THE TRADITION OF THE RIDERLESS HORSE

The formality and haunting beauty of a funeral where a riderless horse, with the backwards facing boots in the stirrups, is being led along as part of the procession is always a striking image. I am often intrigued about the sources of these many traditions and find this one, in particular, very touching if not…

“OH MURDER, I AM SHOT!”: THE TRAGIC DEATH OF CLEMENT VALLANDIGHAM

Sometimes when you frequent an establishment you can take its historical significance for granted. It is especially easy to do in a picturesque, small town with great architecture and an idyllic main street to enjoy. I am reminded of this when visiting The Golden Lamb. While I've not been recently, this place has been our…

MERCEDES MCCAMBRIDGE: HELL BENT ON HONING HER CRAFT

Mercedes McCambridge was an Oscar winning actress of early radio, stage and later on in her career - film and television. 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 role and make it her own made the ordinary,…

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…