Via Crime Watch Daily: After 40 years and two exhumations, a mother finally has the proof that her gut instinct was right all along—her missing son was not, apparently, a victim of serial murderer John Wayne Gacy.
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Via Fox 8 Cleveland: Just in time for the Republican National Convention, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home is available for rent—or even for sale.
The mid-century modern abode, which features the room in which Dahmer (pictured, image via Milwaukee Police Department) spent his formative years, is located at 4480 West Bath Road in Akron, Ohio. Renting it will put you out $8,000 a month, and it's being shown to serious buyers only on a case-by-case basis. Asking price: $295,000.
Dahmer lived in the house from the age of 8, or about 10 years before his first murder, which he committing while living there. He raped, murdered and dismembered 17 men and boys before being caught, and was beaten to death in prison in 1994 by a fellow incarcerated murderer.
Anyhoo, the realtor notes that the yard is “absolutely fabulous.” He says, in the video below, that about half the people who call him to rent it are turned off by the house's history, while the other half don't seem to mind ...
Fascinating—I'd never heard of Polari, a gay language invented and used by gay men in Great Britain in the '50s and '60s in order to evade detection.
The slang includes common lingo like “chicken” (c'mon, you know what that means) and much more obscure stuff like “vada” (for look at). Allegedly, the word camp even came from Polari.
Via Atlas Obscura:
Polari provided gay men with a subtle way to find one another for companionship and sex. Says Dolan, "if you fancied somebody you’d drop a few words in, see if they picked it up, and go from there.” The code words of Polari, indecipherable to outsiders, made the solicitation process safer, allowing men to approach potential partners without having to reveal their own sexuality.
Among confirmed gay men, however, there was nothing subtle about Polari conversations. The language was used to "recount stories of trade [sex], and cottaging [looking for sex in public bathrooms], and wigs and makeup and who was wearing what and who did what to whom," says Dolan. "It was a way of showing off and bitching and all that kind of stuff.” In Hello Sailor! The Hidden History of Gay Life at Sea, Paul Baker and Jo Stanley write that Polari played a role in “allowing gay men to construct a humorously performative identity for themselves.”
The closest I can come to this is when I once went to a gathering of like-minded sex-seekers, for which we'd all been given a secret word to use because it was held at a large public bar. We were supposed to use that word in conversation to see if the guy we were chatting with was into the same stuff. I was talking to a super cute guy and he brought up the word—but only to say he had been told what was up and could I believe how weird that was?
Yes, I believed.
Too bad—he had a real dolly eek.
Report: Trump campaign has a strategy to secure the nomination in the event of brokered or contested convention: https://t.co/vy7SqRqXvW— TheBlaze (@theblaze) March 25, 2016
Trump will be denied nomination if he doesn't win it outright.
Sanders, who wants to be Democratic standard-bearer, sues DNC.
Fired-up rallies against NC's anti-trans, anti-gay law.
Time to remind folks that there have been more US Senators arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than trans people #NorthCarolina— Stephanie Skora (@Stephanie_Skora) March 24, 2016
NYC gay bar Julius' tipped for landmark status.
The movie worth seeing for Miles Teller's bare butt. (Work Unfriendly)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice apparently reeks.
Is Lip Sync Battle really a rip-off of RuPaul's Drag Race?
Lifelong actress thinks she knows better than lifelong activist.
Hillary dominates Trump in new CNN poll.
Trump retweets nasty image of Ted Cruz's wife. Charming:
(Video still via CNN)
Parts from Malaysian MH370 “almost certainly” found in Mozambique.
Wreck of U.S.S. Conestoga located 95 years after the ship vanished.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti is urging President Obama to get behind a movement to grant NYC's the Stonewall Inn and its neighboring Christopher Park national landmark status as places with a unique distinction in history.
In an open letter, Garcetti writes:
Although the struggle for equal rights extends from coast to coast, the Stonewall Riots in 1969 served as an historic turning point in LGBT history. Recognizing the Stonewall Inn and Christopher Park in New York City's West Village would honor the American LGBT experience in every city and help to teach people of an important historical event that has helped to shape our nation.
Read Garcetti's entire letter after the jump ...
Natasha Gregson Wagner has opened up for a rare interview about her memories of her mom, Natalie Wood, in The New York Times.
On the occasion of the launch of a gardenia-scented perfume named after her mother and various other endeavors done in conjunction with her estate, Wagner told interviewer Katherine Rosman she found out about her mother's death in a surreal way—over the radio while on a sleepover at a friend's house:
I woke up and I was like: “Is this real? Is this really what’s happening?” They said, “Natalie Wood drowned off the coast of Catalina.”
Wagner, who resolutely rejects conspiracy theories about her mother's death, and is particularly irritated by the efforts of her aunt, Lana Wood, to implicate her step-dad, Robert Wagner, gave the reporter a list of things she remembers about her famous mom:
Ms. Wood wore nightgowns by Porthault, favored the chopped salad at La Scala in Beverly Hills, was overprotective and fearful of her children being kidnapped, wrote love letters in loopy script to her daughters that quoted from The Little Prince, knew how to burn the end of a wine-bottle cork to create makeshift eye shadow, sometimes yelled, was always bossy, never cooked (or at least not well), begrudgingly took her daughters to see the film The Blue Lagoon, called home every day while traveling (even from the Soviet Union), worked hard, forbid her children from trying to capitalize on their parents’ fame and loved animals.
The piece is touching, and it ends with a pretty funny correction that is itself a funny rumination on how memory works:
An earlier version of this article, relying on information supplied by Natasha Gregson Wagner, inaccurately reported Ms. Gregson Wagner’s age. She is 45, not 46. She did not realize she was 45 until her husband read this article and alerted her to the mistake.
Wagner is now two years older than her mother was when she died.
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