April, 2006

April 2, 2006

Today's Impressive Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Sir Walter Raleigh was executed at the Old Palace Yard at Westminster on October 29, 1618. When Raleigh’s head lay on the block awaiting the ax, someone remarked that it ought to be turned to the East. "What matter," said he, "how the head lie, if the heart be right?"

Culled from: The World's Famous Orations

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And then his head lieth in a bucket...

For those of you who are interested in bidding on one of the comic book auctions that I have going on Ebay, I must highly recommend one that has just started for a comic book entitled The Eaters. It's one of my favorite stand-alone comic stories - about a family of cannibals and the daily trials and tribulations they face. Good stuff! (More information can be found below in the Horrid Moneymaking Venture section...)

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A Request

Is there a literary agent in the house??? Or, can you point me to a good literary agent? If so, I would be incredibly pleased if you would contact me. Thank you!

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Morbid Sightseeing!

When in Seattle, RetroStarlet thinks you may enjoy an excursion into Ye Olde Curiosity Shop:

"I'm recommending Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. It's on the waterfront (1001 Alaskan Way - Pier 54, Seattle WA) a block or two south of the Seattle Aquarium . They sell the usual tourist junk but they also have lovely exhibits of real shrunken heads and an actual mummy (preserved by the elements). You can even buy fake, yet realistic shrunken heads, if you'd like. The place scared the crap outta me as a kid!"

Ah, the folly of youth...

http://www.yeoldecuriosityshop.com/

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Dead Baby Joke Du Jour!

Q: What's red and lies in all four corners of a room?

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A: A baby that's been playing with a chainsaw.

Q: What's red and green and brown that lies in all four corners of a room?

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A: That same baby four weeks later.

(You can thank Christina for that second one.)


April 3, 2006

Today's Baptismal Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A pastor performing a baptism in Waco, Texas was electrocuted inside his church after grabbing a microphone while partially submerged. The Rev. Kyle Lake, 33, was standing in water in a baptismal at University Baptist Church when he was electrocuted Sunday morning, October 30, 2005. The water in a baptismal usually reaches above the waist. Lake was stepping into the baptismal when he reached out to adjust a nearby microphone, which produced an electric shock. Doctors in the congregation rushed to help Lake, who had collapsed. Lake was taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The woman Lake was baptizing apparently had not stepped into the water. She was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but was not seriously injured. Pastors at University Baptist Church routinely use a microphone during baptisms. "He was grabbing the microphone so everyone could hear," Jamie Dudley, a church business administrator and wife of another pastor there, said. "It's the only way you can be loud enough." About 800 people attended the morning service, which was larger than normal because it was homecoming weekend at nearby Baylor University. "At first, there was definitely confusion just because everyone was trying to figure out what was going on," Ben Dudley said. "Everyone just immediately started praying."

Culled from: The Associated Press
Generously donated by: Bruce Townley

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How do you suppose Pat Robertson would spin this one? Obviously, God must have had a good reason to smite him thusly! I vote for "Too Stupid To Live". Ah, Texas...

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

I haven't laughed this much in a long time! If you find infants as repellent as I do, perhaps you'll see why?

http://www.babyreview.com/

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Ghastly!!

Rayne sends a link for a fascinating blog entitled "The Life of a Medical Student in Clinicals".

"I think you might find the photo of the hand that held the fire cracker a bit too long of particular interest. You can even see perfect finger bones on that one. There are also videos of psychiatric patients in action or of their inaction depending on their own personal expressions of their illness."

In other words, FASCINATING!

http://www.angelfire.com/amiga2/iuhs/blog/


April 4, 2006

Today's Baptismal Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A pastor and the man he was baptising both drowned when they slipped into a rock pool during the ceremony. The pastor was performing a baptism on the last of a group of 15 members of the Jerusalem Apostolic Church when the rocky river bed he was standing on gave way, causing both men to fall into a deep pool enclosed by a steep ravine. The tragedy happened just after sunrise, on Sunday October 30, 2005. "Both men appeared to have panicked and then drowned," said police spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Opperman. Police divers were called in after church members failed to rescue the two victims.

Culled from: IOL

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Can you believe that this happened on the same day as the baptismal electrocution in Waco, Texas (yesterday's MFDJ)? Things like this make my morbid heart flutter!

FYI - I have listed one of my all-time favorite comic book series on Ebay. I just re-read it with my girlfriend and she was equally enamored of it. It's called "Enigma" and is written by the wonderful Peter Milligan. See the description below if you're interested...

