Princess Diana had to be a Virgin to Marry Charles?

The complicated marriage between Prince Charles and Princess Diana was messy from the beginning, thanks to a very “archaic requirement of virginity” for a royal bride.

That’s what Tina Brown, author of The Palace Papers, believes set their nuptials off on the wrong foot from the very start.

According to the author, in a new interview with The Cut, trying to find a proper candidate who fits that requirement was like trying to find the “Loch Ness monster.” That meant the love of Charles’ life, Camilla, was completely out of the question.

“Camilla understood that the achingly archaic requirement of virginity in a royal bride was a deal-breaker in her relationship with Charles,” Brown writes in The Palace Papers. That meant the search was on for a bride for Prince Charles, which wasn’t an easy task in modern society.

“Finding an intact woman in her late twenties amongst his contemporaries might have seemed easy from the Queen Mother’s point of view, but in the freewheeling sexual mores of seventies London society, it was about as likely as a sighting of the Loch Ness monster,” the excerpt reads, “No wonder he wound up marrying the twenty-year-old ingénue Lady Diana Spencer.”

Brown also adds that the palace’s strict stipulations in choosing a virgin bride would “prove lethal to his future happiness” — he wanted to settle down with Camilla.

What’s astonishing is that one archaic rule for marriage set decades’ worth of trauma into motion for the entire royal family. It resulted in headlines that continue to taunt the palace, and as Camilla rises to Queen Consort in the future, it reminds everyone of what happened in the past.

Even as casual British royal family observers, there’s still so much we don’t know about what happens in the House of Windsor.

2022 is poised to be a memorable year for the royal family. But with historic highs come lows and pitfalls. Royal biographer Tina Brown takes readers from the troubling years following Princess Diana’s death, to the rift between Princes William and Harry, the scandals of Prince Andrew, and Queen Elizabeth’s steady resolve through it all in The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor — the Truth and the Turmoil. Brown’s book features new, intimate details about the royal family, and contemplates how the House of Windsor moves into a new era.

People ‘Disgusted with the Kennedys’ After Marilyn Monroe Documentary

Fans are ‘utterly disgusted with the Kennedys’ after watching the new Marilyn Monroe documentary on Netflix

The documentary ‘pieced together her final weeks, days and hours through previously unheard recordings of those who knew her best.’ 

The film did suggest that Marilyn’s ‘involvement’ with the Kennedys could have been a factor leading to her untimely death.

In fact, investigative journalist Anthony Summers said in the documentary: “What the evidence suggests is that [the circumstances around her death were] covered up because of her connection with the Kennedy brothers.”

This had fans reeling, with one viewer taking to Twitter to write: “Watching the Marilyn Monroe documentary on Netflix. I am utterly disgusted at the Kennedys—all of them.”

“Watching the Marilyn Monroe tapes. The Kennedys were a sexist rather dirty bunch. Power-driven. Self-motivated,” another echoed. “It’s not easy being a sex symbol. I can only imagine. She was beautiful and had a sweetness, sexiness, much ambition, and unfortunately, naivety.”

Someone else added: “The Marilyn Monroe documentary on Netflix is so sad. For someone so kind, she was treated so unfairly during stardom. Don’t get me started on the Kennedys.”

“I’m watching the Marilyn Monroe documentary on Netflix. It’s sad to see how she’d been sexualized since childhood. Grew up an orphan. And don’t get me started on THE MF KENNEDYS,” penned another.

Someone else wrote: “Biggest takeaway from this doc — @MarilynMonroe should have been cherished and was instead treated like a piece of meat by several powerful men (f*** the Kennedy’s). If she intentionally killed herself, it’s not shocking or surprising. But man, was she stunning. Unreal beauty.”

The documentary had fans reeling (Twitter).
The documentary had fans reeling (Twitter).

However, others didn’t believe that the Kennedy brothers had anything to do with Marilyn’s unfortunate end. 

“That Marilyn Monroe/Kennedy stuff was all a bunch of c**p. A total myth. It all came from that gross birthday party for JFK where is she sang to him,” one Twitter user wrote.

Fans weren't happy about the documentary's suggestions (Twitter).
Fans weren’t happy about the documentary’s suggestions (Twitter).

