In 1913, 33-year-old Walburga “Dolly” Oesterreich had been married to Fred Oesterreich (pronounced “O-strike”) for fifteen years. He was a dour apron manufacturer who drank too much. They lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Among the 60 women who worked in Fred’s textile factory he was known as a skinflint and slavemaster who was never satisfied. Dolly as forelady, trailed behind him soothing disgruntled employees.
On a frigid winter day in January 1910 the Chicago headlines trumpeted, "Chicago Fiend Second White Chapel Ripper". The reason for the sensational story was based on the opinion of Assistant Police Chief Schuettler following the coroner's report for a post mortem completed on the body of Mrs. Jennie Cleghorn (AKA Anna Furlong). She had been found mutilated and decapitated in a south side rooming house which doubled as a brothel situated over a saloon owned by James Seeley at 1702 Armour Avenue (also given as 51 West 17th Street.)
Over a hundred and fifty years ago a carpet-bag with grisly contents was discovered on Waterloo Bridge in London. Who it was and who left it there remains a mystery till this day.
Over 40 years ago today, Amy Billig, 17, was last seen hitchhiking on Main Highway in Coconut Grove, Florida. She was thumbing a ride to her father's office to get money from him, and she had plans to meet her friends later that day. Neither her father, her friends or as matter of fact anybody ever saw Amy after this moment in time.
The thrill-hungry populace of the Roaring 20s got a whopping plateful of it with every sordid detail that was covered by the newspapers about the discontented housewife turned murderer Ruth Snyder and her lover Judd Gray.
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.
In 1959 a group of hikers were found horribly mutilated and killed in a part of Russia's Ural Mountains known as Dyatlov Pass. Until this day who murdered them remains a mystery, and now another person has disappeared from this place.
The wendigo is the darkest of spirits, described as having too-tight skin, towering antlers, and an inexhaustible appetite for human flesh.
Many think that the wendigo is just a character out of Native American mythology, but in 1879, a Cree by the name of Swift Runner did its bidding by killing and cannibalizing his entire family.
An ex-priest accused of killing a South Texas beauty queen in 1960 was found guilty of her murder.
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.
The setting is 1890s Nevada. A lonely miner turned rancher was murdered by his friends. He was dismembered, burned and buried so no one would be the wiser of what truly happened to him. The restless spirit of this man would not lie quietly, and not only was the heinous crime discovered, but the first woman to be legally executed in Nevada faced justice due to the revenge of the miner's ghost.
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.
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