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''MURGLEY, THE SWORD OF GANELON''

Roughly translated to "Death Brand", this was the legendary weapon of Ganelon (Roland The Knight's arch rival). As told in "The Song of Roland", Ganelon was a traitorous Frankish Count (who turned on Charlemagne). According to legend, it held a Holy Relic - embedded into it's roundel/pommel. This gave Murgley the ability to strike "faster". A basic Straight Sword, Murgley was around 40-45 inches long and was double-edged. It's hilt was said to be highly embellished. What happened to the "real" Murgley (if it existed) - is unknown.

 

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‘’BIBI’’

According to ancient Chinese Mythos – a ‘’Bibi’’ was a form of mystical Creature – described as a ‘’Flying Bat’’. The Bibi lived on high Mountains and typically shunned Human contact. When The Bibi was seen, it was an impending sign that a severe drought was near. Conversely, Bibi’s could also be trapped and ‘’forced’’ to show where water was. Many Historians cite that the Bibi may have been a form of Giant Foxbat species. The Bibi could achieve wingspans of up to 4-feet.

 

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‘’THE BLACK GOAT MEN OF WITTINGAU’’

Western Slavic in origin, The Legend of The Black Goat Men was common to many Towns and Villages. Since Pagan Times, these Beings were associated with both Evil and Disease. They were said to have originated (given birth to), from ‘’Dark Gods who mated with Humans’’. They were said to be Part-Human and Part-Goat. Th Black Goat Men were covered in thick black fur with Goat Horns on Their Skulls. But The Black Goat Men preferred to sharpen these – to be used as weapons to ‘’impale Men’’. The Beings lived near ‘’impure water’’, and were said to live off the various ‘’sludge and animals’’ of such areas. In some variations, Thye Black Goat Men were fond of Human flesh, often capturing Humans and using them as food. Many attribute The Black Goat Men to The Devil or His Demons – especially when Christianity became the norm in many Northeastern European Countries. Never quite forgotten in Slavic Culture, even modern ‘’sightings’’ of strange ‘’Goat-like Humanoids’’ are still reported to this day.

 

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''WOOLDING''

Pirates, as we have seen - were Masters in The Art of Torture. This was seen as a preferred method of extracting information, rather that seriously damaging a ship (and a potential prize). It was well known Ship Captain's hid much of their gold and silver inside the hull and other "secreted" portions of the Ship. Often only he and several Officers would know the whereabouts. Pirates knew this too. Therefore certain "methods" were developed to illicit information, as well as "make a point". Woolding was such a method. Some say the practice originated with Danish Ships, others Spanish. Regardless, the practice involved wrapping a stout rope around the neck or forehead. A knot was tied to create a "pressure point". As the victim was bound (often to a Mast or Yardarm), he could not move. The rope was slowly twisted, cause blood to be forced into the head. Also, the victim might be forced to "squat" or produce some other kind of position designed to increase pressure. Blood pours from the eyes, nose, neck and mouth. Still no knowledge of where the gold is hidden?  No matter, a violent thrust backwards will "pop" out both your eyes!. Maybe at this point, The Pirates will shoot or "run you through". At any rate, Woolding was done with a captive audience of fellow crewman/prisoners. Perhaps the next one will talk.........

 

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‘’THE AXMAN OF NEW ORLEANS’’

Roughly the same time as The ‘’Servant Girl Annihilator’’ made a ‘’name for Himself in Louisiana – so too did an entirely different Serial Killer, known simply as ‘’The Axeman’’. Between 1918 and 1919, this Maniac killed (6) and wounded an additional (6). However, Police in The State of Louisiana assigned The Axeman with ‘’other mutilations’’ going back as far as 1911. The Axeman was NEVER caught, and the majority of evidence and clues were sketchy at best. The Axeman seemed to imitate (in part), the infamous British Serial Killer ‘’Jack The Ripper’’ (who was active in the late 19th Century).  The Axeman seeme4d to concentrate His attacks around a fairly large Italian immigrant community in New Orleans (although some Caucasian and Black Victims were also targeted).