Meanwhile, another takeaway from the documentary was how brilliant an actress Marilyn was: “Marilyn Monroe, sex bomb, singer, actress, Bobby Kennedy’s lover, poor little waif, whatever – she was incredible on the screen. #TheMysteryOfMarilynMonroe,” someone else tweeted.

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes is available to stream now on Netflix.

Farmer Finds 4,500-Year-Old Statuette

A stone statuette more than 4,500 years old depicting the face of an ancient goddess was discovered in the southern Gaza Strip, archaeological authorities in the Palestinian enclave announced Monday.

Carved out of limestone and 22 centimeters long, the 2500 B.C. statuette was found by a farmer working his land in Khan Younis, according to the ministry of tourism and antiquities for Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules Gaza.

“The statue represents the Canaanite goddess Anat,” Jamal Abu Reda, who is in charge of antiquities at the ministry, said in a statement.

Anat, one of the best-known Canaanite deities, was the goddess of love and war.

It was uncovered on what was an important “overland trade route for several civilizations” that lived in what is now the Gaza Strip, Abu Reda said.

“We found it by chance. It was muddy and we washed it with water,” farmer Nidal Abu Eid told BBC News. “We realized that it was a precious thing, but we didn’t know it was of such great archaeological value.”

The find was the latest in Gaza, where tourism at archaeological sites is limited due to an Israeli blockade imposed since the militant group Hamas took over the enclave in 2007.

In February, workers at a construction site in northern Gaza discovered 31 Roman-era tombs dating to the first century A.D.

Israel and Egypt, which shares a border with Gaza, tightly restrict the flow of people in and out of the impoverished territory, which is home to about 2.3 million Palestinians.  

In January, Hamas reopened the remains of a fifth-century Byzantine church following a years-long restoration effort backed by foreign donors.

Also this week, antiquities authorities in Egypt said archaeologists unearthed the ruins of a temple for the ancient Greek god Zeus in the Sinai Peninsula. The Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said in a statement the temple ruins were found in the Tell el-Farma archaeological site in the northwestern corner of Sinai.

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English Kings Were Mostly Vegetarian

Cambridge University researchers analysed more than 2,000 skeletons and found elites ate no more meat than other social groups.

One study also suggested peasants occasionally hosted lavish meat feasts for their rulers.

Researchers said the findings overturned major assumptions about early medieval English history.

Cambridge University bioarchaeologist Sam Leggett drew her conclusions after analysing chemical signatures of diets preserved in the bones of 2,023 people buried in England from the 5th to 11th Centuries.

She then cross-referenced these with evidence for social status such as grave goods, body position and grave orientation and found no correlation between social status and high protein diets.

The findings surprised Cambridge University historian Tom Lambert, because so many medieval texts and historical studies suggested that Anglo-Saxon elites did eat large quantities of meat.

The pair worked together to decipher royal food lists and discovered similar patterns of servings – like a modest amount of bread, a huge amount of meat, a decent but not excessive quantity of ale, and no mention of vegetables, although some probably were served.

Mr Lambert said: “The scale and proportions of these food lists strongly suggests that they were provisions for occasional grand feasts, and not general food supplies sustaining royal households on a daily basis.”

Dr Leggett said: “I’ve found no evidence of people eating anything like this much animal protein on a regular basis.

“If they were, we would find isotopic evidence of excess protein and signs of diseases like gout from the bones. But we’re just not finding that.

“The isotopic evidence suggests that diets in this period were much more similar across social groups than we’ve been led to believe.

“We should imagine a wide range of people livening up bread with small quantities of meat and cheese, or eating pottages of leeks and whole grains with a little meat thrown in.”

The researchers believe that even royals would have eaten a cereal-based diet and that these occasional feasts – examples of which have been excavated in East Anglia – would have been a treat for them too.

“Historians generally assume that medieval feasts were exclusively for elites,” said Mr Lambert.

“But these food lists show that even if you allow for huge appetites, 300 or more people must have attended.

“That means that a lot of ordinary farmers must have been there, and this has big political implications.”

He added: “We’re looking at kings travelling to massive barbecues hosted by free peasants, people who owned their own farms and sometimes slaves to work on them.

“You could compare it to a modern presidential campaign dinner in the US. This was a crucial form of political engagement.”

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The Portuguese Serial Killer Whose Head Gets Kept in a Jar

Portugals first real serial killer, something to be proud of? I don’t know. This guy definitely made some history.

