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Strange Cases of Mysterious Unidentified Body Parts from Nowhere

Wednesday, November 1 2017

Strange Cases of Mysterious Unidentified Body Parts from Nowhere

As far as murders go things tend to be fairly straightforward for investigators. You have a corpse, a big piece of the puzzle, and you identify it, analyze and inspect it to look for clues to what has happened, how they died, and possible peeks into their history that may have led up to this grim demise. While indeed forensic science is not as simple as that, it can get a lot more complicated when you do not have a whole body to work with, and on top of that don’t even know who the victim is. There have been a few bizarre cases of body parts that have turned up that seem to belong to no one, and which have stirred intense bewilderment, hot debate, and heated discussion all without providing any real answers. Here are some of the weirder of these cases of human body parts appearing out of nowhere almost as if to taunt all who would seek answers. August 25, 2016 must have seemed like just another peaceful, uneventful day in Norwalk, Ohio, a normally quiet, mundane community of about 17,000 near Lake Erie, located about 50 miles west of Cleveland and which is known for its very low crime rate and lack of homicides. On this day, two North Central EMS personnel were on their break at a gas station when they found something rather surprising lying in a field near the parking lot. There, wrapped up in a large zip-loc bag was what appeared to be a disembodied human heart. The shocked EMS personnel called their dispatcher, who oddly enough at first told them to just throw it away, before changing their mind and contacting police, who were just as baffled about the mysterious organ as anyone else. Tests on the heart showed that it was indeed from a human being, but the problem was that no one could figure out just who it could possibly be from. No hospitals reported missing any human hearts and there were no people reported missing or murdered and liberated of their heart in the region either. There were also no coroners who had misplaced or lost hearts. Another theory was that the wayward heart may have been a specimen used for a medical school that had simply fallen off the back off a truck, but no one seemed to be missing any of their supplies. So where did it come from? It was particularly bizarre as the heart was reported as being quite fresh and relatively free of decomposition, meaning it had been removed from its owner quite recently, which led to talk of an organ theft from a fresh corpse or even possible murder. It was all a total mystery, and one Sgt. James Fulton said of the unusual and gruesome find: You always take a deep breath and you think, ‘What do we have here?’ The possibilities with this are pretty far-reaching: You got possibly a homicide, where you don’t have a body yet. It is hard to say where it came from. There are hearts that are transported after autopsies, but they are generally not in a zip-lock bag. There are abandoned bodies without hearts, but we don’t have one. I don’t have anything to link it to. We don’t usually find hearts in zip-lock bags. I can’t remember ever having a call like this. It is very unusual. Security footage from the gas station was analyzed looking for anything suspicious, but nothing of consequence turned up, perhaps not surprising since the cameras did not actually cover the area of the grass where the heart had been found. Police also implored the public to come forward with any information they might have on anyone missing a heart or suspicious activity in the area, but this too led nowhere, and the authorities are left with a mysterious heart in a bag who no one can figure out where in the world it came from. It was fresh so could not have travelled far from its origin, so just what is going on here? For now it seems like no one really knows. The mysterious heart One of the most well-known and creepiest of stories involving body parts coming from nowhere comes the North American northwest coasts of British Columbia, in Canada, and Washington state, in the United States. Known for its vast and picturesque natural splendor, the beaches of this area would normally be incredibly scenic, that is if it weren’t for all of the detached human feet that seem to keep washing up here. Starting from 2007, a total of at least 16 running shoes or hiking boots with human feet still stuffed within, oddly mostly right feet, have washed up all up and down the coast, the grim discoveries usually rude surprises made by people out for a relaxing walk along the seashore. Some of the feet have appeared in pairs, a good portion of them without a partner, but most of them without any clear idea of who they belonged to and all of them deeply weird. When the odd phenomenon first started it caused a media sensation, invoking much public morbid fascination, and sparking intense debate and speculation as to where they had all come from, including that they were from victims of the 2004 tsunami or were the grisly result of drownings, plane crashes, suicides, serial killers, mobsters, or drug dealers, but no one could figure out for sure, nor why it should be only the feet that should wash up and no other body parts. Making things more complicated were the hoaxes carried out by people planting fake feet made of plastic, raw meat, or even in one case an animal paw in a sock stuffed with seaweed. Although it is odd that these feet should all end up in such a high concentration in this one geographical area, their murky origins are hard to determine, as ocean currents can scatter things far and wide. As for why the feet should be removed from the bodies, this could be because someone cut them off or, as another theory puts it, they dislocated by themselves. Some experts have chimed in to say that as the human body decomposes, extremities such as the hands and feet are often the first to detach and float away, and with modern shoes in water they will bob on the surface rather than sink. In this case, it is thought that many of these were suicides or drownings, and the natural processes of decomposition merely caused the feet to fall off to end up washed ashore. However, this still does not explain why it is only the feet and nothing else. The coast of British Columbia A common idea is that these are the feet of murder victims of some sort, although there is little physical evidence to support that the feet have been forcefully removed, despite the difficulty discerning this with the level of decomposition found. There is no real evidence of foul play, but at least one witness has said of the detached foot phenomenon: There’s someone doing this all right. Think about it, if they tied a chain around someone’s ankle and threw them overboard, the foot would just pop off. That could explain it. Maybe they got a lot of bodies stored up in a container and they got washed out. We