Forgotten Darkness

Strange things are lost and forgotten in obscure corners of the newspaper.

January 20th, 2022    

97 - The Cult of the Great Eleven, Part Two

In 1920s Los Angeles, the mother-daughter duo of May Otis Blackburn and Ruth Wieland ran a female-dominated religious cult. The Blackburn Cult, as it was called in the newspapers of the time, came to the attention of the LAPD after a fraud investigation. But following the clues soon led to revelations of far worse offenses than simple fraud.

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SOURCES

Amazing Attempt of the Great Eleven Cult to Raise the Dead.” Shreveport (Louisiana) Times, April 6, 1930.

Angel Gabriel Girls Quizzed.” Los Angeles Times, February 7, 1925.

Apostles of Doom to Wait Whole Week.” Pomona Bulletin, February 7, 1925.

Believe Body May Be That of H. Balcom.” Santa Ana Register, October 8, 1929.

Cult Leaders Face Charges.” Los Angeles Times, October 4, 1929.

Cult Queen Tells of Being Chained Two Months to Bed Post.” Los Angeles Times, October 11, 1929.

Cult's Poison Rites Investigated as Rainbow Tells of Leader's Quest for Potion.” Los Angeles Times, October 12, 1929.

Death Theory is Switched.” Long Beach Sun, October 10, 1929.

Four Women Feared Slain in Cult Rites.” Oakland Tribune, October 9, 1929.

Heart Murder Victim Seen as Rancher.” Long Beach Sun, October 18, 1929.

Human Heart in Mail May Solve Crime.” Long Beach Sun, October 30, 1929.

Kidnapping of Woman Feared.” San Francisco Examiner, March 21, 1927.

Murder Victim Found on Ranch Near Westminster.” Santa Ana Register, October 7, 1929.

Mystery of Simi Woman Revived.” Ventura County Star, December 17, 1937.

New Chapter Written in Louise Volz Disappearance.” Ventura County Star, March 28, 1938.

Pair Describe Death in Oven.” Los Angeles Times, October 10, 1929.

Police on Search at Venice Cottage for Secret Grave of Young Cult Priestess.” Los Angeles Times, October 6, 1929.

Probe L.A. Doom Cult.” Los Angeles Record, February 6, 1925.

Sheriff Has New Theory.” Los Angeles Times, October 10, 1929.

Vogel Adjudged Mentally Sick; to be Confined.” Los Angeles Times, January 9, 1925.

Fort, Samuel. Cult of the Great Eleven. Omaha: Nisirtu Publishing, 2019.

ESDA | Rowen, Margaret Matilda Wright (1871–1939) (adventist.org)

Secrets of Los Angeles, 1932-33: The Anton Wagner files | Esotouric

As Above So Below: The Meaning of The Esoteric Phrase | Mysterium Academy

Pioneer Era – Strathearn Historical Park and Museum (simihistory.com)

People v. Blackburn, 214 Cal. 402 | Casetext Search + Citator

Mary Harlene Satoris - Facts (ancestry.com)

December 26th, 2021    

96 - The Cult of the Great Eleven, Part One

In 1920s Los Angeles, the mother-daughter duo of May Otis Blackburn and Ruth Wieland ran a female-dominated religious cult. The Blackburn Cult, as it was called in the newspapers of the time, came to the attention of the LAPD after a fraud investigation. But following the clues soon led to revelations of far worse offenses than simple fraud.

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SOURCES

Oregon Daily Journal, August 5, 1917.

Body of Cult Priestess Discovered Under House.” Los Angeles Times, October 7, 1929.

Police Probing Weird Burial by Cult.” Los Angeles Evening Post-Record, October 7, 1929.

Priestess Snubs Ex-Swain.” Los Angeles Times, October 8, 1929.

Rhoads is Known at Klamath Falls.” Salem Statesman Journal, October 10, 1929.

Vancouver Marriage Licenses.” Oregon Daily Journal, May 28, 1915.

Fort, Samuel. Cult of the Great Eleven. Omaha: Nisirtu Publishing, 2019.

Fremont Everett - Facts (ancestry.com)

Ruth Angeline Wieland - Facts (ancestry.com)

December 11th, 2021    

95 - The Disappearance of the Naronic

The White Star Line lost many ships over the years, most famously the Titanic in 1912.  But over its century of existence, it had only one ship vanish without a trace.  Did it sink in a storm?  Explode due to its volatile cargo?  This is the story of the Naronic.

