Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The disappearance of Corrie mcKeague

At the time I’m writing this post, Corrie McKeague, a 23 year old RAF gunner, has been missing for 4 months and 20 days. 
Although I’m generally interested in missing peoples cases and write about them here often, this case piqued my interest due to the fact that I used to pass through the area Corrie McKeague went missing almost daily by train at one point.  

He disappeared after a night out in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England, during the early hours of the morning. The last confirmed sighting of McKeague was recorded on a CCTV camera at exactly 3.25am on Brentgrovel Street. He appears slightly inebriated on the tape, as expected after a night out, which was confirmed by a bouncer at “Flex” nightclub, who had asked him to leave as he was too drunk. The bouncer stated that the 26 year old had not been behaving badly, however he was just simply too drunk to stay at the venue. His girlfriend, 21 year old April Oliver, was unknowingly pregnant at the time and on vacation in the US.

The CCTV trail shows that after leaving the club, Corrie went to his usual takeaway to order food and also briefly fell asleep in the doorway of a shop, which according to friends was something he did now and again when out drinking.

McKeague neglected to show up for work and was reported missing.
One possibility is that the missing man could have attempted to walk back to base which was 12 miles away from the point that he was last seen (it would have taken just under 3 hours for the average person to walk). This is not something that he had done before, however even if unlikely, it is still possible. IF McKeague attempted to walk back to base, it is not out of the realm of possibility that someone may have offered him a ride while driving past him on the isolated roads, and according to his mother, he would have probably accepted a lift from a stranger as well as offered one to someone if he was in the same position.  

Corrie’s Nokia Lumia cell phone is a point of interest in the case as on the same morning it travelled 12 miles North West in 28 minutes, which could only have been accomplished by vehicle. By 8:00am for whatever reason, the phone switched off.  The local police were said to have stopped a trash lorry that day, the phone was not found in the vehicle, nor was the missing man.
The back of the phone was, however, discovered later, but yielded no leads.
Despite a reward no one has come forward with information. The surrounding area, route he may have taken, towns between where he disappeared and where his cell phone last pinged and the woods on the route to the RAF base have all been searched and turned up nothing.

So what happened to Corrie McKeague?

Is it possible that he is a walk away? Most likely not. 
He had made no preparations, left behind a beloved pet and was not picked up on any CCTV, council or private. Obviously it is not impossible that he left of his own free will, but is it likely?

Was he kidnapped? This theory has been batted around due to the fact that Corrie was not picked up on any CCTV leaving on foot. Did he get into a car? Was he forced into one? It’s possible.

Did his job have anything to do with it?

Was he the victim of an accident, like being hit by a car while attempting to walk home?
Corrie is still missing.

A recent news report states that police are currently searching a landfill.

If you have any information, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant authority. 

Creepiest audio files

Hey everyone, How's it going? 
Today I have a list of unsettling audio for you. It's not a "top ten" per say, just a list for you to go through (and in no particular order I should mention)
This list contains a couple of 911 emergency calls, so listen at your own discretion. 
Also! Click "read more" in the bottom left corner of the post to expand the list. 

10. Chimp rips woman’s face off (911 phone call)
Some people like to keep unconventional pets, and sometimes those pets attack. 
In the late 2000’s a woman named Sandra Herold in Connecticut made an emergency call for assistance after her chimpanzee (Travis) attacked a friend. 
“It’s ripping her apart! It’s ripping her face off!” she screams down the receiver to the confused operator at the other end. 
Although Sandra gave up all hope of her friend being alive, announcing “She’s dead”, the victim of the attack, Charla Nash, was clinging on to life by a thread. She survived, however she lost both hands and was severely disfigured and blinded by the attack.

09. Old lady Ruth (911 call)
I was pretty disturbed by this clip when I first heard it. 
It was apparently made by an old lady named Ruth, who claimed there was a man snooping around outside of her apartment. While she’s on the line, it seems the intruder gets into the building and attacks her.
Now while I was looking around online for some more information on the call, the audio seemed to be met with some skepticism on the Reddit/creepy sub, but there was a post from an ex-cop saying that he swore the file was used back when he was training and that it apparently was real, although he couldn’t find a source saying so. (read that post here)

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Jerry Brudos the lust killer

(mentions of murder and sex crimes to follow) 

Jerry Brudos had a difficult relationship with his mother from a very young age. He had been a disappointment to her since the day he was born, as she had always wanted a daughter. 
 She already had a boy and Jerry was an unwanted second.
Young Jerry Brudos found himself at the receiving end of a barrage of cold and abusive treatment as a child and was moved around from place to place, unable to ever really feel settled. 

