Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Daily 2 Cents: The 'Butler' is Back -- Slender Man Now Linked to 3 Violent Acts -- Floating Humanoid Over Long Island


The 'Butler' is Back

This is my first time posting here, so I kinda have a bunch to catch up on. I'm not really sure why I'm posting. I'm just intrigued by the paranormal and want to share my story with some likeminded people.

In 2010, we moved into a new house. It's a fairly large, extremely decorative Victorian or Queen Anne style house in a large city in the American midwest that was built by a prominent banker sometime in the 1880s or 1890s. The house itself is nice enough, and it's been remodeled a few times, but there's still some weird things about it. For one, most of the woodwork, windows, flooring, et cetera is still original, which means that it's super old and creaky. For two, despite being over a hundred years old, it's actually one of the newest houses on my block.

During the move-in process that summer, things always seemed to be going missing, only to turn up a few days later. I'm sure that this is just because of the general messiness of unpacking boxes, but my brothers and I started joking around, attributing the disappearances to an unnamed spirit which we soon started referring to as "the Butler". Soon enough, every time anything remotely weird happened, The Butler received the blame. This varied from light fixtures cutting out (most of the wiring in our house dates back to World War II) to doors randomly slamming shut (cross-breezes for the most part).

That fall, I started going to school. Being the awkward new kid at the school with a September birthday, I invited a couple of people who were potential friends over to celebrate my fifteenth birthday. During our "party", two of my friends managed to break the light fixture in my room, so it was fairly dark for the next couple of months. During this entire time, my room (which used to be the banker's office) always felt occupied, like somebody was in there and didn't want to be disturbed.

One night, sometime in the late fall or early winter of 2010, my entire family was out except for me because I was feeling under the weather. I was sitting downstairs in the parlour of the house, and I thought that I heard a man coughing in the basement beneath me. The room beneath where I was is filled with sawdust, and we think it was the original owner's workshop (the original owner's first name was Edward, so I will refer to him as such from now on). About a month later, I was sitting in the same spot in the parlour, and I thought that I saw a fairly small man with a balding head cross the corner of my field of vision and head out the door. I googled Edward's name, and found a picture dating back to 1912 of him in a school board group. He was a kind-looking man of fairly small stature that balded fairly early in life.

Sometime in the spring of 2011, I was in the attic on my dad's computer skyping my friend, who said that he thought he saw somebody walk behind me. Nothing more came of that, but I think it could be related.

At one point, one of my neighbors who had lived in the neighborhood since the 1950s told me that a man killed his wife on the basement steps in the early '60s. I never found any news reports or anything to confirm this. The same neighbor told me that growing up he had a friend that lived in this house that held seances in the basement. I never confirmed this, either. They're just interesting tidbits.

In the spring of 2013, my great-grandmother lost her home due to a problem with the mortgage, and had my mom bring much of her 80-100 year old furniture to our house so it wouldn't rot in storage. Amongst the furniture is a large painting of a bible school in France that my grandfather painted. This now hangs in the parlour. If you nudge the painting crooked and leave it alone for a few minutes it often slowly reverts back to its upright position.

More recently, I have heard footsteps through the front vestibule, entryway, and hallway to the kitchen while home alone, constantly have the feeling that there is somebody else in the room in Edward's old office, which is now my parents' bedroom, and have often felt like I'm being watched.

Now here's why I'm posting. Three nights ago, I was laying down in the basement on the couch, since that is currently serving as my bedroom. All the lights were off except a strand of Christmas lights over my head, and I was trying to get to sleep, but in the darkened old workshop I kept on hearing shuffling sounds and the sound of a man breathing hard and grunting as if with effort. I cleared my throat and the sounds stopped, but for the next half hour I felt as if somebody were glaring at me from the darkness. It got to the point where I got up and went upstairs and slept on the couch.

