MERCEDES MCCAMBRIDGE: HELL BENT ON HONING HER CRAFT

Mercedes McCambridge was an Oscar winning actress of early radio, stage and later - film and television. Legendary filmmaker Orson Welles once called her "the world's greatest living radio actress." The distinctive raspy voice that made her a star on the airwaves amazed audiences when she hit the big screen. Her ability to personalize a…

A GARDEN TO DIE FOR

Humans have lived among poisonous plants since the dawn of time. That doesn't mean we've adapted to this coexistence. From the poison hemlock that killed Socrates, to white snakeroot that was responsible for the death of Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, poisonous plants have been responsible for countless human deaths throughout history. To this day…

GIRL IN THE ’57 CHEVY: THE MURDER OF LINDA PIERSON

It was a cool, fall, Wednesday night around 9:30 p.m. on November 16th, 1966, when Linda Susan Pierson was last seen cruising along Fairfield Avenue in the passenger seat of a 1957 Chevrolet. She was totally unaware that in a matter of hours she would be brutally raped and murdered. Linda was just eighteen and…

DRINK FROM THE SKULL OF YOUR ENEMY, KINDA SORTA

With Labor Day and National Beer Lover's Day being celebrated around the U.S. today, I'm sure many of you are relaxing by the pool, grilling some food and enjoying a cold one. How many of you are sipping your cold brew from a skull stein? Did you know that in the late 19th century skull…

BLACK WIDOW BY PROXY: THE VIRGINIA GIBBS STORY

September 3rd happens to be my birthday. It also happens to be the date that - back in 1945 - local Cincinnati gal Virginia Gibbs chose to move forward with a rather elaborate plan to get rid of her abusive father once and for all. Unfortunately, in order to do this, another man had to…

LON CHANEY AND THE ART OF SUFFERING

Silent film star, horror legend, and pioneer of special effects make-up Lon Chaney died on this day back in 1930. He was just 47 years old.  Hollywood’s finest character actor was best known for his roles in films like The Hunchback of Note Dame and The Phantom of the Opera. Chaney had an uncanny ability…