Ed Gein

FeaturedEd Gein

Edward Theodore Gein was born on August 27th, 1906 to George Philip Gein and Augusta Wilhelmine Gein. He had an older brother named Henry George Gein. His mother Augusta hated her husband as he was an alcoholic who couldn’t hold down a job and had worked various types of jobs including a carpenter, tanner, and insurance salesman. George owned a grocery store for a few years, but eventually sold the business and the whole family moved from the city to a 155-acre farm in the Town of Plainfield in the Waushara County of Wisconsin. That was the Gein family’s permanent place of residence.

Augusta was an extremely religious Lutheran, and she took advantage of the isolating farm to make sure her sons weren’t influenced by outsiders. Ed only left the farm to go to school and when he wasn’t in school he was doing chores on the farm. She preached to her sons about the immorality of the world, the evils of drinking, and her belief that all women were naturally prostitutes and were instruments of the devil. She set aside time every afternoon to read the Bible to them, but it was usually graphic verses from the Old Testament concerning death, murder, and divine retribution. Ed was an extremely shy person. In school, his classmates and teachers recalled him having extremely strange mannerisms such as laughing at random times as if he was laughing at his own jokes. His mother would punish him if he tried to make friends. Despite his lack of social skills and development, he did fairly well in school, particularly in reading.

On April 1st, 1940 his father died of heart failure due to his alcoholism. He was 66-years-old. Henrey and Ed started doing odd jobs to pay for living expenses. The brothers were considered reliable and honest by residents in the community. While both of them worked as handymen, Ed would often babysit for neighbors. He enjoyed babysitting which may have shown that he related better to children than adults.

Henry began dating a divorced single mother of two and was planning on moving in with her. He grew concerned with Ed’s attachment to their mother and often spoke ill of her around Ed, in which he would often respond in shock and hurt. On May 16th, 1944, Henry and Ed were burning away marsh vegetation on their property when the fire got out of control and the fire department showed up. At the end of the day when everyone left, Ed reported his brother missing. A search party was formed and they searched where the fire was and found Henry’s body. It seemed he was dead for a while before being discovered. The cause of death of ruled as asphyxiation by the county coroner, but some people believed Ed had killed his brother, possibly relating to him speaking ill of their mother. After the death of Henry, it only left Ed and his mother on the farm.

Shortly after Henry’s death, Augusta suffered a stroke that paralyzed her and Ed devoted all his time to taking care of her. Sometime in 1945 Ed and his mother visited a man named Smith to buy some straw and while there Augusta witnessed him beat a dog to death. A woman came out of Smith’s house and yelled at him to stop, and Augusta was very upset at this scene. She wasn’t upset at the death of the dog, but more upset with the woman who apparently wasn’t married to Smith being there. She said that she had no business being there and angrily called her “Smith’s harlot”. After this event, Augusta suffered another stroke and ultimately died on December 29th, 1945 at the age of 67. Gein was devastated and left all alone. He held onto the farm and earned money from odd jobs. He also boarded up the rooms his mother used and left them untouched while the rest of the house became squalid. He resided in a small room next to the kitchen, and also around this time he became interested in death-cult magazines and adventures stories, particularly ones that involved cannibals or Nazi atrocities.

On the morning of November 16th, 1957 a hardware store owner by the name of Bernice Worden mysteriously vanished. A Plainfield resident reported that the store’s truck has been driven out the back of the building at around 9:30 AM. The store was closed the whole day and people thought it was because of deer hunting season. Worden’s son, Deputy Sheriff Frank Worden, went into the store around 5 PM and found the cash register open and blood stains on the floor. It was discovered that Gein was in the store the night before his mother’s disappearance and said he would come back in the morning for a gallon of antifreeze. A sales receipt of said gallon of antifreeze was the last receipt written by Worden on the morning she disappeared. On that same night, Gein was arrested at a West Plainfield grocery store and the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department searched his farm. A deputy found Worden’s decapitated body in a shed on the property. She was hung upside down by ropes at her wrists and a crossbar at her ankles. The torso was “dressed out like a deer” and she had been shot with a .22-caliber rifle and the mutilations happened after her death. While searching his house the authorities found many more atrocities: whole human bones and fragments, a wastebasket made of human skin, chair sets covered in human skin, skulls on his bedposts, female skulls some with the tops sawn off, bowls made from human skulls, a corset made from a female torso skinned from shoulders to the waist, leggings made from human leg skin, masks made from the skin of female heads, Mary Hogan’s face mask in a paper bag and her skull in a box, Bernice Worden’s entire head in a burlap sack, Worden’s heart in a plastic bag in front of Gein’s potbellied stove, nine vulvae in a shoe box, a young girls’ dress and the vulvas of two females judged to have been about 15-years-old, a belt made from human nipples, four noses, a pair of lips on a window shade drawstring, a lampshade made from the skin of a human face, and fingernails from female fingers. All these artifacts were photographed but then destroyed.

When Gein was questioned, he stated that between 1947 and 1952 he made as many as 40 visits to three local graveyards at night to exhume recently buried bodies while he was in a daze-like state. On about 30 of those visits, he said he came out of the daze and left the grave without taking anything. On other occasions, he dug up graves of recently married middle-aged women who he thought resembled his mother. He would take the bodies home and tanned the skin to make his paraphernalia. Gein did choose his victims that resembled his mother, but the only difference was that how they presented themselves was totally against what his mother thought. An example would be Mary Hogan was a tavern owner with a sailor’s mouth. Gein knew his mother would disapprove of her entirely, and it seemed that Gein killed these types of women to satisfy his mother in some delusional way.

Gein admitted to stealing from 9 graves and led investigators to the locations. Authorities were uncertain if Gein was capable of robbing so many graves single-handedly in one night and so they exhumed two of the graves and found them empty except for one that had a crowbar instead of a body in it. Soon after his mother’s death, Gein started making a “woman suit” so that he could become his mother and actually crawl into her skin in a way. He denied having sex with the bodies and said they smelled too bad. He also admitted to shooting Mary Hogan who was missing since 1954.

A 16-year-old whose parents were friends of Gein reported that Gein kept shrunken heads in his house which were supposedly sent by a cousin who had served in the Philippines during WWII. Upon investigation, it was determined that these were human facial skins that were carefully peeled from the corpses and used by Gein as masks.

On November 21st, 1957 Gein was arraigned on one count of first-degree murder in Waushara County Court where he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and found mentally incompetent and therefore he was unfit for trial. He was sent to Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane (it is now known as the Dodge Correctional Institution) located in Waupun, Wisconsin. He was later transferred to Mendota State Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1968 doctors determined Gein was able to stand trial. Gein’s trial was held without a jury by request of the defense. He was found guilty on November 14th. A second trial dealt with Gein’s sanity. He was found “not guilty by reason of insanity” once again and committed to Central State Hospital for the Criminally Insane for the rest of his life.

Gein’s house and property were scheduled to be auctioned March 30th, 1958 but on March 27th the house was destroyed by a fire. Arson was suspected but the cause was never determined. Ed Gein died at the Mendota Mental Health Institute due to respiratory failure secondary to lung cancer on July 26th, 1984 at the age of 77. Over the years souvenir seekers have chipped pieces from his gravestone until the stone itself was stolen in 2000. It was recovered the year after near Seattle and was placed in storage at teh Waushara County Sheriff’s Department. The gravesite itself is now unmarked, but not unknown to people. Gein is buried with his parents and his brother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Murder of Shanda Sharer

FeaturedThe Murder of Shanda Sharer

Shanda Sharer was a young 12-year-old American girl who was tortured and burned to death in Madison, Indiana by four teenage girls.

Shanda Renee Sharer was born on June 6th, 1979 in Pineville, Kentucky to Stephen Sharer and Jacqueline. After her parents divorced, her mother remarried and they all moved to Louisville, Kentucky. She attended fifth and sixth grade at St. Paul School and was on the cheerleading, volleyball, and softball teams. Her mother divorced again and moved to New Albany, Indiana in June of 1991 where Sharer went to Hazelwood Middle School. Early in the school year, she transferred to Our Lady of Perpetual Help School.

In 1990, Melinda Loveless was dating a girl named Amanda Heavrin. After Loveless’ father left her family she started behaving erratically. She got into fights, complained of depression which caused her to get counseling. In March 1991, she came out to her mother who at first was furious but eventually did accept it. As the year went by, her relationship with Heavrin got worse.

Heavrin and Sharer met in the fall semester at Hazelwood Junior High when they got into a fight. They became friends however after spending time in detention together and eventually they started giving each other romantic letters. Loveless was angered and jealous of their relationship. At a school dance, she confronted them about it. Heavrin and Loveless never formally ended their relationship, but Loveless started dating another girl.

Heavrin and Sharer attended a festival together and Loveless began talking about killing Sharer and was even threatening her in public. She had to transfer to a Catholic school because of her parents’ concern about her relationship with Heavrin.

On January 10th, 1992, Toni Lawrence, Hope Rippey, Laurie Tackett, and Melinda Loveless drove to Sharer’s house and told her that Heavrin was waiting for them at the “Witch’s Castle”, also known as Mistletoe Falls which is located on an isolated hill overlooking the Ohio River. Sharer said she couldn’t go because her parents were awake, but to wait until midnight when they were asleep. Loveless was angry, but Rippey and Lawrence assured her they would return for Sharer later. After a few hours, the four girls went back to Sharer’s house. Loveless couldn’t wait to kill Sharer, but also stated that she just wanted to scare her. As Tackett and Rippey went to get Sharer, Loveless hid under a blanket in the back seat with a knife.

Sharer was reluctant to go with them but agreed to after she got changed. Once she got into the car Loveless came up with a knife and held it against Sharer’s throat. She then questioned her on her sexual relationship with Hearvin. When they arrived at the Witch’s House, Sharer was sobbing and tied up. Loveless took off Sharer’s rings and gave them to each of the girls. They told her that the Witch’s Castle was full of sacrifices and that she would be the next. To threaten her even more they got a t-shirt from the car and lit it on fire, but they worried that the light would attract people, so they all piled back into the car and put Sharer under a blanket. They had to stop into a gas station and ask for directions and later ended up near Tackett’s home in Madison, Indiana.

Tackett took them to a garbage dump in a densely wooded area. Lawrence and Rippey were scared and stayed in the car. Tackett and Loveless made Sharer strip naked, and then Loveless began to beat her brutally with her fists. She even slammed Sharer’s face into her knee, causing Sharer’s mouth to be cut on her braces. Loveless then tried to slash her throat, but the knife was too dull to do anything. They then strangled her until she was unconscious, and took her back to the car and threw her into the trunk. They drove to Tackett’s home to clean up. When they heard Sharer scream in the car, Tackett took a paring knife and stabbed her several times. At 2:30 AM, Tackett and Loveless went driving and heard gurgling sounds coming from the trunk. They stopped the car and opened the trunk. Sharer sat up covered in blood with her eyes rolling into the back of her head and unable to speak. They beat her with a tire iron until she was quiet again. Loveless and Tackett returned to her house and told the other girls about the torture. This caused Tackett’s mother to wake up and to yell at her for being out late and bringing home her friends. She then said she’d take them home and went to the burn pile. They opened the trunk and looked at Sharer, but Lawrence refused to look at her. Rippey sprayed Windex on her and said, “You’re not looking so hot now, are you?”

They drove down to a nearby gas station and used a two-liter bottle of Pepsi as a container to fill up with gasoline. They drove north of Madison where they wrapped Sharer in a blanket and carried her to a nearby field. Lawrence remained in the car. Rippey poured gasoline on Sharer and lit her on fire. Loveless wasn’t convinced she was dead, however, so they went back after a couple minutes and poured the rest of the gasoline on her.

After the murder, they went to have breakfast McDonald’s and discussed the murder. Lawrence called one of her friends told them about the murder, and afterward Loveless told Heavrin that they killed Sharer and begged her not to tell anyone. She agreed not to.

In the late morning of January 11th, 1992 two brothers from Canaan, Indiana were driving to go hunting and noticed a body on the side of the road. They called the police and waited by the corpse. They initially suspected a drug deal gone wrong and didn’t believe the crime was committed by anyone local. Stephen Sharer noticed his daughter was missing early that morning and called his ex-wife and together they filed a missing person report.

That night, Lawrence went to the police with her parents and confessed the crime and named the other three girls who were involved. They were quickly apprehended and found guilty. All four girls were tried as adults. To avoid the death penalty, they all agreed to a plea bargain. In exchange for her cooperation, Lawrence was guilty of one count of Criminal Confinement and given 20 years. Tackett and Loveless were sentenced to 60 years and Rippey was sentenced to 60 years. Loveless and Tackett are still imprisoned, but Lawrence and Rippey have since been released with Rippey still remaining on parole.

