“OH MURDER, I AM SHOT!”: THE TRAGIC DEATH OF CLEMENT VALLANDIGHAM

Sometimes when you frequent an establishment you can take its historical significance for granted. It is especially easy to do in a picturesque, small town with great architecture and an idyllic main street to enjoy. I am reminded of this when visiting The Golden Lamb. While I've not been recently, this place has been our…

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…

SAD CLOWN: THE TRAGIC LEGACY OF WEARY WILLY

So did you know December 9th is a day sat aside to celebrate Weary Willie - wait - what? Ok, so if you didn't know, circus clown 'Weary Willie' was created by Emmett Kelly Sr., who was born on this day back in 1898. While I'm happy to celebrate the art of clowning and it's…

JAKE LEG BLUES: THE RISE AND FALL OF ADULTERATED GINGER

Back in 1930, at the height of Prohibition, Cincinnati was ground zero for the Jamaican ginger epidemic. Jamaican ginger elixir also known as 'Jake' was a commonly used tincture available in pharmacies across the United States. It contained potent amounts of alcohol and when used in small doses, was a safe pain reliever. However with…