Mystery of the Atlanta's House of Blood

On 8 September 1987, Minnie Clyde Winston (77) found dark red splotches which later identified as human blood on her bathroom floors at first. Immediately, she woke up her husband William Winston (79). Further searching by the couple revealed more spots of dark red fluid on several rooms. The following morning the Winstons called the police, who found "copious amounts of blood" spattered on walls and floors in other five rooms (the kitchen, living room, bedroom, hallways, and basement). The house was declared a crime scene at that time to keep the press and public at bay.

The Winstons said, they had rented and lived in the six-room brick house, located on 1114 Fountain Drive, in southwest Atlanta, Georgia for twenty-two years. Nothing like this had ever happened in their rented house before. They had no pets and they claimed their house was free from vermins. William regularly underwent kidney dialysis at home, but he and his wife insisted the blood belonged to neither of them.

Winnie & William Winston
The Palm Beach Post (Sep 11,1987)
When Mrs. Winston discovered it in the bathroom, she said she woke up her husband and said, "Come look at all this red stuff coming out of the floors."

"I didn't get scared because I didn't know where it was coming from," she said. "It didn't look like blood and it didn't smell like blood."

Detective Steve Cartwright, who examined the house on Wednesday morning said, "Its an extremely strange situation, I've been on the force 10 years, and I've never seen anything like this." He said that "no crime has been committed" and "nothing was found" to indicate any wrongdoing. The State Crime Lab revealed the blood was human, type O; both Mr and Mrs Winston were type A. The police left and one presumes the case is still on file as "unsolved".

Few days later, several skeptics went to the Atlanta Police Department's Homicide Division to obtain more information. Dr. Joe Nickell, Larry Johnson, Rick Moen, and Rebecca Long discussed the case with Lt. H. Walker, who led the original investigation.

According to Lt. Walker, family problems apparently existed which gave either the Winstons or their children a possible motive for perpetrating such a hoax. The Winstons conceivably had access to human blood because Mr. Winston was a kidney dialysis patient, leading some people to suggest that one or both of the Winstons might have hoaxed the blood in order to get more attention from their children. However, Lt. Walker stated that the Winstons' daughter worked in a hospital and also had access to human blood. Therefore it has also been hypothesized that the Winstons' children could have hoaxed the blood in order to have their parents legally declared incompetent for financial reasons. Because there had been no homicide, and to spare the Winston family possible additional embarrassment, the Atlanta Police opted not to further pursue the investigation.


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The Palm Beach Post (Sep 11, 1987): "Police have 'never seen anything' like human blood-splattered home"
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Legend of Hermes Trismegistus

Hermes Trismegistus (“Hermes Thrice Great”), the legendary founder of the Hermetic tradition and the inventor of astrology, alchemy, medicine, and magic, was literally a figure to conjure with from the dawn of the Middle Ages until the seventeenth century. In Greek, Hermes is the messenger of the gods. In Latin, he is known as Mercurius, and Mercury, the volatile, changeable matter, plays a vital role in alchemical thinking and practice. Hermes was also identified with Thoth Hermes or Tehuti, the god of wisdom, learning and literature, the Egyptian scribe of the gods. This meant that he was naturally associated with learning, the world of spirits and with lunar cycles. The Hermetic arts – alchemy, astrology and magic – were thought to have been revealed to humanity by Hermes in the mythical time before recorded history. Most of this Hermetic or Trismegistic literature has perished, but all that remains of it has been gathered and translated into English. It includes the "Poimandres, " the " Perfect Sermon, " or the " Asclepius, " excerpts by Stobacus, and fragments from the Church Fathers and from the philosophers, Zosimus and Fulgentius. The Asclepius and the Corpus Hermeticum are the most important of the Hermetica, writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, which survive. In 1612, the writings ascribed to him were later dated by Isaac Casaubon to the first centuries after Christ, although the wisdom they contain may be much older.

Medieval writers disagreed about his place in history; some claimed that he was the same person as Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, who was lifted up into heaven to become the great angel Metatron, while others held that he was the wisest of the Egyptians and lived at the time of Moses. According to the early Christian writer Eusebius, he wrote 36 books on philosophy and theology and 6 more on astronomy.

