dead bat still hanging from the ceiling of a cave. When the muscles in a
bat’s legs relax, the foot closes. This is why bats can sleep—and
An authentic shrunken head
Ancient Amber - baby snake - 50 million years old.
Meiwes is a German man who achieved international notoriety for killing
and eating a voluntary victim whom he had found via the Internet. After
Meiwes and the victim jointly attempted to eat the victim’s severed
penis, Meiwes killed his victim and proceeded to eat a large amount of
his flesh. Because of his acts, Meiwes is also known as the Rotenburg
Cannibal or Der Metzgermeister (The Master Butcher).
Born Brynhild Paulsdatter Strseth on November 22, 1859 in Selbu, Norway.
The daughter of a stonemason, Belle Gunness immigrated to America in
1881 in search of wealth. What followed were a series of insurance
frauds and crimes, escalating in size and danger.
Not long after Gunness married Mads Albert Sorenson in 1884, their store
and home mysteriously burned down. The couple claimed the insurance
money for both. Soon after, Sorenson died of heart failure on the one
day his two life insurance policies overlapped. Though her husband’s
family demanded an inquiry, no charges were filed. It is believed the
couple produced two children whom Gunness poisoned in infancy for the
Several more unexplained deaths followed, including the infant daughter
of her new husband, Peter Gunness, followed by Peter Gunness himself.
Her adopted daughter Jennie’s body would also be found on Belle’s
property. Gunness then began meeting wealthy men through a lovelorn
column. Her suitors were her next victims, each of whom brought cash to
her farm and then disappeared forever: John Moo, Henry Gurholdt, Olaf
Svenherud, Ole B. Budsburg, Olaf Lindbloom, Andrew Hegelein, to name
just a few.
In 1908, just when Hegelein’s brother became suspicious and Gunness’s
luck seemed to be running out, her farmhouse burnt to the ground. In the
smoldering ruins workmen discovered four skeletons. Three were
identified as her foster children. However the fourth, believed to be
Gunness, was inexplicably missing its skull. After the fire, her victims
were unearthed from their shallow graves around the farm. All told, the
remains of more than forty men and children were exhumed.
Ray Lamphere, Gunness’s hired hand, was arrested for murder and arson on
May 22, 1908. He was found guilty of arson, but cleared of murder. He
died in prison, but not before revealing the truth about Belle Gunness
and her crimes, including burning her own house down. The body that was
recovered was not hers. Gunness had planned the entire thing, and
skipped town after withdrawing most of her money from her bank accounts.
She was never tracked down and her death has never been confirmed.
Blood stain left after the deceased has been removed. Note the shape of the bloodstain reflects the shape of the corpse’s body
bodies of political prisoners of the Germans lie strewn about the
entrance to a barn at Gardelegen, Germany on April 16, 1945 where they
met their death a the hands of German SS troops who set the barn on
fire. The group tried to escape and was shot by the SS troops. Of the
1,100 prisoners, only 12 managed to escape. (AP Photo/U.S. Army Signal
Rader BTK Killer would usually steal clothes from his victims house
after he murdered them, he enjoyed wearing them, binding himself and
the Cold War, Russia and the Allies weren’t exactly BFFs. For fifty
years, both sides tried to hide their failures from each other, creating
a climate where you couldn’t be sure what was real and what was
propaganda. So when a Czech agent leaked information about a failed
Russian spaceflight in December 1959, no one knew what to make of it.
According to the story, Yuri Gagarin’s successful 1961 trip into orbit
was only one in a long line of Soviet space attempts—and merely the
first one that didn’t end in the pilot’s gruesome death.
Worryingly, there may even be some evidence to this. In February
1961—two months before Yuri’s flight—a listening station in Italy
apparently recorded two Russian voices broadcasting the words
“everything is satisfactory, we are orbiting the Earth” from space. A
few days later, they picked up another garbled transmission that sounded
a whole lot like a scream of terror, followed by empty silence.
