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Prague: Jan Suk's apartment

    Vol. 14, Ch. 115 / Vol. 11, Ch. 98

    "Grimmer and Suk parted ways, before going to his house Inspector Suk left the cassette and the documents with his mother.
    In his house he found two detectives who were investigating him for ties with the Secret Police, while they were in there the two detectives were murdered..." (c) wiki


cz: Bretfeldský palác (Breitfeldský palác, U léta a zimy, Léto a jaro) --
en: Bretfeld Palace (Breitfeld Palace, At the Summer and Winter, Summer and Winter)
(Nerudova Street 33/240, the view from Jánský vršek)


    Originally a Baroque town house was rebuilt in 1765, probably by J. J. Wirch for Joseph, earl of Bretfeld-Chlumčanský. A relief of St. Nicholas on the façade and a group of statues on the staircase are by I. F. Platzer, wall paintings were discovered and restored in 1900 on the first floor. Earl Bretfeld kept an extensive collection of books and paintings in the palace and made it a well known centre of social life as many popular balls and concerts took place there; guests included W. A. Mozart and G. G. Casanova.

    "Further up the street, according to Prague folklore Casanova and Mozart are believed to have met at a ball given by the aristocrat owners of no. 33, the Bretfeldský palác, in 1791, when Mozart was in town for the premiere of La Clemenza di Tito."

Prague: Nina Fortner's apartment

    Vol. 14, Ch. 115 / Vol. 15, Ch. 128 -- The place Nina and Dieter stayed at while in Prague.

Míšeňská 9


    "Over 2005 and 2006 FIM Group carried out a sensitive reconstruction of this historical 18th-century building, located not far from the Charles Bridge in one of the most charming areas of Prague.
    The historical tenement house was redesigned, respecting its original aesthetic aspects, into one commercial unit on the ground-floor and four luxury apartments of medium size above."

    It's a bit confusing, but it seems there were no wooden shutters even before the reconstruction. Urasawa must have seen them somewhere else. The first photo was taken in 1960:


Eva: Funeral Flowers. Part 2.

    Guess who is rewatching Twin Peaks. This is definitely an allusion, as we know Urasawa is familiar with the series.

(Monster v01ch05 / Twin Peaks s01e03)


    The previous post about the Baby aka The Man from Another Place and his dance – http://erich-springer.livejournal.com/63268.html

Another Monster: Jablonec nad Nisou

1. Poppe's house

    Chapter 29: Was this elegant house on a hill in the residential area the home of Terner Poppe? Czechs of German descent live here now, but the landlord said, "It was transferred from someone in my grandfather's time, but I don't know any more than that." Is this where Bonaparta was born?

28. října 2001/35


    The house was built in 1908 by someone named Richard Jahn.

cz: "Výstavnou secesní vilu si nechal v roce 1908 postavit pasíř Richard Jahn. V jejím architektonickém a dispozičním řešení jsou patrné jak vlivy hnutí Arts and Crafts, tak i místní lidové architektury."

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Tape Recorder

Sony Microcassette-Corder Type M-727V


-- I was divorced three years ago. No... Really, it was more like my wife just left me. It was because I didn't pay as much attention to her, as I did to this thing right here. I have over 20 000 cassette tapes in my study at home. My wife told me: "You're mothing but a collector who looks into the hearts of others.
-- Doctor...
-- Yes?
-- You've got problems.

500 Czech koruna banknote

    Vol. 12, Ch. 99 / Episode 49.: When Milosz finally reached the red light district, he started asking people where his mother might be. A man said he could be ‘any one of those 50 women,’ as an attempt to make a joke regarding his sexual affairs. This made Milosz quite confused and he continued walking around in high hopes to see his mother.

    At some point he arrived at a dark alley where another prostitute and her customer were conducting business. The prostitute was requesting that her customer take her somewhere private, but he insisted that they do it right there. The man saw Milosz and asked him to stay so he could watch the show.


    Then, he revealed that he was a teacher, and a respectable one at that. Milosz witnessed the man having sex with the prostitute sadistically.

    After the customer was done showing him their performance, he gave Milosz 500 czech koruna banknote.

Portrait of Božena Němcová (1820-1862), Czech writer of the final phase of the Czech National Revival movement (Czech National Revival was a cultural movement, which took part in the Czech lands during the 18th and 19th century. The purpose of this movement was to revive Czech language, culture and national identity); rose.
Laureate woman symbolizing all women characters in Němcová’s books; Coat of arms of the Czech Republic at right.

    “Němcová’s heroines were industrious girls, who spun at their wooden or golden spinning wheels and gained the hearts of princes and kinds, thanks less to the grace of the supernatural than to their own virtue,” wrote Milada Součkova in her “The Czech Romantics”.

    Němcová’s own life contained elements of the fairy tale: her parentage was possibly noble, though she was raised among the household servant class.
    When she was 17 years old, she married Josef Němec, fifteen years her senior, who worked as a customs officer and was therefore a state employee. The marriage was arranged by Barbora’s parents and became an unhappy one, as the married couple did not understand each other very well. Němec was said to be a rude and authoritarian man. He was a Bohemian patriot, which did not sit well with his superiors, and he was often transferred to different locations and later lost his job. The couple had four children and suffered from a lack of money. Němcová died in poverty, estranged from her husband.