Jerry Brudos.
(Image source: murderpedia)

He would eventually grow up to be serial killer and necrophiliac dubbed “the shoe fetish slayer” by the media, and would go on to kill 4 women in the mid to late sixties.

By the time he was a teenager he was attacking women in the street to steal their footwear as well as stealing underwear from girls in the neighborhood. He also forced young women to strip at knife-point, taking photographs as souvenirs of his crimes.

Despite being in and out of hospitals for evaluation and having been arrested for various sexual assaults, Brudos found himself a teenage bride. She would not escape his fantasies and would be made to walk around wearing nothing but a pair of heels while her new husband played photographer.
His obsession with shoes started very early, at the age of five, when he found a discarded pair of women’s heels and took them home. Although his angry mother insisted that he dispose of them, he rejected the command and kept them in secret, walking around in them until he was caught and punished.  

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Dennis Nilsen the kindly killer

It's been a while since we had a serial killer post,hasn't it? 
Obviously mentions of death and murder to follow. 

Often referred to as “The Muswell Hill Murderer” and dubbed by the media as “The British Jeffrey Dahmer”, Dennis Nilsen was a serial killer and necrophiliac who killed between 12-15 men during 1978-1983.

Much like the notorious cannibal-serial killer Jeffery Dahmer, Nilsen struggled with his sexuality at an early age and did not confide in anyone around him. He also joined the army and drank in excess to combat his social anxieties.
Another similarity they shared was morbid sexual fantasies involving dead bodies. Nilsen’s fuel for these macabre erotic scenarios were memories from his time in the army and various classical paintings portraying dismemberment and death.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Colleen Stan the girl in the box

Hey everyone.
I recently started re-reading an old book I found called "Perfect Victim" by Christine McGuire and Carla Norton. It's the story of Colleen Stan who was kidnapped while hitchhiking in the late seventies. 
This case really interested me as she was missing for seven years before escaping and it made me think of all the missing persons posts I publish here at RLIH. Sometimes when a person has been missing so long the public kind of gives up hope and tends to lean towards the idea that the person has met their end. In this case Colleen showed up again. 
There's so many aspects to this case, and it's an unbelievable story. I hope Colleen Stan is doing well now. Not sure what she thought of the book, but there is a comment on the Goodreads website from someone who claims to know her personally writing that Colleen felt negative towards it. 
(Also, I know I wrote about this a while back, but I wasn't happy with it so this is the updated post)

Cameron Hooker was an average, mild mannered man with dark, side-parted hair and large spectacles.
If you asked his parents, they would tell you that he was a breeze to raise, co-workers would say he was quiet and unassuming, ask the neighbors and they would tell you that he was just an average married guy who got on with his life and went about his business- at least that’s what they would tell you before his arrest in the mid-eighties for kidnapping a young woman and keeping her as a sex slave and servant.

Cameron Hooker

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Best youtube true crime, paranormal, horror and scary story channels

(I'll be updating this periodically, remember to check back! Feel free to suggest your favourite channel in the comments!)

I really like Reignbot’s channel, she’s great at analyzing mysteries and conspiracies and the like. Her voice is also really easy to listen to and she often does in depth horror movie reviews and lists too.

Rob Dyke 
 specifically his series “seriously strange” / twisted tens and the anatomy of a serial killer.
Rob’s channel has a lot of good quality content and since he’s been around for a while now, he’s got quite a few to binge on. His channel covers everything from unsolved mysteries, serial killers, and twisted top ten lists.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Drive-thru funerals, Reuben John Smith, Jim Nelson Gernhart and Sandra Ilene West

Drive- thru funerals:
(image: gettyimages)

Modern life leaves little free time in which to get things done, and for some, mourning is no exception. 
In Louisiana, the Pointe Coupee Parish presented a drive-thru style of funeral, where people could view the open casket of the deceased through a window, and stick their arm out of their car window and sign the guestbook.

