The Real Story Of Sweeney Todd Is Far More Disturbing Than The Penny Dreadful Version

Most of us are familiar with the grisly story of Sweeney Todd, otherwise known as “the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”

This murderous character killed his victims by luring them into his barbershop and slitting their throats as they sat in his chair. He then pulled a lever that dropped them down through a trap door into his basement. After they were dead, he cut up their bodies with the help of Mrs. Lovett, the pie shop owner next door. That’s when the devious pair turned their victims into meat pies to sell to unwitting customers.

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Up until now, it’s been assumed that this story is entirely fictional, but what if I told you that it might have been inspired by real events?

In the story, the infamous pie shop was located on Fleet Street in London.

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But in the 14th century, the Rue des Marmousets bakery was actually located in France near the Notre Dame Cathedral, a popular tourist area.

And it sat right next door to — you guessed it — a barbershop.

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Like Sweeney Todd’s character, the resident barber lured foreigners inside with promises of a close shave.

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While they waited in the chair, he slit their throats and took them into his basement, where he and the baker ground their flesh and used it to make meat pies. Sounds familiar.

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They kept this up for three years, until a dog was found barking outside of the barbershop. It refused to leave that spot for three days.

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The dog belonged to one of their victims, who they mistakenly thought wouldn’t be missed.

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But the man hadn’t traveled to Paris alone, and when his wife found their dog barking and suspected that it had something to do with his disappearance, she called the police. They later found a pile of human bones in the basement.

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As punishment for their horrific crimes, the killers were burned to death.

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Their shops were torn down, so nothing remained to prove that these events were real, except for a bronze statue of the dog that blew their cover.

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Well, there goes any sense of comfort we once had about these monsters only existing in plays and movies.

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Greg Gutfeld asks what part of ‘never forget’ we all forgot

Fox News host and author Greg Gutfeld was busy on Twitter last night as news emerged about the magnitude of the terrorist attacks that killed and injured hundreds in Paris, imploring celebrities to“stop tweeting sketches of the Eiffel Tower as part of a peace sign. You’re idiots.”

Gutfeld haspicked up on his rant this afternoon. We’ve seen plenty of #PrayForParis tweets making the rounds, but we fear what official hashtag the State Department will deploy in response to the latest atrocity perpetrated by the Islamic State. Will a frowningfirst lady hold up a #JeSuisParis sign on Instagram? Both #BringBackOurGirls and #UnitedForUkraine proved so powerful.

Are we talking about the same Hollywood that made a movie about Dan Rather called “Truth”?

Advancement in terror? But the president just assured us the threat from the JV team was contained.

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‘Hulk’ actor Mark Ruffalo wouldn’t like you when you’re angry

Finding a liberal actor in Hollywood isn’t much of an accomplishment, but we have to give Mark Ruffalo some credit for being consistent in his beliefs whatever the issue, you’ll find him committed to thefar left side of it. Is it ironic that Ruffalo plays the Hulk in the “Avengers” movies, the big green guy whoseimmeasurable strength grows in direct proportion tohis rage? Moviegoers might love the Hulk, but Ruffalo doesn’t want to set a bad example on film, or in reaction to the terrorist attacks on Paris.

That’s a lot of retweets, but we disagree; the intended outcome of the Paris terrorist attacks was to kill as many innocents as possible and frighten the survivors into compliance.

Ruffalo also retweeted this bit of rhetorical Fruit Stripe gum to chew on from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who made his debut on Twitter crying into his sweater but confessedto becoming “physically enraged” at the Supreme Court’s “gutting” of the Voting Rights Act.

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