I first became interested in cannibals by watching all those awesome vintage exploitation cannibal films like Cannibal Holocaust, Cannibal Ferox, and Eaten Alive! to name a few of the many brilliant cannibal movies out there.
But gorging on the flesh of fellow humans doesn’t just happen in splatter films. There are many instances of real life cannibalism happening recently and throughout history. Here are some of the most fucked up, bizarre, and notorious cases of real cannibalism. Hope you’re hungry!
I) In 1846, the Donner Party set out on a pioneering trip which trapped them in a brutal snow storm. 36 people died and the surviving group were forced to eat the dead to stay alive. Crispin Glover was recently in a terrible film reennacting this famous incident but it has Crispin in it so it’s still awesome.
Members would dress in leopard skins, waylaying travelers with sharp claw-like weapons in the form of leopards’ claws and teeth. The victims’ flesh would be cut from their bodies and distributed to members of the society. In theory, the ritual cannibalism would strengthen both members of the society as well as their entire tribe.”
III) Japanese cannibal, Issei Sagawa, who murdered and ate his university classmate, and got away with it, is one of the most notorious. This VICE documentary which interviews Sagawa is an internet classic:
IV) Serial killer, Albert Fish, brutally tortured, murdered and ate children in the early 1900’s. He boasted that he “had a child in every state” but police could only link him to 3-10 murders. Hannibal Lector’s character was inspired by Fish. Fish died by the electric chair, but not before revealing chilling insight into his level of sadism.
V) By far the most savage instance of modern cannibalism happened in Miami, Florida, when a man chewed off the face of a homeless man named Ronald Poppo. Bath salts were instantly blamed as the cause since news about the zombie drug was rampant during the time of the incident but only cannabis was found in the “cannibal’s” system. Poppo survived the attack and is now learning guitar and has refused reconstructive surgery. He is said to be positive and in good spirits despite what he’s been through.
VI) In one of the most bizarre acts of group cannibalism, Mao Sugiyama had his genitals surgically removed then served them at a dinner party of 70 guests who knew what the “main course” was going to be. His genitals were chopped up and served with parsley and button mushrooms but wasn’t enough to feed everyone. Most people only got to eat crocodile.
VII) The word “cannibal” comes from the Spanish word “Caníbales” which refers to the Carib Tribe in the West Indies who were said to practice cannibalism. This ended up being a Spanish colonial myth meant as an excuse to murder and enslave indigenous people. Indigenous cannibal tribes have been a big part of the cannibal mythology and cannibal tribes have existed and perhaps still do, but much of it is just misconception, rumors and racism.
VIII) The Korowai of New Guinea may be the only surviving cannibal tribe. A reporter recently visited the tribe and says “they still eat their fellow tribesmen.”
IX) A chef by the name of David Viens, slow cooked his wife in boiling water after having an argument with her. He initially confessed to the crime but the redacted it, saying he was hallucinating. The judge didn’t buy it and Viens received 15 years to life in prison.
X) Andrei Chikatilo murdered up to 56 people beginning in the late 70’s. Certainly one of the most sadistic serial killers in history with a high murder rate, Chikatilo, on top of eating some of his victims, was also a necrophiliac who loved to eviscerate his victims.
XI) On Friday the 13th, October 1972, a chartered flight carrying a Uruguayan rugby team and their family, crashed in the Andes. The Andes Plane Crash Survivors, stranded in freezing temperatures for 72 days, ended up having to eat the dead to stay alive. 16 out of 72 people survived.
XII) “Eat the rich” has become a popular phrase since our economy ate shit but there was actually a group that did just that. The Chijon family were a Korean gang who targeted rich people. They were convicted of killing 5 people and one of the members admitted to eating at least one of the victims.
