Posts Tagged ‘Brazil’

In 1974 the Joelma building in São Paulo, Brazil caught fire and took a tragic 189 lives along with it. The legend seems to have gone on for a long time before the final days of the building, a 400 year legacy surrounds the land and a legend of 13 cursed souls of Jesuit colonists starts it, but 13 saints arriving later on seems to have ended it.

In 1554 the founding of São Paulo was started with Vasco da Gama and his Portuguese invaders, 12 priests and their altar boy founded the Jesuit College and they were cursed by the local tribe. They were cursed to take the lives of their fellow Christians who dared to live on the land.

On the area was a house for a chemist, Paul Campbell, he lived with his own family and extended family. He was a respected chemist and one day he returned home with a gun in hand, killing the household before burying them in a pit in the back of the garden and then turned the gun on himself. Murder-suicide, and 12 dead and the curse of the thirteen claimed a fire-fighter who caught an infection from one of the corpses and died the next day.

For 25 years that property and it’s land remained vacant until the construction of the Joelma building. The address name was changed, but still witnesses spoke about odd disturbances in the building. Even in 1972 it seemed that no one was at rest.

In 1974 an electrical fire engulfed the building, it killed 189 people and hospitalised 343. Strangely there were 13 victims that no one could identify or witness as being in the building prior to it’s outbreak. The thirteen people were in an elevator that would have reached up to 700 degrees at the time, yes that is roasting people level, and yet strangely all 13 of them emerged as a group. They did however died once outside from smoke inhalation, strangely thought it seems that the number 13 came around enough times to keep the original story in the recollection.

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20th August 1966, two Brazilian men died, Manod Pereira de Cruz and Miguel José Viana. On that afternoon a young man was flying his kite and reported the bodies he found to the police, the police managed to get out there the next day.

The bodies were in a strange condition both lay beside each other slightly covered by the grass. They wore formal suits, they had a lead eye mask and a waterproof coat on each. There were no signs of violence or trauma, beside them the police found an empty bottle of water and a packet with two wet towels inside. The police also found a notebook with cryptic instructions, the translation being:

16:30 be at the agreed place. 18:30 swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals, wait for mask signal.

The men were two electronic technicians and an investigation attempted to reconstruct the events.

17th August, Cruz and Viana left their city saying they needed materials for work. They got the bus to Niterói and evidence suggests the coats and water were brought there. When the water was brought at the bar the waitress said Viana seemed very nervous and he kept checking his watch. It’s the last time they were seen alive.

By the time an autopsy was conducted the internal organs were too decomposed for toxicology, three men in total around the area have been found with those lead masks. One was found four years later on a hill near the original site. All three were technicians and part of the same group ‘Scientific Spiritualists’ and it seems they may have built a machine that exploded but there was nothing about the injuries mentioned so again I cannot be sure about that score. However it seems the most likely explanation would be a drugs overdose and yet we will never likely be told the full story.

Here is a wonderful Skeptoid Episode on the matter.

Manoel Pereira da Cruz e Miguel José Viana

A Brazillian legend of a rich woman from a dutch  background. She lived in the 19th Century, in Sao Lúis, who became well known because of her cruelty.  Because of her cruelty God refused her soul into Heaven and condemned her to wander the streets in a mythical carriage.

It is led by a headless slave, and pulled by beheaded horses that are there to scare the passers by.

Ana Jansen rose to power via marriage to powerful men, who then ended up dead. She would cruelly make slaves lay in mud to walk over them or throw them into spiked pits as just examples.

Click here – has a blog entry that puts forward a local’s theory on the carriage.  Perhaps the ghostly tale is due to an invention so smugglers could keep people in at nights. It would certainly make moving goods around easier.