Gate To Hell

gate to hellItalian scientists say that they have found the ‘Gate To Hell’.

Francesco D’Andria used ancient mythology as his guide to locate the legendary portal to the underworld.

Strabo (64 B.C.- 24 B.C.) wrote, “This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death. I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell.”

Sounds like an ideal destination for a package holiday. Of course, you’d come back in a different kind of package to that which you left in.

Scientists Reportedly Find Gate To Hell

Toby Dammit

Toby Dammit FelliniWhen I was about nine years old and living in France I saw Histoires Extraordinaires (Spirits Of The Dead) on a small black and white TV late one night when I couldn’t get to sleep. Suffice to say it scared the hell out of me, mainly because of the unsettling and truly bizarre Fellini portion of the film, ‘Toby Dammit’. Based loosely on several Edgar Allen Poe stories, seeing this collection of short films coincided with my asking my mother for Poe’s complete anthology, that I got for my tenth birthday and I still have to this day.

The Fellini segment is based on the Poe story ‘Never Bet The Devil Your Head’. You could argue that it’s not that close to the original piece, but the uneasy and confused state of mind that Fellini creates with art direction and camerawork captures something about Poe’s writing that I find fascinating; a sense of evil and a distrust of social norms. In some ways, Toby is better off at the end.

A very nice person has made this available on YouTube in five parts.

Toby Dammit One

Toby Dammit Two

Toby Dammit Three

Toby Dammit Four

Toby Dammit Five

Elizabeth Bathory – The Most Evil Woman Who Ever Lived?

elizabeth bathoryBorn in 1560, and considered the most infamous serial killer in Hungarian / Slovak history, Countess Elizabeth Bathory abused her position of power to abuse others. After some rumors that were circulating became so numerous that they could be ignored no longer, King Mathias II sent a party of men to Castle Csejthe where Elizabeth had been quietly going about her business.

They found a dead girl, another one on her way, another wounded and many others locked up. They’d been beaten, attacked with needles, burnt, bitten and starved. Over twenty five years it became apparent that she’d claimed hundreds of victims.

They couldn’t do much due to her status, so they locked her in one room for the rest of her days.

The Top Ten Most Evil Women

Creepy New York Murders

electric chairNew York is awesome. Fantastic restaurants, the best Martinis in the world, great architecture and bagels. Unbeatable really.

Unfortunately it’s also a great place to get murdered. And while the gun debate rages on, there are nutters out there quite willing to lay down their firearm and get a whole lot more creative on your sorry ass. Meat cleavers, razorblades, furnaces, or how about a pair of garden shears?

That’ll teach you.

10 Creepy Murders in Old New York