March, 2003

March 4, 2003

Today's Extreme Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A Filipino man cut off his penis and tossed it through a window to his estranged wife in a bid to prove his fidelity. The man wrapped the severed member in a newspaper and threw it through the window of his wife's parents' house in the northwestern town of Malasiqui. "So you will not suspect I am courting another girl," the man shouted before he hobbled off into the night. His shocked wife gave the severed penis to police, who sought the help of an embalmer to preserve it until her husband could be found.

Culled from: Reuters
Generously donated by: tara

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So, how delusional would you have to be to think that cutting off your penis is going to bring your wife back to you? But hey, at least this guy MEANS IT, MAAAAAAAANNN!! No empty gesturer is he. And that's gotta count for something, right?

Blakheart asks: "Think he'd have felt stupid if the window had been closed?"

Sage theorizes: "His wife was probably an unpleasant person."

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Urban Exploration Link Du Jour!

Here's another fantastic website devoted to seeking out old factories and old 'no trespassing' signs and boldly going where only graffiti artists have gone before! Oh, I need some friends like these! (The Urban Explorer Wannabe)

Oh, this one focuses on the ruins of Finland.

http://dmgallery.cjb.net/

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And here's one for all the Goths on the list...

Would you like to mingle with a bunch of sick, up-tight, flaming goths with a dark sense of humor, and morbid curiosity?

Then, why not head to Gothic Planet!

http://www.gothicplanet.net/

Tell 'em The Comtesse sent you...


March 6, 2003

Today's Surreal Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A narcotics traffic stop on the Downtown Connector in Atlanta turned deadly when a man climbed over the interstate railing, fell about 35 feet and was decapitated on a wrought-iron fence. Officers in a marked car stopped the man about 4:30 p.m., as he drove south on the interstate above Auburn Avenue. The man, who has not been identified, stopped his vehicle and tried to flee by climbing over the railing, Lt. Police still are investigating whether the man jumped or fell off the raised interstate. "This is a new one for me in 29 years," Lt. Danny Agan said. The decapitation shocked people who work in the neighborhood. Gary White, an income tax preparer, came out of his office when he heard the commotion. "It's surreal," White said. Agan said narcotics officers had been trailing the man for much of the day. Agan did not know if the officers who tried to arrest the man would be placed on administrative leave. "This is not something normally covered under the [standard operating procedure] of the department," he said.

Culled from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Generously donated by: Jim

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Now, the real reason I'm excited about this one is that Jim located a website with photographs of the unlikely tragedy! And they are among the most surreal I've ever seen. You simply MUST check them out!

http://www.retecool.com/sukkel/index.html

Eric is skeptical: "I went to the website where the pictures of the guy who fell and was decapitated on a fence were, and though the pics look pretty realistic, I gotta wonder if they were doctored somehow... I mean, how the guys's head is facing and how his body is laying don't seem to match up. With his face looking out like that, you'd think his body would be either facing up with the neck towards the fence, or in the direction it's in, but front down... with his body in the direction it's in and how it's laying, you'd think his face would be towards the brick wall... also, how his head is sitting on the fence almost looks too perfect, all nice and straight on the spike like that, and with no extra meat or bone hanging off, almost like he was decapitated and his head mounted on the fence rather than being decapitated on his way down from a fall. I dunno, call me a skeptic if you want, but thought you might want a reader's opinion on the link..."

Richard verifies: "While I got many questions from people who thought the decapitation photographs looked staged, www.snopes.com (an excellent urban legends debunker) now has them listed as 'true' after getting verification from members of the Atlanta PD who had seen the incident first-hand."

Azul seconds this: "A Special Agent from US Customs told me the photos and incident were real (cops have a morbid sense of humor when the bad guys off themselves), but I supposed they are open to frauds as well."

Jools theorizes: "I wondered at the validity myself. But I finally figured it out. He was falling in an almost seated position, and the fence hit right behind the neck. The blood looks a little too red, but I'm no expert on that..."

KBHarbert has her own theory : "About the decapitation photo.....whether real or not i haven't a clue (and really why should i? real or fake, the photo is both morbid and macabre). however....it LOOKS like the guy fell front first (like a belly flop) and his neck was pierced by the fence. momentum and body weight would do the rest. as for the body laying wrong....the sudden yanking of the fence would have caused some twisting, would it not? who's to say that someone didn't turn it over? if i saw correctly, it's laying halfway turned"

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Morbid Read Du Jour!

