Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Mysterious Harem Massacre on Bourbon Street, New Orleans | Socyberty

Search as one will, no written records are to be found of the ghastly secret of the old Le Pretre mansion on Bourbon Street...

There is a good reason to believe that New Orleans authorities decided it would be advisable to destroy the reports both of the police and Harbormaster Armand Ravenal following the discovery of the several headless bodies. Nevertheless, the story which quickly sped throughout the French Quarter is well known to many present day residents, especially to Robert Pretre, the prosperous Creole merchant in whose home the multiple murders took place.
Late one November evening in 1872, M’sieu Le Petre received a strange unexpected visitor in his house. The foreign looking visitor with a luxuriant black moustache wearing European clothes and a red fez adorned with a black tassel introduced himself as Hamid Pasha and stated his business in halting French...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ten Historical Mysteries by Mr Ghaz

One of my favorite (and very prolific!) online writers is the awsome Mr. Ghaz, a 40-year-old free lance insurance surveyor who is living in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and is "currently experimenting" with his skills, in this case: writing. Here is a Top Ten of his Historical Mysteries, in no particular order:

1. The Most Mysterious Manuscript in The World
What makes the Voynich Manuscript of particular interest is that no one has yet been able to read it in full; the text is written in a code that some of the world’s greatest cryptographers and linguistics experts have failed to decipher. ..The manuscript measures 53/4 by 81/2 inches and is some 200 pages long. Its vellum leaves are covered with extraordinary flowing writing – extraordinary because its author has used a completely unknown alphabet.

2. One of The Most Extraordinary Frauds in History - Adolf Hitler’s Diaries
It was to be the greatest journalistic scoop of all time and would give an unparalleled insight into the mind of the German dictator. Historians, former Nazis, and newspaperman expressed grave doubts the authenticity of documents, but Stern remained adamant that they were genuine. Then, on May 5, West German Forensic scientist announced that the precious manuscripts had failed their tests. The 62 volumes of Hitler’s diaries were fakes..

3. The Bizarre Billionaire - Secret World of Howard Hughes
Howard Hughes was born in 1905. At the age of 18 he inherited the Hughes Tool Company from his father, who had patented the only effective bit for oil drills. Worth $750,000 on paper when Hughes took over, the company had made accumulative profit of $745 million by 1972. By then his empire included a number of hotels and casinos in Las Vegas, Reno, and Bahamas; mining interests; real estate; and the Hughes Aircraft Company – the ninth largest military contractor in the United States. Trans World Airlines (TWA) had been sold for $546 million 1966.

4. The Miracle of Borobudur: Famous Wonders
The temple of Borobudur (the word means “the monastery on the hill”) was built around a natural hill. More than two million cubic feet of stone was worked by craftsmen to create a giant symbol of the universe. The symbolism can be fully appreciated only from the air – a view none of the builders could ever have had...But in 1973 UNESCO launched the Borobudur Restoration Project. At cost of $25 million, 700 men worked for 10 years to restore the temple to its former glory.

5. An Ancient Wonder of The Americas
The discovery soon came too the attention of archaeologists, who paid the chicleros $15 for each building to which they were led. It was known that from about 600 B.C. a highly advanced and sophisticated people, the Mayans, had lived and built cities in the region of Peten. But the cities had disappeared long ago, and it was not known if the inhabitants had survived.

6. The Amazing Stories of Cracking Hitler's Unbreakable Code
In 1940 Enigma revealed that Hitler had abandoned Operation Sea Lion, his planned invasion of Britain; the next year Enigma helped British warships destroy the battleship Bismarck. When British and American commanders discovered Rommel’s plans, Allied bombers were able to destroy some of the ships carrying Rommel’s troops to North Africa. And in 1944, thanks to Enigma, the Allies knew that the Germans expected the main D-Day invasion forces to land at Calais, not Normandy – and learned exactly what opposition would be waiting for them...The breaking of the Enigma code remained a secret until late 1970’s; even to this day, many details of the equipment and techniques used are not known...

