"...we should pass over all biographies of 'the good and the great,' while we search carefully the slight records of wretches who died in prison, in Bedlam, or upon the gallows."
~Edgar Allan Poe

Friday, February 12, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the League of Suffragette Cats:

Who the hell was Jack the Strangler?

What the hell was the Enfield Horror?

Watch out for the Pukwudgies!

Watch out for the Ghost Monkeys!

Watch out for the Ice Mummies!

Watch out for the Assassins!

In search of King Alfred's cakes.

A night on the town in 1968 San Francisco.  (My family lived there at that time, so this one was particular fun for me.)

It's not always easy being the child of a President.

Bess of Hardwick, a remarkable Tudor woman.

Everyone who has ever had anything to do with horses--or any animals, for that matter--will read this and say, "Well, yeah."

The murder that inspired countless ballads.

An inventive Victorian counterfeiter.

A rare case of a woman being hanged for sheep stealing.

Let's talk Georgian pancakes.

Norfolk goes to war against Napoleon.

The Gothic Caroline of Brunswick.

A mysterious ancient Chinese cemetery.

Why Chester Bedell had a snake-infested grave.

That time the Pope endorsed cocaine.

That time an angel appeared at Lourdes.

That time Victoria married Albert.

The "Sleeping Girl of Turville."

Pennsylvania's haunted coal mines.

A 16th century case of overkill.

A secret cat village in Spain.

The first woman to be executed in 19th century England.

Just follow this link.  For the life of me, I have no  idea how to describe this story.

Or this one, for that matter.

The beginnings of Valentine's Day in America.

The assassination of a Duke.

The disappearance of a Soviet spy.

Why, yes, of course human feet are still turning up in British Columbia.  Glad you asked.

Inanimate objects as murder defendants.

An incredibly haunting story about the murder of an adopted child in Spain.

Looking for love, Georgian style.

Why the "Knocker Up" was a very unpopular member of society.

Mary Queen of Scots refused to rest in peace.

How to write 18th century romance novels.

A 19th century school shooting.

In which Gandhi writes a letter to Hitler.

A fascinating alchemical book from medieval Egypt.

If you've been dying to read about Samuel Pepys' bodily functions, here you go.

Just to show what a weird world this is, read about the fatality rate for tourists to Notre Dame.

How to talk to demons.

Some very strange things were happening to the human race some 14,500 years ago.

When you're nicknamed "The Diamond Duke," you're just asking to become a magnet for robbers.

A man who guillotined himself.

Another man who guillotined himself.

The newest old footprints.

The people who appear from nowhere.

A lawsuit over a stolen donkey.

The film that was a "eugenics love story."

And for this week in Russian Weird, here's the time they ran out of vodka.

And that wraps up another week! See you on Monday, when we'll be returning to that ever-popular topic of Edwardian Murder. In the meantime, here's some Handel.


  1. The picture of the New Hampshire wood devil is one of the creepiest things I've seen - though the text doesn't describe a demonic grin. In fact, the wood devil seems pretty harmless.

    And running out of vodka in Russia, I'd think, would start another war, not just be caused by celebrating the end of one...

  2. I cannot put into words how thrilled I am to have come across your site! You are my new best friend :)

  3. In regard to the "Ghost Monkeys": I believe I have located the "pocket monkey." They used to have these at our zoo, and I found them on-line:


    (Extremely cute photos available by searching for "tamarin" on Google Images.)


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