Recommended by Tainted Angel:

The Big Sleep: True Tales and Twisted Trivia About Death
By Erica Orloff and Joann Baker

"I would like to recommend the book "The Big Sleep true tales and twisted trivia about death." It is a great book containing everything from the process of decomposition to last words to funny headstones. (My favorite is "Here I lay and no wonder I'm dead for the wheel of a wagon went over my head.") I found it at my local Hot Topic for under ten bucks."

I think I have this book upon my shelf, but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet. (Story of my life...) Hopefully, it's as good as Tainted Angel says - at least, the reviews on Amazon would seem to indicate that!

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

David sent me this link to the world of English Workhouses - where the poor, mentally ill, and down and out were sent to live and work in dour conditions. But the buildings themselves were large and impressive - I'd love to visit one! This site contains very interesting information about the world of Workhouses, including many pictures of Workhouses still standing. If you find this sort of thing as fascinating as me, please visit...

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/


Today's Miserly Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

P.T. Barnum's last words were quite appropriate for a greedy showma... er, a successful entertainment merchant such as he:

"How were the circus receipts at Madison Square Garden tonight?"

Culled from: The Big Sleep

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I can only hope that when I die I'm not thinking about work! That's a death worse than fate, as Elvis Costello once sang.

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Okay, so apparently there are numerous skeptics out there who don't believe that the decapitated man's head and body are lined up in the correct positions for those photos from yesterday's MFDJ to be real. Now, keep in mind that we don't know whether the man was falling feet first or headfirst, or whether he was writhing or twisting or tumbling as he fell, so we really don't know what position his body was in when he came to be impaled on the spike. He could have been tumbling and the spike may have impaled his neck as his body was being pulled over the fence. His body also may have changed position after we die. Without a video, I guess we'll never know. Even Snopes' Urban Legend page is "Undetermined" at this time as to whether these photographs are real or not. So, I suppose all that's left for us to do is a poll! So, come on, tell us what you think.

The images are here:
http://www.retecool.com/sukkel/index.html

The poll is here:
http://pub38.bravenet.com/vote/vote.php?usernum=3216317923

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And while we're at it, why not feature another absolutely disgusting yet morbidly fascinating image that is "Undetermined" at Snopes.Com? Here's an e-mail that Liz sent my way:

"The link shows pictures and text of what appears to be some old fella with maggots on the brain. The pictures are NOT for the squeamish - I thought I was pretty steady until I saw these pictures. My friend Dragonmaster Slash insists this is a true story, while I remain skeptical. If any of your readers can prove its veracity, losing my lunch will have been worth it!"

Here's the "official" description of this image going around the net:

"Since there seemed some interest and amazement at the story of the ingrown-hair-gone-bad which came to the Stanford ER, I have attached for your viewing pleasure (?!?!) the relevant photos. They are reasonably disturbing. People really do this, and only a human being would or could. This gentleman *walked* in to the ER. The first photo (eroded-cranial-wound.jpg) gives you a perspective view, and the second (maggots-in-brain.jpg) shows our white larva friends going to work on his cerebrum."

And here's another version:

"Dude gets an ingrown hair. It gets infected, now he has a boil. Ought to go to the doc and get it lanced, but he doesn't. Weeks pass. The boil grows, eroding downward toward his skull. Ought to go to the hospital in a jiffy, but he doesn't. Weeks pass. The infection reaches his skull. Bone, once infected, presents little barrier to spread of infection to contiguous bone, and so it spreads within his skull. Ought to spend a good long time in the hospital, but he doesn't. The bone dies, and begins to erode. Weeks pass. At some point, the smell attracts flies, which begin to lay eggs in his festering wound, and maggots take hold. Weeks pass. The infection breaches the inner layer of his skull, and reaches the meninges. Weeks pass. Though their tensile strength is impressive, the meninges are quite thin, and the infection breaches them. Now, infection and maggots set to work on his brain. Your brain just isn't supposed to be on your outside, and presents almost no barrier to anything when exposed. Infection and maggots get to work on his brain. This makes him feel a little wobbly on his feet, and so, what do you know, he decides to see the doctor. He walks in to the Stanford ER, where these photos were taken, just as you see him here."

