The Green Man – Charlie No Face

While sometimes urban legends are based on nothing but complete fiction, occasionally there is a kernel of truth to the stories, albeit with more fantastical details added over the years. This is one of the latter. You see, the legend of the Green Man, also known as “Charlie No Face,” is based on a real person who suffered a horrific accident as a child.

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In the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, children are often told the tale of a monstrous creature, a faceless man that wanders the streets at night, stalking the roads, looking for prey.  They call him the “Green Man” or “Charlie No Face”.  “If you go out after dark, Charlie No Face may grab you.”  “If you stay out too late,  you may run across the Green Man who will steal your face to place over the gaping hole where his  face once was.”  “He roams the hollow late at night and chases the parkers and the loafers away.” It’s a right of passage in the area – young people frighten themselves and others with stories of the Green Man or Charlie No Face. The legend says that Charlie No Face was a utility worker who was killed by a downed power line that burnt off his face and tinged his skin green.  In another version of the tale, Charlie No Face was struck by lightning, failed to die, and crept into an old abandoned house where he lived out the rest of his days venturing out only at night to terrorize residents of the area.

Raymond Robinson was born on October 29, 1910 in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  On June 18, 1919, when he was eight years old, Raymond was heading to a local swimming hole with some friends when he stopped to climb up the Morado Bridge, which spans Wallace Run outside of Beaver Falls, to see if a bird’s nest located high on a girder contained any birds or eggs.  It was understood that the bridge, which has since been torn down and replaced, supported an electric trolley cable carrying 22,000 volts of electricity (some say 1,200 volts – there were multiple trolley cables laid across the bridge).  It was also known that another child, Robert Littell, had died after touching the dangerous cable a year earlier. Because of this, the other boys were afraid to climb the girders of the bridge.  But not little Raymond.  As Raymond climbed the bridge trestle, he slipped and fell, touching his face and upper body on the trolley cable as he tumbled to the ground.  The electrical shock he sustained produced a powerful explosion and little Raymond was gravely injured. Raymond was expected to die from his injures but somehow, Raymond survived.  Unfortunately, his face looked “as if it had been melted with a blow torch”. His eyes were gone. His nose was gone. His lips and ears were terribly disfigured. His left arm was burned off at the elbow and his upper torso was badly scarred. As a result, Robinson spent considerable time in Pittsburgh hospitals after the accident but numerous surgeries, which basically amounted to sewing flaps of skin across the gaping holes where his eyes and nose had been located, did little to improve his appearance.

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The legend of the “Green Man” began circulating around the 1950s when drivers spotted Ray during his walks along the side of the road. Locals believe the name “Green Man” originated from the green shirts Ray reportedly occasionally wore out on his walks. However, it should be noted that locals more commonly called him “Charlie No Face.”

Ray’s nighttime walks became fewer and far between as he aged. Then they stopped completely in the 1980s when he moved into the Beaver County Geriatric Center. He died there of natural causes at the age of 74, on June 11, 1985.

Elle. x

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

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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Letters from a killer: An Interview.

Dear Mr. Gacy is a film based on the book The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into 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.

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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.

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Creepy Fact #3: Necropants.

Looking for a fashion trend? Well, nothing is going to scream “OMG” more than a pair of necropants!

In the 17th Century, Icelandic mystics believed an endless supply of money could be had by flaying a corpse from the waist down and wearing its skin like pants. By placing a coin inside the scrotum, the wearer was promised an endless flow of money.

The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik, Iceland, houses the only known intact pair of necropants (called nábrók), that were meant to be worn day and night by their owner.

The ritual for making necropants is described as follows:

If you want to make your own necropants (literally; nábrók) you have to get permission from a living man to use his skin after his death.

After he has been buried you must dig up his body and flay the skin of the corpse in one piece from the waist down. As soon as you step into the pants they will stick to your own skin. A coin must be stolen from a poor widow and placed in the scrotum along with the magical sign, nábrókarstafur, written on a piece of paper. Consequently the coin will draw money into the scrotum so it will never be empty, as long as the original coin is not removed. To ensure salvation the owner has to convince someone else to overtake the pants and step into each leg as soon as he gets out of it. The necropants will thus keep the money-gathering nature for generations. (Source)

Elle. x

Cursed Movies

So peeps, what are you going to do on Halloween? Are you a party-person or do you prefer a long horror-movie marathon night? As for me, I love to indulge myself in a good old horror-movie marathon, don’t get me wrong I like parties and having fun but as I’m “getting old” I prefer a more quiet time, not that watching horror/gruesome movies is a relaxing thing anyway!

Talking about movies, some of them have a really particular “background” as they are believed to be CURSED! Here some of my favourites.

