Urban Legend – Friday the 13th

Millions of folks woke up this morning in search of their lucky trinkets as an attempt to ward off the evil and bad luck said to be associated with Friday the 13th. But how did this day become tagged as one of the most ill fated dates in history? The answer may lie within the following historical events:

Friday has been an inauspicious day for centuries in many cultures. Being held to be unlucky as evil powers were said to be at their peak on this day, Friday the 13th is definitely a day to be aware of your surroundings!

In ancient Rome Friday was execution day

From the Christian Bible:

Friday is the day that Eve reputedly gave the forbidden fruit to Adam

The great flood is thought to have started on Friday

God struck down the builders of the Tower of Babel on a Friday

The temple of Solomon was destroyed on a Friday

and as we all know, Christ was crucified on a Friday.

In Britain Friday was the customary hanging day

The word Friday was derived from the Norse Goddess Frigg, wife of Odin. Frigg was known as the Goddess of marriage & fertility, the moon and witches. The Christian church had cast her into folklore as a witch and her day, Friday, soon became associated with witchcraft and evil doings. Her legend goes something like this:

The witches of the north were said to observe their sabbath on Fridays gathering in a cemetery under the light of the moon. On one sabbath the Goddess herself appeared before a group of 12 witches and gifted them with a cat, therefore completing the coven with the 13th member. From this day forward, cats are the most common familiars of witches, and all covens are comprised of 13 members.

The number 13 in itself has been unlucky throughout history, a few examples of such are as follows:

There are 13 steps that lead to the gallows

The hangman’s noose contains 13 knots

The blade of the guillotine falls 13 feet

There were 13 people at the last supper

The 13th card in a tarot deck is the “death” card

Princess Diana’s driver hit the 13th pillar at Palace de l’Alma when she was killed in Paris

Apollo 13 in 1970 on the 13th mission was to be launched from pad #39 which measured 13 x 3, the mission was aborted after an explosion in the fuel cell of the service module. The rocked was shuttled away from the launch pad at 13:13 on Friday the 13th.

It is reported that in an attempt to debunk the legend of Friday the 13th as ill-fated, the British government commissioned a special ship. It’s name, the H.M.S. Friday. The crew was selected on a Friday, the keel was set on a Friday, the Captain’s name was Friday and it was on Friday the 13th that she set sail on her maiden voyage, never to be heard from again.

There are many other references to both the ill-fated Friday and the unlucky number 13 that have been intertwined together beginning back as far as Ancient Egypt. Friday the 13th is the most feared day in modern history, and with so many different references from numerous eras and cultures, it is certain to remain so.

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Urban Legend – Famous Witch Graves

As we all know, Witches have been around for a very very long time.  Many women were doomed by being both rightfully, and unjustly accused of witchcraft and pacts made with the devil.  During the witch hunt craze that started back in the 15th century, and lasted through the 17th century, an estimated 40,000 people were executed for witchcraft in Western Europe.  In America, the hunts spread through colonial colonies in New England, Connecticut, New Haven and of course there were the notorious Salem witch trials in Massachusetts.  The most common method of execution for convicted witches, as we already know, were hanging, drowning or by being burned at the stake.

Most of the final resting places of witch hunt victims have been lost to history, but there’s a few exceptions, here’s five graves and burial sites that make a sobering reminder of some of some of the darkest eras in history.

First off is the Witch of Yazoo.  She actually shares a few of the same characteristics as the sirens from Greek mythology.  According to the legend, in the late 1800s, a witch who lived near the Yazoo River was caught torturing fishermen she’d lured in from the river.  Two butchered bodies were found hanging from the rafters in her home.  The witch hauled ass into the swamp.  While she’s running from the authorities, she fell into quicksand.

As she’s sinking to her death, she swore a curse that she would return in 20 years to see the city burn.  Terrified by the threat of her curse, her body was buried on hallowed ground and heavy chains were installed over her grave to keep her from rising. But in 1904, her prophecy came true.  The city of Yazoo burned to the ground; The day after the flames died out, several townsfolk went to her grave to find that the chains had been broken in two.  So the townfolk replaced and reinforced those chains, and ever since, the witch’s grave has remained peaceful.  Legend has it that if the chains are broken, the city will burn again.

Next is the Grave of Meg Shelton.  In the late seventeenth century the people of Woodplumpton, a small village in England, suspected that Meg Shelton was a witch.  They accused her of stealing milk from the local farmer’s cattle, They swore she was transforming herself into animal at night so she’d remain undetected.  According to legend, Meg was crushed to death by a barrel that pinned her to a wall, when she was buried, the town took extra precautions to prevent her, and her powers from ever rising again.  They buried her vertically, head first in the ground in a small, tight shaft so that if she tried to dig her way out she’d be going the wrong way.  Then, they then covered the hole with a massive stone so that she’d never escape.  The stone remains to this day in the boneyard at St Anne’s Church, next to it is a plaque warning visitors that the Witch of Woodplumpton lies buried beneath.

 

Then there’s the Chesterville Witch, In a small graveyard in the heart of Illinois Amish country, you’ll find her grave.  The story goes, that in the early 1900s, this local chick was accused of witchcraft after she challenged the Amish faith. The town elders banished her, calling her the devil’s servant.  But a few days later, her dead body mysteriously shows up in a nearby field. Terrified she’d come back to life and seek her revenge, the townsfolk buried her, and an oak tree was planted to mark her location.  The legend also goes on to say that the tree contains her soul, and if it’s ever cut down or destroyed, the ghost of the witch will leave her grave to seek her revenge on those who caused her death.

Now, Lilias Adie was accused of being a witch by her fellow townspeople in Scotland in 1704.  The church coerced her into confessing that she was the devil’s wife.  She died in prison before she could be tried, sentenced and burned for witchcraft.  Her body was taken to the beach off West Fife coast and was buried deep in the mud just between the high tide and low tide.  They used a massive tombstone to cover her grave, sealing her into her muddy tomb to prevent her from tormenting the living.  But, legend says that her body vanished when high tide came, all that remained was the massive stone that they used to mark her grave.

In St. Charles Missouri, you’ll find the grave of Molly Crenshaw.  Molly was said to have been a freed Jamaican or Haitian that was a known practitioner of Voodoo.  Her charms were in high demand, folks would come from miles around in search of cures or hexes.  But one year, after a particularly nasty drought, the locals turned against her and executed her.

In order to prevent her from rising from the grave, they chopped her body into pieces and buried the pieces in the woods around a remote cemetery.  It wasn’t enough.  Year after year, the pieces crawled closer together until her body was made whole.  Now nobody knows exactly where the spot she came to rest is, but it’s said that anyone who successfully finds her grave will meet a gruesome end.

According to a local English teacher at Francis Howell High School, “There was a story about two football players who went looking for the grave in the 1950s.  Well, apparently they found it and they met with that gruesome fate.  The sheriff’s deputies found their bodies impaled on the graveyard fence.”

