- The Most Horrific Publicized Case of Exorcism in American History
- Add Some Macabre to Your Fireplace With These Human Skull-Shaped Logs
- Death and Burial in Venice: What Does the Floating City do with Its Dead?
- From Here to Eternity: Caitlin Doughty Explores How Other Cultures Care for Their Dead
- ‘The Butchering Art’ Explores the Brutal Practices of Victorian Surgery
All posts by Charlie Hintz
This is What $100 Trillion in (Worthless) Zimbabwe Currency Looks Like
With the highest inflation rate in the world, Zimbabwe began printing extremely large denominations that are now entirely worthless outside of the novelty market.
- Posted April 20, 2017
What Happened to Titanic’s Dead?
Of the 1,500 people who lost their lives when the Titanic sank, only 333 bodies were ever recovered. What happened to the rest?
- Posted April 15, 2017
Croc Tries to Drag Elephant Down by its Trunk
Video shows a crocodile grab an elephant by the trunk and try to pull it down before other elephants come to the rescue.
- Posted April 13, 2017
The Beatnik Exorcism of Senator Joe McCarthy’s Grave in 1968
In 1968, beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg and avant-rock group The Fugs gathered at the grave of Senator Joe McCarthy in Appleton, Wis., for an exorcism.
- Posted April 12, 2017
Missing Man Found Inside the Belly of a Python
Video from Indonesian news shows villagers cutting a missing man out of a massive 23-foot python.
- Posted March 29, 2017
Let’s Play a Little Game About Death
Strike up a death positive conversation with a loved one or have some morbid laughs with friends with the Morbid Curiosity game.
- Posted March 27, 2017
Cruise Ship Billiards: Gyroscopic Pool Table Stays Level in Rough Waters
Video shows how a pool table on a cruise ship stays level and keeps the balls in place while the ship lists in rough weather.
- Posted March 21, 2017
The Most Horrific Publicized Case of Exorcism in American History
Capuchin friar Theophilus Riesinger became the most well-known exorcist in America after a grueling case of demonic possession in 1928.
- Posted March 19, 2017
Add Some Macabre to Your Fireplace With These Human Skull-Shaped Logs
Warm your self by the flames of your enemies burning in effigy with these skull-shaped fireplace logs.
- Posted March 18, 2017
Death and Burial in Venice: What Does the Floating City do with Its Dead?
In Venice the dead are ferried through the canals on ornate funeral gondolas to a cemetery island where their afterlife is only guaranteed for as long as they can pay.
- Posted March 13, 2017
From Here to Eternity: Caitlin Doughty Explores How Other Cultures Care for Their Dead
Upcoming book from mortician Caitlin Doughty explores how other cultures care for their dead.
- Posted March 9, 2017
Frozen Dead Guy Days: Colorado Festival Celebrates a Frozen Corpse in a Shed
Frozen Dead Guy Days celebrates Nederland, Colorado's most famous resident who has been dead and frozen in a shed since 1989.
- Posted March 6, 2017
Milwaukee Parent Wants Teacher Fired for Using Ouija Board in Class
Milwaukee mother claims her son is having nightmares after his teacher used a Ouija board in the classroom.
- Posted March 1, 2017
Man Survives Losing Pressure in 1966 Moon Suit Experiment
A NASA experiment went awry when test subject Jim LeBlanc became the only man to survive near vacuum pressures.
- Posted February 22, 2017
‘The Butchering Art’ Explores the Brutal Practices of Victorian Surgery
Step into the operating theater to explore how Joseph Lister changed the world of surgery in the days before anesthesia and antiseptic.
- Posted February 17, 2017
Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History
Explore the natural history of cannibalism in nature and throughout history in this fascinating and macabre new book by Bill Schutt.
- Posted January 30, 2017
Unsolved Mysteries is Still Fascinating and Chilling Nearly 30 Years Later
Thanks to Amazon streaming, Unsolved Mysteries is still fascinating and chilling nearly 30 years later.
