November, 2002

November 9, 2002

After the English statesman Sir Thomas More (1478-1535) was beheaded, his head was parboiled, stuck on a pole, and exhibited on London Bridge. A month laster his daughter, Margaret Roper, bribed the bridge keepers to knock the head down (which she then caught) and allow her to smuggle it home. She had it placed in a lead box and preserved in sweet-smelling spices. Spies betrayed her, and she was arrested. Margaret supported her claim to the head by saying, "My father's head should not be food for fishes." She was imprisoned but soon released. She died in 1544 and the head was buried with her. In June, 1824, her vault was opened and the head placed on public view in St. Dunstans Church in Canterbury. It has since been removed from view. (The Book Of Lists)

November 10, 2002

Today's Tugging Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A 22-year-old Chiweshe man died instantly after a 50-year-old woman he attempted to rape overpowered him when she tugged at his genitals. The two had met at Rwere Business Centre in Chief Makope's area in Chiweshe (Zimbabwe) on November 1, 2002. The man, Wonder Kazingizi (22), had offered to accompany Erica Maramba who had just got off a bus on her way to a memorial service at Mahere homestead in Mudzamiri Village. On the way, Kazingizi proposed love to Maramba but his proposal was turned down. He allegedly started fondling Maramba in an attempt to be intimate with her. She maintained her calm and pretended she was accepting the advances. When Kazingizi had relaxed and thought he was having it his way, Maramba went for the most delicate part of his body. The elderly woman suddenly grabbed Kazingizi's genitals and started pulling them until he lost consciousness. Maramba continued pulling until Kazingizi died on the spot. She further assaulted him with a stone on the head and knees. The woman reported the incident to police at Bare Police Station two days later. Mashonaland Central provincial police spokesperson Inspector Dawson Mahonde said the incident occurred around 8.30pm last Friday. "Kazingi's body was recovered on Monday by his father and has since been taken to Howard Hospital for a post-mortem," Insp Mahonde said. He said the man was on police wanted list in connection with several other rape cases committed in the area.

Culled from: The Herald
Generously donated by: LaFiremedic


Okay, first of all, I never knew that you could kill a man simply by tugging on his genitals. That's something to store in the old memory banks. And, secondly, as I'm creeping upward in years, I'm questioning whether a 50-year-old woman should be termed "elderly". I mean, I befriended a 47-year-old woman in Minnesota that did not look even slightly "elderly" to me. What's the world coming to?

I'll let someone else ponder the significance of the first name "Wonder"...


We've talked a lot about Ed Gein recently (remember the Geiners?), so Sugar thought it might be nice to share a photograph of Gein's kitchen that was taken during the investigation. He wasn't exactly the neatest of housekeepers... but hey, he had skullcap bowls and chairs covered with real human skin, so he does score points for handiwork!

And don't forget to check out the rest of the Anomalies-Unlimited website too. It's bril!


Profundity Du Jour!

I love getting e-mails like this:

"In a dark world, we are drawn toward fire. But within the fire, there is danger, and a different kind of darkness."

Words to ponder on a dreary Sunday...

November 12, 2002
Charles I (1600-1649) was beheaded then buried at Windsor Castle in the same vault as Henry VIII. For many years the coffins were lost, but in 1813 they were rediscovered and an autospy was performed by the royal surgeon, Sir Henry Halford. He secretly stole Charles's fourth cervical vertebra, which had been cleanly sliced by the ax. For the next 30 years he loved to shock friends at dinner parties by using the vertebra as a salt holder. The bone was returned to Charles's coffin, at Queen Victoria's command. (The Book Of Lists)

