sure!

Despite the creepiness, I think this place actually seems pretty cool.

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I might have to add Haw Par Villa to my bucket list. At the very least, it definitely wouldn’t be boring.

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18 Of The Creepiest Billboards Ever Seen On People’s Drives To Work

Coming across strange and sometimes hilarious billboards has always been the best part of driving for me.

One of my favorites that I get to see every day in my city reads, “Real Christians Obey Jesus’ Teachings” in a completely threatening way. But trust me, that is nothing compared to the other strange and disturbing billboards people have driven past.

Whether they’re threatening you with going to Hell or using animal corpses to get their point across, the following billboards will seriously creep you out.

1. Meet your next president, America — Dollary Clump.

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2. These are the same people behind the “Real Christians Obey Jesus’ Teachings” billboard.

3. I’m really not sure what this is trying to promote.

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4. None of your damn business.

5. “Did I really die?”

6. I’m onto you, forest demons.

7. What exactly does this creep have to do with hair loss?

8. “Or you’ll swim in a pool of blood.”

9. You’d better hide, litterers. The hunt is on.

10. Well, this is completely disturbing.

11. Using a quote from Hitler on anything is a really bad idea.

12. Seriously, WTF?

13. Wait, what?

14. Here’s a great way to freak out everyone on the road.

15. For what?

16. There is a billboard that actually bleeds in New Zealand.

17. I know what my next nightmare is going to be about — and it’s not “The Grudge.”

18. That’s not intimidating at all…

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Well, I’ll give them this. They definitely aren’t boring. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, though.

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These Photos All Have One Thing In Common, And It’s So Chilling

When it comes to capitalizing on loss, 19th-century photographer William H. Mumler was an expert…for a while, anyway.

In 1861, he noticed that a second figure appeared in the background of a photograph he was developing. Although it was obviously a flaw in the process, he knew that he could cash in on that error by capturing basic portraits, superimposing additional faces in the background, and presenting them as spirits.

Fittingly enough, the phenomenon of spirit photography was born in a small, Boston-based studio.

Up to that point, Mumler had little to no known attachment to paranormal activity.

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And he didn’t even delve into photography until after he worked as a silver engraver for a few years.

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As he was developing a self-portrait one day, he noticed that fateful second face in the image.

Quickly flipping the script on what was probably a rookie mistake, he claimed that the face belong to his deceased cousin. After that, “spirits” started showing up in more and more photos.

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Conveniently enough, the receptionist at the studio moonlighted as a medium. With a little support on her part, Mumler’s technique turned into a full-fledged phenomenon in Boston.

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National acclaim soon followed. At that point in history, mysticism was on its way to being a prevailing school of thought over rationalism.

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For that reason, spirit photography could not have come about at a more appropriate time.

Because objective truth was not held in high regard in mystic circles, people rode the waves of this bizarre phenomenon without a shred of evidence in sight.

When Mumler made his way to New York City in 1869, however, a legal wrench was thrown in the gears.

The mayor wasn’t exactly enthused about the situation, so he sent a reporter into Mumler’s shop disguised as a client.

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After the photo was taken and Mumler added an additional face, he released it and claimed that the figure was the subject’s late father-in-law. There was just one problem with that.

His father-in-law was very much alive at the time, which meant that Mr. Mayor received a detailed report of the photographer’s fraudulent ways.

That landed the artist in court, but he was eventually acquitted for lack of evidence and testimony.

Although that dealt a crushing blow to his New York business, he was still revered in mystic communities in Boston.

But after a while, the Spiritualist movement — the same one that accelerated Mumler’s rise to fame — folded. Needless to say, that wasn’t good for business.

William Mumler died completely destitute in 1884.

While he did go on to make contributions to the photography industry — most notably with the discovery of a wood-cut printing method then known as the Mumler Process — his career didn’t really survive (much less thrive) after the court revealed his true colors.

(via Mashable)

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This Satanic Priest Talking About His Religion Makes A Surprising Amount Of Sense

Of all the world’s religions, Satanism is probably the most misunderstood. For many, it’s the most reviled because its central tenets run counter to most forms of Christianity.

Because of this, most people don’t give Satanists the time of day and simply dismiss them as being evil crazies. However, parts of this belief system make sense.

Anton LaVey (pictured below) founded the modern Church of Satan that is the dominant Satanic organization today.

As a former circus performer, LaVey knew how to put on a show to deliver his message effectively. This led to LaVey giving many interviews about his beliefs before his death in 1997.

In these interviews, LaVey talks about why his version of Satanism is practically humanism. “No religion had been based on man’s carnal needs of his fleshly pursuits,” said LaVey in one interview. He goes on to say that all major religions are based on abstinence instead of indulgence. They are therefore rooted in fear.

