Wednesday, 24 August 2016

The most haunted building ever?

Thought Id throw in a short paranormal post to breakup the true crime and unsolved mysteries!
Sometimes friends call me to relay ghost stories about the haunted buildings they visit and send me short videos/photos etc. 
I edited together this audio file along with some actual footage from a friend  (thanks to Ksen!)


The video contains 3 stories:
The first is a from an apartment building where the occupants mentioned they sometimes see the ghost of a small child playing on the roof.
They also claim that the 5th floor is haunted by the spirit of a murder victim who often calls the elevator to floor 5 of the building.

The third story is filmed at another location, an underground parking lot, and shows the spot where many people working around the area have seen the ghost of a hanging man.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Besti di Satana, Christan Frigerio and the beasts of satan


Christian Frigerio was 23 years old when he went missing on the 14th of November 1996 in Carugate, Milan in Italy.
According to the doe network, Frigerio called his brother from work at a construction site and warned him not to leave the house. He left work at 6pm as usual, but according to his employer he seemed concerned and worried. Despite the rain, he began to bike back home and was never seen again.

Frigerio’s mother claims that he disappeared at the hands of a cult she believed he was involved in, a cult by the name of “Bestie di Satana”. She said she noticed that he had bite makes, scratches and burns on his body around the time of his disappearance and believes that he was murdered and buried 

Bestie di Satana or “the Beasts of Satan” were an Italian metal band in the nineties.  They are also referred to as a “satanic” cult and were responsible for the murders of 3 known victims.
 One of the group’s leaders, Nicola Sapone, was charged for his part in the sacrificial slayings for the double homicide of sixteen year old Fabio Tollis and his girlfriend 19 year old Chiara Marino in 1998. Apparently it was a ritual killing out in the woods involving sex and heavy drug use and other characteristics of so-called acid Satanism.


(Pic source)

The Guardian reported that Tollis may have been bludgeoned with a hammer while trying to help Marino, who was stabbed to death.  Later, fellow member and friend of Fabio Tollis, Mario Maccione, a self-proclaimed ‘medium’, would admit to being the person behind the hammer.



Tollis’ father had received a call that night from his son, who was out drinking at “The midnight bar”; a rock bar in Milan where like-minded metal fans gathered at on weekends to listen to music. In the call, Tollis told his father that he wouldn’t be coming home and would stay with his girlfriend that night. The call was unusual enough that the concerned parent showed up at the bar to check on his son- by the time he got there, Tollis was nowhere to found. His son would never return home again and was buried in the woods, where Nicola Sapone, Mario Maccione and Andrea Volpe were so delighted with their work that they were dancing on the makeshift grave in the woods, in the small town of Somma Lombardo.

Fabio Tollis’ father rejected claims that the couple had ran off together and continued to independently investigate.  
In 2004 27 year old Mariangela Pezzotta  (A former girlfriend of Beasts of Satan member, Andrea Volpe) was shot after the breakup.  The group believed that she knew too much about their unsavory pastimes and decided that it was in their interest to eliminate her.
 Volpe was sent to do the job and invited Pezzotta out under false pretences. The gunshot was non-fatal and after a panicked phone call to ring leader Nicola Sapone the girl was beaten over the head with a spade and buried alive.




Volpe and his teenage girlfriend were later discovered by police in Pezzotta’s crashed vehicle.
They had attempted to destroy the evidence but totalled the car under the influence of cocaine and heroin. They were both addicts- apparently a common theme for members of the Beasts of Satan.

It was said that members of the Beasts of Satan were required to swear in and make a blood pact, preventing them from leaving. To leave would equal death. Andrea Bontade, the drummer of the band, was found dead in his crashed car after consuming excessive amounts of alcohol. Investigators entertain the idea that he was pressured to commit suicide for not involving himself in the murder of his bandmate, Fabio Tollis and Chiara Marino.

A film from 2012 titled “In nomine Satan” is based on these events. 


The members of Besti di Satana were charged and sentenced for their crimes.

