The real chilling story of “Lolita”

I already wrote a post about the real stories and legends behing the most famous fairy tales (click HERE if you missed it)but, did you know that “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov was inspired by a real chilling story.

Florence “Sally” Horner‘s tragic story hit the country’s newspapers in 1950. Five years later, Nabokov’s novel about charming Humbert Humbert and 12-year-old Dolores Haze (a.k.a., Lolita) began to arrive in bookstores.

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On June 1948, Florence stole a note book from a local supply shop. The act was a rite of passage, the token for admittance to a girl’s club, a sorority she was eager to join. A man who claimed to be an FBI agent caught her in the act. He was way more older than the 11-year-old girl and he frightened her… but let her go, until the following day, when he appeared outside her school. This time he had some “instructions” : She’d have to convince her mother he was the father of two school friends, inviting her to a seashore vacation. He would take care of the rest with a phone call and a convincing appearance at the Camden bus depot.

His name was Frank La Salle, and he was no FBI agent. It took 21 months to break free of him, after a cross-country journey from Camden, New Jersey, to San Jose, California.

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La Salle was already a convicted rapist and molested the girl, telling her that if she didn’t comply, he’d turn her in for stealing. During these years the pair travelled the country and where she attended school he pretended to be her father.

It was almost two years until Sally was able to reach out for help and break away from her perpetrator. LaSalle was arrested and Sally was 13-year-old, but her story took a tragic turn as she died two years later, killed in a car accident.

Nabokov saved newspaper clippings about the case, which he scribbled detailed notes on, but his debt to the defining experience in Horner’s life remains largely unknown to the reading public.

Elle Palmer. xo

 

 

 

 

 

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Cofiwch Dryweryn

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In 1956, the Liverpool City Council sponsored a private bill that was pushed through parliament which allowed the council to flood the Tryweryn Valley in Wales without the consent of local representatives. The village of Capel Celyn, located in the valley, was one of the last Welsh-only communities at that time; In 1956, the Welsh language was being oppressed both politically and socially by the British government. During a vote for the proposed drowning of the Tryweryn Valley, 35 of the 36 Members of Parliament in Wales voted against the bill, with one abstention. The villagers of Capel Celyn, Wales fought the bill for eight long years. Many residents participated in a march from their doomed village to London in order to protest. In London, a reporter from BBC asked one protester why he wished to save the village when it was not by any means the most important or beautiful community in Wales. He responded, “Listen. My wife may not be the most important woman in Wales, nor the most beautiful. But I love her! And I certainly wouldn’t drown her.”. Despite the efforts of Welsh citizens and local representatives, the valley of Tryweryn Wales was drowned in 1965. Today, two churches and their graveyards (one of which is a Quaker cemetery) still remain underwater in the former village of Capel Celyn along with a school, a post office and other flooded structures and farmlands.

Sadly, despite the fact that the Liverpool City Council assured the citizens of Capel Celyn that their loved one’s bodies would be relocated to another cemetery, only eight bodies were exhumed to be moved at the request of surviving family.

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Beginning in 1957, many Welsh across north and mid-Wales have written  “Cofiwch Dryweryn” (“Remember Tryweryn”) in graffiti as a reminder of history of their rocky relationship with Britain. In 2005, the Liverpool City Council officially apologized for the drowning of Tryweryn Wales.

Local legend has it that, from time to time, you can hear the bells of capel celyn tolling, in memory of the dead who were not moved.

Elle Palmer. xo

 

Hello, I’m an alien!

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I’ve been abducted by the aliens and that’s why I haven’t been posting lately.

Well, the truth is a lot less fascinating, I’m just experiencing some technical difficulties, but the real part is that I might be an alien.

There’s a theory that’s been driving the web crazy during these last years, which is about the RH Negative blood type.

According to this “scientific” theory, in the distant past, extraterrestrial beings visited the Earth and created, through “genetic manipulation,” the Rh Negative with an intention of creating a race of “slaves”. Experts can’t agree about where the origin of this side order of humans may have originated – fallen angel or aliens as possible sources, but they do agree on the characteristics which can include:

  • Higher than average IQ
  • More sensitive vision and other senses.
  • Lower body temperature
  • Higher blood pressure (or lower than average)
  • Increased occurrence of psychic/intuitive abilities
  • Predominantly blue, green, or hazel eyes
  • Red or reddish hair
  • Increased sensitivity to heat and sunlight
  • Cannot be cloned
  • Extra vertebra

Once you have finished checking yourself over, if you are Rhesus Negative you are already very special as very few (15%) people fall within that category. But what does Rhesus Negative mean exactly? Of the human blood types, O is the most common. It is a universal blood type. Blood types are further broken down into two groups, negative and positive. This is called the RH factor. The RH factor is the Rhesus (rhesus as in monkey) blood factor. If your blood tests positive for this, you have the factor in your blood. If you test negative, you do not have the factor in your blood. The RH factor is a protein found in the human blood that is directly linked to the Rhesus Monkey.

