Forgotten Darkness

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

March 31st, 2020    

68 - The Dagg Poltergeist

In 1889, a lonely farmhouse in southern Quebec was afflicted by a series of ghostly manifestations, which seem to be centered on a Scottish orphan girl living in the home.

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SOURCES

“Dagg's demon.” Ottawa Journal, November 25, 1889.

“Dagg's dupes.” Ottawa Journal, November 29, 1889.

“Dinah a ventriloquist.” Ottawa Journal, November 29, 1889.

“Is it Beelzebub?” Vancouver Daily World, December 5, 1889.

“Mayor Geo. Dagg of Portage passes.” Ottawa Citizen, May 30, 1938.

“Mysterious noises in home had whole country on edge.” Ottawa Citizen, March 18, 1939.

“Outstanding personalities of the Ottawa district.” Ottawa Citizen, June 29, 1935.

“This beats them all.” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 13, 1890.

“Remarkable spontaneous manifestations.” Light: A Journal of Psychical, Occult, and Mystical Research (December 28, 1889).

Lackner, Chris. “The strange ghost that spooked Shawville.” Ottawa Citizen, November 18, 2014.

Playfair, Guy Lyon. This House Is Haunted. Guildford: White Crow Press, 2011.

Thormahlen, Judy. “Revived Shawville ghost mystery divides community into two camps.” Ottawa Citizen, April 9, 1959.

Wilson, Colin. Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Haunting. Llewellyn, 2009.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/176738034/george-dagg

http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/hauntings/dagg-poltergeist/

https://arlenestaffordwilson.wordpress.com/tag/dagg-ghost/

March 19th, 2020    

67 - The Murder of Betsy Aardsma

On November 28, 1969, Betsy Aardsma was stabbed and killed among the bookshelves of the Pattee Library at Penn State University. 50 years later, the case remains unsolved, with the main suspect having died in 2002.

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SOURCES

“5 refused help, says girl who found slain coed.” New York Daily News, December 1, 1969.

“Beaten coed said improved slightly.” Port Clinton (OH) News-Herald, December 2, 1969.

“Clarion coed admits wounds self-inflicted.” Franklin News-Herald, December 17, 1969.

“Clarion coed slashed.” New Castle News, December 4, 1969.

“Co-ed knifing baffles police.” Oberlin (OH) Review, December 5, 1969.

“Coed buried while slayer hunt continues.” Port Huron (MI) Times-Herald, December 3, 1969.

“No evidence of an intruder at Clarion.” Kane Republican, December 11, 1969.

“Oberlin coed 'fair' in vicious knife attack.” Dover (OH) Daily Reporter, December 1, 1969.

“Ohio U co-ed found beaten.” Akron (OH) Beacon-Journal, November 25, 1969.

“Out of hospital.” Akron (OH) Beacon-Journal, December 11, 1969.

“Probe of attack being continued.” Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader, December 12, 1969.

“Robert G. Durgy.” Lansing (MI) State Journal, December 22, 1969.

“Six killed on state highways.” Lansing (MI) State Journal, December 21, 1969.

“Stab death hunt tries drawings.” Pittsburgh Press, December 5, 1969.

“Stabbing of college co-ed in Arb labelled as attempted murder.” Oberlin (OH) Review, December 2, 1969.

Glembocki, Vicki. “Who Killed Betsy Aardsma?” The Penn Stater, September/October, 2009. https://pennstatermag.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/aardsma_so_09.pdf

Hogge, Erin. “Murder in the Stacks: 50 Years Later, Still No Answers.” The Daily Collegian, December 10, 2019. https://www.collegian.psu.edu/news/campus/article_b6280ed6-1a18-11ea-a966-2b1ac6ebcdcb.html

Sherwood, Derek. Who Killed Betsy? Uncovering Penn State University's Most Notorious Unsolved Crime. Pine Grove Press, 2011.

Williams-Herrman, Elizabeth. “Haunted Libraries of Pennsylvania.” Supernatural Lore of Pennsylvania (Thomas White, ed.). Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2014.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19328800/betsy-ruth-aardsma

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/new-york-daily-news/20070708/281934538539278

March 3rd, 2020    

66 - The Disappearance of Benjamin Bathurst

Shortly after the signing of the treaty of Schönnbrun in October of 1809, bringing an end to Austrian involvement in the Fifth Napoleonic War, a British official on a mission to the Austrian court vanished without a trace. He was in Germany, on his way back to British territories, and while examining his horses at an inn near Berlin, he walked around to the other side of his horses – and disappeared, never to be seen again. Or that's the way it's usually told.

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SOURCES

“A century old mystery.” London Observer, December 18, 1910.

“A mysterious crime.” Hull Packet and East Riding Times, September 26, 1862.

Baring-Gould, Sabine. Historic Oddities and Strange Events. London: Methuen & Co., 1889.

Dash, Mike. “The Disappearance of Benjamin Bathurst.” Fortean Times 54 (Summer 1990).

Fraser, Mary Crawford. Storied Italy. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Co., 1915.

Lang, Andrew. The All Sorts of Stories Book. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1911.

Machen, Arthur. Dreads and Drolls. New York: Alfred A, Knopf, 1927.

https://www.svz.de/lokales/spurlos-in-perleberg-verschwunden-id4680756.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis-Alexandre_de_Launay,_comte_d%27Antraigues

http://www.notableabodes.com/abode-search-results/abode-details/139177/dantraigues-27-the-terrace-barnes-london

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