I recently discovered a YouTube channel that offers a lot of world history documentaries. This morning I have noticed a new one. In it, they investigate the truth behind the Scottish medium Helen Duncan who was known as the Blitz Witch and the last woman tried under the Witchcraft Act of 1735 in England.
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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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.
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.
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.