Head of serial killer Peter Kurten in Wisconsin Dells

The Head of German Serial Killer Peter Kurten in Wisconsin Dells

Come face to face with the mummified head of the Dusseldorf Vampire in the dark passages of Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Wisconsin Dells.

Solar eclipse madness

Weekend Weird: Beware of Lizard Men During the Eclipse, More Flying Humanoid Sightings in Chicago, and More

As solar eclipse madness grips the country, South Carolina braces for lizard men.

Last weekend we embarked on an expedition to Chicago for the Flashback Weekend horror convention. Officially, the mission was to see Robert Englund, Lance Henricksen, and the Boondock Saints guy. Covertly, the goal was to have a close encounter with the flying humanoid phantom mothman creature so many have been seeing lately.

While there were no large winged beasts in sight, there also weren’t any massive disasters like we have come to expect from a sudden rash of mothman sightings. So we get points for surviving, right?

And now for this week’s roundup of weird news:

Another flying humanoid sighting in Chicago

13 million-year-old ape skull shows what human ancestors may have looked like

South Carolina warns of Lizard Man and Bigfoot during the eclipse

Bone’s marks suggest a cannibal ritual in ancient Britain

Benjamin Franklin mocked eclipse astrology to elevate science

Folk horror, a history

Carhenge prepares for eclipse madness

Record number of flying humanoid sightings over Chicago

Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Sa-Nakht may be the first known ‘giant’

Police found no one worshiping Satan at the library

How the eclipse is turning Tennessee cities into boom towns

‘Nastiest sea creature to ever inhabit Earth’ named after Lemmy from Motorhead

Court overturns conviction of Oregon man claiming to be Sasquatch

The sound of an atomic bomb

Victorian Jack the Ripper diary authenticated

“Magical museum in a home close to the sea” for rent on AirBNB

Chaco Canyon petroglyph may represent ancient total eclipse

Decaying foot horrifies grieving family as they bury grandfather

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We unexpectedly stumbled upon true crime filmmaker and H.H. Holmes expert John Borowski at the convention, who recently appeared on the History channel series American Ripper. His latest film Bloodlines, which focuses on the work of human blood artist Vincent Castiglia, will be out in January.

H.H. Holmes and John Borowski

A Chance Meeting with Filmmaker John Borowski

We met true crime filmmaker John Borowski and talked about H.H. Holmes and the Jack the Ripper connection.

Christina and I embarked on an expedition to the Flashback Weekend horror convention in Chicago on Saturday, where we had the pleasure of meeting filmmaker John Borowski. Borowski is the producer and director of a handful of great documentaries on Albert Fish, Carl Panzram, and H.H. Holmes, as well as the fascination with serial killers and murderbilia. He participated in the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival earlier this year for a screening of his film Serial Killer Culture, which I was unable to attend. Finding him at the horror con by chance was way more exciting for me than being in the presence of Robert Englund, Lance Henricksen, one of the Jasons, Booger from Revenge of the Nerds, or those guys from Boondock Saints.

As a Holmes expert, John had just appeared on last week’s episode of American Ripper, the History channel series investigating the theory that Holmes was Jack the Ripper. Of course, the enduring mystery of the Ripper’s identity, coupled with the legend of America’s first serial killer and his notorious Murder Castle, makes for a compelling story.

I was eager for John’s insight.

Thankfully, he seemed just as passionate about the subject as we were, and extremely knowledgeable. We had a great conversation about Holmes’ methods and motives, the plausibility of black market organs in the late 19th century, holes in the muck of the Chicago River, and other aspects of the Holmes and Ripper cases that the American Ripper series has been using to illustrate possible connections between the two murderers.

We also talked about serial killer artifacts, the Ed Gein legacy in Plainfield, and John’s latest film Bloodlines (making its debut in January) which explores the human blood art of Vincent Castiglia. I grabbed a copy of his book The Ed Gein File, because, you know, how could I not buy something Gein-related from my favorite true crime filmmaker?

John Borowski’s films can be found streaming on Amazon, including his new series Serial Killer Culture TV.

Elongated skull found in Crimea

Weekend Weird: Ghostly Radio Station, Occult Steakhouse, and More

This week’s weird news includes an elongated child’s skull found in Crimea, Russia’s ghostly Cold War radio station mystery, and other oddities.

I apologize for the lack of posts this week. The site was down from last week Friday until yesterday afternoon due to server errors (bonus point if you noticed!) So last Friday’s Weekend Weird was posted here.

Here is this week’s roundup of weird news and media:

RIP Jim Marrs

The ghostly radio station that no one claims to run

Remains of a child with deformed skull unearthed in Crimea

The fascinating lives of the women buried in the Glasgow’s Necropolis

Sorry, Mesopotamians didn’t invent the fidget spinner

I would actually go to Outback Steakhouse if it really was a front for a Satanic cult

Watch the trailer for Mark Borchardt’s new documentary on UFO Daze in Dundee, Wisconsin

Inside the ‘Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie’ exhibit

One-armed, machete-wielding clown arrested in Maine (It wasn’t Derry, was it?)

New study links abnormalities in the inner ear to out-of-body experiences

Man stabbed 7 times over ‘Magic’ card game dispute

Terrifying ‘Chicago Phantom’ encounter in Bolingbrook

Melting glaciers in Swiss Alps could reveal hundreds of mummified corpses

Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ house is for sale

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Museum of Historic Torture Devices in Wisconsin Dells
I stumbled upon the Museum of Historic Torture Devices in Wisconsin Dells a few years back. It’s a bit of unexpected to find the history of human cruelty in the middle of the “waterpark capital of the world.” But hey, the kids love it. Bring the whole family.

Trip to Mars vintage carnival photo