BURKE AND HARE: THE ORIGINAL BODY SNATCHERS

'Burking' is defined as the crime of murdering a person, ordinarily by smothering, for the purpose of selling their corpse. The word 'burking' is derived from a man who perfected this method, one William Burke. Along with his partner William Hare, the pair wreaked havoc for a ten month period in 1828 throughout the city…

JAKE LEG BLUES: THE RISE AND FALL OF ADULTERATED GINGER

Back in 1930, at the height of Prohibition, Cincinnati was ground zero for the Jamaican ginger epidemic. Jamaican ginger elixir also known as 'Jake' was a commonly used tincture available in pharmacies across the United States. It contained potent amounts of alcohol and when used in small doses, was a safe pain reliever. However with…

THE CASE OF JOSHUA LEE WRIGHT | TIMELINE OF EVENTS

So a couple weeks ago I was contacted by a man named Kenny, he is the brother of a local, missing man named Joshua Wright. I had posted a couple articles about some unidentified skeletal remains that were found in the South Fairmount area of Cincinnati and Kenny had seen the posts. He contacted me…

BUFFALO TRACE DISTILLERY: SPIRITS IN THE SPIRITS

Local lore has it that there is more than one kind of spirit residing at Buffalo Trace Distillery. The grounds are said to be a hotbed of paranormal activity and was even featured on Ghost Hunters. The most notable apparition at Buffalo Trace Distillery is that of it's founder Colonel Blanton who died in his mansion on…

LEFT AT THE STATION

I came across this interesting old story from The Cincinnati Enquirer, August 11, 1925. Can you imagine a coffin just sitting out at a subway station, unclaimed for days? COFFIN LOST IN TRANSITBody Lies on Station Platform fore Removal To Cincinnati.After having been sent from Chicago to Marinette, Wisconsin, by mistake, and later lying outside…

CINCINNATI, COFFIN CITY U.S.A.

For centuries, the Cincinnati area has been the nation's leading producer of coffins, caskets and burial vaults. If you saw the previous post you know Cincinnati's own Crane, Breed & Co. developed game-changing metal, rectangular caskets in the 1850's. These state-of-the-art beauties were a far cry from the coffins of yore. These caskets were considered…