Diogo Alves was a serial killer and robber who was born in Spain and raised in Portugal. Between 1836 and 1840, he was responsible for the deaths of seventy persons.

He lived and committed those crimes in the Águas Livres Aqueduct area. Therefore he received the nickname: The Aqueduct Murderer.

In 1841, he was sentenced to death and went to be hung on February 19th.

When he was killed, his head got separated from his body and preserved in a jar and is currently put on as a tourist attraction in Lisbon at their university of Medicine.

What Did He Do?

You might be wondering what he exactly did to receive the death sentence? Well, it wasn’t pretty: as a kid, he moved to Lisbon to work as a servant in the aristocratic mansions of the Portuguese capital.

Not long after, young Alves understood that a life of crime was more lucrative in terms of making money.

In 1836, he arranged for himself to be transported to a residence on the ‘Aqueduto das guas Livres’, where he would labor.

Although many of the workers who traveled long and far to reach the city were no more than humble farmers who had come to Lisbon to sell their harvests, Alves singled them out for attack.

Awaiting their return home, he tracked them down along the Aqueduct after dusk and forced them to hand over their hard-earned money to him.

Afterward, Alves would hurl them over the side of the 213-foot-tall tower, sending them plummeting to their deaths below ground level. He did this around 70 times in that period.

To avoid capture, Alves assembled a gang of bandits who murdered four people inside the house of a local doctor before being apprehended.

Why Would You Keep A Serial Killer’s Head?

It was widely held at the time of Alves’ execution that the form of one’s head was responsible for certain mental or behavioral qualities.

He was so dismembered from his already deceased corpse and placed in a glass jar, where it has remained ever since, properly preserved for everyone to behold.

Because of so little written evidence, if any, of the research on Alves has survived, little is known about the outcome of the investigation.

And now it’s a tourist attraction, so if you’re interested — check it out.

More Famous Heads

When you think Alves was the only head they ever kept you’re wrong: a second skull, that of Francisco Mattos Lobo, who killed a family of four before tossing their dog out of a window, was inspected barely one year after Alves’ death.

That one is kept in a jar, very close to Alves’ head.


There’s more. Einstein’s brain is kept. In 1955, after his death, his brain was taken out of his skull (without the family’s permission) by a Princeton Hospital doctor.

They wanted to examine his brain to find out why he was so intelligent. But until today, there hasn’t been any conclusion about that.

Would you want to keep a head of loved ones in a jar?

Homeowner Finds ‘Letter from John Wayne Gacy’ in Basement

A homeowner claimed to find a letter from serial killer John Wayne Gacy in their basement.

A recently resurfaced Reddit post – originally shared 10 years ago – claims the letter was sent by Gacy from death row.

And people are shook by the chilling note.

It reads: “I have recently read about you in the newspapers and wondered if you might be interested in working on my case, at a point of Post Conviction.

“I have enclosed a clipping on my appeal, and while I feel I have good issues, I don’t feel I will get justice in the Illinois Courts, because of public pressure and mass publicity that [surrounds] my case.

“The state appellate defender is handling my appeal at this point, but may not be when I get to Post-Conviction. I was rail roaded to where I am now on death row, not only be incompetent counsel, but by constitutional law, judicial misconduct and prosectutors’ misconduct along with procedural errors as well.”

The letter was shared on Reddit: (Credit: Reddit)
The letter was shared on Reddit: (Credit: Reddit)

The letter then goes on to ask the recipient if he would handle the case.

“Since [you’re] as famous as I am infamous, and the years you have behind you, I was [wondering] if you would handle a mass murderer who is not one, but can’t seem to get anyone to look at the facts instead of the mass publicity, fantasy and state theories. And now in the court with political pressure.

“If [you’re] interested, I would like to hear from you one way or another and maybe be able to fill you in on more of the facts so you would see what I have to work with.”

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People are shook by the letter, with one person commenting: “It’s amazing how arrogant John Wayne Gacy was, even up to the very end. He was a textbook sociopath – every wrong act was justifiable, and the entire world was working against him.

“This is an amazing piece of history you have here. I’d say a museum is a good place for this.”

Between 1972 and 1978, Gacy raped and murdered 33 men. This number could potentially be even higher as even fifty years on, investigators still believe there could have been more victims.