- Posted January 28, 2017
Real Human Skull Found in Famous Carnegie Museum Diorama
Restoration of a 150-year-old taxidermy diorama revealed it contains real bones, including an unidentified human skull.
- Posted January 27, 2017
Marilyn Monroe’s Grave Marker Goes Up for Auction
A bronze marker that once graced Marilyn Monroe's burial vault will be up for auction next month.
- Posted January 26, 2017
Drone Footage of the Ruins of Haunted Nocton Hall
Fly over the historic ruins of Lincolnshire's Nocton Hall in this incredible drone video.
- Posted January 24, 2017
Syphilis and the Grave of Al Capone
The latest episode of Under the Knife explores Al Capone's case of advanced syphilis and eventual death.
- Posted January 22, 2017
Morbid Valentine’s Day Gifts
Flesh is fleeting, but true love transcends the grave. Find the perfect morbid Valentine's Day gifts for that special future corpse in your life.
- Posted January 21, 2017
New Mothman Documentary Relives the Unexplained Phenomena in 1960s Point Pleasant
Relive the Mothman sightings in Point Pleasant through the eyes of the residents who experienced it in this new documentary from Small Town Monsters.
- Posted January 20, 2017
Lost City of the Monkey God is Cursed with Flesh-Eating Parasites
Explorers investigating the recently discovered Lost City of the Monkey God learned the truth behind the legendary curse the hard way.
- Posted January 17, 2017
Ringling Bros. Circus Comes to an End
After 146 years, the Greatest Show on Earth announced they will be closing their doors for good this year.
- Posted January 16, 2017
Photos of Indiana’s Revamped Grave in the Middle of the Road
The final resting place of Nancy Kerlin Barnett in the middle of Indiana's County Road 400 got a makeover during recent construction to widen the road.
- Posted January 16, 2017
The Bye Bye Man is Based on a Real Wisconsin Ghost Story
The real story behind a series of Ouija board experiments conducted in Wisconsin that unveiled the bizarre story of the Bye Bye Man.
- Posted January 14, 2017
Haunted Hotel Sets World Record For Largest Ouija Board
The haunted Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, PA set the first ever Guinness World Record for the largest Ouija board.
- Posted January 13, 2017
Andrew Crosse and the Perfect Insect: Creating Life from Rocks and Electricity
Did a mad scientist accidentally create life during 19th century electrical experiments?
- Posted January 13, 2017
The Skeletal Legacy of Odd Fellows Lurks in Closets and Attics Across America
The decline of Odd Fellows membership throughout much of the 20th century led to abandoned ceremonial coffins and unidentified human remains.
- Posted January 1, 2017
The Sad Hour: Rare 1900s Coffin Plaque Used to Indicate the Time of Death
This rare and early coffin plaque includes a clock used to indicate time of death.
- Posted December 31, 2016
What Do the Colors of a Barber’s Pole Mean?
Why do barber poles have red and white stripes? Because your local barber shop used to offer a lot more than just a shave and a haircut.
- Posted December 23, 2016
Odd Fellows Ceremonial Coffin
Antique Odd Fellows coffin used for initiation ceremonies for sale on ebay.
- Posted December 22, 2016
Santa the Turkish Necromancer
The latest episode of Ask a Mortician sets out to ruin Santa with a macabre look at the history of our modern Christmas icon.
- Posted December 21, 2016
The Dr. Seuss Collection of Unorthodox Taxidermy
Everyone knows the work of Dr. Seuss, great American poet, illustrator, children's book author...and taxidermist of things that don't exist.
- Posted December 20, 2016
The World’s Largest Truck is the Ultimate Mobile Home
Built by the eccentric Rainbow Sheikh, this 64:1 scale Dodge Power Wagon has an entire home inside...and it can be driven, too.
- Posted December 16, 2016
Under the Knife Returns!
The fascinating web series from Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris explores bizarre, quirky, and sometimes outright disturbing stories from the dark corners of medical history.
