Five Creepy Unsolved Mysteries Part 23
Readers it is time to continue our explorations into the unexplained and unknown. Submitted for your approval we will see; a Ouija Board with a strange story, a trip through time, and a serial killer who vanished. As per usual feel free to browse through the archive below.
Black Hen Planchette: In 1995, teenage siblings Patricia and John Taylor received a gift which would change their lives, a Ouija Board. Naturally the brother and sister did what kids normally do with the game which contacts the other side and goofed off “summoning” celebrities, relatives, and whoever else “spoke” to them. Eventually toying with their game grew stale and they sought to shake things up. One night the siblings and one of their friends went to the local paranormal hot spot of Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery to see what their Ouija Board could really do. According to their account of the night; once they began their ritual they trio heard footsteps approach them then stop. An unseen force took hold of the board’s planchette and started to slide it across the letters B-L-A-C-K-H-E-N. Patricia and John puzzled over the meaning of Black Hen the planchette continued to move in this pattern picking up speed, causing enough friction that the board eventually caught fire forcing the kids to flee. The next morning they returned to the scene of their séance and found their Ouija Board in a pile of ashes with the planchette singed and warped by the fire. They brought the remains of their board home which kick started a series of supernatural events tied to a tall shadowy figure which was now seen around their house. An exorcism had to be performed and the burned planchette was wrapped and sealed in several layers of cloth and buried in the backyard of their house. The melted burned planchette is now a prized exhibit at the Travelling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult and can be viewed by guests hoping to experience the unknown for themselves.
The Bela Kiss Murders: In the Hungarian village of Cintoka, the man known as Bela Kiss, was a suave and intelligent ladies’ man as his name implied. When the First World War hit, like many other men he entered into service to fight on the front. It was not long thereafter that rumors began to circulate that Kiss had met his end in combat, causing his landlord to go into his home to look around and clean out the place. What he found shocked the people of Cintoka, as Bela Kiss had a stockpile of fuel barrels filled with human bodies, proving that their suave and debonair hero was in fact a notorious serial killer. A plot twist came in the form of Bela Kiss still being very much alive on the battlefront, and when news reached that his secret had been discovered he used the fog of war to vanish. Despite rumors that he could have been anywhere from New York to Saudi Arabia, Kiss remained in hiding and never reappeared.
Keith Reinhard: In 1988 acclaimed sports journalist, Keith Reinhard, left the Windy City and moved the peaceful mountain town of, Silver Plume, Colorado, and open an antique shop. It is understandable that after a stressful job in a big city, someone would dramatically shift gears like this, but what makes this story so notable is that in doing this Reinhard became a piece in one of the biggest mysteries in Colorado. The retail space where he opened his store was once the local book store, owned by Tom Young. Just the year before Reinhard arrived, Young took his dog and went into the mountains where, according to investigators, killed himself. The strangeness of this suicide inspired the journalist in Reinhard to start digging into the case. For reasons unknown, one late afternoon Reinhard closed up his shop and despite not having anything packed, he told those he ran into that he was heading six hours away to Pendleton Mountain. This was the last time anyone saw Keith Reinhard. Many have speculated that there may be a connection between the two cases, but with Reinhard still unaccounted for we may never know.
Marfa Lights: If you find yourself driving through Marfa, Texas on any given night, make sure to be on the lookout for Mitchell Flat and a host of people setting up camp in that desert area. Most assuredly these people are looking out onto the flat, hoping to spot the phenomena known as the Marfa Lights. The source of these mysterious luminous balls are unknown, but since the 1950’s these basketball sized balls of light have floated around the area to the wonderment of onlookers. Despite appearing to be only a few feet off the ground, those who have tried to get close to the Marfa Lights run into dangerous terrain and private property warnings to keep the lights just out of reach.
Hutton & Brandt Time Travels: In 1932, German newspaper reporter J. Bernard Hutton and photographer Joachim Brandt were covering a story which required them to go to a shipyard in Hamburg to conduct a series of interviews. When they were done and packing up for the day, the two media personnel claimed to hear the sound of aircrafts in the distance, soon enough the sky was covered in fighter planes dropping bombs and raining fire and destruction on the shipyard. Thinking quickly Brandt snapped several pictures of the fiery destruction around them. As they retreated from the scene the duo looked back to see no smoke or fire or anything of the like rising up. When they got back to their offices they were shocked to find that nobody else in the city of Hamburg had reported such a violent situation. When Brandt developed his photos from the shoot, he found to his surprise they were now normal photographs of the area around the shipyard. The editor of the paper accused them of being drunk on the job and chewed them out for their incompetence. J. Bernard Hutton eventually immigrated to London, England a few years before World War II. In 1943, the British bombed the city of Hamburg in the first widespread attack to destroy a city during the war. When images of the bombing made their way to British newspapers, Hutton instantly recognized the destroyed city as the one he had seen eleven years previously.