Morbid Fact Du Jour for January 12, 2018

Today’s Debaucherous Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Let’s have another jolly story of Christian Martyrdom from the classic of the genre, Fox’s Book of Martyrs (1848).  This incident allegedly occurred during the Seventh Persecution, under Decius in A. D. 249:

Peter, a young man, amiable for the superior qualities of his body and mind, was beheaded for refusing to sacrifice to Venus. He said, “I am astonished you should sacrifice to an infamous woman, whose debaucheries even your own historians record, and whose life consisted of such actions as your laws would punish.— No, I shall offer the true God the acceptable sacrifice of praises and prayers.” Optimus, the proconsul of Asia, on hearing this, ordered the prisoner to be stretched upon a wheel, by which all his bones were broken, and then he was sent to be beheaded.

“What a dick!” – Venus

Culled from: Fox’s Book of Martyrs
Generously suggested by: Louise


Follow-Up Du Jour!

So you may recall back on January 5, I shared the story of twin sisters Alice and Sally Richard12.  Alice was resentful of Sally’s popularity, shot her in the head, and then showed absolutely no remorse for what she did.  The last bit of information that I could track down was that Alice had been committed to a mental hospital, but that’s where the story went cold. 

A couple of you did some additional research and were able to find Alice’s gravestone via Find-a-Grave.  Nic sent me the link with the following comment:

“I don’t know what she did for the remainder of her years, but Alice ended up living a fairly long life, married and apparently died in Sitka, Alaska. 
“A quote from the movie Insomnia seems appropriate about her. When the protagonist, Al Pacino, is speaking to the hotel desk clerk/manager, she tells him something about the area.
“‘There are two kinds of people in Alaska: those who were born here and those who come here to escape something. I wasn’t born here.'”

Find-A-Grave: Alice Elizabeth Richard Schoenenberger

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