Posts Tagged ‘spirit’

Fan Man-Yee was a 23-year-old night-club hostess was kidnapped and tortured in Hong Kong; the events led to her eventual death and a morbid fascination in the case for any true crime enthusiast. The crime occurred March 7th, 1999 and caused a media storm around the world. Three men were convicted of manslaughter but because the exact cause of her death could not be determined even though it seems pretty clear that they were the arbiters of her demise.

Man-Yee was kidnapped by Chan Man-Lok, Leung Shing-Cho and Leung Wai-Lun, three members of the triad (gangsters). Before she met her husband, it was alleged that she had stolen the wallet of one of the gangs, the wallet belonged to Chan Man-Lok who was a drug lord and had around $4,000 inside. He made a plan to take her and use her as a sex worker, his plan to was make her work until she had paid him off but slowly that plan morphed into something far worse.

She was taken to apartment 31 Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong where she was held prisoner after Man-Lok hatched the plan with the other two people involved. The apartment was decorated with Hello Kitty products and that is where the murder earned its nickname. She was beaten daily and tortured over a debt of 20,000 Hong Kong dollars. Whilst they were enacting their terrible punishment on the poor woman the 34-year-old Man-Lok was dating a 13-year-old girl, she is noted as “Ah Fong” and she was pushed into witnessing and participating in the event. Ah Fong spoke about how she watched Man-Yee being hit around 50 times and she was encouraged to do it for fun.

They also found out further horrific acts had been perpetrated on the poor woman, they had forced her to consume human waste and had urinated in her mouth. This poor mother had been tortured by having melted straws and using hot melted plastic on the soles of her feet, Ah Fong admitted that she had taken part in those acts too. She was tired, beaten and endured far too much for anyone, I found this one a very hard read I have to admit. Following her death Fong suffered nightmares and was convinced that Man-Yee’s restless spirit was haunting her, she felt the only way to release herself of this was to go to the authorities. The teenage girl had gone to the police to report as both a witness and participant to the crime, it seems almost fantastical in nature and they were met with the unimaginable when they attended the apartment and found what was inside.

One-month later Man-Yee was dead and the investigation was not able to conclude if she had died because she had overdosed herself or they had administered them. The three men attempted to argue that she had died when she overdosed on methamphetamine but if it was an accident why wouldn’t they get help? Oh right… because she was dead and had been dismembered. When she died, they placed her corpse in the bathtub and then set to dismembering her with a saw. They tried to get rid of her remains and to stop her body decomposing and causing an obvious smell they cooked her remains on a stove, sometimes this was right beside where they were preparing their normal good.

Searching for her skull the authorities found that her skull had been stuffed into a giant Hello Kitty doll. Most of her body parts were discarded and only her skull, a tooth and some internal organs were retrieved.  They found a tooth there that belonged to her, they found her organs in bags partially decomposed and with the physical evidence they arrested the three men for the crime.

Ah Fong gained immunity from her crimes for selling the other three out, and the trial lasted six weeks. They admitted to preventing her from a lawful burial, a crime in Hong Kong but they did not admit to murder. Chan and Wai-Lun both pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and tried to minimise the actual events that had taken place. She had been known as a former drug user but her husband had told them that she had stopped using them years earlier when she had learned about being pregnant. The men were remorseless about the crime and there will be no review for parole for them for at least twenty years. It was revealed to have been one of the most gruesome crimes to have occurred in that territory.

In 2012 the building where it occurred was demolished, no one wanted to rent or buy the place and for good reason. The flat sat empty for years and people stopped buying any of the other apartments in the building as many believed her spirit was there haunting the place and eventually an investor had the building demolished.

 

OKAY I am off to watch cute kittens and puppies on the internet… sheesh!

Sources:

Ranker.com

The New York Times

Wikipedia

Youtube

ABC News

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Arundel Castle, Sussex in England is said to be a pretty active place, and even the first Earl of Arundel is said to remain there. The Earl originally built the castle and is said to still haunt the keep.

Another spirit there seems to have a tragic history, a woman struck with grief following a tragic love affair threw herself from one of the towers. Traditionally seen in white the young lady appears to re-enact the death, suggesting that perhaps she is more of a playback/residual haunt that occur on moonlit nights.

“Blue Man” also gets a mention here, he is seen in the library and has been reported since 1630’s. It is possible he is a cavalier due to the time period. Another curious spirit that is mentioned is a white owl-like bird, it is also considered to be some form of death omen for any Castle resident.

And where would any good castle in England be without some mention of a terrible dark affair? I bring you a servant that was beaten to death who now haunts the kitchen. He has been seen scrubbing pots and pants and in the area a footman back in 1958 spotted someone near the servants quarters after being assured he was alone, he followed the spectre to find that it disappeared when he got close.

Planning a trip over? Let me know if you ever do and what you see!

One of my favourite subjects is vampires. I have tried to hold off from making this yet another vampire blog but I can hardly ignore them now can I?

