Archive for
‘October, 2012’

Ghost Fires and Melting Masks: The Macabre Mirth of the Vintage Hallowe’en

A boy is crushed during a Halloween out-house tipping; blinded by a Halloween mask, a girl drives into the path of a train; a child is killed by a falling pumpkin. Halloween has always been an inherently dark, dangerous, and unwholesome holiday. Let’s look at some vintage Halloween horrors involving ghost fires, poisoned cats, and lethal masks.

Poisoned Stockings: Something Was Afoot

Poisoned Stockings Something strange was happening in the 1870s: fashionable people were being poisoned by their stockings. What went wrong and who was responsible?

A Walking Gallows

A WALKING GALLOWS
The Horrible Deeds of Lieutenant Hepenstall.
HANGED MEN FROM HIS NECK.
This Handsome but Brutal Giant of the Wicklow Militia Was the Most Cold Blooded and Eccentric Executioner That has Ever Existed.

A brief introduction to the Killer Budgie blog.

I’m delighted to welcome you to the Killer Budgie blog. Some of you may know me as a writer of books on Ohio ghosts. Other friends know of my interest in history. Or perhaps you have overheard at the lunch counter my cheerful conversations with friends about the best ways to administer poison undetected or Murderesses I Admire.