Archive for October, 2007

Blood thirsty vampires

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House of 1000 Muppets

Sugar buzz

Anyone else raiding their kids candy stash now that they’re in bed? What’s your favorites?

‘Vampire’ woman sentenced to 10 years

Associated Press:

MESA, Ariz. – A woman who stabbed her tied-up lover so she could drink his blood has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Tiffany Sutton told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Udall that she was sorry for the incident and said she never meant to hurt anyone, but received the stiff sentence anyway after he called the crime especially heinous.

Sutton, 24, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in August. She was arrested by Tempe police in February after she repeatedly stabbed her lover during an alcohol- and drug-fueled sexual tryst.

According to police reports, the victim, 46-year-old Robert McDaniel, agreed to be tied up during sex but became alarmed and asked to be untied when Sutton pulled out a knife and said she liked to drink blood. Sutton then attacked him, slicing his leg, puncturing his arm, shoulder and back and cutting his neck and stomach. When he escaped, she chased him with a pickax.

Whenever you break out the pickax as part of your sex play, it’s time to begin thinking about your relationships.

Hat tip to FARfetched.

Ghost tourism on the rise

From Live Science:

Odds are your city or town is haunted.

Just about every city has some supposedly haunted mansion, cemetery or lunatic asylum (“if you listen carefully to the wind on moonless nights, you can hear the screams of the insaneā€¦”). Most cities, in fact, have at least one company offering tours of their spookiest places.

Ghost tourism has boomed over the past decade, propelled by the public’s interest in the mysterious and supernatural. There are hundreds of ghost tours offered across the country, from Hollywood (“Come see Haunted Hollywood and ghosts of the stars!”) to New England (“Visit Boston’s infamous haunted locales!”).

French court blocks return of head

From Reuters:

A French court stepped in on Wednesday to block the return to New Zealand of the mummified head of a Maori warrior held in a provincial museum since the 19th century.

The mayor of Rouen offered to return the tattooed head last week, but the Culture Ministry contested the plan, taking the case to the city’s administrative court. The court upheld the ministry’s appeal.

The ministry is concerned that such offers by individual museums could threaten its control over artifacts from other civilizations, such as ancient Egypt or Peru.

Dead or alive, I’m back

Here we are in prime season for The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire site and I’ve been missing from the site.

In response to the numerous emails inquiring as to whether I’m alive or dead…hopefully my return to posting answers your question.

It’s not just home prices that are scary

Sometimes it’s the home itself.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Every neighborhood has one. A house the kids are certain is haunted. Where I grew up, it was the monastery on top of the hill, only we didn’t realize at the time that it was a religious place. We just thought it was spooky.

People have always loved a good ghost story, especially when it comes to haunted houses. And there are untold numbers of places supposedly occupied by spooks and specters or that were the site of acts so heinous that houses themselves have become part of the folklore.

..But in the spirit of Halloween, here’s a look at some of the country’s spookiest haunts:

Winchester Mystery House ..One account has it that Sarah was told by a medium to build a house for herself and to never stop construction or she would die. Another account has it that she believed the only way she could repent for the thousands of people killed by her family’s rifles was to keep building. Either way, she built and then built some more, from 1884, when she purchased the house under construction, until her death 38 years later.The place started out as a six-bedroom house. But Sarah turned it into a eerie mansion with 40 bedrooms, 40 staircases, 47 fireplaces and 1,257 windows.

Grant-Humphreys MansionBuilt by Colorado’s third governor, James Grant, this Denver house at 770 Pennsylvania St. lays claim to five ghosts, including that of Albert Humphreys, a subsequent owner who died of a suspicious shooting accident on the third floor, according to HauntedHouse.com.

The others are said to be disrupted souls from the old cemetery that lies beneath what is now Cheesman Park. They’ve been flying about since 1873, when the cemetery was closed and the city hired an incompetent undertaker to move some graves. Showing little respect for the unearthed dead, he broke up bodies to fit them into small boxes, mixing up parts as he worked.

Whaley House...Few houses in San Diego are as historically important as this one, or as haunted. It made the list of the Travel Channel’s most haunted destinations. Every day, visitors from throughout the world tour the place in the city’s Old Town section, and numerous manifestations have been reported since the house reopened as a museum in 1960.

Reed House...This Asheville, N.C., house was built in 1892 by Samuel Reed. Although Reed was a lawyer for tycoon George Vanderbilt, his life was “full of loss,” according to the local paranormal society. Five of his children died young. Then his wife passed away, and he followed her into the great beyond six months later.

The house was abandoned for a time, and then was purchased in 1973 and turned into a bed and breakfast. Now, it is known as the Biltmore Village Inn, a place where the sound of heavy boots can sometimes be heard, or a spectral game of pool takes place. Bedroom doors open and close by themselves, and the lights sometimes go on and off for no reason.

Franklin Castle.There are ghosts aplenty at Cleveland’s Franklin Castle, which is known as Ohio’s most haunted house. And no wonder: Among other things, a pile of baby skeletons was discovered in a small room at the rear of the house, the victim of some inept doctor, according to Forgotten Ohio.com, and a group of Nazis was gunned down in a political dispute. Today, babies can still be heard crying, the German Socialists’ conversation continues.

AMNewYork highlights some grizzly real estate in Gotham, including one Starbucks that was once the scene of a famous mob hit.

Calling all zombies! Zombies urgently needed!

No, seriously: a film crew in Port Gamble, WA needs zombie extras:

[L]est you think only city-folk can get down with their undead selves, a crew of indie filmsters today started shooting a zombie movie up in Port Gamble, as announced by P-I Kitsap County reader blogger Jean Boyle.

The movie is called “Zombies of Destruction” (yep — social commentary is involved. Here’s the official site, plus a blog from its lead). It’s been in pre-production for six months, will be staging nighttime zombie attacks until Nov. 17, and is in need, really, of only one thing — extras.

“I need as many zombies as possible,” said local extras coordinator Denise Gibbs.

Mars Port Gamble Needs Women Zombies!

Reagan worried about space aliens

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