 

Then check out this little tale, There’s a ghost town, that used to be the village of Pere Cheney, and beneath its ruins is one hell of a tragic history.  The remaining cemetery, which houses the graves of around 90 people, is rumored to be home to a witch’s grave, as well as shit ton of supernatural occurrences.  Pere Cheney was originally settled in 1874 by lumberjacks, who thought the site of the local sawmill was an great spot to set down roots.  In 1881, its population had grown to 922.

But a few years later, diphtheria swept through the area and most of the children died.  As the community struggled to recover, a fire broke out, and in 1893 there was an outbreak of smallpox, scarlet fever, and another bout of diphtheria.  By 1818, only 18 residents remained, the village was completely abandoned. According to legend, people from surrounding communities deliberately set fire to Pere Cheney to prevent the spread of disease.  So what could have brought on such tragedy?  Well, Folks say that the epidemics and fires were caused by a witch who cursed the land after having been banished to the surrounding wilderness.  She was later hanged from a tree in the cemetery and her body was burned.  To this day, some visitors claim to see her ghost in Cheney Cemetery.  I’d say she got her revenge.

 

So, Throughout history, there have been tons superstitious, preventative means in which people have tried to prevent witches from rising from the grave, just like vampires.  It seemed that death was never punishment enough, no matter the amount or torment and torture endured in the process.  During a recent archaeological dig of a ‘witches graveyard’ in Tuscany, archaeologists discovered the remains of an 800-year-old woman who they believe died in the middle ages.  It seems the people in the area were so worried that she’d use her powers to bring herself back from the dead, they drove seven nails through her jawbone and more had been hammered into her clothes to pin her down in her shallow grave.  The practice of nailing the mouth shut was an old custom believed to keep the dead firmly in their graves.

 

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The Top 10 most famous ghost photos of all time

 

I love talking about the history behind old haunted houses; it’s cool to know who was there and what all went down that spurred the hauntings to begin with.  But, even more than checking out the history, I LOVE looking at the ghost pictures that have been taken at these haunted locations. I’m going to give you the run down of the 10 most famous ghost photos ever taken.

So, let the countdown begin! Picture #10 is of the ghost known as the Brown Lady, it was taken in 1936, yeah, they had cameras back then! Now this photo wasn’t the result of some prehistoric paranormal investigation, the image was caught completely by accident during a photo shoot performed by Country Life Magazine, yes, they had magazines back in the day too! The Raynam Hall estate in Norfolk England was one of the most posh mansions in the area, the owners were ecstatic when they were notified that the magazine wanted to feature their home in an upcoming issue. This photograph in particular was being taken to show off the majestic main staircase but when the film was developed, the apparition of a woman wearing a brown brocade dress could be seen as she descended the stairs.

So, who was the Brown Lady? Well, according to legend, the “Brown Lady of Raynham Hall” is the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole, the sister of Robert Walpole, who was the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. She was the second wife of Charles Townshend, who was notorious for his violent temper. The story says that when Townshend discovered his wife had screwed around on him with Lord Wharton, he punished her by having her locked in her room in there at Raynham Hall. According to Mary Wortley Montagu, Dorothy was in fact held prisoner there by the Countess of Wharton and her husband never allowed her out, not even to see her children. Dorothy remained at Raynham Hall until dying from smallpox in 1726. Reports of folks having encountered the Brown Lady date back as far as 1835.

Picture #9 Is of the Tulip Staircase Ghost and is another example of a specter being caught on film by complete happenstance. The photo was shot in 1966 by Rev. Ralph Hardy in the Queen’s House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Hardy was a retired clergyman that had only intended to take a picture of the impressive Tulip Staircase but again, when the film was developed he discovered that he had also captured the apparition of a robed figure ascending the stairs.

The original negative was examined by experts, including folks from Kodak, all of them concluded that the photo had not been tampered with. People have reported seeing unexplained figures and the sound of footsteps in the same vicinity for years prior to, and after this picture was taken.

I’ve done some digging but it seems that no one knows for sure who the spirit on the staircase belongs to but, I did run across a other documented entities in the Queens House. Many have claimed to hear inexplicable footsteps on the staircase, as well as the sound of chanting children. And one of the most unsettling sightings is that of a pale woman, dressed in old fashioned clothing, who’s mopping up blood at the bottom step. Rumor has it that a maid was thrown from the top of the staircase, a drop of over fifty feet from above, sent her crashing to her death on the bottom landing.

Now that my blog is out, I’m betting that you remember having seen the Tulip staircase somewhere.  Looks familiar right?!  Ever see the movie “Now you see Me” about the magicians called the 4 horsemen. Well if you’ve seen the sequel, there at the very end, the camera is panning a magnificent stair case, yeah, that’s the tulip staircase.

Photo #8 is a little more recent, The Phantom on a farm picture was taken in 2008 during a photo-shoot at a rural farm in Hertfordshire, England. The farm would be the location of a happy occasion in upcoming months, there was going to be a wedding. The couple “to be” wanted a few shots of the farm to use along with the invitations, so they sent their friend, Neil Sanbach, out for a photo-shoot. Again, we have another shocked photographer; Neil couldn’t believe his eyes! There staring back at him, was the figure of a boy dressed in white nightclothes, he was peeking at Neil from behind the corner of a barn. As with most of these pictures, I can’t find a lot on who the boy could have possibly been but, I can add that both the owners and staff here at the Hertfordshire Farm, have had frequent encounters with this spirit usually in the vicinity of the same barn he was captured peeking from behind in this photo!

Pic #7 we have definitely discussed here on the show, I remember telling you guys that this single photo, out of the tens of thousands that I have looked at, sends some serious arctic chills down my spine. This photo was snapped during an investigation performed by Ed & Lorraine Warren in 1976, yeah, I’m talking about the Defeo boy with glowing eyes that was photographed on the stair case. What the hell is it with ghosts and staircases right! Anyway, tons of rolls of film were shot in the house during the investigation, photographer Gene Campbell was frustrated as he examined frame after frame of negatives, but then he found something, out of all of those shots there had been only 1 photo that had captured “something” and man, was it the mother load!

Now with this pic, we know who the spirit belongs to. Just about everyone who’s seen it, along with myself, believe this to be the ghost of John Mathew DeFeo who was only nine years old when he was murdered by his older brother, only one of the brutal deaths that spurred the Lutz family nightmare, which we have all come to know more commonly as the Amityville horror.

 

Photo #6 is titled The Backseat Driver. It was taken by Mable Chinnery in 1959. She and her husband had just driven out to visit her mother’s grave, her husband had remained in the car during the visit. Well when Mable wrapped up her conversation with her mother’s headstone, she starts walking back toward the car. In a burst of spontaneity, she takes a quick snapshot of her husband sitting in the car staring back at her as she neared. Well, when Mable gets the film developed, she comes unglued! There in the backseat of the car sat her mother!