A haunting love

I don't know why this news story touched me, but it did.
I've re-written it the best I can.

**Please scroll past this post to avoid mentions of suicide**

On the 21st of January 2017 a brokenhearted teenager knelt down in her rented apartment and hanged herself with a bathroom towel.
She had recently broken up with her boyfriend and couldn’t take being without him. 

Before she committed suicide, she wrote three letters; one to her landlord, apologizing for what she had done, one to her family, and finally one to her ex-boyfriend vowing to haunt him if he did not complete a series of requests.

When she was found, she was wearing a white T shirt with a photograph of herself and her boyfriend printed on the front. In a letter to him, she instructed the young man to show up to her funeral, which would be held in her home, and provided the address and the phone number of a family member.

She had left behind a black T-Shirt matching the one she was found in, and told him that he must sleep in her home on at least the first and last day of the mourning period wearing the shirt- if he neglected to do so, she promised to haunt him day and night for the rest of his life.

The letter read (translated to the best of my abilities)
Mai (boyfriend’s name),
I bet you never thought I’d do something like this, right?
If I keep on living I feel like I’m suffering inside, being this way. It didn’t feel this way before. I love you so much; no one could ever take your place.
 I can’t live without you. By the way, I’m already dead. Now you have to do what I want you to do- If you don’t do what I want you to do, I will haunt you day and night. You have to attend my funeral at my home and the first night you have to wear this black T-shirt that I’ve screened for you.
You also have to sleep at my home on the first and last night. Each night you choose to stay, you must wear the shirt.
090XXXXXXX this is my grandmothers number to locate my house. People in my house call me “Sai” not “Bee” I’m so sorry that I’ve done something like this.
But I can’t live like this.
Thanks for the time we spent together; it showed me how much I loved you. I was happy every moment with you. I love you so much…

Thursday, 19 January 2017

The possession of Eleonore Zugun and the devils coins

12 year old Eleonore Zugun was delighted when she discovered coins in the street near her home in Bukovina.

As most children would, she picked them up and purchased some candy at the local store, eating it on her way home.

When she cheerfully told her grandmother about her good fortune, an atmosphere fell over the room. The old woman grimaced and scolded the child, “Those were the devils coins” she said “Now the devil is in you”.

It was at that moment that little Elanore’s life changed forever.

Violent paranormal activity plagued her life, windows smashed when she entered a room, objects shifted around by some unseen force, chairs and tables levitated, scratches and claw marks appeared on her face, arms and back.

The activity was not dampened by her stay in a covenant.
 Not even an exorcism by the local church could yield results.
Eventually she was turned over to an asylum for the mentally ill, where she resided until an upper class paranormal enthusiast (Countess Wassilko ) managed to sign her out under her care. Elaonore performed many acts of mediumship before circles of paranormal enthusiasts, including automatic writing even though she claimed to be illiterate.

She gained international media attention, and as with most paranormal cases throughout the 1920’s, caught the interest of paranormal investigator Harry price, who deducted that the raven haired Romanian girl was producing the activity herself- although not due to any psychokinetic powers or demonic possession. Price discovered that the scratches were more like welts and rashes resembling hives that would appear whenever the girl was upset or agitated. Others who investigated her claimed to see her scratch herself secretly.

He considered the case debunked, and eventually the devil, or “Dracu” as Eleonore called him, took a backseat.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

How to make a shrunken head - The Shuar head hunters

Tucked away in the tropical forests of the Peruvian Amazon lives a sub-tribe of the Jivaro people known as the Shuar. They are mostly known for their practice of head shrinking- a method used on the severed heads of those who are captured during annual head hunting raids in nearby villages.

The heads, which are known as “tsantsa”, were believed to bring good fortune to a warrior; not only because they had succeeded in winning a battle, but also because they had avenged their passed ancestors, who would in return would bless them with fertile land, luck and protection.  
There was also a pressure to attain the heads of rival tribe members, as the neglect to take the head of an enemy would reflect the neglect of a warrior’s deceased relatives, who in anger, would inspire misfortune in the lives of those who finished any raid empty-handed.

