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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: Slain Wife Haunts Killer Husband -- Unexplained Experiences in Hospital Lab -- OKC Thunder's Spooky '6th' Man

Slain wife haunts killer husband

An elderly man who said he had been haunted in his dreams by his wife since he killed her in a fit of anger and dumped her body in a pond has been arrested by police and charged with murder.

He told police he was so bothered by the dreams that he was about to turn himself in.

Phu Wiang police said the body of Orn Donkanha, 67, was found in a pond near Wat Santikaram in tambon Song Peuy of Phu Wiang district on April 15. She had been bashed on the left temple with hard object and had been dead around three days when she was found.

The police initially had no clue who was responsible, but suspicion later focussed on Sombot Samuk, 68, her new husband.

Mr Sombot and Orn had both been widowed and had been seeing each other for a few months. Although they each had their own home they frequenlty stayed together and were regarded as husband and wife.

He had disappeared from the area and police found out he was staying at a relative’s house in Chum Phae district in Khon Kaen.

The police sought an arrest warrant from the court on April 17 on a murder charge, and later arrested Mr Sombot.

Pol Maj Gen Churat Panngeo, superintendent of Provincial Police Region 4, said on Sunday that Mr Sombot admitted to killing his wife on April 11.

He said Mr Sombot and Orn were both widowed and had been together for some months.

Mr Sombot said Orn had frequenlty scolded him, but claimed he had been patient with her.

Mr Sombot said at Orn's invitation he accompanied her to a shadow puppet show in the village on April 11. On the way back home she scolded him severely about his family and his children, and expelled him from her house.

He became angry and hit her twice with a wooden plank he saw beside the road. She fell to the ground and died shortly after. So he dumped her body in the pond.

He then returned to his home, changed and burned the clothes he had been wearing, and fled to Phu Kradung district of Loei. He later moved to stay with relatives in Chum Phae district.

The accused told police that while he was in hiding he dreamed about the dead woman every night, and she told him to surrender to police or she would continue to haunt him in his dreams.

Mr Sombot said he had been so upset by the dreams he contacted a relative in order to turn himself in, but he was arrested before he could go to the police station. - Bangkok Post


Mythical beasts and voodoo worship: photographing pagan rituals in China

A young girl dressed like an angel, her face painted deathly white save for her red lips and the bright pink crescents around her eyes, is led on horseback through a curious crowd. A man wearing a demonic mask smokes a cigarette while cradling a sleeping baby. White-faced figures in bright robes emerge from the twilight mist like ghosts from ancient times. These are just three of the mysterious images in Shanxi, a hauntingly beautiful photobook by the Chinese photographer Zhang Xiao, which captures the age-old rituals of the annual lunar new year festival in the country's Shanxi province.

"These photographs document ancient customs originating [in] pagan beliefs – voodooesque forms of totem worship," he writes in his afterword. "A number of these old rites still survive and remain central to cultural practices throughout the region." Read more at The Guardian


Haunted Hospital Lab

I've tried talking to them and asking them to leave. Have prayed for them to leave. Have gone around the work area with salt and they still approach the workers.

There is one female in particular who comes from a culture that believes in spirits and is deathly afraid of them. It doesn't help that she has her own experiences in her culture where spirits were blamed for a child choking and pinching out of thin air. She is ready to quit because of them and I would like to find a way to get the spirits to leave so she doesn't.

Several other people on different shifts have had unexplainable experiences. Things like having their hair or scrubs pulled on. Another person was minding her own business and had what sounded like a ton of glass breaking right next to her. I have seen a grey shadow moving across the floor and sensed spirits myself.
This amount of activity is relatively new and seems to correspond to the new worker who is scared of them.

Are there any other techniques short of an exorcism to get rid of the spirits or at least get them to stop bothering this one female worker? - Reddit.com


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Haunted Skirvin Hilton Hotel...OKC Thunder's Spooky '6th' Man

OKLAHOMA CITY — The roster of the Oklahoma City Thunder has championship-caliber talent, but the team’s playoff hopes may rest — though not in peace — with one bit player who remains largely unseen.

She is an apparitional sixth man, of sorts, who may or may not exist at all, in this world or any other. But Effie the housekeeper has been known to play wicked defense and haunt Thunder opponents, most of whom stay at the 103-year-old Skirvin Hilton Hotel.

Large men unafraid of attacking the lane, diving headfirst into the seats or lobbing pressure-packed shots shudder at the mere thought of Effie. More important, perhaps, they lie awake the night before a game, their prescribed rest undone by phantom pains.

Is it any wonder that the Thunder had the league’s second-best home record?

In the past few seasons, the Knicks blamed creaks and groans for a sleepless night before a loss. A Bulls player could not explain why his bathroom door slammed shut. A member of the Phoenix Suns woke to find his bathtub filled with water. Read more at NY Times



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