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Episode 19: Bite Marks

2015-10-26 | 🔗

Seeing isn’t always a prerequisite for belief. In fact, oftentimes the things we believe in the most strongly are invisible to our naked eyes. But when we experience those invisible things through pain and physical attacks, our belief can become deep, paralyzing fear.


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Yeah. in eighteen. Ninety, the tiny greek village of mess area on the island of gifts knows was plagued by something other worldly Whatever it was, the villagers claim that it would enter their homes, eat their food break them dishes and then move on to repeat itself elsewhere, the name this creature and the labourers in it. And it was a regal arcas, close cousin to the traditional european vampire. and the labourers drink their wine and smash their belongings howling, like a wolf and making aloud horrible mess with the most interesting, feature of this story, is that no one actually saw and elaborate do these things, the village His claim to witness at all. Of course,
They said he was invisible, he was in essence a noisy spirit but only cultural lens, they were able to view him through was as a vampire, and they were the first between fifth he. Ninety one, nineteen, twenty three people across Europe, told similar stories and invisible monster. Raided their homes and destroy. their belongings, Today we see events like these play out across the screens of our local movie theater Hollywood has been fascinated with invisible, violent forces since the early nineteen eighties, when they brought us poltergeist, well, Once was looked on as overly spiritual and easily disproven is now attracting the attention of popular culture, but poltergeists have a hiss three that runs far deeper than just the native aims referred. Century roman accounts. The modern newspapers
worries of humans, interacting with angry ghost, has been told for a very very long time, some are clearly hoaxes Some are misinterpretations of natural events, often times they are a grab for attention or a cry for help, but sometimes on very rare Asians story comes along. That is nothing short of hunting. I may monkey- and this is more. The word poltergeist evokes a number of ideas for most people, most think about the movie. Some picture objects me. Thrown around a room. By an invisible hand, you might
even envision the sound of chains or doors creaking open in the night, and they wouldn't be too far from the truth. Word poltergeist is german and it literally means no. The Spirit. The idea is that, while the typical go story only uses, one of our five senses are site stories are poltergeist can often tap all five most poltergeist accounts reference, the same types of activity objects that our mysteriously moved or broken noise. In and around the house. Physical attacks such as biting pinching, hidden and even tripping. Some people even claim to have seen objects or other people levitating by an unseen force and, unlike some folklore, stories of noisy spirits are nearly universal syn manifestations had been reported by witnesses in dozens of cultures for centuries, Russia, and and Brazil to Australia. And the United States were those
to view widespread distribution as a major sign of proof. Poltergeist has become an indisputable fact. One of the earliest records of poltergeists encounter actually comes from the first century. Jewish historian, Flabbiness Josephus he recorded an exorcism a ninety four eighty, its eerily similar to those of us familiar with modern exorcism tales. In his report he describes how as the Spirit was being driven from the person a bowl of water. All the way across the room was suddenly. returned by an invisible hand, Jacob Grim the half of famous grim brothers, who recorded many of the stories we remember from our childhood, also wrote. Scholarly books. In his book, Deutsche mythology, grim recorded, story from the german town, in Rhine that took place in the fourth century. According to the story, people were pulled out of their beds by an
Seen force loud noises could be heard Someone were knocking on the walls or floor stones were even throne, but the person or spirit who didn't throwing was never found Gerald of Wales, the famous clergyman and chronicler wrote in eleven ninety one of a house in Pembroke sure that was filled with poltergeist activity. Here, the unseen spirit was said to have thrown handfuls of dirt, as well as tearing club And breaking objects in the house most frightening to those who experienced, though, was the that this spirit was also said to vocalize all the secrets of the people in the room. similar stories have been recorded countless times in the centuries, since Gerald stay in work, Story from the early seventeen hundreds one family in hundred unusual activity in the church, rectory an Ep Worth Lincolnshire. Reverend Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna had ten children and had lived in the house
since it had been built shortly after the previous rectory burn ground in seventeen o nine during the winter of one thousand, seven hundred and sixteen to one thousand seven hundred and seventeen the family began to experience. Regular noises knocking on the walls and doors sounds of people running up and down the stairs. The house was search from top to bottom, hoping to find the person responsible, but no cause was found they even named the noisy spirit, old Geoffrey, and it was said that the Spirit made himself visible on Christmas day that winter shortly after the noises start never to him again in more modern times, one well known story is that of the black mark upon to fret there, the growing community. Just outside the city of Wakefield and West Yorkshire. England reports began to circulate about the most violent poltergeist in european history.