don’t know. There’s a lot of stuff goes on over there. Another oddity that has been discussed and oft debated is that if these are from drownings or suicides, then why did the shoes only start to pop up in 2007? Wouldn’t this be indicative of a serial killer or crime wave? Some have pointed out that this may just be due to the advances in shoe technology, making the detached feet more buoyant, but did shoes really change that much in the years leading up to 2007? Why that year? Although some of the feet have been DNA tested and are thought to belong to individuals displaying depression and possible suicidal tendencies, there are others that remain mysterious, and in every case there are questions such as these that linger around them. There are still many mysteries and questions orbiting the case of the strange feet, and we still do not have all of the answers. One of the mystery shoes Although it is unclear whether either of these phenomena we have looked at so far can be connected to foul play or murder, another case certainly can. One of the earlier and spookier cases of unidentified body parts being uncovered is related to what have been called the “Kingsbury Run Murders” and also more ominously “The Torso Murders,” masterminded by an unknown serial killer between the years of 1935 and 1938 in the Cleveland, Ohio area of the United States. The murders would prove to be some of the most gruesome and horrific in American history, and the mysterious killer would leave at least 13 dead in their wake, or at least parts of them. In every case the victim was believed to have been decapitated, perhaps in some instances while they were still alive, and their heads never found or conversely only the head was found and the body never recovered. In most cases just half a body or disparate dismembered parts were found, but although some of the dead were eventually identified through the body parts left behind most proved to be more baffling. One of these was the one with which the macabre killing spree kicked off. In September of 1934, a woman’s lower torso including the thighs but lacking anything below the knees was found on a beach at Lake Erie. There was found to be a reddish hue to the skin, which was believed to be caused by some sort of preservative, but it was uncertain why it had been applied or who had done it. Not much could be ascertained about the body portion except that it was from a female believed to be in her 30s. The corpse would never be identified and the mystery woman would come to be known simply as the “Lady of the Lake.” Another came when two men were found decapitated and missing their genitalia in an area called Jackass Hill. Oddly the two corpses were naked except for their socks and drained of blood. One of the bodies was tentatively identified, but the other was more of a mystery. It too was also covered in the same red chemical preservative as the Lady of the Lake, which had turned the skin tough and rubbery as well, and this body has never been identified. In some cases the body parts were made into a whole by incoming pieces put together like some sort of macabre jigsaw puzzle, but which still did not solve the mystery. In 1936 two boys found a human head that had belonged to a white male near the East 55th Street bridge. The head had been wrapped in a pair of trousers and police in this case found the rest of the body not long after, completely drained of blood and sporting a series of tattoos. The “Tattooed Man” was never identified, despite a plaster reproduction of the man’s head and a detailed chart outlining the placement of his tattoos being exhibited at the Great Lakes Exposition of 1936 and viewed by tens of thousands of people. In 1937 there were more unidentified parts of bodies when the upper part of a man’s torso was found near East 37th Street in Kingsbury Run, and parts of the legs and lower torso were later located floating about in a nearby pool. This body was also never identified. Also in February of 1937 was a woman’s upper torso that washed up at Lake Eerie and which remained an utter mystery even when the decomposed lower part of the torso washed up several months later. In June that same year a piece of unidentified headless male body was found bobbing about in the wake of a tugboat on the Cuyahoga River, and over the next few days other parts of the same body were turned up floating about in the murky waters of the river, but this body was never identified either. The spate of mysterious unidentified body parts continued into 1938, when a part of a woman’s lower leg was found on the shores of the same river in April of that year by a laborer who at first took the body part to be a dead fish. Parts of the woman’s torso and legs would turn up around a month later in a burlap sack, but this was not enough to verify her identity and she remains anonymous. In August of 1938 the armless, legless and headless torso of a woman wrapped in a man’s blue blazer was found by some scrap collectors at a garbage dump in the area. The head, arms and legs were later found tied up with rubber bands and wrapped in butcher paper, and yet another body was found in the same state in the same dump. Neither of these two victims could be identified. Despite intense media coverage and extensive police efforts to catch the killer, who came to be known as “The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run,” there were no solid leads and no concrete suspects. Indeed, the case became one of the most intense criminal investigations Cleveland has ever seen, with thousands of people interrogated in relation to it but there was nothing. One potential suspect by the name of Frank Dolezal was eventually brought in on suspicion of an unrelated murder and he confessed to the torso killings as well, but his story was full of holes and he killed himself in his prison cell before he could ever be adequately questioned, leaving his connection to the killings a mystery. To this day The Kingsbury Run Torso Murders have never been solved, many of the victims never getting an identity, and it has gone on to become one of the most puzzling and grotesque unsolved crimes in U.S. history. We are left here with a lot of perplexing puzzles that have no immediate, concrete answers, and which serve to mostly stoke the fires of our imaginations. What happened to these people? Why are their body parts strewn far and wide and nothing else? Perhaps most importantly, who are they? While relatively rare, such cases seem to be almost their own bizarre little niche of unsolved crimes, a species unto itself. Tags anomalies Bizarre modern mysteries mysterious murders strange discoveries unsolved crime unsolved mysteries Brent Swancer is an author and crypto expert living in Japan. Biology, nature, and cryptozoology still remain Brent Swancer’s first intellectual loves. He's written articles for MU and Daily Grail and has been a guest on Coast to Coast AM and Binnal of America. You can follow Brent

