Strange Deaths

An Historic Hernia

An Historic Hernia The extraordinarily gruesome death of Queen Caroline of Ansbach, consort of King George II, presented by guest blogger Catherine Curzon, author of Life in the Georgian Court.

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.

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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