Ahool

FeaturedAhool

The Ahool is a flying cryptid that is supposedly a giant bat or a living pterosaur or flying primate. It’s a cryptid that is not well documented and there is no material evidence that exists of it. It was named Ahool for its distinctive call that sounds the same. It is said to live in the deepest rainforest of Java in Indonesia. It is described as having large dark eyes, large claws on its forearms as large as an infant, covered in gray fur, and have a wingspan of 3 meters (10 feet) long.

One speculation of its existence is by cryptozoologist Ivan T. Sanderson who says that it might be a relative of kongamato in Africa. Others suggest that it may be a living fossil pterosaur on account of its leathery wings. There are some who believe it’s merely a large owl.

Dobhar-chú

FeaturedDobhar-chú

The Dobhar-chú is a cryptid of Irish folklore, and the name roughly translates into “water hound”. It resembles both a dog and an otter although sometimes it’s described as a half dog and half fish. It lives in water and has fur with protective properties.

There have been many sightings documented throughout the years, one of the most recent ones was in 2003 when an Irish artist named Sean Corcoran and his wife claimed to have witnessed a Dobhar-chú on Omey Island in Connemara, County Galway. His description of the large creature is that it was large and black, made a haunting screech, could swim extremely fast, and had orange flippers like feet.

There is a headstone located in Conwall cemetery in Glenade that depicts a Dobhar-chú and is related to a tale of a woman being attacked by the creature. Legend has it that the woman (supposedly named Gráinne, was washing clothes and her husband heard her screaming for help, and when he arrived he saw his wife dead and the Dobhar-chú over her mutilated body. He killed the creature by stabbing it in the heart and when it died it let out a whistling noise, and nearby its mate rose up and went after the husband. After a long battle, he successfully killed that one as well. Of course, there is no definitive proof of this event taking place, but it’s still an interesting story nonetheless.

Kekkai/Sankai

FeaturedKekkai/Sankai

Sankai (meaning “birth monster”) is known as kekkai in Saitoma Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture and kekke in Nagano Prefecture. The legends regarding its out appearance are sparse, but it is said to look like a cattle and is hairy. After birth it’s said to bury under the house to kill its mother. In Urawa, a practice existed of surrounding the bottom of a house with byōbu during childbirth to prevent this from happening. If the kekkai successfully escapes, the mother will die. In order to prevent this someone would have to guard the hearth usually with a shamoji.

Brosno Dragon

FeaturedBrosno Dragon

The Brosno Dragon, or Brosnya, is a lake monster which is said to inhabit Lake Brosno near Andreapol in West Russia. It has been described as to resemble a dragon or a dinosaur. It is the subject of a number of regional legends, some that have been said to date back to the 13th century. Many people treat its existence skeptically and still claim it is not a dragon but a mutant beaver or a giant pike that is 100 to 150 years old. Others say that it is a group of wild boars and elk that cross the lake once in a while.

There are some scientific hypotheses about the dragon. Some think that the dragon is merely hydrogen sulfide gases going up from the bottom of the lake and making the water boil which in turn creates a dragon head, but the amount of hydrogen sulfide to make this would have to be enormous. There is also speculation that there is a volcano under Lake Brosno that is causing disturbances on the surface that are seen as something like a dragon. Fishermen say that the underwater world of the lake has several levels and that at times there are burbots and yellow perch that are in the lake. No one is entirely sure what is in Lake Brosno, but there are many possibilities as to what it is.

Giant Squid

FeaturedGiant Squid

The giant squid, or genus Architeuthis, is a deep-sea dwelling squid. It can grow to tremendous sizes, and in recent estimates put the maximum size at 13 meters (43 feet) for females and 10 meters (33 feet) for males from the posterior fins to the tip of the two long tentacles. The mantle is about 2 meters (6.6 feet) and the length of the squid excluding the tentacles rarely exceeds 5 meters (16 feet) but bigger sizes have yet to be documented. The number of different species of giant squid have been debated but recent genetic research suggests that so far only one species exists.

In 2004, Japanese researchers took the first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat, and in 2012 a live adult was filmed in its natural habitat of Chichi-jima.

Edmund Kemper

FeaturedEdmund Kemper

In honor of the recent Netflix show, “Mindhunter” I’ve decided to dedicate this post to the Edmund Kemper. He’s incredibly fascinating in how meticulous he was when he started his killing spree in how much thought and how he evaded capture for so long.

Edmund Emil Kemper III was born in Burbank, California on December 18th, 1948 to Clarnell Elizabeth Kemper and Edmund Emil Kemper II. He was the only son and middle child, having an older sister (Susan) and younger sister (Allyn). His father was a WWII veteran who tested nuclear weapons in the Pacific Proving Grounds after the war, then moved back to California after that and worked as an electrician.

His mother wasn’t a happy woman. She complained constantly about her husband’s “menial” job, and at some point his father has been known to say: “suicide missions in wartime and the later atomic bomb testing were nothing compared to living with Clarnell.”

Kemper was a large boy even from birth. He was 13 lbs as a newborn baby and by the age of 4 he was a head taller than all of his peers. He was extremely intelligent, but showed antisocial and psychopathic behavior, such as cruelty to animals. When he was 10, he buried a cat alive. When it died he dug it up, decapitated it, and then mounted the head on a spike (in an interview later in his life he admitted that he got pleasure from lying to his family about who actually killed the cat). Another incident with a cat happened when he was 13 and he killed a cat that he thought favored his sister Allyn over him. He kept the pieces of this cat in his closet until his mother found them.

Considering what he did with cats, it comes as no surprise that he had a dark fantasy life. He would perform rites with his younger sister’s dolls that involved removing their heads and hands. He would also play games called “Gas Chamber” and “Electric Chair” where he would get his younger sister to tie him up and flip an imaginary switch and then he would fall to the floor and pretending he was dying.

On one occasion his older sister Susan teased him and asked why he didn’t try to kiss his teacher and he replied with, “If I kiss her, I’d have to kill her first.” As a little boy he would sneak out with his father’s bayonet and go to his second grade teacher’s house to watch her through her window.

He’s had two near death experiences, both caused by his sister Susan. The first one he was almost hit by a train when she push him in front of one and the other one was she pushed him into the deep end of a pool and he almost drowned.

He had a very close relationship with his father and was devastated by his parents divorce in 1957. This caused him to be raised by his mother in Helena, Montana. He had an extremely dysfunctional relationship with her. She was a neurotic and domineering alcoholic who would often belittle, humiliate, and verbally abuse him. She often mocked him for his large body size (he was about 6 feet 4 inches tall by the age of 15) and called him a “real weirdo”. She refused to coddle him in fear of “turning him gay”, and told him that he reminded her of his father and that no woman would ever love him. Kemper would later describe his mother as “a sick angry woman” and thought she was suffering from borderline personality disorder.

At the age of 14 he ran away to see his father who he found out was remarried and had a stepson. He stayed with his father for a while before being sent off to live with his paternal grandparents, Maude and Edmund Kemper, who lived on a ranch in the mountains in North Fork, California. He hated living there, referring to his grandfather as senile and projected his hatred of his mother onto his grandmother who he felt was similar to her.

On August 27th, 1964 Kemper’s grandmother got into an argument with him sitting at the kitchen table, so he stormed off and got his .22 caliber rifle that his grandfather gave to him for hunting. He returned to the kitchen with it and shot his grandmother in the head and twice in her back. He then dragged her body into her bedroom and waited for his grandfather to come home. When he did, Kemper went out into the driveway and shot and killed his grandfather as well. He didn’t know what to do after the crime so he called his mother who in turn told him to call the police. He did so and waited for them to come take him into custody.

When he was questioned by authorities he said he “just wanted to see what it felt like to kill Grandma” and the reason he killed his grandfather as well was so he wouldn’t have to find his wife dead. His crime was seen as incomprehensible for a 15 year old to commit and the court psychiatrists diagnosed him as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and sent him to the criminally insane unit in the Atascadero State Hospital. At the hospital, psychiatrists and social workers strongly disagreed with Kemper’s diagnosis. They said there was no evidence of hallucinations and no evidence of bizarre thinking. He had a high IQ (136) and he was re-diagnosed as having a “personality trait disturbance, passive-aggressive type”. Before he was released his IQ went up to 145. Kemper was a model inmate, and was trained to administer psychiatric tests to other inmates. He was a good worker and not seen as a typical sociopath. He was released to the care of his mother on his 21st birthday and had his record wiped clean.

While he was in the care of his mother he attended community college and hoped he could become a state trooper. He ultimately was rejected due to his size. At this time he was around 6 feet and 9 inches tall which gave him the nickname “Big Ed”. Although rejected as a state trooper, he still kept in contact with the Santa Cruz police and would occasionally have drinks with them in the Jury Room, which was a bar.

He started dating a 16 year old Turlock High School girl that he would later be engaged to. That same year he was hit by a car while riding on his motorcycle and sued the driver. He bought a new car with his settlement money from the accident and noticed a lot of women who were hitchhiking. That’s when he started storing tools in the back of his car. He started picking up women as a way to practice being able to convince them to get into his car. He kept doing this until he finally gave into his homicidal urges.

Between 1972 and 1973 Kemper went on a terrifying killing spree. He started with two college students and ended the spree with killing his mother and her best friend. He would pick up hitchhikers and take them to isolated areas where he would them proceed to shoot, stab, smother or strangle them, then he would perform irrumatio on their severed heads, have sex with their corpses and then dissect and dismember them. He went on to do this for 11 months. When he killed his mother his had sex with her severed head, cut out her vocal cords and tried to put them in the garbage disposal but they were ejected out. He said about that moment, “That seemed appropriate. As much as she’d bitched and screamed and yelled at me over so many years”.

Kemper was indicted on eight counts of first degree murder on May 7th, 1973. He was found legally sane to stand trial and while in custody he attempted suicide twice. He was finally sentenced on November 8th, 1973 and received 7 years to life for each count with these terms to be served concurrently. He is currently still in prison and seen as a model prisoner, and is in charge of scheduling other inmates’ appointments with psychiatrists and makes ceramic cups, he also reads books on tape for the blind.

Turtle Lake Monster

FeaturedTurtle Lake Monster

The Turtle Lake Monster is something from Canadian folklore. It is some type of entity that lives in Turtle Lake in West Central Saskatchewan. It is usually described as being three to nine meters long (about 9.9 feet to 29.5 feet), scaly, has no dorsal fin, a head resembling a dog (also known to have a head to resemble a seahorse or a pig). Natives in the area are said to be nervous about the attention the supposed monster might bring to the area so they claim it is just a massive sturgeon that people are seeing. About once a year someone claims to see this creature or have some sort of encounter with it. Reports date back to pre-settlement days when the local Cree tribe had a legend of people who vanished without a trace when they ventured into the monster’s territory. It could possibly be a sturgeon or some believe it is a relict population of prehistoric plesiosaurs.

Giglioli’s Whale

FeaturedGiglioli’s Whale

Giglioli’s Whale is a supposed species of whale that was observed by Enrico Hillyer Giglioli. It’s known for having two dorsal fins as opposed to one or even none. The species, however, is not really recognized by the scientific community.

On the 4th of September, 1867 on a ship called the Magenta, Giglioli spotted whales that he could not identify. He observed for a quarter of an hour and wrote down very detailed observations. The whale looked similar to a rorqual whale, was 60 feet long with an elongated body, but the most notable feature was the two dorsal fins. No known whale has two dorsal fins as most have just one or even none. The next year there was another sighting of this kind of strange whale off the coast of Aberdeenshire in Scotland by Jacques Mairgret.

A possible explanation of this whale may be a genetic mutation. It is most likely just a species of rorqual that somehow ended up deformed or mutated by some means.

Hellhounds

FeaturedHellhounds

Hellhounds are know all around the world. They are supernatural dogs based in folklore and mythology. The features that are usually attributed to hellhounds are black mangled fur, glowing red eyes, super strength or super speed, phantom or ghostly characteristics, and a foul smell. Some European legends say that if you stare into the eyes of a hellhound three or more times you will die (I’ve heard if you look once into their eyes you’ll die or a loved one will die as well). Also in those legends, if you see or hear one howling it may mean death as well. In some cultures that associate hell or the afterlife with fire, hellhounds will have fire-based abilities and appearance. They often are said to have the duty of guarding the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds, or take on other duties related to the afterlife and the supernatural, such as hunting lost souls or guarding ghostly treasures. Some of these supernatural dogs, such as the Welsh Cwn Annwn, are regarded as benign, but still encountering them was a sign of imminent death. The most famous hellhound would have to be Cerberus from Greek mythology.

Ennedi Tiger

FeaturedEnnedi Tiger

The Ennedi Tiger is supposedly a living Sabertooth cat that is living on the Ennedi Plateau, located in the east of Chad in the Sub-Saharan Africa. There are reports of two species, one that is in the mountains and the other one is one that inhabits the water. The mountain one is larger than a lion and doesn’t have a tail. The teeth protrude from its mouth, and the feet are hairy. It is red or reddish brown with white stripes and it is strong enough to carry off very large antelopes. It is nocturnal and is a cave dweller.

