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Death

July 19, 2016

The Case of Officer Hallibrand



"Driving while dictating." The automobile texting problem of its era.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jul 19, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Motor Vehicles, Police and Other Law Enforcement, PSA's, 1950's,

July 7, 2016

Shave the Corpse

Another phrase that would be a great name for a band.

According to the Charles Addams blog, this ad was originally published in January 1912 in Casket and Sunnyside ("The foremost journal of the funeral profession since 1871").

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jul 07, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Baths, Showers and Other Cleansing Methods, 1910's,

July 3, 2016

Crocodile Cage Diving



Yes or no?

Info here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 03, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, Australia,

June 29, 2016

Death by Dishwasher

This is disturbing, but also definitely weird. Of all the possible ways to off yourself, why choose a dishwasher? Evidently some psychiatric issues were involved.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - May 18, 1984


Woman Found Dead Inside Dishwasher
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — A woman was found dead inside her dishwasher, and police say they believe that she committed suicide.
The body of Carolyn Matsumoto, 25, was found about 1 p.m. Wednesday by her mother, said police spokesman Michael Holland.
Holland said the dishwasher's interior trays had been neatly stacked along with some personal effects next to the machine. The top-loading machine was activated automatically when the door closed.
The Alameda County coroner's office was conducting an autopsy.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jun 29, 2016 - Comments (6)
Category: Death, Suicide, 1980's,

June 16, 2016

Borrowed Gun

January 1958: "If I had a gun, I'd kill myself," unemployed Robert Ponton told police officer Walter Ryan. So Ryan handed him his gun, and Ponton shot himself. Ryan, who was later charged with abetting a suicide, said he was "dumbfounded and petrified" by what Ponton had done.

Southeast Missourian - Jan 28, 1957

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 16, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Death, Suicide, 1950's,

June 8, 2016

Bullet-proof Bible

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 08, 2016 - Comments (11)
Category: Death, Religion, Superstition, 1950's, Weapons,

May 26, 2016

Follies of the Madmen #283



"But, Betty, I can't fit the corpse into the upright model so easily!"

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 26, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Death, Appliances, 1950's,

May 24, 2016

Beer Can Launcher

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Send beer cans flying straight into some innocent bystander's head into space with a .22 shell? I'm sold!

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 24, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, 1960's, Weapons,

May 8, 2016

Fate Demanded It

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Original article here.

Whenever I hear of a story like this, I always think of a great Gahan Wilson cartoon.

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Posted By: Paul - Sun May 08, 2016 - Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Death, Fate, Predetermination and Inevitability, Australia,

May 6, 2016

Execution of Comatose Crybaby

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Original article here.

Posted By: Paul - Fri May 06, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Death, Scary Criminals, Wimps, Milquetoasts and Cowards, 1920's,

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