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Monthly Monster: Dybbuk

Monthly Monster: Dybbuk

Monthly Monster: Dybbuk

By Margeaux DeMott 

 

 

The dybbuk is a spirit that comes from Jewish folklore. The term cannot be found in either Talmudic literature or the Kabbalah. Instead of the using the term we know it as today the phenomenon is referenced as an evil spirit or sometimes unclean spirit. Dybbuk as a term was born in the 17th century and was created by German and Polish Jews.

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A dybbuk is a malevolent disembodied spirit that can possess a person or other living things. This spirit can attach itself to a person for many different reasons and causes chaos in that unfortunate person’s life. Possession can happen to any one, but some people may be more easily possessed than others. If you have committed a secret sin, if you are a women living in homes with a neglected mezuzot, or even if you have a connection with the person who became a dybbuk. The reason why a soul finds itself in this unfortunate form can vary in many different ways. Most often it is because the soul is suffering from being cut off from God because of a sin they had committed and not repented for. One can also become a dybbuk simply because there was unfinished business that needed to be attended to. As soon as a person has been possessed they will begin to change. Simply possessing someone is not the end game for this malevolent spirit. They have a goal that they need to accomplish and they will use the possessed to obtain that goal. Some people believe that when the dybbuk has accomplished what it wants it then will leave the possessed person.

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It is recommended to have an exorcism done as soon as possible. The excorcist in this case should be a great Rabbi or a Kabbalist. During the exorcism the exorcist will ask the dybbuk for its name and find out the reason behind the possession to better understand how to force it out. Often times the exorcist will deal with the sin that turned the spirit and caused it to become cut off from God. Dealing with this form of possession was first discovered among the Kabbalists of Safed.

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Urban Legends: Kuchisake-onna

Urban Legends: Kuchisake-onna

By Margeaux DeMott

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This lovely urban legend comes from Japan. The Kuchisake-onna, Slit-mouthed Woman, legend comes from Japan’s Heian period (794-1185). It is a story of a violent man and a vain woman turned vengeful spirit. Kuchisake-onna translates to slit-mouthed woman in English.

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Kuchisake-onna was a beautiful, vain woman.  She was married to a violent and jealous samurai. The woman cheated on her husband and when he found out he was enraged. He violently attacked her and gave her a Glasgow smile. After doing so he said to her “Who will think you are beautiful now?”

The tale sounds like one to warn against infidelity, but in the late 1970s Kuchisake-onna reappears as a vengeful spirit.

Kuchisake-onna is said to wear a brown trench coat and wears a surgeon’s mask to hide her going, bloody Glasgow smile. Appearing to people traveling alone at night or on a foggy day she would ask the unfortunate person a seemingly innocent question. Do you think I’m beautiful? This simple question could land you in very hot water. When you tell her yes she proceeds to pull down the surgeon’s mask to show you her still gory wound. She will ask you How about now? If you answer no she reveals a pair of scissors and will kill you on the spot, but if you answer yes she will cut you with the scissors so you too can have a permanent smile. She was often seen lurking near children because their innocent answers would allow her to gain more victims.

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Do not fear dear reader for there are a couple of ways to avoid both of these fates.

  1. If you respond with You’re average, So-so or Am I beautiful? You will be able to confuse her for long enough to run away. And no, you cannot simply run away. If you do not confuse her she will be able to simply reappear in front of you and even follow you home.
  2. If you give her hard amber candy she will be pleased and simply let you go unharmed.
  3. If you tell her that you are late for an appointment she will apologize and let you go to your appointment without incident.

The sightings from the late 1970s may have an actual living, well formerly, culprit. A corner came across documents of a woman who was hit by a car while she was chasing a young child. This woman just so happened to have similar scars as Kuchisake-onna. It is highly likely that she was the cause of the terror and rekindling of an old urban legend.

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The legend of Kuchisake-onna has made its way onto the big screen. The films based off of this story are as follows: Carved aka A Slit-Mouthed Woman aka Kuchisake-onna (2007) and its prequel Carved 2 aka Kuchisake-Onna 2: The Scissors Massacre aka A Slit-Mouthed Woman 2 aka Kuchisake-onna 2 (2008).

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Urban Legend: Squidward’s Suicide

Urban Legend: Squidward’s Suicide

Squidwards Suicide

 

Squidward's Suicide and Red Mist

By Margeaux Lauren

Originally a Creepypasta story, Squidward's Suicide did not take long to reach urban legend status. For those of you who don't know, a Creepypasta is a horror story written online to strike fear into its readers. It is basically the new wave of campfire tales.