And now, here are the ghastly images:

http://gelatinous.com/danh/temp/Absolute_Worst_Thing_Ever/eroded-cranial-wound.jpg
http://gelatinous.com/danh/temp/Absolute_Worst_Thing_Ever/maggots-in-brain.jpg

Snopes is undetermined, but what about you? Are these images really of a living man with a gaping hole in his head full of maggots... or something bogus?

Please take another poll!

http://pub38.bravenet.com/vote/vote.php?usernum=3216317923

pixiesmut is hungry: "I can't say whether the maggots in the brain thing is possible or not, but don't you think in this picture it looks an awful lot like macaroni-n-rice krispies??"

 

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Okay, I'm done torturing you... for now. :-)


March 22, 2003

Today's Bright And Shiny Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Three Kenyans died trying to retrieve a mobile phone that slipped down an open-pit latrine while its owner answered a call of nature. Anxious to recover her phone, the owner in the coastal town of Mombasa offered 1,000 shillings ($13.09) to anyone who would recover it. Well over half the Kenyan population of 30 million people lives on less than $1 a day. The first to try -- a 30-year-old radio technician -- failed to resurface after disappearing down a ladder into the latrine. His friend went after him but slipped and fell. The third casualty, trying to rescue the others, was hauled out of the pit by neighbors after he inhaled the fumes and lost consciousness. The man was rushed to the hospital but died on the way. "The fumes inside must be extremely poisonous considering the short time it was taking to disable the retrievers," acting Mombasa police chief Peter Njenga was reported as saying. The Daily Nation said police prevented a fourth man from climbing into the latrine and the search for the phone was eventually abandoned.

Culled from: Reuters
Generously donated by: Sage

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Okay... You're walking down the street and a woman offers you a million dollars to climb down into a latrine and fetch her cell phone. What do you do?

1) Jump down into the latrine and go bobbing for cell phones
2) Point her in the direction of the nearest Sprint, etc. dealership
3) Look around for the hidden cameras
4) Call up Johnny Knoxville to do it for you

Me, personally? I vote for looking around for the hidden cameras. What's your take?

http://pub38.bravenet.com/vote/vote.php?usernum=3216317923

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Where have I been, you ask? 100+ hour work weeks. I wish it could be otherwise... but sadly, I haven't had time for any hobbies. Yes, it's true - work is a four-letter word.

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And speaking of polls, it's time to look at the result of our two previous polls.

The first is regarding the validity of the Atlanta Decapitation images:

http://www.retecool.com/sukkel/index.html

Here are the results:

1.) It's amazingly real! 153 votes - 39%
2.) No way - it's a fake or the scene was altered. 106 votes - 27%
3.) I really don't know... 97 - 25%
4.) I'll wait to see what Snopes.Com says... 26 - 7%
5.) I really could not possibly care less. 8 - 2%

And for those 26 of you waiting to hear what Snopes had to say........ The verdict is TRUE!

"The item quoted above, about a man who was decapitated when he climbed over the railing of an interstate highway while fleeing police and fell onto a wrought-iron fence, describes a real incident that took place in Atlanta on the afternoon 15 February 2003. (The text was taken verbatim from an article which appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the following day.) Several members of the Atlanta Fire Department who responded to the call verified that the pictures displayed above were indeed taken at the scene of the incident."
(http://www.snopes.com/photos/decapitate.asp)

So, 39% of you were spot-on in determining the photos were real. I give you the morbid stamp of approval!

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And here are the results of the second pending poll:

Are those maggots in a living brain for real?
(http://gelatinous.com/danh/temp/Absolute_Worst_Thing_Ever/)

1.) Yes! It's incredible but true! 73 votes - 20%
2.) I wasn't born yesterday. Surely, no one can survive an open wound like that! 163 votes - 44%
3.) I can't decide if it's real or not. 80 votes - 22%
4.) I'll wait to see what Snopes.Com says... 19 votes - 5%
5.) Why are you subjecting us to this crap? 33 votes - 9%

I realize now that I should have added the obvious category of "Yes, the pictures are true, but the story's not". I tend to think these images are of maggot therapy being used to clean out dead tissue from this person's brain. So, what does Snopes have to say about it?

The investigation is still pending...
http://www.snopes.com/photos/maggots.asp

I'll try to remember to update you when they have an official answer on this one...


March 29, 2003

Today's Fishy Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Having recently read the excellent biography of Pervert Supreme Albert Fish ("Deranged"), I thought it might be interesting to share the 1934 note he sent the mother of one of his victim's - 10 year-old Grace Budd. It's a bit long, but such a work of sadistic delight that I did not want to edit it.

