The Girl Scout Murders

- Unsolved Crime

- On 12 June, 1977, a group of girl scouts were camping in Mayes County, Oklahoma, at a well known camping ground known as “Camp Scott”. On the first night of the camp there was a vicious storm which forced all the campers to huddle inside their tents, waiting for it to pass. The following day the bodies of three girl scouts, aged between 8 and 10 were found dumped in the woods, sexually molested and murdered, not far from their camp.

A few months earlier a camp counsellor was at the camp. She was at a training session, and when she returned to her tent, she saw that all of her things were messily strewn about, and that her doughnuts had been taken. There was a handwritten note inside the doughnut box which stated that the writer would murder three campers in one tent. The counsellor was not concerned. It was a place of scary campfire tales after all, and pranks were very common. She threw the note out.

Only two months later the note was to be realised as being true. On 13 June, Carla Emery, an 18 year old camp counsellor, was on her way to the showers when she discovered the dead body of 10 year old Doris Denise Milner. There was a towel and a rope wrapped around her neck and she was naked from the waist down. Nearby she found the bodies of 8 year old Lori Lee Farmer and 9 year old Michele Guise. Both of these girls had black electrical tape over their mouths, and their bodies had been put inside their sleeping bags. Doris had been strangled to death. Michele and Lori had been bludgeoned to death. All three bodies had been removed from the tent and carried more than 100 yards away from the camp ground.

The hunt began to find the killer. The floor of the tent, a wooden board, was airlifted to a crime laboratory due to the apparent unsuccessful attempt of someone who tried mopping up all the blood with towels and mattresses. A red flashlight which had a piece of newspaper inside it, a nylon rope and a roll of electrical tape was found near the bodies, and several pairs of prescription glasses were also found lying around.

K-9 police dogs were called in and tracked the area. It was found that the murderer had passed by a counsellor’s tent to get to the girls. A cave was found nearby which had a newspaper in it, the same newspaper that fitted the scrap in the flashlight. Photographs of two women were also in the cave. It was discovered that the pictures were taken by a prison guard who was an occasional photographer, and had been developed by prison escapee Gene Leroy Hart.

Gene Leroy Hart had kidnapped two pregnant women (both who wore spectacles), driven them to a wooded area where he bound and raped both women. He put duct tape over their nostrils and left them to suffocate to death. The victims were able to free themselves and escape, which lead to his arrest.

Gene Leroy Hart was tracked down and arrested (and found wearing women’s glasses). He was charged with the murder of the three girls but the jury of his peers, 6 men and 6 women, could not find any irrefutable evidence and Hart was acquitted.

As he was an escaped prisoner, he was thrown back in prison, and a year later collapsed and died of a heart attack. He proclaimed his innocence up until his death.

In 2008 a DNA test was performed using material from the crime scene. The investigators stated the results were ‘inconclusive’.

The case is officially still open, although inactive. Camp Scott had served Girl Scouts for almost half a century but has never re-opened since this tragedy.

By Peet Banks 2014 from APPI - Australian Paranormal Phenomenon Investigators
Picpost by Ashley Hall

Main Pic: Reporters at the scene of the crime.
Left: Sign pointing to Camp Scott.
Right: A note left by the killer?

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- Urban Legends

- In a small town called Beltsville in the U.S.state of Maryland, stories have been passed down by teenagers for the last forty to fifty years of a creature that is said to haunt the local woods and in particular a long stretch of road notorious for being a lovers lane.

A young couple parked their car after a date in 1957 along this track, named Fletchertown Road, and were canoodling when something hit the hood of the car, making a huge noise. They would later report to media that they found themselves being leered at by a “tall, horned man” that resembled a goat. If that wasn’t frightening enough, the man seemed to be waving what looked like a double-edged axe at them. The creature was then said to have turned and ran into the woods.

This was to be the first reported sighting of Goatman and over the years many have seen and described encounters with this creature. It is said to be between 7-8 feet tall and weighing 300 pounds, with the upper body of a normal human man, but a horned head and the legs and feet of a goat. In most accounts it is covered in fur, in other versions it is only partially covered.

What originally seemed to be an urban legend regarding young lovers being watched turned slowly into tales of the creature supposedly decapitating a man who pursued it into the woods one night. Over the years residents have claimed not only is the creature responsible for pets going missing or being killed, but it also has a deviant sexual aspect as many believe it has entered peoples homes and raped men and women.

