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Episode 2: The Bloody Pit

2015-03-23 | 🔗

Over 200 lives were lost during the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel in western Massachusetts. According to countless eye-witnesses across nearly 150 years, many of those deaths left indelible marks. What truly awaits visitors in the darkness of that tunnel? Is it simple echoes of a violent past, or the thing that haunts the deepest fears of every human being?

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Most people are afraid of the dark, and while this is something that we expect from our children, adults hold onto that fear just as tightly. We simply don't talk about it anywhere, but it's their lurking in the back of our minds. Science calls it nectar phobia the fear of the dark and since the dawn of humanity, our ancestors have stared into the blackness of caves tunnels in basements, with a feeling of wrought in panic in their bellies each be love craft. The patriarch of the horrors Edra published in
say in nineteen, twenty seven entitled supernatural horror in literature, and it opens with this profoundly simple statement. The old. and strongest emotion of mankind, is fear and the old first and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown people fear of the unknown the. What if and the things they cannot see. We humans are afraid of the dark were affair, that our frailness and weakness might become laid bare in the presence of whatever it is that lurks in the shadows, we're afraid of opening up places that should remain closed. We fear what we can't see and sometimes for good reason. I marry mahnke
This is more. The Berkshire Mountain range in western Massachusetts sits in the very top left corner of the state. That's not the rockies by any stretch of the imagination, but in eighteen fifty one those hills were in someone's way. The Troy and Greenfield Railroad Company Wanted to lace and track that would cut through the mountains, and so they begin work on a tunnel on the western and sat the town of Florida with north atoms holding up the eastern end between those towns. Was about five miles of solid rock, this building price jack was no small undertaking, no matter how, on the of the mountains might be that ultimately took the crew twenty four years to wrap things up and came at the cost of twenty one point: two million dollars in two days
in fifteen money. That's four hundred and six million four hundred and ninety three thousand two hundred and seven dollars see it was a big deal. Monetary cost to side, however, construction of the tunnel came with an even heavier price tag. At least two hundred men lost their lives, cutting that hole to the bones of the earth. One of the first major tragedies occurred on March 20th, one thousand eight hundred and sixty five of explosive experts, and I use that term loosely because nitroglycerine had just spend introduced to Amerika about a year before entered the tunnel to plant the charge, the three men, Brigman NASH and Kelly, who, by the way his first name was Ringo, which I think has
Awesome did their work and then ran back down the tunnel to their safety bunker. Only Kelly made it to safety. It turns out that he set off the explosion. Just a bit. The early burying the other two men alive. Naturally, Kelly felt horrible about it, but no one expected him to go missing which he did just a short while later at the accidents, they didn't end there building a railway tunnel through a mountain is complex and one of the features most tunnels have is a vent. Shaft constant coal powered trains ethic could result in a lot of smoke and fumes. So Engineers thought it would be a good idea have a ventilation Jeff that extended from the surface above and allowed fumes and water to be pumped out the shaft for thee
her sick tunnel, as it became known, would be roughly thirty feet diameter and eventually woods, watch over a thousand feet down that connect with a train tunnel below by October, of eighteen sixty seven. It was only five hundred feet deep. Essentially, it was a really really deep hole in the ground to dig this whole. They built small building at the top, which was used to raise and lower hoists to get the debris out as well as a pump system, To remove groundwater then, each day they would lower a dozen or more crazy cornish minors, not underage kids, by the way, the other kind of minor into the hall and set them to work. You see where this is going right. Please tell me that you see where this is going on October, seventeenth, a leaky lantern filled the hoist. How
with natural gas naphtha explosive gas, that's found in nature in the place blue sky high. As a result, things started to fall down the shaft. What things well for starters, three hundred freshly sharpened robots, then the hoist mechanism itself and then finally, Burning wreckage of the building. All of it fell five stories down the tunnel and on top of the thirteen men working away at the bottom and because the water pump was destroyed in the explosion. The shaft also begin. To flood the workers on the surface tried to reach the man at the bottom, but they failed
Man was even lowered into the shaft in a basket, but he had to be pulled back up when the fumes became unbearable. He managed to gasped the words, no hope to the workers around him before slipping into unconsciousness. In the end they gave up called it a loss and actually covered the shaft, but in the weeks that followed the workers in the mind frequently reported hearing, the anguish voice of men crying out in pain. They said saw lost minors carrying picks since levels only to watch them vanish moments later. Even the people in the village nearby told tales of odd shapes and muffled cries near the covered pit, highly educated people upon me. sitting. The construction site recorded similar experiences Glenn drawn a correspond, For the local newspaper wrote that the gas
