Category: Murder

May 18th, 2017 by G2G User

5 Scariest Places You Never Want To Visit

Where a nun died in mysterious circumstances then you're in the wrong place. This is Strange Mysteries, and we're only interested in genuinely freaky locations where messed up stuff might actually happen to you. Alaska is scary enough due to the likelihood that at any given moment Sarah Palin could shoot you in the face, strip the skin from your corpse and mount your head on her bathroom wall while draped in old glory screaming the word freedom like a brain-damaged hyena.Think monkeys are cute? Think again. To us kinky westerners the word fetish conjures up images of whips, chains and my uncle's gimp mask. But Togo's Akodessewa Fetish Market contains no such items, for here, they trade in nothing but death and Voodoo.The Scottish village of Milton is a place so unremarkable that its Wikipedia entry is shorter than the opening paragraph for the page Geese in Chinese Poetry. If you're not a fan of rodents then the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnoke, India should not be on your itinerary, because this place is home to not just a few rats, but several thousand of the furry little fellas.

Posted in Murder, Paranormal, Travel

May 13th, 2017 by G2G User

Pasadena’s “Suicide Bridge”

The haunting and hauntingly beautiful Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena was completed in 1913, claimed its first suicide in 1919 and has been racking up the bodies ever since. 

“There are 102—and counting—documented suicides of people jumping off the bridge. Pasadena doesn’t like the notoriety, so when the count would get too high they would knock off some numbers,” says Carradine. “The number of suicides is actually much higher, even with the fences that are up now.” 

And Carradine has heard ghost stories aplenty. “People have seen a man leaping off a rail, but when they go to help, no one’s there. There’s also a woman seen crossing the bridge, cars swerving to miss her, but then she vanishes.” 

Carradine’s even had his own spooky brush with the bridge. “It was nighttime, and I was walking with a friend in the tunnel underneath the bridge," he recalls. "There’s a series of six lights illuminating the path, and as we passed the first light, it went out. The second light went out as we passed. Each light went out as we passed by. By the time we got to the end, it was just total darkness behind us.”

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May 10th, 2017 by G2G User

Dr. Juan Gonzalez

Holistic Doctor Found Dead In His Natural Health Clinic, Police Investigate as Homicide

Police have now confirmed that they are treating the death of 59-year-old old Dr. Juan Gonzalez, a board certified holistic doctor, as a homicide; he was found dead in his natural health clinic. I have been contacted by immediate family members, patients, friends regarding his death. He was well loved. Our heart goes out to all of them.

Patients have emailed (and even posted in the comments below) that Dr Gonzalez was treating cancer patients- successfully. In fact, he had (allegedly) asked a few to testify as he had some upcoming court dates, apparently for treating said cancer patients. As we all know, the government doesn’t like holistic doctors treating cancer patients.

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May 9th, 2017 by G2G User

Strangest Disappearances In History That Are Still Unanswered

When people vanish, the curiosity and mystery surrounding their disappearance makes you wonder what really happened. A small percentage of those who disappear may have deliberately chosen this path for their own reasons, such as starting a new life someplace where no one knows them. Another small number may have been murdered or died accidentally, and nobody was there to witness and report the event because the circumstances were so unusual. There’s also a respectable number of people who just disappeared and no logical explanation has been found for this occurrence. See for yourself with these 9 strangest disappearances in history that are still unanswered.

Posted in Missing, Murder, Paranormal

May 9th, 2017 by G2G User

Thomas Creech

Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Claims gang-related kills, contract "hits," human sacrifice
Number of victims: 3 – 10 +
Date of murders: 1967 – 1975 / 1981
Date of birth: September 9, 1950
Victims profile: Edward T. Arnold and John W. Bradford / David Dale Jensen (fellow inmate) Gordon Stanton and Charles Miller / Sandra Ramsamoog, 19 / William Dean / Riogley McKenzie / Vivian Robinson / Paul Schrader, 70
Method of murder: Shooting – Stabbing with knife – Beating – Strangulation
Location: Nevada/Oregon/Wyoming/California/Arizona/Idaho, USA
Status: Sentenced to death in Idaho on March 25, 1976. Commuted to life in prison. Sentenced to death in January 1983 in Idaho. Commuted to life in prison

 

Charged with double homicide in Ada County, Idaho, in 1975, Tom Creech astounded his jailers by confessing to 42 murders, allegedly committed over thirteen states since 1967. 

In his statement, Creech alleged that many of the homicides were sacrifices ordered by a cult of Satanists; a biker gang reportedly commissioned others, sometimes paying Creech upon completion of a "contract." Several jurisdictions airily dismissed the tales as fantasy, while others claimed that bodies had been found by following the prisoner's directions. 

By October 1975, Creech was reliably linked with at least nine murders, including two in Idaho, two in Oregon, two in Nevada, and one each in the states of Arizona, California and Wyoming. Ironically, for all of his confessions, Creech denied the double murder which had led to his arrest in Idaho. Itinerant housepainters John Bradford and John Arnold were shot to death in Ada County after giving Creech a ride, but Creech professed that he had merely been a witness to the crime. 

His traveling companion, 18-year-old Carole Spaulding, had been charged as an accessory to murder in the case, but Creech named Spaulding's teenaged sister — with a missing youth named "Danny" — as the killers. 

