Killer Budgie: The Genteel & the Unspeakable from Chris Woodyard

The Poear Dear and the Wicked Woman: A Suffolk Witch Story

A Suffolk witch story from 1877, involving a spell meant to be cast on a man, but transfered to his wife, who suffered for years under the bewitchment. In a series of ill-spelt letters, the witch confesses and suggests a transfer of the spell to its rightful owner.

A Grave Warning About Iron Coffins

While sellers of Fisk metallic burial cases rhapsodized about their ability to preserve the features of loved ones, these iron coffins had a darker side associated with burial alive.

Those Ghostly Faces in the Windows: How Were They Made?

How were the mysterious, ghostly “faces in the window” images made? I invite my readers to try their hand (or face) at creating their own. Prizes for the best (non-photo-shopped) examples.

The Ghost of Romeo, the Circus Elephant

The announcement that Ringling Brothers Circuses will eliminate elephant acts gives rise to a look back at the mistreatment and death of Romeo, an elephant in Forepaugh’s Menagerie, who was said to appear after his death.