7. An Amazing Puzzle - The Enigma of Mazes and Labyrinths
The dream was so vivid that, on walking, the rector felt compelled to build a real-life version of the maze he had seen. The newly constructed maze was modeled on a set of religious carvings in the village church and the design was symbolic. The winding pathways represented the journey of life. The wrong turnings and culs-de-sac symbolized the sins that people commit before death, obstacles on the way to paradise and heaven.
8. The Mystical Microscope: Meditating on Atomic Physics
As early as 1895 the two mystics published drawings of their vision of hydrogen atoms, the simplest that exist in nature. The pair saw the atom as a transparent, egg-shaped body that contained six smaller bodies in rotation. And inside each of the smaller bodies were three even smaller, heart shaped particles. Leadbeater and Besant called them the “ultimate physical atoms,” and said they were joined together by “lines of force”

9. The Strange Stories of The Accidental Discoveries That Endured
The stories behind several are probably apocryphal: For example, Joseph Michael Montgolfier is said to have conjured up the idea of ballooning when he saw his wife’s chemise, drying by fire, rise up as it became filled with hot air. A number of other such stories, however, are known to be true...
10. The World Turned Upside Down: Comyns Beaumont’s Unique View of The Past
All this was consistent with Comyns Beaumont’s lifelong belief in the innate superiority of all things British. His career as a journalist had been dogged by his frustration with newspaper owners and editors who, he believed, failed to represent British interests adequately. His new theory of history restored the balance, to his satisfaction at least – and to the amazement and entertainment of all those who read his books. In a series of books published between 1946 and 1949, British journalist William Comyns Beaumont astonished the world with the following extraordinary revelations: Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified just outside Edinburgh, Scotland – the site of the ancient city of Jerusalem; Satan was a comet that collided with the earth and caused Noah’s Flood; the ancient Egyptians were in fact Irishmen; Hell is to be found in Western Scotland; the Greek hero Achilles spent his childhood on the Isle of Skye; Galilee, birthplace of Jesus, was Wales; Ancient Athens was in reality Bath, England.

England’s Ancient Healing Wells | Trifter

Taking a look into the facts based on healing wells around England and if they actually exist and work.

Healing wells have always fascinated me, giving rise to questions such as, do they really exist, are they just myths or are there actual facts about them based on hard cold evidence. Doing a bit of research I came up with some very interesting facts from some of the healing wells located in England and here is what I found.

Read the full article by Mystify: England’s Ancient Healing Wells | Trifter

Doomsday 2012: The Fall of the Aztec Empire and the Mayan Calendar

2012: The Fall of the Aztecs. Mayan Calendar. The Serpent god of the Cross Returns. Part 1.

A documentary film by Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D.

We are commonly asked about the buildings which remain standing. Most were destroyed. What we see are those in remote areas and those which were so incredibly massive in size it was impossible to destroy them, even with the use of cannons. However, the entire Aztec capital was destroyed, and in its place is the capital of Mexico, Mexico City, and its hundreds of Catholic churches and cathedrals.

We are also asked if we believe the world will end in 2012? The answer is: "no." The next cycle of the Mayan calendar ends on 2012. Does this mean the Maya's believed the world end on 2012? No. It means the calendar ends. Yet, there is also a warning, and we must learn from the past, so let those with eyes, see.

2012 Part 2. Lost Continents, Lost Civilizations.

A documentary film by Rhawn Joseph, Ph.D.

The Maya's "Long Count" calendar marks the end of every 5126-year era. A previous cycle ended 13,363 years ago--during the age of Leo, at the same time when the Earth was struck by comets and asteroids. The next cycle ends on 2012. Does this mean the world end on 2012? No. It means the calendar ends. Yet, there is also a warning, so let those with eyes, see.

Read Also: Nostradamus, the Mayan Calendar and the End of the World in 2012.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Mysterious Piri Reis Map | Socyberty

One of the most interesting historical maps that have been discovered as yet. It was the first to depict the Americas and possible the first to depict Antarctica, three hundred years before its discovery.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hernan Cortes and The Destruction of The Aztecs

In the early 16th century, the Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II ruled from the city of Tenochitilan, situated in the location of present day Mexico City. His armies were feared by neighbouring states who paid tribute to the Aztecs and had hundreds of thousands of their citizens sacrificed in elaborate religious rituals to the Aztec gods.

Moctezuma II.  Image source

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Was the Black Death an early experiment with biological warfare?

