Category: History

“Vampire Grave” Found in Bulgaria

From The Telegraph, October 10, 2014 in the article “Vampire Grave” Found in Bulgaria by Matthew Day and Harriet Alexander.

A skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed in Bulgaria, in what archaeologists are terming a “vampire grave.”

“We have no doubts that once again we’re seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out,” said Professor Ovcharov.

All I can say is, “Don’t remove the stake!” – Craig

New Billy the Kid Photo Discovered

Ray John de Aragon claims that he has found a new photo of Billy the Kid.  This is not the first time de Aragon has done so, but this time  de Aragon has famed forensic art Lois Gibson in agreement.

Gibson says the picture is Billy the Kid.  If true the photo will be worth thousands of dollars.

Chron.com has an excellent piece by Heather Alexander that details with photos the evidence pointing to the Billy the Kid photo being legit.

48 Unexpected Views Of Historic Moments

Here we have 48 Unexpected Views of Famous Events.

I love stuff like this.  Above we have,,,

Abraham Lincoln and General George McClellan in the general’s tent at Antietam [3 October, 1862]

While [appropriately] below we have…

A photograph taken by Scott’s British Antarctic Expedition to the South Pole, before they perished on their return journey. [1910]

If you click over you can also see photos of….

  • How massive the crowds were at Woodstock. [1969]
  • The photographs that inspired Norman Rockwell.
  • The back of the Hoover Dam just before it was submerged and never seen again. [1936]
  • View from the top on the opening day of the Empire State Building. [1931]
  • A large crowd, made up of many African Americans, mourn the death of Abraham Lincoln outside the Courthouse in Vicksburg, Mississippi. [1865]
  • A photo taken in secret of the Supreme Court in session, one of only two ever taken. [1932]
  • The last known photo of the Titanic above water. [1912]
  • The Beatles during their shoot for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. [1967]
  • Three men run in the marathon at the first modern Olympic Games. [1896]
  • Howard Carter Looking through the open doors of Tutankhamun’s Shrine. [January, 1924]
  • The only known photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, before giving his famous address. [November 19, 1863]
  • An injured survivor of the Hindenburg smokes as he is carried to safety. [6 May, 1937]
  • Neil Armstrong photographed by Buzz Aldrin, shortly after walking on the moon. [1969]
  • The aftermath of Victory over Japan Day in New York. [14 August, 1945]
  • A Native American overlooks the newly completed Transcontinental railroad. [1868]
  • Race organizers attempt to stop Kathrine Switzer from competing in the Boston Marathon. She became the first woman to finish the race. [1967]
  • Wilbur Wright circles the Statue of Liberty in the Model A. [29 September, 1909]
  • The iceberg that is thought to have sunk the Titanic. Black and red paint is smeared along the side. [1912]
  • The models of “American Gothic” stand next to the painting
  • And more!

Hear Harry Houdini Speak!

It’s a pretty safe bet that none of us ever saw Harry Houdini perform his famous Water Torture Cell live.

Now through the er, magic of the internet we can hear a live recording made October 29, 1914 of Harry Houdini offering his famous $1,000 Challenge to anyone who can prove that he could receive air once locked in his Water Torture Cell.

The original recordings are now in the David Copperfield Collection.

Crimes of the Century

On the 75th anniversary of the Lindbergh kidnapping, TIME magazine decided to look back at The 25 Most Notorious Crimes of the Past Hundred Years. Using just their list, I decided to rank my top five… starting at the bottom…

5. The Black Dahlia, 1947. Ask most folks who Elizabeth Short was and few will know. Ask them about the Black Dahlia and it’s a different story. How can it be that a murder committed over 60 years ago still grabs our attention?

4. The Murder of Jonbenet Ramsey, 1996. Little Jonbenet was found murdered in her own house the day after Christmas. As the case first unfolded it appeared that her killer would be caught and evidence seemed to point to her own mother. The police botched the investigation, her parents left the state and no one was ever charged or convicted of the murder.

3. The Tate – LaBianca Murders, 1969. I was ten years old at the time of the killings and living half a continent away. Still, I remember the concern in the voices of the adults as they discussed the murders. Charlie Manson’s cult of followers brutally murdered six people and created a climate of fear that was felt across the country.

2. Columbine Massacre, 1999. There had been school shootings prior to Columbine, but none before had such a high casualty rate, nor did they receive as much media coverage. The fact that Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 12 of their classmates, one teacher and wounded 24 others, coupled with security video of them as they moved through the school brought the reality of the murders into our homes. We realized just how much damage two lonely, isolated kids could bring down on a school. It was frightening. And even more so when we contemplated how many lonely isolated kids could be in EACH school in America.

1. The OJ Simpson Case, 1994. Consider this: Time magazine didn’t list the double-murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman as the notorious crime, but instead labeled their choice The OJ Simpson Case! It’s funny that the OJ case even made the list since the trial itself wasn’t a crime, [perhaps a travesty, but not a crime]. It’s even a stranger choice when you consider that OJ was found not guilty! Despite all of that, The OJ Simpson Case is my #1 most notorious crime of the last 100 years. Not only did it involve the murder of two people, but it brought down a legend [OJ], brought into question the integrity of a city’s police force [LA], created doubt about the sanctity of our judicial system, and exposed just how differently two groups of people could view the same evidence. Here we are over a decade later and people still get heated talking about the case.

 

 

ZONE Logo & More

 

  • Hey! What do you think about the new ZONE logo that Big John Beatty did for me? Pretty cool, huh? And have you checked out the new StalloneZone Message Board? It, too, is very cool… and easy to use! I’ve been spending a lot of time over there talking about things like…
  • Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton were geniuses but British scientists believe they may have suffered from Asperger syndrome — a form of autism.

  • Aaron Sorkin, creator of the Emmy-winning White House drama “The West Wing” is leaving the series after this season.

  • David Lee Roth used a shotgun to detain an unwanted visitor when a man being chased by police climbed over a fence and tried to hide in the rock star’s yard!

  • There’s also a lot of discussion about the new X-Men movie as well as other summer films!
    We’ve added polls and caption “contests” and more. If you haven’t dropped by, you really ought to
    join us!

  • With a new logo and new message board… who knows what’s next? Stick around and you will!

The Men Who Killed Kennedy

Where were you when it happened? If someone asks that question now, we instinctively think of 9-11. There was a time, for many of us, when that question meant one thing… “Where were you when President Kennedy was killed?”

I was barely five years old and yet the memory of that day is burned in my mind. I remember everyone being glued to their television sets for the latest news. The nation seemed to breathe a sigh of releif when the lone gunman was captured… but did he act alone?

I’ve always been intrigued by the various conspiracy theories. In high school I read the Warren Commission report and followed the latest findings. There have been hundreds of books written on the subject, several movies, and many documentaries. “The Men Who Killed Kennedy” is one of the best summaries of the different theories that abound. Chock full of interviews, photos, film and speculation, even if you don’t buy into any of it, you’ll still be impressed by the sincerity of those that do.