The water one is said to be larger than a larger and very fierce and has protruding teeth as well. The colors are red with white markings to leopard-like with stripes and even to uniform brown. The teeth are described as walrus-like and the tail is long. The descriptions sound like a sabertooth cat to western explorers, but there is not a lot of information on it.

Chupacabra

FeaturedChupacabra

The Chupacabra is a legendary creature and possible cryptid that has been spoken about for many years in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Americas. Its name is translated literally into “goat-sucker” because of how it kills and drains the blood from animals. There are various descriptions of the Chupacabra, some say it’s heavy and the size of a small bear. Others have said that it is a reptile-like creature with leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin and sharp spines or quills running down its back and is about three to four feet tall. Also that it can hop like a kangaroo. Another description is that it is a strange hairless breed of dog with a pronounced spinal ridge, pronounced eye sockets, fangs, and claws. There have been sightings since 1995 in Puerto Rico and are still being spotted today. Many biologists and wildlife management officials believe the Chupacabra is merely an urban legend.

The Keddie Murders

FeaturedThe Keddie Murders

The Keddie Murders was a 1981 quadruple homicide that happened in Keddie, California. It took place in Cabin 28 during either the late evening of April 11th, 1981 or early morning of the next day. The victims were 36-year-old Glenna Sue Sharp (who went by Sue), her 15-year-old son John, and his 17-year-old friend Dana Wingate. Later Tina Sharp (who was 12) was found a distance away from the cabin. Let’s break the crime down.

Sue and her five children (along with a few of her son’s friends) went to a cabin that Sue had been renting since November of 1980. On the night of April 11th Sue’s oldest daughter, Sheila, went to sleep over at a friend’s cabin instead of staying at her own. This move saved her life. A bedroom upstairs would have Sue’s youngest sons and their friend sleeping in it. The morning of April 12th, Sheila came back to her cabin at around 7:45 AM and discovered a grizzly sight. Her mother, her brother John, and his friend Dana were all murdered. They had been tied up with medical tape and appliance wire, and had been stabbed, bludgeoned, and strangled to death. Upstairs, Sheila discovered her two younger brothers and their friend were fast asleep, completely unharmed. With the help of her neighbors she got the three boys out.

An examination of the bodies revealed that the victims suffered from at least two different hammers of varying size. Sue and John had been stabbed repeatedly, and Sue had also been bludgeoned to death with a rifle and Dana Wingate was strangled to death. There were various weapons found at the scene, including a table knife, a butcher knife, and a bloody hammer (later another bloody hammer would be found that seemed to be intentionally planted). Other weapons, such as the rifle, were never recovered. A second bloody knife turned up in a trash bin behind the Keddie general store.

There were several suspects, including Marty Smartt, who was a close friend of the family’s and with the local sheriff (his son was also with the Sharp family and was the friend sleeping upstairs) and “Bo” Boubede, who was reportedly a hit man for Chicago and Las Vegas mobs. Some suspects were thought to be former lovers of Sue that held a grudge for some reason, but despite the considerable evidence and police questioning no one was arrested. It was questioned severely why Tina’s body was discovered so far from the cabin, and many people believe the entire crime was a police cover up. Eventually, in 2004, Cabin 28 was demolished along with the secrets and answers to this horrendous crime.

Thunderbird

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Thunderbird is a cryptozoological term used to describe large, bird-like creatures and are generally identified with the Thunderbird of Native American tradition. There were similar cryptids reported in the Old World called Rocs. These giant birds are regarded by a small group of researches as having lizard features like the extinct pterosaurs. The reports throughout the centuries and even fossil records show that giant birds with wingspans of between four and five feet long were coexisting with early man. Today, however, the creatures are regarded as myths and urban legends, even though people used Native American legends as evidence to back up their claims. One of the most famous stories of a Thunderbird was back in 1890 when two cowboys killed a creature that was a giant bird-like animal with a large wingspan that had smooth skin and a face that resembled an alligator. It was brought back to town and put up against a barn. It was reported in the local newspaper, but even though it was actually printed there is no further evidence that this event actually occurred. No one has been able to find any other supporting facts. Another reason that people call these giant birds Thunderbirds is because it was believed that when they flapped their wings it made a sound as loud as thunder. Birds can grow to be quite big so it would not be surprising if these monsters of birds actually did exist.

Mothman

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The Mothman is an unknown cryptid that was spotted in Point Pleasant, West Virginia from November 12th, 1966 to December 15th, 1967. It is described as a large man-like creature, with large wings, glowing red eyes, black or dark brown fur, and an ear piercing screech. There’s a popular book called ”The Mothman Prophecies” by John Keel that is about the creature and that it may have supernatural powers or is a supernatural being. There is a statue in Point Pleasant of the creature and there is a festival held every year to celebrate it.

In November of 1966, there were five men who were digging a grave in a cemetery near Clendinin, West Virginia when they claim they saw a man-like figure flying low from the trees over their heads. This sighting is often identified as the first ever known sighting of the Mothman. A little while after on November 15th, two young couples reported to police that they saw a large black creature with glowing red eyes that looked like a large flying man with ten foot wings following their car while driving in an area known as “the TNT area” which was the site of a former World War II munitions plant. Over the next few days there was an increase in sightings of this creature. A local man named Newell Patridge reported seeing the creature as well, and even blamed the buzzing noises from his tv and the disappearance of his German Shepard Bandit on this unknown creature.

A man named Robert L. Smith who is a wildlife biologist suggests that based on the descriptions witness have given of the Mothman, it sounds to him like it might be a sandhill crane that simply went off its migration route. They are known to be the size of a man with large wings and red around their eyes.

on December 15th, 1967 the Silver Bridge collapsed, and many people attribute that to the Mothman since it was spotted sitting on the bridge right before it collapse. Due to this people started saying that the Mothman could predict disasters or was the cause of them. After this people claimed it was related to UFOs or that a military storage unit was its home. Other say it is an alien, a supernatural manifestation, or a more logical explanation is that is a previously unknown species of animal. To this day no one knows what it was that was seen in Pleasant Point, but the residents there still keep the spirit of the Mothman alive with their festival and the statue they have.

Jeffrey Dahmer

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Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was born on May 21st, 1960 at the Evangelical Deaconess Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His mother, Joyce Annette worked as a teletype machine instructor and his father, Lionel Herbert Dahmer, was going to Marquette University to pursue a degree in chemistry. Dahmer was loved and cherished as a child by both his parents, but his mother was a very tense, greedy for attention, and argumentative woman with her husband and even the neighbors. When Dahmer started first grade his mother was in bed a lot due to recovering from weakness. His father’s studies kept him away from home and when he was home Joyce always demanded attention from him. Needless to say, Dahmer started getting less and less attention from a young age from his parents.

Dahmer was always considered an energetic and happy child until he went through a double hernia surgery right before he turned four. This left him quite subdued. When he was interviewed later he commented that his family life was very tense and his parents argued a lot with each other. During his time in elementary school many people noted he was quiet and timid. A teacher commented that Dahmer had a sense of neglect which seemed to be attributed to this mother’s constant illnesses. Even though Dahmer was quiet and timid as a child he did have a small group of friends.

Ever since Dahmer was a child he had a strange fascination with animals. Friends said that he would keep insects in little jars that he stored in his house, but later he would go and collect animal carcasses off the side of the road. He would dismember the animals at home or in the woods behind his house. He always said that he wanted to know how each animal fit together. At one time he was known to have impaled a dog’s head onto a stake behind his house. His fascination with dead animals might have started when he was four and he watched his father remove animal bones from beneath their home. According to Lionel, Dahmer was “oddly thrilled” by the sound of the bones and had developed a fixation on them and played with them. He would sometimes look under the house for bones and when he had his live animals he would explore their bodies and figure out where their bones were.

In October 1966 the Dahmer family moved to Doylestown, Ohio. During that time Joyce was pregnant with her second child. She gave birth to a baby boy on December 18th, 1966. Dahmer was given the opportunity to name the baby, which he calls David. That same year Lionel got his degree and started working as an analytical chemist in the city of Akron. Just two years later they moved to Bath, Ohio. Two years after their move during dinner one night Dahmer had asked his father what would happen to chicken bones if they were placed in bleach. At this point Lionel was worried about his son’s isolation and his lethargic attitude and thought Dahmer was having some sort of scientific curiosity and was happy to tell him. He showed his son how to safely bleach and preserve animal bones. Dahmer would later use this to bleach many more animal bones he collected.

During high school, especially his freshman year, Dahmer was seen as an outcast with only a few friends. He attended Revere High School and there were many testimonies as to how strange and concerning Dahmer’s behavior was in school. He was known to have drank liquor and beer, bringing it into school in flasks and such in his army fatigue jacket. He was always drinking before, during, or after school and it started when he was about 14 years of age. One time a classmate saw Dahmer drinking a cup of gin and asked him why he was drinking alcohol in class, in which Dahmer simply replied “it’s my medicine”. The staff on the other hand saw him as an intelligent and polite student. He had average grades, which many believed was due to this apathy, but he was known to be a good tennis player and played in the high school band.

When he reached puberty Dahmer realized he was homosexual. He never revealed to his parents of his sexual orientation even though he was in a brief relationship in his early teens. Later he admitted that he started sexually fantasize sexually about having complete control over a subservient partner. These thoughts eventually intertwined with thoughts of dissection. At about 16-years-old Dahmer had a rape fantasy of knocking unconscious a male jogger he found attractive and making sexual use of his body. He hid himself in a bush with a baseball bat and waited but the jogger did not go past that day. Dahmer never tried the plan again but he admits this was his first attempt to hurt someone.

Even though Dahmer was a loner in high school he was also seen as a goofball and a class clown. He would play pranks that some were to amuse his peers and some were for attention. Due to these pranks if anyone else pulled pranks it became known as “Doing a Dahmer” or “Pulling a Dahmer”. By 1977 his grades were failing because of his alcoholism and his apathy towards school and interacting with people. His parents hired a private tutor for him, but the tutor had limited access. That same year his parents were seeing a marriage counselor which was unsuccessful and they ultimately divorced. Although it started out as an okay situation they started bickering a lot in front of their sons and finally Lionel moved out in 1978. In May of 1978 Dahmer graduated school. A few weeks before his graduation one of his teachers saw him sitting in the school parking lot drinking beer. The teacher threatened to report him, but Dahmer said that he was dealing with a lot of problems and that the guidance counselor was very aware of his problems. A little bit after this Joyce was given custody of her younger son and left to move in with her family. Since Dahmer was 18 by this time the custodial considerations did not apply to him.

Now, after learning about Dahmer’s past, let’s get to his streak of murders. He committed his first murder in the summer of 1978 just three weeks after he graduated high school. He was living alone in the family home after his parents moved out. On June 18th he picked up an 18-year-old hitchhiker named Steven Hicks. He lured him to his house with the idea that they’d drink together and Steven accepted. After drinking and listen to music for several hours Steven wanted to go and Dahmer didn’t want him to. He hit him twice from behind with a 10 lb dumbbell and then strangled him with the bar of the dumbbell. He then stripped the clothes off of Hicks’ body and stood above the corpse, masturbating. The next day he dissected the body in his crawl space and later buried the remains in a shallow grave in his backyard. He later took the remains out and dissolved the flesh in acid before flushing the solution down the toilet and crushing the bones with a sledgehammer and scattering them in the woods.

About six weeks after the murder his father and his fiancee returned to the house where they discovered Dahmer was living alone. That August he enrolled at Ohio State University and hoped to major in business. As soon as Dahmer got to college however he was incredibly unproductive, mainly because of his alcoholism. Lionel on one occasion visited Dahmer and found his room completely littered in empty liquor bottles. Even though Lionel paid for Dahmer’s second term of college he dropped out just after a few months.

In January of 1979 due to his father urging him to, Dahmer enlisted in the United States Army. He trained as a medical specialist at Fort Sam Houston before July 13th, 1979 when he was moved to Baumholder, West Germany where he was a combat medic. According to reports he was an average or a slight average soldier. Two soldiers accused Dahmer of rape while in the army. One said while stationed at Baumholder Dahmer raped him over a 17 month period while the other soldier says he believed he was drugged and then raped by Dahmer inside an armored personnel carrier in 1979. Due to Dahmer’s severe alcohol abuse his performance in the army deteriorated and so in March of 1981 he was deemed unsuitable for military service and discharged (honorably). On March 24th, 1981 he was sent to Fort Jackson for debriefing and was given a plane ticket to travel anywhere in the country. Dahmer felt like he couldn’t face his father so he went to Miami Beach, Florida as a way to live on his own. He got a job and was staying at a nearby motel, but because of his alcoholism he spent most of his salary on alcohol and was eventually kicked out of the motel for not paying. He spent his evenings on the beach while working at his job until he called his father and asked to return home.

