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Twin sisters from Sunne, Varmland (Western Sweden), Ursula and Sabina Eriksson (born in 1967), both gained international attention when they they both apparently had an episode of ‘shared psychosis.’ Shared psychosis, derived from the French’s ‘folie a deux’ is when two (or more) people share the same delusions, or the delusions are transmitted from one person to the other.
Sabina later stabbed Glenn Hollinshead to death, after he took her in, after incidents in which the twins seemed quite unusual.
Before Sabina stabbed Hollinshead, her and her sister refused to allow their bags to be searched upon exiting a coach on the M6 Motorway, thus leading to the driver not allowing them back into the coach.
Later, the sisters were seen on the central reservation of the motorway. When officials arrived to try to help assist them, it seemed to startle the women, causing them to run across the motorway. In doing so, Ursula received serious leg injuries and Sabina sustained an injury to her head that caused her to be knocked unconscious for several minutes. Upon regaining consciousness, Sabina refused any type of medical aid and even attempted to attack an officer. Sabina was arrested for attacking the officer but was released because because she was calm (yet acting strangely).
After stabbing Glenn Hollinshead to death, she was charged with Manslaughter with Diminished Responsibility and sentenced to five years imprisonment; she was released on parole in 2011.
This story isn’t a long one. About a month ago, my friend and I were getting out of my car to go into a gas station when I look over and see three fireball-type objects flying around. It wasn’t as if it was a meteorite falling to earth in a straight line, they were going around in circles and disappearing and coming back. It was really strange. I’m sure it could be explained but I haven’t found one yet.
The Incorruptible Sister Bernadette
As the story goes, Bernadette Soubirous saw visions of the Virgin Mary 18 times. The Virgin told her to dig into the dirt with her hands, and when she did, a water came up from a spring known as Lourdes. To this day it still flows, and thousands of miracles and cures are said to have happened because of it’s water. People from all over the world, from all religions go to Lourdes.
Bernadette joined the Sisters of Charity of Nevers and lived in the convent until her death in 1879 and was exhumed in September 1909 and again in April 1919. When exhumed in 1925 - 46 years after her death - there was a slight discoloration on the body, so a light wax covering was made for her face and hands - and the body was never reburied. It remains on display in the Chapel of the Convent of St. Gildard at Nevers
There is no explanation for this as there were no embalming or special treatments given to her body at the time of her burial. The Catholic Church recognizes this as a sign of holiness and one of the ‘traits’ to entitle someone to Sainthood.
The photo on this page was taken in 1981… 102 years after her death.
In the 12th century near Suffolk, England local farmers made a remarkable discovery: a boy and a girl weeping in a field… both with green skin.
The children spoke no English and refused to eat food. They both wore oddly-colored clothing that appeared to be metallic. Eventually they began to eat beans exclusivly after going without food for several days, but only after they were shown how to open the stalks.
The boy grew weak shortly after and eventually died. The girl survived, learned to speak English, and eat other food. Her skin turned to a normal color.
When asked about her origins, the girl described a place with no sun where all the inhabitants were of green color. She claimed that she and the boy were separated from their people as they wandered in a large cavern and, upon exiting, were “struck senseless by the excessive light of the sun and the unusual temperature of the air.”
As if this were not strange enough, the same thing happened again almost 700 years later in 1887 in Banjos, Spain. A boy and a girl with green skin were found abandoned near a cave. They did not speak Spanish and wore unfamiliar clothing. Their eyes were described as Oriental in appearance.
As with the first account from England, both children refused to eat at first. The boy grew weak and died, but the girl survived, learned Spanish, and explained that she and her companion came from a sunless land. The account differs from the first as the girl was reported to have claimed they had been caught up in a whirlwind and found themselves in the cave. The girl died in 1892.
The children’s true origins were never discovered. Some say that they were aliens, others say that they are members of a subsurface human culture, while others say they they were lost children whos green coloring was the result of malnourishment. It’s even been put forward that both stories are actually the retelling of one story.
