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…

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…

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…

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…

TWO SERIAL KILLERS WALK INTO A BAR…

Even the most vile criminals and serial killers like to cut loose and throw back a few adult beverages on occasion. Many of them even had a favorite watering hole to unwind, their own little "Cheers." For example, when Edmund Kemper wasn't cruising around looking for his next victim, he was hanging out at his…

THE SILHOUETTE OF MARGARET SCHILLING

The story of Margaret Schilling, 'The Lost Lady' may be one of the region's most compelling ghost stories. In 1978 Schilling was a patient at the then century old Athens Lunatic Asylum. Margaret, who was a seemingly trusted patient, was allowed to walk freely around the grounds of the large facility but on December 1st did…

THE SUICIDE OF JEREMY DELLE

January 8, 1991 Richardson High School in Richardson, Texas. Fifteen year old Jeremy Delle arrives late to class and is sent to the office to get an attendance slip. When he returned to his classroom he addressed his teacher directly saying, “Miss, I got what I really went for.” He then revealed a .357 Magnum, stuck…