Christan Frigerio is still missing.



Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Nancy Lynn Jason and the Divine Light Mission

This was originally just going to be a write up on Nancy Lynn Jason but I just couldn't help dropping in some more information (for context/background sake) on the Divine light mission. 
This site has so much info if you want to read more about it- I was on there for an hour, actually.
Also, the doctor you'll see mentioned near the end of the post is pretty sketchy.
I do hope Nancy just took off and lived safely and happily off the radar or something.

Here we go.


Then eighteen year old Nancy Lynn Jason was last seen on the 20th of July 1977 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Nancy was a “Premie”, a member of a religious group called “Divine Light Mission” which was founded in India in the sixties by leader Shri Hans Ji Maharaj. 
The Western sect of the group is classed by many as a cult.

Maharaja’s youngest son, Guru Maharaj Ji (later Prem Rawat) brought the Divine light mission to the west against his families wishes, spreading  branches of the DLM across the US, England and other countries in Europe. Eventually the family split in anger and took control of the Indian branch, leaving the entitled and self proclaimed "perfect master" and teenage, Guru Maharaj Ji, with his own faction in the west.

(Source: Wikipedia)

As a result of the feud, he began to erase the Indian origins of the religion from his western version of the DLM, and shut down the centers and churches he had built with his family. 

His marriage to a 24 year old western airline hostess who he dubbed a real Goddess (apparently he previously preached celibacy) and his shift in belief and image (from traditional clothing to business suits) caused an unfixable grudge between himself and his family. 
The turmoil and controversy inspired a massive drop in the number of members; almost 80% of American Premies were lost by the late seventies. 

Previous members spoke of being harassed into donating cash- sometimes large sums of savings (much to the protest of their families) and other times a dollar to be paid on a daily basis. Many working Premies donated large chunks of their monthly salary to the centers. 
Meditation was a big part of being a member, there was to be no smoking, no alcohol, no sex, no violence and no eating meat.

It's believed that Nancy lived at one of the premie houses; it was a house specifically intended to one day becomes a "divine medical school". 
Nancy was epileptic, and the onsite premie doctor, a man named Robert Hallowitz, was allegedly treating her condition.

According to some sources Hallowitz believed that meditation was the key to controlling one’s mind (via the Pineal gland) and believed that, Prem Rawat, his young teenage leader, was some kind of omnipotent Supreme Being.

(source: prem-rawat-bio.org)

He was not the only doctor to worship at the feet of Maharaj Ji- his partner at the " medical house” Dr. John Horton was also a true believer in his leader. 

You can read one of his papers here [X

So brainwashed they were that even when the “perfect master” was hospitalized with an ulcer and deemed overweight and unhealthy, his devotees concocted theories and reasons as to why. “His physical body is just like ours, but his soul is perfect” being one example.

Despite Rawat’s teachings that meditation was a cure all no matter what a person was suffering, his own health issues contradicted his teachings. The perfect leader was hospitalized for his ill health and his body was described as damaged by stress and obesity. So much for his healthy diet.

Nancy was planning to go to a DLM meeting in Florida at the time she went missing.
Apparently she was last seen collecting medication at her place. As with a lot of young people in the seventies she was known to get around by hitchhiking- However she neglected to take the clothes she had laid out, a camera and cash that she had packed for the trip. 

According to thiswordpress blog (great post, check it out) which links to a Baltimor news report 

 Hallowitz had his license taken from him in the nineties. He had been proclaiming to patients that he too was a supreme being, curing his female patients through the power of impregnation.


"The investigation began March 15 when a woman called the board alleging that she'd had sex with Dr. Hallowitz for four years as part of her treatment for chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome. They met up to three times a week for lunchtime sex and to smoke marijuana or hashish, she said. The woman, Patient A, said Dr. Hallowitz warned her that "those that 'turned from him' would not regain their health," according to the board's report. She allegedly ended the relationship in October, 1990. Since then, the report says, she has attempted suicide twice."

