Case Files

A Brief History of Fairies

Present in one form or another across the spectrum of global folklore, you’d be forgiven for thinking these butterfly winged blighters belong solely to children’s literature and kitschy garden ornaments. Don’t be fooled by the charming exterior made popular in victorian illustrations, the Fay Folk are not to be trifled with. Let’s find out why.…

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Robert: The Haunted Doll of Key West

If you find yourself at a loose end in Key West, Florida, why not spend an afternoon in the East Martello Museum? Amongst the local art and history, you may find yourself drawn toward one peculiar exhibit – that of an almost child sized doll, named Robert.  He sits in his glass case, holding his…

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Lizzie Borden And The Fall River Axe Murders

Lizzie Borden took an axeand gave her mother forty whacks.When she saw what she had done,she gave her father forty-one. This dainty little skipping tune is familiar in playgrounds across the English peaking world. It was even heard echoing through my little Welsh schoolyard, back in the day. But what do we really know about…

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The Insatiable Tarrare

I first laid eyes on the man known as Tarrare in a Parisian side street in 1789.  “Monsieur,” he said, “care to see me eat this rat?” I did not wish to see such a thing, but before I could utter my resistance, this bizarre man – with sagging jowls that betrayed his youth –…

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Black Eyed Kids: An Internet Legend

Whether it’s innocent babbling about the “parents they had before” or the particularly macabre games they made you play in boarding school that sees you being accidentally waterboarded, kids are creepy.   With no perception of consequence, context or the permanence of death, it’s no surprise their make-believe games leave you worried your sharing your…

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The Haunted Hexham Heads

I first came across the story of the Hexham Heads some years ago, which resulted in my own strange experience one dark and stormy night, but we’ll get to that.  For now, we’ll travel to Northumberland, where a chance find leads to one of the most obscure tales in modern British folklore. The Discovery of…

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