Archive for October, 2013

Jacksonville, Florida, is home to an odd brown, brick school infamously known as the ‘Devil’s School’. It’s original and official name is/was Duval Country’s public school No 4. The hauntings allegedly began when a furnace exploded back in the 1960’s, it killed half the students, some faculty members and the janitor.

It was said it’s victims were very active in their haunts, teachers refused to work there and it was forced to shut for a brief time. A priest was called in to exorcise demonic presences but that wasn’t enough, and it seems to have secured it’s grizzly place in history.

The principal was a cannibal, if students fell asleep in class they were sent to him and never seen again.  He had a closet in the office he had converted into meat lockers.

Let’s not forget the janitor, a janitor supposedly went on a rampage and slaughtered a number of children.

In reality what can be found out is that it has had more than one name, it was a vacant building that could be used by local transients and kids would hold “initiation” rights there for their various clubs.

A fire did occur, in 1995, most likely due to it’s homeless visitors and not due to anything paranormal. There seem to be no documents to support the deaths, or strange occurrences, just a lost of hearsay. It’s been marked for destruction as part of a local development plan. I put this one down as a series of local tales and urban legends.

A 16th Century playwright, William Shakespeare, is a famous and common house-hold name. A conspiracy theory suggests that his work was written by someone else.

He was born the son of a glovemaker in 1564, he married and had three children. He went to London after 1585, he was the co-founder of the Globe Theatre and retired to Stratford, where he died rich and successful in 1616.

Francis Bacon was put forward as his real identity. In the 1920’s it was suggested that it might be Bacon by Edward Vere (Earl of Oxford) and in the 1950’s by William Stromley (Earl of Derby), another suggestion for his true identity was Christopher Marlowe.

The suggestion for the hidden writer was that due to his background he may have lacked the education and experience to portray the intricacies of the plays he wrote.

In 1976, London’s star actor, John Kemble presented a ‘new’ play by Shakespeare. It was titled ‘Vortigern and Rowena’ but was written by a 17 year-old faker, William Henry Ireland. Kemble suspected it’s authenticity, it closed on its opening night. It seems that Ireland was undeterred by the revelation and wrote under both his own name and that of Shakespeare’s anyway.

Crop circles hoaxed or possibly those still unclaimed for are another phenomenon with a wide and varied history. They are also quite artistic in my opinion and so worth a mention on the blog.

Crop Circles are geometric patterns, they can be fairly simple or quite intricate. They are best viewed from the air, they were first seen in fields as early as the 1970’s.

There was a significant amount noted that many were found in the ritual landscape of England. They were close to Stonehenge and Avebury, and also some others were notably reported in Indonesia and Australia.

In the 1980’s meteorologists speculated that freak winds could flatten crops, by some sort of ‘vortex action’. Another theory had been put forward that it was the Earth talking to us, a mysterious “earth force”.

Doug Bower and Dave Chorley claimed that they started making them in England, 1978. They went on to create over 200, since the 1980’s and there have also been crop circle competitions alongside some TV documentaries that explained how to make them.

 

The simplest way is a wooden board to flatten the stalks, get a farmers permission, and a rope to use as the anchor to keep the circle.

There are however still reports of strange things, such as radiation in the area, bizarre burn marks on the crop stalks and reports of Men In Black showing an interest.

From the 1920’s onwards, stories has been told from North America (and Canada) of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch which is a giant 6-10 foot tall humanoid with shaggy hair, and a repulsive smell.

A miner claimed to have been abdusted by one another man said his group were attacked by an ape-man. The stories were dismissed as hoaxes.

Hoaxes about this seem to come up fairly regularly. In 1958 paw-prints were found at Bluff Creek but were made by wooden feet. A famous film from 1967, by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin showed what looked like a hairy female humanoid that rushed off into the woods. Was it a genuine cryptid, unknown animal or a hoax?

Raymond Patterson (1918-2002) was a big-foot hunter and his friend, Bob Heironimus, claimed it was a hoax as he was the man in the suit. Patterson and Gimli refused to retract the claim as valid footage and the debate goes on.

In 1973 in Illinois a couple parked up were scared out of their wits and described the creature they saw much like that of a Sasquatch. With slime-dripping from it’s body and a foul stench.

In 2008 a Youtube video surfaced that claimed to show a dead Bigfoot, it was found in Georgia. TV networks clustered around the freezer containing the corpse but it turned out to be another hoax, with a hollow head and rubber feet.

The search continues.

The Silverpilen is the nickname of a metro train that features in several urban legends. “The Silver Arrow” is a Swedish Metro Train and is most likely an aluminium model C5 car which was never painted into the standard green from the 1960’s. These trains were in production from the mid 60’s up until 1996.

The train was likely used as a back-up train, and possibly for the use of relieving the rush hour traffic. The inside of the train’s often had graffiti or partially destroyed adverts along with flecks of pain. The train may well not have been seen that often by the regular passengers from Stockholm. If a tired traveller (maybe even a drunk one) had seen this unpainted train and recalled the event to someone it would seem like a bizarre occurrence in potential.

The ghostly train’s stories have been retold in a few formats, some stories recount that it is only seen in abandoned tunnels by subway workers. Others reported it was seen going through the stations at high speed, and some reports are that the train would occasionally stop and collect passengers who were never seen again, however if they were it could be that they were dropped off days, weeks, months or even years later.

A station cited as a possible Silverpilen area is Kymlinge. There has been a lengthy history of the area being used and is now a large recreational park. The Metro Station building was never used, in 1975 the line was opened but the station never used. The project has been put off indefinitely.

 

Yes you heard it I have been here three whole years! *has a party*