"Patient E, according to the doctor's medical records, consulted him for symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome for a month in 1987. The woman said Dr. Hallowitz talked about a group he'd like her to join, saying he had a secret mission "bigger than the CIA," the report says. Dr. Hallowitz also reportedly "told her stories about people who had displeased him meeting untimely deaths." 

This is a age progression picture of what Nancy could look like now.

(source: missing and exploited children)

If you have any information contact: The Montgomery County Department of Police on (240) 773-5086

Monday, 15 August 2016

The Cecil hotel / Stay on main and the death of Elisa Lam

I know I'm constantly going back to old posts and updating them, but in this case I've decided to give my look at the Elisa Lam case a whole new post of it's own.
I don't know why exactly I always think back to this one, I suppose it's a pretty modern case and Elisa had an online presence with accounts that are still up, and just browsing through them just brings her to life.
Anyways, since there's always mixed comments about this case I thought I'd look for every piece of information I could possibly find (given the spare time I have today) and give the old post an overhaul. 

Grab your ice tea, it's gonna be a long one.


“Fear of death is very silly to me. I am reassured that death is something that all things before me and all things after me will go through. When it comes, I will know what it is. I just hope for a chance to say my goodbyes. I am more scared of going before my time, without having lived a full and meaningful life.”


(source)

Built in the 1920’s, the Cecil hotel is a budget hotel located in downtown LA on 640 S. Main Street with 600 rooms and grim, dark past.
You may know it as Richard Ramirez’ old haunt back in ’85. Ramirez used to pay $14 per night and reportedly killed in the local area during his stays there.


Maybe you’ve heard the rumour about unsolved murder victim Elizabeth Short in 1947- known in the media as “the Black Dahlia” murder. She was thought have been hanging out in the hotel bar before her disappearance and subsequent murder and was later found dead in Leimert Park, LA; her face mutilated into a Chelsea smile and her body drained of all blood.



Maybe it’s Austrian serial killer Jack unterweger’s stay at the Cecil in the 1991 that rings a bell? Underwerger was responsible for the murders of three sex workers, Sherri Ann Long, Shannon Exley and Irene Rodriguez. He assaulted, abused and murdered them- strangling them with their own bra’s.  Unterweger was actually a crime journalist (with a record of his own), who was paying homage to Ramirez. 


The hotel gained more attention in 2015 due to the plot of the “American Horror Story” series “Hotel” being loosely based on the building. But most likely, you’ve heard of this hotel since the story of the death of 21 year old Canadian tourist Elisa Lam in 2013.
You've most likely watched the footage of her acting strangely in an elevator before going missing and being found dead.


On the 19th of February 2013, in what many considered to be true horror movie style, (some say reminiscent of a scene in the Japanese 2002 horror movie “Dark Water”) Lam was found dead at the bottom of one of the hotels water tanks located on the roof, with (according to the media) “no explanation of how she had even gotten in there in the first place.”

News outlets and online reports suggested that it would have been impossible for Lam to get access to the roof of the hotel, possibly to add to the creepy-spin they were putting on their stories; however later discussions online from actual guests indicated that it was much easier than the reports were letting on.

Updates on a reddit thread, however, by user rockdrigoma pointed out in a discussion on the subject that from this google maps view (toggle around), we can see a security rail behind the water tanks, which could be easily used as a makeshift ladder.


In this photo from a Chinese website you can see alternative forms of access. 

Although it was discussed that there surely would be an alarm system connected to the “staff only” door that lead to the roof, a websleuths user named “smeinzer” claimed to have stayed there and accessed the roof with his brother to take photos at the same time Elisa was there, and there was no alarm. (The user verified his claims by providing a receipt of his stay which you can view on the thread)

It is easy. I am a photographer and my brother and I went up onto the roof on the night of the 5th to see how the vantage point of the skyline was from there (not that great by the way). And yes... We shouldn't have been there, I know that, but we were and it was easy. There is a window that was open on the 15th floor that allowed access to the fire escape and was just a quick climb up a short ladder and there we were on the roof, and now we know that we were probably only a few feet from Elisa's body at one point. Pretty creepy...” 



