True Crime Sunday: Ann O’Delia Diss Debar, a woman of many names

Welcome back to True Crime Sunday! This week, we’re going to take a brief look at the long story of a woman of many hats and many names. What do Editha Lola Montez, Della Ann O'Sullivan, Vera Ava, Madame Messant, Swami Viva Ananda, Swami Laura Horos, and Laura Jackson have in common? They’re all names … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Ann O’Delia Diss Debar, a woman of many names

True Crime Sunday: Barbara Erni and Her Mysterious Trunk

Summer isn’t far away. You know what’s a fun way to welcome the warm weather? Talking about great cons for True Crime Sunday! That’s right, we’ll spend the month looking at hoaxes and frauds and grifts– oh my! This week, we’ll be looking at a woman who sounds like something out of myth. She had … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Barbara Erni and Her Mysterious Trunk

True Crime Sunday: Big Bertha Heyman

We’ve spent the last three weeks talking about Jack the Ripper, so I thought we’d do something a little different this week. Today we’re taking a look at a charismatic lady who gave zero hoots, who turned lemons into lemon merengue pie, and who may or may not have been somewhat of a Robin Hood. … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Big Bertha Heyman

True Crime Sunday: George chapman (Jack the Ripper, part 3)

Welcome to part three of our look at the infamous Jack the Ripper case. Last week, we took a look at the murder of Carrie Brown, a New York prostitute who was killed in 1891 under circumstances not entirely unlike those of the canonical five killed by Jack the Ripper in Whitechapel. This week we’re … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: George chapman (Jack the Ripper, part 3)

True Crime Sunday: Carrie Brown (Jack the Ripper, part 2)

Last week, we looked at one of the most infamous unsolved cases in history— Jack the Ripper. It is agreed his reign of terror took place in Whitechapel in 1888 and that Mary Anne Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, and Mary Jane Kelly are all Ripper’s canonical victims. Was 1888 the beginning and … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Carrie Brown (Jack the Ripper, part 2)

True Crime Sunday: Jack the Ripper (part 1)

I’ve been holding off on talking about Jack the Ripper because I feel like everyone talks about him. Even people who don’t have an interest in true crime know at least the nuts and bolts about the case. However, I came upon a possible connection as I was doing some research for today’s post. So … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Jack the Ripper (part 1)

True Crime Sunday: Burke & Hare, resurrectionists

For this week, I had robbery on the brain. No, not like that. I had thought about piracy or highway robbery. Then I remembered another kind: grave robbery. Today’s story is about a couple of grave robbers and murderers and a new industry created by a new law. In 19th century Scotland, medical students used … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: Burke & Hare, resurrectionists

True Crime Sunday: THE ANGEL MAKERS OF NAGYRÉV

In the early 20th century, it was a tough time to be a lady in Hungary. Teenagers were often married off to men chosen for them. The women, of course, had no say. Divorce was not an option, even if the marriage was a bad and/or abusive one. However, a fascinating shift came with the … Continue reading True Crime Sunday: THE ANGEL MAKERS OF NAGYRÉV