The Axeman used the same method fairly consistently. ‘’He’’ used a hand chisel to break open doors to homes (allowing Him to slip His hand thru the door tom access the door knob). Once inside, He located some form of Axe (or even razor blade, taken from Male Victims). The Axeman then ‘’earned’’ His nickname. he would cut and hack His victims (mostly in Their sleep). Incredibly, some did survive – but in all cases, Victims were either attacked from behind or in Their sleep (without being able to see whom it was attacking).

The Police did have several Suspects, but in all cases these Criminals could not or were not involved (almost as a case of using ‘’Suspect Line-Ups’’ of known Criminals who regardless of guilt were often paid to brought in for interview). Some Criminal Historians state that a possible Suspect – wanted in New Orleans, was shot and killed by Police in Los Angeles, California (but this Suspect was widely discarded in later years). The Axeman taunted Police but once, with a ‘’Jack The Ripper’’-type Letter sent to them. The Killer may have read or seen a re-print of The ‘’From Hell’’ Letter (supposedly written in Human blood) – for He too sent a very similar ‘’tome’’ (lacking the red ink, of course). Identifying His ‘’place of residence’’ as Hell as well – The Axman made reference to various ‘’Dark Deities’’, which point to a possible Occult link. To this day, several hauntings in New Orleans and surrounding communities, boast possible ‘’Axeman’’ links, relating to the Spirits of Victims or – perhaps even The Axeman, Himself!

 

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‘’CHARLIE CHOP-OFF’’

The gruesome nickname of ‘’Charlie Chop-Off’’ was applied to a Serial Killer who prowled Manhattan, New York (US), between 1972 and 1973. The Killer targeted young Male Children, between 8 and 12 years old. His ‘’method’’? He would kidnap His victims off the street and remove Their genitalia from them!. ‘’Charlie’’ failed on two of His Victims to remove Their ‘’parts’’,  but managed to severely incise (cut) Them. Just ‘’what’’ Charlie ‘’wanted’’ with the body parts is highly speculated at. Some think it was for some Occultist purpose, others – not so sure. But the Case went cold very early on. A possible Suspect was arrested, and judged to be mentally unfit to stand Trial. This person still is confined to an Institution. As while the Crimes did stop, some cite that ‘’Charlie’’ simply’’ moved ‘’somewhere else’’ – as similar crimes were reported in other American States (here and there, but without frequency).

 

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''TOMB CHEST''

Often confused with a form of Coffin, Tomb Chests were simply Funerary Art often installed not only within a tomb (but often outside one). Constructed of carved stone, often quite elaborate and intricate carvings were incorporated into the Tomb Chest. A Nobleman (or Woman), could have their entire “life story” engraved into the piece. If a Warrior, his “combat history” was also a popular engravement. In very early use, small tokens or trinkets could be sealed inside (as a memento to the deceased). This practice died out however, with most Tomb Chests being empty. By the 14th Century, these “Rich Man's Honor Boxes” were becoming MUCH smaller than the large stone sculptures. By this time heavy religious influences in their carving s are seen (Angels, Jesus, The Apostles, etc). The Tomb Chest was eventually replaced by the Wall Monument and even a resurgence of hanging Shields bearing Family Heraldry.

 

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''THE KING'S EVIL''

A strange disease affected many thousands in 16th Century France, the illness produced ''black lesions on the neck, face and back''. Not Plague, Physicians and Healers were at a loss. Some thought it may be a "Curse from God", for the sufferings and losses of the on-going Hundred Years War. It was a problem. However, King Henry IV was said to have "a cure".  As a "anointed" Ruler through the "Grace of God", it was said that the King could remove the disease. This was done simply by Henry "touching" a coin, which was then given to the sufferer. The victim would rub the coin on the affected area. Miraculously, was was "cured" within several weeks! It was said in 1580, The King "healed" 1,500 persons. Today, the disease is speculated at being Scrofula (Tuberculin Family). Unlike it's more "famous" relative that attacks the lungs, Scrofula manifests as tumors on the skin. It is still unclear how coins cured the affliction or what "Power" Henry "had". It was well documented. The practice is related to "The Royal Touch"  that Kings and Queens could "Bless or Heal", with a touch.

