SPIRITED SPIRITS: THE GHOST OF IMOGENE REMUS

One of Cincinnati's most popular ghost stories is the one of Imogene Remus. Legend has it her spirit has haunted the Spring House Gazebo in Eden Park for over 90 years. So how did Imogene become a ghost? You see, back in 1927 Imogene was gunned down in Eden Park by her husband, the infamous…

THE SHOW MUST GO ON: A CINCINNATI TRAGEDY

The show was sold-out with the majority of the 18, 348 tickets being general admission. That means 14,770 were first come first serve, unassigned seats. All of the doors to the venue were supposed to open simultaneously allowing ease of entry, however only two were opened when a late soundcheck from the band prompted a…

BEETHOVEN’S MISSING EARS

I ran across a newspaper clipping that detailed the exhumation of Ludwig van Beethoven. I wasn't aware he was ever exhumed, so I read on. The article from 1888 detailed the events surrounding what was his second and final exhumation, he was going to be moved to an honorary grave at Vienna’s main cemetery, Zentralfriedhof.…

THE ONE AND ONLY DRACULA, BELA LUGOSI

Happy Birthday to Bela Lugosi (the one and only Dracula as far as I'm concerned) who was born on this day back in 1882.He was from the Lugos region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and named Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó. As a young man he worked in various stage productions in his home country as well…

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…