The World's Most Infamous People, Who Had Ever Lived on Earth

Adolf Hitler

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Number 1: Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 at Braunau am Inn, Austria. His parents were Alois Hitler and Klara Polzl. He became Chancellor in 1933 and dictator in 1934-1945 in Germany. Hitler is known for his toothbrush-like mustache. He is, also, remembered for his hatred of the people that he believed were inferior. He started World War II, and murdered millions of people in death camps. He married his mistress, Eva Braun, just before they committed suicide together in their bunker in 1945. Hitler was cruel, arrogant, rude, and an evil tyrant. He liked to destroy everything in his way.

Hitler wrote: "Mein Kampf" (My Struggle) when he was in prison. He became the leader (Der Fuhrer) of the National Socialist German Worker's Party, also, known as the Nazi Party. He declared war on the United States in 1941 after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Hitler murdered six million Jews in concentration camps, and other victims, also, were murdered. Hitler's father was Alois Hitler, who was the illegitimate son of Maria Anna Schicklgruber. Hitler and Eva Braun committed suicide to avoid capture by the Allies.

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Number 2: Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin was born December 21, 1878 in Gori, Georgia in the Russian Empire. There are some sources that put his birth-date as December 18, 1878 or 1879. His Russian name was Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. He changed his name to Stalin, which meant "Man of Steel." Stalin was married twice; had two boys and one girl. One boy was a result of his first marriage to his first wife. Stalin murdered Tens of millions of people; as the dictator of the Soviet Union. The Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was known as the USSR. He murdered his victims by executions, shootings, and mass starvation. He sent many of his victims to work camps to the north in Siberia. The camps were known as gulags.

Stalin personally signed the death warrants of thousands and ended the early releases from work camps for good behavior. In 1953, Stalin planned and ordered the construction of four large prison camps in Kazakhstan, Siberia, and the Arctic North, apparently as a new terror campaign against Soviet Jews, but, fortunately, the plan was never activated. In 1953, Joseph Stalin, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage (massive stroke). There were rumors that he was poisoned with warfarirn. Warfarin is a powerful rat poison and has no taste.

Joseph Stalin was only 5' 4" tall, but was depicted as being large and powerful. Harry S. Truman described Stalin as being "a little squirt." He had smallpox as a child, which left pock marks, scarring his face. He had damage to one of his hands when he fell off a wagon as a child. His damaged hand had withered away.

Ilse Koch Most Evil Woman in History

Number 3: Ilse Koch

Ilse Koch was born in Dresden, Germany on September 22, 1906 and is known for being the "lampshade lady." She joined the Nazi Party in 1932, and later married Karl Otto Koch, the commander of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, and later the Majdanek Concentration camp. Ilse Koch terrorized prisoners at Buchenwald, and was fond of riding her horse through the camp. She liked to whip prisoners ,who attracted her attention. She was a sadistic camp murderess, who liked to make lampshades and shrunken heads. She made these things out of tattooed human skin, which was taken from her victims, She used these grisly things for her own use and to decorate her home. She was captured and arrested after the war and imprisoned. A judge commuted her sentence after she served four years, but she was retried by a German court, and was sentenced to life. She committed suicide on September 1, 1967.

Number 4: Vlad the Impaler

Vlad III, known as Vlad Tepes (the Impaler), was the inspiration for Bram Stoker's novel: "Dracula", which was a tale about a vampire from Transylvania, who drank the blood of his victims. The real Vlad III was a prince of Wallachia from1431 to 1476, who campaigned against the Ottoman Empire and its expansion. Vlad III impaled his enemies on stakes. His cruelty was excessive, and his victims totaled in the tens of thousands. Vlad III took sadistic pleasure in torturing and killing his victims. He cut off parts of the victims, including the genital organs, he burned people alive, and buried people alive. Dracula is a name that means dragon or devil. Vlad III had been married twice.

