Extraordinary Post-Mortem Photographs

Death is an uncomfortable subject; it is so final that we often struggle to come to terms with never seeing or talking to our loved ones again. But nowadays with the emergence of so many social media platforms, some people have become more popular and well-known in death than they ever were in life.

Here we look at Five Extraordinary Post Mortem Photographs.

5Eerie Post-Mortem Family Snaps

Nowadays taking photos of someone who is recently deceased is not commonplace, it seems almost disrespectful; even ghoulish.

But in Victorian England, it was a normal part of the grieving process, and a way of remembering loved ones who had died and whats more often the whole family would pose with their recently deceased relative.

To look at these images nowadays is quite unsettling, as the bodies are often propped up, dressed up and postured as if still alive, sometimes with their eyes left open……

(The little girl on the left in the photo below is deceased)

4Remain Seated At Your Own Funeral

On March 3rd, 2016 26-year-old Puerto Rican man Fernando de Jesus Diaz Beato was shot and killed in the Villa Carolina neighbourhood of San Juan.

The family shocked at his untimely passing decided to celebrate his short life with a rather unconventional funeral. They decided against a coffin and instead wanted Diaz Beato sat in a chair wearing his favourite clothes with a cigarette in his hand.

The family explained that they wanted everyone at the service to remember him as he was. And in a slightly creepy twist, the funeral home who prepared the body also decided to leave his eyes.

3Toraja Death Ritual

Families in Toraja in the Indonesian Province South Sulawesi don’t seem to be able to let their family members rest in peace, and they regularly dig up the bodies of dead relatives, to wash them, groom them and dress them in new clothes, before returning them to their graves in new or restored coffins.

The ritual is called Ma’nene, or The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses and is a different approach to how people treat their dead. After their loved ones have died, it is not uncommon for the treated body to still live with the family for months even years until they are ready to let go.

A huge funeral celebration is then held, and after the burial Torajans periodically bring their relatives out of their tombs to give them fresh clothing and burial shrouds.

Some say this is a better more gradual way to accept the passing of a loved one, compared to the more traditional way of burying our dead as quickly as possible, often causing intense grief to those left behind.

2Evelyn McHale

On May 1st, 1947 Evelyn Francis McHale an American bookkeeper took her own life by jumping from the 86th-floor Observation Deck of the Empire State Building.

A photograph taken four minutes after her death by photography student Robert Wiles has become one of the most iconic suicide photographs ever, and the image is often called “the most beautiful suicide”.

At the time she jumped her fiance and family had no indication that she was suicidal, but a note that was found in the coat pocket of the coat she left on observation deck explained her feelings. It read:

I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family – don’t have any service for me or remembrance for me. My fiance asked me to marry him in June. I don’t think I would make a good wife for anybody. He is much better off without me. Tell my father; I have too many of my mother’s tendencies.

In accordance with her wishes, her family cremated her body with no memorial, service or grave.

But ironically the photo of her dead body has lived on and has been replicated by the likes of Andy Warhol, David Bowie and most recently its referenced at the start of Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ video.

1Green Boots

Green Boots is the name given to one of over 200 bodies that litter Mount Everest of climbers who have perished trying to conquer the highest mountain in the world.

The body became a landmark on the main Northeast ridge route of Mount Everest and was routinely encountered by climbers, curled up in the limestone alcove also known as “Green Boots Cave.

The unidentified corpse first came to prominence in 2001 when it was filmed by French climber Pierre Paperon and is thought to be the body of Tsewang Paljor who was a member of the Indian team who lost three climbers in the 1996 Everest disaster. He was known to be wearing Green Kolflach hiking boots at the time of his disappearance.

However, the familiarity of seeing the corpse may have contributed to the death in 2006 of British mountaineer David Sharp who was found in a hypothermic state in Green Boots’ Cave, by climber Mark Inglis; controversially Inglis left Sharp there, and he died of extreme cold some hours later. But it is thought around three dozen other climbers passed by the dying man that day and none offered assistance possibly mistaking him for Green Boots.

In May 2014, Green Boots’ body was reported to be missing from view, presumably removed or buried.

The Genius That Was Stephen Hawking

On March 14th, 1879 one of the greatest theoretical physicist of all time was born, his name was Albert Einstein and in an incredible coincidence…. exactly one hundred and thirty years to the day later another of the worlds greatest theoretical physicist died; his name was Professor Stephen Hawking.

Hawking was not only a brilliant mind he was also a representation of mind over matter, whose genius brain was trapped within his failing body. A man who found a way to overcome his debilitating illness and defy his prognosis for 55 years.

So here we look at some incredible facts about Stephen Hawking that defined his life and helped him to continue his brilliant work in spite of his disability.

Education

Surprisingly for such an intelligent man, Hawking’s schooling got off to a bad start, his first school was Byron House in Highgate London, which he left still being unable to read.

Next was St Albans High School for girls! A school where younger male pupils were allowed to attend, he stayed here for a few months before moving to Radlett School in Hertfordshire for a year. And then from the age of 11, he moved to St Albans School also in Hertfordshire.

But his family, in particular, his father wanted him to attend the well regarded Westminster School, but they couldn’t afford the fees so had to rely on a scholarship. However, on the day of the scholarship exam, Hawking was ill, so had to remain at St Alban’s. Here he had a close group of friends and became known as Einstein. At the school, he was particularly influenced by his maths teacher Dikran Tahta, and together they built a computer from clock parts, an old telephone switchboard and other recycled components. By this time Hawking was showing a considerable aptitude for scientific subjects.

