When things are investigated, knowledge is extended. When knowledge is extended, the will becomes sincere. When the will is sincere, the mind is correct. When the mind is correct, the self is cultivated. -- Confucius
Politically correct ideals are garbage: true wisdom comes from decades of deep thought and neutral observation. Only a so-called sociopath could ascertain wisdom from this crazy world in a neutral way. Cool thoughts- uncorrupted by modern politics, social norms, or societal ideals- are required for wisdom. Questioning everything, and going against the grain on all universally accepted norms is the path to true intelligence. The Gods notice this.

10/30/10

The Felix-Liliger Cemetery - Haunted or Hyped?

I was recently shown a supposedly haunted graveyard, which turned out to be near my part of town. It did not seem haunted, but I looked it up on the net later anyway and found at least one site, missourighosts.net, is spewing out numerous wild stories about it. I went back to investigate and take some pictures.

I do absolutely believe in ghosts, and took a good picture of an orb in the woods a couple miles from this cemetery last summer. Spreading teenage bonfire tales and urban myths, however,  just seems so immature and stupid to me. I did no real research, as in consulting county death records, but did examine the information on the headstones and learned several things: all of which disprove the crazy stories in this town about the cemetery.

First of all, there is no one there named Felix- be it first, last, or middle name. Just because there is a major street in this town called Felix St. it does not mean a mass murderer named Felix is buried nearby. If so, then where is the murderer named Messanie, or one named Ashland?

Another persistent lie is that the inhabitants of this cemetery were all killed in a car crash or that they were the victims of a mass murder. This is highly unlikely, unless there was a lengthy time warp going on. The death dates of the 12 or so people interred here range from 1858 to 1928.

The most egregious lie about this place is the tale of the "witches" grave. The site mentioned above blatantly claims that there is a headstone of a witch at the base of an oak tree, which has a poetic warning inscribed on it. The poem states that you will die if you walk on her grave or something like that, and that this witch's twin sister is buried in another cemetery in the south end of town, with an identical inscription. It is funny that the person posting that took a picture of the oak tree but not the headstone. This is actually because no such stone is there, and there is no stone at all nor an empty base of one anywhere near that tree, nor the other oak tree in this cemetery. There are two empty bases on the grounds, but neither is near the oak trees. One is near a pine and the other is in the central area. Even if someone stole it, then let us see the other one that supposedly exists. Or maybe it is a childish lie to make it sound spooky.

oak tree base

the only oak tree


I also noticed that the place has probably not been vandalized as people claim. Although four large stones are off of their bases and two small ones are missing, there are two reasons why it was not likely to be from human idiots disrespecting the passed. One is that one of these stones is not only pushed off its base but also moved over a few feet, and it would be too heavy for even 5 people to lift. The smallest one is concrete and two of us could not budge it; the others are about 4 times larger and marble. Another clue is that there is a very large tree (about 8' circumference) down the trail a ways which has been twisted like a rope about six feet up from the ground. Only a tornado could have done that. Obviously, a tornado went along that ridge at one time, which could possibly have moved them enormous headstones like that.


the smallest of 4 toppled stones

It is odd how this particular town- St. Joseph, MO - seems to take so much delight in urban myths and ridiculous, unproven ghost stories. The tall tales about this abandoned cemetery are a very good example of that. I also noticed- or should say did not notice- that this cemetery does not glow at night, and heard no voices nor baby cries when in the area.

I commingled the information on the headstones there, and organized them. The chart below shows this, and the notes in parentheses are my offhand guesses about how they relate to one another:

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MAIN STONE

"Elizabeth -42 d. 09/10/1869
wife of Joseph Liliger" (immigrant below)
(died during childbirth-see baby stone below)

"Louis
wife of John Lynch b. 1858" (no death date)
(daughter of Elizabeth above)

"Philip Worthwine - 45 d. 08/15/1860" (?)


SEPARATE STONE- BABY
"John Liliger 1869-1869"
(son of Elizabeth above)

LARGE TWIN STONES
"Joseph Liliger - 77 d. 01/01/1910"
(German immigrant, same approx. birthyear as main stone folks)
(Joseph immigrated from Germany, people on main stone were already here)


"Mary L. Liliger - 83 d. 01/07/1928"
(sister of above)


FATHER/SON STONE
"James Liliger - 34 d. 06/21/1909"

"Joseph Liliger - 07 d. 06/21/ 1909"
(son/grandson of Mary or Joseph above)


DAUGHTER STONE
"Ethel Liliger - 12 d. 12/12/1918
sister"
(daughter of James above?)



LWL STONE

"Louisa Worthwine Lynch"
(same person as one on main stone above?)



GRANDMA STONE
"Grandmother"
(?)