Number 5: Countess Elizabeth Bathory

Countess Elizabeth Bathory was a member of Hungarian nobility. She was the daughter of George and Anna Bathory. Bathory was born in 1560, and is known as the "Blood Countess." She was accused of torturing and murdering hundreds of young girls. She liked to burn or freeze her victims, mutilate, sexually abuse them, and starve them. Her victims may total up to 650. There were rumors that she bathed in her victims' blood, as she thought it would keep her skin looking young and healthy. She was caught, but the countess was never tried, because of her noble birth. The king of Hungary owed the countess's husband a large sum of money, so the countess would never be tried for the murders. Elizabeth Bathory was married to Ferenc Nadasdy, but he died years before, and Elizabeth was on her. Her husband loved to torture and murder, as well. Bathory ended up walled in her castle (Cachtice Castle) for the crimes she committed, until she died in 1614. She was walled up in her castle for four years. Erzsebet/Elizabeth Bathory's great uncle was Dracula (Vlad Tepes, the Impaler). Elizabeth's uncle, Stephan Bathory put Vlad Tepes, the Impaler on the throne of Wallachia in 1476. Stephan was the king of Poland from 1575 to 1586.

Elizabeth Bathory suffered from epilepsy and seizures. One of her uncles was a Satanist, her brother, Stephan was a drunkard and a letch, her husband was thought to have taught her tortures, and he tortured his enemies in a dungeon. Elizabeth had partners in her crimes, which was her nurse, her steward, and a sorceress. Her partners would go out and find victims. The victims would be brought to her castle, where she would torture and kill them. Elizabeth's cousin brought soldiers and police to Elizabeth's castle on December 30, 1610. They found a dozen corpses, with large amounts of puncture wounds that were milked for blood. Her accomplices were tried and put to death. Elizabeth was imprisoned in her castle until she died.

Number 6: Torquemada

Tomas de Torquemada was a 15th century Dominican friar, who became the 1st Grand Inquisitor of Spain. He was born in Spain in 1420. He enjoyed torturing. The king and queen of Spain were trying to restore Christianity. Torquemada was notorious and zealous in his campaign against crypto-Jews and crypto-Muslims. He was a chief supporter of expelling Jews from Spain in 1492. Torquemada's inquisition was horrific, full of religious bigotry, and he was cruel and fanatical. He was the confidant of the queen, which gave him power to do whatever he wanted. His goal was to get rid of all heresy in Spain. He used torture to get people to confess, and if the victim didn't confess, the victim was put to death. When the victims did confess they would most likely be put to death anyway.

Irma Grese

Number 7: Irma Grese

Irma Grese was a notorious concentration camp guard in Nazi Germany, who was known for torturing and murdering innocent victims of the Holocaust. Irma Grese was born on October 7, 1923 in Wrechen, Germany. Her parents were Alfred and Berta Grese. Her father was a dairy worker. She had four siblings. Irma was blond and blue eyed. She was referred to as: "The Beautiful Beast", among other nicknames by the prisoners. Irma had the rank of Oberaufseherin (Senior SS-Supervisor), the second highest position of a woman guard in Auschwitz. Irma Grese's full name was Irma Ida Ilse Grese. Irma Grese died December 13, 1945. She was sentenced to death and hung at Hamelin, Germany.

Grese was a guard at Ravensbruck, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Bergen-Belsen. She turned her trained and half-starved dogs on prisoners. The dogs were savage and attacked the prisoners, so that she could watch for her own pleasure. Irma Grese enjoyed sexual excesses, shooting people, beating people with her plaited whip, and selecting prisoners for the gas chambers. She wore heavy boots, carried a pistol and a whip. Grese enjoyed standing next to Dr. Joseph Mengele, who was one of her lovers in the camp. The camp commander was one of her lovers, as well.


Number 8: Emperor Nero

Nero's name in Latin is: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. Nero was the Roman Emperor from 54 to the year 68. He was the last emperor of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty. Nero was adopted by his great-uncle Claudius to become heir and successor to the Roman Empire. Nero is infamous for playing the fiddle while Rome burned, but is believed to be an inaccurate rumor. In the year 64, most of Rome was destroyed in the Great Fire. There were many Romans, who believed that Nero had started the fire. Nero was extravagant and tyrannical. He is known for executions and murders, including his own mother, and his stepbrother, Britannicus, who was poisoned. Nero is known for his persecutions of Christians. Nero had Christians burned in his garden at night for a source of light, according to the ancient sources. His mother, Agrippina the Younger, was the sister of Caligula. Nero would roam the city at night in a disguise with his companions to terrorize the streets and attack individuals. Those who dared defend themselves often faced death afterwards for showing disrespect for the emperor. Christians were blamed for the great fire and used as scapegoats. The venue was at Nero's Circus near the Mons Vaticanus,where Christians were exposed to wild animals and set on fire, smeared with pitch to light up the night. The executions were so grisly, that the populace showed sympathy to the victims. Nero tried to shift the suspicion of arson onto others, but he failed. Nero was age 17 when he became the Emperor of Rome, and he committed suicide in the year 68; fearing that he would be assassinated.

