"...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, May 6, 2016

Weekend Link Dump

In honor of tomorrow's Kentucky Derby, this week's Link Dump is sponsored by the Feline Thoroughbred Racing Association!

Watch out for those heads of wheat!

Watch out for those litigious ghosts!

Watch out for those transvestite vicar ghosts!

Gosh, this blog post looks oddly familiar.  Could I possibly have seen it someplace before?

The coronation of William of Normandy.

Murder in Fontainebleau Forest.

Two early 19th century women face the gallows.

This makes for painful reading:  Notes attached to babies abandoned at a foundling hospital.

The execution of Rattlesnake James, a particularly unpleasant murderer.

18th century English earthquakes.

A 1922 cell phone.

A strange Czech ossuary.

Mirabile dictu!  A Jack the Ripper suspect who actually sounds like a plausible candidate.

The perfect story for Mother's Day!

Messages from murderers.

A 1,000 year-old reunion concert.

The 18th century had a hard time staying in the saddle.

Extravagant Early Modern bathing.

Furniture made out of taxidermied animals.  Yes, it's the Victorians again.

Accommodation for 5,000, anyone?

19th century beach clothes.

Victor Goddard's Fortean war.

Using cosmic rays to examine pyramids.

Houdini's Ghostbuster.

Who needs reality?

A murder inspires a newspaper ballad.

Lost colors.

Eton students riot.

The formidable Lady Melbourne.

A witch's ring.

A fanciful raconteur.

A 19th century boy murderer.

A homicidal priest.

A guide to cow-witching.

The history of Walpurgisnacht.

When veils go buggy.

The kennels of Sandringham.

The 14th century Good Parliament.

A legend of an ancient genocide.

The life of a female thief.

A Napoleonic man for all masters.

The workhouse, that "miserable hole."

An Early Modern quack.

This is timely:  Horse racing rules from 2,000 years ago.

Some wonderful color photos of pre-Revolutionary Russia.

One heck of a Mother's Day gift.

And, finally, this week in Russian Weird:  Why you need to respect the Domovois.

And it's a wrap. See you on Monday, when we'll be looking at a mysterious death an a not-so-mysterious disappearance. In the meantime, as usual, we kick off Derby weekend with the late, great John Stewart's tribute to the late, great Big Red:


  1. Where to start! I want to read them all at once.

  2. Thanks for another great list, Undine. If that blog didn't ask your permission I'm outraged on your behalf. It's a great story and most amusingly told. They even have the nerve to copyright their own site while shamelessly lifting other people's content under a specious claim of 'fair use'! Grrrr.

    1. The least he could have done was throw in a link to my site. Jeez.

  3. I left a comment, and threw in a link!

    1. Your stories are interesting because you add your own flair to it. For me, that is why I keep coming back. It's a shame someone copied your work and used it as their own.

  4. Who will be wearing the rose wreath tomorrow, by the way? I was sorry not to see a prediction from my favorite race enthusiast

    1. Argh. Damned if I know yet. I may do a trifecta box of Suddenbreakingnews, Creator, Exaggerator, Nyquist, and Mor Spirit. And may the Lord have mercy on my soul.


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