He also mentions in his forum post that one of the elevators was not in service.
 A brief search online will turn up other guests of the Cecil complaining about malfunctioning lifts.

(A screencap of the users original post)


A comment from a report posted on a Chinese website by a guest of the Cecil who investigated the roof states that the hatch on the water tanks were not locked. They added:

The opening at the top of the water tank where Elisa was found was not small. Me and Brandon found we could each easily fit through the opening. Perhaps a very obese person may not fit through - but otherwise, any normally-sized person (even one who is slightly plump in appearance) would probably fit through that opening easily. Even if Elisa had been murdered first before her body was disposed in the tank, it would be possible to fit her body through the tank easily.”

They mention a wooden ladder propped up against the tank Elisa was found in that appeared as if it had not been moved for a long period of time.

The previous guest even talks about the graffiti found up on the roof- an indication that many people had ventured up there without problem.






(pic source)

Another noteworthy observation from guests is how sketchy the hotel and surrounding area is in general, despite being advertised as hip or boutique. 
Drop by a rating website or read a few blog posts by those that have stayed there and it won’t take you long to find similar comments about the area. “Don’t stay there alone if you’re a girl” one post warns. 


(source)

Not everyone has had a bad experience, of course, but most guests do not seem to enjoy their stay and vow to never return again.

It took a few months for Elisa Lam’s autopsy report to be released publicly.
As stated in the report, Lam had been diagnosed as bi-polar.

I managed to find a report of Lam’s autopsy online which you can view here.

Her behaviour in the hotel CCTV footage could be due to the possibility that the Canadian tourist was having an acute manic or mixed episode. During an episode, it is not unheard of for some individuals with bipolar disorder to feel confusion and paranoia, or have delusions and visual/auditory hallucinations.

The bi-polar foundation describes acute mania as follows:

…judgement can be significantly impaired and overactivity and irritablity highly problematic. The individual is at risk of behaviour which they may significantly regret later on such as spending or sexual indiscretions that they would never normally consider. In some people, there may even be uncharacteristic and unpredictable violent behaviour. Also some individuals with mania will have psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions which may put them or others at risk. For all of these reasons, one of the first decisions to be made is about whether hospitalisation is required. Many individuals with anything more than mild mania may require hospitalisation for at least a short period of time until treatment is established and symptoms are brought under control.”

Not every individual with bi-polar disorder is the same, and not every treatment is the same for each person. It can often take time, trial and error regarding what combination of medicine an individual needs. 
Often a medication intended to manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder can actually induce episodes of mania- an indication that the individual should be prescribed an alternative medication. Continued use of the wrong prescription can cause reoccurring episodes.

The full video can be watched here and of course there are many more online. [X]

In another post on Reddit, a redditor who claimed to be a close friend of Elisa Lam gave this insight:

I don’t know exactly what kind of mental problems she had, but I and her close friends know that she had some strange episodes before ( and she has disappeared before too). However,her family was always reluctant to talk about her problems like in this case when they refused to release any information regarding her mental problems. Once we found out that she was going though some therapy for 3 weeks and she has regular depressions. I didn’t talk to her for a year so I didn’t know why she was going to LA. I suspect it is connected to schizophrenia or some mental problems rather than recreation drug use. She was traveling alone and it is suspicious too…

Elisa herself talked about her mental health on her tumblr blog in the “life” tag, giving readers small windows into how she felt and what she was dealing with.



Some websites claim that Elisa continued posting in her blog after her death, however she probably just had a queue that posted to schedule, which is a feature on the tumblr blogging site.

Bit terrified right now. My heart rate is going pretty damn fast. Today, if I took a walk or ran for the bus or went up a flight of stairs, I would be out of breath. Not to mention I was incredibly irritated for no reason. It feels as though I’m having trouble breathing. I sincerely hope it’s not the adderall but it most likely it is. However, I took that 6 hours ago and only now is my heart skyrocketing? Is it because I had some green tea and now the caffeine is mixing with the adderall causing my heart to want to leap out of my chest? Not to mention my hands tremor and I have absolutely not appetite (I don’t think I’ve had 3 meals a day for months) due to the anti-depressants. Or is this because I’m not eating enough? Yay side-effects.

