In 1955, a traveling salesman was making his way through Loveland, Ohio late at night. As he drove through an unnamed road nearby the Little Miami River, he came by a dimly lit bridge where he reportedly saw three gigantic frogs beneath it. As he approached the bridge and came nearer to these massive creatures, that's when something alarming happened; they stood up on their hind legs and fled the roadside. The salesman recalled that they had slimy amphibious skin, huge heads that resembled a frog, and that when they stood up they were nearly 4 feet tall. It had to be one of the craziest reports Ohio police had ever received.
Crazy that is until one night in March back in 1972, a local police officer, Ray Shockey, had a similar experience. Late at night, Shockey had been cautiously driving down Riverside Drive, which had iced over. As he drove along, suddenly something ran out in front of him. Shockey's headlights perfectly illuminated the creature, to which he described it just as the salesman did 17 years ago; a crazy report now becomes creepy. It reportedly maneuvered over a guardrail and headed to the safety of the river. Two weeks later, another police officer said he saw the same creature.
These bizarre sightings continued sporadically, but then in 2016, a photograph and a video of the Loveland Frogman made the rounds in local media and social networks. Sam Jacobs, while playing Pokemon Go, came across the fabled Frogman. At first it appeared as a giant frog floating on the surface of the water, big enough that it compelled Jacobs to stop playing the game and film it. That's when suddenly it rose up on two legs and began to wade across a shallow part of the lake. Upon seeing that, Jacobs fled the area. The photo and video seem to corroborate with reports made by law enforcement. The legend seems to live on, but one wonders in what other ways it will reappear in the media again.
Glamour Girl killer follow up
Glatman was already featured in comp 17, but due to a mix up with information, the story below was first linked wrongly to a different serial killer. Therefore Glatman returns in this comp to finish up his story and the next comp will feature the other serial killer.
In the 1950s a serial killer by the name of Harvey Glatman was active. He was better known as the “Glamour Girl Killer” or ‘’Lonely Hearts Killer’’. He earned his nickname by primarily targetting young women to be his victims.
Glatman moved to Los Angeles in 1957, where he posed as a professional photographer to lure girls into his hotel room with the promise of work. There, he tied them up, photographed them, sexually assaulted them, and eventually killed them and dumped their bodies in the desert.
Shirley Ann Bridgeford, 24, pictured above, met Glatman using a dating service called the Patty Sullivan Lonely Hearts Club. Glatman, using the name George Williams, picked Bridgeford up and told her that instead of going dancing as they’d planned, he’d take her on a drive around the countryside. Once at a remote spot, Glatman ordered Bridgeford out of the car and told her to undress. He then raped, photographed and humiliated her before strangling her to death, taking a few more pictures, and leaving her body. The picture above was made moments before Shirley Ann was murdered.
Will it ever end?
In 2008 American photographer Brian Driscoll made a photography series called ‘’Will it ever end?’’. In it Brian photographs the lasting effects of Agent Orange on the population of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
Agent Orange was a herbicide and defoliant chemical. It was used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971. Believing the Vietcong was hiding in the forests of Vietnam, Agent Orange was used to defoliate these forests and force the Vietcong out in the open. In addition to its damaging environmental effects, the chemical has caused major health problems for many individuals who were exposed.
Up to 4 million people in Vietnam were exposed to the defoliant, with around 1 million now suffering serious health issues. The chemical is capable of damaging genes, result in deformities among offspring of exposed victims. Higher cases of leukemia, Hodgkin's lymphoma, as well as other various kinds of cancer in exposed veterans and citizens. Agent Orange also caused enormous environmental damage in Vietnam. Over 3,100,000 hectares of forest were defoliated. Defoliants eroded tree cover and seedling forest stock, making reforestation difficult in numerous areas. Animal species diversity sharply reduced in contrast with unsprayed areas.
Even after more than 40 years the effects of Agent Orange are still felt in Vietnam. To this day there are still reports of children being born with serious medical conditions and/or physical deformities.
