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Haunted Towns – Fall River MA – Lizzie Borden House – S01E07

lizzie-borden-houseFor the next investigation of Haunted Towns, we’re off to the legendary Lizzie Borden house in Fall River, MA. This is the site of the grim unsolved murder that still makes Lizzie a household name to this day. Chris and his team want to try and speak with her to find out who really killed Andrew and Abby and if Lizzie was guilty or innocent.

The TWC team also claim people report hearing voices, footsteps, the smell of cigar smoke and shadow figures. They believe there might be a darker entity at work, because next door, Mr. Borden’s uncle had tragedies of his own. His wife tried to drown all her children in a well and ultimately slit her own throat with a straight razor.

Doogie and Chris meet with Danielle, a historian who shows them around the house and some photos of the crime scene. Porter and Brannon go see the sheriff and the jail where Lizzie was held while she awaited trial.

As they get down to the investigation, Chris and Porter go to Master Bedroom, while Doggie and Brannon go to the Sitting Room.

While discussing what they plan to do for the night, the flashlight on the bed turns on. Right after, Porter says he sees a shadow moving in the next room.

Doogie also claims to see a shadow while in the sitting room. This is after he asks the dark entity to make a light flicker. It’s interesting that he picks a light, versus asking for the standard knocks. I get the feeling the light was already flickering and Doogie decided to work it into his schtick.

With no activity going on, they head to the basement as a group. There they get "Lizzie", "Borden", "Hatchet", and "Ax". Or at least that’s their story as those words are utterly garbled and unintelligible from the box. Of course, those are all great words when talking about the murders.

For Day 2, they investigate the Central Congregational Church where Lizzie taught and attended services. Doogie and Brannon head to the Changing Room where Brannon asks for the entity to touch the meter, which naturally goes off. Also notice, there are several words on the dictionary device-"tone" "vet/yet" and "east", but nothing is said about them. This shows the device puts out random nonsense and doesn’t gauge anything.

Also with the EMF flash, there is a moan heard by Doogie. However, Brannon doesn’t act on it until Doogie says something, then he’s quick to add "I heard that too!" like he completely missed his cue. I’ve noted a couple of times that Doogie has to "cue" people to respond to something he hears.

And again notice the dictionary shows the words, "drunk", "witch" and "camera", but aren’t mentioned. The device is on camera, but at a distance. They are so quick to call out every word, it’s puzzling why they ignore this set. Other than the fact they don’t make any sense or help support their wild theory.

It’s not just Doggie and Brannon either. When we catch up with Chris and Porter, there are plenty of words on their screen too, but they have decided to ignore them. However, Porter will make a big deal about the words, "August" and "Devil" that they capture behind the stained glass crawlspace. And again, Porter says he sees a shadow figure down in the basement. He’s developing quite a habit of seeing shadow figures just off camera.

At the end of the investigation, Chris leans toward the land is tainted and contains a dark energy that affected the Borden house and the one next door. Doogie is of a similar mindset, that a dark entity lurks in the house and "possessed" Lizzie, causing her to act out.

It sounds like they’re saying Lizzie is innocent due to demonic forces… That’s certainly a new theory.

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Holmes Own Story

I’ve seen references to this document, but not an actual copy. Here is a digital version of H.H. Holmes biography where he refutes the myriad of crimes he’s accused of. It also includes portions of his Moyamensing prison diary.

I have just started getting into this one, but oddly, Holmes comes across as a rather talented writer.

Holmes’ own story, in which the alleged multi-murderer and arch conspirator tells of the twenty-two tragic deaths and disappearances in which he is said to be implicated, with Moyamensing prison diary appendix.
Portraits on covers. Autograph letter from the author to Samuel W. Pennypacker bound before title.

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H.H. Holmes to be exhumed

Jeff Mudgett, great-grandson of H.H. Holmes, has been granted a petition to exhume the remains for the purpose of DNA testing. This will confirm if Holmes was indeed hanged or as some have speculated, that he was able to get someone else to swing in his place while he made a grand escape.

If you recall, Holmes spent a great deal of time writing that his features were changing, that his face was longer and taking on the appearance of the devil. This might have been to enhance his sinister reputation, while others believe it was part of his ruse to slip another body into his place. Further, the massive amount of concrete used to seal away his body not only prevented would-be grave robbing, but prevented any further identification of his remains.