Not good. Have been sleeping and avoiding any remote resemblance of human responsibility since last wednesday. Have not worked on paper, haven’t tried to see doctor, haven’t spoken with friends, haven’t left the house.

She loved to read, watch films, was a Harry Potter fan, loved fashion and was excited about her upcoming trip along the west coast. Unfortunately she wouldn’t make it past Los Angeles.


When questioned by investigators Lam’s sister stated that Elisa was taking Wellbutrin (an antidepressant) , Lamotrigine (used to treat bi-polar type 1) , Quetiapine (an atypical antipsychotic usually prescribed to treat schizophrenia or bipolar disorder) and one more medication that cannot be recalled.

Maintenance workers found Elisa’s body 19 days after the death after guests of the hotel complained about low water pressure; and the bad tasting and discoloured water, which probably made sense after they saw the news reports.

Her death was ruled as a drowning with no trauma to the body.
She, reportedly, had not been assaulted in any way and the report ruled it an accidental death, possibly linked to Lam’s mental health issues and being in a manic / mixed state.


The decedent died as a result of drowning. A complete autopsy examination showed no evidence of trauma and toxicology studies did not show acute drug or alcohol intoxication. Decedent had a history of bipolar disorder for which she was prescribed medication. Toxicology studies were performed for the presence of these drugs. However, quantitation in the blood was not performed due to limited sample availability. Therefore, interpretation is limited. Police investigation did not show evidence of foul play. A full review of the circumstances of the case and appropriate consultation do not support intent to harm oneself. The manner of death is classified as accident.” (From the report)


Lam was found naked in the water tank, but I was unable to find any report stating why.



One theory floating around online is that Elisa was murdered.

When the previously mentioned verified websluethes member, smeinzer, was asked if he thought it was possible that someone could have carried Lam’s body up the fire escape he had this to say:

 “It would take SO much strength to carry someone up that ladder. I am fairly positive that someone would not be able to carry her up that way. The body would have to have been attached to the attacker in some way because you need both hands to climb the ladder (especially if trying to carry someone). I think she either made her way up the fire escape ladder by herself, possibly while being chased, or she was brought through the alarmed locked door by someone who had a keycard.

Some people entertain the possibility that security, staff or another guest disposed of Elisa in the tank and that foul play was involved.


The death was officially ruled as an accident, but not everyone believes that this is the case.
Sony is allegedly in the process of making a film based on the Lam case, titled “The bringing” -“Directed by Jeremy Lovering. A horror story centered around a man investigating a mysterious death at a hotel.” Originally the film was going to be directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who is probably most known for his film “Drive” with Ryan Gosling- a movie that Elisa seemed to be a fan of according to her blog posts.


The customers of the Cecil inevitably sued, and the hotel has since re-branded itself as “Stay on Main”

So if you’re looking for a cheap place to stay in downtown LA, maybe think twice before you stay on main.

(source)

Elisa's twitter [X
Listography [X]
Tumblr [X]

Rest in Peace, Elisa Lam.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Jack o Lanterns



In 19th century Ireland turnips were carved on Halloween. This one is displayed at the “Museum of country Life”. [X]

Bloody Jack of Shrewsbury castle


The gardens of the Shrewsbury castle in England are reportedly haunted by Shrewsbury’s answer to the infamous Blue beard, a specter named “Bloody Jack”.  

Centuries ago, back when the ghost was the groundskeeper and a mortal man, he was known for proposing to young women and girls who he would invite to his castle only to rape and murder them.

According to local legend, he was arrested when the sister of one of his victims searched the castle and found a wooden chest containing the severed fingers and toes of every girl who had went missing in the area. Bloody Jack was drawn, quartered and hanged for his crimes and as was customary at the time, his severed head was put on a stick and displayed.

