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Heather Steeves

Heather Steeves tries to do things that are fun -- and only things that are fun. So far that's included stilt walking, roller derby and cross-country road trips in her Saturn.

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Posted: September 8, 2014

17 old photos of Monument Square from the Portland Press Herald archives

Written by: Heather Steeves

While digging around through the Portland Press Herald archives, I found lots of photos of Monument Square. Here’s a bunch of neat ones:

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The Black Dahlia lived on Munjoy Hill

It’s a Los Angeles Police case, and let me set the scene: It was 1947. Beth Short was 22, pretty with dyed black hair, green eyes and a mole on her face. She had lived with her family, but her parents were aggravated because she spent too many nights out on the town. Sick of this, and dreaming of fame, Beth moved to Hollywood and prove to her mother that she could make it on her own as an actress. Beth took on lots of part-time gigs — as a waitress, a movie extra, a nude model — but hadn’t reached her dream by January 1947, when somebody tied her up, tortured her, expertly butchered her into pieces and neatly placed pieces of her washed body on an empty lot in Los Angeles. (Anyone else think this sounds eerily familiar to the Ice Truck Killer in Dexter?)

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5 (true) legends every Mainers should know

Remember that time when the steam ship sank with all the wax statues? No? And you call yourself a Mainer? Also: One missing corpse, a missing red purse, a dead elephant and a few Portland brothels. Let’s start with Andre: Andre was born in Rockland in 1961, but was promptly abandoned by his mom. Lucky for him, Rockport harbor master Harry Goodridge found him and took in the two-day-old pup. Andre grew up splashing in Rockport harbor, where Harry taught him tricks. The harbor seal took to it and performed for the summer crowds. Harry built him a large cage in the harbor, where he’d spend summer nights.
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If you love this local history stuff, you must know about Portland Press Herald’s Flashback, comparing the city then and now.

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