Police Find Woman Pushing Dead Child in Playground Swing

Maryland police were called to a park on Friday morning to find what could have been a terrifying scene from a horror film. A woman was there, pushing her dead 3-year-old son in one of the swings. She may have been at the playground for hours, or possibly since the previous day. Her identity has not been released to… » 5/23/15 3:10pm 5/23/15 3:10pm

Why We Should Have Seen Betty Draper's Mad Men Fate From a Mile Away

On the penultimate episode of Mad Men, viewers were shocked by a Betty Draper curveball, that, as far as I can tell by trolling dozens of unhinged messages boards online, very few viewers saw coming. But, in retrospect, Matthew Weiner, brilliant former Sopranos scribe, Mad Men creator, and mild sadist had been giving… » 5/15/15 3:45pm 5/15/15 3:45pm

The Hip Hop Granny From The Wedding Singer Has Died At 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, the only reason to watch The Wedding Singer more than 10 times a year has laid down her last sick rhyme. The actress, who appeared on every show you’ve ever seen —including The Golden Girls, Hannah Montana, and Scrubs — died yesterday at age 101. She leaves behind not only the best performance in… » 5/05/15 3:40pm 5/05/15 3:40pm

Funeral Strippers Are an Actual Thing in China

When we get caught up in the humdrum repetition of our day-to-days, it can be easy to forget how different the lives—or deaths—of people in other parts of the world are. In China, funerals appear to be far more interesting than the ones people attend in the U.S. because they have strippers. These exotic dancers—some… » 4/23/15 11:15pm 4/23/15 11:15pm

Couple Married for 67 Years Die Holding Hands

There's something very poetic about a couple so in love that they can't function without one another. And when it's a couple that's spent 67 years together in good times and in bad, it's more romantic to think about them passing within hours of each other rather than morbid. Get your hankies ready, though — this… » 2/26/15 9:30am 2/26/15 9:30am

The Astrologer's Song: Norman Mailer and Gary Gilmore Under the Utah Sky

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A few weeks ago I spent a morning at the Norman Mailer archives at the University of Texas looking through the research materials for The Executioner's Song, Mailer's 1979 account of the life and death of Utah murderer Gary Gilmore. Around me, students in white gloves turned the pages of leather-bound books so… » 2/25/15 11:59am 2/25/15 11:59am

Study: There's a Lot of Fucking Death in Children's Cartoon Movies

Kids movies have a bad rep for, well, death. Watch pretty much any Disney movie: does the main character have two parents? One of 'em's about to make an unfortunate and tragic exit. A new study has compared children's animated movies to more adult films and when it comes to murder and violence, kids films can… » 12/20/14 4:10pm 12/20/14 4:10pm