His spirit now spends eternity wandering the gardens of his castle. Some visitors say they sometimes hear the bloodcurdling screams of girls later accompanied by the vision of bloody Jack dragging a victim across the property by a fistful of hair.

Friday, 12 August 2016

RLIH Youtube:

Check out this video!
"The most haunted city in the UK" narrated by a Brit.



The unsolved death of Paula Jean Oberbroeckling



The remains of eighteen year old Paula Jean Oberbroeckling were discovered four months after she had went missing in 1970, near the Cedar River, Otis Road, Southeast Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Paula Jean worked at a department store as well as teaching children with special needs and had recently graduated from high school. 

Paula as a bridesmaid.
(from whathappenedtopaula.com)

Her decomposed body was found bound at the wrists and ankles, clad in the blue night dress that she was wearing when she left her apartment in on July 11th 1970 earlier that year. 
She was seen for the last time after telling her  friend, Debbie Kellogg (who she shared the apartment with) that she would “Be right back” before getting into Debbie’s car and driving off.

 She took nothing and was barefoot when she was found, but according to friends, she generally went out barefoot if running a local errand.
That night she had been out on a date with her boyfriend, Lonnie Bell. According to Bell they had an argument that evening.
Oberbroeckling had one previously known high school boyfriend, Robert Williams. It was unclear if she was still involved with him in any way.

The abandoned car was discovered two miles from her residence the following day. There was no signs of a struggle and the vehicle seemed to be voluntarily left.

(from whathappenedtopaula.com)

Her family suspects that Bell did not want to continue the relationship. Bell was said to search for Oberbroeckling and check out any lead or tip from the numerous prank calls to the missing girl’s family home- to no avail. The nature of the interviews with Oberbroeckling’s parents suggests that they didn’t like Lonnie Bell although her mother claimed she did despite remarks she made about his race.

The local authorities refused to accept the case as a missing person’s case and rudely suggested that the girl had gone to a music festival or took off on a road trip without informing anyone. 

Family and friends refused to entertain the idea, as they knew Paula Jean was very reliable and punctual and would call ahead on the rare occasions that she’d be late- especially when it came to work.

The family contacted local journalists and claimed that none of them were interested in a writing a story on the case.



Advanced decomposition meant that the cause of death was inconclusive. It was possible that Oberbroeckling could have been strangled or poisoned as these methods could not be ruled out at the stage her remains were found in. There was no blood on her dress, no sign of damage from knife or gun. The autopsy did state that there were no broken bones or trauma, but investigators claimed they believed foul play was involved.  

She was found curled around a steel pin in the ground. It is unknown if this was her position at death or if she had lived longer and perished due to the elements. Another theory from the police was that she had been thrown from the top of the road and rolled down the steep hill, hitting the steel pin and ended up concealed in the summer foliage (weather or not this story matches up with the autopsy findings remains to be seen)
The nearby sewage treatment plant would have thrown off any passersby when it came to the scent of human decomposition.

The material used to bind Oberbroeckling’s wrists (behind her back) and ankles was described by the medical examiner performing the autopsy (Earl F. Rose, M.D.)  As “types of flexible material, one having the appearance of plastic clothesline and the other of cording.
(image source right iowa unsolved murders)

She was 1 month pregnant at the time.

There were local rumors that Paula Jean was the victim of a botched abortion. That she believed having a child would ruin her modeling career. 
Some say she was using drugs heavily and that Lonnie was a dealer and the two got mixed up in something. The truth is, nobody knows.

The cause of death officially states”unknown”.

The case remains unsolved.


[X] [X] [X] [X] [X] [X] [X

Susan Taylor Chehak has written an e-book about the case.
You can read her blog here. [X]


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Real life is horror youtube!

Hey everyone! 
I've started a, pretty simple to be honest, youtube channel just to present my posts in another format.
I haven't started narrating them yet, but I will soon when I sort out my equipment situation! 
Check it out, subscribe and like if you want to! 

