June, 2006

June 7, 2006

Today's Gooey Truly Morbid Fact!

Francis "Two Gun" Crowley was the Mad-Dog killer of the 1930s. He was electrocuted at Sing Sing in 1931. For his last meal he ordered steak and onions, french fries, apple pie, and ice cream. Just minutes before he was to pass to the other side of the little green door, Crowley realized that he and a prisoner in a neighboring cell with whom he shared his food had not eaten the quart of ice cream that had been provided. Not enough time remained for them to consume the hard ice cream, but Crowley convinced one of the guards to heat it up, and both prisoners drank a pint of multicolored goo. Then Crowley shook hands with John Resko, his dinner mate, and marched off to face death on a full stomach.

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

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Okay, I know, I know... I've been away for a very long time, and I do apologize for that. I replaced my ailing PC with a new one and I've finally gotten everything up and running again. Thank you to everyone who sent me advice on purchasing a new PC. I finally ended up biting the bullet and building my own system. It's quite a relief to have a stable PC again!

This year is the 10th anniversary of Morbid Fact Du Jour - it started on August 1, 1996 - and I am going to be featuring some contests in the near future to celebrate somehow surviving so long! Thank you for those of you who have stuck with me throughout the years!

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Morbid Recommendation Du Jour!

Shonagh has a book recommendation for us:

"I was at the library and found, Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel. He is an LAPD detective who worked homocide, but never on the case. He ended up doing all the research for the book after he found a picture of Betty Short in his father's personal photo album. I am only half way through, but I think he is going to accuse his own father. It is a great look into LA in the 40's and 50's."

Black Dahlia Avenger

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Morbid Site Du Jour!

Here's a site that contains a list of euphemisms for death. Of course, my favorite has always been "giving up the ghost".

http://www.deathslang.com/

Thanks to Freaky Kittie for the link.


June 8, 2006

Today's Indulgent Truly Morbid Fact!

Peter Kurten, the Notorious German "Monster of Dusseldorf" was convicted of nine murders. Kurten was Beheaded July 2, 1931, at Cologne's Klingelputz Prison, after being given the traditional Henkers Mahlzeit, or the condemned man's last meal. He ordered Wiener Schnitzel, fried potatoes, and a bottle of white wine-and he enjoyed he meal so much that he requested, and got, a complete serving of seconds.

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

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See, that's what would be terrible about my last meal: I have a very small stomach. You wouldn't know it by looking at me, but I can't fit very much in my stomach before I am ill from over-eating. And of course, for my last meal, I'd want to fit in as much as possible. It would only serve to confirm everything I've ever thought about the unfairness of life...

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Let's face it - you've always wanted to see J-Lo, Jessica Simpson, Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilara, and Avril Lavigne (among others) dead. Now, here's your chance!!

http://www.worth1000.com/cache/gallery/contestcache.asp?contest_id=3124

Thanks to Freaky Kittie for the link.

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Film Recommendation Du Jour!

Katchaya has a documentary film recommendation for us:

"I saw a great film on PBS all about the new 'funerals at home movement' entitled A Family Undertaking.

http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2004/afamilyundertaking/

"Included on the website is the special section page which has a timeline about the history of funerals in America, and a question and answer section, but the best part is the gallery of images of dead people from beginning of photography to the end of the victorian age. Too cool."

http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2004/afamilyundertaking/special_gone.html


June 13, 2006

Today's Particularly Toxic Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Three agricultural workers died on July 12, 2004 after being overcome by fumes from a slurry tank and drowning in three feet of concentrated chicken waste. The men had just started work when one of them fell unconscious into the mobile storage tank after opening a hatch. Two colleagues tried to pull him out but they, too, were affected by the poisonous gas seeping from the four tons of liquid, and also slipped in. A fourth man went into the tank in an attempt to help his three colleagues but experienced breathing problems before clambering out. The labourer, 29, raised the alarm on his mobile telephone and called the emergency services to the lorry at Great Hockham, Norfolk. Fire crews from Thetford, Watton and East Harling used breathing apparatus to get into the 12ft-high container and recover the bodies of the men, who were lying face down in the liquid sludge. The three dead men all worked for Enviro-Waste of Thetford, which recycles and transports agricultural waste. Carbon monoxide, ammonia, methane and hydrogen sulphide are all produced by bacterial decomposition of slurry, creating a deficiency of oxygen. Hydrogen sulphide is particularly toxic.