Considering that film quality wasn’t really “all that” back in the 50’s this is one amazing shot. You can plainly see a woman sitting directly behind Mr. Chinnery. Her facial features are vivid all the way down to the white collar and dark jacket that she was wearing when she was buried. Mable stated that her mother, Mrs. Hammell, loved riding in the car and the day she snapped that picture, her mom was sitting in the exact same spot where she sat every time they took her for a ride.

Photo #5 was shot in 1946, and it’s really kind of chilling to me, not the same as the Defeo boy chilling, this is something different. A woman named Mrs. Andrews was visiting the grave of her daughter in a cemetery in Queensland, Australia in 1946. Her daughter Joyce had died about a year earlier, in 1945, at the age of 17. Mrs. Andrews saw nothing unusual when she took this photo of Joyce’s grave marker but when the film was developed, Mrs. Andrews was astonished to see the image of a small child sitting happily at her daughter’s grave.

The ghost child seemed completely aware of Mrs. Andrews and is looking directly into the camera.

Some doubters claimed that it could have possibly been a double exposure, but Mrs. Andrews said there were no children nearby when she took the photograph and, moreover, she did not recognize the child at all – it was no one she would have taken a picture of. She added that it was not the ghost of her daughter as a child.

Investigating this case, Australian paranormal researcher Tony Healy visited the cemetery in the late 1990s. Near Joyce’s grave he found the graves of two infant girls. Could it be that one or both of them venture over to Joyce’s grave in hopes that she will arise to play with them?

 

Photo #4 was taken in 1919, and this picture has always made me smile. The photo wasn’t made public until some time in 1975 by Sir Victor Goddard, a retired R.A.F. officer. The photo is a group portrait of Goddard’s squadron, which had served in World War I at the HMS Daedalus training facility.

An extra ghostly face appears in the photo. In back of the airman positioned on the top row, fourth from the left, can clearly be seen the face of another man. It is said to be the face of Freddy Jackson, an air mechanic who had been accidentally killed by an airplane propeller two days earlier. His funeral had taken place on the day this photograph was snapped.

Members of the squadron easily recognized the face as Jackson’s. It has been suggested that Jackson, unaware of his death, decided to show up for the group photo.

Pic #3 is the Corroboree Rock Spirit photo taken in 1959 by another holy man, Reverend R.S. Blance at Corroboree Rock, at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. This famous photograph appears to show a woman holding her hands toward her face, peering out into the distance. To me it looks like she’s sipping on a cup of coffee and maybe enjoying a morning walk in the front yard of what may have been her last mortal home. And again, with this photo, we have no idea who the woman could possibly be.

 

 

 

Photo #2 is the Lord Combermere Ghost photo from 1891. Taken by Sybell Corbet, the stillframe shows the figure of Lord Combermere seen sitting in a chair in the library in Combermere Abbey, England. His head, collar and right arm on the armrest can be clearly made out.

The second Viscount Lord Combermere died after being struck by one of London’s first electrically powered motor cabs. It said that while Sybell Corbet was taking the famous photograph, Lord Combermere’s funeral was taking place four miles away.

An interesting foot note here: The first Lord Combermere was a British cavalry commander in the early 1800’s, who distinguished himself in several military campaigns. In 1817 he became the Governor of Barbados. While serving as Governor, he is mentioned in unverified stories of the Chase Vault as being a witness to its allegedly “moving coffins”. We talked about this case a while back remember that! That was some crazy shit right there!

And then last but not least, photo #1 is the The Spectre of Newby Church. This photograph was taken in the Church of Christ the Consoler, on the grounds of Newby Hall in North Yorkshire, U K. The picture was taken in 1963 by the Reverend K. F. Lord. The image appears to resemble a human, that many believe to be the spirit of a 16th-century monk, wearing a white shroud over his face, a common remedy for masking leprosy or other disfigurement back in the day.

Initial claims suggested that the figure would have to be somewhere around 9 feet tall, but its feet are not visible and it could easily be standing on a box or something, giving the impression of an impressive height. In looking into the image, photographic experts have concluded that the image is not the result of double exposure, nor has the film been tampered with.

 

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Haunted New Orleans – The Rampart Street Murder House

Known by locals as the “Rampart Street Murder House,” 826 N. Rampart will forever go down in history as being the location of one of the city’s saddest, and most recent gruesome murders. Nick and Katrina are the first team to ever conduct an investigation on the property. After reading the details we’re about to lay out for you here, you’ll know that their investigation was a particularly troubling one.

 

Addie Hall and Zack Brown fell in love during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. To locals, they were known as heroes because the had refused to evacuate during the storm. They felt it was their duty to the community to stay behind and help in any way possible, even if it was only serving high balls to other die hard locals and first responders that stuck around with them.

In October 2006, they moved into an apartment above the city’s well respected Voodoo Spiritual Temple—a mere coincidence at the time. Addie and Zack, both transplants to New Orleans, had lived there long enough to make friends and establish roots by working as bartenders in the bustling French Quarter. To the passing eye, their new relationship was off to a great start. But that was all about to come to a terrible end.

 

Shortly after moving in to 826 N. Rampart, the couple began to have terrible, drunken fights that inched toward violence. Addie stopped showing up at her job at the popular bar The Spotted Cat, and Zack fell into destructive patterns of drugs, heavy drinking, and infidelity. Only weeks after moving in to their new home, Zack committed suicide by jumping from the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel. A note and key were found in his pocket which led police back to his apartment, where they found additional death.

 

“This is not accidental,” Zack’s note began. “I had to take my own life to pay for the one I took. If you send a patrol car to 826 N. Rampart, you will find the dismembered corpse of my girlfriend Addie in the oven, on the stove, and in the fridge and a full signed confession from myself … Zack Bowen.”

The apartment was a blood-soaked crime scene. When they arrived, Investigators found 2 pots on the stove. One contained Addie’s decapitated head, the other held her hands and feet. Inside the oven, detectives reportedly found trays containing cooked legs and arms and in the refrigerator, they found a Addie’s torso. Also found in the tiny 1 bedroom apartment was a letter he had written on eight small pages from his girlfriend’s journal.

The entire 8 pages was an extremely graphic description of his last days, the murder and desecration of Adriane’s body. And, spray painted on the walls was a message from Zack that said: “Please call my wife. I love her. I’m a total failure. Look in the oven. Please help me stop the pain.”

Investigatrs finally concluded that Zack had become enraged after Addie signed their lease without including his name. She knew that Zack was cheating and didn’t want to continue to live with him. Zack, in a drug and alcohol fueled rage, then strangled Addie and spent the next few days cutting up her body with the apparent intent to cook and eat the remains, although autopsy reports show he didn’t follow through, with the eating part, that is..

