Did You Know…Gilles de Rais, child Serial Killer

Did you know... on September 15 1440 Gilles de Montmorency-Laval, Baron de Rais, was taken into custody  along with two of his bodyservents for the murder of anywhere up to 400 children over the course of nine years. He was convicted of the murders using the testimonies of witnesses and the uncovered bodies of some [...]


Did You Know… Posting children in the mail

Did you know that on June 13 1920 it was officially forbidden by the US Postmaster General to send children via the post. When Parcel post came to be in America in 1913 some parents capitalised on this and proceeded to mail their children to places such as their grandparents home. The cost of stamps [...]

Did You Know…Percy Bysshe Shelley

In a time when fathers held almost complete parental rights in the eyes of the law, English author Percy Bysshe Shelly, husband of "Frankenstein" author Mary Shelly, was one of the first fathers in English history to lose custody of his children. The children from his first marriage were given to the care of foster [...]