Whenever Hollywood is lacking in creativity, it just has to look at the story as inspiration. There are so many crazy, crazy and mysterious stories waiting to be told. The following stories would do well on the screen.
. 8 The Life and Times of Timothy Dexter
Everyone loves a good story about rags and riches, and everyone likes a comedy in which the protagonist is a crazy eccentric. The life story of Timothy Dexter has both of them. He was barely trained but had a fortune after making one winning decision after another.
Dexter was born into a poor family in 1747, received little education and began working as a farmhand when he was a little boy. His first stroke of luck came when he married a moderately rich widow named Elizabeth Frothingham.
Dexter spent almost all of his money to buy continental dollars that were worthless at the end of the War of Independence. This was done by other members of the upper class. They bought the devalued currency from soldiers as a sign of good faith. However, none of them spent all his fortune on them. But then Congress passed the economic plan of Alexander Hamilton, which allowed the currency to trade against government bonds with a face value of 1%. Suddenly Dexter became one of the richest men in Boston.
His life is full of stories that somehow bring him to profit from idiotic endeavors. The best known is that a trader had once convinced Dexter to deliver coal to Newcastle, a town that has already run a huge coal-mining industry. He did so and when his ship arrived in England, the miners went on strike, so Dexter sold his money for a premium. Another time, he allegedly collected all the stray cats in Boston and sent them to the Caribbean. The warehouse owners bought them to hunt mice. Once he sent bed warmers to the West Indies. They were bought and used as ladles for molasses. It seemed like there was nothing this man could not do to earn no money.
These stories are probably apocryphal, but that would hardly stop Hollywood from using them.
. 7 Ten Days in the Madhouse
The story of Nellie Bly is waiting for every studio looking for a shocking journalism film. She became a pioneer of investigative journalism in her early 20s when she committed, in a lunatic asylum, to exposing the terrible circumstances under which the patients lived. The Pulitzer Prize did not exist then, otherwise this story would have been a breeze Gaining It. Elizabeth Cochran Seaman first began writing for the Pittsburgh Dispatch but went to the Big Apple when she was tired of telling stories about "women's interests."
In New York, she impressed the publisher of New York World so much that he commissioned her to write an exposé about psychiatric facilities.
Bly first showed us how shocking it was for a woman to convince everyone she was crazy. The 23-year-old reporter only had to appear in a pension with a fake name and a messy appearance. A few rants and sleepless nights later, the authorities were called in. A judge had her examined at the Bellevue Hospital, where after only a few days she was admitted by doctors to the Women's Asylum Center on Roosevelt Island.
Bly spent ten days in the institution as a patient. During her stay she suffered physical ill-treatment from the staff, inhuman treatment ordered by careless physicians, pest infestation, lazy food and non-potable water, and manure-ridden living quarters.
Bly's report was first published in the newspaper and then as a book entitled Ten Day at a Mad-House . Her work had an immediate impact when New York passed a law to increase funds for mental health institutions.
. 6 Murder in Monaco
The life story of Vere Goold can be told in several ways. It can be presented as a "Rise and Fall" sports documentary, introducing the first tennis player to win the Irish Open in 1879. On the other hand, it can also turn into a gruesome thriller full of treason, bloodshed and murder. Finally, Goold has the dubious distinction of being the only Wimbledon finalist to be convicted of murder in .
As mentioned earlier, Vere Goold was once a promising tennis player. However, his time at the top did not last long and was brought to a standstill by heavy alcohol and drug use. He was successful enough for him and his wife, a dressmaker named Marie Giraudin, to get used to a comfortable lifestyle they could not afford. The two moved several times to escape the creditors.
In 1907, the couple went to Monte Carlo to blow up the bank at the casino. There they figured out as Sir and Lady Goold. They made friends with a wealthy widow named Emma Levin, who lent them some money. The exact sum is not certain, but it did not matter, as their luck at the tables was inevitably short. Again, the Goolds were planning to flee their debts, except that Levin showed up in her hotel room, expecting to be repaid. At this point, the fraud escalated into murder, because the couple not only killed Emma Levin, but dismembered her body to eliminate them later. They stuffed her torso and arms into a suitcase, while Vere Goold carried her head and legs in his pocket.