Members of his jury were unimpressed, and Creech was convicted on two counts of first degree murder on October 23, 1975. State law made the death penalty automatic, and he was formally sentenced to hang on March 25, 1976. Investigation of Creech's confessions, meanwhile, listed his verified victims as Gordon Stanton and Charles Miller, killed near Las Vegas; Sandra Ramsamoog, 19, of Salem, Oregon; William Dean, in Portland, Oregon; Riogley McKenzie, murdered outside Baggs, Wyoming; Vivian Robinson, of Sacramento, California; and Paul Schrader, age 70, in Tucson, Arizona. 

Creech gave directions to alleged Satanic ritual sites near San Diego, Seattle, and Missoula, Montana, but authorities describe the solid evidence as negative in each case. As with Henry Lucas a decade later, many of Creech's confessions remain impossible to verify or disprove.

Michael Newton – An Encyclopedia of Modern Serial Killers

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May 9th, 2017 by G2G User

Dwayne Alexander Dicicco 

Time of Disappearance
 

  • Missing Since: August 13, 1974 from Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 12, 1948
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 165 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Mustache and beard.
  • AKA: Dago
  • Case Number: 200213450

     


Details of Disappearance
Dwayne Dicicco was last seen August 13, 1973 while living in Columbia Falls, Mt. He worked as a heavy equipment operator at the time. Before he disappeared he called his mother, promising to call again next week. He never called and was never seen again. Dicicco rode a motorcycle and loved to hunt and fish. His mother said he was not the type of person to walk away without telling anyone, and that he would not leave his equipment and guns behind .

Convicted killer Thomas Creech at one point confessed to the homicide of Dicicco. Creech was a professional hit-man for a motorcycle gang. He told police he took Dicicco to Lake Samanish in Washington, where he dumped the body from a boat. Police dragged the lake but did not recover Dicicco. Later Creech changed his story and said he only witnessed the murder and had seen Dicicco's body left in a cave in Montana. Dicicco has never been found.

 


Investigating Agency 
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: 
Flathead County Sheriff's Office 
406-758-5874 

 


Source Information 
Namus 
The Telegraph – Mar 8, 1986

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May 9th, 2017 by G2G User

GARAVITO Luis Alfredo

A.K.A.: "La Bestia" – "El Loco" – "Tribilín" – "El Cura" – "Bonifacio Morera Lizcano"

 
Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Rape – Torture – Mutilation
Number of victims: 138 – 192
Date of murders: 1992 – 1999
Date of arrest: April 22, 1999
Date of birth: January 25, 1957
Victims profile: Boys aged between 6 and 16 years
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife and screwdriver
Location: Colombia/Ecuador
Status: Sentenced to 1,853 years in prison on May 27, 2000 and November 3, 2001
 

 

Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos (born jan 25, 1957) is the serial killer with one of the highest proven numbers of victims.

Between 1992 and 1999, Garavito killed more than 200 children at core ages between 8 and 13 years, with the exception of one boy aged 16 (walking handicap, March 1994).

His modus operandi remained relatively stable. During daytime, he lured children of a lower social status out of crowded parts of the city into hidden areas that were over- grown with high plants. Garavito promised either payment for easy work, or drugs, or made other offers. The children were tied up, tortured, raped and killed by at least one cut in the lateral part of the neck, or by decapitation. During the killings, Garavito was drunk.

Even after his arrest (for attempted rape) under a wrong identity it was not immediately possible to track his crimes since Garavito had frequently changed his places of stay and his jobs. He also grew different hairdos and used wrong names. During his still ongoing confessions, he now directs the investigators correctly to all crime scenes all over Colombia.

In spite of an initial sentence of 2 600 years, it is in fact possible that Garavito will be released from prison within the next 10 to 20 years, after serving a sentence of minimum 25 to maximum 40 years in jail.

Our account is based on a ten-day visit in Bogota and Villavicencio in July 2002 that included several meetings with the investigators, Garavito himself and his social worker. Technically, the case is still ongoing since Garavito still confesses to vet unknown crimes. We also met Garavito in a different prison in 2005 for further talks and tests (Armenia).

Arrest

On April 22, 1999, in bushes close to a street leading out of the town Villavicencio (ca. 400000 inhabitants) in Colombia, a homeless man observed an adult male who tried to abuse a boy. On the same day, taxi drivers observed a man who matched the description given by the boy. The man had no personal I.D. but gave the name and I.D. number of a man who was a politician in a small town. Since at that time no computer or file network and no obligatory registration of the place of residence existed, his data could not be checked. However, being asked where he intended to go, the man told the police that he walked to a town that was 90ƒ away from the direction he had given. It seemed that the man had lost his orientation, and because of the matching personal description given by the body, he was put in prison.

Discovery of a serial killer's spree

In February 1998, 2 naked corpses of children were discovered lying next to each other outside of the town of Genua, Colombia. The location was set on the slope of a hill as most of the other crime scenes. On the next day, only metres away, a third corpse was found, this time in a state of advanced decomposition. All bodies had been tied at the hands. Numerous blood stains could be detected in the area, as well as a knife. The necks of the bodies and the external genitals were deeply cut or severed. A closer investigation of the bodies revealed bite marks and signs of anal penetration; a bottle of lubricant was found, too. Post mortem interval could not be determined; DNA typing of the collected stains could ne be performed because of costs.