""My dear Mrs. Budd,

"In 1894 a friend of mine shipped as a deck hand on the Steamer Tacoma, Capt. John Davis. They sailed from San Francisco for Hong Kong China. On arriving there he and two others went ashore and got drunk. When they returned the boat was gone.

"At that time there was famine in China. Meat of any kind was from $1 to 3 Dollars a pound. So great was the suffering among the very poor that all children under 12 were sold for food in order to keep others from starving. A boy or girl under 14 was not safe in the street. You could go in any shop and ask for steak -- chops -- or stew meat. Part of the naked body of a boy or girl would be brought out and just what you wanted cut from it. A boy or girls behind which is the sweetest part of the body and sold as veal cutlet brought the highest price.

"John staid [sic] there so long he acquired a taste for human flesh. On his return to N.Y. he stole two boys one 7 one 11. Took them to his home stripped them naked tied them in a closet. Then burned everything they had on. Several times every day and night he spanked them -- tortured them -- to make their meat good and tender.

"First he killed the 11 year old boy, because he had the fattest ass and of course the most meat on it. Every part of his body was Cooked and eaten except the head -- bones and guts. He was Roasted in the oven (all of his ass), boiled, broiled, fried and stewed. The little boy was next, went the same way. At that time, I was living at 409 E 100 st., near -- right side. He told me so often how good Human flesh was I made up my mind to taste it.

"On Sunday June the 3 -- 1928 I called on you at 406 W 15 St. Brought you pot cheese -- strawberries. We had lunch. Grace sat in my lap and kissed me. I made up my mind to eat her.
On the pretense of taking her to a party. You said Yes she could go. I took her to an empty house in Westchester I had already picked out. When we got there, I told her to remain outside. She picked wildflowers. I went upstairs and stripped all my clothes off. I knew if I did not I would get her blood on them.

"When all was ready I went to the window and Called her. Then I hid in a closet until she was in the room. When she saw me all naked she began to cry and tried to run down the stairs. I grabbed her and she said she would tell her mamma.

"First I stripped her naked. How she did kick -- bite and scratch. I choked her to death, then cut her in small pieces so I could take my meat to my rooms. Cook and eat it. How sweet and tender her little ass was roasted in the oven. It took me 9 days to eat her entire body. I did not fuck her tho I could of had I wished. She died a virgin." - Albert Fish

Culled from: Deranged by Harold Schechter

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The influence on "Hannibal" is fairly obvious, is it not? What a guy...

To read all about Mr. Fish, check out the most excellent Crime Library website:

http://www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/notorious/fish/gracie_1.html

Andrew ponders: "All theses gruesome acts were done before modern refrigeration and cooking methods. (except for Jeffrey Dahmler). Think of the possibilities that Congra could come up with. Also you can microwave people, a part at a time and really get them well done. the FDA recommends meat be cooked thoroughly to avoid the hazards that those cannibals risked in the early days of eating humans. I think you should have a contest to name various human food parts that might be freeze dried as snacks or sold in bite sized packs (M&Ms) Let's hear it for population control by eating our neighbor!"

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I'm gratefully back in Catatonia for the time being. Oh, such a relief to be away from working in Augusta, though I'm sure I will still be horribly busy. But I will do my best to make the last three weeks of absence up to you. 100 hour work-weeks be damned!!!

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And here are the results of our last fun-filled poll, based on the March 22 MFDJ about the men who died trying to retrieve a cell phone from a latrine. Here, again, is the question:

Okay... You're walking down the street and a woman offers you a million dollars to climb down into a latrine and fetch her cell phone. What do you do?

And here are the results:

1.) Look around for the hidden cameras 47 votes - 34%
2.) Point her in the direction of the nearest Sprint, etc. dealership 38 votes - 27%
3.) Call up Johnny Knoxville to do it for you 29 votes - 21%
4.) Jump down into the latrine and go bobbing for cell phones 17 votes - 12%
5.) If you came up with better choices, perhaps I'd cast a vote! 9 votes - 6%

So, apparently we have 17 latrine divers in our midst, which is quite... interesting. Of course, I'm sure that morbid latrine divers would have the common sense to wear the appropriate survival gear before attempting such a task. We have, after all, studied such things in depth... so to speak. Luck, and Mr. Hanky, be with you.



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