A local contractor, and ‘clown-for-hire’ Gacy became known as ‘The Killer Clown’ following his arrest.

His job as a local contractor meant that he was able to hire lots of young men – many of the men he hired would later be reported missing by concerned relatives.

However, it wasn’t until he was arrested for two sexual assaults that police began investigation Gacy in relation to these disappearances.

Gacy was arrested on December 21, 1978, in 1980 he was convicted of murdering at least 33 people and sentenced to death; he was executed by lethal injection and died in 1994.

A newly released Netflix series delves further into Gacy’s psyche. You can catch it on the streaming platform now.

Secret US UFO Program Considered Nuking the Moon… Why?

The U.S. government’s now-defunct Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) spent millions of taxpayer dollars to research bizarre, experimental technologies such as invisibility cloaks, antigravity devices, traversable wormholes, and a proposal to tunnel through the moon with nuclear explosives, according to dozens of documents obtained by

The documents, which include nearly 1,600 pages of reports, proposals, contracts and meeting notes, reveal some of the stranger priorities of AATIP – a secretive Department of Defense program that ran from 2007 to 2012, but only became known to the public in 2017, when the program’s former director resigned from the Pentagon.

That year, AATIP became synonymous with UFOs, thanks to several now-infamous videos of an unidentified aircraft moving in seemingly impossible ways that former director Luis Elizondo leaked to the press after his resignation.

But the new documents suggest AATIP was up to more than just investigating reported UFO encounters. The entire cache of 51 documents, obtained by Vice via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed four years ago, can be read here.

Perhaps most intriguing among the documents are the several dozen Defense Intelligence Reference Documents (DIRDs), which discuss the viability of various “advanced technolog[ies].” This collection includes reports on “traversable wormholes, stargates, and negative energy,” “high-frequency gravitational wave communications,” “warp drive, dark energy, and the manipulation of extra dimensions,” and many other topics that will sound familiar to fans of science fiction.

Many of the reports stress the impracticalities of implementing advanced technologies. In the DIRD report on invisibility cloaking, for example, the authors (whose names have been redacted in all of the reports) write that, “perfect cloaking devices are impossible because they require materials where the speed of light approaches infinity.” However, cloaking devices that make objects invisible to microwave-based sensors, such as radars and motion detectors, are “definitely within reach of the present technology,” the report authors wrote.

Other reports do not shy away from bold, sometimes outlandish proposals for realizing advanced technologies. In a report on “negative mass propulsion,” the authors propose a plan to look for extremely lightweight metals in the center of the moon that may be “100,000 times lighter than steel, but still [have] the strength of steel.” To reach the center of the moon, the authors suggest blasting a tunnel through the lunar crust and mantle using thermonuclear explosives.

Of course, the U.S. has not nuked the moon and shows no immediate intention to; NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions plan to return humans to the moon for the first time since the Apollo era, with the ultimate goal of establishing a sustainable human presence there. Rattling the moon with nuclear explosions would likely prove contrary to this mission.

Whether these DIRD documents ever led to any long-term investments in advanced technologies is unclear. According to Vice, much of AATIP’s agenda relied on contract research from a private company called Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS). The company – run by Robert Bigelow, a personal friend of late Sen. Harry Reid, who was responsible for the creation of AATIP – was awarded a $10 million contract for their first year of research for the program, Vice reported.

This latest FOIA document dump arrives just three weeks after British tabloid The Sun obtained more than 1,500 pages of documents related to alleged UFO encounters cataloged by the AATIP. Included among the documents was a report on the alleged biological effects of UFO encounters on humans. The report listed paralysis, “apparent abduction” and “unaccounted for pregnancy” as reported side effects of alleged UFO encounters, Live Science previously reported.

Vice reporters will be delving into their newly acquired database of AATIP documents in detail over the coming weeks. Follow their coverage here.

Mystery of ‘Mr. Bones’: Skeletal Remains Identified but ‘Violent’ Death Unsolved

The decades-long mystery of “Mr. Bones” has finally been solved after skeletal remains were identified as a missing Oklahoma City man.

Roger Brian Bennett disappeared in 1982 at the age of 26 or 27. In a letter to family, he said he was being discharged from Kessler Air Force Base in Mississippi.

