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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.

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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.

An unidentified woman was found dead in Isdalan Valley (hence her namesake) in Bergen, Norwary on 29th November 1970, even today her death and mystery remain a point of interest.

On the afternoon that she was found it was by a professor and his two daughters, they came across the charred remains of a woman’s torso. Her body was hidden amongst the rocks and with her they found a dozen pink sleeping pills, an empty bottle of liquor, a packed lunch and two more empty bottles which had the smell of gasoline.

A murder investigation was launched and the autopsy showed traces of around 50 or more sleeping pills in her body. On the neck was a bruise, she’d died from burns and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The investigation also found that she had two suitcases left at an NSB train station back in Bergen. Even the labels in her clothes had been removed and tags that might have been able to help identify her, her fingerprints were removed and there was a prescription bottle but the label had been removed so not even a doctor’s name could be traced. In an attempt to identify her they released sketches backed on witnesses and analysis of the body. It was even released via INTERPOL.

A variety of false names had been used by the woman as she travelled around Europe. She had used wigs and the diary entries were cryptic. The codes were deciphered and police concluded that they were of dates and places that she had visited. Dental checks suggested that she had been to a dentist in Latin America.

From witness reports she had spoken several languages, and whilst travelling had got hotel rooms always requesting a balcony. The last report of significance was when the Isdal woman checked out of Hotel Marin from room 407. She left having paid cash and got into a taxi.

Five days before this a man said he had seen her near the area where she was discovered. He stated that she was dressed elegantly, and not for walking, and he thought she seemed to want to say something. He said she was being followed by two men in black coats. The 26 year old man contacted the police when he recognised the sketch but says the policeman he spoke to had told him to forget it. He had said that the case would never be solved and then waited for 32 more years before stepping forwards publicly.

 

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This incident refers to the strange death of Günther Stoll, an unemployed food engineer from Anzhausen, Germany who was suffering from a mild case of paranoia and prior to his death had mentioned ‘them’ on occasion to his wife. He was sure that these unknown people were out to harm him.

On 25th October 1984 Stoll once again mentioned ‘them’ around 11pm that night, he suddenly shouted out “Now I’ve got it” (jetzt geht mir ein licht auf!) and wrote down either YOGTZE or YO6TZE but then crossed it out. Not long after this he headed off to his favourite pub in Wilnsdorf, where he ordered a beer and then fell on the ground injuring his face. Those around him did not feel that he was drunk and said it looked like he had suddenly passed out. When he woke up he drove off again and his whereabouts for two hours after that are unknown.

Stoll then turned up around 1am on the 26th October, in Haigerseelbach where he had grown up. He was talking to a women he knew about a ‘horrible accident’ but it was really late and she told him he should go home. Then around 3am his car was found in a trench by two people, both of them saw an injured man in a white coat near the car, they contacted the police and Stoll was found naked in his car severely injured.

Stoll mentioned four men who were with him, he said they had ‘beat him loose’ and he denied that they were friends. Stoll then died on the way to the hospital.

Police found that he had been injured before the crash, he was run down whilst naked and was in the passenger seat where he was driven to the final location and repositioned. The police were unable to find any further leads and they could not understand what the message meant he had written down and then erased.