unexplained-events: Don Julian was a hermit who lived in a shack...

Wednesday, November 1 2017

unexplained-events: Don Julian was a hermit who lived in a shack...

unexplained-events : Don Julian was a hermit who lived in a shack located on the island. He claimed that the ghost of a young girl who drowned in the canal haunted him. To appease her angry spirit, Julian began collecting baby dolls and hanging them from the trees for her to play with. In 2001, Julian was found dead by his nephew. He had drowned in the same canal as the girl who tormented him through out his life. Tourists who visit the island today claim to hear the dolls whispering and some of the dolls open and shut their eyes on their own accord. The island has been featured on the Syfy Channel show Destination Truth, in which a paranormal investigating team spent the night on the island. They had a terrifying experience, seeing apparitions, feeling inexplicable paranoia, and hearing disembodied voices. There have been accounts of these dolls speaking in different tongues and moving their heads. I would love to go here

November #HarlequinRomanticSuspense Ebook Release Day!

Wednesday, November 1 2017

November #HarlequinRomanticSuspense Ebook Release Day!

November #HarlequinRomanticSuspense Ebook Release Day! Posted on and my own Protecting Her Secret Son , the next Escape Club novel! What a hot line up, right? The Harlequin Romantic Suspense Authors page on Facebook is kicking off the 7 Days ofGiveaways event today. Each day November 1-7 another author will have a special giveaway, so be sure to Like and follow the page so you don’t miss any of the fun. And I’m celebrating the ebook release for Protecting Her Secret Son with a live audio and giveaway at my Facebook author page this afternoon! I hope you’ll come by and check it out live or on the replay! The winner will be drawn on Nov 4th and will receive digital copies of the first two Escape Club novels: Safe In His Sight and A Stranger She Can Trust. Live the adventure!

What would a real alien actually look like ? - Unexplained Mysteries

Wednesday, November 1 2017

What would a real alien actually look like ? - Unexplained Mysteries

Oh I know NASA does not have a monopoly on space. However NASA does get the headlines. I watch news from many countries but none bosts as much. My hero and NASA made me love space again. Chris Austin Hadfield Now if this guy had inside info on aliens he would say it. I sometime look at the sky and I can see man made objects, that's amazing to me.

