When Crack Was King: 1980s New York In Photos

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The city that never sleeps. Well, rarely anyway. 1984. Source: Horvatland

TV shows like Girls and Sex and the City present a New York City where the “worst” that can happen on a wild night out is accidentally losing your debit card–or integrity. But until relatively recently the city was a pretty terrifying place. In the 1980s, crime was at an all-time high, and use of the new and cheap drug of choice, crack cocaine, grew incredibly quickly.

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5 Serial Killers You’ll Wish You’d Never Heard Of

Luis Alfredo Garavito

Luis Garavito Child Murderer

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Luis Alfredo Garavito, perhaps the deadliest serial killer of all time, preyed on young Colombian boys in the 1980s and 1990s. When finally tried in 1999, he confessed to killing 140 children, while some estimates place his total number of victims at more than 300.

And he should be up for release in about six years. Because Colombia does not allow life imprisonment, Garavito was sentenced to just 40 years, which was further reduced to 22 after plea deals and rewards for good behavior. Upon release, Garavito plans to run for political office and start a program to help abused children. He is an expert, after all.

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17 Things You Didn’t Know About Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman Facts

Today marks 196 years since Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, New York. While the American poet, essayist and journalist was considered radical for his opinions on many topics—labor issues, immigration, sexuality and capital punishment, among others—during his life, he’s now revered as one of the country’s most influential poets. Whitman’s life’s work, Leaves of Grass, broke away from the poetic conventions of his day, moving poetry forward in a surprising number of ways.

As an ode to the “father of free verse,” here are 17 facts about Walt Whitman that might surprise you.

Can’t get enough of Whitman? Check out this short video biography, or check out more surprising facts about Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein.

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