sixpenceee:

Mother Died is another short horror film I recommend. You might think you know what’s going on, but you don’t until the very end. 

Watch it here

I recommend not scrolling through the comments because that will ruin it for you. 

Previous short film recommendation 

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Haunted Owings Mills MD: The Dark Past of Rosewood’s Mental Hospital       

Baltimore Fishbowl writes: “You know those creepy mental asylums in horror movies? Well, this story about Rosewood, the Baltimore-area mental hospital that closed in 2009, is about that bad.”

The Rosewood Center (originally known the Maryland Asylum and Training School for the Feeble Minded, est. 1888) is an abandoned mental hospital on the outskirts of Baltimore.

"Overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed throughout its existence", the Baltimore Sun in a 1949 expose referred to Rosewood as “Maryland’s Shame.” 

The state closed Rosewood’s doors on June 30, 2009 due to ”a mountain of angry complaints involving patient abuse, and neglect.”

One such story involves the Rosewood girls as recounted in the Slate.com article, “A Forgotten Scandal in Baltimore’s High Society"  Their story is as follows: 

For more than 20 years, some of Baltimore’s wealthiest and most established families had been helping themselves to the institutionalized patients at Rosewood. They’d been “adopting” these mentally challenged girls and women only to turn them into their own private slaves.

Many fell victim to abuse in these high-society homes. “A few of the women so overworked and underfed their imbecile maids,” … “that several of them died within two or three years after their release, mostly of acute pulmonary tuberculosis.”

Once they proved poor housekeepers, the women were eventually tossed out on the streets. And here, things got even grimmer—the former Rosewood girls saw “a sad peregrination through the whorehouses and flophouses of the slums,”

According to local legends, the hospital is haunted.  The apparition of woman reportedly sometimes can be seen at the third floor window of the main building.

References: [Baltimore Fishbowl] [Slate.com] [Baltimore Sun]

Images:

Rosewood Mental Hospital, Owings Mills MD (2011). Baltimore Magazine. Sue Tatterson

Rosewood Mental Hospital, Owings Mills MD (2009). Wikipedia. SheepNotGoats

A compilation of stories about Rosewood Mental Hospital.

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snerpthesnerr:

sixpenceee:

MILK FOR THE UGLY is an interactive comic story. The artwork is incredible, the message is relevant and it has some spooky undertones, that make it extremely worthwhile.

I really enjoyed it.

GO THROUGH THE STORY

This looks so cool but I honestly can not figure out how to work the darned thing T^T

Use the red arrows in the right side! See it?