Culled from: News.Telegraph
http://tinyurl.com/z97ly
Generously submitted by: Gena

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I've been away for a few days again, thanks to another headache-inducing technical hassle. You may recall that I recently changed to a new web host. When I signed-up, I explained my mailing needs with my newsletter, and I was assured that I would have no problems sending it out. However, after I sent out the MFDJ on Thursday, I found my website suspended. I contacted support and they informed me that I had been suspended for sending SPAM. I explained that it wasn't "SPAM", it was an opt-in newsletter.

They unsuspended my account and suggested I use a different program (PHPList) for the mailings. I started to set that up, but then inquired on how many e-mails I was allowed to send per hour and found that I was only allowed to send 200 e-mails per hour. Of course, this would mean that it would take almost a full day to send out one MFDJ! Then, they informed me that I was limited to 5,000 subscribers - which is almost the number of subscribers the list currently has. Suffice to say, the obstacles they threw in front of me made me extremely distressed, to say the least!

So, I decided to finally give up any attempt to send out the newsletter myself and purchased an account with a mailing list host. I'm hoping that this will result in more of you actually receiving the newsletter (which was being blocked by numerous spam filters due to relaying not being allowed). In fact, this may be the first e-mail many of you have received in ages. In which case, welcome back!

You'll note there is unsubscribe information at the bottom of the newsletter for those of you who would rather not stick around. But for the rest of you, let's hope this venture pays off with increased morbidity and reduced e-mail mortality!

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Film Recommendation Du Jour!

Pants has an ... interesting ... recommendation for us:

"I have a movie recommendation. Though some might think I'm crazy (and I would not disagree) I found that Bad Boys 2 had a lot of morbidity in it. Subtle and not, there were so many morbid things in that movie, that along with the comedic duo of Smith and Lawrence, that I was laughing and 'ooh, ahhing' from start to finish. From bodies exploding to gory gun scenes, to a scene in a morgue and cadaver's heads popping off and dead bodies falling out of a speeding vehicle... well. I think it's one of the better recent action movies."

Whatever you say, Pants...

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000DKDUR/theasylumeclecti

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

"In light of the recent fame of the German cannibal and the 'underground culture' of cannibals that people seem to think is a newly hatched plot," Gena thought that another look at Jonathan Swift's 1729 satiric masterpiece "A Modest Proposal" was due:

http://art-bin.com/art/omodest.html

Thanks, Gena!


June 16, 2006

Today's Macabre Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The family of a 17-year-old Vietnamese boy who died 36 years ago kept his body in their home after a fortune teller told relatives they had buried the teenager alive by mistake. The boy's family thought he had died in 1968 of illness, but a herbal medicine man said told the father his son was still alive after the burial. Stricken with remorse, the father dug up the body and displayed it in a glass-covered coffin, keeping it in the family home in southern An Giang until he recently confessed the macabre secret to a police news reporter. The newspaper ran a photo of the dead boy's brother posing with his arms folded next to the coffin of his sibling. The body of the boy had not decomposed.

Culled from: Reuters
Generously submitted by: Georgia

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This is what happens when sadists become fortune tellers!

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Morbid Recommendation Du Jour!

George has a recommendation for us - and this one brings back memories!

"I just saw a movie I had to tell you about. It was called The Day After, from the 80's. It didn't have much of a great story, was a little slow starting and had some cheesy acting... I mean it starred Steve Guttenburg and John Lithgow. But it was about the nation right before, during, and after Russia beaned us with bombs... It had some wonderfully morbid scenes, with people suffering from radiation sickness, dead animals and bodies everywhere, and was realistic enough or possible enough that it made you think. Was worth watching anyways... I think my roomate bought it in the cheap 5.50 bin at WalMart..."

I was a senior in high school when this movie came out and I remember it was a huge "event" at the time. I don't recall how "graphic" the film was - probably really tame compared to what I'm used to now. Ah, the good old days when only ONE country was out to nuke us... ;-)

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0001WTVUW/theasylumeclecti

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"My Brush With Morbidity" by DeadTriac

"I was working with a national Broadway tour as a carpenter and property assistant, on 'Fiddler On The Roof'. It happened sometime during the first 100 performances (its all a blur after 210 3 hour long shows), in some small town (I think it was in one of the big square states).