“That was the last they heard from him,” said Detective Jerry Johnson with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. Bennett’s remains were found in the state, but his family has no idea how he got there, said Johnson.

Bennett’s remains were found by hunters in 1984 and authorities tied the discovery to an abandoned camp that was investigated the year before, just one mile away.

The remains were a near-perfect DNA match to Bennett’s surviving mother, confirming that he and Mr Bones were the same person.

“On April 8, 2022, DNA Solutions notified ICSO that the probability of a mother-son relationship between Mr. Bones and Wilma Bennett was 99.9803%,” wrote the ICSO in a Facebook post.

“Based on that result, Idaho County Coroner Cody Funke has concluded that Mr. Bones is Roger Brian Bennett.”

The name “Mr Bones” was affectionately given to the remains by ICSO personnel, “who felt he deserved some type of unique personalization,” said the ICSO.

“As many questions as this answers, it brings up more questions,” said Johnson on how Bennett was brought to Idaho.

The cause of death is also unknown at this time, however, Johnson believes that it was not a natural death.

“As I’ve said before, my personal opinion is something violent happened,” he said, pointing out that a lens from Bennett’s prescription glasses was found at the camp and the remaining parts were found with his body.

Despite the identification, Bennett’s case is still open in hopes to fill in the gaps between when he left Mississippi in 1982 to end up in Idaho in 1984.


Skeletal remains found in 1984 have been confirmed as Roger Brian Bennett, who disappeared in 1982
Skeletal remains found in 1984 have been confirmed as Roger Brian Bennett, who disappeared in 1982Credit: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office

Bennett was born in Oklahoma City in 1955, graduating from Blanchard High School. “He enjoyed journalism and was a National Merit semi-finalist,” said the ICSO. 

He enlisted in the Air Force, working in a role involved in mid-air refueling before his discharge in early 1982. In his final letter to family, Bennett planned to travel to Louisiana to find work.

Bennett would have been 26 or 27 at the time of disappearance.

“Many new questions replace the answered, but ICSO is pleased that Roger has been identified and his remains will be returning to his family,” read the statement.

“After 37+ years and hundreds of hours of investigation, it was deeply satisfying to see Roger’s face and talk to his sister.”

While interviewing Bennett’s family, Johnson said that the only substantial connection between the man and Idaho was a family trip to Yellowstone during his childhood.

“He enjoyed reading about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and he wondered at the time what it would have been like to have been with them,” said Johnson.

“I think all of us have a little bit of explorer in us, and Roger may have wanted to have been with them on the trip. It’s a little thing that gives us a hint, because his body was found on the Lewis-Clark trail, one of those areas that is really unchanged from then.”

However, Johnson added that it still doesn’t explain what truly happened to him.

“That’s still a mystery.”

People Beg Scientists Not to Open Mysterious Sarcophagus Discovered at Notre Dame

French archeologists are planning to open a mysterious sarcophagus discovered in the depths of Notre Dame Cathedral after the 2019 fire – but people really don’t want them to.

The mysterious sarcophagus was found last month than three feet (one meter) underground in the 19th-century heating system while workers were conducting preparatory work on the spires, according to a press release from the France Ministry of Culture.

Astonishingly, the lead sarcophagus which is estimated to be from the 14th century, or earlier, is in great condition. Although the weight of earth and stone above the sarcophagus had caused it to warp.

While the discovery is great news for scientists, people are skeptical about the ancient relic – worrying that opening could make a rough year even worse.

“Repeat after me: Do not open the suspiciously appeared lead-lined sarcophagus beckoning us with its mystery! I can’t stress enough how every horror piece ever written has explicitly warned us about this,” one person on Twitter commented.

A team of archeologists with France’s National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) has already taken a look inside with an endoscopic camera revealing “remarkable scientific quality” human remains.

“You can glimpse pieces of fabric, hair and a pillow of leaves on top of the head, a well-known phenomenon when religious leaders were buried,” Christophe Besnier, the lead archaeologist told AFP. “The fact that these plant elements are still inside means the body is in a very good state of conservation.”

Along with the sarcophagus, scientists discovered parts of painted sculptures, the bust of an unknown bearded man, sculpted vegetables, a pair of carved hands, and more.

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Although it seems the opposition will not be enough to keep the lead sarcophagus shut.