November 15, 2002
The first moors murder victim was lured to her death by Myra Hindley in 1963 - but it was more than two decades before the youngster's body was found. Pauline Read was 16 when she vanished on her way to a disco near her home in Gorton, Manchester. Hindley told the girl she had lost her gloves there and needed help finding them. Her body was discovered in 1987 after Hindley and Brady's jail-cell confessions to having killed more children than originally thought. John Kilbride vanished four months later, on the day after President Kennedy's assassination. After the pair lured him up on to the moor, they sexually assaulted him before murdering him.Hindley posed on the edge of his grave holding her pet dog while Brady took a photograph as a grim trophy of their latest outrage, an image which was later to lead police to the young boy's resting place. The body of the murderers' next victim, Keith Bennett, has never been discovered. He died aged 12, after leaving his home in Chorlton-on-Medlock in Manchester on June 16 1964. Lesley Ann Downey was the couple's youngest victim. The 10-year-old was killed on Boxing Day in 1964 after being enticed from a fairground to the house Hindley shared with her grandmother in Hattersley. In Hindley's bedroom, she was stripped, sexually abused and tortured as they forced her to pose for pornographic photographs. The attack was recorded on audio tape by Hindley and the 16 minute 21 second tape of the girl's last desperate moments formed part of the harrowing evidence. The pair were finally brought to justice after they involved Hindley's 17-year-old brother-in-law in the death of Edward Evans, also 17. David Smith was forced to watch as Brady attacked Evans with an axe, smothered him with a cushion and completed his grim task with an electrical cable. Shocked, Smith helped the pair carry the trussed up body into a bedroom. He then fled terrified and called the police. The next morning police searched the house, and began unravelling the gruesome evidence of crimes. (Ananova,
For a complete history of the Moors Murders, see the excellent Crime Library website)

November 17, 2002

Today's Pummelling Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A Cambodian woman who murdered her husband by axing him repeatedly in the groin before running off with her son-in-law has been sentenced to 15 years in jail. But 35-year-old Chhoeun Sovann, from Kompong Thom province 100 km (60 miles) northeast of Phnom Penh, is not yet behind bars. Six years after the murder, prosecutors say they cannot find her. The verdict was handed down in absentia. In a case shocking even by Cambodian standards, Chhoeun Sovann set about battering her husband to death with the blunt end of an axe, the blows falling mainly on his groin. "She fell in love with her son-in-law, which was against her husband's wishes. Finally, she had to kill her husband so she could escape with her lover," female presiding judge Sim Samoeu told Reuters. "It is totally unacceptable in Cambodia that a wife should kill her husband by smashing his genitals," the judge said. "After hours of deliberation, I decided to punish her with 15 years in jail." She also awarded the victim's family compensation of two million riels ($500) -- nearly double the average Cambodian annual wage. Under Cambodia's notoriously erratic and ineffective judicial system, trials in absentia are relatively common as are cases of convicted criminals enjoying their freedom for years after receiving hefty jail sentences.

Culled from: Reuters
Generously donated by: Nina


Okay, you just have to love the line, "It is totally unacceptable in Cambodia that a wife should kill her husband by smashing his genitals." As if it's acceptable to do that elsewhere in the world! I tell you, that would make a classic t-shirt slogan too. I gotta get going on those shirts!


And in the spirit of Geiners, I offer you today's...

Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Did you know that Jeffrey Dahmer was the only man in America whose bologna really did have a first name?

Courtesy Runefaer

November 23, 2002

Today's Crappy Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

An Ohio man apparently drowned Monday when his tractor slid into a manure lagoon at a dairy farm. Scott A. Winner, 36, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities were called to the farm at about 10:10 a.m. (11/18/02) on a report of a person trapped in a tractor. It is believed that the victim was repositioning the tractor and aerator equipment when the tractor and aerator accidently slid into the lagoon. Relatives and farm workers tried to rescue Winner before emergency workers arrived, but they could not get him out because of the force applied to the outside of the tractor cab by the liquid. The tractor sank until only the roof of the cab was visible. Deputies said fire and rescue personnel were able to remove Winner from the tractor 29 minutes after their arrival on the scene.

Culled from: Dayton Daily News
Generously donated by: Bruce Townley


Okay, some of you are going to say it anyway, so I might as well stop you now: What a crappy way to die! <boo, hiss!!>

Jenn muses: "I guess Mr. Winner isn't, huh? And the irony of him sharing the same name as a brand of toilet paper makes this MFDJ all the more special."