So how exactly are shrunken heads made?
-First of all, the skull would be extracted from a large incision made at the back of the head.  It would then be boiled for an hour to shrink it in size and then left out in the sun to dry out.

-When it was dry, it would be reversed and scraped clean.

-Heated rocks and sand would be poured inside, filling the head as if it was a small bag.

-The head would be then emptied, manipulated back into shape, and boiled again over several days until the desired size was achieved.

 -The eyes and mouth would be sewn shut as the Shuar believed that the soul (or “muisak”) of their enemy would be trapped inside the head, so it was imperative that their rival’s life essence could not escape.

(Various shrunken heads, including a sloth. 
Images found at head-hunter.com)

If the soul of a slain enemy was not contained within the trophy it would be free to pass on over to the other side and battle with the ancestors of the warrior who neglected to trap it.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Psychic dogs - Chris the wonder dog

I was taking care of a friend of a friends dog recently, and it inspired me to make a dog related post. 
I remembered reading about a dog named Chris a while back,so I thought I'd share it with you guys. No warnings for this post, it's pretty fluffy. 

Dogs are truly impressive in many ways and their amazing ability to sense natural disaster, illness in their owners and even impending seizures makes them invaluable to their human companions- but could they be in any way psychic?

 When dogs and other animals are tested for ESP and correctly answer questions they could never know (or sense danger to their masters when they are not even present) is this anything other than chance or natural ability?

In a way, our canine friends are sort of psychic. They know of storms and earth quakes before we do, often fleeing or hiding in reaction (even attempting to warn us) but this not a result of mystical powers or ESP, they simply feel or hear it.

Dogs may know it’s walk time before we pick up the leash because they recall the order in which we usually prepare to go out, purely due to the scent of the coat we may pick up to put on while in the other room. Although impressive, these predictions are explainable, but are there seemingly psychic predictions made by animals that simply can’t be explained?

There have been many allegedly psychic animals and wonder dogs throughout the decades, but not many have been as impressive as a dog named Chris.

 Chris, who was a Beagle mix from the USA in the fifties, communicated through a tapping technique that he had apparently displayed of his own accord since being adopted by his owner. Since dogs can remember and identify hundreds of items, and be taught to fetch an individual item by name, it was not a difficult task for Chris to remember five cards by the symbols printed on them. He would then use his paw to tap out the number that corresponded to that symbol, in order to choose the card when asked.

But the fact that he was challenged to identify the symbol on a card while it was sealed within an envelope, and chose correctly each time, was the shocking part.

According to the results of the test, Chris the dog scored so highly that even the possibility of him scoring correctly simply by chance was minute.

He could also solve simple maths problems and tapped letters of the alphabet to spell out words in order to answer questions- skills that looked like mere tricks compared to his previous feat. It's most likely that Chris' owner taught him these tricks, but not for fame or fortune as all the profit from the dogs media appearances was donated to an animal charity.

Chris' final prediction was that of the date of his death.
He was only one day out.

So what do you think? Was Chris the dog a psychic animal? Or was he just impossibly lucky? 

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The ant hill kids cult and Roch Thériault

Hello everyone, and happy new year!
Welcome to 2017.

The first post on RLIH for the year is about a cult called "The ant hill kids".
Reader discretion is advised for this one, as the cult leader, Roch Thériault was a real piece of work.

Roch Thériault (aka. “Moses”, “Mosie” and “Papi”) was the leader of a cult called “The anthill kids” which was active in Ontario, Canada in the late 80’s.
He started early, switching his high school text books for a copy of the Old Testament and fervently studied the religious text.

(image source: La presse)

Thériault was naturally skilled in the art of manipulation and control, and his knowledge of the bible was the perfect foundation on which to begin building his own religion. After all, Catholicism had never sat well with him, nor did his stint in Mormonism- so believing that he was a God himself, he began to craft his own set of practices, ethics and rules, a whole new religion that he would preside over. He would be worshiped, powerful and in total control, he would finally be a God.