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SOURCES

Another Naronic Hoax.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 3, 1893.

Fears for Ocean Steamers.” Delaware Gazette and State Journal, March 9, 1893.

Is She Still Afloat?” Wilkes-Barre Record,March 8, 1893.

Nine Sailors Saved.” Wilmington Morning News, March 8, 1893.

No News of the Naronic.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 8, 1893.

No Tidings of the Naronic.” Wilmington Morning News, March 8, 1893.

Put Into Halifax.” Boston Globe, February 26, 1893.

Regarded as a Hoax.” Norfolk Virginian, March 31, 1893.

Rosseau Admits He Sent Dynamite to Liner.” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 16, 1905.

Rosseau, Dynamiter, Guilty, the Jury Says.” New York Times, March 28, 1905.

She is Lost.” Boston Globe, March 20, 1893.

The Naronic.” Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner's Advocate (Aus.), August 30, 1893.

The Naronic's Boat Picked Up.” Newcastle Morning Herald and Miner's Advocate (Aus.), January 18, 1894.

The Naronic Mystery.” The Australian Star, March 27, 1893.

Thinks They Blew Up Maine.” New York Times, March 29, 1905.

To Dynamite British Ships.” Kendrick (ID) Gazette, January 20, 1905.

Toilers of the Sea.” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, February 25, 1893.

What To Do With Cranks.” New York Times, January 17, 1905.

With an Infernal Machine Man Called at Kelly Home.” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 14, 1905.

What Happened to the Naronic? (titanic-whitestarships.com)

NARONIC MYSTERY UPDATED. | Waratah Revisited

Ever wonder what Frederick the Great is doing in Carlisle? - pennlive.com

November 23rd, 2021    

94 -The Meeks Family Murders

In 1894, an injured young girl arrives on the doorstep of a Missouri farmhouse. She was Nellie Meeks, and she was the sole survivor of the murder of her entire family.

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SOURCES

Burnt Clothing of Gus Meeks.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 27, 1895.

Crime of Fiends.” St. Joseph Herald, May 12, 1894.

Final Pleas Being Made.” Kansas City Star, August 1, 1895.

Jerry South Gets His Reward.” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 1, 1896.

Jury Receives Instructions.” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 2, 1895.

Looks Black for the Taylors.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 26, 1895.

Story of the Taylors.” Larned (KS) Eagle-Optic, September 13, 1895.

Taylor Is Hanged.” St. Joseph Herald, May 1, 1896.

Taylor Makes a Statement.” Mexico Weekly Intelligencer, April 30, 1896.

Taylor Taken to Carrollton.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 28, 1896.

The End of the Famous Meeks-Taylor Case.” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 8, 1926.

The Taylors' Defense.” St. Joseph Weekly Gazette, April 2, 1895.

William Taylor Executed.” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, May 1, 1896.

William Taylor in Kansas City.” St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 11, 1896.

Nellie L. Meeks - Facts (ancestry.com)

John Blackwell Hale - Wikipedia

Thomas Miles Bresnehen (1860-1926) - Find A Grave Memorial

History in Hannibal: Folktale relates town's horror over Meeks' family murders | Article | hannibal.net

October 30th, 2021    

93 -Death Most Mysterious, Part Two

Several mysterious deaths are described here – two with hints of conspiracy and cover-up, those of Allyn King Foster and Rudolph Bogovich, and another case of apparently not-so-spontaneous combustion.

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SOURCES

Allyn King Foster – January 17, 1942

Authorities Probe Doctor's Death at Bellevue Hospital.” Hartford Courant, January 20, 1942.

Autopsy Clears Bellevue in Death.” New York Daily News, May 12, 1938.

Doctor's Death Being Probed.” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, January 19, 1942.

Experiments With Death Ray Seen Clue to Doctor's Insanity and Death.” Camden Morning Post, February 3, 1942.

Fears Death Ray Work Drove Surgeon Insane.” Brooklyn Eagle, February 2, 1942.

Probe Demanded in Bellevue Death.” New York Daily News, May 5, 1938.

Mystery Veils Violent End of Death Ray Inventor.” Philadelphia Inquirer, March 8, 1942

Refugee Inventor of 'Death Ray' Dies.” St. Louis Star and Times, September 1, 1942.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txXhy5EqjHw

 

Rudolph Bogovich – January 6, 1945

Eerie Red Death Plot Here Alleged.” Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, March 4, 1954.