 

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''THE ANCILE OF MARS''

The Roman God of War, Mars – represented the Warlike Ethos of Ancient Rome. He is portrayed as a Warrior. Fully Armored and equipped, his Shield or Ancile is a well known Plot device in many Ancient Roman Fables and Myths. Forged under order of The God Zeus, The Ancile of Mars could only be hefted by him. No mere mortal could pick it up. However, if a Mortal was born of both Human and God Linage, they would have no issue lifting it. The Anciles could give Mars invisibility. It could also never be lost on the Battlefield, as it would always seek out it's Master. Similar designs based on Mars' Anciles were made and given to Roman Generals as Gifts or Tribunes upon Retirement.

 

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''CEMETERY GUNS''

A traditional practice in Medical Schools the World over, is the dissection of human cadavers. This is an integral part of learning the human body with regards to performing actual operations.  Future Doctors have done such for Centuries. In the 18th and 19th Centuries, it was common practice for Schools to purchase unclaimed remains from Asylums, Prisons and Morgues. However, as it became hard to procure the many often needed, some schools began to purchase bodies from more unscrupulous sources - namely Grave Robbers. The unsavory practice came to light in the early 1820s with known murderers and "corpse snatchers" William Burke and William Hare. Although eventually captured, tried and executed, a process was needed to protect the "dearly departed". Enter "Necessity being the Mother of Invention". Many more wealthy families began installing Cemetery Guns. The theory was to not only provide security for their deceased, it stopped would be thieves from stealing valuables buried with them. Some of these firearms were actually built into the coffin or added to crypts and mausoleums. Pressure activated, trip wire systems would discharge a lead round in the direction of an entrance or even straight up into the violator. Calibers used varied. A common issue was obviously gunpowder remain dry enough to fire. With time better security was increased thus removing the need for "Cemetery Guns" altogether.

 

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''EXCOMMUNICATION''

Traced to the 10th Century AD, the practice of Excommunication was a practice by which The Catholic Church imposed the ultimate sanction against a Member of that Faith. In simplest terms, it removed the Member from the ''Grace of God'' (spiritually) and ''protection of The Church'' (physically). All Sacraments installed upon said Member was removed through an elaborate Ceremony, usually conducted by an Archbishop or Cardinal. Whereas The Church was the dominate Christian Religion, Baptism and Confirmation into The Church was seen as a mandatory measure. Consequently, ''regular'' attendance at Mass and financial support was expected. Regular ordinances for ''conducting oneself as a Christian'' was regulated and enforced with various levels of ''enforcement. However, should a Person commit such a heinous Act against ''God's Law'' (as perceived by The Church Hierarchy), the highest level of punishment given was to remove one from The Churches ''salvation''. This practice developed into Excommunication.

By the 12th Century forward however, the practice of Excommunication would develop into a major leveler for ''Political Control'' exerted by The Church over Kings and Queens. The mere threat of it against a Monarch (who was perceived to rule under ''God's Authority''), as a means to regulate Church control over a Kingdom AND it's Ruler was enough. It was used to force Kingdoms into Church sanctioned ''Wars'' and needs for financial renumeration. In time, such practice was firmly renounced by most Rulers (of note, those who embraced Protestantism), unafraid of Catholic Christian ''punishment''. Still, for those who embraced The Church, Excommunication was a powerful tool. The full and ancient practice placed a Bishop or related and The Clergy of His Administration – in a formal Ceremony on Church grounds. So assembled, each Clergy carried a long, lit Candle (taken and lit from The Churches ''Baptismal Candle'' (from which all Members personal Candles were lit upon Baptism and or Confirmation. This Candle symbolized the ''spiritual link'' between The Member, God and The Church. After a ''reading'' of ''specific charges'' by The Bishop, a series of Prayers were invoked. These were designed to ''remove all Grace'' from The Offender. In short terms, one's ''Soul'' was cast out'' into ''anathama'' (or non-existent and without form). All representative Candles were then turned upside down and firmly extinguished on the floor.

