Sunday, October 31, 2010

HORROR WEEK: SCREAM QUEENS

Today's scream queen could rightly be called the Queen of Scream Queens. She wasn't one of the first, and she hasn't even done that many movies, but Elvira is probably the woman most associated with horror films. Elvira, whose real name is Cassandra Peterson, has been a TV horror movie host since the early 1980s.

If you're a die-hard Elvira fan, you'll want to check out her official website. She also has her own Youtube channel and a Facebook page.






HORROR WEEK - WAR OF THE WORLDS


If there is one movie that makes me think of Halloween, it's the 1953 adaptation of H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. For the last two decades, I've made it a point to watch this movie on, or just before, Halloween. I enjoyed Spielberg's 2005 adaptation, but the original will always be number one in my heart. I guess I'm just old school.

Sometimes, when I'm feeling really old school, I'll listen to the 1938 broadcast of Mercury Theatre's War of the Worlds radio play. If you're interested in listening to it, you can download it from the Mercury Theatre on the Air website. It's also available, in several parts, on Youtube.

Happy Halloween, everyone. Be sure to check back tonight for the final installment of my week-long scream queen series.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

HORROR WEEK: SCREAM QUEENS




Today's scream queen, Linda Blair, is most famous for her role as the 12 year old victim of demonic possession in The Exorcist. Her character in that movie, Regan MacNeil, had a tough time keeping her head on straight.




She also starred in a number of horror movies in the 80s.



To keep up on what Linda Blair is doing these days, check out her official website.

HORROR WEEK - POLTERGEIST


This Tobe Hooper-directed, Steven Spielberg-produced classic is a must for any horror fan's video library. Not only does it deliver its share of chills, it even (supposedly) has its own curse. But don't worry, you'll be perfectly safe. As long as you remember that just moving the headstones is not enough.

Friday, October 29, 2010

HORROR WEEK: SCREAM QUEENS


Today's scream queen is 80s horror movie phenom Linnea Quigley. Linnea starred in such 80s horror standards as Silent Night, Deadly Night, Return of the Living Dead, and Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers.



Linnea's still active in the horror movie biz. You can check out her official website to see what she's been up to.

HORROR WEEK - RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD


It's cheesy, it's campy; but if you're a horror fan, how could you not love Return of the Living Dead? It has the right combination of chills and laughs to make it a classic. Plus, it has an 80s vibe sure to make Gen X'ers nostalgic. ROTLD was directed and co-written by Dan O' Bannon, who wrote the screenplay for Alien.

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: OCTOBER 29, 1964

On this date in 1964, Jack "Murph the Surf" Murphy and his crew pulled off the largest (at the time) jewel heist in US history. Murphy and Alan Kuhn broke into the American Museum of Natural History in New York, while accomplice Roger Clark waited in the getaway car and acted as lookout.

When Murphy and Kuhn broke in, the alarm didn't sound. It had been turned off to save electricity. They broke into several display cases and stole a number of gems. One of the cases--the one containing the Star of India Sapphire--had a separate, battery-powered alarm. Murphy and Kuhn didn't realize this until they had already started cutting the glass. They went ahead and finished the job anyway. No alarm sounded. It had a dead battery, as it turned out. A sudden sound in the corridor surprised the thieves, and they beat feet out of the museum.

The crew made tracks for Miami with their swag. The haul of 24 gems included the Star of India, which at 563 carats was the largest sapphire in the world (valued at $410k in 1964). They also stole the Delong Ruby (100 carats), the Eagle Diamond (14 carats), and the Midnight Sapphire.

Once the boys got back to Miami, it was party time. The celebration was short lived. Like most thieves, their plan for the heist was better than their plan for the getaway. The police got a tip from a suspicious bellhop who noticed that they were suddenly flush after a short trip out of town. The cops arrested them 24 hours after the burglary. They say the best parties always seem to end too soon.

The Star of India, the Delong Ruby, and some of the other stolen gems were eventually recovered. The Eagle Diamond was among several that never were. I guess that's the price you pay for shutting off the building alarm and using cheap batteries in the display case alarm.

Further reading:

Wikipedia article on Jack Murphy

Archived Court TV article on the heist

Murph the Surf, a movie about the heist

Murph the Surf website

FRIDAY MOVIE QUOTE


"Send more cops."

