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Showing posts with label History. Show all posts

FBI: Cattle Mutilations

This post is mostly to preserve a record of the FBI's involvement in the cattle mutilations phenomenon. Although the post will not include all documentation, it will highlight a few pages from the files of the FBI about the phenomenon.

Thanks for the freedom of information act, many of these once classified papers, can now be obtained and/or viewed on the FBI's website.

I can remember that cattle mutilations was hot topic back in the late seventies and most of the eighties. There were numerous TV shows and a lot of news coverage about the topic. Many people, including the ranchers themselves, were very concerned about what was going on and wanted some answers. It is only natural that at some point the FBI got involved.



Kentucky Giant From Letcher County

Standing at a height of 7 foot and 7 and a half inches, Martin Van Buren Bates was known as the Kentucky Giant. What an impressive man he was, weighing in at a whooping 328 pounds. But there are some conflicting reports on just how large of a man he really was. Some sources list Bates at 7" and 11 inches tall and weighing over 500 pounds. My guess is that he weighed more than 328 pounds. While he was known as the Kentucky Giant, he also was called "Kentucky River Giant", "Giant of the South", and "Baby". He had gotten the nickname baby when he was 11 years old.

Bates was born in 1837 in Letcher county Kentucky to normal sized parent and hit a growth spurt around the age of 7. By the time he was 12 years old, Bates was over 6 foot tall and weighed over 200 pounds and was still growing.

 Murder123 Presents Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer , also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster, was an American serial killer and sex offender who committed the murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991. Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts—typically all or part of the skeleton.

Join the Murder123 Podcast team as they discuss the life and times of Jeffrey Dahmer.

Why Some Of Us Aspire To Conspiracy Theories
By Dorraine Fisher

When you have a large population of people in the world as we do right now, it’s impossible to control them all physically. But they DO have to find a way to control us because they’re afraid of us. Because we have power beyond measure and they know it. So what do they have to do? They have to find ways to control our minds.

The term “conspiracy theorist” has often been used as a derogatory term to objectify a certain group of people and make them look crazy. But this is only another means of mind control. It’s an attempt to make one group of people who aren’t grounded in who they really are and who feel safer running with the herd believe that thinking for themselves isn’t acceptable.  And it’s also an attempt to try and make the conspiracy theorists doubt themselves or suffer too much ridicule so that they give up their original ideas and give in to the mindset of the status quo.

Murder123 Presents The Story of Ed Gein

Edward Theodore Gein , also known as the Butcher of Plainfield or the Plainfield Ghoul, was an American convicted murderer and body snatcher. His crimes, committed around his hometown of Plainfield, Wisconsin, gathered widespread notoriety after authorities discovered Gein had exhumed corpses from local graveyards and fashioned trophies and keepsakes from their bones and skin.

The story of Ed Gein has had a lasting effect on American popular culture as evident by its numerous appearances in film, music, and literature. The tale first came to widespread public attention in the fictionalized version presented by Robert Bloch in his 1959 suspense novel, Psycho.
Gein served as the inspiration for myriad fictional serial killers, most notably Norman Bates (Psycho), Leatherface (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Buffalo Bill (The Silence of the Lambs) and the character Dr. Oliver Thredson from the TV series American Horror Story: Asylum.

Join Dr. John Stamey and Tony Felosi of the Murder123 Team as they discuss the life and murders of Ed Gein.
Here is the podcast.


Murder 123 Presents The story of Sharon Tate! Tonight's special guest is Eli Watson of podcast Cryptid Campfire.

Sharon Marie Tate was an American actress and model. During the 1960s, she played small television roles before appearing in films and was regularly featured in fashion magazines as a model and cover girl. Tate eventually married director Roman Polanski.

On August 8, 1969, Tate entertained actress Joanna Pettet and singer Barbara Lewis for lunch at her home, confiding in them her disappointment at Polanski's delay in returning from London. Polanski telephoned her that afternoon, as did her younger sister Debra who called to ask if she and their sister Patti could spend the night with her. Tate declined, offering to have them over another time.

On August 9, 1969, Tate and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple's son.

Here is the podcast.

The team at Murder123 talk about serial killer H.H. Holmes. Holmes was know by several names which included; Herman Webster Mudgett, Dr. Henry Howard Holmes and by HH Holmes.

