Archive for the ‘Conspiracy/Hoax’ Category

It is labelled as one of the most haunted places in South Korea, but the background may have more sadness to them over the stories of the paranormal. It, like many, carries the stories about doctors as mad as their patients. Supposedly a spate of mysterious deaths contributed to the closure of the institute.

The hospital has really been a victim of ‘fakelore’ which hasn’t done the local area any favours either. It is closed to the public and suffers from people breaking in due to vandalism.

The hospital was closed down mainly due to increased cost and demand on economical levels. Lack of money no doubt led to unsanitary conditions and there was a problem with the sewage disposal unit. The owner then went off the United States and left without doing any paperwork.

The Korean lack of money outside of the larger area often means that buildings are left abandoned. The run down areas and ghost stories then become a detriment to the area as they put off anyone new moving in.

It also promotes criminals to use these places as hideouts, and an example – whilst not Gonjiam – is from 2010 when Kim Gil-Tae killed a 13 year-old and hid out in an abandoned house in Pusan to avoid the police. It is not always just about ghost stories and ghost hunting, there are other issues that should be taken into consideration, especially when they seem made-up to the detriment of those around them.

A beautiful shot here!

Gonjiam Mental Hospital 곤지암 정신병원

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So its that time! Time to look at communication, specifically an old over-the-horizon radar system called the Duga from the former Soviet Union (Russia/Ukraine for the purposes of this article.) Over The Horizon (OTH) or Beyond The Horizon (BTH) are radar systems for long range use. Most were used in the 1950’s and 1960’s because they were early warning systems, just think about the Cold War and the idea of it being a necessity; the ones I am looking at here are the Duga system but they were used all over the world and still are, if modern reports online are correct. I am no expert so correct me where you can if I get things wrong.

The system operated from July 1976 up until December 1989, there were two deployed in Chernobyl and Chernihiv. Chernobyl is in the Ukraine and Chernihiv is Siberian. They were powerful and appeared without warning, sounding like a repetitive tapping on 10Hz, they became nicknamed by the listeners as the Russian Woodpecker.

They seemed to pop up pretty randomly and could interrupt legitimate broadcasting and all variations of stations. Complaints were sent in about them but I can’t imagine it being easy to prevent them. Some of the radio and television users began including blockers in the circuit to try and filter out interruption.

The first type of Duga was built in the Ukraine and did successfully detect rocket launchers from 2,500 kilometres. With its success they worked on the larger project. The first signal was picked up in 1976 and amatuer radio users gave it the name woodpecker, some people had reported it as early as 1963. Regardless of the date the Russian Woodpecker was traced back to the Soviet Union. The sources were found in Kiev, Minsk, Chernobyl, Gomel and Chernihiv but eventually narrowed down through speculation has been made that there was more than one transmitter. Wireless World, 1977 muses that along with the OTH system the Russians might be trying to utilise radar returns or another source that worked along side it, or around two or more spots.

I wondered if this was plausible or were we just putting more technical knowledge to that in retrospect or are we accepting that NATO might not have been entirely accurate? The NATO name for DUGA-1 is quoted as STEEL YARD, some sources also use STEELWORK. It is officially recorded name may well be different but not disclosed for security purposes.

Some points of interest are that they realised when listening that it was not used as a form of jamming because Moscow and pro-Soviet Stations were also caught by it, so it couldn’t be reliable enough for that. The signal used three repetition rates of 10Hz, 16Hz and 20Hz, but the most common was 10. They used a fairly wide bandwidth, usually 40Khz.

An attempt to stop the signals causing interruptions came along, one of the ways was tor try and use signals at the same pulsing rate, people formed a club called The Russian Woodpecker Hunting Club. The transmissions slowed down in the 1980’s by 1989 they had disappeared. This slow down and eventual end does coincide with the Cold War closing down, the official end being 8th December 1971 when the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Another factor in the close would be a further advancement in early warning systems, satellite systems are far more advanced and less likely to be affected by adverse weather.

The original Duga system was experimental and it lies outside of the Black Sea port of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. It was restored in 2002 after it was badly damaged by fire. As of October 2013 there is a possibility to visit the Ukrainian site via tour operators for Chernobyl who know how to get the correct paperwork.

For those who like modern reference here are some ways the Duga has been imported into modern media.

