Archive for June 2012

Disappearance at the Flannan Isles Lighthouse   1 comment

This strange occurrence has already been the subject of a famous poem entitled “Flannan Isle” by Wilfred Wilson Gibson, and the Doctor Who episode “Horror of Fang Rock”. Several others have been inspired by this story. There has been a novel, songs, and an opera made featuring the events of this tale.

When a relief team came (late) to Flannan Isle, they noticed that the light was not on in the light house. The flagstaff did not have its flag, no provision boxes had been left on the landing stage, and none of the three-man team was there to greet the ship. No sign was found of the men either in the lighthouse or on the island. Most speculate that the severe weather and/or waves caused by it was the reason for the disappearance, but stranger theories abide and the remote location of the occurrence makes it practically impossible to not imagine a more sinister reason.

Strange Facts About the Case:

  • The entrance gate to the compound and the main door were both closed.
  • The beds were unmade and the clock had stopped.
  • The lamps had been cleaned and refilled.
  • The only sign of something wrong was an overturned chair by the kitchen table.

Posted June 30, 2012 by Elizabeth Huff in Inspiration

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The Lost Colony   9 comments

The Lost Colony of Roanoke is another strange occurrence to be used as writing fodder.  Again, this is only a brief summary and I encourage you to look up the full details if you are interested.

The Roanoke Colony was an attempt to establish a permanent English settlement in the late 16th-century. The group disappeared during the Anglo-Spanish War, when upheaval made it impossible for the group to receive supplies from England for about 3 years. Their fate has never been determined. During the colony’s brief existence there was much hostilities between the colonists and the natives, and alot of political unrest. Supplies dwindled and their was little to know support from England. Many speculate that most of the settlers were absorbed into the surrounding tribes of Native Americans.

Strange Facts About The Case:

  • There was no sign of struggle or battle at the settlement.
  • The word “croatoan” was carved into a post of the fort.
  • The word “Cro” was carved into a nearby tree.
  • Their departure had not been hurried They had dismantled all the houses and fortifications.

Posted June 28, 2012 by Elizabeth Huff in Inspiration

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The Dyatlov Pass Incident   Leave a comment

Here is a true story of one of many strange occurrences that can be and has been used as inspiration for writing. This is just a general summary. For more information you can go to wikipedia or just do a general search.
In 1959 on the east shoulder of the Mountain of the Dead, 9 ski hikers mysteriously met their deaths. Their were no eye witnesses and investigators have determined that an unknown force caused the deaths.

Originally a ten member party formed for the ski trek, all members were experienced in long ski tours and mountain expeditions. Illness caused one of the hikers to have to turn back, making the party a group of nine. At first no one was overly worried when the group hadn’t been heard from. The hiker who turned back had been informed by the leader of the expedition that they would probably be later than earlier anticipated. It wasn’t until February 26th that searchers found their abandoned and damaged tent, and it was may before all the bodies were recovered.

Strange Facts About the Incident:

  • All the groups belongings and shoes had been left.
  • The tent had been cut open from the inside.
  • 2 of the hikers were found dressed only in their underwear (possibly because of hypothermia).
  • 3 of the hikers were found in poses that suggested they were trying to return to the tent.
  • No injuries were found that might have led to the deaths of the first five bodies.
  • The last four bodies showed injuries which would have to be caused by extreme force including major skull damage and major chest fractures, however there were no external wounds.
  • One of the hikers was missing a tongue.
  • There were no signs of hand-to-hand struggle.
  • There were no indications of other people nearby.
  • There were high doses of radiation on a few of the victims.
  • The skin of some of the hikers had a “deep brown tan”.
  • On the night of the incident strange orange spheres were seen in the night sky by the location and surrounding areas.
  • There was a great deal of scrap metal in the area.
  • Much about the case has been censored or lost.

Posted June 27, 2012 by Elizabeth Huff in Inspiration

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