Archive for the ‘Urban Legend’ Category

Willowbrook State School, it was constructed in 1938 for the care of mentally handicapped children. In 9142 the building was converted into an army hospital then in 1947 it was named Willowbrook State School. In 1962 the hospital was pretty much a dumping ground for the poor mentally ill children, the place was for a 4000 occupancy and swelled to over 6000. the conditions were horrific for the children and with severe under-staffing the conditions could only worsen.

1963-1966 they were conducting medical studies on children, these poor things were infected with hepatitis, some of these occurred by them being fed the stool of another child. I’m sorry I can’t see how that is a medical study, it just seems cruel and gross.

In 1971 cuts for funding escalated the problems, the local media soon got wind. Once the exposure came so did the lawsuits, 1983 they planned closure, the last child left in 1987. In that year Andre Round, who had worked there, killed and buried Jennifer Schwieger on the abandoned grounds.

From the buildings tragic tale come stories of ghosts, satanic worship and people being followed by dark figures. It is of course possible that when you are being followed by mysterious dark figures, they are homeless people wondering what on earth other people see in the place…

Bedell Ghost, Staten Island’s avenue has the tale that if you go down the road at night with no lights on you can see a ghost hanging from the trees. The road was a dead end but has now opened up as where the mansions were built.

The consensus from sceptics and sensible folks is that it may well have been an optical illusion,. Or popularised from a small source and it escalated. I am sure that is more likely the case, with no reason for the hanging to be there and nothing to suggest a body was found it seems more likely to be a local urban legend.

Vanderbilt tomb it is located in the Moravian cemetery, Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the richest Americans of all time, donated 8 ½ acres to the cemetery. His son William Henry Vanderbilt then donated a further 4.

The tomb was constructed by William and designed by Richard Morris Hunt, a famous architect of the time. It was built between 1885 and 1886, and is three stories high. It is a replica of a Romanesque church in Artes, France. In the tomb is Cornelius and several family members.

The section that contains the tomb is closed off to the public by means of a large iron gate. The area has been said to have tragedy and accidents linked to it, a woman was killed there when she tried to open the gate and it fell on her. She was killed instantly. A man in a grey suit is also said to chase passers-by from the tomb, it may be that Cornelius is still protecting his resting place.

One widely reported occurrence seems to be that if you take a photograph in front of it, you may find that people are not in it that should be, or you have a random addition.

If you have visited or have any experiences to share please do.

 

Vanderbilt Mausoleum

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Page 69, Fodor’s Moscow & St Petersburg

Moscow’s metro is one of the deepest in the world, but below it, if you believe the Soviet Legend, is a second even deeper metro system, Metro 2. This metro was purportedly built for Stalin as a private line for top party officials. One of the lines supposedly led from the Kremlin to the Lubyanka, the home of the feared KGB.

1933, summer, and two men found a centuries old tunnel within sight of the Kremlin, excited that they might find Ivan the Terrible’s gold-covered books they found 5 skeletons and a rusted door they could not open. They didn’t dare let on what they had found during Stalin’s reign but when Mikhail Gorbechav came to power surviving engineer, Apollos Ivanov, recalled the tale.

It’s a good old-fashioned conspiracy dive, Metro 2 is the informal name for the secret underground system which parallels the public metro system in Moscow. It is theorised that it was built, or at least started, during the era of Joseph Stalin and codenamed D6 (Д-6) by the KGB.

The KGB (Комите́т Госуда́рственной Безопа́сности (КГБ)) was the main security agency for the Soviet Union, 1954-1991 until the breakup of the union. D6 is still rumoured to be operated by the Main Directorate of Special Programmes and Ministry of Defence.

In 1992 a journalist magazine called Yunost published a novel by Vladimir Eonik. It was called Преисподняя  (Preispodniaia or Abyss) and was sent in an Underground bunker in Moscow. The idea of the D6 project had been introduced to them via 20 years of collected papers and works on secret bunkers and an underground railway system that connected them.

Russian reporters have neither confirmed or denied the existence of D6, but there is supposedly evidence of it and when the Rossiya Hotel was demolished near the Kremlin a tunnel was found, providing another potential link into the conspiracy theory being more of a fact. Given that tunnels are all over major cities I’m not actually sure if this is to be counted as proof. So, let’s take a look into what we can find for further information.

1994, an exploration group “Diggers of the Underground Planet” claimed they’d found an entrance to the system, before that in 1991 the United States Department of Defence published a report ‘Military Forces in transition” that had a diagram of the system that was superimposed on a city map which was, it states, designed for 100,000 people.

