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Old November 19th, 2017, 06:44 PM   #31
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If you recall, at the beginning of Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal Lecter was kept behind glass in an underground cell in a Baltimore psychiatric hospital.

Here is a screenshot of the "Baltimore State Forensic Hospital" as it appeared in the 1991 film starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. The institution used by the moviemakers was actually a facility in Canonsburg in western Pennsylvania, southwest of Pittsburgh, a place notable also for having a Perry Como Avenue (!!!). The building used for the film was demolished in 2011.




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Old November 19th, 2017, 07:26 PM   #32
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That building is very similar to the Norristown State Mental Hospital ( known 'round these here parts as the Norristown Nuthouse), where H. H. Holmes worked briefly and one time home of John DuPont, just one of the many warped byproducts of inbreeding in the DuPont family ( For non-Americans, the DuPont family is notorious for their wealth (practically owned Delaware at one time ) as well as their inbreeding to keep their money in their family. It was, and I shit you not, the desire of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739–1817) that cousin marry cousin....and, if wealth was the aim, it frigging worked.

Quick look at the Norristown facility with its rundown buildings




https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_Pont_family

There are 3,500 cousins in the DuPont family ...most of whom do not know each other.

John DuPont, the late murderer and subject of the film Foxcatcher, and also is credited for the discovery of 24 species of birds.
Check this out :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_du_Pont

I'm glad they haven't but surprised that the State hasn't demolished the old buildings at the State Mental Home.....they use some for training firemen in Montgomery County.
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Old November 19th, 2017, 08:19 PM   #33
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I'm all set for the bus tour that Chris spoke of on Post 25. I will just need a wake-up call so I can get to the Lord Baltimore Hotel by 9am to catch the bus.

When the tour stops for lunch time, I will buy myself a good meal at the scenic Rusty Scupper Restaurant overlooking the water. That place has a nice dessert list, and I'm going to choose the Fuji Apple Bread Pudding served with dried cherries and praline sauce with vanilla ice cream. Sounds pretty good for 9 bucks.

I never had praline sauce before, but the cookbook says it has brown sugar, cornstarch, melted butter, and pecans.

With a dessert like that and a great bus tour, I think I'm in for a big day.
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Old November 19th, 2017, 08:29 PM   #34
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Joe

When I lived in Texas 100 years ago, fast food restaurants like Taco Torch used to sell praline cookies which were eaten more as a balm after eating the extremely hot Mexican food than as a treat.

Its good stuff, Joe.
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Old November 23rd, 2017, 02:10 PM   #35
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TOM DIVENTI—“Riffing on Baltimore”—RipperCon 2018 Saturday night entertainer



Former Baltimore Sun columnist Rafael Alvarez calls Tom DiVenti a “Baltimore hidden treasure.” A man with a rapier-like wit, DiVenti is viewed by RipperCon’s Christopher T. George, who has known him for 40 years, as this city’s Lenny Bruce—so just be sure Baltimore’s Bad Boy doesn’t skewer you during RipperCon.

DiVenti made his reputation in the 1970’s as a poet and punk rocker performing with the bands Da Moronics and T.T. Tucker. He is the subject (or victim!) of The Tinklers’ song, “Tough Guys Are Probably Sad Inside.” He has also been pigeon-holed by Lungfish in their song, “Devilhead.”

In 1977, DiVenti founded the city’s first underground small poetry press, Apathy Press, on Lovegrove Alley. The Apathy Project released its first publications on an unsuspecting world in 1980.

At this moment DiVenti’s book, The Baltimore Kid, is schlepping door-to-door in search of a publisher. Summer 2018 will see release of “Da Moronics Live @ CBGB’s NYC 1978” celebrating Da Moronics’ 40th-year anniversary playing punk music—not quite the 130 years since the Ripper murders but getting there! Meanwhile, T.T. Tucker recently released their new CD, “Redneck/Whitetrash/Blues,” comprising original songs by the man himself.

DiVenti writes a weekly column on all things Baltimore and beyond for the digital magazine “Splice Today.” In a recent post he reflected, “Life’s Too Short to Live So Long. I’ve always felt at home in cemeteries”
http://www.splicetoday.com/writing/l...o-live-so-long.

Don’t miss RipperCon in Baltimore, April 7-8 -- the only North American Jack the Ripper - True Crime Conference
in the 130th Anniversary Year of the Whitechapel Murders!

Only fifty places available! See full information at www.RipperCon.com
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Old November 27th, 2017, 07:10 PM   #36
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As previously announced, the Convention Hotel for RipperCon 2018 is the Lord Baltimore Hotel (website www.lordbaltimorehotel.com) where we have a block of rooms and where the Saturday night banquet will be held as well as the Friday night reception.

The Lords Baltimore were the colonial proprietors of Maryland, having founded the colony in 1634 after a previous colony in Newfoundland had failed. The last Lord Baltimore, Frederick Calvert, Sixth Lord Baltimore (1731–1771), had a racy history. He had at least eight mistresses and a number of illegitimate children. He separated from his wife, the former Lady Diana Egerton, in 1756, due to "incompatibility of temper." Lady Diana died in 1758 in a fall from a carriage while accompanied by her husband. Some suspected Lord Baltimore of murder.


Frederick Calvert, Sixth Lord Baltimore

Making Lord Baltimore's story pertinent to today's headlines is that he was accused of raping Sarah Woodcock, a local beauty and milliner who kept a hat shop on Tower Hill, London. He was put on trial for the rape but acquitted when the jury, after deliberating for 80 minutes, judged that she hadn't tried hard enough to escape. One wonders if given the climate today, the result would be the same. Most probably not! Particularly when one considers that she appears to have been procured for his pleasure. The scandal drove him out of England and he never returned. He got into financial difficulties and died in Naples two years later.


Sarah Woodcock - "The Modern Lucretia"


Sarah Woodcock forcibly introduced to Lord Baltimore. 18th century illustration from the Newgate Calendar


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in the 130th Anniversary Year of the Whitechapel Murders!

Only fifty places available! See full information at
www.RipperCon.com
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