the apparitions would appear briefly then vanish, leaving footprints in the snow, giving Answers to the miners, calls voices, lights, visions and I'd shapes in the darkness. All the sorts of experiences that we fear might happen to us when we step into a dark drew or a basement a full year. After the accident they were open, the shaft and drained out all five hundred feet of water. They wanted to get back to work, but when they did, they discovered something. Horrific bodies in Iraq After you see, apparently some of the men survived the falling drill, bits and debris long enough that they managed build a raft. No. I was how long they stayed alive, but it's pretty clear. They died because had been abandoned in a flooding hole in the ground, after that the workers begins
how the tunnel, by another name, the bloody pit, catchy right about four years after the gas explosion, two men visit the tunnel. One was James MC industry drilling operations, superintendent for the project and the other was Doktor Clifford Owens, while in the tunnel the two men, both dictated and respected among their peers, had an encounter that was beyond unusual. Owens wrote on the night of June, twenty fifth Seventy two James Mckinstry and I entered the great excavation at precisely one thousand one hundred and thirty p dot m. We had traveled about two miles into the shaft when we finally halted to rest
for the dim smoky light cast by our lamps. The place was as cold and dark as a to g. and I stood there talking for a minute or two and we're just about the time. Back. When I suddenly heard a strange mournful, sound. It was as if someone or something was suffering great pain. the next thing I saw- was a dim light coming along the tunnel from a westerly direction at first, I believe, was probably a workman with a lantern yet has the light grew closer? It took on a strange, blue color and appeared to change, shape almost into the form of a human being without ahead, the light seem to be
Floating along about a foot or to above the tunnel floor and the next instant it felt as if the temperature had suddenly dropped in a cold icy, chill ran up and down my spine, the headless form came so close tat. I could have reached out and touched it, but I was too terrified to move for what seemed like an eternity begins, and I stood there gaping at the headless thing like two wooden Indians, the blue light, remained motionless for a few seconds as if it were actually Looking us over then floated off toward the east end of the shaft and vanished into thin air I am above all, a realist. Nor am I prone to repeating gossip in wild tales that
define a reasonable explanation. However, in all truth, I cannot deny what James MC industry and I witnessed with our own eyes- the hussy Tunnel- play host to countless other spooky stories in the years that followed in eighteen. Seventy four, a local hunter named Frank, Webster, simply vanished, and when he finally stumbled up the banks of a deer field river. Three days later, he was found by a search party without his right. And appearing to have been beaten, bloody. He claimed he'd been ordered into the tunnel by voices in lights and once he was inside, he saw ghostly figures that floated and wandered about in the dark. His experience ended when something unseen reached out took his rifle from him and club him with it. He had no memory of walking out of the tunnel
In eighteen, thirty six, a railroad employ named James, impose claims that he was warned of doing you're in the tunnel by a mysterious voice, not once but twice I'm thinking it was Ringo Trying to make up for being an idiot in nineteen, seventy three for some, unknown and God awful reason. A man decided to walk through the full length of the tunnel. This brilliant man, Bernard Hasta, was never again one man who walked through and did make it out, though, claims that, while he was in the tunnel, he saw the figure of a man. And dressed in old clothing of nineteen, century minor, again, not a kid. He left in a hurry from what I've read stories about the tunnel persist to this day.
Its common fur teams of paranormal investigators to walk the length of the tunnel, although it still active with a dozen or so freight trains that pass through each day There are rumours of a secret room. Or many rooms deep inside the tunnel. Even an old monitoring station built into the rock about halfway through, though few have been bravely de venture all the way there and see it, those that have report more of the same. unexplained, sounds and lights. Oh. In remembering Go Kelly, our soil, be demolition expert who got us coworkers killed in eighteen, sixty five mount. He showed up again in March of eighteen, sixty six one full year after the x motion. His body was found two miles inside the tunnel in the
Zack same spot where brakeman NASH had died, he had been strangled to death this episode of law was researched, written and produced by me. Aaron monkey lore is much more than upon cast. There's a book series in bookstores around the country and online and the second season of the Amazon Prime Television show was recently released, check them both out, if you want more lore in your life by also make two other upon guests, Erin, monkeys, cabinet. curiosities and unobserved, and I think you'd enjoy both each morning
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