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

Here's a lovely - and educational! - collection of plastinated specimens courtesy of the University of Michigan Medical School.

http://www.med.umich.edu/anatomy/plastinate/PlastinationGallery/home.htm

Of particular interest to sickos like us are the pathology specimens:

http://www.med.umich.edu/anatomy/plastinate/PlastinationGallery/images/Pathologies/Pathologies.html

Thanks to Nadja for the link.

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Ghastly!

blackheartedhope sent me this link to a collection of suicide methods with illustrations. (Although, strictly speaking, not all of the pics are from suicides.) Still, they are pretty disgusting. Strong stomachs only need apply!

http://suicidemethods.net/pix/listpix.htm


April 6, 2006

Today's Terrific Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On his way to the electric chair in Oklahoma in 1966, James French said to a newspaper reporter,"I have a terrific headline for you in the morning: 'French Fries.'"

Culled from: Brain Candy

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Now, why don't more criminals come up with stuff like that? Brilliant!

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Gorey Du Jour!

Remo sent me an online link to the greatest of Edward Gorey's many masterpieces. If you haven't seen The Gashlycrumb Tinies, where have you been? And if you love it as much as I do, why not take another look?

http://www.lesko.net/gorey/gashlycrumb.html

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Morbid Book Du Jour!

I received a press release regarding a new book about everyone's favorite 19th century World's Fair murderer, H. H. Holmes. I thought I'd print it in its entirety for you - it sounds very interesting.

New H.H. Holmes book now available!

You've read about the WHITE CITY...Now read about the DEVIL.

3 BOOKS...1 SERIAL KILLER

"The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes" contains three fully illustrated, unabridged primary source books, plus Holmes' published confession as originally documented shortly before his execution. For the first time in over a century, these materials are again available - and all in one book.

HOLMES' OWN STORY by Herman W. Mudgett - 1895
In this autobiography, Holmes recounts his childhood years, and life's trials and tribulations. To a "fair-minded public," Holmes pleads his innocence by spinning uncanny explanations for every allegation and shred of evidence that otherwise incriminated him.

THE HOLMES-PITEZEL CASE by Detective Frank Geyer - 1896
This, the first book written on a serial killer, is a full-length account of American homicide detective, Frank Geyer, retracing the steps of criminal mastermind, H.H. Holmes. Included are rare court transcripts, expert witness testimony, and in-depth criminal and legal detection methods utilized in the trial against Holmes.

THE HOLMES CASTLE by Robert Corbitt - 1895
Robert Corbitt entered the Holmes "castle" when the investigation into the horrors first began. Learn what made Corbitt believe that Holmes was innocent.

THE CONFESSION OF H.H. HOLMES - 1896
Holmes gives the media what they want...a confession. He recounts 27 murders in gruesome detail, stating that he is growing to resemble the devil.

The Strange Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes
430pp. Waterfront Productions. $29.95

***ORDER YOUR COPY NOW***
To Order, visit: http://www.lulu.com/content/184597
(This book is printed on demand. Please allow 3 days for production.)
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"Anyone with an interest in true crime or is studying criminology, law or forensics should own this book which focuses on an awesome, groundbreaking historical case."
- John Borowski
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Soft cover 6" x 9" - Perfect Bound - 430 Pages - ISBN: 0975918516
Produced by John Borowski - Edited by Dimas Estrada
Publisher: Waterfront Productions
Release Date: November 30, 2005

Website: For more information - http://www.strangecase.com


April 7, 2006

Today's Furious Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

In the spring of 1931, a furious gun battle took place on New York City’s Upper West Side. The incident involved hundreds of cops, dozens of machine guns, tear gas, grenades and a teenage killer who was consumed by an intense hatred of police. As many as 15,000 spectators watched the clash in which hundreds of bullets were fired into a fifth floor apartment while the barricaded suspect screamed out an open window: “You’ll never take me alive coppers! Come and get me!” His name was Francis “Two-Gun” Crowley, and this stunning “Wild West” shootout became known as the Siege of 90th Street. During a brief lull in the assault, Crowley sat down on the bed and wrote a letter to be read after his death. “When I die, put a lily in my hand, let the boys know how they’ll look … I hadn’t anything else to do, that’s why I went around bumping off cops! … Take a tip from me to never let a copper go an inch above your knee … as soon as you turn your back they will club you and say the hell with you … I’m behind the door with three thirty-eights!” The cops threw in a barrage of tear gas canisters, and when Crowley threw them out the window, several cops fired at him and Crowley took several hits and was knocked to the floor. The police then burst through the door, completely catching Crowley by surprise. He aimed his .38's at the cops and pulled the trigger but he was out of ammo. Convicted of murder, he was sentenced to death. On January 21, 1932, at 11 p.m. Crowley was led from his cell and escorted to the death chamber. “My last wish is to send my love to my mother,” he said in a muffled voice. Seconds later, the switch was turned and Crowley was hit with 2,000 volts of electricity.