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The Moving Coffins of Chase Vault - Unsolved Mysteries - Mysteries that once were or still are unsolved! - Here is a interesting tale that made the rounds in many newspapers over the time of the events in question. To begin with, I’ll let one newspaper story open this article:A HAUNTED TOMB.MOVING COFFINS."A tale of the mysterious movement of coffins in a sealed vault in the parish of Christchurch, Barbados, has long been told in the Island. Fresh authentic evidence just brought to light and published in the ‘West India Committee Circular,’ confirms the story, and renders it mysterious in the extreme.On successive occasions, when the Chase family vault in the churchyard near Distin’s Town was opened, the coffins were found to be disarranged. A manuscript account by the Hon. Nathan Lucas, who witnessed the opening of the vault in 1820, has been unearthed. The document states that the vault was opened several times for the interment of bodies in ‘the first decade of the nineteenth century. Each time, the coffins were found in extraordinary positions, and after a burial In 1819 the matter became a much-talked-of mystery.Mr. Lucas was discussing it with friends in 1820, and they decided then and there to open the vault and see if the coffins had moved again. They found the heavy slabs over the entrance untouched, and no marks of violence were anywhere visible. But in the vault itself the six coffins were once again disarranged, lying on top of each other and at curious angles.The vault was in such a position that water - of which there were no signs, could not have flooded it. There had been no earthquake to account for the mystery and no attempt to rob the corpses.Locals fear of the dead rendered it certain that they had no hand in it, and the theory of a practical joke was never entertained. ‘All I know,’ runs the document, ‘is that it happened, and that I was an eyewitness of the fact.’”(The Daily News, 17 March 1908)There is a bit of strange history surrounding this vault, starting before the apparent shifting coffins. When the Chase family had aquired the vault it was already eighty years old. Originally built by James Elliot, the first occupant was his wife Elizabeth who was interred within in the mid to late 18th century.The vault was then purchased by the Walrond Family, and when a relative/friend Thomasina Goddard passed away, the vault was opened and shockingly, Elizabeth‘s body was no longer to be found… she had disappeared!It is important to note that the vault was sealed with a very large marble slab, and upon this latest opening no evidence was found to suggest it had been tampered with. With such a mystery, the legend took on a somewhat supernatural twist with many of the superstitious locals believing that Elizabeth Elliot was a vampire!Thomasina Goddard was sealed within the vault and the missing Elizabeth was all but forgotten about.The Chase family very soon after came to ownership of the vault, and before long were interring their own family within. It was the opening of the vault to recieve its fourth body (Mr Thomas Chase) that the coffins located inside were found to be in a disrupted state. No evidence of break in, no evidence of tampering with the actual bodies… just coffins not where they should be.The theme continued with each new interment, the vault would be opened and coffins would be strewn about. At one time a wooden coffin had all but been smashed when one of the heavier, lead coffins had crashed into it.It was decided to get to the bottom of this mystery and a kind of investigation was carried out. The coffins were relocated to their original positions (two stacks of two, larger coffin at the bottom, smaller on top), the walls were ‘sounded’ to ensure no hidden passages, and after that the floor was covered in a fine sand and the vault cover layed back over, sealing the coffins inside. Mortar was applied to the slab and the Lord Governer impressed his own seal within. This time, if there was any tampering, it would be easy to tell.Eight months later the vault was once again opened. No sign had been found of tampering with the mortar or seals, but when entering the vault itself, the coffins were once again found to be in utter chaos. The sand on the floor was undisturbed, noone had been inside and no flood had taken place.The Chase family have since been removed from the vault and buried in the cemetery.It was and still is a mystery, though many theories have been put forward over the years including flooding, earthquakes and magnetism.Ashley Hall 2013Photo: The Chase Family Vault.Inset Left: A headline from ‘The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate’Inset Right: Images depicting locations of coffins before and after, within the vault.
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theparanormalguide:

The Moving Coffins of Chase Vault
- Unsolved Mysteries - Mysteries that once were or still are unsolved!

- Here is a interesting tale that made the rounds in many newspapers over the time of the events in question. To begin with, I’ll let one newspaper story open this article:

A HAUNTED TOMB.
MOVING COFFINS.

"A tale of the mysterious movement of coffins in a sealed vault in the parish of Christchurch, Barbados, has long been told in the Island. Fresh authentic evidence just brought to light and published in the ‘West India Committee Circular,’ confirms the story, and renders it mysterious in the extreme.

On successive occasions, when the Chase family vault in the churchyard near Distin’s Town was opened, the coffins were found to be disarranged. A manuscript account by the Hon. Nathan Lucas, who witnessed the opening of the vault in 1820, has been unearthed. The document states that the vault was opened several times for the interment of bodies in ‘the first decade of the nineteenth century. Each time, the coffins were found in extraordinary positions, and after a burial In 1819 the matter became a much-talked-of mystery.

Mr. Lucas was discussing it with friends in 1820, and they decided then and there to open the vault and see if the coffins had moved again. They found the heavy slabs over the entrance untouched, and no marks of violence were anywhere visible. But in the vault itself the six coffins were once again disarranged, lying on top of each other and at curious angles.

The vault was in such a position that water - of which there were no signs, could not have flooded it. There had been no earthquake to account for the mystery and no attempt to rob the corpses.

Locals fear of the dead rendered it certain that they had no hand in it, and the theory of a practical joke was never entertained. ‘All I know,’ runs the document, ‘is that it happened, and that I was an eyewitness of the fact.’”
(The Daily News, 17 March 1908)

There is a bit of strange history surrounding this vault, starting before the apparent shifting coffins. When the Chase family had aquired the vault it was already eighty years old. Originally built by James Elliot, the first occupant was his wife Elizabeth who was interred within in the mid to late 18th century.

The vault was then purchased by the Walrond Family, and when a relative/friend Thomasina Goddard passed away, the vault was opened and shockingly, Elizabeth‘s body was no longer to be found… she had disappeared!

