"...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 16, 2021

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

It's time for this week's Link Dump!

Everyone dance!

The mysterious murder of Rose Ambler.

The life of the first King of England.

The working dogs of medieval Europe.

A Civil War reunion story.

The Titanic's funeral ship.

How apothecary shops became globalized.

Attending an Early Modern barbecue.

The legends surrounding a vanished ship.

How Margaret Dickson became known as "Half Hangit Maggie."

And here we have a Half Hangit Confederate spy.

The man who is bringing "lost" whisky back to life.

The bloodiest civil war in known history.

The elephant of the Bastille.

So, let's talk dog detectives.

The story behind Latvia's Cat House.

This week in Russian Weird looks at one very bad hike in the mountains.

When patients were treated with mineral water.

Conspiracy theories around a "lost cosmonaut."

Anyone else noticing that government officials are suddenly going full UFO?

Dolph the cat's narrow escape.

Scotland's most haunted castle.  Or at least top ten or so.

The diary of a 19th century housewife.

Life in a late-19th/early-20th century British prison.

The "Ken and Barbie" killers.  It still stuns me that Homolka is free as a bird and having children.

Ireland's haunted Leap Castle.

A young man's odd disappearance.

A strange note in a second-hand jacket.

How horses were put to work in the 19th century.

The world's most beautiful salt mine.

The 19th century's booming skeleton industry.

Why anatomists and body-snatchers were like peanut butter and jelly.

A brief history of Pears Pure Soap.  And their often astonishingly weird ads.

The first steam warship.

The Belfast Blitz.

1300 year old cookie recipes.

In praise of the fall of Rome.

The cradle and the coffin.

Prince Philip and UFOs.

A brief history of the limerick.

Drawings of street life in 1835 London.

The mystery of the body in the chimney.

That's all for this week's Link Dump!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a young woman's baffling disappearance.  In the meantime, here's some country gospel.


  1. Homolka was beaten up by Bernardo when she went to the police, so she looked like a victim at that time. But I have never understood why her plea bargain wasn't revoked when the videotapes showed up. Apparently they show quite clearly that she was an active participant in the crimes and had lied about that in the testimony she gave as part of the plea bargain. She's been out of prison for years and has children of her own.

  2. The Taiping Rebellion is one of my special interests in military history. It not only accentuated European involvement in China but began the disastrous 'regionalisation' of armies (at the time under very loyal bureaucrat/soldiers) that led to the warlords of the 1920s.

    And Pear's Soap is famous in the history of intelligence services (well, to some of us) because a Royal Navy officer, William James, was a leading light in Naval Intelligence during the Great War. He was the model for the boy in Millais's "Bubbles". This was, unfortunately, common knowledge in Britain, and James, who rose to the rank of Admiral, was forever known as 'Bubbles'.

  3. Regarding the first link, the Rose Ambler murder, ancestors on my mother's side have lived in Stratford for 200+ years and must have heard of that case. Hmmm, I wonder if any ... no, I can't besmirch their memory :)


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