On April 14th a good friend and co-worker passed away unexpectedly. I’ve written two posts about our last conversation and the bond that is built around work families. It’s been hard for us at work but I can’t even begin to imagine what his family is going through. I’m sure they are doing everything they can to manage but let’s help them do more then just manage. A fundraiser has been put together for the family. It will take place tomorrow May 2nd between 5p.m. and 8p.m. at Uccello’s of Wayland 700 W Superior St. Let’s do everything we can to fill Uccello’s to its maximum capacity and support the Tatrow family. I have provided the flyer that the Sheriff’s department created and I ask that you share this post with as many people possible in support of this fundraiser. Cheers!
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By Ricardo — 2 years ago
This episode features four of my personal #IAM911 movement stories. They are the stories that started it all and now they have more of an explanation to them. Enjoy, share and make sure to check out the IAED links below as well as the information on the Within the Trenches Continuing Education Scholarship.
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By Ricardo — 7 years ago
The other day I was talking to my family about horror flicks and how I dig them so much. We were talking about some of the characters in the movies and the first character that came up was Pennywise the Clown. Do you know who this is? I’m sure you noticed the scary looking clown on the post and if you don’t know who this is, you need to rent the movie “IT” by Stephen King. We talked about how creepy he looks and that Tim Curry who played him did such a good job in simply being scary. I for one do not like clowns. Even when I was younger they gave me a bad feeling and what made it worse was the fact that my mom collected clowns. So here I am with a slight fear of clowns and my mom has a large cabinet full of them on display watching my every move. Years later my Tio Fernando decided to rent “IT” from Mr. Music’s, which was our local video store. I had never seen this movie and he kept saying,
“It’s a good one Richie. It has clowns…”
Sure he didn’t know that I really didn’t like clowns but I sat through the entire movie either way. I dug it then and I still do but it confirmed my reason for disliking clowns. I mean, what better way to strike fear into someone than by making a scary clown that mutilates kids? I know it tripped me out and I’m sure there are more people out there that were tripped out by good ole Pennywise. The next Boogeyman was Freddy Krueger. The Nightmare on Elm Street series is one of my favorite. Freddy was always scary when I was growing up. The guys face is completely burnt and he had a glove with razor sharp knives. What creeped me out the most back then was hearing him scratch everything in the broiler room. It gave me the chills and actually the girls singing that song was just as bad. Now days I simply dig the story but back then, it really got to me.
The last Boogeyman that came up was Jason from the Friday the 13th series. This is another one of my favorites and he was scary because he was beast. Plain and simple, he was a beast! People would run away from this guy and he would simply walk through the forrest and catch up to them and slash them up. What was weird to me about every movie was that it seemed as though everyone who died were in the process of having sex. Am I wrong here? It almost seemed as though the death scenes were used as an abstinence ad. The message was that if you decided to have sex before you were married you would be greeted by a man of Jason’s stature and you would be slashed and bludgeoned to death. It sounds stupid but go back and watch some of the flicks and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
All in all the characters had some good back story to them and with the addition of good special effects and gory scenes it made for good viewing. Out of all three of the boogeymen mentioned here I dislike Pennywise the most. If I could fight him I would acquire the size of Jason with the glove of Freddy and go to town on Pennywise! I know he’s just a character but if he were real I’d take him out. So now it’s your turn. Who were the Boogeymen of your childhood?
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By Ricardo — 6 years ago
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: 229