Heavily influenced by his father who wanted him to study at University College Oxford, he decided to study physics and chemistry and in 1959 at the age of just 17, he was awarded a scholarship and began his University education at Oxford.   

But for the first year and a half he was lonely and bored, he found the academic work “ridiculously easy” and his physics tutor, Robert Berman, later said, “It was only necessary for him to know that something could be done, and he could do it without looking to see how other people did it.”

However, during his second and third year, he joined the college boat club and started to join in more with the other students, but as a result his studies suffered, and when it came to sitting his finals he had not studied hard enough……so he decided to answer only theoretical physics questions rather than those requiring factual knowledge! He was desperate to gain a first-class honours degree as this was a condition for his planned graduate study in cosmology at the University of Cambridge.

The final result was borderline meaning a further oral exam was necessary. When asked during the exam to describe his plans; he reportedly answered:

“If you award me a First, I will go to Cambridge. If I receive a Second, I shall stay in Oxford, so I expect you will give me a First.”

It worked, and he received his first class BA (Hons) degree in natural science, and in October 1962 he began his graduate work at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

Belief In Aliens

For many years people were keen to know Hawking’s thoughts on the possibility of alien life, and when he was invited to talk at NASA’s 50th-anniversary celebration in 2008, he briefly gave his opinions on the subject, and much to the delight of the audience he did not totally dismiss the possibility.

He explained that given the vastness of the Universe, it was quite likely that alien life was out there and it was possible there was other intelligent life as well.

This was one of his quotes from that talk:

“Primitive life is very common, and intelligent life is very rare. Some would say it has yet to occur on Earth!”

He also expressed concern about the potential risk to humans if they were to encounter an alien because they would probably not be DNA based and so humans would have no resistance to any potential diseases they may carry.

Hawking also did an episode on the possibility of alien life for “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking” on the Discovery Channel.

In the episode, he explains that aliens might use up their own planet’s resources and “become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they could reach. Or, they could set up a mirror system to focus all the energy of the sun in one area, creating a wormhole……a hole to travel through spacetime”

He also had words of caution when saying:

“If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet.”

But if Stephen Hawking’s believes in the possibility of extraterrestrial life, I think we all should!

Illness

Towards the end of his time at Oxford Hawking started to notice early signs of his disease. He was getting increasingly clumsy and fell over several times for no particular reason.

After seeking medical help, he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) a form of Motor Neurone Disease; he was just 21 years old……At the time his prognosis was poor, and he was only expected to live another 2-3 years.

ALS is a rare neurological disease that mainly involves the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement. It’s a progressive disease for which there is no cure and no effective treatment to relieve symptoms or slow the progression.

Within just a few years Hawkings had to use a wheelchair and could no longer write, and by the 1970’s he was losing his speech….But remarkably he was still alive, and his genius brain was completely unaffected.  

In 1985 he had a tracheotomy after a bout of pneumonia, this meant he lost the ability to speak, and from this point, he spoke through a computer system, which he controlled with his cheek. The disease had left him paralysed and only able to move a few fingers on one hand and utterly dependent on technology and others for all his needs.

Despite this he continued his research into theoretical physics and travelled extensively giving public lectures and went on to become one of the most recognised people on the planet; living decades longer than medical experts had predicted, in fact over 50 years longer than his initial prognosis. 

In doing so he gave hope to other ALS sufferers, but he also baffled many medical experts who could only speculate on why he survived for so long.

It has been suggested that because he developed the disease at such a young age, it had almost burnt itself out…..although typically even when developed at a young age; ten years is the maximum survival time. And to date Professor Steven Hawking is the longest surviving MND sufferer ever.

He Fulfilled His Dream Of Experiencing Zero Gravity

 

On August 26th, 2007, Stephen Hawking achieved his lifelong dream of experiencing zero gravity. At the age of 65, he was able to float out of his wheelchair and experience weightlessness in flight.  In doing so the public saw Hawking free from his wheelchair for the first time in 40 years; he was even able to perform a couple of flips.

But the path to achieving this remarkable feat was not easy, and it was down to the persistence of an entrepreneur named Peter Diamandis that made it possible.

Hawking had asked Diamandis :”Can you get me into space?” he replied “I can’t do that right now, but I can give you a chance to fly on zero-G.”

Zero-G,  which was owned by Diamandis gives people a chance to take a flight within the Earth’s atmosphere that allows them to experience several minutes of simulated weightlessness.

The plan was announced to the press, and that is when alarm bells started ringing not least from  Zero-G’s aircraft partner at the time who reportedly said “You’re crazy!….. You’re going to put the world’s most famous physicist into zero-G? You’re going to kill the guy!’ Also opposed to the idea was the  Federal Aviation Administration who basically said  “you can’t do it!”

But Diamandis persisted and got the FAA to agree that if doctors agreed Hawking was fit enough then they would allow it. Hawking himself wanted to proceed and was willing to take the risk.

So on August 26th, 2007, Hawking along with an entourage of carers took off from the space shuttle’s runway at Kennedy Space Center. Two hours later they returned, and Hawking had experienced a total of four minutes of weightlessness. He said afterwards

“It was amazing, Space, here I come.”

This was in reference to the seat he had booked on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic to ride on a sub-orbital flight. But sadly this dream can no longer be fulfilled.

The photo’s released to the press revealed Hawkings smiling as wide as his facial movement allowed.

