Strange Lives

Supplying Dead Ringers

Supplying Dead Ringers Wax effigies, fake or substitute corpses used by criminals.

A Color Doctor

A Color Doctor Dr. William Hotchkiss of St. Louis believed that different colors could heal illnesses. He was known as The Color Doctor.

Miss Neas’s Bones of Contention

Miss Neas’s Bones of Contention Doctors and other witnesses reported seeing hundreds of bones working their way through Sarah Neas’s skin

The Silent Circumnavigator

The Silent Circumnavigator Kansas ventriloquist George J. Mold takes up a wager to don a clown suit and travel around the world in four years, without saying a word–except through his ventriloquist dummies.

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?

What is a Fairy Blast?

What is a fairy blast? A comparison between a Limerick servant girl struck by a “fairy blast” that turned her into her American-accented sister and the Watseka Wonder case.

Dermographia on Face and Knee

Dermographia on Face and Knee Today we peer into the face of Mrs. Marcil of St. Jean Baptiste, Manitoba, Canada, and onto the–well, knee–of a French schoolgirl for some mysterious markings.

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.

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