Saturday, April 11, 2015

Psycho on the Orb called Earth

On November 15, 1957, Ed Gein visited the hardware store in Plainfield, Wisconsin, saying he would return the following morning to pick up a gallon of anti-freeze.

The following day, Frank Worden returned to town from a day of deer hunting and stopped by the Plainfield Hardware Store that was owned and operated by his mother, Bernice, a 58 year-old widow. Strangely, his mother was not there. She had left, leaving the door unlocked and the back door open.

Frank then discovered something terrifying -- a trail of blood leading from the storefront to the back door. A quick search revealed that the last sales slip receipt written in the morning by Bernice Worden was for a gallon of anti-freeze and it had been made out to Ed Gein.

Investigators searched Gein's property and soon discovered Worden's decapitated body in a shed, hung upside down by ropes attached to her wrists, with a crossbar at her ankles. Worden had been dressed out like a deer, waiting to be skinned and harvested for meat. She had been shot with a .22-caliber rifle prior to the mutilations of her body.

Upon searching Gein's house, the following items were confiscated and send to the state crime lab where they were cataloged, photographed and then destroyed.
·         Bernice Worden's entire head in a burlap sack
·         Bernice Worden's heart in a plastic bag in front of Gein's potbellied stove
·         Masks made from the skin from female heads
·         Mary Hogan's skull in a box
·         Mary Hogan's face mask in a paper bag
·         Whole human bones and fragments
·         Wastebasket made of human skin
·         Human skin covering several chair seats
·         Skulls on his bedposts
·         Female skulls, some with the tops sawn off[
·         Bowls made from human skulls
·         A corset made from a female torso skinned from shoulders to waist
·         Leggings made from human leg skin
·         Nine vulvae in a shoe box
·         A young girl's dress and the vulvas of two females judged to have been about fifteen years old
·         A belt made from female human nipples
·         Four noses
·         A pair of lips on a window shade drawstring
·         A lampshade made from the skin a human face
·         Fingernails from female fingers

Yes, indeed -- Ed Gein was a one creepy dude.

I was in junior high school in a suburb of Minneapolis when all this took place. Ed Gein jokes were the topic of the day.

Q) Why did Ed Gein's girlfriend stop going out with him?
A) Because he was such a cut-up.

Q) What did Ed Gein say to the sheriff who arrested him?
A) Have a heart.

Q) Why won't anyone play poker with Ed Gein?
A) He might come up with a good hand.

Ed Gein (1906 - 1984) grew up on a farm a few miles outside of the town of Plainfield, Wisconsin.

His father, George, was strict and an angry alcoholic who was a failure as a farmer. He died in 1940 from a heart attack.

Ed had an older brother, Henry {1901 - 1944), who died (from asphyxiation, according to the medical examiner) during a brush fire that he and Ed were attempting to extinguish. Henry had no burns, but did sustain several wounds to the back of his head, leading future investigators to surmise there had been a "Cain and Able" situation between the brothers.

Ed Gein was now alone with his mother, Augusta, who was fiercely religious and considered the world to be a sinful Hellhole, filled with the wickedness of carnal love.

Augusta had a stroke and was confined to a bed whereupon Ed catered to her needs. She bullied Ed at all hours, calling him a failure and a weakling. However, there were also occasions when Augusta would allow Ed to crawl into bed with her and speak softly to him throughout the night.

Augusta died in 1945 due to another stroke.

At age 39, Ed Gein was now alone with himself.

Gein was a loner and seldom ventured into the small town of Plainfield. He occasionally did handyman odd jobs and would sometimes stop in Mary Hogan's tavern to have a beer.

When Mary Hogan suddenly disappeared in 1954, leaving nothing but a puddle of blood behind, Gein began joking that she was staying overnight at his house. Many of the locals considered Gein's jokes about the poor woman to be tasteless.

Even the gossip about the weird things in Gein's house didn't faze anyone. Some local kids who had been peeking into Gein's windows began to spread rumors that they had seen shrunken human heads in Ed's living room. Ed laughed and explained that his cousin had served in the South Seas during World War II and had sent the heads to Ed as souvenirs.

To the locals of Plainfield, Ed Gein was simply a harmless loner in need of a bath.

When the authorities discovered Bernice Worden hanging in Ed's shed, the world was about to discover madness in rural America.

Upon the discovery of Bernice Worden in the shed, the responding police called for assistance. More than a dozen lawmen soon arrived and began searching the property.

What they found was horrific. The refrigerator had been stocked with frozen human organs and a human heart was found in a pan on the stove. Soup bowls had been made from the sawed-off tops of human skulls. Chairs had been upholstered in human skin. Lamp shades had been fashioned from flesh, giving off an eerie and putrid glow. A box was discovered that contained nothing but human noses. A belt had been made from female nipples. A shade pull had been decorated with a pair of woman's lips. A shoe box under a bed contained a collection of dried, female genitalia. The faces of nine women, carefully stuffed and mounted, were hanging on one wall. There was a bracelet of skin, a drum made from a coffee can and human flesh. A shirt of human skin, complete with breasts, had been fashioned from the tanned torso of a middle-aged woman.

