Are You ready for Mystery in the History? A few months ago, I began this blog and it has become my favorite. On these pages I share mysterious happenings, historical oddities and curiosities. You may find some things you’ve always wondered about, and possibly some things you have never heard of. My aim is to present interesting readin [...]
Author,Poet and EditorEdgar Allan Poe
The Mystery Begins
On the night of October 3, 1849 a man described as “delirious,” and “in great distress…in need of immediate assistance,” was found wandering the streets of Baltimore, Maryland. He was taken to Washington College Hospital, where he died 4 days later. [...]
The Death Scene
Lizzie Borden: American Mystery
On August 4, 1892, in Fall River, Massachusetts, a woman discovered her father dead on the couch in the living room. The gruesome scene clearly showed that someone had taken an axe or hatchet to the man; among the massive injuries , one of his eyeballs was cut cleanly in half. The woman called o [...]
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In 1781 London, childless couples paid to spend a night together in the Celestial Bed. The fee ranged up to 500 pounds, payable to one Dr. John Graham, a physician from Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a pioneer in sex therapy and sexology and his cures for ailments of this sort were fashionable among upper society memb [...]
An Orphan Trainin the 1800s
What Were Orphan Trains?
On September 20, 1854, a train set out from New York bound for Dowagiac, Michigan. Aboard were 46 10-to-12 year old boys and girls heading for foster homes. It was the first of the phenomenon known as Orphan Trains. But what’s the story behind them?
In the 1850s, 30,0 [...]
William Joyce lies in an ambulance, under armed guard, after capture by British Forces, 1945
Radio audiences in Great Britain in 1939 were greeted with the funny, upper-class voice of a man saying “Jermainy Calling! Jermainy Calling!” It was the traditional opening of the show Germany Calling, a tool of the Reich [...]
Axis Sally in her cell,waiting for the verdict.
Who Was Axis Sally?
In 1942 during WWII, a woman’s silky voice came over the German radio airwaves, speaking English, mesmerizing American GIs. She spoke of how foolish American soldiers were to leave their sweethearts and wives alone to fight a losing battle in a far away land. She poin [...]
The Doll Woman
Was The Doll Woman A Spy In WWII?
During the early 1940s, a time when the world was at war, spies on all sides were busily at work. Sometimes the people who seemed an unlikely suspect of such activity became spies, for the money, for the excitement, and not always understanding the ramifications of their actions. Such a [...]