Category:
Death

A Wake in Hell’s Kitchen

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 08, 2021 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Movies, Twentieth Century, Alcohol

“Dumbbell Lethal”




Source: The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington) 25 Jun 1960, Sat Page 19

Posted By: Paul - Fri Apr 30, 2021 - Comments (3)
Category: Accidents, Death, Hollywood, 1960s

Jiminy Cricket’s Safety Songs

The first song from the album is in the video, but the entire album is here for your listening pleasure.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 27, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Insects, Movies, Music, PSA’s, Children, 1950s

Unlikely Reasons for Murder No. 4

Being the victim of hypnotism pretty much qualifies as unusual cause for murder.

The scan of the story at this source is defective, so some text missing. The second scan gives a condensed version without reference to hypnotism. There is a discontinuity in the text in the second piece as well, and a truncated ending--but that's the way the article appeared.











Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 08, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Hypnotism, Mesmerism and Mind Control, Nineteenth Century

Death by pet rock

Gwen Jackson's death in 1982 seems to be the only instance of a 'pet rock' being used as a murder weapon.

Although I think the media sensationalized the case. The rock in question seems to have been a rock given as a gift. It wasn't an actual 'pet rock'.

Tucson Citizen - Mar 19, 1982



However, the manual that came with Pet Rocks, "The Care and Training of Your Pet Rock," did include a section on "Attack Training" your pet rock. So their use as a weapon was anticipated.





Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 25, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Fads, 1980s

Follies of the Madmen #500

I suppose I should have come up with something super-special for the 500th installment of this series, but this will have to suffice!



Sure, kill the talking lion and then...style his mane?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 17, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Death, Comics, 1950s, Hair and Hairstyling

Stunt Rock

The trailer first, then the backstory.

The Wikipedia entry.



Posted By: Paul - Thu Jan 14, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Death, Destruction, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, Music, 1980s

Phone Calls From the Dead

As opposed to phone calls from telemarketers, who are more like the living dead.

"Scientific" parapsychologists D. Scott Rogo and Raymond Bayless have recently discovered a startling fact: that dozens of people have had telephone calls from the dead. "The weight of evidence has convinced us that there are surviving spirits making attempts to contact living people" through the telephone, Bayless told the National Enquirer. Their new book, Phone Calls from the Dead, describes fifty such cases. Unfortunately, if the person receiving the call realizes that he is speaking to a spirit from the Beyond, the call is usually over within seconds, they say. Some postmortem calls arrive, appropriately enough, over dead telephone lines. Rogo believes that these calls occur when a spirit manipulates electrical impulses in the phone to reproduce the sound of its own voice. "We've stumbled on a whole new mothod of psychic communication!" says Rogo.
The Skeptical Inquirer - Summer 1979



Posted By: Alex - Wed Dec 23, 2020 - Comments (4)
Category: Death, Paranormal, Books, 1970s

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