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Showing posts with label mysteries. Show all posts

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.

The Pineal Gland: What Is Our Mysterious Third Eye Meant To See?
The Eye Without A Lens

By Dorraine Fisher

Is our pineal gland, once believed to be basically functionless, one of the most important components of our brain?

What is the greatest problem of humanity? War, poverty, hunger, exploitation, tyranny? Sure, those things are all problems. But they also have a root in a common problem: the flaws of the human mind. Do you realize that none of these problems would exist if it weren’t for flawed human minds? This takes place by way of our perceptions. The personal perceptions of each individual have a role in the big picture in the direction humanity is going. Now, you might think that this is not you. That the flawed minds are those people over there. But just about none of us are living up to our true potential and the world is suffering as a result. And we’re conditioned to the negative attitude that there’s nothing we can do. But is that really true?

Are Paranormal Believers More Advanced Thinkers?
Science According To Nikola Tesla

By Dorraine Fisher

Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest minds of science. But what does the above quote mean? Most people who aspire to paranormal subjects will understand it right away. The rest may be waiting for the explanation that offers something more tangible; something physical that can be weighed and measured. Something they can put their hands on. But is that a constructive way to approach a real search for truth?

It depends on who you ask.

It has been a little while since the last episode of The Crypto Files, but we finally got another episode out. We are currently working on a large film project and had some other things going on and it caused the delay.

In this episode you will hear about the mysterious Black Shuck. This cryptid is one this seems to mean different things to different people.

Check out episode 36

Can We Really Believe Our Eyes?
Why Perception Is Everything
By Dorraine Fisher

Seeing is believing, right?

How many times in the discussions about mysteries of the world have I heard someone say, “I'd have to see that for myself to believe it.”

Knowing what I know now, seeing something doesn't necessarily hold much water...at least not in the way we want it to.

Click on this link and look at our Facebook page cover photo, and tell me what you see.

I've asked a few people to do this and the answers are different. Some people see a pair of headlights shining in the dark. Others see a pair of female breasts.

So, now, while you're rolling on the floor laughing, it DOES actually bring up a very valid point that applies to the world of the paranormal and the unexplained. Not to mention everything around us. Our team artist, Greg Champy, was not intending for this kind of perception of these two beacons that were meant to be headlights. He was just trying to keep our Facebook page fresh. But different people see artwork in slightly different ways.

Now, check out the photo below that's been circulating for years

What do you see? Do you see a rabbit...or a duck. What you see at first depends on how your mind works. Psychiatrists have been using ink blot pictures in this way to interpret the patients' state of mind for years. It's a great way to spot a person's obsessions and perceptions. It tells immediately what their mind is focused on.

Because that thing we focus on is what we create. It becomes our reality. And that's how we'll actually see it.

And you may have noticed this in the past with a hundred other visuals and didn't give it much thought. But this is really a big deal. It impacts how we view reality, so it impacts everything.

Why? Because this means there cannot possibly be an absolute reality. There is only our personal perception of it. So everything we see is determined by our minds interpretation. And we all have a slightly different interpretation, because we've all lived a different life and experienced things differently. So, in the rabbit/duck picture, what are we really seeing? The answer it's a rabbit...and it's also a duck, basically depending on what you, from past experiences, EXPECT to see.

I.E. If your experience of seeing a dog for the first time is seeing it lunging toward you, growling and snapping, that has a certain impact on your brain. It records in your mind that dogs are evil, growling, biting monsters you should always avoid. And the next time you see a dog, you react with fear because of that early experience. But if you grew up in a house full of cuddly puppies, of course, you'll have a completely different view. And the kicker is, you'll have a really hard time understanding a person's fear of them. You won't have had that experience, so you're reality is different.

Our brain is wired to try to associate everything we see with something familiar. And what that vision or event will mean to us is based on experiences we've had of it before.. Whenever we see or experience something, our brain is recording it for future reference. If it's something new that we've never seen or experienced before, you can bet our brain is busy taking notes, trying to process it all and save it for future reference. But this is why we often become dumbfounded and time seems to move slower when we see something we can't process. Our brain actually has to slow it down in order to get a grasp on it.

The worlds of forensics and criminal justice have become increasingly more wary of eye witness accounts and will, in addition, search for other more tangible evidence to back them up. Why? Because we're learning that what we see is very much controlled by what we think and how we think about it. So eye witness testimony is becoming less and less reliable.

Now, I've brought this subject up before in paranormal circles, only to receive messages and emails from people asking me why I don't believe they saw what they saw. But it's not that I don't believe these stories. In fact, I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt (cautiously, of course) that these witnesses saw what they say they saw. But there's a lot more to “seeing” than just your eyes.