"We had begun the second act of the show, which starts with 10 minutes of the worst song ever, 'Now I Have Everything'. I was dozing off as usual, since I didn't have any cues coming up, when my stage manager gets on headset and calls for an emergency stop to the audio guy, as well as stage lighting to cut off and house lights to go on. She sends me out to the audience because the paramedics are working on an elderly woman who's had a heart attack.

"My job was to stand there as they repeatedly zapped the poor biddy and let the stage manager know when they were done so we could resume the show (I guess the show really must go on). They finally cleared her out of the house on a gurney, and we went on like nothing had happened. The cast was very concerned about her, and they finally found out that she had
actually died in the aisle, been unsuccessfully zapped 9 times and been loaded, technically dead, onto the ambulance. Despite that, she arrived alive at the hospital. I'm not sure how long she survived following that. She might be fine now.

"I don't blame her, really... that song bored me to death, too."


June 17, 2006

Today's Rain-Soaked Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Teachers at a Pretoria (South Africa) nursery school made a shocking discovery on Monday, January 26, 2004 when they realised that what they thought was a teddy bear lying in the rain-soaked street, was the body of a seven-year-old boy. Tshepo Heinrich Schroder of Kwaggasrand lay in the street, clutching a sandwich in his hand, after being killed by a hit-and-run driver. His mother, Ursula Schroder, who worked at the school, said she heard two teachers talking about a teddy bear that was lying in the rain. "I decided not to eat lunch, and to go out and look at what was in the street." She said someone then said it was a child that had been hit by a car. "When I got close to him I saw his feet and clothes and realised it was my child. I just collapsed." Tshepo was a Grade 1 pupil at Kwaggasrand Primary School. He walked to his mother's school each afternoon where he waited for her to finish work. According to Schroder, "a white car" hit him at high speed. The driver then sped off. "Everyone makes mistakes, but it doesn't help to run away. The driver didn't even stop. My child was so little..." Tshepo's body was so badly disfigured that a friend of Schroder's officially identified the child's body at the mortuary to spare his mother further trauma. Schroder would have got married on Wednesday. Now, instead of a wedding, she will be attending her son's funeral, scheduled for Tuesday.

Culled from: News24.Com
Generously submitted by: Rene

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Which begs the question:
How small are the children in South Africa that they are mistaken for teddy bears?

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Morbid Recommendation Du Jour!

Chardon writes with the following recommendation:

"I remember when I was 12 years old (back in 1995) I went on a tour to Yellowstone National Park. I talked my aunt, also on the tour, into buying me a book that the bookstore owners would not allow me to purchase. The exact title eludes me, but I believe it's similar to 'Death in Yellowstone'. It's a fascinating collection of, you guessed it, people dying at Yellowstone National Park, dating back to it's very first visiters in the mid to late 1800's. I read the book from cover to cover.

"It's been years since I've read it, but I still remember many of the more poignant moments. The book is seperated in chapters such as 'Animal Attacks,' 'Hot Spring Deaths,' 'Falling Deaths,' etc.

"One account details the story of a woman in the late 1800's who visited and accidentally fell into a particularly hot Hot Spring. She would have lived, were it not for her (at the time) fashionable hoop skirt, and the yards of heavy fabric soaked up the hot water and continued to sear her skin even after she had been rescued from the water. She succumbed.

"There is another chapter that details the death of a man who was walking down the wooden paths with his friend. His friend had his pet dog with him, and the dog was not on a leash. The dog inexplicably dove into a hotspring, and the dog owner's friend, I believe his name was Ronald, dove in after the dog head first. The man gets back out almost immediately, allowing the dog to slowly boil alive. He is quoted as saying, 'That was a stupid thing I did.' And then he collapsed. His skin came off with his shoes and clothing. He died later that day.

"I think you'd love this book. I found it so fascinating that I remember tiny details like the ones above from when I was 12 years old."

In fact, I not only know this book, I have read it and loved it. It's a fascinating read! Thanks for the recommendation, Chardon!