Number 9: Katherine Mary Knight

Katherine Mary Knight is an ordinary housewife, who committed a crime that puts her in with the most evil men and women in history. Knight was born October 24,1955 in Australia. She is known for the murder of John Price. She lived in Aberdeen at the time of his murder. Katherine Knight worked in Abattoirs (slaughterhouses). Knight worked as a deboner, and she had her own set of deboning knives. She kept parts of dead animals as trophies in her house. She had a violent history with men. She had relationships and she was married more than once. She would accuse her husband of cheating. She took a puppy and slit its throat from ear to ear, in front of one of her husband's, and bashed its head in with a frying pan. She slashed a woman's face, and another time, she took her own 2 month old daughter, and placed her on railroad tracks, so that the daughter could be run over by the next train. A man saw the child on the tracks and saved her life. Knight had been violent with the men she had met, and had relationships with all of them.

Katherine Knight's last relationship was with John Charles Price. Her relationships started out good until she became violent and would accuse the man of cheating on her. She made threats to the ones she had relationships with. She told them, if they ever cheated on her, she would pay them back. She was extremely violent in her relationship with Price, so much so, that Price had filed for an "Apprehended Violence Order" (AVO) to keep her away from him. Knight went to his house one night and watched TV, took a shower, and joined him in bed. The following morning, Price never showed up for work. One of the neighbors was worried, as Price's vehicle was parked at his house. Price was found dead. Knight had killed him; she staved him multiple times in the front and back, and skinned him from head to foot, decapitated him, and cut slices of flesh from his backside. She hung his skin in a doorway on a meat hook. She put his skinned head into a soup pot (with vegetables); baked the slices from his backside in the oven, and had more vegetables that she had prepared before to go along with the 'roast.' She had four children from her previous marriages, and he had three children from his previous marriage (his ex-wife had kept the youngest, and he had the other two). The 'meal' was prepared with a note that it was meant for his children. Luckily, the police had found the 'meal', before the children got home.

Katherine Knight was sentenced to life in prison with no parole. The judge said that she must never be released. She claimed that she couldn't remember the crime, but eventually, pleaded guilty. She recalled having sex with him, just before the murder. She has tried to get herself released, but so far hasn't had any luck.

Number 10: Dr. Josef Mengele

Dr. Josef Mengele was an S.S. Officer and physician at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. He selected transports of prisoners to work or go to the gas chambers by telling them to go to the left or right. Mengele took turns with this duty, with other officers. Josef Mengele was born to Karl and Walburga Mengele in Gunzburg, Bavaria, Germany on March 16, 1911. Mengele was refined, intelligent, and popular in his home-town. He joined the Nazi Party in 1937. He joined the S.S. in 1938.

Dr. Mengele is known for his medical experiments on camp inmates. He experimented on children, twins, dwarfs. gypsies, and people with physical abnormalities. His experiments included: injecting chemicals into the eyes of children, in an attempt to change the color of their eyes, various amputations, sterilizations, shock treatments, and other surgeries. Evidence of experiments comes from survivors and a Jewish doctor: Miklos Nyiszli, who worked as a pathologist. Mengele injected chloroform into the hearts of his victims (twins), so that he could do a comparison study of their internal organs. Mengele tried to find a genetic cause of the birth of twins, so that a program could be formed to double the birth rate of the 'Aryan' race. Gypsy twins were used for a large number of experiments in the field of contagious diseases, for example, typhoid and tuberculosis. He tortured Jewish and Gypsy Children. He murdered most of the twins. Mengele was called the "Angel of Death" by inmates in the camp. He introduced himself to children of whom he used in his medical experiments as: "Uncle Mengele", and offered them chocolates (sweets). He acted kindly toward the children, but the older children (twins) saw his kindness as deceiving. After the war, Dr. Mengele escaped to South America and was never caught. He died by drowning in the Atlantic Ocean in 1979, after having a stroke.

