September, 2007

September 1, 2007

Today's Variable Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

William Pitt (1759-1806) became prime minister at the age of twenty-four. Accounts of his last words vary from the patriotic to the alimentary. Most report the statesman as having said, 'Oh, my country! How I love my country!', sentiments befitting such an eminent statesman. yet a later prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, has Pitt saying, 'I think I could eat one of Bellamy's veal pies.'

Culled from: Death: A History Of Man's Obsessions and Fears

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Somehow I suspect that Disraeli may have been guilty of slander with that second quote.

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Morbid Sightseeing!

In the pre-dawn hours of June 10, 1912 an ax murderer crept into Josiah Moore's house in Villisca, Iowa and slaughtered everyone in it: Josiah, his wife Sarah, and six children aged 5 to 12. The murderer was never caught, but allegedly his victims continue to roam in the house - which is now the Villisca Ax Murder House and Museum. It has become a hotspot for paranormal activities, and is considered one of the "Most Haunted" houses in America. I know - who thought so much fun could be found in a tiny town like Villisca (population 1300)?

Official Site

Roadside America

Thanks to Bruce T. for the suggestion.

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Wretched Recommendations!

Elizabeth sent me a link to a Salon.Com article about a book called "The Family That Couldn't Sleep" that is being released on paperback on September 11. It sounds like a fascinating book - here's the Amazon.Com review:

"Beginning with the story of an Italian clan whose members die of a mysterious inability to sleep, Max traces science's tortuous path toward understanding prion diseases—a category that includes scrapie in sheep, B.S.E. in cows, and kuru, a disease spread by cannibalism which decimated one New Guinean tribe. Victims of fatal familial insomnia lose control of neuromuscular function, existing in a merciless limbo between sleep and wakefulness until they die of exhaustion. For a half century, prion diseases have baffled scientists, because the transmission of illness by proteins, which are non-living, was considered impossible. Max, who suffers from a distantly related neuromuscular disease, narrates recent advances in prion science with engaging clarity. But, as he reflects ruefully, 'the neurologist can diagnose you but he can't cure you.'"

Here's the Salon.Com article:

http://www.salon.com/books/awards/2006/12/14/max_int_excerpt/

The Family That Couldn't Sleep
by D.T. Max

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Morbid Contest!

Today (September 1) is the last day to send in your entries!!!

It's been far too long since I've held a contest - and recently the MFDJ Google Discussion Group has been discussing morbid band names. So, I was thinking that it might be fun to have a contest to come up with the greatest morbid band name. The rules are simple: Send me your most demented and ghastly band names - after doing a Google search to make sure said name is not currently being used - and I'll pick the best ones and put them up on a poll. Whoever wins the poll wins the prize. And the prize is ... your own brand-new personal copy of:

Lords Of Chaos: The Bloody Rise Of The Satanic Metal Underground
by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind

I'll do a Google check as well, and any name that's being used will be disqualified - so get creative!!

Send your ghastly band name suggestions to:
bandnames@asylumeclectica.com

Good luck everyone!


September 4, 2007

Today's Undernourished Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

In 1315, after rains so incessant that they were compared to the Biblical flood, crops failed all over Europe, and famine, the dark horseman of the Apocalypse, became familiar to all. The previous rise in population had already exceeded agricultural production, leaving people undernourished and more vulnerable to hunger and disease. Reports spread of people eating their own children, of the poor in Poland feeding on hanged bodies taken down from the gibbet. A contagion of dysentery prevailed in the same years. Local famines recurred intermittently after the great sweep of 1315-16.

Culled from: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

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Sorry for the recent lapse in facts. My job has eaten my life yet again! I'll try to have the Morbid Bandnames contest nominees ready for the vote by the end of the week.

I did manage to make some time to see Rob Zombie's Halloween over the weekend. It may surprise you that I am not, actually, a big fan of horror movies. For the most part, I find them tedious, predictable, and laughable. I much prefer tragedies that are based on real life over the fantastical meanderings of most horror movies. And slasher films are among my *least* favorite of the genre.

So, going into Halloween, I had very low expectations... and I found myself pleasantly surprised. The first half of the film examines the boyhood crimes of Michael Myers and it is absolutely fascinating. The boy who plays Myers - an androgynous Canadian actor named Daeg Faerch - somehow straddles the fence between hideously ugly and incredibly beautiful. He's like a young Michael Pitt - with bright blue eyes and a puffy baby face - whose face occasionally twists into a monstrous caricature of a Taxi Driver-era Jodie Foster. For the most part, you are rooting for him as he commits his murders, since he singles out those who deserve to be punished for mistreating him. It's great fun to watch him carry out his crimes. (At least, it was to me... but I suppose I'm not quite normal.) The first half of the film is compelling viewing.

But then it switches to grown-up 6'10" Big Bad Mikey and all the usual boring slasher clichés click in: teenagers having sex experience Le Grand Mort, the killer's finally killed... oh, wait, no, he's RIGHT BEHIND YOU!!!, people do stupid things constantly (like making loud hysterical crying noises when the killer is looking for you), and everywhere there is incredibly bad dialogue and acting (nothing new for Zombie films). Blah, blah, blah.... I can't help but wish that Zombie had made the entire movie a prequel that concentrated entirely on Michael's childhood and left the original Halloween as the sequel - it could have been a masterpiece. Instead, it's half-compelling and half-snoozefest. (Unless, of course, you love the original Halloween, and then you might find you enjoy the entire thing.)

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Here's a sick little cartoon - you should be ashamed of yourself for laughing!

http://drawn.ca/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/matthammill.jpg

Thanks to Shifter for the link.

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Morbid Sightseeing!

Those of you in London should try to make it to The Wellcome Collection. The Sun explains why:

"WHERE can you find a torture chair, Napoleon’s toothbrush and Florence Nightingale’s slippers? Answer: In a free exhibition opening in London today. They are among more than a MILLION bizarre objects stockpiled by eccentric tycoon Sir Henry Wellcome, an obsessive collector. And be warned, some exhibits could have come straight from a chamber of horrors.

"Sir Henry, born in America in 1853, made his wedge when he co-founded pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome & Co in London. When he died in 1936 it emerged he had bequeathed his fortune to set up a charity, the Wellcome Trust, to advance medical research. Sir Henry believed we could learn much from other cultures and scoured the world for unusual items linked to humanity and health.

