The Vienna Strangler: Acclaimed Author and Serial Killer

January 9, 2017 rehadlock 0

  Serial killer Johann “Jack” Unterweger was born August 16, 1950 in Styria, a southeastern region of Austria. His mother, Theresia, was a Vietnamese barmaid and waitress who had allegedly worked as a prostitute. Jack’s father was an American soldier named Jack Becker whom his mother met in Trieste, Italy. While pregnant with Jack, Theresia spent time in jail for fraud but was released before his birth. When she was arrested again in 1953, Jack was sent to live with his violent, alcoholic grandfather in Carinthia, California. In 1966, at the age of sixteen, Jack Unterweger was first arrested for […]

The Countless Suicides at Chicago’s Infamous Congress Plaza Hotel

January 2, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, Illinois is known as one of America’s most haunted hotels. It has seen countless deaths since its opening in 1893, when it was known as the “Auditorium Annex”. People have reported poltergeist activity, shadow people and sightings of full-bodied apparitions, including that of Al Capone and Teddy Roosevelt.   The Congress Plaza Hotel has an unsettling number of rooms which have been permanently closed off from the public due to paranormal activity; The owners have gone so far as to wallpaper over some of them.  The location also served as inspiration for Stephen King’s short story, 1408, […]

The Iroquois Theatre Fire, “A Climax of Holiday Horrors”

December 29, 2016 rehadlock 0

   On Wednesday, December 30, 1903 the Iroquois Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was holding a matinee of the musical comedy Mr. Bluebeard‘, starring the popular comedian, Eddie Foy.   he luxury, Renaissance-style theatre had opened only a few weeks prior on November 23 and was touted as being “fireproof beyond all doubt”. Despite rushing to finish construction on the 1.1 million dollar theatre in time for the holiday busy season, the Iroquois had failed, so far, in attracting large audiences.    ut on December 30, 1903, more than two-thousand people flocked to see the matinee of Mr. Bluebeard. Although the theatre’s capacity was only 1,602, […]

A Nightmare Before Christmas: The Los Feliz Murder Mansion

December 24, 2016 rehadlock 0

  For nearly 50 years in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, California a mansion sat untouched. Having been abruptly abandoned, still fully furnished, following a murder-suicide the home became known as the ‘Los Feliz Murder Mansion’. Although the story is often exaggerated for dramatic effect, the truth of what occurred at 2475 Glendower Place is every bit as grisly as the rumors. Ha At 4:30am on December 6, 1959 Dr. Harold Perelson went into the bedroom where his wife, Lillian, was sleeping and bludgeoned her with a ball-peen hammer.  He left her to die in a pool of […]

NSFW: Shocking Vintage Photos of Death by Autoerotic Asphyxiation and Bizarre Sexual Fetishes

July 26, 2016 rehadlock 0

WARNING: THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE EXTREMELY GRAPHIC; THEY DEPICT DEATH AND ARE OF AN INTENSE SEXUAL NATURE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Follow @PostMortem_Post on Twitter and Like us on Facebook! If you enjoyed this article, you might also like 31 More Vintage Halloween Photos to Give You Nightmares, Everybody Poops: The Postmortem Edition, Possible Relatives: Photos from Inside the Homes of the Recently Deceased, Over 300 Killed in Mass Human Entanglement, Photos of Turn-of-the-Century Medical Dissections, Postmortem Family Photos: The Keller Family, Painted in Artist’s Blood Before Suicide, Mother Murders All Four Children in Bizarre Hanging, Scientist Hangs Himself to Research […]

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Cause of Death: Spontaneous Human Combustion & Other Stories of SHC

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 6

Robert Francis Bailey At 5:19am on September 13, 1967 emergency services were called when a concerned citizen walking to work noticed a bright light coming from inside an abandoned home at 49 Auckland Street in Lambeth, South London. When the fire department arrived at 5:24am they discovered the burning body of Robert Francis Bailey, a local homeless alcoholic. One of the responding firefighters reported, “When we entered the building he [Robert Francis Baily] was lying on the bottom of the stairs half-turned on his left side and his knees were drawn up as though he was trying to bend the […]

Chrysippus Died Laughing (Literally)

March 23, 2015 rehadlock 4

Chrysippus was a Greek Stoic philosopher born circa 279BC in Soli, Cilicia, a Roman province located in modern-day Turkey. He served as head of the Stoic School of Hellenistic philosophy in Athens until his death in circa 206BC. It was recorded by a student at the Stoic School that the influential philosopher and headmaster literally died of laughter. Chrysippus’s deadly fit of laughter began when a donkey approached him and began eating his figs. He then jokingly commanded his slave to, “give the donkey neat wine to drink with which to wash them down.”. According to the philosophy student who documented the events […]