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This is for all of you who may have missed this report. Glen Campbell has passed on and his music shall live on with all of us, forever!

Country music icon Glen Campbell is back home after 18 months in an Alzheimer’s disease care facility.

The singer-songwriter was admitted to the Nashville, Tennessee, medical center in early 2014, after Kim, his wife of 33 years, decided it was time to seek professional help for her ailing husband. Now she’s his primary care-giver again as he battles the sixth of seven stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

She tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Campbell quietly returned home in late July and it’s sometimes tough to be around the confused country star.

She said, “He can become extremely combative if you try to redirect him to something that he doesn’t want to do. I have a black eye right now. I know that’s not him, that’s not who he is; it’s just the Alzheimer’s.”

But Kim insists their time together is not always challenging, adding, “He calls me Mrs. Campbell…; He definitely understands smiles, hugs, kisses. He’s physically healthy, cheerful and content most of the time.”

Earlier this year, two of Campbell’s children, Debby Campbell-Cloyd and Travis Campbell, launched a legal battle against Kim, accusing her of “secluding” their dad “from the rest of the family.”

In a petition filed in March, they urged a judge to appoint conservators and a guardian to protect their father’s medical and financial interests.

Debby is the singer’s daughter from his first marriage to Diane Kirk, and Travis is his son from his second union, with Billie Jean Nunley.

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A documentary crew got quite a ride while filming a fishing show in the Amazon. The crew was trying to catch a giant prehistoric Arapaima and they got exactly what they went looking for.

They released footage via YouTube so now we can all enjoy watching the great catch. Heres the short description from the official YouTube page.

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The amazon is filled with all kinds of river monsters and we all know the Piranha is the most famous. But one of the biggest river monsters in the Amazon, and one of my favorites, is the one they call the Arapaima.

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Its summer, its Saturday and what better way to enjoy a little lunch break video than to watch a man reel in a massive 7ft grouper from his paddleboard!

Weve seen a lot of viral big fish videos, but this one might take the cake.

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When it comes to the creatures of Japanese mythology, everyone knows the strange and absurd monsters, from the kappa to the kasa-obake. Japanese mythology has its fair share of weird monsters, and theyve quickly become quite well-known worldwide. Behind these curious tales, however, lie a whole variety of murderous, deadly monsters that dont quite make the tourist board.

10 Ushi-Oni

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You always have to keep an eye out when walking along the beach. There might be glass or perhaps a beached jellyfish. However, theres one more thing you may want to watch out forthe infamous cow demon that loves to terrorize fishermen.

The ushi-oni (cow demon or ox demon) was a legendary monster that haunted Japan. Working with the local nure-onna monsters, which were beasts with a womans head and a snakes body, the ushi-oni s favorite pastime was attacking fishermen. So you have an ox demon and a snake woman trying to kill you. Doesnt make for a good day.

Now that you know what an ushi-oni is, you need to know what one looks like in order to avoid them. But thats where the real trouble comes in: Nobody can quite agree on what an ushi-oni looks like. Depending on where you are in Japan, youll be given a different description of this evil creature.

Sometimes, it will have the body of a crab and the head of an ox, as found in the Shimane Prefecture. Sometimes, the body will be more spiderlike. Others believe that an ushi-oni is a very unfriendly cow. The Negoro-ji Temple in Kagawa depicts the creature with tusks and wings like a flying squirrel, while people in the Ehime Prefecture believe that it looks more like a Chinese dragon.

If you want to see the Chinese dragon version of the ushi-oni, look no further than the Uwajima Ushi-Oni Matsuri Festival. During this festival, ushi-oni floats that are 6 meters (20 ft) high are carted through the town. There are also fireworks, dance displays, and bullfighting at the festival.

9 Shuten Doji

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Its always a pain when you catch someone stealing things from your garden or yard. Next time it happens, remind yourself that its a lot better than a demon swooping down and kidnapping the women of the town to devour them. You cant regrow those, after all.

According to legend, Kyoto suffered this kind of predicament. The great ogre Shuten Doji (the drunken boy) was luring women into his castle in the mountains so that he could imprison and devour them.

Of course, no emperor worth his salt would sit around and watch this happen. So the Japanese emperor hired a samurai called Minaomoto Raiko Yorimitsu and five retainers to take out the troublesome beast. To avoid suspicion, they disguised themselves as Buddhist monks to hide their weapons and armor.

On the way to the ogres castle, they were visited by three gods in human form, who gifted to Raiko an enchanted helmet and some sake that could induce heavy sleep. This came in handy when the group fooled the beast with their disguises and infiltrated the ogres keep, where Raiko offered some of the sake to the creature in hopes of slaying it while it slept.

But it wasnt that easy. Shuten Doji would turn into a wicked red demon when served sake, and even if the ogre was beheaded, its head could live on to seek revenge. Protecting himself with the helmet he had just received, Raiko defeated the demon and brought it back to Kyoto.

