Hooded Inmate. Eastern State Penitentiary was the world’s first true “Penitentiary.” In order to encourage penitence - or true regret - in the hearts of criminals, inmates would spend their entire sentence in solitary confinement. On the rare occasion when an inmate left his cell, a hood was placed over his head to ensure his identity would remain anonymous. Ideally, no inmate would ever see the face of another inmate.
The story of Beth Thomas is a shocking one. Horribly abused by her biological father until 19 months of age, by the time social services came and rescued her, she had already been incredibly scarred and severely detached. Beth started developing disturbing behaviors, especially towards her adoptive parents and younger brother, Jonathan. Her mom Julie caught Beth masturbating several times a day until she made her own vagina bleed and had to be hospitalized. Beth poked pins into her brother and into her parents’ pets. As she got older, on a particularly violent occasion she smashed her brother’s head into the cement floor of their basement until he needed stitches to close a gash in his forehead. Beth’s intention was not merely to harm her brother but to kill him. She often voiced her desire to kill her entire family including her parents. Yet the most disturbing aspect of Beth’s behavior was her complete lack of remorse and concern for her actions. She was well aware that her actions were wrong and hurtful but this did not matter to her. Not long after these incidents her parents brought her to a therapist named Connell Watkins, who diagnosed Beth with a severe case of Reactive Attachment Disorder. HBO aired a documentary on Beth titled Child of Rage. After many years of therapy, Beth has grown up normal and is now a pediatric nurse.
The case of Elisa Lam: In February 2013, this 21-year-old student from Vancouver, Canada, was found dead inside the Cecil Hotel’s rooftop water tank in Los Angeles. The L.A. County Department of Coroner ruled the death “accidental due to drowning” and said no traces of drugs or alcohol were found during the autopsy. The first piece of evidence that needs to be considered is an elevator surveillance tape that recorded Elisa’s behavior only a few moments before she lost her life.
The four-minute video shows Elisa pressing all of the elevator buttons and waiting for it to move. Seeing that the elevator doors are not closing, starts behaving extremely bizarrely. Right after the events of the video, Elisa apparently gained access to the rooftop of the hotel, climbed to its water tank and, somehow, ended up drowning in it. Her body was found two weeks after her death, after hotel guests complained about the water’s taste and color.
Seeing the surveillance footage, most people would conclude that she was under the influence of drugs. However, Elisa did not have a history of drug use and her autopsy concluded that no drugs were involved. LA authorities ruled in June 2013 that Elisa Lam’s death was accidental and that she was “probably bi-polar”. That being said, some questions remain unanswered. How did Elisa, who was obviously not in her right mind, end up in the hotel’s water tank, an area that is difficult to access?
The rooftop area is protected by an alarm system and the water tank is difficult to reach. How did Elisa reach that area? Also, how did she close the water tank lid?
As is usually the case for strange deaths, authorities have been incredibly secretive and non-transparent during this investigation. What truly happened here? Why are there so many strange coincidences? Why was Elisa Lam acting so strange in the elevator? Was there a ritualistic aspect to this death? Why is the Cecil Hotel a hotbed for these kinds of stories? Is there some paranormal stuff going on there involving dark entities? The mystery appears to be whole and authorities do not seem to be wanting to probe further.
butlerwolf asked: How do you express yourself without expressing too much? I met a girl and we went out to eat, I was a little too drunk and my emotions for her made me let go of my mask a bit. I told some stuff about my past; nothing crazy just regular stuff. She basically thinks I'm some sort of "monster" now and I'm at a point where I just want to say fuck it. I feel like I hide my true feelings 90% of the time but when I open myself up just a bit they are scared of who I am. Just venting.
To be honest, I don’t understand. What can you possibly say (or have said in the case of this girl) that makes someone think you’re a “monster” or want to separate from you? Especially when you mentioned you only opened yourself up a little bit? Are you a murderer? I highly doubt it. I think it’s more likely that the people you do open yourself to are not open-minded enough to embrace who you are. And if this is the case, then I’m of the thought that you should not surround yourself with these sorts of people anyway. Being “closed” is not necessarily a bad thing (except in cases where you isolate yourself entirely or you’re hurting emotionally - in which case opening up is better to your overall health) and you have the right to be reserved. I don’t think it’s about how to express yourself without revealing too much but more about who you open up to. The right people won’t really judge you this way. I hope this helps.
I’m becoming more & more depressed. I NEED to move out, because of where I live right now, is toxic and is making me depressed. But, to move out, I need money. Sadly, I don’t have any money or a job at all, and I can’t get one, because I’m so depressed & stressed out all the time. I’m also becoming agoraphobic, because of my depression. This is my last hope. I don’t have anywhere else to go.
My fundraiser is here. Also, you can donate by the Paypal donate button on my blog under the ‘about me’. I would like to move out in a month or two. The sooner, the better.
This is the original second-floor foyer leading into the original 1828 Administration Building at Western State Hospital, one of the first public asylums in America. To the right of frame is the door leading onto the front porch with its grand columns; to left, the staircase leading up to third floor with its ornate wooden spiral staircase. Ahead and behind are the female and male wards. For interior architecture that has lasted for nearly two centuries, it’s holding up quite well - and thankfully, will be renovated at some future date.
Watched As Above, So Below last night and I have to say I truly enjoyed it. Critics are giving it bad reviews but as an avid horror-movie watcher and fanatic, I don’t think it was as horrible as they portray it. It does borrow from other movies but it has its own unique plot and scares. It mixes archeology and history with suspense and thrill very well. It kept me interested the whole way. Definitely a fun movie to watch.
Lia/24/Pennsylvania. Artist, nemophilist, bibliophile, animal lady, old soul. In love with all things strange and spooky.
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In a dark time, the eye begins to see,
I meet my shadow in the deepening shade;
I hear my echo in the echoing wood--
A lord of nature weeping to a tree,
I live between the heron and the wren,
Beasts of the hill and serpents of the den..