Eva: Funeral Flowers

manga – Gladiolus / anime – Campanula medium


The Three Fat Frogs

    "But that's a whole 'nother story." (c)

These are edited illustrations of "The Three Fat Men", a revolutionary fairy tale by Yuri Olesha (1924).
As someone said, "It's funny, if somewhat scary, how when you're a kid you don't really see even explicit political propaganda in your favorite books."


The Three Frogs -- The Three Fat Men
Franz Bonaparta -- Dr. Gaspar
Johan/Anna -- Tutti/Suok/the doll
Red Hindenburg -- The Balloon Seller
The Magnificent Steiner -- Prospero the Gunsmith
Roberto -- The officer at the Star Square

Illustrators: M. Dobuzhinsky, L. Vladimirsky, V. Goryaev. (originals)

    После долгого перерыва начался перевод второй части новеллы "Другой монстр" (Another Monster).
На данный момент готова 12-я глава: http://erichspringer.blogspot.ru/2016/08/another-monster-chapter-12.html
"To write, is also not to speak.
It is to keep silent. It is to howl noiselessly."
© Marguerite Duras

    This panel, that appears when Dr. Gillen explains Johan to Dr. Tenma in Volume 05, Chapter 33 (Episode 19), is a direct reference to the "Lipstick Killer"; famous for leaving a message scrawled in lipstick at a crime scene.


    On December 10, 1945, Frances Brown, a divorced woman was found dead in her apartment 611 at 3941 North Pine Avenue, Chicago. The killer had entered the apartment late at night by jumping from a fire escape to her bedroom window, six stories above the ground. She had been shot in the head and a knife was driven so deeply into her throat that the point came out the other side. Although she was an attractive woman and was found nude, she had not been sexually violated.

    Chief of Detectives Walter Storms noted that there were similarities between this and the Josphine Ross (first victim) murder. The body had been carefully washed and the wounds closed. Both apartments had been ransacked but, in both cases, little was taken.

    But on a wall next to her bed, police found something that has since become legendary. Written in the victim's red lipstick were the words:

For heavens
Sake catch me
Before I kill more
I cannot control myself

    Was it a cry for help or was the murdered taunting the police?

    William Heirens was named responsible for that crime, as well as two other brutal murders.
    He was born in 1928 in Evanston, Illinois, but grew up in Lincolnwood, a suburb of Chicago, during the Great Depression. His parents had been in the floral business, but lost it due to the state of the economy. His father, George, was an odd-job laborer who often spent the small earnings he made on socializing with his friends. His mother, Margaret, worked at a bakery and often had to leave him and his three years younger brother, Jere, with babysitters. William was reportedly a loner and enjoyed playing with technical things, such as chemistry sets and toy airplanes, and also liked drawing and repairing old clocks. In order to escape the out-lashes of his parents' troubled marriage, he would usually leave the house and hang outside.

    As Bill neared adolescence, the Heirens' neighbors began experiencing thefts. Women's undergarments started disappearing from clothes lines and, later, from bedroom dressers. Bill was squirling them away in secret hiding places. He soon outgrew his fascination with women's panties but he did not outgrow the thrill he got from committing burglary. He graduated from stealing women's underwear to stealing cash, furs, jewelery, guns, knives and more. When the cops arrested him the first time, they recovered an estimated $3500 worth of loot.

    Heirens differed from most juvenile delinquents in that he was utterly secretive in his life of crime. He never ran with a gang or bragged about his exploits to his friends. For Heirens, crime was not an adolescent rite of passage, it was a compulsion. A psychiatrist who examined him for the Juvenile Court termed it "neurotic stealing."

    He was a very athletic burglar. The cops at Townhall Station called young Heirens a "human fly" for the death-defying feats of acrobatics he employed in getting into apartment windows on high floors. He would jump from one building to the window of an adjacent building, far above the ground, with seemingly no fear. He had an amazing ability to climb sheer walls; he used to refer to this as "muscling up walls."

    He also set fires at many of the apartments he burglarized and he had another special trademark: he often defecated in the apartments. He would leave feces in the middle of the floor. He later said that, when he had an urge to go out and commit a burglary, if he went to the bathroom first, the urge would sometimes go away.

    For him, crime was an outlet for his suppressed sexuality; he claimed to feel physically sick when he touched a woman. At the age of 11, Heirens claimed to have witnessed a couple making love. He told his mother, who then told him that all sex was dirty, and would lead to diseases. While kissing a girlfriend he burst into tears, and proceeded to vomit in the presence of the girl.

    In 1945, when Heirens was 17, the Lipstick Killer murders began.


The cover of this Shock Illustrated #2 (February 1956), fictionalizes the note,
but shows how powerful an effect it had on the public, even ten years after Heirens was arrested.

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