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  • The Strange, Unsolved Death of Gunther Stoll


    Gunther Stoll was an unemployed German food engineer who suffered bouts of paranoia. He would sometimes tell his wife that “they” were out to get him. Who “they” were was never explained, nor was the existence of a shadowy gang following him ever substantiated. Stoll was simply convinced that “they” had malicious intent. On October […]
  • The Most Horrifying Workplace Safety Video Ever: WILL YOU BE HERE TOMORROW?


    “Workplace safety” videos are closely related to “mental hygiene” filmstrips, which were instructional films for children and teens ranging in themes from sex education, drugs, dating, and physical and mental health topics. Workplace safety videos are kind of the grown-up version of mental hygiene films.  Most workplace safety videos show examples of the right and […]
  • Los Angeles: Don’t Miss SLASHED! THE MUSICAL


    If there is one thing I learned growing up in the 1980s, it’s that summer camp is always the site of violent accidents and bloody slashers. FRIDAY THE 13TH, SLEEPAWAY CAMP, THE BURNING, CHEERLEADER CAMP… I’m fairly sure that this steady diet of slasher flicks is what kept me out of the woods.  Opening this […]
  • The Bizarre Story of the San Francisco Witch Killers


    In the 1970s, James Carson was a family man with a Master’s degree living in Phoenix, Arizona. His daughter, Jenn, remembers him being a wonderful father and admits to being a daddy’s girl. But by the time Jenn was five years old, her mother noticed a significant change in James’ behavior. She became scared, and […]
  • The Strange Mystery of Mary Rogers and Edgar Allan Poe’s Obsession With Her


    Mary Rogers was a Kardashian of the 1840s. The pretty girl became a hit in social circles, based on her looks alone. A brief “disappearance,” thought to have been done to drum up publicity for the shop she worked at, made headlines across the Eastern seaboard. But her mysterious death made waves that even affected […]
  • Were America’s Public Schools Started By… SATAN?


    Regardless of your thoughts on the public school system, it is an important, necessary function of a thriving democracy. Public schools ensure that all children, no matter their gender or class, get an education that will provide kids literacy, basic math skills, and a general understanding of the way the world works. But did you […]
  • The Finale of BATES MOTEL: A Eulogy


    ***Spoiler Alert! Do not read this is you have not watched the series finale of BATES MOTEL*** This is the third eulogy I’ve had to write for a genre show this season (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and GRIMM were before this). But this one is hard for me. I loved BATES MOTEL. Like everyone else, I wasn’t sure […]
  • The Grisly Crime Spree of the Real-Life NATURAL BORN KILLERS


    Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate were a pair of teenagers who went on a killing spree through Wyoming and Nebraska in the last week of January 1958. In nine days, they killed ten people. Their names may not be familiar, but they have been depicted in films over and over, most notably in Oliver […]