8 Otoroshi

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Just because a beast pounces on people and devours them alive doesnt necessarily mean its evil. Take the otoroshi, for instance, a sort of demonic vigilante used to scare sense into children.

The otoroshi (also known as the odoro-odoro or odoro-gami) liked to make its home within Japanese shrines. If youve seen a few of the shrines, youve probably noticed the torii, large wooden gates around the entrance that separate the mundane from the spiritual. These creatures, long and hairy with tusks, waited atop these gates to pounce upon people to eat.

The twist? They only devoured bad people. Anyone visiting the shrine for legitimate purposes was spared, but those with evil in their hearts met a grisly end. If you have to convince people to do good, it seems that threatening them with giant hairy monsters is the best method.

7 Ikuchi

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The Ikuchi belongs to a special brand of demon called the ayakashi. This is a monster that appears above the surface of the sea. Why is this important? Because Japanese demons like to reside on the borders of things, where one thing transforms into another, and ayakashi are believed to be the monsters that border the sea and the air.

The Ikuchi is shaped like an eel, but its not the kind youd catch and make into a delectable meal. For one thing, its size comes in at several kilometers. Its so large that 18th-century scholar Toriyama Seiken, who tried to catalog the various species of yokai (supernatural monsters in Japans folklore), wrote of the Ikuchi: When boats sail the seas of Western Japan, they encounter a beast so large it takes 23 days just to sail past.

The Ikuchi drips oil from its body, coating the boats that are trying to sail past it. If the sailors clean the oil off the boat, theyll survive. Otherwise, the boat will sink.

6 Mikoshi-Nyudo

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Not all monsters initially appear as beasts. Some of them have the knack of appearing as if they were human right up until its too late.

The mikoshi-nyudos name translates as anticipating priest because this demon takes the form of a wandering priest that travels mostly at night. He frequents quiet areas, where he can steal a human meal without much trouble.

When encountering a mikoshi-nyudo, youll have a fair amount of warning that something is wrong before he tries to attack. After you look into his eyes, his neck will grow abnormally long. He wants you to follow his ascent with your gaze: The higher you stare, the higher he gets. Eventually, hell become so tall that youll fall over backward as you look at him. At that point, hell attack with his teeth and claws. If you try to walk off, hell stab you with bamboo spears.

Thankfully, these guys have one major problem. They dont like it when you wont play ball. How you go about this is uncertain. Some say that you simply make direct eye contact, and when the mikoshi-nyudo s head begins to ascend, you look downward toward his feet. Others state that the way to defeat him is to say mikoshita (I see higher), which also causes him to vanish.

5 The Gashadokuro

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Sometimes, you just cant overcome monsters with smarts alone. You may be sailing around with extra oil cleaners and making sure youre on your best behavior when you visit temples, but nothing can prepare you for an attack from a 27-meter-tall (90 ft) skeleton. It just sort of happens.

Theyre not friendly, thats for certain. The vast skeletal body of the gashadokuro (also known as an odokuro) is comprised of the bones of people who have died either from starvation or warfare, so the monster probably wont be in the best of spirits. In fact, if the deceased werent buried properly, their spirits are exactly what cause the problem. When 100 angry souls seek vengeance together over their corpses being left to rot on a battlefield, a gashadokuro is born.

So what does a giant skeleton do? The only thing giant skeletons can do: chase down stray humans with great persistence, catch them, and devour their skin, organs, and blood before sticking their bones onto itself to become even bigger.

Riddles or tricks wont save you. The only way to kill a gashadokuro is to make him run out of energy before he gets you. Once all the vengeful energies that created him peter out, hell collapse.

Until then, you have a few ways to avoid a nasty fate. The first is to make sure that he never sees you, which means listening for him. Different accounts state that youll hear ringing in your ears or the rattling of his bones when this monster is close to you.

He vanishes during the day, so hiding out until sunrise is a good idea. Just remember that a gashadokuro can partially disassemble itself to get into smaller places. Also, not prodding around recent battlegrounds would be a good idea, but you didnt need us to tell you that.

4 The Akkorokamui

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Much like other cultures have Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster, Japan has the cryptid Akkorokamui, which takes the form of a 110-meter-long (360 ft) octopus. Unlike some of his international friends, the Akkorokamui is definitely a malicious beast.

In the early 1900s, the Ainu, an indigenous group of Japanese people, claimed that the beast attacked three fishermen catching swordfish and emitted a nasty fluid that stank. For that reason, the Ainu always carried weapons on their boats. That way, they could fend off any attacks from the nasty octopus. Even today, some people claim that the huge octopus is alive and well.

Thankfully, given its brilliant red color and vast size, youll definitely see it approaching long before it reaches you. So if you feel like bringing a myth into reality, take a look around its homethe waters of Funka Bayand try to catch the biggest haul in human history.

3 Yamata-no-Orochi

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In a traditional tale, the Yamata-no-Orochi was a dragon with eight heads, eight tails, and a body long enough to cover eight peaks and valleys. It also presumably couldnt count to nine.

