Wednesday, October 31, 2018

#Halloween


It ends.


Samhain.

The door opens. Knowledge is revealed. The veil is thin. Things pass from this world to the next, and things pass from that world to ours.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Monday, October 29, 2018

#Halloween...


Yes, he's a hell of a firework...


Here are your maps to the locations of the Cleveland Torso Murders......

Beginning September 23, 1935, and ending on August 16, 1938, 12 dismembered bodies were found in Cleveland, Ohio. These became known as the Cleveland Torso Murders, because all of the bodies were decapitated.

The murderer was never identified.

Each map has a red dot. The dot indicates the number in which the victim was killed (not the order in which they were found). Sometimes, victims were found in more than one spot, so "A", "B", and "C" are used to indicate the order.


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Map 01 - torso murders then

Map 01 - torso murders today

The first two victims were the first two found. On September 23, 1935, 16-year-old James Wagner and 12-year-old Peter Kostura were playing catch when their ball rolled east down the hill toward the Erie Railroad tracks. Kostura ran down the hill after it, and discovered the nude body of a man -- headless. As Kostura ran down the hill after the ball, brothers Steve and Leonard Jeziorski watched him. They spotted a second body, lying in the bushes about 30 feet away.

Kingsbury Run, once a major tributary of the Cuyahoga River and now a filthy, oil-soaked, garbage-filled sluggish stream, lay just 1,000 feet to the north.

The first body found was that of 29-year-old Edward Andrassy. He'd been killed just two or three days earlier. He had been decapitated while alive, and his body cleaned. His clothes were not found, except for the black socks he was wearing. His penis had also been removed. The cuts at the neck and groin were deft and clean, indicating that whoever killed him knew their way around human anatomy and used an exceptionally sharp knife.

The second body found was that of a short, stocky man aged 40 to 45. The condition of the corpse indicated he had been dead since the last week of August. His bloody clothes were found near the body, but like Andrassy his corpse had been washed. His body had been decapitated after death, and his penis removed as well.

Andrassy's head was found buried in the sand about 20 feet away. The head of the other man was not found. The penises of both men lay together halfway between the corpses. Andrassy's wrists showed signs of his having been tied up with rope, and he had struggled to free himself.

The Stocky Man's body had turned a tough, leathery, reddish color. Nearby was a bucket of some sort of oil mixed with blood. Police believed that the killer had tried to use the oil to burn the body, but this had failed.

The lack of blood anywhere near the corpses indicated that they had been killed elsewhere and then moved to the foot of the hill. Since there was no way any vehicle could get to the foot of the hill, police assumed both bodies had been carried there.


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Map 02 - torso three then

Map 02 - torso three today

On January 26, 1936, an intoxicated homelss man named Tawa Yosaf walked through the back yard of the Hart Manufacturing Building at 2315 E. 20th Street at about 6 AM. He saw two bushel baskets against the wall of the building, and inspected them. Inside, he found what he thought were hams wrapped in burlap. He moved on. At 11 AM, an African American woman told Charles Page, owner of the White Front Meat Market, that two hams had been left behind the Hart building. Thinking his shop had been burglarized, Page rushed to the scene and discovered the lower half of a human torso, two thighs, and a right arm and hand.

The skin of the body was impregnanted with cinders and coal dust, and the torso bore marks of having lain on pieces of coal when it froze. Each body part was wrapped neatly in copies of "The Plain Dealer" newspaper, and her clean cotton underwear was found wrapped in newspaper nearby.

Fingerprints identified the woman as 41-year-old Florence Pollilo, a local prostitute and barmaid. She had last been seen leaving her rooming house in the early evening of January 24.

At 5:30 PM on February 7, 1936, trucking company employee John Gaembeline walked across the back yard of a vacant house at 1419 Orange Avenue on his way to run an errand. In a shallow depression in the earth, he discovered the upper half of Pollilo's torso, covered in charcoal, chicken feathers, and hay. At the fence at the rear of the property were her lower legs and left arm and hand. The head was not found.

Decapitated after death, police believed Pollilo's body had been hung up by its feet to allow blood to drain from the neck. While the killer had methodically dismembered the lower torso, he had barely begun cutting off the arms before he wrenched them from the sockets and tore them loose from the body.