In any case, it’s widely accepted that the children did exist… the question is, where did they come from?
Unexplained mysteries and the paranormal are a hobby of mine. I enjoy hearing about it and I enjoy writing about it, but like most people I never really experienced it first hand.
Until I went to Marfa, Texas that is.
The Marfa Lights appear in the desert around the Chianti Mountains in West Texas at dusk and move through the air with no real pattern. The lights are most often described as yellow or white, but just about every color of the rainbow has been reported at one time or another. Like other ghost lights, they disappear when approached closely, making scientific observation difficult. The lights have been featured on the series Unsolved Mysteries.
Skeptics have made the claim that the ghost lights are nothing but the distant headlights of cars passing on a highway far off on the horizon, yet they offer no explanation for the sightings and stories passed down by the Apache who contended that the lights are the spirit of one of their chiefs. They also fail to take into account the sightings by cowboys and soldiers documented before the distant highway was built.
My personal experience with the Marfa Ghost Lights was in 1990. My family and I were vacationing in Big Bend National Park and, on our way back, we stopped in Marfa to get a load of these so-called mystery lights.
Well, they were out that night and in full force. They were orange and, as we watched, one tiny ball of light traveled across the mountains and then split into two… and then three… and then four. They were traveling much… muchfaster than a car would have been.
During this entire eerie display, our dog refused to get out of the car.
Then, much to our surprise and the surprise of the other spectators on the side of the road, a bright orange ball of light appeared over us, sizzled, and then disappeared. It happened quickly, but I remember the light was so bright that it made everything cast a shadow.
I’ve heard the skeptic’s “explanation,” but I know what I know and I saw what I saw and there is no way anyone will ever convince me that I was watching a car in the distance.
The Piri Reis map was discovered in 1929 while Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Turkey was being converted into a museum. It consists of a map drawn on gazelle skin, primarily detailing the western coast of Africa and the eastern coast of South America. The map is considered to have been drawn by Piri Reis, a famous admiral of the Turkish fleet.
The most noteworthy and mysterious thing about this ancient map is that it features the coast of Antarctica without glaciers.
Our modern knowledge of the coastline under the ice was obtained using seismic sounding data from Antarctic expeditions in the 1940s and 50s. Sonar is one way to map the coast under the Antarctic glaciers.
The other way would be to have surveyed them when they were ice-free.
According to Charles H. Hapgood - a geologist at the University of Hampshire - who based the claim on 1949 core samples from the Ross Sea, the last time the particular area shown in the Piri Re’is map was free of ice was more than 6000 years ago.
More recent studies show that this may be off by a couple of orders of magnitude. In any case, this geography should have been unknown to the ancients. If this is correct, there are some big mysteries to explain.
Some people, in a rush to explain the map’s existence, have claimed that Antarctica could be the site of the ancient civilization of Atlantis which now lies beneath miles of ice thanks to a global axis shift that turned the tropical continent into a frozen wasteland.
Before you dismiss that possibility, consider this: Albert Einstein endorsed the theory that a axial shift is possible.
If one map is enough to make you think, what if I told you there was another map, drawn by a different explorer at a different time which showed the exact same thing… only this time with rivers in Antartica?
This map, known as the Finaeus Map - was found in the Library of Congress, Washington DC in 1960 by Charles Hapgood. It was drawn by Oronteus Finaeus in 1531. As with the Piri Reis map, Antarctica is shown to be ice free with flowing rivers, drainage patterns and clean coastline. Some of the mountain ranges shown were only discovered recently. The deep interior didn’t show any rivers or mountains which some believe means it was already covered in ice at the time.