Holmes confessed to 27 murders but is suspected of many more. There were 9 murders possibly confirmed but some of the people Holmes admitted to killing were actually found to be still alive.
While the label of murder is on Holmes, he was also know as a con artist and a bigamist, and the subject of more than 50 lawsuits in Chicago alone.

"The Murder Castle" where Holmes reportedly killed many of his victims was actually a building he owned that was a hotel. There are some reports that the hotel was never really open for business.
Many mysteries and tales surround H.H, Holmes, just what is truth and what is fabrication is up for debate.

Here is the podcast.

Murder123 Presents - The Story of Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Andrew Borden was an American woman who was the main suspect in the August 4, 1892, axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts. Borden was tried and acquitted of the murders.

Dr. John Stamey, Tony Felosi and guest co-host Jeeremiah Wieczorek discuss this fascinating story of the murders associated with infamous Lizzie Borden. Tony also discusses a murder in the Cell Block

Here is the podcast -

Murder123 Presents - HORROR IN KENTUCKY PART II 

Host Dr. John continues the saga about the most fascinating murder in Harlan County, KY with TCC's Tony Felosi. Here are the players!
  • Joe Christian 48 yrs - Possible WW1 Vet , Taxi Driver , Lifelong resident of Harlan County , Lived through the Great Depression , Murdered Last week of April 1942 by Manzo Shepherd , Sherman Clouse and Howard Hensley
  • Manzo Shepherd 24 yrs –Petty Criminal, Pulled 2 years in prison with Sherman Clouse in 1937 for car theft. Small in stature, Very bad disposition that got worse after being in Prison.
  • Sherman Clouse 22 yrs – Longtime friend of Manzo Shepard and partner in crime, Pulled 2 years in Prison with Manzo in 1937 for car theft , Brother in Law for a Short Time
  • Howard Hensley 26 yrs – Family Friend possible relative
  • Mallie Shepherd 48 yrs - Manzo’s Mother, Helped to burn the car stolen from Joe Christian after his murder. The inside of the car was covered in blood.
  • Jack Heaton 26 yrs. - Nephew of Joe Christian – Shot Manzo at his second trial in front of 300 people May 21st 1942. Tried for Manzo Shepherds Murder in February 1943
This Murder and Trial was called the most sensational up to that point in Harlan County’s history. That’s saying a lot for a place that had been ground zero for the mine wars for the past 20 years. Violence was commonplace in Harlan County at the time.

Here is the podcast

TCC Team member and Paranormal wizard Tony Felosi was back on the Murder123 podcast with Dr.John Stamey and Robin McCray. They take a look at the highest profile murder case of the century - Jeffrey Epstein and discuss some of the mysterious details surrounding it.
Another special guest is Dr. Tray Dunaway, he is a surgeon and pathologist, he will weigh in on the Epstein case.

Later in the program TCC's own Tony Felosi joins them for "The Cell Block" segment with EVPs of the Manso Shepard murder case. Tony will be a regular contributor for the podcast and we want to share this aspect of our research with everyone.

While most of you know we research numerous cryptids and general weirdness, we also dive into unsolved murders, historical events, and missing person cases, just to name a few. It has not been very long ago I was personally contacted to search for a missing woman. The people knew I know the mountains very well in our area and reach out to me. We have not shared very much of this aspect of our team, but we hope to start adding some of this in the future.

Here is the Podcast

Crypto Crew team member and Paranormal investigator Tony Felosi joins Dr. John Stamey, Devin Tait and guest host Robin McCray to discuss the story of Manzo Shepherd and the events that spawned one of the most infamous trials in Harlan County, Kentucky history.

Taking place on  Black Mountain at 4,145 feet (the tallest peak in Kentucky) in late April 1942, cab driver Joe Christian was brutally murdered by Shepherd and his two friends.

Within one month of the murder, Shepherd would be shot in a crowded courtroom of 300 people and his accomplices, Sherman Clouse and Howard Hensley, would both eventually get life sentences to avoid the death penalty.

