Atrocities in the Congo Free State

In the period from 1885 to 1908, many well-documented atrocities were perpetrated in the Congo Free State (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo) which, at the time, was a colony under the personal rule of King Leopold II of the Belgians.  Individual workers who refused to participate in rubber collection could be killed and entire villages razed. The severing of […]

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Happy Land Fire

A River of Tears: Happy Land

https://web.archive.org/web/20060502074835/http://www.crimelibrary.com/notorious_murders/mass/happyland/index_1.html An arsonist carrying a grudge and a container of gasoline sparked the inferno that killed 87 panicstricken revelers early yesterday in an illegal Bronx social club, authorities said. It was the deadliest fire in the city in 79 years. The terrified victims – half of them under 25 and all dressed for a night […]

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