The local sheriff estimated that the various body parts added up to 15 women, maybe more.

Ed would later confess that he often put the shirt of human skin on at night and pretended to be his mother.

The investigators soon discovered a bloody burlap sack containing a freshly severed head. Inserted into the ears were large nails connected with twine. The head belonged to Bernice Worden. Apparently, Ed had planned to hang Bernice's head on the wall as a decoration.

During the many hours of questioning and confession, Gein admitted to the murders of two women -- Bernice Worden and the tavern owner, Mary Hogan. The rest of the gruesome remains in the house had been scavenged from the local cemeteries.

For 12 years following the death of his mother, Gein had been robbing graves in the Plainfield cemeteries during the night. His vast collection of human remains had been mostly gathered from the bodies of the recent dead.

In his quest for trophies, Gein had enlisted the assistance of a dim-witted farmer named Gus, who had helped him to dig up the bodies. Once back at the house, Gein did all the work.

When Gus had been committed to an old-age home, Gein became desperate for fresh trophies. At this point, he was driven to murder.

During questioning by investigators, Gein admitted he had made as many as 40 night visits to three local cemeteries to exhume nine buried bodies of recently buried women who resembled his mother. He left the graves in good order and took the bodies home where he tanned their skin to make his various women objects.

He also admitted to the shooting death of Mary Hogan, a tavern owner missing for three years, whose head was also found in his house.

However, he denied having sex with the bodies he exhumed, explaining: that they smelled too bad.

Soon after his mother's death, Gein began to create a "woman suit" so he could become his mother.

Insert your own Ed Gein joke here >>>>

Sometimes on the Orb of Wounded Souls, life can be stranger than fiction.

Quote for the Day -- “You learn what you need to kill and take care of the details -- it's like changing a tire -- the 1st time you’re careful -- by the 30th time, you can’t remember where you left the lug wrench.” Ted Bundy (serial killer)

Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a couple of dogs and where life is what happens when you can't sleep.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Top Ten Richest People

According to Forbes -- as of March, 2015, these are the ten richest people in the world.

1) Bill Gates (age 59, USA) -- $79.2 billion

He has been the richest person on the planet for 16 of the last 21 years. He co-founded Microsoft in 1975 and has been steadily selling his shares of the software company and has donated a $29.5 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (the largest private foundation in the world) which is dedicated globally to advancing healthcare and reducing extreme poverty.

2) Carlos Slim Helu (age 75, Mexico) -- $77.1 billion

He is an investor and philanthropist with interests in the fields of communication, real estate, media, technology, airlines, finance and retail. He was born in Mexico City. His parents and his wife's parents are of Lebanese descent who immigrated to Mexico. He founded three non-profit foundations (the arts, education and healthcare) concentrating on Mexico City. His wife, who died in 1999, was also active in many philanthropic projects, including the creation of a legal framework for organ donation.

3) Warren Buffett (age 84, USA) -- $72.7 billion

He is an investor and philanthropist. Noted for his personal frugality despite his wealth, he has pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As a child in Omaha, he sold weekly magazines door-to-door and worked in his grandfather's grocery store. In high school, he had a newspaper route, sold golf balls & stamps, and detailed cars. In his high school sophomore year, he purchased a pinball machine for $25 and placed it in a local barber shop, which led to more pinball machines placed elsewhere.

4) Amancio Ortega (age 79, Spain) -- $64.5 billion

He is a fashion executive with clothing and accessories retail shops. His father was a railroad worker. Barely in his teens, he got a job as a shop hand for a local shirt maker. At age 36, he produced quilted bathrobes, utilizing thousands of local women organized into sewing cooperatives. At age 39, he opened his first clothing store. Today, he owns over 6,000 stores and is still active in the design and production of his products.  He keeps a very low profile, going to the same coffee shop every day and eats lunch with his employees in the company cafeteria.

5) Larry Ellison (age 70, USA) -- $54.3 billion

He is a computer programmer, internet entrepreneur and philanthropist. While in his 30s, he became interested in relational database design, which led to the formation of the database vendor called Oracle. He has also donated up to one percent of his wealth to charity. He enjoys yacht racing and is a licensed aircraft pilot who owns two military jets.

6-A) Charles Koch (age 79, USA) -- $42.9 billion
6-B) David Koch (age 74, USA) -- $42.9 billion

The Koch brothers inherited their company from their father. Charles is the chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer, while David serves as senior vice president. Koch Industries is the second-largest privately held company (by revenue) in the USA. Originally involved in oil refining, Koch Industries now includes pollution control technologies, minerals, polymers, fibers, fertilizers, forest products, ranching, commodity trading services and consumer products. They support Libertarian oriented groups (limited government and individual freedom) and co-founded the Cato Institute. Also, through the Koch Cultural Trust, the Koch family has supported and funded various creative artists and artistic projects.

