51 Times That Greed Took Over And Turned People Into Monsters

Rare Collection | November 26, 2019

Written by Jacob Shelton

We like to think that most people are inherently good, that they’ll do the right thing when the time comes, but when money enters the picture everything changes. You’ll find in these stories that when greed takes over people will do whatever they have to for a little bit of money… whether it’s get rid of a loved one or attempt to kidnap themselves. Greed can get its claws in anyone regardless of who their parents are or how they grew up, and more often than not a person driven by greed will meet a terrible end. The following stories of unsavory acts caused by greed will shock you to the core and make you think about how far you would go for a few extra bucks. 

Be warned… these stories aren’t for the faint of heart. Viewer Discretion Advised.

Georgia Tann kidnapped close to 5,000 children between 1924 and 1950

source: reddit

Adoption can be a beautiful thing, but when people take advantage of the adoption system it’s absolutely awful. Georgia Tann was a woman who stole and sold an estimated 5,000 children between 1924 to 1950. She used the Tennessee Children’s Home Society as a place to funnel stolen children to new families. Initially she took children from poor families whom she felt had too many mouths to feed. After she ran out of families Tann started nabbing kids from maternity wards before bribing doctors to tell their parents that the baby didn’t survive. Tann skimmed money from the payments that came in from families who were adopting the children and by the time the authorities cracked down on her she had about a million dollars from her scam. Before she could be prosecuted for the crimes Tann passed away from uterine cancer. 

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Jacob Shelton


Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.