Monthly Archives: May 2017

This Woman Committed One Of The Victorian Era’s Most Heinous Crimes

The murder of Julia Thomas, also known as the “Richmond Murder,” may have been the most scandalous crime of the Victorian era.

It may also have been the most representative of the day, since the murderous Kate Webster only strengthened the bourgeoisie’s distrust of the lower class. Imagine all the monocles that cracked when Victorians learned that a wealthy woman was killed by her own maid.

The twice-widowed Julia Martha Thomas amassed some wealth from her late husbands and then hired a maid by the name of Kate Webster. Webster was once married with four children, but when they all died, she agreed to work for the elderly woman.

This almost looks like an 1879 poster for a pay-per-view boxing match.

Thomas had a violent temper and she would often berate Webster harshly. Webster started to come to work drunk so she could deal with the yelling.

Classic odd-couple behavior.

On Webster’s last day, the miserable maid went out and got drunk. Thomas was furious and the subsequent insults sent Webster into a drunken rage. She then went ahead and threw Thomas down the stairs before choking her to death.

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Sharif to return home on Saturday after surgery

Officials say Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who underwent open heart surgery at a hospital in London last month, will be returning home on Saturday. Daniyal Gilani, a spokesman for Pakistan

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Nancy Pelosi has inexpensive fix for gender-specific restrooms!/fran_chambers/status/348527154822262785

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi elicited boos and hissing from the progressive Netroots Nation audience this afternoon with her criticism of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, but to be fair, the majority of her presentation went over well. One venue where Pelosi scored well with the gathering of lefty bloggers and activists was the restroom. Transgender bathrooms are an important component of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, and on the subject of toilets, Pelosi suggested a solution that might not cost billions of taxpayer dollars.!/brad_elkins/status/348527760106467328!/Cestmoifemme/status/348572568661409793!/grievesmith/status/348534889353728001

Yes, she was serious. Transgender restrooms are no joking matter, at least not at Netroots Nation.!/ZackFord/status/348204855669706752

There’s one bonus of transgender restrooms from which everyone can benefit: using one once again makes a simple trip to the bathroom something worth tweeting about.!/rbraceysherman/status/347111214125568000!/meachampdx/status/348584195079172096

Congratulations! If you’re anxious to try it out yourself, yes, there’s an app for that.!/GregVarnum/status/348209957101006848

One question for Rep. Pelosi: are the “unisex” signs going up in the Capitol Building too, or is this going to be another one of those things like Obamacare that applies to the little people only? Maybe a committee should study it first.!/sharpNpointy/status/348527527762993153

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He Went To The Most Toxic City In America And The Resulting Photos Are Chilling

Urban Explorer Seph Lawless is known for exploring empty, eerie places — and Picher, Oklahoma, is definitely one of the most unsettling.

Picher started out as a promising mining town in 1918, but today, it is known as the most toxic city in America. After years of water contamination and sludge buildup, the whole town was evacuated.

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For his latest project, Lawless journeyed to this foreboding town and walked its silent streets. There is nothing safe about being inside Picher’s city limits, but that definitely wasn’t enough to extinguish his curiosity.

Abandoned for over a decade, this city once thrived with a booming mining industry in the early 20th century.

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During Oklahoma’s expansion in 1913, huge amounts of lead and zinc were found in the area. Being at the center of all this new mining work, a settlement was formed and its population had reached nearly 10,000 people by 1920.

It was named after Oliver Picher, owner of the Picher Lead Company.

It became so successful that at one point, it was producing over $20 billion of ore, quickly making it the most lucrative mining settlement in the state.

Over half of the lead and zinc used by the U.S. military during World War I came from the city.

But everything changed after mining stopped in 1967. Hazardous waste and contaminated water from mine shafts created a toxic environment.

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The situation got so bad that the U.S. government designated it as a Superfund site, which identified it as a candidate for cleanup because of the dangerous risk that was posed to people living there.

Unfortunately, Picher couldn’t be salvaged. Officials evacuated the area in 2009 and classified it as the most toxic city in America.

Residents were forced out of their homes and relocated. They left many of their possessions behind, which turned their houses into chilling time capsules that now commemorate an awful point in Oklahoma’s history.

Lawless noticed when he started exploring that people’s clothes were still hanging in their closets as if they’d only just left.

Because of extensive mining, the ground beneath the explorer’s feet could have given way at any time.

As Lawless walked through the streets, he feared that he would fall to his death.

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Mining also left behind huge piles of siliceous rock and dolomite waste called “chat.” The mounds are so large that they look like mountains surrounding the city.

Approximately 34 percent of children from Picher were found to be suffering from lead poisoning by the time 1996 rolled around.

