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The Proctor Haunting (or the Haunting of Willington (Katy) Mill)

It was the autumn of 1834 when the Proctors, a Quaker family, began to notice disturbances in their house near Tyneside in northern England. It began with the sound of dull, heavy treading upstairs. Every member of the family complained of hearing footsteps and whistling that could not be accounted for. The sound of a clock being wound could not be explained. Over a six-year period, the intensity of the haunting increased. The stomping of angry footsteps echoed throughout the house, contrasted by faint whisperings. And then there were the apparitions. The white figure of a strange woman was seen in a window by a neighbor, and then seen in other rooms of the house by the Proctors. A disembodied white face appeared over a

The Fox Sisters Mediums

The Fox sisters were three women from New York who played an important role in the creation of Spiritualism, the religious movement. The three sisters were Kate Fox (1837–1892), Leah Fox (1814–1890) and Margaret Fox (also called Maggie) (1833–1893). Hydesville events In 1848, the two younger sisters – Kate and Margaret – were living in a house in Hydesville, New York with their parents. Hydesville was a hamlet which no longer exists but was part of the township of Arcadia in Wayne County. The house had some prior reputation for being haunted, but it wasn't until late March that the family began to be frightened by unexplained sounds that at times sounded like knocking, and at other times like the moving of furniture. In 1888, Margaret told her story

Mayan Calendar and the Mayan Doomsday Event – how Mayans thought they could predict the future.

The Mayans, whom Edgar Cayce believed were descending from Atlantis, lived in a rich culture rife with scientific knowledge. Expert engineers and astronomers, the Mayans gave the world a calendar based on cycles, in which five “ages” resulted in major cataclysms at the end of each cycle. Unlike a modern day calendar which consists of perpetual year-long cycles, the Mayan calendar has a “zero day” or end point at which time the world as we know it will cease to exist. How Mayans used their Calendars Mayans used several calendars with each calendar acting as a specific measure of time for a very specific, practical use. Believing that time was a meshing of spiritual cycles, Mayans created calendars for social, agricultural, commercial, and administrative tasks and merged

The Mysterious Keely Machine

Introduction John Worrell Keely, a carpenter and mechanic from Philadelphia, announced in 1872 that he had discovered a new means of power production – the means to tap etheric energy. During this age, most physicists believed that all of space was filled with luminiferous ether rather than void, empty space. As it turned out several decades later, this theory was discounted by Einstein’s theory of relativity. Investors Fund a Miracle Machine Keely’s idea prompted a lot of interest and he was able to persuade a dozen engineers and capitalists to invest in the idea. With capital of over one million dollars, primarily from wealthy New York and Philadelphia businessmen, Keely formed the Keely Motor Company in 1872. He quickly began purchasing the materials necessary for building a motor

Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun

Introduction On Sunday, May 13, 1917, ten year old Lucia Santos and her younger cousins, siblings Jacinta and Francisco Marto, were tending sheep at a location known as the Cova da Iria near their home village of Fatima in Portugal. Lucia described seeing a woman "brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal ball filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun." Further appearances took place on the thirteenth day of the month and continued for several months afterward. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the children six times between May 13 and October 13, 1917. In the course of her appearances, the woman confided to the children three secrets, now known as

The Bizarre Life and Times of Michael Jackson

A star is born Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He was the 7th of nine children. Michael Jackson and four of his brothers (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon), at the encouragement of their father, performed in a talent show when Michael was six years old. They won 1st prize. Motown Records signed the brothers in 1968 and the Jackson Five was born. The Jackson Five and a Solo Career Together the Jackson Five recorded 14 albums. In 1972, Michael recorded his first solo album. 10 years later, Michael recorded Thriller. Thriller went off the charts. It spent 80 weeks in the American Top 10. It was during this time that Michael Jackson performed his jaw dropping Moonwalk on live TV at the

Hatfield and McCoy Feud

The Hatfield and McCoy family feud The Hatfield-McCoy feud was a long standing feud that lasted from 1878 until 1891. It involved two warring families of the West Virginia-Kentucky back country located along the Tug Fork River, off the Big Sandy River. The feud reached an epic scale and state militias were called in to restore order with the state of Kentucky even threatening to invade Virginia. The McCoy’s, led by Randolph "Old Randall" McCoy, lived mostly on the Kentucky side of Tug Fork (a tributary of the Big Sandy River), and the Hatfield's, led by William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield (described as “six foot of devil and 180 pounds of hell”) lived mostly on the West Virginia side. Both families were part of the first wave

Lady Olga – the Bearded Lady

Jane Barnell, a “bearded lady” who used the stage name Lady Olga, was born February 28, 1877 in Wilmington, North Carolina. According to historians, Jane was already bearded at four years old when Barnell’s mother sold Jane to the Great Orient Family Circus. Her deformity caused her mother to believe she was bewitched so she sold Jane to the circus when her father was away on business. The Circus took her to Germany.  Jane quickly fell ill in Berlin with Typhoid Fever and expected to die, was left in an orphanage, where she was later found by her father and returned to her home. She would later comment, "I have never been able to find out if Mamma got any money for me or just gave

Fort Knox – where America keeps its most treasured possessions (and gold!)

