In 1875, Chicago's county hospital was located in the South Side. Even then it was considered old and rickety. The morgue was an out-house attached to the hospital. It was located apart from the main building because of the bad odor coming from it. Only during winter months did the place did not smell like a charnel house.
Chicago, October 1922.
Joseph Klimek’s guardian angels were working overtime on his behalf. They may have dropped the ball when he married his wife Tillie, but they used his brother to assist. Suspicions and a visit to the doctor proved what he feared, his brother was being poisoned.
There is a solitary outpost in Afghanistan known as "The Rock", short for Observation Point Rock (OP Rock). It's situated southeast of Patrol Base Hassan Abad. Sixty-five feet above the surrounding landscape it sits lonely and exposed on top of the ruins of an ancient medieval fort, made of mud and long since caved in. Arrow slits and turrets testify this piece of forbidding landscape has always been witness to battle, and the locals claim it dates back to the times of Alexander the Great (330 BC).
In 1913, 33-year-old Walburga “Dolly” Oesterreich had been married to Fred Oesterreich (pronounced “O-strike”) for fifteen years. He was a dour apron manufacturer who drank too much. They lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Among the 60 women who worked in Fred’s textile factory he was known as a skinflint and slavemaster who was never satisfied. Dolly as forelady, trailed behind him soothing disgruntled employees.
The Roaring Twenties are remembered for speakeasies hidden in remote locations or the basement of a building. Slim flappers shimmy while drinking illegal hooch; perhaps you think of gangland killings as the criminal side of Prohibition but there were other dark deeds being committed, even against the innocent.
On a frigid winter day in January 1910 the Chicago headlines trumpeted, "Chicago Fiend Second White Chapel Ripper". The reason for the sensational story was based on the opinion of Assistant Police Chief Schuettler following the coroner's report for a post mortem completed on the body of Mrs. Jennie Cleghorn (AKA Anna Furlong). She had been found mutilated and decapitated in a south side rooming house which doubled as a brothel situated over a saloon owned by James Seeley at 1702 Armour Avenue (also given as 51 West 17th Street.)
Zephaniah Kingsley, a Charleston merchant originally from New England, acquired a plantation in 1814 from John McInstosh. It had been built in 1797 on St. George Island (originally known as Fort Georgia Island) that is located northeast of Jacksonville, Florida at the mouth of the St. John’s River. He grew cotton, sugar cane, citrus and corn. Many strange stories grew around this two hundred year old property known as the Kingsley Plantation, but none more disturbing than the demon spirit of Old Red Eyes.
Summer in Miami is hot, humid and for two teenagers, deadly. Albert Brust was a 44-year-old building inspector employed by Dade County. He fantasized torturing other human beings, and one day he decided he wanted to make his dreams a reality.
In November 2006, under unusual circumstances a woman fell from the second story of her home. She was left paralyzed below the waist. She had been sitting on the sill, and even now she claims it was not deliberate. She didn't jump; this was not a suicide attempt.
Belief in this deity started among the Meso-Americans of Guatemala which was described as a dangerous cave-dwelling bat creature known as Camazotz. In the Maya culture it is linked to death. and inhabits a cave called the "house of bats" in the Popol Vuh.
In January 2017 a discovery was made in Northamptonshire from the Romano-Britain period. The corpse was buried face down and his tongue had been cut out and replaced with a flat stone. These are all indicators that this individuals was considered odd or a threat to the community.
The writer Gaston Leroux appears to have been inspired by several events that occurred during his lifetime when he wrote the dark love story The Phantom of the Opera which appeared in 1910.
An archaeological dig at Huanchaquito-Las Llamas in Peru was found to contain the mummified remains of 140 children that were part of a mass sacrifice some time during the 15th century. The victims were both boys and girls between the ages of five and fourteen.
In 1872 in New Orleans there was a haunted cell in the Fourth Precinct Police Station. An old woman named Ann Murphy had hanged herself, it was definitely proved that several suicides which occurred in the cell after her death were instigated by her ghost.
In July 1945, the battle of Okinawa took place, leaving over 200,000 dead, among them over one-third of civilians who lived on the island. Okinawans had been forced to commit suicide by the Japanese military or be executed. Lawlessness was rampant on the island and refugees lived in the hills. A month later atomic bombs would fall on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and amid this turmoil the disappearance of three young Marines was barely noticed.
There are two ghosts that are well known to haunt Hampton Court. They were both English Queens and wives of Henry VIII. One is Jane Seymour who died shortly after giving birth to Prince Edward, and the other is the shrieking ghost of Catherine Howard executed for adultery. However there is another who finds no peace, and her only downfall was loyalty to the royal family.
Cleveland Street is located in Fitzrovia, central London. In 2011, the model for the workhouse in Dickens' 1837 story Oliver Twist was identified as the Strand Union Workhouse on Cleveland Street. It was peopled by the poor and it's not surprising that in 1889 a scandal erupted when a homosexual male brothel was discovered by police on Cleveland Street, however most of its clientele were far from being destitute and poor. In the White Chapel district Jack the Ripper had already started his killing rampage.
Over a hundred and fifty years ago a carpet-bag with grisly contents was discovered on Waterloo Bridge in London. Who it was and who left it there remains a mystery till this day.
Greek writers, Plato and Pausanias, mention human sacrifice occurring on Mt. Lykaion (which translates to Wolf Mountain) in Greece. An archeological team who had been working on the site for over a decade had found no evidence of this. This changed in 2016 when human bones were found among thousands of animal bones.
The Ebola outbreak in the Congo has just crossed the 2,000 case threshold. So far more than 65% of those infected have died. Those battling the disease also face the threat of death, as only two weeks ago the third attack was made against a burial team, and health workers have also been killed. Medical outposts have been looted.
Wayne Nance was a truck driver that hailed from Missoula, Montana. As a teenager he displayed disturbing behavior such as using hot coathangers to brand himself with occult symbols since he was a self-described satanist. In hindsight these were all clues that he never outgrew aberrant behavior just learned how to disguise them.
The Mayans which lived in the area of Lake Peten Itza in Guatemala had been known to make animal and human sacrifices but a recent discovery by Polish divers and researchers indicate that blood sacrifices were made for close to a thousand years, especially when they faced war with their Spanish conquerors in 1697.
It was the night of April 14, 1865, and only a few days before the Civil War had ended when Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. The actor John Wilkes Booth shot Abraham Lincoln in the head, leaped from the theater box where the president had been seated and escaped into the night. On April 24, it was reported that Booth had been shot and killed outside a barn in Virginia. But is that version of the assassin's death the truth?
Engineers with Thames Water, a U.K. utility company were laying down pipes in Oxfordshire, 50 miles outside of London, when they unearthed various skeletons.
Also known as the White Lady she is seen only on foggy evenings in Durand Eastman Park in Rochester, New York., and her sightings date back to the early 1800s. She is said to be the specter of a woman looking for her daughter who was murdered nearby.
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