 

A 2014 documentary, Zack and Addie, Doc explores the details before and after the horrendous event. He attempts to understand how this could have happened. One theory is that dark forces surrounding the Voodoo Spiritual Temple took hold on the couple, especially Zack, and drove them to madness. I think there may be something to that, but in taking a closer look at Zack, the pieces of the puzzle start falling into place. Zack was a war vet, in fact he was a decorated Sergeant in the U S Army that had served in Iraq. There were things in that suicide note found on his corpse that were not immediately released to the public. Here is what we didn’t know at the time:

According to his suicide note, after murdering Addie, he left to work where he had been delivering groceries, and spent $1,500 on food, drugs, and strippers. Further investigation and notes left by Zack, suggested he suffered from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), accelerated by alcohol, drugs, and depression.

On his body was found 28 cigarette burns marks “one for each year of my existence.” he left in his note. “Failures — school, jobs, military, marriage, parenthood, morals, love. (…) Every last one of these I failed at (…)” Zack was married before Addie and had two children, a girl, and a boy.

In the wake of these events, those who have lived at 826 N. Rampart since this grisly murder, have experienced severe paranormal activity. Reports include residents hearing disembodied voices, feeling as though they’re constantly being watched, or like the apartment itself is pressing in on them. There is a force so ominous attached to this property that it can be felt by those that walk down the street in front of it.

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New York Serial Killer – Kendall Francois

 

Kendall Francois was from Poekeepsie New York, a small city about an hour north of Manhattan. No one had a clue that among them lurked a macabre and brutal serial killer. From 1996 to 1998, residents and police investigators were both baffled and terrified by the disappearances of eight women in their community. Though suspicions of a serial killer on the loose were looming, no one would have ever suspected that there would be victims to fall a violent demise by the hands of Kendall Francois in his house of horrors.

Now, as we already know here, there’s several common traits of most serial killers. A lot of them have a seriously high I.Q’s and a burning drive for domination, usually sexual. Francois was no different.

On a cold, dark December night in 1996, Gina Barone was out working the drug infested streets downtown. Enter, Francois. Gina, who was a known addict would regularly disappear for a day or two while she was out on a binge, but when a day or two turned to closer to a week, her mother reported her missing. Well, come to find out, two months earlier another girl named Wendy Meyers was reported missing. When January rolls around and there’s another report of a missing woman, Kathleen Hurley, folks knew that something sinister was at hand. All 3 of these women were known druggies and prostitutes and they were all last seen out working the downtown streets. It was time to call in the big dogs.

FBI investigators started looking into leads and it didn’t take long for them to realize there was indeed a serial killer on the loose. After a while of digging, their focus turned to 99 Fulton Avenue. The home of the Francois family, which was only a few blocks away from Vassar College. Even though they had their suspicions they were ramming their head against a brick wall, there was no apparent crime scene and due to lack of tangible physical evidence, no way they’d get their hands on a search warrant. Meanwhile, more crack ho’s are coming up missing.

In September of 1998 one of the working girls got lucky. She somehow had managed to escape this madman while he was strangling her. She ran off and reported what had happened to her and gave the address of the attack to the police, 99 Fulton Avenue, the Francois home. This finally gave investigators a viable reason to apprehend and question Kendall Francois about that report, and after a few hours of questioning, he confessed to the abductions and eventual murders of all eight victims. What he told investigators was truly disturbing and most shocking. A warrant was then easily obtained to search the residence, where the mystery of the missing women came clear and the revelation of the macabre and insane acts of a serial killer, Kendall Francois had come to light.

When investigators enter the home, they were greeted by Francois’ confused mother. When she opened the door, police were just about knocked over by the stench of death emanating from the home. As they entered, it was immediately apparent that these women were most definitely somewhere in the home and after a brief search, the house was taped off and deemed a crime scene. Most of the women found there were in the attic covered with blankets and also showed evidence of the killer moving them around, to make room for his next victims. There was also evidence of necrophilia after forensic testing was completed. Yeah, a lot of these sick bastards just love a dead lay, oh that was bad, Anyway, the cause of death determined by forensic evidence, and the coroner’s report was strangulation and blunt force trauma.

The most puzzling aspect to investigators was the obvious stench in this house, so obviously they wanted to know why the hell the rest of family that lived there couldn’t know something was going on. Reports did show that the investigators said the house was a pig sty inside, their words “very unkempt and quite filthy with garbage, household items strewn about and very unsanitary.” Maybe their preference for wallowing in their own filth kept them from realizing what was really happening. But it stills seems kind of disturbing to me, maybe because I’m a neat freak and a tad bit on the OCD side, ok a lot on the OCD side, I’m just saying what the hell kind of stench do you have to be accustomed to to NOT smell 8 rotting corpses in your own home.

Anyway, during the course of their investigation, it was also revealed that Francois had contracted HIV. Ah, now a means to his madness emerges. It’s quite possible that these abductions and murders were an act of vengeance toward the prostitutes that he had encounters with. He saw to it that each one was tortured and raped before he orchestrated their horrific deaths, the way these girls died was despicable and their family members were devastated beyond what any parent should have to face.

On October 24th 1996 prostitute Wendy Meyers gets into Francois’ car, she was be driven to his house, and taken up to his second floor bedroom where she insisted on being paid first. Francois then strangled her to death. After he calmed down, he carried her limp body into the bathroom and washed it, before cramming her into a black plastic bag. He then carried it up to the attic.

On November 11th 1996, Gina Barone was working the streets because of a heated argument with her boyfriend, she gets picked up by Francois. After sex, he gets pissed off and claimed he was ripped off, he then strangles Gina right there in his car. After forcing her body down under the seats of his car, he drove home and parked the car in garage, where he would leave her body until the next morning, when it would be placed in a black bag and thrown in the attic.

Two days later he kills 31 year old prostitute Cathy Marsh. Again Francois suddenly became angry and squeezed Cathy’s throat until her hyoid bone snapped and she went limp. After carrying the body from his bedroom, he washes the corpse in the bathroom before moving it into the attic with the previous 2 victims.

Then there was this incident where he was arrested for assaulting a hooker, but she refuses to sign the complaint, he serves 7 days of a 15 day sentence and was back out on the streets again.

Less than 4 weeks later, just before 51 year old, Sandra French would become Francois’ next victim. Sandra was manually strangled during sex. Again, Francois took the body to the bathroom where it was bathed, dried, bagged and carried up to the attic.

By now the attic was getting crowded, so the next day, Francois carried Sandra’s body down into the basement, where he dug a shallow grave into the crawlspace, threw her in and covered with loose dirt.

