THE BEVERLY HILLS SUPPER CLUB TRAGEDY

Today marks 43 years since the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. My parents used to visit this establishment on special occasions and were supposed to be there just a few days before the fire. The Beverly Hills Supper Club was the real deal. Elegant for days and if you were headed that way, especially back…

THE TRADITIONS OF DECORATION DAY

It's Memorial Day, a day to remember and celebrate all of those brave people who lost their lives defending our freedom.  Prior to being declared a federal holiday back in 1971, Memorial Day was often referred to as Decoration Day and has it's own roots and even a particular set of customs, dating back more than…

HOLE-Y COW: THE SMALLPOX TRYPOPHOBIA CONNECTION

Smallpox. A potentially deadly, highly contagious, infectious disease that is caused by the variola virus. The emblematic symptom being the numerous round ulcerated pustules with a center hole referred to as an umbilication. If you find this repulsive, you're not alone. Upwards of 15% of the population suffers an aversion to the sight of repeating…

JASON VOORHEES WAS CERTAINLY NO BOY SCOUT

On this day back in 1980 the horror classic, Friday the 13th was released to eager audiences. The film follows a group of freshly minted, teenaged, camp counselors as they attempt to re-open a long abandoned and neglected summer camp. Unfortunately throughout this process, the teens are quietly stalked and murdered one by one. You…

JUST A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR

A complex virus that spreads rapidly person to person. Some experience mild symptoms and may not even know they're infected, while others experience catastrophic complications and even death. Sound familiar? I'm talking Polio, people. Which at its peak in the 1950s, would paralyze or kill over half a million people worldwide. Did you know Cincinnati…

WELCOME TO OUR NIGHTMARE: THE TOOLBOX MURDERS INVESTIGATION

When I first heard about all the work Laura Brand was doing with serial killers, specifically the Toolbox Murder case, I was seriously impressed. I never dreamed that in a matter of months I'd be on her research team, helping her track down witnesses more than 40 years after Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris commited…

EASTER MASSACRE: THE RUPPERT FAMILY MURDERS

It's been 45 years since one of the deadliest shootings inside a private residence in U.S. history, and it all happened right here in southwest Ohio. It was Easter Sunday, 1975 on a quiet street when 41-year-old James Ruppert killed eleven members of his family while they gathered for a holiday dinner. Multiple generations annihilated…