Since at that point there were several known serial killers on the loose in Colombia, it was not clear if these were victims of e.g. Pedro Alonso Lopez (around 70 victims; locally known as the "monster/strangler of the Andes"). The crime scenes, and the state of the corpses did however not at all match the crimes of the other serial killers, e.g. Lopez only killed girls. Profiling was not possible due to organizational and funding problems.

It was found that the dead boys had been living in a town nearby, were aged 11 and 13,and had been close friends. They came from a socio-economically weak background, and had to work in the streets selling fruit, chewing gum, etc., to add to their family's poor incomes.

The investigators noted that: a) one victim's mother commented that her son briefly returned home on the day he disappeared and told her that he would help a man with a cattle transport, and that b) it was odd that all children disappeared around 10 a.m. on different days. The explanation found much later was that Garavito usually either offered the boys juice or cake in a local shop, checked out their character, structure of skin (soft, not too dark), etc., and then asked them either to walk with him, or to help him with carrying something. Garavito adjusted not only his outfits (street vendor, bum, priest, etc.) but also the task that he asked for according to the local situation (carrying a crate of oranges, help him with cattle, harvesting sugarcane, etc.). He also promised drugs to addicted children, and payed stakes for children interested in games. Initially Garavito had simply offered money but since most children found this suspicious, he switched to a mixture of promises and an appropriate, yet slighty raised amount of money (usually an amount worth a little more than one day of children's work – i.e., the children would not tell their parents straight away but use the money as fake income in exchange for a day off). In all cases, he tried to lure the children away immediately so they would not return home beforehand.

Close to his home town, at 6 a.m. on the morning after Halloween (considered to be the "Evening of the Children" in Columbia), Garavito also found a victim by offering a child to help him collect sweets that it had lost the night before.

Intensified Investigations 

A four-person unit from the D.A.'s Office of Investigations from the province Armenia now started to look for similar homicides all over Columbia. Hundreds of cases were reported but most of the children had neither been identified nor was there a description of their injuries. Retroactive identification by use of the teeth was frequently impossible, either because the children never had an Xray, or the X-rays were buried after the earthquakes of 1998. Therefore, until today, 27 of the children killed by Garavito are not identified. Facial reconstruction was performed in few cases at the Institute for Legal Medicine in Bogota.

Another series of killings against children aged 8 to 10 in the region Valle in 1995 raised further suspicion. Two of the 4 dead children were cousins, and again, all children came from a weak social background, were described as not very intelligent, and again, they disappeared shortly before noon. Again, the children were found on the slope of a hill with high-growing plants, not far outside of the town. The pattern of children being killed more or less at one spot but on different days is a signature of Garavito. He did not bury the bodies but leave them on the spot. Once he had found a suitable location for the killings, he would use it all over again. The children may have suspected that something was wrong once they arrived but were immediately tied up.

Garavito could not stop himself even in dangerous situations. On the early afternoon of june 8, 1996, a boy went missing in the town of Boyaca. He followed Garavito on his (the boy's) own bike so no violence had taken place. The corpse was found 5 days later decapitated with the severed penis stuck inside of the mouth. The mother of the boy had immediately started a search, and found that the boy had last been seen in a local shop with some other boys and a stranger who bought them sweets. The stranger was identified as Garavito who stayed in town. He was questioned by the police but stated that he sure bought the children sweets but then left alone. Approximately 4 days later, Garavito killed a 13-year old boy in the close by town Pereira.

Signatures of the killings

Apart from the already mentioned behavior, decapitations, or at least their attempt seemed to be typical for Garavito. In many cases, because of the decomposition, the only way to prove this, were notches in the fourth vertebra of the neck. Many of the soft tissue cuts that could be documented were caused by a knive that produced raw lacerations as if the blade was old or notchy. The internal organs were usually left in place; on the abdomen, Garavito did produce multiple stab wounds but no anatomical cuts. The only exception was a 10-year old boy (killed in january 1997) who was found under similar circumstances, but the wounds were produced by a stabbing weapon without a blade (technically: impaling wounds). Dismembering of the corpses only took place in cases where body parts had to be transported out of houses in wich very few killings had taken place. In very few cases, he also put the bodies in bags and sank them together with stones in water.

On many crime scenes, empty bottles of the cheapest brand of local schnapps were found. In fact, Garavito had a habit of abusing alcohol, and left the empty bottles just like the corpses openly at the scene of crime.

By now, it becomes clear that Garavito subdivided suitable killing places into sectors, and killed one child per sector. In many cases, he very slowly tortured the children who were sometimes tied in way so that they could still walk around over quite a distance but not escape. Anal penetration seems to be a common feature of the cases but it remains unclear if this was a post mortem or peri mortem act. Until today, Garavito draws precise maps out of his memory which show the exact locations of the corpses.

Most of the crimes were performed on or around weekends when most children hung around the market places. Garavito tried to lure them away during day time because this raised less suspicion concerning the odd jobs lie offered as well as a possible non-presence at dinner.