Another tidbit of proof is the Ross sea. Today huge glaciers feed into it, making it a floating ice shelf hundreds of feet thick. Yet this map and the Reis map show estuaries and rivers at the site. In 1949 coring was done to take samples of the ice and sediment at the bottom of the Ross Sea. They clearly showed several layers of stratification, meaning the area went through several environmental changes. Some of the sediments were of the type usually brought down to the sea by rivers. Tests done at the Carnegie Institute in Washington DC, which date radioactive elements found in sea water, dated the sediments at about 4000 BC, which would mean the area was ice free with flowing rivers up until that time - exactly what is recorded on the Reis and Finaeus maps.
Did ancient explorers sail the coast of an ice-free Antarctica? Did they possess mapping tools that we don’t know about? The human race is a species with amnesia and this appears to be another chapter in our history lost to the ages and ignored for convenience.
Poveglia Island is one of many island in the lagoons of Venice, Italy but instead of being a place of beauty, the island is a festering blemish in the shimmering sea and is not only regarded as one of the most haunted locations on the planet, but also one of the most evil places in the world. Today no one visits save to harvest the vineyards. Fishermen even steer clear of the island for fear that they will catch human bones in their nets.
The dark history of Poveglia Island began during the Roman Era when it was used to isolate plague victims from the general population. Centuries later, when the Black Death rolled through Europe it served that purpose again. The dead were dumped into large pits and buried or burned. As the plague tightened its grip, the population began to panic and those residents showing the slightest sign of sickness were taken from their homes and to the island of Poveglia kicking and screaming and pleading. They were thrown onto piles of rotting corpses and set ablaze. Men, women, children… all left to die in agony. It’s estimated that the tiny island saw as many as 160,000 bodies during this time.
The island has become a putrid area indeed. The soil of the island combined with the charred remains of the bodies dumped there creating a thick layer of sticky ash. The core of the island is literally human remains that has given the island a loathsome reputation, but appears to be very good for the grapevines that are planted there. Think about that next time you partake of Italian wine!
As if the story was not disturbing enough, it gets worse. In 1922 the island became home to a psychiatric hospital complete with a large and very impressive bell tower. The patients of this hospital immediately began to report that they would see ghosts of plague victims on the island and that they would be kept up at night hearing the tortured wails of the suffering spirits. Because they were already considered mad by the hospital staff, these complaints were largely ignored.
To add to the anguish of the poor souls populating this island hospital, one doctor there decided to make a name for himself by experimenting on his subjects all to find a cure for insanity. Lobotomies were performed on his pitiable patients using crude tools like hand drills, chisels, and hammers. Those patients and even the ones who were not privy to the doctor’s special attentions were taken to the bell tower where they were tortured and subjected to a number of inhumane horrors.
According to the lore, after many years of performing these immoral acts, the evil doctor began to see the tortured plague ridden spirits of Poveglia Island himself. It is said that they led him to the bell tower where he jumped (or was thrown) to the grounds below. The fall did not kill him according to a nurse who witnessed the event, but she related that as he lay on the ground writhing in pain, a mist came up out of the ground and choked him to death. It’s rumored that the doctor is bricked up in the hospital bell tower and on a still night, the bell can be heard tolling across the bay. The hospital closed down.
For a time, the Italian government owned the island, but it was later sold. That owner abandoned it in the 1960’s and was the last person to try and live there. A family recently sought to buy the island and build a holiday home on it but they left the first night there and refused to comment on what happened. The only fact that we do know is that their daughters face was ripped open and required fourteen stitches.
Today Poveglia is uninhabited and tourism to island is strictly forbidden. Every now and then the lapping waves on the shore uncover charred human bones.
Several psychics have visited the island the abandoned hospital, but all of them left scared to death of what they had sensed there. Every now and then daredevils dodge the police patrols to explore the island, but everyone who has made it there have refused to return saying that there is a heavy atmosphere of evil and they the screams and tortured moans that permeate the island make staying there unbearable.
One report from a misguided thrill seeker who fled the island says that after entering the abandoned hospital, a disembodied voice ordered them, “Leave immediately and do not return.”
They never did.
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