Two later recordings were also made, including one of three sobbing
people saying “Conditions growing worse, why don’t you answer? . . . We
are going slower. . . the world will never know about us. . .” So what
were they? Clever fakes? Evidence that Russia abandoned irrecoverable
cosmonauts to a horrifying fate? We may never know.
Frozen Spirits......Ice stalagmites in the basement of Greystone Park State Hospital.
‘vampire’ skull found near Venice in 2009-A 60 yrs old woman’s skull
with a rock thrust into its jaws is evidence of the mediaeval fear of
vampires.Female “vampires” were often blamed for spreading the plague
epidemics through Europe.Wedging a rock or brick into the mouth of a
suspected vampire was a way of preventing the person from feeding on the
bodies of other plague victims and rising from the grave to attack the
Necklace of human fingers.
Hilton watched in horror as his wife Jamie stepped backward and tumbled
12 feet down into a culvert, hitting her head hard on a boulder at the
bottom.Doctors told him that her brain was rapidly swelling the only
hope was to remove part of her skull to allow the brain to expand
without being crushed against the hard bone. They stored the skull
fragment in her abdomen for safekeeping.“The body keeps the bone
sterile. And then when you’re ready to put the bone back you have it
Pet Funeral, c. 1960s
Smoked Corpses of the Kuku-Kuku tribe of Papua New Guinea.
Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment
In 1963, in the wake of the atrocities of the Holocaust, Stanley Milgram
set out to test the hypothesis that there was something special about
the German people that had allowed them to participate in genocide.
Under the pretense of an experiment into human learning, Milgram asked
normal members of the public to ask questions to a man attached to an
electric-shock generator and shock him in increasing measure when he
answered incorrectly. The man was an actor, the shocks fake; but the
participants didn’t know this. The terrifying part? People
overwhelmingly obeyed the commands of the experimenter, even when the
man screamed in apparent agony and begged for mercy.
taxidermy Pet Monkey Holding Candelabra
oldest vampire legends are from Mesopotamia. Excavated evidence in the
form of pottery shards which were carved to tell the tales of vampires
suggest existence of a cannibalistic, blood drinking vampire demon,
Lilith or Lilitu. Persian, Babylonian, Hebrew & Jewish tales
indicate she was the first wife of Adam who left him to become a demon
leader. She subsisted on the blood of newborns and their mothers.
Sumerian vampire legends cite a reference to a similar vampire devil
Padaung, commonly known as the long-necked women, are refugees from
Burma famous for their giraffe-like appearance, made by wearing brass
rings coiled around their necks. Although it looks like the coils thrust
their necks upward, the elongation is actually caused by the weight of
the rings crushing their collarbones down.
is the mummified corpse of Si Quey, the most famous serial killer of
Thai history. His corpse is on display at the Museum of Forensic
Medicine Niyomsane Songkran. Si Quey was a Chinese immigrant who moved
to Thailand in 1944. Si Quey raped, murdered and then ate the heart and
liver of more than half a dozen male children, he believed that by
cannibalising parts of his victims he would become immortal. He was
captured and executed by hanging in 1950. After the autopsy, the corpse
was filled and covered with paraffin wax to preserve it. Over the years,
Si Quey became a bogeyman for the Thai children, parents would scare
their misbehaving children by telling them:“Behave yourself or Si Ouey
will come for you.”
is the skull of the 'Two Headed Boy of Bengal'. He was born with a
second head attached to the top of his, that ended in a neck stump.
Craniopagus parasiticus is a medical condition in which a parasitic twin
head with an undeveloped (or underdeveloped) body is attached to the
head of a developed twin.
Hills Sanitarium, Kentucky - The Death Tunnel or Body Chute is a 500
foot long tunnel that leads from the hospital to the railroad tracks at
the bottom of the hill. Originally, it was built to transport produce to
the hospital. However, as the deaths continued to rise, the staff began
using the Death Tunnel to transport the bodies of the dead so that the
other patients would not see how many corpses were leaving the hospital.