-Radio Corpse #2 (David Bond), Return of the Living dead (1985)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

HORROR WEEK: SCREAM QUEENS


Today's scream queen is Neve Campbell, who starred in the 1996 slasher movie Scream.


Neve also starred in the movie's sequels, Scream 2 and Scream 3.


And speaking of sequels, Scream 4, starring Neve Campbell, is due out next year.

HORROR WEEK - THE THING (1982)


While I have great affection for the 1951 original (titled The Thing From Another World), John Carpenter's 1982 adaptation was more faithful to John W. Campbell's novella Who Goes There? Plus, the 1982 movie had an excellent cast, and had great special effects. John Carpenter's direction created the perfect atmosphere of paranoia and claustrophobia.

As it turns out, there's another remake in the works. It's due out next year. I'm reserving judgment until I see it, but I won't go in with high expectations.

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: OCTOBER 28, 1919


On this date in 1919, the US Congress overrode President Woodrow Wilson's veto and passed the Volstead Act, which banned alcohol and ushered in the era known as Prohibition. Now that was a crime.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

HORROR WEEK: SCREAM QUEENS

Today's scream queen is Jamie Lee Curtis. Jamie Lee started her screaming career in John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). She did several horror movies in the 80s, such as Prom Night, Terror Train, The Fog, and Halloween II, before moving on to more dramatic and comedic roles. She's also the daughter of yesterday's scream queen, Janet Leigh, and actor Tony Curtis.





In 1994's True Lies, Jamie Lee demonstrated her superb comedic skills, as well as some smoking hot dance moves.

HORROR WEEK - HALLOWEEN (1978)


Here's the trailer for the movie that jump-started slasher film craze of the 1980s. There were a few good ones, and a lot of not-so-good ones, but John Carpenter's Halloween was, in my opinion, the best of the lot. It also starred Jamie Lee Curtis, daughter of Psycho star Janet Leigh.

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: OCTOBER 27, 1994

On this date in 1994, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report that showed that the U.S. prison population had exceeded one million for the first time.  The number, which included those incarcerated in state and federal prisons, was more than double the prison population in 1984.

Further reading:

Albany Times Union - LOCK 'EM UP, LOOK IT UP: 1 MILLION BEHIND BARS

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

HORROR WEEK: SCREAM QUEENS


Today's Horror Week scream queen is Psycho's curvaceous Janet Leigh.


Attractive though she may have been, Janet still made many a man's "women I'd least like to shower with" list.

HORROR WEEK: GHOSTS OF TOMBSTONE


Seeing as how today is the anniversary of the OK Corral gunfight, I guess it would be the appropriate day to post this link. The Clanton gang website has a section dedicated to the Ghosts of Tombstone. It includes pictures and ghost stories from the town too tough to die. I'm pretty much a skeptic on the whole paranormal thing, but I've always found these things fascinating nonetheless. What do you think?

HORROR WEEK - THE EXORCIST


Trailer for THE EXORCIST (click the button on the right of the viewer for full screen)

I remember when this movie came out in 1973. Not that I went to see it, I was only nine years old, and there was no way my mother would've signed off on that. But everybody was talking about it. To listen to the buzz, this was the scariest movie ever. When I finally saw it on video a few years later, I went in with high expectations. I wasn't disappointed.

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY:OCTOBER 26, 1881

On this date in 1881, the feud that had been brewing between the Earps and the Cowboys came to a head in Tombstone, AZ. Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp, along with their friend Doc Holliday, confronted Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McClaury, and Billy Claiborne in a lot next to the OK Corral. Ike Clanton (who was unarmed) and Billy Claiborne fled the scene unscathed. Billy Clanton and the McClaury brothers stayed and shot it out with Holliday and the Earps. The gunfight lasted maybe 30 seconds, and when it was over, two of the Earps (Morgan and Virgil) and Doc Holliday were wounded, and Billy Clanton and the McClaury brothers were dead.

Further reading:

My 2007 blog post on the gunfight (with pictures from my trips to Tombstone)

The Notorious Clanton Gang

Wikipedia: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

OK Corral Famous Gunfight Site

Wyatt Earp's Testimony Re: The Gunfight at the OK Corral

Law Buzz: SHOOT-OUT AT THE OK CORRAL

Monday, October 25, 2010

WEEK OF BABES: SCREAM QUEENS


To mark the coming of Halloween, I figure we'll need a whole week of babes. But not just ordinary babes, scream queens. According to Wikipedia, "A scream queen is an actress who has become associated with horror films, either through an appearance in a notable entry in the genre as a frequent victim or through constant appearances as the female protagonist."

