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The day the United States Vice President killed the Secretary of the Treasury

// July 14th, 2014 // No Comments » // Government

Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr duel

Bickering politicians are nothing new and the antics of today’s politicians are tame compared to the escapades of yesteryear. On July 11, 1804, the United States Vice President, reacting to insults from the former Secretary of the Treasury, challenged his foe to a duel during which he shot and killed his opponent. Burr was charged with murder in both New York and New Jersey. The charges were eventually dropped although the incident ruined Aaron Burr’s political career.

It’s not a UFO – wind gust blows bounce house (with three kids inside) more than 50 feet into the air

// May 14th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

Photo of bounce house picked up by gust of wind and sent sailing through the air

Three upstate New York children were inside a bounce house Monday afternoon when a gust of wind launched the house high into the air. Horrified witnesses say the bounce house rose 50-feet into the air but photographs of the incident suggest the playhouse rose at least 100-foot into the sky and possibly higher. The three youngsters were seriously injured when they were dumped from the house while it was rising into the air.

Serial kitty killer in Yonkers – bodies of more than 25 cats found hanging from tree

// May 1st, 2014 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

Bodies of dead cats in plastic bags hung from tree in Yonkers, New York

Yonkers, New York residents and city officials were horrified to find the bodies of at least two dozen dead cats hung from a tree near Overlook Terrace. The cats, some of which were badly decomposed and hanging from tree limbs in black bags, were found by public works employees cleaning up trash in an abandoned lot in Yonkers, New York. The skull of each cat had been crushed before the body was placed in a plastic bag and tied to branches of the tree like ornaments. Investigators are searching for the cat slayer who they fear may be taking part in some sort of sick ritual.

Terrifying EVP recorded in 100-year-old hotel in upstate New York will leave you speechless (2007)

// April 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // News

EVP soundwave

This EVP, which has come to be known as The Most Horrific EVP Ever Recorded, will send chills shimmering down your spine. What follows is an EVP recorded by the Central New York Ghost Hunters (CNYGH) in January 2007 during an overnight stay at an 100-year-old hotel (long rumored to be haunted) in upstate New York.

Son of Sam – David Berkowitz

// December 27th, 2012 // No Comments » // Serial Killers

The Son of Sam saga began on July 29, 1976. Donna Lauria (18) and Jody Valenti (19) were sitting innocently in their car outside Lauria’s Bronx apartment when Donna noticed a man peering into the window. David Berkowitz pulled his .44 caliber Charter Arms Bulldog pistol out of a paper bag and fired five times into the car. Donna died instantly.

Platos Retreat – Infamous New York Sex Club

// December 26th, 2012 // 2 Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Plato’s Retreat opened its doors in 1977. Couples could be straight only – no homosexuals allowed. Drugs were not allowed. Alcohol could not be consumed on the premises. Plato’s Retreat featured a pool room, steambaths, disco dance floor, an in-house sauna room, and a swimming pool with waterfalls. Located in the ultra-popular Manhattan area, it was New York City’s most famous and popular pit of filth – a sex club – which also featured a mattress covered orgy room and 20 “mini swing” rooms for one to three couples.

New York City Underground – lost underground tunnels beneath the city see new light

// December 25th, 2012 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

You would presume that city government would have knowledge of every nook and cranny in their city, that they would have every street, subway, tunnel, and building mapped and documented. Surprisingly, many of our older cities have underground labyrinths that are largely or wholly undocumented, long forgotten by time. In New York City, it is believed that thousands of miles of underground tunnels exist, some of which have not seen a human’s presence in over 150 years.