Death In Yellowstone

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Now, here's a trinket that's Duh Bomb! Literally!!!

http://www.minresco.com/trinitite/trin1.htm

Thanks to Steve O' for the link.


June 18, 2006

Today's Forgotten Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Crews digging an MTA Gold Line extension in Boyle Heights, California find more than 100 century-old skeletons at the site of an old crematorium. Some were found under the driveway of a 123-year-old Boyle Heights landmark that for generations served as Los Angeles' potter's field. Others were uncovered beneath an old retaining wall, and under mature oak trees and bushes. In all, workers digging an eastern extension of the Gold Line railway found the skeletal remains of 108 people — as well as 43 arms and legs. Scattered among the remains, beneath otherwise nondescript grounds leading to the brick-bedecked crematorium, were old coins, empty coffins, metal objects and even garbage. The discoveries stunned Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials and surprised residents, because they unearthed a layer of history that most had forgotten ever existed. "I've lived in the same house for 70 years," said Diana Tarango, a longtime Eastside resident. "Even then, growing up as a kid, I never thought of it as a cemetery. It was always a crematorium." Now, MTA officials are working with archeologists and community members to figure out how best to re-inter the bodies. "We want to give these people a proper burial, because it's obvious they were not given a proper burial in the first place," said Rick Thorpe, the MTA's head of construction. "If they had been treated with respect, we would have known where they were located." The remains are believed to be vestiges of L.A.'s original cemetery for the poor. They were found on the south side of the property along 1st Street between Concord and Lorena streets. In 1877, the owners of the adjacent Evergreen Cemetery gave the city five acres to operate a potter's field. The county purchased the property in 1917, and five years later built a crematorium to dispose of the bodies of the poor and unclaimed. With that, in 1922, the burials stopped. Over the years, the existence of the graves became increasingly obscured by time — and apparently landscaping and paving. Carbon dating by archeologists indicates that most of the remains date back to at least the 1890s.

Culled from: The Los Angeles Times
Generously submitted by: Dave

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And if real life in Southern California were as cool as the movies, there would have been some MAJOR poltergeist activity going on! Alas, reality does, indeed, bite.

Loren writes: "We just had a similar situation happen to us in the Toledo Ohio area - but it was slightly creepier, in my opinion. We had a children’s home that was around 100 years old that was demolished last fall. The home had housed orphans and children who were unwanted by their parents. Even thought the huge estate hadn't been functioning for years, there were still rumors that abounded about children that had mysteriously disappeared - that supposedly they had met with some sort of terrifying demise at the hands of staff of the home. There were rumors that the children were sometimes abused, beaten, etc and that some perished because of staff treatment and neglect. The estate and acreage was purchased to be razed and luxury riverfront condos were planned and had construction started - unidentified remains of children started being churned up as the soil was disturbed. If I remember correctly, some of the 50+-year-old rumors were proven to be true. It was a very busy semester for me last fall - so I don't remember the details super well and don't really recall how things finally were concluded and what conclusions were ultimately drawn regarding how to identify the children’s remain - but I seem to remember that it was just a few bodies that they recovered - but somewhere between 25-100 possible corpses were pieced together."

And a couple of days later, Loren writes again: "I just researched the children's home story that I e-mailed you about a couple of hours ago. I found out a lot of details - 46 bodies - adults, children and infants - but the original thing noted on the tv news stories was the rumors of the children who mysteriously died and allegations/rumors of murder at the hand of staff of the children's home. These rumors did not appear in the newspaper articles - even though there were actual interviews with several residents of the home and people who were raised in teh neighborhood that the home was located in - people who were alive at time when the murders and disappearnces had supposedly taken place. I saw the interviews with the 2 or 3 people and very distinctly remember this aspect of the whole story when it first broke - the paper simply ignored or editted this part of the story out. We do have a very corrupt paper in our town - it is inconsistantly corrupt and easily bought off or swayed by the highest bidder and ran by an emotional boob who has a power/control fetish. So, he might of been chums with the developer and new owner of the property and covered up the murder aspect of the story to help the excavation go quicker so that construction could start up again. think of how long construction would have been held up if there was a murder or two revealed or unexplained corpses discovered? As he, the editor of the paper, allowed, only the part of the story that involved the discovery of the unknown 'cemetary' was oozed out into a story form. They aren't even positive is an actual cemetary - still questions about that aspect of it because of the method of burials - haphazard, erratic and at random levels of depth which brings into question if all of the interred residents were actually officially and legally burried there..."

