For “Owl Appreciation Day,” a story of a taloned Angel of Death.
A hunter with a mania for slaughtering wild animals is marked for a terrible revenge.
The story reads like fiction: Tiny footprints leading to a river; a drowned child’s skeleton recovered; then, years later, a young woman returns, claiming to be the dead child. Who was she?
A gruesome excerpt from The Victorian Book of the Dead for Father’s Day: A bereaved father follows his dead child to the tomb. Literally.
Tracking down the first instances of a tarantula in a bunch of bananas in the United States.
A shocking catalog of deaths by hair: mustache murder, dis-tress-ing suicides, hair-ball fatalities, cats and rats and poisonous hair dyes.
Celebrating Atlas Obscura Day in Ohio with an axe murderer.
A highly efficient Prussian execution by axe is witnessed by an American doctor, who is most impressed.
When the state of Colorado decided to reinstitute capital punishment in 1901, a new and improved self-hanging gallows was their execution method of choice.