September 22, 1995
Eigil Axgil was Danish gay activist and a longtime couple with Axel Axgil. They were the first gay couple to enter into a registered partnership anywhere in the world following Denmark’s legalisation of same-sex partnership registration in 1989 - a legislation which they were instrumental in bringing about. They adopted the shared surname - Axgil. It was a combination of their given names as an expression of their commitment. The Axgils had been a couple for 40 years. Eigil Axgil died on September 22, 1995 at the age of 73.
September 21, 1860
Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher best known for his book “The World as Will and Representation” in which he claimed that our world is driven by a continually dissatisfied will continually seeking satisfaction. Influenced by Eastern philosophy he maintained that the “truth was recognized by the sages of India”. His solutions to suffering were similar to Vedantic and Buddhist thinkers and the influence of “transcendental ideality” led him to choose atheism. He has influenced many - including Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Mann and Jorge Luis Borges. In 1860 his health began to deteriorate and he died of heart failure on 21 September 1860 while sitting at home on his couch with his cat. He was 72.
September 20, 1945
William Buehler Seabrook was an American journalist, explorer, traveller, occultist and cannibal. His life which he ended on September 20, 1945 by drug overdose was blighted by alcoholism and depression. Aside from participating in a voodoo ceremony in Haiti Seabrook claimed to have taken part in a cannibal feast as part of his research, though he reassure the reader that dinner hadn’t been murdered. Camping out with a cannibalistic tribe in Africa he recalls how when cooked human flesh turned grey and smelt of beef. He described “It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef”.
William Seabrook/Justine in the mask/bondage and sensory deprivation device/custom-made by Abercrombie & Fitch/1930s
September 19, 2009
Anthony Williams better known as Roc Raida or Grandmaster Roc Raida was an American DJ, turntablist, member of the DJ group the X-Ecutioners and producer. He also appeared in the film “Scratch” and the international television series “Kung Faux”. In 1995 he won the DMC World DJ Championship and was inducted into the DMC Hall of Fame in 1999. He died on September 19, 2009 from cardiac arrest due to complications a few weeks earlier relating to an accident while training in Krav Maga.
September 18, 1970
James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. Hendrix spent much of September 17, 1970 in London with Monika Dannemann - the only witness to his final hours. Dannemann said that she prepared a meal for them sometime around 11 PM and then they shared a bottle of wine. She drove Hendrix to the residence of an acquaintance at approximately 1:45 AM where he remained for about an hour before she picked him up and drove them back to her flat at 3 AM. Dannemann said they talked until around 7 AM and then they went to sleep. She awoke around 11 AM and found Hendrix breathing but unconscious and unresponsive. She called for an ambulance - paramedics transported Hendrix to the hospital where doctor pronounced him dead at 12:45 PM on September 18, 1970. To determine the cause of death coroner ordered a post-mortem examination and concluded that Hendrix aspirated his own vomit and died of asphyxia while intoxicated with barbiturates. Dannemann later revealed that Hendrix had taken 9 of her prescribed Vesparax sleeping tablets - 18 times the recommended dosage. After Hendrix’s body had been embalmed it was flown to Seattle on September 29, 1970. After a service at Dunlop Baptist Church on October 1 he was interred at Greenwood Cemetery in Renton, Washington - the location of his mother’s gravesite.
September 17, 2000
Paula Elizabeth Yates was a British television presenter and writer best known for her work on 2 television programmes - “The Tube” and “The Big Breakfast”. On 17 September 2000 on her daughter 10th birthday Yates was found dead at her home in London of a heroin overdose. The coroner ruled that it wasn’t a suicide and a friend disclosed that Yates hadn’t taken drugs for nearly 2 years.
September 16, 1977
Marc Bolan was an English singer, songwriter, poet and guitarist best known as the frontman of glam rock group T. Rex. He died on 16 September 1977 - two weeks before his 30th birthday. He was a passenger in a car driven by his girlfriend - Gloria Jones. Jones lost control of the car - it struck a steel reinforced chain link fence post and came to rest against a sycamore tree after failing to negotiate a humpback bridge. Also it was low tyre pressure that contributed to the crash. Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt. Bolan was killed instantly, while Jones suffered a broken arm and broken jaw and spent time in hospital. She didn’t learn of Bolan’s death until the day of his funeral. Bolan never learned to drive fearing a premature death. Despite this fear cars or automotive components are often mentioned in many of his songs. He also owned a number of vehicles. When Elvis Presley died a month before Bolan is reported to have made comment “I’m really glad I didn’t die today because I wouldn’t have made the main story”. As it turns out he died on the same day as Maria Callas with him being the bigger story.
September 15, 1996
Ottis Elwood Toole was an American drifter who was convicted of 6 counts of murder. He’s known for confessing to the murder of Adam Walsh whose father - John Walsh became a prominent anti-crime advocate as the host of “America’s Most Wanted” following his son’s death. Toole was also the sidekick of Henry Lee Lucas - a killer who confessed to killing 100 people but then recanted. After meeting in a Jacksonville soup kitchen Lucas and Toole became lovers and together drifted around the American south allegedly committing dozens of murders - they usually picked up hitchhikers and killed them. Toole was already a killer before he met Lucas, with a penchant for corpse mutilation, cannibalism, necrophilia and arson. He received 2 death sentences but on appeal they were commuted to life imprisonment. While in prison Toole confessed to a number of murders before he died from cirrhosis aged 49 in his cell at Florida State Prison. His body went unclaimed and was buried in the Florida State Prison Cemetery.