In Ken Smith's 1998 bookRaw Deal: Horrible and Ironic Stories of Forgotten Americans it mentions 21 people of the past (mostly American) who did nothing wrong but suffered bad luck and horrible fate. As a bogus chapter he talks about the prarie dog, because for many years it has been somewhat endangered with mankind trying to get rid of them.
Some examples from the book:
Ota Benga- the African pygmy who was displayed like a freak at the Bronx Zoo monkey house in the early 1900s, escaped and killed himself.
Karen Silkwood- you should know her
Frank Olson- CIA agent who comitted suicide by jumping out of a window after an LSD spiked cocktail thing.
Charles Goodyear- the inventor of vulcanized rubber
Leo Frank- the Jewish factory worked who was accused of murdering Mary Phagan a young girl. He was sort of the OJ Simpson of his day, only he was lynched by a mob.
Floyd Collins- who like Leo Frank has been the subject of a musical.
He was the caver who got trapped in Kentucky's Sand Cave and came out dead rather than alive.
Wilheim Reich- psychologist/ author who was from Austria and wroteThe Mass Psychology of Fascism
but many of his other books were destroyed after his death.
Thaddeus Cahill- inventor of the Teleharmonium, considered the first synthesizer, but only three were made and in this case both him and his invention met with bad luck. He spent the rest of his life bankrupt and all three Teleharmoniums were destroyed and no recordings of the instrument were made.
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