If, like me, you enjoy games like Metro Last Light or S.T.A.L.K.E.R then you may already know this… Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is a heavy feature in S.T.A.L.K.E.R and specifically around the nuclear accident. The Duga array is in Clear Sky after the main campaign game. It is in the fictional city of Limansk-13 you can see it and visit it in game. The ‘Brain Scorcher’, a military installation, is inspired by the idea that Duga-1 was used for mind-control.

Call of Duty:Black Ops the map ‘Grid’ is placed in Pripyat and the array can be seen in game there too.

A documentary by Chad Garcia looks into the Chernobyl disaster and the potential links to the structure. The documentary interviews people directly involved in the building and operation of the installation.

Alright so this is off my usual planned topic but seems to be of local interest so here we are..

There have been several of the “sky trumpets” phenomenon reported world wide, the main bulk of this started around 2012 when there was a sense of apocalypse mania in some movements. The first one seems to have come from Kiev but this has continued to crop up, hoaxed or otherwise, on a semi-irregular basis. So today I spotted a few articles trending and thought it was worth a note or two.

To me they are often explainable, I have even experienced one set first hand but to be honest at 4am and not having thought to grab a phone it is entirely anecdotal but we worked out the source. I will first explain my experience, then I will go into the rest from there. Indulge me!

It was around a year before the internet started reporting those sky trumpets/odd noises and we were happily laying in bed. We didn’t really think about it in terms of aliens or anything biblical, we just woke up and it was VERY annoying. The room was floodlit and yet the only thing opposite is was another home and a pallid yellow street-light. We got up and headed outside having flung on some clothes, we looked around. Our street was nothing spectacular but at the end of it was a train track.

Many people who stumble across this post may relate to this, after a while you forget trains are there, the noise becomes nothing of note and you don’t even notice them. The train was huge! It was so loud and the lights were so bright it took a moment to register. We headed to bed and 15 minutes later all was well.

There are deliberate attempts to fake the noises that people talk about but there are also situations where the location of the noise is not apparent.

The BBC link an article here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-40069751

The Express go for a far more sensational approach http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/784772/End-of-world-apocalyptical-trumpet-noise-Nottingham

So what exactly is going on? Well to be honest… I doubt a lot. Nottingham has a lot of industry, commerce and not that far away an airport. Some comments online suggest it could be a local power plant and some the Boots factory (Boots are a large chemist company) might have been the cause. I really love a good story but detest the overly sensationalised hype that these tabloids throw out. There’s no need. Genuinely interested people will read a more reputable source.

I hope you enjoy the article and my little story but I don’t think I will be waiting for the Rapture, I’ll be sat here feeling sorry for hard working factory people in the current heat!

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WKCR Hijacking is one of those incidents described as a Broadcast Signal Intrusion, like the Max Headroom Incident (I covered this in my June 2014 blog) and it seems unconfirmed but the story interested me. So here goes:

It was originally posted on 4chan where the original poster says that they came across an old recording made in 1994/1995 and that they never thought about copying it, then they found it again and decided to upload it digitally. The uploader says that it was from WKCR 89.9, among the posts there is the usual insults and trolling but there are other comments.

From the post I found myself listening to the upload, it is discordant and overlapping with various sounds. All together when combined the effect is pretty creepy and well not entirely pleasant on the ears, if like me you find high pitched squealing noises hard work on the ears.

So off I went to the internet having listening a few times, and here’s a summary of what I think are the best points.

Reddit – WKCR FM Columbia, New York is a college radio station, generally the idea behind this is that many think it was an arts project. It seems a worthy consideration and given their listings on the website, sounds quite fair.

It was compared to some other experimental artists and many comment that it does not feel like it was an old tape and converted over, purely down to the high quality of it. Some think it would be a little about how clean it was that made it a spurious claim and others countered this saying that you can clean tapes up to very good quality these days.

A comment I saw mentioned that a date in the audio was 1998. I listened to it quite a lot and did not manage to pick that out. Can you tell me if you do and where?

Some people think it might be an attempt at replicating artists like Diamanda Galás, she centered on things like AIDS, mental illness and despair as examples. I compared them, I thought she was interesting but this does not sound like something copying her work.

This is what I could make out – add corrections if you can. I have placed them in date order…

February 1985 – Frank Oppenheimer, brother of Robert. Husband of Jackie, their father of Micheal, our friend.