First of all, we don't really see things with our eyes. Our eyes are merely a lens, like a camera lens. We actually see with the part of our brain known as the visual cortex. And whenever we see anything, the visual cortex is making its interpretation based on past experiences. So nothing is quite as “real” as it may seem to us.

But this revelation about reality should have thrown the world on it's ear. Yet, it hasn't so far. Why not? Because we're not quite grasping the implications. It could go as far as to mean the line between what's real and what isn't, aren't as clearly defined. They're all open to the interpretation of the viewer. We've all been taught to think one person is right and one person is wrong. But if we're all seeing the “reality” based on our personal view, then what is REALLY real? Who's right and who's wrong?

Sure, you'll agree with the person who sees it the same way you do. But knowing all this, does that method of decision hold water?

How on earth do we decide what is real??!!

Now, I'll say again that this doesn't mean I don't believe in anything. Quite the contrary. But we have to be very aware of how our brains process information and we need to take that into account when we decide what we're seeing in front of us. How many different ways could this be interpreted? Think it through. Always strive to be logical.

So, in relating this to bigfoot research, I would say this. When we're doing research, or just trying to decide what's real. We need to be aware that we can't really rely on our eyes to tell us some absolute truth. But that being said, that doesn't mean our eyes are always lying either. It may just mean the world isn't as concrete and solid as we'd like to believe it is. There's a lot of mystery left there, and the more we know, the more mysterious it becomes.

My personal advice is this: If we're all creating reality by the way we perceive things, we have the power to make the choice to create it in a positive way and believe in possibilities rather than waste time focusing on the negatives. Just my two cents.

But you don't have to take my word for it. If you're curious to know more about perception and reality, watch parts 1 and 2 of Don't Believe Your Lying Eyes. Tell us what you think.

Here is a couple more popular images for you to study over.

Don't get excited ....it's just a lamp.

Face illusion - forward or side view?


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Book Of Blackthorne!

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Does the ghost of Abe Lincoln haunt the White House?

This is our second episode/post in our Mysteries series. I know this is a step away from everyone's favorite subject of Bigfoot, but maybe a little break is good for us.

In this post we will be talking about Abe Lincoln or better yet, the ghost of Abe Lincoln and the persistent tales of Lincoln hanging around the White House.

Grace Coolidge
Grace Coolidge, the wife of president Calvin Coolidge, is thought to be the first person to come forward and tell about seeing the ghost of Lincoln during her time at the White House. She reported seeing Lincoln in the Oval Office. She described Lincoln as looking out the window across the Potomac and that there was a sadness in the air.

While Mrs. Coolidge may have been the first to report seeing Lincoln, she sure wasn't the only one to report seeing and hearing him. There are numerous reports of foot steps and knocking that has been reported over the years.

Mary Eben, secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt, claimed to have seen Lincoln sitting on the edge of the bed putting on his boots. She also admitted to running out of the room screaming after seeing the ghost. Even Theodore Roosevelt claimed to have see Lincoln in the White House. Numerous staff members for various Presidents has all reported hearing and seeing Lincoln.

Winston Churchill

There are also reports of Lincoln's ghost being seen outside of the White House, but maybe the most famous and entertaining account of Lincoln's ghost was by Winston Churchill. Churchill was staying in Lincoln's bedroom while a guest at the White House. After taking a bath and drying off, Churchill lit a cigar and walked totally naked into the bedroom. Once in the bedroom Churchill saw the ghost of Lincoln leaning up against the fireplace. The rarely shaken and quick thinking Churchill greeted the ghost with "Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." Churchill stated Lincoln smiled and faded away.

It seems the ghost of Lincoln is not just confined to the White House grounds. Reports of Lincoln's ghost have also been reported at his grave site in Springfield, IL. Lincoln has also been said to haunt a house of a woman who was at the Ford's Theater when he was shot. 

Willie Lincoln, the son of Abe Lincoln, died in the White House at the age of 11 of Typhoid. His ghost has also been reported several times over the years.  Could this be one of the reasons his father Abe is still seen around the White House?

We know that the White House is full of secrets and at various times little tidbits of these secrets leak out. Just how many more sightings of the ghost of Lincoln have there been? We may never know for sure, but we will be waiting and watching for the next little leaked report to surface.


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

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Now Available! Issue #5!
For those who don't know Dark Dossier is a monthly magazine devoted to coverage of Ghosts, Aliens, Monsters, & Mysteries and investigations into all things paranormal!