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Most people, about 85%, have RH-positive blood. That could support the idea that humans evolved or were derived from Primates. 15 % of humans have RH-negative blood. If blood type is one of least mutable human characteristic, where did the RH negative come from? This question has puzzled scientists for years. There is some evidence that suggests the RH-negative blood group may have appeared about 35,000 years ago. And the appearance was regional and seemed to, originally, be connected with certain groups/tribes of people. Northern Spain and Southern France is where you can find some of the highest concentration of the RH-negative factor in the Basque people. Another original group were the Eastern/Oriental Jews. In general, about 40 – 45% of Europeans have the RH-negative group. Only about 3% of African descendent and about 1% of Asian or Native American descendent has the RH-negative group. Due to the larger European numbers, it is a safe bet that was where it was introduced into the human genetic code. This would lend credence that the RH-negative factor was introduced from an outside source. Could the source be from human like beings from another planet?

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Of course this is just a pretty weird theory, but as I’m in that 15% I find this topic very interesting. I WANT TO BELIEVE!

Please let me know your opinions in the comment section as I’d love to know what you think!

Elle. x

Past lives and reincarnation.

I love writing. It’s something that I find highly satisfying, I’m not talking just about this blog. I love grab a pen and my notebook (not the computer) and let my thoughts drowning in a river of ink. Does that mean that I was a writer in a previous life? I often hear the fact that what you love to do in this life it is something that you’ve mastered in your past life. Another theory says that we are here to learn a lesson and this cycle continues until the soul has worked through all the lessons it set out to learn.

I’m starting to find the topic of reincarnation and past lives very interesting so I’ve decided to browse the web and sharing with you a couple of stories. If you don’t believe in reincarnation then what I’m going to write will definitely raise a few doubts.

Gus Taylor was 18 months old when he started to say that he was his own grandfather. Young children can be confused about their own identity and those of their family members, but this was different. His grandfather had died a year before Gus was born and the boy totally believed they were the same person. When shown some family photographs, Gus identified “Grandpa Augie” when he was four years old. Years before, Augie’s sister was murdered and her body was dumped in San Francisco Bay. No one in the family had ever spoken of this to Gus, and consequently, everyone was shocked when Gus started talking about his dead sister.

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At a very young age, James Leininger started to remember his life as a navy fighter pilot. He lost a lot of sleep and kept talking about flying planes, about the weapons, and the scary accident with his plane. James, who only watched kids’ programs on TV, showed his mother what a fighter plane drop tank was, and was able to check a plane over as a pilot would during a pre-flight check when he was just three years old. James started having nightmares about being shot down by a plane with a red sun on it, a Japanese plane. He talked about having dreams and memories of being Lieutenant James McCready Huston, a World War II fighter pilot from Pennsylvania who had been killed in Iwo Jima more than 50 years earlier. Later, James told his parents that he had flown a plane called the Corsair from a boat called the Natoma. When James’s father decided to do some research, he discovered that there had been a small escort carrier called the Natoma Bay, which had been in the Battle of Iwo Jima, and that there really had been a pilot called James Huston. His plane was hit in the engine by Japanese fire on March 3, 1945. According to Jim Tucker, a psychologist at the University of Virginia, Huston’s plane crashed exactly the way that young James Leininger had described.

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A three-year-old of the Druze ethnic group, a group of people for whom reincarnation is a core belief, told his elders that he knew what had happened to him in his past life: He was murdered. The boy, whose story was documented by Dr. Eli Lasch, was born with a long, red birthmark on his head. For the Druse birthmarks like these are an indication of death wounds, and children born with them are paid close attention to for anything they may remember of their past lives. Once this particular child turned three and could speak, he told his elders that he was killed by an axe blow to the head. He was led through villages to see if he could remember where he lived, until he came to one that seemed familiar to him. The child said he remembered both the first and last name of his killer with complete clarity.

“Suddenly the boy walked up to a man and said, “Aren’t you …?” The man answered yes. Then the boy said, “I used to be your neighbour. We had a fight and you killed me with an axe.” Eli told me how the man had suddenly gone white as a sheet. The three-year-old boy then said, “I even know where he buried my body.”

Afterward, the boy led his elders to a pile of stones, under which they found a body with an axe wound in its head. He also led them to the spot where the axe was buried, reportedly forcing his killer to confess the crime.

There are so many interesting stories to read, some of them completely ridiculous, but when you find stories like the ones that I’ve just found, it’s a bit difficult to remain 100% skeptical.

Let me know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section. Do you believe in reincarnation? Do you ever feel nostalgic about a certain era? I’m feeling nostalgic for the Victorian Era although I know I was not present… Or was I?

Elle. x

Creepy tales

Giambattista Basile‘s tales feature dismemberments, rapes and killings. Far from being the magical, Disney-style fairy tales we imagine, his works inspired a stunning movie that I recently watched called “The Tale of Tales” (Il Racconto dei Racconti), directed by Matteo Garrone.

I remember as a kid to be an avid reader of fairytales, especially the ones by the Grimm brothers, but of course most of the books I used to own back then were a lot “sugarcoated” because the original versions of the most famous fairy-tales we know are NOT very suitable for children. I’m pretty sure that there’s a sort of moral at the end and scarying the hell out of kids might work to make them understand the “message”.

