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x Bleeding2It was 1629, Hertfordshire, UK when Joan Norkot had died in her bed with her babe in her arms and her throat slashed. On that tragic morning, when the family went to rouse Joan, they found her neck sliced open and a bloody knife protruding from the floorboards. It must have been suicide, they reasoned, since no one had entered the cottage that evening. It was small and they would have noticed. Beside, there was no sign of a struggle.

Crowded around the decomposing, recently exhumed corpse were Judge Harvey, the jury, two clergymen and several neighbors and friends of the deceased. Four family members were prodded to go forward and touch the dead woman. It was considered legally binding evidence if a corpse reacted to the touch of its killer and wounds would bleed anew.

An eyewitness account states that as three of the four murder suspects touched the body its face turned to a ‘lively and fresh color’ while one of its eyes opened and shut again. At the same time her ring finger ‘thrust out …and pulled in, again’. Blood dripped onto the grass below. This happened three times then the body resumed its lifeless state.


Buyer beware is the usual code for online shopping but not so long ago, James Labrecque from Bartlett, California, learned the hard way that the opposite is also true; seller beware. Labrecque was flipping a combination safe he couldn’t open. (Might make a nice end table I’m thinking, so what the heck.) He did take the precaution of shaking the thing, heard nothing, assumed it was empty and sold it on Ebay for $122.93.
The fellow who purchased the merchandise went to be bit more trouble and took the safe to a welder to cut open.
SURPRIZE! $26,000!!!!!    (That amount is worth breaking the one exclamation point rule)
I guess the buyer must have blabbed because before long he got a message from Labrecque saying it would be a nice thing if he shared the spoils. The buyer didn’t see it that way and quoted Labrecque’s selling policy back to him “What you see is what you get, no returns, and no money back.”

In New South Wales, Australia, thrill seekers pressed against the glass panels of Coogee Aquarium’s shark display as the newly acquired tiger shark writhed in pain and then vomited up a human arm – with a tat of two boxers slugging it out on the soggy flesh. A rope was wrapped around the severed limb.

Police initially thought that the arm belonged to an unlucky swimmer but it was soon revealed to be the limb of  Jim Smith a shady character who ran a sleezy pool hall and had been previously charged for  illegal bookmaking.

Suspects were Reggie Holmes, a successful boat-building businessman and smuggler and his associate, Patrick Brady,  a forger.   Smith had worked dirty deals for Holmes and then made the mistake of blackmailing him. Brady was arrested.

Four days later Holmes tried unsuccessfully to shot himself but the bullet flattened against the bone of his forehead and he was only stunned. Captured by the police he confessed that Brady had killed Smith. The day before the inquest into Smith’s death Holmes was found shot dead in his car. Brady was acquitted and  continued to claim his innocence until he died at the age of seventy one years.

Here’s an interesting coincidence. I drew the picture and guessed what the tat would look like. Then I found the photo of the arm and was happy to see that my guess was pretty good.

Scared to go in the water?

 Shark Attack Tips


  • Fishing boats leaving a trail of fish flesh and blood.
  • Shark food such as dead animals and large groups of fish, seals, or sea lions.
  • High-contrast clothing (orange and yellow)
  • Bling or other shiny jewelry (which may be mistaken for fish scales)
  • Excessive splashing.

Leave the water:

  • At dawn, dusk, and night.
  • If you are bleeding.
  • If something brushes up against you.

Check with the Locals. If you don’t want to meet a shark stay out of its way.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE ATTACKED – If you’re being attacked by a shark, go for the eyes and gills. Kill the killer and cook him up.

 Shark Steaks

Cube 4 shark steaks, put them in a glass pan and marinade them in:

  • Braggs amino acids
  • 1 tsp grated lemon peel
  • ¼  cup lemon juice
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbl olive oil

Garnish with Green Onion

FBI wants help to crack code, solve murder- The FBI has asked for help to decipher a note found in the pocket of Ricky McCormick, discovered slain in a St. Louis field 12 years ago. Check out the entire news article here.

Sometimes I just have to repeat a blog posting that I posted in another blog. Too good not to.

For all you fans of the death penalty, here we have capital punishment at its squishiest.

This woodcut was first published in 1868 in the magazine Le Tour De Monde.


Paris robbers tunnel into bank and steal from 200 vaults

Robbers tunnelled their way into a bank vault in central Paris, tied up a security guard for hours and made off with valuables from almost 200 private safe boxes. Read details here.

80-year-old US woman with decades-long criminal record gets 3 years in prison for burglary

Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010 | 1:17 PM ET


TORRANCE, Calif. – An 80-year-old woman with a criminal record stretching back to 1955 has been sentenced to three years in state prison for ransacking and stealing cash from a medical office.

Doris Thompson thanked a judge Wednesday for not sending her to Los Angeles County jail, which she doesn’t like, and said she deserved a longer sentence, the Daily Breeze newspaper reports. She also told the judge, “God bless you.”

State records show Thompson, who has used 27 aliases, has repeatedly been arrested during the past 55 years, mainly for theft. She’s gone to jail several times.

Thompson slipped into the medical office on Dec. 19 and stole money from drawers. She pleaded guilty to burglary and will be eligible for parole in about 18 months.

Both in life and death, the luminous Marilyn was an enigma. Blessed with brains – that she had to keep  carefully hidden – beauty – no hiding that – and talent; this fabulous woman suffered a short life of intrigue and indignities. . . just take a look at her ‘political leanings’ and the leading men in the movies, Robert Mitchum aside.

One of my favorite Marilyn quotes: “I’ve been on a calendar but I’ve never been on time.”

Mysteriously, or not, we’ll never really get enough of Marilyn, and her spirit never will really die. Now never before seen photos of her have recently come available. Interesting article.

This is good. Hope the employee got a big, fat bonus!

Swiss police:  quick-thinking Zurich officials trap would-be robber at city treasury

Published: Monday, January 25, 2010 | 9:04 AM ET


ZURICH, Switzerland – Swiss police say a robber’s attempt to loot the Zurich city treasury was foiled by quick-thinking officials who simply locked him in the lobby area.

Zurich policy say a hooded man entered the main hall of the city’s treasury Monday demanding cash and threatening employees behind the counter with what appeared to be a firearm.

Unbeknownst to the man, the employees were separated from the main hall by panels of armoured glass.

Police say one of the employees hit a button to lock the only exit while the others went to a back office to call the police.

The would-be robber gave himself up without a struggle when police arrived to arrest him.

A couple of years back there was a series of ‘cow incidents’ covered in the newpapers (is that still a real word, newspaper?).  Anyways, my favorite one was of a cow that fell from the sky (sort of) and through the windshield of a car driving down the road. (For details check the ‘news’ category on this blog).  It gives me great gratification to have finally found a picture of the event. That’s what this is!