Audrey Pugliese was working Noxon Street when Francois pulled up. She recognized him as one of her regulars so she gets into the car. he drives her to the house and heads down to the basement where Francois once again ‘flipped out’ during sex and starts punching her in the face, she managed to struggle free from under her his massive weight and ran for the basement door, she never made it. He pulled her back and continued beating her. Audrey fell to the floor but the attack did not stop, he slammed his foot into her face, ribs and stomach while strangling her. A little while later, her body was dumped on top of Sandra French’s in the crawl space.

Thirteen days later, Francois would commit his final murder. Twenty five year old Catina Newmaster was another regular of Francois red light district visits and once the price was negotiated she got into his car. She would soon be lying on the floor of the garage, dead. The next day she would be buried in the crawl space.

This monster preyed upon addicted and impoverished hookers but another disturbing fact emerged as well. Francois had been employed at the Arlington High School, just a few miles from the city. He was a hall monitor that was well known for inappropriate conduct among students and eventually was let go from employment at the school. One can only imagine what really did there or what could have happened to those kids. Kendall Francois was convicted of his heinous crimes and In August of 2000, Kendall Francois was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole at Attica correctional facility, he died due to complications of HIV in September of 2014.

 

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Urban Legend – The Richmond Vampire

So, if you’re looking for ghosts, the best place to find one is usually in a cemetery, right?!  Well, if you’re in Virginia, I’d recommend checking out the Hollywood Cemetery.  There are quite a few ghosts hanging out there but the most awesome feature of all there is that this cemetery comes with its own vampire.

The Richmond Vampire is one of the most notorious entities there. The legend has been traced to the Church Hill Tunnel collapse on October 2, 1925. Check this out!

The tunnel opened in 1875 and was part of the old Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. From the very beginning the construction was a nightmare, mostly because of Virginia’s clay soil, which when mixed with rain, caused frequent cave-ins. Years of persistent collapsing and a mounting death toll of their workers, forced C&O Railway to seek out a safer alternative. The company completed a riverfront viaduct in 1901, after which the Church Hill Tunnel fell was abandoned.

But later on, the tunnel was re-opened in an attempt to widen it. The economy was booming and there was more and more demanded for venues of moving freight. But on October 2, 1925 there was a massive disaster. Over 200 men died when the tunnel collapsed, the train is still entombed within the rubble, it is said that the conductor and only a handful of others, were exhumed, most of the remaining bodies were never found or recovered by rescue teams.  Today, the remains of the missing lie within the tunnel which has since been closed off, but that doesn’t stop the workmen’s spirits from wandering from the site of the disaster.

The details of what happened after the collapse are a bit chaotic, I’m sure. At this time Richmond was a small town, the loss of 200 men was devastating. But beyond the shock of death came something even more horrifying. Witnesses from the ghastly scene reported that a creature emerged from the remains. The “creature” was in the form of a man; his face was badly disfigured, he had jagged teeth and his flesh hung freely from his body. It fled the scene and was said to have entered a tomb in the nearby Hollywood Cemetery that bore the name of William Waltham Pool who died in 1922. Some reports state that the creature had been known as Benjamin F. Mosby who was reportedly taken to Grace hospital where he would later succumb to his injuries. Rescue workers that were on scene tell a different version of the story.

Having no equipment at their disposal, the rescuers dug into the tunnel with their bare hands. One group of workers dug into the western-most mouth of the tunnel. They stumbled through the darkness to discover the form of a man crouched over one of the few recovered victims. Obviously not one of the railway workers as his face and clothing were clean and he appeared unscathed with the exception of the blood that ran from his mouth.

  The man stood and looked toward the rescue team as he wiped the blood from his face; the workers were terrified as they saw his fangs protruding from his mouth. In a panic the creature sped past the rescue workers who then turned to chase it. It is said that this is the creature that fled into the tomb of William Pool. The team, reaching the entrance to the tomb directly behind the creature, found that the door that the vampire had disappeared through had long since been locked. The men made several attempts to break through the door but to no avail. A plea to the cemetery management to open the tomb was denied on the spot. They’d lost all hope of capturing the so titled “Richmond Vampire”.

The tomb had become quite the attraction, so many attempts had been made to break in that additional locks and security measures were called for. In 2005 an interesting story was published in an online interview with Mr. Donald Toney, longtime grounds foreman of the Hollywood Cemetery. Toney reported that the tomb is still frequented by vampire enthusiasts from abroad but that it has never been breached. Toney went further to say that upon occasion he had discovered broken wine glasses inside the tomb, but the locks were still intact. To this day, seekers of the undead come to visit and take photos of Pool’s mausoleum, hoping to catch a glimpse of something unexpected as it emerges from the door.

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Revisiting the Amityville Horror with a little lagniappe!

This creepy looking old house sits at 108 Ocean Avenue, now some of you guys just went, no, that’s not right, it’s 112. Well yes, and no, Since all of the chaos the address was changed from 112 – 108 in an attempt of confusing enthusiasts like us. I can’t see how they thought that would help, enthusiasts like us are going to recognize the house, we don’t need an address right!? So anyway, the house was built in 1924, but the madness started way before that!

Before the area was officially settled, this particular spot was territory to a tribe of Shinicock Indians. And on it there was a structure where they kept their physically and mentally ill. Now let me set this up for you, this wasn’t some kind of hospital, this was a crude shack where the sick and the crazy were basically sent to die. And so it begins, the soil is tainted with suffering, and negative energies were basically stamped onto the area.

After that, this dude named John Ketchum moved onto the spot and built a small cottage where he practiced black magic. Now, it’s a little known fact that Walt Whitman was a descendant of Ketchum’s. The significance of that is that Whitman and Bram Stoker were besties and Stoker himself said that Whitman was a huge inspiration behind his famous novel, Bram Stokers Dracula. Just stumbled across that and thought it was interesting, I’m betting that Whitman retained some of Ketchums dark knowledge. any way, back to Ketchum.

Ketchum was said to have fled from Salem during the witch trials and hid behind the basement walls of the now famous home. The home at 108 Ocean Avenue wasn’t built until 1925, the cottage that stood on this spot was moved in order for the house to be built. However, the basement and red room of the cottage remained. John Ketcham was said to be an evil man who had torture chambers built in the basement of the home.

He would lock Indians in the red room and torture them. Legend states that Ketcham slit his own throat because he thought it would give him the ability to “live forever.” In the 2005 film version, Defeo hears voices saying “Catch em’, Kill em.” Later in the same Film the alphabet magnets on the refrigerator door have been arranged to say the same thing, well, that’s where the infamous line came from, Ketchum would actually Catch em and Kill em, the Indians that is. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this evil bastard requested that his remains be buried on the property, and as far as anyone knows, they remain there till this day.

So again, the blood of the suffering and tortured have seeped into the ground, compounded by Ketchum practicing the dark arts on the same spot, now we have the perfect cocktail for some wicked evil shit!