First up is the original scream queen, Fay Wray, who starred in the movie King Kong (1933).


And remember, "It was beauty killed the beast." Beauty and a squadron of fighter planes.

LITTLE BLOG OF HORRORS


We usually don't do theme weeks here at the Nobody Move! blog. It's not that our creative team doesn't like the idea of theme weeks, it's just that they're too lazy to pull one off. But with Halloween looming, it may be time to give it a try. So look for some season-appropriate posts over the next seven days.

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: OCTOBER 25, 1957


On this day in 1957, mob chieftain Albert Anastasia was gunned down while getting a haircut in New York City. Anastasia, born Umberto Anastasio in Calabria, Italy, was head of what would come to be known as the Gambino crime family. His resume also included being "Lord High Executioner" of the mob hit squad that had been dubbed Murder, Inc.

On the morning of October 25th, Anastasia arrived at the Park Sheraton hotel to get a haircut. After he sat down in the barber chair, his bodyguard conveniently went for a stroll. Minutes later, two gunmen walked into the barber shop and shot Anastasia several times. The killers walked out the door and disappeared into mid-morning traffic.

The killers were never caught, and several of Anastasia's former allies--including his underboss, Carlo Gambino--were thought to be behind the hit. The Park Sheraton, back when it was known as the Park Central, was also the place where gambler Arnold Rothstein (architect of the 1919 Black Sox scandal) was murdered in 1928.

Further reading:

Gambino.com - Albert Anastasia

FBI - Albert Anastasia

Utica Observer-Dispatch (October 25, 1957) - Killers Cut Down Albert Anastasia In Barber's Chair

Sunday, October 24, 2010

ATTENTION MEGAMART SHOPPERS, DISCOUNT NOIR IS ON SALE NOW


The anthology Discount Noir, which features my story "WWGD?", is now available for sale as an eBook. Here's the lowdown from the publisher, Untreed Reads:
If you thought standing in line at your local warehouse store was murder, then you haven't been to Megamart. These flash fiction tales of superstore madness and mayhem will make you think twice the next time you hear "clean up on aisle 13."

This anthology contains works by: Patricia Abbott, Sophie Littlefield, Kieran Shea, Chad Eagleton, Ed Gorman, Cormac Brown, Fleur Bradley, Alan Griffiths, Laura Benedict, Garnett Elliot, Eric Beetner, Jack Bates, Bill Crider, Loren Eaton, John DuMond, John McFetridge, Toni McGee Causey, Jeff Vande Zande, James Reasoner, Kyle Minor, Randy Rohn, Todd Mason, Byron Quertermous, Sandra Scoppettone, Stephen D. Rogers, Steve Weddle, Evan Lewis, Daniel B. O'Shea, Sandra Seamans, Albert Tucher, Donna Moore, John Weagly, Keith Rawson, Gerald So, Dave Zeltserman, Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen, Jay Stringer, Anne Frasier, Kathleen A. Ryan, Eric Peterson, Chris Grabenstein and J.T. Ellison.

I am honored to have my work included with that of so many talented writers, including several published novelists. In fact, I kinda feel like this sometimes:



So, if you're one of those trendy folks who's taking part in that whole eReader revolution, you can buy Discount Noir at the following locations:

The Untreed Reads Store

The Amazon Kindle Store

The Barnes & Noble website

Scribd.com

It'll also be available at a number of other online retailers in the near future. And don't worry, if you don't have an eReader, you can buy it in PDF format from the Untreed Reads store.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY:OCTOBER 23, 1935

On this date in 1935, Arthur "Dutch Schultz" Flegenheimer and three members of his crew were shot in the Palace Chophouse Restaurant in Newark, NJ. Word on the street was the hit on the Dutchman was ordered after he asked NYC mob chieftains for permission to kill prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey (he's the guy who did NOT defeat Harry S. Truman in the 1948 Presidential election). But let's face it, the Dutchman had a bunch of enemies, and they each had their own reasons for wanting him dead.

Schultz and his henchmen were taken to a hospital, where they all later died of their wounds. Schultz was reportedly worth about $7 million when he died, but no money was ever found. Rumor had it that Dutch and his bodyguard buried a waterproof safe somewhere in upstate NY.  I haven't found it yet, but I'm still looking.

