by Andy Brownfield
Sex dungeon discovered during construction in Louisville
Construction crews working to restore historic apartments in Louisville’s Whiskey Row discovered an underground sex dungeon two floors underground. The Associated Press reports that the dungeon had mural reproductions of paintings by the
likes of Salvador Dali, Edvar Munch and Fancisco Goya and contained
what appears to be a medieval stretching rack complete with winch and
rusty chain.The artist who
painted the murals tells the AP that he did the work at the request of
friends, and the room was meant to attract people who were into sadism
The artist says the room was only used for one night in the 1990s, but he couldn’t remember the year.
However, digging deeper into the story, CityBeat learned
not to Google “Louisville sex dungeon” on an office computer WHAS-TV
spoke with the founders of the club, who said that it was in operation
from the mid to late '90s and had close to 1,000 dues-paying members.
In stories with pithy titles like "50 Shades of Louisville" (more like "50 Shades of Y'all Need Jesus) the station spoke with one of the dungeon's founders, who said the
dungeon included dozens of other bondage and “torture” implements,
including a large rope “spider web” with manacles, in addition to the torture rack.
Some of the plumbing had “DO NOT HANG” stenciled on it, but the founder said some people were still hung from their ankles.
He was quick to disclaim that there was “never, ever any nudity or sex acts.”
While much of the dungeon has rotted away, Whiskey Row’s owners plan on preserving the
paintings and torture rack as a link to history.