Missing stone #1

Missing stone #2
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Also, since I believe in respecting the passed, I would like to hear from anyone willing to assist me in resetting the stones. An engine hoist may be needed- write me with ideas. See my photobucket page for all pictures of the headstones, bases, fence, and general area.


all pics and article,  (c) james platt 2010, do not repost without asking

10/29/10

Haunted Hospital

After years of perusing ghost sites off and on, I have been surprised to see nothing written about a haunted building I used to live in. I wrote an email about it to a ghost hunting group once and they just replied with a sort of 'that is interesting' note. I guess it is high time someone memorialized this haunted building on the net...

In December of 2001 my [now ex-]wife and I moved into an apartment building. I was going to buy it on contract, and live in the basement while managing and maintaining the place. I cleaned it up pretty good, even hosing it out to remove all the dust. There was a bathroom and kitchen sink down there, so it was adaptable to a living space. I ended up with a covered entryway, a large bathroom/boiler room, a large kitchen, 2 other very large rooms which I used for a LR and a BR, and a back room that was an access area to the old elevator. The elevator car was parked on the top (third) floor, and there was a pit below the shaft for springs, plus a large 3 phase motor that used to run it.

Upstairs, there was an entryway with a storage room on either side, plus the entrance to the largest apartment and the stairs up. The other two floors contained several apartments as well as the elevator car, which I used as a storage closet. There was also another small apartment with its own outside entrance on the first floor, near the basement entrance.

When I first moved in, the tenant of this apt. became a good friend of mine. He had lived there for about 15 years. He told me of a fascinating ghost sighting he had in his apt. one time. He said it was nighttime and he was sitting on his bed. He suddenly seen an apparition of a man, electric blue yet transparent with little brighter lights around it. The man turned his head and looked at him. This conscious acknowledgement is extremely rare, at least in ghost sighting literature that I have read.

This same tenant also informed me, which I later verified, that the building is one of the oldest in town (a Victorian-era town), and was the first hospital there. The apartments were a conversion job after the new one was built. (New means the second one- the Thos. D. Murphy Hospital, where I was born. That one is now a daycare center and a newer one is being used now. As a matter of fact, this friend of mine happens to work at the newest one now as a nurse). I was told that back in them days, after surgery patients were placed in the basement for the night as a recovery room. In the morning they were checked on, and if they were still alive, they were taken to a room upstairs; if not, they remained in the basement which doubled as the morgue. I began to wonder how many people had died in my apartment, but it didn't bother me for quite awhile.

That is until I started seeing what is known as "shadow people"- not typical ghosts, but shadows in the shape of people. I soon realized that while they were random, there was one constant one. If you looked at the kitchen doorway indirectly, out of the corner of your eye, you could usually see a dark apparition in it. I did what anyone else would do: pretended it wasn't there. One day though I decided to just stop in that doorway, and found it was a definite cold spot.

One day another one of my tenants, who knew of none of this nor the other tenant, told me she wanted to move to a different apt. She looked genuinely scared when she described to me how something invisible sat on her bed the night before, pressing it down. I let her move upstairs. When I told my other tenant about it, he told me a man had committed suicide in that exact room a few years back, while sitting on his bed. He heard the shot himself and went up and found him- this was no story he heard; he was there.

Other tenants off and on told me they kept hearing someone walking up the stairs and found no one there. This mainly occurred on the steps up to the third floor late at night.

I had heard of EVP's: electronic voice phenomena. You can use a standard tape recorder and record in areas where you suspect ghosts may be. Sometimes weird voices can be heard later upon playback. So I tried it. On halloween night, I placed a tape recorder in the bottom of the elevator shaft pit at about 11pm. The next day I retrieved it and played it back. The whole tape was blank except right before the end of the tape. Then a definite, loud, noise could be heard. It can only be described as a heartbeat sound. This weirded me out. I stopped going into the shaft room. (I still have the tape too.)

I also wonder at times if one other factor was related. In the movie the Amityville Horror, their family experienced increased anxiety to put it mildly.(That story is true by the way- I have thoroughly looked into this case. Watch the original movie- not the sequels or remake. Better yet read the original book on it by Jay Anson.) My wife and I also became more nervous, stressed, and of different/ more negative personalities than we ever had been before. As soon as we moved out on September '02, we felt completely normal again. Whether this was due to negative spirits or not, I can't say. I am just glad our last night there was not as eventful as the one at the Amityville house.

The building has changed hands several times since I sold the contract. It is now condemned due to no heating. It is at 401 W. Washington in Red Oak, Iowa.


east side of bldg.

see also:

haunted cemetery??

haunted house in missouri??

disturbing EVP



(c) james platt, including picture

10/25/10

ANTIBIOTICS PRESCRIPTIONS: something fishy this way comes...