The facts behind the legend are as interesting as the legend itself. After Alexander the Great conquered Egypt and installed a Greek ruling class there, Greek philosophy and Egyptian spirituality mingled freely on the banks of the Nile. In the hybrid culture that emerged, the Greek god Hermes took on many of the attributes of Thoth, the ibis-headed Egyptian god of wisdom, whose traditional titles included “Thrice Great.” Just as Egyptian magical writings from the pharaonic past claimed Thoth as their author, many of the astrological, alchemical, and mystical writings produced in Hellenistic Egypt were attributed to Hermes the Thrice-Great. The origin of the description Trismegistus or "thrice great" is unclear. Copenhaver reports that this name is first found in the minutes of a meeting of the council of the Ibis cult, held in 172 BCE near Memphis in Egypt. Fowden however asserts that the earliest occurrence of the name was in the Athenagora by Philo of Byblos circa 64–141 CE. Another explanation is that the name is derived from an epithet of Thoth found at the Temple of Esna, "Thoth the great, the great, the great."

In the last few centuries of the Roman Empire, these writings had a wide circulation and were pressed into service by the proponents of many different traditions. Several of the early theologians of Christianity, including Augustine of Hippo, quoted the writings attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, and thus guaranteed that later generations of Christians would remember him as a wise man of the distant past. One dialogue attributed to Hermes, the Asclepius, survived into the Middle Ages in a Latin translation, and this and the references in old Christian sources helped build Hermes’ medieval reputation.

Most of the other writings attributed to Hermes vanished forever in the chaotic years that followed the collapse of the Roman Empire. In 1453, however, a manuscript volume containing 18 short books attributed to Hermes surfaced in Greece. Translated by Marsilio Ficino, one of the greatest scholars of the age, this collection – the Corpus Hermeticum – launched the tradition of Renaissance Hermeticism and, directly or indirectly, became the core inspiration for most of the occult secret societies of the next 400 years.

Illustration of Hermes Trismegistus

The famous proverb, ‘As above, so below’ is from the Hermetic writings, known as the Corpus Hermeticum. This is actually a conflation of ‘That which is above is like that which is below’, which is taken from the Emerald Tablet, said to have been found in Hermes’s tomb, clutched in the bony hands of the departed teacher. Part of its influence derives from the fact that it is said to contain the sum of all knowledge in its dozen or so verses. The text runs as follows:

The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus

"True it is, without doubt, certain and most true.That which is above is like that which is below, and that which is below is like that which is above to accomplish the miracles of the one thing.

And as all things were made by the contemplation of one, so all things arose from this one thing by a single act of adaptation.

Its father is the Sun, its Mother is the Moon.

The Wind carried it in its womb, its nurse is the Earth.

It is the father of all miracles throughout the whole world.

Its power is perfect.

If it is cast onto Earth, it will separate the element of Earth from Fire, the subtle from the gross.

With great sagacity it ascends gently from Earth to Heaven, and it descends again to Earth, uniting in itself the forces from above and from below. Thus you will possess the glory of the brightness of the whole world, and all obscurity will fly from you.

This thing is the strength of all strengths, for it overcomes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.

In this way the little world was created according to the great world.

In this manner marvellous adaptations will be achieved.

For this reason I am called Hermes Trismegistus, because I hold the three parts of wisdom of the whole world.

What I have to say about the operation of the Sun is finished."

At the end of the text Hermes vows to break free of the prison of the material world to help his fellow beings reach enlightenment.

To Renaissance occultists, Hermes was an ancient Egyptian sage whose writings, older than the Bible, offered access to a purer spirituality than the Christianity of their own time. The spirited defense of magic in Hermes’ writings also made it easier for Renaissance mages to justify their own practices and condemn the intolerance of their persecutors.

Both the medieval and the Renaissance traditions surrounding Hermes had an impact on early Freemasonry and, through it, on many other secret societies. The old medieval Masonic constitutions all refer to Hermes as one of the traditional founders of architecture and the building trades, and refer to a legend that he found and deciphered one of the two great pillars made before the Flood. These references to Hermes made it easy for the gentlemen scholars who became the first accepted Masons to read occult secrets into the medieval symbolism of Masonic initiations and reshape the old operative Masonry into modern Freemasonry. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, references to Hermes in the old constitutions inspired the proliferation of high degrees containing magical, alchemical, and astrological teachings.