- Posted December 8, 2016
Cult of Weird Holiday Gift Guide 2016
Find the perfect gift to warm the cold, dead heart of that special someone on Christmas mourning.
- Posted November 29, 2016
Mothman Photographed in Point Pleasant?
50 years after the first sighting, a Point Pleasant man believes he captured a photo of the notorious creature.
- Posted November 23, 2016
Iconic WWI Mascot Gets Much Needed Repairs
A taxidermy dog who served as a mascot for an Illinois regiment in WWI is getting some much needed repairs after 83 years.
- Posted November 22, 2016
The London Necropolis Railway Funeral Train Carried the Dead Out of the City for 87 Years
For almost a century the London Necropolis Railway transported corpses out of the city on funeral trains to Brookwood Cemetery.
- Posted November 21, 2016
I Got a Plush Megacolon for my Birthday
A fuzzy, lovable version of the giant, diseased megacolon specimen on display at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.
- Posted November 18, 2016
The Silver Swan is a Marvel of 18th-Century Clockwork Automata
The 250-year-old automaton swan made of silver and clockwork gears moves its head, preens, and eats a fish.
- Posted November 17, 2016
The Sweet Hereafter: Honey from Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery
Historic cemetery is jarring and selling honey produced by its own colony of graveyard-dwelling bees.
- Posted November 16, 2016
Slovakian Brothers Win Title in Central Europe Grave Digging Championship
Grave diggers gathered in Slovakia to compete for the title of fastest grave digger in central Europe.
- Posted November 15, 2016
Watch the First Trailer for the Beware the Slenderman Documentary
HBO documentary Beware the Slenderman is about two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls who attempted to murder their friend to appease the creepypasta character.
- Posted November 14, 2016
Morbid Curiosities: Book Launch at the Morbid Anatomy Museum
Join author Paul Gambino at the Morbid Anatomy Museum with the collectors featured in his new book Morbid Curiosities: Collections of the Uncommon and the Bizarre.
- Posted November 4, 2016
The Devil in the Cornfield: Short Stories from the Summer Writing Contest
Weird Darkness host Darren Marlar reads the top entries from the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference/Cult of Weird speculative fiction writing contest.
- Posted October 31, 2016
DIY DEATHstination: Win Great Stuff by Digging up Stories from Your Local Cemetery
What fascinating stories are laying buried 6 feet under? Share a story for your chance to win a great prize pack for the DIY DEATHstination contest.
- Posted October 29, 2016
The Spirit Photography of William H. Mumler
Who created the first spirit photograph? Here's the spooky history of ghost photography.
- Posted October 28, 2016
Little Bastard: The Disappearance of James Dean’s Cursed Car
After the death of James Dean, his legendary car wreck spent several years on display before vanishing without a trace.
- Posted October 26, 2016
DEATHstination: Interview with ‘Morose Mortician’ and Grave Tripper Laura Hardin
Meet Laura Hardin, the 'morose mortician' behind the popular graveyard-wandering Instagram account.
- Posted October 24, 2016
Dissecting the Meaning of the Anatomical Venus
The Cult of Weird community dissected some lovely ladies for the answer to this week's giveaway question on Instagram.
- Posted October 21, 2016
Spend Halloween Night in Dracula’s Castle
Airbnb wants to put you up for a Transylvanian vampire sleepover inside Dracula's Castle.
- Posted October 18, 2016
Recap of the 2016 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference
A quick recap of the 2016 Milwaukee Paranormal Conference with appearances by Loren Coleman, Butch Patrick, Katrina Weidman, Linda S. Godfrey and more.
- Posted October 18, 2016
Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Sunday Schedule
Here's what's going on Sunday, October 16th at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference.
- Posted October 16, 2016
Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Saturday Schedule
Here's what's going on Saturday, October 15th at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference.
- Posted October 15, 2016
Dancing on the Dead at London’s Enon Chapel
In the mid-1800s, why were dances held at London's Enon Chapel called "Dances of the Dead?"