The killers reached Marseilles before being captured. In that city, a porter noticed a foul odor and a red liquid coming from the trunk. He called the police who made the grisly discovery. The crime was known around the world as the "Monte Carlo Trunk Murder". Both Goolds died in prison.
. 5 The History of the Gentleman Bandit
The story of Gerald Chapman fascinated audiences and sold countless newspapers in the 1920s, but has been forgotten. How could you revive it better than with a gangster movie?
Chapman's story begins like that of many well-known criminals – he was born in New York and started committing minor crimes as a teenager. He got into the big leagues with a case of armed robbery, which took him to jail. There he met his mentor and future accomplice George "Dutch" Anderson.
Dutch was actually born into a wealthy Danish family and benefited from superior education. So he had a touch of sophistication that Chapman admired and imitated for the rest of his life. Of course, Chapman was not taught. His refined personality was designed for show smokers – smoking cigars, wearing fancy clothes, living in the upscale neighborhood of Gramercy Park, going to expensive restaurants. He even set up a fake British accent .
His character may have been flat, but it was enough for the press. When he committed robberies again, the papers called him "Gentleman Bandit" or "Count of Gramercy Park." Before John Dillinger, before Bonnie and Clyde and others, whom he remembered better today, he became America's "celebrity gangster". He was even the first to receive the nickname "Public Enemy No. 1".
Chapman escaped from custody several times, adding to his fame. His fall occurred when he killed a policeman during a killing spree in Connecticut. An accomplice was captured and Chapman quickly identified as a murderer.
He was arrested in 1925 in Indiana. President Calvin Coolidge apologized for the crimes in that state so he could be sent to Connecticut, where he was tried, convicted, and hanged for murder.
If the movie needs more blood, we can add that Dutchman Anderson has sworn revenge on anyone involved in Chapman's death. One night, he raided Ben Hance, the man who took Indiana officials to Chapman's place, and killed him and his wife. He later died in a shootout with the police.
. 4 The First Great American Road Trip
Without a roadtrip movie, a good list would not be complete, and what better road trip could there be than the first major American road trip in history? In 1903, the doctor Horatio Nelson Jackson bought a Winton car, which he called Vermont, hired a young mechanic named Sewall Crocker and set off by car for the first crossing of the United States. On the way, he even added a lovable mascot in the form of a pit bull puppy named Bud. On May 23, the team from San Francisco set off. On their way to New York they crossed hills, valleys, dry lakes, badlands, swamps and even occasional roads. The car had more breakdowns than you can imagine and much of the journey was spent by Jackson and Crocker, who just stayed in the cities and waited for replacement parts to arrive.
Especially in 1903 car parts were not found on every street corner. In fact, the racers started out with just one spare wheel, because it was the only tire of the right size they could find anywhere in San Francisco. They had to use it after only 15 miles. Her salvation was the fact that the Winton Company learned about her stunt and gave her full support.
As if that was not enough, the trio were often lost because only the busy roads between the big cities were planned. Often they relied on the locals for instructions, and some of them deliberately misled them just for the "Vermont" to drive through their cities.
Despite all setbacks, the racers arrived in New York City. half days later.
. 3 The Gold in Dents Run
An entertaining movie list needs a profound puzzle, and what could be more appropriate than finding a long-lost treasure?
Back during the Civil War, shortly before the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the Union Army sent a gold broadcast from West Virginia to Philadelphia to pay its soldiers. The car tried to avoid the enemy, drove through the forest, but never reached its destination. The Treasure disappeared without a trace anywhere near the town of Dents Run in Pennsylvania.
