Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Cyntoia Brown, what really happened? Where is missing Colorado woman Kelsey Berreth? Who is Felix Vail? Samuel Little, Americas most prolific serial killer?

Here are the latest posts I made over at THE GENERATION WHY PODCAST website
All recent cases, a mix of missing people, suspected serial killers and more.
Also welcome to 2019 everyone.



What happened to 10 year old Alaska girl Ashley Johnson-Barr?
Ashley Johnson-Barr disappeared from a playground in Kotzebue, Alaska on September 6th, 2018. Her parents called her cellphone repeatedly when she failed to arrive home for dinner and although it rang, nobody answered. 
The phone had been ringing in the pocket of a 41 year old man named Peter Vance Wilson, who claimed to have found the device on the ground. The truth, however, was far more disturbing...(CONTINUE READING)


What happened to missing Barron County Teenager Jayme Closs?
The bodies of a husband and wife were found in their home in Barron County after a panicked phone call to the police. 
An unknown assailant had seemingly forced their way into the home, murdered every adult in sight and taken a 13 year old child. What happened Jayme Closs? (READ HERE)



The murder of Utah University Senior Lauren McCluskey
It was September 2nd 2018, Lauren McCluskey got chatting with a the bouncer at a local bar. He was fit and muscular and introduced himself as Shaun. He told her he was 28 years old and was studying computer science. He was charming and persuasive...very persuasive. They dated for a month before Lauren found out the truth, but getting away from Shaun would be a deadly endeavor. (CONTINUE)


The torture and murder of Anthony Avalos
On June 20th, 2018, at 12:15PM the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department received a phone call regarding an unresponsive child due to what they were told was the result of a fall. Teachers had been reporting signs of abuse for a long time, but CPS neglected to remove little Anthony from his situation. (READ HERE)



Pensioner may be America's most prolific serial killer
Samuel Little, who is now 79 years old, was originally convicted four years ago for a string of murders in the LA area in the eighties. At this stage in the investigation it has been said that Little has been linked to at least 30 unsolved murders and police believe him when he confessed that there is many, many more. (READ THIS POST)


Suspected serial killer Felix Vail 
Between the early 1960's and mid-1980's six women dated and married a man named William “Felix” Vail. 

One drowned, two are still missing and several more divorced him almost as quickly as they had married. Find out about the life and crimes of this ruthless man (CONTINUE READING


Cyntoia Brown granted Clemency
Cyntoia Brown shot a man in his bed when she was just 16 years old.  Although still a child at the time and a victim of child sex trafficking she was tried as an adult and sentenced to 51 years in prison. Many advocates campaigned for her release, including celebrities, and she has recently been granted clemency. Read this mega post about the case (HERE)


Where is Missing Woman Kelsey Berreth?
Kelsey Berreth went missing from Colorado in November of 2018. There was no sign of a disturbance at her home. Police interviewed her fiancé who lived nearby on his mothers farm and although he cooperated with them the lingering question of why he didn’t report his own fiancée missing still loomed ominously over him. (CONTINUE READING)


American student murdered by roommate in the Netherlands
Sarah Papenheim moved to the Netherlands when she was just 19 years old. She was a psychology student at the Erasmus University in Eindhoven and an accomplished drummer who met and bonded with local musician, Joe Schelling, over their mutual love of music. 
Schelling had been dealing with anger issues but Papenheim was confident that he wasn't dangerous. (CONTINUE READING)

Saturday, 29 December 2018

What really happened to Brian Shaffer?

Hey everyone, thought I'd make one last post before 2018 is over.


Brian Shaffer was just 27 years old when he vanished off the face of the earth during spring break in 2006. 

Shaffer, who was a second year medical student at Ohio state university, went missing after a night of bar hopping with friends on Friday March 31st. 2006.
Before hitting the town with friends that night, Brian went out to dinner with his dad and brother to celebrate. His father did not notice anything off about his son other than the fact that he seemed fatigued which he thought was probably due to one too many late nights of studying for his final exams. Around 9:50PM Brian made a call to his girlfriend. She had no idea it would be the last time she heard his voice. 

After the meal, at around 10PM, Brian met with a friend named William “Clint” Florence. The two met a local bar named “The ugly tuna saloona”. The bar was on 1546 north High Street in Columbus, but Google it these days and you’ll notice it’s recorded as being permanently closed. 


The Ugly Tuna Saloona has an average rating of 2 out of 5 stars on Yelp- “They have one of, if not the best happy hours on campus being $1 any well drink from 8-10 Monday-Saturday” says one customer. 
How can you hate a place that sells Jell-o shots in a big plastic syringe and puts a plastic alligator in your huge fishbowl o' alcohol???” another user writes.