The tale begins with Susanoo, the Japanese storm god. He was a bit of a troublemaker, probably because he was created from the dripping snot of the creator god Izanagi, which would tick anyone off. After causing problems in the heavenly planes, Susanoo was thrown out of heaven and had to stay on Earth for a bit, the divine equivalent of having to sleep on the couch.

While wondering what to do, Susanoo encountered an elderly couple and their daughter crying by a river. Every year, the ferocious Yamata-no-Orochi devoured one of the familys daughters, and this year, the last remaining daughter would be its snack. Susanoo agreed to help the family in exchange for the daughters hand in marriage.

The plan was relatively simple. The elderly couple built a large fence with eight gates, one for each head of the dragon, around the familys house. Just inside each gate, a vat of strong sake was placed on a platform to lure the dragon to drink with each of its heads. In Japanese folklore, monsters love sake.

When the dragon finally came to visit, it found the sake and drank deeply with all of its heads. The dragon became so drunk that it passed out, allowing Susanoo to slice the evil monster into pieces. Susanoo was so pleased with himself that he built a palace in Suga for himself and his new wife to live in.

2 Katakirauwa

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Some monsters dont have to be huge and terrifying to be deadly. In fact, if you let a pig run through your legs, theres a chance that itll be the last thing you ever see.

The katakirauwa is probably one of the more swift and efficient monsters in Japanese mythology. It has the form of a pig, either an adult pig or a piglet. Its method of attack is quite simple. It senses if there are any people around it that are currently alone. When it finds someone, it makes a mad dash for them. It may not have any formidable claws or teeth with which to attack, but it does have one special ability: If it runs between the legs of a passerby, it instantly drains that person of his soul, leaving the victim as a shell of his former self.

There are a few telltale traits of this demonic pig that will tip you off that its a malevolent being. Not only does the pig lack an ear but it also doesnt cast a shadow.

1 Yuki Onna

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Depending on which region of Japan youre in, their various mythological monsters will have different attitudes and personalities. A kindhearted being in one area may be a vicious ghost in another. Following this pattern, the Yuki Onna (snow woman) may take a different form depending on where you are in Japan.

Some of the basics stay the same just about everywhere. The Yuki Onna usually has snow-white skin and wears a white kimono. Sometimes she has black hair and other times, white. Usually, she is depicted as a stunning beauty.

The first record of the Yuki Onna tells the story of a 3-meter-tall (10 ft) lady who vanishes into the snow as soon as someone speaks to her. Other tales depict a woman who asks for hot or cold water. Cold water causes her to swell up, and hot water makes her melt. Another tale portrays her as a princess who lived on the Moon, which was so boring that she decided to pay a visit to Earth before she got stuck and couldnt return home.

But her tales arent all benign. In some places, she can be a wicked force of death. In one version of her story, shes a vampire who enjoys freezing her victims in ice and then extracting the souls from their bodies. In another, she tries to engage her victims in conversation and attacks when they reply. In yet another, she attacks if the person doesnt reply. As someone may not know beforehand what triggers an attack, it makes things extra interesting when shes encountered.

S.E. Batt is a freelance writer and author. He enjoys a good keyboard, cats, and tea, even though the three of them never blend well together. You can follow his antics over at @Simon_Batt or his fiction website, www.sebatt.com.


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10 Monsters That Would Terrify Anyone



Monsters and mysterious beings in the night have long terrified children after their grandparents told them an ancient tale that ended with a child being kidnapped in the middle of the night. Today, those stories of monsters have gone on to become myth, movies, and even video games. People are still terrified of them, and some people cannot sleep in the dark because of it. Here are ten monsters that have longed instilled fear in everyday people.

Cockatrice

The cockatrice is said to cause death by simply looking at its victim. The myth claims that any person who catches the sight of the giant bird-like lizard can turn to stone. Their saliva is said to be just as deadly, and can kill a grown elephant with a single drop.

Manticore

The manticore is a legendary being that has the body of a lion, a human head with multiple rows of sharpened teeth, and a trumpet for a voice. Some claim the beast is horned, others say it is winged, and still some say it has both. The tail is capable of shooting poisonous spines that can kill instantly or paralyze.



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10 Infamous Sea Carcasses People Thought Were Monsters



For those unfamiliar with the term ‘globster’ this is basically a sea carcass that has washed upon shore. The water makes the dead body puff up into a glob, which many people believe to be a sea monster or undiscovered species before the scientists can come in and actually make a call on the species. Some of these have remain unidentified, though, which is rather odd. Here are of the most infamous sea carcasses people once thought were monsters. We’re not quite sure some of them weren’t.

Tasmanian Sea Monster

Discovered in 1960, the Tasmanian Sea Monster washed ashore in Tasmania. The dead creature had no bone structure, which made scientists believe it were a new species of mammal. The creature had no eyes, only a visible mouth, and was covered in weird white hair. It was over 20 feet in length. After analysis, it turned out to just be the carcass of a whale.