For over 150 years, treasure hunters have braved the wilderness of northern Pennsylvania, trying to find the lost Civil War gold. As far as we know, none of them was successful. The truth is that the plunder one hundred years ago could be salvaged by someone who kept them quiet and lived the rest of his years like a king. Or maybe it did not exist – the original shipment would have easily made it through Dent's Run, or the Confederates raided the car and stole the gold here and there.
Despite the different scenarios that led to a price reduction The existence of the treasure made the story more and more mysterious in recent years as the FBI became involved in 2018. They came in with a court order to dig the area, and whatever they found, they keep it a secret.
Dennis and Kem Parada were allowed to participate in the excavation unless they were actually tied to a car for six hours without the excavation in sight. Then they were taken to a huge, empty hole, as if to say, "See? There was nothing there. The FBI then left, with the exception that the neighbors claimed that they had heard that the diggers would jump on again until the early hours of the morning. The next day, half a dozen black SUVs arrived at the construction site.
So, is the gold somewhere in an FBI safe? The Paradas and also some locals believe that. Not surprisingly, the agency did not disclose details but merely said that it was an ongoing investigation.
. 2 The Red Jack Gang
The Wild West has proven to be a remarkable source of motion pictures since the dawn of Hollywood. But there are so many stories of "Wild" Bill Hickok or "Wild Bunch" or "Billy the Kid" before people get bored. How about this time seeing a fun, unique and obscure group called Red Jack Gang?
The leader was "Red" Jack Almer, also known as Jack Averill. His gang roamed Arizona along the San Pedro River in the 1880s, robbing stagecoaches. They did not shy away from using their weapons and sometimes even opened fire without warning.
The most notorious moment in the gang's history occurred during a robbery on August 10, 1883. Almers henchmen, Joe Tuttle and Charlie Hensley, descended on a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The guard tried to argue that there was no gold on board. He was stunned when one of the female passengers jumped off the bus and called him a liar. In addition, she showed the robbers the gold that was hidden under a seat. She was no ordinary passenger. She was actually dressed in Red Jack as a woman. Trapped in a lie, the guard reached for his weapon, but Almer had his weapon under his coat and shot him down.
Tuttle and another accomplice, Len Redfield, were arrested and lynched by an angry mob. Red Jack and Hensley were cornered by a group led by Sheriff Bob Paul in their hideout in the Rincon Mountains. Fitting for two gunfighters from the Wild West they went out in a hail of bullets, which was killed in the following shooting assassination . Most of their prey has never been recovered and could still be near their former hiding place.
. 1 The Capture of the Ganj-i-Sawai
We conclude this list with a historical epic that could have enough action to blush Michael Bay. We look at the time when Henry Every organized a flotilla to carry out the most profitable pirate attack in history – the capture of Ganj-i-Sawai .
Anglicised as the Gunsway, the Ganj-i-Sawai was a merchant ship belonging to the Mughal Empire. In 1695, it was part of a fleet en route to India, which transported Muslim pilgrims returning from Mecca. In the fleet were next to people also a few ships that were filled to the brim with treasures of the Grand Mogul itself.
Each captain owned the Fancy a powerful frigate with 46 guns. Nevertheless, he knew that he was no match for the Mughal fleet, so he teamed with five other captains: Thomas Tew, Richard Want, Joseph Faro, William Mayes and Thomas Wake. Instead, they overthrew Ganj-i-Sawai and his escort Fateh Muhammed who had fallen behind. It was followed by a chase lasting several days, and in the ensuing fight the Fancy won. Most of the other pirate ships were either destroyed in battle or too slow to keep up with the hunt, and therefore they were denied their share of the plunder. The Mogul Merchant Ship contained hundreds of thousands of gold and silver pieces worth tens of millions of dollars today.
Although he is not as famous today as some of his compatriots, there is a reason why Every Time bore the epithet "King of Pirates." He had a short but highly profitable career that served only as a pirate for two years. More importantly, unlike almost every other notorious privateer, he managed to escape his plunder. Despite a massive head premium disappeared each escaped Fang and simply from the history books. His last fate will remain a mystery forever.
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