The Untold History
A look at the little known stories that make up our history
In 1892 a young woman named Mercy Lena Brown died of tuberculosis in Rhode Island. Her mother and sister had also died of the disease and two months later her brother was about to die from it as well. What do you do in a situation like that? Why, you dig up Lena's grave to see if she's a vampire, of course!
Snake handling as a religious practice has been associated with the backwoods of Appalachia for over a hundred years. While it's true that the handling of poisonous snakes as a way of proving one's faith has and still does occur, it has generally been fairly rare. Today we tell the story of the man who began the practice, George Went Hensley, from Virginia.
Despite the efforts of anti-alcohol crusaders in the 1920's, including passage of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning the sale of alcohol, people continued to drink. They drank so much the sale of alcoholic products increased by 300 percent! Today we tell how the Federal Government dealt with that problem.