Bermuda Blob

The Bermuda Blob washed ashore back in 1988, when a fisherman by the name of Ted Tucker came across the blob floating just off the shore. The organism was reported to be completely white, with five limbs easily spotted. Advanced genetics determined that it was the remains of a whale.



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10 Lake Monsters That Aren’t Just Nessie Rip-Offs

Almost 2 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by freshwater. Much of that is contained in lakes with legendary monsters that are low-rent rip-offs of the Loch Ness monster. But the best of the local lake monsters terrorize their communities in unique ways and spark their own local legends.

10 Ahuitzotl

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In the Aztec Nahuatl language, ahuitzotl means “spiny aquatic thing” or “thorny thing of the water.” It was described as a five-handed amphibious hyena that inhabited bodies of water around Tenochtitlan, now the Mexico City area.

The ahuitzotl could mimic the cries of a child or distraught woman to lure people into danger. These creatures drag their prey underwater using the hands on their legs or the hand at the end of their terrifying tail.

However, this may just be undertow branded as monsters that look like Mesoamerican native dogs. These dogs were culturally associated with lightning, sunsets, and death by the Aztec people. If ahuitzotls are somehow an aspect of the death god Xolotl, their moist murders could be attributed to a religious belief by Tenochtitlan locals.

9 Mishepishu

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The Ojibwa people around the Great Lakes region named their lake monster the mishepishu (“great lynx“). The great lynx, a beast which might inhabit any lake, was said to be responsible for strong waves, rapids, and whirlpools in lakes and rivers in the region.

These spiritual pseudodragons are extra-large lynx with broad paws and scales on their backs. Sometimes, they come with horns in different places on their bodies. The tail may be made of pure copper, which was common in the land around Lake Superior.

One folktale talks about a woman who cut off the end of a mishepishu’s tail, which transmogrified instantly into a chunk of copper. Some indigenous populations figured that these great lynx must be guardians of the copper-rich lands around their waters, drowning people foolhardy enough to venture too far offshore or into rivers that are rarely traveled.

8 Emela-Ntouka

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Emela-ntouka means “elephant killer” in the Lingala language of Central Africa. The creature is allegedly an elephant-sized uniceratops that stomps around the lakes and rivers of the Congo River basin. It sounds exactly like a rhino but much larger and with better horns than any rhinoceros on Earth.

The emela-ntouka belongs to a group of theoretical living dinosaurs that are often said to inhabit Africa as well as Western imaginations. Cryptozoologists think that this elephant killer might be an extant ceratopsid that’s like a triceratops without a ridge on its head.

However, ceratopsid fossils are found in North America. That makes the Congo a weird place for that kind of living fossil to roam. If there ever was an emela-ntouka, it was probably just the great white buffalo version of a rhino. If that’s the case, there may be a easy explanation as to where the emela-ntouka went.

7 El Cuero

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Cuero is Spanish for “leather” or “cowhide,” and El Cuero is a giant flap of ferocious flesh inhabiting Lago Lacar in the Andes. El Cuero is said to be a meaty tarp covered in daggerlike claws or teeth with eyestalks extending from wherever this creature might keep its brain.

The Scully explanation is that it’s a giant freshwater stingray like the kind that can be found in South Asian rivers. But there’s not much reason for a stingray to snatch a baby from an Andean shoreline or suck blood through a straw coming from the part of its body that doubles as a face.

Stingrays don’t have eyestalks, and their skeletons are low profile. But they do have large eyes for their height. People might just make a cute animal into a creepy mutant through their imagination filter.

6 Dobhar-Chu

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The Irish dobhar-chu is a huge creature that is part otter and part wolf. It has impenetrable skin and an insatiable bloodlust. For centuries, legends of the “Irish crocodile” species in inland Irish waters have told of these animals tearing through humans and horses that wander too near a dobhar-chu habitat.

Unlike other lake monsters, there are no real animals in the area that sound like a dobhar-chu. If these animals were numerous, faster than galloping horses, and fully comfortable on both land and water, they could best be rationalized as animal representations of a natural phenomenon like flash flooding.

These creatures would have to exist in the imagined intersection of several factors. For example, a flood would have to carry a person to a place where the corpse is discovered by a critically endangered bear that shreds the body and leaves it for other humans to find later.

5 Lake Worth Goatman

In summer 1969, Fort Worth, Texas, residents reported a series of encounters with a “fishy man-goat” on the shores of Greer Island on Lake Worth. The goatman may have inspired Friday the 13th with his violent hatred of boning teenagers. Several accounts of the goatman come from visitors to the area’s make-out point late at night when that activity was still popular with kids on weekends.

This monster was the approximate size and shape of a person in a gorilla costume. That might mean something, but the creature allegedly cut a 45-centimeter (18 in) gash in the side of a car and later chucked a tire at another car.

Several people have written to local news outlets to claim responsibility for the goatman’s activities. There are so many local stories that it’s hard to say what really happened. But it was probably just kids who didn’t have enough homework to keep them indoors at night.

4 Grootslang

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Like something out of a B movie, the grootslang is a serpent with the head of an elephant that slithers through darkest Africa. This is not exactly a lake monster because it’s said to live primarily in the Wonder Hole — a sea cave that stretches 65 kilometers (40 mi) inland — as well as in some of the lakes and rivers surrounding it. The grootslang is a natural enemy of child slavery as it automatically protects the diamond-stuffed Wonder Hole from greedy human hands and eyes.

The danger of the Wonder Hole may be intrinsic to the nature of an oversize sea cave lined with raw diamonds. But the legend has been kept alive by disappearances of and attacks on explorers in the area. For example, Peter Grayson disappeared without a trace in 1917 on an expedition into the Wonder Hole.

Other stories of the grootslang might be exaggerated sightings of pythons and monitor lizards. This seems to be especially plausible because the birth of this legend coincides with white Afrikaners doing their best to survive in “untamed” lands populated by animals that had previously seemed unimaginable.

3 Shellycoat

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The Mighty Boosh’s Old Gregg is basically a humanoid trickster that creeps around in northern British waters. It’s mostly just a jerk.

Some legends claim that the shellycoat is humanoid enough to portray itself as a drowning human until someone comes to save it. Then it laughs in the Good Samaritan’s face before it swims away.

Unlike most of these monsters, a shellycoat isn’t a violent or wild beast. As a monster, it’s more like an anthropomorphic imp whose skin is covered in shells.

These creatures definitely aren’t representations of a natural phenomenon. Shellycoats may have evolved as the bro version of mermaids for Scots who preferred a good laugh from their water nymphs rather than titillation.

2 Loveland Frogmen

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The frogmen of Loveland, Ohio, are as many as three creatures, possibly aliens, who have been seen around rivers in the area since 1955. Some accounts give them an extraterrestrial dimension, claiming that they might be signaling remote observers. Otherwise, they are leathery frog or lizard people with webbed hands and feet that are 1 meter (3 ft) tall.

In one account that was supposedly witnessed by 80 people in Brazil, a rash of captive animal deaths occurred in an area where two frogmen were captured. These creatures could be a combination of many things, such as an incompetent zookeeper or some overconfident swimmers. It’s also possible that the frogmen were one or two alligators that got lost over the 50-year span of sightings.

In some cases, the frogmen might just be the products of vivid imaginations. For example, a police officer who had claimed to see a child-sized frogman in 1972 changed his story in 1999. In the later version, he said that he had actually seen a normal lizard.

1 Beast Of Busco

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Oscar — the beast of Churubusco, Indiana — was supposedly a snapping turtle that weighed 225 kilograms (500 lb) and was the size of a dinner table. From 1898 to 1949, this creature allegedly inhabited a lake on a farm. Oscar gained brief but widespread attention when the farmer drained the lake to capture the huge turtle and make some big money from it.

Although Oscar isn’t a hard-to-imagine monster, there’s something captivating about a normal animal that is 10 times the size of an average specimen. Of course, there are factual examples of oversize man-eaters in the world. A notorious one was Gustave, the 6-meter (20 ft) Nile crocodile who supposedly killed more than 300 people in Burundi. Other animals, like lobsters, will continue to grow indefinitely if they aren’t killed.

But Oscar was never found, so it might have been some kind of light trickery. Although the original “discoverer” claimed to get close enough to carve Oscar’s name into his shell, no shell or turtle was ever recovered. This makes it seem like a bit of fun local folklore and little more.

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Giant “Sea Monster” Washes Up On New Zealand Beach

Giant “Sea Monster” Washes Up On New Zealand Beach


Although scientists still know little about these so-called “Sea Monsters”, according to IFL Science, on April 28th one of these rare oarfish was seen washed ashore on a New Zealand beach. It measured in at 10 feet long (3 meters). However, it is smaller than others that have washed ashore, which have measured a staggering 36 feet long (11 meters).

Just what is this rare, giant oarfish and what is it doing washing up on a New Zealand beach? Scientists are still trying to figure it out and don’t know much about it yet. However, it is known that these rare oarfish can amputate themselves and not even flinch. Although they do not, as some people think, bite off their tail, they do separate their body from their vertebrae — surprisingly, doing this does not affect their vital organs.

Scientists have taken specimens of the creature that washed ashore on the New Zealand beach to study and find out what it is and what it’s doing on the beach. These oarfish actually swim as deep as 3,280 feet (1,000 meters). However, there is evidence that they do sometimes come to the surface to eat — there have even been videos that show the creatures swimming vertically. However, not much will be known about them until the scientists who took the samples have chance to study them.


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10 Disturbing Murder Mysteries From Canada

 


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When we think of Canada, we think of things like friendliness, good manners, cleanliness, and hockey. But the country does have its dark side. Just like any other place, Canada has been home to good and evil alike. Some very bad people did some very bad things in Canada, and some of them have gotten away with it. It’s unlikely that we will be solving any of these murders anytime soon.