Woman Grows a New Ear on Her Arm, Has It Attached to Her Head
Sherrie Walters had an aggressive form of basal cell cancer, which
required her to have a part of her ear, skull, and ear canal removed.
Doctors at John Hopkins were able to use rib cartilage to build an
entire new ear. She had to grow her new ear under the skin of her arm
for a few months.
Christian puppeteer who regularly used his long-running Christian
Television Network show to warn children about the sin of pornography
was sentenced to 20 years behind bars for possession of child
pornography. More troubling still is Largo, FL resident Ronald William
Brown's involvement in an alleged conspiracy to kidnap, cook, & eat a
child whom he met through his affiliation with the Gulf Coast Church.
Glasgow smile (also known as a Glasgow grin, Anna grin, Chelsea grin or
Chelsea smile) is a nickname for the result of cutting a victim’s face
from the edges of the mouth to the ears. The cut – and the scars it
leaves – form an extension of what resembles a smile. Sometimes further
to hurt or even kill the victim, he or she would then be stabbed or
kicked, most notably in the stomach (or in case of kicking, the groin),
so that the face would be ripped apart when the victim screamed. The
practice originated in the Scottish city of Glasgow, which gave it its
name. It also became popular in Chelsea, London (where it is known as a
“Chelsea grin”) and other areas of Britain, for gangs hoping to leave a
message to rival gang members. If cut deep enough, the victim may bleed
*Elizabeth Short, more famously known as the Black Dahlia was believed
to be given a Glasgow smile during her murder, as when police recovered
her body, her mouth was slit from side to side towards her ears.
Indian man who earned a living guiding a cobra through his nostrils and
out his mouth has died of stomach cancer at the age of 36. Chinayan
Manoharan, popularly known as 'Snake Manu', made his name with a series
of extreme stunts including common kraits, sand boas and rat snakes. He
had realised an unusual career path laid in front of him after
entertaining class mates with his talent.
Burke and Hare
The Burke and Hare Case was simply one of demand and supply: The
Edinburgh Medical College demanded bodies for their students to dissect
and the precocious partnership duly supplied them. Unfortunately, the
people to whom the bodies belonged had not been allowed to die natural
deaths first - Burke and Hare had hastened the process for them. In a
Sweeney Todd sort of way, Burke and Hare managed a lodgings house in
Edinburgh and, along with their partners Helen MacDougal and Margaret
Hare, specialized in murdering their customers and then selling their
fresh corpses to Dr Robert Knox, a leading local anatomist employed by
In the early 19th century, the need for fresh cadavers in the rapidly
growing medical industry had been exacerbated by the recent repeal of
the Bloody Code. This Code had set the death penalty as punishment for
at least 222 different crimes - such as pickpocketing - and the
resulting corpses were usually given to medical establishments for
dissection. Burke and Hare were now determined to take up the slack…
The whole affair started in November 1827, when a tenant of the lodging
house died while owing four pounds in rent. Burke and Hare seized the
opportunity, stole the body out of its coffin and sold it to Dr Knox for
seven pounds, nearly double what they were owed in outstanding rent.
Realizing that it might be a while before another tenant died of natural
causes on their premises, the dynamic duo then took matters in their
own hands and, over the next two years, killed seventeen people, and,
each time, sold their bodies to Dr Knox. Their usual method of doing
away with people was to ply them with liquor and then to suffocate them.
Their undoing came when two guests in the lodging house discovered a
fellow guest’s body under a bed…and then went to the police. Both Burke
and Hare were arrested and charged with the murders but, as there was
not much evidence, it at first appeared that a conviction would not be
obtained. In order to break the stalemate, the Lord Advocate overseeing
the case then offered Hare immunity from prosecution if he would testify
against Burke. He did. Burke was found guilty and hanged on January
28th 1829. His body was then given to the Edinburg Medical College,
where it was publicly dissected. Burke’s death mask and skeleton, along
with items made from his tanned skin, are today still on display at the
Hare was never made to pay for his crimes.
