From the End: Eva Rablen, Mail-Order Bride

I’m experimenting with a new style I’m calling From the End. I’ll tell you the end of the story first, and then give you the background. If it goes well, I’ll write more posts like this.   There is a prison at the base of the mountains near Tehachapi that was constructed in 1932 to…

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The Arsenic Eaters

Arsenic was not uncommon at the turn of the century. It was a common means of pest control – often as rat poison. In humans, arsenic poisoning produces symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, abdominal pain, and death. In a 1927 Scientific Monthly article, Professor Norman Harrar described arsenic this way: “One of the poisons known…

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The Fascinating Life Immortal Evatima Tardo

Evatima Tardo’s remarkable life lasted 34 years. In just over three decades, she was a: Phenomena to the medical community Mother Muse to Houdini Vaudeville star Murder victim Much of Evatima’s personal life is still a mystery. She was born Eva Kennedy in 1871, and spent the first few years of her life in Cuba. At age four,…

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