NOTABLE OR JUST NOTORIOUS
From Astronomer to Activist
When he was unjustly fired by the federal government, he vowed to fight back. Mary McPartlan uncovers Frank Kameny's decades-long fight for justice.
The Death Knell of the Aristocracy
Westley Forsythe introduces you to the man who made the fictional Dowager Countess of Grantham lose her appetite. Discover the politician who ensured that the British aristocracy lost much of their power at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Executions, the Guillotine, and the French Revolution
Michael R. Lynn reflects on how the guillotine emerged as one of the defining and most enduring symbols of the Revolution.
Baby Farmers and Angel Makers
Join UHP as we explore the odd industry of baby farming in the 19th century.
A Very American Meeting
It was 1928. She had traveled incognito across the Atlantic but even the public revelation of her identity did little to clarify just who she was. Join us as we uncover the mystery.
On the night of February 19th, 1725, Jeanne Lemaire was found dead. Was it murder or something even stranger? Michael Lynn explores the question of spontaneous human combustion in eighteenth-century France.
Crime in London
The city was rife with pickpockets, prostitutes, and thieves. How did honest folk deal with them all? Join UHP as we explore the factors that contributed to rampant crime in 18th century London.
An Awful and Anxious Moment
We explore the tragic life of the woman who should have been Britain's queen during the nineteenth century.
The Fatal Instruments
When the maid broke down the door, “a shocking spectacle presented itself.” Join us as we explore the second tragedy that followed in the wake of Princess Charlotte's death in childbirth.
The True and Horrid Story
Lisa Rosner investigates a crime spree that rocked Edinburgh in the early nineteenth century.
The Death of John Demjanjuk
Lawrence Douglas takes you into the courtroom to explain how and why it took so long for John Demjanjuk to be convicted for his actions during World War II.
The Uline Arena
The Uline Arena in Washington, DC was not only ground zero for the British invasion, it was also the scene of early civil rights struggles in America.
The Mae West Incident
Mae West's scandalous radio appearance in 1937 led to calls for increased censorship, but what did Americans really think about the incident?
The Esher Tragedy:
Mother, Nurse, Murderess
On June 10th, 1854 Mary Ann Brough had had enough. Her actions that day evoked horror, pity, and fear, destroying her own family and agitating Queen Victoria's family. Join Victoria Lord as she explores this long forgotten scandal.
The Esher Tragedy:
Doctors, Alienists, Neighbors
Mary Ann Brough was eager to confess. But her neighbors, her doctors, and highly trained "alienists" were just as eager to explain her actions. Explore the highly surprising aftermath of Brough's crime.
Revenge, Passion, and Murder
She was, Alexandre Dumas claimed, “the third corpse to be thrown over the balcony of Aversa.” Laura Morreale introduces you to a medieval queen with a somewhat tarnished reputation.
No Faint Hearts
Where did John F. Kennedy go and what happened just before he went to Dallas in 1963?
Jacques Aymar: The Divining Detective
Dowsing detective or deceiver? Michael R. Lynn investigates how Jacques Aymar unmasked a murderer along with European beliefs about crime and magic.
The King Behind the Legend
Myths about this king are everywhere. Discover what he did---and did not do--- both before and after World War II.
The Good, the Bad, and the Legend of Fort Smith
Known as "Hell on the Border," Fort Smith boasted law officials who were often as infamous as its criminals. Stephanie Stegman explores the role of Fort Smith in the nineteenth century.