"Now the Wellcome Trust has put 1,300 of his treasures on show in their Euston Road HQ."

More information is available here:

Wellcome Collection

Thanks to Joseph for the link.

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Morbid Auctions!

You might remember that last year I put some comics up for auction on Ebay. Well, times are tough again, so I'm putting more comics up for auction to help fund the website. I thought I'd let you know about the morbid or off-beat comics in case you are interested in bidding.

Gangland (4 issue series)
Mixing realism with humor, GANGLAND presents an entertaining and surreal look into the violent world of gangs and organized crime. These fourteen felonious tales of malice and duplicity explore the motivations of men uniting for illicit gain through violence, murder, and intimidation. Featuring made gangsters, suburban wannabes, and alien enforcers, this provocative series includes stories of a lonely hit man on a suicide mission, a mob informant's deadly new life, and old-school retribution in New Russia.

Gravediggers (4 issue series)
Complex whodunnit from Acclaim’s crime-fiction line by Mark Moretti and Rodney Ramos. The title refers to a government department that handles long-unsolved cases. Well-constructed with vivid backgrounds - recommended for fans of crime comics.

There are some non-morbid comics as well - all of the auctions can be viewed here. Thanks for looking!
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZstillill


September 5, 2007

Today's Jungle-like Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A man who lived in his own “zoo” of lizards and insects was fatally bitten by a pet black widow spider — then eaten by the other creepy-crawlies in August, 2007. Police broke in to Mark Voegel’s apartment to find spider Bettina along with 200 others, several snakes, a gecko lizard called Helmut and several thousand termites had gorged on his body. A police spokesman said: “It was like a horror movie. His corpse was over the sofa. Giant webs draped him, spiders were all over him. They were coming out of his nose and his mouth. There was everything there one could imagine in the world of reptiles. Larger pieces of flesh torn off by the lizards were scooped up and taken back to the webs of tarantulas and other bird-eating spiders.”

Loner Voegel, 30, never invited people back to his “jungle” home, a small apartment in the German city of Dortmund. Police described it as a cross between a botanical garden and the butterfly breeding ground in the serial killer movie The Silence Of The Lambs. One tarantula had built a nest the size of a swallow’s in a corner of the ceiling. Voegel also had a boa constrictor and several poisonous frogs from South America.

Spider expert and animal cruelty officer Gabi Bayer said he kept creatures “that should never be allowed in a private home”. She said: “He had spiders so aggressive they are the equivalent of a pit-bull in the animal world.” The reptiles were allowed to roam free in the flat. The heating elements on two tanks containing spiders and their termite snacks had exploded and dislodged the metal tops allowing them to escape. Voegel is thought to have been dead for between seven and 14 days.

Culled from: The Sun
Generously submitted by: Vickie

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And now he knows why dear Bettina is called a black widow.

Amos Quito calls The Sun out: "This story has reared its ugly head in the past. It's pure B.S. Sensationalistic tripe to sell copy. A moment's googling finds versions from 2004, based on a Daily Mirror story (below). All recent reports cite the Sun as source. (Besides, if he was a 'loner', how did they know the names of his pets? Little spider collars? And aren't termites vegetarians? Surely none of those animals would know what to do with a large mammal carcass beyond laying eggs into it.)"

Daily Mirror (UK) ^ | 2.27.04
EATEN BY HIS PET SPIDERS
Feb 27 2004
Cops' macabre find in flat
From Allan Hall In Berlin

SPIDERMAN Mark Voegel became a gruesome feast for the creepy-crawlies he loved.

They devoured his body after he got a lethal bite from his favourite pet Bettina - a deadly Black Widow.

More than 200 spiders, several snakes, a gecko called Helmut and several thousand termites gorged on their former master for days.

Police who were called in after neighbours complained about the smell said it was "like a scene from a horror movie".

They found the remains of 30-year-old loner Voegel draped across a sofa, covered in giant cobwebs.

"Spiders were running all over him," said a spokesman. "They were coming out of his nose and mouth. Larger pieces of flesh had been torn off by the lizards and were taken back to the webs of tarantulas and other bird-eating spiders.

"There were open cages and terrariums everywhere - all bathed in a weird green light. It was horrible."

Police described Voegel's tiny apartment in the German city of Dortmund as a cross between a botanical garden and the butterfly breeding room in the serial killer movie The Silence of the Lambs.

Local expert Gabi Bayer said Voegel should never have been allowed to keep many of his pets.

She added: "Some of his spiders are so aggressive they're the equivalent of the pit-bull in the animal world."

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

Now, here's a useful site! A catalogue of the many and varied Gates to Hell throughout the U.K. Now you know where to go the next time you visit!

http://www.entrances2hell.co.uk/index.html

Thanks to William for the link.

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

This is not only morbid and mirthful, but it's educational too!

What To Do In Case Of A Zombie Holocaust

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Morbid Auctions!

You might remember that last year I put some comics up for auction on Ebay. Well, times are tough again, so I'm putting more comics up for auction to help fund the website. I thought I'd let you know about the morbid or off-beat comics in case you are interested in bidding.

Gangland (4 issue series)
Mixing realism with humor, GANGLAND presents an entertaining and surreal look into the violent world of gangs and organized crime. These fourteen felonious tales of malice and duplicity explore the motivations of men uniting for illicit gain through violence, murder, and intimidation. Featuring made gangsters, suburban wannabes, and alien enforcers, this provocative series includes stories of a lonely hit man on a suicide mission, a mob informant's deadly new life, and old-school retribution in New Russia.

Gravediggers (4 issue series)
Complex whodunnit from Acclaim’s crime-fiction line by Mark Moretti and Rodney Ramos. The title refers to a government department that handles long-unsolved cases. Well-constructed with vivid backgrounds - recommended for fans of crime comics.

There are some non-morbid comics as well - all of the auctions can be viewed here. Thanks for looking!
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZstillill


September 6, 2007

Today's Varying Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

There are varying accounts regarding the final words of King George V (1865-1936). Most of the king's biographers have him inquiring, "How is the Empire?" But there is another version: when the king was taken ill in 1929 he convalesced at Bognor, a seaside resort in Sussex; when, in his final illness, his doctor tried to revive his spirits by saying, "We'll soon have you back in Bognor, Sire," the king's reply was pithy: "Bugger Bognor!"

