Linking H H Holmes to Jack the Ripper

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A mere three days ago, I shared with you the planned exhumation of the remains of the notorious serial killer known as Dr H H Holmes. Well, that exhumation is now officially underway and we now have a reason for the sudden exhumation: a silly television show aims to prove that H H Holmes and Jack the Ripper were one and the same. It’s a stupid idea, but anything to sell yet another television show, I guess.

The idea that Jack the Ripper and Holmes were the same man is a ludicrous one. First of all, their respective methods of murdering the women were vastly different. Second, their choice of victims were different: Jack murdered prostitutes while Holmes murdered ordinary girls who had traveled to Chicago in the hopes of finding employment. There’s never been a serial killer who has suddenly changed his method of killing nor his choice of victims. There’s usually a very specific reason why serial killers go after the people they do. Third, and most important of all, there’s a clearly documented trail of Holmes’ whereabouts here in the United States while the Ripper murders were happening. He was busy here being married to two women at the same time and having a little girl with one. I can’t see how he’d suddenly have interest in traipsing off to England to murder a few whores. Jack, on the other hand, seemingly appeared and vanished from existence just for that short span of time.

I don’t know how they will connect any DNA found in the remains of the body in Philadelphia to anyone in England. There have been many different individuals purported to be Jack the Ripper. Will they search for the descendants of each suspect until they find a match?

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Capture Made at Historic 15th Century Building

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I think a warm body was captured, not a “ghost,” but I thought this might stir some conversation. Photo is on original story, follow link below. Let us know what you think.

An experienced ghost hunter claims to have captured the terrifying image of a woman in the grounds of a historic 15th Century building.

Erica Gregory, 49, spent the night with other members of her paranormal activity group in Turton Tower in Bolton, Lancashire – in a bid to gather physical evidence showing the presence of something out there.

The group spent most of their time indoors but it was Erica’s impromptu trip outside for a bit of fresh air that unearthed the most exciting discovery of the evening.

Erica said: ‘When outside I saw an old tree, it must have been about 100 years old. Looking at the tree, I felt there was a kind of mist forming around it.

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Witch bottle found during Newark Civil War Centre dig

I’m sharing this because I’m the witch in the group and because I love history/archaeology and also the UK. 🙂

For anyone interested in creating a modern witch’s bottle/ball, there’s a recipe here.

A suspected witch bottle has been unearthed by archaeologists during a dig at the site of the new Civil War Centre in Nottinghamshire.

The green bottle, which is about 15cm (5.9in) tall, was probably used in the 1700s to ward off evil spells cast by witches, researchers believe.

The witch bottles were usually filled with fingernails, hair and even urine.

The relic was found during a project to restore the Old Magnus Building for use as a museum and visitor centre.

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Historic and haunted Jamaica Inn for sale

If you have a cool £2m just laying around begging to be used, where better to invest it than the famous smuggler’s inn made famous by the Daphne du Maurier book of the same name? There’s a pretty good guarantee on a very big return on the investment with the television adaptation of Ms du Maurier’s book coming out in a few months.

You can stay in cottages on the estate surrounding Chatsworth, probable model for Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice, or in the grounds of Menabilly, the house on which Daphne du Maurier based Manderley, the fictional estate in her novel Rebecca. Much more unusual, though, is the kind of opportunity that presented itself this week with the news that Jamaica Inn is up for sale – a chance to own a property that inspired a celebrated book, assuming you have £2m to spare. Du Maurier wrote her period tale of Cornish smugglers after staying at the former coaching inn on Bodmin Moor in 1930, and – unlike in Rebecca – used the place’s real name.

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10 Horror Movie Sets to Visit

If you’re a fan of the classic horror movies – like The Shining, The Exorcist, etc. Then this list will be what you need to guide you to the filming locations in these and many other horror movies…

1. The Omen
Bishop’s Park, London
All Saints Fulham, London

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Grand Central Cafe in Kingsland, TX

3. The Shining
Timberline Lodge in Timberline Lodge, OR  (I always thought it was the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO)

4. Vertigo
Fort Point, San Francisco, CA
17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, CA
Mission San Juan Bautista, San Juan Bautista, CA

5. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Oakley Court Hotel in Windsor, England

6. The Exorcist
3600 Prospect Street in Washington, D.C.
Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University
M Street Stairs in Washington, D.C.

7. The Silence of the Lambs
Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburg, PA

8. A Nightmare on Elm Street
1428 N. Genesee Avenue in Los Angeles, CA

9. The Blair Witch Project
Burkittsville, MD
Seneca Creek Park in Gaithersburg, MD

10. Carrie
Palisades Charter High School in Los Angeles, CA

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Hair-raising chills as poltergeist runs riot at Brum salon

Probably just want their hair cut. 😀

A poltergeist is giving customers at a Birmingham salon a hair-raising experience by spooking them as they get their locks cut.

Both staff and customers at Nokes’z Hair in Church Road, Northfield, have been subject to the weird goings-on over the last four years.

They have reported seeing a ghostly face staring at them in the darkness – while a spooky image has also been captured on film. John Conway, from West Midlands Ghost Club, was photographed seated at the salon, with a strange swirling mist near his face.

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The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor

The Anatomy of GhostsThey say Jerusalem College, Cambridge, is haunted by Mrs Whichcote’s ghost. In 1786, Frank Oldershaw claims he saw her in the garden, where she drowned. Now he’s under the care of a physician. Desperate to salvage her son’s reputation and restore him to health, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs her own agent – John Holdsworth, author of The Anatomy of Ghosts, a controversial attack on the existence of ghostly phenomena. But his arrival in Cambridge disrupts the uneasy status quo. He glimpses a world of privilege and abuse, where the sinister Holy Ghost Club governs life at Jerusalem more effectively than the Master, Dr Carbury, ever could. 

But Holdsworth’s powers of reason and his knowledge of natural philosophy have other challenges. He dreams of his dead wife, Maria, who roams the borders of death. Now there’s Elinor, the very-much-alive Master’s wife, to haunt him in life. And at the heart of it all is the mystery of what really happened to Sylvia Whichcote in the claustrophobic confines of Jerusalem. Why was Sylvia found lying dead in the Long Pond just before a February dawn? And how did she die? Indeed, why was she at Jerusalem, living or dead, in the first place?

 

I discovered this gem of a book on our library’s website while looking for books to listen to while walking at night. While it is listed on Good Reads as a paranormal/ghost story, the existence – or non-existence – of ghosts in this story is simply the backdrop for a good old fashioned mystery. John Holdsworth spends his time in search of the more reasonable explanation for what Frank Oldershaw witnessed in the garden and does so in the end. Although there are a few threads of the plot which are left unresolved, they are but minor bits to the over-all mystery which is solved very reasonably.