Posts Tagged ‘Wales’

Stripper. Go on let out the groan, it feels better.

JTS is the nickname attacked to an unidentified serial killer from 1964 to 1965. I am going to detail the victims of the serial killer that are confirmed:

  • 2nd February 1964, Hannah Tailford was found dead near Hammersmith Bridge, the 20 year old was strangled, several teeth were missing and her underwear had been forced down her throat.

  • 8th April 1964 saw Irene Lockwood found dead on the shore of the Thames; a 57 year old man named Kenneth Archibald confessed three weeks alter but it was inconsistent and a third victim came to light. She was 26 years old.

  • 24th April 1964, Helen Bathelemy was found dead in an alleyway. The 22 year old case yielded the first evidence, paint flecks used for car manufacturing, it was felt it likely came from the killers workplace.

  • 14th July 1964, Mary Flemming’s body was found in an open street, close to heavy police presence and again paint spots were found on the 30 year old’s body.

  • On the 23rd October 1964 Frances Brown was last seen alive by a fellow prostitute, Kim Taylor, who saw the 21 year old picked up by a man who is now believed to have been her killer. She was found a month later, 25th November.

  • Bridget O’Hara’s date of death could not be confirmed as her body had been stored in a warm heated area, she was found in a storage shed. Once again the body had flicks of paint on them.

Possible victims also include a 21 year old Elizabeth Figg, she was found five years before the Stripper murders started, 17th June 1959. She was in the area and had also been strangled. The other was Gwynneth Rees who was found dead in a rubbish tip near the Thames, she was 22 years old and again had been strangled, she also had several teeth missing. She was discovered 8th November 1963.

7,000 suspects were interviewed and at an initial conference Chief Superintendent John Du Rose falsely stated that they had narrowed it down to 20 people. After a short period it was claimed to be 10 and finally three, but what is known is that after this no more Stripper murders occurred.

There have been theories put forwards about who the murderer was, one of them was that it might be a man named Mungo Ireland. He was picked up as a suspect for O’Hara’s murder and worked as a security guard near Heron Trading Estate. The estate was linked to the paint and shortly after the link Ireland committed suicide, but research suggests that he was in Scotland at the time that she was most likely murdered.

Howard Jones, convicted murdered from Wales, was also put forward as a suspect as he killed two girls in 1921, he did not get the death penalty because of his age and was released in 1941 where they think he went back to his home town, of Arbetillery. In 1942 he was in London and had come to marry and have a daughter. He was not considered for it at the time but it seems that much of the speculation about him comes merely from coincidence and not fact.

What do you think?

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Bara-Hack are the remnants of a hamlet in Connecticut, USA, that was said to have been founded by two Welsh men and their family. The settlers were Obadiah Higginbottom and John Randall, they came to the area with their families and the name Bara-Hack is a Welsh term meaning ‘breaking of bread’. By 1890 the community had been abandoned, it may well have occurred sometime before the Civil War.

The remnants include foundations, walls of the derelict buildings and a cemetery. 19th Century records for both the village and cemetery mention obscure sounds, singing, laughter and the rumble of wagon wheels despite no inhabitants. There are also reports of animal sounds but alone this doesn’t spell anything strange, from what I could find to consider animal sounds in a wood strange I would need further context as to why.

If you do decided to visit then please note this is on privately owned property and you should seek permission first.

A pretty cool picture of the central stones.

 

Wales in New York, an old inactive village lot which has the original settlers of Wales and the surrounding areas buried within the Goodleburg Cemetery. It was a relatively peaceful place to visit until the 1990’s when rumours started up about ghosts and sightings of apparitions. It sparked interest with enthusiasts who were intent on capturing evidence of the Paranormal.

21st June 2003, 11:15PM saw the death of a member of the Western York team, Paranormal Ghost Society when they were struck by an oncoming car. The cause was listed as DUI but partial blame has been laid on the group for being on the road late at night when there are many known blind curves.

Thanks to vandalism there is a harsh restriction on visitors that they can only go from 8am to Dusk. Anyone outside of those hours caught on the grounds will be prosecuted due to the history of vandalism. Also if you want to head that way prepare for a walk, there is no parking within half a mile.

The folklore/urban legend attached to the cemetery is that a man named Dr Goodleberg had been performing illegal abortions behind his home, on a small hill overlooking the cemetery. Any of the aborted foetus or any one that did not survive the abortion procedure was then buried in the cemetery.

This Devil guy gets around far too much doesn’t he?

This time he has a legend in Wales, the Devil’s Bridge Falls around the 11th Century. He had heard the scenery was breathtaking and headed off for a visit (obviously Satan needs a vacation too). He came across an old lady who was upset and asked her what was wrong. She pointed out that her cow had crossed he river and she could not get her back. (I don’t query why at this point).

The Devil being a helpful chap told her she needed a bridge, he would make her one but in return he would get to keep the first living thing to cross the bridge. That night she agreed to meet him the following morning and realised that if she went to get the cow she would then be the Devil’s…

Ever resourceful as a human, and presumably the Devil had some kind of brain fart, she called upon her faithful dog, they went that way and discovered the amazing bridge. The devil had kept up his bargain so now he wanted what was his. She got to the entrance, threw a loaf of bread across it and let the dog chase it down. The devil was upset he had been caught out and supposedly was never seen in Wales again.

Personally I am pissed off that the old lady thought so little of the dog!