Crime

Rictus Mortis – Killer Clowns

Rictus Mortis: Killer Clowns In these dark days of clown panics, can we identify the possible visual origins of Killer Clowns?

“They wrapp’d his corpse in the tarry-sheet:” Burials at Sea

“They wrapp’d his corpse in the tarry-sheet:” Burials at Sea In this excerpt from The Lost Story of the William & Mary: The Cowardice of Captain Stinson, guest author Gill Hoffs shares sad and evocative stories of burial at sea.

Walking in a Dead Man’s Bones

Walking in a Dead Man’s Bones Three witnesses tell of their encounters with a terrifying walking corpse at a haunted woods in Pennsylvania.

The Broom Corn Seed Funeral Swindle

The Broom Corn Seed Funeral Swindle Who among us has not fantasized wistfully about faking their own death and disappearing? Some amusing and instructive stories of vintage insurance fraud from my files.

Lizzie Seems Lonesome Tonight

Lizzie Seems Lonesome Tonight Lizzie Borden–or an unknown suspect–took an axe to her father and stepmother on this day in 1892. Immediately afterwards Andrew Borden returned via spirit medium, with a detailed description of the murderer.

Monsieur de Paris’s Orchid Buttonhole

Monsieur de Paris’s Orchid Buttonhole A profile of the next-to-last public execution of France, Louis Deibler.

Enough Rope: The Hangman’s Rope in the Press

Enough Rope: The Hangman’s Rope in the Press The hangman’s rope was a subject of absorbing interest to the 19th century reading public, judging by the loving details about material, quality, and pedigree of rope as reported in the papers.

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