8) Christy Walton (age 60, USA) -- $41.7 billion

She is the widow of John T. Walton, one of the sons of Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. Her husband died in 2005 and she inherited his wealth. She is ranked as the highest female philanthropist according to the amount she gives as a percentage of her wealth.

9) Jim Walton (age 67, USA) -- $40.6 billion

He is the youngest son of Sam Walton, founder of the world's largest retailer Wal-Mart. In 2005, he replaced his deceased brother, John, on the Wal-Mart Board of Directors and is currently on the Strategic Planning and Finance committees. He is also Chief Executive Officer of his family-owned bank and chairman of a newspaper firm. He has pledged about $2 billion to the Walton Family Foundation.

10) Liliane Bettencourt (age 92, France) -- $40.1 billion

She is a businesswoman and philanthropist. At age 15, she joined her father's company, L'Oreal, as an apprentice, mixing cosmetics and labeling bottles of shampoo. At age 35, she inherited her father's fortune when he died in 1957. Thirty years later, she and her husband founded the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation, which supports and develops medical, cultural and humanitarian projects.

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A rich person is just a poor person with lots of money.

Apparently, not all rich people are evil -- many of them are philanthropists who donate oodles of money for good causes.

Quote for the Day -- “We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.” Immanuel Kant

Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a couple of dogs and where his riches are his memories.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Seeking Extraterrestrial Disclosure

Stephen Bassett is the Executive Director of the Paradigm Research Group, a political advocacy organization seeking an end to a government imposed embargo regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. He is the only registered lobbyist in the United States representing extraterrestrial related phenomena research organizations.

On April 30, 2008, the Paradigm Research Group sent an open letter to Senator Hillary Clinton.

On March 26, 2015, the Paradigm Research Group re-sent the 2008 open letter to Hillary Clinton.

Every word of the letter that was sent in 2008 is also applicable in the 2015 re-sending of the same letter.

According to Paradigm Research Group, the mainstream political media have refused to engage the facts behind the original letter, which has huge implications for the nation and Planet Earth.

The following is the open letter.

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March 26, 2015

Open letter to the
Honorable Hillary Clinton
Washington, DC

Dear Secretary Clinton:

In March of 1993 billionaire Laurance Rockefeller initiated an extraordinary approach to your husband's administration via the Office of Science and Technology Policy headed by Dr. John Gibbons. A memorandum from Mr. Rockefeller's attorney Henry Diamond dated March 29, 1993 conveyed a request to meet with Gibbons "to discuss the potential availability of government information about unidentified flying objects and extraterrestrial life." Rockefeller, a friend and supporter of you and your husband, wanted to meet with the President and inform him "there is a belief in many quarters that the government has long held classified information regarding UFOs which has not been released and that the failure to do so has brought about unnecessary suspicion and distrust," and that "Many believe that the release of such information on a basis consistent with national security would be a significant gesture which would increase confidence in government."

Thus began a three-year effort by a notable American to convince your husband to essentially be the "Disclosure President" and end a then 46-year truth embargo on providing the full facts to the American people regarding an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race. This effort, which included meetings, reports, briefings, a book, draft letters to the President and more, came to be known as the Rockefeller Initiative.  You were aware of this initiative from the beginning as was a key advisor to the President, John Podesta. You and your husband met with Rockefeller at his Wyoming ranch in August of 1995. Your husband tasked a close friend, Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell, to look into the UFO issue at the Department of Justice and elsewhere. He tasked John Podesta, his eventual Chief of Staff, to reform and accelerate the document declassification process. You were kept informed of the ongoing initiative and helped draft a letter from Rockefeller to the President. It is notable that John Podesta, the founder and now CEO of the Center for American Progress, in 2002 and 2003 called for the release to the public of all UFO and related documents in government files. In 2004 Governor Bill Richardson, UN Ambassador and Secretary of Energy during your husband's administration, made a similar request for documents pertaining to the events in Roswell, New Mexico during July of 1947.

These facts are known from news articles, public records and, most importantly, from nearly 1000 pages of correspondence and documents obtained by researcher Grant Cameron from the Office of Science and Technology Policy via the Freedom of Information Act. Additional relevant documents were released from the Clinton Presidential Library.

Madam Secretary, it is your ambition to reach a significant milestone in American history by becoming the first President of the United States who happens to be a woman, or put another way, the 49th female head of state. While this would be an admirable legacy, what the American people need is less legacy and more truth. The people have lost patience with "in loco parentis" government that treats them like children and candidates with long lists of issues they can't discuss because it is not convenient to their campaign or the people "can't handle the truth."

Because you have been introduced to these matters within the context of the White House, because you aspire to the highest office in the nation, you have an extraordinary opportunity and primary obligation to address what is easily the most profound issue of our time - an issue with major national security and policy implications.

Stephen Bassett
Executive Director  

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In the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, the central national government keeps secrets and truth is treason.

Quote for the Day -- “Two possibilities exist -- either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” Arthur C. Clarke

Bret Burquest is the author of 10 books. He lives in the Ozark Mountains with a couple of dogs and where owning a telescope might be something to look into.