"...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, June 3, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the spirit of Manson, unofficial patron saint for cats everywhere.

Photo via Kcet.org

What the hell happened to Don Wiley?

What the hell was the Ape Canyon Incident?

Watch out for Deadshot Mary!

Watch out for the Ghost of Louise Island!

A 17th century murder is finally solved.  Sort of.

Various "animal fads" through history.

The discovery of a little girl who died about 150 years ago.

That time Edgar Allan Poe did not pull a practical joke.

Ancient Sudanese paintings.

How to make a "love sorbet."

A castaway's message in a bottle.

The fairies of Lancashire.

The odd disappearance of Lorraine Chance.

Maybe Heaven really can wait.

An 18th century look at death as family planning.

Human history keeps getting pushed back...back...back...

A handy guide to getting an easy, pleasant discharge from the army.

A 19th century case of one of the oldest stories there is: love, murder, and suicide.

19th century doctors and the law.

19th century mermaids.

The capture of USS Chesapeake.

A premonition of the assassination of a Prime Minister.

Hey, homely men!  Want to be pretty?  Follow this link!

England's oldest handwritten document.

The world's oldest stone bracelet.

When cutting your hair meant stealing your soul.

No.  Next question?

Why Nevers is one really hot town.

Some very taxing shoes.

The popular Circassian Bloom.

The kingdom of Africa Town.

The infanticide case that inspired a George Eliot novel.

Robert Clive in India.

Kaiser, survivor cat.

The journalist and the squirrel.

Pig boys and boar bites.

I'm only going to tell you this one more time:  a goose throat is not a toy.

The volatile life of Margaret Pole.

Wilkie Collins' terrier.

Well, all righty.

Line of the Week:  "As the fairies could not be produced the case ended."

Aaaand...we're done! See you on Monday, when we'll be looking at a puzzling death that spawned endless conspiracy theories. In the meantime, here's The King:


  1. I've not heard of the 'paranormal' explanation for bigfoot, though it ounds like a rather lame way of explaining the lack of physical evidence for the creature.

    As for the duel between the 'Shannon' and the 'Chesapeake', that's an old tale on the British and Canadian side of the affair. Is it less known in the U.S.?

    1. I believe it is. If my godforsaken school days are anything to go by, Canadian history is completely ignored, and the Brits don't fare much better.

  2. Wow. Manson sounds....formidable.


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