On June 6th, 1980, the small town of Libertyville, an exclusive tight-knit suburb of Illinois was sent into turmoil when local businessman, Bruce Rouse and his wife, Darlene were found murdered in their bed.

This sort of thing was extremely unusual for this small, affluent suburb. Most people knew or…

We all love free money. In the past, there was the myth that you never got anything for free. However, times have changed and there are ways to earn money, some requiring minimum effort.

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None of these are likely to make you a millionaire, or even close, but every little helps, right? I have tried all of these, some I like, and some I do not like. What works for one person may not work for another.

Switch Your Bank Account (UK Only)

This is an old one, but one…

Lessons Learned and What I Should Have Done Differently.

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Disclaimer: This is based on my personal experience, not everyone will have the same symptoms and experience if they contract COVID-19.

After two years of managing to escape the dreaded COVID, three days before I was due to fly to Las…

In 1995, the beautiful area of North Wales was shaken when a series of brutal murders took place.

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North Wales, a beautiful part of the United Kingdom. Over the last few decades, it has become a place that is popular with summer tourists and retirees, looking for a quiet life by the sea. However, in years gone by, the area was formed of close-knit, rural small towns, where…

On August 22, 1985, Steven Benson, aged just 33, was arrested for murdering his mother, Margaret and his brother Scott, and attempting to kill his sister, Carol-Lynn.

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Margaret Hitchcock Benson was the heiress of the Lancaster Leaf Tobacco Co. Her father, Harry Hitchcock, had founded the company in 1941. Harry had come from nothing and built the company from the ground up. Lancaster Leaf Tobacco became one of the largest dealers of tobacco in the world.


It entertained royalty, and was once the largest privately owned home in the country, possessing the longest façade of any house in Europe. However, Wentworth Woodhouse is relatively unknown.

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When you mention Wentworth Woodhouse, many people will say, “where is that?” Unlike Chatsworth House or Blenheim Palace, Wentworth Woodhouse is not a common name. Yet, this Grade I Georgian mansion is one of the finest homes in the country.

The Family Fortune

Wentworth Woodhouse was built by Thomas Wentworth, who later became…

Below are a selection of old prison and courthouse buildings that have been renovated into hotels.

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Malmaison Oxford, UK

This converted Victorian prison is now a stunning boutique hotel, offering unique luxury accommodation. The hotel, which forms part of the castle, opened in 2006. The castle itself was built in 1071, and was used as HMP between 1888 and 1996.

Prices start at around £150 a night.

Bodmin Jail Hotel, UK

The Bodmin…

Should the marbles be returned to their rightful home in Greece, or should they remain at the British Museum?

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In March 2021, prime minister Boris Johnson stated that the Parthenon Marbles (also known as the Elgin Marbles) would remain at the British Museum, despite Greece protesting that the marbles should be returned to their rightful place in Athens.

The Parthenon marble sculptures were designed and built between 447BC and…

Libby Iris

Libby has an MA in heritage studies and a BA in American history.

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