Ironically, all this came about after the historical status of Hermes himself had been convincingly debunked by British scholar Isaac Casaubon, who showed in 1612 that the Corpus Hermeticum, far from being more ancient than the Bible, was a product of the first few centuries of the Common Era. As a result, the occult secret societies of the next few centuries, while they drew much of their philosophy from the Hermetic writings and most of their practices from Renaissance Hermeticism, avoided references to Hermes himself. Neither the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor (H.B. of L.) and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, two of the most influential magical orders of the nineteenth century, made use of the legends around Hermes Trismegistus.

Alchemy and Alchemists by Sean Martin;
Encyclopedia of Ancient and Forbidden Secrets by Nye;
The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies: "The Ultimate A-Z of Ancient Mysteries, Lost Civilizations and Forgotten Wisdom" by John Michael Greer;
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Edward Mordake The Man with Two Face

In 19th century there was an English nobleman named Edward Mordake or Edward Mordrake who has an additional face on the back of his head, which according to medical term called 'Diprosopus' (or craniofacial duplication, an extremely rare congenital disorder whereby parts (accessories) or all of the face are duplicated on the head). His extra face could not speak or eat, however it was described as being able to cry or laugh.

The true history of Edward Mordake has been lost because there is no record about his date of birth or his demise. The story always begins the same way. Edward Mordake is said be have been heir to one of the noblest families in England. He was considered a bright and charming man – a scholar, a musician and a young man in possession of profound grace. He was said to be quite handsome when viewed from the front – yet, on the back of his head there was a second face, twisted and evil. Edward reportedly begged doctors to have his "evil face" removed, claiming that it whispered to him at night, but no doctor would attempt it. Later he committed suicide at the age of twenty-three. The method of his death also differs, sometimes poison does him in and in other versions a bullet ‘between the eyes of his devil-twin’ puts him out of his misery. In both versions Edward Mordake leaves behind a letter requesting that the ‘evil face’ be destroyed before his burial, ‘lest it continues its dreadful whisperings in my grave.’

Wax Statue of Edward Mordake

The only reference about his unusual case appear on 1896 text entitled "Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" written by George M. Gould, A.M., M.D. and Walter L. Pyle, A.M., M.D.

According to the text:

"One of the weirdest as well as most melancholy stories of human deformity is that of Edward Mordake, said to have been heir to one of the noblest peerages in England. He never claimed the title, however, and committed suicide in his twenty-third year. He lived in complete seclusion, refusing the visits even of the members of his own family.

He was a young man of fine attainments, a profound scholar, and a musician of rare ability. His figure was remarkable for its grace, and his face--that is to say, his natural face--was that of an Antinous.

But upon the back of his head was another face, that of a beautiful girl, 'lovely as a dream, hideous as a devil.' The female face was a mere mask, 'occupying only a small portion of the posterior part of the skull, yet exhibiting every sign of intelligence, of a malignant sort, however.' It would be seen to smile and sneer while Mordake was weeping. The eyes would follow the movements of the spectator, and the lips would 'gibber without ceasing.' No voice was audible, but Mordake avers that he was kept from his rest at night by the hateful whispers of his 'devil twin,' as he called it, 'which never sleeps, but talks to me forever of such things as they only speak of in hell. No imagination can conceive the dreadful temptations it sets before me. For some unforgiven wickedness of my forefathers I am knit to this fiend--for a fiend it surely is. I beg and beseech you to crush it out of human semblance, even if I die for it.' Such were the words of the hapless Mordake to Manvers and Treadwell, his physicians. In spite of careful watching he managed to procure poison, whereof he died, leaving a letter requesting that the 'demon face' might be destroyed before his burial, 'lest it continues its dreadful whisperings in my grave.' At his own request he was interred in a waste place, without stone or legend to mark his grave."
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Bachelor's Grove the Haunted Cemetery

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery is a small, one-acre plot near the Rubio Woods Forest Preserve, southwestern suburb of Midlothian also famous as one of the Chicago area’s most haunted sites, with a long history of more than 100 reports of paranormal phenomena occurring there. The cemetery is fenced in, with a single gate on the south side and a single path winding through the plot. A stagnant pond lies just outside the northwestern corner. The cemetery is overgrown and unkempt and is subject to frequent vandalism, perhaps because of the popularity of the haunting legends. Graves and markers have been defaced and mutilated, and coffins have been disinterred and opened. Evidence of animal sacrifices near a lagoon at one corner of the cemetery has pointed to possible occult rites practiced there.

