"...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, February 11, 2022

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

The staff at Strange Company HQ all want to be your Valentine!

Watch out for the Abominable Snowman!

The significance of the 1932 Winter Olympics.

A renovation project is getting some help from a ghost.

Don't go looking for spirits.  You might encounter the really bad ones.

Yet another look at the (staged, IMO) disappearance of Agatha Christie.

The adventures of a spirit photographer.

The days of hotel house detectives.

The history of White House cats.

Recreating a valued ancient dye.

The folklore of "fairy glens."

A case of obsession leading to murder.

The history behind a medicinal chest.

Humans were probably in Europe earlier than we thought.

A hijacking ends peacefully.  Largely thanks to beer.

A particularly strange case of Spontaneous Human Combustion.

The sort of thing that happens when you mix ritual slaughters and drunken priests.

A  1937 typhoid epidemic.

Romance in a hearse.

How to tell if you're an Old Maid.

Figure skaters get some strange things thrown at them.

A Renaissance-era Tarot deck.

An ancient Greek success story.

A once-notorious murder.

The (plentiful) dangers of 19th century stagecoaches.

A newly-discovered daughter of Marco Polo.

How Mary, Queen of Scots was almost secretly assassinated.  Which probably would have been preferable to three hacks on the neck from an incompetent executioner.

A sex scandal in medieval England.

The Ladies of Llangollen.

The heart really can break.

The saga of a cursed ferry.

A famed act of "insane heroism."

Reviving a 400-year-old cheese.

The sad story of San Francisco's "cable car nympho."

Howard Hughes and the Russian submarine.

That time Harlem had a high-society bathhouse for dogs.

A look at early anesthesia.

Cockney cats!

The unsolved murder of a priest.

The unsolved murder of a little girl.

Debunking some Presidential myths.

Female independence and functional pockets.

The culture which may have been destroyed by a cosmic airburst.

Agatha Christie and archaeology.

JMW Turner and the pubs.

More on cracking the code of Charles Dickens.

The Georgian era had a lot of whiners.

"Normal schools," and how they got that name.

Life in an ancient Roman town.

Mary Queen of Scots writes her "gallows letter."

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at a case of Fortean house-hunting!  In the meantime, here's some 1930s dance music.

1 comment:

  1. The house detective has long fascinated me, being a watcher of many old crime movies and film noir. That they carried a badge I think interesting. Indeed, their lives must have been interesting, and they must have been as expert in their field as a city police detective in his.

    And the Cockney cats! Min's whiskers really were magnificent!


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