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Underneath Mount St. Helen's Ash Cloud
The eruption of Mount St. Helens was one of the most significant natural disasters to have occurred in the United States in the last 100 years. An earthquake caused the entire north face of the mountain to collapse into the largest landslide ever documented, and this triggered the eruption event which literally blew the top off the mountain. An ash cloud ascended 15 miles into the sky. Massive pyroclastic flows charged through the surrounding forest at 670 miles per hour, maybe even at one point surpassing the speed of sound. The event reduced the overall height of the mountain by 1,300ft, and left a 2 mile wide crater at the summit. 11 other states were affected.
Dave Crockett, a reporter for Komo 4 News, was front and center for the event. He woke up early that morning and headed out to Mount St. Helens on a hunch that something was going to happen. At 8:32 AM, the eruption occurred and he was only 8 miles away from it. The ash plume blew over him and actually blacked out the sky while He was right there in the middle of it to record it all. In the video you can see the footage Dave shot right before and after the eruption. It shows the effects of the ash cloud and how he managed to survive.
Dave lived to tell the tale. 57 other people perished.
Hiking trip gone bad
Back in 2015 a thread on the subreddit Askreddit was made asking the question: ‘’Hikers and backpackers of Reddit. What is the weirdest or creepiest thing you have found while hiking?’’.
In the thread a story is told by Nicole Gergen. In March 2015 she along with two of her friends were on a hiking trip in in a pretty popular spot in Santa Barbara. It's a 150-ft waterfall that takes about 45 minutes of uphill hiking to get to. They decided to go bouldering around the bottom of the waterfall, where there are various little pools and boulders where the water runs off from the waterfall. This bouldering trail is not on the main trail, and not many hikers ever veer off of the main trail. During the trip several pictures were taken. It was here that Gergen noticed something red in the background.
It turned out a different hiker had an accident while hiking and was laying on the ground, severly injured. Saylor Guilliams was hiking a trail with her friend Brenden Vega, also 22. They weren’t experienced hikers and it showed: The terrain was more treacherous than they had planned for, and as it began to grow dark, they struggled to find a way back to their car. Then, Guilliams landed badly when jumping off a rock, fracturing her left leg.
Things only got worse from there. Their cell phones were dead, and they hadn’t brought flashlights. When Vega tried to carry Guilliams, he fell, shattering his glasses, breaking his elbow and breaking her ankle. Unable to walk, Guilliams stayed put while Vega went to get help. That was the last time she saw him.
Guilliams told reporters she was yelling for help all night and the rest of the next day, even though she was losing consciousness. By the next afternoon, her lungs had given out and she had stopped screaming. Guilliams lay face down in mud and leaves, delirious, surrounded by buzzing flies.
She laid there for about 20 hours before Nicole and her friends found her. While she was able to be rescued by paramedics, her friend Brenden Vega wasn’t so lucky. His body was found later that day. Autopsy showed he died, most likely due to another falling accident while he was trying to get help.
The Monster with 21 Faces
In the 1980s, the Japanese food giant Ezaki Glico was blackmailed by a mysterious group of apparent super villains, calling itself the Monster with 21 faces.
It started with two armed men who broke into the home of the president of Glico, kidnapping him in front of his family. The men held the executive in a warehouse, calling the company and demanding 100 million Yen and 100 kilos of gold bullion. The victim escaped the warehouse before he could find out whether or not his company was willing to pay the ransom. None of the bad guys were caught however and this allowed the ‘’Monster’’ to continue his work.
A couple of weeks later, several cars in the company parking lot were set on fire. Then, the "Monster" began to send letters. In the first letter, sent in a plastic container along with hydrochloric acid, the Monster claimed they had poisoned Glico's candies, which resulted in Glico losing $21 million dollars worth of product that had to be pulled from shelves (the number seems to be a coincidence by the way).
The Monster taunted the police by detailing in a letter its method of entry, what typewriter it used to write the message and where it found the container with the acid in it. It didn't matter; cops scoured the country for them and came up empty. Soon enough, just to prove they were toying with everyone, the Monster suddenly sent a letter stating its forgiveness of Glico, and moved on.