Igor Maleshenko, the Deputy Director Broadcaster, gave an interview in 1992 with Time and discussed a similar project called Sofrino-2, he said that it has been built in case of a nuclear war but like many of the installations it was unusable. The age, deterioration and flooding had affected a great number of them.

2004, former advisor to Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Shevchenko confirmed that there was a secret in the Moscow Metro, however he said that the number of these things were greatly exaggerated. He then touched upon the subject again, “currently, the Kremlin subway cannot be called a transportation artery, and, as far as I know, for its continued operation it requires major repairs; for among other things there are a lot of underground utilities which will eventually decay.”

2008 – Mikhail Poltoranin, a minister under Boris Yelstin’s reign, confirmed an extensive network of tunnels for the purpose and mentioned Metro-2 directly.

Dimitry Gayev, ex-chief of the Moscow Metro felt that it would be of little surprise if it existed, in 2008 the head of the Moscow Metro, Svetlana Razina, also discussed that there had been recruiting for a service on secret routes and they required special clearance.

2007 ITAR-TASS stated “line of the Metro-2 has long been in the KGB office.”

Alexander Muzykantskiy was the former Head of Moscow’s Central Administrative District and spoke of a gigantic underground system. They had designed a place to ensure the stable operation of military and political operations during nuclear conflict, and for 91 years was kept as a highest state secret. I also think I will mention England tried to set up the same and I am sure it’s commonplace in many countries and not just Moscow.

Speaking of, the British Secret Intelligence Service also got a little information that was put out via defector. The former colonel of the KGB Oleeg Gordievsky said it was one of the main KGB secrets. The massive complex would likely never be shown to anyone, that huge underground city was not for the common eye.

A 2005 BBC article interviewed Eugine, who was 22 years old and a ‘digger’, they explore the underground spaces of Moscow and he relayed how a Russian reporter wrote about that secret network and was then questioned by the FSB (successor to the KGB). He was careful not to say how they got to their places and had a lot of images that they had collected as a group of diggers.

How has it been used in the media?

Well one of them favourite games uses it, I came across D6 in Metro 2033, a video game based on the series of books by Dimitry Glukhovsky. I’m 100% biased with my love of this nuclear survival and urban-ex nature of the game and in the book, it sends the main character, Artyom, to find the massive ‘bunker-like’ system. The existence is a legend amongst the underground dwellers of the Metro, and they reach one of the entrances located near Kievsaya Station. In the books D6 is only mentioned as Artyom does not go there himself.

Incidentally Metro, 2013, is a film set in the Moscow metro when a major leak sets off a pretty decent disaster movie. It has all the classic hallmarks of the type of film this genre holds and was fairly well received. My Russian understanding is minimal at best, but the plot was fairly simple to follow – spoiler alert below.

Rich man, c husband of wife and their daughter all end up trapped when the area floods. The old and busy tunnels become fatal for various reasons. Character (and a dog) all end up dying, trapped etc and you get some very good footage of the metro as this story goes on. It is clear that when travelling miles of these tunnels and seeing various entrances it would not be hard to believe that there is more than meets the eye, you get a similar feel when you go on the New York subway or the London Underground and so I think it is a subject for interested.
What do you think?

Jalopnik.com

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metro.ru/metro2/

globalsecurity.org

bbc.co.uk

Metro 2003, Dimitry Glukhovsky


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Cattle Mutilations are known as bovine excision, this subject refers mainly to cattle but other livestock and wild animals have been reported with similar conditions that would put them in this bracket, Often the animals put into this bracket have died with trauma that seems unusual such as missing organs or lack of blood.

In 1606 a case was recorded and is perhaps the first for this subject, it refers to sheep. It is recorded in the records of James I of England and records sheep had been slaughtered in London and around the shires nearby. It records how nothing but their tallow and some internal parts were missing, some conjecture was also made that fireworks could have been involved. Stalking the Herd: Unraveling the Cattle Mutilation Mystery – Christopher O’Brien is the source, via Wikipedia it is also noted that Charles Fort collected cases between the 19th and 20th Century.

9th September, 1967 saw Agnes King and her son, Harry, found their dead horse, Lady, who was only three years old. The horse had been skinned, de-fleshed and some cuts that king felt looked very precisely aimed. They noted that there was a medicinal smell, there was no blood on the scene and at the time the cause of death was not determined. “No Earthly Cause” and the press for some reason put it down as Snippy, not Lady. Snippy was a sire and you can go visit the website, snippy.com which goes into more detail. There are also comments on there about how it could be naturally explained so you can investigate a little more if you wish.

