Queen Victoria's Chimney Stalker and Other Creepy Moments From History
Queen Victoria’s Chimney Stalker and Other Creepy Moments From History

Queen Victoria’s Chimney Stalker and Other Creepy Moments From History

Khalid Elhassan - December 11, 2019

Queen Victoria’s Chimney Stalker and Other Creepy Moments From History
Shoichi Yokoi. The Olympians

4. ‘I Was Really Good at Hide and Seek’

When Shoichi Yokoi was asked how he had managed to hide for so long in an island as small as Guam, only two miles from a major American air base, he replied “I was really good at hide and seek“. By the time he finally arrived back in Japan, Yokoi was famous.

Despite 28 years of isolation in a Pacific jungle, his mind was still sharp, and he swiftly parlayed his celebrity into a successful media career, becoming a popular TV personality and an advocate for austere living. He died of a heart attack in 1997, and was buried under a gravestone that had been commissioned by his mother in 1955, when he had been officially declared dead.

Queen Victoria’s Chimney Stalker and Other Creepy Moments From History
Monticello. Incollect

3. Creeping on a Dead Wife’s Lookalike Half-Sister

Thomas Jefferson engaged in conduct that would count as clear-cut violent sexual criminality today. The Founding Father and leading member of the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence was a complicated man, to put it mildly. On the one hand, he penned some of the most stirring words in advocating freedom, liberty, and equality.

Jefferson’s phrase in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” has moved and inspired idealists for centuries. On the other hand, Jefferson pursued his happiness in a hilltop plantation, Monticello, leading a life of luxury that was only made possible by the labor of hundreds of chattel slaves. There, he also raped his dead wife’s underage lookalike half sister.

Queen Victoria’s Chimney Stalker and Other Creepy Moments From History
Thomas Jefferson. Wisconsin Gazette

2. The President and the Child Concubine

Thomas Jefferson had a creepy relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings (1773 – 1835) – although calling it straightforward rape might be more accurate than a “relationship”. Sally Hemings was a slave, kept in bondage by a brutal system in which violence, including deadly violence, was used to coerce its victims and secure their compliance. She had as much choice in submitting to Jefferson’s sexual demands as does a modern kidnapped victim, who finds herself chained for years in some psycho’s basement.

Even if she had not been a slave, there would still have been something super creepy about the age disparity between Sally Hemings and the famous Founding Father. Thomas Jefferson was 44 years old when he started having sex with Sally. She was thirteen or fourteen. Even if she had been a willing participant, it would be considered statutory rape today: children that are deemed legally incapable of consenting to sex.

Queen Victoria’s Chimney Stalker and Other Creepy Moments From History
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. All That is Interesting

1. A Dead Ringer For a Dead Wife

Thomas Jefferson’s child concubine was also his dead wife’s sister and lookalike. Sally Hemings was the daughter of a slave woman and John Wayles, Thomas Jefferson’s father-in-law. That made her the biological half-sister of Jefferson’s wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson (1748 – 1782). Sally, who was nine when her half-sister died, bore a striking resemblance to the deceased Martha, and the resemblance only increased as she grew. Jefferson missed his dead wife, so when her lookalike sister was thirteen or fourteen, he began sleeping with raping her.

In short, Thomas Jefferson having sex with Sally Hemings would be an epic scandal if it had happened today, hitting just about every icky button there is. Pedophilia? Check. Incest? Check. Violence, coercion, and rape? Check, check, and check. Adding another layer to it all is that Jefferson fathered six children upon Sally, and kept them as slaves. He eventually got around to freeing his children, but he never freed his concubine: Sally Hemings was still Thomas Jefferson’s slave when he died in 1826.

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Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

All That Is Interesting – Idi Amin, the Murderous Cannibal Who Ruled Uganda

BBC – Shoichi Yokoi, the Japanese Soldier Who Held Out in Guam

Bondeson, Jan – Queen Victoria’s Stalker: The Strange Story of the Boy Jones (2012)

Cracked – 5 Creepy Moments From History You Never Learned in School

Encyclopedia Britannica – Dancing Plague of 1518

Encyclopedia Britannica – Zhengde, Emperor of Ming China

Guardian, The, January 22nd, 2018 – Why Lyndon Johnson, a Truly Awful Man, Is My Political Hero

History Things – History’s Nutcases: The Zhengde Emperor

Local, The, Germany’s News in English, February 8th, 2019 – Why Germany Will Never Forget the Stasi Era of Mass Surveillance

Murderpedia – Sada Abe

New Republic, March 4th, 2016 – The Presidential Penis: A Short History

New York Times, September 26th, 1997 – Shoichi Yokoi is Dead; Japan Soldier Hid 28 Years

Past Medical History – The Dancing Plague of 1518

Shadows and Satin – The Life and Death of Albert Dekker

Timeline – This Teen Stalker Stole Queen Victoria’s Panties and Lived in Buckingham Palace Chimneys For a Year

Vox – Thomas Jefferson Spent Years Raping His Slave Sally Hemings

Wanpela – Matsudo Linsoki

Washington Post, July 7th, 2017 – Sally Hemings Wasn’t Thomas Jefferson’s Mistress, She Was His Property

Wikipedia – Frances Cleveland

Wikipedia – Sada Abe

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