Jeff has also stated he believes Holmes was in London at the times of the Ripper murders and has put forth the idea that Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes are one in the same. It goes against the grain, but Jeff has some interesting theories and evidence. Further, that idea makes more sense than some of the other suspects.

Who knows where this will lead, but it’s extremely intriguing.

http://chicagoist.com/2017/05/01/devil_in_the_white_city_serial_kill.php
https://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2017-05-03/body-of-19th-century-serial-killer-exhumed-near-philadelphia

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Ghost Adventures – Dorothea Puente Murder House – S13E05

imageAs Zak and the Ghost Adventures team make their rounds of California, they put in a stop at the boarding house of convicted serial killer, Dorothea Puente. She murdered 9 people and buried 7 of them in the yard. She drugged her tenants with poison in order to get their Social Security checks. Some of her victims may have been buried alive and one was dismembered.

When Zak arrives at the house, we are treated to a mannequin of Dorothea by the doorway, a strange rabbit guardian and plaques that claim the house is innocent of the crimes. There is no interview with the current owner, but his nephew and mother both come on camera for their 15 minutes of fame. Peggy, mother of the owner, claims she has seen visions of Dorothea wearing a yellow dress with splotches, giving an awkward smile. She has smelled death and blood. She even says something has pushed her down. When Zak pulls out the recorder to ask why she’s there and why Peggy, he claims to here "to die" and "you’re dead."

We next hear from John Cabrera, who lead the team that dug bodies from the yard. He shows Zak the room where the victims would have been prepared and notes on his last visit, the carpet was soaked with blood. Zak believes the floor has absorbed that energy of evil and it’s now residual in the house. Truth of the matter is, the smell would have seeped into the board, explaining the smell of death.

To get the investigation underway, Zak brings in psychics Michael and Marti Perry. Michaels feels as though he’s choking, after which, Jay joins in. Michael feels he is channeling a man who lived in the house and is stupefied to find the wall has been taken down as though his memory can’t comprehend the change. We learn from John the wall was taken out, so no shocking detail that nobody knew about. It would take 10 seconds of looking at crime scene photos, of which there are many, to note the change.

Meanwhile, Marti draws a picture of who she sees, which is of course Dorothea as confirmed by Peggy. They even superimpose Marti’s cartoon caricature and a picture of Dorothea, which isn’t even a close match. And while Zak makes a big deal about Michael and Marti being blindfolded, they haven’t exactly been a fount of never before known information.

The actual investigation kicks off with Zak and Billy in the house and Jay in the yard. Zak begins by saying he isn’t afraid, to which he gets the reply, "I don’t care." As they toy with the spirit box, they claim to get the words, "hear me?" as though someone is trying to get their attention.

However, as they get near the bedroom, Zak gets a stabbing pain in back, which is now a sign of the paranormal. Next, Zak lays on the bed and goes into a state as though he’s been drugged by Dorothea. Billy makes the offhand comment to put a pillow over Zak’s face, then claims he didn’t know why he said that. Zak plays the role of victim, Billy the poisoner. Zak even goes so far as to roll off the bed and collapse on the floor. That’s some fine method acting.

While out the in the yard, Jay gets responses on the Ovilus that lead him to believe there are actually 15 buried bodies. During the night, they get 6 more names on the device, which they conclude are the 6 lost victims.

After falling out of bed, Zak heads to the death room and feels something come up on him. In conjunction, he hears, "get out" on the recorder. When Aaron lays on the same bed, he hears noises and footsteps.

Finally, Zak gets the SLS camera to try and find Dorothea. Just as he suspected, she’s hiding, but now he’s nabbed her as proven by the stick figure on the screen. Zak then banishes her out of the house. He apparently wields this sort of power.

While some terrible things have happened at that house, the actual owner doesn’t seem to take it all too seriously. The front yard is almost mocking to the legacy of Dorothea. Additionally, we don’t see hide nor hair of the owner. Is he camera shy or he doesn’t want to perpetuate the myths of the house?

When all is said and done, the weak and frail Dorothea, didn’t make her presence felt in a discernible fashion and six random names on a staticky device is not conclusive of more bodies still left to be discovered on the property.

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