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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Spot on analysis and hub. I have read about those "people" and viewed programs on the History Channel which discussed their lives and evildoings. Besides the abovementioned "people", there are others which include Ivan the Terrible, Joseph Stalin, Heinrich Himmler, and Pol Pot.

There were plenty in ancient and medieval times. They include Nero, Caligula, Attila, and Genghis Khan. These "men" were psychopathic beyond belief. They taught of nothing of killing and exterminating people in addition to destroying entire cultures. Attila exterminated the ancient Burgundians and Genghils Khan all but exterminated the Tartars.

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Ellieface 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hey, that really is a great list. Can I make a suggestion though. Joseph Stalin should probably on this list, when you add more too it. Oh, and Josef Mengele was a pretty evil man as well.

I enjoyed reading your hub! I have ready a lot about Elizabeth Bathory, and she was a complete sick f***.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

No doubt about it, these were some pretty bad people. Great list of the world's worst.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

To: gmwilliams, the four: Ivan the Terrible, Joseph Stalin, Heinrich Himmler, and Pol Pot would be great to add to the list of the worst men and women in the world. The ancient ones would be good to add, too. There sure was a lot of nasty and evil people, and still are today that think nothing of killing innocent people.

To: Ellie Face, thanks for reading. I think that Joseph Stalin would be a great idea to add to the list. I will have to add him along with others like Dr. Josef Mengele. Elizabeth Bathory was really sick. Another person that was really sick was Katherine Knight.

To: billybuc, I think so, too. They were some pretty bad people. Thanks for reading.

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Matthew Maktub 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Nice topic for a hub. It's cool to get a history lesson now and then, even if it's more on the infamous side of things. I enjoyed reading and learning.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Thanks for your comment. The topic is definitely different and is more on the infamous side of life.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately there are still a lot of evil people in this world.

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great list. I am sure that there are many more evil people in the world than great ones. These are some scary people. You have some great hubs.

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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

I believe I have read about everyone on your list with the exception of Number 6: Irma Grese. This subject has always fascinated me in the way of amazement of how a human being can become so volatile and gruesome. Great job on the list. I think you could do several "additional hubs" on this subject as I have already thought of at least 9 more of the top of my head that belong here. Thumbs up Gail! Lisa

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

and let's not forget Mussolini.....Unfortunately, there are far too many "evil" names that can be added. The women on your list, shocks me....not that women can't be evil, but we do have a tendency to think of women as being the more gentle and nurturing gender.....These women were quite the contrary. Scary, in fact.

I notice also, three of seven committed suicide.....I would imagine it's fairly easy to hate yourself when you're one of these lovely people!


LaSalle 4 years ago

@fpherj48 : I think most people consider Mussolini a political thug, not necessarily "evil." Political strongmen have always existed, but it depends on your definition of evil. In politics, it always helps to look at the motivation of others before writing them off as evil. Mussolini had many followers, as did other politicians and dictators who we consider "evil." Also, let's not forget that very often women can be much more cruel and vindictive than men. Just ask women who have a woman boss!

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vox vocis 4 years ago

I'd say that Mussolini was just a political marionette at the time and not necessarily a purely evil figure. He had done a lot for Italy before he became Hitler's ally. A lot of people believe he felt that he had to collaborate with Hitler otherwise Italy would have been run over by the Germans. All the people on this list deserve to be mentioned, although like some other people, I believe Stalin should have taken the No.1 place. It would be interesting to read more about the Countess Elizabeth Bathory. Her story seems like a great scenario for a horror movie. Great idea for a hub! Voted up!

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

To Tammy Swallow: thanks, I believe there are more evil people than great ones, too. There are a lot of evil people. They are very scary! I wouldn't ever want to meet up with any of them!

To Rusticliving: Thanks, Lisa. There sure are a lot of evil people that could be added to the list, and enough for several hubs, too. Its hard to believe that people can be that gruesome and violent.