I was sadly hindered with another unreliable internet connection at the hotel in Augusta, and could not send out facts yet again.


Several of you have written to notify me about the fact that Living Dead Dolls have now been banned in Greece. That's awfully sad for you Grecians. However, for the rest of us, these magnificent dolls are still alive and w... um, dead and sick!! And I am reminded of a simply marvelous item I picked up recently which I absolutely must share with you as today's

Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Want to impress your co-workers? Well, then, what could possibly be cooler than a Living Dead doll pencil sharpener? Nothing, I say - absolutely nothing!!


And finally I will bid you adieu with another Dahmerism (donated by Andi):

What was Jeffery Dahmer's favorite meal?

An open-faced sandwich.

<cymbal crash!>

See you next episode... which may actually be tomorrow!

November 24, 2002

Today's Hearty Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A unique heart memorial was contrived for Johannes Wepfer. When this great anatomist died, his friends decided to honour the man, who was the first to describe the link between damage to the cerebral blood vessels and strokes, by bringing out a posthumous edition of his works in 1727. The book began with an illustrated account of the author's autopsy, and in a drawing captioned Memoria Wepferiana, the cause of Wepfer's death is plain to see, since the dissected heart and blood vessels show gross hardening of the arteries.

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


I would be honored by such a posthumous treatment, wouldn't you? And the good news is that I think I have just the sort of friends who would do something like this!


Elizabeth has sent me a delightful link to a site that will help you fulfill your revenge fantasies via effigy. Okay, granted, you could do the exact same thing yourself, but it's a great idea, don't you think?

November 27, 2002

Today's Treacherous Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The crime of high treason excited the anger of Judge Lord George Jeffreys, appointed to try those involved in the Duke of Monmouth's abortive rebellion against England's King James II. Jeffreys took particular delight in cursing and abusing the prisoners, tormenting them with detailed descriptions of the tortures he was about to impose upon them. Some were beheaded, but Jeffreys's favorite sentence was to have the prisoner hanged, then taken down while still living and disemboweled with a sword. Throughout the country of Somersetshire, crossroads, village greens, marketplaces, and even churches were decorated with Judge Jeffreys's grisly work, as human heads or the quartered remnants of bodies were mounted on poles. One nobleman who protested such cruelty was silenced when a corpse was suspended by chains on his estate. Some 320 of Monmouth's followers were executed, and hundreds of other prisoners were punished by public floggings or whipppings. Later, James II fled the country, and Jeffreys spent his last days in the Tower of London.

Culled from: The Pessimist's Guide To History


Boy, doesn't this story sound familiar? The CEO orders the poor working schmuck to commit atrocities for the good of the Corporation. The flunky does his job extremely well, but eventually the CEO runs off to escape punishment and the worker ends up in the dock. The more things change, the more they stay the same, huh?


And while we're on the subject of torture, I bet you've always wanted your own custom-made torture device, haven't you? Well, you're in luck with today's...

"Morbid Trinket Du Jour!"

The site is called "Medieval Torture and Restraining Devices" and the introduction reads as follows:

"We custom build medieval racks, torture chairs, iron boots, crosses and jibbet cages to your required size and specification. Chastity belts, restraining chains, shackle poles, thumb and toe scews and scaulds bridles are also available. Our replica collection of Medieval Torture and Restraining devices are built to the same high standard as all our other products. They are historically correct and fully work as the original did. It is important that these products are used for DISPLAY purposes only as serious injury or death could occur if these items are actually used."

So, what are you waiting for?

