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Vampire ritual killings ‘on the rise’ after spate of Satanic initiation murders

Police have warned that a number of recent murders could be the result of satanic ritual killings in which the victim hopes to be reborn as a vampire .

The murder of a 24-year-old man has led cops to believe he was the victim of a vampire cult killing.

Edwin Juarez Palma was allegedly strangled, beaten and cut with a broken bottle at the cyber cafe in the northern city of Chihuahua, Mexico.

He had his hands tied up and was beaten and attacked with glass bottles before his death , designed to ‘transform him into a vampire’.

This comes as a leading exorcist warned these type of killings are on the rise in non-Christian countries.

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Father José Antonio Fortea said: “The vampire fad is something that’s very close to Satanism.”

He said: “[The fad] is not just a taste for darkness, but rather a taste for evil, an aesthetic connected to an entire way of looking at life.”

“Vampire-ism totally amounts to devil worship.”

The father added that these killings are cropping up in secular societies.

He added: “The more a society abandons the ways of God, the more cases of Satanism. The more a nation is Christian, there are fewer cases of devil worship.”

Three men and one woman aged 18-25 were arrested for the death of the young man, called Edwin Miguel Juárez Palma, in Chihuahua, Mexico.

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Scene: Chihuahua, Mexico

They reportedly told police they “profess Satanism” and chose the victim for “an initiation rite”, reported Catholic News Agency.

The group said he would be initiated into the sect called ‘Sons of Baphomet 1,’ unaware he himself would be the ‘sacrifice’.

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Local media quoted the director general of the State Police, Pablo Rocha Acosta, as saying that he asked to participate in the initiation so he could “resurrect as a vampire.”

In May 2015, Father Fortea ordered a mass exorcism of the entire country of Mexico in order to block evil spirits from getting through.

He said though that this would not work on people who are already ‘morally degraded’.

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The snoring dormouse – The cutest thing you will probably see all day

Snoring Dormouse!

A nature lover has captured a dormouse snoring loudly on film – and it’s the most adorable thing ever.

The tiny mammal was filmed by Dave Williams, a member of the Surrey Dormouse Group (SDG), as it took 40 winks in the palm of his hand.

The 21-second clip shows the dormouse as it snoozes after being found in a nest box in the village of Merrow in Surrey.

As the male dormouse dozes it gives off a loud high-pitched squeak as it snores.

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Vulnerable: Dormice are now protected in the UK

Mr Williams said this week: “This sleeping dormouse was found in a nest box in Surrey, snoring loudly – yes it is a male.”

Local Claire Gorman, 36, said: “The dormouse is just adorable – listen how he squeaks as he snores.

“It’s amazing that he didn’t wake up, but that’s men for you I suppose!”

Mr Williams added: “We are the only group working to conserve dormice in Surrey.

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Adorable: The tiny dormouse snores loudly

“Until a year ago, we were linked with Surrey Wildlife Trust, but they withdrew funding for dormice so we continued the work as we did not want to waste 10 years of good work saving the dormice.”

The video was posted on YouTube at the weekend.

Dormice, called common or hazel dormice, are classed as vulnerable in the UK and are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Members of the SDG set up nest boxes around the county to try and ensure the survival of the cute animals and send data on numbers and locations to the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme.

This article originally appeared on the Mirror.

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The 1971 Stanford prison study

Arguably the most famous experiment in the history of psychology, the 1971 Stanford prison study put a microscope on how social situations can affect human behavior. The researchers, led by psychologist Philip Zimbardo, set up a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psych building and selected 24 undergraduates (who had no criminal record and were deemed psychologically healthy) to act as prisoners and guards. Researchers then observed the prisoners (who had to stay in the cells 24 hours a day) and guards (who shared eight-hour shifts) using hidden cameras.

The experiment, which was scheduled to last for two weeks, had to be cut short after just six days due to the guards’ abusive behavior — in some cases they even inflicted psychological torture — and the extreme emotional stress and anxiety exhibited by the prisoners.

“The guards escalated their aggression against the prisoners, stripping them naked, putting bags over their heads, and then finally had them engage in increasingly humiliating sexual activities,” Zimbardo told American Scientist. “After six days I had to end it because it was out of control — I couldn’t really go to sleep at night without worrying what the guards could do to the prisoners.”

Article originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

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The curse of the crying boy

The curse of the crying boy

The lore of all ages is rife with stories of cursed objects.  From Robbie the Doll to the priceless Hope Diamond, the idea that an object can inherently evil is a fascinating one because, after all, if you can’t trust an object, what else is waiting to betray you?

