Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Daily 2 Cents: Want to Report a Fairy Sighting? -- Three Flying Shadows -- The Manhattan Well Murder


Want to Report a Fairy Sighting?

The Fairy Investigation Society: The Fairy Census is an attempt to gather, scientifically, the details of as many fairy sightings from the last century as possible and to measure, in an associated survey, contemporary attitudes to fairies. The census was inspired by an earlier fairy census carried out by Marjorie Johnson and Alasdair Alpin MacGregor in 1955/1956, a census that was published in 2014. Go to The Fairy Census

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Three Flying Shadows

Allentown, PA - 11/15/2014 - some edits: I was in back of my house, when I decided to take a smoke. I look up to see if the moon was out that night, then that's when I saw three black round objects flying next to each other. No lights, no sound and flying about the speed of at least 200 or more MPH. I ran to the front of my house I notice that the 3 objects were still speeding. I called my wife to come and see this object, but by the time she came down they were gone. Later that night I was thinking to myself what I just witness. I didn't want people to think I'm crazy so I kept this to myself. My wife kept asking me what I saw, but I couldn't tell her what I saw in the sky. I usually don't believe in stuff like that, but what I saw was real not a dream. What is going on in this world? The objects appeared to move towards northeast heading east at a fast pace. I couldn't believe my eyes so I soon as I saw them I ran to the front of my house to get a better view, then I saw them move faster but small, they were gone. I know the difference between airplanes, weather balloons, and helicopters. This was something different, not from here. I did a little research and noticed that they got two army bases in the area, but don't think it's military. Please help me realize what I saw was real... I can't be losing my mind. MUFON CMS

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Maurice L. Lambert kisses his fiancee Violet Hilton, as they pose with her conjoined twin sister, Daisy Hilton in New York, July 5, 1934. Maurice and Violet were denied a marriage license by judges in 21 states because they considered it “immoral.”

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The Manhattan Well Murder

The well-documented story has it that a young woman named Gulielma Elmore Sands left her Greenwich Street boarding home on the evening of Dec. 22, 1799, to meet Levi Weeks, a fellow boarder. The two had a secret romance and were planning to elope that night. Eleven days later, her body was found in a well in Lispenard’s Meadow (today’s Spring Street). Marks on her neck suggested death by strangulation.

The Manhattan Well Murder, as it was dubbed by the press, became a sensation. Handbills distributed to the public implied that Weeks had impregnated Sands before killing her, and the woman’s family later displayed her corpse outside their boarding house to encourage speculation. Public sentiment turned passionately against Weeks, who was arrested and tried for murder, but ultimately acquitted.

In 1980, the remains of the well were uncovered by the building’s owner during an excavation of the dirt-filled basement. Over the years, many of the restaurant’s staff reported strange happenings, and some believe Sands’s ghost still haunts the property.

While the only spirit-like entities I saw on my recent visit were a few ghostly mannequins decked out in the latest Swedish fashions, it’s still pretty amazing to be able to check out such a unique piece of New York history, an artifact dating to a time when Soho was a meadow and Spring Street actually had a spring running through it. - ScountingNY

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