Culled from: Death: A History Of Man's Obsessions and Fears

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Of course I have to mention that Morrissey once discussed this quote this in a 1986 interview, but he didn't attribute it to King George: "It's like famous last words. So many people's last words were so riotously memorable. Howard Devoto was telling me about - we were in a cemetery because we've decided to do a tour of London cemeteries, cheerful little buggers that we are, you know get the Guinness and cheese butties out and head down to Brompton Cemetery - some old corporal dying, smothered in blood, having a very artistic coronary arrest and his right-hand man was saying 'Don't be silly Charles, cheer up, cheer up, we're going to Bognor this weekend'. And he turned round to his friend and said 'Bugger Bognor!' and 'Bugger Bognor!' actually appeared on his tombstone as his famous last words. I think that should be an LP title... 'Bugger Bognor!'."

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Update Du Jour!

Well, apparently yesterday's morbid fact about Bettina, the killer black widow, is a bit less than factual.

Amos Quito writes:

"This story has reared its ugly head in the past. It's pure B.S. Sensationalistic tripe to sell copy. A moment's googling finds versions from
2004, based on a Daily Mirror story. All recent reports cite the Sun as source. (Besides, if he was a 'loner', how did they know the names of his pets? Little spider collars? And aren't termites vegetarians? Surely none of those animals would know what to do with a large mammal carcass beyond laying eggs into it.)"

And Bill adds:

"I know a Bettina from Dortmund. Uh, well, the clue is 'Culled from: The Sun': a 'news'paper owned by Rupert Murdoch (see also Fox News). This happened less than a mile from where I worked and the bare facts were: Bloke who kept loads of creepy crawlies in his house was found dead. Some of the crawlies had escaped. His death was probably from natural causes. The rest was just made up by the Sun."

I am duly shamed. Thank you for keeping me "honest"!

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

It recently occurred to me that I don't think I've ever shared a link to one of my all-time favorite pieces of morbid animation: Paul Berry's 1991 classic, "The Sandman". If you haven't seen it, you really must have a look - it's incredible. Fans of Tim Burton will recognize Berry's influence on "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (which he worked on with Burton).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMFolaY-VWY

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

XIII-SF have some gorgeous shirts for sale - but my favorite has to be the rotten banana! Definitely a must-have!!

http://www.xiiisf.com/

Thanks to Desmodus for the link.

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Morbid Auctions!

You might remember that last year I put some comics up for auction on Ebay. Well, times are tough again, so I'm putting more comics up for auction to help fund the website. I thought I'd let you know about the morbid or off-beat comics in case you are interested in bidding.

Gangland (4 issue series)
Mixing realism with humor, GANGLAND presents an entertaining and surreal look into the violent world of gangs and organized crime. These fourteen felonious tales of malice and duplicity explore the motivations of men uniting for illicit gain through violence, murder, and intimidation. Featuring made gangsters, suburban wannabes, and alien enforcers, this provocative series includes stories of a lonely hit man on a suicide mission, a mob informant's deadly new life, and old-school retribution in New Russia.

Gravediggers (4 issue series)
Complex whodunnit from Acclaim’s crime-fiction line by Mark Moretti and Rodney Ramos. The title refers to a government department that handles long-unsolved cases. Well-constructed with vivid backgrounds - recommended for fans of crime comics.

There are some non-morbid comics as well - all of the auctions can be viewed here. Thanks for looking!
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZstillill


September 7, 2007

Today's Shredded Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Testimony from a witness to the brutalities inflicted by Saddam Hussein's son Qusay during Hussein's reign in Iraq:

"On several occasions I saw QUSAY SADDAM HUSSEIN walk along the row of cells, open the slot in the door and spray what I believe to be something like mustard gas into the cell...The bodies of the dead were bloated by the gas. They foamed at the mouth and were bleeding from the eyes...The prisoners were screaming. I remember one of them was only about twelve years old. I remember QUSAY shouting something like 'Put this bastard in - he's a member of the [X] family'...The little boy was screaming. He was already bleeding from previous beatings. QUSAY killed him along with all the others...The little boy screamed out 'I am sorry, I don't want to die, I want my father.' QUSAY said, 'Your father is in the cell next door,' which was true. QUSAY then proceeded to spray him with gas and he died after about ten minutes of agony. We could hear them screaming... I estimate that QUSAY SADDAM HUSSEIN personally murdered between 1200-1300 people during this period.

"There was a machine designed for shredding plastic. Men were dropped into it and we were again made to watch. Sometimes they went in head first and died quickly. Sometimes they were put in feet first and died screaming. It was horrible. I saw 30 people die like this. Their remains would be placed in plastic bags and we were told they would be used as fish food."

Culled from: Indict.Org.UK
Generously suggested by: Timothy

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Timothy sent a link to a variety of shredder machines so you can get an idea of what it might be like to go through one yourself. Gruesome!

http://www.ssiworld.com/watch/watch-en.htm

I have a new series of morbid comics on Ebay that I'd like to point out. They are called Gross Point and are filled with morbid humor - for example, the students of Gross Point go to Ed Gein High School. It's about a "normal" family that moves into a town filled with ghouls - and it's great for people who like shows like The Addams Family or The Munsters. No pressure to bid, of course, I just thought I'd mention it in case you're interested:

Gross Point

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New Morbid Release!

For those of you who, like myself, think the only good reason to climb Mt. Everest would be to look for bodies along the way, there's a new book that sounds interesting called "The Boys Of Everest". Here's a good review of it from Amazon.Com:

"An exceptional history of the mountaineers of England from roughly 1960 to 1980, the post Hilary period. Clint Willis follows the history from early climbing, partners and feuds, to eventual aggressive expedition climbing of Everest and many other peaks. The book centers on Chris Bonnington who gained the most fame in this period but tracks many other climbers in the process.

"What this book did that I have not seen in any others is describe the thought process high on the mountain of the specific maneuvers where climbers knew they had exceeded safety limitations and would fall to death potentially killing partners also with a misstep. This may not sound earth shattering but as a novice climber you are taught not to do this and always have safety devices set in case of the accident. Clearly stating where they exceed this safety is an interesting concept particularly above 22,000 feet in extreme cold/wind while tired and oxygen deprived. Given the great retelling of the climber and family relationships, this book is better than any others as it involves you in the death of the climbers, the calls back to home and the long-term reactions of family and other climbers."