It is important to note that the vault was sealed with a very large marble slab, and upon this latest opening no evidence was found to suggest it had been tampered with. With such a mystery, the legend took on a somewhat supernatural twist with many of the superstitious locals believing that Elizabeth Elliot was a vampire!

Thomasina Goddard was sealed within the vault and the missing Elizabeth was all but forgotten about.

The Chase family very soon after came to ownership of the vault, and before long were interring their own family within. It was the opening of the vault to recieve its fourth body (Mr Thomas Chase) that the coffins located inside were found to be in a disrupted state. No evidence of break in, no evidence of tampering with the actual bodies… just coffins not where they should be.

The theme continued with each new interment, the vault would be opened and coffins would be strewn about. At one time a wooden coffin had all but been smashed when one of the heavier, lead coffins had crashed into it.

It was decided to get to the bottom of this mystery and a kind of investigation was carried out. The coffins were relocated to their original positions (two stacks of two, larger coffin at the bottom, smaller on top), the walls were ‘sounded’ to ensure no hidden passages, and after that the floor was covered in a fine sand and the vault cover layed back over, sealing the coffins inside. Mortar was applied to the slab and the Lord Governer impressed his own seal within. This time, if there was any tampering, it would be easy to tell.

Eight months later the vault was once again opened. No sign had been found of tampering with the mortar or seals, but when entering the vault itself, the coffins were once again found to be in utter chaos. The sand on the floor was undisturbed, noone had been inside and no flood had taken place.

The Chase family have since been removed from the vault and buried in the cemetery.

It was and still is a mystery, though many theories have been put forward over the years including flooding, earthquakes and magnetism.


Ashley Hall 2013

Photo: The Chase Family Vault.
Inset Left: A headline from ‘The Cumberland Argus and Fruitgrowers Advocate’
Inset Right: Images depicting locations of coffins before and after, within the vault.

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athoughtwithbryce:

Check out these screen shots from an early version of the game i’m working on.

it’s based on The Rake, but instead of the usual Survival Horror where you try to escape the monster, you ARE the monster, and your goal is to torment or kill people and not get caught by the police or, maybe even the Military!

follow it on Steam Greenlight: http://full.sc/1kfF71b 

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talesoftim:

Fells Glen is a small town of near 4000 people. At some point in the past strange things started happening. People died and went missing for years before they realized the pattern.

That was when the rules began. Rules that each resident of Fells Glen tries their hardest to abide by, because if they don’t, if they step out of line just a little bit, it could have dire consequences.

I started this series a few weeks ago and have already fell in love with it as I hope you all do. This video is the first in the series.

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CHILLER (ARCADE GAME)

Chiller was an arcade game released in 1986

The player takes on the role of an unseen torturer who must maim, mutilate, and murder helpless victims in a variety of dungeon settings. Few of the enemies in the game are capable of fighting back, with the challenge element lying in how quickly the player can cause each of the victims to die.

The game sold poorly in the United States because arcade owners refused to purchase it. Modern gamers often criticize the game for its senseless violence and encouraging the torture and murder of apparently innocent people

