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THE BLACK DAHLIA
When one thinks of the unsolved cases throughout history, the
one name that pops out is the Black Dahlia whose murder
investigation remains unsolved for the past 70 years. Ma...
When one thinks of the unsolved cases throughout history, the one name that pops out is the Black Dahlia whose murder investigation remains unsolved for the past 70 years. Many movies, songs, and books were inspired by this investigation.
On the morning of January 15th, 1947, a jogger named Betty Bersinger discovered the remains of the Elizabeth Short also nicknamed as the Black Dahlia near 3800 Norton Ave in Los Angeles, CA. The body was cut in half with surgical precision so that there was no trauma to the internal organs and bones. The body was so pale and blood drained that it looked like a mannequin. Her face was cut from the lips towards the ears to form an everlasting smile muck like the Jokers.
There was no blood near the body making it obvious that the murder happened elsewhere.
On January 24th, 9 days after the incident, the Los Angeles Examiner received a letter written using newspaper cuttings. It contained the personal items of the Black Dahlia which included shorts, social security card, birth certificate, snapshots and an old address book. Gasoline was rubbed on the letter to remove any fingerprints. Subsequently, many letters were received and one of them read Turning in Wednesday, Jan 29, had my fun with the police.
Before Elizabeth came to LA, she spent time in San Diego with a man named Robert Manley who later drove her to LA and helped her check into The Biltmore Hotel. Some people claim that this is the last sighting of Elizabeth. Others claim that after checking in Elizabeth went to a nearby Crown Grill Bar and that this was the last true sighting of the Black Dahlia.
Naturally, during the investigation, the police had a lot of suspects but the main there were
Robert was the last man seen with the Black Dahlia and hence the first suspect. However, he had returned to San Diego even before the body was found. Additionally, he even passed a Polygraph test. He was finally dropped as a suspect after being questioned under the influence of the truth serum.
He was admitted to a mental hospital after he started hearing voices.
Joseph was an Army corporal who admitted to being blackout drunk with Elizabeth in San Francisco a few days before the murder. When asked if he killed the Black Dahlia, he confessed to murdering her. However, it was later revealed that he had falsely confessed as he was on his military base on the day of the murder.
George was a highly intelligent doctor who studied surgery in medical school and was capable of surgical disembowelment. He was unmarried and had 11 children with 5 different women. He had a secret room in the house where the kids werent allowed to go.
His son, Steve Hodel who was 5 at the time of the murder, later joined the police as an investigator, was convinced that his father was the killer. He found pictures of a woman in an album who looked like Elizabeth. A forensic artist at that time concluded that the woman was 85%, not Elizabeth. However, in 2014, another artist used facial recognition technology and was 90-95% certain that the woman was Elizabeth.
The police had suspected George was the killer and had planted listening devices in his house. He was recorded saying Supposing I did kill the Black Dahlia. They couldnt prove it now. They cant talk to my secretary anymore because shes dead.
Steve had tracked down an L.A.P.D. file in which a female witness claimed that George and Elizabeth knew each other. However, L.A.P.D. at that time was corrupt and the case was subsequently closed even though the police had enough proof to arrest George and later all the physical evidence magically disappeared.
In 2012, Steve brought police dogs to his childhood home and had them sniff for human remains. Even the soil samples sent for testing came back positive for human remains.
The murder of Elizabeth Short has now been officially listed as unsolved. Some people even claim that The Biltmore Hotel is haunted by the spirit of the Black Dahlia who roams the corridors of the 10th and 11th floor in a black dress waiting for justice.
THE SALLIE HOUSE
Known as one of the most haunted places in the USA, the Sallie
house is located at 508 North Second Street. It looks like an
ordinary house from the outside but the events th...
Known as one of the most haunted places in the USA, the Sallie house is located at 508 North Second Street. It looks like an ordinary house from the outside but the events that have taken place inside are a whole different story.