Dominique Garcia of the National Institute of Archaeological Research said the findings from the sarcophagus could “help improve our understanding of funeral practices in the middle ages.”

Archeologists were given until the end of March to finish their work to keep the Cathedral’s reconstruction on schedule.

Archaeologists Find ‘Evidence’ of Pontius Pilate – The Man Who Crucified Jesus

Christians across the world gather today, Good Friday, to commemorate the passion — the Biblical story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. Jesus’ date remains the source of much debate, though it is widely accepted that it fell on a Friday on or near the Jewish festival of Passover, sometime between 30 and 33 AD.

Jesus and his disciples gathered on what is now known as Maundy Thursday for the Last Supper, where he told them that one of them would betray him.

Lo and behold, Judas Iscariot revealed Jesus’ location the very next day, telling Roman soldiers where he was in exchange for 30 pieces of silver.

Each of the New Testament’s Gospels — Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — give a detailed account of Jesus’ final days.

After his arrest, he faced an initial trial with the Jewish body of the Sanhedrin, before facing a second at the court of Pontius Pilate, Roman governor of Judea at the time.

Though Pilate did not believe Jesus’ crimes warranted capital punishment, he was influenced by the gathered crowds, and handed Jesus over to be crucified.

The historical record of Pilate is very limited, though he is believed to have held office between 26 and 36 AD.

While archaeologists and historians have disputed his existence for many years, a limited number of tantalising clues have emerged to seemingly confirm his existence.

Tom Meyer, a professor of Bible studies at Shasta College and Graduate School in California, revealed one of these clues can be found at an impressive fort built by the infamous King Herod.

Speaking to last year, he said: “More archaeological evidence has come to light demonstrating the existence of one of the key villains in the account of the crucifixion of Jesus: Pontius Pilate, the governor of the Roman province of Judea.

Pontius Pilate

Fragment of a stone monument with the mention of Pontius Pilate near Herod’s palace/ (Image: GETTY)

“A copper alloy ring that was used as a seal was first discovered in 1969 by Israeli archaeologist Gideon Foerster at one of the fortresses of Herod the Great, the Herodium — eight miles south of Jerusalem.

“This finger ring has proven upon further inspection to also bear the name of none other than Pontius Pilate.”

Prof Meyer added: “Seals were used by most classes of society and were often pressed onto wet clay documents instead of soft wax because clay hardens and maintains its shape when heated while wax just melts.

“In the ancient near east, seals were often engraved with the name of the owner and could function as a legal signature.”

Prof Meyer explained that, while one of the letters is damaged, the ring clearly has a Greek inscription that reads ΠΙΛΑΤΟ (PILATO) or Pontius Pilate.

The name Pilatus is a rare one, and would likely have been associated with Pilate.

However, given the cheap material it is made from, it is unlikely that Pilate would have owned it.

It has been suggested that the ring might have belonged to another individual named Pilate, or that it belonged to someone who worked for the Roman governor.

Pontius Pilate

A coin depicting an olive wreath from Pontius Pilate’s reign. (Image: GETTY)

The first evidence of Pilate’s existence was found in 1961 on an inscribed slab of limestone in Caesarea Maritima — modern-day Israel.

The slab stated that Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea under the reign of Emperor Tiberius, and that he was in charge during the time Jesus is thought to have been crucified.

Ancient texts relating to Pilate’s governance have also been found in Rome.

While the Gospels have portrayed Pilate as a ruler who could be easily influenced by public opinion, it has been suggested that he was in fact a heartless ruler.

Numerous other accused criminals met a similar fate to Jesus when Pilate was in charge.

Philo of Alexandria, a Jewish philosopher, wrote in 50AD that Pilate’s reign was troubled by “briberies, insults, robberies, outrages and wanton injuries, executions without trial, constantly repeated, ceaseless and supremely grievous cruelty”.

Pilate has become something of a reviled figure ever since, having famously “washed his hands” of Jesus, handing him over to be crucified. The Bible says it took Jesus six hours to die on the cross.

Two days later, women went to the tomb to pray but found it open and an angel there telling them that Jesus was alive.

More and more people saw him alive, some questioning if it was really him until he showed them his wounds.

He later rose up to Heaven to be with God, telling his disciples that God would be with them in his absence.

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