MORE INFORMATION

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Harold Holt Disappearance - Unsolved Mysteries - It has become one of Australia’s most legendary mysteries, fuelled over the years by numerous claims and speculation. However, it’s unlikely we will ever know what happened to Harold Holt. His disappearance while swimming has overshadowed his many achievements as a politician in a career that spanned 32 years.He was born on the 5th of August 1908, and was the eldest of 2 boys. Between 1913 and 1919 he attended three different schools in Sydney and Adelaide, before being enrolled at Wesley College in Melbourne in 1921. Three years later his mother died, instilling some would later say “a sense of loneliness” that prevailed throughout the rest of his life.In 1927 he began a law degree and attended the University of Melbourne, excelling at sports as well as debating and essay writing. After graduating in 1930, he found that he could not find work as a Barrister due to the Great Depression and was drawn to politics around the same time.At the age of 27 he became one of the youngest MP’s at that time. Holt was one of the first MP’s to join the Liberal Party when its was established by Robert Menzies in 1945 and administered many portfolios in his subsequent career, being Minister for Air and Civil Aviation, Labour and National Service and Minister for Immigration. With Menzies support, Holt (now Treasurer) was elected leader of the Liberal Party when Menzies retired after his second term and on Australia Day 1966 (the same day 3 children disappeared in Adelaide by the name of Beaumont) he was sworn in as Australia’s new Prime Minister.In his short term as PM, he faced controversy regarding Australia’s commitment to the Vietnam War, after significantly increasing military involvement and defending the US and its President Lyndon B. Johnson. He also faced allegations of allegedly misusing VIP aircraft and his leadership style and public image were questioned by his own party colleagues.On the morning of Sunday 17th December 1967 Holt, accompanied by three friends and two bodyguards, drove from Melbourne to Cheviot Beach, one of Holt’s favourite swimming and snorkelling spots. Noted for being a strong swimmer, he had swam this area before, which was known for its dangerous rip tides and strong currents.Soon after entering the water, he was seen being dragged under a wave and was never seen again.A search soon afterwards by Police, the Army, Navy divers, Air Force helicopters and volunteers still could not find any trace of his body. No formal inquest or investigation was ever conducted due to it being “a waste of time and money”, however Victorian Police compiled a 108-page report and in 2005 a coroner ruled that Holt had drowned in accidental circumstances.What is known is that at the time of Holt going missing, he was suspected of being in poor health after collapsing in Parliament some months earlier, blaming a “vitamin deficiency”, however many senior Liberals suspected a heart condition. He also had a shoulder injury at the time and was said to be on Morphine, his doctor telling him not to swim or play tennis.Claims started surfacing soon after that he might have faked his death to be with a mistress. In his wife’s memoirs she stated and confirmed publicly for the first time he had had extra-marital affairs.British Journalist Anthony Grey published in 1983 a controversial book claiming that Holt had been a spy for the People’s Republic of China and may have been picked up by a Chinese submarine and spent the rest of his life in China.An even more far-fetched claim is that he was taken by an underwater UFO.It has also been theorised that he was eaten by a shark or giant squid. However, it is now speculated that he may have taken his own life, as numerous people have come forward saying he was horribly depressed at the time of his disappearance. These claims have been dismissed by Holt’s son, a biographer and former colleagues.Will the remains of Harold Holt ever be found?Was there something more sinister, perhaps paranormal, behind him going missing?Did he fake his own death and if so,why?Or was one of Australia’s PM’s an Asian spy?By Matty Sweeney 2013Picpost by Ashley HallMain Pic: Harold Holt also a keen diver.Inset Upper: The search.Inset Lower: Prime Minister John McEwen with world leaders at Harold Holt’s memorial service.
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theparanormalguide:

Harold Holt Disappearance
- Unsolved Mysteries

- It has become one of Australia’s most legendary mysteries, fuelled over the years by numerous claims and speculation. However, it’s unlikely we will ever know what happened to Harold Holt. His disappearance while swimming has overshadowed his many achievements as a politician in a career that spanned 32 years.

He was born on the 5th of August 1908, and was the eldest of 2 boys. Between 1913 and 1919 he attended three different schools in Sydney and Adelaide, before being enrolled at Wesley College in Melbourne in 1921. Three years later his mother died, instilling some would later say “a sense of loneliness” that prevailed throughout the rest of his life.

In 1927 he began a law degree and attended the University of Melbourne, excelling at sports as well as debating and essay writing. After graduating in 1930, he found that he could not find work as a Barrister due to the Great Depression and was drawn to politics around the same time.

At the age of 27 he became one of the youngest MP’s at that time. Holt was one of the first MP’s to join the Liberal Party when its was established by Robert Menzies in 1945 and administered many portfolios in his subsequent career, being Minister for Air and Civil Aviation, Labour and National Service and Minister for Immigration. With Menzies support, Holt (now Treasurer) was elected leader of the Liberal Party when Menzies retired after his second term and on Australia Day 1966 (the same day 3 children disappeared in Adelaide by the name of Beaumont) he was sworn in as Australia’s new Prime Minister.

In his short term as PM, he faced controversy regarding Australia’s commitment to the Vietnam War, after significantly increasing military involvement and defending the US and its President Lyndon B. Johnson. He also faced allegations of allegedly misusing VIP aircraft and his leadership style and public image were questioned by his own party colleagues.

On the morning of Sunday 17th December 1967 Holt, accompanied by three friends and two bodyguards, drove from Melbourne to Cheviot Beach, one of Holt’s favourite swimming and snorkelling spots. Noted for being a strong swimmer, he had swam this area before, which was known for its dangerous rip tides and strong currents.