Personal life

Shortly before his ALS diagnosis, he started a relationship with Jane Wilde, a friend of his sister. The couple became engaged in October 1964, and Hawking later said that the engagement gave him ‘something to live for’ the pair married on 14 July 1965.

The couple had three children a son, Robert; born in May 1967, a daughter, Lucy; born in 1970 and Timothy, who was born in April 1979.

But Hawking’s disabilities meant Jane took sole responsibility for the home and family, and the strain was starting to show when in December 1977, Jane met Jonathan Hellyer Jones who was an organist at the church choir she sang in. The pair developed romantic feelings for each other, something that Hawking accepted as long as she continued to love him.

However, by the 1980s, the marriage was in trouble, and Hawking had grown close to Elaine Mason, one of the nurses who cared for him and in February 1990 he left Jane and the family home, and after divorcing her in 1995, he married Mason.

A few years later Jane published a memoir called ‘Music to Move the Stars,’ describing her marriage to Hawking and its breakdown. But as was customary throughout his life Hawking did not comment on the book or his personal life.

But all was not well in his second marriage, and his children and other members of the family felt excluded from his life, there were also concerns that Hawking was being physically abused by his new wife and although a police investigation took place, Hawking refused to press charges. 

By 2006 the couple divorced, and Hawking reconnected with Jane, his children and his grandchildren. This was when Jane wrote a revised version of her memoirs called Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. This book was the basis for the 2014 film ‘The Theory Of Everything’

Other Fascinating Facts:

  • Stephen Hawking’s birthday…..January 8, 1942, was the 300th anniversary of the death of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei.
  • Stephen guest-starred, as himself, on “The Big Bang Theory,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “The Simpsons.”
  • His speech synthesiser had an American accent despite him being British.
  • He was rumored to run over the toes of people he didn’t like with his wheelchair.
  • Hawking was known for his wicked sense of humour and had said that itis what keeps me going.”
  • He was the 17th Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, an academic chair at Cambridge University. From 1669 to 1702, the position was held by Sir Isaac Newton. It has been confirmed that Hawking’s ashes will be interred next to the grave of Sir Isaac Newton at Westminster Abbey.

Some Memorable Hawking Quotes:

  • “People who boast about their IQ are losers.”

  • “Women. They are a complete mystery.”

  • “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”

  • “I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

  • “People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”

  • “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”

  • “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”

     

RIP Professor Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

5 Remarkable Cases Where Bodies Have Been Frozen In Time

When someone dies, the body will immediately start to decompose starting with the internal organs…. and depending on the conditions an untreated dead body will become unrecognisable within ten days. This is a natural process and is as nature intended.

However, there are cases where people have died in extremely cold places meaning their bodies have been frozen and perfectly preserved for many years, here we look at five such instances.

5Captain Scott

In June 1910 renowned Arctic Explorer Captain Robert Falcon  Scott and his team left Cardiff, Wales on the whaling ship Terra Nova in preparation to become the first British explorers to reach the South Pole.

However, when they reached Antarctica it became apparent that the group were ill-equipped to deal with the harsh conditions and the ponies and sledges they were using were unable to cope and were abandoned.

The expedition carried on with just dogs, but eventually, the dog teams also turned back, and by January 2012 only five of the original group remained; Scott, Wilson, Oates, Bowers and Evans.

The five pushed on through appalling conditions and finally reached the pole only to find a Norwegian Flag flying…… and the realisation that a party led by Roald Amundsen had beaten them to it!

Deflated and exhausted they started the 1,500 km journey back, but by mid-February, Evans was dead…. and just a month later Oates; who was suffering from severe frostbite and knowing he was holding his companions back, walked out of his tent into a blizzard and was never seen again.

The remaining three also eventually succumbed to the freezing conditions and died of starvation and exposure at the end of March 1912.

Their frozen bodies were found in their tent eight months later, and Scott’s diary revealed the extent of their torment…… heartbreakingly they were located just 20 km from a pre-arranged supply point.

It was decided that their bodies should be left as they were found and a mound of snow was built around and over the tent in a makeshift icy burial site. A cross made of skis was placed on the top and a member of the search party, left a note in a metal cylinder at the site: In which he wrote their obituaries. The three were then left in their snow-covered ice tomb, where they remain to this day.

However, in the years since, and with the change in climate, the tomb has been slowly moving…..this is because it was erected on top of a 360-foot section of ice, so as the surface accumulates more ice and the bottom of the shelf melts and refreezes it slowly moves……. and with the passage of time it is now estimated the three bodies have travelled around 39 miles and are encased in over 55 foot of ice!

In fact, no one seems to know exactly where they are now, but glaciologists believe the moving bodies are still preserved intact, and within the next 250 years, the remains of Scott, Bowers, and Wilson will reach the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, where it meets McMurdo Sound in the Ross Sea.

By then, it’s estimated they’ll be encased in more than 325 feet of ice, and by the time they reach the sea, they will emerge inside of a huge iceberg bobbing around in the sea.

4Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin

On August 15, 1942, Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin ventured out to feed their cattle on mountain pasture in the Swiss Alps; they never returned and were never seen again….. they left behind seven children.

That is until July 2017 when an employee of a local cable car company was doing routine maintenance work near the Tsanfleuron glacier in the Swiss Alps when he saw a foot protruding from the ice, upon closer inspection  he saw two other boots, and some personal effects as well as the blackened remains of a man and a woman.

