May 21, 2011
Mysteries are always interesting to read about. Not only does it make our day a little less mundane, but it also help us to open our mind and contemplate on happenings that would be conveniently rejected by conventional mind. Here’s a compiled list of 10 creepy mysteries for you to ponder and take a break with.
10. Shanti Deva
It’s about a young girl born in the 1920’s from Delhi, India. However, there is something great about this young girl too, as she remembers who she was in her previous life.
In 1930, when Shanti Deva was only 4 years old, she told her parents that she had once lived in a place called Muttra (Muthura at present), that she was a mother of three who died in childbirth, and that her previous name was Ludgi. Because she continually related the story, her parents decided to investigate, and it turned out there was a woman named Ludgi in the village Muttra that had recently passed away. Her parents then took Shanti to the village where she began speaking the local dialect and recognized her previous life’s husband and children. She also gave 24 accurate statements matching confirmed facts about Ludgi’s life.
Similar cases have been reported across the globe, and one such case was reported in the ABC network. The video below tells the story about a young boy, James who was a fighter pilot in his previous life.
Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/reincarnationPastLife1.flv
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9. Creepy Gnome
The Gnome of Argentina has already been blogged previously. Here’s the link to read more about it:
8. Freddy Jackson’s Ghost
This photo was taken in 1919 and was first published in 1975 by Sir Victor Goddard, a retired R.A.F. officer. The photo is a group portrait of Goddard’s squadron, which served in World War 1, aboard the HMS Daedalus. In the picture, an extra ghostly face appears behind the airman positioned at the top row, fourth from the left. It is said to be the face of Freddy Jackson, an air mechanic who had been accidentally killed by an airplane propeller two days earlier. His funeral took place on the same day this photograph was taken. It was suggested that perhaps Jackson was unaware of his death and decided to show up for the group photo.
7. Overtoun Bridge
Also known as the ‘Dog Suicide Bridge’, the Overtoun Bridge in Milton, Dumbarton, Scotland built in 1859 became famous for the number of unexplained dog suicides leaping off the bridge. In the last 50 years, some 50 dogs have leapt to their deaths from the same spot: between the final two parapets on the right-hand side of the bridge.
Several theories were proposed over the years to account for the mystery. It was rumored that the bridge and a nearby Overtoun house is haunted. In 1994, a local man threw his baby son to his death from the bridge, claiming he thought the child was the anti-Christ. Shortly after that, the man tried to end his own life with an unsuccessful suicide attempt on the same bridge. Another theory revolves around a Celtic mythology, where “Overtoun” is known as “the thin place”: an area in which heaven and earth are said to be close. Because dogs are thought to be more sensitive than humans, it was thought that perhaps they were “spooked” by external forces which made them jump.
On a non-paranormal view, some thought that perhaps the dogs were depressed or caught their owner’s negative emotions which led to their suicide. Although it was partially proven that dogs can sense their owner’s emotions and be affected by it, there is no evidence to suggest the dogs would jump to their deaths due to it.
The phenomenon caused much worry to local residents and even gained international attention, lead the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to send their representatives to investigate. The video below tells us about the investigation and their conclusion of the phenomenon. However, there are some questions that still remain unanswered, such as Why do the dogs leap from the same location?
Or view the video on the server at: http://video.tsemtulku.com/videos/DogSuicideBridge.flv
6. James Worson
Missing people are reported all the time, either kidnappings, abductions or victims of some crime. While those happenings are explainable, there are some disappearances that are just mind boggling such as in the case of James Worson, the man that vanished into thin air.
On September 1873, James Worson of Leamington Spa, England, who was a simple shoemaker, accepted a challenge with his friends to race from Leamington to Coventry. Knowing it was a 20 mile trek, his friends took the bet and followed him in a horse-cart while James jogged ahead.
While running the trek, he suddenly stumbled and let out one short, piercing scream. However, instead of falling onto the ground when he pitched forward, he just vanished in mid-fall. The road itself confirmed the story and James’ friends took the pictures to prove it. A search was called and the locals looked for James but with no success. The bloodhounds used in the search were strangely reluctant to approach the spot James disappeared. He was never seen or heard from again.
5. Devil’s Footprint
Hoof-like footprints were a phenomenon first recorded in 1855, and 154 years later, the devil’s footprint appeared once again in Devon on 5th March 2009. The prints matched the mysterious 100-mile trail that was found on the first sighting. The prints measured 5 ins long with a stride of between 11 and 17 ins. The tracks reportedly continued unbroken – appearing on both sides of 14 foot walls and locked gates. Although the blame for the appearance of the ‘devil’ was thrown to several outlets, the phenomenon remains a mystery.
