The Joys Of Foster Parenting or Why There Is Someone Always Following Me?

Just wanted to give a quick update, things have been moving rapidly in my personal life and as such ate a good chunk of my free time. I got my first foster child and it has been an amazing and sometimes terrifying adjustment period.

 

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I have seen that face, it haunts me!

 

As such my posts have been a little slow. (or not at all) However, since I’ve recently taken on a second job, in an effort to step down from my first one and start going back to school. This actually means I’ll have more time to work on things, I know that doesn’t make much sense but I’ve got the schedule worked out in front of me.

Long story short, I’ve not flatlined. There is still a heartbeat here.

Stay frosty and thanks for sticking around

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Human Monsters: Harvey Glatman, The Glamour Girl Killer

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Booking Photo

“The reason I killed those girls was because they asked me to…They said they would rather be dead than be with me.”

Those are the chilling words of Harvey Glatman, a sadomasochist who murdered at least three women. Glatman lived in Colorado and showed a deviant mind at an early age. He was caught when he was 12 by his mother in the bathroom of their home with a rope around his neck. He expressed that choking himself gave him sexual pleasure, showing a keen interest in autoerotic asphyxiation. The family doctor simply wrote it off as a phase, something he would “grow out of.” 

Later while he was still in high school he bound and molested a classmate who was later able to identify him to police. After a short stint in the local jail, his family posted bond but it was too late for Harvey, once he’d gotten a taste of sexual abuse he couldn’t stop. Shortly after his release, he did the same thing to another woman in Boulder which earned him a longer prison sentence. After which he moved to New York with his mother, maybe she thought a change of location would help but that was not to be.

While in New York Harvey spent time in Sing Sing prison for a string of robberies and sexual assaults. All in all, he spent around 4 years behind bars before returning back home to Colorado. Now it isn’t clear if he committed many crimes in the few years after his return but it has been highly speculated that he may have been responsible for a young woman’s murder during this time, her identity has only recently been discovered and Harvey’s involvement in her death has never been proven. Regardless it was during this time Harvey began to develop his method of luring in victims by pretending to be a photographer.   

 

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At a possible dumping site

 

 

Much like Harry Powers, Harvey Glatman prayed upon women he would later kill using charm and lies. When he moved to Las Angeles in 1957 he began to proposition women into coming back to his apartment for photoshoots. He was able to convince them that they would end up as one of those bound girls on crime focused pulp fiction covers. Once tied up and at his mercy, Harvey would abuse and photograph them before strangling them. By the time he was arrested on October 27th, 1958 he had killed 3 women: Judy Dull, Ruth Mercado and Shirley Bridgeford. Police also found dozens upon dozens of photographs of terrified women in various bondage setups.

For the crimes, the media coined the name “The Glamour Girl Killer”. No one is for sure the exact number of his victims, like many serial killers before him Harvey Glatman took the exact number with him when he was put to death in 1958 at San Quentin, he was 31.

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Sources

Did You Know

Murderpedia

Human Monsters: Harry Powers, West Virginia’s Bluebeard

There are few things worse than a betrayal of the heart. Lovelorn souls will seek comfort where they can find it, sadly those lonely hearts can become prey to silver tongue monsters. Such is the case of the poor women, and their children, who fell victim to Harry Powers, West Virginia’s first serial killer.

 

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By all accounts, Powers was quite calm and collected when speaking of the killings. 

 

 

Powers was born Herman Drenth in 1889. He used a variety of aliases over his life other than Harry Powers such as Cornelius O. Peirson and A.R.Weaver. He served a few years in different prisons for defrauding widows before he settled down in Quiet Dell West Virginia, a stone’s throw away from Clarksburg where his wife opened a store.

It was from that tiny home in a small town, Powers began his murderous plan. He began to seek out adds by women in out of state papers, these Lonely Hearts adds were by older women who sought companionship. Many were looking for love after the loss of their husbands.

Powers would set about wooing them with love letters until he was able to get the women to agree to come visit him. Once they made it to his farmhouse, however, much more than their hearts would be broken. Powers would force them into an underground series of rooms he had built below his basement. He targetted women with children in many cases, possibly as a way to use the threat of hurting their children to force the women to comply with his demands.

Being a true Bluebeard killer, Powers would have them liquidate all their assets and drain their bank accounts. He would keep them alive until the money ran out, then he would murder mother and child with a hammer, disposing of the bodies in a drainage ditch behind his home.

