In March 2017, Franklin county officials found a grisly scene when they arrived at a house on U.S. Highway 64. Eighteen-year-old, Oliver Mauricio Funes-Machado had beheaded his own mother with a butcher knife. He was still holding her head when they responded to the 911 call that he himself had made. He told the dispatcher that he had stabbed his mother "like eight times" and that he had committed the atrocity "because I felt like it". He had been released only a week before from a mental health facility, based on a court order.
A couple is arrested transporting plastic-wrapped body parts in a baby carriage. Further investigation finds that they might be responsible for at least 20 other murders of mostly single mothers.
Late on the afternoon of October 7, 1949, 26-year-old, bit-part actress Jean Elizabeth Spangler left her Los Angeles home, which she shared with her 5-year-old daughter and her mother. This was the last ever seen of pretty Jean.
Modern-day Sasquatch lore paints this cryptid as being very wary of man, and watching him only from afar, however Native American tribes for centuries have painted a different picture of Bigfoot. They describe how given the chance they would snatch up women or children and take them away never to be seen again.
Over 40 years ago Karen Klaas was raped and then strangled with a pantyhose. Despite the attention the case received since she had been married to Bill Medley from the Righteous Brothers, eventually the case went cold, and stayed that way until 2017.
In 1966, Louise Pietrewicz disappeared without a trace. The mystery of her whereabouts appear to be solved with the discovery of a woman’s remains in found in a burlap sack on Long Island.
He's psychopath, a killer and intelligent enough to elude capture after committing 45 rapes, 12 murder and 120 residential burglaries throughout California, from 1976 to 1986. He is known as the Golden State Killer, as well as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker. It's believed that he might still be alive.
Sister Michelle Lewis, 39, was one of two nuns that lived at Holy Cross Academy in Miami, Florida. On the night of March 24, 2001 she watched television until 9:30 p.m. and then went to sleep. Her room was situated on the south side of the living quarters. Sister Marie Lurz, 83, woke up the following morning and went to Sister's Michelle's room and found it locked. She became alarmed thinking something had occurred to the Sister Michelle who suffered from asthma. The grisly truth that was found on the other side of the door was far beyond what her imagination could conjure as to why the younger sister did not answer her calls.
For eleven years, this mask of terror was what children saw as they were stolen from their homes by a depraved predator known as "The Beast of Jersey".
The Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis once received powerful politicians and even President Lincoln in 1861, when it was the Bates House. However in the years that followed it could not escape the stigma of murder that stained it luxurious and upscale reputation. In August 1943, Maoma Little Ridings was brutally killed on the seventh floor of the Claypool Hotel. Her assailant was never apprehended. In July 1954 the body of a brunette was found stuffed into a dresser drawer located in Room 665 of the hotel.
WWII was raging, and 33-year-old Corporal Maoma Little Ridings checked into Room 729 at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis to enjoy her weekend leave. That same evening her mutilated, semi-nude body was found sprawled across the bed. Almost seventy-five years later, no one knows the identity of who killed Maoma that hot August night of 1943.
It was Halloween, 1958 when off a dirt road on Skinner Ridge south of Grand Canyon National Park, the skeletal remains of a young girl were found. Her body was nude and it was estimated she had been there nine to fourteen months.
It was a spring day on June 4th, 1960 when two young couples went camping at Lake Bodom close to the Finnish city of Espoo. Maila Irmeli Björklund and Anja Tuulikki Mäki who were both fifteen years old, were accompanied by their eighteen year old boyfriends Seppo Antero Boisman and Nils Wilhelm Gustafsson. Little did three of them know that a bloody death awaited all but one of them.
A Mexican hitwoman whose made-up name is Juana but known as "La Peque Sicaria" due to her short stature worked for one of Mexico’s most dangerous cartels, the Zetas. Now incarcerated in Baja, California, she admitted to becoming sexually aroused by blood, murder and gore.
In 2011 a handsome, aristocratic Frenchman may have shot and killed his wife, their four children, and two dogs, burying them all in the garden of their home in Nantes, France. His terrified former mistress went into hiding, fearing for her life.
What would be the odds that could lose not one, but two of your children to murder? For a family in Kansas the odds were not high enough as two sisters both died at the hands of merciless killers almost twenty years apart.
Over fifty years ago three Missouri boys stepped from their homes and into oblivion. The mystery of their disappearance has never been solved, and many wonder if some nearby caves they were exploring turned out to be their tomb.
Miami Ghost Chronicles is documenting one the most haunted places in the US... Bobby Mackey's Music World which we visited August 2014.
This is the first installment, which details the death of Pearl Bryan who supposedly haunts the honky tonk, but like most things that deal with the supernatural, not everything is what it seems.
On Feb. 2nd, 1896 The Courier-Journal wrote a short piece about the mysterious remains of a woman who was found beheaded in a lonely area, about one mile south of Fort Thomas, Kentucky. The crime was compared to the work of Jack the Ripper. Only 5 years before H. H. Holmes had stalked the World’s Fair for his victims, and the year after that Lizzie Borden’s parents had been hacked to death in their home.
Initially it was suspected she was an “abandoned woman” from Cincinnati, and law enforcement was unable to find her head, despite bringing in bloodhounds to find it. A soldier in Ft. Thomas reported seeing a man and a woman walking out late at night along Alexandria Pike close to where the body was found, and a sergeant claimed he had heard a woman scream around midnight.
If you’ve seen Stephen King’s The Shining or Rose Red, where the structure and the spirits within seem bent on claiming souls, then as you read about the events that transpired in or around the Brookdale Lodge, you’ll understand why it has the reputation of being haunted, and that King’s fiction is not too far from the reality of what has occurred to those that came here to find happiness and relaxation and found death instead.
Built on the site of a lumber mill in the Redwood forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, it hosted parties to the elite that traveled from San Francisco, and luminaries of Hollywood's Golden Age, however as time passed the glamour faded and it even became a hangout for the Hell's Angels.
Presently stories abound about haunted houses, castles, cars, collector items etc, but for me, the real question lies in how did this come about, and if there is really a way to truly release the agony, torment and terror of incidents that produced this haunting, whether intelligent or residual.
Some desperate measures taken, especially when the haunting takes place in a structure, is to burn it down, however I don't think that really does the trick, because I believe that the spirits of those who experienced moments so extreme that they are trapped there even after the death of their physical bodies, do not recognize the purifying effect hoped for by those of us still in the material plane.
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance paranormal investigator and writer.
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