Few phrases in the English language evoke the unique horror associated with the words “witch hunt” in any context. That specific form of religious persecution has become synonymous with injustice, so much so that notorious criminals will routinely invoke the words when deflecting questions about legitimate charges. The historical phenomena of witch hunts peaked between the 16th and 17th Centuries… Read More »On Witch Hunts: A History of Gender, Politics, & Labor
In my first installment I described how traditional authorities used disinformation campaigns to manipulate public opinion and hide their own misdeeds. The late 20th Century information technologies revolution democratized access to the documentation of violations of both civil and human rights on all levels of government around the globe. The facts of these conspiracies could no longer be hidden by… Read More »On Conspiracy Theories, extended
If you know the names Barney and Betty Hill today, it is mostly likely because of their famous abduction experience. Who Mister and Missus Hill were prior to the night of 19 September 1961 has been obscured by their harrowing reports of an encounter with an unidentified flying object and its inhuman crew. While driving through the White Mountains of… Read More »What Really Happened to the Hills
An Occult Crime Watch Preview… Pazuzu Algarad died of blood loss due to self-inflicted injuries in a cell at the Central Prison in Raleigh, N.C., on the 28th October 2015. He was Thirty Seven years old. He had been convicted of murder after police found the skeletal remains of two men buried in the backyard of his home. The house… Read More »Pazuzu Algarad’s Hell House – Preview
From the title of the film we know this is going to be a Lovecraft inspired horror film, but they make clear from the start this is not just another hack B-movie. It opens with clever exposition, voice over of a news cast establishes a dystopian near-future defined by a global refugee crisis and rising sea levels, references to the… Read More »Cthulhu (2007): A Subversive Twist on Lovecraft
My interest in conspiracy theories originated from my childhood fear of the woodland monsters commonly called Bigfoot. Whether or not you believe the creatures are real, there is no explanation for the phenomena that doesn’t involve some kind of conspiracy. Any hoax elaborate enough to be plausible requires multiple parties agreeing to keep schtum. The famous Patterson-Gimlin footage filmed in… Read More »On Conspiracy Theories
Before the open credits start to roll, Twin Peaks fans will notice parallels. A grim forest, Bobby Vinton croons Mr Lonely, a flyer for a missing girl on a lonely out of service call box, a stranded motorist has a bizarre encounter collapsing under the “Welcome to Villefranche” sign. Jump to a team of police discovering a dead girl hanged… Read More »Black Spot on Netflix: A French Twin Peaks?
An Occult Crime Watch Preview… The quaint Isle of Jersey in the English Channel is known for being closer to France than any other part of the UK, as well as its unique Norman-French dialect, picturesque apple orchards and famous cattle. This idyll setting for a cozy mystery story would become the backdrop for the most gritty of crimes. Throughout… Read More »Beware The Beast of Jersey – Preview
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An Occult Crime Watch preview… In a remote hollow of York County Pennsylvania, on night of the 28th of November 1928, an unlucky farmer named John Blymire set out with two teen-aged accomplices on a grim and superstitious mission. Blymire had been convinced by a fortuneteller that his ill-fortunes were the result of a Hex placed upon him by his… Read More »Devil Down the Hollow