Archive for February 2016

Johann Hoch hung 110 years ago Today – His last moments on Earth

Johann Hoch hung 110 years ago Today – His last moments on Earth
Johann Otto Hoch or John Schmidt as was his most accepted birth name, was born in 1863 in Birgen, Russia or in 1855 in Horrweiler, Germany.  He had numerous aliases although John Hock was the one he maintained through his execution. He purportedly came to the United States in 1883 with his first wife (that... Read more »

Where are Teresita Basa and Allan Showery 39 years after her Voice From The Grave sent him to Prison?

Where are Teresita Basa and Allan Showery 39 years after her Voice From The Grave sent him to Prison?
On February 21, 1977, the body of 47-year-old Teresita Basa was found in her torched apartment on the 15th Floor of 2740 N. Pine Grove Ave in Chicago.  She was a respiratory therapist at the now defunct Edgewater Hospital.  Police had no suspects until another respiratory therapist named Remedios Chua started going into trances and... Read more »

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is a Joke especially on Valentines Day!
O.K.  I have prided myself on writing a blog that centers on history and historical research and doesn’t just rant and complain about things but I can no longer do that. A member of my facebook group, Chicago History the Stranger Side, posted an article yesterday about how the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is... Read more »
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Is Witchcraft Illegal in the State of Illinois?

Is Witchcraft Illegal in the State of Illinois?
Many people find fascination with the topic of the Salem Witch trials of 1692.  I have read a number of fascinating books on the subject and most recently a team of researchers from Salem State University have claimed to have located the actual site of the 19 executions by hanging that resulted from the trials. ... Read more »

Why I would support a Barbara Bush Presidential Run in 2016

Why I would support a Barbara Bush Presidential Run in 2016
Barbara Bush for President?  At first I thought I was just being funny but then I thought about it.  I probably wouldn’t be the only one that thought about it.  In fact I kinda wonder if the Bush family thought about it before Jeb threw his hat in the ring. I have always loved Barbara... Read more »