Before Garavitos confessions, the public still did not generally accept that one killer was responsible for the crimes. Therefore, allthough there was no indication for it at all, the usual suspects like satanists or other secret organizations were accused. Their responsability was unlikely since no two killings took place at the same time. At the same time, the travel pattern of the offender was highly irregular. Another theory pointed towards alleged organ trade. Since mostly stab wounds were found, and since the conditions at the scenes of crime – identified by blood stains protruding from living persons – were highly unsterile, this theory was quickly dismissed.

Determination of identity of the killer

Garavito had been arrested under the name of a politician. Regular fingerprint identification had not been possible for organizational and technical reasons. In March 1999, after the police checked telephone numbers that had been found in the prisoner's clothing, the investigators discovered that the prisoner's identity was wrong and that he was actually Garavito. By then, Garavtio had long been on the list of suspects. Now, one of the relatives of Garavito handed over a case (box) that Garavtio had given to her. Inside were not only crypic notes but also cut-out passport photographs of many of the deceased children (these were the only trophies that Garavito collected). Also, a calendar with further crypic notes was found. This was later identified as a list of victims according to the dates. Since Garavito does remember all details of his crimes, including the dates, it is not yet understood why he kept track with such a list.

On October 28, 1999, after several weeks of confirmatory investigations, Garavito was for the first time exposed to the fact that his identitiy was known and that evidence for his crimes was found. During the first questioning, he confessed to his crimes straight away and asked god and mankind for forgiveness.

It became clear that since 1992, Garavito had killed more than 200 boys (today's count: 300), and commited numerous acts with sexual background against the will of others. His popular name became "The Beast" (la bestia).

Legal aspects

Cooperation of the different agencies is difficult in a very large country that suffers from constant and extreme political problems, massive violence (especially amongst the guerilla and paramilitary units), and organizational problems. Compared to industrialized countries, pedophilia is quite widespread, mostly because children and juveniles need to gain some kind of income (39% of the chddren in Colombia are considered to live in poverty [Terre des Hommes]). This led to the high number of victims but on the other hand could not be prevented. e.g., several times, Garavito also simply left the country and went to Equador.

The public prosecutors (district attorneys), together with their own investigation units (not the same as the police) are allowed to investigate throughout the country. In the Garavito case, this was used to commission the local investigative unit of Armenia with investigating all related crimes. This was based on the fact that the prime suspect (Garavito) came from Armenia but also that numerous corpses had been found in this region. It seems that other local investigation units did, however, not share all their information with the Armenian police.

Legally, the case against Garavito is not closed because he still confesses to killings. Until 2003, he was technically found guilty 70 times, for 160 separate killings. Since Garavito was considered to be sane (in the sense of being responsible for his acts), he could not be sent to a forensic psychiatric institution for an indefinite time. Therefore he was sentenced to custody in prison. As in the Colombian sentencing system the sentences for every single offence are added up, Garavito was actually sentenced to about 2 600 years in prison. However, this does not mean that Garavito will serve a life time prison sentence. After the reform of the Colombian Penal Code in 2000, a person can neither be sentenced to death nor stay imprisoned for more than 40 years in total (article 37.1 of the Penal Code). Since Garavito is highy cooperative, mitigation, including an earlier release might have to be applied.

Garavito did never appear in court. This is due to a regulation that was introduced to the Colombian penal code to simplify cases in which the defendant fully confesses, and in which objective proof for his crimes is present and matches the confession. In such cases, legally binding verdicts can be passed successively and without a formal trial. Also, the public was massively outraged already, and a regular trial was not sought after by any party.

Personal impressions

Garavito is held separate from other prisoners because it is feared that else he would be killed immediately. He is afraid of getting poisoned, and only takes drinks given to him by few persons. His guards are on very good terms with him which is reflected by the fact that Garavito himself is relaxed and not at all shy towards them.

The stereotype of the "intelligent serial killer" is challenged by Garavito in several respects. The high number of victims is on the one hand explained by his indeed clever way to adapt socially and by changes of his clothing (except of his glasses) to local environments. This seems to be natural to him or well trained. To us, he did not make the impression of a person who is playing a rehearsed role. The only thing he never changed, is the frame of his glasses made of red plastic.

On the other hand, the high number of victims was also due to the chaotic and violent structures in Colombia. E.g., it will not raise any suspicion to work as a street vendor by just buying a used cart and selling some type of fruit. This way, it is very easy for a Columbian person to blend in, especially around busy market places (as Garavito did). Furthermore, due to the poverty, odd jobs are attractive for children victims.

Another observation that might speak against regular intelligence is that Garavito cannot restrict his train of thoughts. He will jump from one topic to the other, and even if he starts a conversation on a topic that he feels is interesting (plane crash, etc.), he will switch to a different topic only seconds, or minutes later. Because of the complete absence of any psychological treatment, he is not used to talk about personal matters, even if it would aid his cause. For example, one of the first things he talked to us about was an article from a popular science magazine that he found very interesting; he had written down notes next to the article. The article was dealing with children abused by their parents. When we asked why this caused his attention, he would absolutely not comment on this issue and switched the topic as if he had not heard the question. This is remarkable because it is the opinion of the police that Garavito was maltreated as a child.

In a picture test that we conducted in 2005 (M.B.), he failed to understand or to solve the quiz items.