10 Dino Bravo

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In his day-to-day life, he was known as Adolfo Bresciano, an Italian immigrant in Quebec. When the spotlight was on, he became Dino Bravo, professional wrestler. Dino achieved his greatest success in the late 1980s working with the World Wrestling Federation where he was billed as “Canada’s Strongest Man.”

Dino Bravo retired in 1992. Less than one year later, he was dead. His body was found in his home, sitting in front of a hockey game and riddled with 17 bullets.

Nobody was ever charged with Dino Bravo’s murder, and the precise circumstances regarding his death remain a mystery to this day. However, wrestlers talk. Rumors soon arose that Bravo was killed by the Mafia due to his involvement in a cigarette smuggling ring.

Although there’s no official story regarding Bravo’s death, wrestler and friend Rick Martel gave a detailed description of the events in an interview. After retiring from wrestling, Bravo used his family ties to Montreal mobster Vic Cotroni to make some money.

Bravo leveraged his fame to secure connections with people who wanted to work with a former wrestling champion. He grew more and more successful until he became responsible for a shipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollars which was picked up by the police. His death was mob retaliation for a deal gone bad.


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9 Babes In The Woods Murders

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The term “babes in the woods” has been used several times by the media when referring to cases with multiple child victims who were found in the forest. In 1953, it happened in Vancouver when the bodies of two young boys were found in the woods of Stanley Park.

To this day, the boys have remained unidentified. A later examination revealed that they were murdered six years prior to their discovery. The remains were so decomposed that the medical examiner originally identified one of the victims as a girl, and it wasn’t until 1998 that DNA testing proved the victims were not only boys but brothers.

The police had very little to go on. All they knew was that the victims were white, between seven and 10 years old, and killed with a hatchet left at the scene. Their bodies were arranged in a straight line and were covered with a woman’s rain cape. Both boys were wearing leather aviation helmets.

Based on the information they had, police looked for a mother with two young children. They soon heard of a red-haired woman who was picked up by local loggers a few years earlier. She had two children with her, aged 6–7, and at least one of them was wearing an aviation helmet.

Eventually, police did uncover a surname — Grant — but the lead went nowhere. The trail went cold after that, and the “Babes in the Woods” murder became one of British Columbia’s most infamous mysteries, immortalized at the Vancouver Police Museum.

 

8 William Robinson

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In 1868, William Robinson, a resident of Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, was found murdered in his home, shot in the back while eating dinner. He was the third victim in less than two years, and all three had one thing in common — they were black. The first two murders are still unsolved, although it was always presumed that the same person was responsible for all three killings.

Officially, the murder of William Robinson has been solved for over a century. An aboriginal man named Tshuanhusset was charged with the crime, found guilty, and hanged soon after it was committed. However, modern historians doubt that the right man was punished for the crimes.

The biggest problem with the investigation was that it focused entirely on Tshuanhusset even though there were other possible leads. And there was no effort to connect him to the previous murders to show whether the same person truly committed all the crimes. Months after Robinson’s murder, another black man named Giles Curtis was killed. If the same person was responsible for all four killings, it couldn’t have been Tshuanhusset.

It’s pretty hard to ignore the racial component to the case. Four black men were killed, and an aboriginal was convicted by an all-white jury. A white man was reportedly seen at the first crime scene in 1867 but was never looked into. Even when the navy began investigating after the fourth murder, they only investigated aboriginals and didn’t produce any solid leads. While the history books officially consider William Robinson’s murder solved, it will likely remain a mystery forever.

7 Lynne Harper

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In 1959, 12-year-old Lynne Harper disappeared near the Canadian Air Force Base in Clinton, Ontario. Two days later, her body was found abandoned on a nearby farm. Police immediately turned their attention to 14-year-old schoolmate Steven Truscott, the last person seen with Lynne.

Truscott was charged with the murder and tried as an adult. He was subsequently found guilty and sentenced to death, although the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He spent 10 years in prison before being paroled. In 2007, after a new investigation, Steven Truscott was acquitted of all charges, receiving a big settlement and an apology from the attorney general for the miscarriage of justice.

New evidence gathered using modern technology showed that the original investigation likely got the time of death wrong. As part of Truscott’s defense, his lawyers presented several persons of interest who were never seriously investigated for Lynne Harper’s murder. This included a Clinton resident who was a convicted pedophile, a minister with a history of sexual assault, and an electrician working out of the Clinton base with a rape conviction.

The goal wasn’t to find the killer. It was to show that the original investigators were wrong to focus all their attention on a 14-year-old when there were plenty of other viable suspects around.

One former officer believes Lynne’s death was the work of an identified but unnamed serial killer. He thinks the criminal worked as a traveling salesman and was responsible for several murders throughout Ontario. However, that man, like most other suspects, is dead, which means we’ll probably never find Lynne Harper’s real killer.

6 Louie Sam And James Bell

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In 1884, one of the darkest moments in the history of British Columbia took place when an angry American mob crossed the border from Nooksack (today Whatcom County, Washington) and lynched a 14-year-old youth named Louie Sam.

Sam was part of the Sto:lo First Nation people and stood accused of murdering a man named James Bell. Believing that he would be treated justly, the Sto:lo turned Sam over to the British Columbian authorities. However, the Canadian police were overpowered by the mob that hanged Louie Sam from a tree north of the border.

It soon became apparent that Sam didn’t kill James Bell. Instead, the one or two men who stirred up the mob in the first place were the likely culprit(s). British Columbian authorities sent two officers disguised as laborers into Nooksack to collect information.

They came back with statements which seemed to suggest that a man named William Osterman had killed James Bell. He had taken over Bell’s business as a telegraph operator, and he was the one who brought Louie Sam to Nooksack under the pretense of offering him a job. Osterman may have been working with his brother-in-law, David Harkness, who was sleeping with Bell’s estranged wife and was thought to be the ringleader of the mob.

Based on testimonies alone, the government of the Washington Territory refused to extradite the men to stand trial in British Columbia. If the story was true, then Osterman and Harkness got away with two murders.

 

5 Calgary’s Unidentified Serial Killer

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Calgary might have a serial killer on its hands. Since the early 1990s, a number of women, many of them prostitutes, were stabbed or beaten to death and left in shallow graves in and around Calgary. It all started with Jennifer Janz, who was found in August 1991 off the Trans-Canada Highway. Two more women were found in the same area over the following months. The next two victims were murdered in 1992 and 1993 and left in fields to the east of Calgary.

If there really was one killer, he was active between 1991 and 1993. But it seems that he disappeared afterward. Common theories in these situations say that he died or went to prison on an unrelated charge. But it’s also possible that he simply moved.

Edmonton has its own possible serial killer. He has been active since 1997 and could be responsible for upward of a dozen murders. When the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) launched a task force called Project KARE in 2003, he became one of their main targets. But so far, the RCMP has been unable to prove that this killer actually exists.

Police now think that the prostitute killings in Edmonton from the late 1990s to the early 2000s could be tied to similar murders in the city in the late 1980s. Not only that but they’ve also looked into some of the Calgary killings to find a possible connection.

They are not ruling out the possibility that one person could be responsible for multiple murders in both cities. Recently, police revealed that a mechanic named Thomas Svekla, the man whom they thought responsible for at least two of the Edmonton murders, has been behind bars since 2006.

4 Peter Verigin

In the early 1900s, a Russian religious group known as Doukhobors immigrated to Canada, settling on land given to them by the Canadian government in Saskatchewan. Pretty soon, a man named Peter Verigin rose through the ranks and became the Doukhobors’ spiritual leader. A preacher by day, Verigin became known as “Lordly” within the Doukhobor community and helped it expand into British Columbia.

Verigin was killed in 1924 in a violent train explosion. Although several other people died in the blast, Lordly was always considered the target as the bomb was detonated under his seat. His assassination remains unsolved, although it’s not for lack of suspects. It seems that, at the time, more people wanted Verigin dead than alive.

Many Canadians resented the Doukhobors for being exempted from fighting in World War I due to their state-recognized pacifism. Within the Doukhobor community, extremists called the Sons of Freedom accused Lordly of straying from their core beliefs.

The Soviets were insulted by the Doukhobors’ refusal to return to Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution. Americans from the KKK and the American Legion wanted to stop the Doukhobors from expanding into the US after Verigin bought land in Oregon. Even Lordly’s own son, Peter Petrovich Verigin, threatened his father for being a liar and a crook who was only interested in young girls.

Many Doukhobors believed that the Canadian government was behind Verigin’s assassination. Others entertained the possibility that the explosion was an accident caused by a gas leak. No serious leads were ever found.

3 Hemlock Valley Murders

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In 1995, three murder victims were found in an area near the Agassiz Mountains east of Vancouver: Tammy Pipe, Tracy Olajide, and Victoria Younker. The women were very similar: all prostitutes in their thirties working the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver. They were all assaulted, murdered, and abandoned in the same area. Police quickly determined that they were looking for one killer, and they had a pretty good idea who it was — Ronald Richard McCauley.

McCauley had a history of violent assaults on prostitutes. He had served 17 years for two rapes and two attempted murders and was released in 1994. He did the same thing again in 1995 shortly before the murders started. McCauley was jailed again indefinitely, but police strongly believed that he had escalated his crimes to murder before his imprisonment.

They couldn’t prove it, though. Although police had recovered semen samples from the crime scenes, the samples were too degraded to be tested. As technology progressed, forensic techniques improved, and in 2001, police were finally able to test the DNA samples obtained in 1995. They didn’t match Ronald McCauley.

Surprised by this outcome, investigators had to look for alternative suspects. The Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver is notorious for drugs and prostitution. It was also the hunting ground for infamous Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton, but he wasn’t investigated because he murdered his victims on his pig farm. There is no shortage of suspects with violent histories against prostitutes, but so far, nobody stands out better than McCauley.