POLTERGEIST – 1982

Dominique Dunne starred as the teen daughter in the haunted house, was strangled less than six months after the film came out by her boyfriend, who served only 3½ years after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter. Heather O’Rourke, the famous blonde child, died of a rare disease at age 12, shortly after filming “Poltergeist III,” which was released after her death. Meanwhile, Will Sampson, who played the medicine man in “Poltergeist II” died at 53 of scleroderma; Julian Beck, the evil preacher in the second film, died at 60 of stomach cancer. As you can see there are a lot of deaths, but why talking about a curse? Well, apparently the film makers used real human remains as props in the first Poltergeist movie, which brought some very bad luck.

ROSEMARY’S BABY – 1968

Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 Roman Polanski film about a Manhattan woman whose husband signs a Faustian pact with the Satan-worshipping cult,allowing the devil to impregnate her wife in return for his successful career. The film’s composer died of a brain clot one year after making the film, the same way a character in the film dies. Then producer William Castle suffered kidney failure soon after the film was made. But the curse is mainly built around a terrible event related to Roman Polanski (I bet you all know what I’m going to write about). In March of 1969 Polanski had bought a house for himself and his 8 months pregnant wife Sharon Tate. The previous owner of the house was music producer Terry Melcher, who had previously refused to record Manson’s music. Manson expressed his disappointment by ordering his cult to go to Polanski’s house, there they killed Sharon Tate, her unborn baby and four others, stabbing the victims multiple times. Polanski was in London at the time and thus survived the onslaught. Smaller coincidences related to the ‘curse’: the Manson family nicknamed their murder spree “Helter Skelter” after the Beatles song, later, John Lennon would be murdered outside his hotel ‘The Dakota’. This was the same hotel used in some scenes in the film.

OMEN – 1976

No film in history has had worse luck than The Omen. Star Gregory Peck and the screenwriter David Seltzer took two different planes in to the UK, and both planes were struck by lightning. And if that wasn’t enough, executive producer Mace Neufelds’ plane from Rome was almost struck by lightning as well. Director Richard Donner was even more unlucky, the hotel where he was staying was bombed by the IRA and he was also struck by a car. Gregory Peck was the most unfortunate one – in the Omen, Peck’s character eventually have to kill his own son, in real life, Peck’s son had committed suicide, only months before the shooting started. Numerous members of the crew where in a car crash one day and special effects artist John Richardson were injured in an accident on the set of ‘A Bridge too Far’ and his girlfriend, during the same accident, was beheaded. And rumour has it that when Richardson crawled out from the wreck he saw a road sign: Ommen, 66.6km.

Now, that’s a lot of bad luck…

Elle. x

Unsolved Mystery #4: Cecil Hotel and Elisa Lam

A new season of American Horror Story has begun and I’m in love with it already. The first episode was absolutely mindblowig and amazing, except for the scene of the guy being raped by a scary creature, that was just a little bit too much even for me and believe me, I’ve seen a lot of “weird” stuff, but that bit apart the rest was glorious. Soundtrack on point, Matt Bomer and Wes Bentley are both gorgeous (can’t wait to see Evan Peters though) and “Liz Taylor” is my favourite character already, so stylish with that gown, even if he reminds me of a more “FABULOUS” version of Voldemort (Am I the only one who got this kind of vibe?)

But now let’s talk about the opulent hotel itself, with that Decó atmosphere and the Shining “recall”. The Cortez Hotel from American Horror Story reminds me of the Cecil Hotel (now known as the Stay on Main) a place where murders, fatal accidents, suicides and mysteries have occurred until the present day.

The Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles was built in 1927, a cheap place for many professionals who, for one reason or another, stopped in the cinematographic Hollywood. It was then modernized during the 50s to perform also the function of residence.

In 1954 Helen Gurnee falls from her room on the seventh floor and smashes on the sign of the hotel. A week before she was registered with a fake name: Margaret Brown. It was never discovered the reason for that jump nor why she didn’t declare her true identity. A similiar event happened in 1962 when Julia Moore threw herself out of a window of the eight floor, shattering a skylight before touching the ground. The causes of the suicide were never verified.

On June 4th, 1964 Goldie Osgood, a telephone operator in retirement, has been found dead in her room. The woman has been raped, strangled and stabbed. The killer left the hotel room upside down, perhaps looking for something of value. A few hours later the police officers stopped a man with clothes dripping with blood, although at first glance he seems just the killer of the old lady, they can not find any evidence against him and was released. The police failed to find the guilty.

In the years 1984-1985 the hotel hosts Ricardo “Richard” Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker. In his $ 14 per night room he mutilates, rapes and tortures 14 victims, following a precise satanic ritual, panicking the entire Los Angeles. He was arrested on August the 31st, 1985 and sentenced to the gas chamber.