From a criminalistic point of view, it is remarkable that Garavito seemed to be too careful to take any trophies from the victims except of the photographs cut out of their I.D. cards. At the same time, he liked to be photographed. Several pictures show him as a street vendor, inside of apartments where he lived, etc.

Travelling for work is quite normal in many economically challenged countries. Therefore, Garavito did not raise suspicion constantly travelling throughout the country. In several cities, he lived together with women who were the same age or older than Garavito and who sometimes had children. in fact, Garavito seemed to be a caring social father since his girl friends never complained about him or stated any form of abuse concerning themselves or their children. They even mentioned that he enjoyed friendly play with his social children. In at least one case, Garavito continuously sent money back to one of his girlfriends during his travels. The investigators believe that Garavito may have lived together with these women on a platonic basis.

The second stereotype of a controlling personality seems to be correct for Garavito. He tries to reach his goals by the most appropriate social methods, i.e. now by full co-operation with the police. However, until now, he showed no sign of true remorse. Talking to the police, he stated his sympa- thy for his victims. in one case, he claimed to have felt sorry when a child told him about its abuse back in the family. Nevertheless, Garavito still proceeded to torture the child to death.

His comments on the personal safety of others are ambiguous. For example, he very early in our conversation warned against walking alone in the streets (which is in fact extremely dangerous in Colombia). We asked ourselves if Garavito was actually concerned about our safety or if he wanted to find out if we were afraid of the whole situation, or if he wanted to put himself in a position of strengh.

It seems that due to his personality, he still cannot control the situation because he does not fully understand the intentions of others. His ongoing confessions might seem to him a way to get out of prison earlier but obviously, the police has their own plans to prevent this. When we visited Garavito, he complained that we did not bring expensive gifts but only symbolic ones (T-shirts, etc.). Instead of telling us, he wrote an informant-style report to the police in which he noted what he remembered from our conversation and what we looked like.

Garavito also told us that he wanted to understand the cause of his actions. Since he does not discuss personal matters in depth, we offered him to comment on the crimes of a different serial offender, either Jürgen Bartsch or Father Denke. He was very interested to hear about the cases (he asked specifically about the number of victims) but did not keep track of this conversation.

Generally, Garavito gives the impression of an open, friendly person. In our opinion, he did not constantly lie to us but seemed to be tense at times. Without being asked, he told us that he would not continue his killings outside of prison and that he had got everything sorted out in his mind.

 
 

 

 

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May 7th, 2017 by G2G User

Buffalo State Hospital History

In 1870, a new hospital was to be constructed in upstate New York called the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. Architect Henry Hobson Richardson was appointed to design the new hospital, and was given an opportunity to display his own style of architecture, which is now known as Richardsonian Romanesque. The administration building went through several designs, including a low, chapel-like structure with a tall spire, inspired by the asylums Richardson had viewed in France at the time. The final draft settled on a graceful yet fortress-like edifice: two massive 185 ft. tall towers would rise from a four-story structure, with five stepped wards stretching out from both sides. The idyllic hospital grounds were designed by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who most notably designed Central Park in New York City. About 200 acres of farmland behind the building would be used to sustain the hospital's food supply and provide therapeutic work and skills for the patients.

Construction began in 1872. The general layout of the hospital followed the symmetrical linear plan devised by Dr. Thomas Kirkbride (also known as the Kirkbride Plan), which included 16-foot tall rooms for adequate ventilation, a southern exposure for maximum sunlight, violent patients to be housed at the ends of the wings, and the building to be separated by sex on either side of the central administration area. One notable aspect that did not follow Kirkbride's plan was the location – although the building was situated just outside the city of Buffalo at the time, Kirkbride recommended a much more remote setting, far away from the evils of a crowded and congested metropolis.

The entire building was to use red Medina sandstone for the exterior masonry, however due to budget concerns in 1876, only the administration and the first two wards on either side used this material; the other six wards were constructed in brick. The asylum at Buffalo also featured a notable architectural element: curved connecting corridors which linked the ten wards together. The purpose of the curvature was to prevent beds from being placed in these areas, a common practice in overcrowded asylums at the time. The connections also featured massive iron doors that could be closed off to prevent a fire spreading from one ward to the rest of the building.

The hospital was still under construction when it first admitted patients in 1880. The administration area and the eastern wing for male patients was completed first, giving the hospital an odd asymmetrical look. The female wing was completed in 1895, however H.H. Richardson never saw his work completed, as he died in 1896.

Buffalo State Hospital's history thereon is sadly much like other state-funded hospitals in America; a surge of patients in the first half of the 20th century crippled Dr. Thomas Kirkbride's vision of peaceful, sanitary living conditions for the mentally ill. Patients slept in the halls or even outside, as the occupancy exceeded the building's design by the thousands. The city's expanding boundaries also swallowed up the hospital – in 1927, the hospital grounds were reduced by half to accommodate Buffalo State College on the north side, replacing much of the open space and farmland. In the 1930s, parts of the south lawn were paved over for parking spaces.

In the late 1960s, modern buildings were constructed nearby to provide better patient care, but unfortunately the last three wards on the eastern side of the Kirkbride building were demolished to make way for the new structures despite long-term preservation campaigns. In 1974, the hospital was re-named Buffalo Psychiatric Center, and during this year all patients were moved out of the outdated Kirkbride building. Maintenance was not performed and the structure fell into disrepair, however the administration area was used for storage until 1994 and suffered less damage than the wards.