Once he returned home he spent some time living with his father and his stepmother, but he kept on drinking heavily and was eventually arrested for being drunk and disorderly. He was fined $60 and spent ten days in jail. Lionel tried hard to get Dahmer off drinking, but was unsuccessful. Eventually they sent him to go live with his grandmother (who was the only person he ever showed affection towards) who lived in West Allis. He occasionally drank there but mostly was weaned off it. He eventually found a job as a phlebotomist at the Milwaukee Blood Plasma Center, but he held the job for only ten months before being fired. He was then unemployed for two years, living off of whatever money his grandmother gave him. Shortly before losing his job, Dahmer was again arrested, this time for indecent exposure. He had exposed himself in from of twenty-five women and children on August 7th, 1982.

He picked up a job at the Milwaukee Ambrosia Chocolate Factory, where a man gave him a note offering to give him oral sex. Dahmer did not respond, but this did start to stir the sexual fantasies he had when he was a teenager. He started going to gay bars and bathhouses to find men that would follow his fantasies. By late 1985, he started going frequently to the bathhouses, but during his sexual encounters there he was getting frustrated with how his partners would move during the acts. He saw them more as objects instead of people. Because of his way of seeing people as objects instead of people, he began drugging his partners by slipping sedatives into their liquor. He then would commit sexual acts on their unconscious bodies. After about twelve of these incidents he was kicked out of the bathhouses, but he still used hotel rooms to continue these practices. A little bit after he was kicked out of the bathhouses, he saw in the newspaper that an upcoming funeral for an 18-year-old was to be held. He thought about digging up the body and bringing it home, but when he attempted the act, he claims the ground was too solid and he gave up on the idea.

In August 1986, Dahmer was arrested again for masturbating in front of two 12-year-olds, and he did admit to it but later claimed he was simply urinating and was charged with disorderly conduct and so on March 10th, 1987 he was sentenced to a year’s probation with additional instructions to see a counselor. After this period is when his killing spree really began.

In November 1987 Dahmer, who was still living with his grandmother, met a 25-year-old from Michigan named Steven Tuomi at a bar and managed to persuade him to return to the Ambassador Hotel where Dahmer had rented a room. According to Dahmer, he did not intend to kill Tuomi, but he did intend to drug and rape him. However, when he awoke the next morning Tuomi was laying under him with his chest crushed and black and blue with bruises. Blood was leaking out of the corner of his mouth and Dahmer’s fists and forearm were bruised as well. He said he didn’t remember what happened or that he had killed him. He then later said he couldn’t believe it happened. To get rid of the body, Dahmer purchased a large suitcase and moved the body to his grandmother’s house. One week later he cut off the head, arms, and legs and placed the flesh inside garbage bags. he wrapped the bones in a sheet and pounded them into spinters with a sledgehammer. This whole process took Dahmer about two hours to do and all of Tuomi’s remains except his head were disposed of into the trash. Two weeks following Tuomi’s murder, Dahmer kept the head in a blanket and he later boiled the head in a mixture of Soilex and bleach in an attempt to keep the skull to use as a stimulus for masturbation. Eventually the skull was too brittle by this process and was destroyed as well.

After he killed Tuomi, Dahmer went on to actively seek victims. He encountered most of them at gay bars and enticed them to his grandmother’s house where he would drug and kill them after engaging in sexual activity with them. His method of killing was strangulation. Two months after Tuomi, he encountered a 14-year-old Native American prostitute named James Doxtator. Dahmer again lured him to this home this time with the promise of $50 to pose for nude photos. After they engaged in sexual activity Dahmer drugged him and then strangled him in the cellar. He left the body there for a week before taking it apart. He did the same thing to Doxtator as he did with Tuomi. On March 24th, 1988 he killed another man, 22-year-old Richard Guerrero which after he killed him he performed oral sex on the corpse. On April 23rd, he lured another man to his house, but after drugging his coffee his grandmother called to him and so he could not kill him and took him to the hospital instead.

In September 1988, Dahmer’s grandmother asked him to move out because she did not like him always bringing men over and complained of foul smells coming form the basement and the garage. Dahmer found a one bedroom apartment and moved in on September 25th. The following day he was arrested for drugging and sexually fondling a 13-year-old boy and then in January of 1989 he was convicted of second degree sexual assault and of enticing a child for immoral purposes. The sentencing for the assault was suspended until May. On March 20th, Dahmer commenced a ten day absence from work and moved back in with his grandmother. Two months after his conviction and two months before his sentencing he murdered his fifth victim. He was a 24-year-old aspiring model named Anthony Sears and they met at a gay bar on March 25th, 1989. According to Dahmer, he wasn’t looking to commit a crime that night, but right before he left Sears started up a conversation with him. He took him back to his grandmother’s house and they both engaged in oral sex before Dahmer drugged and killed him, placing his body into the bathtub while taking apart the body. He admitted he found Sears “exceptionally attractive” and he was the first victim that he permanently kept. He preserved his head and genitalia in acetone and kept them in his work locker. When he moved the following year, he brought the remains with him. On May 23rd, 1989 Dahmer was sentenced to probation for five years and one year in the House of Correction. He got a work release form so he could keep his job and was required to register as a sex offender.

Two months before his scheduled release from work camp he was paroled. Dahmer moved back temporarily in with his grandmother again. He then moved into the Oxford Apartments in May 1990. Within a week of moving he killed again. His sixth victim, Raymond Smith. He then attempted to murder another man, but accidentally ingested the laced drink himself and when he awoke he had been robbed. He then killed three more people. After the last victim, he did not kill for five months. He was unsuccessful in luring more men into his apartment, and often complained to his probation officer about feeling anxiety and depression along with suicidal thoughts all relating to his sexuality, solitary lifestyles and financial difficulties.

The killings continued in 1991. In February, he killed a 17-year-old boy named Curtis Straughter, who he drilled a hole in his skull and poured hydrochloric acid into it, hoping to make essentially a zombie that would not resist his advances. By 1991, other residents in the apartment were complaining strange smells and sounds of a chainsaw coming from Dahmer’s space. He claimed the smells were that his freezer broke so food was being spoiled. On May 26th, 1991 Dahmer met 14-year-old Konerak Sinthasomphone, who was the younger brother of the boy he molested back in ‘88. He ended up escaping the next day and was found by three women who called the police. Dahmer convinced the police that he was a lover of his and took him back to the apartment. He then killed him and along with the already decomposing body of another victim in his bedroom, he left them both and went to a bar to drink and went and bought more alcohol. He then took the day off on the 28th to spend the whole day dismembering the bodies. He went on to kill four more men before the last one managed to escape and report Dahmer.

His last attempted victim was Tracy Edwards. He was offered $100 to accompany Dahmer, and when they entered the apartment he smelled a foul odor. There were several boxes of hydrochloric acid on the poor, but Dahmer claimed they were used for cleaning bricks. He handcuffed Edwards and brought him into the bedroom to pose for nude photos. He then brandished a knife and told Edwards to strip which he complied but told him that he needed to take the handcuffs off to do so. Dahmer agreed and focused on the tv that was playing. Edwards observed Dahmer rocking back and forth and chanting. Eventually turning around and listening to his heartbeat and said he was going to eat his heart. Edwards said he needed to go to the bathroom and convinced Dahmer he wasn’t going to run away. He said he wanted to go in the living room and drink some beer with him and Dahmer complied. Edwards waited until Dahmer seemed to lapse in concentration and punched him in the face and ran out the front door. He flagged down police who followed him to the apartment and there is where they found the pictures of the dismembered bodies and even found a severed head in the freezer still. Dahmer, while on the floor with an officer on top of him said, “For what I did I should be dead”. The police found four severed heads, seven skulls, two human hearts, and even more body parts in Dahmer’s apartment. A total of 74 pictures were gathered.

Dahmer’s interview hours totaled over 60 hours and he admitted to killing 16 young men, including Steven Hicks in Ohio. He also confessed to being in the process of making an altar, believing he could draw a sense of power from his victims. He pleaded guilty but insane to 15 counts of murder on January 13th, 1992. He was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizotypal Personality Disorder, Necrophilia, alcohol dependency, and a psychotic disorder. He was not given the insanity sentence, and was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 70 years. He was extradited to Ohio and was tried for the murder of Steven Hicks. He pled guilty and was sentenced to a 16th term of life imprisonment on May 1st, 1992.

While in prison Dahmer was kept in solitary confinement due to concerns of his safety should he come into contact with other inmates. He became a born-again Christian and was baptized. In July 1994, a fellow inmate, Osvaldo Durruthy, attempted to slash Dahmer’s throat with a razor imbedded in a toothbrush. He suffered superficial wounds but was not seriously injured. Dahmer was reportedly ready for death and didn’t care what happened to him. Finally, on November 28th, 1994, Dahmer was beaten in bathrooms by Christopher Scarver. He was taken to the hospital, but was pronounced dead an hour later. Many people were pleased with his death, but of course his mother was outraged. His body was cremated and his ashes divided between his parents.

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Hey everyone it’s Rebecca again. I’m just putting another update up because I’m currently working on a post for the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and it’s taking a really long time with school and work. I’ve been struggling with money as well and struggling against my returning depression and anxiety with which school isn’t helping with or my money issue. If any of you are feeling generous my PayPal email is rebecca.mahar.business@gmail.com if you’d like to send me a little to help and if not that’s okay. I just wanted to let you guys know what was up because this week has been really hard on me to the point that I’m having breakdowns more often than I’d like. I’m trying to get back onto medication and talk to my doctor about it so for now posts are going to be really slow (especially with this Jeffrey Dahmer post it’s so long). So thank you everyone for understanding I really appreciate it.

Lizzie Borden

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“Lizzie Borden took an axe

And gave her mother forty whacks.

When she saw what she had done,

She gave her father forty-one.”

That famous rhyme has been heard all throughout history since the incredibly vicious murder of Lizzie Borden’s parents in their own home in 1892. Lizzie was acquitted of the murders although many people still believe she committed the crime. In the end no one was actually charged for the murders, but even now people are debating who the real killer is.

Lizzie Andrew Borden was born July 19th, 1860 in Fall River, Massachusetts to Andrew and Sarah Borden. Her father was a successful property developer and he directed several textile mills including the Globe Yarn Mill Company. He also owned some commercial property and was both the president of the Union Savings Bank and a director of the Durfee Safe Deposit and Trust Company. Despite his success and wealth, Andrew was quite a frugal man. His home did not have indoor plumbing and did not spend money as those who were extremely rich did. Her mother eventually died in 1863 and three years later Andrew married Abby Durfee Gray.

Lizzie had an older sister named Emma and they both were raised religiously and attended the Central Congregational Church. Lizzie was extremely involved in her church which also included teaching Sunday school to children of recent immigrants, she was involved in Christian organizations such as the Christian Endeavor Society where she was a secretary-treasurer, and also social movements such as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. She was also a member of the Ladies’ Fruit and Flower Mission. She very much detested her stepmother and would often called her “Mrs. Borden” which indicated she did not feel close with Abby at all. Lizzie was convinced Abby was just after her father’s money and didn’t actually love him.

A lot of tension grew in the family months before the murder especially due to Andrew giving Abby’s family members various pieces of real estate. Lizzie and Emma demanded that they got a home as well and so they got the home they lived in before their mother died. They purchased it for $1 but a few weeks before the murders they sold it back to their father for $5,000 (which is like $133,000 today).

On August 4th, 1892 between 10:30 AM and 11:10 AM Andrew Borden was murdered in his living room while taking a nap while Abby Borden was killed between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM in the guest bedroom. Lizzie and Emma usually cleaned the guest rooms but at the time John Morse, the brother of Lizzie’s deceased mother, was staying with them and had slept in so when he awoke Abby went up to make the bed. According to forensic investigation it seemed that Abby was facing her killer which she was first struck from the cut above her ear which caused her to turn and fall to the floor. She was then struck 17 more times in the back of the head until she finally was dead.

Andrew and Morse were in the sitting room after breakfast and chatted for about an hour. Morse left to visit a relative at around 8:48 AM and Andrew left for his morning walk around 9 AM. When he returned it was around 10:30 AM and his key failed to open the door so he knocked on the door for help. Bridget, the maid, tried to unlock the door but it was jammed. Later she claimed she heard Lizzie laughing from what seemed to be from the top of the stairs. This statement was significant since Abby was thought to be murdered first and was found upstairs in the guest bedroom. Lizzie of course denied it. Lizzie also gave two different accounts of her movements on that day. She said she was in the loft for about 20-30 minutes eating pears and that she went to look for an iron in the loft as well. Bridget Sullivan, the maid, said she was in her room on the third floor resting from cleaning windows when at around 11:10 AM she heard Lizzie calling to her from downstairs. She said someone had come in and killed her father. He had been struck around 10 or 11 times with a hatchet. One of his eyeballs had been split in two which suggested he was asleep when he was attacked. He was still bleeding which meant it was a very recent attack.