XIII) I can’t make a cannibalism post without mentioning Jeffrey Dahmer. This totally “normal” looking, guy-next-door, was convicted of murdering 17 men and children. His fetishes included necrophilia, exhibitionism, hebephilia, fetishism, pygmalionism, and erotophonophilia. He also tried to make some of his victims into sex-slave zombies by drilling holes into their head and filling it with various liquids. It didn’t work of course. This interview with Dahmer is one of the best interviews with a serial killer. Dahmer is very articulate and self-aware of everything he did and how society views him. Incredible insight into the mind of a cannibal killer.
Now time to eat some food…
Giant Japanese hornets may cause the apocalypse. 30 hornets can massacre 30,000 bees! And as you may know, we need bees in order to stay alive since they help pollinate 1/3 of the crops that we eat.
Due to global warming, the hornets are going on a bee killing spree and are now attacking humans. They have killed 41 people in China and injured 1,600 in the last few weeks!
As you can see from the video, the wounds from a Japanese hornet attack are brutal. Once they decide to attack, it gets worse if you try to escape:
“Here’s a chilling scene that Chen Changlin, an Ankang farmer, witnessed one evening a few days ago. As he harvested rice on evening, hornets swarmed a woman and child working nearby. When they reached Chen, they stung him for three minutes straight. Chen made it; the other two died. “The more you run, the more they want to chase you,” said another victim, whose kidneys were ravaged by the venom. When he was admitted to the hospital, his urine was the color of soy sauce.”
The honeybees have found a way to fight back. Due to their massive, 2 inch long, 3 inch wingspan size, the Japanese hornet overheats easily and can die if their temperature rises above 115 degrees whereas the honeybees can tolerate up to 118 degrees. So the honeybees swarm the hornet, vibrate to raise their temperature, and roast the hornet alive:
Hornets only attack humans when they feel that their hive is being threatened, but as temperatures rise around the world, Japanese hornets are breeding more successfully than ever before and more bee massacres and attacks on humans will continue.
The Official Halloween Chaos Countdown has begun! Let the madness ensue!
For this extra special Twisted Tuesday, I’d like to welcome you to October by playing some catchy tunes from 9 cult leaders. Enjoy!
7. Supreme Master Ching Hai, super egocentric vegan “spiritualist” with her own TV show, restaurant chains, and fashion line. Good food but the bitch is off her rocker.
6. Anton Szandor LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan. Using the term “cult leader” a bit loosely in this case. LaVey was a charismatic egomaniac who started a belief system that some people ended up taking seriously although it was always tongue-in-cheek and harmless. It was mostly just about being a hedonist and denouncing religion. Nevertheless, he made 80’s and 90’s talk shows more entertaining with all the Satan stuff, and he loved music.
5. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. Worst cult music ever. Rumor has it that Hubbard started Scientology because he made a bet with Errol Flynn on an orgy drug boat that he could start a cult. I am not fact-checking that because I like the story too much. They were friends since they were both hedonists.
4. Jim “Father Yod” Baker, founder of The Source Family. Just a typical 60’s drug, sex, and psychedelic rock cult. Pretty harmless and some good music came out of all that acid.
Jones and his followers released an LP called “He’s Able” in 1978. This is by far the most haunting and disturbing song:
The People Temple Choir was very soulful.
2. Shoko Asahara, the founder and leader of Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo which killed 13 people in a gas attack in a Tokyo subway. The guy currently still has over 1,000 cult followers.
1. Of course good ole’s Charlie makes #1 on the list of best cult leader music maker. The Manson Family had very lovely voices and Charlie has a way with words.
I first heard of this song in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books. This is a nice cover:
Don’t ever laugh as a hearse goes by,
For you may be the next to die.
They wrap you up in a big white sheet,
From your head down to your feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you up with dirt and rocks,
And all goes well for about a week,
And then your coffin begins to leak.
And the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out.
The worms play pinochle on your snout.
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose.
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach and out your eyes.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
You spread it on a slice of bread,
and that’s what you eat when you are dead.
And the worms crawl out, the worms crawl in.
The worms that crawl in are lean and thin,
The ones that crawl out are fat and stout.
Your eyes fall in and your hair falls out.
Your brain comes tumbling down your snout.
And the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
They crawl all over your dirty snout.
Your chest caves in, your eyes pop out,
And your brain turns to sauerkraut.
They invite their friends and their friends too,
They all come down to chew on you.
And this is what it is to die,
I hope you had a nice goodbye.
Did you ever think as a hearse goes by,
That you may be the next to die?
And your eyes fall out, and your teeth decay,
And that is the end of a perfect day.
The origins of the song are unknown. It is said to date back to the 19th century and there are slight variations to the song. It’s fun to sing.
Typing of hearses, Abraham Lincoln’s hearse was pretty pimp.
I have a thing for Lincoln. Even when he was alive he still looked dead…
Fun weird Lincoln fact: Lincoln used to see his doppelgänger in the mirror. In Lincoln’s biography, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, Carl Sandberg wrote:
A dream or illusion had haunted Lincoln at times through the winter. On the evening of his election he had thrown himself on one of the haircloth sofas at home, just after the first telegrams of November 7 had told him he was elected president, and looking into a bureau mirror across the room he saw himself full length, but with two faces. It bothered him; he got up; the illusion vanished; but when he lay down again there in the glass again were two faces, one paler than the other. He got up again, mixed in the election excitement, forgot about it; but it came back, and haunted him. He told his wife about it; she worried too. A few days later he tried it once more and the illusion of the two faces again registered to his eyes. But that was the last; the ghost since then wouldn’t come back, he told his wife, who said it was a sign he would be elected to a second term, and the death pallor of one face meant he wouldn’t live through his second term.
Lincoln also had a dream of seeing his own corpse, not long before he was assassinated:
About ten days ago, I retired very late. I had been up waiting for important dispatches from the front. I could not have been long in bed when I fell into a slumber, for I was weary. I soon began to dream. There seemed to be a death-like stillness about me. Then I heard subdued sobs, as if a number of people were weeping. I thought I left my bed and wandered downstairs. There the silence was broken by the same pitiful sobbing, but the mourners were invisible. I went from room to room; no living person was in sight, but the same mournful sounds of distress met me as I passed along. I saw light in all the rooms; every object was familiar to me; but where were all the people who were grieving as if their hearts would break? I was puzzled and alarmed. What could be the meaning of all this? Determined to find the cause of a state of things so mysterious and so shocking, I kept on until I arrived at the East Room, which I entered. There I met with a sickening surprise. Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments. Around it were stationed soldiers who were acting as guards; and there was a throng of people, gazing mournfully upon the corpse, whose face was covered, others weeping pitifully. ‘Who is dead in the White House?’ I demanded of one of the soldiers, ‘The President,’ was his answer; ‘he was killed by an assassin.’ Then came a loud burst of grief from the crowd, which woke me from my dream. I slept no more that night; and although it was only a dream, I have been strangely annoyed by it ever since.
There are quite a few conspiracy theories and paranormal stories surrounding the death of Lincoln and even his assassinator, John Wilkes Booth. A look-alike claiming to be Booth ended up being mummified and his friend showed him around the carnival freak show circuit for several years until a private collector purchased him.
This looks like it was directed by Werner Herzog:
It’s creepy and endearing at the same time.
The official Halloween Chaos Countdown is just around the corner! I’m already feeling the Halloween buzzzz. Are you? Perhaps this will help:
Great unbiased documentary on the history of Satan:
I’m hungover and it’s Caturday. Time to bombard you with kitties.
Need some life tips on how to do things like how to eat a bag of chips or escape a dark room and find light? Sound too easy? Well imagine the “tutor” being a faceless guy with a high-pitched voice, a shitload of anxiety, and some classic youtube weirdness.
Welcome to alantutorial‘s youtube. Here are my 3 favorite tutorials:
Hope that helps!