What would a real alien actually look like ? - Unexplained Mysteries

Wednesday, November 1 2017

What would a real alien actually look like ? - Unexplained Mysteries

What amuses me is that I've read from other professionals stating they would look very different. Truth is no one has a freaking clue until we actually find one or at least know for a fact that we've found one. Biologically, it has more to do with efficiency per environment than anything else. For example 2 legs can be more efficient than 4 but that depends on the environment.

Re: The Brain Control Experiments of Jose Delgado and His Stimoceiver

Wednesday, November 1 2017

Re: The Brain Control Experiments of Jose Delgado and His Stimoceiver

Spanish born Jose Delgado’s name is synonymous with mind control experiments. His research was mentioned in the MKUltra hearings in 1977 that were held by the US Senate. MKUltra experiments were carried out at “80 institutions, including 44 colleges and universities, as well as hospitals, prisons and pharmaceutical companies”. These experiments were all aimed at various aspects of mind control. Delgado’s nearly twenty years of research was alleged to be part of this CIA operated program that officially ended in 1973. (1) Delgado, who died in 2011, held a doctor of medicine degree in Spain, but in1946 began his fellowship at Yale University. In 1950, he was offered a professorship in physiology and went on to explore the brain and how to control it via FM frequencies. (2) His experiments were first performed on cats, then advanced to primates during his time at Yale in the 1950s and 1960s. The device he created to stimulate and control emotions and physical responses was dubbed the “stimoceiver”. This device sent FM frequencies to the electrodes he implanted in the animals’ brains. The radio waves were transmitted from the device to the implanted electrodes. The stimoceiver allowed him to stimulate various regions of the brain which in turn gave a desired response. Implants in Ape Brains In one advanced experiment, Delgado implanted electrodes in several male apes and one female ape that was in the lowest social position within the group. After training the female ape in how to use the device, she voluntarily controlled the male apes at will. Delgado’s stimoceiver allowed complete control over the primates. In an effort to demonstrate his science could control rage, Delgado implanted electrodes into a matador bull’s brain. First, the matador taunted the bull. After several minutes of the bull charging the matador, Delgado stepped into the ring, armed only with his remote control receiver. He stood in front of the animal so it would charge at him. Each time the bull attempted to charge, Delgado would press the remote control button and the bull would stop in his tracks and turn away. Delgado demonstrated this control several times in the video footage. (3) Human Experiments It was clearly just a matter of time before Delgado’s research advanced to human experimentation that was argued as therapeutic in nature. The test subjects were mentally ill and it was believed that Delgado’s research was their last hope. Delgado’s point-of-view on his research was precisely expressed in the 1965 New York Times interview that quotes one of his Yale lectures. “I do believe,” he said, “that an understanding of the biological bases of social and antisocial behavior and of mental activities, which for the first time in history can now be explored in a conscious brain, may be of decisive importance in the search for intelligent solutions to some of our present anxieties, frustrations and conflicts.” (4) Perhaps it was his statements that helped propel the various conspiracy theories that cropped up about his work. Maybe it was the fact that human mind control experimentation had been conducted at all. Then again, it might have been the fact that his research was funded by the military in hopes of weaponizing the technology. Ultimately, after the MKUltra hearings shed more light on Delgado’s research than was desirable, he was plagued with lawsuits by individuals who felt he’d experimented on them against their will. He retreated to Spain, taking a job with the government to start a medical school at the Autonomous He continued his stimoceiver mind control research. It’s said that he experimented on himself and family members. In 2001, two Stockholm writers arranged to visit with him in Spain and found him to be feeble and moving in and out of periods of lucidity. When they asked when he’d ceased the stimoceiver experiments, he responded that he had not stopped. (6) They questioned him about his involvement in Pandora, a CIA operation undertaken in 1962 after the discovery that the Russian military was bombarding the American Embassy in Moscow with microwaves. The journalists believed that Delgado’s research into electro-magnetic radiation had been part of Project Pandora, but he denied any such connection. When their questioning turned to human experiments, they reported that Delgado quickly explained that all of his work with humans was for therapeutic reasons. (6) He did display the attitude that his experiments had not given the kind of results he desired and commented that scientists were not able to fully understand the interaction of the brain and emotional and physical responses since they were so wide and varied. There is one quote attributed to Delgado that haunts the minds of those fearful that such mind control is in fact possible and is still going on. “Can you avoid knowledge? You cannot! Can you avoid technology? You cannot! Things are going to go ahead in spite of ethics, in spite of your personal beliefs, in spite of everything.” (7) References & Image Credits:

