Inspired by Friend of the Blog Dave Nichols' posts: Happy Leap Year and The Late Unpleasantness in Salem, I am presenting my dear Readers with My Top Three Horrible Happening in Halloween History. Enjoy!
2.) 1846 Donner party unable to cross the Donner Pass sets up their winter camp: The Donner Party was a group of 87 pioneers who set off in a wagon train from Missouri in May of 1846, got bored with the long trip, and attempted to take a shortcut to California. BAD IDEA. Unfortunately for all those involved, the so called "shortcut" was not meant for wagon travel and proved fatal for some and disturbing for all. What happened? Well, long story short, the Donner Party ended up stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains as winter set in. As temperatures plummeted and food ran out, some members of the party eventually succumbed to cold and starvation while their friends and neighbors survived by munching on their dead flesh. Yep, Cannibalism. They ATE each other. Om Nom Nom. What another helping? Sure you do!
3.) 1922 Il Duce, Benito Mussolini becomes premiere of Italy: Between 1925 and 1927, Old Benito dismantled virtually all constitutional and conventional restraints on his power in Italy, thereby building a police state. Just consider that a law passed on Christmas Eve 1925 changed Mussolini's formal title from "president of the Council of Ministers" to "head of the government". Thus, Mussolini was no longer responsible to Parliament. And did Benny use his power wisely? Of course not! Who does? Given unlimited power, Benny Boy laid siege to towns, tortured his citizens, and held women and children as hostages to oblige suspects to give themselves up. These harsh methods of persuasion earned him the nickname of "Iron Prefect". (Makes Dick Cheney almost seem tolerable, huh?... Nah) But not to worry Folks, Mussolini got his in the end. In 1945, his own citizens shot, stoned, and burned his body. What goes around comes around.