Captain Meriwether Lewis was born into fortunate circumstances in 1774. He is best known for his expedition to the Pacific along with his friend William Clark. He was a diplomat, explorer, friend of the President and the governor of the Upper Louisiana Territory. A man who only three years before had survived a dangerous trek over the wilds of the Rocky Mountains died of gunshot wounds at the age of 35. Many thought it was suicide but from the beginning there have been whispers of murder.
November, 1924, Fred Dean a well-liked rancher was found murdered in his bed. His head was bashed in and his throat slit with a razor. There were two other persons in the house. His wife and daughter who slept downstairs. What came to light during the trial where his wife defended herself of a murder charge held the country spellbound for several months.
In June 1934 in Brighton, England a steamer trunk was found in King's Cross railway station. It contained a woman's torso and legs. The arms and head were missing. Scotland Yard reached out to the public in trying to identify the victim. In the United States, Agnes C. Tufverson, 43, had married a former Czech officer six months before. She disappeared, and the last heard from her was when she visited London. Her family wondered if it was her body that had been found.
Vere Goold was born October 2, 1853 into a wealthy, Irish family. When he was 26 years old he became the first Irish tennis champion. His early success in sports faded and by 1883 he turned to alcohol and opium. However it took a turn for the worse when he met Marie Giraudin, a French, twice-widowed dressmaker.
John Schmidt was born in 1855 in Horweiler, Germany. He immigrated to the United States in the last years of the 19th century. He took advantage of this and changed his surname, and became known as Johann Otto Hoch after the murder of one of his first victims. He then went on to marry several different women. Without benefit of a divorce from his previous bride (unless he had poisoned them) he would marry a new woman, swindle her out of money, and if she were lucky he would just leave instead of killing them with a dose of arsenic. Then he would start the process all over again.
On August 26, 1979, a family hunting for arrowheads inside the Civil Defense Caves in Dubois, Idaho found a torso stuffed inside a burlap bag. It was clothed in a white shirt with blue stripes and a red sweater It remained unidentified until January 2020.
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.
One day later after Anna Furlong was found murdered in her South Side room, six blocks away at 251 Armour Ave, two small boys came across something wrapped and frozen inside four towels. It was the victim's head with her mouth cut from ear to ear. The skull was crushed.
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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