F.B.I. Probes War Worker's Bomb Death.” Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, January 7, 1945.

Human Bomb Death Unsolved.” Pittsburgh Press, January 14, 1945.

Probe Human Bomb Death of Westinghouse Worker.” Sunbury Daily Item, January 9, 1945.

Queer War Plant Death Stumps FBI.” Unionville (MI) Crescent, January 13, 1945.

Westinghouse Fires Five Accused Reds.” Pittsburgh Press, January 4, 1955.

explorepahistory.com/hmarker.php?markerId=1-A-3A0#:~:text=During World War II the Westinghouse Electric and,in plastics%2C radar%2C x-rays%2C bombsights%2C and atomic energy.

 

Harold Hall – April 28, 1956

Benicia Death Laid to Cleaning Fluid.” Contra Costa Gazette, May 2, 1956.

Harold Hall of Benicia Fire Victim.” Contra Costa Gazette, April 30, 1956.

Mystery Burns Fatal to Benicia Man in Apartment.” Oakland Tribune, April 30, 1956.

1956, April 28: Harold Hall’s Fiery Death | Anomalies: the Strange & Unexplained (anomalyinfo.com)

October 4th, 2021    

92 - Death Most Mysterious, Part One

Several mysterious deaths are described here – a quartet of cases described by Charles Fort, those of Captain George M. Colvocoresses, the English case of Lavinia Farrar, Lillian Green and her death at the Lake Denmark Hotel in New Jersey, and the “locked door” death of New York launderer Isidore Fink.

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SOURCES

Captain George M. Colvocoresses

A Tragical Enigma.” New York Times, July 1, 1872.

Colvocoresses – Murder or Suicide?” Hartford Courant, August 5, 1872.

Lavinia Farrar

Inquest.” The Times, March 16, 1901.

Lillian Green

Erskine Hotel Burned.” Passaic Daily News, December 26, 1916.

Miss Green Died Accidental Death.” Paterson Morning Call, December 28, 1916.

Mystery in the Death of Dover Woman.” Paterson News, December 27, 1916.

Mystery Shrouds Burned Woman.” Paterson Morning Call, December 27, 1916.

Isidore Fink

Laundryman Killer Flees Locked Room.” Brooklyn Times-Union, March 11, 1929.

Man Killed; All Openings Locked; Police Baffled.” Arizona Republic, March 12, 1929.

September 16th, 2021    

91 - The Kelayres Massacre

The election of 1934 saw Democrats gain headway nationally in the wake of the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  But Republicans in Kelayres, Pennsylvania, dominated by the Bruno family, weren't going to go down without a fight.

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SOURCES

2 Commissioners Arrested for Plot in Bruno's Escape.” Reading Times, December 24, 1936.

14 Year Old Girl of Kelayres Has Flag Recognized.” Hazelton Standard-Speaker, January 15, 1935.

50 Republican Votes Gained in Kline Twp.” Pottsville Republican-Herald, November 13, 1933.

A Proclamation.” Hazleton Standard-Speaker, November 8, 1934.

Bruno Trial to Reach Jury By Next Friday.” Pottsville Republican and Herald, September 17, 1935.

Contest Kline Twp. Election.” Pottsville Republican, December 6, 1933.

Dramatic Scene as Woman Shouts Answer to Bruno.” Hazelton Standard-Speaker, January 29, 1935.

Eye-Witnesses in Kelayres Case Ready to Testify.” Hazelton Standard-Speaker, January 14, 1935.

Four Bruno Men Hear Murder Writ in County Prison.” Hazleton Standard-Speaker, November 8, 1934.

Joseph Bruno Found Guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter; Carries Six to Twelve Years.” Shenandoah Evening Herald, February 7, 1935.

Kline Township Recount Stands.” Hazleton Plain Speaker, November 14, 1933.

News of the South Side.” Hazleton Plain Speaker, December 30, 1933.

Mandamus Action in Kline Township.” Hazleton Plain Speaker, August 31, 1933.

Three Are Dead in Voting Feud.” New Castle News, November 6, 1934.

Unspeakable Outrage, Declares Gov. Pinchot of Hazleton Slayings.” New Castle News, November 6, 1934.

Voice in Broken English Vividly Outlined Rat-Tat-Tat of Gunfire.” Hazelton Standard-Speaker, January 18, 1935.

Witnesses Back in Kelayres Homes.” Hazleton Standard-Speaker, November 8, 1934.

Cerullo, John and Gennaro Delena. “The Kelayres Massacre.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 107:3 (July 1983).