Culled from: The Crime Library

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Incidently, this event inspired the movie "White Heat" starting James Cagney. Cool, eh?

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Comic Auction Update

I have just put another excellent comic book up on auction, for those of you who are interested in helping me finance a new digital camera. This one is entitled "Face" and it is by Peter Milligan, who also wrote the wonderful "Enigma" and "The Eaters" which are also currently on auction. This one is about a plastic surgeon who is commissioned by the world's greatest artist to turn his face into a living Picasso painting... with macabre results. Great stuff.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6620395363

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Morbid Auction Du Jour!

Some well-funded person out there - please hurry and buy Ed Gein's property before it's too late!! Oh, and invite us all to come and hang out too!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4453267305

Thanks to NightRaven for the heads-up!

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Morbid Art Du Jour!

Françoise Duvivier is an absolutely amazing morbid artists who creates mesmerizingly disturbing collages, masks, and dolls. Creepy doesn't begin to describe some of this stuff!

http://www.damagedcorpse.com/

Thanks to dee spair for the link.


April 8, 2006

Today's Double Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On June 21, 1946 the body of Margery Gardner was found brutally murdered in a west London hotel room registered to Mr. and Mrs Neville Heath. Her injuries included sexual mutilation, severe whip marks (including two that slashed her eye lids), and vaginal penetration with a foreign object, most likely a fireplace poker. Neville Heath, a former Royal Army Service Corps officer, father, and husband (although his wife divorced him and took his son) had a history of burglary and a reputation of a con artist. His second victim was a 21 year old women named Doreen Marshall. Marshall was vacationing in the resort of Bournemouth when she met Heath. After rejecting his advances at dinner her nude body was found in some bushed about a mile from her hotel. She had been viciously beaten, sexually mutilated, and her throat had been cut. Heath was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. When he was offered a drink prior to his execution his response was, "In the circumstances, you might make that a double".

Culled from: Serial Killers

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Indeed!

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Ghastly!!

13-year-old Justin Schwartz was bitten in the left hand by a rattlesnake on July 21, 2002. Although he survived, the venom destroyed much of the tissue in his hand and resulted in a series of gruesome skin graft surgeries to save his hand. Photographs from his surgery are posted on this site - and they look PAINFUL!

http://www.rattlesnakebite.org/

Thanks to Cyn for the link.

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Here's an amusing (in a juvenile kind of way) egg separator:

http://tinyurl.com/hg8la

Thanks to laura for the link.


April 12, 2006

Today's Loving Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Said Johnny Frank Garrett before being lethally injected in Texas on February 11, 1992: "I'd like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. And the rest of the world can kiss my ass."

Culled from: Strange Cosmos

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And then the rest of the world kissed his ass... goodbye!

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Keddie Hate Mail Du Jour!

As you may be aware, nothing quite brightens my day like some hate mail from someone who visited my Keddie Murder Cabin travelogue and was dismayed by it. So, I thought I'd share the latest missive/missile with you all:

I would like to start by saying the person or persons who wrote these articles are miserable excuses for human beings! you lack in respect for the Sharp family, and have no business writing this article you knew nothing of Keddie or Quincy before this so what gives you the right to make the comments of redneck and crappy little burger joint. What happened to the Sharp family was tragic, disgusting and yes still unsolved, but what makes up your sick and morbid mind to be so obsessed? as far as you saying the house should be turned into a theme park! how disgusting are you? and for that matter why would this community want to attract sicko's like you? and yes I am part of this community always have been and always will be. Just a quick question if something of this magnitude happened to your family would you want someone like you writing terrible articles as you have done??? maybe you don't need to answer that, if you have such disrespect for this family I can only imagine how you treat your own!!! I can imagine this family would like to move on and solve what has happened and yes getting the story out there can help, but that is not what you have done, can you even look at yourself in the mirror?

signed,
disgusted

You can read more Keddie hate mail here:
http://asylumeclectica.com/asylum/sightseer/us/ca/complaints.htm

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Morbid Forum Update

Of course, my flippant response to the disgusted one couldn't possibly have anything to do with the fact that the Morbid Forum was hacked again, could it? In any event, I think I fixed the problem... though, lord only knows when someone else will hack it. There aren't enough hours in the day...

http://asylumeclectica.com/asylum/forum

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Here's a nifty little doorstop that will add zest to your castle!

http://www.wrapables.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=C07008&affiliate=findgift

Thanks to laura for the link.