In the short amount of time that Lawless spent on one of the hills, he reported feeling nauseous and very uneasy.

But despite all of the dangers, the city’s pharmacist, Gary Linderman, refused to leave his home. Lawless was supposed to visit with him during his journey through Picher, but sadly, Linderman died from a mysterious illness just days before their scheduled meeting.

The city now stands lonely and forgotten.

This chilling image shows a makeshift barricade that was built by those who fled the city to warn newcomers that they should stay away.

It’s obvious to anyone who enters that they are not welcome or safe in Picher, but that doesn’t stop urban explorers like Lawless from documenting the area’s ruins.

Although the eerie locale is uninhabitable today, its ghostly beauty is undeniable. According to Lawless, being there is an experience unlike any other.

Take a tour with Lawless through the abandoned city here:

It’s such a shame that this city fell into ruin. I can’t imagine having to leave everything behind like that. If you’d like to learn more about Seph Lawless and his work, be sure to check him out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. You can also visit his website for more details.

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Mitt Romney and RNC clobber Obama and DNC with cash raised in May!/kakukowski/status/210742408978243584

Wow. Looks like Romney and the RNC raised close to $80 million in May alone. Team Obama and the DNC? Not so much.

Obama/DNC raised $60 million. RT @Timodc: Just in. Romney/RNC May Haul: $76.8 million

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 7, 2012

Fox News reporting that Romney/RNC outraised Obama in May.

— Joe Pounder (@PounderFile) June 7, 2012

Now confirmed by Romney campaign: RT @ggitcho: Romney Victory effort raises $76.8 million in May

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 7, 2012

Rut roh! Looks like even the super swanky “man of the people,” celebrity dinners didn’t help Team Obama. And wait, there’s more.

Romney/RNC reports 93% Of All Donations Received In May Were $250 Or Less

— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) June 7, 2012

Romney camp reports 297,442 donations received towards victory effort under $250 in May #Mitt2012

— Right Goods (@RightGoods) June 7, 2012

@TheFix @kevinmaddendc doesn't look like any Hollywood cash in that pile? 93% under $250 now that's some #MiddleClass folks sick of #Obama

— Timmy Hyde (@TimmyHydeisLost) June 7, 2012

Huh. So much for Romney’s “high dollar friends,” a false narrative that the Democrats try to push in an attempt to foment class warfare. Looks like the real man of the people is the one who is receiving donations from, you know, the people.

RT @chucktodd: Obama-DNC raised $60M… Romney camp now tweeting their numbers. RT @EricFehrn: Romney and RNC raised $76.8 million in May

— Carrie Dann (@CarrieNBCNews) June 7, 2012

According to release, Romney Victory has $107 Million Cash On Hand.

— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) June 7, 2012

Good. Team Romney will need it to fight not only the Democrat smear machine, but also its water-carrying  friends in the media. Oliver Willis, “fellow” for Soros monkey group Media Matters, is already desperately trying to spin.

@owillis out-raising Obama and the DNC by 17 million would be a key indicator.

— drew (@FigDrewton) June 7, 2012

@owillis Romney bested Obama by 22% in May and 93% of the donations were $250 or less. Kinda ruins your meme entirely.

— drew (@FigDrewton) June 7, 2012

So much for the "mehmentum" narrative the left and @owillis was trying to push.

— drew (@FigDrewton) June 7, 2012

Sorry, Oliver. Your meme bubble has burst.

Romney/RNC raised $16 million more than Obama/DNC in May. The President's bad month continues….

— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) June 7, 2012

Game on: Romney and Republican Party together raise $76.8 million in May, topping Obama's $60 million. #2012.

— darlene superville (@dsupervilleap) June 7, 2012

Game on, indeed.

Romney/RNC raise $77M in May, Obama/DNC raise $60M. I guess that knocks the narrative of Obama's scary $1B campaign being unstoppable.

— Michael Levoff (@MLevoff) June 7, 2012

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Listening To This Serial Killer Say That He’s A Victim Himself Is Unbelievable

Between 1972 and 1978, John Wayne Gacy, otherwise known as the “Killer Clown,” murdered 33 teenage boys and young men. The majority had been strangled.

Gacy hid 26 of the bodies in the crawl space of his home, and disposed of the others on his property and in the nearby Des Plaines River. In 1980, he was sentenced to death for his crimes, and spent 14 years awaiting lethal injection on death row.

In 1990, Gacy was interviewed by CBS. Listen as he unbelievably refers to himself as the “34th victim.”

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I can’t even process what he just said. There have been a lot of heinous serial killers over the years, but Gacy was definitely one of most twisted.

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