May, 2006

May 1, 2006

Today's Malignant Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Sigmund Freud smoked cigars for most of his life; even after having his jaw removed due to malignancy, he continued to smoke until his death on September 23, 1939. He smoked an entire box of cigars daily. After contracting cancer of the mouth in 1923 at the age of 67, he underwent over 30 operations to treat the disease; In the end, Freud could no longer tolerate the pain associated with his cancer. He requested that his personal physician visit him at his London home. Freud's death was by a physician-assisted morphine overdose.

Culled from: The Book of Lists 3
Generously submitted by: Ken

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As many of you are aware, the Morbid Forum is up and running again. Unfortunately, I am pathetic loser and cannot figure out how to convert the old posts to the new format. Does anyone out there have web savvy when it comes to Invision Power Board and phpBB? Lord knows, I can use the help. In so very many ways!

Anyway, the forum is here:

http://asylumeclectica.com/forum

As Robert Smith once sang, "Please come back, please come back - all of you!"

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Ghastly!

Lady Morgana sent me a gruesome and extremely well-composed image. I'm not sure what it's from though it appears to be a morgue picture. Anyone know the story behind this image? (Squeamish need not look.)

http://asylumeclectica.com/asylum/morbid/archives/deadman1.jpg

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Morbid Film Du Jour!

I just watched a documentary entitled "A Certain Kind of Death". This is a film about what happens to the bodies of people who have no next of kin. It shows the office workers who attempt to track down any kin and shows how they can unravel details of a person's life from sifting through their belongings. The film is extremely sad as they show treasures from these individuals' lonely lives auctioned off to the highest bidder. As far as morbid appeal goes, this film has quite a lot as it shows in graphic detail the bodies as they were discovered rotting in the apartments. Pretty yucky. I personally thought the film lacked a coherent narrative and for that reason it wasn't the best documentary, but I do recommend it for its thought-provoking sadness and the ick factor.

A Certain Kind Of Death


May 7, 2006

Today's Well-digested Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Gordon Fawcett Hamby was a bank robber who killed two clerks in a holdup. He was executed in Sing Sing in 1920. He slept a peaceful 10 hours his last night and dressed carefully in a black suit and white shirt for his final meal. Already having eaten a substantial lunch, Hamby shared cigars, candy, and ice cream with his 29 fellow death row inmates. For his last meal he ordered a lobster salad, reasoning, "I need not worry about indigestion."

Culled from: The Book of Lists 3
Generously submitted by: Ken

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Okay, after fighting with my PC for a few days, I have decided it's time to purchase a new one. This spring is definitely a time of renewal! I usually purchase custom built PC's but here in Chicago I'm not sure of a good place to go to purchase one. So, for convenience sake, I thought about purchasing a new system from Dell, but I detest buying PC's that come loaded with obnoxious software that I have to uninstall, or that have built-in system limitations. Therefore, I turn to you, as always, for advice: What would you recommend as a good PC vendor?

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Morbid Recommendation Du Jour!

Linda recommends the movie "The Tears of Kali":

"The eerie stories center around the Taylor-Eriksson group and their members are told in three episodes, SHAKTI, KALI, DEVI, embedded in a frame plot. This group tried to re-define the limits of self-finding, sex and violence. Starting as a psychological cat-and-mouse-game, the story soon turns into pure horror."

Sounds interesting... although the reviews I've read aren't terribly encouraging. Still, if you'd like to give it a try, here's more information:

The Tears of Kali

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Q: Do you know why Jeffery Dahmer had a blender on his porch ??

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A: So he could greet you with a "handshake".

You can blame "Dad" (no, not MY Dad!) for that one.


May 10, 2006

Today's Cheap Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Ruth Snyder and Judd Gray were convicted killers in one of America's most famous triangle murders of the 1920s. They were electrocuted Jan. 12, 1928, at Sing Sing Prison. Gray, much composed, had a last meal of chicken soup, chicken, mashed potatoes, celery, stuffed olives, and ice cream, which was followed by a cigar. Snyder was so emotional, clinging to the hope of a last-minute Reprieve, that Warden Lewis E. Lawes decided that choosing a last meal would only upset her further. Instead she got the regular fare offered other death-house inmates.

Culled from: The Book of Lists 3
Generously submitted by: Ken

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Typical! The man worries about the "hysterical woman" and cheats her out of her last meal. I hope Ruth haunted Lewis for the rest of his days!

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Thank you to everyone who has written with PC advice. I should have noted that it would be pointless to tell me to purchase an Apple computer because that will never happen, but I do appreciate your opinions. However misguided they may be. ;-)

I'm still looking into my PC options and I am keeping everyone's suggestions in mind.

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Morbid Site Du Jour!

When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was Jay Anson's "The Amityville Horror". Of course, having re-read it again recently, I now realize the book is utter nonsense, but I am still captivated by the REAL horror of the house - the murder of his family (two sisters, two brothers, and both of his parents) by Ronald "Butch" DeFeo on November 13, 1974. Freaky Kittie recently sent me a link to an incredible site which contains abundant information on the murders, including a full set of crime scene photographs. It's interesting to note that all of the family were killed in the same position - face down with a fatal gunshot wound to the back - as you can see by the pictures. Fascinating stuff, whether or not you believe in the ghost story!

http://www.amityvillemurders.com

Here's the direct link to the crime scene photos:

http://www.amityvillemurders.com/crimescene.html

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Here's something we all need - a Windows powered casket! (Thanks to Bob for the link.)

http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/windows-powered-casket





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