At first he embodied a sort of new-age spiritual persona, championing a clean lifestyle, as well as freedom, equality and a spirit of unity. But as time went by, as with most cult leaders, he began to tighten the leash on his followers.
The detox sessions and motivational talks that had initially attracted his followers (many of whom were seeking help for addiction or help with self-confidence) were dropped from the agenda and Thériault’s mask began to slip. The friendly community spirit that he had once encouraged was replaced by a grim silence as the ant hill kids members were only permitted to talk with one another when Thériault was present. He relinquished total control of their personal lives- a task made even easier as each member had quit their jobs in the outside world to be with him at all times.
The community generated funds by baking and selling goods they made on the property.
Those under his control lost their freedom and independence and were removed far from their friends and family. It wasn’t unusual for the ant hill kids to be whipped and beaten for general breaking of the rules, no matter how minor their mishaps.

(Image source: Skepticink)

Attempts to escape would result in members having to smash their own knee caps, or being shot by another follower.
All sexual contact between followers was banned  unless permitted by him, and by the late eighties he was believed to have fathered around 26 kids-almost every child in the cult (one child died of exposure after being left outside the compound as a “punishment”)

In classic cult leader style, Theriault moved the group to a more isolated location, breaking off any possibility of contact between members and their family, friends or general outsiders. This is a classic technique used by many cult leaders to ensure total control over their followers; it ensures long term / indefinite control without the chance of members being liberated by relatives or the local authorities.

Just like the speedo wearing, narcissistic, Buddhafiled cult leader Michael Rostand, Thériault sat back and watched as the ant hill kids built an entire town around him on a mountain side in Quebec. They believed that they would see out their final days there in the face of an imminent apocalypse that their leader had predicted to happen in ’79- yet another doomsday cult trope.
The coming of the end of days is often used throughout the control process as the fear of final judgement (and the desperation of the followers to be fully "cleansed of all sin") gives any cult leader the room to amp up the abuse and exploitation. Sadly “the end” never comes, the deadline is reset, and cycle continues.

Although he was generally considered a charismatic, likeable and humorous man by all, Thériault often displayed two very separate sides to those who were trapped in his company- one of a gentle, friendly man and one of a true devil- a vile, sadistic beast of a man who abused his own children and performed drunken surgeries that resulted in agonizing deaths.

(Image source: La fin du monde)

He performed his operations in a grim, cluttered room with dirty kitchen knives on dusty counter tops and tables. He used forced followers as makeshift medical assistants, breathing down their necks with whiskey breath as they sewed up incisions’ under his command.   
It is unclear from reading the reports if Thériault was delusional or not, but testimonies from ex-members describe him actually believing in his healing abilities despite the disastrous outcomes of his botched, DIY surgeries.

Unfortunately, hard labour, isolation and complete control were only the tip of the iceberg when it came to Theriaults exploitation and abuse of the adults and children in his control.
He would torture them in the most brutal ways he could come up with and referred to them as “punishments” or “cleansings” to “remove sin”.

He pulled out teeth, had followers amputate each other’s fingers and toes in what he said were displays of loyalty. He ripped out fistfuls of hair, or plucked them out one by one, he amputated otherwise healthy limbs, burned and branded skin, used his followers as his personal toilet, sexually abused both the children and adults as well as performing enemas on them and gruesome surgeries- once ripping out the intestines of a conscious follower who only complained of a stomach ache. Children were even reportedly nailed to trees and pummeled with rocks by other kids.

Theriault was reported to the authorities when a mutilated member escaped and alerted the police. It was a miracle that she had even survived the torture inflicted on her, and she left the ant hill kids with eight less teeth, only one arm, mutilated genitals and breasts and a fractured skull. 

Roch Theriault was sentenced to life in prison and was shanked in the neck by his cell mate at the age of 63 in 2011. His killer admitted to the crime immediately afterwards, calling Theriault “A piece of shit”.

The cult never had more than 40 followers, and during its final days the followers consisted mostly of his children and wives.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Troll cat in scandinavian folklore

I recently found out about "The Troll cat" a folklore from Scandinavia about witches familiars. It was actually interesting to read so I thought I'd write up this post and share it with you. 
(Obviously I'm not encouraging you to do this of course) 
Do you ever get tired of going to the store to buy milk? Life is so much easier when you have others to run your errands isn’t?
If only such a luxury could be afforded. Well, you know, there is a way. .. and the only things you need are readily available to you.. You know strands of your hair, your nail clippings, some straw, your own blood, just inexpensive, convenient ingredients.

