This week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Alliance of Dissipated Kittens.
What the hell happened to the Alcatraz escapees?
Who the hell were the Celts?
Who the hell killed the Rack Man?
What the hell is this star?
Watch out for those unlucky English castles!
Watch out for those snake trees!
Watch out for those killer corsets!
Watch out for those sky serpents!
Watch out for those poisonous pheasants!
Watch out for the Queen of the Arsonists!
Watch out for those Gabble-Retchets and Tatter-Foals!
Why you wouldn't want to play cards with Napoleon. Or ask him to sing.
You wouldn't want to trust Napoleon with your credit card, either.
I can tell you that my late grandmother never forgot how horrible the Soviets were.
The widow and the medium.
Why it doesn't pay to have a double. Especially one who's a criminal.
The assassination of a 19th century Korean Empress.
According to Isaac Newton, we've got 45 years left. So enjoy your weekend.
Love among the felons.
The folklore roots of the Hound of the Baskervilles.
The sad and mysterious deaths of Emma Legge and her children.
Neasa, Irish Warrior Queen.
King Arthur and the monstrous cat.
This post just completely lost its head.
The King of the Rat Catchers.
A history of Halloween before it all got silly.
I'm calling BS on this one, but here you go.
I'm calling BS on this one, too, but here you go.
Chinese ghost cities.
Visiting the Empire of Death.
The JFK conspiracy theory du jour, this one featuring Allen Dulles.
Speaking of events that draw conspiracy theories like flies to honey, here's the latest guess about the fate of MH370.
John Ruskin and the supernatural.
Stealing our literary history.
Some police officer ghost stories.
Some murders that inspired ghost stories.
Some Old Bailey infanticide cases.
The unsolved disappearance of a modern-day Lily Bart.
The Rev. Septimus Hodson, Georgian skunk.
The Turkish Deep State; or, Just Because You're Paranoid, it Doesn't Mean Everyone Isn't Out to Get You.
Life in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology; or, Just Because You're Paranoid, it Doesn't Mean Everyone Isn't Spying on You.
"The Doodler": a strangely forgotten serial killer.
The doctor who thought monkey glands were the secret to immortality.
Graham Hancock, that little devil.
The theaters of Regency London.
One of Mount Everest's most famous fatalities.
Look, people who climb Everest are barmy. There, I said it.
Why some "memories" should stay lost.
How to eat like The King.
Better late than never?
Mrs. Patrick Campbell's lucky animals.
Helen Maria Williams, who found that the French Revolution was more than she bargained for.
Sherborne's Pack Monday Fair.
Two questionable suicides.
What the well-dressed 1950s dog was wearing.
New Zealand's cave of wonders.
Restorative Nervous Cordial, anyone?
A working-class centaur.
Stabbing a witch in early 19th century England.
And it still tortures me today.
The coronation of George II.
The Salem woman whose books outsold Hawthorne.
The world's greatest magician, now forgotten.
The butcher's shop that really keeps it all in the family.
Georgian sharpers vs. shopkeepers.
The ill-behaved ghost of Wolstanton.
This week's dose of Russian Weird.
If you've been longing to hear the "Epic of Gilgamesh" in the original Babylonian--and I know you have--here you go.
If you've been longing to cast some ancient Icelandic spells--and you better believe you have--here you go.
An exercise in narcissism as I link to...well, me.
The oldest surviving film footage of New York City:
And, finally...this. Because if I have to have nightmares for the rest of my life as the result of watching this video, so do you.
And that's all for this week. See you on Monday, when I'll be looking at a successful entrepreneur and his unconventional helpers. In the meantime, here's Haydn: