Legend of The Devil's Kitchen

In Tallapoosa, Georgia there is a mysterious place called Devil's Kitchen which located about one mile off of U.S. Highway 78 on Old Ridgeway Road. At first, it was known as The Devils' Water because the moonshine that was made in the creek valley. There is a winding creek that falls away into the deep canopy of oak trees, and as the visitors follow it down, the creek then runs into a small canyon of sorts. This is where the moonshine was made. Behind the name itself surrounded with legend and the stories of Witchcraft and Satanic cult which have taken place in that area, even though none of the stories has ever been proven.

Witnesses report hearing the screams of a woman that was murdered there in the 1940's by her boyfriend and another man because they were all involved in a robbery.  

The Devils' Kitchen

In 1962 a woman named Mary Moore Newman was taken to an area just behind Key’s Castle and she was strangled because of an affair that wasn’t going as planned. Then, they took her body to a well, near Friendship Church, in Muscadine, Alabama, where she was later found by the game warden in 1963 as he walked by the well. Around her body were deer heads that had been placed there by the poachers. The legend says that you can hear her screams for help in the woods around the area of the Kitchen.

While crossing the bridge before keys castle a young man in a blue windbreaker can be seen on the bridge. Legend states that the young man and his friends were drinking and driving and he was put out as a prank because of the screams from the girl killed in the 40's. He fell off the bridge and drowned in the river. He can be seen waiting for his friends to return to pick him up.

Then, in the mid-1980s, there was a large flood in the area. A mother and her two children rounded the curve, not knowing that the water was raging over the bridge. Her car was swept downstream. The mother managed to get the children out of the car and placed them atop the roof. She went for help. When she returned, her two children had been swept away, far down to the depths of the Kitchen.

Sources:
Encyclopedia of Haunted Places: "Ghostly Locales From Around The World" compiled and edited by Jeff Belanger;

http://www.strangeusa.com/ViewLocation.aspx?id=2613&Description=_Devil%60s_Kitchen__Tallapoosa__GA

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The Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca Head

The Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca head is a terracotta head, probably originally part of a larger figurine, discovered in 1933 during the excavation of a burial offering in the Pre-Hispanic settlement of Tecaxic-Calixtlahuaca, located nearly forty miles NW of Mexico City. Besides the head, there are other different objects of gold, copper, turquoise, rock crystal, jet, bone, shell and pottery. Because of the head’s non-Amerind facial features, including a beard, and its unusual style, some believe that it is of Roman origin, and thus evidence of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact.

The site where the head was found seems to be a genuine pre-colonial site undisturbed during the colonial period. Bernard Andreae of the German Institute of Archaeology in Rome, Italy, confirmed the style as Roman and proposed the 2nd century A.D as datation, based on the hairstyle and the beard. Although the burial itself was dated between 1476-1510 A.D. Ernst Boehringer, an eminent classical archaeologist, has argued that the head is a Roman work from the II-III century A.D.
 
Tecaxic Head

In 1995 FS Archae├Âmetrie in the University of Heidelberg, Germany performed a thermoluminescence (TL) age test of the piece which established its age limits between IX century B.C. and the middle XIII century A.D. This result clears up the doubts of Colonial manufacture of the artifact, and makes the hypothesis of Roman origin – among other possibilities- applicable. The identification of the head as Roman work from the II-III century A.D. has been further confirmed by Bernard Andreae, a director emeritus of the German Institute of Archaeology in Rome, Italy.

According to Andreae "[the head] is without any doubt Roman, and the lab analysis has confirmed that it is ancient. The stylistic examination tells us more precisely that it is a Roman work from around the II century A.D., and the hairstyle and the shape of the beard present the typical traits of the Severian emperors period [193-235 A.D.], exactly in the ‘fashion’ of the epoch." (Andreae cited in Domenici 2000: 29).

Sources:
http://listverse.com/2007/10/01/top-10-out-of-place-artefacts/
 
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Legend of Cormac Tadhg McCarthy

In 1601, Cormac Tadhg McCarthy of Carrickphouka Castle was made High Sheriff of Cork by the English with the instructions to hunt down all Irish rebels. He was a source of distress to the Irish, since he always in a foul temper and looked a bit atrocious; the English, working to subdue the Irish, thought he was just right. His main opponent was the chieftain James Fitzgerald, who was regarded as a traitor by the authorities in Dublin, and to prove his loyalty to the English also in order to capture him, Cormac invited him to a feast in Carrickphouka on the pretence of making peace.