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Let’s start with The Little Mermaid (Hans Christian Andersen), Ariel and her lovely friends having fun underwater (okay, it does sound wrong!). Well, in the original version the little mermaid doesn’t even have a name nor a soul and this is the lesser evil. She falls in love with a charming prince from the human world so she goes to Ursula the Sea Witch so that she can turn her into a human, not only is she voiceless, every step on her feet causes her agony; the sea-witch describes it as “walking on knives.” All this for the prince she loves, who at the end marries another girl. As the little mermaid contemplates dying, her sisters pop out of the water, having traded their hair with the witch for a magical knife so that she can kill the prince but the mermaid throws the knife away and prepares to meet her fate. Her body dissolves into foam, but instead of ceasing to exist she’s rescued by the “daughters of the air,” who tell her that she’s now one of them and that, if she flies around the world doing good deeds for 300 years, she might get a soul after all. What a deal?!

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Now it’s time for Sleeping Beauty, the original version would have terrified even Maleficent! Consider some of the plot devices found in the original story of “Sleeping Beauty” in the days of our distant past: adultery, bigamy, murder, the rape of a comatose woman and even human cannibalism. The young woman is put to sleep because of a prophesy, rather than a curse. And it isn’t the kiss of a prince which wakes her up: the king seeing her asleep decides to rape her. After nine months she gives birth to two children (while she is still asleep). One of the children sucks her finger which removes the piece of flax that was keeping her asleep. She wakes up to find herself raped and the mother of two kids. The king comes back, and despite him having raped her, they end up falling in love. However, another big problem: the king is still married to someone else. His wife finds out and not only tries to have the twins killed, cooked, and fed to the king, but also tries to burn the princess at the stake. Luckily, she is unsuccessful. The king and the princess get married and live happily ever after (despite the fact that he raped her).

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In Charles Perrault’s version of Little Red Riding Hood, included in his 1697 collection Stories or Fairy Tales from Past Times: Tales of Mother Goose, there is no intrepid huntsman. Little Red simply strips naked, gets in bed, and then dies, eaten up by the big bad wolf, with no miraculous relief. In another version, she eats her own grandmother first, her flesh cooked up and her blood poured into a wine glass by our wolfish friend and another version has it that the young girl has sex with the wolf, who was a some sort of a werewolf.

Sometimes I wonder how different would Disneyland be if they stuck to the original endings, I’m pretty sure it would only be a place for some adults fun!

Elle. x

 

Hazing Rituals

I’ve recently finished watching “Scream Queens” and absolutely Loved it,  honestly can’t wait for the second season!

I’ve always been curious to know what it feels like to be part of a sorority (or confraternity) but mainly always wanted to know what kind of “rituals” pledges have to deal with. I’m pretty sure you are all thinking about the worst kind of stuff we all see in the American movies (or porn), well,  sometimes fiction and fantasies is not that far from reality.

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Loss of dignity can be expected during the pledge process, but 19-year old Tyler Lawrence ended up losing a testicle, pledges at Wilmington College’s Gamma Phi Gamma house, known as “Gobbler House,” were blindfolded, ordered to strip and “lie on the floor and imitate a swimming action.” They then had “a substance described as being like ‘Icy Hot’ applied to their nipples, back, buttocks and scrotum” and were whipped with towels. Lawrence ended up going to the hospital where his testicle was surgically removed due to “damage caused to him when he was struck by the towel.”

Brittany Sterling, pledged at Zeta Phi Beta sorority, was forced to clean up juice from the floor using her back and act as a trash can for the other girls, taking whatever garbage they had and carrying it in her pockets.

“Our sorority sisters gave all the pledges new earrings by stapling both of their earlobes” wrote an anonymous sorority sister on an message board.

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But, sometimes the entire situation could go too far and hazing allegedly turned deadly. In 2011, a 19-year-old sophomore student at Cornell died after he was kidnapped, bound with zip-ties and duct tape, and forced to drink as part of an Sigma Alpha Epsilon hazing ritual, his blood-alcohol level was five times the legal limit.

In 2002 students Kristen High and Kenitha Saafir died, a lawsuit filed after their deaths claims that while the girls were pledging Alpha Kappa Alpha, they were required to do hours of exercise and then walk backwards into the ocean. When a wave swept Saafir out to sea, High swum after to help, knowing Saafir couldn’t swim. The rough waves drowned both girls.

Though some schools are aiming to crack down on this type of dangerous behavior, hazing rituals will continue to go unpunished… if they stay secret. Would you respect your vow of secrecy?!

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Elle. x

P.S: Yours truly is on Snapchat, username: elleweirdo (’cause ellepalmer was already taken -.-). Feel free to add me/send me weird, bizarre, spooky stuff (I know, I’m writing this at my own “risk”). 

Everlasting Love

Lately I’ve been experiencing some love “difficulties” and a couple of days ago I stumbled upon this incredible “love-Story” that I couldn’t stop myself to write about it. Oh l’amour!

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The strange and incredible story of Carl Tanzler has become a kind of grisly urban legend, but it really happened: it is a story of love, devotion, obsession and death.

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