"...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, April 5, 2013

Weekend Link Dump

Every breath you take, every move you make, every bond you break, every step you take, strange company'll be watching you.

And so will the cats, of course.

A taste of 18th century News of the Weird.

In which we learn that the hero of the Battle of Britain was one strange dude.  For all his lifetimes.

The horror story of Emeline Meaker, who was definitely, as the Scots would say, none the worse for a hanging.

Meet Spaghetti:  Carnival musician in life, carnival sideshow in death.

The Case of the Killer Socks.

Speaking of stockings, here's a World War I book:  A collection of patriotic songs about sock-knitting called, well, "Sock Songs."
"From a brave and gallant captain,
Has come this message true:
'A pair of fresh, clean, hand-knit socks
Just warms you through and through,
When you come in all wet and cold
And tired at close of day.'
So can a maid her hand withhold
From yarns so soft and gray,
And needles bright? You see you might
A captain win that way!"
The British Library proves that Dumb Criminals are eternal.

A ghostly urban legend surrounding our old friend, Clara Phillips.

Turkey has opened the gate to Hell.  Anyone who keeps up with current events will not be surprised.

When we're not warbling about socks, how about a sing-a-long with Poe's Raven?

While we're on the subject of sheet music, here's the Dill Pickle Rag.

Lord of the Cursed Rings.

Getting high with Haydn.

Another day, another blood-drinking pre-teen cannibal witch cult.

Another day, another decapitated Shakespeare.

Another day, another crank phone call from a Latvian ghost.

How the Welsh calculated the value of a cat.  Although all cats would be the first to tell you they're really worth their weight in gold.

How to dress like, well, me.  Although, frankly, the woman in the photo looks more like Stevie Nicks on a particularly off day.

Rethinking the under-appreciated Zelda Fitzgerald.  I don't believe she was technically "crazy," either, but on the other hand, being married to Scott would be enough to send any woman around the bend.

Happy weekend, kids.  I'll be back Monday, with more female psycho murderers and the Los Angelinos who loved them!


  1. So, the problem with your blog is that I spend the morning not only reading your links, but those in the posts to which you link. Shame on you...and thanks for the grins and shudders.

    1. You know, it kind of frightens even me that this is what I do for fun.

    2. Not to worry. As Douglas Adams once said about planet Earth, I'm mostly harmless.

      I think.

  2. Speaking of Mermaids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_e2jfcfUxg

    1. Very nice. Brings a bit of much-needed class to this blog.


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