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On June 5, 1936, 11-year-old African American boy Louis Cheeley and 13-year-old African American boy Gomez Ivey were walking east along the New York Central Railroad tracks near E. 61st Street -- a half mile east of where Victims 1 and 2 had been found. They spotted a pair of brown pants rolled up under a tree growing between the railroad and interurban streetcar tracks, and inspected it. As the pants unrolled, a head came free.

Police found most of the dead man's bloody clothing nearby. A number of labels, laundry marks, and other identifiers were found on them.

On June 6, police combing the area discovered the man's nude, washed torso between the New York Central and Nickel Plate railroad tracks, just east of the E. 55th Street Bridge.

The 20-25 year old handsome man had died just two days earlier. The autopsy revealed that he had been dismembered while still alive, but not emasculated. He had a number of distinctive tatoos on his body (leading police to call him "the Tatooed Man"), and his fingerprints were easily taken.

Nevertheless, the Tatooed Man was never identified.


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Map 03 - torso 4 then

Map 03 - torso 4 now

On July 22, 1936, 17-year-old Marie Barkely was hiking near Big Creek on Cleveland's west side. In a slight gully between the the B&O Railroad tracks and the creek, she smelled something awful. Seconds later, she spotted a body.

The corpse lay face-down atop a pile of clothes. He'd been well-dressed in a single-breasted grey suit, blue polo shirt, blue socks, oxford shoes, and a black-and-white striped cap.

The body was very badly decomposed. The coroner believed the man had been killed in mid to late May, about two months earlier. The man had been decpitated and dismembered while alive, and for the first time a large amount of blood was found soaking the soil around the corpse -- indicating the man had been killed where he was found. Like the Tatooed Man, the Man in the Grey Suit was not emasculated.


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On September 10, 1936, 25-year-old African American hobo Jerry Harris was sitting on a stone embankment on Kingsbury Run at E. 37th Street waiting for a train to come by so he could ride the rails. As he looked into the creek, he was horrified to see two halves of a torso floating in the slimey water.

The stagnant pool of water where the torso was found was dragged, and police quickly found the lower portions of both legs. Police found bits of human flesh on the edge of the small stone bridge which carried E. 37th Street over Kingsbury Run, indicating that the killer had rolled or tossed the body over from the bridge. The corpse had hit the bridge, leaving behind these scraps of skin and flesh. A pillar at one end of the bridge had apparently served as an impromptu butcher-block for at least a portion of the dismemberment.

A denim work shirt was found tossed on the embankment and blood-spotted underwear (carefully wrapped in "The Plain Dealer") nearby. 125 feet to the northwest police found a felt cap.

The Man in the Pool was 20-25 years old, with long brown hair. He'd been decapitated and dismembered while alive, and this time emasculated like Victims 1 and 2.


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On February 23, 1937, 55-year-old Robert Smith went down to Cleveland's Euclid Beach to check on a sailboat he owned. He saw something bobbing in the surf, and realized it was a human body.

It was the upper half of a woman's headless and armless torso.

An autopsy revealed that she was between 25 and 35 years old, and had been decapitated after death. Due to her position in the surf and the abrasions from the lakebed and beach, police believed she had been dumped in the water and drifted to Euclid Beach. She had died seven to three days earlier.

On May 5, 1937, Howard Yokem took a swan boat onto Lake Erie. The Great Lakes Exposition (also known as the World's Fair of 1936) was to open in a month for its second and final summer, and he needed to ensure the boat was in working condition.

Bobbing in the water, Yokem found the lower half of the woman's torso.

For the first time, the police surgeon saw the signs of hesitation. It was as if the killer had begin slicing into the body, then stopped, then chose another angle, then stopped. Once the dismemberment began in earnest, however, the killer used just two quick slices to cut up the corpse.


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On June 6, 1937, 14-year-old Russell Lauer stopped to watch the Coast Guard drag the Cuyahoga River for a missing tug boat crewman who'd gone overboard two days earlier. As he walked home, he passed beneath the Carnegie-Lorain Bridge. The area was often used as a dumping ground.

Lauer, however, spotted a flash of gold in a relatively new pile of refuse. As he got closer, he realized he was looking at gold teeth in a human skull.