Malarchuk sustained a life-threatening injury during a game when
another player’s skate blade slashed his internal jugular vein
in Dresden air raid shelter, 1946, Richard Peter, “Seventy percent of
the Dresden dead either suffocated or died from poison gases that turned
their bodies green and red. The intense heat melted some bodies into
the pavement like bubblegum, or shrunk them into three-foot long charred
carcasses. Clean-up crews wore rubber boots to wade through the ‘human
soup’ found in nearby caves. In other cases, the superheated air
propelled victims skyward only to come down in tiny pieces as far as
fifteen miles outside Dresden.”
This might be the worst death ritual ever. Endocannibalism is a practice
where people eat their own dead. The idea behind the horrid custom
could be anything; from imbibing the deceased’s traits to assimilation
of the spirit. A few tribes in South America and Australia are said to
have practiced this creepy ritual. But many academics feel that
endocannibalism is a false accusation thrown at tribes by early
colonists to gain an excuse for political domination. According to
anthropologist Napolean Changon, the Yanomamo community in South America
still eats the ash and ground bones of the deceased after cremation.
Fetal Skeleton Tableau, 17th Century, University Backroom, Paris
the outside, on Easter sunday, Marcg 30, 1975, the house at 635 Minor
Avenue in the small Ohio town of Hamilton seemed perfectly normal.
However, on the inside was a different, much more gruesome story - the
bodies of an entire family lay slaughtered, adults and children, eleven
in all. The only surviving member was forty-one-year-old James Ruppert,
the shooter. Investigation revealed that Ruppert, an alcoholic and also
completely paranoid, was constantly being picked on by his brother
Leonard and mother, Charity, and continually taunted for his
inadequacies. Fantasies had been building within him for a long time,
and by now he was sure that everyone was against him and had to be dealt
with. So on that Easter morning he came from his room upstairs, armed
with a rifle and three handguns, and he started to shoot people at
point-blank range. He fired a total of forty-four times. Then he simply
waited for the police. Ruppert was tried and convicted, receiving two
consecutive life sentences.
Frozen German soldier near Nefte, Belgium.
Grady Stiles Jr.
Stiles was a freak show performer who suffered from ectrodactyly in
which the fingers and toes are fused together to form claw-like
extremities. His stage name was the “Lobster Boy”.
Stiles was an alcoholic and was abusive to his family. Due to his
ectrodactyly, he was unable to walk. While he often used a wheelchair,
he most commonly used his hands and arms for locomotion. He developed
incredible upper body strength that, when combined with his temper and
alcoholism, made him dangerous to others.
In 1978, Stiles shot and killed his oldest daughter’s fiance on the eve
of their wedding. He was brought to trial where he openly confessed to
killing the man and was convicted of third degree murder. He was not
sent to prison as no state institution was equipped to care for an
inmate with ectrodactyly. Stiles was instead sentenced to fifteen years
Stiles stopped drinking thereafter, and during this period remarried his
first wife, Maria. However, he soon began drinking again and his family
claimed that he became even more abusive. In 1992 Maria and her son
from a previous marriage, Harry Glenn Newman Jr., hired a seventeen
year-old sideshow performer named Chris Wyant to kill Stiles for $1500.
Wyant shot him three times in the back of the head on November 29, 1992,
killing him instantly. All three were brought to trial and convicted.
In her defense, Maria Stiles told the judge, “My husband was going to
kill my family. I believe that from the bottom of my heart. I’m sorry
this happened, but my family is safe now.”
Wyant was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 27 years in
prison. Harry Newman was given life in prison for his role as the
mastermind and Maria was given 12 years in prison for conspiracy to
During an archaeological dig in Sayre, Bradford County, Pennsylvania in
the 1880s, a number of human skulls were unearthed. These skeletons were
anatomically correct, except for the anomaly of their projections, two
inches above the eyebrow, and the fact that their average height in life
would have been around seven feet tall. The bones were sent to the
American Investigating Museum in Philadelphia, where they were stolen -
never to be seen again.