AMAZING! Multiple witnesses recorded UFOs over Haifa, Israel

Thursday, November 2 2017

AMAZING! Multiple witnesses recorded UFOs over Haifa, Israel

November 3, 2017 at 9:35 am Have we not seen enough nuclear warheads in controlled burn offs that we do not recognize what we are seeing? Vicious, murderous little Israel. Once the Israelis realize their vicious false leaders have attacked them with nuclear missiles might they not be as supportive of them in the future as they have been in the past? “Individual biological opportunity.” The strategy the genocidal Babylonian cipher has employed since ancient times. Are we noting how our extraterrestrial elders have pulled the thermonuclear warheads off of Israelis as they have pulled them off of the rest of us? Might we all not say a prayer of thanks to our good God Almighty for sparing us from being destroyed in a long time planned lavishly financed nuclear blast war?

Controversial Commercial Shows A Flat Earth And Liquid Space

Thursday, November 2 2017

Controversial Commercial Shows A Flat Earth And Liquid Space

This commercial was made to celebrate that in 1931 Auguste Piccard was the first man to ascend to the stratosphere, and 29 years later, his son was the first man to sink into the deepest point of the sea. The commercial is a cinematic metaphor: the man who ascends on the globe is not the same that sinks in the sea, they are father and son. Stay smarts, my brave warriors that I will not last you all to explain them. Embed Code:

Ancient Art in Caribbean Caves Has a Mysterious Inspiration

Thursday, November 2 2017

Ancient Art in Caribbean Caves Has a Mysterious Inspiration

“Imagine a social networking site, where instead of having a page with posts of people here you have an actual cave wall or roof full of different pictographs.” If you’re looking for proof that the inhabitants of the Americas before the arrival of the Europeans were ahead of their time, a new study that is the result of three years of intense spelunking in the caves of the uninhabited Puerto Rican island of Mona Island is a good place to start. Researchers found 70 cave systems on the currently uninhabited island filled with indigenous pre-Columbian rock art and the reason behind the strangeness of some of the drawings is a surprise. All images used with permission from University of Leicester In a press release announcing their study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science , researchers from the University of Leicester, the British Museum, the British Geological Survey and Cambridge University call the thousands of well-preserved wall drawings deep in the caves the “greatest diversity of preserved indigenous iconography in the Caribbean.” “Most of the precolonial pictographs are in very narrow spaces deep in the caves, some are very hard to access, you have to crawl to get to them, they are very extensive and humidity is very high but it is extremely rewarding.” Fortunately for the pictorials, but not for the indigenous people, the island has been uninhabited since the 16th century. First settled by Arawaks from Hispaniola and later by the Tainos from Cuba and other Caribbean islands, Ámona had the bad luck of being ‘discovered’ by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage. It quickly became a major port and the natives were offered ‘jobs’ as ‘laborers’ in the fields while merchants and pirates (including Captain Kidd) pillaged the island. By the late 16th century, the Spanish had no more use for Mona and abandoned it to the natives – who had already abandoned it to the ruthless Europeans. As a result, there was no one to see or destroy the hidden cave artwork. Being in caves, it’s not surprising that the artists used bat guano that had changed colors by absorbing minerals from the floors. Most of the pictures were drawn with their fingers after dipping them in the guano ‘paint’ or simply by using their fingertips to remove the dark calcite on the walls and expose the lighter rock underneath. The figures in the drawings appear to be humans in transition to animals or plants which the researchers say indicates that these were deeply spiritual pictures in a deep, dark spiritual place. In fact, that explains the strange shapes in the pictures. “They took cohoba a hallucinogenic drug that you snort and it’s very powerful.” According to co-author Dr. Jago Cooper, the Tainos people inhaled the ground seeds of cojóbana tree for a psychedelically-induced spiritual experience. Under the direction of a shaman or religious leader, the people would be led deep into this temple-like place. “The further you go into the cave the more into the spiritual world you go. In the dark a lot of your sense are totally transformed – it’s very eerie and strange. You are completely out of your comfort zone – it’s discombobulating and the same thing would have happened would have happened to the people making this art.” The art shows that the caves acted as portals to the spiritual world – a kind of transition point where the human changed to another form. More research is planned. (Shouldn’t this be done under the influence of cohoba? Asking for a friend.) Mona Island is still generally uninhabited and the areas where the drawings are found in the caves are difficult to reach, so they’re safe … for now. Tags ancient art art cave indigenous people pre-Columbian Puerto Rico Paul Seaburn Paul Seaburn is one of the most prolific writers at Mysterious Universe. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious. You can follow Paul on and Join Plus+ for $9 a month to access bonus podcasts & premium content!

