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, […]

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Stage 4: Livor Mortis

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 11

The fourth stage of decomposition, Livor Mortis translates to “blueish color” [livor] “of death” [mortis] although it has many names including “hypostasis”, “suggillation”, “cadaveric lividity”, “darkening of death” and “postmortem staining”. Livor Mortis begins when circulation stops, blood vessels become more permeable due to decomposition, and blood settles throughout the corpse. Red blood cells, which are very dense, travel and pool in the lowest areas possible, staining the tissue. This means in a hanging death, discoloration would be seen in the feet, fingertips and ear lobes. Males who die from hanging may also acquire what’s known as a “Death Erection” (or “Angel Lust”) due […]

Pray the Decay Away: Incorruptible Corpses and Other Forms of Natural Postmortem Preservation

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Ancient Egypt is widely recognized for their advanced process of “mummification” which successfully prevented natural decomposition. These purposefully preserved “anthropogenic mummies” have been found in various ancient civilizations throughout the world and were created by exposure to chemicals, extreme cold, extremely low humidity and/or lack of air. Spontaneous Mummification/natural embalming can occur under the same conditions. The oldest known natural mummification was observed in a 6,000 year old severed head discovered in South America in 1934 which was found to be of the Incan Civilization. Most people are familiar with the image of a “normal”, dried up mummy, a body which did not go through the process of Putrefaction due to dehydration of the corpse; However, there are […]

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Is “Kicking the Bucket” For Catholics Only?

March 11, 2015 rehadlock 0

The phrase, “Kick the Bucket” was first mentioned in The Dictionary of Vulgar Tongue, published in 1785, and defines it as simply meaning, “To die.”. This idiom, which may imply a hanging death either by one’s own hand or execution is of unknown origin, though there are many theories on what spawned the widespread use of this popular saying. Again in 1823, the phrase was published, this time in John Badcock’s Slang Dictionary along with a brief, plausible explanation: “One Bolsover having hung himself from a beam while standing on a pail, or bucket, kicked the vessel away in order to pry into futurity and it […]