The ghost who walks in the picture.

Here we are with another spooky story. It is quite old but I still find it fascinating, mainly because I have a “thing” for old pictures. Little fact about me: I find old photographs so interesting that I actually collect them!

I’m not 100% sure if this story is real or it is the nth urban legend, but I thought it would have been interesting to share it anyway.

1997. Rory O’Donoghue works at a photo lab in Cork, northwest of Ireland, between green fields, farming villages and industrial landscapes. Rory has a passion for photography so he decides to go it alone and taking over a photo lab that had been closed for years. During the renovation of the store Rory found an envelope with an old roll of film inside. There’s a date wtitten on the envelope “July ’65”. The film was used, so out of curiosity Rory develops itthe film contains a single photo. It is the picture of an old cottage, like the many other you can find in the irish coutryside.

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Anyway, Rory decides to print the negative and do an enlargement of the photograph. The photo wasn’t anything exceptional but its apparent normality had something magnetic. He then placed the picture in an envelope and returned back home.

But around midnight he noticed that something in the photograph is “different”. The picture is no longer the same as a human figure appeared in it. In complete disbelief of what happened runs to take his camera to take some snapshots of the strange effect

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After a few hours he noticed that the figure in the picture moved again assuming the feature of a woman dressed in black. Increasingly amazed, he continued to take snapshots all night. The human figure in the picture kept moving very slowly, stabilizing every hour.

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It’s been a really scary night for Rory, to the point of making him tell everything to his wife and to a few close family members, afraid of not being believed.

Only in 2007, the grandson of Rory D. who was on a trip in the countryside of Cork, next to a Medieval church and an abandoned cemetery saw a building that was somehow familiar. So he asked some questions around and learned that it had been the residence of a very noble family, the Brandville. The last male heir, as an infant, had mysteriously disappeared in the night of his crib. The mother committed suicide in that house while his father, mad, remained in the cottage until his death. The cottage is still there, in the countryside of Cork in a state of neglect and the picture is still in plain view hung on a wall of Rory’s house.

Elle. xx

Rock ‘n Roll to the bone!

Music! I’m pretty sure I’ve never spent a single day of my life without listening to it. In fact, even now that I’m writing I’m listening to some good tunes. Music is always there, ready to cheer you up. Afterall it has always been said that music is the language of feeling and of passion, as words are the language of reason.

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However, there was a time in Russia where music was banned, of course not all genres, just the most “wild” ones: Rock and Roll and Jazz.

During the 50s some ingenious Russians began recording banned bootlegged jazz, boogie woogie and rock ‘n’ roll on exposed X-ray film. The thick radiographs would be cut into discs of 23 to 25 centimeters in diameter; sometimes the records weren’t circular. But the exact shape didn’t matter so much, as long as the thing played.

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Elle. x

Time.

Hello guys! How are you all? I’m always very “nervous” when I have to write a personal post and never know how to start.
I have a couple of posts planned but I’ll be off for a few days. If you follow this blog you know that most of the posts are about not-very-happy topics, and though I really love each thing that I wrote here, right now I’m not feeling comfortable to post/write the usual stuff. I’m pretty sure you all know what happened in Paris, and even if I’m not from there I’m very shocked by this dreadful situation. A couple of friends of mine were very close to the area where everything took place, thankfully they’re fine.
This blog receives visits from all over the world so I’m sure you can understand this decision.
Horrible things happen everyday and we must carry on with our lives…though sometimes it can be quite difficult.

I’ll be back soon. Lots of love!
Elle. xx

Jack The Ripper: A Recap.

This is going to be the longest post ever! I’ve tried to keep it short but as you might imagine there’s always a lot to say about the most famous serial killer: Jack the Ripper. So, sit tight, grab a cuppa and enjoy!

Five murders are known to have been committed by the Ripper, but two others were once thought to have been his work as well. Emma Smith, who lived in Spitalfields, was attacked in the early hours of 3 April 1888. She said she had been assaulted by four men, but could or would not identify them. She died the next day.

Four months later, the body of Martha Tabram was found on a staircase, her throat and stomach had been stabbed with something sharp like a bayonet. Earlier that night, she and another prostitute had been seen in the company of two soldiers, they were then arrested but the second prostitute failed (or refused) to identify either her own or the other woman’s partner.

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Dr. H.H. Holmes

In 1893 Dr. Henry Howard Holmes (born Herman Webster Mudgett) opened the “Worlds Fair Hotel”, a massive three-storey block long structure, known locally as “The Castle”. However it also had another purpose; the murder of women and hiding their bodies.

Using a series of different contractors, Holmes constructed a labyrinthine agglomeration of rooms, secret passages, false doors, stairways to nowhere and other traps and murder devices, but it was in the basement that he would perform dissections and other gruesome “works”

So, does this story sound familiar? Well, if you’re watching American Horror Story: Hotel you might find a huge “resemblance” to James Patrick March. This character built the Cortez Hotel in the same way, as a grisly and scary maze from which none of his victims can escape.

Are you watching the series? What’s your opinion about it? As always, let me know in the comment!

Elle. x