There are different types of Creepypastas like entities, paranormal, killers, locations, and lost episodes. Squidward's Suicide/Red Mist fall into the category of lost episodes.  Squidward's Suicide was the first of the two stories and was written from the point of view of an intern at Nickelodeon studios. Red Mist is sort of a sequel/retelling that cleans up the unknown part of the story. In my opinion the story is better without Red Mist.

The Urban Legend Squidward's Suicide

The story takes place in 2005 and is a story told by a former intern of Nickelodeon studios. He was working along side the editor one day when a video came in that would change his life. It was supposed to be an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, but what they got was a horror show. The begining of the episode starts off like a normal episode with Squidward trying to play clarinet while Spogebob and Patrick are running hijinks outside.  After Squidward asks them to knock it off things start to change. Characters in the audience at his concert are drawn with hyper realistic eyes, the audio cuts off and suddenly begins again with the sound of wind through a forest. Intense focused shots of Squidward have spliced in pictures of mutilated dead children. That's right, mutilated dead children. Read all the gritty story details here.

The Urban Legend Red Mist

The Red Mist story goes almost the same as the original Squidward's Suicide tale. Instead of Spongebob and Patrick interrupting Squidward's playing it is a Scottish sales-fish. Squidward slams the door in his face and the fish knocks again with an ominous warning that the red mist is coming. I believe the point of this Scottish sales-fish is to lend an answer to a tale that was better off without one. At the end of the retelling the writer of the Red Mist reports that a man named Andrew Skinner was the maker of the episode. Skinner is allegedly a disgruntled animator from Scotland who is also the one who killed the kids in the video. He is supposedly in jail for child murder. The end of the story also accuses the writer of Squidward's Suicide of making a copy of the tape and trying to distribute the film through online auction websites. --So whoever wrote the Red Mist hates loose ends that were designed to add to a stories mystery and has some jerk grudge against the original story teller? Honestly I hate the Red Mist.-- If you have the desire to read the retelling and bow tying you can find it here.

It's not hard to see how this Creepypasta became an urban legend, it  has all the great elements for a lasting story. Spongebob Squarepants has been on the air since 1999. As of this writing that is 16 years. That allows for a larger audience to be captured by the urban legend. The original story leaves off with a bunch of questions that could have been open to debate. --Again another reason why I hate Red Mist-- To those who say a Creepypasta can not be an urban legend I say this to you - what is so different once the story has been circulated enough that it has people asking if it is real or not.

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CROPSEY: URBAN LEGEND

CROPSEY: URBAN LEGEND

CROPSEY

By Margeaux DeMott

 

The legend of Cropsey comes from New York and is now closely associated with Staten Island. Cropsey's affiliation with Staten Island is because of a documentary made in 2009 by Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio, titled Cropsey. Their documentary briefly covers that urban legend and purposes a man named Andre Rand could be the aforementioned boogeyman. However, the legend of Cropsey is older than the disappearances of the children that are attributed to Rand. Started as a spooky tale that campers in boy scouts, summer camps, and groups of teenagers would tell around a campfire, Cropsey shares a similar tale common to most boogeymen. Cropsey lives in the woods and preys on the young; from children to young adult campers. The story varies slightly from campfire to campfire. Sometimes he has a hook for a hand, some times his face is burnt, but most often he does his killing with an ax. I have read of people being told the legend going all the way back to the 1950s, and the tale of Cropsey is still being told around campfires to this day. 

The Urban Legend, reprised

Cropsey was a man that lived in a cabin in the woods with his family. He had a wife and two children. He was an upstanding pillar of his community and had an all around good life. Until one fateful day.  A group of campers in the woods started a campfire that they could not handle. The flames spread through the woods and caught Cropsey's home ablaze. His children and wife found themselves trapped inside the house. He tried to get them out but failed. He fell into a deep rage aimed at careless camp goers. Insanity soon took over, and Cropsey moved into the woods to hunt people with his ax. He swore his deadly vengeance on any and all campers he could get his hands on.

The man that became the Urban Legend

The man who would become Cropsey

In their documentary, Zeman and Brancaccio match a man to the myth and put a face to the boogeyman in the form of a person we know as Andre Rand. Throughout the 1970's and into the 1980's strange occurrences  transpired. Several children, and one young adult, on Staten Island went missing. Rand was the prime suspect in these disappearances due to his criminal record involving crimes against children. In 1972 Alice Pereira, nine years old, went missing. She was last seen playing in an apartment lobby with her brother. Her brother said he left Alice alone for a moment and when he returned she was gone. Coincidentally Rand was employed as a painter at this apartment building. In 1981 Holly Ann Hughes, seven years old, never returned home from going to the store with a friend. Her friend reported that Rand drove up in a Volkswagen and pulled Holly into the car. In 1983 Tiahease Jackson, eleven years old, was reported missing after she failed to return from going out to purchase food on her mothers request.  In 1984 Hank Gafforio, twenty-two years old, was reported missing. Hank Gafforio was born with an IQ in the seventies. His last sighting was with Rand in a local diner. In 1987 Jennifer Schweiger, twelve years old, was reported missing and was last seen walking with Rand. Schweiger's body was found on the grounds of the former Willowbrook State School.

