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Just a Bit of Arsenic

Welcome to Just a Bit of Arsenic; a nod to the Victorian way to primp your face and off your mates! Let's talk about Murder with Victorian fervor, spiced with an arsenic trace.

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Friends, Welcome to Widow's Walk Mansion, where things go Aarrgghh! in the night. Do come in; do come armed. Stay a night or forever. There's always a fire and any moonlit eve goes well with tea, arsenic and Viennese lace.

Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, "Dear friend, what can I do to prove that warm affection I've always felt for you? I have within my pantry, good store of all that's nice; I'm sure you're very welcome-will you please take a slice?"
    "Oh no, no," said the little Fly, "kind sir, that cannot be, I've heard what's in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!"~Mary Howitt

Iocane powder. It is tasteless, odorless, dissolves instantly in liquid, and is among the more deadly poisons known to man.
~The Princess Bride  Keeps things light in the dark!

Overheard late night in library; Widow Kate shares a whiskey with Doc Holliday:

Christina Rosetti~Uphill

Does the road wind up-hill all the way?Yes, to the very end. Will the day's journey take the whole long day? From morn to night, my friend.

But is there for the night a resting-place? A roof for when the slow dark hours begin. May not the darkness hide it from my face? You cannot miss that inn. 

Shall I meet other wayfarers at night? Those who have gone before. Then must I knock, or call when just in sight? They will not keep you standing at that door.
Shall I find comfort, travel-sore and weak? Of labour you shall find the sum. Will there be beds for me and all who seek? Yea, beds for all who come.
        Brass Spider Daniel Proulx

Discussion Forum

The Castle of Death - the case of H.H. Holmes

Started by Wendy Zdrodowski. Last reply by Brigadier Chaos O'Tesla Mar 3, 2016. 28 Replies

All right, enought of this namby-pamby accidental poisoning nonsense - let's look a little into the story of a real baddie!H.H. Holmes, born Herman Webster Mudgett, was one of the…Continue

Cool cemeteries in your neighborhoods?

Started by Hannah. Last reply by Professor Verdigris Wetware Mar 3, 2013. 84 Replies

Someone mentioned having an old cemetery in their neighborhood, and it got me thinking, how many of us have interesting "sleeping grounds" in our towns? My hometown has Mount Hope Cemetery, a 200 acre Victorian cemetery established in the 1830s…Continue

Jack the Ripper - his life and crimes

Started by Prof. Sebastian Fate. Last reply by The Widow Kate Next Jun 4, 2012. 101 Replies

             ' Horror ran through the land . Men spoke of it with bated breath , and pale-lipped women shuddered as they read the dreadful details '               Autumn 1888 , horror stalks the East End of London . In ten weeks five women are…Continue

The ambitious Jane Toppan

Started by Hannah. Last reply by Georg, Baron von Mannteuffel Feb 10, 2012. 1 Reply

I stumbled upon this young lady recently and was shocked to have never heard of her before. Jane Toppan, a Massachussets nurse who claimed her personal goal was to kill "more…Continue

Lizzie Borden took an axe... (you know the rest)

Started by Hannah. Last reply by The Widow Kate Next Jan 3, 2012. 15 Replies

On a stifling hot August 4th, 1892, the patriarch of the prominent Borden family and his second wife were discovered brutally murdered via axe-blows to their heads, in broad daylight, only a few hours apart. As the shocking case unraveled, it became…Continue

The origin of the Zombi

Started by Rt Rev.Hammer, Archimandrite. Last reply by The Widow Kate Next Jan 2, 2012. 3 Replies

As told in story form by yours truly! The setting is at the Widows Mansion. The factually mentioned are indeed true. Purple and velvet comes the evening at…Continue

The Sisters Brimm

Started by ms.p.allworthey. Last reply by 29d236sccxyr9 Jan 2, 2012. 2 Replies

Dearest Kate-My Sister and I would like to cordially invite you and any of your "E-Steamed" Guests to the Launch of our Venture.Please Visit our Blog as well as Our…Continue

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Shades of Gray ?

Started by Prof. Sebastian Fate. Last reply by Prof. Sebastian Fate Dec 10, 2011. 6 Replies

In March or April 1890 Oscar Wilde submitted to ' Lippincott's Monthly '  a  draft of ' The Picture of Dorian Gray ' .This  typescript represented Wilde's intentions but was heavily censored by the editior of Lippincott's , Joseph Marshall Stoddart…Continue

Death in The Pot - an unusual dinner

Started by Wendy Zdrodowski. Last reply by The Widow Kate Next Jul 15, 2011. 6 Replies Exciting experiments with food additives, and a general history of poisoning accidental and…Continue

Deadly Miss Madeleine

Started by The Widow Kate Next. Last reply by The Widow Kate Next May 20, 2011. 4 Replies

Madeleine Smith, born to a comfortably well off family in Scotland, her father a successful architect, had fallen in love.  Pierre I'Angelier was a poverty stricken man, and stricken by his love for the very pretty Madeleine.  The affair was…Continue

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Comment by Leslie Orton on December 6, 2015 at 6:35pm

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Comment by Leslie Orton on January 23, 2015 at 5:14pm

              Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #22:

BURLESQUE: "Pony-Play!"

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Comment by Leslie Orton on October 30, 2014 at 6:11pm

            Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #19:

"Springheel" Jack The Ripper CAPTURED!!!!

Courtesans Armed with Deadly Fans Seek Justice!

Miss Amelia Owen Kibbey FOUND!!


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Comment by Leslie Orton on October 17, 2014 at 3:49pm

           Steampunk Newspaper The Aether Chronicle #18:

Steampunk Online Game Designer Interviewed by Kevin Steil

New Steampunk Film In The Making!

Amelia Own Kibbey Lost on Route to Prague!

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Comment by Leslie Orton on September 29, 2014 at 3:55pm

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Comment by Ryan Grimm on September 27, 2013 at 8:28am
Comment by Ryan Grimm on September 27, 2013 at 8:24am

A lady friend of long acquaintance once came to a party with a striking wide leather belt on...dangling from it were large chromed steel rings.

I looked at her and said, "Candace, *LOVE* your belt*."
She had the good grace to blush.

All it needed was bits of chain and padlocks, for those of you needing clues....

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on September 27, 2013 at 8:08am

Professor - Why, that must mean that you are quite sane!

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on September 26, 2013 at 6:59pm

(I also love the knotted rope "trim" on her dress, very handy)

Comment by Professor Argon Bats on September 26, 2013 at 6:58pm

Oh... is THAT what "bait and switch" means? Why, that makes so much more sense...


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