When I was dating the girl in DC earlier this year, I made a trip to the National Museum of Crime and Punishment. Was it a rip-off at $21.95 compared to the great low cost (free!) of the Smithsonian museums? Certainly it was. But were there interesting things on display here? Yes, there certainly are, including Gacy’s Pogo the Clown outfit. So then isn’t it worth it? Well, kind of, I suppose.
But the point is: It’s closing at the end of the month! So, get out there now or wonder if it will ever open anywhere else for the rest of your life!
I’ll hurry up and put out my travelogue this week (if work allows) so that you can see what you’re missing if you choose not to make a trip.
Crime Museum Is Closing At The End of September
(Thanks to Ear for the heads up!)
Auschwitz-Birkenau (Oswiecim, Poland)
The infamous Nazi death camp where over 1 million people met their demise. This is #1 on my Bucket List and I’m hoping to be able to visit next year. If I do, I will write up a travelogue for you all and take lots of pictures.
Also see: Last Expression
mattsochoki writes to recommend this site: “I found an article about this place which is a museum in Budapest to the communist secret police, it was also their former headquarters. The real treat is that I did some searching and found the official website for the place. [There are] some really interesting photos of the inside of this place. I highly recommend checking it out. I found it incredibly interesting that they not only acknowledged the communist secret police but made a whole museum.”
Rick Steves has an excellent article about this site, which includes the following fascinating info: “Budapest has recently opened one of the most powerful museums in Europe. Featuring the grim decades of Nazi and Communist repression, the museum is the former headquarters for the secret police of both the Nazi and Communist governments. The building’s awning has the word TERROR cut out of it, and when the sun projects through these letters, it symbolizes the terror which was projected onto the Hungarian people for fifty years. After allying themselves with Hitler to save their own skins (and their Jewish population), Hungary was overtaken by the Nazi-affiliated Arrowcross in the waning days of World War II. Arrowcross members did their best to exterminate Budapest’s Jews. They killed Jews one-by-one in the streets, and were known to tie several victims together, shoot one of them, and throw him into the freezing Danube—dragging the others in with him. They executed hundreds in the basement of this building.”
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour (London, England)
I suspect there are as many Jack the Ripper tours as there were drops of blood on Mary Kelly’s dress. This one (Ripping Yarns) comes highly recommended from Miss Hayley. Anyone else have an opinion to share?
The Donnelly Homestead (Lucan, Ontario, Canada)
In the early hours of February, 4, 1880, five members of The Donnelly family met their bloody demise at the hands of their neighbors. Since that time, a mythology of sorts has sprung up about the Donnellys in Canada. Go to the site where the massacre occurred, visit the Donnelly’s graves nearby, and hear all about a great Canadian tragedy. Check out the wonderful Official Donnelly Homepage too, while you’re here. (Special thanks to Dwayne Mahoney for the link/suggestion.)
Carbon County Museum (Rawlings, Wyoming)
Frankie writes to tell me about this place, which sounds just too strange to be true: “I just returned from a roadtrip and thought you might be interested in listing the Carbon County Museum in Rawlins, Wyoming as part of your Morbid USA. They house the remains of a man who was lynched back in 1881. His skin was made into a pair of shoes and the top of his skull used as a doorstop. The gentleman who wore his shoes later became Governor of Wyoming if you can believe it.”
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (Dallas, Texas)
Look out the window where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot JFK. See the Grassy Knoll. And all that good awful stuff.
John D. Long Lake (Union, South Carolina)
The lake where Susan Smith drowned her children. Also the site where seven other individuals drowned when their car mysteriously rolled into the lake while they were visiting the memorial to the Smith children. Locals suspect the lake is haunted, so don’t get too close!!
Cleveland Police Museum (Cleveland, Ohio)
The highlight of this free museum is a collection of death masks taken from victims of the infamous Cleveland Torso Killer. The website offers more details on the killings, for those not in the know.
Franklin Castle (Cleveland, Ohio)
Chrissy writes to tell me of the infamous Franklin Castle. It’s an eerie looking place that is allegedly haunted (Ghosts Of The Prairie), and where they found a room full of baby skeletons.