Italy

Capuchin catacomb’s Sleeping Beauty

December 6, 1920 Palermo, Sicily, Italy Rosalia Lombardo dies of pneumonia a week before her 2nd birthday and leaves behind a well preserved body that is said to open its eyes Rosalia's father, so grief-stricken by her death, hired a notable embalmer to preserve the toddler's body. Her body was placed in a glass coffin… Continue reading Capuchin catacomb’s Sleeping Beauty

Crime Scene Photography · Pennsylvania

John Irving Bentley’s spontaneous combustion (graphic)

December 5, 1966 Coudersport, Pennsylvania Dr. John Irving Bentley dies in the bathroom of his home, allegedly from spontaneous human combustion On the morning of December 5, a meter reader named Don Gosnell let himself in Dr. Bentley's home to read the meter as he was allowed to do owing to Dr. Bentley's infirmity. While… Continue reading John Irving Bentley’s spontaneous combustion (graphic)

Alabama · Executions

The Hole That Won’t Stay Filled

December 3, 1864 Newton, Alabama Methodist minister Bill Sketoe is hanged for betraying the Confederacy, and begins a local ghost story Sketoe had either deserting the Confederate Army or had aided pro-Union renegades (or possibly something else entirely) and was lynched for his betrayal. Because of his large frame, he bent the branch in which… Continue reading The Hole That Won’t Stay Filled

Graves · Trinidad and Tobago

Grave of “a mother without knowing it, and a wife without letting her husband know it”

November 25, 1785 Trinidad and Tobago Betty Stiven dies at 23 years old, leaving a grave with an inscription that has puzzled many for centuries The inscription reads: "Beneath these walls are deposited the body of Mrs. Betty Stiven and her child. She was the beloved wife of Alex B Stiven. To the end of… Continue reading Grave of “a mother without knowing it, and a wife without letting her husband know it”

Crime Scene Photography · Newspaper clippings · Pennsylvania

The Babes in the Woods Murders

November 24, 1934 Pennsylvania The bodies of 3 sisters, Norma Sedgwick (12), Dewilla Noakes (10), and Cordelia Noakes (8), are found in the woods along Pennsylvania Route 233 The girls had been "suffocated by external means" and covered gently with a blanket. The same day, Elmo Noakes (father of the younger 2 girls and stepfather… Continue reading The Babes in the Woods Murders