 

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Booking photo

 

Like with most serial killers it was the smallest of details that ended his game of death. While going under the name Cornelius O. Peirson, powers visited a mother of three named Asta Eicher in Illinois. The woman was smitten with him and left her children in the care of a friend so the two could go away with each other for a few days. While her friend was babysitting the children a letter arrived saying Powers would come by to pick them up. Powers then tried to get one of the children to cash a check at the local bank which declined because of an obviously forged signature. That was the last time Asta or her three children would be seen alive.

Soon after that Powers visited Dorothy Pressler Lemke at her home in Massachusetts and convinced her to marry him in Iowa. Instead of sending her luggage to the site of their Iowa wedding, Powers sent them to his home in Quiet Dell and made the mistake of using Cornelius O. Peirson when he was shipping the trunks. When police began to investigate the disappearance of both Asta and Dorothy, that tiny slip up provided the connection that led them to the killer’s front door.

Having matched witness descriptions, Powers was taken in for questioning and his home searched. There the police discovered his murder dungeon which was filled with bloody clothes and even a trunk which held hundreds of love letters from different women. A search of the grounds yielded the bodies of Asta and her three children, as well as Dorothy Lemke.

Harry Powers confessed to the killings and would go on to explain that the sounds of his victims screaming in the rooms under his house sexually aroused him. He explained that he’d allowed one of the male children to watch the murder of his mother and siblings but after the kid had screamed he beat him to death with a hammer.

 

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Moore Opera House in Clarksburg WV

His trial was held in the Moor Opera House not far from his home. The reason for the strange venue was the sheer amount of people who wished to view the trail. His crimes had caught the attention of the nation and people were shocked that something so awful could happen in such a small town. Powers even had to be protected from a lynch mob before he could even make it to court. After his conviction, he was executed by hanging in West Virginia’s infamous Moundsville penitentiary. When asked if he wanted to give a final statement before his execution, Powers simply said “No.” In the same cold and emotionless way he’d described the brutal slayings. His wife would not claim his body and he was buried in a potters field.

 

The exact number of his victims is currently unknown. He took the actual death count with him to the grave. It was determined from the 100 plus women who’d written him, that he’d been working the lonely hearts scam for over a decade. Police speculated his involvement in at least 50 deaths. When asked about this by detectives Powers was said to have replied: “You got me on 5. What would 50 more do?”

Inspired by the terrifying story, Davis Grubb wrote The Night Of The HunterWhich would later become a movie of the same name and influence filmmakers such as David Lynch and Spike Lee.

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Sources

Murderpedia

WvCulture

 

 

 

Creature Feature: Raystown Ray

Pennsylvania has had a love affair with cryptids for years. From possible werewolf sightings that go back to the 1800’s, to a high report of Bigfoot encounters. It would seem that now it also has it’s very own lake monster.

 

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A wee bit of the loch in my PA? What in tarnation!

Raystown lake was created to control flooding in 1905. Years later the dam that had formed the lake was repaired and the first sightings of “Ray”, as the locals called him, began. It is said that the creature resembles the Loch Ness Monster, only with a much more lizard-like face and is very shy of people. Some Biologists speculated that if the creature were to truly exist it would have to be an herbivore. This assessment came from a variety of reasons, such as animal life in the lake not being enough to support a large meat eater for very long.

A famous sighting occurred back in 1962 during the Raystown Ski Club Watershow, where many of the physical descriptions of the creature came from. People have claimed to see Raystown Ray as early as 2007.

My take on the whole situation is that it is very unlikely to be an actual surviving dinosaur that many have speculated lake monsters of being. The reason for this is the newness of the actual lake and the lack of any sightings even remotely similar to the creature before Raystown lake was created. However, the sightings and photos do give me pause and make me wonder what could be under the surface of the water.

Sources

Mysterious Universe

Cryptid Wiki

 

 

 

Creature Features Get Their Own Page

I’ll still be posting them to the blog but I figured why not also add a page so that they can be easily searched. You can see the new page here

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Hope that makes things a little better on the searching part, still working on some upgrades to the site as well and will be finishing some videos soon. Dustland Radio Season One will be wrapped up in the next few weeks and I’ve got to get cracking on the recording of season two.

Stay frosty out there

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Dustland Radio: S1 Ep7 Aberration

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Here we have our host recovering from some unexpected damage to the radio tower. In Aberration, we have a doctor dealing with the awful effects that a single damaged tank could produce. It takes just a small crack for the monsters to worm their way in.