Dobhar-chú

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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.

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(Financial and Time Troubles)

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.

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!

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.