From there Brian and Clint visited multiple bars throughout the course of the evening, slamming a shot at each establishment with the aim of ending up at Arena district.  
The Arena district is a neighborhood in Columbus that is easy to walk to on foot. It has everything from bars and restaurants to malls and sports facilities. This video from 2010 describes the area perfectly.



Arena district would be around a 40 minute walk from the Ugly Tuna Saloona in North High Street.


 Brian and Clint reached their destination at around midnight after stopping at various bars along the way. They hitched a ride back with a female friend of Clint named Meredith Reed. The three drove back to the Ugly Tuna and had one last drink together.
Surveillance footage from the bar confirms that the three did indeed go back to the Tuna and they were recorded arriving at 1:15AM.


At some point Clint noticed that Brian was missing. Despite their repeated attempts to call and locate him he was nowhere to be found. Clint and Meredith were eventually ushered out of the bar at closing time, around 2AM. Although they continued to wait for their missing friend outside of the bar, he never showed up.  
They did tell police that Brian went to talk to the live band after they finished their set that night, but the members couldn’t offer up any helpful information. Brian had two sides to him, on one hand he had been training his whole life to become a doctor, and on the other hand he wanted nothing more than to be a musician and song writer. He was a fan of Eddie Vedder and Jimmy Buffett and had a tattoo of the artwork from the Pearl Jam single “Alive”.

Here’s a sample of the lyrics:

I'm still breathing,
I'm alive
I found solace in the strangest place
Way in the back of my mind I saw my life in a stranger's face
And it was mine I had a one-way ticket to a place where all the demons go
Where the wind don't change
And nothing in the ground can ever grow
No hope, just lies
And you're taught to cry into your pillow
 But I survived
 I'm still breathing
 I'm alive



Eventually Brian’s friends assumed that he had returned to his apartment in King Avenue without telling them and gave up looking. King Avenue is around 1 hour 40 minutes on foot, but only a 10-12 minute drive by car. Did Brian hail a cab after failing to find his friends? Did someone offer him a ride home? One could reach King Avenue by car via Olentangy River Rd which runs parallel to the river itself.

Shaffer had an important flight to Miami, Florida to catch the following Monday, but after he failed to show up for it he was quickly reported missing.

CCTV footage from outside of the Ugly Tuna revealed that Brian Shaffer was last spotted chatting with 2 women outside of the bar at around 1:55AM before bidding them goodnight and appearing to walk back towards the Ugly Tuna entrance. This footage would go on to inspire many a theory about what happened to Brian that night.


(GIF of the video for your convenience)

How could it be that a man was recorded seemingly entering a building but not leaving?
First of all, the cameras did not exactly record him going into the bar, only in the direction of. Many people assume that he was heading back into the Ugly Tuna as his friends were still inside and the bar was not yet closed. Also, none of the surveillance footage handed into police that night captured Brian in the local area.

There was reportedly a service door which was off limits to general patrons. Brian’s lack of authority to exit the building through a staff-only door would not make it physically impossible for him to do so, which is why many an internet sleuth hypothesizes that taking another exit is exactly what he did. 


The only problem with this theory is that the service door lead out onto a construction site and Brian was not captured on any other surveillance tape in the local area. The local area was plentiful with other bars and restaurants that handed in their CCTV tapes from the night, but there was no sign or Brian on any of them.

He had not returned to his apartment that night and his car was still parked outside.
His apartment was targeted by robbers a month later.

Police did at one point entertain the idea that he could have changed clothes with the intention of voluntarily walking away from his life, however it is unknown if this was the case. His family argues that his life was good and that he had a bright future ahead of him. He was going to be a doctor and was apparently planning on proposing to his girlfriend, Alexis Waggoner (also a medical student); in Miami on a spring break vacation that he had spent “weeks planning to perfection”. In a TV show about the case, Brian’s girlfriend reveals the content of their last phone call on the night that he went missing. Brian apparently told her (in regards to going out that Friday night) "This is my chance to talk about you with the guys, I love you and I'll see you in a couple of days."

Police did an extensive search along with a K9 unit but nothing turned up. They walked the Olentangy River, searched the sewers and even looked through dumpsters in the area.
Eddie Vedder also pitched in on the hunt to find the missing med student and read out a description of him while holding up the missing flyer at a Pearl Jam show not long after Brian went missing.


Date of Birth: February 11, 1979, 28 years old Height: 6 feet, 2 inches Weight: 160-165 pounds Eyes: Hazel Tattoo: Upper right arm, Pearl Jam symbol Central Ohio Crime Stoppers: 1-877-645-8477” the poster read. It was widely circulated but other than a homeless man who thought he saw him a week after Brian’s initial disappearance, sadly, nothing came of it.

Brian’s family called his cellphone repeatedly and heartbreakingly every day for the next several months after he went missing. The calls went directly to his voicemail. Strangely, on the 23rd of September when Brian’s girlfriend called his phone, just as she did routinely each night, it rang. It rang several more time, each time going to voicemail when it wasn’t answered. Either the phone was turned on after several months, or it was a temporary malfunction on the providers end.


Everyone who met with Brian that night, including his own father, took and passed a polygraph test- everyone except Clinton (who refused to do so and lawyered up) and the two women he talked to that night at 1:55AM. Although the women were identified they were never asked to sit a lie detector test as investigators likely did not consider them suspects in Brian’s disappearance.
In an interview, Brian’s brother talked of how Clint spoke of his brother in a negative light after he went missing. This coupled with his resistance to taking a polygraph made people suspicious of his involvement. 

Following the death of Brian’s father a comment was posted beneath his online obituary that read “To dad, love Brian”. The comment was later said to be a cruel hoax.  It was signed from the Virgin Islands, but an IP trace debunked the location.

So what really happened to Brian Shaffer?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Missing Mollie Tibbetts Iowa, Missing Maine woman Kristin Westra, Beverly England cold case solved? Nuwaubian Nation cult, Isabella Hellmann woman missing on honeymoon sailing trip, what happened to Mollie Tibbetts?

On July 18th, 2018, a twenty year old Psychology student named Mollie Cecilia Tibbetts went missing while out on a jog in Iowa.  The girl was dog-sitting at her boyfriends house while he was away for work. She sent him a Snapchat and went out to jog and was never seen again. Police believed she had been abducted, and after hours of trawling through CCTV from the area noticed a suspicious vehicle driving along Mollies usual jogging route... (READ POST)

Isabella Hellmann and her husband Lewis Bennett had been married for three months when they finally decided to take a belated honeymoon. They planned to sail through Puerto Rico and Cuba when on the last leg of the journey Julia went missing. Her husband believed she had fell over board and noticed that the boat was taking on water rapidly. But what really happened that night?
(READ POST)

In November 2014, a 44 year old man form Georgia walked into a local hospital cradling the lifeless body of his 1 year old daughter.
"She isn't breathing" he told hospital staff.

Noticing the deceased child was severely malnourished, the police were contacted and searched the mans apartment to find a starving woman in one of the rooms as well as literature belonging to a strange cult with an Egyptian aesthetic that followed a religion of Kemetism, UFO religion and ancient mysticism (READ POST)

32 year old Beverly England went missing on June 12th, 1980. Rumors had been making their way around town that Beverly had been having an affair with another woman's husband, so she decided to meet with the woman that day at a local picnic area. Beverly was never seen again. Mitzy Abeyta, who was pregnant at the time, told police the two of them got into an altercation and Beverly attempted to attack her with a broken bottle but is Abeyta as innocent as she still claims to be? (READ POST)


Kristin Westra had suffered several sleepless nights before she went missing. She had been feeling stressed out and arranged an emergency meeting regarding anxiety and her mental health. That night, she and her husband lay in bed reading before going to sleep before work, but Kristin could not stop tossing and turning. The following morning when her husband woke up she was nowhere to be found. Several days later two children playing in a field stumbled upon a body. (READ POST)

Read more of my posts for the Generation why podcast blog HERE <<

Monday, 24 September 2018

Sara Ellis murder at the Pisgah Inn, the murder of Benjamin Eastman, Michael Shaver, Arlis Kay Perry, April Marie Tinsley and more



Sixteen year old Benjamin Eastman left his fathers house on the night of June 24th to meet up with a friend who claimed he wanted to go camping. Several days passed and the teenager had failed to contact his family, prompting his father to file a missing persons report.
An investigation into Benjamin's disappearance revealed the horrific series of events that unfolded the night he went missing...(continue)
Michael Shaver of Clermont, Lake County, Florida went missing several years ago. His wife informed investigators that he had simply walked out of her life one day after a violent fight in 2015 and never returned. He failed to renew both his drivers license and pilots license and never used his bank cards or contacted friends and family again. Mrs. Shaver remarried in 2017 and she and her new husband exchanged vows in the backyard of the Shavers 500 acre rural property near a suspiciously recently placed concrete slab... (continue reading)

Arlis Kay Perry was found murdered in a church in Stanford, California in October of 1974. Her body was found on the floor, near the altar, she was naked from the waist down and had been violated with a large candle. An ice pick was found lodged in the back of her skull and another candle had been placed on her chest. The case remained unsolved for over 40 years until recent developments in DNA lead back to a long time suspect in an attempted arrest that lead to a suicide and the discovery of a morbid souvenir... (read the full post)

