Dr Karl Von Cosel (or Karl Tanzler, as many of us recognize him) lived in the Florida Keys. When he was just a boy, the doctor had a dream in which an ancestor came to him and showed him the face of his one true love. Karl grew up, got married, and had 2 children, but he was always waiting for his true soul mate, literally the girl of his dreams to come along…
In Haiti voodoo is practiced by at least 50% of the population. There is a type of sorcerer Haitians call Bokor, he is a Voodoo doctor who uses his power for both good and evil. It is said that if you upset someone, they may pay a Bokor to come sprinkle zombie dust on you. The victim will fall what is perceived to be dead, with no detectible pulse. The grieving family will have a funeral, and the victim is buried in the ground.
Madame Tussauds became wealthy and famous by taking wax molds of the deceased – particularly those who had just been beheaded. She is most famous for casting the newly decapitated head of Marie Antoinette, as the photos show. Where other artists could say that they’d made dioramas which mimicked what they had seen, Tussaud could say that she alone had the privilege of casting the dead person’s actual head right after their death.
Ed’s father had not what we would call a good man, nor was he even a halfway decent role model from his sons. Dude drank to excess, and physically mistreated his family. Though Ed had an older brother, Henry, he had always been extremely close to his mama, Augusta Gein. Mama was strict – well, that’s putting it lightly. Augusta was overbearing, demanding, demeaning, a religious zealot, and some say she could be physically abusive as well. For instance, there’s one story of August pushing little Eddie down a flight of stairs as a child. When he got a bit older, Ed was not allowed to leave the family farm unless it was for school; it’s said that mama had punished the young man for attempting to make friends, and girls were strictly forbidden.
In November of 1994 Nicolas Claux was arrested for the death of 34 year Thierry Bissonnier. He’s an interesting character, Nico. At the time of the murder he had been employed as a Mortician’s assistant, a perfect career choice since Nico had such a passion for the dead. You know what they say, find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. Right?