This is the story of the Crying Boy or, more specifically, The Portrait of the Crying Boy.  According to legend, a fire gutted a home in 1985 destroying everything inside with one strange exception… pulled from the wreckage was an odd painting of a crying child.  The painting was uncharred and completely undamaged aside from a little soot.

As the story goes, the painting passed hands and, in 1988, there was another fire in the home of the new owners and, again, the sole surviving artifact was the painting of the crying boy.

The myth says that the painting of the crying boy was found in the remains of several homes gutted by fire.  One woman even said that she only had the painting for six months before her home was destroyed.

With any urban legend, there is a great deal of embellishment when it comes to the story to the point that it’s almost become impossible to tell fact from fiction.  It’s possible that there was more than one “crying boy” painting and it’s possible that the lacquer on the painting repelled the flames long enough for it to survive.

 

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Steiff – the worlds most expensive teddy bears

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Appolonia Margarete Steiff was born July 24, 1847 in Giengen, Germany. As a baby she was crippled with polio, which confined her to a wheelchair whole her life. Despite her disability, she went to primary school and in the 1850s she got sewing lessons with her two older sisters. She learned to operate a sewing machine, she used her strong arm to operate the device. Margarete was a skilled seamstress and from 1879 on, she sold self-made women’s clothing under her own name.

As a hobby she made stuffed animals. Soon she sold pincushions in the shape of elephants to family and friends. Children began to play with her animals as well, so she made more toy animals such as dogs, cats and pigs. An elephant with a curled-S trunk, was the first Steiff trademark.

They increasingly began to focus on toys. In 1893, Margarete Steiff GmbH was founded and they began to focus on toys only, because this transcended the sales of clothing. Although the parents of Margarete Steiff feared that her siblings were destined to work hard to support their sister their entire lives, it was the wheelchair-bound Margarete who started a family dynasty, which lasts for over a century. Margarete died on May 9, 1909 in Giengen of pneumonia.

In 2000, Steiff teamed up with the luxury brand Louis Vuitton to create the world’s most expensive bear. Wearing a designer coat and hat, and accompanied by a miniature Louis Vuitton suit case, the bear sold at a Monaco charity auction in 2000 for an amazing $2.1 million. The buyer was renowned Korean collector Jessie Kim, and the bear now resides at the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju, Korea.

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Incorruptible Saints

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The incorrupt body of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, wax portraiture over bone, San Crisogono, Rome. (All photos: Elizabeth Harper)

The Italian nun grimaced at my camera, reviewing the photo that she had just snapped of me. We had to take another, she explained. The shriveled corpse to my left was beautiful. My face had room for improvement.

So it goes in the world of the incorrupt, a group of saints whose bodies supposedly won’t decompose. This particular corpse belonged to St. Paula Frassinetti, displayed at the Convent of St. Dorotea in Rome. In the popular imagination, they’re like sleeping beauties, but Paula, who’s been dead for 133 years, is shriveled and brown inside her crystal casket. This paradox is what makes the incorrupt fascinating.

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The wax effigy of St. Carlo da Sezze. His relics are enshrined under the altar behind his effigy, San Francesco d’Assisi a Ripa Grande, Rome.

Most people think incorruptibility is permanent, but another incorrupt saint, Francesca Romana, disabuses that notion. She’s little more than a skeleton dressed in a nun’s habit. Francesca was deemed incorrupt a few months after her death in 1440. When her tomb was reopened two centuries later, she was nothing but bone. According to Heather Pringle, who investigated research conducted by a team of pathologists from the University of Pisa, opening a tomb can disrupt the microclimates that leads to spontaneous preservation, so even the body of a saint can decompose after it’s discovered.

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The incorrupt body of St. Robert Bellarmine, Sant’Ignazio di Loyola a Campo Marzio, Rome.

This is surprisingly unproblematic for believers. The Church doesn’t count incorruptibility as an official Vatican-approved miracle anymore. It’s more like a favorable, if fading, sign from God.

Incorruptibility also isn’t binary, something you either are or aren’t. It can affect just one body part, lending extra significance to a heart, a tongue or hand. There are shades and degrees within the ranks of the incorrupt that make their numbers impossible to tally. The best account comes from Joan Carroll Cruz, a housewife who took it upon herself to research and count every incorrupt saint. Though secular researchers find her too credulous, her book published in 1977, The Incorruptibles, remains the one of the most complete lists available.

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The incorrupt body of St. Camillus de Lellis. His skeleton is not in the effigy, but housed in a compartment underneath, La Maddalena, Rome.

