So I just got back from Washington, D.C. and my favorite part was definitely the Crime & Punishment Museum and I wanted to share some of the things I liked from it with you guys!
First Picture: John Wayne Gacy’s leather jacket which he was supposedly arrested in. On the right of it is his wallet, still how it was when it was taken from him, including things like his Radio Shack member card. Underneath is his painting supplies where he wrote his name on the case and his typewriter.
Second Picture: One of my favorite (and the creepiest) part of the exhibit: John Wayne Gacy’s “Pogo the Clown” suits.
Third Picture: A self-portrait drawn by Gacy himself.
Fourth Picture: A photo of Gacy as Pogo the Clown signed by him.
Fifth Picture: The handcuffs used to handcuff Jeffrey Dahmer when he was arrested and his signature.
Sixth Picture: A baseball and a photo signed by Charles Manson.
Seventh Picture: “Old Smokey.” The electric chair responsible for killing over 125 men on death row.
Eighth Picture: Probably my favorite part of the museum. Ted Bundy’s Volkswagon Beetle.
Not to mention hundreds of other unbelievable things, the whole museum takes about an hour just to walk through! If you ever have the chance, DEFINITELY go, probably one of the best experiences of my life.
The Siriraj Medical Museum in Bangkok, Thailand, to the layman, is a gruesomely fascinating formaldehyde pickled nightmare world; including a gallery of suicide, an exhibit of Siamese twins in jars, forensic evidence from crimes, cadavers cut in half and heads in jars.
Although extremely valuable and educational for students in the medical field, it is not for the squeamish.
The hospital is home to the preserved body of Chinese immigrant and serial child killer cannibal “Si-oui” (or Si Ouey) in a big glass display box. Si-oui is probably Thailand’s most infamous serial killer, responsible for the deaths of half a dozen young boys. He suffocated them and ate their hearts and livers as he believed the consumption of the organs gave him powers.
Every year, millions of sharks are slaughtered for their fins. Some sources estimate the number is as many as 100 million killed annually. When you remove the top predator from an ecosystem, second-tier species move in to take their place and often times have far more specialized diets resulting in a total imbalance of their environments. Sharks are the ultimate stabilizers of their ocean habitats.
With shark fin soup selling for as much as $100 per bowl in some restaurants, enforcing laws against distributors seems to be the first place to begin. So, how do we put the brakes on such a booming and lucrative industry? The Field Museum teamed up with the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science at Stony Brook University in order to develop new methods for identifying degraded tissues from confiscated fins. This allows our scientists to match key markers against known species, and provides enough information to legally charge an individual or business with supporting illegal trafficking.
It’s a start. Help us spread the word. Shark finning needs to stop.
On Thursday, the Museum of Forbidden Technologies will open their new exhibit, called “Thought Crimes.” Anyone who attends the exhibit is obviously interested in learning about forbidden technologies, and will be arrested immediately. Tickets are available on the museum website, and here’s a tip: They can’t arrest you for buying tickets if you’re in your own home. They can, however, use tear gas to flush you out, and then arrest you.
Virtual gallery project by Ziv Schneider features various exhibitions of artworks that have been officially stolen - videos embedded below:
The Museum of Stolen Art is a virtual space for pieces reported stolen in FBI and Interpol art crime databases. The museum is a virtual reality experience that allows the visitor to encounter art whose location is unknown.
The first exhibitions in the museum are: The looting of Afghanistan The Looting of Iraq Famous Stolen Paintings
While walking through the space, the visitor is accompanied by an audio guide explaining about the history of the different pieces. The goals of the museum are to give visibility to art that is otherwise impossible to see on a museum wall, and also to familiarize the public with stolen items in order to assist in the their recovery. Another goal is to bring attention to the subject of cultural theft, especially as a result of war and conflict.
The project will be available for all to view at some point in the future. You can find out more here
Considered one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century, the Bronze Age Nebra Sky Disc forced scientists to rethink what they thought they knew about European culture of the era. They almost didn’t get the opportunity; the disc was found by illegal treasure hunters who put it on the Black Market, until an archaeologist arranged a sting operation to get it back.
The disc was found near the German town of Nebra in 1999. It’s a 32-centimeter-wide (1-foot) bronze disc with gold inlays depicting the moon, sun, some constellations, and arches which may have had religious significance. It weighs about 2.2 kilograms (5 pounds). It was buried with two bronze swords, two hatchets, a chisel, and fragments of bracelets. The looters sold it as a collection on the Black Market, where it was then resold multiple times.
In 2001, Archaeologist Harald Meller, newly appointed as the head of the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle, Germany, was shown photos of the collection. He immediately recognized the significance of the disc; it obviously depicted the night sky, making it one of the oldest known astronomical maps, and the first such map from prehistoric Europe. Meller arranged to buy the disc on the Black Market, while the Swiss Police stood ready. As soon as Meller had the disc, the police arrested the sellers.
Scientists wondered if the Nebra Sky Disc was too good to be true, so it had to be analyzed carefully to determine if it was a forgery. The bronze proved its authenticity; it has microscopic crystals caused by corrosion, but, critically, the crystals are large meaning they’ve been growing for a very long time, something that can’t be faked. Archaeologists don’t know exactly how old the disc is, but they’ve determined that it was buried about 3,600 years ago. The swords found with it were dated to around 1600 BCE, suggesting the disc may be about the same age.
The Nebra Sky Disc shows culture and sophistication previously not associated with the European Bronze Age. In 2013, it was added to the United Nations’s Memory of the World Register; part of the description recorded for it is: “It combines an extraordinary comprehension of astronomical phenomena with the religious beliefs of its period that enable unique glimpses into the early knowledge of the heavens.” The disc is now on public display at the State Museum of Prehistory.