Security and the police were notified, and after recovering the bodies still encased in a block of ice, it was confirmed by DNA that they were the remains of Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin.

It is thought the couple fell into a crevasse 75 years earlier and as the glaciers started to melt their well-preserved bodies were revealed.

Only two of their children were still alive and their youngest daughter Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, who was just four years old when her parents disappeared said she and her siblings had spent their whole lives looking for them.

The couple were finally laid to rest in southwestern Switzerland, and their funeral was attended by their two surviving children, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren that they had never met.

Finally released from their icy grave.

3The Mummified Bodies Of World War One Soldiers

Global warming has revealed some unexpected and gruesome discoveries as glaciers in the Italian Alps are slowly melting to reveal the mummified frozen corpses of soldiers killed during World War I.

Since 2004 whenever there is a hot summer more and more bodies are being exposed in the location where countless men were shot, starved or froze to death during World War I.

The last two soldiers, to be found were lying side-by-side on the Presena Glacier; it is thought they were just teenagers who were buried in a frozen crevice by fellow fighters after being shot in the head in 1918….One of the young soldiers still had a spoon tucked into his uniform for eating his rations. These two young lads thought to be between 16 and 18 went to fight for their country and were not seen again for nearly 100 years.

The fight between Italian forces and those of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was long, and much of it was in the mountainous Italian Alps where blizzards could send temperatures dropping to minus 30 degrees Celsius

And bodies aren’t the only things that are being unearthed from the battleground; clothes, shoes and intact letters from soldiers are also being discovered.

However sadly sometimes bodies are found that have been completely looted, with all remnants of them being soldiers removed to be sold online to unsuspecting collectors. In fact, some people are going up the mountain with the sole intent of finding such things to sell on the internet.

2Alex Lowe And David Bridges

On 27th April 2016, the bodies of acclaimed mountain climber Alex Lowe and cameraman David Bridges were discovered 16 years after their disappearance in the Himalayan mountains.

The pair were buried alive in an avalanche in Tibet’s Shishapangma on 5th October 1999 along with their companion Conrad Anker; all three were part of the nine-member American Shishapangma Ski Expedition. Anker who was only partially buried sustained broken ribs and a head gash, but was able to walk to safety.

However, despite an almost two-day search, Lowe and Bridges were not found.

The two bodies were finally found encased in blue ice by Alpinists David Goettler and Ueli Steck…… and their identity was confirmed by Anker from the description of their clothing and backpacks.  

The bodies were not touched out of respect and left on the mountain.

The finds brought closure to the families who planned to make a pilgrimage to Shishapangma to recover the bodies.

1George Mallory

In 1924, Mallory and his partner Andrew Irvin attempted what at the time seemed impossible; to be the first humans ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest the tallest mountain in the world.

Whether they made it or not is open to debate as they didn’t survive to tell the tale. Their last confirmed sighting was 800 feet from the summit….. after that their fate remained unknown for 75 years. At the time their disappearances made world headlines and the only evidence found was an empty oxygen bottle and an ice axe belonging to Irvin.

But in 1999 a NOVA-BBC sponsored expedition set out to try and find the pair, and within a matter of hours, they discovered a frozen body lying face down dressed in wool and fur. At first, they believed it was the remains of Andrew Irvin, but the name tags on the body’s clothing indicated it was the body of George Mallory.

The corpse was perfectly preserved and although no photos of his face were taken it was reported that it was undamaged with a solemn expression. It also showed how Mallory died when a broken climbing rope was discovered tied around his waist, suggesting that Irvin and Mallory were tied together and one of them fell…….An ice axe was also found close to his body leading researchers to believe that Mallory had stopped his own fall, but a puncture wound found on his forehead suggested that he was killed in the process possibly by his ice axe hitting him.

Take a look at the incredible photo of the perfectly preserved body of George Mallory…..sadly Irvin’s body has never been located.

 

 

5 Creepy Places With Horrific Back Stories

We all are aware of that one house in the neighbourhood…. The one that is usually abandoned and looks like the set of a horror movie, or the one that is occupied, but is surrounded by dark rumours… Some houses just give off that creepy, eerie vibe…

These five fit that bill like no other, and some of the backstories behind them are truly terrifying…

5Iowa Axe Murder House

If there are any sceptics out there, then apparently this is the house you need to spend the night in, because by sunrise you will become a believer in Paranormal entities…

It is the Villisca Axe Murders house in Iowa and is the scene of one of the grisliest murder cases in American History.

On June 10th 1912 Josiah Moore, his wife Sarah and their four children along with Ina and Lena Stillinger who were staying over were found bludgeoned to death by an Axe.

Supposedly, according to two cigarettes in the attic, the killer may have been waiting in the attic for the Moore family and the guests to fall asleep before attacking….

They were all slaughtered with such force that axe marks were left gouged in the ceilings… In the downstairs guest room a large slab of bacon was found, and next to it the killer had placed the bloody murder weapon and a broken keychain.

In the kitchen, there was a plate of food next to a bowl of blood filled water.

The crazed killer also draped clothes over the smashed up faces of his victims and covered every mirror and exposed window with a cloth…

Despite there being several suspects the heinous murders have never been solved, and the killer would have remained at large for the remainder of their life…

Today the house is a tourist attraction and can be rented out for around $500 a night. It is decorated as it would have been on that fateful night and has no electricity or running water.