- Posted October 14, 2016
Wisconsin’s Wildest Urban Legends Panel at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference
Learn about some of the strangest legends from the weird backwoods of Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference this Sunday, October 16th!
- Posted October 13, 2016
Dig into the Edible Body Farm this Halloween at Barts Pathology Museum
Dig into the delicious world of decomposition and bakery with this 2-day event filled with forensic science and edible human remains!
- Posted October 12, 2016
Digging Up the Afterlife of Charlie Chaplin’s Remains
The remains of which silent film star were stolen from the grave in 1978 and held for ransom?
- Posted October 8, 2016
The Exorcist’s Grave: The Final Resting Place of Father Walter Halloran
Father Walter Halloran assisted in the exorcism of Roland Doe in 1949.
- Posted October 7, 2016
October Instagram Giveaway of Doom II
Win a box full of morbid curiosities for the 2nd annual Instagram Halloween contest.
- Posted September 29, 2016
10 Morbid Must-Reads for the Fall Season
Morbid and fascinating book recommendations for the fall season from the Cult of Weird book club.
- Posted September 22, 2016
2,000-Year-Old Human Remains Found on Antikythera Wreck
Ancient skeletal remains have been uncovered at the site of the Antikythera shipwreck in Greece.
- Posted September 20, 2016
Halloween Came Early at the 15th Annual Hearse Fest in Hell
The 15th annual hearse car show in Hell, MI
- Posted September 19, 2016
The Periwig Maker: Animated Short Film About Plague-Ridden London
A wig maker locks himself in and watches as the plague spreads death through the streets of London.
- Posted September 16, 2016
The Viktor Wynd Museum is Crowdfunding a 1,000-Year-Old Mummy Head
Help the museum buy its mummy head for cool perks like mummy dust, penis bones, and chocolate anuses.
- Posted September 13, 2016
Monsters in America Cryptid Art Show
Cryptozoological wonders come to life in this art exhibit inspired by the Monsters in America map by Hog Island Press.
- Posted September 8, 2016
Morbid Curiosity: A Card Game About Death
This new card game promises to turn death into a delightful group discussion about human mortality.
- Posted September 7, 2016
We’re Going to Hell for the 15th Annual Hearse Fest
Hell, MI is home to the annual hearse car show organized by Just Hearse'n Around car club.
- Posted September 5, 2016
Beeswax Feline Skull Candles from Grave Digger Candles
Look what the cat dragged in: New feline skull beeswax candles freshly exhumed from the grave digger's pet cemetery.
- Posted September 3, 2016
A Practical Pair of Women’s Pink Velvet Burial Shoes
The Practical Burial Footwear Company provided a variety of fashionable shoes to fit the deformed foot of the deceased.
- Posted July 25, 2016
Reverend Thomas Baker: Eaten by a Cannibal Tribe in Fiji on July 21, 1867
Reverend Thomas Baker was killed and eaten by a remote tribe of Fiji on July 21st, 1867.
- Posted July 21, 2016
The Legend of Chief Udre Udre, Fiji’s Most Prolific Cannibal
The notorious Fijian chief consumed between 872 and 999 people in his lifetime.
- Posted July 19, 2016
Fiji Islands: Welcome to the Cannibal Isles
The bizarre history of cannibalism and Rev. Thomas Baker's death in the tropical islands of Fiji.
- Posted July 18, 2016
Was Snippy the Horse Killed by a Flying Saucer?
Was Snippy the horse murdered and mutilated by forces not of this world?
- Posted July 2, 2016
Kenneth Arnold and the First Flying Saucer Sighting
A pilot's eyewitness account of unidentified aircraft ignited a storm of "flying saucer" sightings in 1947.
- Posted June 24, 2016
Who is Cannibal Tom?
Who is this elusive old Fijian cannibal depicted in so many old photos and vintage postcards?
- Posted June 24, 2016
The People of Tasmania Want the Skull of their Cannibal Killer Back
Tasmania would like the skull of their notorious cannibal killer returned home.