After a successful lawsuit filed by the Preservation Coalition of Erie County in 2008, the state of New York committed $100 million to rehabilitation of the structure. Initial repairs were made that year for severely damaged portions of the building. More intensive repairs followed in 2013 as "Phase I," which involved re-developing the space into a hotel and conference space.

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May 7th, 2017 by G2G User
Axe Murder Hollow

Excerpted from Spooky Pennsylvania 

retold by S.E. Schlosser 

     Susan and Ned were driving through a wooded empty section of highway. Lightning flashed, thunder roared, the sky went dark in the torrential downpour. 
     “We’d better stop,”  said Susan. 
      Ned nodded his head in agreement. He stepped on the brake, and suddenly the car started to slide on the slick pavement. They plunged off the road and slid to a halt at the bottom of an incline.
     Pale and shaking, Ned quickly turned to check if Susan was all right.  When she nodded, Ned relaxed and looked through the rain soaked windows. 
     “I’m going to see how bad it is,” he told Susan, and when out into the storm. She saw his blurry figure in the headlight, walking around the front of the car. A moment later, he jumped in beside her, soaking wet. 
      “The car’s not badly damaged, but we’re wheel-deep in mud,” he said. “I’m going to have to go for help.”
      Susan swallowed nervously. There would be no quick rescue here. He told her to turn off the headlights and lock the doors until he returned. 
     Axe Murder Hollow. Although Ned hadn’t said the name aloud, they both knew what he had been thinking when he told her to lock the car.  This was the place where a man had once taken an axe and hacked his wife to death in a jealous rage over an alleged affair. Supposedly, the axe-wielding spirit of the husband continued to haunt this section of the road.
      Outside the car, Susan heard a shriek, a loud thump, and a strange gurgling noise. But she couldn’t see anything in the darkness.
      Frightened, she shrank down into her seat. She sat in silence for a while, and then she noticed another sound.  Bump. Bump. Bump.  It was a soft sound, like something being blown by the wind. 
      Suddenly, the car was illuminated by a bright light.  An official sounding voice told her to get out of the car. Ned must have found a police officer.  Susan unlocked the door and stepped out of the car.  As her eyes adjusted to the bright light, she saw it.
      Hanging by his feet from the tree next to the car was the dead body of Ned.  His bloody throat had been cut so deeply that he was nearly decapitated. The wind swung his corpse back and forth so that it thumped against the tree. Bump. Bump. Bump.
     Susan screamed and ran toward the voice and the light. As she drew close, she realized the light was not coming from a flashlight. Standing there was the glowing figure of a man with a smile on his face and a large, solid, and definitely real axe in his hands. She backed away from the glowing figure until she bumped into the car.  
      “Playing around when my back was turned,” the ghost whispered, stroking the sharp blade of the axe with his fingers. “You’ve been very naughty.”
      The last thing she saw was the glint of the axe blade in the eerie, incandescent light.

 

 

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May 7th, 2017 by G2G User

10 Most Mysterious People Ever

10 Most Mysterious People Ever – These strange, mysterious and unexplained individuals have puzzled investigators for years. No one knows their true identity.

See 10 of the strangest people in history. 

10. Satoshi Nakamoto
9. Poe Toaster
8. Umbrella Man
7. The Woman of the Seine
6. Dan Cooper
5. Man in the Iron Mask
4. Tank Man
3. Gil Perez
2. Babushka Lady
1. Zodiac Killer

Posted in Missing, Murder, NEWS and More, Paranormal, Science, Travel

May 7th, 2017 by G2G User

Judie A. Wilding 

Time of Disappearance
 

  • Missing Since: April 1, 2000 from Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama.
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 29, 1944
  • Age: 55
  • Height: 5'0"-5'7"
  • Weight: 135-145 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark brown, graying
  • Eye Color: Blue/Green
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears. Jaw surgery resulted in broken jaw.
  • Jewelry: Wedding ring, diamond stud earrings, necklace.
  • NCIC Number: M-140631396
  • Case Number: 006580

     


Details of Disappearance 
Judie was last seen at approximately 5:00 p.m. at her pet store, Ani-mall, in the vicinity of the 8100 block of Vaughn Road in Montgomery, AL. Her employees became concerned and called police when she didn't show up for work the next day. They reported that they had seen Mr. Wilding in rages against his wife in recent days and that he had taken a razor blade to images of animals at the store.

Her vehicle was later located behind her pet store and all of her belongings were left at her residence.

Wilding's body still has not been found, but her husband, Albert Wilding, finally pleaded guilty in February 2011 to killing her. Mr. Wilding maintained his innocence for years, saying his wife simply walked out on him. Wilding was preparing to shut down his wife's financially-struggling business. She began preparing for a divorce after more than 20 years of marriage. In his guilty plea, Wilding told the judge he found his wife packing a suitcase and started a struggle with her. Mrs. Wilding was fatally shot during the struggle. Wilding did not call police or an ambulance, instead opting to keep his wife's body in the bathroom of their east Montgomery home for a day before buring her remains. He then disposed of the ashes in different locations around Lake Martin. Wilding's guilty plea deal called for two-and-a-half years in prison followed by five years of probation. The plea marks the second time Wilding has been convicted of manslaughter charges. In an unrelated case from 1970, Wilding admitted to killing his then mother-in-law in Kentucky.