In 1988 an eight year old girl named April Marie Tinsley went missing near her home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was playing with friends when it began to rain, so she told them she'd be right back after she collected her umbrella. Little April never returned to finish playing with her friends, nor did she show up at home for dinner like she was supposed to. Her body was found 3 days later in a ditch and soon after strange and frightening clues began to show up around town. Notes were scrawled on barn doors and found attached to children's bicycles confessing to the crime and threatening to strike again...(continue reading)

On the 1st of December, 1981, a 40 year old realtor named Virginia Freeman went to meet with a potential client who was interested in buying a property on isolated spot on Greens Prairie Road near Welburn in Texas. He claimed that he would pay in cash and Virginia was keen to make the sale. When she didn't return from the meeting, her husband became worried and decided to search for her. Tragically, he found his wife's body near the property. She had been stabbed in the neck a total of 11 times and choked with such force that her neck was actually broken... (Continue reading)

29 year old Brevard County resident, Sara Ellis, successfully applied for a job as a cook at the Pisgah Inn- a lodge perched atop the Pisgah Mountain 5000 feet above sea level in Waynesville North Carolina. She had dreams of one day running her own restaurant and thought seasonal work as a chef was a step in the right direction. As a bonus, the Pisgah Inn was located in such a beautiful location, and offered breathtaking panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding Appalachian highlands. One night after a shift, she went for a walk with co-worker, when things took a turn for the worst...(Read this post)


Siraj Ibn Wahhaj believed that his 3 year old son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, was possessed by the devil. When the child went missing in December of 2018, his mother reported it to the police. Two weeks later a car accident on interstate 65 led police to the missing child's father who had constructed a make-shift compound in rural New Mexico on a patch of desert land. Police found 11 children and three women living in squalid conditions on the property... (continue reading)

On night of January 16th, 1984 a gruesome discovery was made at a home in Aurora, Colorado. The bludgeoned bodies of husband and wife, Bruce and Debra Bennett, and their two daughters were discovered. The youngest child, 3 year old Vanessa, had somehow survived the brutal attack and was clinging on the life by a thread when her grandmother found her. Despite her horrific injuries, the child survived. But what became of little Vanessa and who was responsible for the crime?  (continue)

34 year old Shanann Watts and her two daughters went missing after she returned home from a business trip on the night of August 13th, 2018. Her husband, 34 year old Christopher Watts, made desperate pleas for the safe return of his family, but friends and family began to get suspicious when they realized Shanann had neglected to take important everyday items with her, including her cellphone, wallet and medicine.... (continue reading)

On the night of February 6th, 2016, police in Emmaus responded to a call from the Emmaus Hotel on 424 Chestnut St, Upper Milford Township. They found a teenage boy surrounded by a pool of his own blood with two residents of the hotel attempting to revive him. Another officer on his way to the scene noticed a bloodied civilian walking in the snow and stopped to question him- "you're looking for me. I did it" he said... (read this post)

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

What really happened to missing teenager Russell Bohling? Satanic cult at RAF Bempton


On the 2nd of March, 2010, 18 year old student Russell Bohling left his parents’ house in East Riding, Bempton, Yorkshire, never to be seen again.

According to his parents version of events he left the family home at around 8AM and was dressed slightly smarter than usual in a black Ben Sherman jacket, blue jeans and black training shoes. His car was missing from its parking space outside of the house, indicating he had left in it that day.
Russell was doing a course in bricklaying at the nearby Bishop Burton College at the time, but it has never been confirmed if he was supposed to attend any classes on the day he vanished.


When Bohling failed to return home that day, his parents reported him missing.

The following morning the teenager’s Renault Clio was found parked near a Cliffside known as “Bempton cliffs’. The vehicle was discovered by one of the employees working on the nature reserve which was (and still is) ran by the RSPB. Bempton cliffs is often visited by those interesting in observing the puffins on the Cliffside and is nearby an abandoned RAF radar station popular with urban explorers.

A parking ticket was displayed on the window of Russell’s car. The time stamp revealed that the ticket had been purchased at 11:30AM on the day that he went missing. The worker noticed that the vehicle was still parked there at 5PM but thought nothing of it until it next day when it was still there.

Russell Bohling’s parents were suspicious that their son had managed to drive from their home in East Riding to Bempton cliffs without using his debit car to fill up the tank. They informed police that he had only 10GBP in cash and under 4 liters of petrol in his tank on the morning that he disappeared. The cliffs are a 45 minute journey one way and they were confident he didn’t have enough cash on his person or enough petrol in his tank to drive there without once stopping to fill up. Russell’s bank informed investigators that no transactions had been made on his account on the day that he went missing.

