(Above) Baby born 16.3 pounds and 2 feet tall. Click on image for a larger view.

(Above) This Dorothea Lange-style photo shows the 11 member Cleveland Piper family. Click on image for a larger view.

(Above) 15-year old wife of a farmer. Uh-h, I thought this was against the law? Click on image for a larger view.

(Above) S.P. Dinsmore, creator of The Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas. Click on image for a larger view.

(Above) Mrs. Henry Bates looks none too happy. Click on image for a larger view.
(Above) Baby drug addict. Click on image for a larger view.

(Above) Killed by Reds! Click on image for a larger view.

(Above) Really creepy (and sad). Click on image for a larger view.

(Above) I can only hope that Mr. and Mrs. Riley went to jail.
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A YEAR OR SO AGO, DAVID RUHLMAN, A FELLOW BLOGGER, CONTACTED ME TO SEE WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT HIS RECENT DISCOVERY of a scrapbook of old newspaper clippings. David told me that he was searching antique/thift stores in Salt Lake City and at one store came across a folder that was filled with newspaper clippings. There wasn’t any information about the previous owner, but the folder contained about 40-45 articles cut from newspapers. What was unusual about the clips were that almost all of them were about twins, triplets, death and kidnappings—an odd menagerie of characters—victims of crime, underage mothers and being born a twin or triplet. Weird!

In looking at his wonderful site, called The Earth Is a Secret Knot, I was more than surprised to spot a clipping about S.P. Dinsmore, the creator of the Lucas, Kansas art environment called The Garden of Eden. At the time this photo was taken, Dinsmore was 88 years old and his wife was 27. The news clipping shows there were at least two young children from this marriage, and this was long before Viagra.

The headlines and subject matter of these clippings are wonderfully surreal—which gives it the perfect pedigree for Accidental Mysteries.

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