Ballerinas On Fire (1861)

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, September 28, 1861 Philadelphia’s Continental Theater on Walnut Street was the site of a handful of…

Ghostly Lovers Wedded (1884)

“GHOSTLY LOVERS WEDDED. A Phantom Marriage Feast-Royal Spirit Present. Evening Star, 17 Dec. 1884      A telegram from San…

Pickled Infants

Among the more morbid topics that I’ve “collected” from historical newspapers is that of “preserved infants in jars.” After stumbling…

Death By Embalming Fluid

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia One would think that it would be fairly difficult to accidentally drink embalming fluid, but there…

Danced to Death

The Guthrie Daily Leader, 19 May 1900 Bismarck Daily Tribune, 22 Nov. 1908 The Watchman & Southron, 15 May 1909…

Death By Easter Egg

The Sun [NY] 8 April 1912 No matter how pretty they are, please don’t eat dyed Easter eggs. I hear…