Technically, this is not the grave of the famous French poet. Baudelaire’s remains are buried in a family grave at Cimetiere de Montparnasse in Paris, but there also exists a creepy cenotaph dedicated to him for those who can find it. The odd monument features a demonic (or angelic?) being standing guard atop Baudelaire’s shrouded corpse.
iN 1795, an 18 year old man observed lights coming from the uninhabited island, and when he investigated, he discovered a circular depression in a clearing, and a tackle block hanging from a branch as if marking a place to dig. With the help of friends, the young man excavated thirty feet, discovering layers of “man made debris” every ten feet.
Since then, a legend has grown around the “money pit” and the hidden treasure that is said to be buried at the bottom. Several expeditions have attempted to recover the treasure over the past two hundred years, digging as far as 180 feet, but not reached the bottom or discovered what treasure may be waiting for them at the bottom.
Edgar Allan Poe was well known throughout his life for his poetry and prose, often pushing his works to the edge of the macabre, but it may the odd circumstances of his death that helped cement his association with the dark side.
On the night of October 6, 1949, Poe was found wandering the streets of Baltimore “in great distress.. and in need of immediate assistance.” Poe never regained enough coherence to be able to explain the cause of his condition, but the use of drugs and alcohol have been widely dismissed by key eyewitnesses. Poe’s appearance was described as “repulsive”, with unkempt hair, a haggard unwashed face and “lusterless and vacant” eyes. His clothing did not fit well and did not match Poe’s usual style, leading to the widely accepted conclusion that he was wearing someone else’s clothes.
Many suspected causes of death have been suggested over the years — brain tumor, diabetes rabies, syphilis, epilepsy — but none explain why Poe was dressed in someone else’s clothing.
Only four statues were created from the original mold, and one was purchased by a family to be placed at a grave in Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. The family named it Little Wendy and it stood in relative obscurity until 1993, when it was used as the centerpiece photo for the successful book (and subsequent movie) Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil. Based on the popularity of the statue, the family had it removed from the grave and donated to the Telfair Museum of Art
Little is known about Schlitzie’s life prior to joining the circus, but he became a popular attraction in carnival sideshows in the 20’s and 30’s. Born with a condition called microcephaly (pejoratively known as “pinhead”) , he had an unusually small brain and small skull, and suffered from moderate to severe mental retardation, but he had an exuberant and sociable personality, and loved to sing, dance and be the center of attention, which made him a popular attraction. He even made appearances in a few movies. As was common among sideshows at the time, responsibility for his care passed from one carnival to another as shows traded attractions with each other, but by most accounts, Schlitzie was well cared for and well treated throughout his performing years.
Deep below the surface, the hatchet fish live in the darkest corners of the oceans where man rarely sees. Their distinctive camouflage is reminiscent of lost souls, trapped in the abyss of the underworld, bemoaning their eternal fate.
Jack The Ripper was a serial killer who terrorized the Whitechapel area of London in 1888. Five gruesome murders are attributed to him, and several others may be as well, though it is not clear. All of Jack’s victims were prostitutes, and all were savagely stabbed and sliced in different ways. A few even had some organs removed, leading investigators to think that the assailant had some medical background. To this day, the identity of Jack the Ripper is still now known.