During the course of the banquet, he had Fitzgerald killed, but in order to assure the English of his loyalty and to impress them, he went slightly further. It is said that he lapped up the spilled blood and ate the raw flesh of the fallen chieftain, much to the horror and disgust of the English who were present. In defence of these horrific actions, the McCarthy clan claimed that Cormac had in fact been possessed by a spirit that had risen out of the rock upon which his castle was built. (Carrickphouka means “the rock of the phouka”—phouka or pooka being a malevolent and dark spirit or demon). 
 

After Cormac's death, his body began to haunt his former home as vampire at Carrickphouka Castle. The body is said to attack nearby people around the ruins of the castle, drinking their blood. Even today, tales still exist of alleged sightings of him in and around the castle, long after his death. 
 
Today Carrickphouka Castle is simply a ruin—it was destroyed during the Williamite Wars of 1690-91, but local people still stay away from it after dark.

Sources:
A Child's Eye View of Vampires by Alan Leddon

Encyclopedia of the Undead: "A Field Guide to the Creatures That Cannot Rest In Peace" by Dr. Bob Curran

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Real Vampires, Nights Stalkers and Creatures From The Dark Side by Brad Steiger page 13
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Mystery of The Anglo-Saxon Stone Carving

On February 2015, a stone with unusual carvings was sold as a garden ornament. The stone which plucked from a garden in Leicester was purchased by James Balme, an archaeologist also a television presenter. He believes the intricate pattern was probably carved in Anglo Saxon times, over 1,000 years ago.

When he was done conserving it, Balme saw a stone carving with an extremely complex pattern that is difficult to describe. It could contain a hidden message. It's possible the "pattern carved may be some form of writing," Balme told Live Science in an email. The carving's use is unknown, though it could be "a keystone from an archway or indeed a vaulted ceiling," Balme said.
This stone carving was discovered by James Balme in a garden in Leicester, England
(Credit: James Balme)

At the time it was dirty, covered in moss and a lot of the carved pattern was not clearly visible.
When Mr. Balme finally received the stone he said that he was shocked as it seemed far more important than he had first thought - and after gentle cleaning the true extent of the carving became clear.

It weighs around 60lbs (27kg) and is wider at the base than at the top. Mr. Balme suggested that the stone could be the base of a cross or a tombstone. The hand-carved rock is 18 inches (46cm) tall and 5.5 inches (14cm) thick.

Mr Balme believes the stone dates to the Anglo-Saxon period, which stretched between 410 and 1066AD. The period is known for its intricate patterns, which appeared on buildings and jewellery, for example, as well as written literature such as the poem Beowulf.

Although an Anglo-Saxon date for the stone carving is a distinct possibility, Balme cannot be certain. Questions also remain as to what exactly the carving was used for and whether the pattern may represent some form of writing.

Sources:
http://www.livescience.com/49721-mysterious-stone-carving-discovered.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2945768/Mysterious-Anglo-Saxon-carving-discovered-GARDEN-contain-hidden-message.html

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Telemaco Xavier Abduction Case

On September 16, 1962, Telemaco Xavier was taken away by what some witnesses described as alien beings. Xavier was last seen walking home along a dark jungle trail after attending a soccer match in Vila Conceicao in northern Brazil. Three plantation workers testified that they had seen a lone man walking down a deserted road that night, when an illuminated circular object spraying sparks swept down from the sky. Three men leaped out, grabbed the lone stroller, and dragged him off, who was walking along the trail. At the same month, police officials learned that seventeen chickens, six pigs, and two cows also had all vanished during the UFO wave.
 

Rio de Janeiro newspapers quoted authorities who had discovered signs of a struggle where the worker said a fight had taken place between the man and his abductors.To the Brazilian newspapers it seemed evident that Telemaco Xavier was kidnappedby a flying disc, and some investigators suggested that the Brazilian had been added to a collection of Earth life which was to be scrutinized, evaluated, and analyzed in some alien laboratory.