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Morbid Recommendation Du Jour!

Chardon has another recommendation for us:

"READ 'The Rape of Nanking' as soon as possible... It starts kinda slow with all the Japanese military sections... but as soon as it gets into the torture, it REALLY gets into it! It tells stories about how they sliced open little girls who were not equipped for rape so that they could rape them.... really sickening stuff."

I have this one but I haven't read it yet. I will have to get around to it one of these days. Of course, it has an added poignancy now that the author, Iris Chang, has committed suicide.

The Rape Of Nanking

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Morbid Art Du Jour!

Kathleen sends me a link to the paintings of Aurora Pope. Some of her work has a distinctly lonely overtone that I find immensely appealing. Perhaps you might as well?

http://www.aurorapope.com/


June 19, 2006

Today's Poisonous Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A two-hour drive south-east of Budapest, the village of Nagyrev is like countless others dotted across the Danubian plain. Modest single-storey homes line its few muddy streets. But beneath its pastoral exterior, Nagyrev nurses a dark secret. Nearly a century ago, with World War I raging, the womenfolk here began to poison their husbands. Now aged 83, Maria Gunya was a little girl when her father, a local official, was asked by the police to help investigate a series of unexplained deaths in the village. It turned out that the woman behind many of the deaths was the village midwife, Zsuzsanna Fazekas. At that time, under the Austro-Hungarian Empire, there was no resident doctor or health service. The midwife enjoyed a monopoly of basic medical training. "The women used to come to Mrs Fazekas with their problems," Mrs Gunya recalls. She said that when they complained about their drunken or violent husbands, Mrs Fazekas told them: "If there's a problem with him, I have a simple solution". That solution was arsenic, distilled by the midwife by soaking flypaper in water. Over the years, with the village cemetery filling up, police suspicions grew. They started to exhume bodies. Out of 50 bodies examined, 46 contained arsenic. Fingers pointed towards the midwife. Mrs Fazekas lived in a typical single-story house in the village, with a view from her covered porch down the full length of the street. It was here that she developed her murderous skills into a cottage industry of death. She saw the police coming. Maria Gunya takes up the story: "When she saw the gendarmes approaching, she realised that it was all over for her. By the time they reached the house, she was already dead - she took some of her own poison." But the midwife was far from the only culprit. At the nearby county seat of Szolnok, from 1929 onwards, 26 women stood trial. Eight received the death sentence, the rest went to prison, seven of them for life. Few admitted guilt, and their motives were never fully explained.

Culled from: BBC News
Generously submitted by: Michael

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"Their motives were never fully explained"???? I think that sentence about "drunken and violent husbands" explains the motives quite well. That article must have been written by a man. ;)

Brent writes: "The article that you have obtained from the BBC left out some facts that make the Nagyrev story about poisoner Zsuzsanna Fazekas more interesting. During WWI, many of the men of Nagyrev were off fighting, while their town had become a makeshift prison for none other than...German soldiers! Since many of the men were away, their wives needed some companionship. When the men of Nagyrev came back, some of the wives continued extra curricular activities with the prisoners. (That's probably where the "drunken and violent" behavior started.) In any case, ms. Fazekas was happy to help the wives get rid of the husbands, and the rest you know. This additional information can be found in The Encyclopedia of Serial Killers"

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Morbid Recommendation Du Jour!

Dov sends a recommendation that I will simply HAVE to read!

"For a treat, read 'King Leopold's Ghost'. It reeks of despair and murder and slavery and hypocrisy. It's a nice Christmas coffee table book."