The house has been investigated by various paranormal investigators and people who have spent the night there all report the same thing. The feeling of heaviness from the stairs up to the bedrooms, orbs and at 2 am the sound of a train’s whistle is heard… This is thought to be the time of the murders… Just after the train whistle, a light fog supposedly fills the bedrooms, and the sound of dripping can be heard.

Paranormal rumours aside, the look and feel of this house is undeniably eerie and just thinking that someone could kill people with such ferocity and never be caught is a truly terrifying thought…

4The Haunted House of St.Mark’s Road In Bangalore, India

This abandoned house in Bangalore, India had the reputation of being one of the most haunted buildings in India… And with its history, it’s easy to see why.

It was built in 1943 by E J Vas and was given to his unmarried daughters Vera and Dolce.

They lived happily there until on the morning of September 4th, 2002; Dolce was brutally murdered in front of her sister by an unknown person….

Her heartbroken sister had her body buried within the house, and from then on it’s alleged her spirit rose and began haunting the house…

Many people claimed to hear screaming and get attacked by unseen forces when they walked by the house. Paranormal investigators found inverted and broken crosses and a statue of Holy Mary with her head and hands severely damaged and people nearby reported hearing piano music coming from the abandoned house.

The house went up for sale, but due to its reputation, no one else ever lived in it.

It has since been demolished but because of its notoriety even the land it once stood on is thought to resonate negative energy, and no one is interested in purchasing it…

3Ed Gein’s House Of Horrors

The secluded farmhouse in Plainfield, Wisconsin was purchased by Gein’s mother Augusta in 1914, when Gein was about eight years old, she wanted to move to the secluded location to stop her sons from having any outside influences, and Gein and his brother only left the house to go to school.

They were not allowed, friends and his mother who was a devout Lutheran preached to Ed and his brother Henry about the evils and immorality of the world… Sitting down with them every afternoon to read passages from the Bible, usually selecting graphic verses from the Old Testament dealing with death, murder and divine retribution…

In 1940 Geins father died, and his brother Henry was starting to reject his mother’s views, much to the Horror of Ed. In 1944 Ed and Henry were caught up in brush fires and Henry lost his life, Ed was left living with his mother in the house until she died in 1945, leaving him grief-stricken and alone in the isolated creepy farmhouse… This is when it is thought Gein’s reign of terror began.

It wasn’t until 1957 that police suspected he was involved in the disappearance of local store clerk Bernice Worden, and a search of the house and surrounding property was conducted. In a shed on the property, Worden’s headless corpse was found, hung upside down, with her torso split open and emptied of its organs.

In the house, they found human skin that was used to cover chairs and make a lampshade. On Gein’s bedposts, he had mounted human skulls, and the skull caps were being used as soup bowls. One of the ceiling light pulls was human lips. The head of Mary Hogan another missing woman was found in a paper bag…

They also found clothing made with human adornments, such as a belt covered in human nipples, a mammary vest made out of a woman’s torso and socks made from human flesh.

Along with a collection of shrunken human heads that had been made into masks… After being questioned, Gein admitted that after his mother died, he would dig up the fresh graves of middle-aged women, take the bodies home, and use their body parts as macabre ornaments for his home…

While Gein was in detention for his crimes his house was scheduled to be sold off at auction, and there were rumours it was going to be turned into a macabre tourist attraction, but on March 27th, 1958 the house burned to the ground.

Today the site is a magnet to tourist, and there is even an Ed Gein road trip. In 2006 the then owner of the property Mike Fisher tried to sell it on eBay for £250,000…

The extensive land surrounding the original farmhouse has never been properly searched, and it is possible that some of Gein’s secrets are still lurking beneath the barren ground…

Check Out the full and comprehensive Top5s Documentary on Ed Gein https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=68A1G4EOXV8

2The Winchester House Mystery

The Winchester house is a huge mansion in San Jose, California and has been shrouded in mystery for many years. It was originally the personal project and residence of Sarah Winchester, the wealthy widow of gun magnate William Winchester, treasurer of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.

It all started after the death of Sarah and William’s only child when they were convinced by a medium that their child’s death was a result of a curse. A curse put on the family as a result of the many deaths caused by the guns the Winchester family had created.

After this and then William’s death in 1881, Sarah moved from the family home to start a new life… and in 1884 she chose to settle into a half-built farmhouse in San Jose, California and used her mass wealth to create an obscure and unusual home.

Over the years she kept adding more to the building in an attempt to outwit the spirits and ghosts she believed had followed her. She had maze-like hallways, stairs leading to nowhere, and secret rooms all created to trick and confuse the spirits of those killed by Winchester rifles.

After passing away in 1922 construction on the humongous spirit deterring house completely stopped, and it was open to the public, giving people an insight into the paranoid mind of Sarah Winchester.

So is it really one of the most haunted places in the US? And even the world? Well, there’s certainly is no shortage of reports and paranormal sightings, and over the years the thought that Sarah & the thousands killed by Winchester rifles still wander the maze of corridors has caused many paranormal groups to investigate the property, even the popular group Ghost Adventures experienced some activities during their lockdown. They felt a strong energy in the house and caught an interesting piece of footage of what they believe was a hand manifesting itself near a staircase.

However, some of the most interesting stories come from the caretakers of the house. One of which was working late and heard footsteps and breathing long after the house was empty. He also heard the sound of a screw turning and dropping to the floor but could not figure out where it came from.

On another day, a different caretaker was walking through the property turning the lights off for the night…….but all of the lights on the third floor kept turning back on as he walked away.