Ever watch Antichrist? That movie is intense. It was written and directed by Lars von Trier while he was having an epic bipolar meltdown so I watched it in the theater and also had a bipolar meltdown. He’s that good! Watch it if you haven’t already. Watch everything by von Trier, that man knows how to mindfuck!
And thus begins the Halloween Chaos Countdown, which officially begins October 1st and does indeed fall on next week’s Twisted Tuesday! Every single day until All Hallows’ Eve I will post a little fucked up Halloween internet Advent calendar for you to open up and eat with your mind. But until then I’ll post a little something every day to whet your whistle until the official Halloween Chaos Countdown begins.
Here’s a sneak peak of what’s in store:
Did you know William Burrough’s wrote a graphic novel? Well he did and it’s fucking incredible!
Ever hear of the Chair of Death?
How about the Mercy Brown Vampire Incident?
Speaking of vampires, Matt over at Dinosaur Dracula started his awesome retro/80’s/90’s childhood nostalgia countdown on August 30th! THAT is some dedication! Way to go Matt!
To help get you into the Halloween spirit, and just in case you missed it, you can also check out last year’s Creepypasta Countdown.
Feel free to help me out with the countdown by submitting any random links, art, videos, music, etc. to tracyvanity(at)gmail.com
Let the Halloween chaos begin!
by Tracy Vanity
I really need to rewatch that movie. I forgot how awesome it is! Angelica Houston is fierce.
As Halloween approaches the Halloween buzzzzzz becomes more and more intense.
It’s that metaphysical energy coursing through the air, something otherworldly is leaking out from The Beyond, ready to makes itself known.
Be it magick, witches, ghosts, goblins, monsters, or anything not of this conscious, mortal world, those who are sensitive to the energy can feel the paranormal rush that comes around this time of year.
I’ve been encountering a lot of witches lately and have been feeling pretty witchy myself even though I never used to believe in such things.
But if you have read or written enough Bizarro, you know that anything and everything is possible.
Speaking of Bizarro, this shit fits right in:
That’s not even the creepypasta video for the day, this one is:
I found that video rather calming. I think it was because of the fire. I feel the same about the sea.
So what’s the Bizarro Posse going to dress up as or what did you dress up as if you partied this past weekend? I’m going to be a dead, slutty Hunter S. Thompson since I’m going to a dead celebrity Halloween party. If you’re still unsure of what to be, here are some costume ideas:
I hope that helps.
2 Days until Halloween, oh shit!
by Tracy Vanity
Fuck zombies, skeletons are fucking awesome. Did you know there’s a skeleton inside you right now?
That’s a lot of bones. Here’s more!
What can I say? I just have a soft spot for skeletons.
Ok, that’s more corpsey but you can start to see the skeleton. It’s the thought that counts.
Here are 6 cool skeleton facts:
1. A new-born baby has over 300 bones, over time some of these will fuse together. There are 206 bones in the average adult skeleton.
2. An adult skeleton accounts for around 14% of the body’s total weight. Experiments have shown that prolonged periods in weightless space will cause bones to lose weight and thickness.
3. Giraffes have seven neck bones, exactly the same number as humans.
4. Ounce for ounce, bone is stronger than steel and reinforced concrete. However doctors throughout the world treat tens of million of fractures a year.
5. One out of 20 people have an extra rib.
6. The hip bone or pelvis is six bones joined together. It is shaped like a bowl.
So as I was looking for creepy skeleton-related videos to post, I found this video of a guy putting a skeleton in a blender. Looks like a good Bizarro cooking course.
I know I’ve posted this song before but it’s so incredible that it had to be posted again and this is a Horrormas-sounding remix:
3 days until Halloween!
by Tracy Vanity
This speaks for itself…
Children can do some fucked up shit. Better be wary around them kids!
This is a great doc on one of my favorite child killers, Mary Bell, who strangled two boys to death when she was 10 and 11-years old.