HERE << click click!



Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Chijon family cannibal gang:


In the early 90’s a group of previously incarcerated South Korean men (and one woman) formed a cannibal gang that came to be known as “The Chijon family”. 

The family was born out of ki-hwan’s loathing for the wealthy- a sentiment that would later be remorselessly expressed in the gangs confession where they would also admit to eating the flesh of their victims out of pure hatred.

Under the order of founding member, Kim Ki-hwan, the Chijon family would kidnap members of rich families and hold them to ransom, demanding large sums of money in exchange for a safe return- a deal that was never honored. 

Their hit-list was a Hyundai department store mailing list of repeat customers that they had obtained through the bribery of a worker.

They were officially charged with the murder of 5 people and sentenced to death.
Their only regret, they admitted, was that they hadn’t killed and eaten more.

Googlebooks [X]
Wikipedia [X]
Silentviral [X]
imaeil [X]

Kiss Béla


Just like the infamous female Norwegian-American serial killer, Belle Gunness, Hungarian serial killer Kiss Béla (sometimes Béla Kiss) sought out his victims by placing advertisements in local newspapers highlighting his desire to find a significant other.

His first two victims were his own younger wife, and the local man she had been having an affair with, when the couple had first moved to Cinkota.
His wife’s lover would be the only male found among his victims.

Kiss Béla would correspond with the women who answered the ads and then purposefully select those who were not local, and had few, if any, friends and relatives who would notice if they went missing. 
He would then fleece them for cash, and much like the dating website scams of today, would proclaim love and charm them with marriage proposals while draining them of their finances.
He would sit at his desk in a secret office that was off limits to his loyal house keeper (who had no idea of what he was getting up to) , surrounded by books on the subject of murder by asphyxiation and different types of poison and the effects. 

When his prospective wives showed up to his abode, it wouldn’t be long before he did away with them, pickling their bodies in alcohol and sealing them into metal barrels in his backyard- barrels that he convinced the local authorities were used for nothing more than to stock gasoline in the face of the upcoming inevitable rationing as a result of the war.

(His home on the left. Pic source X)

(The barrels where he kept his pickled victims. Source X)

In reality, those numerous drums were metal caskets containing his 24 victims.
Investigators claimed to have evidence indicating at least 30 victims.

Police claimed that the bodies were pieced at the neck, and had been drained of all blood, much like the victim of the famous unsolved caseof the atlas vampire many years later in Sweden in 1932. This lead to local rumors that connected Béla with vampire lore.

At the time of the discoveries, Béla had already been conscripted to fight in the Great War.
The closest investigators ever got to the notorious serial killer was when they received news that the wounded soldier was recovering from ailments at a hospital in Serbia. When they located his bed and threw back the covers, the cadaver of another soldier was laying in his place. A search of his home turned up nothing and authorities theories that he switched identities with a dead soldier in order to evade the law.

Kiss Béla was never found. 

The last reported sighting of him was allegedly in the 1930’s, where someone claimed they saw in New York City working as a janitor. 

Wikipedia [X]
Murderpedia [X]
Oddlyhistorical [X]



Saturday, 9 July 2016

1 mind ministries:

Hey everyone.
I was reading about cults again today when I found this story.
It's pretty sad and involves the death of a child, so if that's not something you want to read about feel free to select another post from the navigation bar at the top of the page. 


In late 2006/early 2007, then 19 year old Ria Ramkissoon starved her 16 month old son, Javon Thompson, to death under the orders of Toni Sloan, aka “Queen Antoinette”, who was the leader of the “1 Mind Ministries” cult.
A new mother with a troubled home life and an incarcerated partner (attempted murder charge); she originally joined the cult as a disappointed reaction to the places of worship in the Baltimore area.  

At a loss for what to do with her life, and unsure of what direction to go in, she decided to move into the “1 Mind Ministries” house after being recruited by existing members who actively pursued  her. 

