"...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 17, 2024

Weekend Link Dump


"The Witches' Cove," Follower of Jan Mandijn

Welcome to this week's Link Dump!

Game on!

The bizarre Chowchilla kidnapping.

The photo of what might be the iceberg that sunk the Titanic.

Did Marshal Ney have PTSD?

A visit to John Keats' house.

A pilgrimage ends in murder.

The vampire of Kisiljevo.

A clandestine war mission that ended with a laugh.

Iran's first selfie.

The enigma of "Lead Lady."

The strange doings in Littledean Gaol.

Ben Franklin, America's newsman.

A mysterious structure near the Giza pyramids.

Making the case for mermaids.

A man finds a mysterious inscription under his patio.

Ordinary travel in Early Modern England.

The 1952 Eastcastle Street Robbery.

The 1935 Croydon Aerodrome Robbery.

The history of an MP's court dress.

Beethoven and heavy metals.

Promoting an undertaker.

Christopher Marlowe's Norton Folgate.

The real pirates of the Caribbean.

Let your banquet run on too long, go to jail.

The multilingual medieval world.

A bit of art detective work.

A doctor's particularly disgusting scam.

London's second-best whore.  (Advisory: the story isn't exactly NSFW, but it's not for the kiddies, either.)

A "town of unique distinction."

A renowned eunuch Admiral.

The first human footsteps in North America.

The mystery mummies of San Bernardo.

The man who volunteered to go to Auschwitz.

A brief history of “Frère Jacques."

A pantomime murder witness.

The murder complex.

The animals of Governors Island.

That's all for this week!  See you on Monday, when we'll look at yet another weird disappearance.  In the meantime, here's some Palestrina.


  1. Can you imagine Albert Speer turning Bridgnorth into Germania? LOL

  2. Ney was definitely not himself in his last campaign; there was a price to be paid for being 'the bravest of the brave'. And that was an interesting article about pirates. I was surprised to read years ago that the 'golden age' of the pirate was much earlier than I thought, my thoughts probably influenced by "Treasure Island". Like mercenaries, pirtaes were much more disciplined than is commonly believed.

  3. Oh, and I love the chess game at the top...


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