In the fourteenth century, the Black Death wiped out around a third of the population of Europe; the article The Black Death and Its Route to Europe is a short account by Auron Renius of how it got here.

Quoting the article

 "In 1346, the plague arrived on the western shore of the Caspian Sea, infecting nearby cities and towns. A year later, it travelled to the Crimea and attacked the Mongol army that were laying siege to Caffa. De Mussis wrote that, Janibeg, in what some believe to be the first instance of biological warfare, ordered corpses to be placed in catapults and lobbed into the city in hopes that the intolerable stench would kill everyone inside…. Soon rotting corpses tainted the air… poisoning the water supply, and the stench was so overwhelming that hardly one man in several thousand was in a position to flee the remains of the Tartar arm. [In the medieval period, many believed that disease was spread by smell].
De Mussis may have invented the part about flinging corpses over the walls to cover the fact that God was not only attacking Mongols but also the Christians and infected rats may have carried the disease between the two armies.
However some historians believe the biological warfare scenario."

Read More: The Black Death and Its Route to Europe 

More Black Death articles by Auron Renius: 

Living in Fear: The Black Death
A selection of contemporary accounts of what it was like to live during the time of the Black Death.

The Black Death and the Decline of the Influence of the Catholic Church
In the aftermath of the plague epidemic that swept across Britain and the rest of Europe in the mid fourteenth century, the church began to weaken as an institution. People started to seek a more personal relationship with God and questioned the need for the clergy more and more. 

Saturday, October 17, 2009

10 Mysterious and Mystical Templar Castles, Churches, and Fortresses | Quazen

10 Mysterious and Mystical Templar Castles, Churches, and Fortresses | Quazen

The Knights Templar were an organization that fought for the word of God. However, as time went by, their ideals of being soldiers for Christ was not what they expected, nor did it satisfy them. Over time they evolved, and their small society gained presence, and decisions were made in the confines of fortifications all over the world.

Krak des Chevaliers

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Patent Applied For: Some Inventions That Were Never Heard Of Again | Scienceray

Patent Applied For: Some Inventions That Were Never Heard Of Again | Scienceray

An odd device patented in Britain in 1904 by a Prussian count, Vladimir Skorzewski, was a compressed air walking assister. It consisted of a seat and handlebars, shock absorbers, and leg extensions and soles attached to stirrups. The count's notion was that the shock absorbers at the contraption's joints would function much like a series of miniature pogo sticks. The user could bound along the street and still enjoy the comforts of sitting down while "walking".
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William "Wild Bill" Longley | Quazen

William "Wild Bill" Longley | Quazen

William Preston Longley, the notorious gunman of the "wild west" was born in Texas on 16th October, 1851. Little is known of his early life but it is known that he had already killed several men by the time he was twenty years old. Infamous for his short temper, "Wild Bill" as he became known would kill over the most trivial argument and had a particular dislike for African Americans.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

The Adolf Hitler’s Diaries Fraud

It was to be the greatest journalistic scoop of all time and would give an unparalleled insight into the mind of the German dictator. Historians, former Nazis, and newspaperman expressed grave doubts the authenticity of documents, but Stern remained adamant that they were genuine. Then, on May 5, West German Forensic scientist announced that the precious manuscripts had failed their tests. The 62 volumes of Hitler’s diaries were fakes...

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nostradamus, Obama and the End of the World in 2012

Google “Obama”, “Antichrist”, 2012… and I predict you will get a massive number of hits. There are circulating on the worldwide web some really idiotic but also possibly dangerous rumours, featuring Nostradamus, Barack Obama, Antichrist III and the End of the World (2012). The theories are extremely silly, undoubtedly. But they get quite dangerous too when you think of the idiots who might be taking some action, just because of that sort of rumours. They created already an “Osama Obama Shotgun Pool” in Maine, because they just KNOW Obama is the AntiChrist (his name rhymes with Osama, says Mister Arkwriter).

