Posts Tagged ‘2006’

New Jersey was somewhere I didn’t visit too much, I pretty much saw the airport and a Walmart if I am honest but I wouldn’t be so sure that wasn’t a good thing given the tales of the roads “in them there parts”. Clinton Road is one of those, it is in West Milford, Passaic County and begins near Route 23 towards it’s end at Upper Greenwood Lake. It has many legends attached to it and some are quite easily explained away but that’s not the only reason I picked it of course.

So what do we have to enjoy for a leisurely drive? Well there aren’t a great many houses down it’s 10km stretch and the road itself reportedly receives little maintenance, unless necessary. It’s got a terrible traffic light system, which if you are caught at the wrong time can leave you with up to a five minute wait! I hate being caught 30 seconds let alone that long. It takes its name from a now vanished settlement, Clinton.

The Ghost Boy at the bridge is one of the many legends attached to the stretch of road, one of the bridges saw a young boy drowned and if you put your coin in the middle where the yellow lines are you can have it returned to you by his ghost. In other variations the story has the boy pushing you over the bridge. If you don’t fancy your chances with that you can try discussing the ghostly car that drives that way, if you are talking about a car crash in 1988 where a girl lost her life, you should see a Camaro or perhaps if you are unlucky you might find yourself being driven off the road by a ghost truck.

So I’ve given you some ghosts how about Hellhounds? Well alongside those there have been tales of monkeys being spotted, and hybrid creatures but some of them are also believed to be the survivors of an old attraction called Jungle Habitat, it closed in 1976 but there are rumours some animals escaped and have in turn managed to crossbreed.

Cross Castle no longer stands, but the foundations are still there. Richard Cross built the castle on high land near the Reservoir for his wife and their three children in 1905. Later in the century it fell to ruin after a fire and became a popular local attraction for hikers or teenagers wanting an out of the way place for a party.  It’s been rumoured to be a place of satanic worship and sacrifice, WeirdNJ reported that people had claimed to have suffered seizures whilst there, and other things such as writings on the walls. Either way the Newark water department had the place razed in 1988 and hiking trails to the foundations remain even if the walls do not.

Have I given you curious people enough yet? No? Okay well how about the Iceman?

May 1983 a bicyclist was heading down the road and spotted vultures having a feast in the nearby woods, when he checked it out he found a dead body. An autopsy on the body showed it was foul play but more puzzling they found ice crystals in his blood near his heart, his interior organs showed a slower rate of decay than the outside flesh. It was thought that someone had tried to freeze him after death to try and mislead investigators.

Investigations led the authorities to someone living near Rockland County, New York and ultimately led to the arrest of Richard Kulinski in 1986, he was a contract killer for the mob, he lays claim to over 100 kills in his time and treated their bodies in that manner, it led to him being given the nickname The Iceman. He pled guilty to five murders and died in March 2006.

WeirdNJ Article 

July 1947, for alien conspiracy claims this is the cracker!

A rancher found metal debris on the ground outside his place in Roswell, New Mexico. America was gripped in ‘flying saucer fever’, the claims were rapidly dismissed by officials as debris from a weather balloon in an accident.

But the alien craft and bodies had supposedly already been taken away, witnesses spoke of holes in the desert grounds, of covert ops to bring the ship down to ground and then in 1995 the mysterious Roswell autopsy video surfaced. The video shows the supposed ‘grey’ alien being autopsied. There are enough video’s around about the debunk vs authenticity that you can probably google a fair whack in a night.

Despite the US Air Force still stating that it was a weather balloon the rumours carry on to this day.

In 2006 the video was finally proven to be a hoax, the video was made by Ray Sentilli who was a London-based video maker. He admitted that it was a reconstruction of a video that he claimed originally existed however that was lost, he stated that there were a few of the original films in survival however they don’t seem to have been brought forwards for checking.

If you are looking for a comedic look at this with some terribly English humour, then Alien Autopsy is a good light relief film.

A fictionalized version of the creation of the footage and its release was retold in the comedy film Alien Autopsy (2006).

No I haven’t sneezed! It’s the name of a ship that floated around for over 30 years, and could be attributed to a ghost ship legend.

It was a steel 1,322 ton cargo steamer from 1914 that was owned y Hudson’s Bay Company and was used for trade. She was abandoned in 1931 and then seen numerous times until the last reported sighting in 1969.

1st October 1931 the ship ran into trouble when she got trapped in ice. The crew abandoned the ship and got a half-mile away to a town called Barrow. She loosened up and two days later they set off, but by October 8th she was stuck again and on the 15th the company sent aircraft to retrieve 22 of the crew. 15 stayed behind intending to wait out the winter until she freed up, and made a wooden shelter some distance away.

November came and on the 24th a powerful blizzard struck, there were no signs of the ship and the skipper determined she had broken up in the storm. A few days later however they were informed by an inuit that they had seen her, the 15 men then found her and deciding it was unlikely she would last the winter they took the most valuable furs and they were transported back by air.

She did not sink however and there were sightings of her but unfortunately each time they were either unable to get to her due to bad weather or not well enough equipped to perform a salvage operation. The last sighting was from a group of Inuit 38 years after she had been abandoned. She had been stuck fast in ice but then never seen again.

She had been boarded in March 1933 by a group of Eskimo’s who stayed there for ten days due to a freak storm. In 1969 she was last sited and then in 2006 a project was launched by the Alaskan Government to try and find her.  As of yet she remains not found.

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Well I’ve talked about how to find one, and how they come about but really are there any ways to stop these fanged annoyances nomming on you in the night? Apparently there might be.

Garlic is not just good to keep the flies away but a potentially wonderful way to avoid loosing a couple of pints of the red stuff or even mustard seeds on the roof. Not everyone is a fan of the smell though so if you think it will keep your genuine house guests away they don’t really like consecrated grounds, some are adverse to running water so perhaps a moat around the bungalow will help?

Whilst apparently rather good looking and sexy in many tales, they don’t all get the luxury of a reflection and mirrors might even cause them to stay away too. Personally if I look like a nightmare after one nights sleep I can imagine that has little to do with the lack of reflection…

Another one that you might like is that in many traditions the vampire can only enter if invited. Don’t make the mistake of letting someone in without testing, though if they come armed with straight-jackets you might want to be careful about how you test them. And also don’t be fooled that they only come out at night, there’s no written lore to say
this is always the case.

Vampire Hunting

On to the fun part! How do you take them out? Well stakes through the heart seem popular, pretty effective on the living too I’d say. Other reports have suggested a stake through the mouth too but this seems more prevalent in Russia and Northern Germany. For a comedy image you can “deflate” the vampire by piercing the chest, I quite like the idea of them going into Theme Hospital with this. It reminds me of the Floaty Head syndrome where they popped their head with a pin.

A sure fire method appears to be decapitation, you can bury the head between their feet, or behind the buttocks (don’t ask I have no idea). There’s also spiking them into the coffin as another way to stop them rising.

A fantastic find in Venice, 2006, was discovered in a 16th Century burial where a brick was forced into the mouth of a female corpse. It is attributed to a possible vampire slaying.

There are a series of varying vampire hunting kits that have floated around, some are well made fakes, others rather modernised. E-bay can sometimes find you a kit for a few hundred to a few thousand pounds depending on your hunter budget. (I guess I’ll just have to accept my lot!)