Normally, only The Pope could ultimately ''pass'' or ''remove'' Excommunication, once imposed. In some cases, it was removed when imposed – should The Offender ''some to His or Her senses'', regarding the original cause of the transgression. The Act was particular popular in the 15th Century AD when Protestantism was at it's beginning (seen as a threat). Many Kings and Queens *formally Catholics'' were so ''punished'' for either supporting or becoming Protestants. This Act also included the refusal of any ''Last Rites'' (upon death – actual or impending) and the denial of ''Christian Burial'' by any Officiant upon declared Church property. In The Middle Ages, Excommunication was a very effective measure of control. While seldom used today, the practice of Excommunication is still an included religious ceremony within The Catholic Church.

 

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''BURIAL AT SEA''

The Custom involving Burial at Sea, is as old as is sailing The Ocean. It would go without saying that people died on board a vessel (either by "fair means or foul"). Several cultural and religious issues developed as a result of this situation. As Christianity was the predominate religion, these norms dictated that a person's physical remains needed to be buried in consecrated ground. Only then could it be "recalled" for the "Final Judgement". However, many ships were out at Sea for MANY months and it was often impossible to simply "turn around".  Some Navies and related Ship Captains would preserve the deceased in Salt and store them in the ship's Hold. This was done until a suitable land mass could be located and the body buried (with little to no fanfare). Cremation was also a religious taboo at the time (associated with Pagan burial customs). Similarly, a "funeral pyre" could not be set on a wooden ship!. Spain and England began to store their dead in the deep hull of their Ship with the Balast. This was crushed rock used as counterweight for the ship's stability. Bodies would be stored in The Balast Holds until the ship could put into Home Port. Unfortunately, the area was often wet and hot (NOT conducive to body preservation!). In a few cases, the deceased would become mummified.


The Catholic Church eventually gave special dispensation to Seamen in the 15th Century. The idea was to wrap the dead in a double thick piece of sail. Sewn together, it was often weighted with Balast (to help it sink quickly). The Captain would conduct a funeral service for the deceased Sailor (or Sailor's), in which the body would be placed on a Boarding Plank and allowed to slide - and fall into the Sea. It was assumed "God" would call all those lost or committed to the Ocean on Judgement Day. In terms of Pirates, no such "fancy" honors were or could be afforded. Normally, when a "Mate" died, his personal possessions were taken and split up among the crew. Often, the body would be unceremoniously "dumped" over the side of the ship into the sea (and of course, the Sharks!) As cruel and uncaring ad this sounds, it was not meant to be. Pirates accepted their final ending with great relish - often having no one to mourn them at any rate. Still, some Pirate vessels did still wrap their dead in Sail Linen and follow the Standard burial customs. The practice is more or less not used today (due to refrigeration and preservation techniques). Although some (through personal choice) - still opt for the practice (both the physical and cremated observations of the Ritual).

 

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''NORSE FUNERARY CUSTOMS''

Beginning in the early Viking Age (6th Century AD), Cremation was the primary form of sending one to the Afterlife. The Deceased were cremated on wooden pyres in their everyday clothes together with any items destined to be needed in their “next life”. This could be a weapons, food, pottery, etc. Afterwards, the ashes of all consumed would be spread out onto the ground or – gathered up in a Pottery Urn. These could be kept by loved ones. Normally, they were not buried and passed down to the next generation. The last surviving member was expected to scatter the ashes. Graves that were dug into the ground and marked with large earthen mound or stone cairns – were reserved for Nobility or Royalty. In these cases, huge areas would be excavated for use. An entire ship (usually the deceased's warship) would be dis-assembled and re-assembled (minus the Center Main Mast) – within the hole. The dead's weapons, gold, and other goods would be interned with him (much as if he were going on an extended sea voyage). It would not have been uncommon for a Nobleman to have several dead slaves, favorite animals and even in some cases wives – added for “his” comfort in The Afterlife. The often seen (and seldom correct) vision of a dead Viking (and his warship), sailing out past a point in the water – which is then pelted by “fire arrows” did NOT happen with any great regularity. Ships were seen as extremely valuable. They were meant to either perish in battle (sink), or be reused. The dead was dressed in all his finery (as befitting his station in life). Although seen by many female members of the Village as a sad affair, a sense of excitement (or Feast) would be held before (or after) whichever ceremony was performed.