Soon after entering the water, he was seen being dragged under a wave and was never seen again.

A search soon afterwards by Police, the Army, Navy divers, Air Force helicopters and volunteers still could not find any trace of his body. No formal inquest or investigation was ever conducted due to it being “a waste of time and money”, however Victorian Police compiled a 108-page report and in 2005 a coroner ruled that Holt had drowned in accidental circumstances.

What is known is that at the time of Holt going missing, he was suspected of being in poor health after collapsing in Parliament some months earlier, blaming a “vitamin deficiency”, however many senior Liberals suspected a heart condition. He also had a shoulder injury at the time and was said to be on Morphine, his doctor telling him not to swim or play tennis.

Claims started surfacing soon after that he might have faked his death to be with a mistress. In his wife’s memoirs she stated and confirmed publicly for the first time he had had extra-marital affairs.

British Journalist Anthony Grey published in 1983 a controversial book claiming that Holt had been a spy for the People’s Republic of China and may have been picked up by a Chinese submarine and spent the rest of his life in China.

An even more far-fetched claim is that he was taken by an underwater UFO.

It has also been theorised that he was eaten by a shark or giant squid. However, it is now speculated that he may have taken his own life, as numerous people have come forward saying he was horribly depressed at the time of his disappearance. These claims have been dismissed by Holt’s son, a biographer and former colleagues.

Will the remains of Harold Holt ever be found?
Was there something more sinister, perhaps paranormal, behind him going missing?
Did he fake his own death and if so,why?
Or was one of Australia’s PM’s an Asian spy?


By Matty Sweeney 2013
Picpost by Ashley Hall

Main Pic: Harold Holt also a keen diver.
Inset Upper: The search.
Inset Lower: Prime Minister John McEwen with world leaders at Harold Holt’s memorial service.

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undeadeddie:

Some horror films I’m looking forward to!

