Weirdest Love Stories in History

Dana Labart, Reporter

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Bonnie & Clyde:

Bonnie and Clyde, an infamous American outlaw couple, met in Texas in 1930. She was 19 and he was 21. They “fell in love” right after meeting through a mutual friend, but their bond only grew stronger after Bonnie snuck him a gun, so he could break out of jail after he was arrested for burglary. He managed to escape, only to be caught and sent right back. After spending nearly two years in prison, he was released on parole, which is when their crimes began. Bonnie, desperate to forget her former absent husband, followed Clyde where ever he went, doing as he said out of love. Once on the loose, they would travel around the Midwest, finding places to create temporary homes with Clydes brother, Buck, and his wife Blanche, while they planned out their next crime. The “gang” they had were accused of killing 13 people, as well as robbing multiple banks in the Midwest. On May 23, 1934, after years of being hunted and three months of being tracked by officer Frank Hammer, they were shot to death in their car in Louisiana.

 

Mark Antony & Cleopatra:

Cleopatra was a mistress of the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. After Caesar was killed, she was accused of being involved with his assassination. Because of this, Caesar’s successor and best friend Mark Antony summoned Cleopatra to Rome to explain herself. Instead of being punished, they instantly fell in love. But, their love angered the Romans, who believed she was using him to take control of the empire. Despite all the threats, Antony and Cleopatra got married, which outraged the public. Octavian, Caesar’s relative who believed he was entitled to the throne, decided to declare war on Antony in hopes he would defeat him. The two lovers retreated to Egypt when their supporters turned on them. Egypt was later invaded by Octavian, and they were both taken prisoner. Antony decided to kill himself in order to escape conviction, and when Cleopatra learned of his death, her loyal servants smuggled her a poisonous snake in a basket of figs. She let the snake bite her, and she also died.

 

Emperor Hadrian and Antinous:

Hadrian was a Roman Emperor in the year 117 AD. Antinous was a Greek slave. In Rome, it was considered acceptable for men to have gay partners, especially when they were prisoners. After meeting Antinous, Hadrian ensured that the love affair would continue for years. He brought Antinous to state dinners and royal ceremonies, which was more than most men would do with their lovers. Unfortunately, Hadrian was married to a woman and the two of them were never able to produce a son to inherit the throne. Because of this, the citizens got mad and decided it was because he was a “complete homosexual.” Hadrian ignored the accusations, but while sailing on the Nile, Antinous mysteriously died. It is believed he was either murdered for being with the Emperor and tainting his reputation, or he killed himself to save his lovers image as being known as the “gay” emperor instead of a great one. Going above and beyond for his deceased boyfriend, Hadrian named a city after Antinous and created statues in his honor all over the empire, over 80 of which still exist.

 

Paris and Helen:

The face that launched a thousand ships. The most beautiful woman in the world. That would be Helen, the supposed daughter of the greek god Zeus. Paris, the prince of Troy, was promised this woman as a bride from Aphrodite, the goddess of love. If Paris were to choose her as most beautiful in a competition against Hera, Zues’ wife, and Athena, goddess of Wisdom, then he would have her. After he chose Aphrodite, Paris was able to meet Helen in Sparta, her home. Instead of courting her though, he took her back to Troy with him. Little did he know, she was married to Menelaus, King of Sparta. When Menelaus and her brother realized she was missing they assumed that she was kidnapped, as she had been before as a child, and sent entire fleets across the sea to save her, even though she went willingly because she loved Paris more. The Trojan War then raged on as Helen watched, unable to stop it. Paris, fighting for his bride, killed Achilles and other warriors but was ultimately assassinated by a soldier named Philoctetes. Helen was then forced to marry Deiphobus (Paris’ brother), but he also got killed by Menelaus, and she lived out the rest of her life with him, where she started.