Not All Vampires Wear Capes Some of history’s most depraved murderers have had a vampire-like fascination with blood. Some even believed they were an immortal bloodsucker. These killers include Friedrich Heinrich Karl “Fritz” Haarmann the “Vampire of Hanover,” Richard Trenton Chase the… Read More ›
The ‘shark arm murder’ mystery that shocked Australia
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Shark Week, I wanted to see if I could find a murder that involved this notorious predator. Per usual, Google did not disappoint. I’m a little sad that I had not heard this… Read More ›
Where is the grave of Revolutionary War hero Captain Margaret Corbin?
A contractor tasked with constructing a new retaining wall for the Molly Corbin Enhancement Project at the West Point Cemetery disturbed Corbin’s burial in October of 2016. Captain Margaret “Molly” Corbin is the Revolutionary War hero who took over her… Read More ›
Is this the face of ‘Bella in the Wych Elm’?
In February 2018, Dr. Caroline Wilkinson, forensic anthropologist and Director of the Faces Lab at Liverpool John Moores University, revealed her facial reconstruction of ‘Bella in the Wych Elm‘. The digital reconstruction shows the smiling face of a young woman… Read More ›
The legend of Blackbeard’s silver-plated skull
There is an area of land on the west side of the mouth of the Hampton River in Hampton Roads, VA that is known as Blackbeard’s Point. After Blackbeard was killed in battle in 1718, his head was placed on… Read More ›
Murder for the Holidays: The unsolved Walker family murders
Editor’s Note: I recently found out about a European, pagan tradition of celebrating the Winter Solstice, a time when “the dead would have particularly good access to the living,” with ghost stories. Writers of mystery novels continued this tradition by… Read More ›
Halloween Horror Post #5 (2017): The grisly legends behind the “Sultan Massacre House”
Guides that lead ghost tours in New Orleans have a bounty of history and folklore to pull from when they escort tourists through the city telling tales of paranormal activity. One house that is a favorite on these macabre tours… Read More ›
Halloween Horror Post #3 (2017): The cinematic after-life of an unidentified skeleton
I recently read an article by John Squires, published in 2014, over at Halloween Love about how Dawn of the Dead unintentionally featured a real dead person. Some of the movie crew rented what they probably thought was a fake… Read More ›
Forensic Science and the Creepy Legend of the Ourang Medan
According to legend, some time in the 1940’s a ship named the S.S. Ourang Medan sent a distress signal as it traveled through the South Pacific. The S.O.S. said that the officers aboard were dead and rest of the crew were dying…. Read More ›
Scientists resolve myth about the identity of the Dark Countess
The Countess and the Princess In 1807 an enigmatic couple arrived in the village of Hildburghausen in Central Germany and lived in the castle of Eishausen for the next 30 years. The villagers referred to the solitary duo as the… Read More ›
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