When police investigated, they discovered a greasy burlap bag buried beneath the skull. Inside were the remains of an African American woman's torso -- the only African American victim of the Cleveland Torso Murderer. The coroner determined that the woman had died a year earlier, and her corpse doused in lime before being contained in the bag. Her neck vetebrae revealed that her head had been decapitated. A clipping from "The Plain Dealer" (a review of a vaudeville show) was inside the bag, too.

The placement of the bag and skull led police to believe that the bag had been dumped, not buried, and the skull merely placed atop it. Nearby, police found the sleeve of a dress and a heavy white wool cap as well as the woman's hair, which led them to conclude that her clothes had merely been dumped over the skull.

Despite the gold bridgework, the woman was never identified.

Although she was the eighth victim found, the date of death placed her as the sixth person killed.


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The summer of 1937 was a rough one in Cleveland. Steel workers at the city's numerous steel plants were on strike, and employers were viciously fighting back. The National Guard was patrolling the city, helping to keep calm.

On July 6, 1937, Private John Smith was on the W. 3rd Street Bridge when he spotted a large object bobbing in the river. He didn't report it. Private Edward Steinbrecher also saw the object, but wasn't sure what it was. Hours later, Steinbrecher and Private Charles Demesne saw a burlap bag floating in the river. They retrieved it, and found a male torso inside.

The Coast Guard began searching the river for other body parts, and within just two or three hours had located the left thigh, the left lower leg, some lung, and the left upper arm. Wedged against the bridge piling, a policeman found the right thigh. The next day, a police sergeant found both lower arms and hands. The right upper arm was found on July 10, and the right lower leg on July 14.

The torso had been neatly wrapped in an issue of "The Plain Dealer". Inside the bag, police also found a single woman's silk stocking, a black-and-white dog hair, and several short blond hairs.

The coroner determined that this was a 40-year-old well-built man who had died only two or three days earlier. Although not emasculated, the torso had been disemboweled and most of the internal organs removed by yanking them free. The neck had been hacked at before the head was removed, and there were multiple slash marks on the torso, legs, and arms.


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At 2:15 AM on April 8, 1938, Steve Morosky, a 35-year-old Works Project Administration worker, walked to the end of Superior Avenue and down the embankment to visit a hobo in a shanty he knew. When he got to the river, he saw a large white object floating in the debris and scum.

It was a human leg, amputated at the knee and ankle. It was a woman's leg, with six long, blonde hairs sticking to it. The coroner found that the person had died about a week earlier, but that the limb had not been in the water for more than 72 hours. Shockingly, the leg had been hacked at -- as if the killer were in a hurry.

At 2 AM on May 2, 1938, Oscar Meister, the "captain" who ran the W. 3rd Street lift bridge, reported seeing a human thigh in the water. Police quickly pulled it from the water. They also discovered a burlap bag at the foot of the bridge, containing both halves of a human torso, the other thigh, and the left foot.

The remains were so decomposed that no determination of age was made. But once more, it was clear the killer had hacked at the body. There were multiple hesitation cuts, and the killer had actually snapped the back ribs. The body was decapitated while alive, but for the first time police found morphine in the victim's tissues -- an indication that they'd been heavily drugged prior to death.


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Map 05 - last torso muders then

Map 05 - last torso muders now

On the afternoon of August 16, 1938, James Dawson, James McShack, and Edward Smith were scrounging in the E. 9th Street Dump on the shores of Lake Erie for scrap metal. The three African Americans had collected quite a pile, and Dawson went to go get his truck. As he walked across the dump toward his vehicle, he saw a coat sticking out of a neat pile of rocks. He began pulling the rocks away, and a putrid smell came out. He called for his friends. They found human bones.

The police uncovered the remains of a woman's torso wrapped in heavy brown butcher paper. Around the paper was wrapped a tattered man's striped summer jacket, and then a homemade patchwork quilt. Nearby in a another pile of rocks were the thighs, bound together with a rubber hand and wrapped in butcher paper. The decomposed head was also found neatly wrapped in paper. In a box nearby were the lower legs and arms. The box was odd, having been fashioned from two different cardboard boxes into a single unit.

The victim was 30-40 years old. She'd died four to six months earlier, and there were indications the corpse had been frozen at some point. It wasn't clear if the internal organs had rotted away or been removed. Once more, however, hesitation cuts were very prominent.