Further reading:

FBI History - Arthur Flegenheimer

GANGSTER CITY PROFILES - Dutch Schultz

J-Grit - Dutch Schultz - Jewish Gangster

Wikipedia - Dutch Schultz

Friday, October 22, 2010

FRIDAY MOVIE QUOTE


"I've killed women and children. I've killed everything that walks or crawls at one time or another. And I'm here to kill you, Little Bill, for what you done to Ned."

-Will Munny (Clint Eastwood), Unforgiven (1992)

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: OCTOBER 22, 1934

On this date in 1934, notorious outlaw Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd was shot and killed in eastern Ohio.  According to the FBI version of the incident, Floyd was shot by agents as he jumped from a car and drew a .45 pistol.  Another version has it that he was shot and wounded by East Liverpool, OH police sharpshooter Chester Smith, and that FBI agents executed Floyd after briefly questioning him.  At the risk of appearing to be a victim of J. Edgar Hoover's propaganda machine, I'm inclined to believe the FBI version.  But I guess we'll never know for sure.


Further reading:

FBI Famous Cases: Kansas City Massacre - Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd

truTV - CHARLES ARTHUR FLOYD: 'PRETTY BOY' FROM COOKSON HILLS

Wikipedia - Pretty Boy Floyd 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: OCTOBER 19, 1982


On this date in 1982, maverick auto executive John Z. DeLorean was arrested at a hotel near the Los Angeles airport. DeLorean was charged in connection with a $24 million cocaine transaction that he took part in to save his failing company. (Rumors that the $24 million in cocaine were needed to generate the 1.21 gigawatts of electricity it takes to travel through time are, to this day, unconfirmed.) DeLorean maintained that he had been entrapped by an informant working for the FBI. The jury agreed, and Delorean was acquitted (even though his defense team had called no witnesses). His business, DeLorean Motors, wasn't so fortunate. The British government, which had partnered with DeLorean in the venture, shut it down in November of 1982.

John DeLorean died of a stroke in 2005 at the age of 80.

Further reading:

Wikipedia - John DeLorean

The Citizen, Auburn, NY (October 20, 1982) - DeLorean faces cocaine charges

Monday, October 18, 2010

BABE OF THE WEEK


This week's babe is model, actress, and former Playboy Mansion denizen Bridget Marquardt.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: OCTOBER 17, 1931


On this date in 1931, Chicago mob boss Al Capone was convicted in federal court on charges of income tax evasion. Judge James H. Wilkerson surprised Capone and his attorneys by passing a sentence of eleven years in prison, about double the usual sentence for similar crimes. In addition, he assessed $150,000 in fines and court costs against Capone. Adding insult to injury, the judge denied Capone's motion to stay out of prison while his appeal was in the works. Capone was on a train to Leavenworth prison a week after his conviction. He would not make parole until late 1939.

Further reading:

Binghamton Press, October 24, 1931 - Al Capone Gets 11 Years, Must Pay $150,000

truTV - Al Capone

Mario Gomes - My Al Capone Museum

Friday, October 15, 2010

FRIDAY MOVIE QUOTE


"In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration."

-Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), North by Northwest (1959)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: OCTOBER 14, 1912

On this date in 1912, New York saloon keeper John F. Schrank shot former President Teddy Roosevelt in Milwaukee, WI. Roosevelt, who was running for president on the Bull Moose party ticket, was in Milwaukee to give a speech. Prior to the speech, he had dinner with advisers at the Hotel Gilpatrick. As he left the hotel, supporters waiting outside cheered him. Also waiting for the former president was John Schrank, armed and ready for action. As Roosevelt turned and waved to the crowd before getting into his car, Schrank aimed a pistol at Roosevelt's head. Just before he pulled the trigger, a spectator named Adam Bittner struck Schrank's arm, spoiling his aim. The bullet struck Roosevelt in the chest, hitting a glasses case and a fifty page speech before lodging in the former president's body.

The crowd pounced on Schrank and began pummeling him. The beating continued until Roosevelt stood up and implored the crowd to show mercy to the man. The police arrived and took Schrank into custody. Roosevelt eschewed a trip to the hospital, and vowed to give his speech "if it's the last thing on earth I do." Roosevelt arrived at the Milwaukee Auditorium several minutes later and gave his speech to 10,000 supporters, the bullet still lodged in his chest. Roosevelt eventually lost the election, coming in second to Woodrow Wilson. The incumbent, Republican William Howard Taft, came in third; the only incumbent president ever to do so. The bullet remained lodged in Roosevelt's body for the rest of his life (on the lower left in the x-ray photo above).

