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History Horror Tales

Stories found by accident while researching for historysnoop.com. They are usually in the unhighlighted section of a newspaper article I’ve downloaded from NLA’s ‘TROVE’ to my computer.  Be warned these stories are not for the faint-hearted.

Spanish Flu on the Western Front

Spanish flu was a common enemy on the battlefields of the Western Front. The origins however remain a mystery. There are many theories - China, the USA, German laboratories, German U-boats. Although it was a common enemy in WWI it went…

Eaten Alive By Ants

People have been eaten alive by ants.  Stories on this topic in old Australian newspapers make for gruesome reading. They make you feel grateful for the advances in communications, medicine, repellents and first aid. However, these…

The Hanging of Louisa COLLINS 1889

The hanging of Louisa Collins was a disaster. She suffered a botched trial and then a botched hanging. It took four trials by jury to convict Louisa of murdering her second husband, Michael, by arsenic poisoning in 1888. Thirty-six men…