Joe and Jean Pritchard lived at number thirty EAST strive in nineteen. Seventy, along with their son, Philip and daughter, Diane. According to their report, they were plagued by problems in the house. From the start, objects were thrown, the temperature in rooms would suddenly dropped and they would even find puddles on the floor. the name, the Spirit, Fred and soon learn that Fred was not just mischievous, but also violent. Not only did the spirit, throw eggs and take bites out other sandwich but it also dragged her twelve year old daughter, Diane up the stairs by her neck, leaving handprints on her skin after Fred attempted to strangle Diana second time this time, with an electrical board family asked for help. The police were brought in, as were a number of psychics and paranormal researchers. Even the mayor came by for a visit, but nothing seems to Hell
Eventually the bridges moved away and the noises inside number thirty stopped. But according to the woman who lives next door to the house, that's connected to number thirty read the ghost hasn't gone anywhere. He still makes frequent visits, to her side of the wall, and, although he usually very quiet, she claims that he sometimes stands in the room and glares at her with menacing eyes. Under the scrutiny of historical research, though most recorded poltergeist stories have been shown to be frauds in times they were nothing more than breaks put on my the homeowner or the person who stood the most to gain from the attention, but every now and Story comes along at the fire explanation
and when that story involves violent, physical attacks and a serious threat to human lives, it becomes downright chilling. In nineteen. Ninety nine, the homeless man broke into a large tomb in a prominent cemetery, noticed Gray friars in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was called, and rainy that night in the man was looking for shelter. I might have and elsewhere to find a warm dry place to sleep, but when you down and out anything will do right, it's man wonder through the graveyard in the dark until he found a large mausoleum, something that look large enough to allow him to get out of the elements and sleep in relative comfort. This one was known as the black mausoleum It was enormous. It resembles a large rotunda with the spaces between the pillars filled in we'll cut stone,
the homeless man stumbled upon this tomb was exactly what he had been looking for. It had plenty of room to stretch out and sleep in, and it was I, so he did what anyone desperate for shelter would do a broken, because it's rare find a tomb with windows, the interior of the Balkans was completely black. Thankfully, the man had a lighter or some other form of elimination and used it to explore in the center of the floor was a large iron, great similar,
Do what you might find over a sewer drain or in the sidewalk over a subway tunnel in New York City beneath the great was a staircase that curved and twisted its way down to a lower level. I know this sounds like something out of Indiana Jones Movie, but believe me, real Anna gets worse because beneath the first level at the bottom of the stairs this homeless, man discovered for what in coffins, they were, of course very old and demand
probably assume that, because of this, they would contain valuables that he sell. Imagine he set down whatever it was that he was using as a light on one of the nearby coffins and then began to try and open another one of them when it didn't work. He resort at the smashing the lid to break the lock and that's when he took a step backward. The boards in the floor must have been very old. Man must have put his full weight in just the right spot. All the possibilities must have lined up perfectly. In that moment, a brief grown from the wooden floor was followed by a loud crash man tumbled backward into a long
spit. Some part of an even lower level. That dated back centuries best gas that historians can make is that the pit was actually used for the illegal dumping of bodies in the wake of the plague and one thousand six hundred and forty five. What they do know for sure, however, is that the pit was sealed very well so sealed in back that, when this homeless man landed on the pile of three hundred and fifty year old corpses, they were surprisingly well preserved. They weren't skeletal and dry. Like him, I expect no, these bodies were wet with something that resembles green slime. The clothing was and tat the ragged and torn and her hair was married to their shrivel heads and, of course, there was an overwhelming stench. The air, the man.