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The relics of St Wittoria, the skeleton of a catacomb martyr, covered in gauze and dressed. Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Rome.

Adding to the confusion around incorrupt saints are the ones who seem perfect, but in fact are too good to be true. St. Victoria, a fragmented skeleton, was hauled out of the Roman catacombs at the mere suggestion she might be a martyr. In her lifetime, she would not recognize her name, story, even post-postmortem outfit changes: Those were pieced together or invented entirely by the Church.

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The tomb of St. Cecilia, the first incorrupt saint. This famous effigy depicts the position her body was found in. Note the wound in her neck from her martyrdom., Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome.

On the opposite bank of the Tiber, the incorrupt body of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi rests in the church of San Crisogono. From afar she looks ideally incorrupt but visitors who get close can see that the wrinkles in her face are formed in wax. A few dozen black hairs reach out from her blonde curls, signaling something more macabre underneath. She, too, is a skeleton.

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The incorrupt body of St. Francesca Romana, Santa Francesca Romana, also called Santa Maria Nova, Rome.

It’s tempting to find these lapses in realism and historical provenance and find satisfaction in that detective work. But the preservation of the incorrupt is often meant to be noticed. The sacristan, an officer in charge of overseeing Anna Maria’s sacred relics (what he sweetly called her “little old lady things”) explained that the wax on her isn’t designed to trick people. It’s to preserve an honest impression of her the moment she was discovered in her grave.

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The relics of St. Giovanni da Triora Santa Maria, Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Rome.

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The incorrupt body of St. Paula Frassinetti, Convento di Santa Dorotea, Rome.

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The incorrupt body of St. Pope Pius V, Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome.

Of course there are other, more abstract ways to preserve a body’s likeness, ones less likely to lead to accusations of trickery. St. Paula was given a bath in carbolic acid to help preserve her. Rome has several incorrupt men encased in silver, including Pope St. Pius V and St. Vincent Pallotti, as well as two women in white marble: St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Cecelia. As with Anna Maria Taigi, with scant information provided by the shrines, it’s difficult to know where the incorrupt end and where the effigies begin.

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The wax effigy and relics of St. Victoria, the skeleton of a catacomb martyr with cutaways to show her relics. Santa Maria della Vittoria, Rome.

Yet the mystery is part of how the incorrupt draw us in with their uncanny sleeping faces, as if the twins Hypnos and Thanatos were playing tricks by switching places. They are somehow both a memento mori and the opposite of the anonymous grinning skull. We will all die, but maybe, if we’re very good, we can linger in this world.

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The incorrupt arm of St. Francis Xavier, Il Gesu, Rome.

Article originally appeared on Atlas Obscura and was written by Elizabeth Harper

 

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The real Shrek

This is Maurice Tillet  who was born in 1903 and died August 4, 1954.
Tillet was a French wrestler with acromegaly known as The French Angel.  Tillet was a leading box office draw in the early 1940s and was twice recognized world heavyweight champion by the American Wrestling Association.  He spoke 14 languages and was also a poet and actor.   He was a perfect example of ‘never judge a book by its cover’ and he was also used as the inspiration for the movie Shrek.
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World’s most haunted house is 666 years old

‘World’s most haunted house’ marks 666th anniversary this year.

Loftus Hall in Ireland

Loftus Hall in Europe is ranked among one of the spookiest places ever among paranormal investigators and this year could be one of its most chilling yet.

The once stately home, located on the Hook Peninsula in Wexford, Ireland, was built in 1350 – 666 years ago.

And that number is better known as the number of the beast.

The mansion opened its doors to brave members of the public for the first time in 30 years in 2012.

Just two years later, visitor Thomas Beavis, 21, from Lewisham, made headlines after taking a photo of the house.

He looked back at his photos and noticed what appeared to be two female ghosts lurking on the grounds.

They are believed to be the spirit of youngster Anne Tottenham and the face of an elderly lady at the window.

Tours are based on the tale of little Anne and a visitor whose body went through the roof and left a hole in the ceiling, which is still visible.

Ghost of Anne Tottenham at Loftus Hall

Anne was left terrified and was put in the tapestry room.

But she stayed there in complete silence until her death in 1775.

Servants have seen a dark, mysterious figure roaming the halls, according to Irish Central.

Owner Aidan Quigley has unveiled events to celebrate the hall’s 666th anniversary.

He said: “We were determined to make the hall’s 666th year rather special with a broad appeal to people of all ages and interests.”

Article originally appeared on the Daily Star.

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