Russell’s parents did some investigative work of their own and came to the conclusion that their son would have needed to stop at a gas station, likely in Brandersburton, just under halfway to Bempton. They insisted that he would have nowhere near the amount of money to fill up and fully subscribe to the idea that he was not alone on the trip.
They looked to his SATNAV for clues and discovered that leading up to the day of his disappearance he had taken trips to York, Bradford and Bridlington.
York is around 47 miles from Russell’s home in East Riding. It would take him just under an hour and a half one way. Bradford is around 64 miles and just over an hour and a half by car. Bridlington is the closest to his home, around 20miles away and just a 40 minute drive via the A1. He didn’t tell anyone in his family that he had made these trips. He simply left and returned home without mentioning where he had been.

So what exactly was Russell doing at Bempton cliffs?

The police initially believed that he had traveled there to commit suicide as the cliffs are a suicide hotspot, however a body never washed up onto shore.
A user over at reddit /unresolvedmysteries recounted their visit to RAF Bempton and revealed that there was a steep slope leading down to a quick drop off the side of the cliffs and believe that he could of accidentally fell to his death- but again, no body was ever recovered.

The police had found what is mentioned in many online articles as “a suicide tape” in Russell Bohling’s bedroom. When I first read this I imagined they were talking about a video recording, but it turns out it was an audio recording found on a Dictaphone. On the tape, Russell talks about wanting to be buried in the countryside as he believed that he wasn’t intelligent enough and it upset him. The teenager’s mother claims that the recording was made at a time when Russell was stressed out about his GCSE results. He was supposedly 15 years old when he made the tape. His parents insist that the only reason it exists was due to the stress Russell felt when thinking about his future and that with time and confidence his fears for the future faded.

Russell’s parents had a completely different theory for why their son may have visited Bempton cliffs that day- his interest in the nearby disused RAF radar station. They claim that Russell had a particular interest in the bunker, which is popular with urban explorers and hasn’t been open to the public since the early eighties when it was bought by a private owner.

Apparently Russell carried around a USB stick with pictures of the “pornographic and devilish” graffiti that decorates the walls of the abandoned building.
The bunker, which was in operation from the 1940's, has been the subject of sinister rumors since the seventies. Locals believe it was used by a “Satanic cult” and that sacrifices and rituals were performed. There are no articles (that I can find) that mention anything of the sort going on at the disused bunker, but ask a local and they just may tell tales of a devil-worshipping group having orgies and sacrificing animals. Despite the buildings reputation, most locals are generally aware that the cults never existed. Some will offer that the tales are urban legends conjured up after raves and parties were thrown by students from the nearby university many moons ago. Some say they believe the “cult” was just a bunch of squatters who had to be evicted by police in the seventies.  
This album hosted on FLICKR details the artwork inside and includes diagrams and a layout of the building. There are also numerous blog posts online recording peoples visits.


This is one of the more tame examples, click HERE<< to be taken to a forum to see some of the more explicit pieces. 

The “Satanic graffiti” consists of paintings of naked figures in sheels having orgies. The artwork itself is pretty well done, considering. People with devil horns growing out of their heads with their genitals on display dance around the walls of the bunker surrounded by general graffiti tropes commonly found scrawled on the walls of most abandoned buildings, such as “666”, “this way to hell” and the nicknames of visitors.

An article in a local newspaper reports that Russell didn’t find the images of the graffiti online. Apparently the pictures were copied from a USB stick and pasted in a folder on his desktop. I couldn’t find anything about the whereabouts of the memory stick.

Russell’s father, Roger Bohling, suspects that his son was involved with an unknown person linked to the graffiti in the bunker. I assume he doesn’t believe that a satanic cult sacrificed him, rather that Russell may have been in contact with someone who agreed to go visit the bunker with him, but in reality had sinister ulterior motives.


Russell Bohling had speech disorder that his parents believe made him vulnerable. For example, he would have a hard time voicing disagreement and would instead go along with something that he didn’t necessarily want to do.

So what would someone want from Russell? Why him?

Well, apparently Russell Bohling stood to receive a 300,000GBP windfall from his father to start his own business. An article in the Yorkshire post states that the 300,000GBP would be signed over to Russell in the form of a semi-detached house with which he could do whatever he wanted. Russell has two brothers, Nigel (then 23) and Andrew (then 22) and they too were set to inherit the same amount. Russell was scheduled to receive his windfall as soon as he turned 18, but he was yet to receive the property at the time he went missing. Apparently the 18 year old planned to start his own business. Money is always a likely motive for murder as we often times see people disappear or die under suspicious circumstances shortly after taking out life insurance policies. Surely an outsider  would have nothing to gain from the death of Russell as he hadn’t even received his money.