 

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''HERE THERE BE DRAGONS...''

The phrase ''Here There Be Dragons'' was a common Nautical Term used on Navigational Maps as late as the 15th Century AD (with related references as early as the 12th Century AD). It was to denote possible dangerous areas or unexplored regions. The ''unknown factor'' was a major component in early seafaring explorations. ''Dragons'' were mythical creatures thought to exist since antiquity. Maps, which were hand drawn and illustrated by Navigators – would feature the ''fearsome Beasts'' in such unknown locations as well. Some Historians cite that a related term found on Ancient Roman Navigational Maps ''Here There Be Lions...'' is a similar vein and may be from where The Medieval ''Dragon'' phrase may have evolved from.

 

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''MORTESAFE''

Mortesafe’s were devices that were created around 1816 and in wide used throughout The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales). They were created to combat the growing tide of Grave Robbery that was sweeping The Nation. The use of “recently” deceased Persons (dug up from their graves at times within hours), was a “growing” business. The remains would be sold to local Medical Universities for use by Medical Students in their dissection practices. Most Schools were not ignorant of this fact and they (like The Government) – turned a “blind eye”. Of course, getting caught exhuming a Corpse was nearly a Capital Crime in some cases, but no great effort was made to apprehend the Suspects. Some Villiages and Towns employed Night Watchmen, but in most cases – these could be bribed by enterprising Grave Robbers (also known as “Resurrection Men”). It was not until the sensational Case of William Burke and William Hare in Scotland in 1828, that a National outcry sparked “official” reaction. The Mortesafe was seen as a viable form of protection for the recently deceased. Made of heavy iron slats, these were shaped in both squared and actual “coffin-shaped” patterns. They were secured by heavy iron and metal plated (set into the ground), and often secured to a temporary, above ground crypt (other times just the heavy plating alone).

The Mortesafe “cage” was fastened to the plate by bolts, chains etc. Too heavy to lift by just several Suspects, the use of hammer and chisel would alert Police or Watchperson. For the most part, The Mortesafe was effective. In most cases, unless the deceased was wealthy and could afford his own, they were “rented out” by a Cemetery Authority for a period of 3-months. It was determined that a body was sufficiently decomposed by that time, so as to make it unusable by Medical Students. The remains, after this Period, would be exhumed and reburied in a traditional grave (normally). In some cases however, even Mortesafe’s were broken into, leading to the construction of spiking and other “traps” such as the previously discussed “Cemetery Gun”. The use of Mortesafes stopped by the early 20th Century, with enforcement of much heavier penalties if one was caught desecrating a grave (especially for financial reward).

 

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‘’THE BIZARRE CASE OF THE U-28’’

World War I was a devastating period of World History, which saw rapid advancements in technology due to Conflict. Perhaps such changes set something in The Earth’s Eco-system ‘’off’’. This then is a little told and equally amazing tale – well documented and conversely, hidden by two World Governments – who were then at War. It was in July of 1915, that The Imperial German Naval Submarine ‘’U-28’’ was on active Patrol in The North Atlantic. The German Boat came across The British Cargo Steamer ‘’Iberian’’. It was not in convoy or otherwise protected. The ‘’Iberian’’ no doubt had a cargo hold full of supplies for The British War Effort. Two torpedoes later however, ‘’Iberian’’ exploded so quickly – that I sank in seconds. No survivors were seen when The Sub surfaced.

But within seconds of surfacing, The Captain and Deck Lookout’s experienced a bizarre occurrence. A massive explosion erupted from below the surface. Much louder than one would expect from The British Ship’s imploded bulkheads. Within seconds, more debris (assumed coming from The Ship’s hold) – surfaced.  Within seconds, the debris field further exploded into a spray of water. The Deck Crew was shocked to see a massive, Reptilian ‘’Sea Beast’’ in the wake of water! Described as having a ‘’long neck and four flippers’’, the Creature looked suspiciously like a long extinct prehistoric animal which swam The Oceans Millions of years ago (Plesiosaur).