Here is the podcast

This is an exciting post for me. I recent met author and filmmaker Nic Brown at the Harlan Haunt Fest. I was able to take in part of his lecture on the Wendigo. His lecture was very informative and intriguing. Unfortunately, I was not able to stay for the whole presentation as I had my own table and people were coming by to see and speak to me, which was great. So, I had to cut out early of his lecture.

As the Haunt Fest event was winding down, I made my way over the Nic's table and introduced myself and we had an enjoyable talk. And today I'm very pleased to share a nice interview I did with Nic. I think you will enjoy this one, here is our interview.

Woodwose: Was This Ancient Wildman Really Bigfoot?
By Dorraine Fisher

Wildman tales go back as far as the human story. But they seemed to explode onto the scene during the Middle Ages, making their appearances in artwork, wood carvings on furniture, and in architecture details of a creature known as the Woodwose or Wuduwasa in Anglo-Saxon Culture.  Why is this?

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that some kind of large, hairy creatures lived in the forests of Europe during those times and that they were acknowledged enough by people that they were deemed real enough in society to depict them everywhere. All this suggests that the woodwose was a creature that was widely known at that time and also widely accepted. But what were they?

Hey Gang, today I wanted to alert you about the release of our latest film, The Hembree House. I also want to tell you about some of the places you can watch it and offer you a coupon code to save you some money.

First let me tell you a little bit about the film and house. The Hembree House is located in the little town of Wallins in Harlan county Kentucky. When we first started on this project we didn't know just how big it would be. As we researched the history of the house and reports of recent activity we were told about a couple of workers who experienced some strangeness while at the house.


Dead Daughters, Dogs, and Pirates: Estate Hauntings of Galveston, TX

The Lone Star State is home to a vast wealth of American history, which means it’s also home to an unsettling collection of sites inhabited by beings of the afterlife. The presence of the paranormal is truly palpable, as the majority of people who enter haunted property experience bone stiffening fear within five seconds of entering. When looking out for new sights to explore, none compare to the island city of Galveston, Texas. This relaxing resort town is home to a chilling variety of haunted locations that are sure to intrigue even experienced spectral investigator. Espers are present all around us, but here are a few locations that are especially dense with afterlife activity.

I can remember seeing the above picture many years ago and found it intriguing. I had also seen where some people thought that the dark figure was, or at least could be, a Bigfoot. Of course, we know that the dark figure is not a bigfoot but a person.

This image is from a very isolated tribe. In fact, this tribe is considered one of the world's last uncontacted peoples, even though there has been some contact with them over the years.


Benham Theater: Specters of the Stage is now available on Amazon Prime. The title will be available on other streaming services in the near future. There will also be a DVD release and a possible Blu-Ray version in the future.

For those who are not familiar with the film series, this is the 5th film in the series. Here is the synopsis for the new film and other information.


Next up is this ghostly image captured by Helen at Lake Cumberland. There is also some enhancements, zooms and before pictures in this post. But before we get to them lets talk a little about Lake Cumberland. After reading some of the history of the lake I can understand why there might be ghost hanging around.

Lake Cumberland is a reservoir in Clinton, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne counties in good old Kentucky. The reservoir ranks 9th in the U.S. in size and contains 6,100,000 acre feet of water. It was built for two primary reasons: one to help control flooding and two the production of hydroelectric power. But if you dig into some of the stories and history you will find some really spooky tales.

Whoa...where to start. After my original post, Mystery Couple Seen at Cumberland Falls, I got a great response in the form of emails and messages. Much of the information was very interesting and possibly sheds some light on the mystery couple photograph.

In this follow up post I will share most of the information that was sent to me and offer up some other interesting tidbits. Are  you ready? Here we go!
During my Bigfoot presentation. Photo by Lisa Peters
This past Saturday we had the first every Pine Mountain Paracon. This event was hosted at the beautiful Pine Mountain State Resort Park. If you have never been to Pine Mountain, you own it to yourself to make the trip. It is such a beautiful area, with loads of hike trails, things to see and even a zipline. And the food is terrific.

The Paracon featured several presentations on various topics combined with some local musical talent in between presenters. What made this event stand out was that not only was it a free event, it was an all day event. The doors opened at 11am and we finished off downtown at the Bell Theater for a live ghost hunt. The Paracon lasted until 10 pm. I can tell you my legs and feet were wore out.
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