1975 saw a Democratic senator Floyd K Haskell approach the FBI to ask for help due to public concern over mutilations. His claim was that there had been 130 cases of animal mutilations in Colorado alone, there was further public concern that another 9 states reported more of them, the details can be found at the FBI Vault and again if you want to read up, you should. The FBI indicated that overall 8,000 mutilations in Colorado cost around a million dollars in damage.

In 1979, Sheriff Herb Marshall of Arkansas, USA, dealt with the event in Washington County, a little differently. Having gained a fresh cow corpse, he left it in a field and then watched it, for 48 hours he had it watched. It was observed that a series of natural events and entomology on a basic level provided them with similar results. The cow split open from gasses and flies/maggots would eat away at eyes, hips, anus and accessible soft tissue. It felt like it was case closed to Marshall. A Canadian study ten years later added natural scavengers to the list but pretty much agreed with his summons.

So, what should we be looking for in these cases? Well often it will appear that the animal has been drained of blood or there is no sign of blood in the area around their wounds. George E Onet, a doctor of veterinary microbiology, investigated and concluded that in these cases predatory animals would avoid the beast for several days after the death. He also observed that domestic animals would be ‘visibly agitated’ or even ‘fearful’ of that carcass.

Dr Howard Burgess, recorded the average ages were between four and five years old, 90% of his cases fit that range, this would put Lady out of that range.  (Alien Contact: top-secret UFO files revealed, Good Timothy).

Lady does fit the bill for the lack of tracks and any clues around the body. They noted that there were strange puncture holes in the ground and in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, 1976 found those as well. The conclusion was that the indentations came from a tripod. I found no conclusion about why these marks were involved.

Some, but not all, animals have shown either unusually high or low vitamins or minerals in their tissue samples. The samples were of chemicals not normally found in the animals either.

It seems to be that lab reports feedback some interesting points too, as an example it seems the time of death and decay were hard to pinpoint, just the knowledge of when the animal was last visibly seen then up until their discovery, again reference to this is in the FBI documents released.

1978 New Mexico, the death of an 11-month-old bill was found with what might be considered as classic signs. They sent samples off for testing and gave no conclusions or investigation why the heart was an unusual colour or texture, the second lab concluded did find the liver was devoid of copper and had four times the usual level of zing, potassium, and phosphorus but could not explain how or why it may have occurred.

In this case they had blood samples from the scene it was pink in colour and did not lot after several days. There was a note that the flesh was very brittle for an animal that had been dead around 5 hours and the flesh underneath was discoloured.

I also found a more recent case in Trinidad, Colorado, USA about cattle mutilations on Tom Millars farm and an investigator called Chuck Zukowski. Zukowski indeed the missing udders, tongue and that on one bovine the rib cage was separated from the back bone from a very serious impact. There had been two cows, one dead with the trauma already mentioned and a second one that had internal injuries, the injuries led to the animal being put down.

Both had gone missing and were then recovered in their state but the rancher noted the gully was not deep enough to have injured the animals that way, the deaths did not resemble animal attacks and could not see the dead animals condition being a result of scavengers either.

I found nearly all references related to sources for cases in the USA which makes me wonder, do aliens only want to test cows from there? Well no but it seems the phenomenon isn’t entirely all theirs and I did start with that London note.

Nick Redfern wrote a book which includes a 1985 case from Cannock Chase, it seems he found other animal mutilations I his book were quite often linked to occult sacrifice but he found one that might suggest something else. It was in the autumn that year and around 8,30pm, father and son were crossing a fairly large area of woodland to collect a motorbike. Driving along they went around a bend, coming to an area that had once been used by the military, about 100 feet away and up in the air was a large black triangular object with three lights on the underside.

The two men got out to look closer, reminder this is before smart-phones, and the object flew off without warning – prompting the man to race off and then once back in their car they raced home to Rugeley. They reported it to the police and the matter was going to rest there but then nearby in Penkridge a man was out in the early hours of the morning for a ‘duck-shoot’ and saw an object that flashed down a light beam towards a herd of cows in a nearby field.

The man was astonished to see that the beam aimed at them and he ran to his car to get his friend. The two ran back but the cows were fine and neither saw the strange object, had he witnessed and interrupted a cattle mutilation attempt?

So how/what causes this phenomenon and can it all be explained away?

The FBI had come under pressure to explain it and opened up ‘Operation Animal Mutilation’ in May, 1979. Rommel’s report was 297 pages long and cost $45,000 which centralised on the New Mexico events. It concluded that many of the results could be explained as a natural phenomenon. The report did conclude that some of the anomalies could not be concluded. Rommel conclude that the answer was down to normal predator and scavenger activity.

An ATF investigation concluded another investigation in New Mexico, they found some evidence that there were animals that had been tranquilised and treated with anti-coagulant but could not find out who was responsible or any motives.