Deep POV and Hidden Messages in Subtext — Guest: Lisa Hall-Wilson

Thursday, November 2 2017

Deep POV and Hidden Messages in Subtext — Guest: Lisa Hall-Wilson

gives readers hints about characters Today, we’re going to bring those two concepts together. We can layer certain hints in the subtext between characters when we write in deep POV, and these techniques develop both the characters involved and the relationship between them. Filling in for me during NaNoWriMo , Lisa Hall-Wilson is here to share her deep POV insights with us. She’s digging into ways we can replicate the real-life subtext we see around us by layering our writing with action beats and deep POV’s internal dialogue. Please welcome Lisa Hall-Wilson! *smile* How Relationships Affects Subtext in Fiction by Lisa Hall-Wilson Ever had a conversation where you were outwardly talking about one thing, but were actually talking about something else? That’s subtext and it’s an important technique to learn and apply in fiction, especially if you’re writing in Deep Point of View (POV). Subtext is the silent conversation that happens while another topic is being discussed. Subtext can use euphemisms and other diversionary tactics to have a private or intimate conversation in public —when we need this to mean that . Shared Knowledge Affects Dialogue Take the example below of a mother speaking with her teenage son the morning after he’s missed his curfew: Mom: Came in pretty late last night. Son: Yep. Mom: You promised it wouldn’t happen again. Son: I know. Without internal dialogue and some beats , we don’t really know what the subtext of this conversation is. Did the son miss curfew because he pulled an all-nighter at the library studying, and mom is really just concerned for his health? Is the son frequently abusive and this conversation is more of a power struggle — a what are you gonna do about it conversation? What about the two criminals who have a conversation about a topic that’s understood between them? Bad Guy #1: You do it? Bad Guy #2: Yeah. Bad Guy #1: Any problems? Bad Guy #2: Nothin’ I couldn’t handle. Did they just kill someone or take out the trash? Without the subtext , or an understanding of the shared knowledge they’re talking about, there’s no way for an outsider to interpret what they’re really talking about (the outsider in this case could be the cleaning lady, or the law enforcement listening through a wire tap). Either way, adding layers of meaning for readers behind the dialogue adds some rich texture , conflict , authenticity , and understanding to the story. Real-World Subtext is Non-Verbal Communication Subtext is conveyed through what Psychology Today called “a silent orchestra,” which is a combination of facial expression , tone of voice , posture , and body language. Watch the non-verbal communication between two people who know each other well, who share a history, and you’ll realize they have entire conversations without words (think of couples, siblings, or best friends). The better two people know one another, the subtler the communication becomes because of familiarity with facial expressions and attitudes, but also because of a shared history. Example of Real-World Communication through Shared Knowledge My younger daughter was a competitive cheerleader for many years, and I would attend as many practices as I was able, but I had to stay in another room behind a pane of glass. When she would complete a difficult stunt or tumbling pass, she would spin to see if I had been watching. I would give a thumbs up and she would beam. When she fell, she would get up and look at me. I would blink twice. OK? She would blink twice back. I’m OK. This system was developed over time, through history together. The congratulatory thumbs up was socially acceptable in that setting. Mom asking if she was OK after a fall was less so and required subtler communication. How Intimacy Affects Subtext Let’s face it, some silent conversations are not very subtle at all. A husband taps his watch and glares at his wife across the room. That is not subtle at all, but the husband is being blatant on purpose. Intimacy allows us to make unspoken demands on another’s time or actions. The wife’s response however, could be just as blatant — “Oh, I’m getting the look. Better go. See you tomorrow girls” — or she could simply raise her brows to acknowledge the gesture and turn away. I’m not ready to go yet, be mad if you want to. This happens ALL the time in real life, so it’s important to capture these small conversations authentically in fiction as well. The Power of Touch with Subtext A lot is conveyed by a touch: whether it’s wanted or not, social and historical context, gender, personal history, etc. Deep POV must be tight and economical, so do your best to have every touch pull double duty , whether it’s a sex scene, battle scene, or a business meeting. Touch with the Subtext of Authority or Power Touch can be a display of authority or power, think of the teacher who places a hand on the top of the head of the child acting out for instance. A mother holding out a hand is a summons to a small child. Almost touching can also convey many things. Think about the boss who stands a little too close to his female secretary. There’s a power imbalance here, the subtext is more nuanced. Being intentionally crowded in a small space can be a power struggle, an intimidation tactic — that’s subtext. The boss who leans in a little too close to the secretary he’s having an affair with might elicit a giggle from her, a blush, a wink. Invading personal space can say a lot without any words at all. Touch with the Subtext of (Dis)Interest or Threat What about the boy who doesn’t like the way another guy is looking at his girl at a party? He could blow up and cause a scene, or more likely he’d let the other guy know to back off without using any words. A hand at her waist, a random kiss on the cheek — all while staring at the other guy? What about the girl who notices the other guy’s attention? Does she smile and keep meeting his glance, or does she touch the guy she’s with, lean into him maybe — grab his hand? Question asked and answered without a word. Touch can be reassuring and comforting, a polite greeting depending on culture, inviting or intimidating, claiming or denouncing, promising or threatening. But the reader won’t know unless you show them through the silent orchestra of internal dialogue mixed with facial expression, tone of voice, posture, and body language. Writing subtext effectively will pull your readers into your story and ratchet up the emotional tension. Lisa is an award-winning journalist and author, and she LOVES to mentor writers. She’s been a freelance writer for ten years and recently turned to writing fiction full-time. Her passion is to help writers hone their skills and learn advanced storytelling techniques, so look for her blog to go beyond basics and challenge you. Lisa shares tips to encourage your writer journey at The Confident Writer on Facebook.