During the investigation, Lizzie was giving strange and contradictory answers to the police. At first she claimed she heard a groan or a scraping noise before entering the house, but two hours later said she heard nothing and didn’t think anything was wrong when she got inside. When she was asked where her stepmother was she said that Abby received a note saying she should visit a sick friend. She also said she thought Abby had returned and asked someone to go upstairs to check. Mrs. Churchill (a neighbor) and Bridget went upstairs and as they reached the halfway point they saw in the guest bedroom Abby lying facedown on the floor.

Many of the investigators did not like Lizzie because of how calm she was and that she kept changing her story about her whereabouts. However, no one checked her for bloodstains or properly searched her room. They found several axes in the basement one of which the handle was broke and was thought to be the murder weapon but at the time didn’t do much about it. A friend of the family, Alice Russell, entered the kitchen the day after the murders and witnessed Lizzie ripping up a dress saying she got paint on it and was going to burn it and it was never tested if there was blood on it nor was it confirmed whether or not it was the dress she wore the day of the murders.

Lizzie was initally tried and then aquitted based on not enough evidence and also the poor work of the police at the time but she remains still a suspect of the murders even to this day. Her behavior, the dress, and her accounts of her actions on her day still do not make sense but many people believe she was the one who murdered her parents in cold blood.

JonBenet Ramsey

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JonBenet Ramsey was a six-year-old beauty pageant queen from Boulder, Colorado who was brutally murdered in the basement of her home on Christmas or the day after Christmas in 1996. Her father, John Ramsey, found her body in the basement about eight hours after she was reported missing. She had a broken skull and had been strangled. There was a very long ransom note that was later found in the house. Her death was ruled a homicide. Her case gained a lot of attention from the world since she was such a well known beauty pageant contestant and her mother, Patsy Ramsey, was also a former beauty queen. The case was never solved and still remains open to this day. It was suspected that either her mother or her brother, Burke, killed her and staged the ransom note to cover it up. The entire family was almost charged with child abuse leading to death but were soon cleared since there was no sufficient proof that’s what happened.

It’s believed that someone close to the family committed the crime because the ransom note demanded $118,000 which was close to what John got as a bonus that year and that is information only someone close would know about. There seemed to have been a practice letter made before the real one using the same notebook. Scraps of the original practice note were found nearby. It’s not completely clear if this crime also involved sexual assault, but there were some indication that there was some vaginal injury and that her vaginal area was wiped with a cloth of some sort. A piece of rope was tied around her neck. There was pineapple found in her stomach that hadn’t digested yet indicating she had just recently eaten it before she was killed. Her brother’s fingerprints were found on a bowl containing pineapple but his parents deny he was awake and slept through everything until the police showed up. John Mark Karr, a 41-year-old elementary school teacher was as close to a suspect as anything. He fled the country from a possession of child pornography charge and ended up communicating with a journalist for four years supposedly confessing to the murder of JonBenet. However, even though many things of what he said matched up to the crime scene, not everything did. The thing is, he said he didn’t do it alone, and that matches up with the fact that two sets of footprints were found at the Ramsey’s home that could not be identified. Karr claimed he was in love with JonBenet and broke into the house and killed her. He was charged for the child pornography but was not charged for her murder. There has been no progress since.

I personally believe Karr did do it and did have an accomplice that is still out and free in the world possibly hurting other people as well. I feel very strongly Karr did it but I am no detective and can only guess that it is him. It could be someone else though. I wish they’d find the other person who helped in the crime then maybe they could find some answers.

The Disappearance of D. B. Cooper

FeaturedThe Disappearance of D. B. Cooper

The mysterious case of D. B. Cooper, or Dan Cooper, is certainly a very strange one that is still unsolved to this day roughly forty-something years later. People were grasping at straws then and even now to try and solve this disappearance and to really find who Cooper was and what his motives were.

On November 24th, 1971 an unidentified man walked into the Northwest Orient Airlines at the Portland International Airport with a black briefcase. He identified himself as Dan Cooper and purchased a one way ticket on Flight 305 which was a  30-minute trip to Seattle. He boarded a Boeing 727-100, lit a cigarette and ordered a bourbon and soda on the plane. Eyewitnesses reported him as being around his mid-forties, between 5 ft 10 in. and 6 ft tall. He was wearing a black lightweight trench coat, loafers, a dark suit, a neatly pressed white collared shirt, and a black necktie. His flight took off at 2:50 PM, and shortly after takeoff he handed a nearby flight attendant, Florence Schaffner, a note. She just assumed Cooper was trying to give her his number and she simply slipped the note into her pocket, but then Cooper leaned in and whispered, “Miss, you’d better look at that note. I have a bomb.” The note was printed in neat capital letters and was written with a felt pen. It’s not entirely clear what was written on the note, but the general message of it was that Cooper said he had a bomb and directed Schaffner to sit next to him. She asked for proof of the bomb and he opened up his briefcase which contained eight red cylinders attached to wires coated with red insulation and a large cylindrical battery.

After Cooper closed the briefcase he demanded $200,000 in only $20 bills, four parachutes (two primary and two reserve), and a fuel truck standing by in Seattle to refuel the plane on arrival. Schaffner went to the cockpit and gave the pilots the instructions and when she returned Cooper was wearing sunglasses. The pilot, William Scott, contacted the Seattle-Tacoma Airport air traffic control center about the situation, and in turn they informed the local and federal authorities. There were only thirty-six other passengers on board the plane and they were told that their arrival in Seattle would be delayed due to a “minor mechanical difficulty” which in reality was the plane flying around in a circle really for about two hours so that the FBI and local police could gather at the airport with the ransom money and the parachutes. Northwest Orient’s president Donald Nyrop authorized payment of the ransom and ordered all employees to cooperate fully with Cooper. According to Schaffner, Cooper seemed familiar with the area and the terrain, remarking at one point, “Looks like Tacoma down there” and also correctly mentioning that the McChord Air Force Base was only a 20-minute drive (at that time) from the Seattle-Tacoma airport. He was described as being calm, polite, well-spoken, and pretty nice. He ordered another bourbon and paid for his drink tab and even offered to request meals for the flight crew during the stop in Seattle. FBI agents got the ransom money from several Seattle banks and they made microfilm photographs of each one to save. Cooper rejected the parachutes that were offered to him that were from the military and demanded civilian parachutes which the police obtained through a local skydiving school. At around 5:24 PM Cooper was informed that his demands were met and at 5:39 PM the aircraft landed at the airport. He then ordered William Scott to taxi the jet to an isolated brightly lit section of the tarmac and extinguish the lights in the cabin to deter police snipers. Northwest Orient’s Seattle operations manager Al Lee approached the aircraft in civilian clothing and delivered the cash filled knapsack and parachutes to Tim Mucklow (who was another flight attendant) via the aft stairs. Once the delivery was made Cooper permitted all the passengers, Florence Schaffner, and senior flight attendant Alice Hancock to leave the plane.

During the time they were refueling, he outlined his next plan of action with the cockpit crew. He picked a southeast course towards Mexico City at the minimum airspeed possible without stalling the aircraft at a maximum of 10,000 foot altitude. He also instructed that the landing gear be still deployed in the landing position, the wing flaps lowered about 15 degrees, and the cabin un-pressurized. Copilot William Rataczak told Cooper that the aircraft’s range was limited to about 1,000 miles under those specific flight configurations and that they would need to refuel again before entering Mexico. Cooper and the crew agreed on Reno, Nevada as the refueling spot and as a final demand Cooper wanted the plane to take off with the rear exit door open and the stairs extended. The home office objected on the basis it was unsafe. Cooper disagreed in that it was safe but, he didn’t argue. He said he would lower it himself once they took off.

An FAA official requested to speak to Cooper face to face, but his request was denied. Once they landed in Reno the refueling process was delayed due to a vapor lock in the fuel tanker truck’s pumping mechanism. Cooper was becoming suspicious , but allowed a replacement tanker to continuing refueling and even a second one after the first one went dry. Finally at around 7:40 PM the plane took off once more with just Cooper, pilot William Scott, flight attendant Tim Mucklow, copilot William Rataczak, and the flight engineer H. E. Anderson. He told Mucklow to join the rest of the crew in the cockpit after takeoff and told him to remain inside with the door closed. Mucklow saw him tying something around his waist. McChord Air Force Base deployed two F-106 fighter planes to follow the plane Cooper was on, one above and one below out of his view. A Lockheed T-33 trainer was shadowing the 727 before running low on fuel and having to turn back near the Oregon-California state line.

At around 8 PM a warning light flashed in the cockpit indicating that the aft air stair apparatus had been activated. The crew offered assistance via the aircraft’s intercom system to Cooper, but their help was refused. At around 8:13 PM the plane’s tail section sustained an upward moment suddenly and it was significant enough that it required trimming to bring the plane back to a level flight. At around 10:15 PM the plane landed with the air stair still deployed at Reno Airport. The FBI, state troopers, sheriff’s deputies, and Reno police surrounded the plane, but a thorough search of the plane revealed Cooper was no longer on it.

The entire plane was searched and there were sixty-six fingerprints found on the black tie Cooper was wearing that he left behind, a pin, two of the four parachutes with one being opened and two shroud lines were cut from the canopy. Eyewitnesses were interviewed in Portland, Oregon and in Reno and anyone who personally interacted with Cooper and composite sketches were made. The local police and the FBI began to question suspects. The first suspect was an Oregon man with a minor criminal background by the actual name of D. B. Cooper, but was quickly ruled out as a subject since it was the error of someone in the media accusing him. The search of the area was difficult due to the little differences in things such as the plane’s speed could have changed Cooper’s landing. Since there was low visibility there is a lot of doubt surrounding whether he actually deployed his parachute or not. There was an experiment done to see where Cooper might have landed and determined that he jumped at around 8:13 PM and may have landed near Mt. St. Helens. A search of the area proved nothing, however. In late 1971 the FBI distributed lists of the ransom bills and a young boy found a knapsack on Tina Bar (which is a beach) in Washington state and the serial number matched those that were listed by the FBI. They were disintegrated, but were indeed part of the money that was given to Cooper.

There hasn’t been much evidence found as to where Cooper went after exiting the plane, but after about forty-five years this case has been closed but periodically opened up when new evidence emerges. There have even been some recent discoveries that have been linked to his disappearance.

There have been many theories as to who D. B. Cooper really is but no one has been actually confirmed to be him. There’s been a lot of suspects but nothing final. I believe whoever D. B. Cooper was is long gone now, but he did exist and somehow survived the bad weather and landing in the woods and lived his live shrouded in mystery. To have this case solved would be an amazing victory to the FBI and all those who have been following this case for years, but will it really be solved?

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(A little update for this blog in the coming months)

Hello everyone! It’s Rebecca the person who is running this wonderful spooky blog! I’m just here with a little update. My second year of college has begun and I am taking four online classes which does require more hours of work and studying than regular in-class stuff so I might not be able to post as much on here as I would like. I’m going to try and figure out a schedule where I can post on here, work on school work, and go to my job all in a somewhat organized way. I don’t want to stop posting completely since I do love reading up on various hauntings, cryptids, crimes, and so much more and letting the world know of them as well. These upcoming weeks are going to be a bit hectic as I try and figure out that type of schedule since I am also trying to get scholarships for next semester so I do not have to take out any loans to get back onto campus and finish up my degree. I appreciate you guys for being so understanding and I appreciate all of you who read my posts and genuinely like them. Have a good day!

Kelpie

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You may have heard of the Kelpie, a shape-shifting water horse that lives in Scotland that usually inhabits the lochs and pools in the country. It is usually described as appearing as a beautiful black horse, but can also look like a human. There are some accounts that they still keep their hooves (which have been mentioned that they are reversed compared to regular horses) which leads them to be associated with the Devil. Almost every body of water in Scotland has a Kelpie story. The origin in the belief of these malevolent water horses has been thought to have started in human sacrifices once made to appease water gods. However, narratives about the Kelpie also served as a practical use in keeping children away from dangerous waters and warning young women to stay away from handsome strangers. Douglas Harper, a historian and founder of the Online Etymology Dictionary, defines Kelpie as “the Lowland name of a demon in the shape of a horse”.

It is considered one of the most common water spirits in Scottish folklore, but the name is attributed to a few different forms in narratives recorded throughout the country. In the late 19th century there was an onset of interest in transcribing folklore, but the records are inconsistent in spelling and frequently anglicized words which could result in differing names for the same spirit.