Many believe the stories began due to the presence of an old hermit who, in the 1960s, resided in the nearby woods, and was seen regularly walking in and out of town at night along Fletchertown Road. A story began circulating that the creature was once a scientist who worked at a nearby agricultural laboratory who, while conducting experiments on goats, went mad and begun walking the back roads weilding an axe. Another version has an old farmer seeking revenge on local teenagers who killed a flock of his goats.

Stories of a similar creature are also told in Fort Worth, Texas where the creature is said to reside and haunt the local lake, hence it has come to be called the Lake Worth Monster. This creature was also said to watch young couples parked on the lake in the sixties, with many of the witnesses describing a very similar creature, but with scales!

Local police considered it to be a joke up until late 1969 when a young man claimed he and his lady friend were attacked while in the car, and showed an 18 inch scar on the side of his car where he claimed the creature slid an axe along his door. The following night the creature was seen by at least a dozen people when it hurled a tyre at drivers from a bluff, it is said that a photograph of the creature, the only one known to exist, was taken that night. Soon media started reporting that several local high school students had admitted to police to pulling several pranks by wearing a gorilla suit and walking along the lakefront. However, many of the then-teenage eyewitnesses still attest to this day that they saw a genuine monster.

A third creature similar in description and behaviour is said to be living underneath a train trestle in Louisville, Kentucky. The Pope Lick Monster, named after the creek below the train trestle, is said to be more malovolent in its nature, luring trespassers that dare tred onto the trestle in front of oncoming trains by supposedly using hypnosis or voice mimicry. In some accounts it also has an axe and has been known to jump down onto cars passing under the trestle.

In 1988 a local filmmaker created a 16 minute film called The Legend of the Pope Lick Monster, which caused controversy due to many railroad officials becoming concerned that teenagers would start climbing the trestle. An 8 foot tall fence was erected and signs warning trespassers were placed nearby, however it has not stopped a number of people from getting inside the area and making claims of seeing the creature.

Many in these areas, especially religious folk, consider the creatures demonic and the spawn of Satan. However many believe the stories are nothing but exaggerated legends told by youth around campfires.

Are there a number of hybrid human-goat men scaring people still in America?
If so, what are they?
Or are these examples of urban legends with a cryptozoological twist?

Matt Sweeney 2014 of Marvels and the Macabre with Matty
Put together by Ashley Hall 2014

Main: Reinactment, likely from a movie.
Left: The trestle bridge from the Pope Lick Monster legend.
Right: A film crew captured this blurry footage of the goatman… they are always blurry!

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Electroshock Therapy to the Face… The Experiments of Duchenne

Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne de Boulogne was a pioneer of neurology in the 1800s, and his work on human facial expressions was influential on some of Darwin’s theories of human evolution. Duchenne believed that our facial expressions were a gateway to the soul, and he set out to …

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Whepstead Manor

- Ghosts and Hauntings

- In the 1840’s Government Surveyor Robert Dixon, along with fellow surveyor James Warner, documented the lands they would name Wellington Point, Queensland, Australia. Although named after The Duke of Wellington, as the hero who led the British army at the Battle of Waterloo only several decades before hand, (They also named the nearby bay ‘Waterloo Bay’) they may have also taken it as a reminder of the footwear one would have to have worn in the boggy mudflats surrounding the point.

It was not until the 1860’s, and the first land sales, that European settlers settled the area. One of those settlers was Captain Louis Hope who purchased a substantial amount of land. Louis Hope was one of the driving forces of the local economy with the establishment of his home and land which he named Ormiston, now a nearby suburb.

In the 1870’s, Captain Louis Hope returned to England and a man by the name of Gilbert Burnett leased much of Captain Hopes land. Burnett soon set to greatly develop the Wellington Point area and he set up several mills (sugar, bone and saw). Burnett soon purchased the land he was leasing off Hope with the money he was making from his mills and other ventures.

In 1889 Gilbert Burnett moved into his new residence, a 150 square meter home that he named 'Fernbourne’. It is a massive house, built with two levels with a spacious attic space. The name Fernbourne would not stick for long as the house was soon renamed Whepstead Manor (also Whepstead House). It should be noted that later on Burnett built another house which he named 'Fernbourne’ which is still known by that name today.

