Moundsville Penitentiary -
Moundsville Penitentiary opened in 1876 in West Virginia. It was originally built to house 480 prisoners but by 1930s it was home to 2,400 prisoners. This meant that there were periods of time where three prisoners had to share a tiny cell. In the 1800s Moundsville took over all executions for the state. 85 men were hung and nine were electrocuted while the prison was running, but executions were only a small part of the violent history of Moundsville. Suicide, murder and violent punishments caused the death of hundreds of inmates, and due to poor record keeping, the exact number of inmates who died at Moundsville is unknown. The prison officials at Moundsville were exposed for hiding whips and other items to punish prisoners with. There was also a device known as The Kicking Jenny which was a wooden frame that prisoners would be tied to naked and beaten by prison guards. The Shoo-Fly was another torture device that was used on inmates. They would be tied up with their arms, legs and head locked in place and left there for hours until exhaustion and the weight of their own body caused them to partly strangle to death. The prison was eventually closed in 1995 due to the cruel treatment of its prisoners.
According to legend, the prison buildings were built on an old Native American burial ground. So many believe that that plus the prison’s violent past is why it is haunted. The most common form of paranormal activity in Moundsville is residual haunting, also known as time-slip ghosts, which is when spirits are forced to replay a tragic event over and over. There are a number of places in the prison where an unusual amount of paranormal activity occurs. These places include: the chapel, shower cages, Death Row, the Sugar Shack, which was the recreational area, and the North Wagon Gate, which is where death row inmates were taken to be hung.
One other area known for strange occurrences is the circular entrance gate which was used to separate arriving inmates from the warden’s living quarters. According to reports, the circular cage turns by itself, giving the impression that the spirits of criminals are still arriving at the prison today.
Original inside cover illustration by Rafael Aura Leon (“Auraleon”) from an unknown issue of Eerie magazine.
The Codex Gigas
Also known as the Devils Bible, the Codex is the largest manuscript in the world, written in the 13th century in Latin, it is 1 meter in length, 165 lbs, and takes two people to lift. It currently resides in the National Library of Stockholm.
The Legend of It’s Creation
- According to myth, the Codex was written by a monk who was sentences to death for breaking his vows. He made a pact with the Devil to write it in one night, with the Devils help, in order to prove to his monastery that he was worthy.
- Besides this myth, nothing is known about the books creator.
- Half of the Codex is simply just a translation of the Old Testament and the New Testament.
- The two are separated by a copy of Josephus’ two histories of the Jews (antiquities of the jews) as well as De Bello Iudaico’s Encyclopedic Etymologae.
- It also contains eight medical writings by Hippocrates and other important figures of the time
- The Chronicle of Bohemia by Cosmas of Prague also takes up a large portion of the book.
- Smaller texts include texts on exorcisms, magic formulas, a picture of the Heavenly City, and a full page depiction of the Devil (both pictured above).
- The last fourteen pages are a Calender
Odd Facts about the Codex
- After being studied over and over, it’s practically perfect, without any typo’s despite being hand-written.
- Based on the handwriting, the book was written by one person.
- According to experts, even with strict devotion and every day writing, the Codex would have taken 25-30 years to finish.
- Despite this, the handwriting virtually doesn’t change from front to finish, almost like it was written in one day.
- The ink, made from insects, also virtually doesn’t change throughout the book despite the fact it should have (as bugs change from season to season and year to year, and ink doesn’t stay)
- In the picture of the City of Heaven, no people can be seen in the city.
- The pages surrounding the Portrait of the Devil are darker than the other pages of the book.
- Leaders of the catholic church admit to having no record of both the spells and the exorcisms listed in the book.
The Curse of the Codex
- According to legend, sorrow and tragedy befalls people who have owned the Codex in the past.
- Myths of previous owners include a monastery that contracted one of the worst cases of the bubonic plague after receiving the book, and the castle where the book was being held burning down, the book being thrown out a window in order to be saved from the flames.
- However, nothing has happened to the library it is currently being held.
If you want to know more, a documentary about the book called The Devils Bible, is on Netflix!
So my dad has deer cameras installed near his hunting spot and it doesn’t move, but this was the only pic to have this. Ignore the deer derping, theres a mutherfuckin ghost being dragged to hell behind it
Detail of Sky, 2006, sculpture, human placenta, umbilical cord, stainless steel, perspex and refrigeration system. When artist Marc Quinn's son was born, he molded the placenta and umbilical cord into the likeness of his child. Marc Quinn is known for his ‘blood head’ self portraits — a documentation of the artist’s head, as it ages every five years, and so represents a portrait of the artist over a fifteen year period
second oldest existing cemetery in the US. Salem, Mass.
Death by “Marsh Fever” (Malaria)
More people die of malaria every single day than have died of Ebola in the past decade.
During an average year, more people die of influenza every month than have ever even been infected with Ebola.
This is because mosquito and airborne transmission are far more effective than direct bodily-fluid contact. It’s fairly simple to eliminate bodily fluid transmission in countries with ready access to chlorine and water. Mosquito bites and airborne droplets are almost impossible to eliminate - all we can hope to do is control them.
There are much scarier things out there than Ebola.
The Farm at Maple Tree Lane
A family bought an abandoned farm without realizing that there was an unidentified cemetery right where they put their first garden. They didn’t give it much thought, but then strange and unexplained accidents started happening on the farm. Even the livestock refused to go to the barn. Things started making sense when they found crumpled up letters inside the walls and a diary in the attic.
Dear diary, I can’t sleep tonight, I can still hear everyone arguing downstairs. Grandpa lost his arm today. When they brought him from the barn he was covered in blood. Mother said he was careless and is so upset with grandpa. I know Grandpa would never do anything stupid. Grandpa keeps telling me this place is haunted. Why are there so many ACCIDENTS on our farm?
You can read more of the letters and diary entries HERE.
A forbidden Indonesian game that uses hand made puppets to communicate with spirits. The puppets are made from wood and their heads are made from coconut shells. They are then clothed and have faces drawn on them.
The game is played typically (at night) with 3-4 people who hold the dolls up and read a mantra. The puppets have pens placed in their hands and are then asked questions. Supposedly the puppets will move and begin to write down on a piece of paper. The game is forbidden because there is a risk of being possessed by evil spirits.