Tag: dead bodies

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake, as the name might suggest, was created when the volcano Mount Mazama collapsed, leaving behind just the tip of the volcano as the island Wizard Island, which stands from the bottom of the lake up to over 700 feet above the water’s surface. The collapse of the volcano left behind a huge crater that […]

Amy Duggan Archer-Gilligan and the “Archer Home for the Elderly and Infirm”

Amy Archer-Giligan from Windsor, Connecticut is considered the most prolific female serial killer, with a possible victim count of 60 of the residents in her nursing home for the elderly. That’s how many residents died between the years of 1907 to 1917. However, not all of them were confirmed. After a relatively healthy resident died […]

The Fool Killer

In order to understand the circumstances under which the Fool Killer was discovered, we have to briefly discuss the Eastland Disaster involving the SS Eastland. This ship was finished in 1903 but early on had issues with listing–tilting one way or another–because it was too heavy. That should have clued people in, but people were […]

Babes in the Woods

This is an interesting concept, though sad. Traditionally, the title comes from an anonymous tale originally published in 1595. It was later absorbed into Mother Goose and in 1932, Disney created a movie by the same name. If you’ll notice, it’s also pretty similar to the tale of Hansel and Gretel, with two innocent children […]

Shades of Death Road

Yes, that’s the full name of the road: Shades of Death Road. Though, it’s mostly just referred to as “Shades.” That’s pretty ominous either way you slice it. This particular 7-mile long Shades of Death Road is located in Warren County, New Jersey, right up snug next to Pennsylvania. Interestingly, the other  Shades of Death is in […]

Ricky McCormick’s encrypted notes

Not only is Ricky McCormick’s death unsolved, there is the mystery of these bizarre notes found on his body. Codes are always interesting but it is made more noteworthy when you consider that his family went on record claiming that Ricky was only able to write his name, much less legible code. So, who created […]

The Ourang Medan Ghost Ship

If you’re familiar with the paranormal, you’re probably familiar with this ghost ship (as well as the Mary Celeste). It isn’t exactly Americana, but it did have an almost global impact, including finding its way into American publications. So, the interesting thing about this story is that it was initially reported by the Associated Press […]

The Cecil Hotel

If you watched the most recent season of American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Hotel, this place probably seems familiar. It’s hard to believe that that hotel was inspired by a real hotel, right in downtown Los Angeles. It was built in 1924 as a low-budget hotel that was meant for business travelers but low […]

The Red Ghost

No, not the comic book character. This urban legend stems from the United States Camel Corps. Many US citizens and military officials were vying for the usage of camels as military beast of burden. Finally, in the mid-1800s, the military imported 33 camels and the operation was considered to be a success. However, with the […]

Windover Archaeological Site and the Bog Bodies

Bog bodies have been found the world over and are a very eerie look into human lives from the past, given the smooth and “freshly dead” look of the bodies that are the best preserved despite being millennia and millennia old. Though, not all bog bodies are the fully formed (some are mostly skeletons, though […]