In 1991 the serial killer Johann “Jack” Unterweger (known as Jack the Writer) rents a room for five weeks. During his stay at the Cecil Hotel he kills three prostitues. He rapes and strangles them with their bra, a technique he will use for each of his 11 murders between Austria and US. He was arrested in 1992 but committed suicide the day of the sentence.

Now, back to our days (almost), on January 2013 it was found the body of Elisa Lam, a Canadian student, disappeared a few days before. The body was found in a big water tank on the roof of the building. The young girl is pronounced dead as a result of an accidental drowning. There are still many doubts on her death, starting with the way she has been able to reach a private area of the hotel which is also protected by an alarm system. We do have a video of her last moments but it is kind of a puzzle as she seems to be communicating with someone else. The truth is still unknown.

The Cecil Hotel is a very myserious place indeed, I guess that if I will plan a trip to Los Angeles I know where I’m going to check in.

Elle. xx

Gloomy Sunday – The Song That Kills.

Heartbreaks can cause despair, especially when you break up with someone you really love.

When Rezsö Seress, a hungarian composer (1899-1968), has been left by his girlfriend because of his lack of professional success and his stubbornness in wanting to continue in the musical career despite failures, he composed a very sad song called “Szomorú Vasárnap“, which means “Gloomy Sunday”. This song had a huge success, and is known as the suicide song.
The first documented case occured in Budapest: the shoemaker Joseph Keller was found dead in his home, it was immediately clear that it was a suicide. The police discovered near the body a farewell letter in which he quoted the words of Gloomy Sunday. This song had claimed its first victim.
There were at least 17 of these dark connections between suicides and Gloomy Sunday. In most cases, the victims had committed suicide by jumping into the Danube River carrying a copy of the song, so for this reason, throughout Hungary, the song was banned.
Seress driven by the fame reached, decided to recontact his former girlfriend to show her that his perseverance was rewarded but a few days later she was found dead and next to her body was found a note where it was written Gloomy Sunday.

Due to these unfortunate events the song reached a big success that it was released throughout the rest of the Europe, here too there were reports of strange events related to its listening. Berlin, Rome, London, this song was claiming victims everywhere. The bad reputation of Gloomy Sunday all over Europe, and the increase of suicides in England, led the BBC to prohibit the transmission in its listings and even nightclubs, pubs and many other followed the example. This ban remained in place until 2002. The same thing happened in France and in other countries.

The reputation of this song spreads even more so that the Chappell & Company took charge of its release in America and, even if translated in english, in May 1936, a young boy was found dead on the night of the prom. A friend interviewed shortly after the fact said that before the young man had said: “It’s a gloomy sunday, I’ll do it tonight.”
In any case, the infamous reputation did not discourage the success of the song and an increasing number of artists became interested in the case, so that from 1940 onwards Gloomy Sunday is included in the repertoire of the biggest names in music. What is certain is that from Billie Holiday on, the widespread version is no longer the cursed” lyrics composed by Seress but it has a sweetened” text. 
As for the suicides, some people think it was a “coincidence”, other people think it might be a copycat suicide phenomenon known as the “Werther Effect” following Goethe‘s novel The Sorrow of Young Werther ( Die Leiden des jungen Werthers). In the novel, Werther shoots himself with a pistol after he is rejected by the woman he loves, and shortly after its publication there were many reports of young men using the same method to kill themselves in an act of hopelessness, hence the name Werther effect.
However, the same Seress fell victim of his song, never gone to the US to collect the money of the copyright of his worldwide hit, he spent his life in poverty and depression, throwing himself from the window of his apartment in Budapest in 1968.
 Elle. x

Tainted Love.

Appearance can be deceptive and truth is that the “lovely” couple you see in the picture above is one of the most famous (and cruel) couples of serial killers never existed. Fred West and his wife Rosemary during two decades were responsible for the deaths of at least 12 people, some of the victims were directly related to them.

Frederick “Fred” West was born in the small town of Much Markle in Herefordshire. He was the second of the six children of Walter Stephen West and Daisy Hannah Hill. By Fred’s own account, sexual abuse of various kinds were common in the household; he claimed his father had sexual relationships with his daughters and taught him other disgusting stuff. It has also been suspected that Fred’s mother started sexually abusing him when he was twelve, though he never admitted to it and it has never been confirmed, like the stories about his father. Fred left school at the age of 15 even though he was almost illiterate and got a job as a farm hand. At the age of 17, he was in a motorcycle accident that put him in a coma for a week, led to him having a metal plate operated into his head and breaking one of his legs so badly it was permanently shorter than the other, afterwards he got a bad temper and often had violent bursts of anger.

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