I'm partial to the Jibbet myself... and Xmas IS coming up... :)

November 29, 2002

Today's Unspeakable Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On March 26, 1987, alerted by a frantic 911 call from a woman named Josefina Rivera who claimed she had been held captive for months in Gary Heidnik's cellar, police entered Heidnik's rundown home in North Philadelphia and found a scene that might have been dreamed up by the Marquis de Sade. In the dank and squalid basement, two naked women were shackled to pipes. Another sat quaking in a fetid pit that had been dug in the earthen floor. All three had been beaten, starved, tortured, raped. Eventually, authorities would learn that Heidnik had abducted and imprisoned a total of six young women. Josefina had been lucky enough to escape. Two others had died. Heidnik had killed one by forcing her into the pit, filling it with water, then electrocuting her with a live wire. The other victim had perished after Heidnik left her dangling by the wrists for a week. He had dismembered her body, ground up some of her flesh in a food processor, and mixed it up with dog food. Then he had forced the other catpives to devour this unspeakable mush. Searching Heidnik's house, police discovered a charred human rib in the oven and a forearm in the freezer. Not surprisingly, Heidnik turned out to be a former mental patient and convicted sex offender with a history of preying on mentally retarded black women. At his arraignment, Heidnik offered a novel defense, claiming that the women were already there when he first moved into the house. For some reason, the judge failed to believe him. He was convicted of two counts of murder, and was executed by lethal injection on July 6, 1999.

Culled from: The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers


Now, you've just gotta love that defense: "They were already in the cellar when I moved in. I thought I should just keep 'em." What a guy, huh?


Thanks to my atrocious summer/autumn/fall I've been remiss in mentioning that Alf has posted a new batch of those wonderful olde newspaper clippings on his site. You may recall the story, but for those of you who don't, there are several of these wonderful scrapbooks which were acquired by an Ebay seller at an estate sale in Connecticut. It seems some kindred morbid soul in the 19th century liked to clip only the most dreadful of articles and paste them in old textbooks (a good use for them, huh?) to make scrapbooks of death, disfigurement, and weirdness. These scrapbooks went for high dollar on Ebay, so I was never able to acquire one, but I have acquired xeroxed copies of several of the scrapbooks, and Alf managed to purchase two of them. One of them - "Steele's Rudimentary Economics" - has already been mentioned here in its entirety before (and is linked on the below site, if you missed it). Now, here's the second scrapbook - entitled "Latin Reader". Judging by some of the titles - "Still No Body For Tot's Head," "Beat Out His Brother's Brains," "Both Her Babes Roasted," "25 Blown To Atoms" - it sounds like fascination to me!


Vile Link Du Jour!

Urpp555 has sent me a link to a positively horrid site depicting all sorts of death pictures that would make a grown man cry, if he wasn't on this list. The site is filled with lots of completely annoying porn ads, but apart from that it's very well done. If you wish to fill your mind with nightmarish images, here's the place:

If, on the other hand, you'd rather have a peaceful night's sleep, please stay away!

November 30, 2002

Today's Righteous Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The use of torture as punishment was widespread in Rome; it might be the whole of the penalty, or precede banishment or death. Citizens were allowed to torture their debtors, locking them up in private prisons until the debts were paid. The Christian emperors decreed that anyone found guilty of insulting a priest or a bishop in church should be punished. At first, the penalty was the amputation of both feet and hands, but this was later reduced to the amputation of a single hand. Heresy, and other offences committed against the Church, were punished by flogging.

Culled from: The History Of Torture


Hmmmmmm... I think, for once, I'll just bite my tongue and let my wicked thoughts pass like wispy ghosts in the night... much to your infinite relief, I'm sure!


Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Paul McCartney comes back from the hospital, very upset. The children are sitting round the dinner table and, seeing his face, ask him worriedly what the matter is.

Paul McCartney says,

"I've got some good news, and some bad news. Which one do you want first?"

And, being sensible kids, they ask for the bad news first.

"I'm afraid to tell you that your mother hasn't been able to struggle on any more, and has passed away."

One of the children, beginning to cry, says tearfully

"Wh-uh-what's the good news."

At this Paul McCartney brightens up, rubs his hands festively, and says,

"Steak and Kidney pudding for tea!"

(Thanks to Bill for sending in this decidedly dubious joke.)


Here's another wonderful urban exploration website, devoted entirely to the forgotten ruins of the Garden State:

Explored New Jersey -