To fbherj48: Thanks, There are far too many evil lpeople. Mussolini could be added. Women are thought to be the gentler and nurturing gender, but some women are really contrary to it. Maybe they did hate themselves, but they might of loved themselves as they were so evil. They should hate themselves, for sure.

To La Salle: I agree that women bosses can be much more nastier than men, they can be very cruel and vindictive. I think that it would be a good idea to do research about Mussolini, before writing him off as evil. It would be a real good idea to find out what motivated him. I'm sure that he wouldn't of wanted Italy to be overrun by the Germans.

To vox vocis: It would be a good idea to do research on Mussolini, before writing him off as evil, to see what his motivations were. He wouldn't of wanted Hitler and the Germans to run over Italy. Stalin would make a great number one, I always wondered which one was worse, Hitler or Stalin? I will look for more information on the Countess. I think that her story would make a great horror movie! Thanks you. Thanks to everyone for commenting. There are videos on youtube about the Countess Elizabeth Bathory--I need to add some really soon. Thanks, again!! gail641

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Thanks, I agree with you 100%, that there are more evil people than greats. They sure sound very scary.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

I think the subject is so fascinating, too, and its hard to believe that anyone could be so volatile and gruesome. Thanks, I think that many other names could be added to the list, too. There sure is a lot of them, enough for several hubs, too.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Mussolini would be good. There are way too many evil people. The women were contrary to being gentle and nurturing. They took pleasure in doing evil things to others, I think their horrific, and I wouldn't want to be where they are. Their scary! They should hate themselves. Thanks!

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

I agree with you. Mussolini should be researched to try to find his motivation, before or possibly writing him off as evil. I would agree that women can be much more cruel and vindictive than men-they can be really wicked when they have power over others.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

I would agree that Mussolini would have collaboated with Hitler to try prevent the Germans from running over Italy--they would have taken Italy over. Stalin would b good for no. one. I wonder which one was more evil-Hitler or Stalin? Stalin should be added soon. Thank you for commenting and voting up. I thought that a list of evil people would be a really good idea, too. I will have to find out more about the Countess. Her story would be a great idea for a horror movie! Thanks for voting up! There are videos of her on youtube-I need to add some.

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DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

I definitely agree with your list of worst people, I'm sure I could think of many more that could fit in this list. Great hub, voted up, awesome, interesting and shared

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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

Yes, these were some unpopular characters. Their deeds are chilling.

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Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

Dear gail641,

Hitler was a dangerous person to be around in more ways than one. He was a vegetarian and ate large amounts of gas producing foods. Apparently when he flew into one of his many rages, he would stomp up and down the room farting copiously. Heaven help anyone who though this to be funny. Perhaps this gives a new meaning to poison gas warfare.

Kind regards Peter

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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I'm amazed how many women are on your list. I've heard and read so much about the men whom were Nazis - interesting.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Thank you, DS Duby. There sure are a lot of other worst people that could be added. Thanks for sharing.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Thanks for commenting! They sure were unpopular characters, who committed such horrific deeeds.

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Thanks for commenting--Hitler sure was dangerous and his eating large amounts of gas producing foods does sound like poison gas warfare-dangerous individual was Hitler!

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

There sure is a lot about the men who were the Nazis, there sure were nasty women, who were brutal, too. Thanks for commenting.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

This is a very interesting hub! I had heard of most of these people, but not all. It still amazes me how a human being can be so cruel. I t makes one wonder what has happened in their lives to create such cruelty or were they really born that way. Voting this up and interesting! :)

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City Author

Its makes you wonder how anyone can be so cruel. I wonder if they were born that way? They sure were cruel. Thanks for voting up and interesting. There's a lot more people, who are cruel, that could be added to the list. Thanks for commenting, sgbrown.

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HSchneider 3 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Great informational Hub, Gail. Unfortunately these are only the most high profile. There have been and still are much more evil in this world that we must always be on guard against. That is the responsibility of all good people in this world.

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gail641 3 years ago from Mason City Author

I agree-there is a lot more evil and they are high profile cases. We must always be on guard against the evil in this world. There are all the serial killers to be on guard against, and many others. I agree 100%!!! Thanks for the wonderful comment, HSchneider!

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gail641 3 years ago from Mason City Author

Thank you, HSchneider! I agree completely!!!

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