Juana “La Mataviejitas” Barraza
Estimated body Count: At least 10 (but possibly as many as 40)
Story: Juana Barraza ruled the Mexican women’s wrestling circuit as “The
Silent Lady,” but she became infamous for another moniker, “La
Mataviejitas”—the old-lady killer. Starting in the 1990s, Barraza
knocked on the doors of Mexico City’s elderly women, pretending to be a
social worker. Once inside, she grabbed a sock, piece of string or phone
cord—whatever was handy—and strangled her victims to death (until blood
oozed from their ears).
Capture: In 2006, after strangling 82-year-old Ana Maria Reyes with a
stethoscope, Barraza fled from the scene, only to be captured close by.
Her prints matched those at 10 of approximately 40 crime scenes
attributed to La Mataviejitas. It took police a long time to find her
because they were unsure if she was a man or a woman —- or a man dressed
as a woman, or a woman dressed as a man. Her broad shoulders and the
force she used to cause blood to seep from victims’ ears made police
think she was a man.
Punishment: 759 years, though she may serve less than 50 years
Among funeral workers, there have been a few females who performed their
own erotic rituals, and one of the most famous is Karen Greenlee. She
didn’t kill men to get the corpses, but she certainly had an attraction
to them once they were dead.
In 1979 in California, Greenlee was to deliver the body of a 33-year-old
man to a cemetery for a funeral, but instead she drove off in the
hearse, abducting the corpse to keep for herself. She was found and
charged with stealing a hearse and interfering with a funeral, and
apparently it wasn’t the first time she’d felt such a sexual attraction
to the dead. Into this casket she had put a long letter that detailed
her erotic episodes with what she estimated had been over 20 male
corpses. Calling herself a “morgue rat,” she didn’t understand why she
felt so compelled to touch dead bodies, but it was an addiction she
couldn’t seem to break.
Because the letter was found, Greenlee was kicked out of the profession.
In an interview later with Jim Morton, she told him that the erotic
moment involved the entire atmosphere: the aura of death, the smell, the
funeral home, the mourning, and all the trappings. It wasn’t just about
sexual stimulation, it was about a complete mindset. She enjoyed the
odor of the freshly embalmed corpse of a male in his twenties, and even
the blood that might come out of his mouth as she got on top of him. She
admitted having broken into some mortuaries and tombs in order to
pursue her habit, and once she was nearly caught with the goods. Ashamed
at first, she’d later accepted her desires.
“That’s my nature,” she said, “and I might as well enjoy it.
Madame Bobin-Buried alive
In 1901 a pregnant Madame Bobin arrived on board a steamer from Western
Africa and appeared to be suffering from yellow fever. She was then
transferred to a hospital for those affected with contagious diseases.
There she became worse and apparently died and was buried. A nurse later
said she noticed that the body was not cold and that there was
tremulousness of the muscles of the abdomen and expressed the opinion
that she could have been prematurely buried. After this was reported to
Madame Bobin’s father, he had the body exhumed. They were horrified to
find that a baby had been born and died with Madame Bobin in the coffin.
An autopsy showed that Madame Bobin had not contracted yellow fever and
had died from asphyxiation in the coffin. A suit against the health
officials resulted in £8,000 ($13,000) damages against them.
Interesting Fact: Historical records indicate that during the 17th
century when plague victims often collapsed seemingly dead, there were
149 actual cases of people being buried alive.
Nosophilia refers to those who get sexually aroused by the knowledge that a partner is terminally ill.
4000....From Nihon Shokuten's line of placenta products, comes this
drink made of swine placenta. All in the name of beauty
Real heart collar. You know you want one.
For 1,000 days (a little less than three years) the priests would eat a
special diet consisting only of nuts and seeds, while taking part in a
regimen of rigorous physical activity that stripped them of their body
fat. They then ate only bark and roots for another thousand days and
began drinking a poisonous tea made from the sap of the Urushi tree,
normally used to lacquer bowls. This caused vomiting and a rapid loss of
bodily fluids, and most importantly, it made the body too poisonous to
be eaten by maggots. Finally, a self-mummifying monk would lock himself
in a stone tomb barely larger than his body, where he would not move
from the lotus position. His only connection to the outside world was an
air tube and a bell. Each day he rang a bell to let those outside know
that he was still alive.