She disappeared from her normal life with nothing but the clothes on her back and her child in her arms. From then on, as with the protocol of any cult, she would be live by rules which become more and more restrictive over time, forbidden to make contact with anyone from her old life and the outside world, not allowed to go anywhere without another member, forced to give up all forms of identification and threatened with an afterlife of eternal divine punishment for any type of deviation. 

The members were clad head to toe in white, and were no permitted to seek medical assistance when in need.
Ramikssoon’s son was starved as a punishment for the crime of neglecting to say “Amen” before a meal-a word he may not have even had the ability to say. In Sloan’s eyes this was evidence that the boy was possessed by an evil presence, the presence of the spirit of rebellion, and that demon had to be weakened through forced fasting.

Although the child’s mother claimed that she did want to help her son, she said she simply couldn’t, as it would an action against God, who was using Queen Antoinette as a mouthpiece for his word. She believed that defying the directions of the leader was exactly the same as rejecting the ideas of the bible, which Sloan would recite regularly to back up her ideas.

Following the death of the child, Sloan then ordered Ramikssoon to attempt to bring him back from the dead. Needless to say, the group praying and other attempts at resurrection were obviously unsuccessful. Javon’s body was forced into a suitcase along with a bag of mothballs, sprayed heavily with air freshener to mask the scent of decomposition and left in a shed.

Ria Ramikssoon claimed that she sang to and danced with the boy, and believed that one day he truly would come back to life, so much so, that when she was facing sentencing in court, she requested that she would walk free if her deceased son was to resurrect.

After evaluation it was concluded that Ramkissoon was not legally insane, however her family and attorney protested that she was brainwashed. She received treatment and showed signs of progress.
Sloan was sentenced to 60 years.

Sources:
[X][X][X][X][X][X][X][X][X]

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Jeremy Bentham, Horatio Gordon Robley and the Maori:

I was thinking about preserved and mummified bodies this morning (what?) and wondered if anyone had ever requested to be publicly displayed after death of their own accord.
This is the online tangent I went down.:


In the 1800's British philosopher and auto icon, Jeremy Bentham [x], who passed away at the ripe old age of 84, was as per his instructions, dissected and preserved for public display.
 His skeletal remains were posed and clad in his usual attire, padded out with straw and displayed in a wooden cabinet with his name engraved above in gold. 
The technologies to preserve the head of the cadaver, using methods attributed to that of the indigenous people of New Zealand, didn’t achieve the desired ‘lively’ look his friends were hoping for; and so the shriveled and varnished looking dried head was exchanged for a wax model that resembled the living Bentham more closely.

The process of preparing a Maori involved removing the brain and eyes and then padding it out with a fiber crop, and either boiling or steaming the head. It would then be left to dry out in the sun for a week and then shark liver oil would be applied. 

The Maori preservation of heads was deeply connected to the spirit of the deceased. It was believed that the spirit would reside within the head after death. Families would keep the heads of passed loved ones and enemies would display and berate them. [x]

Many European explorers would collect the heads, as a sort of 'exotic curiosity', and they would be displayed in museums. 
One notable collector was British serviceman, Horatio Gordon Robley, who was stationed in New Zealand for five years, where he sketched the landscape, collected antiques and got to know the local people. Robley had an interest in tattoo's, and had his own arm tattooed with the image of the Buddha in Burma, a procedure performed using the tapping technique by a monk he had befriended. So it's no surprise the dried heads with their tā moko face tattooing appealed to the morbid serviceman. 

This is a photograph of him with his collection n 1895.

He would have obtained these heads from a market and traded for them.
The trafficking of the items would have likely lead to murder and foul play since they were sought after items that had value. One account recalls a market seller telling the story of a slave who was being tattooed with the intention of being executed and sold as a Maori, however he escaped.
The heads would have also been traded for firearms that certain tribes would have used during the musket wars. 



Thankfully, many of the Maori heads have since been returned to their place of origin and finally buried in peace, however some still remain in museum storage. 
There's a nice discussion on this message board with some news reports and clippings [x]