Gruesome Executions: Scaphism
This ancient Persian method of execution involved leaving the victim in a tree trunk with only their head, hands, and feet protruding. They would then be thrown in a stagnant pond and as their feces accumulated insects would begin to breed in within their skin. Death could often take up to 2 weeks.
2:17 pm • 11 May 2014 • 10 notes
Dr. Herta Oberheuser - Nazi Doctor
Dr. Herta Oberheuser killed children with oil and evipan injections, then removed their limbs and vital organs. The time from the injection to death was between three and five minutes, with the person being fully conscious until the last moment. During the Holocaust she made some of the most gruesome and painful medical experiments, focused on deliberately inflicting wounds on the subjects. In order to simulate the combat wounds of German soldiers fighting in the war, Oberheuser rubbed foreign objects, such as wood, rusty nails, slivers of glass, dirt or sawdust into the wounds.
Oberheuser was the only female defendant in the Nuremberg Medical Trial, where she was sentenced to 20 years in jail. She was released in April 1952 for good behavior and became a family doctor in Stocksee, Germany. She lost her position in 1956, after a Ravensbrück survivor recognized her, and her license to practice medicine was revoked in 1958. She died in January 1978 at the age of 66.
8:07 am • 9 May 2014 • 103 notes
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7:09 am • 9 January 2014 • 1 note
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7:09 am • 9 January 2014
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4:50 am • 25 November 2013 • 2 notes
Ed Gein: Leatherface
Edward Theodore “Ed” Gein (/ˈɡiːn/; August 27, 1906 – July 26, 1984) was an American murderer and body snatcher. His crimes, committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, gathered widespread notoriety after authorities discovered Gein had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin. Gein confessed to killing two women – tavern owner Mary Hogan on December 8, 1954, and a Plainfield hardware store owner, Bernice Worden, on November 16, 1957. Initially found unfit for trial, after confinement in a mental health facility he was tried in 1968 for the murder of Worden and sentenced to life imprisonment, which he spent in a mental hospital.
4:40 am • 25 November 2013 • 39 notes
Gruesome Executions: Colombian Necktie
A Colombian necktie is a method of execution where the victim’s throat is slashed (with a knife or other sharp object) and their tongue is pulled out through the open wound. It was a frequent method of killing during the Colombian history period called La Violencia that started in 1948 after the leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitan was murdered. It was performed on enemies as psychological warfare meant to scare and intimidate those who later encountered the body. Others have tried to ascribe the method to their nationality dubbing the Colombian necktie as the Italian necktie, Sicilian necktie, Cuban necktie, Slovakian necktie, and less frequently, Mexican necktie.
6:58 am • 16 October 2013 • 11 notes
Ricardo Lopez: The Björk Stalker
Ricardo Lopez (January 14, 1975 – September 12, 1996), also known as the Björk stalker, was an Uruguayan-born American pest control officer from Hollywood, Florida, who is known for his attempted assassination of the Icelandic musician Björk in 1996. Lopez recorded a video diary of himself talking about his plans over an eight month period, culminating in his video-recorded suicide. Lopez mailed a letter bomb, disguised as a book from a touring company and rigged with sulfuric acid, to Björk’s residence in London. The bomb was intercepted by Scotland Yard before being able to harm anyone. By the time of Lopez’s death, Lopez had left an 800-page diary, and 18 hours of footage himself talking to the camera, and making the bomb.
Lopez was born in Uruguay to a middle-class family, and moved to the southeast United States as a child. He had a very close relationship with his mother due to her having him later in life. Lopez remembered running the streets of Georgia, as a child. Men would tell the young Lopez (supposedly) true stories that involved racial beatings. Lopez had male friends in school but did not have any girlfriends or female friends. Lopez was preoccupied with fantasies of becoming a famous artist and going to art school, dropping out of high school to achieve it; when Lopez and his brother George moved to Florida in the early 1990s, Lopez worked part-time for his brother’s pest control business to support himself. When Lopez moved, he lost a lot of contact with his mother.
By the age of 18, Lopez had become socially reclusive and started a written diary, in which Lopez described his fantasies of fame; his low self-esteem and self-felt inadequacy in his weight and sexual areas, as well as entries about his job. He had become obsessed with celebrities to distract himself, and soon developed an obsession with the Icelandic singer Björk, seeing that she was creating artistic and non-generic music, later regarding her as a “daughter figure” because of her “child like looks and voice” (despite the singer being almost ten years his senior). It was believed that he was suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Schizotypal Personality Disorder.
Lopez had been obsessed with Björk for almost two years before he became distraught at her relationship with fellow musician Goldie. In his videotapes and writings, Lopez identified her relationship with the singer as his breaking point, describing Goldie with racial slurs.
On January 14, 1996, the day of his 21st birthday, Lopez began filming his video diary. The video tapes (around eighteen hours worth) include Lopez ranting in various stages of undress about philosophical issues, his construction of the bomb, rants about Björk and her relationship with Goldie, and Lopez showing off his squalor-filled apartment, which he refers to as a “pig sty”. The videos show a noticeable deterioration in Lopez’s mental state as the date of his suicide grows nearer, and ends with him shaving his head, painting himself in grease body paint, and committing suicide by firearm hours after he mails the device to Björk’s London home.
Lopez’s letter bomb was disguised as a book sent by Björk’s record label, Elektra Records. The device was intended to spray sulfuric acid at the opener, killing or disfiguring them. Lopez intended the device to make himself “the one person who changed her life the most”, originally wanting to inject the bomb with the HIV virus, but abandoning the plans for feasibility.