The Creature was obviously ‘’shredded and wounded’’, which led The Captain to believe the incredible Beast had – in fact been stored inside the Hold of The British Vessel. The ‘’explosion heard’’ was no doubt, the Beast ''breaking free’’ of it’s confines. The Captain ordered that a camera be brought up on Deck. But before His order could be followed, the Beast began to sink ‘’below the waves’’ as if ‘’dead’’. Recorded in The Sub’s official Logs, later (after The War) – Britain denied that any such ‘’cargo’’ was aboard ‘’Iberian’’. Why would a German Naval Captain make-up such a ‘’fanciful tale’’? Just what did The Crew see? We will never know…..

 

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‘’KARKANXHOLL’’

In Albanian Mythos, The ‘’Karkanxholl’'  was that Culture’s ‘’Vampire’’ figure. However, unlike the ‘’traditional’’ Vampire Beings, The Karkanxholl was also part-Wolf. As such, They were often portrayed in A rt and Literature as being ‘’Humanoid’’ with the overall qualities of both ‘’Vampire’’ and ‘’Werewolf’’. The set-apart for The Being was that it was most shown as being ‘’Human’’, but wearing Chain Mail (a loose fitting Armor). Blood Drinkers, The Karkanxholl were most often Male in portrayal – and could be ‘’extinguished’’ like most traditional ‘’Vampires’’.

 

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‘’SASSABONSAM’’

A common piece of Mythology found among many Tribes in West Africa, is The Sassabonsam. This Creature is akin to many related Vampire Myths found in Europe. The Creature is said to be an ‘’Evil Spirit'’ (having never been Human) – and thus, has no Soul. The Sassabonsam is said to resemble a ‘’Humanoid, with elongated facial features’’. The Creatures have long arms and legs with ‘’Hook-like claws’’ (very much as a ‘’real’’ Flying Rodent). The Monsters live in the highest of Trees, and are known to ‘’drop down on Their Prey, gliding – as it were). Once captured, The Creatures wrap their massive wings around The Victim, slowly suffocating Them as they drain them of their blood. Most Folklorists cite The Sassabonsam is a stretch on some form of Giant Bat, perhaps. Regardless, many Traditionalists still say They are still ‘’Around’’……….

 

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‘’THE LOUISIANA SWAMP MONSTER’’

Since it’s ‘’rounds’’ on The Internet in 2010, The ‘’Louisiana Swamp Monster’’ Photo and Video have become one of the most recognizable ‘’Monsters’’ in recent years. According to this ‘’Urban Legend’’, a Hunter in Berwick, Louisiana had set up various motion cameras along a known Hunter’s Trail. These were used to determine the type of Game which was in a specific area. But when The Hunter checked His film later, he found He had captured the image of some terrifying Creature, not before seen. The Creature, whose movement trigger a low level light source to initiate filming of the  remote camera. What was ‘’caught’’, resembled a ‘’Humanoid, Being – devoid of Hair’’. The Creature had claws and ‘’scrambled on both all fours, like an animal – as well as walking upright’’. The Creature apparently disliked the remote activated light, for it ‘’charged’’ the camera – disabling it. Soon, all over The State of Louisiana – reports came in of ‘’seeing’’ these disturbing Creatures. Always in the deeper part of Louisiana Swamps and Woodland, The dubbed ‘’Louisiana Swamp Monster’’ made a huge stir. Naturally debunked as a Hoax and obviously ‘’camera trickery’’ – it would later be stated, that The Swamp Monster was the work of several well known Hollywood Film Directors, trying to start a ‘’buzz’’ for Their upcoming Film. But many still think that even THIS is a form of dis-information – designed to throw off those curious enough to seek out ‘’The Monster’’.