If my house is still occupied by the spirit of Edward, who passed away in 1945 or so, do you think he's trying to tell us something? This coming sunday we will have lived in the house for four years, and I feel like he's just been making himself more and more apparent to us. My mom has also felt his presence, and my youngest sister, then four years old, said that she heard a voice singing along to a Beatles song on her iPod in her room. She said that she paused the song and the voice continued for a moment before addressing her by name. Is there really something going on in this house, and if so, is there anything I need to do?

Once again, I am intrigued by the paranormal, but at a point, if Edward is still in the house, we need to either figure out how to coexist, or one of us needs to leave. - Reddit.com

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Slender Man Now Linked to 3 Violent Acts

A fictional horror creature popularized by Internet memes is now linked to three violent crimes.

A week after two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls allegedly stabbed their friend 19 times to honor Slender Man, more real-life connections to the spooky character are emerging.

A man accused of killing two cops and a civilian before committing suicide with his wife in Las Vegas on Sunday often dressed up in costume as Slender Man, a neighbor told KTNV.

And a Cincinnati mom told WLWT she thinks her daughter may have been inspired by Slender Man when she attacked her with a knife in their kitchen, wearing a hood and white mask.

A key to Slender Man’s appeal may be that he is faceless and Andrew Peck, a University of Wisconsin lecturer who studies Slender Man and other folklore, likened the amorphous Slender Man to the villain of so many campfire horror stories – a man with a hook hand.

“It can really be what you want it to be,” said Peck. “You can personalize the character and make it your own. He can be a lot of things, that’s what I think makes it so successful. That he’s mysterious and unknowable.” Read more at ABCNews

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Alien Army?

Occurred : 6/6/2014 01:18 (Entered as : 06/06/14 1:18)
Reported: 6/6/2014 2:17:42 AM 02:17
Posted: 6/6/2014
Location: Salem, OR
Shape: Triangle
Duration:15 minutes

True story of alien army seen!!!!!

The first one we saw was glowing bluish green and it started moving straight and wobbling in an "S" pattern.

Shortly after I went to the store me and my boyfriend were joking about seeing something.

As we got home he started running inside and so did I joking around and as he looked back he said baby look what's that?! And that's when we both turned and saw three glowing orange craft objects. That's when we actually flew inside, falling over each other trying to get into the door. My boyfriend I were beyond frantic and we had to get my mom to see what was outside....

As we went outside we noticed there was nothing in the sky anymore. Within a few minutes, from the horizon came one of the orange crafts this was one of eight.

The first four went into what looked like a spade formation then while In this formation one craft was glowing brighter than the rest and slowly dimmed in place and disappeared very quickly then from there more crafts appeared from the horizon then disappeared even quicker.

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Floating Humanoid Over Long Island

Occurred : 6/4/2014 18:30 (Entered as : 06/14/2014 18:30)
Reported: 6/4/2014 7:40:31 PM 19:40
Posted: 6/6/2014
Location: Lindenhurst, NY
Shape: Unknown
Duration:30 minutes
Floating man over south shore Suffolk county

I was sitting at Well Wood docks in Lindenhurst, NY. I was just chilling by the water waiting to pick up someone I saw a few planes fly by, until I saw a large black thing coming close to where u was. It got closer then it was in view I couldn't exactly see what it was but not plane or helicopter and def was not balloon

it looked like a shape of man and device over him, or man on cross yes I know it sounds crazy but 4 other people saw it and was shocked it was floating till it stopped mid air rotate came back towards us then stopped floated the turn direction moved north

I followed looking to see what it was but it was at least 100' feet up i followed about mile then it changed direction headed west where 2 other people said what is that we watched it hover and head west over Montauk hwy till it was gone I took pictures I even got in touch with local news who said send pictures other people had call it in pictures aren't great since took it with my iPhone

NOTE: I've made inquiries for the photos. Lon

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3 comments :

  1. Part 1

    Lon,
    perhaps you can set a goal and a date and just let everyone know
    that the time has come to make a decision-
    then let the people decide.