It is well known, to put it mildly, that America's health care system is a shambles and a joke. It is common to hear complaints of the cancer industry putting profitable "treatments" above potential cures, for example. One other problem you hear about once in a while- though not too often really- is about antibiotics.
The animal rights folks like to remind us that livestock are fed antibiotics so much that their meat is full of it. This is enough to make any meat eater build up an immunity to them, requiring more and stronger types of antibiotics when an infection occurs. This has led to tens of thousands dying per year of "super-infections" and 'superbugs'. All of this is true, and disturbing in itself. The govt. and its masters, the pharmaceutical industry, therefore make all antibiotics illegal without a prescription. Sounds sensible on the surface: overuse of these type of medicines will cause more immunity buildups, making them less effective when really needed. Because of course, the general public could never follow the instructions and take the pills accordingly like they do any other drugs.

So many allergy medicines, antacids, and other medicines used to be prescription only but now are not. I remember when Sam-e, Claritin, Zantac, Rogaine, nicotine patches, and so many others were. One day they were too dangerous to let the public take on their own, and the next day they were on store shelves. With all of the warnings, instructions, and numerous cautions to see your doctor if this or that happens on all over-the-counter labels, it seems the drug makers are insulating themselves quite well from potential lawsuits of idiots that take 10 times more than the bottles say. So one has to wonder, what is the difference if antibiotics were deregulated just the same? No one will become addicted to them. They do not cause drowsiness nor euphoria. They just kill infections.

It would seem the medical establishment is more interested in forcing you to go to a doctor to get them, so the docs can get their fee first. The two clinics in my small hometown charge $125. for an office call now. The federally funded low income clinic in my area charges $92. I have heard of higher prices in larger cities as well. This fee is just so you can wait an hour or more to see a doctor for one to two minutes usually (five if you are lucky). Then he or she can write you a prescription and then you get to go to a pharmacy and buy the pills. Obviously, these are dangerous pills and doctor authorization is an important safeguard to prevent unneeded use of them. I can understand that with some pain pills, addictive stuff, heart and other sensitive dose medications, etc. But antibiotics, well, they will cause diarrhea and stomach upset if taken too heavily and will lower your resistance to other stuff if taken too often. It has been estimated that doctors themselves over-prescribe antibiotics at least 80% of the time anyway.

What about the little known yet very real problem of liver shutdown and death caused by acetaminophen overdosage, especially when taken within 24 hours of alcohol consumption? Why isn't that stuff prescription too then? A doctor told me once to take naproxen only for awhile, as it will 'eat up your stomach'. Aspirins are known to cause stomach problems as well as thin the blood. I know someone who used to be addicted to Actifed. Almost any medicine could be deemed potentially dangerous and warrant prescription-only status.

It is a good thing us Americans are so well protected by prescription-for-antibiotics laws, unlike almost every other country in the world. Our pesky neighbor mexico- that third-world mega slum with its rampant poverty, disease, poor education, drug wars, etc.- did not ban antibiotics from the public like they are up here (until recently, and it is largely unenforced).  Down there, you can buy it off the shelf in any pharmacy without a prescription. And the mexicans are not involved in a mass-suffering event from this either, as far as I know. As a matter of fact, I suspect they are much happier and healthier. When they have an abscessed tooth, they can go to the store and buy pills to fix it. As much as I am incensed by the illegal alien problem, I must admit that their country is better than ours in at least one way: affordable access to medicine. Their lack of mortalities- except for the dimwits who took them for the flu- and widespread illnesses from unregulated use of antibiotics proves how absurd the laws are up here.

But this gets even stupider, much stupider than you will believe. I think many if not most Americans (as well as all foreigners) do not even know that antibiotics can be purchased without a prescription in this country. For your fish. That's right: if your pet fish get fin rot, dropsy, bladder disease, or any other disorder, you can buy these exact same antibiotics to put into the aquarium and cure them with. It will say on the pill bottles "Not for Human Use" but that is because they are being sold without a prescription. I don't care what anyone tells me: penicillin is penicillin, and amoxicillin is amoxicillin. They sell it in a bottle with a fish picture, and it is not for human consumption. When they sell it in a prescription bottle, however, it is okay for human use. It is still the same stuff. For fish, you can buy penicillin, amoxicillin, ampicillin, tetracycline, methaniazole [flagyl], cipro, and sulfa types. I have heard of more than one person who has used these "fish" antibiotics to cure tooth and other infections, with no ill effects. Actually, it fixed them for a hundred or more dollars cheaper. Not that I would advocate that. In America, it is highly dangerous and therefore illegal.

Besides, goldfish have more of a right to healthiness than you or I do....


(c) james platt