If anyone embodies the archetype of the evil that was Auschwitz, it is surely Josef Mengele. Dubbed by the inmates, and survivors of the camp the “Angel of Death,” the immaculate doctor, with a slight flick of the finger, would casually select those permitted to live, and work, and those destined to die in the gas chambers. Among those he selected to live, were the subjects upon whom he conducted his infamous race-inspired medical experiments. His postwar escape to South America, and prolonged successful evasion from capture (in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil) only reinforced the fear and mystique of the man.
Edward Colston was born 2 November in 1636 and died in 1721. A significant proportion of Colson’s wealth came directly or indirectly from the slave trade. It is estimated that during Colston’s involvement with the RAC, it transported over 100,000 African men, women and children, who were branded with the company’s initials on their chest. Over 19,000 of them died on their journey to the Caribbean and the rest of the Americas due to unhygienic conditions on the ships. Designed to maximise profit and hold as many enslaved people as possible, the boats were hotbeds for dysentery, dehydration and scurvy.
Derek Chauvin, 44, the officer filmed kneeling George Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, is a 19-year veteran of the force. Chauvin was involved in a fatal police shooting and one of the other fired officers paid a $25K settlement after being sued for using excessive force in arrest where he punched and kicked a handcuffed suspect. Derek Chauvin was investigated in 2006 over a fatal police shooting and again in 2008 and 2011 for two more shootings. A second officer involved in Monday’s arrest, Tou Thao, was sued in 2017 for using excessive force. The lawsuit, accuses him of punching and kicking a handcuffed suspect. George Floyd died Monday in police custody, hours after footage showed cop Chauvin knelt on him for eight minutes during the forgery arrest in Minneapolis; all four officers involved in Monday’s incident were fired. The remaining two officers have also been named as Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, both are rookie cops still in their probationary periods.
Nathan Bedford Forrest was born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, on July 13, 1821. Despite having no formal military training, Forrest rose from the rank of private to lieutenant general. Forrest’s men reportedly killed over 200 Union soldiers, many of them black troops who had formerly been slaves. Here’s Nathan Bedford Forrest Biography and Profile.
David Duke, White Supremacist, Racist, Racists, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, born 1 July 1950, first made his racist mark at Louisiana State University back in 1970 when he founded the White Youth Alliance. How did David Ernest Duke take his life down the path of racial extremism? He was born into a comfortable middle-class family July 1, 1950, son of an archconservative oil-field engineer, and an alcoholic mother, according to a recent Duke biography by Michael Zatarain. Here’s David Duke Biography and Profile.
Dylann Storm Roof, born April 3, 1994, was struggled with his classes, attending the ninth grade twice before dropping out. He floated in and out of jobs, took drugs and drank, had run-ins with the police. When he was in middle school, Mr. Roof’s mother told her friends that her son was beginning to founder in school. “‘I don’t know what’s wrong with him,’” a friend, Kimberly Konzny, recalled her saying. “She said it was boring to him.” Here’s Dylann Roof Biography and Profile.
Lesley McSpadden is the mother of Michael Brown, the slain Missouri teenager who was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson following an altercation at a convenience store in the suburban St. Louis city in August 2014. Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. spoke to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. “We need the world to know what’s going on in Ferguson and we need justice,” Lesley McSpadden told CNN in Geneva, Switzerland. Read Lesley McSpadden Biography and Profile.
Known for committing gruesome murders from August 7 to September 10 in 1888, “Jack the Ripper”— a moniker for the notorious serial killer, who was never identified—remains one of England’s, and the world’s, most infamous criminals. The identity of the killer of five – or possibly six – women in the East End of London in 1888 has remained a mystery, but the case has continued to horrify and fascinate. Read Jack the Ripper Biography and Profile.
Brenton Tarrant was born in Australia to a working class, low-income family and attended Grafton High School in New South Wales where he obtained qualifications in fitness. He described himself online as “just a ordinary white man. Tarrant also said he barely made it through school and didn’t go to university as nothing interested him. Read Brenton Harrison Tarrant Biography and Profile.
Pablo Escobar (Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria: December 1, 1949 to December 2, 1993) was a Colombian drug trafficker who eventually controlled over 80 percent of the cocaine shipped to the U.S., earning him the rank of one of Forbes Magazine’s 10 wealthiest people in the world. Continue reading Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria Biography and Profile.