People have been rumored to capture kelpies using a halter stamped with a cross and harnessing its incredible strength to pull and transport heavy mill stones. It can also be killed with a silver bullet like a werewolf.

Now a new part that I will be adding to my posts will be my own opinion of the topic at hand. I believe that kelpies are a beautiful part of Scottish history. I do believe in many things and am always optimistic to possible beings that are living among us and the kelpie is such an interesting creature that I’d love to see it be real. I believe strongly that anything is really possible, and a kelpie just might be possible.

Zaratan

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The Zaratan is a giant sea turtle (sometimes an octopus or a whale) that is described in folklore and literature that has a large shell that resembles a sloped rocky mound that is supposedly several hundred feet in diameter. Sailors who came across it always mistook it for a small island and they would anchor on it for the night, but as nighttime approached the turtle would swim down into the water which unfortunately drowned the sailors. The Zaratan has also been described as being a giant fish that tries to bring its tail to its mouth but can’t due to its massive size. When a Zaratan gets hungry it is said to open its mouth extremely wide and release a sweet smell and when the fish come near it snaps its jaws shut in a similar fashion to an alligator snapping turtle. The Zaratan has been depicted as a whale in “Sinbad the Sailor” and is also believed to be the same as the Aspidochelone or the Kraken. It’s also believed that the original city of Atlantis was on top of the turtle and that when the turtle dove it destroyed the city and that’s what happened to it. The most similar type of folklore creature would be the turtle that holds the world on its back from many origins of the world stories.

Lizard Men

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The Lizard Man, or Lizard Men, are not a specific type of cryptid, but the term is used instead to describe a broad spectrum of bipedal hominid-like reptilian people. There are many sightings all over the world. Some examples would be the intulo of South Africa, the Cherufe Lizard Man of South America, the New Jersey Gator Man, Loveland Frogman of Ohio, Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp, Canadian Lizard Man, Nagas of India, Kappas of Japan, and the Lizard Demon in Wood County, West Virginia. There have been many theories as to how these Lizard people came to existence. Some theories suggest that they are living dinosaurs, a form of evolution in which a reptile hierarchy continued to evolve along the same path as the early primates. Other theories suggest that they are reptilian aliens, and that many UFO and alien abduction cases have made notes of the fact that people have claimed that the aliens were reptilian-like. There are many other theories to why these reptile-people are coming to our planet and living among us,  but with so many reports of these being living amongst us you have a reptile person right beside you.

Ebu Gogo

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The Ebu Gogo are a group of humanoid creatures that first appeared in Flores mythology. In the Nage language of central Flores “ebu” means ‘grandmother’ and “gogo” means ‘he who eats anything’. The Nage people of Flores, Indonesia have described the Ebu Gogo as having the ability to walk and run quite quickly at around the height of 1.5 meters (about four to almost five feet tall) and they have flat and wide noses, broad faces with large mouths and extremely hairy bodies. They reportedly murmur in what seems to be their own language and also could repeat what others said to them in a parrot-like fashion. The legends of the Ebu Gogo were attributed to monkeys, but at the time they were believed to be a type of human. During the time of the Portuguese Trading Ship arriving in the 17th century people believed that they were alive during this time. They also think that they were alive up until the 20th century, but are no longer in existence. It would have seemed they were hunted to extinction. Stories say that they used to steal food from human camps and kidnap children, so the people in those camps offered them a gift of palm fiber to make into clothing. They accepted the gift and took it back to their cave to start making clothing. The people then threw a firebrand into the cave and set it on fire. It killed all of the Ebu Gogo except possibly one pair that managed to escape to a nearby forest where they may supposedly be living today.

Amaterasu

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Amaterasu (also known by Amaterasu-omikami, Ohirume-no-muchi-no-kami) is part of Japanese mythology and is also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is known as the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. Her name is means “shining in heaven” and her whole name means “the great august kami who shines in heaven”. The meaning of her name is understandable since she is the goddess of the sun and the universe. According to the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki in Japanese mythology the Emperors of Japan are considered to be the direct descendants of Amaterasu. It also appears to be a Japanese expression of a historical pan-Asiatic solar goddess. There are some similarities between Amaterasu and the Korean solar goddess Hue-nim, particularly in regards to shamanistic worship that utilizing the same symbols and practices. Although it seems Amaterasu is highly worshiped in Japan, she is still worshiped as a central figure for other places.

The oldest story of Amaterasu comes from about ca. 712 CE Kojiki and ca. 720 CE Nihon Shoki which are the oldest records of Japanese history. Amaterasu is the sister of Susanoo, who is the god of storms and the sea, and of Tsukuyomi, who is the god of the moon. It was written that Amaterasu had painted the landscape with her siblings to create ancient Japan. All three of them were born from Izangi when he was purifying himself after entering Yomi, the underworld, after failing to save Izuanami. Amaterasu was born when Izanagi washed his left eye, Tsukuyomi from his right eye, and Susanoo from washing his nose. Amaterasu then became the ruler of the sun and heavens along with her brother the god of the moon and ruler of the night. At first Amaterasu shared the skies with her brother and husband Tsukuyomi until out of absolute disgust he killed the goddess of food, Uke Mochi, when she supposedly pulled food from her rectum, nose, and mouth. This killing upset Amaterasu and cased her to label Tsukuyomi as an evil god and spirit and split away from him, which caused the separation of night and day.

The texts also state that Amaterasu and her brother Susanoo had a long standing rivalry. At some point Izanagi ordered him to leave Heaven and so he approached his sister to say goodbye. She was suspicious of Susanoo, but he proposed a challenge to prove his sincerity and she accepted the challenge. They both took an object from each other and birthed gods and goddesses. Amaterasu birthed three women from Susanoo’s sword and he birthed five men from Amaterasu’s necklace. After this she claimed that the gods were her’s since they were birthed from her necklace and that the goddess were Susanoo’s since they were born from his sword. Through this kind of logic, she claimed she won the challenge, and they both accepted it and were content for a while. After a while, however, Susanoo became restless and angry that he went on a rampage and destroyed Amaterasu’s rice fields, hurled a flayed pony at her loom, and even killed one of her attendants. Amaterasu was in grief and was angry over this rampage and hid away in the Ama-no-Iwato, or heavenly rock cave, and so the sun was gone for a very long time.

She was finally persuaded to leave the cave, and Susanoo was punished and banished from Heaven. Later Amaterasu and Susanoo amended their conflict when Susanoo got her the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi sword as a reconciliation gift. When they both reconciled the moon became visible again. According to the legend she bequeathed to her descendants Ninigi the mirror, Yata no Kagami the jewel, and Yasakani no Magatama the sword. This sacred mirror, jewel, and sword became the three Imperial Regalia of Japan.

The Ise Shrine located in Ise, Honshu, Japan houses the inner shrine Naiku which is dedicated to Amaterasu. The sacred mirror Yato no Kagami is said to be kept at this shrine as one of the Imperial Regalia of Japan. At this shrine is a ceremony known as Shikinen which is held every twenty years to honor Amaterasu. Each time the ceremony is held the main shrine buildings are destroyed and rebuilt at a location adjacent to the previous site. After this, new clothes and food are offered to Amaterasu. This practice is part of the Shinto faith and has been around since about the year 690.

Akkorokamui

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The Akkorokamui (or also known as the Ashketanne Mat which means “Long-fingered Woman) is a half-human half-octopus monster from the Ainu and Shinto folklore in Japan. It supposedly lurks in the Funka Bay in Hokkaido. It’s also been sighted in several other locations such as Taiwan and Korea for centuries.

According to the Shinto mythology, the creature is human-like and has a bright red color. John Batchelor wrote in his book “The Ainu and Their Folklore” he states that the creature is 120 meters (about 394 feet) in length and its color was “liken to the color of the reflection of the setting sun upon water”. It also has the ability to self-amputate like an octopus and regenerate limbs like one as well. This characteristic manifested itself in the belief in Shinto that Akkorokamui has healing powers. As a result of that belief among followers believe that giving offerings to Akkorokamui will heal ailments of the body, mainly those that are disfigured or have broken limbs.

The legend of how this creature became starts a long time ago in that spirits cursed a person named Rebunge who was a villager of Abuta Toyoura to see the destruction of his own village. They sent a half-spider half-human monster called Yaoshikepu to fulfill this curse. Yaoshikepu set out to destroy the village and slaughtered so many people that the streets were filled with blood. After hearing the townsfolk trembling and screaming with fear the sea kami (“kami” means divine beast in the Shinto religion) Repunkamui transformed Yaoshikepu into an octopus and sent her into the sea. After she was sent into the sea she began to grow and was consuming larger prey such as whales and attacking ships. One day Akkorokamui ate a boat full of fishermen and once in her stomach, the fishermen called out for help. After hearing these cries, Repunkamui poised Akkorokamui and caused her great pain. As she yelled in pain the fishermen managed to escaped. Akkorokamui learned how to harness the poison, however, and used it to attack her prey, including more ships with fishermen in them.

The Ainu reverence of Akkorokamui has become a permanent part of Shintoism which incorporated it as a minor kami. The self purification practices for this kami are strictly followed. One’s hands must be cleaned with water, with the exception that one’s feet must also be cleaned. While it is often presented as a benevolent kami with powers to heal and bestow knowledge it is also capable of doing harm. Also because of the nature of it being part octopus it means that it is persistent and it’s nearly impossible to escape its grasp without permission. Akkorokamui enjoys the sea and so the offerings that are the best would be fish, crab and mollusks. There are shrines dedicated with Akkorokamui and associated octopus deity which can be found throughout Japan. The most well known shrines are found in Kyoto and the island of Hokkaido.

This beautiful yet dangerous mythological creature is somewhat a cryptid in its sightings. Many would argue it is just visions of those who strongly believe in a higher power and that it is not a cryptid at all. I like to believe that there is always some truth in these types of stories. Who are we to say it isn’t so?

Nightcrawler/Fresno Alien

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The Nightcrawler (no I’m not talking about the cute devil mutant from X-Men) , or the Fresno Alien, is an elusive cryptid that’s made just two appearances so far one being in Fresno, California and the other being in Yosemite National Park. In both of the sightings the only evidence was video footage. It shows the creature to be relatively short (about 4 feet tall), is extremely thin, white, with no noticeable arms. It seems to be either wearing a white cloak of some sort.

According to certain groups of Native Americans in the surrounding area the Nightcrawlers have existed for a long time and come from a planet that consists mostly of swamp. It is thought that their long legs help navigate the terrain. They are believed to be here to assist in an “awakening” to help rebuild the connection between man and nature and to bring peace back to Earth.

They seem to be gentle creatures that mean no harm to us and this planet. In fact, bringing peace back to Earth would be amazing. Hopefully we’ll see more of these humanoids sometime in the near future.

Atmospheric Beasts

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As mentioned in my article for air rods which mentioned they may be related to atmospheric beasts, this article will cover what atmospheric beasts are. They are probably one of the more weirder (if that’s even possible) flying creatures from cryptozoology. They seem to be living creatures, but they break all the rules that we humans apply to living things. They fly up high in the sky without wings and their bodies are only semi-solid and are often partially invisible. Many of these sightings were originally classified as really strange and unusual UFO sightings. One of the most well known atmospheric beasts is the Crawfordsville Monster which was first sighted in Indiana in 1891 and some have classified it as a dragon.

To those who do believe in atmospheric beasts they are very fragile and lightweight beings that are either native to Earth or are aliens that are from somewhere else. If you believe the latter theory, then these creatures are sometimes thought to have come from somewhere in the atmosphere of another planet, but they also can be thought of as originating from interstellar gas clouds so that would make it seem that they are aliens without a native planet and are basically “swimming” through space. Many consider them non-intelligent and so even though they may have originated from space they are really just animals.

In several different eyewitness accounts, the beasts can change their density, become smaller, harder masses which are usually metallic in color, or they even can become larger and cloudlike even to the point of complete invisibility and some have even been able to glow. They may resembles whales at times which gives to their other name of ‘air whales’ or ‘cloud beasts’.  It’s also a common belief that if the beasts touch the ground they will die. Those that resemble clouds may display strange behavior that regular clouds cannot do, such as squirting a stream of water at people or being too mobile for normal clouds. The physical features may look like actual animals, but because they are separate clouds that are being combined together it looks entirely too alien to be a real animal.

When they die it’s been noted that they fall to Earth as a large gelatinous mass that may be similar to green, purple, gray or even iridescent jelly that evaporates into absolutely nothing within minutes to as long as days. This is an explanation from the meteorites or star jelly that falls from the sky occasionally.

They are often given local names and are always in folklore, but playing a minor role. People have had actual physical contact with these beings, such as a police officer being touched by one whilst bicycling. People have said it feels like being licked by a large, soft tongue.