 

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‘’THE ATLANTA RIPPER’’

The City of Atlanta is a beautiful and modern beacon, located in The American State of Georgia – now. But between 1911 and 1912, The City was gripped in a deep panic by a (to date) never identified Serial Killer known as The ‘’Atlanta Ripper’’. The Killer was credited with murdering (21) Black American women – although local Police ‘’think’’ He was responsible for many more (as far back as 1909 perhaps). The Ripper’s assault were always the same. He only attacked Black Women between 18 and 35 years, well dressed and alone – walking at night. They all – save one -  were first stabbed  to death. Later, while dead (assumedly) – The Ripper sliced and hacked His Victims to pulp (in some instances). The Killer caused such fear in The Atlanta Community, that women who worked at night, refused to. Police never had any leads or Suspects and – unlike ‘’His’’ infamous British ‘’Cousin’’ of Whitechapel, never left any physical evidence or ‘’taunting letters’’. One survivor, who – although seriously injured, managed to escape death, said that The Killer was a ‘’tall, well built and dressed Black Man’’. She stated The Ripper ‘’asked Her for directions’’, before He drug Her into an Alley to ‘’start His work’’. But die to the dark and obvious trauma of the attack would give not further clues. Then in 1912, the mysterious killings just……stopped.

 

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‘’THE CLEVELAND TORSO MURDERER’’

Many Cities in The United States, during The Great Depression, were hubs for crime brought abut by the non-stop unemployment and homelessness that that brought. Many Families were starving, save the occasional ‘’Bread and Soup’’ Lines set up for Them. But as The Nation struggled to escape this ‘’doldrum of misery’’, a prolific and quite Evil Serial Killer stalked the streets of Cleveland, Ohio. Between 1935 and 1938, Police investigated (12) horrible murders that would be dubbed by The Press as The ‘’Cleveland Torso Murders’’. The very point of the Crime, were VERY similar to the much earlier ‘’Thames Torso Murders’’ of the late 1880s and 1890s in England. But The American ‘’version’’ would garner MUCH more headlines it seemed. The Crimes were carried on nearly every newspaper in The Country.

It is speculated that The Killer (or perhaps Killers), were responsible for 12 known Victims. But even after the murders ‘’stopped’’ officially, Police were ‘’finding’’ many more victims who had died exactly the same way. With an unofficial ‘’body count’’ as high as 25, most Crime historians cites these were most likely related to Depression-Era ‘’Mobs’’, removing ‘’Rivals’’. The Killer was noted for hunting in the poorer areas of Cleveland, even the outdoor ‘’shanty Towns’’ (Homeless) nicknamed ‘’Hoovervilles’’ (for the lack of political action by former President Herbert Hoover). ‘’He’’ or ‘’They’’ would capture Their prey and take them to another unknown location. It was at this spot, The Killer proceeded to cut off The head (which appears to be the real cause of death by Examiners, later). The Killer then proceeded to chop off the arms and legs. The entire ‘’gory’’ affair was then either buried or contained in such a way as to be ‘’discovered’’ by Police.  Sometimes, ALL parts were recovered, other times – not.

The Killer attacked both Men and Women, and apparently had no issue with Race as well. Of all the recovered victims, only 2 were ever identified. In attempts to try and identify others – Police even made ‘’Death Masks’’ of those heads still viable enough, and published photographs – in hoe of someone coming forward to identify a friend or family member. No one ever did. Just ‘’who’’ or ‘’why’’ The Killer attacked will never be known. After 1938, when The Depression Era was slowly beginning to end and economic recovery began, so too did The ‘’Torso Murderer’’ stop. They are a sad and enduring (still) point of interest for those living or visiting The City of Cleveland – even today.

 

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‘’THE TERROR’’

A Classic, but no less bizarre early Film by quiche Film Director Roger Corman, American International Pictures 1963 ‘’Historical Horror’’ fare – ‘’The Terror’’, is another if iconic American Film actor Jack Nicholson ''first film’'’. Starring (the only name Star), Boris Karloff as a made German Lord – the film is rather interesting in Plot, if not slightly boring – until the climatic end. Our Plot is simple – a German Lord was married to a beautiful younger (MUCH younger), Woman who – as one expects, in unfaithful (a lot it seems). She also is a practicing Witch. When Her Husband finds out, He kills Her and Her Lover. But His Wife made a pact with The Devil for immortality. She doesn’t die and spends most of Her time driving Her former Husband insane. Enter a young (and lost?) French Infantry Officer – who assumes that The Witch is really the captive Daughter of The ‘’Evil Lord’’. Falling for Her, He helps Her try to escape. Hubby finds out that His Wife really is a Witch and sets about to destroy Her. It goes up and down but the end of the Film is the best, by far. If Your Bored…….Give It A Try!