Russell’s parents rule out their son as a walk-away arguing that if he was to voluntarily disappear he surely would have waited for his 300,000GBP windfall before doing so.

Sea, mountain and air searches for the missing 18 year old turned up nothing. It was if he had simply vanished into thin air. Fire and rescue searched the bunker aided with torches and heat sensitive camera equipment. In 2012 they returned to search once again, this time the Bohling family shelled out over 1000GBP to cover the cost of pulling up the concrete that had been laid to keep out addicts. Still, authorities found no trace of Russell.

His parents believe he is no longer alive. They think the answers to what happened to their son that day are in the USB, that whoever gave him those images had some involvement in his death. Russell had indeed searched about the RAF bunker online before his disappearance but that’s no surprise as he already had the images and the intention to visit.

Now, about Roger Bohling. I was honestly shocked to find out the next piece of information.

Russell’s father, Roger, turned his personal computer in to Humberside Police in what an article in the Yorkshire post describes as “a desperate bid to find his son”.
This gesture did not lead police to the missing 18 year old, but instead lead to the discovery of (then) 57 year old Roger Bohling’s child porn stash.

This collection of images consisted of what has been described as 415 pictures of kids in “erotic poses” as well as 3 images of people “engaging in sexual acts with animals”.

Apparently Roger Bohling did not download the images but obtained them via a memory stick from a relative. He then went on to burn the collection of images onto a CD.
These images were officially classed as “low level” CP and were said to be pictures that may have been of children on vacation.

Roger suffers from a degenerative brain issue due to an accident he had years ago and apparently once informed his family that planned to commit suicide on account of the disease. If Russell knew about this, it would have been an extremely difficult and upsetting thought to deal with.

Russell’s parents claimed that a pair of brown steel toe capped boots were missing from their son’s room. Later, a foot laced up into the same type of boot washed up onto shore. Testing proved that the foot did not belong to Russell.

His parents insisted that a certain pair of shoes their son was wearing on the day he disappeared were found in the family summer home in Ravenscar two years after he vanished.

Russell Bohling has never been found.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Noah Novak : Is Noah Novak really a time Traveler from 2030?

Hey friends, hows it going? 
Thought we'd take a break from unsolved murders and missing people this week to take a look at something a bit more lighthearted. 


I woke to this morning to several DM’s all directing me to online articles about a self-confessed time traveler named Noah.

Time traveller’ man from 2030 makes specific predictions for the future” read the headline of an article from news.com.au.

Time travel SHOCK CLAIM: Man from the 'year 2030' says ALIENS become ALLIES with the US” cried the Express online.

BACK TO THE FUTURE Man claiming to be a time-traveller from 2030 ‘PASSES lie-detector test’… and he has these predictions for the next 10 years” wrote the Sun.

I had to get to the bottom of this.

Everyone loves a good time traveller story, just ask you tube; “Time travellers caught on tape”, “time traveller took this video in the year 2120”, “Time traveller caught on 911 call’.
Remember that photograph of the “Time travelling hipster”?


Admittedly in a sea of generic folk from the 1940’s dressed in suits and hats, the dude in the shades and casual clothing holding a portable camera does stand out- but is his casual attire really undeniable evidence of time travel? 

After much excitement the seemingly modern items in the photograph were proven to have been available and on the market at the time the image was captured. The logo tee turned out to be a hockey jersey, the protective glasses were on sale at the time and the camera was confirmed by Kodak as likely being a Kodak 35, which was introduced in 1938.

So, friends, it’s now time for us to look into the newest time traveler on the block, a man from the year 2030- the man known only as “Noah”.

 Apparently the first video of Noah appeared on YouTube on the 17th of November 2017. The first result on YouTube is a video by a channel called paranormal elite that currently has 33K subscribers. The video, titled “Time Traveler Who Has Been To The Year 2030 Shares His Experiences”, is (at the time I write this) sitting at over 2million views.

The introduction lays out the basic information we need to know about who Noah is. The channel claims that an individual located in Guadalajara, Mexico contacted them via phone and claimed to be an ex-US government worker who was fired after failing a time-travel mission in South America. The individual identified himself as only “Noah” as he feared he would be taken out by the US government if they were to discover his identity. Noah claimed that he was 50 years old, but had taken an age reversal drug that shaved off 25 years, making him appear to be 25 years old. He told Paranormal Elite that the constant time travel had affected him mentally that he has depression and an eating disorder as a result.
After the introduction we see a video of Noah clad in a burgundy with his face obscured, reading from a pre-written statement explaining that he is a time traveler and wants to prove to us all that time travel will be available to the public in 2028.  To do so, he claims that he has traveled back to the 13th of November 2017 from the year 2021- which he claims is where he existed for most of his “natural life”.