The discovery of the corpse drew hundreds of onlookers. At 7 PM, 39-year-old Tod Bartholomew; his wife, Cecelia; and their friend, Jennie Talas, were standing near the edge of the dump watching the search. They became aware of a foul odor coming from a pipe, and saw human bones inside it.

Police retrieved the pelvis, ribs, and vertebra of a human male. Nearby, they found the head in a tin can.

This victim was also 30-40 years old. He'd been dead seven to nine months, and there were clear signs that the head had been hacked from the neck and the spine struck at with a heavy knife.

The man had been killed probably in late 1937, and the woman in early 1938. This meant both had died before the dismembered woman found in the river.


I refuse to post these to the front page of Wikipedia any more. But I will post them here. The article I wrote or assisted with is in bold.
Did You Know ... that when John Brough, president of the Indianapolis and Bellefontaine Railroad, could not afford to run for Governor of Ohio in 1864, steel magnate Stillman Witt agreed to become president of the B&I and forward his salary to Brough?
Damn!! He's wearing underwear.


2 days


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018

#Halloween


Another shorty!! You can tell, again, because of how small his body is in relation to that chair. I'm 6'4", and I'd overwhelm that chair. That guy is probably 5'4" or 5'6". But since I find short men irresistibly SIZZLING, I can't say "so what if he's short?" Instead, I say, "Thank Dionysius that he's short!"

Oh, and his flash of pubes is great.


I don't think his glasses are fake... I love his soft flannel pajamas.


Jesus, that is one attractive body. Holy Adonis!


I know the glasses are fake. But it's working for me!


I don't know what to say. He's perfect.


Note 1: Notice where his hips are in relation to the doorknob. Yup, he's a shorty! I find short men incredibly, incredibly hot.

Note 2: I love men who have fun during sex. Anyone who laughs, smiles, giggles, or is happy during sex is my kind of guy.


Four days...


Thursday, October 25, 2018

His face and body are very much like this boy who took me powerfully in high school. Drop the tatoos, and darken the skin, and he's almost a dead-ringer!


#Halloween!!


Mehcad Brooks turns 38 (October 25, 1980).

He's a terrific actor. He has gravitas, screen presence, a superb voice, and an eye-popping body. He is intelligent, thoughtful about his roles, and able to introduce a lot of subtlety into roles that seem too-broadly written.

He is criminally underused on Supergirl.









It's the birthday of Bill Tytla (October 25, 1904 – December 30, 1968). The Ukrainian American animator is well-known for his work for Walt Disney, particularly the A Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria sequences from Fantasia.

Now, that model he's using is VERY COOL. Why doesn't Disney sell copies of those????
That heretic, Pat Robertson, says it's more important to protect a $100 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia than it is to protest the murder of a man.

"Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth." - Revelation 13:14


This year's Arrow/Flash/Supergirl cross-over event has an "Elseworlds" theme. Elseworlds are an irregular publication of DC Comics in which non-canonical adventures featuring a wide variety of heroes are published. Some might be canonical, with a simple change. (An Elseworlds comic might depict Batman torturing or killing someone, which he'd never do in canonical stories.) Some Elseworlds stories are really weird, like "What if Kal-el crashed in Atlantis and became Aquaman?" or "What if the Joker killed Batman early on -- what would happen to Gotham?"


Pictures posted by actors and the director of this year's cross-over have made it blatantly apparent that (a) one part of the storyline involves Barry Allen becoming Green Arrow and Oliver Queen becoming the Flash; (b) that there is a "black costume" Superman (although what that means is not clear; and (c) heroes from Earth-3 help save the day.

In DC Comics, Earth-2 is the "Golden Age" heroes world, while on Earth-3 all heroes are evil and all villains are good.

That's reversed in the Arrowverse.


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Here, John Wesley Shipp suits up as The Flash for the first time since the 1980s! Shipp plays Barry Allen's father on The Flash, but the implication is that on Earth-3 Shipp becomes the Flash (not his son).




Yes, Stephen Amell finds that the Flash suit binds in the groin....




Hugs on the set. Grant Gustin shows off (ahem) why he is a major, major, big star in his "classic Flash" costume.
'80s "coming out" gay starter pack. Things were different back then.