They are very strange creatures indeed and have been in folklore for centuries, and there have been many witness accounts of them. Could these be a new species of alien that exists just above us? We may never know honestly, but it’s strangely comforting to think that these large animal-like beings are in a way looking over us.

Fur-Bearing Trout (Hoax)

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The fur-bearing trout, also known as the beaver trout, is a trout that possesses a thick coat of fur to keep it warm in the extremely cold northern waters it lives in. It was obviously since fish do not typically sprout fur and they are already adapt to the waters they live in.

According to the legend, it was first encountered by Europeans who settled in Canada and talked about many furred animals and fish in the lands and was asked to specify the fur fish and so it became to be the fur bearing fish. Now they are many mounted up on walls all through the Great Lakes of North America as a little tribute to that. There are some cases where fish will seem to have fur, but that due to a disease called saprolegnia which causes what looks like little tufts of fur.

Air Rods

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These tiny little flying creatures have been a mystery to many for decades now, and there still is no real answer for their existence. These air rods, which are also called “flying rods” or “sky fish”, are kind of the equivalent of crop circles to everyone, even the skeptics. They show up on every type of camera around the world when they do decide to appear. No one really knows what they are. No one knows if they are living creatures, aliens, or just camera malfunctions. To those who believe strongly in cryptids they believe that air rods are living creatures, and are possibly related to the older stories of atmospheric beasts that once flew through the skies as they do now. To skeptics, these air rods are merely pieces of flying debris, insects or even birds being filmed under strange conditions that would produce that type of effect.

Air rods were first discovered around the 1990s in various types of film. People studying these anomalies found many in thousands and thousands of films and found thousands of types of these critters in those films. Close studies showed that these rods had extremely interesting behavior. They showed to have 3D features such as they would weave in and out of trees instead of just going through them or just staying visible always in the front of objects. They were carefully measured and they would range from about four inches to about three feet long. There seemed to be no difference between the head and tail and they had pairs of appendages all along its body.

In some air rods these appendages look kind of like fins that vibrate in undulating waves while others have some that look like bee wings. Most of the time, however, the rods are moving so fast that they are extremely blurry and it cannot be deciphered what they look like. Some rare ones can be solid white compared to the translucent ones that are mostly spotted.

Many people have grown fearful of these mysterious beings, believing they are a new species of bugs or even aliens that are invading Earth. Many skeptics believe it could be computer generated rods that are slipped into all the footage that is seen. That would be a lot of editing to get all those thousands of films to be edited like that!

It’s still a mystery to this day what they are, but it heavily believed they are real and seem to pose no threat to the people living in the world or the animals and plant life. They could possibly be aliens just visiting surveying the world to see what goes on here. Maybe one day we will learn more of their existence. Here’s to seeing the truth someday.

Dover Demon

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As one of the more supposedly ‘classic’ cryptids in the world although not spoken of much anymore, the Dover Demon was first reportedly spotted in Dover, Massachusetts on April 21st and April 22nd, 1977. On April 21st, William Bartlett (who was seventeen at the time) claimed that while he was driving that he saw a large-eyed creature with tendril-like fingers and glowing eyes on the top of a stone wall on Farm Street in Dover. Another boy, John Baxter, who was fifteen, reported seeing a similar creature on Miller Hill Road that same evening. On the next night, fifteen-year-old Abby Brabham claimed to also have seen the creature on Springdale Avenue. They were all confused and horrified at seeing the unknown being.

The three of them drew sketches of what they saw and Bartlett wrote, “I, Bill Bartlett, swear on a stack of Bibles that I saw this creature.” When the sightings were plotted out on a map it revealed that it created a straight line that went over two miles. It became to gain worldwide attention just like how Bigfoot has.

It was described as looking like a “gray” alien, but with a rosy orange color instead of the gray color. It has a large head on a small stick-like body.  It can be bipedal apparently, as it’s been seen traveling on two legs or on all fours. Its eyes sometimes glow green, but some have reported they glow orange. Witnesses are unsure if it wears clothing or if the clothing is just like the body. Unlike the grays, however, the Dover Demon does not seem to be associated with UFOs. Not many cryptozoologists show much interest in the Dover Demon. Since the sightings mostly happened during the time of the three reported ones back in 1977, the stories of the Dover Demon have since passed by.

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Kidney Thieves

This urban legend (which actually isn’t an urban legend it actually does happen quite often) goes by several other titles, including “The Kidney Heist”, “The Organ Thieves”, and “The Stolen Kidneys”. The story goes that there was once a young man who was going to college. For spring break he went to Las Vegas with his buddies to have a good time. They were drinking and listening to music and just generally having a really good time for vacation. The young man had just finished another drink when a beautiful young woman came up to him and started talking to him. He was flattered and surprised that she was talking to him. They seemed to be hitting it off, and when she invited him to another party, he agreed.

He left the bar and went with the young woman to an apartment on the outskirts of the city. There was already a party going on and they started drinking some more and even dancing with each other a little. The young woman takes out two little pills and puts one in her mouth while offering the other to the man. He was never one to try drugs, but he decided he’d give it a try. That was the last thing he remembered.

When he awoke he was in a hotel bathroom, naked and in a tub full of ice. He was extremely groggy and disoriented and he tried to remember how he got there. He was also in a lot of pain. He saw he had a crumpled note in his hand that said, “If you don’t want to die, call 911”. He saw a cell phone sitting on a small table so he picked it up and proceeded to call emergency services. When the operator answered, he tried to explain he didn’t know what had happened to him and that he was in a tub full of ice. The operator instantly knew what was happening. She told him to check his body for injuries and he noticed two nine inch slits in his lower back. The operator told him to go back into the tub and that an ambulance was on the way. She also told him that he had been drugged and someone had removed his kidneys. There was a ring of organ thieves operating in the city and they would sell the organs on the black market. Afterwards, he was kept in the hospital on life support until he could get new kidneys.

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Yowie

The name of the Yowie one of several names that are given to the hominid that lives in Australia. The creature originated in the Aboriginal oral history. In parts of Queensland they are referred to as “Quinkin” or a type of quinkin and as a joogabinna. In New South Wales, it’s known by a plethora of names: jurrawarra, myngawin, puttikan, gubba, doolaga, gulaga, thoolagal, yahoo, yaroma, noocoonah, wawee, pangkarlangu, jimbra and tjangara. Many people belive that the existence of the Yowie is a mix of misidentification, folklore, and a hoaxes. Yowie-type creatures are quite common in Aboriginal legends, more particularly in the eastern Australian states.

The Yowie is typically described as hairy and ape-like standing upright between 6 ft 11 in and 12 ft. As with most large hominids that are reported the Yowie’s feet are reported to be much larger than human feet but so far tracks have shown inconsistencies in shape and toe number, and even witness don’t have similar descriptions of the beast. The one thing that is consistent is that the nose is wide and flat. It’s behavior has been reported as either timid or shy, or violent and aggressive. There is no set way of describing the Yowie, just like how there is no set way in knowing if it’s actually being sighted or not. Mysterious, no?

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Elmendorf Beast

The “Elmendorf Beast” was a name given to a coyote that was blamed for several livestock attacks in Elmendorf, Texas. Many people wondered what the creature was, some thinking it was a Mexican Hairless Dog whose appearance was different due to some kind of illness. Another thought was that it was a wolf-coyote hybrid of some sort. Another popular conclusion was that it was the infamous Chupacabra. No one really knew what it was due to it’s strange appearance. There was a carcass found that people believed to be the beast. It had a severe overbite and skin that was blue and hairless. It seemed to be a coyote from DNA testing, but there are still people who truly wonder what it is.

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Polybius

Polybius is an urban legend about an arcade game that apparently can cause seizures or brain aneurysms and was used to control people’s minds to brainwash them and even cause them to commit suicide.

Around the 1980s, arcade games were extremely popular with teens, and supposedly the game Polybius was first released for those teens in 1981 in Portland, Orgeon. It was a puzzle/shooting game, kind of like the games where you had to control a little ship and shoot at things coming at you.

It was an extremely popular game at the time. It was super addictive and there were lines going out the door of people wanting to play it. There was something strange and sinister about the game, however. People were reporting sounds of a woman crying and seeing grotesque faces out of the corner of the eyes. Some people saw disturbing messages flash on the screen like, “Kill Yourself”. After playing the game people would experience things from nightmares to amnesia. Some even committed suicide.

One arcade owner said that mysterious men in black suits would come and collect data from the game. They didn’t take any money and sometimes they would change the settings on the game. This led to some people believing it was used to brainwash people by the government.

After about a month of it being released, all of the cabinets disappeared suddenly. One reappeared in 1998, but vanished quickly as well. No one has been able to find the original ROM. It was supposedly made by a German company Sinnesloschen which means “Sense Deletion”. No one really knows what happened to the arcade game, but maybe someday the truth about it will be told.

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Flatwoods Monster

The Flatwoods Monster is a creature that originated from West Virginia. The monster is known as the Flatwoods Monster, Braxton County Monster, and the Phantom of Flatwoods. The entity is reported to have been sighted in the town of Flatwoods in Braxton County, West Virginia on September 12th, 1952. This report is an example of a close encounter of the third kind, which means paranormal.

There are various descriptions of the entity, but the most common ones are that it is at least 7 ft tall, has a black body, a dark glowing face, an elongated head that was shaped like a sideways diamond, non-human eyes, a large circular cowling appeared behind the head, the creature’s body was described as inhumanly-shaped and clad in a dark, pleated skirt-like exoskeleton, it was later described as a shadow.

Some witnesses say that the entity doesn’t have visible arms due to it being incredibly fast while others say it has long, stringy arms coming out of the front of the body with claw-like fingers. There also have been reports of a red ball of light floating either above the head of the entity or on the ground. It is believed to be an aircraft of some type that the entity was controlling.

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J’ba Fofi (Giant Spider)

(This is going to be a really short post because I have to go to work soon and I won’t be able to post it tonight)

The J’ba Fofi, also known as the Congolese Giant Spider, is a cryptozoological creature that is said to exist in the Congo. It may be a new species of arachnid of monstrous proportions. It is described as having a brownish colored body that is similar to that of a tarantula with a leg span of four to six feet long. The juveniles possess a yellow color that turns brown as they grow older. They’ve been spotted since the 1890s in Uganda and up until 2013 in Mozambique. They are described by Baka natives as using leaves and spinning circular webs between trees as a way of making their homes. They prey upon birds, duiker, and other small animals. The Baka also said they are rare now because of the dwindling habitat.

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Bedroom Light – Scary Story

This scary story/urban legend is also known as “Aren’t You Glad You Didn’t Turn On the Light?” Which is a longer title, but it may be more familiar to people.

This story revolves around two college girls who were friends when they were younger and wanted to be roommates in college. They got their wishes and were roomed together at the start of school.

One night they were both up late studying for an exam that was happening the next day. One of the girls got tired and went to bed while the other one stayed up and diligently studied. At some point, she realized she left one of her books back in the bedroom and snuck back in so she didn’t wake her roommate up. She didn’t turn the light on and was trying to feel around for her book when she started hearing heavy breathing and she asked quietly if her roommate was awake. Her roommate didn’t say anything. She heard something move and asked, “Can I turn on the light?” She got no response. She asked again and got no response again. She gave up and continued looking in the dark for the book, found it, and headed back out to continue studying. She stayed up all night and when the time came for the exam and went to go take it, but noticed her roommate didn’t come. When she got home she knocked on the door to see if she was okay. She didn’t get a respond so she opened the door and saw a horrific scene. Her roommate was laying on her bed motionless lying in a pool of blood. She had been brutally murdered. She looked around and saw on the wall behind her words smeared in blood that read, “Aren’t you glad you didn’t turn on the light?”. Talk about disturbing.

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Jersey Devil

Of course on this blog there has to be some mention of the “original” and most commonly talked about cryptids in the world. This time around I’ll be talking about the infamous Jersey Devil, the legend of a creature born in a way for the Devil.

The creature is said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of the Southern part of New Jersey. It’s often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many variations. The most common descriptions are that the creature is kangaroo-like with a head of a goat, bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail, and is said to move quickly and has a blood-curdling scream.

According to the folklore surrounding the creature, the legend originated from a family known as the Leeds family. A member of the family named Mother Leeds, had already given birth to twelve children in her lifetime and when she found out she was pregnant with another child, she cursed the child in anger and said it would be the Devil. When she gave birth the the child it came out normal, then turned into a monster with hooves, a goat’s head, bat wings, and a forked tail. It growled and screamed at the family, killing the midwife and flying out through the chimney and disappearing into the woods. In other versions it’s said that there was an exorcise attempted on the creature, or that it killed the local children.

