The Unusual Business of Madame Popova

Madame Popova was a Russian woman arrested in 1909 for running a murder-for-hire service that spanned 30 years. She was particularly approached by oppressed wives who wanted their abusive husbands killed off, and in total claimed to have “liberated" over 300 women. Her chose method of was poison. She admitted using a metallic dust. The sharp metal particles were placed in a meal and lodged somewhere in the intestine, causing inflammation that led to death. However, Popova's business came to an end when one of her female clients tipped off the authorities after feeling guilty for having her spouse murdered. Popova boasted to the police that she had done excellent work and told of how she had never killed a woman. After being sentenced to death, Popova was rescued from an angry mob by Tsarist soldiers who wanted her to burn at the stake. Instead, without remorse, she was executed before a firing squad and died happy to have "freed unhappy wives from their tyrants.”

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

On This Day

1869 - Thousands of businessmen were financially ruined after a panic on Wall Street. The panic was caused by an attempt to corner the gold market by Jay Gould and James Fisk.

Fact of the Day

In Japan, if a working day falls between two public holidays, that working day becomes an additional holiday by law, also known as “Citizen’s Holiday.”

Nature Oddities

When jaguars eat the leaves of the yaje plant, the are affected in much the same way as domesticated cats are affected by catnip.

Food and Drink

Tater tots were invented in 1953 when Ore-Ida founders were trying to figure out what to do with leftover slivers of cut-up potatoes. The product was first offered commercially in stores in 1956.
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