Have you ever wondered what a vampire’s grave would look like? In the British Isles, one supposed vampire has been dead for over a century, but his grave is still surrounded by chains and concrete. According to legend, 54-year-old Matthew Halsall died in Castletown, Isle of Man, in 1854.
A family gathering to mourn the death of a relative were shocked to tears and fainting when the deceased man in question pitched up at his own funeral on Tuesday. In a bizarre case of mistaken identity, news of car washer Gilberto Araujo’s murder had been relayed to the family by local police in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sunday. Shortly after, when the wayward vagabond’s brother was called into the morgue to make a positive identification on the body, he saw his brother lying on the table and took the corpse home so his family could hold a wake.
First edition of My Experiences as an Executioner by James Berry (1892). A particularly uncommon and interesting book, My Experiences as an Executioner is the memoir of James Berry (1852–1913), the UK’s first truly literate hangman, and the first to write and speak publicly about his position. Frontispiece portrait of James Berry. Read More