Sgt. Stephen Schap and Diane Schap
Sgt. Stephen Schap and Diane Schap, an army couple stationed in Germany,
found out in 1993 that they were about to be blessed with new bundle of
joy, which would have great news if not for the minor fact that Stephen
had gotten a vasectomy the year prior. Diane was forced to admit she
had been having an affair with Stephen’s best friend Gregory Glover and,
unfortunately, Stephen would respond with something much worse than a
few thrown chairs.
On a cold December day the pregnant Diane lay in a hospital bed talking
on the phone to Gregory when the line, and for that matter Gregory
himself, suddenly went dead. Diane wouldn’t have to wait long to find
out what happened as around half an hour later her husband burst into
the room, pulled Gregory’s freshly liberated head from a gym bag. He
shoved it in her face and according to Diane unleashed a line so cheesy
it has to be true.
“Look, Diane - Glover’s here! He’ll sleep with you every night now. Only
you won’t sleep, because all you’ll see is this.” Stephen then plopped
the bloody head down on the bedside table so it faced his wife. Say what
you will Sgt. Schap’s mental stability, the guy had a flair for the
St. Valentines Day Massacre 1929
The Last Jew Of Vinnitsa
This famous picture was taken by a German solider just before the man
was shot. Present in the background of the photo are members of the
German Army, the German Labor Service, and the Hitler Youth. This photo
was found in the personal album of an Einsatzgruppen soldier; it was
labelled on the back “The last Jew of Vinnitsa”. All 28,000 of the Jews
living in the Ukraine village of Vinnitsa there were killed and their
bodies exhumed by 1941.
The Normal Lives of 10 Notorious Serial Killers
1. Ted Bundy graduated from the University of Washington with a degree
in Psychlogy, and volunteered at Seattle’s suicide prevention hot line.
Ted Bundy confessed to killing 40 women before he was executed in 1989.
2. John Wayne Gacy was happily married, a successful shoe salesman and vice-president of his local Jaycees organization.
John Wayne Gacy confessed to killing 24 young men and was executed in 1994.
3. Jeffrey Dahmer was an active and outspoken proponent of gay rights in the Milwaukee area.
Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced to 15 life terms for the deaths of 15 young men, but was beaten to death in prison in 1994.
4. Richard Angelo was an Eagle Scout and volunteer fire fighter.
Richard Angelo was said to have killed 25 people in his quest to be
known as a hero by injecting them with Pavulon and Anectine before
attempting to revive them.
5. Andrew Cunanan had very superior intelligence, testing with an I.Q. of 147, while in high school.
Andrew Cunanan murdered 5 men, including Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace.
6. Harold Shipman was a respected General Practitioner in Hyde, England,
and even appeared on a documentary as an expert on mental illness in
Harold Shipman was thought to have killed over 250 people. He was
convicted for 15 murders, and hanged himself in his cell in 2004.
7. Karl Denke was beloved member of his community and played the organ at his local church.
Denke murdered and cannibalized 30 people. He even sold human flesh at the local market in Ziebice, Poland.
8. Dennis Nilsen in the Royal British Army for 11 years, earning a General Service Medal.
Nilsen is known to have killed 15 men and boys. He as caught when a drain cleaning company found human flesh clogging his pipes.
9. Dr. Henry Howard Holmes was a certified public accountant and City Manager of Orlando, Florida in 1880.
Holmes confessed to killing 27 people, mostly during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.