The statement is then interrupted by Noah getting seemingly overwhelmed before asking for a moment to compose himself . At one point he starts sobbing and the P.E channel slides in a message telling viewers not to feel bad as they have donated around “$700 in food and water to help him get by”.

In order to prove that he really is from the future, Noah has provided us with a list of predictions for technologies that will be available to us in the near future- 2021 to be exact. 

Here’s the list:
1.        Electric cars that are able to cover an average of 600 miles on one full charge
2.        HD video recording glasses with augmented reality. Basically like Terminator shades or an advanced pair of Google glasses that can do way more than show you maps and make a phone call. These 2021 glasses will supposedly have an augmented reality screen that will basically allow us to perceive generated data that we can see, hear and touch etc.  Essentially we’ll be living in the “black mirror” universe in a couple of years.
3.       Trump will be re-elected. He’s 100% certain, apparently.

After displaying some symptoms of stress, he wishes us good luck for the future and signs off.


On the 5th of August, 2018, a YouTube channel called APEX TV boasting 686K followers posted a follow up interview with Noah titled: “Time Traveler Noah From 2030 Tells His Story”.  A far cry from the 3 minute video originally posted on Paranormal Elite, this video is over 37 minutes long.
It’s important to note that paranormal elite is part of APEXTV.

Now I actually sat down and watched that 37 minute video (I know) and I thought I’d recap it here for you, so you can skim-read what Noah claims to be his story:

In 2025 Noah was in his teens and attending high school. He was bullied for having a stutter as a child, but was smart and got good grades- in fact he got straight A’s across the board. One day, out of the blue, a pair of men with shaved heads, clad in suits (he accidentally describes them as “tuxedos”) had him pulled into the office and forced him into a top secret government program where he would have to travel through time to complete missions and the past and future. He was prohibited to tell anyone about the project and began to feel isolated from the rest of the world.
He was driven out to a military complex in the middle of the Nevada desert where he had to register as a worker. He was then led down a staircase into a basement level facility where he saw an unfathomably large glass time machine crawling with mechanics. He signed an 8 year contact with the government and was put into a small class of  trainees (five in total)  and lived at an on-site dorm with minimal furnishings. From there he studied until it came time to take the final exam, which he passed. A chip was then implanted into his left wrist- a painful procedure that had him in intense pain for several days.
 Noah hated the job, but he could be at least relieved in the knowledge that he didn’t have a contract as long as some of the others in his class, some of whom received 50 – life.  

His group consisted of three males and one female. The government, he realized, preferred to hire straight white males when it came to time travel, so he was surprised that they hired both a woman and an “Arab man named Reuben” , both of who were members of his group the first time they went on a time travel mission. Rueben was a first timer too, and the pair became friends.

In order to time travel, he had to gear up into a large suit made of metal. After a computerized voice countdown the metal suit was shocked with electricity and he later woke up lightheaded and disorientated. He found himself in the year 2009, guided by his supervisor. He and his teammates spent a week in the year 2009 at the same military complex from which they had time traveled, doing manual jobs such as running boxes from the building to trucks outside. Other project employees had been time traveling to the past to set up domes as hot-spots for future time travel missions.

Noah was tasked with studying history.
He studied extra-terrestrials as a segment on future-history and the advancement of technology and crypto currencies as a study of the past, all the while noting down information that was to be later entered into a huge government database. Noah was unsure what they wanted with the information and came to the conclusion that the government just simply wanted to know and record everything.

His final job took place in South America where his group was sent to time travel in order to study cartels, most notably narcoterrorist Pablo “king of cocaine” Escobar who was killed in 1993.
During the mission, the team got into an altercation at a local bar creating a time paradox. The following morning he awoke to the news that he had been fired and had been abandoned in the year 2017.  

Left without a job and abandoned outside of his “natural year” he took to freelancing online as a graphic designer. The minimum wage salary the government been paying him had left him with empty pockets and the food and shelter they had originally covered was no longer provided. He found himself living between cheap apartments in South America.  

There you have it- Noah’s story.

Now I found out that Noah actually reached out to ApexTV  of his own accord (or so he says), after seeing another video on the channel about a time traveler titled “Time Traveler Who Has Been to The Year 2118 Speaks Out”. The monetized video has over 7 million views and likely raked in a lot of money in ad revenue. Follow-up videos about the same individual include Q&A’s and “Photographic evidence” of the future in the form of a grainy looking futuristic city with twisted jade towers that also look like cacti from a distance.