The cemetery was first known as Everdon’s Cemetery, and the first burial was in 1844. It is not certain why the cemetery became known as Bachelor’s Grove in 1864. According to one popular story, the name came from unmarried men who were among the first settlers. Perhaps more likely, it was derived from a German family name such as Batchelder. During the gangster era of the 1920s and 1930s, bodies of the victims of gang warfare allegedly were dumped in the lagoon.

Stories of haunting phenomena began to proliferate in the 1960s. Burials decreased after 1965, and the area became popular as a lover’s lane and gathering spot for youths—many of whom were eager to be spooked. Youthful vandals also began visiting the cemetery, overturning tombstones, desecrating and opening graves and strewing bones about. Haunting reports reached a peak in the 1970s and 1980s. The last recorded burial was in 1989.

The most-often reported apparition at Bachelor’s Grove is a vanishing house or floating house. It is a two-storied Victorian farmhouse with a white picket fence, a colonnaded porch with a swing and a warm light shining within it. The house is always seen at a distance and looks convincingly real. But those who approach it find that it shrinks in size the closer they get, or abruptly disappears altogether. According to legend, anyone who succeeds in reaching it and entering will never return. The vanishing house has been widely reported since the 1960s and drawn by numerous witnesses; however, there is no historical record of such a house existing in the vicinity.

A number of ghosts of human beings have been reported, including repeated sightings of hooded Phantom Monks, and a woman, called either the “White Lady” or the “Madonna of Bachelor’s Grove.” The presence of phantom monks is puzzling as no monastery was ever in the area. The White Lady carries a baby in her arms and wanders aimlessly through the cemetery on nights of the full Moon. Popular myth says she is the ghost of a woman who is buried there next to the grave of her baby. No historical records document the story.

Other apparitions are a two-headed man, a child, a black carriage and a glowing man in yellow. Many reports have been made of sightings of a ghostly farmer and his horse and plow. The story goes that in the 1870s, a farmer was plowing land near the pond when his horse inexplicably bolted into the water; both man and animal were drowned.

Phantom Vehicles also have been reported on the cemetery’s path and on the Midlothian Turnpike just outside the plot. The vehicles vanish as people approach them. Some people have reported seeing or being in phantom accidents.

Flashing and dancing lights have been reported in the cemetery, especially a blue light that resembles that of a police car. Flashing white lights also have been seen in both daytime and at night, as well as a red light that streaks across the sky over the path in the cemetery. (The Midlothian Turnpike can be seen through the trees on the northwestern side of the cemetery.) The lights do not exhibit quite the same behavior as Ghost Lights. Sightings of these lights were especially frequent during the 1970s. In December 1971, a young woman said she succeeded in putting her hand through one of the flashing lights but felt nothing.

Other phenomena include sensations of unusual cold, the awareness of an invisible presence that causes discomfort and the tactile sensation of sweaty but invisible hands upon the skin.

One of the cemetery’s best-known urban legends is “The Hooked Spirit” or “The Hook". According to the story, a boy takes his girlfriend on a date to the cemetery, hoping the Hooked Spirit will scare her. This way the boy can be the hero and protect her. Instead, the girl asks to be driven home. Disappointed, the boy agrees. When they arrive at her home, they find a hook hanging on the car door handle, as though an evil ghost had tried to get in.

Another urban legend linked to Bachelor’s Grove is “The Boyfriend’s Death.” A young couple park at the cemetery one night for necking or lovemaking. They are interrupted by a radio report that a mass murderer has escaped from a psychiatric hospital nearby and may be headed in their direction. They decide to leave, but naturally, the car won’t start. The young man gets out to go for help and instructs the girl to remain in the car. Presently she hears a strange scratching on the roof but thinks it’s only tree branches. Her date does not return, but soon a police car comes. An officer tells her to get out, walk toward him and not look back. She does. More police cars arrive. The girl’s curiosity gets the better of her, and she looks behind her. She is horrified to see the body of her boyfriend hanging head down from a tree, his throat slit ear to ear. His fingernails are scratching the car roof.

Though the incidence of phenomena peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, hauntings continue to be reported. In the 1990s, reports began of a Phantom Black Dog reminiscent of Black Shuck. The large dog is seen near the entrance to the road and vanishes as people draw near. According to lore, such “graveyard dogs” are either guides or are warnings to visitors not to trespass on cemetery grounds.

