A Legendary Feat of Man which took decades to complete has a Dark and Sinister History….

The Hoosac Tunnel has a dark and haunted past

The Hoosac Tunnel in Northwestern Massachusetts is a 4.75 mile tunnel that goes through a small mountain range. Construction began on the project in 1851 and completed in 1875 creating a link to the cities of Albany, New York and Boston, Massachusetts. At the time of it’s completion it was one of the longest underground tunnels in the world and is still in use today as several trains use it daily.

However, the tunnel has a tragic past in that nearly two hundred men died during the construction of it. Accidents included explosions, drownings, deadly fumes, tunnel collapses missing persons and even an unsolved murder. The place had so much death it was nicknamed “The Bloody Pit”. Even after it’s construction around 35 people have died since. There have also been reports of people hearing the cries of the dead as well as seeing apparitions and ghosts. One man even reported how he believes a ghost warned him and saved his life from being hit by a train.

Trespassing is not allowed in the tunnel because trains still use the track there. To read more about Hoosuc Tunnel visit here. https://hoosactunnel.net/hauntings/

https://www.asce.org/about-civil-engineering/history-and-heritage/historic-landmarks/hoosac-tunnel/

Did a Former Professional Wrestling Star Just Call out a Former World Champion as a Serial Rapist?

Tony Atlas is a former bodybuilder turned proffesional wrestler who during his prime was one of the industries biggest names. Atlas was so strong, he would military press his opponents above his head before he body slammed them to the mat of the wrestling ring.

In interviews since his retirement he has talked about many of the darker aspects of Pro Wrestling, including how he tried to help save fellow friend Bruiser Brody’s life after he was stabbed several times by a promoter/wrestler in Puerto Rico. Here in this clip below which must be viewed on youtube, Atlas talks about how he witnessed pro wrestlers gang raping women and specifically refers to one famous star violating women and giving them life changing injuries. Is Atlas right? Why didn’t he try to help those women? Or is Atlas just putting on an act? CAUTION: Video contains disturbing language.

What happened to the former wife of the Butcher of Baghdad?

CBS News Credit

Saddam Hussein is known as most brutal dictators of the last one hundred years. Over a million people died in his government mandated massacres, wars and imprisonment. The United States Government would eventually invade Iraq and turn him over to the then newly formed government of Iraq. Saddam would be tried for his crimes and hung. His two sons, Uday and Qusay would be killed in raids by US soldiers. But his three daughters as well as his wife, Sajida Khairallah Talfah would escape the country.

Talfah was a cousin of Saddam and the two had five children together. She is currently wanted by the current IRaq Government on allegations that she financed Sunni Muslim Insurgant groups against the government. Rumors persist that she may either be in Syria or Qatar. There was also speculation that she may have passed away as far back as 2015. Questions remain, where the is the former first lady that stood by as her husband terrorized millions of people.

Was it a Stunt? Or did an actual Serial Killer Confess to 12 murders on the Howard Stern Radio Show

The Howard Stern Radio show has been a beacon of controversy from 1986 to 2005. But it was one radio show in 1997 that horrified listeners and is still a curiosity as to a mystery caller who identified himself as “Clay”. The unidentified male caller calmly confessed as to how he committed his first murder at age 16 and killed a total of 12 sex workers. Was it a stunt by someone looking for some temporary fame? Or did a killer confess in hopes of someone identifying his voice and stopping him from his carnage. You be the judge.

Poisoning Death of New York Woman Never Solved

Diane Elsroth - New York VIctim of Tylenol Cynanide Tampering Poisoning

In 1982, several people in the Chicago, Illinois metropolitan area died after taking the cyanided tainted capsules of the popular non-aspirin pain relief medication Tylenol. Seven victims: 12 year old Mary Kellerman, 27 year old Adam Janus, his brother and sister in law Stanley and Theresa Janus,  Mary McFarland Paula Prince and Mary Reiner have never had justice or their killer identified. At one time, there were suspects including one man who was a suspect in a separate murder (though the case was dismissed due to lack of evidence).

On February 8th,1986, Diane Elsroth, a 23 year old stenographer from the town of Peekskill in New York would die from taking a cyanide tainted Tylenol capsule. She was found deceased at her boyfriends house in the city of Yonkers (NY). The bottle which contained the poisoned capsules were purchased at an A&P store in Bronxville. Another tampered bottle of Extra-Strength Tylenol was found at another store in the same city. It has never been proven if her death was connected to the Chicago mass poisonings.

Due to the Tylenol Poisoning, safety standards were vastly improved making many of the medications hard to tamper with. Elsroth’s murder remains unsolved much like the seven other murders in Chicago. Call it terrorism or a serial killing spree. The person(s) responsible for these killings has still never been caught.

The horrifying unsolved case of the Tylenol Murders… where seven people died after taking poisoned painkillers (thesun.co.uk)

A Year Later, Few Clues in Tylenol Poisoning – The New York Times (nytimes.com)

Buried Treasure or Mythical Folklore

 Author WC Jameson’s book “Buried Treasures of New England” tells stories of pirated gold, lost church silver and hidden precious gems from all six states .    But two of the most interesting stories may actually lie dormant under the eastern fork of the Salmon Brook River in Granby, Connecticut (USA).  

Though not much is written about this folklore, they are characterized in his book as “The Neptune’s Inland Cache” and the “Lost Washington Dollars.”  