I’ll try to keep this set of posts to a minimum, there is so much to cover but I will just go through the bits I love the most and hope to get it out of my system and on to other weird, wacky or strange finds.

Vampires are recorded through many cultures and seem to have various  claimed roots. Romania is probably one of the most famous thanks to Bram Stoker’s Dracula but that’s not the only book, I would of course advise any enthusiast of non-sparkling vampires to get their fangs into it. Some of the most heightened panics of vampire hysteria led to beheaded corpses and staked bodies.

The romanticised version can most likely be traced back to John Polidori, The Vampyre, 1819 who gave the vampire a charismatic and sophisticated overhaul, Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel secured the vampire’s literary romance and passion creating a genre of horror that has brought the nightmares to many modern formats including gaming and television series.

A noted first appearance of the word vampire comes from the Oxford English Dictionary, 1734. They reported about a local practice in Europe of exhuming bodies and “killing vampires.” Quite often a trait of the vampire is that are revenants of evil beings, suicide victims, witches, or a possessed malevolent spirit in a corpse or by being bitten.

It is hard to make a single definition of what a vampire actually is but the biggest thing that seems to have followed them around is the desire to drink the life fluid, blood. Without blood the vampire cannot feed correctly and will whither away, though not necessarily die. Common denominators in the vampire’s appearance are a healthy, perhaps bloated, corpse that show recent blood drinking. Perhaps there was even blood escaping when the body was later exhumed, the teeth had developed to be sharper or even fangs (see previous posts about fangs) and the nails and hair had grown. It is worth noting that in many tales of this undead creature there are not always mentions of fangs.

Finding the vampire might lead you to need a virgin stallion (black or white depending on the area) to lead around the graveyard. If it shies you know you are on the right spot. Hole around a grave might show signs of a vampire (or mole infestation in my view), perhaps the livestock keep dying off and if you are not in goatsucker territory you might consider a vampire. Oh and if your vampire is of the fanged variety I would suggest a regular check for bite marks.

Creating a vampire.

Again there seems to be no generic way, which is probably a good thing for any writers out there. Perhaps an animal jumped over the corpse, a body was left along with untreated wounds, people who have come back from beyond and taken a new body (I’d prefer a living sample to possess thanks). Another is that the vampire forces it’s blood into a living victim (and of course it’s bound to be a sexy virgin).

There are of course attempts that can be made to prevent the terrible curse of blood drinking immortality, ranging from burying someone upside down to pre-staking them just in case. Earthly objects can be put into the mouth, though I suspect that would be better placed with the idea of paying to cross the River Styx than to worry about vampires.

One I do like is the idea that a vampire is suddenly imbued with a supernatural OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) so putting rice or poppy seeds on the floor would force them to be distracted into counting them until they could be despatched after the confirmation of their being. This one seems more common place in Indian, Southern American and Chinese myths.

 

 

Sir Richard Francis Burton

A British explorer, translator, writer, soldier and so very much more. He had an amazing life in reality. He has a great history which you can easily get from a google search but the bit I liked was his grave.

Burton died in Trieste in the early hours of the morning of the 20th October 1890, he had suffered a heart attack. His wife never recovered from the loss and after his death it is reported that she burned many of his papers.

One of those she burned was a book due to be published “The Scented Garden”, Isabel claimed her actions were guided by her husbands spirit but others condemned the actions.

The tomb is remarkable, it is in the shape of a Bedouin tent at Mortlake in Southwest London.

Find A Grave Entry 

There’s several arguments floating around about this and I’m not going to pick a side, where is the fun in that anyway? It’s for other people to decide what they believe after all.

So what is EVP? Some believe that they are the voices of the dead talking back in a format where we cannot always hear it in the natural scope. Some feel that it is a way to communicate with lost/angry spirits.

Others feel that it is simply a case of Apophenia, our brains fill in the noises to sound like something, we want to make something from a series of noises and random patterns.  Pareidolia is one of the most cited arguments about this being the case.

Photography and sound have been part of the study of the afterlife for seemingly as long as they have existed. Human beings are desperate to hear and see proof that this is not the end, religion is not the way to sate the mind, for so many now scientific proof over faith is the only way forwards.

Electronic Voice Phenomena may be the brain filling in the bits we want to hear, but how is it then some people use this by asking questions and seemingly getting relevant answers, names, facts or findings they can later go on to verify? Was it a big set up from the start or proof that a spirit is genuinely able to communicate?

Scepticism seems high on the scale with the voices of some being just too clear for it to seem like the voice of the dead coming back. But how does a deadman sound to know the reality? With floods of supposed EVP on youtube and other simple engine searches can it really be something that is proven or not? Also it would appear that attempts to recreate these recordings do not seem to produce anything under scientific controlled conditions.

Allow me to present some of the ones I have found and you can make up your mind.

EVP ONE – from http://www.friendly-ghosts.com

EVP Selection – from About.com

Have a quick search on youtube and I am sure you can find some. If you get any particular good ones do let me know!