While typing the post on Teddy Ruxpin and the Christmas Carol I remembered another urban legend. The following story has got to be on my top three list of legends. The picture for this post is an album cover from the Ohio Players. The only thing I can recall from them is Love Rollercoaster. It’s catchy, it remains locked in your brain and the Red Hot Chili Peppers did a cover of it. What creeps me out in the original is that during a section of song there is something odd in the background. It sounds like some sort of distortion. The screech is loud and seems out of place but if you listen closely something else is revealed.
Legend has it that the woman pictured here was badly disfigured from the photo shoot for this cover. The young woman had knelt down on what was supposed to be glass. It turned out that she was kneeling on fiberglass and once the honey spread throughout her body and onto her legs there was a chemical reaction which bonded it to her skin. When she was finally able to get up it tore her skin off and ruined her modeling career. Later on the young woman barged into a recording session and threatened the bands manager with a lawsuit.
In a rage the manager stabs the young woman to death and her horrifying scream is caught on the recording. It is said that not only did the members of the band admit to the incident but the scream was left in as a sick tribute. The video below contains the audio and listen close for it. There are more stories within the video alone but I wanted to highlight this story because whenever I hear it I can make out the scream of the young woman. It gives me chills every time.
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Jabber Log is back with a double shot of Urban Legends. The first part of this post hits home because I used to own a Teddy Ruxpin. I remember when I got it for Christmas and I was stoked. I opened up the box and my brother and I took turns holding our new toy. My parents inserted the C size Energizers, put in the tape and turned it on. It’s eyes began to move and Teddy Ruxpin spoke.
“Hi, I’m Teddy Ruxpin.”
The voice was soft and gentle. I felt comfortable with this talking teddy bear and it was one of my favorite toys. A few years ago I was taking a trip down memory lane and I was trying to remember all the toys and cartoons from my childhood. Through a simple Google search I found them. What I didn’t expect to find was an urban legend on how the Teddy Ruxpin came to be. According to legend the beloved toy originated in England around 1972. The owners of a historic tavern were working hard to restore the building and within the basement a teddy bear was found within a rarely used closet. As the workers continued to restore the building, those in the area of the closet swore that the bear spoke and could move. In the beginning the workers were frightened of the teddy bear but after a while they found comfort in it. In the end the owner of the Ruxpin tavern decided to patent the idea of a talking teddy bear and named it after the tavern where it was discovered. The bear was a hit and was produced and distributed world wide.
The second half of this post involves the urban legend and origin of the Christmas Carol. The year was 1888 in London England. A young girl by the name of Carol Poles had gone missing. This happened about a week after Christmas and many people joined in the search. They went door to door to spread the word on the missing child, however, this also took place during the killings of Jack the Ripper. The towns people were reluctant to open their doors in fear of what had been going on in the area. They simply ignored those who were involved with the search. In order to let people know about the missing girl and show they were not violent they would sing the songs of Christmas at their doorstep. The towns people heard the songs and gladly opened their doors. The idea became known as the Christmas Carol in honor of the missing girl. She was never found but the Christmas Carol was born that year. A bittersweet ending to a tragedy.
The origins are creepy and unbelievable. When I see a Teddy Ruxpin now I can’t help but imagine it moving and talking by itself without batteries. Listening to people sing during Christmas makes think about the little girl and if the urban legend is true. Whether it is or not, it’s just a little something for you to think about the next time you are reflecting on the toys you had growing up and the songs you sing at Christmas time.Post Views: 346
I have always been fascinated by ghosts and the unexplainable. The horror genre is my favorite and two local stories have always been a topic of interest. Growing up I heard stories of melon heads in West Michigan. I figured it was simply a story to scare me into good behavior but as I got older I continued to hear the story but in more detail. The story I heard was that of an asylum next to the Felt Mansion that housed the insane as well as children with “melon heads”. They were abused, treated badly, and ultimately left to roam the woods. It was also said that at one time they stayed at the mansion. The story spooked me but I wanted to know more. I actually wanted to see the building and the inside of the mansion. I had gone out to the mansion several times but could never get close to the supposed asylum. It has been destroyed but the mansion remains. I’ve been inside the mansion and although it has been restored, it felt as though I was being watched by something or someone. The stories are endless but after a little research I have found more info on the asylum. According to StrangeUSA.com,
this is located near the Felt Mansion it is a small building that is a behind the BMX track. It is all broken up and windows are busted due to kids. At night if you were to go and look around the house, curtains in the window move and windows open and close, and strange lights are often visible in them. If you were to go inside and walk around you can hear heavy breathing, loud footsteps, screams, and even able to see silhouettes of figures walking. Sometimes you can feel as though something walked threw you and sometimes you may encounter a sudden pain in the wrists of your hands over all the place has just a creepy feel. October 2004 update: This building is the last remaining building of Dunes Correctional Facility. Its the old Trustee Bldg. that housed 80 inmates. This place is now being vandalized horribly and the police ARE prosecuting! The Junction itself is a myth. Allegan County Historical Society has stated repeatedly that “The Junction” insane asylum has never existed.
