35 Dark Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About These Famous People

1Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy got Spice Girl Melanie Brown pregnant and refused to believe it was his kid. He took a blood test, which proved he was the father and he still wants nothing to do with the kid. In total, he has 8 kids with 4 different women.


2Matthew Broderick

In 1987, actor Matthew Broderick caused a fatal car accident that killed a mother and her daughter in Northern Ireland. Broderick spent a month in the hospital but because of memory loss, he was unable to explain what happened. It was determined that he wasn’t drunk at the time of the accident, and he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He was eventually convicted only of careless driving and escaping with a $175 fine.


3Mother Theresa

Mother Theresa’s “hospices” saw a much lower standard of care than many people who donated had thought. They had poor standards compared to developed nations. Hospices should have medically trained professionals to try to minimize suffering, but her “hospices” had medically incompetent nuns making medically bad decisions. They didn’t even boil the needles they used, which led to a lot of unnecessary suffering. According to Mother Theresa, “the most beautiful gift for a person is that he can participate in the sufferings of Christ.”


4Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg was addicted to cocaine by the age of 13 and he had committed 20-25 offenses by the age of 21. In 1988, at the age of 16, he served only 45 days in prison for an unprovoked, racially motivated attack that left one of his two victims blind. He was initially charged with attempted murder. At the age of 21, he fractured the jaw of a neighbor in an unprovoked attack.


5John Lennon

John Lennon was a bad father to his first son, Julian Lennon, going as far as to refer him as being “born out of a bottle of whiskey.” It is also known that he was physically abusive towards women, including Yoko. He once almost killed his friend Bob Wooler. He was drunk at the time and left Wooler hospitalized with broken ribs and only stopped beating him when he realized he was “actually going to kill him.”



6Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan was not a great father to one of his kids. One of his sons talks about how absent a father he was. This double take on Sagan comes from “Carl Sagan: A Life” by Keay Davidson. According to the book, Sagan was a disloyal friend, a cynical careerist, a security risk, an abusive husband, a scientist who eschewed experiment, an educator who avoided students and a goofy pothead.


7Martin Luther King Jr.

It has been proven that Martin Luther King Jr. plagiarized a good part of his thesis. Boston University, where King received his Ph.D. in systematic theology, conducted an investigation that found he plagiarized major portions of his doctoral thesis from various other authors who wrote about the topic. Martin Luther King Jr. also engaged in extramarital affairs throughout his life. He understood and believed in the biblical prohibition against sex outside marriage. It was just that he “had a particularly difficult time with that temptation.”


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8Tim Allen

In 1978, Home Improvement star Tim Allen was caught trying to smuggle a pound of cocaine through a Michigan Airport. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and face life imprisonment, but served only two years for providing the names of other dealers. In 1997, he was also arrested for DUI and was sentenced to one-year probation.


9Franklin D. Roosevelt

During Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency, Supreme Court consistently ruled portions of the New Deal unconstitutional. To threaten the court, Roosevelt proposed a bill to pack the court by expanding its size. Since the Constitution doesn't enumerate the size of the court, FDR felt he could simply add members to the court until the court was amenable to his policy. This directly threatened to snuff out the independence of USA’s highest court and he lost a great deal of political support for having proposed it.


10Charles Dickens

English writer Charles Dickens was known among other things, for social commentary in his novels. He once even expressed his belief that “Virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen.” He separated from his wife after 22 years of marriage when he fell in love with an 18-year-old actress. His wife went through two miscarriages and bore him 10 children before being dumped. He went on to publish a letter in numerous newspapers in which he accused his wife of being responsible for the separation, and calling her stupid, morbidly depressed and a bad mother.

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