The Sallie House was built between 1867 and 1871 and is a witness to 3 deaths inside it, Michael Finney in 1872, William True in 1918 and Agnes True in 1939. Although these deaths do add to the creepy vibe of the house, the ghost that haunts the place is of a little girl named Sallie.
The haunting started when Debra and Tony Pickman moved into the house on 31st December 1990. It started small with the lights flickering, the dog barking and their baby waking up at odd hours as if someone was playing with him.
The neighbor asked Debra why she always left the lights on in the nursery which came as a shock as Debra was sure that she always closed the lights.
On July 14th, 1993, Debra, Tony and her sister Karan discovered that all the soft toys in the nursery were organized in a circle, back-to-back. They figured that one of them was playing a practical joke so they rearranged the animals, switched off the lights and left. When they came back up they found that the lights were on and a bear was lying on the ground.
They packed up some stuff and left. While leaving, Tony felt a sting and upon inspection discovered that he had 3 scratches down his back. Tony continued to get scratched as time went on and one time even got scratched during a video.
The Pickmans consulted a physic who picked up a presence named Sallie.
On October 31st, 1993, Tony went to get a glass of orange juice. When he turned around he saw a little girl dressed in early 1900s clothing. He drew a picture of the girl for Debra to see. A former resident had a 5-year-old daughter who had an imaginary friend named Sallie. When she was shown the picture, she identified her as the childhood friend.
There were unexpected fires in the house and one time a lamp was thrown at Tonys mom. Tony himself reported hearing scratching behind his bed. The Packman family moved out in 1994.
On further investigation, it was found that a Sallie Isabel Hall did live in the house in 1905 but she was a 34-year-old black lady.
Another family moved into the house and they did not report any paranormal activity. However, on a surprise visit from the landlord, he discovered a large pentagon on the basement floor, an altar, a large black kettle and a black robe. He believed that the tenants were practicing black magic and therefore didnt report any activity.
Till date, there is no explanation as to what happened to Tony in the house. Was is due to the ghost that haunts the place or something else.
India is known as a very diverse country where people differ in
tastes, customs religions, and many more things. In order to
accommodate such different citizens, our Constitution makers agreed
India is known as a very diverse country where people differ in tastes, customs religions, and many more things. In order to accommodate such different citizens, our Constitution makers agreed that every community must be governed by different laws based on their customs and beliefs.
This system worked out well in the beginning but the laws were challenged in 1985 in the historic Shah Bano case where a woman belonging to the Muslim community was divorced after 40 years of marriage. She sought maintenance from her husband. This case brought forward the concept of a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) to be followed throughout India irrespective of a person's religion.
UCC is applicable to Article 44 of the Indian constitution. It proposes that all personal laws governing the religious communities should be replaced with a set of common laws. As of now, UCC has been enforced only in Goa.
While the UCC sounds like a really good idea, in theory, reality begs to differ. In a country like India where fights break out when someone tries to tell you which Khan is better, imagine the uproar the UCC will cause.
In the Union Territory of India, family life is and has always been governed by religious and customary beliefs. It is like a discipline that had been followed by our ancestors for generations. Yes, while I admit that there are flaws in these methods, but they have been very efficient and have helped us shape our society as it is today.
The UCC also violates Article 25 of the Indian Constitution which states that every citizen has a fundamental right to Freedom of Conscience and free profession, practice, and propagation of religion. Most importantly, it violates the principle of Secularism mentioned in the Preamble. A secular state is not supposed to interfere with the religious beliefs of its citizens.
The UCC more often than not is mentioned during the elections in order to generate a vote bank for the politicians. In a country where due to the verdicts and ideologies of extreme right wing groups and Khap panchayats, honor killings are carried out and family members are disowned, one can predict the unrest and violence the decision to implement and enforce the UCC will cause.