During the year 1937, the nearby area of Cleveland saw one of it’s two private hospitals 'Bayview’ move into the now empty Whepstead Manor. Burnett had left the manor in 1891 with it’s sale and the liquidation of many of his assets. 'Bayview’ Hospital continued operations at the manor until it was converted into a convalescent home (nursing home) in the 1960’s and operated as such until 1973.

It is from this point that it is a little harder to find history on the manor. We do know that since the 70’s it has been privately owned by a number of people and at one point it was turned into a restaurant. It is since it’s beginning as a restaurant that the ghosts that inhabit the building are talked about.

Owners, staff and guests of the old manor house have all reported strange goings on. Two children have been seen, one a young woman and the other a young boy. It has been suggested that they may be two of Gilbert Burnett’s children; his daughter who went missing without a trace and his son said to be afflicted with a 'withered’ leg (legends). At times people have seen the face of the little boy peering between the bannisters of the central staircase.

Another of the ghosts is said to be that of Gilberts wife, whose presence can be followed by the smell of the strong lavender perfume she wore in life, or by seeing a glimpse of her face in the manors windows.

People who have stumbled across the apparition of a man in the attic have described it as disconcerting, while others have been startled to see the image of a man suddenly appear in one of the mirrors.

Although much of the paranormal phenomena is said to be harmless and curious: candles lit by unseen persons, stains on the carpet manifest to later disappear and at times a thrown object out of nowhere, there have been at time incidences that are not taken so lightly. On more than one occasion staff had complained of getting their hair pulled by an unseen hand an action - the matron of the old Bayside Hospital employed this to keep her workers in line.

Ashley Hall 2012

Main Picture: Whepstead Manor about 1909.
Inset Left: A newer photo.
Inset Right: Campers at Wellington Point.

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Pupa the Haunted Doll

- Haunted Objects

- Pupa the doll is approximately 14 inches in height, is made mostly from felt or a felt-like fabric, and was made in the likeness of the little who was to own her. Pupa (latin for ‘doll’) was made for a little girl in Italy in the 1920s, and who owned her right up until her death in 2005. Pupa’s hair is real human hair, though it is believed to be hair that was sold to the doll maker rather than the hair of the owner - although having an owners hair worked into the doll was often the case.

The little girl who owned Pupa often stated that her doll was 'alive’ and had a will of its own. She stated that she and Pupa would talk often throughout the years, that Pupa held all of her secrets and was a help in hard times – even going so far as to have saved her life.

Pupa and her owner travelled quite extensively throughout Europe and the United States. At the end of World War II the little girl’s grandmother passed away, so as a memento and a way to remember her, a button from her grandmother’s clothes was sewn onto Pupa’s dress.

Pupa’s owner cherished her right up until the end when she passed away in 2005, and it is here that the doll’s activity really began to show. After her owners passing, Pupa was placed in a glass display cabinet, a fitting piece to have on display seeing as she had travelled the world, survived a world war, and also out lived the owner (quite an achievement… none of my childhood toys seem to be left in one piece!).

According to the family that keeps Pupa under their care, the doll really does not like being confined, and they have had several interesting experiences that seem to verify this. At times the glass cabinet is heard to tap, like something is trying to draw your attention. Soon after this, they began to notice that the doll has changed position within the cabinet – her arms will be in a different position, legs crossed or uncrossed, but most interesting of all is the subtle changes in expression they have noticed over the years.

Items in the case with her are also moved around, sometimes haphazardly, and at other times done with more purpose.

One day the glass cabinet looked to be quite filthy, so someone set to cleaning it. They opened it up, exhaled warm air on the glass to fog it over, to see the marks more clearly, and they were shocked to find the words 'Pupa hate’ written… on the inside of the cabinet.

Those who have investigated Pupa say that they have recorded the doll moving, but the movements are so slow they essentially go undetected by the human eye, but photos and videos taken over long duration and compared show these movements quite easily.

The dolls location is kept quite secret. As such I cannot tell you which town, or even which country the doll can be found in.

As for who or what haunts the doll? Well that is a hard one to answer, but many think that maybe it was part of the childhood 'spirit’ of that dolls owner, a part of her essence imparted on this object she so loved and cherished, and that with her passing, that spirit became stronger, maybe even completed within the doll itself.

Ashley Hall 2014

Main Picture: Pupa with her owner and the owners brother in 1928.
Inset: More photos of Pupa.

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