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Man pays $13,000 for Florida Villa, gets 1-foot strip of land between two duplex driveways

A South Florida man is livid after being scammed this week in a home purchase. Initially Kerville Holness thought the bidding price for the property was too good to be true. The property auction was part of a sale of homesteads that had defaulted on their taxes. The picture showed a quaint villa, part of a duplex in Tamarac, with a bid price of just $13K.  The going price should have been over $150,000. Elated, he jumped on the deal. When it came time to take possession of the land, however, Holness found that what he had purchased was a 1-foot wide strip of land running between two driveways of a duplex property. Its value? $50. County officials are unsure why the strip of land was never

Man finds body buried in back yard – turns out it was his long-missing mother.

Aaron Fraser was digging in the backyard of his home in Jacksonville, Florida when he made a gruesome discovery – human bones. This week he found out they were the skull and bones of his mother, Bonnie Haim, who had gone missing 25 years earlier. Prosecutors say the discovery of the bones helps put an end to a decades-old mystery. In 1993, when Aaron was just three-years-old, his mother Bonnie Haim and her husband Michael had been having marital problems. Bonnie disappeared on January 6 and police were called to investigate. Her husband told police she had left the home after a fight and had not returned. At the time, Michael told reporters: “Basically she just wasn't happy and she wanted to leave - and I couldn't

Glen Edward Rogers – the Cross Country Killer and his potential part in the OJ Simpson murders

Glen Edward Rogers, known as The Cross Country Killer or The Casanova Killer, was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list after a roaming crime spree on September 28, 1995. He was captured, tried, and convicted of two murders. He claims he killed 68 more including the unsolved murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman which OJ Simpson was tried and acquitted for. Glen Edward Rogers shows a proclivity for violence Rogers has never been a stranger to trouble. He was kicked out of high school when he was just 16 years old. After the expulsion, his 14-year-old girlfriend (Deborah Ann Nix) became pregnant from another boy. Despite the betrayal, Rogers married Deborah, accepting the bastard child as his own. Two years later Nix filed for

Eerie leering skull face formed in Hurricane Matthew radar image

As Hurricane Matthew approached Florida’s east coast on October 4, 2016, a meteorologist from The Weather Channel noted a particularly disturbing pattern in the radar image. At first, viewers thought the image was fake but news outlets verified that the image is indeed legit.  In the radar shot above, you can see a clearly defined skull face complete with eye, nose, teeth, lips and evil, leering grin. The image was captured on infrared radar as the storm moved over western Haiti.  The "eye" in the image is of course the eye of the Hurricane Matthew storm.   NASA Earth Science Office's Paul Meyer told CNN that the sinister picture looks like a skull because of the radar's colors focused on the eye of the hurricane. The skull's

Florida Monster Slain (1902 news article)

I ran across the following newspaper article from 1902.  It brought to mind stories of the Monster Mudwamp thought to at one time occupied the area around Lake Okeechobee. The Sunday Morning Age Sunday, January 5, 1902 Florida Monster Slain An enormous reptile, more like the mythical dragon than a land serpent, has been killed by a hunter in the Lower-Everglades. For one hundred years it has not only been a tradition among the Seminole Indians, who inhabited the borders of Lake Okeechobee, but it is stated as fact within the knowledge of some of the Indians now living that an immense serpent made its home in the

Florida man reaps multiple charges after tossing live alligator thru Wendy’s drive-thru window

Poor old Joshua James of Jupiter, Florida just can’t catch a break. This week he found himself in hot water with police on a variety of charges – and all he did was throw a live alligator through the local Wendy’s drive-thru window. Police say that on October 11, 2015, James arrived at the Wendy’s drive-thru around 1:30 AM wearing a backward baseball cap and ordered a large drink. Surveillance video captured James’ weird toss. “While the attendant has her back to the window and is at her register, the male driver reaches across the inside of his vehicle in the passenger area and throws an alligator from his vehicle into the drive through window.” A photograph from the video shows the 3 ½ foot alligator lying flat on

The mysterious death of Scientologist son Kyle Brennan

The Clearwater Scientology invasion In 1975, under the direction of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology began a top secret operation codenamed Project Normandy with the objective to “establish and control” a U.S. city and county. The target was Clearwater, Florida. The mayor of Clearwater at the time, went so far as to call it “the occupation of Clearwater”. Today the Scientology headquarters are firmly situated in downtown Clearwater, located just northwest of Tampa Bay, lying on the west coast of Florida. According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Church owns some 67+ buildings over ten square miles including their mammoth headquarters (referred to as the “Flag Land Base”), motels, training centers, offices, and “religious retreats”. The value of their real-estate holdings in Clearwater is believed to be

Bad parents rejoice – this terrifying clown (“Wrinkles the Clown”) will traumatize your misbehaving kids for cash

Have a misbehaving child? Need a new weapon for your parental arsenal? Just feeling mean? For a bit of cash, this creepy-looking clown will scare the crap out of your disobedient child. Since 2013, Wrinkles the Clown has been terrifying kids in southwest Florida, dishing out punishment for negative behavior for parents too lazy to do their own job. According to the Palm Beach Post, Wrinkles has been spotted outside people’s homes and in public areas for the past few years. As proof, they released a video of Wrinkles showing him “hiding under a child's trundle bed” while the child sleeps. After he makes his reveal, he places what looks like a small creepy doll near the child and quietly walks away. His distinctive mask with large gaping, black eye

