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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Daily 2 Cents: Graverobbers Steal Skull of 'Nosferatu' Director Murnau -- Cut by 'Little Green Men' -- Better Late Than Never

Graverobbers Steal Skull of 'Nosferatu' Director Murnau

Graverobbers have stolen the skull of a legendary vampire film director in a possible occult theft.

The skull of Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau, who directed 1922 horror classic Nosferatu, has been reported missing from his family plot in Germany.

Wax residue is said to have been found near the grave, conjuring up images of a candle-lit theft straight out of one of the auteur’s own movies.

Mangers of the cemetery in Stahnsdorf, about 12 miles south-west of central Berlin said Murnau’s grave has been disturbed before and his brother’s nearby plots were left untouched.

Producers had to change the name's of characters, such as Count Orlok instead of Count Dracula, as the film was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula (Getty) Producers had to change the names of characters as the film was an unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula, such as Count Orlok instead of Count Dracula, (Getty) Murnau was best known for his expressionist classic Nosferatu, which was later remade by Werner Herzog. He also directed Sunrise, which won several Oscars at the first Academy awards.

Murnau died in a car crash aged 42 in California and was buried in his native Germany.

Der Spiegel reports that the cemetery overseers are considering whether to seal Murnau’s grave after the grisly theft. - Nosferatu director's head stolen from grave in Germany


Cut by 'Little Green Men'

Baltimore, MD - 6/10/1974: Hello, thank you for letting me tell my story. It was early to mid 70's and my siblings, some neighborhood kids and myself were playing Hide n Seek. I was attempting to hide 3 doors up from home, in the alley way that separates the homes by 2s, as I was approaching the gate to open it, 2 dark, approx. 5-6",long lanky arms, torso and legs and upside triangle shaped heads and huge fly shaped eyes, appeared from around the back of the home. I was frozen with fear when one of the aliens raised a arm showing three fingers with bulbous type tips, I ran home jump in my bed under the covers. My mom came to check on me and I told her what I saw and laughed and said I couldn't have seen what I described.

For 3 straight days from the initial sightings, when I would go to bed I would be awaken by what I called "The Little Green Men" and they would be 4 on each hand with what I thought was dental floss, 2 on a finger cutting my fingers leaving paper cut cuts on each digit of my fingers. The other odd thing was I couldn't scream or move while this was happening and afterwards I immediately went to sleep. I would tell my mom and siblings and they would laugh and say I was dreaming and scratching myself.

I knew what I saw and experienced was truly happening but no one believed me so I just didn't share my story until in the 90's and more and more people were seeing the two aliens that greeted me but no one ever made mention of "The Little Green Men"

I said all of this to say THANK YOU Netflix for airing "SIRIUS" for in this documentary there "It" was one of the "The Little Green Men" just as I remembered. Thank You All for proving to all of whom I told my story to that I was not "CRAZY". I get the last laugh. THANK YOU THANK YOU - MUFON CMS


Man wakes up every day thinking it's March 14, 2005 and he has to go to a dental appointment

For patient WO today is always Monday, March 14, 2005. He can remember everything up to that date. But since then the 38-year-old can only hold memories for 80 minutes. Then they are lost. But he has not suffered brain damage nor is he faking and his condition is baffling experts. Patient WO, referred as William, is the subject of a study by his doctor Gerald (Jerry) Burgess from the University of Leicester.

William is stuck in an endless loop of waking up and thinking he has a routine dental appointment to go to. He can recall everything until 1.40pm on the day, while serving in Germany a decade ago, when he was injected with anaesthetic before a root canal treatment. Dr Burgess believes his condition is unique and needs a new classification in the field of amnesia. He said: "He wakes up believing he should still be in the military, stationed abroad. "Every day he thinks it is the day of the dental appointment. Each morning he is prompted by his wife to check his computer, on which the family has listed, and keep updated, key facts he should be aware of.

"Some events that have occurred since the onset of his condition in March 2005 continue to elicit genuine surprise or astonishment." William's symptoms are similar to patients suffering from what's known as anterograde amnesia. This is when damage to the bilateral hippocampal or diencephalon regions in the brain cause short spans of awareness as well as complete and rapid memory loss. Typically it is brought on by a specific event or trauma and causes patients to loss the ability to create new memories after this event, while long-term memories from before the event are clear.

Without the presence of brain damage or changes, the experts believe the cause of amnesia in William could be a breakdown of protein synthesis in the brain. Another explanation is that he is faking it. But Dr Burgess, who has known William for 10 years, has dismissed that. According to Dr Burgess, William manages his daily life and generally remains oriented throughout the day through continuous access to an electronic diary and prompts. But Dr Burgess says William does not fit any current classification of amnesia. He said: "Overall, this brand of amnesia needs another diagnostic or classification category than any currently existing." - Man wakes up every day thinking it's March 14 2005 and he has to go to a dental appointment


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Better Late Than Never

Oskar Groening, a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard, admitted to feeling “moral guilt” for serving as an SS sergeant at the infamous Nazi death camp. The landmark ruling shows that courts are willing to prosecute those involved in the Holocaust irrespective of their “minor” roles or advanced age.

After a two-and-a-half month trial in the northern German city of Lueneburg, presiding judge Franz Kompisch ruled that the former guard was guilty of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews. The former guard now faces four years in prison, which, given the severity of the charges, seems absurdly lenient. According to his testimony, Groening—the so-called “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”—oversaw the collection of prisoners’ belongings and ensured that valuables and money were sent to Berlin.

Efraim Zuroff, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s head Nazi hunter, told the Associated Press that the case marks an important legal milestone.

“This verdict was critical, because this is the first case brought where the prosecution charged a person who wasn’t involved in the physical side of mass murder,” he was quoted as saying. “This paves the way for additional trials of individuals who did not literally pull the trigger but who were part of the implementation of the Final Solution.”

As lawyer Cornelius Nestler told Reuters, the case demonstrated that Auschwitz as a whole was “a murder machinery,” and that “Everyone who participated in it has to take responsibility for it.”

The verdict also shows that courts are willing to prosecute former members of the SS who served at death camps, regardless of their age. Read more at Auschwitz Guard Convicted on 300,000 Counts of Accessory to Murder



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