4. Felicia Felix-Mentor
Felicia reportedly died in 1907, after a sudden illness of the type that Haitian belief finds to be characteristic of a person marked to be a zombie. In 1936, a woman was found wondering the streets, and made her way to a farm which she claimed belonged to her father. The owner identified her as Felicia Felix-Mentor, long thought dead; her husband also confirms this. Due to her poor health, she was sent to the local government hospital. A doctor who interviewed her described her behavior:
“Her occasional outbursts of laughter were devoid of emotion, and very frequently she spoke of herself in either the first or the third person without any sense of discrimination. She had lost all sense of time and was quite indifferent to the world of things around her.”
Chupas are mysterious objects, or UFOs, allegedly seen by night in the eastern forest of Brazil. They are described as smaller, metallic-like objects that fly about the treetops, making humming sounds like a refrigerator or a transformer. Since most people in the area go for night hunting, they often climb up trees to wait for their prey. It is during this period of waiting that hunters claim to spot the Chupa.
When seen, chupas are claimed to emit a bright white light. Instead of being “just unidentified objects” or lights, they are alleged to be lethal. In same cases, people claim to have been haunted by them. It is claimed that this often results in all kinds of pain for days (sometimes years) after their experience. It has also been claimed that some people have even died from the alleged lethal beams emitted by the chupas, and that some hunters have tried to shoot at the chupas, with no effect.
2. SS Ourang Medan
The Straits of Malacca have long been the passage for trading ships, and over the centuries, most merchantmen reached their destinations safely. However, there are cases where the ships don’t make it and one such case happened on February 1948, when a distress call was picked up by numerous ships from the Dutch freighter SS Ourang Medan. The chilling message was “All officers including captain are dead lying in chartroom and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead”. This message was followed by indecipherable Morse code then one final grisly message… “I die”.
When the first rescue vessel arrived on the scene a few hours later, they tried to hail the Ourang Medan but there was no response. Nothing on board the strange craft moved. A boarding party was quickly assembled and what they found was a frightening sight that made the Ourang Medan one of the strangest and scariest ghost ship stories of all time.
All the crew and officers of the Ourang Medan were dead, their eyes open, faces looking towards the sun, arms outstretched and a look of terror on their faces. Even the ship’s dog was found dead, snarling at some unseen enemy. Strangely there was no sign of wounds or injuries on any of the bodies. The decision was made to tow the ship back to port, but before they could get underway, smoke began rolling up from the hull. The rescue crew left the ship and barely had time to cut the tow lines before the Ourang Medan exploded and sank. To this day, the exact fate of the Ourang Medan and her crew remains a mystery.
In September 1931, when the Irwing family first reported a talking mongoose named Gef, the news became an international sensation. James, Margaret and daughter Voirrey from Doarlish Cashen, a lonely farmhouse outside the little village of Dalby on the Isle of Man – claimed to hear persistent scratching and rustling noises behind their farmhouse’s wooden wall panels.
At first they thought it was a rat, but then the unseen creature began making different sounds, sometimes spitting like a ferret, or growling like a dog, or gurgling like a baby. The entity quickly progressed to something more sophisticated, having learned to mimic various animal noises, it began to repeat nursery rhymes, and within a short time – having built up a sufficiently wide vocabulary – it could converse with the family.
The creature soon revealed an ability to speak, and introduced itself as Gef, a mongoose. It claimed to have been born in New Delhi, India, in 1852. According to Voirrey, who was the only person to see him properly, Gef was the size of a small rat, with yellowish fur and a large bushy tail (The Indian mongoose is in reality much larger than a rat and does not have a bushy tail).
Gef variously claimed to be “an extra extra clever mongoose”, an “earthbound spirit” and “a ghost in the form of a weasel”. Gef seemed reluctant to be captured on film, he gave various reasons why he did not wish to be caught on camera; saying at one point “I am a freak, I have hands and I have feet, and if you saw me you’d faint, you’d be petrified, mummified, turned into stone or a pillar of salt!”
Although Gef was concluded as a hoax by Harry Price, a psychic researcher that tried to decipher the mystery, due to several physical evidence that failed to proof Gef’s existence, two of Price’s assistant researchers claimed to have heard Gef when they visited the Irwings. Also, in an interview many years after the incident, Voirrey maintained that Gef was not her creation. It seems that the mystery surrounding Gef will remain a puzzle for now.
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