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Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 5

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 5

Her lover's secret work, a mysterious trip to Gambais and a hasty departure the next morning might have worried Fernande, but Henri cleared her mind of such matters by announcing that the impediments to their marriage would soon be gone.

July 25, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 4

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 4

Fernande Segret and Henri Landru, using the pseudonym Lucien Guillet, began living together as a married couple, though they were not married.

July 24, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 3

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 3

Lucien, who was really Henri Landru, had left Fernande's home in a rage. Yet, he had arranged the meeting between Fernande and her former fiance, now returned from the war. Knowing what we know now — and what Fernande did not know then — one …

July 23, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 2

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 2

Henri Landru had proposed to Fernande Segret. He was not really free to marry, but Since Landru had lied to Segret about his name — he told her he was Lucien Guillet — it is not hard to believe he lied about his marital status.

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Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 1

Tales from the Morgue: Surviving Bluebeard, Part 1

While these events did not happen in Tucson or even in the United States, the story was told exclusively to the Star and is a fascinating tale. Therefore, it is presented to Tales from the Morgue readers in the five original parts. Part 6 con…

July 21, 2014 10:00 am Related Loading…

Arizona Daily Star eBooks

Arizona Daily Star eBooks

Some “Tales from the Morgue” series are now available as eBooks along with some other Arizona Daily Star special sections. Click the links below the book covers to go to the pages on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and e-Newspaper versions tha…

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1983 series: The mall maker of Tucson

1983 series: The mall maker of Tucson

The sale of El Con Mall marks an end to the Kivel and Papanikolas families’ 54-year run of operating the mall. The two families opened El Con in 1960 next to Tucson’s first resort, the El Conquistador, which opened in 1928. Read all about Joe…

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Photos: Johnny Carson anniversary

Photos: Johnny Carson anniversary

Johnny Carson signed off of "The Tonight Show" for the last time May 22, 1992, 22 years ago today. Take a look back at some of his "Tonight Show" moments.

May 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Photos: Old, new and toy trains for National Train Day

Photos: Old, new and toy trains for National Train Day

It's National Train Day May 10. We present trains old and new, full-sized and toy-sized to take you back to your childhood.

May 09, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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StarNet turns 19 today

StarNet turns 19 today

Read the story announcing the birth of the website.

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Photos: Early aviation history

Photos: Early aviation history

In honor of Wilbur Wright's 147th birthday (he was born April 16, 1867), we present a look at some early flight history. Wilbur died in 1912, leaving his brother Orville to carry on the family aviation legacy.

April 16, 2014 9:30 am Photos

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Photos: 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

Photos: 'The Greatest Show on Earth'

On March 28, 1881, P.T. Barnum and James Bailey merged their circuses to form Barnum and Bailey's circus, known as "The Greatest Show on Earth." The circus spawned a motion picture starring Charlton Heston and James Stewart. Ringling Brothers…

March 28, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The legend of John "Button Salmon" and "Bear Down"

The legend of John "Button Salmon" and "Bear Down"

The remains of John "Button" Salmon are marked by a tombstone at Evergreen Mortuary, Cemetery & Crematory.

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Tales from the Morgue: Motherless biddies

Tales from the Morgue: Motherless biddies

Electricity is a wonderful thing. We know this best when we don't have it for a while.

March 24, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Railroad from Tucson to Phoenix

With Tucson often relegated to ugly stepsister status among Arizona cities, it must have been quite refreshing to have those in Phoenix clamoring for a railroad line to Tucson.

March 21, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Playground of the nation

Tales from the Morgue: Playground of the nation

Once upon a time, when half a million dollars bought more than it does today, some capitalists outside of Tucson decided such a sum could make Tucson the country's playground. These backers intended a resort-style hotel and golf course.

March 19, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Dancing in the streets

The first paving work on a city street would soon be completed. How would such a feat of progress be celebrated?

March 14, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Resignation not accepted

The song "Take This Job and Shove It" was not yet written when the dog catcher tendered his resignation, but one could imagine him singing it nonetheless.

March 13, 2014 9:45 am Related Loading…

Tales from the Morgue: Kissing babies really works

A man had been sentenced to six months in jail and a $50 fine for assaulting his wife. His behavior toward his baby saved him from the $50 fine.

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Tales from the Morgue: The end of the bighorns on Pusch Ridge

Tales from the Morgue: The end of the bighorns on Pusch Ridge

There's a lot of talk lately about the repopulation of Pusch Ridge with bighorn sheep. While many sheep were captured and transported to the ridge last fall, almost half of them are now dead.

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Photos: Past 'Best Picture' Oscar winners

Photos: Past 'Best Picture' Oscar winners

Take a look at some of the past Oscar winners for "Best Picture." Not represented here by a photo are: "The Broadway Melody," 1928-1929; "Grand Hotel," 1931/1932; "Cavalcade," 1932/1933; "The Great Ziegfeld," 1936; "The Life of Emile Zola," 1…

February 24, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Historic photos: America's first chain store, F.W. Woolworth

Historic photos: America's first chain store, F.W. Woolworth

On Feb. 22, 1879, F.W. Woolworth open the first chain store in American in Utica, NY. The chain closed the last Woolworth store in 1997. In Tucson, a fire in the Woolworth store in Congress made big news in 1941 and the store moved to Congres…

February 21, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Photos: Washington Monument anniversary

Photos: Washington Monument anniversary

The Washington Monument was dedicated Feb. 21, 1885. After an earthquake a few years ago, it was closed to tourists until repairs were made. Take a look at photos then and now.

February 21, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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About this blog

Tales from the Morgue is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library - also known as News and Research Services - for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

If you have suggestions, comments or questions about this blog, e-mail jeubank@tucson.com.

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