And then there’s the Defeo’s. So from what I’ve found, this family was in a lot of trouble to begin with. Ronald Sr., the Dad, was known to be both physically and verbally abusive to his wife and kids. With Butch and Dawn in their teenage years, there was even more turmoil, and to add to that, Dawn was using a lot of LSD and other goodies, and so was Butch. In fact, the Defeo residence had been under surveillance for quite a while by the DEA. He was suspected of smuggling drugs in his speedboat. He too admitted that he was using heroine heavily at the time. Now am I hinting that this was a drug induced mass murder? No, I’m not, what I am saying is that his drug problem only caused the negativity to fester.

When you are already in a negative environment and your adding to it by drinking, using drugs and fighting, you’re feeding any evil entity that is attached to the area you are in and at this point, we already know there was plenty of evil embedded here. Butch claimed that voices had been telling him to kill his family and on the night of November 13th, 1974, Defeo stated that he was handed a rifle by a dark entity in a black hooded robe., he then shot and killed all 6 members of his family execution style.

You bet your sweet ass there were a shit ton of investigations. Detectives were baffled by the fact that Defeo had shot his parents and siblings all while they slept. The house was huge and the murders took place on all 3 levels, how is it that no one was woke up by the sound of the gunshots going off? Each body was found face down in their beds with no apparant signs of a struggle. I’ll take it a step further, autopsies showed that not one member of the family, to include Dawn, had any drugs of any sort in their system. Butch Defeo was sentenced to 6 concurrent 25-year sentences, he is unlikely to ever be released.

 

On December 18, 1975, just 13 months after the DeFeo massacre, the Lutz family moved into the DeFeo home.
George and Kathleen Lutz thought the Dutch colonial home was fantastic and the price was a steal! In that neighborhood, it was unheard of for any property to sell at $80,000, the Lutz’s weren’t stupid, they knew something was up. Before purchasing, they asked the Realtor why that house was a third of the price of everything else in the neighborhood. The realtor did tell them about the murders, but they chose to buy the house anyway, never expecting they’d have to leave it, and everything else they owned, all behind just 28 days later.

From the very first night they moved in, every member of the family claimed they felt strange sensations. Everyone was on edge, not even comprehending the evil influences that they were under. Within days the family’s personality had drastically changed. Kathy and George were fighting and so were the kids, chaos was running rampant in the Lutz household and all the while, the evil entities that were embedded there began to build their forces by feeding from the negative environment.

George became plagued by a constant chill and was obsessed with feeding the fire place. During this time there was a noticeable change in his grooming habits, both his and Kathy’s health was declining drastically. Kathy, not knowing where else to turn reaches out to the church.

So, this catholic priest shows up to bless the house, There had been so much madness since they moved in that they were still in the process of unpacking. The priest is making his way through the home then starts upstairs to the second floor. When he gets to the bedroom where Marc and John DeFeo were shot, he starts sprinkling holy water all over the place. Suddenly a chill straightened his spine when a disembodied voice told the priest “Get out!” Which he did, quick fast and in a hurry!

For some reason, the Priest didn’t tell the Lutz’s about the voice, But he did warn them not to use the upstairs room as a bedroom, adding that no one should ever sleep in there.” The Lutz’s were confused by his odd warning but took his word for it and turned the room into a sewing room.

Not long after, the Lutz’s youngest daughter started spending all of her time in her room playing with a new imaginary friend. She described her friend as red eyed pig called Jodie, who could transform not only shape but size, sometimes Jodie could become larger than the house. Jodie also claimed she could not be seen by anyone unless she wanted them to..

And of course, as they do, things got worse. Besides the typical banging and disembodied voices, Mysterious foul odors would emanate from different locations of the house. George had discovered hoof prints outside in the snow all around the house and then Black stains appeared on the toilets and ceramic fixtures. Kathy was touched by an unseen force and a foul extoplasmic substance kept popping up all throughout the house. Hundreds of flies appeared in the sewing room despite it being the dead of winter. And then George started waking from a dead sleep every night at 3:15 a.m. the same time that the DeFeo murders were said to have been going down.

One night George woke up, he felt something looming in the darkness around them. He looks over at his wife just as her appearance transforms into that of a 90-year-old hag. The next night she began levitating off the bed. The Lutz family tried on numerous occasions to contact the Catholic priest again. But everytime they tried to call the phone lines would cut out whenever he answered.

After failing to get the priest to return they gave up and took matters into their own hands. Armed with a crucifix, they walked throughout the house reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Yeah well the evil spirits that had infested the house were pissed. They responded in a chorus of voices that were all demanding the Lutzes to stop.

The final night was the absolute worst. The banging and Knocking had become so violent that is sounded like a marching band was plowing it’s way though the house. Furniture was flying around, doors were opening and slamming, and the children being terrorized; being pushed and slapped by unseen hands.

After 28 days of this madness, the family couldn’t take it any more. They grabbed a few personal items and hauled ass outta there to go stay at Kathy’s mother’s home in a nearby town. 20 days later, Paranormal Investigators Ed & Lorraine Warren were called in by Marvin Scott a news reporter with channel 5 NY who had covered the Amityville story and worked on a prior investigation with the Warrens.

A team of reporters, investigators, and parapsychologist’s were assembled by Ed Warren and met at the home at 112 Ocean Avenue but it was just them because the Lutz family refused to re-enter the home, because, well damn that bullshit right!

Well as we already know, the madness didn’t just stop because the Lutz’s left. During the investigation Ed was physically pushed to the floor while using some religious provocation in the basement, Lorraine was also overwhelmed by the sense of a Demonic presence and was plagued by her psychic impressions of the Defeo Families bodies laying on the floor covered in white sheets. She was also physically attacked, pushed out of room after room by some unseen force.

The research team also captured the infamous image of spirit that appeared as a little boy peering from the second floor. Now I’ve seen some creepy shit in my day folks, but this one picture in particular gives me a serious case of the chills!

With the Shinicock Indians causing the torments and suffering of their ill there, and John Ketchum murdering other Indians on the ground coupled with his practicing the black arts here oh, and let’s not forget the Defeo murders, The Warrens believed that all of these horrific events had left the property with a very negative energy and dark history. No better breeding ground for a demonic infestation and poltergeist activities could be designed, even intentionally.

The Warrens believe these entities were directly responsible for the evil that plagued the lives of both the Defoe’s and the Lutz’s. The Warrens retrieved a handful of the Lutz’s earthly possessions and deed for the property. The Lutz’s sold the rest of their belongings and relocated to California in search of a more peaceful existance.

Ok, so most everything that I’ve just told you about, a lot of us horror enthusiast already knew. But now I’m throwing in even more madness! Thirty something years later Daniel Lutz has stepped from out of the shadows, I think we’re both gonna learn some very interesting details here folks. This Story was published in March of 2013 in the UK Daily news, I’m gonna read you the article ver betum.

 

First there were the flies, a plague of them that, even in December, swarmed inside the imposing clapboard house as George and Kathy Lutz were unpacking their belongings.