And then there are video’s like this one… 

Take the last two letters from “Obama” and the first three of “Bush” and you get “Mabus”. Some self-declared experts say that “Mabus” is the name of the guy who, according to the 16th century prophet Nostradamus, would be the third Antichrist (after Pau Nay Oloron who was Napoleon, and Hister who was Hitler). Now, I really don’t understand why Obama has to be the Antichrist. Why can’t it be George W. Bush? Or, for that matter, Osama bin Laden? You’ll get also a “Mabus” if you combine the names “Osama” and “Bush”! Okay, Osama or George W. Bush are not living in Chicago and Barack Obama is… and what is the zipcode of Chicago? 60606! Eliminate the zero’s and you get 666, the Number of the Beast! It’s that simple, really.

There is only one minor problem with this whole theory: Nostradamus has never said a Mr. Mabus will be the Antichrist. In Century 2, Quatrain 62 he states that “when Mabus will die”, there will be “a horrible undoing of people and animals”. That’s all, folks.

Interesting footnote in the Mabus=Antichrist Hoax: the former Governor of Mississippi, Ray Mabus, served in the Clinton era as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, and is working now as Obama’s adviser on Middle Eastern issues. This leads other Nostradamiacs to speculate about the assassination of Mr. Mabus, working somewhere in the Middle East in the Obama Administration, which could fuel a horrible counter-attack by Obama. Quatrain 62 mentions “a vengeance” and “a comet”, and of course this comet has to be the nuclear missile that will start the Final Countdown to an apocalyptic World War III!

Still not convinced that Nostradamus tells you Bad Shit Will Happen when Obama goes to the White House? Okay, then listen to this argument… Barack Obama is the first Black President in the White House, am I right or am I right? And who is described as “black in attribute”? The Man in Black, Johnny Cash? Yeah, but he is no longer among us… The Men in Black, coming from Outer Space? No, my dear friends, let the aliens out of it and let’s talk about Satan, who will now take over the White Mansion, also known as Heaven! He will be there until 2012, and who said the world would end in 2012? Nostradamus, indeed!

There is only one minor problem with this theory… During the nineties, you could read everywhere that, according to Nostradamus, the world would come to an end in 1999: “In the year 1999 and seven months, from the sky will come a great and frightening King.” In his book “The Complete Prophecies of Nostradamus”, published in 1999, Ned Halley stated that the Apocalypse didn’t need to be a military one. It also could be “industrial competition from booming China, a new flu epidemic similar to the catastrophic pandemic of 1918 (…) or revolution against the Communist regime (of China).”

There was the usual bad shit happening, but did there some really Very Bad & Apocalyptic **** happen? In China? In 1999? No, it did not. And why not? Well, Nostradamus simply didn’t see Apocalyptic Bad **** happen in 1999. He didn’t see it in 2012 either. His prophecies go to 3797!

Did Nostradamus see the nearly Apocalyptic Bad **** of 9/11 happen then? No, he did not. The famous quatrain attributed to him, about a “great thunder” that would be heard in the “City of God”, with “two brothers torn apart by Chaos” and a “third big war” that would begin when “the big city was burning”, was invented by a college student. Neil Marshall was his name and he wanted to demonstrate how a Nostradamus-like quatrain could be interpreted in so many ways as there were interpreters.

Did Nostradamus predict the election of Barack Obama, the first Black President in the White House? Professor Eugene Randell, Deputy Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, declared that the Institute was holding some very rare Nostradamus manuscripts. One previously unreleased quatrain spoke about a “great empire” that would be “torn from limb” and a “great power given to the dark one from slaves come”. The lines were eagerly copied and pasted on numerous blogs and websites, but all these “believers” forgot to mention (or didn’t know) that the original article was published by “The Daily Squib”, the World’s Finest (Satirical) News Source.

Professor Eugene Randell did not exist and the previously unreleased quatrain definitely was a hoax.

Source: Nostradamus, the Black President and the End of the World in 2012

More debunking:

Nostradamus, Obama, the Antichrist & the End of the World in 2012 

Nostradamus, The Mayan Calendar and The End of The World in 2012

Friday, October 09, 2009

The Mystery of Marie Roget, Murdered by Edgar Allan Poe

On a Wednesday morning in July 1841, three men in a sailing-boat saw a body in the water off Castle Point, Hoboken. It was the dead body of a beautiful brunette, Mary Cecilia Rogers, just 21 years old. According to the New York Tribune ”it was obvious that she had been horribly outraged and murdered”. Her clothes were torn, her petticoat was missing and a piece of lace from the bottom of her dress was embedded so deeply her throat that it had almost disappeared. An autopsy led to the conclusion that she had been “brutally violated”.