Here's the description from Amazon:

"Hochschild's superb, engrossing chronicle focuses on one of the great, horrifying and nearly forgotten crimes of the century: greedy Belgian King Leopold II's rape of the Congo, the vast colony he seized as his private fiefdom in 1885. Until 1909, he used his mercenary army to force slaves into mines and rubber plantations, burn villages, mete out sadistic punishments, including dismemberment, and committ mass murder. The hero of Hochschild's highly personal, even gossipy narrative is Liverpool shipping agent Edmund Morel, who, having stumbled on evidence of Leopold's atrocities, became an investigative journalist and launched an international Congo reform movement with support from Mark Twain, Booker T. Washington and Arthur Conan Doyle. Other pivotal figures include Joseph Conrad, whose disgust with Leopold's 'civilizing mission' led to Heart of Darkness; and black American journalist George Washington Williams, who wrote the first systematic indictment of Leopold's colonial regime in 1890. Hochschild (The Unquiet Ghost) documents the machinations of Leopold, who won over President Chester A. Arthur and bribed a U.S. senator to derail Congo protest resolutions. He also draws provocative parallels between Leopold's predatory one-man rule and the strongarm tactics of Mobuto Sese Seko, who ruled the successor state of Zaire. But most of all it is a story of the bestiality of one challenged by the heroism of many in an increasingly democratic world. 30 illustrations."

King Leopold's Ghost

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Absolut On Ice

http://www.boners.com/grub/380891.html

Thanks to Stephen O' for the link.


June 21, 2006

Today's Ironic Truly Morbid Fact!

A Brooklyn father getting a tattoo called "Last Rites" inked into his flesh passed out and crashed headfirst into a glass counter on October 13, 2005 killing himself. Joaquin Laguer, 27, nearly was decapitated during the horrific accident inside Buzz Tattoo, an unlicensed parlor in East Williamsburg. "There was nothing I could do," said shaken tattoo artist Julio Ramos, 36. "I was kneeling next to him, praying to God. My assistant said, 'He's gone.'" Laguer, an aspiring model and rapper, felt faint soon after Ramos finished inking the outline of an abstract, wizardlike tattoo onto his right forearm. Saying he was hungry, Laguer walked over to a glass counter where he'd placed a Spanish takeout meal of half a chicken, fried plantains and rice. But before he could reach the food, he passed out and slammed into the front of the counter at 2 p.m. The shattering glass sliced deeply into his neck, Ramos said. "There was no saving him," said Ramos' assistant, Wilson Fernandez, 24. Laguer, who had a 2-year-old daughter, was rushed to Woodhull Hospital, where he was declared dead at 2:22 p.m. His grieving girlfriend, Shanequa Neal, said Laguer had eight tattoos and wanted another featuring a picture of their daughter, J'lynn. When he couldn't afford it, he chose another tattoo out of a catalog. Neal was stunned by the irony of the name of the "Last Rites" image he had selected. "It was like it was his time," she said.

Culled from: Daily News
Generously submitted by: Chloë

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"I don't want to start any blasphemous rumors, but I think that God's got a sick sense of humor and when I die I expect to find him laughing." - Depeche Mode

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Morbid Recommendation Du Jour!

Wilf has a film recommendation for us:

"Watched a rather good British film this week which is doing the Mexican cable circuit at least but is right up your alley so to speak. You may well have mentioned it before though I don't remember so although you may well have done so before I joined the list. However, without further ado I can highly recommend the ultra-morbid 'The Young Poisoner's Handbook.' There is a pun in the title as it is a bio-pic of Graham Young, the teenage British poisoner who murdered his step-mother, several people he worked with and attempted to murder his father using first Antimony then Thalium. It is all rather humourously done too, I have to say. He was released from prison and then after a period of 'normality' started all over again when, by pure bad luck, his job brought him in contact with Thalium again, used in some photography stuff. Highly amusing and with an all star British cast including Roger Lloyd Pack, Charlotte Coleman (RIP), Roger Frost among others. Great stuff!"

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0007XFZZ0/theasylumeclecti

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"My [Near] Brush With Morbidity" by Shelley

"Several years ago I worked in the State Archeologist's Office, which was called on to deal with human remains dead more than 50 years. We had dealt with the result of digging foundations for new houses through forgotten burial grounds (as in skulls and grave goods sticking out of the dirt walls), sorted out the mess in a family mausolium after a bout of satanic vandalism, cleaned the "killed" remains of "vampires" (actually tuberculosis victims) from the 1700s or 1800s discovered in a gravel pit, and conducted the exhumation of a guy dead a couple hundred years whose kin wanted him re-buried back home overseas (we had to count all the bones and wrap them one-by-one for shipping after digging him up). Once we helped the Medical Examiner do an exhumation of a multiple grave only 15 or 20 years gone (really nasty - 'way too much soft tissue still there).

