The year is 1940, the place is Rockland, Maine and one day Pauline Young, who is only 16 years old, inexplicably disappears on Halloween Day, and despite an intensive search for her she is not found, until one day.
The United States had been independent less than 50 years, when it found itself again battling Britain in the War of 1812. England had been raiding American ships and even pressing sailors against their will to serve on English ships. The American Navy was aided by licensed private vessels that were captained by privateers who were authorized to detain and seize enemy ships and their goods. One of these ships was the Dash which sailed from Freeport, Maine, a merchant ship which was hurriedly outfitted with guns.
Construction workers are used to finding unusual things in the walls of older buildings, but in Valdosta, Georgia they were dumbfounded when a secret stash of hundreds of human teeth were found buried inside of a second-floor wall which was cracked during renovations.
At this time of the year, people actually pay to visit a supposedly "haunted house" and of course hope that they will walk away with their own, special, first hand encounter with "whatever" or "whoever" has given the house its creepy reputation. All of this is good and fine, because just like when you see a horror movie at the theater, where after the horror part, the lights go up and you go to live in your safe home. The point is everything changes when it comes to actually buying and then living in a house that's stigmatized either by murder, suicide or an actual haunting.
How or why the number thirteen has acquired a connection to bad luck is not quite clear, but this superstition dates back hundreds of years to the Vikings, the Romans and even to present day when many buildings don't have a 13th floor. However at the end of the 19th century a club was formed whose purpose was to fly in the face of all superstitions including the dreaded number 13.
Caracas has become the murder capital of the world. In the heart of this city where poverty and violence are experienced by those living there on a daily basis is a shrine. The altar is not populated by recognized religious statues but by colorful cap-wearing images with brightly-colored trousers and cigarettes hanging from their mouths. It is to these dead gangsters that the desperate come to pray for protection.
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.
In November 2017, a sphinx head standing six feet tall and weighing over three pounds was unearthed by six archaeologists. It's not thousands years of old, it's not even 100 years old. It was left behind in 1923 when Cecil B. DeMille filmed the silent movie “The Ten Commandments” on the sand dunes on the central California coastline.
Wyoming Frontier Prison is known as The Old Pen, with a reputation of being the most haunted prison in the state. Of all the inmates that were held there, one of the most grisly and psychopathic was Andrew Pixley who was executed in the gas chamber in 1965. Not surprisingly he has not moved on from where he met his demise and justice was served.
Hurricane Michael blasted through Florida's panhandle only two days ago, and rescue units are now transitioning to searching, as it's feared that thousands of persons that have informally been reported missing are deceased. It's hoped that friends and relatives that haven't been heard from are just unable to get a call out since many of the cell phone towers are down in the area. So far the toll for Hurricane Michael stands at 17 deaths.
Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan has established a "delivery ministry" to rid people of demonic attacks, and he warns that reiki and other healing modalities can be a gateway to evil spirits.
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.
It was after 1912 that the first houses were built overlooking Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills. A spacious, Bavarian-style house was constructed at 9820 Easton Drive sometime during those years, meant to house a member of the newly minted Hollywood elites, but why death was to become a familiar visitor there remains a mystery.
Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer