ALL APOLOGIES: THE SUICIDE NOTE OF KURT COBAIN

On this day 26 years ago legendary musician Kurt Cobain passed away due to a gunshot wound to the head. A singer, guitarist and songwriter he was best known as the front man of the Seattle area grunge band Nirvana. While there have been many rumors and conspiracy theories about his death, I think legions…

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: THE TRAGIC DEATH OF BRANDON LEE

A crow visits the grave of Brandon Lee, who died on this day back in 1993. The son of famed martial artist and iconic actor Bruce Lee was on set shooting a scene for the cult classic 'The Crow' when he was accidentally shot by fellow actor Michael Massee, who played the role of Funboy.…

CLYDE BARROW’S CAPTURE MEMORIALIZED IN MIDDLETOWN

Walking into the lobby of the Middletown Police Department one probably wouldn't think they'd come face to face with one of the most notorious outlaws in American history. But you will - his mugshot anyway. 91 years ago today Clyde Barrow was arrested by Middletown, Ohio police. To honor this moment in local history they…

DISMEMBERED ARMS AND LEGS, OH MY!

Cincinnati is known for a lot of things but in the late 1880's it seems beer, caskets and cadavers were top of the list, and I think this tale links them together quite splendidly. Back then, our city's beer consumption ranked 2 1/2 times the national average. That comes in at about 40 gallons for…

DON’T GO MESSIN’ WITH A FAUX LAVEAU

Marie Laveau is perhaps the most notable occultist in American history. Known as the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, Laveau spent her entire life in the city working as a voodoo priestess, midwife, herbalist and hairstylist. In addition to protection spells and gris gris, Marie was a devoted Catholic and intertwined her magical workings with…