The Boys Of Everest
by Clint Willis

And while I'm on the topic of mountaineering - this one looks interesting too!

Forever on the Mountain: The Truth Behind One of Mountaineering's Most Controversial and Mysterious Disasters
by James M. Tabor

"Tabor's exhaustive look at the doomed 1967 expedition to scale Alaska's Mt. McKinley is an often gripping, detailed account of the infamous climb that remains controversial. Only five of the 12-man team survived the ascent to the 20,320-foot summit, making it one of the deadliest mountaineering disasters in North America. The journey was fraught with tension from the beginning: the National Park Service (NPS) required a group of nine men, led by Joe Wilcox, to merge with a three-member party of Coloradoans, led by Howard Snyder. Wilcox and Snyder clashed almost immediately. Both men survived and went on to retell the trip in books: Snyder in his 1973 version that mostly blamed Wilcox's leadership; Wilcox's account in 1981 cited an overpowering storm as the culprit in the deaths. Tabor (who hosted PBS's Great Outdoors) shows that the NPS was very slow to react and might have saved the climbers with quicker response. His writing about the brutal difficulties of climbing Mt. McKinley in subfreezing temperatures with hurricane-like wind in blizzard conditions is breathtaking, although he lapses into minutiae and repeats details, particularly regarding the accident's investigation. His profiles of the expedition's survivors 40 years later make for a strong conclusion to the book."

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Morbid Sightseeing!

Someone recently wrote to tell me how much they enjoyed my travelogue to Ye Ancientest Buriall Place in New London, CT. I thought it would be a good time to revisit it, for those of you who haven't seen it yet:

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Morbid Auctions!

You might remember that last year I put some comics up for auction on Ebay. Well, times are tough again, so I'm putting more comics up for auction to help fund the website. I thought I'd let you know about the morbid or off-beat comics in case you are interested in bidding.

Gross Point (8 issues)
Gross Point was a fun little comic series that depicted what happened when a "typical All-American family" - with two moody teenagers - moved into a town inhabited by ghouls... quite literally! It's a great series for those who love good old fashioned macabre humor - like The Addams Family or The Munsters.

Gangland (4 issue series)
Mixing realism with humor, GANGLAND presents an entertaining and surreal look into the violent world of gangs and organized crime. These fourteen felonious tales of malice and duplicity explore the motivations of men uniting for illicit gain through violence, murder, and intimidation. Featuring made gangsters, suburban wannabes, and alien enforcers, this provocative series includes stories of a lonely hit man on a suicide mission, a mob informant's deadly new life, and old-school retribution in New Russia.

Gravediggers (4 issue series)
Complex whodunnit from Acclaim’s crime-fiction line by Mark Moretti and Rodney Ramos. The title refers to a government department that handles long-unsolved cases. Well-constructed with vivid backgrounds - recommended for fans of crime comics.

There are some non-morbid comics as well - all of the auctions can be viewed here. Thanks for looking!
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZstillill


September 8, 2007

Today's Uninhabited Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A yellow fever plague that began in April 1799 spread relentlessly across Spain and northern Africa. Moving from city to city, the epidemic lasted about two or three weeks in each place. Everywhere it struck, at least a third of the population perished, and ironically, the strong and healthy tended to succumb first, with the weak and elderly following. During any given outbreak, the death rate surged exponentially each day, and in Fez, Morocco, up to 1500 people died each day at the height of the epidemic.

Survivors had the grim job of shoveling hundreds of corpses at a time into mass graves. Whole villages were virtually wiped out; in one, only four people survived out of 600. One observer described the North African villages as "uninhabited ruins." Meanwhile, so many wealthy landowners died that whole farms were left without owners. Laborers and servants suddenly found themselves in possession of land, horses, and livestock; they became known as "the inheritors".

By the time the epidemic ended in 1800, some 80,000 Spaniards and countless thousands of North Africans had died.

Culled from: The Pessimist's Guide To History
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/006095745X/theasylumeclecti

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Some centuries had all the luck! If only an epidemic like this could strike Chicago (of course, leaving me and my friends unscathed but eliminating all the yuppies), I could finally have a decent house to live in!

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Malady Of The Month!

Okay, it's a bit overdue, but I've updated the Asylum Eclectica with a new atrocity: this month discover the shudder-inducing world of Anencephaly!! You'll be sad you did!

Malady of the Month
http://www.asylumeclectica.com/asylum/malady/malady.htm

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Morbid Sightseeing!

A few years ago, I took a trip to St. Joseph, Missouri to visit the Glore Psychiatric Museum and the Jesse James House. Right nextdoor was the Patee House Museum - which is advertised as the "Former Headquarters of the Pony Express" - which I thought about visiting but figured would be boring and not worth the money. Well, Bruce T. forwards me a Roadside America article which shows just how wrong I could be: this place sounds like a veritable cornucopia of morbid minutiae! Axes, hammers, and electric drills used in murders (some still with blood and hair on them), ropes used in lynchings, antique horsedrawn hearses, an exhibit on Robert Wadlow (the tallest man in the world), etc. Sounds like I blew it by passing this one up!

The Patee House at Roadside America
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/sights/sightstory.php?tip_AttrId=%3D16080

The Patee House Website
http://www.stjoseph.net/ponyexpress/patee.shtml

And, if you haven't seen my travelogues on my St. Joseph visit, here's your chance!

The Glore Psychiatric Museum
http://asylumeclectica.com/asylum/sightseer/us/mo/glore/index.html

The Jesse James Home
http://asylumeclectica.com/asylum/sightseer/us/mo/james/index.html

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Morbid Theater!

Now, this is the way theater should be done! Good work, Philadelphia!

"Call it theater of the macabre: A jar containing a small piece of tissue from the body of John Wilkes Booth, President
Abraham Lincoln's killer, will be on display when the musical "Assassins" opens in Philadelphia.
In fact, it will be a twin bill: theatergoers will also be able view a piece of the brain of the lesser-known presidential assassin Charles Guiteau, the man who killed President James A. Garfield in 1881.