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With that as the underlying ideology, LaVey based his version of Satanism on enabling his followers to “do what felt good.” Satanists understand that a person has to be good to themselves before they can be good to others.

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Out of these beliefs formed “The Nine Satanic Statements,” which make up Satanism’s core tenets.

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Here’s what they say:

  1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!
  2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams!
  3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!
  4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!
  5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!
  6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!
  7. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all!
  8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!
  9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!

In these interviews, LaVey also talks about the common misconceptions that people have about Satanism. For example, human sacrifices. LaVey firmly states that Satanists do not sacrifice actual humans. However, they do occasionally hold symbolic human sacrifices.

For a sampling of some of LaVey’s thoughts, check out the video below.

(via Toxic Thrash Metal)

Well, I’m certainly intrigued enough to attend an info session. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of religion, regardless of which deity is being worshipped.

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Here Are All Of The Major Cartels That Are Currently Winning The War On Drugs

Since 2006, a brutal war has been going on between Mexico’s government and the dangerous drug cartels that essentially rule the country. Since the demise of Colombian cartels, Mexican crime organizations have supplied as much as 90 percent of all cocaine that’s currently in the States. Some of these groups earn up to $49.4 billion annually.

Needless to say, it’s a dangerous business. The official death toll of Mexican people on both sides of the war by 2012 rung in at a heartbreaking 60,000, and many believe that the death toll has doubled since then. Here are some of the most dangerous cartels in Mexico.

Beltrán Leyva

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At one point, eight of Mexico’s top 10 most wanted criminals were part of this ruthless gang, which was headed by the five Beltrán Leyva brothers. At one point, they actually infiltrated the Mexican government and Interpol in order to steal information about anti-cartel operations. The group disbanded in 2014, but two of the brothers are now in a Mexican criminal syndicate known as Los Zetas.

Knights Templar

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Despite being known for murder, trafficking, and armed robbery, this cartel prides itself on its “code,” which details the ethical standards of the organization. Members claim that they do not kill for money, and they insist that they help the poor. When the Pope came to Mexico in 2012, members even raised a banner that read as follows: “The Knights Templar Cartel will not partake in any warlike acts. We are not killers. Welcome, Pope.”

Cartel del Golfo

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Directly across the border from Brownsville, Texas, lies the headquarters of one of Mexico’s oldest crime syndicates — the Cartel del Golfo, or Gulf Cartel. Founder Juan Nepomuceno Guerra was known for smuggling alcohol into the U.S. during the prohibition. Today, the cartel has a vast, international trafficking network that reaches Europe, West Africa, Asia, and countries all over the Americas.

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Juárez Cartel

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Although this gang makes its home in Chihuahua, there’s nothing small or cute about it. The DEA estimates that this cartel makes around $200 million a week, and a large portion of that money goes to bribing the authorities. Members of this group are known for mutilating bodies and displaying them in public to intimidate civilians.

Sinaloa Cartel

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The American government considers the Sinaloa Cartel to be the the most dangerous trafficking organization in the world. Founded in the ’80s, this group now has a presence in 17 of the 31 Mexican states, and it was responsible for moving approximately 200 tons of cocaine into the United States between 2008 and 2012.

Los Zetas

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These criminals began as the enforcers of the Gulf Cartel, but have since broken off to form their own organization. It’s no surprise that members of Los Zetas are considered some of the most violent offenders in all of Mexico. They are widely known for public beheadings and massacres. In 2011, Los Zetas took between 300 and 500 lives when leaders believed that two men betrayed the organization.

When politicians talk about the War on Drugs, just know that this level of violence is what America is up against. It’s so bad that Mexican officials don’t even try to deal with trafficking at this point, since they’re going for the hydra’s heart, so to speak.

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She Spent Her Entire Life In A Birdcage, But She Was Finally Rescued

Arriving on the scene after receiving a tip about a cat living in terrible conditions, the rescuers at Furry Nation Salvation were shocked by what they found. They quickly figured out that this cat had spent most of her life up to that point in a birdcage. Worst of all, she was absolutely covered in fleas.

Taking no time to negotiate with the cat’s owner, they immediately whisked her away to safety. But what happened next was the biggest miracle of all.

This cat had never been given the chance to experience life outside of the cage she was born in one year ago.

The first order of business was a flea bath. She was also treated for various skin and bladder infections.

But what couldn’t be fixed right away was the psychological damage. At first, she wouldn’t move an inch when she was free to wander. But with the help of a two-year-old girl, she soon became a fun-loving kitty!

And it wasn’t long before she found a forever home. She went to a lovely couple, and they’re finally helping her live the life she deserves.

And she got a new name, too. Meet Peppermint, everyone!

Check out a video of this cutie in action:

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In order to save more cats like this, consider donating today! We wish little Peppermint nothing but the best.

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