The Monster then turned its attention to another food company: Morinaga. Another letter was sent, similar to the Glico one, only this time, investigations turned up a total of 21 packages laced with the highly toxic sodium cyanide. The Monster was polite though, and had helpfully labelled the boxes with "Contains Toxins".
CCTV footage of what authorities believed to be the ''Fox-Eyed Man''
The police, getting desperate, thought they caught a glimpse of the mastermind behind the Monster during a money drop when the group had demanded cash from another company. An officer described the criminal mastermind as a man having "eyes like those of a fox," which would give him the nickname "The Fox-Eyed Man."
The same mysterious man was spotted again later, in a car during a sting operation. He escaped, but the cops found the car, and a radio transceiver that he had been using to listen into all of the police communications during the sting.
So finally they've got a description of one of the bad guys. It didn’t result in anything however. The Monster tormented several corporate giants for years, mocked the police, walked the streets as some of the most wanted men in the world and not a single one of them ever got caught. Police superintendent Yamamoto got so frustrated by being outmaneuvered by the Monster that he resigned in disgrace and committed suicide by setting himself on fire.
Before disappearing into the night the "Monster" released a letter mocking the dead man, and announced it would stop torturing food companies, apparently taking this entire thing as some sort of childish game. The Monster's final words to the public:
Yamamoto of Shiga Prefecture Police died. How stupid of him! We've got no friends or secret hiding place in Shiga. It's Yoshino or Shikata who should have died. What have they been doing for as long as one year and five months? Don't let bad guys like us get away with it. There are many more fools who want to copy us. No-career Yamamoto died like a man. So we decided to give our condolence. We decided to forget about torturing food-making companies. If anyone blackmails any of the food-making companies, it's not us but someone copying us. We are bad guys. That means we've got more to do other than bullying companies. It's fun to lead a bad man's life.
- Monster with 21 Faces.
In 2003, a skeleton was discovered near an abandoned church in the deserted town of La Noria, in the Atacama Desert in Chile. It had a vaguely human shape, except for having 10 ribs instead of 12, an abnormally large and pointed head, and being only 6 inches in length.
Some suspected that the Atacama skeleton was an alien, because of its unusual features. However, immunologist Garry Nolan carried out extensive DNA analysis, finding abundant human DNA, and revealed in 2013 that the Atacama Alien – dubbed ‘Ata’ – was very much of this world. The body’s mitochondrial DNA also revealed that its mother was from the west coast of South America, i.e. Chile. But this has not put a lid on the mystery, given the tiny human’s bewildering features.
This bizarre, tiny human is the size of a 22-week-old foetus. Some scientists have suggested that Ata is a foetus that was born prematurely and didn’t survive.
However, Garry Nolan’s analyses continue to produce confusion. He found that the density of the growth plates in Ata’s knees is equivalent to that in a 6 to 8-year-old child. One of Nolan’s theories is that Ata was a 6-inch tall 8-year-old. As strange as it sounds, perhaps Ata suffered from a very extreme form of dwarfism. Nolan’s other theory is that Ata was a foetus, but was suffering from a severe form of the rapid aging condition, progeria, which is why features of its skeleton resemble that of an 8-year-old.
However, the mystery deepens. Nolan has not been able to confirm either of these theories because no indications of progeria or dwarfism have been found in Ata.
To this day there is still speculation on what Ata is exactly and also what happened to him/her/it. The body was found in La Noria, wrapped in a white cloth with a purple ribbon and buried it in a shallow grave near the church. What is also known is that Ata had a fracture on its upper arm and another fracture on its skull – which doctors and scientists consider to be a possible cause of death. A likely theory is that someone murdered Ata out of fear of what it was.
Why’d you do it?
The audio fragment above is a 911 call made by a young girl, identified in the fragment as Nicky. In the heartwrenching call Nicky tells the 911 operator that her brother has just committed suicide and that she needs help. Later in the call her father enters the rooms and discovers what happened to his son.
In just under two minutes this call shows what effects suicide can have on your loved ones. If you ever think that suicide is the answer, please remember that there are people out there that love you.