Six Impossible Episodes: Possible Apocrypha


Alexander Bean, aka Sawney Bean, outside his cave in South Ayrshire, Scotland, circa 1500. He and his family are said to have killed and eaten over 1,000 people before they were captured and executed, but his existence has never been conclusively proven. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

We get a lot of requests for topics that are very interesting, but for which there's very little information. In some cases, those people or events may have never existed. In others, the tidbit that's behind so many requests is historically doubtful. Here's a collection of six such tales: Battle of Karánsebes, Tomoe Gozen, Sawney Bean, Mulan, the Kitty Genovese Murder, and Underground Railroad quilt codes.

Topics in this Podcast: Six Impossible Episodes