10. Phillip Markoff was a member of the National Honor Society, history club and the Youth Court.
Philip Markoff, better known as “The Craigslist Killer,” murder of
Julissa Brisman and robbed three other women in Boston, Massachusetts.
is part of the aftermath of the world’s worst air show disaster, which
happened August 7, 2002 in Lviv, Ukraine. A Russian-made Sukhoi Su-27
fighter jet was performing a maneuver at low altitude when it nicked the
ground, sliced into a plane on the tarmac and became a somersaulting
fireball that plowed into spectators. Eighty five people were killed and
hundreds injured. The pilots, who ejected to safety, were ruled at
fault for the crash.
Authorities said the two pilots had ignored the precise program given to
them for the show and performed a series of unauthorized stunts which
they hadn’t become expert at executing. Defenders said the pilots hadn’t
been given enough air time to practice for the show, that the flight
zone was too small and organizers of the show violated safety rules by
allowing spectators to stand too close to the flying area. Although I
don’t imagine there’s a “far enough away” zone from a rolling jet fueled
terrible murders took place between the months of June, 1945, and
January, 1946, to startle not only Chicago, but the rest of the country
On June 5, 1945, Josephine Alice Ross was the first victim. Finding the
apartment aclutter drawers pulled out, chairs knocked over, newspapers
unfurled across the floor Jacqueline Ross hurried to her mother’s
bedroom where she found a horrendous sight. Josephine was sprawled
across her bed, her throat gashed by multiple stabbings, her head
wrapped in a dress; blood had spewed across the room onto the walls, the
drapes, the furniture, and it soaked the mattress. In the adjoining
bathroom, several articles of the woman’s clothing and undergarments lay
in a pool of bloody water in the tub. Only change money was missing
from the premises.
The killer’s second victim was Frances Brown. Her nude body was
discovered the morning of December 11, 1945 by Martha Engels, the
housemaid. Curious as to why the tenant’s radio was playing so
uncharacteristically loud at 9 a.m., and why her door was ajar, Engels
peeked into Room 611 to find Brown’s bed splattered with blood and a
trail of it leading to the bathroom. There, she found the tenant
stretched over the bathtub, her head wrapped in her pyjamas, a butcher
knife rammed into her neck and a bullet hole in her skull.
Starkly written on the living room wall, in letters of lipstick, were
the words: For heavens sake catch me before I kill more. I cannot
The third victim, Rosy-cheeked, tow-headed six-year-old Suzanne Degnan
went to bed Sunday evening, January 6, 1946 and taken from her bed while
her family slept.
As police searched for the missing child, an anonymous call suggested
they check surrounding sewers. That evening, January 7, detectives did
just that. Noticing that a sewer cover on nearby Winthrop Avenue looked
misplaced, they shone their flashlight into the well and found what
looked like the head of a golden-haired doll. But, it was no doll’s
head. An alarm went out. Before the evening ended, the rest of Suzanne
Degnan her legs and torso were found scattered in the debris of adjacent
sewers. (Her arms were found several weeks later.) A basement washtub
below an apartment off Winthrop Avenue proved to be the place of
dismemberment. Blood, pieces of human flesh and blonde hairs were found
in its drain.
Used heavily in the 1930s, lobotomy’s were given to people suffering
from schizophrenia. Two ‘ice-picks’ were inserted into the brain (with a
hammer) via the eye sockets and used to server connections between
frontal lobes of the brain.
Patients that underwent lobotomies were reported as ‘child-like’ and ‘incapable of speaking’.
“The woman could not feed herself, she could not toilet, she could not speak and she was combative.”
In 1949 Egas Moniz (creator of the lobotomy) was awarded the Nobel prize for medicine.
Women in the dissection room, Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1892.
X-rays showing the effects of Burmese neck coils on the human skeleton.
The most extreme of ways of lengthing the neck still occurs in Africa,
Thailand and Burma. Brass neck coils are worn by the Padaung women of
Burma. The women are fitted with the coils at the age of six. Though it
has been heard it can even be as young as 2. The neck rings push the
collarbone via a counterweight, about eight pounds, and the causes the
collarbone change to an angle of over forty-five degrees. It is caused
by extreme triangulation of the shoulder.
Paduang men have often pressured their daughters to wear the coils as tourists will pay to take photos.