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 […]

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, […]

Photographs Left Behind on the Battlefields of the U.S. Civil War

December 23, 2016 rehadlock 1

 The Museum of the Confederacy located inRichmond, Virginia is home to several antique photographs carried by soldiers who fought in the first American Civil War. Photos lost on the battlefield were often picked up by other soldiers and handed down through families. Over the years, some have made their way to the museum.  Unfortunately, the people in the photos have yet to be identified and as time goes on, the chances of ever knowing their names diminishes. Photo of an unidentified girl found on the battlefield at Port Republic, Virginia lying between the bodies of a Union and Confederate soldier. […]

Decorated WWI Soldier Spares Hitler’s Life

December 21, 2016 rehadlock 0

   On September 28, 1918 Private Henry Tandey, a British WWI soldier serving near the French village of Marcoing, happened upon a wounded German soldier. Out of compassion, Private Tandey chose to spare the young man’s life. Little did he know, his sympathy for this injured soldier would lead to the genocide of approximately 20 million people and bring about WWII; The German soldier Tandey spared was 29-year-old Adolf Hitler. Private Henry Tandey went on to become the most decorated private soldier in WWI. In 1923, a museum dedicated to Tandey’s regiment commissioned a painting from Italian war artist Fortunio Matania.   […]

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 […]

Eerily Beautiful Vintage Crime Scene Photos

July 31, 2016 rehadlock 2

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Fascinating Postmortem Photography from the Early 1900s

July 27, 2016 rehadlock 1

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