The Iceman Lieth

Was Mafia assassin Richard Kuklinski full of sh**? I've had Richard "Ice Man" Kuklinski's claims on my mind for some time now, and with the FBI recently scouring Detroit for Jimmy Hoffa and a┬ámovie starring Michael Shannon as Kuklinski being released in May, this seems as good a time as any to examine what the... Continue Reading →

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

space Leah Haley was by far one of the most interesting alien abductees on the scene today. She has a couple of firsts to her credit: She was the first to write a children's book designed to help kids view their alien abductions as positive, edifying experiences, and she was the first to claim she... Continue Reading →

What’s the Deal with Troy Davis?

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the case of Troy Davis, the Georgia man convicted of killing off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail in 1989. Davis received a death sentence, which was carried out late on the night of September 21, after the Supreme Court denied a stay of execution. Many are convinced... Continue Reading →

Ghostbusters: Ed and Lorraine Warren Part II

The Arne Johnson Case In February, 1981 Arne Cheyenne Johnson of Connecticut was charged with murdering his girlfriend's employer. His attorneys presented the novel defense that while Arne physically committed the murder, he wasn't ultimately responsible for it because he had been possessed by the same demons that plagued his girlfriend's little brother. Ed and... Continue Reading →

More ZZZZs

I'm getting sooooo bored with the Bush in Calgary story. He gave his little talk, he's gone, he's prob'ly not going to be charged with war crimes anytime soon. Get over it.

Free Gary! He can save the world! Or not.

Helpful Hint: Before trying to fight extradition to the U.S., first make sure you do not look exactly like Richard Ramirez. Free Gary! He can save the world! Or not. British national Gary McKinnon , 42, perpetrated what one U.S. prosecutor called "the biggest military computer hack of all time". (1) Between February 2000 and... Continue Reading →

Pants Afire Award: Casey Anthony

The year's first Pants Afire Award goes to Casey Anthony, the mother of murdered 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, for telling the most (and most easily discovered) lies in the shortest amount of time. I don't usually pay attention to these high-profile missing child cases, because they're only the tip of the iceberg. Every year, thousands of... Continue Reading →

The Real Stories Behind The Changeling

Swallowing the Camel has moved! We're now at swallowingthecamel.wordpress.com. Please join us!  The Wineville Chicken Murders, the impersonation of Walter Collins, LAPD corruption, and the secrets of Canada's Northcott familyThe case of serial killer Gordon Stewart Northcott and little Walter Collins is so surpassingly bizarre, so full of incredible twists, that even a full-length feature... Continue Reading →

Holy Blood, Holy Crap: The Da Vinci Code Lawsuit and Michael Baigent’s The Jesus Papers

"You stole my ideas! Even though they're not mine!" The Da Vinci Code lawsuit was a prime example of wanton, greedy litigiousness. Two of the three "historians" who wrote Holy Blood, Holy Grail (1982) sued Dan Brown over alleged theft of intellectual property, even though Brown's book is a work of fiction and theirs was... Continue Reading →

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