Juana Bormann (or Johana Borman) was a prison guard at several Nazi concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, and was executed as a war criminal at Hamelin, Germany after a trial in 1945. One of her favorite “games” was unleashing her starving shepherd dog on helpless prisoners — hence her nickname “The woman with the dogs.”
Phan Thị Kim Phúc the picture shows her at about nine years of age running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese attack. 40 years since this classic picture of the VietNam War was taken. The little girl then, the woman now.
Harlequin Ichthyosis is caused by mutations in the ABCA12 gene. The ABCA12 provides the coding for making a protein that is critical for the normal development of skin cells. This disorder causes the skin to harden and thicken; because of this the skin doesn’t cover the entire body, The severity differs from patient to patient, some allow for much of the patients to retain some of their motor function and immune system operation. For more extreme cases, the eye lids can be fused shut or open, there will be no motor function, very limited immune system function, and possible respiratory failure. Due to the tightness and slow shedding of the skin the patient’s limbs and growth are often stunted. Most patients die before their first birthday or in the first weeks of life. The most common cause of death for a newborn with this disease is infection due to the lack of a properly formed epidermis.
In 1973 photographer Chick Harrity snapped one of the Vietnam War’s most memorable images. It showed Tran Thei Het Nhanny lying in a cardboard box next to her brother on the streets of Saigon.
Japan WWII. She was just a junior high school girl, only 14 years old … 500,000 people died in the flash of radioactive heat … thousands of bodies were evaporated in ther incinerating heat … and 50 years on survivors are still suffering from the effects.
An 88-year-old man who reported he did not smoke and who had a long-standing history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia was admitted to the hospital with a 4-month history of painful and progressive ischemic gangrene of the right lower leg.
Gangrene is a potentially life-threatening condition that arises when a considerable mass of body tissue dies (necrosis). This may occur after an injury or infection, or in people suffering from any chronic health problem affecting blood circulation.The primary cause of gangrene is reduced blood supply to the affected tissues, which results in cell death.Diabetes and long-term smoking increase the risk of suffering from gangrene.
Prune-Belly syndrome, also known as Eagle-Barrett syndrome, is a rare disorder characterized by partial or complete absence of the stomach (abdominal) muscles, failure of both testes to descend into the scrotum (bilateral cryptorchidism), and/or urinary tract malformations. The urinary malformations may include abnormal widening (dilation) of the tubes that bring urine to the bladder (ureters), accumulation of urine in the ureters (hydroureter) and the kidneys (hydronephrosis), and/or backflow of urine from the bladder into the ureters (vesicoureteral reflux). Complications associated with Prune-Belly syndrome may include underdevelopment of the lungs (pulmonary hypoplasia) and/or chronic renal failure. The exact cause of Prune-Belly syndrome is not known.
A big “For Sale” sign in a Chicago 1948 tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Chalifoux, who face eviction from their apartment. With no place to turn, the jobless coal truck driver and his wife decide to sell their four children. Mrs. Lucille Chalifoux turns her head from camera above while her children stare wonderingly. On the top step are Lana, 6, and Rae, 5. Below are Milton, 4, and Sue Ellen, 2.
Apparently shortly thereafter the father abandoned the family, and records show he had a criminal record. A fifth child, David, was born in 1949. He was removed from his mother due poor living conditions andadopted by a loving by strict home and ran away at 16, spent 20 years in the military, and has been a truck driver ever since.
Rae says that she was “sold for $2 [in Aug. 1950] so her mother could have bingo money, Milton was standing nearby crying, so the family took him too. Sadly, their new father was horribly abusive. Rae ran away at 17. Milton was removed from the home due to abuse (unclear at what age) and eventually ended up in a mental hospital diagnosed with “schizophrenia and having fits of rage”. He was released in 1967 at age 23. He eventually married, moved to Arizona, and is now divorced.
No one knows what happened to Lana, other than she died of cancer in 1998. SueEllen was adopted, but I’ve not been able to find out any additional information other than she had two sons. She told her children that she was sold by her mother.
Evidence of widespread cannibalism was documented during the Holodomor. The Soviet regime printed posters declaring: “To eat your own children is a barbarian act.” More than 2,500 people were convicted of cannibalism during the Holodomor.
Russia found itself in difficult circumstances during the 1921 famine. Eventually, American aid was accepted, but this humanitarian generosity was partly motivated by disturbing accounts of cannibalism among the starving and desperate.
Cannibals with their victims, Samara province, 1921.
Starving Russian children during the Russian famine of 1921–22, which killed an estimated 5 million. Circa 1922.
8th July 1995, Sandy Charles after watching the movie Warlock 10 times, 14-year-old Sandy Charles of Saskatchewan killed an eight-year-old boy by stabbing him with a knife and then beating him with a beer bottle and a rock. After killing the boy, Charles cut strips of skin from his victim and boiled them down. Warlock claimed that if you drank boiled-down fat from a virgin, it would give you the power to fly. Charles wanted to fly. He Found not guilty by reason of insanity on August 2, 1996. Transferred to psychiatric hospital.