April 14, 2006

Today's Vehement Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Robert Erskine Childers (June 25, 1870 - November 24, 1922) was an author and Irish nationalist who was executed by the authorities of the newly independent Irish Free State during the Irish Civil War. Childers was secretary-general of the Irish delegation that negotiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty with the British government, but he was vehemently opposed to the final draft of the agreement, particularly the clauses that required Irish leaders to take an Oath of Allegiance to the British king. The Treaty bitterly divided Sinn Féin and the IRA, and Ireland slipped into civil war. Soon Childers was regarded as a traitor not only by the British, but by the pro-Treaty Free State government in Dublin. He was court-martialled because he was carrying an automatic pistol and was one of the first to be sentenced to death under the Free State’s Emergency Powers legislation. He was executed by firing squad at the Beggar's Bush Barracks in Dublin. His last words were a joke at the expense of his executioners: "Take a step or two forward, lads. It will be easier that way."

Culled from: Wikipedia

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Thoughtful of him, wasn't it?

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Morbid Forum Update

Well, that damned forum was reinfected by a virus almost as soon as I cleared it up. I've been struggling with several issues with my webhost, and the fact that they currently don't have licenses for any other bulletin board program is a big one, so I'm in the process of looking for a new host. Anyone have any suggestions?

In the meantime, I've taken down the diseased forum (hopefully, I'll be able to rescue the information from it, but no guarantees) and Kat has graciously offered to host a temporary forum on her site. Please stop by and say a word of gratitude!

http://www.upontherainbow.com/phpBB2/

My apologies to anyone who was infected by the trojan lurking in the forum. Bastards!!!

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Here's a wonderful HELP! drain stopper! Ah, what they won't think of next...

http://www.wrapables.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=C15030

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

Save Our Cemeteries has some interesting updates on the status of New Orleans cemeteries after Katrina:

http://www.saveourcemeteries.org/

Thanks to Wendy for the link.


April 26, 2006

Today's Psychopathic Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Anyone climbing aboard a bus or taxi in Peru should think twice because many drivers have psychopathic tendencies according to a university study published in April, 2005. Some 40 percent of the 640 taxi and bus drivers surveyed by Lima's San Marcos University suffered from psychological problems and showed psychopathic tendencies, such as aggressive, anxious and antisocial behavior. "Drivers showed they would not feel any guilt in injuring or running over a pedestrian," the study added. Peru's capital, Lima, is crowded with aging, pollution-pumping taxis and buses, many of which do not obey traffic rules or stop lights. Hundreds of people die each year in bus and taxi crashes in Peru because of bad roads, poorly maintained vehicles and recklessness by drivers. In just the last three months of last year at least 85 people were killed in crashes, according to police figures. Prosecution is rare.

Culled from: Reuters
Generously submitted by: Ladyfreud

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As we all know, this same problem is exhibited by taxi drivers in America as well. My girlfriend wants to have a "Cabbie Holocaust" where we round all of them up and burn them in a huge pyre. Would you care to join us?

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I've been away for a few days due to circumstances outside my control. I have found a new web host and am currently in the process of transferring the asylum and setting up a new forum. Thank you to everyone who e-mailed me with suggestions on a new host. Let's hope that this one works out. The new forum should be up later tonight - or tomorrow at the latest. I'm using a different program now, with the hope that it won't be infected by the virus which ravaged the last forum. The address, again, is http://asylumeclectica.com/forum/

Thank you for your patience in this process!

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Warning - this one is sick, sick, sick, sick, SICK!

Q: What do you get when you put a baby in a blender?

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A: An erection.


This one is courtesy of that sicko Suzi.

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Here's a nifty shirt from T-Shirt Hell:

http://www.tshirthell.com/store/product.php?productid=323

Thanks to Suzi for the link.




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