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Now this one is a story that really got my imagination going. Several years ago, an old 8mm video, dated April 1977, surfaced on the internet and was supposedly discovered in a box purchase from an estate sale. It is three and a half minutes long without audio, and appears to portray the hunting/camping trip of an older man (or woman, as the gender is difficult to make out) and one or two teenage boys, depicting them snowmobiling, chopping wood, and working on a late model truck.

At 1:40 in the film, the first unusual shot is seen. It looks as though the person videotaping is just staring into the winter forest, until you realize something in the middle of the frame is actually moving, resembling a darkly-furred animal, which can again be seen briefly at 2:40. At 3:08 is where it gets really frightening. The camera operator seems to have gotten closer to the animal in order to see what it is, only to have it charge toward him, as he drops the camera and runs with it still in his hands. At 3:25, there is a flash of teeth, and the camera falls to the ground, motionless.(*Note: Many people believe that, while the video has not been cut or edited, the shot of the teeth was superimposed later, which tends to shed a very skeptical light on the whole thing.)

Now, if this were scary enough, another 8mm video surfaced on Youtube in 2009, but this time instead of a snowmobiling trip, it’s a police video record. According to the person who posted it, who calls him/herself QuinlanOUR12 (who has since either deleted his account or had his account suspended):

“I was at my little brother’s house Friday June 10th and my sister-in-law was watching Fox News. (She’s madly in lust with that Sean Hannity guy). A short segment came on about “the Beast of Bray Road” [click to watch -Steve]. Hannity then played a clip from a film named…”The Gable Film”.

Sirens went off in my head.

Our only uncle was a film nut in college, back in the seventies. He was always making home movies and beer commercials. He was even hired, (not for pay), to help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources investigate and document a bear attack, just north of Bellaire. (Our Grandmother worked in the Antrim County Courthouse,…. she had a hand in getting him the gig). The victim’s name was Aaron GABLE!

My mother tells us that after filming the attack scene, our Uncle John was so distraught that he packed up his stuff and moved to Florida, two weeks later!. Mom says his behavior was becoming very psychotic, he couldn’t sleep at night and he kept going on about how “bears have FIVE toes,….. dogs have four”!. Just a week after he left, a DNR officer hand-delivered the film that Uncle John made to my Mother’s house. It’s been in a box in the basement ever since.

Now, I seem to recall that these films usually lasted about five minutes or so, but the film we have is only about a minute long… and the end of it was obviously torn off, not cut clean.

I wonder just how much is missing? We almost threw this film away just a couple of years ago, but I wound up buying a vintage projector on eBay, just to see what was on this film. (Boy, was I suprised). NOW,….. I find that there’s this “Gable” film out there?  I wonder if these two films are related. I’ll see if I can get it in better resolution, other than with Wifey’s camera-phone. (It might be expensive,….. but I’m sure it’ll be worth it).

One thing’s for certain, whatever it was on that clip that they played on Fox News,….. it sure didn’t look like no Bear.”

*Warning, extremely graphic! Footage of Severed Torso of Deceased Victim*

Watch for yourself.  Scroll down to watch video.

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There has been much deliberation as to whether or not these videos are elaborate hoaxes (for the time) or actually evidence of a unknown bear-like creature killing the people in the video. There are arguments on both sides, and both sides have valid points, as well as those that are not so valid. Some of the believers assert that this could be anything from a modern day werewolf attack to a distant cousin of Sasquatch. However, thankfully, there are more rational theories, as well as some impressive evidence to suggest it is actually an authentic find. The first is the fact of the evidence littering the ground around the corpse. After the cameraman takes some shots of the body, they head out farther into the field to catalog the evidence marked on the ground with tags. One piece of which was a pair of black rimmed glasses with what looks like a tag laying next to it. Because of glare and width of the camera lens, the only discernible letters are “G L A”. It’s safe to assume that the tag reads “glasses”. However, this detail was not ever mentioned or seen in the original film. If this is is a hoax, how and why would someone have the forethought to add the glasses at all? Both of these films are actually very authentic looking, for one. It seems like it would be more trouble than it’s worth to create not one, but two separate videos, possibly filmed by two different people just to play a prank, especially considering how much the props would have cost (I.E. The bear outfit, the prop body, the camera, renting the cars and vintage police uniforms, the gory intestines, and so on.

On the other hand, Deniers have some pretty solid evidence, too. They pick apart both of the videos, trying to find as much wrong with it as possible in order to debunk it. The first of which is that the blue pickup truck is seen in each of the tapes. In the first film, the truck is being worked on by the older victim. In the second, it’s parked in front of the police cruiser on the road next to the field where the victim lies (who, now that we see her more closely, appears to be female due to the feminine curve of her arms). An answer to this fact may be as simple as the victim could have parked there before she was killed, as it’s obvious she is the one driving. Interesting to note, the notepad the policeman holds up says “Reel 2: Attack Site” on the first sheet and “Vehicle Reg. Aaron Gable” on the second, indicating that they already knew about the first reel and the identity of the victim(s). There is the distinct possibility of both films being hoaxed, but if there is a possibility of authenticity, why create a hoax based on something that was already real?