bolted, and I don't think, there's a single one of us who could blame him for doing so. For his life, man climbed out of the pit up the stone stairs to the main vault and out the door, and he was in such a hurry that he even fell and cut his head on. The doorway to the mausoleum. Outside. A security guard was patrolling the area with his k, nine partner. When the homeless man burst out of the tomb, maybe it was the blood running down the man's face. Maybe it was the white dust that covered him from head to toe because of his adventures below the tomb. Maybe it was just the simple sight of a pale shrieking figure charge out from the dark. Whatever the reason when the guard saw the man, he turned tail and ran just ass, fast ass. He could away from the darkness of the cemetery and into the city beyond
As difficult as it is to imagine frightening events of that night in nineteen. Ninety nine were just the beginning, like a tiny spark, igniting an entire barn the break in, black mausoleum set in motion, something that no one has since been able to adequately explained the dirt Now the mausoleum belong to none other than Sir George Mackenzie, a man who had died in sixteen ninety alone, with being a lawyer and Lord Advocate to the crown of Scotland, Mackenzie had been instrumental in sending hundreds of Presbyterian Covenanters to their death in the late seventeenth century. Today, is known as bloody Mackenzie, but according to the local reports, this envy vision of his resting place set off
series of events that can only be blamed on a very angry spirit and it didn't wait very long day, after the break in a woman was taking a walk through the cemetery, its unclear, whether she was a tourist interested in seeing the Covenanters prison area of the graveyard or just local out for a while but when she drew near to the mausoleum she decided to peer through one of the two small grates in the tomb door ass, she stood there. A gust of cold wind rushed out of the tomb with such force as she claims it knocked her backward and off the stone steps landing her back a few days later, another woman was found unconscious on the sidewalk outside the two sprawled out on her back ass. If she had fallen claimed that invisible hands had grabbed her around the throat and attempted to strangle her, and she pulled back the color of her shirt
her neck was written by a series of dark bruises, as if fingertips had been driven into her skin. soon after another tourist time, a young man experience something early similar. as though the consequences of visiting the tomb where more physical and lasting some people have found scratches on their arms neck were chest, while others have discovered burn marks. Many of these injuries disappear almost as quickly and mysteriously as they appeared. Some, though, claim to have been permanently scarred. All told people have broken fingers felt their hair pulled. Then please, or struck and all by an unseen force, people have even felt nauseous or numb or both, and not just one or two people, but hundreds Sometimes these attacks happen near the tomb it sometimes they happen later one per day Hitler story stands out. A former police officer reported Participate,
in a tour of the cemetery. A few years ago, after returning to his how room that night? He picked up the book he had been given on the tour that cover the details of the haunting, as he did. He felt the sharp pain as if someone were trying to burn him when he ran to the mirror to check. He found five deep scratches on his beneath his chin. The following morning, the officer visit his mother and told her what happened. He also gave her the book according to him, stand habit around any longer, and so he left it at her house when he called her later and asked about the book he caught her in the bathroom
she was standing in front of the mere examining five long scratches on her throat all told. Nearly four hundred people have claimed to have been attacked by something other worldly around to almost two hundred of those people would actually passed out during a goes to her. Sometimes every person in the tour will feel the exact same thing. Oftentimes complete strangers will independently report region same experience. The odd experiences extend beyond the tours. An unusually high number of dead animals have been found in the area around because his tomb, unexplainable fires have broken out in nearby buildings. People have reported cold spots in the usual photographic. An electronic malfunctions have occurred. There is well some have gone. Looking for an explanation for such a
a large number of unusual reports, but the theories are as varied as the types of attacks. One idea tries to connect the unlikely die, between the nearby Edinboro universities, artificial intelligence unit, which uses high voltage machinery, and the sandstone deep underground beneath the ancient cemetery, the poor stone. They say absorb the energy and releases it later causing odd experiences. But this is a difficult theory to swallow, especially for the people who have been physically assaulted by whatever it is that haunts the tomb. The company that conducts the tours through the graveyard is just as interested in finding the cause, though that's why they spent years collecting photographs of injuries first hand account letter is for witnesses and other documentation, but fortunately most of those records were destroyed in two thousand and three, when a fire swept through their office. Everything inside the to accompany space was incinerated, but nothing more ever
Single nearby building remained untouched. The insurance company never found the cause outside of places with frequent earthquake activity. Most people don't think it's normal for photographs to fall off their wall or for a chair to slide across the floor or to be knocked down by an force or some these events equal parts unusual and inconvenient, but others, though they are frightening, it's difficult to say what's really going on in these stories Sullivan can be chalked up to natural causes or the human tendency to misinterpret the things we see. We are very good at finding patterns. After all, it's called
paranoia that moment. When we see patterns, were they dont really exist? We do this when we look up at clouds and see the shape of a turtle, but it happens subconsciously as well or minds are always searching for patterns, or perhaps there is something more to the stories. What if there really are sinister violent spirits that can attack us if provoke in many stories, priests are brought in to bless the homes and perform exorcisms a solution that certainly assumed there's a supernatural source, and sometimes it's worked In the years since the break in at the black mausoleum, there have been two attempts at exorcism the seconds of those took place in two thousand just a year after the activity began, HOLLAND Grant Minister of Spiritualist Church and professional exorcist, was brought into gray friar summit,
harry, while standing in front of the black mausoleum he performed his ceremony. While doing so, you claim to feel were well by the sensation of oppression that hundreds of invented souls worse, whirling around him, trying to break through into world. He said he had feared for his life and he quickly left before he could finish. Just a few weeks later, common grant was found dead victim of a sudden heart attack. This episode of war was researched, written and produced by me. Errand monkey lore is much more Then, upon guess, there's a book series in stores around the country and online and the secondary. In the Amazon Prime Television show was recently released, check them both out. If you want.
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