John Schrank, who claimed the assassination attempt was done per the instructions of the ghost of President William McKinley, was (unsurprisingly) declared insane. He spent the rest of his life in mental institutions. He died of natural causes in 1943 at the Central State Mental Hospital in Waupun, Wisconsin.


Further reading:

Classic Wisconsin - John Schrank

Wikipedia - John Flammang Schrank

Wikipedia - Theodore Roosevelt


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

BABE OF THE WEEK

According to my Statcounter, I've been getting a lot of hits from Iran recently. All of them have been here looking for the same thing: pictures of Olga Kurylenko.

So, as a show of solidarity with my fellow babe-aficionados in the Islamic Republic, this week's babe - appearing on Nobody Move! for the fifth time - is Olga Kurylenko.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: OCTOBER 12, 1978

On this date in 1978, 20 year old Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of former Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, was found dead in the bathroom of her room at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan. Spungen had been stabbed in the lower abdomen.  The murder weapon was a knife that belonged to Vicious (real name John Simon Ritchie).

Police arrested Vicious, who gave conflicting accounts of what happened.  Some versions pointed to his innocence, others implicated him in the murder.  There were numerous theories as to who else may have killed Nancy, with most theories involving a drug deal gone bad.

The case never went to trial.  On February 2, 1979, while out on bail, Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose .  He was 21 years old at the time.

Further reading:

truTV - PUNK-ROCK ROMEO AND JULIET: SID VICIOUS AND NANCY SPUNGEN

Find A Grave - Nancy Spungen

Wikipedia - Nancy Spungen

Monday, October 11, 2010

THIS DAY IN CRIME HISTORY: OCTOBER 11, 1923


On this date in 1923, twin brothers Ray and Roy DeAutremont, and their younger brother Hugh, attempted one of the last great train robberies in the United States.* The robbery started when the brothers hid in a railroad tunnel outside Siskiyou, OR. As the Southern Pacific Gold Special passed through the tunnel, they jumped onto the train and made their way to the engine. After forcing the engineer to stop the train, they planted a bomb on the mail car to open the door. The bomb, which was more powerful than they expected, blew the car to pieces, killing the mail clerk inside.

Once they concluded that the robbery was a total failure, the brothers fled into the woods. Before they left, they shot and killed the engineer, the fireman, and the conductor, leaving no witnesses who could identify the robbers.

The police investigation, with the assistance of early forensic science pioneer Dr. Edward Heinrich, quickly identified the perpetrators. Tracking them down, however, would prove a bit more daunting.

The brothers figured that their chances of escape would improve if they split up. Roy and Ray went their separate ways, eventually meeting up in Ohio, where they got jobs working under assumed names. Hugh's escape was slightly more creative. He joined the US Army under an assumed name, and was eventually posted in the Philippines. He was shipped back to the United States in 1927, after an Army buddy saw a wanted poster and recognized his friend "James Price" as Hugh DeAutrement. Roy and Ray were arrested a short time later when one of the co-workers had a similar revelation.

After two trials (the first ended in a mistrial) Hugh was convicted of four counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison. His older brothers, seeing what was in store for them, pled guilty and received similar sentences.

Hugh DeAutrement was diagnosed with cancer while in prison. He was paroled in 1958 and died in early 1959. Roy went insane while in prison. He was transferred to a mental hospital, where he was given a lobotomy. He died of cancer while in the mental hospital. Ray DeAutrement, who had been described as a model prisoner, was paroled in 1961, on the anniversary of the robbery. His sentence was commuted by the governor of Oregon in 1971. He died in 1984, at the age of 84.


*Edited at 2:25 PM EDT: I had originally written that they had pulled off the last great train heist, but it was recently brought to my attention that the Newton brothers pulled off a successful $3 million train heist in 1924.
h/t: Capt Midknight at the Yahoo! Gangsterologists group.


Further reading:

The Last Great Train Robbery

The Last Oregon Train Robbery

Smithsonian Channel - THE D'AUTREMONT TRAIN ROBBERY

Wikipedia - DeAutremont Brothers