Burke and Hare, Murderers & Bodysnatchers.

William Hare and William Burke. Between 1827 and 1828, William Burke and William Hare murdered 15 people over the course of a year to make extra money, selling the bodies as cadavers for university students to dissect. These murders took place starting in November of 1827 to October of 1828. At the time, it was […]

Real Story behind The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous Sherlock Holmes stories. For those not familiar with the story, Holmes sends Watson off to investigate a mysterious murder surrounded by stories of a mysterious, spectral hound seen roaming the hills of Devonshire, supposedly part of a curse on the Baskerville […]

Poison Cabinet hidden in Hollowed Out Book.

Labeled as a “poison cabinet” when placed for auction in 2008, images of this hollowed out book have been causing a stir online ever since. Was it a computer-generated image? Or a modern fake? According to German auction house Hermann Historica—and the private collector who purchased it for €5,200 (about $7,000)—that’s not the case. While […]

Why we love a fright at Halloween.

Image Credit: Photographby Alamy Stock Photo. Halloween is here again and although it seems to get more commercial each year, one constant remains – giving each other a good fright. The startle response, whether from a particularly convincing trick-or-treater on your doorstep or a fright in a horror movie, seems to be close to a […]

An Old Case of Near-Death Experience.

Reports of people having “near-death” experiences go back to antiquity, but the oldest medical description of the phenomenon may come from a French physician around 1740, a researcher has found. The report was written by Pierre-Jean du Monchaux, a military physician from northern France, who described a case of near-death experience in his book “Anecdotes […]

The Moon & the Crow.

“The Moon and the Crow”, Photograph by Gideon Knight of the United Kingdom, is the winner of the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for 2016. Knight lives near Valentines Park in London and he visits regularly in order to take photographs. One winter evening the perfect tableau presented itself: a rising full moon […]

Messalina, the Sex-Obsessed wife of Claudius.

Valeria Messalina was the third wife of emperor Claudius. She was notorious for being an absolute nymphomaniac. She married Claudius in A.D. 38 and they had two children, who were rumoured to have actually been fathered by Caligula as she was a frequent attendee to his many banquets and orgies. After Caligula was finally murdered, […]

Compendium Of Demonology & Magic c. 1775.

A selection of pages from an 18th-century demonology book made up of more than 30 exquisite watercolours showing various demon figures, as well as magic and cabbalistic signs. The full Latin title of Compendium rarissimum totius Artis Magicae sistematisatae per celeberrimos Artis hujus Magistros, roughly translates to “A rare summary of the entire Magical Art […]

Newgate to Tyburn The Final Journey.

It is the evening of 23 October 1783, and in a secluded spot on the King’s highway John Austin and an accomplice are mercilessly beating and robbing a stranger. This act of brutality marked the beginning of the end, not only for Austin, but for an ancient ritual that had been enacted since the 16th […]

Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ published 1897

Bram Stoker – Credit: Charvex (via Wikimedia) Born 1847.-Died 1912 Bram Stoker was an Irish author best known for his classic vampire novel, Dracula. He was born in Dublin in 1847 as the third of seven children. His father was a civil servant, the same career Bram took up after graduating from Trinity College with […]