Monte Cazazza even made a catchy song about her.
And here I thought little girls were made of sugar and spice…
4 days until Halloween!
by Tracy Vanity
So continuing with the animal theme…although cats aren’t creepy, some people think they are because they’re pretty intense animals (certainly supernatural). The Egyptians worshiped them as gods and for centuries felines have been seen as harbingers of good luck, misfortune, or death. Anyone who lives with cats can tell you those fuckers are trippy animals. I have two of them. One of them, Varla, used to tie sailor quality knots with her kitty string and my hairband when I first adopted her.
She pulled the hairband from my dresser and tied those knots all by herself and I woke up and found it and she added more knots and then stopped after a few weeks. I shit you not. That is 100% her doing. I can’t even make knots like that! I have no idea wtf that was about.
Cats can do some weird, paranormal shit and this cat video is rather…unsettling…
6 days until Halloween!
by Tracy Vanity
As I delve deeper and deeper into The Land of Creepypasta I keep coming across pictures of rabbits. Why rabbits of all things? How could something so cute, fluffy, and harmless be creepy?
Yet time and time again I’d come across these pictures. It was as if Creepypastaland was trying to tell me something…but what?
Was there some Alice in Wonderland/Bizarro connection? Is the rabbit meant lead you somewhere? As I fall further down, I believe the answer is “yes.”
I mean…I do have an obsession with Lewis Carroll and the Alice books to the point where I have the first stanza of the Jabberwocky poem tattooed backwards on my forearm…and I do have the first pressing of Through the Looking Glass from 1871 as well as a huge collection of books, toys, and random shit related to Wonderland….not to mention I know both books by heart and read passages from them at least once a month like the Bible….doesn’t everyone?
Even David Lynch jumped on the creepy bunny train when he made that unsettling bunny sitcom in Inland Empire.
Damn, just the rabbit scenes are 42 minutes long!
“It was much pleasanter at home,” thought poor Alice, “when one wasn’t always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits. I almost wish I hadn’t gone down the rabbit-hole–and yet–and yet–…”
6 days until Halloween! Ready or not!
by Tracy Vanity
So the original meaning of “creepypasta” is a creepy story on the internet, told either through email (remember those annoying chain mail emails back in the late 90’s?) or any type of social networking/website. These stories can be about anything: from paranormal phenomena to mysterious deaths….as long as it’s a creepy story you read on the web, it’s a creepypasta.
Think Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark for the internet age.
Fuck, those drawings are awesome!
So creepypasta can be a couple silly sentences long or an entire outdated website full of links and pictures of a very long and detailed creepy story. (Holy time warp Batman, when’s the last time you’ve seen an Angelfire site?) You can even write a creepypasta of your own!
With people’s short ass-attentions spans, the more recent creepypasta have come in the form of pictures or videos. Here is a video of “The scariest picture on the internet.” It promises to haunt your psyche forever and bring bad luck to whoever sees it.
Meh…I’ve seen scarier. And if you’re been following my Creepypasta Halloween Countdown then so have you!
The story of The Grifter is very similar to Ringu, except using the internet instead of a VHS tape. It’s supposed to be the most disturbing video on the internet and if you watch it, it will fuck you up forever and you could possibly even die. The actual footage varies depending on who is telling the story and posting the link but being as I am deep in the bowels of the Land of the Creepypasta, I have found the actual Grifter video.
Be careful, you’ve been warned. I am not responsible for your fate if you choose to click “play.”
Not spooky enough? Wait until you see what I have in store for you for Halloween!
So here is a little creepypasta of my own:
The Phone Call
I was a latchkey kid. I’ve been taking care of myself since I was about 6. Both of my parents worked full-time and I preferred staying home by myself than having my crazy Mormon aunt in charge of me.
“Hello?” I expected it to be my mom or dad but all I hear is this man laughing on the phone.
“You have the wrong number” I tell him and hang up.
