That's too bad, because often by discussing things in broad, heroic strokes -- the bombings, the invasions, the cities reduced to rubble -- you lose sight of the more personal horrors that occurred day-to-day. The committee's primary concern was food shortages made worse due to people feeding their pets, so to curtail this potential problem, they sent out a pamphlet called "Advice to Animal Owners" You can see where this is going.
UK National Archives Keep calm and kill your cat. The pamphlet advised the population that if they could not send their pets into the countryside, " it really is kindest to have them destroyed " the wording suggests that it was written by an early Dalek prototype. How did the British population take this order?
With protests across the Isles, surely? Within the course of a week, , family pets were "destroyed. The Romans figured, "Meh, the empire is big enough now," and took it easy with all the head-chopping and back-stabbing as much as they could, anyway to focus on more productive things like fine-tuning the laws we still use today. How else could Rome have held itself together for so long without routine garbage pickup and laws designed to keep people like serial killers off the street?
Bibliotheca Augustana And every potential killer on the street went to Rome eventually. All roads led there. The first recorded serial killer in history reigned like a mad queen for 15 years during this period: Her name was Locusta, and her career reads like what would happen if Hannibal Lecter was given his own state college.
Locusta's macabre story starts in the mid-first century A. Fortune smiled upon her when Agrippina decided to poison Emperor Claudius , and can you guess who she turned to for help on that one?
That's right, Locusta, who subsequently received a pardon for her lethal dose of girl power. Luis Garcia She used the "He looked pretty dead even before I killed him" defense. She got busted one year later in 55 A. Fortunately, the new Emperor Nero needed her for another job, and Locusta was pardoned once more so she could whip up a deadly milkshake for Nero's year-old step brother Britannicus. After that hit, Locusta was awarded a sweet villa and even pupils to aid her in her arts.
That's right, even though she was a known murderer and repeat offender, Locusta was given everything she needed to open her own goddamn school for murder. However, Locusta's luck ran out when Nero committed suicide, leaving her with few allies and a reputation akin to that of a sorceress. The madwoman was arrested and promptly executed by Emperor Galba in 69 A. How did she die?
Perhaps an ironic "taste" of her own medicine? She was supposedly publicly raped to death by a wild animal [some sources say a giraffe]. That's Roman law for you.