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…

MARILYN MONROE’S LAST DAY: A TIMELINE

The one and only Marilyn Monroe was found dead on this day back in 1962. When celebrity photographer George Barris made a trip to L.A. to photograph Marilyn in June, less than two months before her passing, he had no idea it would be the last time he would see his dear friend, collaborator and…

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

When John Wayne Gacy wasn't busy commiting gruesome crimes and burying young men in his crawl space he liked to flex his civic mindedness. In 1975 Gacy was appointed as the director of Chicago's annual Polish Constitution Day Parade. He would hold that position through 1978. At the reception party for the parade, Gacy had…

DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES: THE STORY OF EUGENE

On a balmy summer day in June of 1929 a man was discovered deceased in a ditch near the intersection of 3C Highway and Borum Road in rural Sabina, Ohio. He was taken to Littleton Funeral Home where he was examined and embalmed. It was estimated the man was between 50 to 80 years old.…