"The specimens will be on loan to the Arden Theatre from Philadelphia's Mutter Museum, which boasts a large collection of medical oddities. They will be on display in the lobby for one night, the opening of 'Assassins' on Sept. 19. 'People know who they are, but to see them in the flesh -- no pun intended -- to me is exciting, it's relevant, it's interesting and it's educational,' said Anna Dhody, a spokeswoman for the Mutter Museum. The museum is run by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Dhody said the samples were acquired long ago but she did not know the circumstances.

"Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre, and died the next morning. Booth was killed by pursuers 12 days after shooting Lincoln. Guiteau was hanged -- after an insanity defense failed -- on June 30, 1882. 'The tissue fragment from Booth is believed to have come from his neck,' Dhody said.

"Assassins," a Stephen Sondheim musical that explores the nine people who have taken aim at U.S. presidents, won five Tony awards in 2002. "When you have the first two ... successful assassins in U.S. history in a city, and you have this wonderful show going on, how do you not combine the two?" said J Nathan Bazzel, a Mutter Museum docent who came up with the idea.

"The specimens are preserved in fluid in small, vintage glass jars. If a few patrons find the display in poor taste, organizers hope most will appreciate the chance to connect to history. 'We prefer to think of it as we're showing our tangible evidence of very, very important parts of American history,' Dhody said. 'So we're hoping people would approach it from more of a historical than a macabre viewpoint."

Associated Press

Hey!! what's wrong with a "macabre viewpoint"???

Thanks to Bruce T. for the article.


September 10, 2007

Today's Somewhat Premature Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

After giving birth to a premature baby on an East Oakland street, police say the mother ripped the umbilical cord and walked away Friday afternoon, March 9, 2007, leaving the newborn boy dead or dying in a puddle of blood. The 4:39 p.m. incident in the 1400 block of 65th Avenue left witnesses and veteran investigators stunned. "It's just crazy," said Oakland police Sgt. Tony Jones of the homicide detail. "Once she started spitting out the baby, you have some obligation to get it some type of medical attention. She didn't do that." Jones said an autopsy will determine whether the child was stillborn or whether it died after being abandoned. The mother was arrested, he said, but apparently gave a false name. She remains hospitalized at an undisclosed location and is under guard. Witnesses told police that the woman was walking on the street, stopped and pulled her pants to her ankles and gave birth on the street. "She dropped the baby, ripped the umbilical cord and kept walking," Jones said. Witnesses followed the woman and pointed her out to police as she walked about two blocks from where she had given birth. Jones said the child was born "somewhat premature'' but said the autopsy will determine how far along the child was in development. He said the woman's bizarre behavior is a mystery. "We're waiting to talk to her."

Culled from: SFGate
Generously suggested by: WereAllMadHeer

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"Once she started spitting out the baby" - ha ha, now there's a police officer with a flair for language! By the way, the baby turned out to be stillborn and the mother turned out to be a crackhead. In Oakland??? I know, what are the *odds*???

I'm working on getting the poll set-up for the Morbid Band Names contest - should have it out tomorrow or Wednesday... barring any unforeseen circumstances (see below)...

Warning: My PC is really in bad shape these days, so if I disappear for awhile it's because I have to repair it. I think there's something amiss with the motherboard, but I can't be sure until I do some diagnostics... and I won't have time for that until the weekend (at the earliest). So, if I disappear, be certain that I *will* be back, eventually... unless I'm dead, of course. And then, who knows, maybe I'll *still* come back?

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

Thank goodness not everyone in this world is determined to ruin perfectly good freaks! Here's a story of conjoined twins that will stay conjoined! Let the joyous news be spread!

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/08/03/bc-conjoined.html

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Ghastly!

I grew up around rattlesnakes in Northern Catatonia, and I had a morbid fear of them until I was old enough to not know any better. I've spent plenty of occasions since then admiring them up close (but not TOO close) and I would never dream of harming one, as they are actually quite gentle creatures that go out of their way to avoid trouble and only strike when threatened. But after viewing this website, I'll make sure to always show them due respect! Ouch!!!!!!!

http://www.rattlesnakebite.org/rattlesnakepics.htm

Thanks to Remo for the link.


September 16, 2007

Today's Rampaging Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A man armed with a 21-inch-long knife killed 10 people, including seven children, and wounded 14 others in a rampage in a central Philippine province. The man first attacked and wounded five members of his cousin’s family with whom he lived in a remote village outside Calbayog city in central Samar province at around 2 a.m. local time. Two of the cousin’s sons, aged 5 and 7, died later at a hospital. The man then barged into a neighbor’s house, where he stabbed and hacked to death a 37-year-old pregnant woman and her three daughters and two sons, aged 1 to 9. Two daughters survived.

Culled from: Associated Press
Generously submitted by: Kelli

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That's an excellent body count for a knife-wielder! Most school shooters have trouble getting that many victims, and they are armed to the teeth.

Again, I must apologize for the lapse in facts. Life interfered in my hobbies again. Let's hope that this coming week is less disruptive than last week!

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Morbid Band Name Contest

I've finally compiled the finalists for the Morbid Band Name contest. I received nearly 200 entries and pared it down to a final 50, mainly for three reasons: 1) The name was already in use (such as the great name "Officer Down"); 2) The name was more gross than morbid (such as any of the many names containing the term "Bloodfart"); or 3) The name was so obscure that I couldn't even figure out what it was supposed to mean.

Now, it's up to you guys to vote for your favorite names. We will have five polls of ten contestants each and the top three vote-getters from the polls will battle it out for the title of the Best New Morbid Band Name. You can vote for as many of the names as you like in the qualifying polls. And so, without further ado - Round One!

Newsletter and My Space subscribers, please vote at the MFDJ Website:
http://asylumeclectica.com/asylum/morbid/

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Ghastly!

Kimberly sent me a link to a page of ghastly atrocities from the "War Against Terrorism" in Afghanistan culled from British foreign correspondent Robert Fisk's website:

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2007/08/03/bc-conjoined.html

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Remember Christa McAuliffe, the doomed schoolteacher aboard the space shuttle Challenger? Well, here's an oldie but moldie courtesy of Laurie:

Q: What colour were Christa McAuliffe's eyes?

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A: Blue. One blue this way, the other blue that way.