On September 12, 1996, Lopez mailed the device to Björk’s residence in London, and filmed the final entry in his video diary, entitled “Last Day - Ricardo Lopez”. In the video, Lopez paints his head in red, black and green greasepaint, shaves his head, and kills himself with a gun in his mouth next to a hand painted sign that reads “The best of me" (it is assumed that Lopez intended on covering the sign with his blood and brain matter as a result of the gunshot) while Björk’s song, "I Remember You”, plays in the background. The videotape, which was still in Lopez’s camera as police discovered the body, continued to roll as Lopez lay motionless in his apartment.
Early on September 16, a Van Buren Plaza maintenance worker, noticing a “persistent, foul odor” and blood coming through the ceiling of the apartment below Lopez’s, contacted the Hollywood Police Department. Police arrived, and discovered Lopez’s decomposing body, along with his video tapes, along with a message “THE 8MM TAPES ARE A DOCUMENTATION OF A CRIME. TERRORIST MATERIAL. THEY ARE FOR THE F.B.I.” written in black paint by Lopez on the walls of his apartment. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office evacuated almost one hundred people from the apartment while a bomb squad continued to search for further explosives, though only one device was constructed.
Police contacted Scotland Yard to warn them of the device that had been delivered. Metropolitan Police intercepted the bomb from a south London post office and detonated it without incident.
After the suicide of Lopez, Björk spoke out publicly and expressed grief for Lopez and sent flowers and a card to Lopez’s family. Björk also increased security on her son, Sindri, who was escorted to school with a minder. In her few public comments on this event, Björk later said it was hard emotionally and it disrupted her life and work in London, explaining in part why she chose to leave the UK scene for good, reject her cute image, and began to write more personally with her album Homogenic.
Ricardo Lopez’s videotapes, including his suicide, were confiscated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in their investigation of the attempted bombing, and released to journalists through their media center. As of July 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation no longer release Lopez’s videotapes to journalists, the full 18 hours of Lopez’s video diary have yet to surface on the Internet, although the full 18 hours of Lopez’s video diary have been sold by people on eBay and the like.
In 2000, Danish filmmaker, Sami Saif, condensed Lopez’s video diary into a 70 minute documentary, entitled The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez, released later that year. The documentary focuses more on Lopez as a human and less on the actual making of the bomb, the documentary also does not feature the suicide. The documentary has been available on the Internet for years. In 2012, Uneasy Archive—a VHS releasing label devoted to gore, snuff, and the like—released The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez on VHS, only 23 copies of the documentary were released by Uneasy Archive. The video cover depicts a yearbook photo of Lopez. The Uneasy Archive added Lopez’s suicide into their VHS release of The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez. The tape comes with a Björk pin, and a glossy photo still from the suicide video, apparently moments after Lopez had committed suicide.
9:08 am • 10 October 2013 • 137 notes
Raymond “Ray” Robinson (October 29, 1910 – June 11, 1985) was a severely disfigured man whose years of nighttime walks made him into a figure of urban legend in western Pennsylvania. Robinson was so badly injured in a childhood electrical accident that he could not go out in public without fear of creating a panic, so he went for long walks at night. Local residents, who would drive along his road in hopes of meeting him, called him The Green Man or Charlie No-Face. They passed on tales about him to their children and grandchildren, and people raised on these tales are sometimes surprised to discover that he was a real person who was liked by his family and neighbors.
Robinson was eight years old when he was injured by an electrical line on the Morado Bridge, outside of Beaver Falls, while attempting to view a bird’s nest. The bridge carried a trolley and had electrical lines of both 1,200 volts and 22,000 volts, which had killed another boy less than a year earlier. Robinson was not expected to survive; he lived, but he was badly scarred and lost his eyes, nose, one ear, and one arm.
Robinson lived in Koppel and spent his days at home with relatives, making doormats, wallets, and belts to sell. Because of his appearance, he rarely ventured out during the day. However, at night, he went for long walks on a quiet stretch of State Route 351, feeling his way along with a walking stick. Groups of locals regularly gathered to search for him walking along the road. Robinson usually hid from his curious neighbors, but would sometimes exchange a short conversation or a photograph for beer or cigarettes. Some were friendly, others cruel, but none of his encounters deterred Robinson from his nightly walks. He was struck by cars more than once. He stopped his walks during the last years of his life, and retired to the Beaver County Geriatric Center, where he died in 1985 at the age of 74.
Robinson became a local myth in the Pittsburgh area, and his real story was obscured by urban legend. In the stories, he was the Green Man, an employee of a power company who was hit by a downed power line or struck by lightning, after which he died or hid in an abandoned house. To the disfigurement Robinson suffered in reality, legend added an open hole in one cheek and glowing green skin. Through several generations, Robinson’s story has been passed on so many times that his name and his real history have been overshadowed by the ghost story that grew out of them.
11:56 am • 30 September 2013 • 117 notes
Edward Mordrake was reportedly the 19th century heir to an English peerage. He had an extra face on the back of his head, which could neither eat nor speak, although it could laugh and cry. Mordrake begged doctors to have his “demon head” removed, because, supposedly, it whispered horrible things to him at night, but no doctor would attempt it. He committed suicide at the age of 23.
10:36 am • 30 September 2013 • 168 notes