Many paranormal investigators have attempted to capture Bachelor Grove’s phenomena on film. Numerous photographs show strange light effects, wispy shapes, ghostly faces, and blobs resembling Ectoplasm. Some photographs can be explained by light anomalies, atmospheric effects, photographic effects or defects, or simulacra. 
Ghost Girl sitting on top of the Broken Grave
at Bachelor's Grove Cemetery
A controversial photo was taken at the cemetery by Mari Huff, a member of the Ghost Research Society (GRS), on August 10, 1991, during the daytime. Huff was using infrared film to shoot a panorama of an area where unusual effects were detected on the group’s equipment. Her photograph, which remains unexplained, shows a semitransparent girl in an old-fashioned dress sitting on top of a broken tomb. The girl was not visible to Huff or the rest of the group when the photograph was taken.

Skeptics have called the photo a double exposure. Among those who believe the photo shows a genuine anomaly are Dale Kaczmarek, founder and president of the GRS, and Troy Taylor, co-founder and president of the American Ghost Society. Taylor showed the photo to several professional photographers, who ruled out double exposure.

Kaczmarek has taken photographs showing anomalies, including a hooded figure holding a baby and floating faces and forms. Investigators also report capturing Electronic Voice Phenomena, such as names of the dead buried there being called over and over again.

Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena: "Ghosts and Haunted Places" by Rosemary Ellen Guiley;
The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits by Rosemary Ellen Guiley;

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Charles Moody Alien Abduction Case

On the evening of August 13, 1975, approximately at about 1:20 a.m., a veteran Air Force Sergeant Charles L. Moody (32) drove out into the desert of Alamogordo, New Mexico, to watch a meteor shower that was due to occur. However, he got much more than he bargained for. As he was watching for shooting stars, a glowing fifty-foot-long with eighteen to twenty feet wide, metallic, saucer-shaped craft landed about seventy feet away from him. Moody could hear a high-pitched humming sound. He also noticed a rectangular window in the craft through which he could see shadows resembling human forms. Frightened, Sergeant Moody jumped into his car and attempted to drive away. But for unknown reason, his car would not start. Then, his entire body became numb. Just when his fear increased, the object suddenly took off.

Moody raced home to tell his wife. He was shocked to find it was already 3:00 a.m., and that two hours had passed. Had he been taken onboard? Within a few days, a rash broke out over his lower body. Upon the recommendation of a physician, he began to practice self-hypnosis in an effort to recall what had occurred during the lost time period. At first he didn’t remember, but over the next few days and weeks, he eventually recalled everything that had happened. 
Aliens as described by Moody (left)

He remembered that he was, in fact, taken onboard. He was sitting in his car when the numbness came over his body. Next, he had observed several “beings” exited the craft and approaching his car. Says Moody, “The beings were about five feet tall and very much like us except their heads were larger and hairless, their ears were very small, eyes a little larger than ours, nose small and the mouth had very thin lips. I would say their weight was maybe between 110–130 pounds. They have speech, but their lips did not move. Their type of clothing was skintight. I could not see any zippers or buttons at all. The color of their clothes was black except for one of them who had a silver-white looking suit on.”

The alien leader asked Moody telepathically if he was prepared to behave peacefully. When Moody agreed to do so, the leader applied a rodlike device to his back which relieved the paralysis. Later, Moody was taken into a very clean room with white, rounded walls and indirect lighting. One of the beings examined him and told him, “I will not hurt you. We are not meant to hurt you.” Moody asked if he could see the engine room. They agreed and took him to a lower level.

He saw a complex machine involving long metallic rods and large, crystal-like spheres. The E.T.s explained that the ship operated using the principle of positive and negative magnetic poles. They told him that they had a much larger mother ship, and that there were many other races of E.T.s who were also observing and studying the planet. They warned him against the use of nuclear weapons. He was promised a future meeting with the E.T.s but warned that closer contact with Earth men would not be attempted for another twenty years. They also said that one day reveal their existence publicly to the world. Finally, he was told that it was time for him to go and that he wouldn’t remember what happened until a few days afterwards. Moody was then placed back in his car, where he watched the UFO take off.

After remembering the onboard part of his experience, Moody realized how important his story was, and he contacted local UFO investigators. However, a thorough investigation by investigator named Jim Lorenzen, revealed a couple of contradictions in Moody's accounts about the incident. Today, Moody’s case remains undisputed.