"The worst case we had happened just before one of my classes so I didn't go out on the call. I heard all about it the next day. Construction crews were digging ditches to lay underground utility cables when the backhoe bit through the corner of a coffin, dragged it out of the dirt ahead of it and uncovered the really putrid body of some guy who was supposed to have been buried somewhere else in the 1800s (sometimes when they relocated a cemetary some of the bodies stayed behind and the tombstones were all that actually got moved ). He had been embalmed after a fashion and was in a lead-lined casket but it had been a long long time and the smell was so awful and penetrating that one of the people from our office retrieving the coffin had to burn her clothes afterwards. The backhoe driver later reported that he had nightmares for months afterwards of that corpse coming at him out of the ground."

What a wuss!!!


June 22, 2006

Today's Mutilated Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Police have arrested two people who allegedly castrated a man and also cut off his ears. The man was mutilated after he got into a fight with another man who was supposed to give him a tattoo. His attackers used a butcher knife to slice off his ears and slash his genitals. The attackers then put a bandage around his head, put him in his car and told him to leave. Police have charged a 29-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman in the attack. The man who was mutilated is listed in stable condition in a Winston-Salem hospital.

Culled from: The Associated Press
Generously submitted by: Samantha

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I suppose there's a moral in here somewhere, but I haven't the energy tonight to figure out what it is...

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Morbid Site Du Jour!

For those of you who just can't bring yourself to tell your loved ones what you're really thinking while you're living, here's the perfect solution: post-mortem e-mails! You supply the cyanide, and they supply the bandwidth!

http://www.mylastemail.com/

Thanks to Alena for the link.

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"My Brush With Electricity" by Alida

"I have an 'electrifying' brush with morbidity. I still wear mine on my face unfortunately. I was 3 years old and doing my best to stay awake because I was SURE the boogeyman was coming to get me. I could hear my parents and their guests watching a film on the old school film projectors they used in '77. Now mind you, I am THREE years old and I remember this moment as if it happened yesterday!

"So here I am, scootched to the front of the bed trying to peer out the door pane at the movie everyone is watching. I realize that I need more light, because I am far too scared in this big bad dark room all by myself, and the nightlight just isn't cutting it. I go over to the lamp on my dresser and being 3, think that if I tug on the cord it will come on for this is how I have seen mommy turn it on (didn't realize it's a switch, not a cord!) Well my little hands are too weak to tug on this
very well, and so what do I decide to do?? Bite it and pull it out with my teeth! Excellent plan!

"I remember feeling heavy, like I had suddenly become concrete and there was no moving me. I could smell flesh burning, but didn't realize what it was. Don't ask who was looking over me, but I fell over and the cord came loose, alongside 2 of my teeth, I let out a blood curdling scream and I lost consciousness. When I woke up, I was in Intensive Care with liver damage, missing teeth, and a horrid scar on the left side of my mouth that looked like swirled Aqua Fresh toothpaste. That's the best way to describe what it had done to my mouth and how it looked in appearance.

"I ate foods through a straw for 7 months, and here I am 26 years later, 4 plastic surgeries older, and I have a minimal scar left on my face. I have grown quite fond of the dark and no longer feel the desire to turn on lights."

Truly an electrifying brush with morbidity!


June 27, 2006

Today's Mutilated Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The manager of a restaurant near Greenbriar Mall made a gruesome discovery when he arrived at work the morning of April 30, 2002: the body of a man dangling from a ceiling duct. Atlanta police believe the man, thought to be in his early 30s, was trying to break into the Caribbean Soul Cuisine restaurant and suffocated when he became stuck in the ventilation duct. The manager of the restaurant at 2841 Greenbriar Parkway S.W. saw the man's legs hanging from the duct when he entered the business at 6:50 a.m. His body was carried down a ladder from the roof by firefighters shortly before 9 a.m., and taken to the Fulton County Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause of death and how long the man had been dead. "We believe it was an attempted burglary. It appears he ... got wedged in the duct, which was a little too small for him," Atlanta homicide Sgt. Willie R. Jackson said. "People do strange things in this day and time, and there must have been something in there he wanted bad enough."

