November 28, 2010 1 Comment
Late night tomfoolery with a werewolf mask, a fleece-lined robe, and a pretty cool song…
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October 18, 2010 11 Comments
For those of you that know me, or have heard me on Strange Frequencies you know that I am not a trouble maker (well maybe a little). But this weekend I found myself face to face with trouble, and it was for something I have preached about time and time again!!!!
When I was young I may have done stupid things while searching for something to do, I admit I have gotten kicked out of cemeteries late at night by the cops, they usually just told us to find something more productive to do. However, when I decided to get “real” about this field I always said I would never EVER trespass, or go any place I was not actually invited, by the owner to attend.
I blame Jeff Belanger.
Ok no, I don’t blame Jeff Belanger, I mean, I could blame him but I haven’t read his book and I am sure he says don’t go somewhere if there are posted signs. I have been really enjoying myself visiting crazy places here in PA, the idea was to enlighten all of you and allow you to see what I have been up to. This time I went to Frick’s Lock PA.
The story behind Frick’s Lock is nothing all that spooky, Its not even all that interesting really, It was a town that thrived at one point, and then good ol’ government came in and built a Nuclear Power Plant right next to the town, deemed it unlivable, and bought all the houses and land and kicked the poor three eyed folk off the property. I am not sure why they never tore the houses down yet but they still sit, perched next to two billowing Nuclear stacks of goodness, all boarded up looking so lonely and begging for pictures to be taken….
Only one problem, this modern day ghost town is under 24 hour video surveillance, is now owned by Exelon and they are NO JOKE about arresting you the second you walk on to the property.
Myself and my very adorable friend Charlene, (who might I add just simply exudes innocence) decided to go past the sign that said DO NOT TRESPASS!
We were in there for a total of 7 min, came out and were greeted by a very kind (but very serious) police officer who did not think my niceties were anything less than annoying. After I begged for forgiveness and admitted to my stupidity, the officer simply said “Yup, it was stupid, and your being arrested.”
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DON’T ARREST ME! ORANGE IS NOT MY COLOR!
I will spare you the annoying details of the long conversation, phone calls and favors I had to call in from family that happens to be law enforcement, or the part where Charlene almost passed out, and I swear to you she said NOT ONE WORD the whole time (except I believe “I hate you Robyn“.
We made it out by the skin of our teeth, and I learned a valuable lesson, a very valuable lesson that I actually say all the time and clearly don’t follow. If you are thinking about visiting a strange and interesting place, please research the number of arrests that happen from trespassing, (300 per year here at Frick’s Lock) and if you see a sign, DON’T DO IT! Trespassing is in fact a misdemeanor, which means you will have a criminal record, and I don’t have to tell you that most jobs require background checks these days and you could be completely screwing yourself over.
Here they are, The pictures of Frick’s Lock, the modern day ghost town… so you don’t have to go in there and screw your life up….
In summary: the place was wicked awesome, not worth almost getting arrested. Don’t blame Jeff Belanger for your legend tripping mistakes, I am sure there are plenty of other things you could blame him for. And most importantly don’t go where you are not supposed to go.
Love you, mean it.
October 13, 2010 2 Comments
No one quite knew why, but 22 year old Siti Baqis just wouldn’t sit still. It seems that every time her parents looked away she would disappear, only to be found later in a graveyard, a cement mixer, or a variety of other strange places. Supernatural forces were blamed. After plunking down a bunch of cash to over 100 shaman and getting no positive results, two other local shamans heard of the family’s plight and decided to offer their services for free.
The shamans showed up and began to pray and chant, both inside and outside the residence. At this point, and apparently in direct response to this mystical practice, a figure was seen darting away from the location. Luckily, it was captured. Turns out it was a djinn!
Djinn are shapeshifting supernatural creatures from Arab and Islamic folklore said to be made up of smokeless flame or “the fire of a scorching wind.” Whatever the hell that means. Before their work was done, the shamans had captured 9 djinn in all. In bottles and jars, no less!
Wheew. Problem solved, right?
No sooner had our heroic shamans left when ol’ Siti was back up to her old tricks, disappearing and such; this time to a cave 15 kilometers from her home. She sent her mother a text to let her know where she was at. I’m not kidding. On her way home she was mysteriously whisked into a tree. Again, like a good girl, she sent her mom a text. Wouldn’t want her to think she was out drinking with boys.
So back came our humble shamans to do battle once again. Apparently the first time around they missed a few malevolent entities, because they’ve captured 12 more djinn now. That’s 21 djinn in all.
