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The Curse. Chapter One: The Hidden Camera

The hidden camera extortion racket uncovered at New Farm’s trendy Avalon Flats shocked pre-war Brisbane. The victim — John Wilson, by all accounts, a remarkably devout English lad. The villains — Fred and Dalham Affleck, the sons of Sir Frederick Danby James Affleck, 8th Baronet of Dalham Hall, a Buderim orchardist. The Supreme Court heard …

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On this day December 10: Gay murder at ‘Hitler House’

On December 10, 1939, New York police launched a manhunt for a tall, muscular Swedish prize-fighter. He was the main suspect in a gay murder case — the killing of Dr Walter Engelberg in a place known to local kids as Hitler House. After Walter Engelberg failed to show up for work at the Nazi …

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On this day December 8: Gustaf V ascends Swedish throne

On December 8, 1907, Gustaf V succeeded to the throne of Sweden. He proved a popular king, overseeing the country’s transition to a constitutional monarchy. However, following his death in 1950, revelations emerged of a long-drawn-out gay blackmail scandal. As a young man, Gustaf’s family worried about his passion for embroidery, an activity generally associated …

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The Bachelor King: Apply to become Tiger King’s new husband

Joe Exotic this week announced the hunt for the Tiger King’s new husband. He invited potential spouses aged 18 or more to enter a competition called The Bachelor King. His press release promises the winner a 3-night, 4-day all-exclusive paid romantic getaway with Joe himself.  However, conditions apply. The romantic getaway can only take place …

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Alleged Parliament House rapist scrubs internet presence

The alleged Parliament House rapist purportedly scrubbed his internet presence and disappeared from public view this week. His actions follow allegations of inappropriate behaviour, sexual assault and rape from four women. Various independent news media and social media accounts named the supposed perpetrator over the last week. They describe him as a former Liberal Party …

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Happy Birthday Ned Kelly, though we never knew you at all

Although a national icon, Ned Kelly remains something of an enigma. The most famous bushranger of them all stares out at the world through a slit in his armour plate helmet and everyone makes of him what they will. Despite Red and Ellen Kelly not registering Ned’s birth, documentation indicates a December 1854 birthdate. In …

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Joe Exotic: the shocking true story of Netflix’s Tiger King

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness brings to the small screen an unbelievable cast of real-life characters. The Netflix docu-series highlights Americans who conduct ‘big cat rescue’ operations. They then house the lions, tigers and other big cats they ‘rescue’ in for-profit roadside zoos. The series star is undoubtedly Joe Exotic, a gay mulleted cowboy, …

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The true crime story behind POSE’s cadaver in the closet

Season Two of the magnificent POSE television series features the ‘cadaver in the closet’ episode. In the series, based on the 80s New York Ballroom scene, one of the stars of Ballroom, Elektra, needs to dispose of a body. While working as a BDSM mistress, one of her clients asks her to leave him alone …

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Queensland man charged over 1976 murder

Police today charged a Bundaberg man with the 1976 murder of Rex Kable Keen in Brisbane. Hotel staff discovered his body in room 1205 at Lennon’s Plaza Hotel on the morning of 14 August 1976. The 46-year-old motel manager regularly stayed at Lennon’s on his visits to Brisbane. In August 2014, he came to town …

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Revisiting Brisbane’s Whiskey Au Go Go Firebombing, Forty-Five Years On

In March 1973, the firebombing of Fortitude Valley’s Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub resulted in the deaths of fifteen people. Excluding the appalling colonial decimation of Aboriginal populations, the Whisky Au Go Go fire was the worst mass murder in Australian history before the Port Arthur shootings of 1996. Among the people killed that night …

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