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An unsolved case from 1950, Paradis, Louisiana in the United States centred around 18 year old Jacquelyn Cadow. She heard wolf whistles outside her bedroom at night, starting in February that year, the home she shared with her mother also suffered an intruder and the incidents were reported to the police but nothing ever came of it.

Cadow would hear the whistles nightly and then they changed to a funeral dirge when she announced her engagement to Herbert Belsom, a State Trooper. Instead of deterring the stranger this escalated the situation and Cadow began to suffer a series of threatening calls. The voice threatened to come to her house and stick a knife in her should she wed Belsom. Her sleep was continuously disturbed by whistling dirges and blood curdling moans.

The local newspapers picked up her story and hundreds of curiosity seekers would pass by to try and catch a sight of the Whistler. I feel quite sure this would not have helped Cadow’s nerves. She finally suffered a collapse when she, her mother and a New Orleans States-Item reporter heard the phantom whistler whilst she was at work. The reporter and Belsom both searched the yard and could find no one.

Again State Police investigations could not turn up anything or anyone to assist in resolving it for her. With shattered nerves the young woman went to stay with her relatives and the stranger followed. When she went to Belsom’s parents the whistler phones her mother back up “tell Jackie I know she’s at Herbert’s house”.

1st October 1950, despite the threats and harassment Cadow and Belsom married, the whistler? He was no where to be found and the events came to a halt. With no more information or threats the Sheriff finally closed the case.

I see this one a lot when I am looking for interesting tales, D B Cooper seems to be quite an adventurous tale and so I have included him here. In 1971 he hijacked an airliner and threatened to blow it up, he extorted $200,000 from the owner, Northwest Orient, and then leapt from the airborne 747 with 21 lbs worth of $20 bills strapped to his torso.

The fact he has never been caught means he either pulled off the perfect crime or died trying. Either way he makes for a fantastic story! And one for armchair enthusiasts to really get their teeth into, with pages of information and lots of speculation.

Perhaps what I love most about this, no bystanders were injured although law enforcement argues that he did put several dozen lives at risk. The FBI’s ego was probably pretty damaged though, and not long after he had disappeared FBI Director, J Edgar Hoover, died knowing that they had not yet got their man. His crime seemed to help with things like passenger security screening and other regulations to try and prevent further troubles but ultimately he was able to walk around the jet carrying a bomb.

For some reason this chap just incites smiles rather than outrage, most likely because of the buccaneer type style under which this crazy stunt was performed.

Flight 305 was a Boeing 747 that started the day before in Washington DC for its flight path, DB cooper boarded at the Portland International Airport with a ticket to Seattle-Tacoma and gave them the name Dan Cooper. He was nondescript and no one took particular notice of him, again this all went in his favour.

Moments after the jet was airborn he passed a note to Flo Schaffner, as an air hostess she was used to come ons and pocketed it. He then waited until she passed and whispered to her she should read it, he had a bomb. Her and another attendant, Tina Mucklow, then went to the Captain and told him about the whole thing. The FBU placed a call to the Donald Nyrop, the president of Northwest Orient, they complied with the monetary demand, probably as it was a smaller price to pay than the disaster and media fall out that could have occurred.

The precise wording of his note cannot be found as it was lost, he said he wanted it back and took it with him, there was an agreement it had something like ‘no funny business’ on it however. Cooper told Schaffner that he was to stay aloft until the money and chutes were ready in Seattle, he showed her wire and cylinders that might have been dynamite and she dutifully relayed the message.

Captain Scott told passengers it was a mechanical problem and they had to circle around before landing, all but a few passengers were aware of the situation. He had calculated how they had to be weighted so they were hoping that he would make his skydive safely on that basis. The notes were hurriedly copied on to microfilm to try and make a way to track them and he wanted two chutes. They got what he demanded and then aboard the jet Cooper had a bourbon and water, he then oddly offered to pay for it!

Mucklow said his behaviour was curious, that he was not cruel or nasty and seemed very calm. The FBI however said he was boozy, raunchy and obscene compared to the person that was with him most. Mucklow said it was not the case and she said that he requested the meals for the crew be brought on board once the place was on the ground in Seattle.

Cooper seemed to be at least familiar with Seattle and was well acquainted with skydiving and schooling in jet aerodynamics. With cash and parachutes ready they were able to land just 30 minutes behind schedule. Captain Scott was sent to get the money and chutes, the 36 passengers and Schaffner were allowed to disembark but he kept Tina Mucklow, and the three men from the cockpit. Through the Captain and FAA official asked to come aboard, presumably to tell him the consequences of his actions but Cooper denied that request.