It is a fantastic read and very well done. We (TCC) have a section in this issue that I think you will enjoy.
Here is what is featured in this issue - The Reign of the Reptiles by Alan Connell, Investigation: Hounds of Hell!, The Sargasso Monster by Edsel Newton, Interview: Horror Writer Hunter Shea!, Crypto Crew Corner with Thomas Marcum!, Paranormal News from around the world!, Book Reviews!, Horror Comics!, Photos and Artwork! and More!!

Now, one thing I really like about the magazine is the fact you don't have to do a yearly subscription, you can buy each issue separately, or course there is a yearly subscription option as well.

So, check out their website to buy back issues and more - http://www.darkdossier.com/Magazine.html
or just jump over and purchase the newest issue -  http://payhip.com/b/u9S0 (Instant downloading)

I know you'll like it!


This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.

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[This is a post by TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher]

Mongolian Death Worms
By Dorraine Fisher

            “Mongolian death worms” sounds like a term from cheap science fiction or some strange desert-plodding war weapon.  I’ve laughed about it many times, but I’d never really done any research on the subject. So here goes.
            This strange creature, also known as Allghoi Khorkhoi was first discovered in the southern Gobi Desert of Mongolia in 1926. It is sometimes called the ‘intestine worm’ due to it’s striking resemblance to cow intestines. Those who’ve claim to have seen the creature, describe it as a large thick worm measuring 2 to 5 feet in length, sometimes with small spikes protruding from both ends of its body. But it’s said the worm is so elusive possibly because it hibernates most of the year, only showing itself in the months of June and July.
            The creature is said to spray its victims with some kind of acid substance that is rumored to cause instant death which has made some believe it might be some strange version of a spitting snake like a spitting cobra.  And some say it can kill its victims from certain distances with a kind of projectable electrical supercharge. This has prompted some to wonder if it could be the land-bound version of an electric eel that is known to kill or stun its victims with an electrical charge of 500 to 600 volts.
            Or is it something else entirely?
            Some in Mongolia believe it was divinely created to be the protector of lost ruins, temples, or burial grounds that are long hidden or buried under the sands of the Gobi dessert. 
            But unfortunately we’re only left with conjecture and the precious few eye witness accounts of the creature. And as with so many mysteries on planet earth, we may never know the truth about it in our lifetime. ******

©The Crypto Crew

Mark Twain - "Then away out in the woods I heard that kind of a sound that a ghost makes when it wants to tell about something that's on its mind and can't make itself understood, and so can't rest easy in its grave, and has to go about that way every night grieving."

What Would Samuel Clements Think About Bigfoot?

Mark Twain on the Mysteries Of Life
By Dorraine Fisher

            Growing up in an Illinois river town, I guess I can relate to an author like Mark Twain who told stories of that life so eloquently. Many Twain novels paint elements of a picture of life on the river that I clearly remember myself.  Including legends of ghosts and monsters and mysterious events that remain firmly planted in the culture to this day. 
            But we often forget that Mark Twain, the famed author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn was a philosopher first; a bit hardened by the life he led as Samuel Clements, one of only three survivors of a family of seven children who later lost his father when he was only 11 years old.
             He later became a printer and typesetter who educated himself at night through use of the local library. He was a Confederate army deserter of sorts through his own admission, as he claimed to have formed a company of his own and then disbanded a couple weeks later because his heart wasn’t in the cause.  And he was master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi, an atmosphere entrenched in Native American legends,  endless ghost stories, and wild man tales centered around the many caves along the river that were later injected into his early novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  And all this before he traveled west to Nevada, failed as a gold miner, and eventually became a journalist for the Virginia City  Territorial Enterprise.
            If you’ve ever had the privilege to explore his many writings, it becomes obvious that his mind expanded with every piece as he completed each chapter in his life. Each giving a glimpse into the things he might have believed about the world.
            But what would such an intelligent, insightful man think about those subjects often classified as paranormal today?  None of us can know for sure, but a couple of his quotes offer a glimpse:
“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries of life disappear and life stands explained.”
- From one of Twain’s notebooks, 1898
“Some things you can't find out; but you will never know you can't by guessing and supposing; no, you
have to be patient and go on experimenting until you find out that you can't find out. And it is delightful
 to have it that way, it makes the world so interesting. If there wasn't anything to find out, it would be
dull. Even trying to find out and not finding out is just as interesting as trying to find out and finding
out, and I don't know but more so.”
                    Eve's Diary

            I guess everyone can decide for themselves. *******

[TCC - Dorraine Fisher is a freelance writer and nature and wildlife enthusiast.She is also a TCC Team Member]

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