So the building was once the Dunes Correctional Facility. Where I work it’s known as the old 80 man building. It was a low security prison that was eventually shut down because of funding. This is the story for the public but others seem to believe that much more happened in this area. That this is actually the infamous “Junction Asylum” where the melon heads originated. Wikipedia, who is not always a good or factual resource, had a little more info on the matter. “According to one story, they were originally children with hydrocephalus who lived at the Junction Insane Asylum near Felt Mansion. The story explains that, after enduring physical and emotional abuse, they became feral mutants and were released into the forests surrounding the asylum.” This story is amazing to me because it had to originate somewhere. Something had to happen for this to spread. I’m sure it could be made up but if this is true then someone out there has to have some sort of evidence. Maybe I should walk through the woods and see for myself what’s out there. Can you imagine finding the underground tunnels that were supposedly used by the children who escaped the asylum? It is also said that the melon head children had planned to kill the doctor who abused them. Once they did, there was no where to hide the body so they cut him up and hid parts around the mansion. If you or anyone you know has any solid information on what really happened in this area, I would like to know. Was this correctional facility the site of The Junction? I’ve heard many tales of the hauntings in this area. If you have experienced anything in this area please leave a comment. It’s about time that we solve the mystery of The Junction Asylum that has been said to not exist by the county. Stay tuned for part two and watch the video below. Cheers!
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In my previous post I spoke of the melon or wobble heads of West Michigan. They have been said to live in the woods of Laketown Township by the Felt Mansion. It’s a story that has spread across the area but another story amazes me for it’s connection to the ruthless gangster, Al Capone. Growing up I heard of the Yellow Motel within the Pullman area of Allegan County. It was said to be haunted by the murder victims of Capone. The gangster and his men would frequent the Yellow Motel back when he was in power. There were underground tunnels as well as a pit of quicksand where his victims were left to be swallowed by the land. Years later, the stories of a ghostly car that crashes in the area as well as white dogs guarding the area continue to be a topic of interest. I’ve driven down the back roads of Allegan County but I’ve never witnessed anything. I suppose it’s because it was never at night…well, I have been there at night but I was in a different area. So how true is this story involving this motel and Al Capone?
According to Charlotte Weick who wrote on the topic for Advance Newspapers, “Witnesses claim to have observed an unearthly yellow glow around the ruins of a former resort in the Allegan Forest and others report being chased by white dogs near the ruins. Others report a blue motel that transforms to a sickly yellow.” The story of white dogs is one that I have heard before. Back when I was in high school, a cousin of mine told me that he and some other friends drove out to where the Yellow Motel was located. He said that they pulled up, left the lights on to the car, and began walking towards the motel. He said that the lights turned off and all they could see were red eyes. He said that they ran back to the car and when they turned the lights on a white dog jumped on the hood. He said that it took a minute for the car to turn on but once it did they took off and the dog disappeared. There are more stories that relate to the Yellow Motel other than the one of Al Capone.
Tonya Howe, a Yahoo Network Contributor, also wrote about the Yellow Motel. “Ken, a friend of mine, was renting it when my husband and I dropped by for a visit, however, Ken was not home. As we drove around the circle driveway a lady looked out the window at us. When I later told Ken about this, he told me he lives there alone but that the lady watches him when he is mowing the lawn as well.” I can’t imagine seeing this let alone living within the motel when it once stood. The stories are almost unbelievable but if it was haunted, where did it all start? Howe states that, “It is said a young couple honeymooning there caused the hauntings to begin when the groom, discovering his bride not to be a virgin, killed her and threw himself out the window.” It would be something else to find out the truth behind the Yellow Motel but I think it’s the mystery that keeps the story going. The motel burned down in the late 90’s. Some say it was vandalized, but others think it was the ghosts that haunted the motel. “I stopped to talk to the renters who were going through the rubble”, said Howe, “they indicated they felt the fire was set by the ghosts and that it was not their first attempt to set the place ablaze.”
So what really happened at the Yellow Motel? What really happened at the Felt Mansion and is the Dunes Correctional Facility the site of the mysterious Junction Asylum? Both stories require more research. I would love to head out to both spots and do some recording. It’s definitely worth a try. I’m sure that the ones who know the truth behind both stories are long gone but what if? What if someone has evidence? Something the county doesn’t want people to know about in reference to The Junction. Maybe someone has actually seen the underground tunnels around the Yellow Motel. The quicksand might still be there, and maybe, just maybe, the white dogs are still guarding the area. Please comment and if anyone has further information, I’d love to discuss it.Post Views: 462