Tessier cleft, 1994.
The Last New England Vampire
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries there was a widespread belief in vampires throughout New England. The vampiric condition became associated with the deadly Tuberculosis, a disease misunderstood at the time and therefore the cause of much superstition.
It was believed to cause nightly visitations from previously deceased victims, as well as bringing general sickness and multiple deaths to the family. As a result, there are various accounts of families having their deceased disinterred for the purpose of removing their hearts and bringing to an end their reign of terror, and the most famous of these cases is that of Mercy Brown.
There had been numerous deaths as a result of TB within the Brown family. Mercy’s mother and sister had died within a few years of one another, then, in 1892, Mercy herself succumbed to the illness.
Mercy’s brother Edwin was also ill and, in accordance with the aforementioned folklore, Mercy’s father was persuaded to exhume the bodies of his dead relatives in an attempt to cure his son. The mother and sister’s body were found to have undergone significant decomposition, however, Mercy’s body remained relatively unchanged*: a clear sign that she was undead and the agent of Edwin’s condition.
As a result, her heart was removed, burnt, mixed with water and fed to Edwin. He died two months later.
* A cold New England winter likely caused this.
Everyone loves “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show but let us not forget it is actually an unfinished Bob Dylan song from 1972.
take a nug.
Fuse TV recently featured Hank3 in a webisode of “Crate Diggers.” 3 talks about his personal record collection, influences and even sings a little bit of “Pac Man Fever!” Take 13 minutes out of your evening and check this out.
Already reblogged it but here’s another.
”I don’t remember the exact first time, but I remember leaving Gerde’s Folk City, and I heard Bob do it, maybe not the first time, but he had just written it. And I got in a cab and I was so excited. Bob put me in the cab, actually, and I drove off and I wanted the world to know I’d been in on this phenomenal episode, this incredible new song. And I was trying to tell the New York cab driver about it. I said, ‘You wouldn’t believe this guy. I mean, this is amazing. This is real poetry.’ He said, ‘Does it rhyme?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He says, ‘Okay.’ He wasn’t impressed. But something in me knew, probably, it was one of those songs that would last forever.” — Joan Baez on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In the Wind”
Happy 72nd birthday to Bob Dylan, born May 24, 1941. The writer and singer of a lot of songs that will “last forever.”