 


Investigating Agency 
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: 
Montgomery Police Department 
(334) 241-2963 
(334) 241-2651 
OR 
Alabama Center For Missing and Exploited Children 
(800) 228-7688

 


Source Information 
National Center for Missing Adults 
Alabama Department of Public Safety 
NamUs

 

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May 4th, 2017 by G2G User

A.K.A.: Roy Fontaine

A.K.A.: "Monster Butler"

 
Classification: Serial killer
Characteristics: Jewel thief
Number of victims: 5
Date of murders: 1977 – 1978
Date of arrest: January 16, 1978
Date of birth: July 17, 1924
Victims profile: David Wright / Walter Scott-Elliot and his wife Dorothy / Mary Coggle / His half-brother Donald
Method of murder: Shooting / Suffocation / Beating with a spade / Beating with a poker
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Sentenced to life imprisonment, 1978. Died in Kingston Prison in Portsmouth aged 78 on September 16, 2002
 

Archibald Thompson Hall was a scot born in Glasgow on 17th June 1924. While still in his teens he ventured into a career of petty crime scam involving two Red Cross collection tins, the tin containing the small change was for the Red Cross while the other one was for paper money and this was for him.

In 1941 he received his first of many prison sentences for theft. Moving on to better things he graduated to confidence tricks and became a consummate actor, often posing as a member of the aristocracy or a wealthy American.

He was also a jewel thief and received ten years' in 1964 for his activities. Shortly after his incarceration he escaped from Blundeston Prison, in Suffolk, only to be recaptured in 1966 and for this he received another five years' on top of the ten he was already supposed to be serving. In 1972 he was paroled and it was during this time while in Preston that he met Mary Coggle, an Irishwoman, who became his mistress.

In between his periodic spells inside he worked as a butler to the rich and famous. By the end of 1973 he was back in prison and stayed there until 1977. This time when he was released he obtained a position in the household of Lady Hudson, the widow of an MP, near Waterbeck in Dumfriesshire.

While he lived there he was visited by one of his prison acquaintances, David Wright, who started to do various odd-jobs around the house. While Wright was staying with Hall, some of Lady Butler's silver and a ring vanished. This anoyed Archie as he liked his job and had decided that he wanted to 'go straight.' When he found out that Wright's girlfriend had the ring he persuaded her to return it. This time it was Wrights turn to be upset and when Archie was in bed asleep he was suddenly woken up by a loud bang.

Archie saw Wright standing next to his bed and pointing a rifle at him. The bullet had hit the headboard above his head. It was obvious that Wright had taken advantage of the fact that Lady Hudson was away and had consumed a number of bottles of her champagne. Wright jabbed the gun at Archie catching him in the face with the barrel. After quite some time Archie eventually managed to calm him down and get him to go to bed.

The very next day Archie and Wright went out hunting rabbits. After they had fired at several rabbits and Archie was sure that Wright's gun was empty he shot him n the head killing him instantly. He dug a rough grave in the bed of a stream and buried the body A little while later Lady butler was informed by the police about Archies criminal history and she dismissed him.

Moving down to London in November 1977 he once more got a position as butler, this time to 82-year-old Walter Travers Scott-Elliott and his wife Dorothy. It didn't take Archie long to notice that his new home was full of priceless antiques and he decided that this was going to be the big one, after this he would be able to retire. The Scott-Elliotts were very wealthy with many bank accounts around the world and were the owners of several houses in Britain. Not long after moving to London Archie was more met up with Mary Coggle, he saw her in a pub, she was chatting to a man named Michael Kitto.

Archie found that they had quite a lot in common as Kitto also had a history of petty crime. The three of them chatted and decided to burgle the house of the Scott-Elliots.

Mrs Scott-Elliott had to go into a nursing home for a few days and, on the evening of 8th December, Archie took the opportunity to show Kitto around the Scott-Elliott's house. Unbeknown to him Mrs Scott-Elliott had returned home earlier in the day. When he opened the door to the Scott-Elliott's bedroom he expected to see the old man fast asleep but was confronted by Mrs Scott-Elliott, who wanted to know what he was doing there, with a stranger. Panicking they both grabbed her and using a pillow managed to suffocate her. They decided to try and make it look like an accident so were putting her into bed when he husband woke up. Archie explained to him that his wife had had a nightmare and that he should go back to sleep.

The next day Mr Scott-Elliott went to his club for lunch and Hall, Kitto and Coggle tried to decide what to do next. They thought that if they kept the old man sedated with his normal quota of pills, then Mary would be able to impersonate his wife as least for a while The next problem they had to decide was what to do with the body. They put the body into the boot of the car and, that evening took Mr Scott-Elliott to a cottage in Cumberland that Archie had rented. Mary sat in the back with Mr Scott Elliott with wig and Dorothy's fur coat, and they all drove north.

The next day they buried Mrs Scott-Elliott's body by a lonely roadside near Loch Earn. Having got rid of the body they then drove back to the cottage and left Mr Scott-Elliott there with Mary Coggle still posing as his wife while they both returned to London and ransacked the house. They went back and picked up Mr Scott-Elliott and Mary Coggle and continued their drive north.

