Today’s Frightful Yet Truly Morbid Fact!
Excerpt from The First Guidebook to Prisons and Concentration Camps of the Soviet Union by Avraham Shifrin (1980):
PSYCHIATRIC PRISONS IN LENINGRAD
Psychiatric Hospital No. 6
Twenty-five people are confined to a single room in this psychiatric prison, and walks are not permitted. “Patients” are subjected to beatings by the hospital attendants. Lev Konin, one of the inmates here (1978), has informed us that, as a means of punishment, the prisoners are bound in a wet straight jacket and then tied to a bed. When the straight jacket dries, it compresses the body with frightful force. Two sadistic physicians here are named Tsvetkov and Bobrova.
Culled from: The First Guidebook to Prisons and Concentration Camps of the Soviet Union by Avraham Shifrin
We have a similar punishment here in America: it’s called a drunk guy in tight Levi’s falling asleep in a tub.
Boredom Killer Du Jour!
Bored and blue with nothing to do? Then why not read the New South Wales coroner reports? They are quite interesting, indeed! Detailed accounts of everything from childhood morbid obesity to struck by bus, to self-inflicted gunshot, to “violent and unnatural death” of a homeless person. A morbid thanks to Angela for sending them my way!
So last week a friend who had never been to Chicago visited and I made it my duty to show her the town. Of course, that meant going to some of the “touristy” places like theMuseum of Science and Industry. Since Body Worlds wasn’t in town (the only reason I’d ever gone there before), I wasn’t expecting to see anything particularly morbid, so I was delighted to find a huge collection of fetuses on display. The ranged in development from blastocyst to full-term and they were collected in the 1930s (supposedly from “natural causes”). I only had my iPhone with me, but I still tried to capture some of the glory of these little suspended animations. I thought I’d share my favorites over the course of the next few newsletters.