"...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

Thursday, December 31, 2020

A Strange Company 2020


Welcome to my annual round-up of the top ten posts of this year, where we get to review the most notable moments of Weird 2020!

1. The Phone Call From the Future

This eerie little tale was first by a pretty wide margin, largely due to a link on the "Coast to Coast AM" website.  Thanks, guys!

2. The Mysterious Death of David Glen Lewis

This case epitomizes a major theme of this blog: ordinary people getting themselves into some very extraordinary messes.

3. The Two Disappearances of Frederick Brosseau

A little-known mystery: a missing boy returns many years later.  Maybe.

4. Newspaper Clipping of the Day, May 6, 2020

Thus proving the eternal popularity of cat-chicken children.

5. Newspaper Clipping of the Day, August 26, 2020

In which we talk homicidal wallpaper.

6. The Man Without a Past: the Curious Mystery of Charles Jamison

A particularly strange amnesia victim.

7. In Which Mr. Adamski Weirds Everybody Out

A very odd and mysterious death with a side dish of UFOs.

8. Newspaper Clipping of the Day, August 19, 2020

Any story containing those magic words, "Exciting wake," is almost certain to boost the ol' hit count.

9. The Waifs of the Mayflower

The link between the famous ship and a family tragedy.

10. Somebody Else's Sin? The Mystery of Nell Cropsey

A young woman's enigmatic death leads to a possible miscarriage of justice.

And there you have it, the best--or, depending on your opinion of this blog--least worst moments from Strange Company 2020.  As we all know, this has been one insane hellscape of a year for our world, and unless we get some sort of miracle, I'm expecting 2021 to make 2020 look like kittens happily frolicking in a garden.  However, we can at least gladden our hearts with another blog year of murders, disappearances, exploding corpses, and, we can always hope, more deadly wallpaper.


  1. Thanks for an entertaining and edifying year!

  2. Your blog was one of the good things of 2020; I expect it to fulfill the same beneficent function in 2021.

    I recall most of those articles listed. I had to refresh my memory with some of them. That telephone call was enough to send shivers up the spine (and then down again...)

    Happy new year! (We always had Guy Lombardo ushering in the new year here in Canada, if I recall...)

    1. A happy new year to you, John, and all your wonderful beasts at the Cosy Apartment.


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