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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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Dear Mr. Gacy is a film based on the book The Last Victim: A True-Life Journeyinto the mind of the Serial Killer, it depicts the very long correspondence Jason Moss had with John Wayne Gacy. For his university thesis Jason Moss started a correspondence with the most famous serial killer: Ramirez, Dahmer and Manson to name a few and while writing to them he adopted the role of disciple, admirer, surrogate, or potential victim in order to gain their attention. Moss forged the strongest relationship with Gacy but as he felt psychologically manipulated he started to suffer from depression and in June 2006 he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
But, how does it feel like to have a correspondence with a serial killer? If I would write to a serial killer it would be Jeffrey Dahmer or Aileen Wuornos but as we know they’re both dead. Luckily for me (and the rest of us) I’ve got the chance to reach Andrea, a very kind girl who lives in London and who has been in corrispondence with Dennis Nilsen, a famous serial killer, from over a year. I asked her a few questions about this “experience” so that she can shed a light on this topic.
I guess we’ve all already heard a few stories about mad doctors conducting lobotomies in some old asylums. What I wonder is: were the lobotomies really effective?
Lobotomy is a neurosurgical operation that involves severing connections in the brain’s prefrontal lobe and has always been a controversial procedure, but was widely performed for more than two decades as treatment for schizophrenia, manic depression and bipolar disorder – among other mental illnesses. Today, the lobotomy is seen as an embarrassing failure of recent psychiatry, but during the early 1940s and into the 1950s it was a very respected procedure. It was first developed by Egas Moniz, a Portuguese doctor who used it to treat schizophrenia and found patients were more manageable afterward and believe it or not, in 1949 Moniz actually won a Nobel Prize for his invention of the procedure. Over time, another doctor named Walter Freeman developed it into the quick, behind-the-eyeballs method that we know today, called transorbital lobotomy.
Freeman first performed his transorbital lobotomy on Ellen Ionesco in 1946. She was described as “violently suicidal” by Angelene Forester, her daughter. After Ionesco’s lobotomy, Forester says that “it was just peace. It was like turning a coin over. That quick. So whatever he did, he did something right”. Not all patients were so happy with life after their lobotomies. Howard Dully was lobotomized by Freeman as a 12-year-old boy in 1960. He wasn’t mentally ill, his stepmother wanted to change his personality, which she described as disobedient. After the operation he stated: “the surgery damaged me in many ways. But it didn’t ‘fix’ me, or turn me into a robot. So my family put me into an institution” where he lived for 10 years.
One of Freeman’s most famous failures was on the sister of the president J.F. Kennedy. In 1941, Rosemary Kennedy, described as a shy and easygoing child, but in her teenage years, she became rebellious and moody, was lobotomized at the age of 23. At the time, Freeman had only performed about 60 lobotomies and hadn’t yet created his transorbital technique, so he performed a prefrontal lobotomy. The operation did make Rosemary more manageable, because she was essentially left with the mental capacity of an infant, she couldn’t speak intelligibly or control some bodily functions so she was left into an institution where she spent the rest of her life.
The lobotomy in many cases either turned people into a vegetable or simply made them more docile, passive, and easy to control, often much less intelligent as well. Many of the doctors took this as being “good sign” because they didn’t know how else to treat severely mentally ill patients. Freeman would often complete the procedure in only 10 minutes, which seems a lot like an inadequate amount of time to perform something as delicate as brain surgery – he once performed 25 lobotomies in a single day. Freeman really wanted to use it on anyone who wanted one or wanted their family member to get one. He would give people lobotomies for migraines, depression, postpartum depression, behavioral problems, mild retardation, or really anything that he fancied would get him a chance to stick an ice pick in someone’s brain, there was even a time when the lobotomy was considered a cure for homosexuality.
We have always lived in a very weird world, allowing doctors “playing” with brains of people who were suffering and asking for help – “Calling it lunacy makes it easier to explain away the things we don’t understand.”