Surely, the final word on this story has not been written. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for further developments. But wouldn’t it be terrific if we could get text alerts to notify us of the breaking news?
September 8, 2010 3 Comments
Though this has nothing to do with the paranormal it most certainly is a What The? moment. Apparently a woman woke up to an intruder in her bed, luckily her brother came to her aid.
Fortunately the perpetrator now has a sound track to listen to as he runs from the law…
If you found this post to be pointless, it’s ok, so did I, but I was hysterical and just had to share.
August 31, 2010 12 Comments
The Mothman Festival, which takes place annually in Point Pleasant, WV is just around the corner. Celebrating the local paranormal legend it draws its name from, The Mothman Festival will kick off it’s 9th installment Saturday September 18 and run through the 19th. I had the chance to catch up with Jeff Wamsley, the driving force behind this event, to get his thoughts on this year’s festival, as well as the sightings that sparked it all.
“I was born and raised here in Point Pleasant. I was 5 years old when the sightings started,” Jeff says. “We lived a few doors away from (original witness) Linda Scarberry, so as I grew older and saw books like John Keel’s “The Mothman Prophecies,” I realized that this stuff all happened real close by.”
What happened was the Mothman, and it is among the most talked about stories among paranormal enthusiasts. For those that don’t know much about it, Jeff recounts the details: “Point Pleasant first saw this thing on November 15th 1966 up in the TNT area. Two young couples saw it. 7 feet tall, giant wings and glowing red eyes. From there on out over 100 reported sightings were filed; tons of UFOs too.”
But the intrigue didn’t stop there. In the wake of these sightings, more strange things started happening. According to Mr. Wamsley, “many Mothman and UFO witnesses were approached by strange looking men dressed in black who warned and threatened them about speaking to the press, newspapers and media. Many witnesses were intimidated into keeping quiet, and some are still silent to this day.” Unfortunately, Jeff himself has had no luck getting them to open up either. “Believe me, I have tried to get them to sit down with me and talk about what they saw. Not going to happen.”
Jeff is aware as anyone that the story of Mothman can sound a little far fetched, and understands why some might be skeptical of it. But, as he puts it, skeptics are just a part of the story. “It would be hard to believe this stuff unless you had encountered it or spoke to people who did and I have. These people are not professional liars by any means. Too many people saw it and described it the same way.”
Aside from growing up in the area, Mr. Wamsley operates the world’s one and only Mothman Museum. It is here that folks come to check out props from the film John Keel’s book inspired, as well as grab a souvenir or two, be they books, pins, t-shirts and more. Simply put, the story of Mothman, as well as his hometown, are important to him.
“Not every small town like Point Pleasant has its own monster,” Jeff jokes. “The festival was started almost 10 years ago to get some folks to visit Main Street. Now there is nowhere to park during the festival. I really feel I owe my hometown something. It was a great place to grow up. It just happened to also be the home to UFOs, Men in Black, and giant things that flew around.”
If you are interested in heading to Point Pleasant for the Mothman Festival this year, Jeff says you can expect plenty. “Lots of people, food, guest speakers, vendors, live bands, hayrides, bus tours. We try to bring something new each year. It’s just a big family reunion for all who come each year. Its always good to see old friends who like to hunt for Mothman.”
Myself, as well as my friends and fellow co-hosts on Strange Frequencies Radio, Bobby Nelson and Robyn McKinney, will be back again this year and look forward to enjoying the festivities. Maybe we’ll see you there!
For more information about the Mothman Festival, including speakers as well as restaurants and accommodations you might want to check out in the area, please visit www.mothmanfestival.com
August 31, 2010 6 Comments
English-language paper, The Phuket Gazette. (GREAT NAME) in Thailand posted a story about a tree witch looks quite similar to a woman with her legs spread and her “cho-cha” hanging out. As if that is not interesting enough, mysterious numbers printed on the tree caused several locals to play those numbers and actually WIN THE LOTTERY! (really?!?). Personally I have seen this photograph before, I can’t recall exactly where but I can assure you that this has been circulating around the internet for at least several years. It seems this story is causing quite a stir to skeptics because no locals to the area can recall a tree like this, and a tree like this would not go unnoticed in Thailand (see two favorite destinations for Thai families below). Additionally, there were no reports of anyone having won the Lottery in Thailand in recent days.
For now I am going to side with the Skeptics on this one and say that this magical lottery winning vagina tree is just a simple internet hoax, a very entertaining one at that. And seeing as Thai families flock to other genitalia shaped destinations, This tree would likely be a tourist hot spot.