2 Aielah Saric-Auger

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Even decades later, the “Highway of Tears” remains a giant black eye for Canadian law enforcement. Ever since 1969, dozens of young women have been abducted and murdered on a stretch of Highway 16 between Prince George and Prince Rupert in British Columbia. The police’s big break came in 2012 when DNA evidence linked 1974 victim Colleen MacMillen with US serial killer Bobby Jack Fowler.

Fowler was already in prison on a rape and assault charge. He was a transient worker who traveled frequently between the United States and Canada. Police had suspected that he was a serial killer for a while, but until that time, he hadn’t been charged with any murders. Soon enough, Fowler became the primary suspect in several other Highway of Tears killings.

There are a few cases where it’s impossible for Bobby Jack Fowler to be the culprit. At least five young women disappeared after he was imprisoned in 1996. Three of them are missing, so they are still investigated as such. One of them, Loren Donn Leslie, was identified as a victim of serial killer Cody Legebokoff, who was active around the city of Prince George. That only leaves one — 14-year-old Aielah Saric-Auger.

Aielah disappeared in February 2006, and her body was found a few days later off Highway 16 near Tabor Mountain. Like many victims on the Highway of Tears, Aielah was aboriginal. Accusations of incompetence, racism, and cover-ups have dogged the investigations into the murdered and missing women for a long time. Activists are still lobbying for a task force to look into the cases of Aielah and seven other native women missing since 1990 for links that might reveal a common culprit.

1 Julia Johnson

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On April 25, 1928, five-year-old Julia Johnson mysteriously disappeared from outside her home in Winnipeg. Several neighbors saw her prior to that, allowing police to later establish a detailed timeline. At around 2:00 PM, Nathan Taplinsky, the blacksmith across the street, saw her playing with other children. At 3:50 PM, neighbor Pauline Kral looked out the window and spoke to Julia, who asked when Mrs. Kral’s daughter Elizabeth would be coming home. That was the last time anyone saw Julia Johnson.

Just five minutes later, Mrs. Kral’s son walked in and inquired about Julia as her mother was out looking for her. Pretty soon, the entire neighborhood had formed a search party. The police were called in, but it was in vain. Julia wouldn’t be found for almost nine years.

In 1937, a disused building near the Johnsons’ home was being repurposed and a machinist was busy dismantling the old boiler in the basement. Inside the boiler, the worker found the body of Julia Johnson, mummified in ash. There wasn’t much evidence left, and the coroner couldn’t even establish if Julia had been murdered or if her death had been an accident and someone had hidden the body.

Prior to the discovery, police only had one solid lead — a neighbor with a criminal record. After being questioned, he faked his death and tried to escape to Seattle. He was arrested in Washington and deported to Canada where he was questioned again. But he disappeared once more, this time permanently.

After Julia’s body was found, police tried to figure out who had had access to the building on the day in question. Building manager John Goodwin claimed he had left a key at the blacksmith shop so that prospective tenants and meter readers could enter the building. Hydro meter reader William Clark backed up this claim. However, both blacksmiths denied this. Somebody was lying, but police were never able to prove who.

 


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Graphic designer Ant Lucia‘s depictions of DC heroines as pinup girls have been taking over the internet since they first appeared. In 2015, his illustrations even graced the covers of a few DC comics when DC announced they would be creating a series called DC Bombshells and used Lucia’s art as inspiration.

Lucia’s illustrations are currently available for purchase on Amazon or on his website.

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Ben Austin is like most 3-year-olds. He loves superheroes and his family, but especially superheroes. Some of his favorites are Batman, Spider-Man, and the Powerpuff Girls. But unlike most 3-year-olds, Austin has cancer, specifically, a pediatric kidney cancer called a Wilms tumor.

After finding out he will endure months of chemotherapy treatments and surgeries, his family decided to do something to encourage him.

His cousin came up with idea of asking people to send Austin drawings of superheroes with inspirational quotes to help make him feel better.

Austin’s father Jason told Today, “We are just hoping this eases his transition into his new normal. We hope that this reinforces the idea that he is just as strong, if not stronger, than any of the superheroes.”

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Austin’s aunt, Jonelle Kusminsky, posted about the idea to Facebook and called for everyone to send him pictures.

“We want him to know there is nothing to fear, and that he has a tremendous support system of friends and family,” his father said.

According to Today, Ben will go through 12 weeks of chemo and be checked at six weeks to see whether half or his entire kidney will have to be removed.

“As family and friends, we were all feeling pretty helpless in the face of profoundly surprising and scary news,” Kusminsky told Today. “I hope — for as much as a 3-year-old can grasp these things — that when Ben receives these drawings, he feels supported and really embraced by a whole extended village he never knew he had.”

Austin’s dad described him as “an energetic, friendly, and empathetic little boy” who loves his 11-week-old sister and hasn’t let the diagnosis slow him down in the slightest.

If you’d like to draw Austin a picture, it can be mailed to:

Benjamin Austin
c/o The Malta Family
10 Wheatfield Lane
Mountaintop, PA 18707

A GoFundMe page has also been set up for Austin at Ben’s Battle.