Police discover nearly 4,000 bladed weapons and evidence of satanic activity in booby-trapped Florida home

After reviewing CCTV security footage showing 47-year-old Nickcole Ellen Fray Dykema cutting a neighbor’s screen, police went to the woman’s home to make the arrest. Inside they found Dykema brandishing a large sword with which she took a swipe at an arresting officer “missing his head by inches”. Dykema was subdued five hours later after being shot twice with a nonlethal beanbag round from a shotgun and tasered. “The Taser had the desired effect, and Dykema fell to the ground.” Neighbors described Dykema’s Brooksville, Florida home as a house of horrors.  Hernando County Sheriff's Office say inside the home, they found 3,714 weapons including knives, swords, machetes, and other bladed weapons. Police say each room of the trailer house contained at least 500 bladed weapons arranged so

He survived! Ex-NFL running back tumbles from boat off Florida coast – swims for 16 hours to reach safety

Former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad has quite a tale to tell his grandchildren after an unusually dangerous situation presented itself to him on January 7, 2015.  He was nine miles off the east coast of Florida when a wave knocked him out of his boat into the frigid Atlantic waters. But at 6’3” and 250 pounds, Konrad is no pushover.  Despite being circled by sharks and stung by stingrays, Konrad swam nearly 30 miles for a grueling sixteen hours, to reach the shore’s safety.  His story of survival is miraculous. The accidental fall from his boat On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, Konrad set out from Boca Raton to fetch his 31-foot Grady-White boat which was being serviced in Riviera Beach, about 30 miles north. Along the

UFO in Port Charlotte, Florida stops traffic as stunned witnesses watch humming white orb fly overhead

Witnesses in Port Charlotte, Florida reported seeing a large, white orb encapsulating a black-metallic UFO that proved to be such a magnificent sight, it stopped traffic on the streets. The sighting occurred at 6:34 PM on November 30, 2014 along Midway Boulevard. One witness, who said she lived near a military base and was familiar with conventional military aircraft, described the experience: “I came to a stop behind a few cars in the middle of the road. People were looking up to the north. I head a low humming and saw a pretty large white orb. Inside was a small pill-sized and shaped black- metallic UFO. It was changing colors, moved abruptly up and down, east and west, and then it hovered for a half a

Steaks from Walmart contaminated with LSD – entire family takes unexpected trip while on vacation

In early March 2014, the Morales family — father Ronnie Morales, two daughters (Elyana and Rayna), and pregnant girlfriend Jessica Rosado – left their home in Connecticut for a short vacation in Tampa, Florida. While there, they purchased steaks from the local Walmart and cooked a quick dinner in their rental home. Shortly after finishing the meal, all members of the family began hallucinating - the children trying to grab vivid colors from the air and the father seeing multiple sets of many-fingered hands sprouting from his wrist. The family rushed themselves to the hospital where it was confirmed – they had been dosed with the hallucinogenic drug LSD. How the drug came to be placed  in the meat is unknown.  After experiencing odd hallucinations, Rosado called 911

Gibsonton, Florida – Showtown USA (aka Freaktown USA) is home for many famous sideshow freak performers

The migration of sideshow freaks to Gibsonton, Florida began in the 1936 after legendary carnival performers Al “the Giant” Tomiani (who stood 7’11” in his bare feet) and his wife, Jeanie the Half-Girl (she was only 2’1” tall) moved to waterfront property in Gibsonton to start a fishing business. Located just 20 minutes south of Tampa, “Gibtown” looks like any other non-descript American town with a grocery store, gas station, and library. But if you travel deeper within its streets, you’re just as likely to run across elephants in a resident’s front yard or any number of legendary sideshow freaks who have made their home there for over 75 years. The move to Freaktown USA Soon after Al and Jeanie Tomaini, the “world’s freakiest couple”, settled in

21-year-old Florida woman obviously misunderstands men’s motiviations – adds third breast to make herself unattractive

21-year-old Jasmine Tridevil (I’m guessing this isn’t her real name) says she was rejected by fifty plastic surgeons before one cosmetic surgeon (licensed?) agreed to perform an unusual surgery to add a third breast in between Tridevil’s two natural breasts. At a cost of more than $20,000, the surgeon’s only condition was that she sign a non-disclosure agreement to protect his identity. The doctor constructed the third breast out of silicone, skin tissue taken from her stomach, and used an artificial implant to create the nipple for her new breast. The areola was tattooed on by a tattoo artist. When asked why she sought such a bizarre procedure, Tridevil gave two reasons – (1) she wants to be a reality TV star (subsequent to her surgery, there's plenty of

Toxic Red Tide threatens Florida beaches and marine life

  The Weather Channel is reporting that a massive toxic red tide is killing marine life off the coast of Florida. According to the Weather Channel, the large blooms of red algae are located about five miles off St. Petersburg and measure an astonishing 60 miles wide by 100 miles long. Once local fisherman told The Weather Channel: “It boils up in the propeller wash like boiled red Georgia clay. It's spooky.” Red tide kills fish, manatees and other marine life by releasing a toxin that paralyzes their central nervous system. The algae also foul beaches and can be harmful to people who inhale the algae's toxins when winds blow onshore or is dispersed into the air by crashing waves. Skin contact with red tide water can cause