The "Gun Girl" Irene Schroeder had been a bandit since her teenage days, and was involved in at least 11 murders. One day her gang got into trouble. It came to a bloody two-hour standoff with the police. She tore her clothes off and naked, she stood up proudly and yelled at her men: "If you survive this, I'll sleep with you tonight". She was electrocuted on Feb. 23, 1931, facing her death without fear at the age of 22.
When you need to get the real story about some of history's most fascinating women, call Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work includes Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra: A Life. In her highly anticipated new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Schiff focuses on an infamous and dark period of American history, especially as it relates to women: the Salem witch trials.
In 1941, the U.S. began to form a hand-picked army to fight in Europe; its troops were composed of artists, designers, actors, meteorologists, and sound technicians, and their true mission was not to fight, but to deceive the German army. Their props were inflatable tanks and pyrotechnics; their tools camouflage, “spoof” radio plays, special effects, and sonic deception. Their last “disappearing act” was to vanish from history. Officially they were the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops.