we live in a slightly mad world


Dec 2 1814

Death of the Marquis de Sade, in a lunatic asylum at Charenton. The good Marquis wrote, “There is a kind of pleasure which comes from sacrilege or the profanation of the objects offered us for worship.”

Dec 2 1938

Albert Kessel and Robert Lee Cannon put down in California’s new gas chamber. The executions are a smashing success.

Dec 2 1956

The Mad Bomber strikes! At Brooklyn’s Paramount Theater, injuring 7. The bomber terrorized New York City between 1940 and 1956.

Dec 2 1964

Beatle Ringo Starr has his tonsils removed at University College Hospital in London, causing him to miss part of the Scandinavian and Far East tour.

Dec 2 1980

Four American churchwomen — three nuns and a lay worker — are raped, murdered, and buried outside El Salvador’s capital, San Salvador. Five national guardsmen are convicted in the killings, and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Dec 2 1994

Heidi Fleiss, the “Hollywood Madam,” is convicted of three counts of felony pandering. She provided prostitutes to Hollywood celebrities; among them are rumored to be Jack Nicholson, David Hasselhoff, and John Ritter.

Dec 2 1997

David Afuta, the hairdresser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is found dead with two bullets in his chest at in his apartment after a murder/suicide. The other victim, Anat Elimelech, had one bullet in her. It is not clear which person pulled the trigger. The incident sends the Israeli media into a tizzy.

Dec 2 1997

The bodies of three children who were victims of a human sacrifice performed by their parents are dug up in Caratal village, Trinidad. The three children, the offspring of Kenrick and Chandrowtie London variously aged 17 months to 3 years, had been sacrificed in a religious ceremony that was intended to bring prosperity.