But the creepiest story of all comes from the Office Manager, who saw a woman sitting in the dining room. He acknowledged her and later asked his colleague what she was doing dressed in old clothes in the building, however when they went back to the living room to see her, she had disappeared.

But it’s not just workers and paranormal groups who witness things, visitors to the property who have no interest in the hauntings also regularly report banging doors, strange voices and moans, windows shattering, cold spots and doorknobs turning by themselves, and are convinced the place is haunted. Today, the Winchester house and all its unusual features is still open to public, and the paranormal activity continues to be reported year after year.

1Jonestown

In 1955 Jim Jones founded and headed “The Peoples Temple” a new religious movement that combined elements of Christianity, with socialist politics and racial equality.

Over the years Jones became a controversial figure but had built up a substantial following. In 1974 he negotiated a lease on 3,800 acres of jungle in Northwestern Guyana, close to the Venezuelan border.

Construction began on what would later be known as Jonestown, and followers were encouraged to relocate from their homes in the US to the new settlement, a place he described as a socialist paradise and sanctuary away from media scrutiny.

However, once they arrived, they discovered that living conditions were basic, the heat was unbearable, and the bugs and lack of privacy were far from the utopia they had been promised. But despite this by 1978 nearly 1,000 followers had relocated there.

The residents worked long hours in the snake-infested fields, and the food was scarce, but Jones seemed to have brainwashed his followers into staying, although a growing number were becoming disillusioned with their new life, and became concerned about Jones increasingly erratic and ominous behaviour…

Then in November 1978 US Rep Leo Ryan, flew to Guyana to investigate claims that the Peoples Temple Members were being held at Jonestown against their will. He was joined by worried relatives, journalists and delegation staff. During his visit, Ryan met several members who sought help to return to the US; he also managed to rescue a group of followers who wanted to escape the Jonestown regime immediately…

This move angered Jones so much that he sent a group of gunmen to the airstrip where Ryan was waiting to board his plane, and they ambushed and killed him along with four others.

Back at Jonestown, Jim rallied his followers and was heard on audio as saying “We’ve had as much of this world as you’re going to get. Let’s just be done with it. Let’s be done with the agony of it.”

He then ordered his followers to drink Kool-Aid that was full of cyanide.

More than 900 people died, about 300 of them children, some who refused to drink the poison were forcibly injected instead… Jones died of a single gunshot wound, thought to be self-inflicted.

It was the largest single loss of American civilian life in a deliberate act until the terrible events of September 11, 2001. Today, a memorial in Oakland, California, serves as a tribute for those who died.

But there is no memorial on the site where so many lost their lives; the compound was left eerily deserted before the Guyanese government allowed its re-occupation by Hmong refugees from Laos for a few years in the early 1980’s. The buildings and grounds were looted by local Guyanese people but were never taken over because of their association with the mass killing.

In the mid 80’s the buildings were destroyed by fire, after which the ruins were left to rot and be reclaimed by the jungle.

Few people have visited the site since, although in 1998 Jim Jones, Jr. went back to his former home and chillingly recognised a drum that was used during meal times, and which he believed was used to hold the poisoned grape punch…

In 2003 on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy a TV crew filmed at the overgrown site and uncovered a standing cassava mill, the only significant structure still standing, other miscellaneous items were also discovered, a reminder of the families that once lived there.

Today little remains of the rows of shared dorms, or the radio room from which Jones delivered his propaganda broadcasts. It is rumoured that beneath the compound Jones built a labyrinth of tunnels in preparation for the nuclear attack he prophesied where he allegedly stashed gold nuggets.

For the people who died there, the sad reality is that in life they were isolated and in death no one remembered them, of the 900 people who died on that terrible day, over 400 of them were never claimed, and their bodies were buried in a mass grave in Oakland, California.

In 2014 remains of five victims of the massacre were found in an abandoned Delaware Mortuary, where they had lain forgotten for 36 years…..

Check Out The Top5s Video’s In Which These Houses Feature https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=Lqay45L51xI  and https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=ui8ZHHNDFZM

5 Amazing Facts About Albert Einstein & His Life

Albert Einstein is widely credited as one of the smartest and most influential men of all time; the man responsible for E=MC2 is known as one of the greatest geniuses of his generation, who helped us to unlock some of the most important discoveries of our lifetime.

However, Einstein was a much more interesting character than many may think, and here are five facts about the man behind the maths…

5He Couldn’t Master Driving

For a man who has mastered such complex scientific principles as the suggestion of equivalency between mass and energy, you would be forgiven for thinking that learning to drive a car would be a piece of cake for Einstein.

In reality, though, this was not the case. Autobiographers have found that, try as he might, Einstein was not a good driver, and soon gave up on the endeavour.

Whenever he needed to get somewhere, he had family members or friends drive him, and he never even owned a car. So, to anyone who’s struggling to pass their driving test, try not to feel too bad about it, because not even Einstein could do it…

4He Failed A University Entrance Exam

You would think that Albert Einstein, a man who was considered a genius prodigy even as a child would pass any exam with flying colours.

However, Einstein actually failed his University entrance exam.

In 1895, the 16-year-old Einstein sat an exam which would determine whether or not he’d be accepted into the prestigious Swiss Federal Polytechnic; a science, technology, engineering and mathematics school.

While he did have exceptional scores in math’s and psychics, he failed all the other areas.