10 things you (probably) never knew about Hammer’s Curse of Frankenstein (1957) starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

Thursday, November 2 2017

10 things you (probably) never knew about Hammer’s Curse of Frankenstein (1957) starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

10 things you (probably) never knew about Hammer’s Curse of Frankenstein (1957) starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee The Curse of Frankenstein is Hammer’s first Frankenstein film, released in 1957, and still holds up today as one of the greatest interpretations of this classic story. Here are KAYLEIGH MARIE EDWARDS’ 10 amazing facts about this incredible film… 1.) Colour me intrigued… The Curse of Frankenstein is not only Hammer’s first colour film, but it is also the first ever Frankenstein movie to be shot in colour. 2.) Dress for success… Elizabeth’s clothes aren’t costumes. They are actually real Victorian clothes inherited from a Victorian wardrobe. 3.) Third time’s the charm… Though appearing in previous movies together (Hamlet, 1948 and Moulin Rouge, 1952), Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing didn’t actually meet until they began filming The Curse of Frankenstein. They became dear friends during production and this friendship lasted their entire lives. 4.) It’s all relative… The actor who plays young Elizabeth, Sally Walsh, is the real-life daughter of Hazel Court (adult Elizabeth). This decision was made because the casting director was trying to find a child that resembled Court, and the mother/daughter likeness was uncanny. However, unlike her mother, Sally Walsh hated being on set and hated being on camera. 5.) The film is close to perfection, but not quite… There are several noticeable mistakes in this film, which include: the breaks in the balcony railing are clearly visible before Victor ‘breaks’ it when he pushes the Professor over it during the close-up of Professor Bernstein’s corpse, you can see him breathing the puppy is moving before Dr. Frankenstein examines it, when it’s supposed to still be dead 6.) Apparently you CAN buy happiness. Or at least success and a life-long horror legacy… Bernard Bresslow was considered for the same role that Lee achieved. As a taller actor, it was thought that he’d make a great ‘Creature’. However, Bresslow’s rate of pay was £10 per day, and Lee’s was £8, so Lee got the role. After this, Lee went on to play many of Hammer’s most beloved monsters, including Dracula. 7.) No pain, no brain… The stunt double for Professor Bernstein was mildly injured during the scene in which Frankenstein pushes him over the balcony so that he can kill him and steal his brain. The stunt was rigged so that the stunt double would land on a padded area, which he did… except for his head, which hit the floor. 8.) The art of dismemberment… The painting at the top of Frankenstein’s staircase is a replica of Rembrandt’s “The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholaes Tulp”. This was a deliberate choice to reflect Frankenstein’s behaviour (in particular, dismembering a hanged criminal). 9.) Ka-ching… For many years, The Curse of Frankenstein was the most profitable film produced in Britain (it’s still included in the list of the most profitable films made in the U.K). It cost around £65,000 to produce but made more than 70 times this figure. 10.) ‘A rose by any other name…’ Christopher Lee played Frankenstein’s monster, but couldn’t be credited is such because Universal Pictures still held the copyright for the term ‘monster’ (but only in the context of Frankenstein’s Monster). Instead, Lee was credited as ‘The Creature’ in order to avoid a lawsuit. Nov 2, 2017