So, if it is not natural or caused by humans who seem cruel what else can it be?

It it’s not just about cruelty but down to humans could it be cult activity? It suggests that the acts would be planned and the theory is supported by the idea that there is a lack of blood at the sites, the organs may have been removed for ritual needs and some think that they may even be aiming for some cattle with unborn they could extract.

At the height of this period during the 1970’s and 1980’s there was reason to attribute some of them to this, Jonestown and People’s Temple were in the news and TV evangelist Bob Larson spoke on his programmes to raise public awareness about it, no doubt adding fuel to the fire.

This was harder to investigate when so many animals were too far decayed to look at or had been given a natural cause of death for the cow’s demise.

There has also been rumour about government involvement with one going back to the 1985 case at Cannock Chase, already mentioned, the idea of it being that they might be testing an aircraft, or perhaps, as some might think, they may be testing diseases or viruses they might want to test about when they came into contact with human beings. I was unable to find more information that I could summarise with, there is a lot of information to wade through, can you help with anything you might know about this? Any reported illnesses or cases of this I can look at about humans getting sick after handling cattle mutilation cases?

In regards to another theory – Aliens/UFO involvement and that other worldly investigations are/have been conducted. It is the idea that they may be using them to gather information on living beings. A hypothesis exists that the UFO’s can collect the animals, investigate on their ships and then deposit the remains back down or conduct them very swiftly and leave with the parts they need for further analysis.

Other theories are that creatures like the Chupacabra might be involved. There are, simply put, a varying number of explanations and some might feel more reasonable over others but also that comes down to personal belief or experience.

Sources:

https://www.amazon.com/Stalking-Herd-Unraveling-Mutilation-mystery/dp/1939149061/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Wikipedia

Vault – FBI files archive

Skeptoid

Ufonut.com

Kdvr.com

Google

Fortean Times

 

(image – South Park Cows)

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The building is in a 60 story-high skyscraper in the Ikebukuro area of Tokyo, Japan. It’s main use now is for shopping and for entertainment and in 1978 when it was built it was the highest building in Asia.  It was surpassed in 1985 but for a while remained that tallest in the city. The building’s foundation is made of reinforced concrete and the lower segment of the building is reinforced concrete, with a steel skeleton. 

Sunshine 60 was built over the destroyed Sugamo Prison, it has been used to hold Senior Japanese war prisoners during the occupation. 23rd December, 1948 seven of the high-ranking officials were hanged. It was also the sight for the hanging of a Soviet spy called Richard Sorge and because of it’s former use there are rumours that it is haunted.  

 I saw there there were reports of chanting when there is no one there. loud bangs and knocks in places where they would not be expected, or of old spots that could not be explained. A tenant in one of the flats heard his daughter scream and ran to see fireballs over their heads. A few other phenomena have been reported but on writing this I could not find anything more specific.

Sunshine 60.JPG
By KakidaiOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

 

In Traverse City, Michigan, US there is the last of the Kirkbride style building which is one of four that were originally in Michigan. It was established in 1881, due to the demand for a third psychiatric unit at the time. In 1885 it opened with 43 patients, James Decker Munson was the superintendent from its opening until 1924. It was, at the time, one of the largest employers in the area.

Before the 1950’s and drugs, Munson advocated therapy, kindness, comfort and pleasure for rehabilitation and treatment. He forbade the use of restraints, such as straight jackets, and the idea of therapy via productive work was one thing that seemed key. 1910’s to 1930’s the farm there was even home to a world champion milk cow, Traverse Colantha Walker, her grave is at the end of the farm dirt trail and asylum route.

It was primarily for the service of the patients, needing psychiatric care but also expanded during the outbreak of TB, typhoid, influenza, polio and diphtheria. At some points in time it was used for the care of the elderly and drug rehabilitation. The asylum/hospital then carried on from 1926, into the 1950’s and a portrait of Dr Munson hangs out at the main lobby of Munson Medical Care.

The decline came like many during the 1950’s, most of the buildings were demolished in the 1970’s and in 1989 it closed with a loss of 200 jobs to the local community. In 2000 there was an agreement reached to secure and renovate the existing buildings. It seems that not all of the hospital could be saved but it is fortunate that some of it has been.

Searching around I found reference to a take about the Hippy Tree, if you walk around it in the ‘correct way’ you can find a portal to hell. Sounds fun for a random nonsensical urban legend.

Other than the usual stories of spooky noises, bangs and echoes I could find nothing worth on the paranormal scale. Again, if you can show me something worthwhile I’ll take a look.

Traverse City State Hospital postcard circa 1930.jpg
By Unknown author – postcard, Public Domain, Link