However, he did go on to retake the exam and passed it on his second attempt, which just goes to show that we all make mistakes and if at first, you don’t succeed, never be afraid to try again… Had Einstein not, who knows how this would have altered the path of his career…

3He Had A Direct Hand In The Creation Of The Atomic Bombs

Albert Einstein had a direct hand in the development of atomic weaponry, though not in the way that you would probably expect.

While he did not help to create the bomb, nor did he come up with any nuclear equations, he did write a strongly worded letter to then President Franklin D. Roosevelt heavily encouraging him to research and look into the possibilities of a nuclear bomb, in the interest of national security.

And when Albert Einstein tells you something is a good idea, you run with it.

This, ultimately led to the foundation of the Manhattan Project, which produced the first nuclear weapons in history.

What is interesting is that Einstein was an outspoken pacifist, and even later on, an anti-nuclear activist.

However, at the time that Einstein sent the letter, he was concerned that the research being undertaken by the Nazi’s at the time may lead to them developing nuclear weapons before the allies did…

2He Had Some Interesting Views On Marriage

Marriage should be one of the happiest union’s that two people engage in, filled with love and happiness, but this was not the case for Einstein.

He treated his marriage more like a list of protocols and equations rather than a relationship.

During his first marriage to Mileva Maric, he gave her a full list of duties to be undertaken, as well as terms and conditions of their marriage, such as, “you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way”. He also made it clear to his first wife that she should “stop talking” whenever he requested it and should leave a room on his demand.

It’s quite unsurprising then, that Einstein’s first marriage lasted only 3 months, before Mileva left him, took their children and headed back to Zurich, and though Einstein was reportedly very upset about his wife leaving, in a matter of weeks he was remarking how “beneficial” it was to his work to have the house all to himself.

Things get stranger though, when just three months later he and Mileva divorced, he married his own cousin, Elsa.

Einstein was apparently a much better husband to Elsa than he had been Mileva, and he was heartbroken when Elsa was diagnosed with heart and kidney problems in 1935, and when she died in 1936, Einstein’s close friends were shocked to see him so visibly upset, as he was notoriously serious and pragmatic…

1His Brain Was Actually Bigger Than Yours

Following his death in 1955 caused by internal bleeding, Einstein’s body was donated to science per his requests, and his body has been examined numerous times over the years by curious physicians and researchers.

In particular, a lot of research has been put into Einstein’s brain, which was extracted from his body a mere 7 hours after his death…

In 1999, a study was published that found that Einstein’s brain’s parietal lobe, the part that is responsible for processing visual and mathematical information was 15 percent larger than the average person’s.

This meant that Einstein might have had a more natural aptitude for solving and understanding math problems than most people.

The study also revealed that his brain lacked a parietal operculum, a small wrinkle in the brain that most people have, which may have caused the rest of his brain to work overtime to compensate for the shortcoming…

5 Incredible Facts About The Man-Eaters Of Tsavo

Towards the end of the 19th century, the great European empires now dominated every corner of their own continent and the only way they could continue to expand and increase their power was to seize territory overseas. The declaration of independence by the United States of America in 1776 largely cancelled out any further expansion for the British Empire beyond modern-day Canada’s borders after defeating the French there. However, there were huge swathes of land in Africa and China that had still gone unclaimed or was underdeveloped.

Africa was rich in resources, and its people were technologically inferior to the imperial powers and so could be subjugated relatively easily. The British put a spin on this imperialism by claiming to be modernising and protecting the local people from Arab slave traders both of which was true to an extent, but in reality, the British were profiting from what was essentially exploitation of the local populace. The huge areas of land the empires seized did prove a logistical hindrance however and this led to the building of railways.

In 1898, a British Army engineer named Lieutenant Colonel John Patterson was tasked with building a bridge over the river Tsavo in British East Africa (modern-day Kenya). As well as being a skilled engineer he was an avid big game hunter and looked forward to displaying his prowess during breaks in the work. However, over the next nine months, Patterson and his workers were stalked and killed with terrifying efficiency and regularity by a pair of man-eating lions.

The lions were so effective at evading defences erected to stop them or surviving traps that were laid for them that the local African population began to believe that the Lions possessed the souls of two dead African witchdoctors who were displeased with the White Man’s treatment of the land. This belief became so prevalent that Patterson was forced to hire workers from India to complete the bridge while he attempted to put an end to their reign of terror. Patterson was eventually successful in killing one of the Lions on December 9th, 1898 and then the second one three weeks later. Even then the Lions didn’t go down without a fight with the second one being shot nine times before it finally died.

So, just what made these Lions so terrifying?

5What Was Unusual About The Lions?

The Lions involved were part of the rather unique breed localised to the Tsavo region in that the males lacked the distinctive manes of other male Lions but apart from this fact there is no significant biological difference between them and other male Lion types. What was very unusual however was their behaviour.

In his book detailing the whole affair, Patterson noted that at times the two male Lions would hunt together and seemed to lack their own pride. This was significant because of the sheer number of people and livestock they killed and would imply they were supporting cubs; although at times they seemed to kill simply for the sake of killing leaving the unfortunate victim’s body to rot after their life had been extinguished. This is not too dissimilar to how domestic cats will sometimes kill for pleasure but is more unusual for Lions.

What gave them their near-mythical persona, however, was the number of times they appeared to escape certain capture by Patterson and his men. Predicting where they would attack next was difficult since the pair rarely stayed confined to one area. When they were tracked; on more than one occasion Patterson would have one of the Lions in his sights but either it moved just as he fired causing him to miss or his gun failed to discharge its bullet.
Attempts to create physical boundaries around the workers proved completely fruitless with the Lions managing to bypass them with ease and attack sleeping workers. This led the local population to christen the two Lions “Ghost” and “Darkness”.