Fort Knox The United States Bullion Depository, commonly called Fort Knox, is a fortified vault building located near Fort Knox, Kentucky, which is used to store a large portion of United States official gold reserves and occasionally, other precious items belonging or entrusted to the federal government. The United States Bullion Depository holds about 4,603 tons (4,176 metric tons) of gold bullion (147.399 million troy ounces). It is second in the United States only to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's underground vault in Manhattan, which holds about 5,000 metric tons of gold in trust for many foreign nations, central banks and official international organizations. History Before the election of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, gold coins had circulated freely in the United States as legal money,

Platos Retreat – Infamous New York Sex Club

Plato’s Retreat opens its Doors Plato’s Retreat opened its doors in 1977. Located in the basement of the famous Ansonia Hotel, an ornate 19th century building where Broadway and 230 West 73rd Street meet, the club operated a "member’s only" establishment which required patrons' strict adherence to the Club’s rules. Couples could be straight only – no homosexuals allowed. Drugs were not allowed. Alcohol could not be consumed on the premises. Plato’s Retreat featured a pool room, steambaths, disco dance floor, an in-house sauna room, and a swimming pool with waterfalls. It was popular with many celebrities and other "well to do" people – Bette Midler, Sammy Davis Jr., Richard Dreyfuss, and the entire cast of Saturday Night Live were reported to have paid visits to

Professional Wrestling – Real or Fake?

Most people have lain in bed late at night, flipping through channels, and paused to watch the action when they come across a professional wrestling match. Smashing head butts, thudding body slams, and brutal back breakers give pause to the viewer – how do that do that without getting hurt or worse – killed? Is professional wrestling real, or is it fake? The Script All professional wrestling matches are fake in the sense that the outcome is determined before the match takes place. Script writers lay out pre-planned storylines much like the storyline of a daytime soap opera. The storyline includes out of the ring action, such as a wrestler jumping into the audience to attack a fan, and in the ring action, such as the dive

Piri Reis map – who or what charted land masses before they were believed to have been discovered?

There's an ancient map, called the Piri Reis Map, that has scientists scratching their heads and theologians saying, "We told you so". It is extremely accurate and charts much of the land that had yet to be discovered at the time of its creation. Even more remarkably, it charts the Antarctica land mass which was not even possible until ground penetrating radar was invented that would allow map makers the ability to peer beneath the mile-thick ice covering.  The map was found among discarded documents on a dusty shelf in Constantinople and dates back to 1500 - hundreds of years before the required cartography technology existed that would have allowed such accurate mapping. The Piri Reis map was compiled in 1513 from military intelligence by the

Clark Rockefeller – AKA Karl Gerhartsreiter – Master Con Man

Introduction He’s a brilliant con man who managed to convince Boston’s elite that he was a rich heir. He hosted lavish parties, drove expensive cars, and even owned a yacht.  Despite the apparent riches, he had no job and no apparent source of income. He was a person of interest in a double homicide who has changed his persona multiple times, all the while avoiding the probing eyes of the police. He even married a high profile attorney, convincing her he was a member of the Rockefeller family. After kidnapping his own daughter, police finally discovered the true identity of Clark Rockefeller.  He was Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a German immigrant with a penchant for lying. Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter was born February 21, 1961 in Germany to Simon

Odessa – hiding Nazi war criminals

ODESSA, (German Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen, “Organization of Former SS Members”) is believed to have been an international Nazi network set up toward the end of World War II by a group of SS officers in order to avoid their capture and prosecution for war crimes. A fictional account of the organization was manifest in Frederick Forsyth's 1972 best-seller thriller The Odessa File. Forsyth's ODESSA smuggled war criminals to Latin America. However, several authoritative books by professionals involved in the U.S. War Crimes Commission (including T.H. Tetens and Joseph Wechsberg) have verified the organization's existence and given details of its operations. Wechsberg studied Simon Wiesenthal's memoirs on ODESSA and verified them with his own experiences in the book The Murderers Among Us. The purpose of ODESSA

New York City Underground – lost underground tunnels beneath the city see new light

New York City Underground You would presume that city government would have knowledge of every nook and cranny in their city, that they would have every street, subway, tunnel, and building mapped and documented. Surprisingly, many of our older cities have underground labyrinths that are largely or wholly undocumented, long forgotten by time. In New York City, it is believed that thousands of miles of underground tunnels exist, some of which have not seen a human’s presence in over 150 years. Atlantic Ave. Tunnel In 1981, Brooklyn native Bob Diamond confirmed the existence of a massive tunnel located over 160 stories under Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn. Rumors of the tunnel had existed for many years. Bob first heard of the possible tunnel while listening to a local radio