And now for something completely different… but kinda the same. Another Youtuber named Zach Luemke claims that he was the one who discovered the tape. After emailing him several times about it, Quilan wrote an email back, and Luemke decided to share with others. It’s is as follows:

Re: Gable Film

“I’m sorry I haven’t answered any emails, I’ve been… unavoidably detained.

Let me just say that I can’t say for certain that Johnny wasn’t a big practical joker, he left Michigan before I really had a chance to know him. I didn’t shoot this film, I wish I could tell

you with absolute certainty what this film is,… but Denouncing Negative Reactions Can Often Vilify Every Rational Uniform Position, so I can only say that this looks like just a matter of individual interpretation.

… I hope you understand.

I never meant to mislead anyone, or do anything illegal… I just found this all very interesting, and wanted to share.

That’s all.

Tell the troops I said good-bye.”

(QuinlanOUR12).

You’ll notice every word in one of the sentences is upper-cased. When read, they spell “DNR Cover Up.”

Now, I mentioned much earlier that, in the original tape, the teeth you see in the last few frames were added to the film, for whatever purpose by some unknown person. To end this article, I leave you with a video that shows you exactly, or at least plausibly, how it was done.

Many, like myself and the owner of the tape, Steve Cook, remain neutral about the possible authenticity of the film. Cook has never claimed it to be anything more than an odd video and does not make any assertions about what it could or could not be. He himself isn’t even sure of what he sees when he watches the tape and is reluctant to jump to conclusions, which says to me that he, at the very least, is not being deceitful. But he is not the person who shot the video, so we still don’t know if the Filmer was setting up a very lifelike hoax, or if a person, or perhaps two or more people, have fallen victim to whatever is shown in this movie.

***Information credited to Steven J. Busti and The Museum of the Weird (http://www.museumoftheweird.com/)

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I love obscure mysteries, the ones you’ve never heard of, the ones no one pays attention to. The grisly, the evil, the just downright mind-boggling weird. The first one is about a ghost ship, only ghost were not the only thing on board…

The Ourang Medan (roughly translated from Malay “Man from Medan” was a dutch cargo ship that allegedly took off from Indonesia between the months of February and June, either in 1947 or 1948, supposedly bound home to Germany. This is difficult to verify as there isn’t a registry for this ship in either the Indonesian or Dutch registration offices. According to two boats passing through the waters near Indonesia, they both received a distress signal in Morse code. It read “All officers, including captain, are dead, lying in the courtroom and bridge.” This was followed by a length of undecipherable Morse code, ending with the radio operator’s chilling final words, “I die.”

The ship Silver Star attempted to execute a rescue mission and set off to find the ship. When he saw it, he was struck by the fact that there didn’t seem to be any damage to the ship at all. The Silver Star attempted to hail the boat with a series of different communication methods, but never received an answer, they decided to board it to look for survivors. What they found is one of the most puzzling mysteries to have taken place in the Strait of Malaccah. Upon boarding, the found the bodies of all of the crew (including the ship’s dog) dead; eyes open and faces tilted to the sun at it’s position during the time. Though they lay on there backs, their arms were outstretched in front of them toward the ceiling, and each had a look of pure terror on their faces, often looking as though they were screaming. When examined by the crew, they discovered no obvious external injuries to any of the dead, including the dog.

After looking through and attempting to count the bodies, the crew of the Silver Star decided the best course of action would be to tow it back to the nearest port and examine it further, but just as this decision was made, they noticed rolling black smoke escaping the hull. They barely had enough time to get back to their own ship when the Ourang Medan caught fire and exploded, sinking out of sight.

Many people are highly skeptical of this story due to the fact that there are absolutely no records to support that a ship like that ever even existed, let alone went missing. Among believers, on the other hand, theories of how the ship may have met it’s fate is varied. Some assert that the ship was secretly smuggling illegal drugs from and to Indonesia, (including potassium cyanide and nitroglycerin, which both become toxic if mixed with sea water) and highly experimental nerve agents, which would all be extremely toxic to the crew. Even stranger claims are of alien abductions and vengeful ghosts. Whatever the case may be, we’ll probably never know the answer about how these people died and what exactly was is that happened to the Ourang Medan, if it even existed.

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I want to make it clear that this essay covers so-called “sanguine” vampires only, in other words, those that drink blood. This is not in reference or related to “psychic” vampirism, as I have not yet accumulated enough evidence in favor of or against it’s existence.

A long time ago, probably a couple years now, I wrote a post about diseases that mimic the symptoms of Vampirism. There was a lot of opinions on both sides, but I will admit that, while compelling, it was not adequate evidence to throw people into serious doubt about the possibility of real, authentic vampires. As a result, I continued to study both history and medicine to find reasonable and well researched evidence to truly grasp the minds of believers and turn them to skepticism. I am pleased to say that I have some research that will further my pursuit to put an end to this highly dangerous delusion.

First, we must outline what is and is not a vampire in the traditional sense of the term. Vampires are defined as either a humanoid creature of subhuman intellect or a fully sentient humanoid creature that MUST ingest human blood in order to sustain it’s own life. People who crave the taste of blood or ingests it to achieve sexual gratification are not vampires. They are blood fetishists.