    You can use external sites to
    crowd fund but it is cheaper,easier and simpler to run it through your own blog.

    Just right a good piece that expresses how you feel.

    Include the facts like the
    number of subscribers,
    amount needed,
    how long you have been doing this,
    how little you have asked for along the way and how hard you have always tried to avoid doing this
    AND
    how many articles you have posted-
    you must have posted a few million words and books full of pix by now!

    Let people know that you have tried to
    keep the donations free will and unsolicited.

    Just affirm to people that you would avoid this if at all possible...
    but it is no longer possible.

    Speak your peace-
    those who have come to know you through your writings will understand.

    Trolls aren't going to send you any money anyway.

    Every real missionary that I have known DESPISED fund-raising above
    all of their duties.

    Those that are
    NOT
    "In it for the money" are just about
    ALWAYS
    reluctant to appear otherwise!

    Those that are "The Real Deal"
    do NOT want to be confused with the
    wolves in sheep's clothing.

    Your sincerity is obvious to those who
    are familiar with you-
    You CLEARLY do not like mentioning
    funding.

    Perhaps you would like to preface some of these discussions with how you feel about the tv false prophets
    ( they are NOT evangelists)
    and the Justins
    (be it Biebers or Bigfoots!)
    and tell people that if they are offended by discussions about $
    or don't believe you or trust you
    that they are humbly invited to unsubscribe now because if there isn't
    more $ coming in
    THEN THERE WON'T BE ANYTHING TO SUBSCRIBE TO ANYWAY!

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  2. Part 2:

    You may also want to explain to your loyal readers how little you have taken in over the years to do this and share the figures on that,too.

    Maybe you can host& post a few articles for a week from some of your associates about funding-
    just some tales of the unsung backstage trials&tribulations of trying to just get the gas money or expenses to go investigate phenomenon or be there to counsel people.

    Some humour and maybe some mysterious tales of synchronicity and funding that came through at the last minute or being barely sufficient
    to the last penny.

    Share some letters of appreciation from your old SRI clients and let people know some more about your
    lifework and efforts outside the blog.

    If people can understand how much effort and sacrifice this takes then hopefully they will feel better about being part of the team.

    Remind them that this you are essentially a one-man band and you simply need some honest assistance to carry on....
    since you can't afford professional assistants!

    Don't hesitate to crunch the numbers
    and set figures-
    X amount of subscribers with
    Y% amount of responders estimated
    means an average of
    $Z per person.

    I'm guessing that $5 per person would
    be great
    IF EVERYONE RESPONDED.

    $20 would probably
    make a better minimum figure.

    Personally,
    I'd ask everyone who cares to send $20 and then tally up the results and report back.

    If that doesn't work,
    you may want to take a hiatus
    and create a paranormal coffee-table book with lots of pix,your personal favourites and set it up in sections
    according to the type of phenomenon-

    Heck fire,Man-
    I'm sure that you could write
    a whole series of them by editing and arranging just SOME of the material that you have already posted over the years!

    You could tell people then that if your funding goal is not met that you are going to take a sabbatical and write a book with what you do receive.

    Keep writing your material but switch to a book format for awhile so you
    can take a break from the deadline pressures everyday.

    I believe that if no one saw
    new material posted for awhile
    but they did keep getting
    book updates as subscribers
    then when you were ready to publish a lot would buy the book.

    ALSO-
    If you went through Kindle on Amazon
    you could do your work as a monthly magazine for sale or subscription.

    Maybe cheap-
    $1 per monthly issue or $10 a year-
    something reasonable like that.


    Lastly,
    if all else fails,
    you could just scale back to occasional postings of the items that you feel are of particular interest or importance.

    These are just some ideas that
    I have-
    pick or choose as you see fit.

    Thanks for posting!
    -g

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  3. Hi G....I appreciate the comments and advice. You make several good points. Lon

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