Hoover, Stephanie. The Kelayres Massacre: Politics & Murder in Pennsylvania's Anthracite Coal Country. Xxx

Newsreel Report about the Massacre - (1) 1934 Kelayres Massacre - YouTube The woman interviewed towards the end is, I think, either Irene Condor or Sarah Fiorilla. The scruffy man shown lying in a hospital bed is most likely Edward Vespucci.

August 19th, 2021    

90 - The Red Man of the Tuileries

The Tuileries Palace in Paris was supposedly haunted by a red, dwarfish figure that warned inhabitants of imminent catastrophy.

 

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SOURCES

Red Man: The Tuileries Palace Ghost - Geri Walton

The Little Red Man | dix-neuviémiste (wordpress.com)

Cosimo Ruggeri - Wikipedia

The Palais des Tuileries, in search of a missing Palace - French Moments

Assassin's Creed Unity Murder Mystery Guide: Page 15 | GamesRadar+

The crimson fairy and the red | British Fairies (wordpress.com)

August 4th, 2021    

89 - William Etlinger

In 1909, in the book Pennsylvania Mountain Stories, Henry W. Shoemaker recounted the tale of “The Black Wolf of Oak Valley.” The names in this story were changed, and after digging around, I found the original tale that this story was based on: the 1896 saga of outlaw William Etlinger.

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SOURCES

Altoona Tribune, May 2, 1896.

Lewisburg Journal, July 8, 1885.

Perry County Democrat, May 27, 1885.

A Desperate Outlaw.” Murfreesboro (NC) Index, March 13, 1896.

A Dramatic Tragedy.” Lancaster Intelligencer, March 11, 1896.

A Monument to Barner.” Lewisburg Journal, March 20, 1896.

As A Museum Curio.” Indiana Progress, March 11, 1896.

Death Rather Than Capture.” Perry County Democrat, March 11, 1896.

Defiant to the Last.” Lock Haven Evening Express, March 7, 1896.

. Philadelphia Inquirer, March 7, 1896.

Defies Half a Hundred.” Lancaster Intelligencer, March 7, 1896.

Etlinger's Body Not Removed.” Philadelphia Times, March 11, 1896.

His Body is Undisturbed.” Washington (DC) Times, March 11, 1896.

Man Who Reports Deaths in Chair Never Saw One.” Pittsburgh Press, January 16, 1938.

No Tears For Him.” Wilkes-Barre News, March 9, 1896.

Robbed of About $4,000.” Lewisburg Chronicle, February 25, 1905.

School Funds Missing.” Millheim Journal, April 23, 1885.

Sequel to a Tragedy.” Aspen (CO) Daily Times, March 18, 1896.

The Sheriff Must Pay Damages.” Mount Union Times, September 22, 1899.

Tragedy at Woodward.” Lewisburg Journal, March 13, 1896.

Atlas of Centre County, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: A. Pomeroy & Co., 1874.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania. Chicago: J.H. Beers, 1898.

Pennsylvania Superior Court Records, Vol. 12. New York: Banks Law Publishing Co., 1911.

The Woodward Shoot-Out – The Pennsylvania Rambler

William Ettlinger, the Desperado of Woodward (paoddities.blogspot.com)

Howard Orndorf - Facts (ancestry.com)

May 28th, 2021    

88 - The Tichborne Claimant

In 1854, heir to the Tichborne baronetcy, Roger Tichborne, disappears after a shipwreck.  He's presumed dead until, in 1865, an Australian butcher comes forward and announces himself to be the missing nobleman.

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SOURCES

“Sir Roger Tichborne.” Sydney Morning Herald, January 31, 1868.

“The Claimant & the Tichborne Case.” Jackson's Oxford Journal, March 30, 1872.

“The Claimant of the Tichborne Baronetcy.” Wrexham Advertiser, January 19, 1867.

“The Tichborne Baronetcy.” Melbourne Age, September 12, 1867.

“The Tichborne Case.” Hampshire Telegraph & Sussex Chronicle, November 9, 1867.

“The Tichborne Dole.” London Daily News, September 6, 1855.

“The Tichborne Heir.” Indiana (PA) Progress, September 24, 1930.

“Tichborne Claimant's Story to be Subject of Coming British Film.” Montreal Gazette, September 5, 1936.

The books of Dr E. V. Kenealy (occult-mysteries.org)

Theresa Doughty Tichborne - Wikipedia

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