 

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‘’THE BLOOD BEAST TERROR’’

NOT a British Hammer Studio’s Horror Film, Tigon Films ‘’The Blood Beast Terror’’ (1968) is extremely plodding BUT well worth the views of it’s ‘’Monster’’ (eventually!). Staring Peter Cushing (one wonders why) – as a Police Detective in 19th Century England, investigates a series of murders where Male victims are found drained of blood. After consulting with a World Renown Bug Expert – we learn Doc has been ‘’growing’’ a Human-Moth Hybrid. What He achieves is a ‘’Were-Moth’’ (seriously). The Hybrid (during the daylight hours and when NOT hungry) – masquerades as The Daughter of The Doctor. When ‘’hungry’’ – She changes into a giant Moth that needs Human Blood to survive. The Doc’s main goal? Try and breed a Mate for Her! So bad, it’s good at parts – ‘’Blood Beast’’ is still classic Horror Genre from the late 1960s (if you’re a Fan).

 

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‘’THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE’’

1962s ‘’The Brain That Wouldn’t Die’’ is a ‘’gem’’ of camp, poor acting and a wacky music soundtrack (even for 1962). Still, the film served as started the time honored Horror Genre of the disembodied Head story line. As we have seen in MANY reviews – the classic Plot line ‘’can’t go wrong’’. Our Story centers around a gifted young Doctor who has developed a method of replacing damaged body parts with ‘’fresh ones’’ (gotten unethically, of course). The ‘’Good Doctor’’ has a beautiful girlfriend (Nurse) and a quasi-deformed Lab Assistant. Having attempted several times to perfect His ‘’past experiment’’ (a Creature pieced together and given life – ala ‘’Frankenstein’’) – and kept locked up, The Doc gets a phone call form His Assistant that The ‘’Monster’’ is acting up. Grabbing His Girlfriend, They speed to His secluded mountaintop home. But loosing control of His car, They crash. The Doctor is thrown clear, but His girlfriend is killed (decapitated). Grabbing he Head, He stumbles home and ….You guessed it – re-animates it. His goal now is to find a suitable body to graft Her head onto! Unfortunately, being ‘’disembodied’’ has the tendency to make you go insane……and give you untold telekinetic powers. Our ‘’Head’’ is able to control The Creature with sheer mind power, and uses it to exact revenge. The rest is predictable – but no less fun to watch. Although a ‘’B –‘’ Movie worthy of perhaps only Drive-In Movie viewership, the Film has garnered quite a Cult Following over the years. Available pretty much everywhere – ‘’The Brain That Wouldn’t Die’’ is a ‘’gotta see’’ – if for nothing more than the ‘’fine acting’’…….by The Head!

 

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‘’THEATER GHOST LIGHT’’

A very old Custom (superstition really) – a ‘’Ghost Light’’ can be found in nearly every form of Theater around The World. The true origins of the Custom is murky, but some trace it to the English Stage and the 16th Century AD (although references can be found in Ancient Greece as well). The belief provides for the placing of an ordinary Light (torch in by gone days), SOMEWHERE in the Theater – when all have gone home for the evening. The complete darkness of the Theater is thus illuminated by the light source. Why? Theatre Performers are a superstitious lot – it is widely believed every Theater has at least one Ghost that haunts the structure (for as we have seen Ghosts and Spirits ARE reported in MANY Theaters). By providing light, it is thought the Ghosts (who are thought to be former performers or workers), can ‘’continue Their Craft’’ on stage when no one is around! This lessens the chances of ‘’poltergeist activity’’ – later in the day, or during ‘’real’’ performances. In truth, the reason as probably related to safety measures. In the event a person had to cross the dark stage at night, they would have some light source (as well as in the morning opening hours) – and NOT fall into the Orchestra Pit (to the front of the stage). At Least That is The Most Common Reason Given……

        

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