Culled from: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Generously submitted by: Eseven

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"People do strange things in this day and time..." Do you suppose I should break it to Sgt. Willie R. Jackson that thieves have been getting fatally stuck in small openings since the origin of civilization? There were probably even Australopithecines getting stuck in holes in trees trying to steal stashes from their neighbors. It's just part of the great rhythm of life, as we in the morbid community know.

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Morbid Sightseeing!

Nigel Tufnel (yes, I assume it's THE Nigel Tufnel!) recommends a visit to the allegedly haunted Old Jail on Amelia Island, Florida. The Old Jail now houses the Amelia Island Museum of History, but it's the Legend that is of interest to us fans of morbidity:

"Luc Simone Aury was the bastard son of a pirate named Luis Aury. He was a renowned scoundrel and wanted for many crimes such as murder, rape, and robbery to name a few. Upon his capture, Aury was sentenced to hang in the gallows behind the jail. As word spread, a huge crowd gathered to witness the execution of this famous criminal. The night before the hanging however, Aury managed to slit his own throat in effort to deprive the city of his humiliating spectacle. A surgeon was summoned to crudely stitch him up just enough to keep him alive until the execution. With his collar buttoned to hide the wound, he was drug up the steps on his appointed day. When the trap was sprung, the stitches ripped open, nearly decapitating him. Blood spewed into and all over the crowd. Women fainted, men screamed, and children were trampled as the crowd fled in terror. Aury can be heard moaning where the old gallows used to be. On rare occasions, his ghost will appear with a gaping slash across his neck covered in blood."

Sounds like a fun place to visit! Thanks for the tip, Nigel.

http://www.ameliaislandmuseumofhistory.org

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Okay, those of you who have even the slightest remnant of a heart and soul should avoid reading this next joke at all costs.

Q: What's black and blue and doesn't like sex?

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A: The little boy in the trunk of my car.

Don't say I didn't warn you! Oh, and you can blame Colin for that one!


June 29, 2006

Today's Sucky Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Two employees of the Silver Lake Welding Service of Dayton, Va., — Justin Mines, 19, of Harrisonburg, Va., and Randy Carpenter, 48, of Dayton — were sucked under chicken feed while trying to repair rust holes in a feed silo in June, 2002. According to John Shelton, EMS supervisor for Surry County, the men were trapped under the grain for more than three hours before emergency workers could free the bodies. "When rescue workers arrived, they saw that one person was visible at the chute end of the grain bin," Shelton said.

Shelton said the chicken feed was about 12 feet deep inside the 40- foot silo when the accident occurred. The two workers were standing on the small pellets of chicken feed, patching rust holes inside the silo. "They had climbed into the silo on a ladder," Shelton said. "They disconnected from their (safety) harnesses. While they attempted to do work on the silo, a truck pulled up and started to load." The men were sucked down with the feed as the tanker truck was being filled. "The 48-year-old was swirled into the feed," Shelton said. "The 19-year-old attempted to catch him and was also swirled under."

Workers at the feed mill tried to rescue Mines and Carpenter before emergency workers arrived. "Once this occurred, one of the supervisors tried frantically to rescue the two," Shelton said. "He repelled into the silo and tried unsuccessfully to get the feed away from their faces. The grain is like quicksand, the more you move the quicker you sink." Wayne Farms has operated the feed mill on N.C. 268 for 22 years.

Culled from: Unknown
Generously submitted by: Scarrie

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What have we learned tonight? NEVER disconnect from your safety harnesses! oh, and the more you move, the quicker you sink. Words to live by.

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Ghastly!

MrMezzie forwards me a link to a site called Shock, which actually lives up to its name thanks to its impressive collection of horrible images, which are well-organized into such categories as Accidents, Animal Attacks, Dismemberment, Murder, Suicide, and War. Well-done!

http://www.pchorsepower.com/shock/lobby/

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour

Cathy submitted this moldy oldie, which is always fun to take a look at:

It doesn't hurt to take a hard look at yourself from time to time, and this should help get you started.

During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criterion was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.

"Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup.

"No." said the Director, "A normal person would pull the plug." Do you want a room with or without a view?





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