The Girt Dog of Ennerdale

Responsible for killing up to 400 sheep, debate has raged since over the true species of an animal sometimes called the ‘vampire dog’

Amy Johnson

One of the world’s leading aviators, Amy Johnson disappeared in strange circumstances after flying off-course in 1941

Redcaps

Unique to the Scottish Borders region, redcaps are said to be violent, murderous goblins that lurk in the ruins of deserted castles

Fran├žois l’Olonnais

One of the most feared buccaneers, this French pirate with a taste for both torture and murder eventually met an end just as grisly as anything he had meted out

The Hodag

Amongst the strangest of the ‘fearsome critters’ of frontier folklore, a Wisconsin businessman claimed to have captured a live Hodag in 1896

Operation Cottage

How the Allies took over 300 casualties invading an island that wasn’t defended