September 17, 2007

Today's Harsh Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The harsh treatment meted out to the natives in the German colonies prior to the First World War consisted mainly of severe floggings, of both men and women. Deaths often followed such punishments, one witness reporting: "I discovered bodies of native women lying between stones and devoured by birds of prey. Some bore signs of having been beaten to death; the manner in which the beating had been carried out was the most cruel imaginable, pieces of flesh would fly from the victim's body into the air."

Culled from: The Book Of Execution

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Morbid Band Name Contest - Round Two

Okay, Round One is complete and the three Morbid Band Name contestants that will move forward to the finals are:

Gein's Taxidermy
Blood Belching Cannibals
Feast Of Brains

Now it's time for Round Two - the next 10 contestants vowing for the Best New Morbid Band Name crown (and a copy of Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind).

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Erin shares an interesting, and terribly disturbing, website:

"I found this site, and its heart is in the right place, but ...the execution of concept just isn't so hot. They make baby dolls with Down Syndrome, baby dolls that have had Chemotherapy, and teddy bears that have visible organs. The idea is to teach sick kids about themselves... but really it's just creepy. Also, several Down Syndrome parent websites have expressed their distaste for the dolls as well."

To see the atrocities for yourself, visit:

Down Syndrome Dolls

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Morbid Auction Du Jour!

There's an interesting new Autopsy Baby up for auction. Why not have a look... even if you, like me, can't afford the starting bid?


September 19, 2007

Today's Blazing Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

An elderly Indian husband and wife were burnt to death on May 3, 2007 after villagers accused them of practicing black magic, tied them together on a pyre and set them on fire. "The aged couple died screaming for help," said police superintendent P.V. Sunil Kumar. Sayanna, 70, and his 61-year-old wife, Pochamma, were set ablaze after being doused with kerosene. Both were farm laborers near the southern city of Hyderabad who also practiced traditional medicine. Police have arrested six villagers for the incident. Belief in black magic is common in some parts of rural India, despite the country's robust economic growth and cutting-edge high-technology industries. Dozens of women are murdered each year after being accused of witchcraft. Last year, a barber in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh killed his four-year-old son by slitting his throat with a razor after the man started seeing visions of the Hindu goddess Kali demanding a sacrifice.

Culled from: Reuters
Generously donated by: Jason

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Heartwarming. Quite literally!

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Morbid Band Name Contest - Round Two

Okay, Round Two is complete and the three Morbid Band Name contestants that will move forward to the finals are:

Wade V Roe and the Coathanger Kidz
Reduced to Gore
Chili Con Fetus

Now it's time for Round Three - the next 10 contestants vowing for the Best New Morbid Band Name crown (and a copy of Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind).

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

This is, of course, the reason why Wikipedia was invented:

So we could have a list of serial killers by country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_serial_killers_by_country

Thanks to Elizabeth for the link.

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Here's an excellent little morbid cartoon - hope you enjoy!

http://wulffmorgenthaler.com/strip.aspx?id=7c195d45-d393-4247-8248-7d171f26205a

Thanks to Lady Morgana for the link.


September 20, 2007

Today's Unremorseful Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Most condemned prisoners spend their years on death row begging for clemency and exhausting their legal appeals -- but not Michael Durocher. "What do you want to know?" Durocher asked in a letter to Florida Governor Lawton Chiles. "That I don't give a shit about the people that I've killed? Have I ever shown any remorse for any of the five people that I've killed? Hell, no."

Durocher's original sentence was for the shotgun slaying of a storeowner. While in jail, however, he confessed to several other crimes in order to speed up his execution process. He admitted to killing a former rommate by clubbing him with a hammer then setting him on fire, and also to the slayings of his girlfriend and her 5-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son during a fake suicide pact. On the day of the murders, Durocher and the woman bought two bottles of Jack Daniels and a shovel before driving into the country for what they told the children would be a "picnic". Durocher shot the little girl, stabbed the baby, then shot his girlfriend in the head. Never intending to take his own life, Durocher then buried the bodies and burned the car. He later described his girlfriend as "a nuisance, one that needed to be eliminated."

Culled from: Last Suppers: Famous Final Meals from Death Row

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Some would say the same about Michael Durocher himself, who was eliminated by electrocution on August 25, 1993 after eating a last meal consisting of five pounds of batter-fried jumbo shrimp with catsup and melted butter, a pint of chocolate ice cream and a two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola.

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Morbid Band Name Contest - Round Four

Okay, Round Three is complete and the three Morbid Band Name contestants that will move forward to the finals are:

Medulla Obliterata
Stoned Brides
Ring-side Stranglers

Now it's time for Round Four - the next 10 contestants vowing for the Best New Morbid Band Name crown (and a copy of Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind).

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Amos Quito sent me a link to a site featuring some delightfully disturbing marionette dolls. Here are a couple that I find particularly delightful!

NewAgeDolls

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Here's another excellent little morbid cartoon courtesy of the Perry Bible Fellowship.

http://www.pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF231-Baby.jpg#214

Thanks to Andrew for the link.

Bruce T. writes:
Oooh, looks like Deinonychus except for the feathers (yes I *am* a dinosaur nerd).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinonychus

Wikipedia reveals that there's also a Dutch doom metal band with the same name.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinonychus_%28band%29


September 21, 2007

Today's Smelly Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Fistulas are a kind of damage that is seldom seen in the developed world. Many obstetricians have encountered the condition only in their medical texts, as a rare complication associated with difficult or abnormal childbirths: a rupture of the walls that separate the vagina and bladder or rectum. In eastern Congo, however, the problem is practically an epidemic. When a truce was declared in the war there in 2003, so many cases began showing up that Western medical experts at first called it impossible—especially when local doctors declared that most of the fistulas they were seeing were the consequence of rapes.