Mysteries, Legends, and Unexplained Phenomena: "UFOs and Aliens" by Preston Dennett;;

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Sightings of the Lake Tianchi Monster

Lake Tianchi also known as Heaven Lake in North East China is said to be the lair of dragons. It is located in the peak of Baekdu Mountain within the Baekdudaegan and Changbai mountain ranges encompassing Jilin Province of China and Ryanggang Province of North Korea. Lake Tianchi is formed in the crater of a volcano that last erupted in the 8th Century, and is apparently a barren lake with little fish to support such huge creatures.

Reports date back to the early of 20th century. The first reported sighting was in 1903. A large buffalo-like creature attacked three people, but after it was shot six times, the creature then retreated under the water.

Chinese researchers claim to have collected 100 reports between 1962 and 1994.

In August 1980, a party of meteorologists saw a large animal with a 3-foot neck, a cow-shaped head, and a duck-shaped beak.

In early January 1987, a group of fifty tourists was surprised when a lake monster surfaced near the eastern shore. One witness, Shen Ruder, said it roared like a locomotive and sprayed water out of its nose.

Illustration of Dragon
Photos and a video of a dragon-like animal were taken on September 2, 1994. The creature swam for ten minutes on the surface, raising waves 6 feet high.

Four black animals were seen frolicking in the lake by more than 200 people in 1996 and were allegedly captured on film by photographer Wang Ling.

In 2004 there was a mass sighting when no less than five hundred people saw the creature leaping from the water. It was serpentine in form with a horse-like head and black scales. The following year a number of soldiers from the People’s Liberation Army saw a blackish green serpent-like creature in the lake.

In 2007, Zhuo Yongsheng, a Chinese TV reporter said he had filmed a 20-minute video of six unidentified creatures in the volcanic lake on 6 September. Later, he sent still photos to Xinhua's Jilin provincial bureau. According to a news report one of these showed the six creatures swimming in parallel in three pairs. Another one of them featured the animals closer together, leaving circular ripples on the lake surface.

Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart;
Paranormal Magazine Issue 65: "The Nightmare Menagerie Part 1" by Richard Freeman;

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Little Green Spacemen

According to an article of the Newcastle Journal which published on 9 June 1964, there were strange event goings-on upon Leam Lane Farm in Felling, eastern Gateshead on 2 June. Approximately at 05:30 p.m., a 14-year-old boy named David Wilson claimed to have seen about half a dozen dwarf-like creatures who stood within twenty meters of him on a haystack. They were two feet high, dresses in green and with hands like lit electric bulbs, running around a haystack and digging down into it as if looking for the proverbial needle.

Other children in the sector also claimed to have seen these humanoids. One girl claimed to have sighted a silvery disc-shaped object, about the size of a car, taking off with a spinning motion and giving off an orange glow. Another said that she had seen the dwarf's leader; he was dressed in black and carried a baton with pink stripes on it. Yet another girl claimed to have witnessed a small man sitting on top of a barn. Another group of kids said that they had seen a tiny alien riding around the place on the back of a cow.

A view across Leam Lane to the farm, where fairy-like spacemen
were reported running around a haystack and riding cows
Interestingly, a month later, on July 13 1964 an article published by Liverpool Echo with headline "Little Folk and Flying Saucers". According to the reporter, "scores of excited youngsters" had "invaded" their offices on 10 July, babbling about having seen a strange object in the sky which changed colour of its lights from red to silver, and was moving slowly at first, then very fast". While others, told of having seen leprechauns, which had presumably come out of the spaceships; they said they were about 20 cm tall, wore red and green tunics and knee breeches, and talked with a strong Irish accent.

However, since only children claimed to witnessed those events then the stories considered as a hoax.

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Legend of the Lambton Worm

By the year 1000 ce, European lore had cemented the dragon into its favorite folk tales. One of the most famous was the Lambton worm. The Lambton Worm was a loathsome Dragon that surfaced in the River Wear, Durham, in the fourteenth century. According to legend, Lord John Lambton, a young nobleman of the Northumbria region of England was a rebellious character who missed church one Sunday to go fishing in the River Wear and caught an unidentifiable creature which looks like a small worm (some accounts said it's a small eel- or lamprey-like creature with nine holes on each side of its salamander-like head) while fishing. John declares that he has caught the devil and decides to dispose of his catch by discarding it down a nearby well. He then went off to fight in the Crusades as a penance for his rebellious early years and returned few years later to discover that the throwaway “worm” had grown into a monstrous, reptilian beast large enough to wrap itself around an entire hill. The creature grew in size and began to terrorize the locals, consuming livestock and killing any would-be slayers. The villagers had to pacify it by keeping a trough filled with milk for it to drink.
Illustration of Lambton Worm
by John Dickson Batten
from More English Fairy Tales