4Why Were They Man-Eaters?

Man-eating Lions were rare even during the 19th century when they were far more prevalent than today. More often than not, a Lion would attack a Human if that Human stumbled upon its pride or threatened it in some way. However, these Lions specifically targeted Humans, and there has been a number of theories as to why….

It is wholly possible that there being such a large number of mammals (the Human workers) in a small area for an extended period of time meant that the Lions didn’t feel the need to chase down fast prey like Zebra or Antelope and instead go for the relatively slow Humans. Their job of stalking the Humans as prey was made easier by the fact that the Indian workers were in a foreign land they were totally unfamiliar with and so often put themselves in danger without realising it.

It has also been speculated that the Lions got a taste for Human flesh from Arab slave traders operating in the region. These traders would round up hundreds of the local population and march them through the wilderness to awaiting ships on the coast. Many of them would die along the way and be discarded allowing the Lions to pick at their flesh. An outbreak of disease amongst local cattle has also been listed as one of the causes for the creatures attacking Humans since their usual food stocks could have been dying out.

Studies made on one of the animal’s skulls in 2001 showed that one of the Lions had an infection in one of its canine teeth meaning hunting traditional prey would have been very painful for it. It would have been much easier for it to bite into soft Human flesh hence the preference!

3How Many Did They Kill?

The first death occurred almost immediately after Patterson arrived in Africa when one of his porters disappeared. During a search for the man or the creature that had killed him, Patterson discovered Human corpses in the countryside but no sign of the Lions. Within a few days, another man disappeared and as the first month passed the number had reached 17 dead.

By the time he had shot the two Lions in December, Patterson was claiming he had lost 135 men either directly or indirectly as a result of the Lion attacks. This figure was not supported by the owners of the railway company however who would only acknowledge 28 deaths as a result of the man-eaters. Given that Patterson claims he saw numerous Human remains left by the two Lions we may never truly know the number of people these man-eaters actually killed during their lifetime.

2The Railway Car Trap

There were a number of efforts to trap the creatures in order to kill them, but perhaps the most outlandish was a trap created out of a railway car. Around four of Patterson’s men were located inside behind wooden bars to be used as bait to lure the Lion inside. Once in, the door behind it would be locked, and the men could then shoot the trapped animal.

The plan appeared to work with one of the Lions entering the car and the door being locked behind it. However, the trapped Lion suddenly went berserk sensing the danger it was in and began pawing violently at the wooden bars separating it from the men. Its roars were so loud that one of the men reportedly went deaf from it. The terrified men tried to shoot the Lion but missed, and one of their bullets struck the lock on the door allowing the Lion to make good its escape.

This incident only further cemented the belief that they were supernatural in origin that was growing amongst the increasingly superstitious workers.

1How Much Truth Is There In Patterson’s Account?

In 1907, Patterson published his book detailing the events. Since then he has been accused of exaggerating many of the claims he made regarding the whole affair either deliberately or unintentionally.

Regarding his claims that 135 men were killed when the railway company only claimed 28, it is possible that some of the disappearances that were attributed by Patterson to Lion attacks were either workers abandoning the site for fear of an attack or wandered off in unfamiliar territory and got lost only to fall foul to some other beast or bandit.

Alternatively, the railway company themselves could have had reason to downplay the real cost in Human life the construction of the bridge was taking.

Since slavery had been abolished in the British Empire, there were increasing calls for change regarding how it treated its subjects from other lands. The many deaths attributed to a man-eating Lion or Lions could spark criticism back home and make investors uneasy. It could also frighten people who may want to use the railway once it was completed; after all who would want to be riding on a train that like any mechanical device could break down and leave the passengers stranded in a territory known to house man-eating Lions.

After shooting the Lions, Patterson kept their skins and skulls as trophies before selling them to the Chicago Museum in 1924 for $5000 (the equivalent of almost $70,000 today) where the skins were stuffed and put on display. Research into chemicals found in the bone structure of the skulls in 2001 confirmed the Lions were man-eaters….. and using regular Lion eating patterns for comparison; the researchers estimated that between them the Lions had consumed 35 Human beings in the last few months of their lives. However, even the researchers admit their investigation cannot confirm or deny the number of people who were killed but not eaten by the creatures as reported by Patterson and several witnesses.

Submitted By Tony Wilkins

The New Thriller Magazine!

With much anticipation, the Top5’s Thriller Magazine finally goes live!

We’re so excited because it’s one of the first modern magazines to report and investigate the creepy subjects we all love.

This is exactly what we have always wanted. To dive deeper into these mysteries and explore the real facts behind the headlines.

Click Below To Get Your 30 Day Free Trial:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/top5s-thriller-mag…

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com….

Just in issue one we talk about ghost sightings that go as far back as Ancient Rome. We talk about a man with a strange superpower that even the world’s staunchest millionaire skeptic can’t explain, and dive into the first supposed documented case of instant teleportation!

And you can be part of it all by clicking on the link below to get your 30 day free trial! My team and I have put a lot of work and time into this, sorting through the most credible research out there, and I think you will all really like it.

If at any point during the first 30 days you decide you don’t like it, simply cancel the subscription!

But if you LOVE IT you will get bone-chilling reports right on your phone where you can read and watch offline.

Click the link below to get check it out!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/top5s-thriller-mag…

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com….