New Poll Finds that the UK’s Top Mystery Is No Mystery

Thursday, November 2 2017

New Poll Finds that the UK’s Top Mystery Is No Mystery

Google+ Folks in the UK who have already seen the results of a recent poll taken by the Really TV channel are ineligible, but the rest of the world has a chance to play. What is the greatest British supernatural or unexplained mystery? What’s really in haggis? Why does the queen wear those huge hats? Brexit? Place your bets now. And the winner of the Really TV poll to find the greatest British supernatural or unexplained mystery is … the Loch Ness Monster! Surprised? Probably not. No other UK mystery has the public relations machine that Nessie has. Every stump, every bubble, every photo of a boat wake that conveniently cuts off the boat is immediately Interneted, along with the blurred, fuzzy and questionable pics and videos that convince 42% of those surveyed to vote for it because they aren’t convinced it’s a log. The remaining list of the top ten vote-getters has some other old reliable mysteries and some that may not be so familiar outside of the UK. Stonehenge comes in at a sold #2 but may be dropping as more uncovered artifacts move us closer to determining its purpose. At #3, #4 and #5 are some more recent so-called mysteries. The Beast of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall is believed by many to be one or more escaped large cats, but probably got a lot of sympathy votes from feline lovers and cat ladies. The Enfield Haunting or the Enfield Poltergeist – the tale of a ghost in a council house scaring a number of children in the late 70s — benefits from documentaries, mockumentaries, TV series and movies based on it. The suicidal dogs jumping off of Overtoun Bridge for the past 70 years are sometimes blamed on minks nesting below it and attracted the canines with their scent, but that hasn’t been proven. At #6, what some say is Agatha Christie’s greatest mystery was her disappearance for 11 days in 1926, which has been blamed on amnesia due to overwork or stress from her husband’s infidelity but never proven. UFO fans will wonder why the Rendlesham Forest UFO, Britain’s Roswell incident, did not poll higher … it’s probably another cover-up. Agatha Christie Numbers 8, 9 and 10 fall into the old and obscure categories and will cause many to wonder why their favorites didn’t make the list. The Devil’s Footprints was a single set of strange hoofed tracks found in southern Devon in 1855 whose explanation has been bedeviled by strange theories such as an experimental balloon (putting the “really?” in Really TV), hopping mice and mass hysteria. The Highgate Vampire is a recent (early 1070s) tale of a vampire or ghost at the Highgate Cemetery in north London that has benefited from renewed interest in vampires, especially on reality networks like Really TV. Finally, there’s a royal contribution in the form of the Hampton Court Ghosts – which may or may not be Henry VIII and ex-wives Jane Seymour and Catherine Howard. Did you pick any of the winners? With the number of haunted castles, pubs and houses in the UK, it’s surprising that only two ghost stories made the list. Apparently the British like their beasts better than ghosts. Which brings up an idea for another poll of a worldwide kind. Taking the greatest supernatural or unexplained mystery in each country on Earth, which would get the most votes? Bigfoot? Chupacabra? Roswell? Should the contest be divided into categories – cryptids, ghosts, UFOs, unexplained phenomenon? What do you think? Tags alien Bizarre cryptid ghost haunting loch ness monster modern mysteries mysterious disappearances Paranormal ufo unexplained phenomena Paul Seaburn Paul Seaburn is one of the most prolific writers at Mysterious Universe. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious. You can follow Paul