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Death by Asp - Tragic Deaths - People die. It happens. But some unfortunate people die in some terrible and tragic ways! Here is one of the more tragic deaths in recorded human history…———Cleopatra VIIDied: 30BCManner of Death: Asp!Cleopatra was a member of the Ptolemy dynasty, and the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt.Well known today in popular culture, Cleopatra had a childhood most people would definitely not envy! So much inbreeding in the Egyptian royalty had led to a lot of instability. It is said that Cleopatra’s father was bat-shit crazy and killed his wife and most of his kids. During a visit to Rome (accompanied by Cleopatra) her sister Berenice seized the throne. Her father was having none of that, and fought her upon his return, having her executed. This made Cleopatra, now aged 14, joint regent and deputy of her father – but apparently still virtually powerless.When Cleopatra’s father died in 51BC, Cleopatra, now 18, became joint Monarch with her 10 year old brother. She was also forced to marry him, according to Egyptian tradition. She saw her brother/husband as a child, so decided to drop the Ptolemy name from official documents, and have currency stamped with her face alone. This went against the Ptolemaic tradition of female rulers, who were meant to be subordinate to the male co-rulers. Her brother had plenty of support in the Egyptian people, and he eventually rebelled against her independence, forcing her to flee Egypt in exile.To cut a long story short, Cleopatra’s brother then made a critical error… he killed a Roman official by the name of Pompey in front of his wife and children. He presented Pompay’s severed head to Julius Caesar, thinking it would please him to know some of his opposition was dead – however, it as a massive mistake as Caesar was enraged! Pompey was more than just a political enemy to Caesar – he was his father-in-law.Eager to work with Caesar’s anger, Cleopatra smuggled herself in to his quarters, rolled up in a carpet. Caesar was almost immediately enchanted by Cleopatra. He decided to back her in her fight for the Egyptian throne – and a love affair ensued – even though Cleopatra was only 21 years old at this point in time, with Caesar being 52.Nine months after they met, Cleopatra gave birth to her first son, naming him Caesarion. By all reports, Caesar remained in love with Cleopatra for his life time – even going so far as having a huge, golden statue of her erected at the Forum Julium. He did not really respect her though, refusing to name their son together as his heir. He clearly did not see her as an equal. Alas, Caesar was betrayed by his nearest and dearest, and was assassinated, stabbed to death at the Senate.Cleopatra fled back to Egypt after Caesar’s death, and then Mark Antony came along…. Stunningly handsome, a lot younger than Caesar, and full of power. He summoned Cleopatra to test her loyalty, and the two immediately fell into a passionate love affair.A year after they met, Cleopatra gave birth to twins, naming them Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene. Mark named as the father. He returned to Rome for four years before coming back to Alexandria, not being able to get Cleopatra out of his mind. Once back in Alexandria, he decided to make it his home. He defied Roman tradition, forgot his wife in Rome, and married Cleopatra in accordance to Egyptian rite. Once married, he and Cleopatra had one more child, a son, calling him Ptolemy Philadelphos.In a very ‘Romeo and Juliet’-esq manner, Mark Antony, who was about to lose his power to Caesar’s heir, Octavian, suicided by stabbing himself with a sword. He was under the mistaken belief that Cleopatra had already taken her own life. He did not die straight away, and when his men told him that no, Cleopatra was still alive, he was taken to her hiding place, and he died in her arms.Filled with grief Cleopatra put on her most beautiful garments. She arrayed herself on a golden couch, with the emblems of royalty surrounding her. Legend tells us that she took her own life by snuggling up to an Egyptian Cobra – or an Asp, dying from the venom when it bit her on the chest.Although Cleopatra did poison herself, the fact is that no-one really knows how. One story relates that there were two slight pricks on her arm, not her breast, and that poison might have been hidden in a hollow comb. Another tells that the marks may have been caused by a poisonous pin used to fasten her hair. And finally, that they may have been from the bite of an Asp, which must have been hidden in a basket of flowers (or figs) or a water jar. No snake was ever found, not that this really means too much.Another theory was that by her enemies saying she died of snake bite, it gave her death a deliberate sexual connotation, basically saying that she was a seductress and got her just rewards.Cleopatra was only 38 years old when she died.As a side note, Caesarion, the son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, ruled in her place for a very short time before Octavion, his own cousin, killed him. That is as history tells it, unless you believe the conspiracy theory that was Caesarion was, in fact, Jesus Christ. It is said that instead of being murdered, he was actually adopted by Mary and Joseph. He travelled to India and studied under Brahman priests. The name “Jesus” is “Esau” in Egyptian, and means son of Isis. Cleopatra was the self proclaimed virgin Goddess Isis… just an interesting tidbit to add.The three children of Cleopatra and Mark Antony were spared and taken back to Rome where they were taken care of by Mark Antony’s Roman wife, Octavia Minor – that’s quite an accomplishment for a spurned wife! As they were considered ‘illegitimate’ in the eyes of the Romans, they were not a threat politically, so apparently they lived out their lives in relative peace. Their ancestors are probably still alive today – for all you know, you could be a descendant of Mark Antony and the famous Cleopatra!By Peet Banks from APPI - Australian Paranormal Phenomenon InvestigatorsPicpost by Ashley Hall 2013Photo: Der Tod der Kleopatra (The Death of Cleopatra) 1875, Hans Markat.
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Death by Asp
- Tragic Deaths

- People die. It happens. But some unfortunate people die in some terrible and tragic ways! Here is one of the more tragic deaths in recorded human history…

———

Cleopatra VII
Died: 30BC
Manner of Death: Asp!

Cleopatra was a member of the Ptolemy dynasty, and the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt.

Well known today in popular culture, Cleopatra had a childhood most people would definitely not envy! So much inbreeding in the Egyptian royalty had led to a lot of instability. It is said that Cleopatra’s father was bat-shit crazy and killed his wife and most of his kids. During a visit to Rome (accompanied by Cleopatra) her sister Berenice seized the throne. Her father was having none of that, and fought her upon his return, having her executed. This made Cleopatra, now aged 14, joint regent and deputy of her father – but apparently still virtually powerless.

When Cleopatra’s father died in 51BC, Cleopatra, now 18, became joint Monarch with her 10 year old brother. She was also forced to marry him, according to Egyptian tradition. She saw her brother/husband as a child, so decided to drop the Ptolemy name from official documents, and have currency stamped with her face alone. This went against the Ptolemaic tradition of female rulers, who were meant to be subordinate to the male co-rulers. Her brother had plenty of support in the Egyptian people, and he eventually rebelled against her independence, forcing her to flee Egypt in exile.

