A Memory of Murder c.1984
A collection of stories written for detective magazines in the 1940s by Ray Bradbury. & A fantastic find at my local comic book store/used book store yesterday.
In memory of my best fur friend of 15 years I lost two weeks ago.
…and remember, the next scream you hear may be your own.
One of the earliest examples of conjoined twins ever recorded Lazarus & Joannes Baptista Colloredo were born in Genoa, Italy in 1617. Joannes was more of a parasitic twin to Lazarus his upper body and left leg stuck out of his brother’s torso area. He did not speak, kept his eyes closed and his mouth open almost in a state of perpetual sleep.
Lazarus, however, was fully functional and was even rumored to have sired several children successfully. The two travelled Europe together, Turkey, Denmark, Germany. Entertaining curious audiences and even meeting with King Charles I & Queen Henrietta! Lazarus, was known as courteous and handsome & would cover her brother to keep him from unnecessary attention when not performing.
Amazingly though through a strange twist of fate it would be Joannes who saved Lazarus’s life. Historian Henri Sauval notes that Lazarus once killed a man who had been teasing him. When it came time for the court to reach their verdict on the murder they had no choice but to let Lazarus go. They couldn’t convict or execute Joannes, an innocent man.
Here’s a picture of me in case anyone was wondering.
I’m so stoked that I have 90 followers on this blog right now & that some of the posts are receiving a good response. Thank you all my spooky new friends!
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
Since we’ve talked about the collapsed tunnel, it seems the only appropriate time to write about another Richmond legend associated with the Church Hill Tunnel. The Richmond Vampire.
There are several versions of what happened the day the cave in happened. Some legends state that the man-like creature was found, crouching over one of the workers dead bodies, presumably feeding on the blood which he was covered in. Some state that the man emerged himself from the tunnel, shirtless, with skin hanging from his muscular frame and raced towards the James River. Regardless of the account it is believed he ended up taking refuge in the mausoleum of W.W. Pool, a man who died in 1922 and was buried in the famous Hollywood Cemetery.
We now know through the research of the founder of the Virginia Ghosts & Haunting Research Society (VGHRS) that the myth of the Vampire may b very well routed in fact. Though it’s not as exciting as a blood drinking vampire, 28 year old railroad fireman (the one we mentioned before in the last update) Benjamin F. Mosby was at work shoveling coal when the collapse happened. Causing his skin to be badly burned and suffering from broken teeth he was able to escape the tunnel. With many eye witnesses to the scene it is believable that this is where the story came from.
Pictured Above: The grave of W.W. Pool where the vampire is said to have taken refuge.
The small, unmarked grave up above the Pool grave many locals believe to be the actual resting place of the vampire.
One of the most well known destinations by ghost hunters and urban explorers alike in Richmond, Va is the famous Church Hill Tunnel. Built in the early 1870s, the tunnel is roughly 4,000 ft. long underneath the historic Church Hill neighborhood of Richmond. The tunnel was seemingly always problematic and surrounded by traumatic events. During the very construction of the tunnel the moisture and rainfall affected the soil, causing cave-ins during construction that took the lives of a reported ten crew members. After completion in 1901 the tunnel fell almost immediately into disuse for over 20 years. In 1925 the tunnel was restored to a usable condition to be reopened to aid with the cities rowing and bustling population and economy.
On October 2, 1925 200 men were at work inside the tunnel on the tunnel’s roof from atop some flat cars pulled by a steam locomotive. The ceiling collapsed upon the locomotive, burying it inside the tunnel. Steam from the trains boiler scalded the train’s fireman who was able to escape the tunnel but would die shortly after from his injuries in hospital. The driver of the locomotive was found dead later, after an 8 day rescue operation, his body badly burnt, a level jammed into his chest. The tunnel was ordered to be sealed by the Virginia State Corperation Commission for safety reasons. The train, it’s locomotive, 10 flat cars and surely a few of the unaccounted for workers were left inside.
Those who live near and choose to go near the tunnel have reported hearing a number of ghostly sounds. Digging, the sound of the locomotives wheels and voice saying, “Get me out!” have all been reported.
Today’s installment of “Unintentionally Creepy Vintage Halloween Costumes” - just in time for the beginning of Fall. These photos prove there’s definitely nothing store bought as creepy as something made the old fashioned way.
Another great, creepy poster from the film The Woman In Black (2012).
Movie Review Time!
The Woman In Black (2012)
I just watched this other night after having wanted to see it since it came out in theaters. I expected this to be just a great, straight up ghost story - something we don’t see from the horror genre much these day, and this film did not disappoint! It wasn’t very far into the film that I screamed, jumped and managed to get my flavored spritzer water all over myself & the couch. I enjoyed that the ghost had a background story that made you feel empathy for her, despite her wickedness and I liked the end, mostly - which I won’t give away because there is a definite twist!
The scariest scene to me would be one where, after much noise coming from a room in the spooky old house, Daniel Radcliffe’s character finds a rocking chair rocking violently by it’s self. Once it’s revealed why the chair is rocking it makes the scene even more uncomfortable a disturbing! I would definitely recommend this movie for a night where you won’t mind sleeping with the lights on!