John decides to fight it, but first he seeks the guidance of a witch, Elspat of the Glen, near Durham how to defeat the creature and kill it. She tells him to protect his armour with spearheads and he must fight the worm in the River Wear. Immediately, after killing the creature he must then kill the first living thing he sees, or his family will be cursed for nine generations and will not die peacefully in their beds. Later he asked his father that, when he has killed the creature, he will sound his hunting horn three times. Then, his father must release his favorite hound so that it will run to John and then kill the dog to avoid the curse.

The next day, he visited a black smith and ordered an ingenious suit of armor equipped with curving, razor-sharp knives. After that he wearing his special armor and ready to kill the creature, first he lured the creature to the River Wear He must also fight it in the middle of the River Wear, where the current was strongest. This would wash away the segments of the worm’s body before they could rejoin and regenerate. He taunted the creature to charge him, and then turned so that it landed on the blades. John himself finally killed it thanks to the spikestudded coat of mail. The armor sliced the monster to ribbons and its reign of terror ended and John sounds his hunting horn three times. However, his father rushes out to congratulate his son and forgets to release the hound. Since John cannot bear to kill his father and so, after they meet, the hound is released and dutifully dispatched. But it is too late and nine generations of Lambtons are cursed so they shall not die peacefully in their beds.

A piece of the Lambton Worm’s hide and the milk trough were on exhibit at the Lambton Castle. However, the specimen was lost when the castle was demolished in the 18th century.

Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart;
Mysteries, Legends & Unexplained Phenomena: "Mythical Creatures" by Linda S. Godfrey;

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Robert the Haunted Doll

Robert the Doll, also known as Robert the Haunted Doll is a straw-filled doll belonged to Key West artist Robert Eugene Otto (Gene), who received the toy as a child when his parents lived in the mansion at the corner of Eaton and Simonton streets, now known as The Artist House. The doll, which is supposedly cursed, has become a fixture of ghost tours in the Key West area since it was inducted into the Fort East Martello Museum. Aesthetically, Robert resembles an early 20th-century American Naval officer.

In the early 1900s, Eugene was given the doll by a Bahamian servant who was skilled in voodoo and black magic and was displeased with the family. Gene and the doll became unnervingly close. Soon after, mutilated toys and mysterious happenings would appear in the home, only to have Gene proclaim each time: "Robert did it!". Though the Ottos didn't quite believe Gene, it was reported that they could hear the eerie sound of Robert giggling around the house, and passersby even claimed to see a small doll moving from window to window. The doll eventually began to frighten even his best friend, and was relegated to an attic room where it remained there for a number of years.

As the legend goes, Robert the Doll was displeased with his new place in the attic and would taunt schoolchildren from the attic window as they walked past the house, so much so that they eventually took a different route to school.

When Gene inherited the house from his parents, he reunited with Robert and brought him back downstairs, where their connection was rekindled. However, her wife felt uncomfortable with Robert so she decided to return the doll to the attic.

The doll was left in the attic until Eugene died in 1974 and the house eventually was bought again. The new family included a ten-year old girl, who became Robert's new owner. It was not long before the girl began screaming out in the night, claiming that Robert moved about the room and even attempted to attack her on multiple occasions. More than thirty years later, she still tells interviewers that the doll was alive and wanted to kill her. 
Robert the Haunted Doll
Robert now "lives" in a secure glass case at the Fort East Martello Museum, where he is rumored to ruin photographs and cause unexplained events at the museum. Later, the museum administrators warn visitors not to take photographs without first asking permission as Robert's current favorite mischievous act involves casting curses on them.

In May 2008, the doll made an appearance at Taps CON, a paranormal convention held in Clearwater, Florida. This was the first time that it had left Key West, Florida. One of the female visitors experienced weird things since her visit to the convention after she take a photograph with Robert. She said, she had asked permission to Robert, however, the woman next to her and her friend did not ask permission to take Robert's picture, then scary things began appear in her house. Robert suddenly appear in her bedroom mirror. She's became a little scared and the other day she asked Robert to leave her alone and the next day she woke up with bruises on her arm.

To date, the walls near his glass case are covered in numerous letters from previous visitors and naysayers, begging for Robert's forgiveness and asking him to remove any hex he has cast.


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