On the afternoon of 14th December, near Glen Affric, Hall and Kitto decided it was time to get rid of the old man so they attempted to strangle him. Perhaps fear gave him added strength but he fought back with unexpected strength. They used a spade to beat him to death and then using the same spade they buried his body in a shallow grave.

During the next day things were tense between Archie and Mary. She wanted to keep Dorothy's mink coat but Archie wanted to get rid of the evidence. When they got back to the cottage the row erupted into violence.

Hall struck Mary knocking her to the ground with a poker and put a plastic bag over her head suffocating her. Later that night Archie and Kitto drove the Carlisle to Glasgow road and dumped her body in a stream under a bridge.

The pair spent a quiet Christmas with Archies family. After the end of the festive season Hall and Kitto returned to their Cumberland hide-out this time with Hall's brother, Donald. Just like Archie he also had a criminal record for burglary but also for child molesting. Archie hated him for this and thought of him as pervert. When Donald started to ask too many questions about their new found wealth Archie decided he would have to go. He was rendered unconcious with chloroformed and drowned in the bath.

The next day, 15th January 1978, they once again drove north again looking for somewhere suitable to dispose of the body. It had been snowing and the ground was frozen so they decided to spend the night at the Blenheim House Hotel, North Berwick. The hotel proprietor was suspicious about his two new guests and telephoned the local police and asked them check out their car registration. Hall had fitted false plates to the Granada and this was to be his downfall.

When the licence number was checked it was found that it should belong to a Ford Escort and, consequently, two policemen appeared at the hotel to ask them to explain this discrepancy. They were taken back to the police station. Here, Hall asked to go to the toilet and escaped out of the window. His freedom was short lived and he was picked up later in a taxi on his way to Dunbar.

The police had searched the car and found Donalds body in the boot. Mary Coggles body had also been found and the disapearance of Mr and Mrs Scott-Elliott was also being investigated. Hall broke down in quetioning and made a full confession, even mentioning the earlier murder of David Wright.

Hall and Kitto were tried in Edinburgh in November 1978. Kitto received fifteen years' and Hall received life imprisonment without parole.

 

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May 3rd, 2017 by G2G User

Central State Hospital MILLEDGEVILLE, GEORGIA

One of the largest-ever mental hospitals now sits abandoned, surrounded by 25,000 unmarked graves. 

The abandoned buildings of Central State Hospital, now in a state of neglect and decay, once comprised the largest mental health facility the world had ever seen, with more than 200 buildings on 2,000 acres.

Opened in 1842 as the Georgia State Lunatic, Idiot, and Epileptic Asylum, the hospital’s story was much like other mental health institutions of its time. At first its treatment methods seemed effective and humane. Head Doctor Thomas A. Greene Patients banned chain and rope restraints. Patients took part in their rehabilitation and helped run the asylum, tending the land and the facilities alongside staff.

But by the 1960s the hospital’s population had swelled to 12,000, way over its maximum capacity. It was badly understaffed, with a doctor/patient ratio of 1 to 100. Under these conditions the quality of treatment declined vastly, and the asylum became notorious for its mistreatment of those committed there. Rumors abounded of children confined to cages, adults living in straight jackets, and forced shock therapy with electricity, insulin, and ice baths. A 1959 exposé revealed that none of the 48 doctors patrolling the wards were actually psychiatrists. Mothers across the South threatened to send misbehaving children to Milledgeville. 

Central State began closing in the wave of deinstitutionalization during the ’60s and ’70s, but it wasn’t until 2010 that it shut its doors for good. The buildings have sat empty and abandoned ever since.

Today, a visit to the former Central State Hospital is an eerie experience. The property includes buildings given to a prison, the houses of former doctors, and a pecan grove, the hospital buildings themselves, as well as a cemetery of roughly 25,000 unmarked graves. Around 2,000 somber markers in the nearby Cedar Lane Cemetery memorialize these unknown dead.

Security patrollers ensure that no one gets into the abandoned buildings, so visitors must be content to see the asylum from the outside. However a museum on the old campus has preserved artifacts from Central State Hospital so those curious can learn what life was like at the world’s largest insane asylum.

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May 3rd, 2017 by G2G User

Frederick Andrew Holmes 

Time of Disappearance
 

  • Missing Since: May 25, 1955 from Grahamsville, Sullivan County, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 2, 1953
  • Age: 1
  • Height: 2'6" (76 cm)
  • Weight: 30 lbs (14 kg)
  • Hair Color: Blond; curly
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Clothing: Faded brown corduroy overalls and a long-sleeve polo style shirt.
  • AKA: Freddie; Tookie
  • Case Number: FSS000426

     


Details of Disappearance
Frederick Holmes disappeared May 25, 1955, from his parents' farmhouse on Denman Mountain in the secluded woods around Grahamsville.

Hundreds of men and boys searched the rugged terrain for days. Troopers concluded that the boy fell into one of the gorges that slice across the mountain or that a black bear grabbed him. They could never explain why no remains of the boy's clothing turned up. People searched the crevices and woods for a month. No trace of the baby was ever found.

 


Investigating Agency 
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: 
Sullivan County Sheriff's Office 
845-794-7100 

 


Source Information 
NCMEC 
Times Herald-Record

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