- Posted June 22, 2016
Submit Your Short Story to the Summer Paranormal Writing Contest
What nightmares are lurking in your twisted mind? Put your pen to paper and make our skin crawl for a shot at prize packages of supernatural magnitude.
- Posted June 20, 2016
Anatomy Theater Combines Opera with Public Dissection
Bloody opera features gore and nudity as an anatomist dissects and woman who murdered her family to find what made her evil.
- Posted June 17, 2016
The Aztec UFO Incident Details the Strange Story of ‘The Other Roswell’
The story of a 1948 UFO crash in Aztec, New Mexico was considered a hoax for decades, but evidence suggests an elaborate military cover-up.
- Posted June 17, 2016
Historical Grave of Pioneer Woman Contains Remains of at Least 7
Exhumation of the grave in the middle of the road revealed the remains of at least seven other unknown burials.
- Posted June 15, 2016
Welcome to the Birthplace of Flag Day
The nationally observed Flag Day began in a one-room schoolhouse with a 10-inch flag on the teacher's desk.
- Posted June 14, 2016
Get Your Exclusive VIP Weekend Milwaukee Paranormal Conference Tickets
Get your VIP tickets now before they go up for exclusive access to cool extras and swag.
- Posted June 13, 2016
Girl Found in 145-Year-Old Grave Beneath San Francisco Home Gets 2nd Burial
The cemetery was moved in the beginning of the 20th century, but this young girl was forgotten.
- Posted June 6, 2016
Grave Diggers Compete in the First Ever National Grave Digging Championship in Hungary
Grave diggers came from around around the country to demonstrate their skills in Hungary's first national grave-digging championship.
- Posted June 5, 2016
Spectralites: New Web Series Explores the Roots of Spiritualism
New occult web series explores the beginnings of spiritualism with the story of the Fox Sisters.
- Posted May 31, 2016
Centralia’s Underground Mine Fire Has Been Burning for 54 Years
Besides a few homes and smoldering cemeteries, not much is left of the small Pennsylvania town that's been burning since 1962.
- Posted May 27, 2016
Mysterious Aztec Skull Masks Were Made From Slain Warriors
Masks discovered in the ruins of an Aztec temple were made from the skulls of their sacrificed enemies in the 15th century.
- Posted May 26, 2016
Coffin of Young Girl Found Beneath San Francisco Home
The grave was left behind when the cemetery was moved in the 1930s.
- Posted May 25, 2016
Sandra West Was Buried In a Lace Nightgown Inside Her 1964 Ferrari
The Beverly Hills socialite insisted on being buried in the driver's seat of her Ferrari wearing her favorite lace nightgown.
- Posted May 23, 2016
Explore Macabre Medical Artifacts with a New App from the Edinburgh Anatomical Museum
The University of Edinburgh's Anatomical Museum just launched a new app that lets you tour the university and explore medical specimens in 3D.
- Posted May 17, 2016
Labyrinth Exhibit Coming to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta
An exhibit featuring characters and costumes from the 1986 Jim Henson film Labyrinth will be on display this fall at Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts.
- Posted April 28, 2016
Ed Gein’s Cauldron: The Gruesome Story Behind the Ghoulish Relic
A relic believed to have once held human remains on Ed Gein's isolated Wisconsin farm to be featured on Deadly Possessions.
- Posted April 28, 2016
Pope Lick Monster Legend Claims Another Victim
Kentucky's deadly trestle-dwelling goatman legend known as the Pope Lick Monster has claimed another life.
- Posted April 27, 2016
Occult America Explores the Nation’s Esoteric Roots
From seances in the White House to the supernatural origins of alternative religions.
- Posted April 13, 2016
What is the meaning behind Key West Cemetery’s Bound Woman statue?
No one knows why this statue of a nude woman in historic Key West Cemetery is depicted with her hands bound behind her back.
- Posted April 11, 2016
Watch the First Trailer for The Bye Bye Man
Watch the first trailer for The Bye Bye Man, a horror film based on the true story about a supernatural serial killer who feeds on fear.
- Posted April 8, 2016