Neptune’s Inland Cache is based on the legend of Dutch Pirate David Marteen.  Marteen and his crew raided a Spanish galleon named the Neptune in 1655.  After they slaughtered the entire crew, they allegedly stole over twenty million dollars worth of gold coins.  The story then suggest that Marteen and his crew sailed up the Connecticut river to around the Windsor area.  From there it is believed that they buried several chests of gold coins somewhere along the east fork of the Salmon Brook.  To date, no known trace of the treasure has ever been found.  According to the former University of Central Arkansas professor, at one time, some treasure hunters found rocks with strange markings but were never able to decipher the directions they gave.    He alleges that these markings on the stones will lead to Marteen’s buried loot.  

“The Lost Washington Dollars” are a large cache of gold coins that belonged to the Continental Army.  Jameson states that the treasure was stolen one night from the then Bates Tavern in 1779 in what is now,  East Granby.  According to lore, several Tories (British Loyalists) buried it near the east branch of the Salmon Brook River.  Tragically, all but one of the thieves were killed by Native Americans in an ambush when they went to retrieve the multi-million dollar treasure.  The one survivor never was able to retrieve the coins as he had gotten into trouble with the law and had fled to England to escape prosecution.  To date, the treasure has never been recovered.  However, the book states that in the last sixty years, there have been three occasions where individuals have found Washington Dollars in the Salmon Brook River.  The most recent incident being in 1987 when a woman went down to the bank of the river near the Route 20 bridge and found a Gold coin.   Jameson explains that the discovery of these coins in the river are a good indication that the chests that held the coins has “rotted away”  and that vast majority of the coins are in or near the river, not far from the Route 20 bridge.   Unlike the Marteens treasure, the Washington Dollars have been a subject on the forums of Teasurenet.com for several years.  Some are avid treasure hunters that believe a fortune exists of gold coins that the French government gave to the Continental Army to help them meet payroll so they could defeat the British.  Others ask for proof and wonder why there are no pictures of the coins and who the people were that found the Washington Dollars.  

Is there treasure in Granby or is this an attempt to sell books?

There is not much known about pirate David Marteen, but his piracy was centered around Central and South America.  It would be difficult for any pirate to sail up the Connecticut River and then walk several miles with large chests of gold.  But there is little information about Marteens, so it is possible that there could be treasure there.  

The Washington Dollars stories with it’s accounts of people finding it’s coins would be a more realistic story.  Yet, there are key questions relating to the “Lost Washington Dollars” as Eastern Connecticut University History Professor Emile Pocock explains. 

“The Continental Army was chronically short of any form of money (save at times paper bills printed by the Continental Congress) and thus it seems doubtful it ever had gold coins for very long, if ever,”  Pocock explained.  “The Continental Army operated only briefly in New England (Boston primarily) in mid-1775.” 

As far as the alleged thieves being murdered by a band of Native Americans, Pocock added, “There were few natives resident in Connecticut and Massachusetts, but well organized and powerful tribes still occupied lands not so far to the west and north.  The Mohawks, for example, maintained villages just west of Albany and participated in raids on towns and settlements in New York as British allies during the revolutionary war.  So I suppose it is possible some natives could have been in or passed through Windsor sometime after 1775.”

But perhaps the biggest question is, where did these accounts of people finding the coins come from.  There were no newspaper articles (Hartford Courant) or books that mentioned these discoveries.  

When WC Jameson was contacted in regards to his references for this article, he politely declined stating that his notes were in storage and would not be able to retrieve them because he was currently on a speaking tour.  

Professor Pocock summed it up best as to whether there is buried treasure in the town of Granby.  “Romantic, but like most buried treasure stories, probably quite fanciful.  Sometimes there is a germ of a story that got embellished, telescoped, and confused over time.”

That is until someone finds another Washington Dollar in the Salmon Brook River.   But I’m not counting on it….

(Article was originally written over ten years ago but never published for the local newspaper. Would still love to see those notes though…) 

Murders Investigated by a Connecticut Serial Killer Task Force Still remain Mostly Unsolved Decades Later….

One of cinema’s greatest and most evil villains- Hannibal Lecter

In 1991, a movie called “The Silence of the Lambs” came out in cinematic theaters across the world. It featured two terrifying serial killers named “Buffalo Bill” and the psycho psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter. While they would terrorize theatergoers, women across the state of Connecticut were being murdered by one if not several different unknown killers. In April of 1992, a state task force was set up between various Law Enforcement agencies as they looked into a possible connection between the murders of at least 18 women from 1985 to 1991.

There was the two murders of Karen Everett and Mildred Alvarado who were found off the route 8 highway in Harwinton just months apart with much similarities. There was the homicide of Jacqueline Liriano who was last seen alive at a Southington Rest Stop and found dead off of Interstate 84 in the town of Tolland. But the majority of murder affected women from the city of Hartford who were dumped in various towns outside the Capital city.

At one time, there was a strong suspect in some of these cases. A man named Alfred Swinton was arrested for the murder of Carla Terry and was convicted of her death. He was also the prime suspect in several other of the Hartford murders as well. However, Swinton was exonerated decades later for the crime and Terry’s murder remains unsolved. Many of the cases below are featured on this website under the various Connecticut pages and Serial Killer page. It is believed that most if not all these cases still remain open.

Sources: The Hartford Courant April 4, 1992 and the National Registry of Exonerations