Prior to the sightings of the Jersey Devil, it was referred to as the Leeds Devil or The Devil of Leeds. It was either connected to the local Leeds family or the town of Leeds Point. “Mother Leeds” has been identified by some as Deborah Leeds on the basis that her husband, Japhet, named 12 children in his will in 1736. There are other suspected people as well relating to the legend. Deborah and Japhet also supposedly lived in Leeds Point. There are many legends, myths, and hoaxes that come along with this strange creature. What is real and what isn’t?

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Wendigo/Windigo

The Wendigo (or Windigo) is a cannibal monster or an evil spirit that is native to the northern forests of the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes Region of both the U.S. and Canada. It originates in Algonquian folklore. The Wendigo might appear as a monster with some characteristics of a human, or a spirit who has possessed a human being and made them become monstrous. It’s historically associated with cannibalism, murder, insatiable greed, and the cultural taboos against those behaviors. A psychosis that steamed from the Wendigo that is highly debated is the Wendigo Psychosis, which is considered a form of culture-bound syndrome with symptoms such as intense craving for human flesh and a fear of becoming a cannibal.

In some indigenous communities, environmental destruction and insatiable greed are also seen as a manifestions of Wendigo Psychosis. Part of the traditional belief system of a number of Algonquin-speaking poeples most notably the Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Cree, Naskapi, and the Innu people. The descriptions of the Wendigo vary but the common aspect that is associated with these cultures is that it is a malevolent, cannibalistic, supernatural being and is strongly associated with winter, the north, coldness, famine, and starvation.

In Ojibwe, Eastern Cree, Swampy Cree, Naskapi, and Innu lore often describes them as giants many times larger than human beings, a characteristic absent from the myth in other Algonquin cultures. When a Wendigo ate a person it would grow in proportion to the person they just had ate so that it was never full. They are simultaneously portrayed as gluttonous and emaciated from starvation. The creature is seen as the combination of gluttony, greed, and excess. They’re never satisfied with killing and eating one person so they are always hunting for more.

More human-like Wendigos are those who are overpowered by greed and turn into Wendigos themselves. This myth served as a way of encouraging people to cooperate and to practice moderation. The Wendigos are extremely deadly and feared creatures that are the results of greed and sin. They are what people could become if they are not careful with their greed.

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The Northfield Pig Man

The Pig Man is an urban legend that is about a 17-year-old boy in Northfield, Vermont. The story goes that young Sam Harris was heading out with a basket of eggs on the night before Halloween in 1951 to do “Picket Night” which was a night of mischief. The next morning his parents awoke and discovered that their son was not in the house. A large search party was formed, but he was never found. He’s never been found but people have said that they’ve seen Sam and say he became possessed by the Devil on the night he went out. He’s known to slaughter pigs, eat their entrails, empty out their heads and wear it on his head while terrorizing locals. His ghost is said to still haunt the hills surrounding the Devil’s Washbowl. He’s also rumored to be involved in bestiality with the pigs that have produced half-human half-pig offspring. There are also a few other Pig Men of different areas as well. Many those are the offspring? We may never know.

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Goatman

The Goatman is a half-human half-goat creature that is said to have the backside of a goat and the top part of a human. According to legend, the Goatman is an axe-wielding half creature that came from the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. The Goatman, who was a scientist at the time, was experimenting on goats and one went wrong, causing him to mutate and become part goat. He then became attacking cars with an axe and wandering the back roads of Beltsville, Maryland. A variation of the legend says he’s a hermit living in the woods. There are even more variations of the legend that are just as strange as any other.

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Champ

Ah, yes. Everyone knows Champ. Or Champy. This lovely name is given to the creature that is living in Lake Champlain, which is shared by New York and Vermont with a bit of it going into Quebec, Canada. There are been over 300 sightings of Champ with some more being sighted today. Legends of the creature date back to the Native American tribes that once lived in those regions. Both the Iroquois and the Abenaki spoke of the creature, the Abenaki called it the “Tatoskok”.

The founder of Quebec, Samuel de Champlain was claimed to be the first European to spot the creature in 1609, however, the legend dates back actually to a quote that was fake published in the Summer 1970 issue of “Vermont Life” and in the article it states that Champlain documented seeing a “20-foot serpent thick as a barrel, and with a head like a horse” when in reality he did describe a creature of decent size but it most likely was a gar.

There have also been reports of a “Captain Crum” making a sighting of an enormous serpentine monster which he estimated to be about 187 feet long and was possibly 200 yards away from him. Despite the distance, he says he saw it being followed by two large sturgeons and a billfish. The creature had three teeth and eyes the color of peeled onions. It also had a belt of red around its neck and a white star on its forehead.

In 1883, Sheriff Nathan H. Mooney claimed that he saw a serpent about “20 rods” from where he was standing on the shore and said he was so close that he could see white spots inside its mouth and it appeared to be around 25-30 feet in length. Since Mooney’s report, many others have come forward to report their sightings as well. Even today people are making claims of seeing Champ as there are dozens upon dozens of photos and videos that can be found of the elusive beast.

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Gore Orphanage – Urban Legend

This urban legend takes place in Ohio and revolves around an orphanage that burned down. It’s also supposedly the most haunted place in the state.

It begins with a married couple by the names of Johann and Katharina Sprunger who originally lived in Indiana. They decided to start an orphanage after their daughter and son mysteriously died. Their first orphanage was called “The Light of Hope Orphanage” but sadly it burned down in 1899 and three orphans were burned alive within the building.

As a way to put this tragedy behind them, they moved to Vermilion, Ohio and started a new orphanage in 1903 which they called the Gore Orphanage, which contained over 100 boys and girls that lived there. Not all was peaceful within the walls of the orphanage, however.

There were many rumors that darkness and despair plagued the place. The child told stories of abuse, neglect, and slave labor. Supposedly Mrs. Sprunger cooked cow heads and lungs to force feed the children and if they didn’t eat it, they just starved. Mr. Sprunger would beat the children with a leather strap until they were bruised and bloody. Supposedly he also would rent out the children to farmers for slave labor.

The children were only allowed to wash themselves once every two weeks and they all had to use the same dirty bath water. Their rooms were infested with rats that would bite them when they slept. Eventually, the children started escaping, going through the Vermilion River and were taken in by some generous people.

In December 1923 the orphanage caught on fire. It’s unknown how to fire initially started. Some say someone knocked over an oil lamp. Others say that Mr. Sprunger started the fire because he hated the children and wanted insurance money. The building burned with the children still inside, and even though they tried to escape they did not succeed. Their screams and cries could be heard until the fire finally took the lives of all the children.

Nothing remains of the orphanage anymore and where it once stood is a vacant field, but people claim that even today during the night you can still hear the cries and screams of the children. There are claims of seeing ghost figures and apparitions where the building was. The air smells like burning flesh occasionally and people have heard doors opening and shutting and footsteps across wooden floors even though there is nothing there anymore. There is an old tire swing that is hanging from a tree nearby the site and people say you can sometimes see a little boy swinging on it silently.

It’s a horrendous incident that took the lives of over 100 children at the Gore Orphanage so many years ago. It seems the children even now just want someone to help them and save them from the awful hardship they went through. May their souls one day rest in peace.

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Black – Eyed Children

The urban legend about black-eyed children are believed to be evil creatures in disguise or even aliens. Their eyes are completely black and they usually stop people late at night and ask for help and if you deny them help, they get extremely aggressive and will disappear once you try to get away. When people encounter these children they are overwhelmed with a feeling of dread or feel like something just isn’t right. There hasn’t been any cases of the children attacking people but the feeling of dread and fear that individuals feel after encountering these children is all too real.

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Aswang/Asuwang – Filipino Shapeshifter

The Aswang (or Asuwang) is a Filipino shapeshifting monster known throughout folklore. The monster usually is a combination of the traits of a vampire, a ghoul, a warlock/witch, different species of werebeast, or even all of them together. It should be noted that the Aswang was the most feared mythical creature in the Philippines, even as far back as the 16th century. The myth of the creature is known throughout the Philippines and is especially popular in the Visayas, southern parts of Luzon, and parts of Mindanao. It also goes by other names including “tik-tik”, “bayot”, “wak-wak”, “sok-sok”, and “kling-kling”. The name “Aswang” is derived from the Sanskirt word “Asura” which means “demon”.

The stories of the Aswang vary from region to region and person to person and there is no particular set of characteristics to describe the Aswang but it is usually interchangeable with “manananggal” and is usually depicted as female. Also because of the many different stories of regarding the Aswang there are many different descriptions of appearance and its activities. There are, however, some common themes that make the Aswang different from other creatures.

The Aswang, as mentioned before, are shapeshifters. Many stories say that during the day they are disguised as regular people. Shy, quiet, and even a bit elusive. At night, however, they transform into bats, birds (usually crows), wild boars, black cats, but mostly a big black dog. This next part is a bit grotesque so beware. Their favorite foods are unborn fetuses and small children, mainly their livers and hearts. Some of them have proboscises which they can use to suck children out of the wombs of their mothers while they sleep. Some of the Aswang are so thin they can hide behind bamboo posts and they are very fast. Some of them makes noise such as the Tik-Tik (hence the names). They use these noises to confuse their victims. They may also replace their victims or cadavers with copies or doppelgangers made from tree trunks or other plants. Aswangs have bloodshot eyes from staying up all night hunting for food.

They are physically more like humans during the daytime and only change their appearance at night if they need to go hunting. It has been said that the Aswangs can marry humans and if they do, the human will become one as well but they can not/rarely reproduce. They may hunt together but they will go in separate directions.

They are not harmed by sunlight at all. They can befriended and they can interact with you like any other normal human being. They do not harm their friends and neighbors and have been said to exclude them from being their next meals. They go to places far away that would not be obvious. They are said to be more vulnerable in the day because they do not possess their super strength, and they’ve been known to hunt and kill those who know of their true identities.

There are many ways of getting rid of the Aswang, such as garlic, salt, or religious artifacts and weapons. They are also said to be scared of the sound of a whip made of stingray’s tail. To figure out if a person is an aswang you have to look into their eyes and you will know if they are a aswang if your reflection is upside down. Another way is to bend over and look at them between your legs. If you see something different, it is an aswang. There is a type of oil as well called Hintura which is said to boil and bubble when one is nearby.

These creatures are incredibly interesting. Their disguises are amazing to blend into society and look just like human beings and go about their days among humans. They are fascinating and who knows, maybe there is one living with you right now. You just don’t know it.

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Japanese Urban Legend – Hanako

To start off with the spooky and creepiness of the world let’s begin with an urban legend from Japan (because you know that it’s going to be scary if it’s coming from there let me tell you that right now). This urban legend stems from a school setting some twenty or more years ago during a wave of ghost stories and sightings. There are different versions of this ghost depending on the school as do most sightings go, but this is the version I have read up on.

This version is that a little girl’s ghost haunts the school bathrooms, opening and closing doors to scare people who enter alone and who knock on a stall and call her name. Many dread going to the bathroom alone in case they run into her. I mean, who would want to go to the bathroom knowing a ghost girl is there to scare you?

This legend is very similar to the legend of Kashima Reiko, who is a female ghost with no legs that resides in school bathrooms as well who calls out to you. There are various ways as to answer her.

Another one is a male ghost who goes by many names (Aoi Manto/Aka Manto and others) who lives in the last stall in the girls’ bathroom. He asks those who enter, “Which do you prefer, the red paper or the blue paper?” If the person answers red, he will kill them by slashing them on the back or neck repeatedly to make it look like the person was wearing a red cape. If the person picks blue, he will kill them by hanging them.

So in conclusion, be careful when going to the bathroom in a Japanese school, just in case you end up running into any of these “friendly” ghosts.

Almas

Almas

The Almas is generally believed to be wild people in appearance and in habits than compared to apes. They are usually described as human-like bipedal animals that are between five and six and a half feet tall with reddish-brown hair covering their whole bodies. Their facial features are anthropomorphic including a pronounced brow ridge, flat nose, and weak chin. It’s also described as hairy, stinky, mute, and living in “paleolithic squalor” at the base of the Himalayas. Many cryptozoologists believe that there is a similarity between the Almas and the modern reconstructions of how Neanderthals might have looked, but there is no physical evidence to support that statement.

Grootslang

Grootslang

The Grootslang, also known as the Grote Slang (which means “big snake” in Afrikaans and Dutch language) is a legendary cryptid that supposedly lives in a deep cave in Richtersveld, South Africa. According to legend it is as old as the world itself. Centuries ago, the gods made a terrible mistake when they created Grootslang. They gave it incredible strength, made it cunning, and made it intelligent. After they realized their mistakes, they turned the Grootslang into several animals, resulting in the first snakes and elephants. However, one escaped and that is where the other Grootslang were born from it. It supposedly devours elephants that it lures into it’s cave. The cave is known as “Wonder Hole” or “Bottomless Pit” and it’s supposedly filled with diamonds. The Grootslang is said to be able to live in warm rivers as well as lakes. In Benin, it is supposedly a large elephant-like creature with a serpent’s tail.