To cut a long story short, Cleopatra’s brother then made a critical error… he killed a Roman official by the name of Pompey in front of his wife and children. He presented Pompay’s severed head to Julius Caesar, thinking it would please him to know some of his opposition was dead – however, it as a massive mistake as Caesar was enraged! Pompey was more than just a political enemy to Caesar – he was his father-in-law.

Eager to work with Caesar’s anger, Cleopatra smuggled herself in to his quarters, rolled up in a carpet. Caesar was almost immediately enchanted by Cleopatra. He decided to back her in her fight for the Egyptian throne – and a love affair ensued – even though Cleopatra was only 21 years old at this point in time, with Caesar being 52.

Nine months after they met, Cleopatra gave birth to her first son, naming him Caesarion. By all reports, Caesar remained in love with Cleopatra for his life time – even going so far as having a huge, golden statue of her erected at the Forum Julium. He did not really respect her though, refusing to name their son together as his heir. He clearly did not see her as an equal. Alas, Caesar was betrayed by his nearest and dearest, and was assassinated, stabbed to death at the Senate.

Cleopatra fled back to Egypt after Caesar’s death, and then Mark Antony came along…. Stunningly handsome, a lot younger than Caesar, and full of power. He summoned Cleopatra to test her loyalty, and the two immediately fell into a passionate love affair.

A year after they met, Cleopatra gave birth to twins, naming them Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene. Mark named as the father. He returned to Rome for four years before coming back to Alexandria, not being able to get Cleopatra out of his mind. Once back in Alexandria, he decided to make it his home. He defied Roman tradition, forgot his wife in Rome, and married Cleopatra in accordance to Egyptian rite. Once married, he and Cleopatra had one more child, a son, calling him Ptolemy Philadelphos.

In a very ‘Romeo and Juliet’-esq manner, Mark Antony, who was about to lose his power to Caesar’s heir, Octavian, suicided by stabbing himself with a sword. He was under the mistaken belief that Cleopatra had already taken her own life. He did not die straight away, and when his men told him that no, Cleopatra was still alive, he was taken to her hiding place, and he died in her arms.

Filled with grief Cleopatra put on her most beautiful garments. She arrayed herself on a golden couch, with the emblems of royalty surrounding her. Legend tells us that she took her own life by snuggling up to an Egyptian Cobra – or an Asp, dying from the venom when it bit her on the chest.

Although Cleopatra did poison herself, the fact is that no-one really knows how. One story relates that there were two slight pricks on her arm, not her breast, and that poison might have been hidden in a hollow comb. Another tells that the marks may have been caused by a poisonous pin used to fasten her hair. And finally, that they may have been from the bite of an Asp, which must have been hidden in a basket of flowers (or figs) or a water jar. No snake was ever found, not that this really means too much.

Another theory was that by her enemies saying she died of snake bite, it gave her death a deliberate sexual connotation, basically saying that she was a seductress and got her just rewards.

Cleopatra was only 38 years old when she died.

As a side note, Caesarion, the son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, ruled in her place for a very short time before Octavion, his own cousin, killed him. That is as history tells it, unless you believe the conspiracy theory that was Caesarion was, in fact, Jesus Christ. It is said that instead of being murdered, he was actually adopted by Mary and Joseph. He travelled to India and studied under Brahman priests. The name “Jesus” is “Esau” in Egyptian, and means son of Isis. Cleopatra was the self proclaimed virgin Goddess Isis… just an interesting tidbit to add.

The three children of Cleopatra and Mark Antony were spared and taken back to Rome where they were taken care of by Mark Antony’s Roman wife, Octavia Minor – that’s quite an accomplishment for a spurned wife! As they were considered ‘illegitimate’ in the eyes of the Romans, they were not a threat politically, so apparently they lived out their lives in relative peace. Their ancestors are probably still alive today – for all you know, you could be a descendant of Mark Antony and the famous Cleopatra!


By Peet Banks from APPI - Australian Paranormal Phenomenon Investigators
Picpost by Ashley Hall 2013

Photo: Der Tod der Kleopatra (The Death of Cleopatra) 1875, Hans Markat.

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deadjosey:

thats all kinds of fucked up 

deadjosey:

thats all kinds of fucked up 

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