It had been no secret that nearly all sides in the Congo's complex civil war resorted to systematic rape among civilian populations, and estimates were as high as a quarter million victims of sexual assault during the four-year-long conflict. But once fighting died down, victims began coming out of the jungles and forests and their condition was worse than anyone had imagined. Thousands of women had been raped so brutally that they had fistulas. They wandered into hospitals soaked in their own urine and feces, rendered incontinent by their injuries. "Pastors would say to me, 'Jo, I can't preach because the church is too smelly," says Dr. Jo Lusi, a gynecologist and medical director at HEAL. (He and Lyn Lusi are husband and wife.) "No one wanted to be around them. These women were outcasts even more than rape victims usually are. They would say to me, 'Dr. Jo, am I just a thing to throw away when I smell bad?' "

Ordinary rapes, even violent ones, do not usually cause fistulas, although it's not medically impossible. Doctors in eastern Congo say they have seen cases that resulted from gang rapes where large numbers of militiamen repeatedly forced themselves on the victim. But more often the damage is caused by the deliberate introduction of objects into the victim's vagina when the rape itself is over. The objects might be sticks or pipes. Or gun barrels. In many cases the attackers shoot the victim in the vagina at point-blank range after they have finished raping her. "Often they'll do this carefully to make sure the woman does not die," says Dr. Denis Mukwege, medical director of Panzi Hospital. "The perpetrators are trying to make the damage as bad as they can, to use it as a kind of weapon of war, a kind of terrorism." Instead of just killing the woman, she goes back to her village permanently and obviously marked. "I think it's a strategy put in place by these groups to disrupt society, to make husbands flee, to terrorize."

The only hope for these women is a difficult operation. It usually takes several hours, followed by a recovery period of two or three months. Even then, the doctors may have to try again. Sometimes the surgeons never manage to restore the patient's continence. "We've had a hundred fistula cases where there's no hope of recovery," says Doctor Mukwege. "We tried and tried but were unsuccessful. Psychologically, it's difficult to bear these cases. They come in here with great hope, it's very difficult for them but also for me, they come full of hope, it's so difficult to bear." Last April, he says, a 5-year-old girl was brought to him. Her tormentors had raped her and then fired a pistol into her vagina. She was operated on twice at Panzi Hospital without success before being sent to a hospital in the United States where surgeons tried twice more to repair the damage. They failed, too. She'll spend the rest of her life with a colostomy bag.

Culled from: MSNBC.Com
Generously submitted by: emerld

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Few things in life make me angrier than stories like this one...

Betsy writes: Oprah did a show on this http://www.oprah.com/tows/slide/200512/20051201/slide_20051201_350_101.jhtml

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Morbid Band Name Contest - Round Five

Okay, Round Four is complete and the three Morbid Band Name contestants that will move forward to the finals are:

The Dead Baby Circus
Conspicuous Deformity
The Coffin Lickers

Now it's time for the last round before the finals: Round Five - the next 10 contestants vowing for the Best New Morbid Band Name crown (and a copy of Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind).

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Wretched Recommendations!

Jim has a fiction recommendation for us:

"I have a book recommendation. The title is Poison Mind, co-authored by Jeffrey Good and Susan Goreck. It's a true crime novel about a guy who was convicted of murdering his neighbor by using thallium to spike bottles of coca cola that he found in her garage. Here is an excerpt from the book jacket:

"'After days of agony, with her head and hands feeling as if they were on fire, she was rushed to the hospital, where her hair fell out in clumps and she soon lapsed into a coma. Also suffering were her teenage son and stepson, who wasted away to barely recognizable images of themselves.' (The two boys survived.) The perp, George Trepal, claims he is innocent. Part of the evidence used to convict him is that he had a motive because the neighbor's kids played loud music & her dog chased his cats. He also had a background in chemistry.'"

Poison Mind
by Jeffrey Good and Susan Goreck

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

What is the difference between a Corvette and a pile of dead babies?

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I don't have a Corvette in my garage.

Thanks to Leann's nephew for the link.


September 23, 2007

Today's Ripped Off Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A woman has been jailed after she ripped off her former boyfriend's testicles with her bare hands. The woman apparently went into a frenzied rage after her ex rejected her advances at the end of a house party in Liverpool, England. 24 year old Amanda Monti pulled off 37 year old Geoffrey Jones' left testicle and then tried to swallow it. After deciding not to devour the fresh man sack, she spat it out. Then amazingly a friend handed it back to Mr Jones saying: "That's yours." Amanda Monti admitted wounding and was jailed for two-and-a-half years by Judge Charles James. The court heard that Mr Jones had ended his long-term but "open relationship" with Monti towards the end of May 2007. The pair remained freinds and on 30 May this year she picked him up from a party where they went back to the man's house for drinks with other friends. An argument ensued and Mr Jones said there was a struggle between them. In his statement, Mr Jones said Ms. Monti grabbed his genitals and "pulled hard". "That caused my underpants to come off and I found I was completely naked and in excruciating pain." The court heard that a friend saw Monti put Mr Jones's testicle into her mouth and try to swallow it. She choked and spat it back into her hand before the friend grabbed it and gave it back to Mr Jones. Doctors were unable to re-attach the organ. In a letter to the court, Monti said she was sorry for what she had done. She said: "It was never my intention to cause harm to Geoff and the fact that I have caused him injury will live with me forever. I am in no way a violent person." The letter added: "I have challenged myself to explain what has happened but still I just cannot remember. This has caused much anguish to me and will do for the rest of my life."

Culled from: CrazyNewsBlog.com
Generously submitted by: Liz-D

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I am all set to cry B.S. on this one... but a friend of mine insists that he heard about this on NPR and that it's legit. Still, I find it exceedingly difficult to believe that a woman could rip a testicle out of a man's body with her bare hands. Unless, perhaps, she had some amazingly strong, stunningly sharp nails?

Elizabeth sends a link:
"In reply to your query about Amanda Monti tearing of her ex's testicle - here's an article with a picture (of her, not the severed article, unfortunately ;)"

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005062479,00.html

Melodinaire confirms the story too!
"I heard about the that Amanda Monti's nut-ripping rage a while back. Apparently she was sentenced to 2.5 yrs. Here's something a little more reliable than CrazyNewsBlog.com. It's true! :o"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/merseyside/4253849.stm

Lili writes too: "It's true!"

http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/archives/2005/01/woman_rips_off_exs_testicle_for_refusing_sex/

Miss Kitty shares a story:

"When I read today's morbid fact, and your uncertainty towards its truth, I was reminded of my freshman year in college (which was horrible but not in a bloodstained sorta way). There was a rumour circulating all through the residence halls that a woman need only seven pounds of pressure to separate a man from his penis. Not his testicle -- his actual penis. The men in the residence halls were a little afraid of us. ;)

"The truth is, I can't remember the source of our information, but I seem to think I've read similar news stories over the years which have confirmed it. In the case you mentioned, however, I can't really buy that she tried to swallow it. Seriously, swallow it? Why not just throw it down and stomp on it, Ms.Monti, just like he stomped on your heart???"