Mary Cecilia Rogers worked as a salesgirl for John Anderson, who had a cigar shop on Broadway. In 1840, New York was even more “Victorian” than London, and young unmarried girls were not to be found behind shop counters, particularly not if the shops were frequented exclusively by young men. Mary drew many new customers to the shop, but – as Thomas Duke noticed in his Celebrated Criminal Cases of America (1910) – “she did not hesitate to repl all undue advances”.

One day in January 1841, Mary failed to appear. Her mother had no idea where she was, nor had her employer, Mr. Anderson. The police searched for her, the newspapers reported her disappearance… but six days later, Mary reappeared, looking tired and rather ill.”

I visited some relatives in the country,” she said.

Her mother and her employer corroborated the story, but then there began to circulate a rumour that she had been seen with a tall and handsome naval officer, and only a few days after returning, Mary gave up her job abruptly. A month later she announced her engagement to the clerk David Payne, who was one of the boarders of her mothers boarding-house in Nassau Street.

On Sunday, 25 July, at 10 a.m., Mary knocked on her fiancĂ©’s door and said she was going to see her aunt in Bleecker Street. Payne also wanted to spend the day away from home, but he would call for her that evening. Towards the evening however, a violent thunderstorm came on and he decided not to call for Mary, but to let her stay the night with her aunt. “When Payne returned from work and learned that Mary was still away,” Colin Wilson writes in his book World Famous Unsolved Crimes, “he rushed to see the aunt in Bleecker Street – a Mrs Downing – and was even more alarmed when she told him that she had not seen Mary in the past forty-eight hours.”

Daniel Payne – who did not go see the corpse, although he had searched for Mary all over New York – was interrogated by the police, and released. A large reward was offered, but a week passed without any clues. Then the coroner received a letter from some anonymous man, who wrote he had not come forward before from “motives of perhaps criminal prudence”. This man claimed to have seen Mary Rogers on the Sunday afternoon of her disappearance. She stepped out of a boat with six rough-looking characters and walked with them into the woods, laughing and apparently under no kind of constraint. Soon afterwards a boat with three well-dressed men came ashore, and these men asked if someone had seen a young woman in the company of six men. When the anonymous writer told them he had seen this girl, the trio turned their boat and headed back for New York.

“The next important piece of information came from a stagecoach driver named Adams,” Colin Wilson reports, “who said he had seen Mary arrive on the Hoboken ferry with a well-dressed man of dark complexion, and that they had gone to a roadhouse called Nick Mullen’s. This tavern was kept by a Mrs Loss, who told the police that the couple had ‘taken refreshment’ there, then gone off into the woods. Some time later she had heard a scream from the woods; but since the place ‘was a resort of questionable characters’ she had thought no more of it.”On 25 September, the missing petticoat of Mary Rogers was found by children playing in the woods. They also found a white silk scarf, a parasol and a handkerchief marked “M.R.” Soon after, Daniel Payne committed suicide in this spot. Now a gambler named Joseph Morse was arrested, because he had been seen with Mary on the evening of her disappearance. But he could prove he had been that afternoon at Staten Island with another young lady, and was released.

In the following year, Poe’s Mystery of Marie RogĂȘt was published in three parts in Snowden’s Ladies Companion. “There are few persons, even among the calmest thinkers, who have not occasionally been startled into a vague yet thrilling half-credence in the supernatural,” he started his famous detective story, “by coincidences of so seemingly marvellous a character that, as mere coincidences, the intellect has been unable to receive them. (…) The extraordinary details which I am now called upon to make public, will be found to form, as regards sequence of time, the primary branch of a series of scarcely intelligible coincidences, whose secondary or concluding branch will be recognized by all readers in the late murder of MARY CECILIA ROGERS, at New York. (…) When, in an article entitled The Murders in the Rue Morgue, I endeavored, about a year ago, to depict some very remarkable features in the mental character of my friend, the Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin, it did not occur to me that I should ever resume the subject.”

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