Sources:
Real Monsters, Beast From The Darkside by Brad Steiger;
The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings by John A. Keel

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Wow! Signal

In mid-August 1977, Jerry Ehman, a volunteer for SETI, or the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, may have become the first man ever to receive an intentional message from an alien world. Ehman was scanning radio waves from deep space, hoping to randomly come across a signal that bore the hallmarks of one that might be sent by intelligent aliens, when he saw his measurements spike. It lasted for the full 72-second window that Big Ear was able to observe it, but has not been detected again.

On August 15, a few days earlier, Ehman, pebrused data from the telescope’s scan of the skies. In those days, such information was run through an IBM 1130 mainframe computer and printed on perforated paper, and then laboriously examined by hand. But the tedium was shattered when Ehman spotted something surprising—a vertical column with the alphanumerical sequence “6EQUJ5,” which had occurred at 10:16 p.m. EST. He grabbed a red pen and circled the sequence. In the margin, wrote “Wow!” on the original printout of the signal, thus its title as the "Wow! Signal."
The Wow! Signal

The Big Ear telescope was fixed and used the rotation of the Earth to scan the sky. At the speed of the Earth's rotation, and given the width of the Big Ear's observation "window", the Big Ear could observe any given point for just 72 seconds. A continuous extraterrestrial signal, therefore, would be expected to register for exactly 72 seconds, and the recorded intensity of that signal would show a gradual increase for the first 36 seconds—peaking when the signal reached the center of Big Ear's observation "window"— and then a gradual decrease.

Therefore, both the length of the Wow! signal, 72 seconds, and the shape of the intensity graph may correspond to an extraterrestrial origin.

More than three decades later, the Wow Signal, as it has come to be known to SETI researchers, remains both the first and best potential evidence of communication from extraterrestrials, and one of the most perplexing mysteries in science.  Over the years, Ehman and colleagues worked to rule out other explanations—such as satellites, aircraft or ground-based transmitters on Earth. But by the same token, researchers have yet to prove that it actually is message from space.

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Ice Hibernating Woman

On bitterly cold morning of December 20, 1980 in Lengby, Minnesota, a man opened his back door to find his 19-year-old neighbor, Jean Hilliard, laying in the snow. She was literally frozen solid from the night before, when temperatures dropped twenty-five degrees below zero. Apparently, Jean was trying desperately to reach her neighbor for help when her car skidded off the road. When her body was discovered she was immediately sent to the local hospital, where her condition stunned the doctors. One of the nurses said that Jean was “so cold, it was like reaching into a freezer” and that “her face was absolutely white, just this ashen, death look.” 

Her temperature was too low to register on thermometers that go down to 88 degrees and her heart was beating about 12 times a minute, less than one-fifth its normal rate.
Article about Jane Hilliard (Herald Journal january 9, 1981)

Dr. Ryan Kelly said that she was severely frostbitten. None of her limbs would bend or move. When a person gets frostbite. That actually means ice crystals forming in the cells, and in so doing, they destroy many of the cells of the body. After the hands and feet maybe start the initial stages of frostbite and the core temperature of the body drops, the heart, the lungs, the internal organs of the abdomen, the brain, when those start to cool, it becomes more and more difficult for them to perform their functions, until finally they stop. At that point, the patient would more than likely die.

However, 2 hours later, Jean went into violent convulsions, and regained consciousness. She was perfectly fine, mentally and physically, although a bit confused. Even the frostbite was slowly disappearing from her legs to the doctors’ amazement. She was released 49 days later without losing a single finger, and sporting only minor scars.

Sources:
http://listverse.com/2010/01/14/10-more-enigmas-that-defy-explanation/

http://unsolved.com/archives/ice-woman

Herald Journal january 9, 1981: Physicians Say Frozen Survivors Not So rare"

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Herald Journal january 9, 1981: Physicians Say Frozen Survivors Not So rare"
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Mystery of The Macfarlane's Bear

On June 24, 1864, Inuit (Eskimo) hunters in Canada's Northwest Territories near Rendezvous Lake, (65°52' N, 127°01' W) killed an "enormous" yellow-furred bear. According to eyewitness, the physical descriptions as follows: Whitish buff to pale yellowish buff, darkening to pale reddish brown on the under side. Broad head. Ears set like a dog’s. Square, long muzzle. Teeth are unlike the brown bear ’s, presenting a combination of long canines and well-developed cusps with broadly flattened surfaces; the cusps of the upper first and second molar s are reduced, while the lower second molar lacks t he posterior cusp and notch. Wide at t he shoulders. Hair on t he bottom of its paws. Hind claws ar e as big as the front claws.