Now, with that it mind, we must address the very obvious and glaring inconsistency with the “blood for sustenance” delusion. The fact is, and any medical professional with any credibility will agree, the body is not designed to intake and process large amounts of blood on a regular basis. There are not enough proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, fats, or nutrients in blood to maintain the life of a fully grown human being or any offshoot mutations thereof.

The process of digestion, and this will be important later, begins when a human ingests food or liquid. According to a nurse practitioner who offered this information to the public:

It is first broken up into a bolus by chewing, then churned up in the stomach with digestive juices to form a mass called chyme. It then passes through the pylorus into the duodenum (part of the small intestine) where it mixes with bile salts and secretions from the pancreas and liver which continue breaking it down on a molecular basis, mostly affecting fats at this point. The broken down nutrients pass through the wall of the intestines and into the bloodstream where they are carried to each cell or stored for later use. Indigestible bulk continues through the intestines, turning a dark brown from the bile. Water is absorbed from this mass in the large intestine depending on the needs of the body – a well-hydrated person will usually have a softer stool than a dehydrated person will. Water also enters the bloodstream, and this is what helps to maintain blood pressure. The pressure tends to balance itself in a healthy person because the bloodstream goes through a formation in the kidney called the Loop of Henle, where the narrowing blood vessel forces excess water and cellular waste such as urea out through the cellular wall into the kidneys, where it is excreted through the ureters into the bladder, and then out of the body via the urethral passageway.

The traditional idea of a vampire at it’s base is that they must supplement blood in place of other foods due to the inability to break down complex carbohydrates and protein. If they did not have this condition, the theory of drinking blood for sustenance would be completely pointless. However, a person who is physically unable to process food for nutrition could not process blood because it involves the exact same process as digesting food. Ingested blood does not travel directly to the veins; it would have to be converted usable fuel by the digestive system first. The intake of blood would have to occur at least once a day and would require the ingestion of the entire blood supply of the donor, which could not happen as the stomach is far too small to hold that much. Keep in mind that your stomach is about the same size as your fist. In addition, one wouldn’t be able to pass something that large through the intestines as it has no fibrous bulk, would create an intestinal impaction, causing massive vomiting from the large concentration of iron present, and any “real” vampire would have to eventually expel the waste, which would come out as a black, tarry, smelly goo.

The humans who profess to be vampires are as human as you or I, regardless of their claims. Believing they need to ingest blood would not stop them from contracting a blood-bourne pathogen. If they ingest HIV tainted blood they can most certainly contract the disease. It is a very dangerous delusion to be laboring under. Remember, there is absolutely no scientific or medical proof that this practice is in any way beneficial at all. You would be hard pressed to find a medical journal about the positive or negative effects of “Vampirism”, as just about all doctors find the concept laughable. One thing to remember is that there has not been one person yet who has had ANY medical training that believes in the existence of vampires or ever came forward claiming to be one. (If you can find someone who has, please correct me. I’d be glad to retract that statement if it can be incontrovertibly proven wrong.)

There is no “vampire” gene. If such a gene existed, in today’s world with today’s technology it would have been found; scientists have already completely sequenced the human genome. It would also have to follow Mendel’s law of dominant/recessive gene theory. Again, the odds on that many “vampires” all escaping the notice of the medical/scientific community are so low as to be almost nonexistent.

There is no “vampire virus”. Think of it in terms of the definition of a virus. HIV is a virus, and look at how fast it has spread. According to the vampire websites, there are “tens of thousands” of vampires running around the planet. If that was so then at least one of them has ended up in a hospital for blood work when they became for various reasons, including natural disease and/or accidents. If there really is that many vampires in the world, they would have been detected and medical science would have isolated it, studied it, applied for research grants on it,  published papers on it, etc. If there were as many vampires out there as they claim, there would be some sort of medical cataloging, knowledge, testing, or at least a curious medical pursuit of it. And there isn’t. At all. I’ve been looking for quite a while, and I have not found one case of supposed vampirism post-1910 that was not explained by known physical or mental disorders. There is no virus in existence that can change a person on a molecular level without being fatal.

Now, hopefully this is enough information to at least give people pause. It is my opinion that those under such potentially deadly delusions find professional help before they endanger their lives and/or the lives of others. I can only hope evidence of this nature will not be immediately ignored or dismiss by those desperate to believe in the impossible. Having said that, if anyone can come forward with cold hard facts in favor of the existence of Vampirism, please don’t hesitate to post it. I am a true skeptic, in that I demand to be proven wrong with firm, solid evidence. I don’t want to hear “I’m a vampire, I need blood,” or “I know someone who is and says they need it.” Real, tangible proof is what I require. If you don’t have it, don’t expect me to take you at your word.

* Creditted to Lord Bear, the National Food and Drug Administration, The National Handbook for Nurse Practitioners, The National Center for Disease Control, the Medical Journal for Digestive Disorders, the Human Genome Project, and all the medical personel who contributed to this essay.

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