Then there were the cold spots in rooms and hallways, the odd smells of perfume or excrement and the jolting sounds at night.

George became increasingly volatile and would wake at the same time — 3.15am, a time that would later assume a sinister significance.

Other disturbances were far more terrifying: objects that flew across the room, walls oozing green slime, the crucifix that turned upside down on the wall, the hidden red room in the basement and — who can forget — the glowing eyes at night of some demonic, pig-like creature.

As for the Catholic priest who came to bless the house, the site of a mass murder only 13 months earlier, the Lutz’s only found out later he had heard a voice tell him to ‘Get out!’ as he sprinkled holy water in a bedroom — the one he told the couple that no one should sleep in.

By then, they had fled in terror with Mrs Lutz’s three young children from a previous marriage, taking little more than the clothes they were wearing. It was January 14, 1976. They had lasted just 28 days inside 112 Ocean Avenue, a rambling house in the Long Island town of Amityville, 30 miles from New York City. They never returned, but the Amityville Horror, as their story became known, has come back to haunt — or at the very least, intrigue — us with the decision by one of the children to break their 37-year silence about what happened.

 

Daniel Lutz, a ten-year-old boy at the time but now a spooky-looking, middle-aged man with deep-set, piercing blue eyes and an unsettling smile, insists he was menaced by spirits in the house and that his family’s stay there has ruined his life.

And he blames the evil presence on his stepfather George, a man whose occult dabblings, says Daniel, opened the gateway to dark forces he couldn’t control. Danny had a troubled relationship with his stepfather, George, who his mother, Kathy, ended up divorcing

The most haunted house in America fueled an entire industry of films, books and documentaries such as Amityville II: The Possession (1982) The six-bedroom house, with swimming pool and boathouse, was meant to be their dream home and was aptly named High Hopes. Instead, it turned into a nightmare.

Their experience in those four weeks was turned into a best-selling book, The Amityville Horror, and a 1979 hit movie of the same name. The notoriety of America’s ‘most haunted house’ has since spawned an entire industry of books and documentaries, not to mention 11 Hollywood sequels and remakes.

But what really happened inside that house has remained hotly contested for years as the Lutzes — both in their 30s at the time — became embroiled in legal battles that reinforced the notion they were just in it for the money.
Skeptics immediately cast doubt on the story, and it emerged Mr Lutz, a land surveyor, couldn’t really afford the house, even at its knockdown price of $80,000. Perhaps they had fled the property for reasons other than evil spirits.

The suspicions seemed confirmed when, just before the 1979 film came out, local lawyer William Weber claimed he had dreamt up the story with the Lutz’s ‘over many bottles of wine’. The lawyer had defended 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo, who had shot dead his parents and four younger siblings in the same house 13 months before the Lutz’s arrived. DeFeo, who was jailed for life, claimed he had heard them plotting to kill him. The murders were thought to have been committed at around 3.15am.

Weber — who had fallen out with the Lutz’s over money — claimed he had passed detailed information about the murders to the couple who then weaved it into their fantasy account — in which, for instance, the neighbor’s cat became a pig-like demon that left cloven hoof prints in the snow. But the couple always stuck to their story, even if they conceded that some details had been exaggerated or invented by the media.

Take the ‘red room’, for example — a small, red painted room, around 4ft-by-5ft, that George Lutz discovered behind shelving in the basement. The room was not mentioned in the building plans and the Lutz’s labrador cross breed, Harry, refused to go near it, cowering in fear. But previous tenants insisted it had simply been used for storage.

Nor did the Lutzes take what might have seemed obvious steps to verify their story. For example, they never took samples of the mysterious, gelatinous green slime that apparently oozed from the walls and through the keyhole of the playroom door in the attic. Yet, inconveniently for the cynics, George and Kathy both passed a lie detector test.

The couple later divorced, with Kathleen dying in 2004 and her ex-husband two years later. But the controversy has now been given new life by the re-emergence of Daniel Lutz.

A clearly troubled individual, he left home at 15, spending some time living homeless in America’s south-west.
Estranged from his wife and two grown-up children, he now lives in Queens, New York, where he works as a stonemason. His side of the story would probably have remained secret had a friend not contacted a young film-maker, Eric Walter, who had set up a website devoted to the Amityville saga.

He persuaded the reclusive Lutz to speak in a new documentary, My Amityville Horror. And given how much he says he loathed his late step-father, a domineering ex-marine who Daniel says would beat the children with a wooden spoon, one might expect him to want to rubbish George Lutz’s tale of demonic possession.

But instead he insists it was substantially true, even down to being levitated in his bed and seeing a demonic figure in his little sister’s bedroom.

‘I just wanted somebody to believe me. It has been in my dreams my whole life,’ he said, his expression looking tortured as tears welled in his eyes. But then, he is asking us to believe a lot. The father of the family George, played here by James Brolin, dabbled in the supernatural. He recalled seeing his step-father’s bookshelves lined with titles on Satanism and magic. And he even claimed he saw George Lutz move a spanner telekinetically in his garage — before the family ever moved to Amityville.

‘George’s beliefs and practices triggered what was going on in the house,’ he said, his voice shaking. ‘It was like a magic trick gone bad that you couldn’t shut off.’

Daniel Lutz, whose real father had died, said he started feeling uneasy about the Amityville house within two hours of moving in. Taking a box upstairs to their playroom he found it swarming with flies. He swatted a hundred but, after fetching his mother, discovered the dead flies had all gone. ‘That’s when my confusion started,’ he said.

He said he still dreams of the family dog ‘going ballistic’, almost throttling itself with its lead trying to jump out of its outdoor pen as the nearby garage door took on a life of its own.

‘The entire family was standing there, watching that garage door slam up and slam down, and slam up and slam down,’ he says.

He also recalled how he and his stepfather were returning from shutting the garage when they looked up at his five-year-old sister’s bedroom window and saw what Daniel described as a ‘cartoon character of an angry pig with wolf-like teeth and laser beam red eyes’.

He said he ran up to the room and discovered an empty rocking chair rocking back and forth.

On another occasion, as his mother was treating his injured hand after a window had mysteriously crashed down on it, Daniel described an invisible spirit entering the kitchen, knocking over a knife and sitting at the table, making an impression in the padded vinyl seat.

George Lutz recounted how, on the last night the family spent in the house, his wife’s face temporarily transformed into that of an ‘old crone’ and she later levitated off the bed.

Daniel, who shared a bedroom with his brother, Christopher, claimed that that night they also ‘shared a levitation experience’ in their beds — ‘we both woke up with our footboards smashing each other and banging off the ceiling’.

Pursued by the media as their story emerged, the family briefly went into hiding, but eventually moved to California. The documentary makers unearthed various reporters, psychic investigators and paranormal specialists who descended on the house for a seance after the story broke, and who are still buzzing with theories.