Andre Rand was convicted of the kidnapping of Jennifer Schweiger (1988) and later the kidnapping of Holly Ann Hughes (2004) -concurrent sentences of 25 years-to-life. As of the time of this writing he is still living, and will be eligible for parole in 2037 at the age of ninety-three years old. Considering the areas in which he hunted his prey, and the vivid imagination of a pre-internet society, one can easily see where people made the connection from Rand to the legend of Cropsey.

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Freakish Facts

Freakish Facts

By: Stephanie Roisland

Abnormal Musings and Freakish Facts #3

1. In Evil Dead II, you can see Freddy Krueger’s glove from Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s hanging above the door in the tool shed.

2. Rather than risk breaking continuity, Sissy Spacek slept in bloody clothes for three days while filming the prom scene in Carrie.

3. In the original Scream, the high school janitor is named “Fred” and wears red and green shirt, an allusion to Nightmare on Elm Street, also directed by Wes Craven. The janitor is played by Craven himself.

4. Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if  injected intravenously, it can kill you.

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5. When Thomas Edison died in 1941, Henry Ford captured his last dying breath in a bottle.

6.  A ghost costume isn’t authentic unless there is poop in it. Since ghost wear the same clothes they died in and an unfortunate side affect of death is defecation this fact is true. So next time you plan on wearing a sheet to a party remember to sit on melted chocolate first.

7. George Romero started his career on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The episode where Mr. Rogers’ had to get a tonsillectomy was the inspiration for Romero’s 1968 zombie film, Night of the Living Dead.

8. Dan O’Bannon was the screenwriter for the Alien movie and got his idea from the braconid wasp. They inject their eggs into certain caterpillars or wood-boring beetle larvae, resulting in a chest bursting birth/death.

9. The vampire alter-ego of Count Orlok is only seen on screen for a total of 9 minutes in Nosferatu 1922.

10. When Mahatma Gandhi died the autopsy revealed that there were five gold krugerrand in his small intestine.

11. In Lucerne, Switzerland, you can hire an evil clown to follow and stock your child for a week before their birthday. Then on their special day it will smash a cake in your kids face.

12. Scientists say that a zombie apocalypse is very possible in the future due to the recent findings of a group of specific brain parasites.  Lucky for us, at the moment it only affects bugs.

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Abnormal Musings and Freakish Facts #2

Abnormal Musings and Freakish Facts #2

Abnormal Musings and Freakish Facts #2

By Stephanie Roisland

1) Psycho was the first movie to show a toilet flush.

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2) The original title for Halloween was The Babysitter Murders. It was not chosen for the
official title because the story was to take place
in only one night for budget reasons.

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3) Pentheraphobia is the fear of a mother-in-law.

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4) Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cannot find food.

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5) When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. First is sight, then taste, and touch.

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6) In 1845, President Andrew Jackson's pet parrot
was removed from his funeral; he was using
excessive swearing.

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7) Tom Cruise was offered the role of the titular character in Edward Scissorhands; he turned it down because he wanted a happier ending.

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8) In 2003, the skeletal remains of a human that measured 6 inches was found in a Chilean ghost town. A definition of the size, mutations, and origin have not yet been found.

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9) A human body decomposes four times faster in water than on land.


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10) The human skeleton at the end of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was, in fact, a real skeleton
bought from India.

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Abnormal Musings and Freakish Facts #1

By Stephanie Roisland

Human head

 

Fact #1: The human head remains conscious for about 15-20 seconds after it has been decapitated.

 

 

France Hung a Pig

 

 

Fact #2: In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging. It was accused for the murder of a small child.

 

 

Triskaidekaphobia

 

Fact #3: Triskaidekaphobia is the intense fear of the number 13.

 

 

Guillotine

 

 

Fact #4: France still used guillotines for executions in 1977. That same year in The United States, Star Wars: Episode IV was released.

 

 

 

Friday the 13th

Fact #5: Fidel Castro and master of psychological thrillers Alfred Hitchcock share the same birthday, on Friday August 13th. Hitchcock's being 27 years earlier in 1899, and Castro's in 1926.

 

 

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