Cooper then had those left on the plain fly up to an altitude no higher than 10,000 feet. The wing flaps set at 15 degrees and the airspeed of no more than 150 knots. He said he was wearing a wrist altimeter to monitor it. Cooper knew that the plane was capable of it, unlike larger types. Cooper ordered a full refuelling at Seattle and then they negotiated the flight plan he wanted, and Scott was told that the cabin should not be pressurised so that it would minimise the potential violent surge of air when he dropped the aft stairs. With this done they headed off… two hours and six minutes after the plane had arrived in Seattle.

Somewhere around Lewis River, north of Portland, the aft stairs appeared to have been lowered, they thought he may well have jumped then but they were not going to risk their lives assuming it and flew to Reno where they were to touch down. Once they landed they gave it five minutes and left the cockpit, the hijacker was gone, even his hat and coat had been taken. The cash and one set of parachutes was also taken too.

February 10th, 1980 an 8 year-old boy was digging along the sand of the Columbia River bank, he found three bundles of bills all were $20’s and matched the numbers of Coopers loot. Some say that this was the evidence of his demise, more was found deposited further up and this led to more searches, but others suggest he may have realised the numbers on the notes would be trashed and he got rid pretty fast. So far the money that hasn’t been discovered has not been used or found so there’s nothing to suggest he did get around to spending it.

Whatever the end result this has been used for stories and even a comic book called Dan Cooper! If he is alive he’s in his 70’s probably and keeping the story to himself.

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Barbara Ann (Hackman) Taylor, ‘Bobbie’ was initially an unknown American woman who was referred to as Tent Girl.

Wilbur Riddle was out in Georgetown, Kentucky, on 17th May 1968 searching for glass insulators at the side of U.S Route 25. He was there to work as a water well-driller and was handed a note to pass some time until his boss arrived, he spotted some telephone workers and they were discarding the glass insulators as part of an upgrade program. He knew they would be useful for a friend so went to collect them.

He was on his way back from his collecting when something caught his eye as he headed back up the dirt track. The smell alone gave away there was nothing good to be found, he nudged a wrapped up green canvas and the body rolled down the slope. It exposed the body of a decomposing woman wrapped up in a heavy green tarpaulin. The material was the type of thing used in the manufacturing of tents, hence the identification.

Riddle immediately drove two miles down the road to alert the Scott County Sheriff, Bob Vance. Vance and his team then came to see and looked into the matter further, her eyes had already rotted away and her flesh was mottled, the poor woman was too decomposed to get a full fingerprint and they had to take one and rehydrate it with chemicals to attempt to gain anything at all.

They were unable to fully establish a cause of death, the best theory to date is that Bobbie was somehow knocked unconscious and rolled up and confined, eventually dying of asphyxiation. There was a section of white towelling and the green canvas sent over to the FBI laboratories in Washington for further analysis but at that point there was not very much more they felt they could do.

A lead came up about her in June, 1968 when her description matched enough features to show up missing Pasadena girl, Debbie Krane, who was last seen getting into the car of her 17 year-old boyfriend, Carl Colby. The 15 year old had gone missing March 3rd, 1968 and with the period of her death being loose enough they decided to ask her parents to come to see if they were able to identify her.

Debbie Krane’s dental records loosely matched that of the girl and at that point the police must have felt they were on track to finding her identity, then an anonymous call came in that said she was alive and well in Bradford, Pennsylvania. A long drive out to Bradford found Krane was alive and well, living with her boyfriend and that she had absconded from her home but was not deceased. They were then stumped once more.

There was another lead for the identification, a somewhat similar case that was linked up, this time from Northampton, Pennsylvania. Candace Clothier was found 13th April, 1968 and had last been seen 9th March, 1968 until her body was found. Two fishermen discovered the young lady decomposed and floating in the creek, she was found in a black cloth bag. Similarities in the case led to a question about them being linked, there is no more on her case, her case has been closed as it was felt that due to no leads and the chances of her murderer already being dead there was nothing more they could do.

‘Tent Girl’ was then a feature in American magazine, Master Detective, in the hopes that it might bring even more to the case and perhaps lead to her identification. She was eventually buried in an unmarked grave, No 90. She was buried in Georgetown Cemetery with a donated headstone and along with the police sketch of her, based on reconstructions from her body, there was also an inscription.

TENT GIRL

FOUND MAY 17 1968

ON U.S HIGHWAY 25,N.