Many of the videos on the APEXTV channel are time-travelers “telling all” and showing “photographs from the future” and they get a lot of views. The comments on the videos are usually jokes and jabs at the individuals claiming to be from the future.  


These videos do significantly better than the ones about cyrptids and whatnot and if you go back far enough you’ll see that the channel had tried many avenues with  very different types of content that just didn’t work out for them. 
Time travel, however, seems to be their niche and they can generate millions of views and even news coverage that leads to tens of thousands of views from readers who would never be motivated to search for this kind of content on their own. 


Noah recently did a 2 hour live stream answering people’s questions. Even in the name of research I cannot bring myself to sit through a two hour stream, but I did click-skip through it and it seems to be Noah answering viewers questions on topic such as “will North Korea do it?” (To which he replies, yes, but he can’t say where”), “is the Earth round?” (Not sure we need a time traveler for that answer) “Is rap still relevant in the future?” (Yes)

When a viewer asked Noah how old he is, he talks about how he should be 21 but has been taking “age pills” before stating “I was born in the year 2007. So right now I am 11 years old. I’m probably out there in middle school, somewhere in the United states”.  When the host asked if he would be up for meeting himself he says he isn’t sure- then astoundingly Noah reveals his full name.
This honestly made me pause for a minute, because while researching this guy he was banging on about not letting anyone to know his identity for fear of being killed off by the government and then suddenly in a stream he just announces that his full name is “Noah Novak”.

In a later video Noah does a lie detector test, the majority of questions he asks are confirmed as “true”.  He does not answer “yes” or “no” rather answers at length and we see no machine. 

He has what looks like a sphygmomanometer inflatable cuff strapped around his upper arm and nothing around his chest, hands or head, like we’re used to seeing in routine lie detector tests. Even when legitimate, these tests are not 100% accurate and if you can control the symptoms of anxiety, you can control the test.  We also have to take into account that if, for example, an individual suffering from delusions answers questions about what they truly believe to be their reality, no deception would be recorded in a lie detector test.



So next, APEXTV releases a video titled “Time Traveler Took This Video in The Year 2120” which is a classic part of their formula for these time-travel videos. 
Yes, Noah has suddenly returned with, not a picture, but a video of the year 2120.
I have to admit; I skipped most of the video and got right to the clip where he shows this video evidence of the year “2120”. I LOL’d.
It basically looks like a CGI clip of a futuristic looking city with flying cars on a loop. I made this GIF for your convenience.




“It’s been distorted by time travel” he says. A phrase heard in several other time-travel videos on APEXTV. 

The story gets even more wild than it already is.

On March 5th 2018 APEXTV published a video titled- “Time Traveler Meets His Future Self”. In this video Noah Novak meets a man who (allegedly) contacted the channel claiming to be Noah from the year 2070 (30 years ahead of Noah’s “natural year”)


Noah and future Noah have very little in common physically; in fact the only stand out feature they both have is a pixelated face. Despite their physical difference (including height and accent) Noah claims that future-him knows information that only someone who has “stalked him his whole life” could know.  He also informs Noah that “their” name isn’t really Noah – the real name has been censored in editing. 

Surely other time-travellers or shady government workers that exist in Noah’s “black mirror” universe would have the means to know such information, but Noah believes future-him solely on the basis that “future Noah” contacted APHEXTV by himself. So what information did future Noah provide present Noah with that was so irrefutable? 
Classified.  
But future Noah knows how present Noah “moves around”.

And any information or predictions future Noah could give us from the year 2070?
He can’t say. 
He shouldn’t say. 
But just in case he does, he’s micro chipped to prevent him from doing so.  (Note: it’s not the wrist chip from the original story apparently)

APEXTV mention contacting a doctor to do a DNA and X-ray “test” following the interview, to which the two (or one?) agree. 
They promise to post the results on twitter or Instagram, but have not done so as of yet. 
Future video, perhaps?


I believe APEXTV know Noah IRL and he’s likely collecting a portion of the Ad revenue or is already connected to them in some way. Either that or we’re left with the idea that he’s reached out himself as a prank to get a bit of internet fame. I really don’t want to believe that “Noah Novak” genuinely believes any of this and I’m sure if he did his family or those close to him would have gotten him help by now.
 This likely isn’t the last we’ve seen of Noah and his signature pixelated face and maroon shirts, so for those of you that want to follow his predictions, you can do so on APEXTV's channel. 

Honestly, as ridiculous as I find this story, I can’t deny that’s its actually been fun and also it’s a nice break from the unsolved murders and missing people cases we’ve been looking at here on RLIH. 
I most likely won’t update on this story, as I think I’ve had my fill of Noah Novak for now, but maybe I’ll give them a follow on instagram. Maybe?

Until next time, stay safe everyone.