The Lurid Case of The Black Dahlia: Unsolved 70 Years Later

January 15, 2017 rehadlock 0

At 11:07 AM on January 15, 1947, housewife Betty Bersinger and her three-year-old daughter were walking from their home on Norton Avenue in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles to a nearby shoe repair shop. Development in Leimer Park had been halted at the onset of World War II and was still largely comprised of overgrown land. As the two walked down the west side of the 3800 block of South Norton Avenue that dreary morning, Betty spotted what she believed was a mannequin lying in a vacant lot, near the sidewalk; It’s top and bottom half were disconnected […]

The Horrific History of the Cecil Hotel

January 4, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles has seen more than its fair share of suicides, murders and mysterious disappearances since its opening in 1927. Built on Main Street, an up-and-coming area of the city, the opulent, art deco-style hotel promised to draw in affluent tourists and businessmen. Unfortunately, just a few years after its opening, the Great Depression hit, turning Main Street into skid row and forcing The Cecil to become a budget hotel.  Over the years, The Cecil has certainly made a name for itself. During the 50s and 60s, the location was a popular destination for suicides; So […]

VIDEO: The “Flying Tailor” Jumps Off Eiffel Tower in 1912, Dies Testing Self-Made Parachute

December 16, 2016 rehadlock 0

Francois Reichelt, nicknamed the “Flying Tailor” was an Austrian-born tailor, inventor, and parachuting pioneer. He became obsessed with developing a suit that would easily convert into a parachute, allowing aviators to survive a fall if forced to eject from their aircraft. In his initial experiments, Reichelt dropped dummies suited with his original invention out the window of his fifth-floor apartment; Although these experiments were successful, tests on subsequent designs failed. Reichelt believed this to be because he was unable to test the suit from a high enough elevation. After repeatedly petitioning to conduct an experiment at the Eiffel Tower, he was […]

Dead Body Wins Sporting Competition

November 28, 2016 rehadlock 0

On June 4, 1923 Frank Hayes, riding horse ‘Sweet Kiss’, competed in the third leg of the Triple Crown, the prestigious Belmont Stakes. This two-mile race with jump fences and water trenches was only the second horse race in which Hayes had participated; He was not a professional jockey, but a horse trainer and stableman. To compensate for his lack of experience, Hayes had trained incredibly hard. He was given 20-1 odds of winning and faced fierce competition. But Frank Hayes managed to defy the odds and win the Belmont Stakes by a head. His win is made all the […]

The Real Roanoke

November 23, 2016 rehadlock 0

American Horror Story recently wrapped up its sixth season, My Roanoke Nightmare, which was inspired by the centuries’ old mystery, “The Lost Colony”. In 1587, thirty years before pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, 115 English settlers attempted to establish a colony on Roanoke Island (modern-day Dare County, North Carolina). Soon, the colonists were running low on food and tools. It was decided that John White, governor of the ill-fated colony, would return to England to gather supplies. White left his wife, daughter and newborn grandchild (Virgina Dare, the first English child born in the Americas) behind in the new colony. John White’s […]

Fascinating Postmortem Photography from the Early 1900s

July 27, 2016 rehadlock 1

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

July 26, 2016 rehadlock 0

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Photographs of Turn-of-the-Century Medical Dissections

July 25, 2016 rehadlock 3

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Postmortem Family Photos: The Keller Family

January 20, 2016 rehadlock 2

    In the Victorian era, postmortem photography, also known as ‘mourning portraiture’ was a common practice. Often, these photographs would be sent to family across the country with the expectation that they would be proudly displayed as a way to remember the deceased. Due to the extremely high cost of film in the nineteenth century, death was often one of the few occasions deemed important enough to photograph a relative or friend and violent death resulting in disfigurement was not cause to forgo the photo op. These photos ranged from a portrait of only the deceased subject, to an entire […]

Hector Pieterson: An Iconic Symbol of the Apartheid

January 8, 2016 rehadlock 0

The Apartheid was a period of extreme segregation in South Africa beginning in 1948 and lasting until 1994. The word “Apartheid” translates literally to “the state of being separate”. During the Apartheid, citizens of South Africa were placed into one of four major groups: Black, White, Coloured or Indian, with the ‘Coloured’ and ‘Indian’ groups having many subdivision. South Aftica’s ruling party during this time, the National Party (NP), created laws to support a long-time goal of the NP; To discriminate against the black majority and give the white minority superiority. These laws banned the black population from doing business, […]

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