Some clearly sympathise with Daniel Lutz’s view of his stepfather as a man who dabbled in the occult and paid the price; some wonder whether his stories of supernatural torment hide a more conventional tale of domestic abuse.

For the Amityville sceptics, Lutz’s passion for the occult may be the solution they are looking for, one that even explains why the couple managed to pass a lie detector test.

For if the domineering head of the household already believed in telekinesis and the powers of darkness before they moved into a house that had just been the scene of a mass murder, it’s not a stretch to assume he and his family might be susceptible to supernatural explanations for mundane occurrences.

It’s what psychologists call the power of suggestion. Alternatively, Daniel Lutz could just be recalling exactly what happened.

Certainly Daniel — who declined all approaches for further interviews — has no plans to make any financial gain out of any of this.

Eric Walter, the new documentary’s director, is a skeptic but added that he doesn’t believe ‘a family would abandon everything and flee unless they were genuinely scared’.

He thinks something paranormal might well have happened to the family but, knowing they were in the house where a mass murder occurred, they ‘fed into it by scaring themselves?.?.?.?and of course, later they saw how popular their story was and became more open to making money from it’.

Down on Ocean Avenue, where Daniel Lutz’s old home changed hands for $950,000 a few years ago, the house has a different street number and its famously malevolent-looking quarter-moon windows, which gave it the appearance of a face, have been replaced to distract attention, especially on Halloween.

But the owners may as well ask the nearby Atlantic Ocean to recede than to expect the gawkers not to seek them out. True or outrageous hoax, the Amityville Horror is just too chilling a yarn to be allowed to slip from our imagination.

 

So, as if the story as we knew it wasn’t terrifying enough, now there are even more details to ponder. But the fact is Amityville is a bloody little piece of ground. Remember those Indians that we talked about? Well there’s actually more to the story, I’ll give you the readers digest version. A massive Indian massacre took place just a mile and a half from where the Amityville house sits. When the dutch moved in they didn’t have the troops or apparently the balls to take on the local tribe so they hired an Englishman named Captain John Underhill to do their dirty work. Well Underhill takes his men out and at the end of the day 120+ of the local tribe were slaughtered.

Underhill and his men collected the corpses of the Indians and threw them in a heap on the peak of the hill, and then sat down on the foot of the heap to eat. When this part of the county came to be settled, the highway across the neck passed directly over the spot where, it was said, the heap of Indians lay, and the earth in that spot was remarkably different from the ground around it, it was strongly tinged with a reddish cast, which the old people said was caused by the blood of the Indians.” To take it a step further, remaining heirs of the tribe saw that the body of their Chief, Takapausha, was buried standing up. The local legend said that because of the horrors inflicted on his people, Takapausha is out to seek revenge and possesses people to kill them.

Amityville also has a rather long history of witches, and of course witch trials. I don’t know which is worse, having had settlements based in the dark arts or having had the witch trials where some folks were allegedly burned at the stake only afterwards to find out that the accusers were lying. Neither scenario is good but here in Amityville, history suggests both went down. In fact there’s a lot of folks that have been touched by the evil that lurks in Amityville, ever hear that Al Capone was a local there at one time too? yeah, check out this shit:

It has been an old legend in Suffolk County, NY that Al Capone “sold his soul” to the devil while living in Amityville. Capone came to the Amityville waterfront to help set up the bootlegging operation. The southern coast of Long Island was called “Rum Row” and was the main entry point of illegal alcohol into America. Amityville was situated, on the south shore, and was a perfect location to set up shop, it became Capone’s main source of liquor.

Capone, while in Amityville went from being a 20 year old complete nobody, to becoming rich and famous overnight. He immediately, in some people’s words, “Owned Chicago” which was America’s 2nd largest city. Many people in Suffolk County thought his instant rise was strange, which was the source of the “Sold his soul” legend.

Al Capone committed massacres that put Ron DeFeo’s madness to shame. Bodies, blood, and guts filled the streets of Chicago after he arrived. He was known to say “Kill Them!” over and over. It wasn’t just killing though, Al was into torturing his victims. Many of the patrons and musicians who drank the liquor supplied by Capone suffered from side effects from the poisonous brews such as blindness, insanity, and even death in some instances.

It is well known that he started going crazy during the late 1920s. Most accounts blame it on Syphilis but Capone swore he was being tormented by demons. Folks ignored him because they thought he was insane. The Capone family never confirmed that Al had syphilis. Rumor stated that he supposedly contracted it when he was a young man, but how come his wife never got it?

Capone certainly believed that he was haunted during his final years on earth. “Jake ‘Greasy Thumb’ Guzik, who was running the mob in Capone’s absence, was asked by a reporter if Capone would take over control again after his release. ‘Al, ‘ said Guzik, ‘is nuttier than a fruitcake. He added that there were many times when Capone’s employees would hear him begging for the ghost to leave him in peace… and this was in his lucid pre-Alcatraz days.” Just like George Lutz, Al Capone claimed whatever was tormenting him followed him to California.

In 1931 he called for help from a then well known psychic Alice Britt to get rid of the ghost…. in 1931, years before the ravages of the disease would effect his mind?”

While in Alcatraz, Capone claimed he was tormented by voices at night… He could be heard begging for whatever the thing in his cell was to leave him alone. Al spent the last year of his sentence in the hospital section, until he was released in November of 1939. Other inmates claimed that they to were experiencing strange phenomenon as well. On one occasion, an inmate was locked in the hole for violating prison rules. Seconds after the door was closed, he began to scream in terror that someone was in the cell with him… someone with glowing red eyes. The guards thought it was a prank, and left the prisoner to endure whatever tortures awaited.

Al Capone’s story is classic Amityville. He arrives in Amityville, spends some time on Ocean Ave., becomes extremely violent, goes crazy insane, commits massacres, and claims he is being tormented by supernatural forces, and even that this supernatural force follows him out to California. There were also claims of glowing red eyes!

So, there’s been a shit ton of madness that either happened in Amityville or directly as a result of someone that stayed there in close proximity to the horror house itself. and from what I see, there is still some crazy shit going on over there, did you hear about this?

There was this woman who started acting like she was insane, she starts talking about demons, then stuck her children in boiling water and strangled them. This occurred in Amityville, just a short walk from the Amityville Cemetery.

Debra Robertson, a 31-year-old woman from the village of Amityville, was found by police making the sign of the cross over the bodies of her six-year-old daughter Delvin King and five-year-old son Melvin King, who lay dead on a couch. Her infant son slept unharmed in a bedroom. Robertson had scalded the children by immersing them in boiling water. They could have been suffocated or drowned, but the cause of death was to be determined by autopsy. She said she had snapped because the apartment was possessed by demons. Ironically, Robertson lived less than a mile away, from the Amityville horror house.

 

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