You’re going to make yourself a troll cat- your own little servant who will suckle at the udders of cows and regurgitate the milk into a pail that you will leave outside of your home. 
Your own personal troll cat will, like most felines, be a master thief able to steal cream from the houses of others and bring it right to you. It may materialize in the form of a rolling ball of fur or the in the shape of an ordinary cat.

Here's how to make it. 
 Take your straw, hair and nails and roll them into a ball, then prick your finger with a needle and squeeze out three drops onto your creation. 

Now, recite this incantation:
I give you blood, Satan gives you power.
You shall run for me on earth, I shall burn for you in hell.
You shall travel through forests and fields,
 gathering milk and cream

Of course there is a price. But it’s just eternal damnation, no biggie. 
You don’t have the power to animate your creation, so of course you’ll have to call on the abilities of our dark father.

And that’s all there is to it! Remember to take good care of your troll cat, any damage to it is damage to you, and if you’re feeling a little ill, keep him near you, as you must be buried with him or you’ll have to dig yourself out of a fresh grave to retrieve the little milk thief.

Good luck!

The Jólakötturinn yule cat of Iceland

If you’re not sporting a new outfit on Christmas Eve, you might just receive an extremely unwanted visit from the Yule cat, or as he’s known in Iceland, the Jólakötturinn.
Although he sounds adorable, the Jólakötturinn is actually a giant, demonic feline that prowls around the snowy rural areas of Iceland where he sniffs out, hunts down and eats those (or the food of those) unfortunate enough to have not received a new outfit for the holidays. 

Apparently this old folktale has a moral behind it and encourages children to donate to the needy, it may also have ties with production and the harvesting of wool before the winter period arrives, promoting a responsible work ethic.

Either way, it’s always best to err on the side of caution in the face of potential death, and pray for that ugly sweater from your grandma to be nestled safely under the tree this year.  Jólakötturinn knows exactly what gifts you have, because he’s been watching you of course!

Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas horror movies

I truly messed up Halloween over here at RLIH, so since its horror all year 'round for us, I’m going to make up for it with a bloody Christmas. Starting off with a selection of Christmas themed horror flicks.

Black Christmas (1974)
 I really enjoyed the original “Black Christmas” and although it’s been a while since I’ve seen it, it was the first Christmas themed horror film that came to mind. It’s about a bunch of sorority girls who start receiving harassing anonymous phone calls around Christmas time. The threatening behavior of the killer inevitably escalates, and the girls begin to get picked off one by one.
You can watch it in full on YouTube [X]

Rare exports (2010)
A Finnish horror / fantasy / thriller. A reindeer butcher in Lapland is losing his animals to what he believes may be a wolf. He sets a trap to catch the animal, but instead captures Santa- a very different Santa to the jolly, fat bellied man we all know and love.
Watch here [X]

Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater - 'The Present'
Jolly old Santa rewards the good and punishes the bad; and tragically for the drunken party goers in this film, they receive more than just a piece of coal for their years’ worth of bad behavior. This lesser known Japanese short turns Santa Claus into Slasher Claus and doesn’t fail to deliver on the blood and gore.
Again, watch it in full on YouTube here [X]

Gremlins (1984)
If your kid brother or sister asked for a hatchimal this Christmas, make sure it’s not a mogwai purchased from a cloudy eyed old man in Chinatown - and if it is, remember not to let it get wet and don’t, under any circumstances, let it eat after midnight.
Seriously though, Gremlins is a classic, it’s got to be on this list.
Watch it [X]

Krampus (2015)
Just in case you missed this one last year, now would be a good time to check it out.
A little boy having a bad Christmas accidentally calls upon the anti-Santa- a goat legged demon who punishes wrong doers at Christmas.
Watch [X]

Treevenge (2008)
Throwing this one in as a bonus, because it’s fucking awesome. Christmas tree’s revolt from their lives of oppression and humiliation to take revenge on those who cut down, decorate and display them in their homes.
See it here [X]