"...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, March 30, 2018

Weekend Link Dump

This week's Link Dump has the honor to be sponsored by royalty: the cats of Queen Alexandra!

"San Francisco Call," June 28, 1904

Who the hell put a marker on Aaron Burr's grave?

How the hell did actress Gay Gibson die?

Watch out for the Woodenbong Wild Man!

Watch out for those haunted mines!

Watch out for those Victorian mourning veils!

Footprints from the Ice Age.

Easter folklore.

The strange "House of the Green Shutters."

Roberto Calvi: the death that launched a thousand conspiracy theories.

18th century Agony Aunts.

London's "Great Stink."

The Pitcairn poltergeist.

Butchery in Massachusetts.

A gruesome medieval burial.

Witches vs. the Nazis.  

The execution of a 14th century rebel.

This is why we can't have nice archaeological sites.

The rediscovery of a "lost" film that predicted the rise of anti-semitism.

$20 million worth of old movie ads.

Renting out haunted houses.

The FBI and Civil War gold.

The unusual double life of Clarence King.

Putting a dead man on trial.  Well, that's King James VI and I for you.

The hazards of masquerading as a man in the early 20th century.

Cows have character!

An unconventional Marchioness.  

Jim, the laughing ghost dog.

Do astronauts believe in alien life?

A corpse on eggs.

Love and tragedy in the British Library.

Why you would not want to bring a dog to the Cave of Dogs.

Humanity from an executioner.

Whistling Davis and the corpse child.

The hanged 12-year-old: some 19th century fake news.

A cat on a desert island.  Not to worry, it ends well.

Some 19th century mermaids.

Napoleon and three historic carriages.

A look at "Old Dissent."

Artists, go ahead and keep your day jobs.

A reincarnation case involving twins.

Some lesser-known unsolved murders.

A landscape gardener in the archives.

The tomb of a legendary Chinese general.

A cottage haunted by "consumption."

Naughty bicycle messengers.

Giblet pie?  To the gibbet, die.

The diary of a 17th century tradesman.

The Tower of London ravens and their human.

Why you might want to spend your weekend looking upwards.  And wearing a hard hat.

The horrific unsolved slaughter of an Illinois family.

The unexpected delights of medieval "proofs of age."

An Empress washes some feet.

A minister meets a monster.

Wilhelm and Alfred meet Stalin.

Let's talk brothel toilets.

A shocking courtesan.

The oldest decorated eggs.

That's it for this week's Link Dump!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a case of witchy revenge in 1930s Java.  In the meantime, here are the Burrito boys:


  1. The story about Australia's bigfoot seems rather ordinary; I would be more afraid of living in a town called Woodenbong.

    And who exactly would have gone to consult Dr Strope at her House of Green Shutters? Who would volunteer to be her patient? Though her name is a cool one.

  2. Little Yellow Cat: 1
    Me: Zero

    (Typing this with one hand, because Rango, aka the little feral kitten, did not want to go to the vet)

    Just thought I'd share ;P

    but lucky it is not this instead .(


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