Arun also writes:

"Hi there; with regards to the entry of Sep 23, 2007 regarding the woman who ripped off her ex’s naughty bits with her bare hands, I did a quick scan on it and actually found an entry on Crimelibrary.com – which, usually, is pretty on the ball (Er, no pun intended - despair) with regards to accuracy and a great source of some really interesting reading (check out some of the serial killers). If nothing else, it’s entertaining because – well, hell, how often do you see a web address involving the words ‘severed penis’?"

http://www.crimelibrary.com/criminal_mind/sexual_assault/severed_penis/5.html

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Morbid Band Name Contest - The Finals!

The final preliminary round of the Morbid Band Name Contest (Round Five) is complete and the three Morbid Band Name contestants that will move forward to the semi-finals are:

Forty Whacks
Butchering the Masses
Boston Bone Grinders

I was going to have one final round at this point, but I realize that the poll program I'm using has a limit of 10 options, so we'll have to split them out one more time into semi-finals and play the top three from each of the two semi-finals against each other for the Championship. The winner of the contest receives a copy of Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind.

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Ghastly!

Christi forwards a link with the following explanation:

"I stumbled across this site (link below) and thought of you. The site itself is an effort to give some more education on the misnomered 'partial-birth' abortion procedure, medically referred to as dilation and extraction, and what would cause a woman to consider it. The information and images led me on my own little research project; basically all of the defects and conditions detailed on this site are a result of neural tube defects. The 'neural tube' refers to the region of the embryo where it cleaves very early on in the pregnancy to create the space for the spinal column and brain stem. Obviously, if that portion of the fetus fails to develop properly at such an early stage, the possible defects resulting are limitless. What is also interesting is that many of the defects cannot be detected until well into the second trimester (which in most cases is past the limit for a legal abortion). Neural tube defects can cause everything you see on the site including other maladies like spina bifida and hydrocephaly."

http://www.gendergappers.org/lizinfo.htm

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Here's a blowdryer that allows you to play Russian Roulette with your hair! Fun, fun, fun!

http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/grooming/gun-hairdryer-kills-wet-hair-self+respect-300417.php


September 25, 2007

Today's Anti-Clerical Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

In 1326, in a burst of anti-clericalism, a London mob beheaded a Bishop and left his body naked in the street.

Culled from: A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

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Yeah, I know, it's very short but something about that sentence appeals to me, so I thought why not?

I've missed a few more days of facts here and there in this last week due to my ever-failing computer. I'm going to attempt to perform major diagnostics and/or surgery on it this weekend. Fingers crossed!

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Morbid Band Name Contest - The Semi-Finals!

The first semi-final round of the Morbid Band Name Contest is complete and the three Morbid Band Name contestants that will move forward to the finals are:

Medulla Obliterata
Wade V Roe and the Coathanger Kidz
Gein's Taxidermy

Now it's time for the last semi-final round. The winner of the contest receives a copy of Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind. Happy voting!

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Ghastly!

I always consider it the highest compliment when people send me ghastly videos with the following introduction: "I saw this video and thought of you." Especially when the video is entitled, "Maniac Sets Himself On Fire and Falls Out A Window."

http://www.nothingtoxic.com/media/1189562228/Maniac_Sets_Himself_On_Fire_and_Falls_Out_a_Window

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Here's another fun morbid comic courtesy of the Perry Bible Fellowship:

http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF218-The_Great_Circle.jpg#203

Thanks to Star Opal for the link.


September 27, 2007

Today's Sexually Delinquent Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph K. Sheeran ruled that even though Michigan law does not explicitly define sex with a dead dog as a crime, charges against a Saginaw man will stand. Sheeran set a trial date of May 8, 2007 for the trial, when Ronald E. Kuch, 45, of Saginaw will face charges of sodomy, indecent exposure and resisting and obstructing an Animal Control officer. If convicted of either of the first two charges, Kuch will then have a hearing on May 30, at which Sheeran will determine whether Kuch is a ''sexually delinquent person.'' If so, the judge could sentence Kuch to prison for any amount of time, from one day to a year, on top of the sentence from the initial charges, which carry up to 15 years in prison.

Kuch's defense attorney, Kathryn Fehrman, argued that Michigan's statute on sodomy and bestiality is vague and does not outlaw sex with a dead dog. Kuch is accused of sexual contact with the carcass of his girlfriend's dog on Oct. 20, about a week after the animal had been hit by a car. The alleged crime occurred near the Forest Day Care Center, 2169 W. Midland Road, on a school day. The teacher was leading an Animal Control officer to the dead dog so he could dispose of it when the pair discovered Kuch, who allegedly scuffled with the officer before fleeing into the woods.

Culled from: The Bay City Times
Generously submitted by: April

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Of course, you want to know what happened during the trial, don't you? Well, the sicko was sentenced to state prison following convictions on sodomy (28 - 70 months), resisting arrest (24 - 36 months), and indecent exposure (12 months) charges, with 255 days credited for time served. What a funny little world...

Kevin sends a link to a photo of the sicko himself:
http://www.state.mi.us/mdoc/asp/otis2profile.asp?mdocNumber=265357

Thank you to everyone who sent me (un)happy birthday greetings. You make a happy Comtesse very old!

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Morbid Band Name Contest - The FINALS (Finally)!

The second semi-final round of the Morbid Band Name Contest is complete and the three Morbid Band Name contestants that will move forward to the finals are:

Forty Whacks
The Dead Baby Circus
Conspicuous Deformity

Now it's time for the finals! Winner takes all... which in this case is a copy of Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind.

Happy voting!

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Morbid Television Uber Alles!

Those Germans have it so good - all those old battlefields to explore and a morbid television channel to boot!

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,490174,00.html

Thanks to Nina for the link.

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

I'm sure you too will find Suicide Bunny delightful!

http://www.boreme.com/boreme/funny-2006/suicide-bunny-p1.php

Thanks to gena for the link.




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