On June 10, 1912, a family was brutally murdered in a small Iowa town. The murders remain unsolved:
The Moores were not discovered until several hours later, when a neighbor, worried by the absence of any sign of life in the normally boisterous household, telephoned Joe’s brother, Ross, and asked him to investigate. Ross found a key on his chain that opened the front door, but barely entered the house before he came rushing out again, calling for Villisca’s marshal, Hank Horton. That set in train a sequence of events that destroyed what little hope there may have been of gathering useful evidence from the crime scene. Horton brought along Drs. J. Clark Cooper and Edgar Hough and Wesley Ewing, the minister of the Moore’s Presbyterian congregation. They were followed by the county coroner, L.A. Linquist, a third doctor, F.S. Williams (who became the first to examine the bodies and estimate a time of death). When a shaken Dr Williams emerged, he cautioned members of the growing crowd outside: ‘Don’t go in there, boys; you’ll regret it until the last day of your life.’ Many ignored the advice; as many as 100 curious neighbors and townspeople tramped as they pleased through the house, scattering fingerprints, and in one case even removing fragments of Joe Moore’s skull as a macabre keepsake.
“The Ax Murderer Who Got Away.” — Mike Dash, Smithsonian
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This story is insane and I can’t necessarily say that I recommend reading it, but: THIS LINE!
“Worse, he was also believed to have slept with Jones’s vivacious daughter-in-law, a local beauty whose numerous affairs were well known in town thanks to her astonishingly indiscreet habit of arranging trysts over the telephone at a time when all calls in Villisca had to be placed through an operator.”
8:42 am • 12 June 2012 • 45 notes
“His courtship of Miranda (Selma Blair), a mopey young woman who also lives at home in a state of arrested, medicated quasi-adolescence, is frequently excruciating to watch because it exposes just how misplaced and bizarre his self-confidence is.”
This is from a New York Times review of Todd Solondz’s new movie, Dark Horse. But when you’re a self-obsessed single woman with an unusual first name, it’s hard not to take these kinds of things personally. (via cleareyesfullhearts)
i love miranda popkey
9:08 pm • 10 June 2012 • 3 notes
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this tiny human is related to me. also, i find his adorableness to be painful sometimes. looking at him, i am pain. has anyone ever been more perfect (no).
12:26 pm • 5 June 2012 • 10 notes
"Common Misconceptions Of Common Misconceptions"
- Eight spiders eat you in your sleep each year
- Humans only use 10% of their spleens
- It takes seven billion years to completely digest gum
- When you shave, it grows back twice as Rick
- In Australia, water drains counter-clockwise because God does not exist
- Camel humps are full…
MATT POWERS LADIES AND GENTS.
12:09 pm • 5 June 2012 • 10 notes
Tonight, thanks to the Reproductive Health Access Project and papayas, I learned all about the options for first trimester abortions and even performed an aspiration abortion on a papaya! My motivation for going to the seminar was 1.) I staunchly fight for reproductive justice and access in my activist work and yet I was a little shaky about the medicine behind it and 2.) I am really scared about reproductive health access and how every day, anti-reproductive-health assholes chip away at the constitutional right for me and all those with uteri to control our bodily autonomy and heath. I wanted to at least be theoretically familiar with how a first trimester abortion works. I think I am going to go to more seminars in the future just to be safe. I have read the Handmaid’s Tale too many times and to be honest, I’m terrified.
This girl is cool.
8:57 pm • 24 May 2012 • 72 notes
East Coast Summers, 1-5
I lived in a New School dormitory in the financial district and worked for the subsidiary rights division of a publishing company headquartered in the Flatiron. I made $10 or $12 an hour and my parents paid my rent. Both places were air conditioned, theoretically, but in…
Zan writes so beautifully. Love this.
7:15 pm • 24 May 2012 • 13 notes
Tim and Keith and I drank too many Tecates a couple weeks ago and decided that these are the best state mottos, in no particular order:
- Arkansas, “The people rule”
- West Virginia, “Mountaineers are always free”
- New Hampshire, “Live free or die”
- North Dakota, “One sows for the benefit of another age”
- New Mexico, “It grows as it goes”
- North Carolina, “To be, rather than to seem”
10:30 am • 4 May 2012 • 16 notes
I came up with idea of starting a twitter account for The Count and everyone at work liked the idea, so we did it. This is the kind of ridiculous stuff we actually do at my job.
THIS MAN IS A GENIUS
7:49 pm • 2 May 2012 • 7 notes
The secret of happiness, in a simple flowchart. Need a hand with that change in finding purpose and doing what you love? Here are some more flowcharts to help.
(Source: , via explore-blog)
8:19 am • 2 May 2012 • 7,514 notes