Forgotten Darkness

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

February 27th, 2019    

26 - The Lights of Capel Egryn

Mysterious lights are reported from a small village in northern Wales where a religious revival is underway, in 1904 and 1905.

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Clark, Jerome. Unexplained! Canton, MI: Visible Ink, 1999.
Corliss, William A. “Fiery Exhalations in Wales,” Science Frontiers 136 (July/August 2001).
Evans, Beriah G. “Merionethshire Mysteries,” The Occult Review 1:3 (March 1905).
---. “Merionethshire Mysteries – II,” The Occult Review 1:4 (April 1905).
---. “Merionethshire Mysteries – III,” The Occult Review 1:6 (June 1905).
Fort, Charles. The Complete Books of Charles Fort. New York: Dover, 1974.
Fryer, A.T. “Psychological Aspects of the Welsh Revival, 1904-1905.” Proceedings of the Society for
Psychical Research Volume 19 (1905-1907).
McClure, Kevin. “Stars and Rumors of Stars: The Egryn Lights and Other Mysterious Phenomena in
the Welsh Religious Revival, 1904-1905” (1980).
Richards, William. A Pocket Dictionary, Welsh-English (1861).,_Welsh-English
Sandell, Roger. “UFOs in Wales in 1905,” Flying Saucer Review, 17:4 (July/August 1971).

Opening music Kevin McLeod.
Closing music Soma.

February 14th, 2019    

25 - The Tillinghast Airship

New England, 1909: a Massachusetts inventor of steam valves claims to have built an airplane, and sightings seem to back up his claims.  Or do they?

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“Aeronaut had fight for life,” Boston Globe, July 24, 1909.
“Airship story worries them,” Boston Globe, December 26, 1909.ée%27s_Arctic_balloon_expedition
Bartholomew, Robert E. and George S. Howard. UFOs & Alien Contact: Two Centuries of Mystery. Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 1998.
Bartholomew, Robert E. and Stephen Whalen. “The Great New England Airship Hoax of 1909,” New England Quarterly 75:3 (September 2002).
“Calls Tillinghast the cook of the air,” El Paso (TX) Herald, March 1, 1910.
“Certain as the stars,” Boston Globe, December 25, 1909.
“Fell from airship,” Boston Globe, August 24, 1909.
“Is aviator Tillinghast hoaxing the nation? New England thinks his flying machine wonder is straight,” Evansville (IN) Press, December 30, 1909.
“Like the buzzard,” Boston Globe, December 26, 1909.
“Marlboro has it, too,” Boston Globe, December 23, 1909.
“Many see airship in the evening star,” Fitchburg Sentinel, December 24, 1909.
“Mr. Glidden is convinced,” Boston Globe, March 12, 1911.
“New style aeroplane,” Boston Globe, December 5, 1909.
“Tillinghast airship found,” Boston Globe, July 12, 1910.
“Tillinghast flyer no joke,” Boston Globe, March 16, 1911.
“Weird airship man is found,” Boston Globe, December 30, 1909.
“Worcester palpitating,” Boston Globe, December 23, 1909.

Opening music by Kevin MacLeod.
Closing music by Soma.

February 2nd, 2019    

24 - Death Rides the Rails, Part 4

Summing up the Midwest axe murders.  Suspects, some bizarre letters, and a second serial killer operating at the same time.

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Spellings used in the letter by Eli Eloi received at Villisca: 'nation' is written Nay Shun. 'Mystery of life' is written Miss Tree of life.

“Arrest a Villisca suspect,” Adams County (IA) Free Press, June 29, 1912.

Connelley, William E. A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans. Chicago: Lewis, 1918.

Henry Lee Moore.

“Hunting Iowa ax-murder clew in hundreds of crank letters,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 21, 1912.

James, Bill and Rachel McCarthy James. The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery. New York: Scribner, 2017.

Klingensmith, Beth. The 1910s Ax Murders: An Overview of the Crimes and the McClaughry Theory.

Last name: Errett.

“Letters puzzle the officials,” Galena (KS) Evening Times, October 25, 1911.

Marshall, Roy. Villisca: The True Account of a Mass Murder. Chula Vista, CA: Aventine, 2003.

Martin, Ernest L. “The temple symbolism in Genesis,”

“Release Villisca murder suspect,,” Des Moines Register, June 25, 1912.

Taylor, Troy. Murdered in Their Beds: History and Hauntings of Villisca and the Midwest Ax Murders.

Testimony of John V. Morse in the trial of Lizzie Borden.

The 1912 Villisca Axe Murders Blog.

“The murder case at Villisca,” Adams County (IA) Free Press, June 29, 1912.

“The Showman murder,” Ellsworth (KS) Reporter, May 8, 1913.

Opening music by Kevin MacLeod.
Closing music by Soma.


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