Aktion T4: The Nazi Party’s First Mass Murder Program

January 18, 2017 rehadlock 0

The Nazi Party is most infamously known for perpetrating the Holocaust, a mass genocide of eleven-million “undesirables” during the reign of Hitler. However, many of the methods used during the Holocaust, including the use of the gas chamber, was developed during the Nazi’s first mass murder program: Aktion T4.   Aktion T4, which predated the Holocaust by two years, was an involuntary euthanasia program established by Adolf Hitler that focused on eliminating “life unworthy of life”. This program, which lasted from September 1939 until August 1941, was led by Philipp Bouhler, director of Hitler’s private chancellery and Karl Brandt, Hitler’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Photographs of Turn-of-the-Century Medical Dissections

July 25, 2016 rehadlock 3

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Everybody Poops: The Post-Mortem Edition

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 29

After a person has been declared clinically dead and biological death occurs, long after our sentient personality has left this world, certain bodily functions just keep on keepin’ on. Old habits die hard, and in the case of the human body, some habits won’t die just because you do. 1. Brain Activity & Our Five Senses You may have heard at one point in your life that after death, brain activity continues for a period of time. This is true to some extent, though most of the postmortem brain activity is actually the brain making one last attempt to keep itself […]

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Stage 3: Rigor Mortis

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 6

The third stage of decomposition known as “Rigor Mortis” translates to “stiffness” [rigor] “of death” [mortis]. The stiffness in a body during the phase of Rigor Mortis is caused by a build up of lactic acid which causes chemical changes within muscles. In life, lactic acid, also known as “milk acid” plays various roles in a body’s biochemical process. The myosin and actin (proteins involved in muscle movement) in the body then begin to harden, causing all muscles in the body to harden for a period of time, as well. At the time of death, “primary flaccidity” occurs and Rigor Mortis begins within […]

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Who Killed Kendrick Johnson?

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 5

-This article contains GRAPHIC IMAGES which may not be suitable for some- On the evening of January 10, 2013, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson, a sophomore at Lowndes High School did not return home from school. The following day at 9AM, his body was discovered inside a rolled up wrestling mat in the gym of his Valdosta, Georgia high school. The grisly discovery was made by two sisters, daughters of the Superintendent, Wes Taylor. The girls were sitting in the gym near an area full of rolled up mats when they noticed a pair of feet inside one of them. The mat was moved from its vertical position to the […]

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Dying with Dignity: One Woman’s Willful Journey into Death

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 1

The following video documents the final days of a woman who opted for physician-assisted suicide in 2010. Seventy-four year old Michele Causse Deriaz, a resident of Toulouse, France traveled to Switzerland with her partner and a friend in order to die on the day of her birth, July 29th. Michele’s story is very intriguing; She speaks bluntly, even joyfully, on the subject of her death and has strong yet simple views on the topic of Dying with Dignity. Michele volunteered for cameras to follow her in the days leading to her scheduled death and to be present as she chose to take […]

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Hannelore Schmatz “The German Woman”

October 1, 2015 rehadlock 4

Hannelore Schmatz was a German mountaineer born on February 16, 1940. On October 2, 1979 she became the first woman, and the first German citizen to die on the upper slopes of Mount Everest. Her husband, 50-year-old Gerhard Schmatz was the leader of the expedition, becoming the oldest person to have summited Mount Everest up to that time. It is common on Everest for expedition teams to split up into smaller groups, having a few summit at a time as the rest remain at base camp. Hannelore summited that day with Swiss-American Ray Genet and a Sherpa, Sungdare. After a successful summit, Schmatz and Genet were […]

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