Alabaman Rube Burrow was a train robber, primarily in Texas. He was killed in Linden, Alabama, where he had been captured and handcuffed to a bench. Using a hidden pistol, he got free from the handcuffs, then went looking for another of his captors who had taken his Marlin rifle. Burrow was killed in the ensuing gunfight.
Good old Wikipedia actually has a really nice collection of information – click here (opens in new window).
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This vintage photograph was sent in by Laurie S., who explained that although she had read that there was no such thing as a ‘standing’ post mortem photograph, the ‘dotted in’ eyes on this subject intrigued her.
I happen to think that there are occasional examples of standing post mortem images, but I am very far from being an expert and am well aware that other website owners would disagree with me wholeheartedly. Each to their own, as they say.
Anyway it’s a moot point in this case, because I don’t think for one moment that the gentlemen in this photo (which hadn’t been described or sold as a post mortem) is anything other than alive*, and the eyes had simply come out a bit blurred so the photographer did a bit of early photo editing.
Your thoughts, lovely readers?
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*at the time the photo was taken. Yes I know he’d be dead by now, hahaha, if only I had a pound for every time I’d heard that quip, etc etc…
This photo was sent in by Rebecca T, who actually owns a hard copy. She didn’t buy it as a post mortem, but is wondering whether it might be. Her argument (which I feel is a valid one) is that, given that photography was still relatively expensive and awkward, why would one go to the effort of posing a live child without cleaning up their grubby knees?
So, the question is whether the marks on the child’s legs are caused by death or illness, or are just the results of having been out grubbing around in the dirt and not washing properly before posing for the photographer
I have already said to Rebecca that although I agree that the marks are strange, I do think that the child is alive. There is a ‘look’ in the eyes and the facial muscles appear to have tone to them.
Personally I’m going with not, for the simple reasons that had the child been dead when the photo was taken I think that the photographer would have made an attempt to keep the eyes closed. They didn’t always succeed very well with their manipulations, but it’s unusual to find a post mortem photograph with no attempt whatsoever at making the deceased more aesthetically pleasing. To my mind it’s far more like that this was a live child that was blind.
But death is rarely as attractive in reality as it is in fantasy, and Marilyn’s was no different. The iconic image at the top of this article stands in stark contrast to the post mortem photographs below.
When it comes down to it, I think I’d rather remember her for this frankly awesome quote:
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.
Uggggh, so my router died in a storm and I have no internet for the next couple of days until Rupert Murdoch decides to send me a new one. I might kill someone, seriously. Anyway. Will be back soon. I hope.
That sound you can hear in the distance is me wailing pathetically…
Ohhh it is like CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY. But I really don’t like Christmas, so maybe Easter. Because more chocolate. Anyway. This is a better present than the fluffy socks with glitter in them that someone buys me every year (the ‘someone’ changes year to year, but ALWAYS GLITTERY SOCKS. Because women apparently needs endless glittery socks. They really don’t, in case you were wondering).
The image below is just fascinating, described as it is as ’a skeleton of a child with a set of superfluous limbs and deformed head. Collotype by Römmler and Jonas after a radiograph by G. Leopold and Th. Leisewitz, 1908.’
The collection contains images from all sorts of study spheres, but mainly focusses on medicine and science. It is absolutelyworth spending some time clicking through the images – you never know what you might find!