DIED AB OUT APRIL 26 – MAY 3, 1968

AGE ABOUT 16-19 YEARS

HEIGHT 5 FEET 1 INCH

WEIGHT 110 TO 115LBS.

REDDISH BROWN HAIR

UNIDENTIFIED

She was identified in 1998, it was a result of the efforts of Todd Matthews. He was the son-in-law of Wilbur Riddle and having found out about the story he invested in a PC and got a website up and running. He had combed through lists of missing people online. He has since founded The Doe Network, an online database to identify missing people and unidentified descendants.

He got an e-mail from her sister, Rosemary Westbrook, about a young woman who had gone missing from nearby Lexington. It transpires that the family were told by her husband, George Earl Taylor, that she had run off with another man. It seems that this never rested well with Rosemary and she extended her contact to Todd Matthews, Matthews and the family were convinced enough that it led to the exhumation of her body and DNA testing. Cells from Rosemary’s teeth were compared to that of the unidentified woman and they matched up, she was finally identified. Her body was re-interred at the cemetery with her full headstone placed under the original. There is no mention of her marital name on the headstone.

The prime suspect in her murder is Barbara’s husband, George Earl Taylor, and he died of cancer in 1987. This is mentioned on Wikipedia but I have to admit I found no other source about this, given this I am not going to surmise he was involved, there is no evidence she ran away with another man but then again there is no evidence to say she did not.

What we do know is that she was finally identified and given a proper burial based on who she was, her sister was able to learn her fate and mourn properly and Todd Matthews has founded something wonderful to help as many as he can who might be sadly facing that sort of tragedy.

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Hotel Cecil is an interesting place in itself, it has a sordid and dark set of rumours attacked to it and is known to have been a residence for the serial killer, Richard Ramirez (the Nightstalker) and it was also a place that once housed serial killer Jack Unterweger.

One of the interesting cases from the Cecil Hotel is that of the death of the Canadian Tourist, Elisa Lam. There are plenty of speculations that are around the internet so I will briefly outline and let the readers to their own further research and make conclusions.

Elisa Lam went missing 31st January 2013, her body was found 19th February 2013, her body was was found, decomposing, by a maintenance worker in one of the water supply tanks on the hotel roof, the discovery came because quests complained about a funny taste and low water pressure.

Her death was ruled as an accidental drowning, but the video from the elevator shows her displaying erratic behaviour just before her disappearance. Her behaviour has led to theories about what led up to her death. Unfortunately Lam had a history of bipolar and may have contributed to both her behaviour and her death.

A 2005 horror film, Dark Water, has been compared to her story, Dahlia moves in with her daughter to a new apartment, and she spots water leaking from the ceiling and finds out a woman drowned in the roofs water tanks. The water then consequently turned black, the owner knew about it and never took any action, her body was in that water tanks for two weeks and that’s how it led to the black water.

Still interested?

Shortly after the discovery of Elisa Lam’s body there was an outbreak of tuberculosis that happened near Skid Row, this was near the Cecil Hotel. This was brought to attention because the test kit used for TB was Lam-Elisa.

Other things that have been noted were biblical references, a supposed body language study saying her behaviour in the list was flirtatious, and there were ideas about it being linked to Crowley. Whatever happened the life of a young body was lost. It’s worth remembering that as we get intrigued and people find tenuous or even strange things about it, the life of a young lady has been lost.

 

In western Switzerland there is a man that is dressed in a military uniform and gas mask who seems to haunt the area, for around ten years now locals have reported him walking around the woods taking the same path each day. The locals call him Le Loyon and are scared of him, when encountered he does not speak and stares at the person before walking off. A photographer tried to take a picture of Le Loyon and estimated him to be around 6’6 in height. Le Matin were the first paper to publish an image of him, before then there had been no evidence of his existence despite reports. Local children don’t play in the woods now because of him even though he has never done anything other than walk around. The local stranger has been seen carrying flowers down the path and according to the authorities in the area there is nothing they can do, he hasn’t done anything wrong.

At one stage in the history of Le Loyon they found his clothes abandoned in the park with a strange note, the note said he was leaving because of ‘The risk of a hunt for the Beast’ being too great.

No one knows why he doesn’t speak and there is no idea where he comes from. Some suggest he may be mentally disturbed or that he might have a skin disease which would cause him to want to avoid being seen by others.

The latest information that I found in regards to Le Loyon was that he may well (or she) have let the character commit suicide. They have posted a letter to say that they would cease their wanderings, though some have taken this as a traditional suicide note, this may be more down to a mis-translation than anything.