Naturalist Robert MacFarlane obtained the bear's skin and skull and shipped the remains to the Smithsonian Institution, where they were placed in storage and forgotten. Decades later, Dr. C. Hart Merriam found the specimen while conducting research at the Smithsonian. Upon closer study, he deduced that MacFarlane's animal belonged to a new species. While the specimen resembled the grizzly more than the polar bear, the skull and teeth were different from those of all other living bears. The skull most closely resembled prehistoric species. Merriam named the animal Ursus inopinatus, the "unexpected bear."

 
Illustration of Macfarlane's Bear

In 1918 he went further, placing it in the newly created genus Vetularctos. While Inuit stories about such bears continue, no other specimen has been collected. Theories concerning MacFarlane's bear suggest that it is a freak grizzly, a grizzly-polar bear cross, or a surviving representative-maybe the very last-of a type that should have become extinct during the Pleistocene.

Dr. James Halfpenny, a polar bear specialist, disputes the notion of a "throwback" grizzly but remarks that grizzly-polar crosses are documented. No one, however, has properly compared this specimen's remains to those of a known hybrid. The matter remains unsettled.

MacFarlane's Bear is different from any known "giant" bear. That much, at least, is certain. The brown bear (Ursus arctos), varieties or subspecies of which include the grizzly, the Kodiak, the Peninsub, and the Kamchatka bear, is only one species of "giant" bear.

Nineteenth-century hunter John "Grizzly" Adams once captured a live grizzly weighing 1,510 pounds. The other giant is the polar bear (U. maritimus) . One outsized specimen measured more than eleven feet tall and weighed 2,200 pounds.

In 1943, Clara Helgason reminisced about an incident many years earlier when hunters on Kodiak Island, Alaska, shot a large, off-white bear with hair on the soles of its paws.

In a 1984 publication intended to correct Merriam's 1929 taxonomy proposing 96 distinct species names for varieties of brown bear, E. Raymond Hall synonymized all 96 of Merriam's names with merely nine subspecies of U. arctos. Hall synonymized Velarctos inopinatus with U. arctos horribilis, the normal grizzly bear.

Sources:
Cryptozoology A-Z: "The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature" by Loren Coleman & Jerome Clark;

Mysterious Creatures: "A Guide to Cryptozoology" by George M. Eberhart;


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Vampire Grave Unearthed In Bulgaria

A "vampire grave" was said to be found and discovered in Bulgaria by a Bulgarian archaeologist which contained a skeleton along with a stake driven through its chest. Nikolai Ovcharov, who’s been called the “Bulgarian Indiana Jones,” said the spooky grave was found during excavations at the ruins of the ancient Thracian city of Perperikon, in southern Bulgaria. The skeleton, thought to be of a man aged between 40 and 50, had a heavy piece of ploughshare – an iron rod, used in a plough – hammered through its chest. The left leg below the knee had also been removed and left beside the skeleton.

This “vampire” grave is one of two unusual burials recently discovered by Ovcharov at Perperikon, according to the Bulgarian newspaper '24 Hours'. The other reportedly contained a mother and child whose bodies had been positioned in such as a way that they resembled an image of the Virgin Mary and child. 

Skeleton with a stake on its chest
Professor Ovcharov said that he and his team have no doubts that once again they’re seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out. He explained that the metal was driven through the corpse to stop a "bad" person from rising from the dead and terrorising the living. Often they were applied to people who had died in unusual circumstances such as suicide."

According to a 2012 'BBC' report, at least 100 “vampire” graves have been found in Bulgaria to date, and similar burial sites have been found in other Balkan nations.

Sources:
http://www.oddityworld.net/2014/11/a-vampire-grave-discovered-in-bulgaria.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/vampire-grave-bulgaria_n_5973064.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/bulgaria/11153923/Vampire-grave-found-in-Bulgaria.html

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