August 22nd 1985 [incoherent] Tulio. Sister of Millie, Margaret, Dominic and joe. Wife of William. Mother of Mary, Lisa and Billy.

July 4th 1987 Peter Dunwell, Son of Robert, Husband of Lisa

March 17th 1988, Edward McEllis (McNellis?) [Incoherent] Edward’s brother. William, June, Peggy father of Julie, Heart Attack.

April 1988 Rupert [incoherent]

October 1988 Morgan (Tunic?) father of Barbara, Husband of Elsie. Barbara’s dad. Kidney failure.

November 1988 John Byrne (Burn?) Son of John, brother of Catherine and Chris.

December 21st 1988 Barry Valentino, son of Barry Senior, brother of Scott, Mark and Lisa. And his friend, my friend.

May 1987 Henrietta Graham, Mother of [incoherent] my friend.

So is there any relevance? Well 22nd August 1985 was the date of an airways disaster. British Airtours Flight 28m. In total 55 people died as a result but I couldn’t find anything that listed those names and I think I would need the name of the diseased, I could not make that out.

I would also like to clarify that Frank Oppenheimer was not part of the Manhattan project as some of the sources suggest. Robert is mentioned but they are reading out the details about Frank, Frank died 3rd February 1985 and died at home, not as a result of a plane accident, so there is no link there.

Barry Valentino is listed and appears to be a victim of the Pan AM Flight 103, Lockerbie. There is a plane involved in this one.

So is it a creepy art project and a false claim of broadcast intrusion? At the moment I have to say yes, there is nothing specific enough here and I don’t really recognise what message they are trying to portray within the recording.

I am standing ready to be corrected.

 

So the first part is to point out that the term Red Room can mean two things, the term is a little ambiguous because of the deepweb and surface web.

A Red Room on the deepweb is usually hinted to be a live streaming site where for an expensive fee you can witness murder, rape and other atrocities that are illegal. They might also include live suicide streams and are effectively Pay Per View for things considered taboo. One which, fortunately, turned out to be a steaming pile of cows pat is the ISIS Red Room. 29th August, 2015 at midnight the side (not linked for obvious reasons, and I don’t do Tor links) said it would be streaming caught ISIS members that it planned to torture and ultimately kill them for viewing pleasure. They also added that it would be free.

So the site went down before the live tree, a video then goes up which is clearly awful and then looking on the site brought up an FBI Seizure notification. Yes, the red room that was, never was. Now on to the story I intended to go into.

The Red Room I am going to cover is about a flash animation game and urban legend, in the game two friends are talking about a pop-up that asks the computer user – Do you like Bob? – or a person’s name at any rate. The user then would try to close the pop-up but could not and it results in the death of the person at the computer.

The skeptical friend then goes off to look into this more, he ends up giving in on his quest, then continues along with his normal computer use. Inevitably the message pops up for the friend and he tries to close it, after several attempts the pop-up changes from “Do you like Jane?” etc to “Do you like red?”

The skeptical friend gets annoyed by this and keeps trying to close it down, he then finds that after a while and phrase changes it turns into “Do you like the Red Room?” With this final stage the computer becomes enveloped in names, the person’s name is on the list. The victim ends up committing suicide, coating the walls of their room in blood, hence Red Room.

I have myself played the little flash game that came with the urban legend and the character in the animation does indeed die after his name is added to the list. So… I am still here. Thank you, yes I was super brave… bazinga.

So far it’s a little light-hearted but there is a crime that has sadly been attached to the legend. 1st June, 2004 and Satomi Mitarai, 12 years old murdered a younger female classmate. Her murderer admitted to killing Mitarai over a comment that had been made on the internet. She brutally slashed at the victim and then calmly walked back to her classroom.

So what did this have to do with the Red Room? Well it is said that she had the Red Room game on her bookmark. To me that entire loose link to say it’s part of the Red Room curse is weak, she also had other links but it seems that it adds a level of loose ‘sinister’ by adding that to the tale. For me the Red Room on the deepweb and the Red Room game are different and so is the killing of an innocent student. For me I would say whilst I wrote about the game and the incident, keep them separate. One is a silly urban legend with a flash animation, the other is a tragic loss of life.

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