In my opinion, the UCC, if enforced, will be used as a tool for minority bashing. As it is, their customs and practices are on the verge of being wiped out because of their small population. We all should be proud of the customs we follow and if by chance someone wants to break out of these rules, laws have been made for them. For example, if someone wants to get married outside the boundaries of their religion, the Parliament has enacted the secular laws of marriage (The special marriage act, 1954) that provides a system of marriage irrespective of the religion and faith followed by either party. There are other acts that protect the interests of these parties as well.
India has come a long way since Independence and is known for protecting and respecting the customs and beliefs of its people. We shouldn't ruin this image by implementing the UCC.
At some point of time in our lives,
we all have felt that a dress or a shirt would fit us better if we
were skinny. We feel that our entire image would improve if we
At some point of time in our lives, we all have felt that a dress or a shirt would fit us better if we were skinny. We feel that our entire image would improve if we lost a few kgs. This line of thought is very common but for a few, it turns into an obsession. This leads to the birth of many diseases, the most prominent being an eating disorder.
We all love to eat. In fact, we need food to perform all our daily activities'. Now, imagine having a condition where you eat excessively and then feel bad about it. You feel so bad that you induce in self-purging or excessive exercise or sometimes both. This condition is called bulimia nervosa. It is a life-threatening disease which usually comes after a binge.
There are two main categories under bulimia. The first is known as purging bulimia in which eating is followed by self-induced vomiting and misuse of laxatives. The second is non-purging bulimia which includes fasting and/or excessive exercise.
Here's a fact that you might not know. Bulimia is not just related to food but also to self-image. A skinny person who thinks that they are a little overweight can also develop bulimia. Some of the symptoms include one's obsession with their body shape and weight and the fear of gaining weight. Some people might also eat until the point of discomfort or pain.
Bulimia is not the end point. It leads to other health problems some of which include dehydration, heart problems, dental problems and anxiety and depression. Sometimes it gets so bad that people can commit suicide.
Many times since my childhood, I've felt that I was a little overweight and that people judge me because of it. Being called fat, even as a joke affected me a lot. Even today I buy almost all my clothes keeping in mind that I shouldn't appear fat in them. Many people might have felt the same way. Our society promotes such unrealistic body images that it becomes unhealthy. Sometimes such feelings combined with comments or even looks can cause people to feel uncomfortable. Not just that, today we see all these "perfect figures" that make us feel insecure. All these factors can lead to someone happy and carefree develop bulimia.
What I feel is that we all should love ourselves for what we are. If someone close to us is suffering from bulimia, don't give them pity or make it a very hush hush topic. Go talk to them and try to understand their point of view. Make them feel loved and not excluded or fragile.
The dancing plague
Every day we hear of people dying due to strange reasons. But
can you imagine that reason being dancing?
In July 1518, the people of Strasbourg, a place in France,
Every day we hear of people dying due to strange reasons. But can you imagine that reason being dancing?
In July 1518, the people of Strasbourg, a place in France, danced to their deaths. This phenomenon started when a woman named Frau Troffea suddenly started dancing in the middle of the street. She continued her solo performance for a whole week and by then some three dozen other people had started dancing as well. By August, some 400 people were declared dead due to their excessive dancing.
As to why this dance started, there was no explanation. The local physicians declared that this was a result of hot blood and the only way to cure the dancing people was to dance some more. The authorities commissioned a stage to be built and hired professional dancers. They hired a band so that the people had music to dance to.
The excessive took a toll on the people and many collapsed due to exhaustion. Some of the dancers died of strokes and heart attacks.
This strange phenomenon ended in September when the dancers were finally taken away to a mountaintop shrine so that they could pray to stop.
Similar events have occurred in places like Switzerland, Germany, and Holland but they werent on a large scale like the one in France.
There are many theories as to why a bunch of people suddenly started dancing to their death but the most famous theory is given by John Waller, a historian. According to him, there was a saint named St. Vitus, who people believed had the power to curse people with a dancing plague. In 1518, when the dangers of disease and famine were on an all time high, this mixed with the belief of the curse cause a mass Hysteria breakout.
Other theories include the dancers being members of a cult or eating some poisonous plants by accident.