Phone rings again. Again I say “Hello” and the man laughs again and says “I know where you are.”
I tell him to fuck off and hang up. Phone rings again… “That’s not nice Tracy. I’m coming over.”
I have no idea who the fuck this guy is or how he knows my name…I’ve never heard that voice in my life but even decades later I know exactly what that voice sounds like and I still have a vivid mental picture of what I imagine him to look like.
He tries calling again a couple times but I don’t pick up. When the phone finally stops ringing I frantically dial my dad’s work number. Someone I assume is his co-worker answers and I ask for my dad by name, “José.”
“This is José.” It’s that fucking man again! How the fuck did he end up on the other end of the phone? And he laughs again as I slam the phone down.
I finally get a hold of my actual dad and he rushes to the apartment and searches around the building and doesn’t see anyone. The man never calls back again.
I told this story to my ex-husband and he said something similar happened to him as a kid. A man he didn’t know kept calling and scaring the shit out of him while he was home alone. Has this ever happened to you? Could it be the same guy that got off to calling latchkey kids in Los Angeles and creeping them the fuck out in the 90’s?
That’s a big reason why “The Babysitter” story from Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark scared the shit out of me, that shit actually happened to me! Ever since then, I’ve hated the sound of my phone ringing.
Please share some of your own creepy stories!
7 days until Halloween!
by Tracy Vanity
The following three short video clips are real (or are they?) footage of creepy shit. This first video is an audio recording from the “Original Night Stalker” of California. To give you some background on him:
The Original Night Stalker is the moniker for an unidentified serial killer and rapist who murdered at least ten people in Southern California from 1979 through 1986 and sexually assaulted at least fifty women in Northern California from June 1976 to July 1979.
However, the connection to the Northern California assaults was not made until 2001, until which time the perpetrator was dubbed as The East Area Rapist.
The Original Night Stalker/The East Area Rapist may be considered one of the worst and most prolific “unapprehended” serial offenders in history. So far in the investigation, every named or investigated suspect has been cleared through DNA, alibi or other investigative means and methods.
With over 32 million views, you might have seen this one already but it’s still a classic. It’s an audio of the real exorcism of Anneliese Michel who was thought to have been possessed by at least 6 different demons. The Exorcism of Emily Rose is based on her story.
The pics of her looking all young, happy, and healthy while she begins to deteriorate into a living corpse, as the audio of her exorcism is playing, are effective to say the least.
So some teenagers in Argentina were just sitting around chilling and shootin’ the shit when along comes a motherfuckin’ gnome!
Full story here.
That video actually made me lol, especially after reading the top youtube comment:
what a bunch of pussies lol there’s what three of them and they scream like a bunch of bitches at the sight of a really cool gnome like creature, they should have charged and bagged that motherfucker and he would have lead scientists to the secret underground gnome kingdom in the hollow earth where he would have introduced us to the gnome civilization with its many technological marvels like flying saucers and crystal based data storage and mithril coated artillery shells…..pussies -waste0fspais
Well said, waste0fspais. Well said.
Bonus: Here’s a fun montage of creepy creatures caught on camera….
Be sure to be extra wary while venturing out into those spooky woods or streets alone, and be sure to have a camera handy! You never know what you might capture…
8 days until Halloween!
by Tracy Vanity
I love stop-motion animation, especially since most of it tends to be creepy and dark.
This is a really good short about a claymation guy…that happens to look a lot like John Lennon…who is trapped in an ambient noise hell with stuff like spooky nuns, witchy sex, and this cool, creepy pointy-nosed guy without a face who melts into his twin. Yes, it’s pretty trippy. I love the soundtrack and the artwork is incredible. A very creepy-beautiful, surreal art film.
Please share your favorite stop-motion films, clips or shorts if you have any!
BTW all the pics in this post are from Jan Švankmajer films.
9 days until Halloween!
by Tracy Vanity
You never know what could be lurking in the dark….
You know, I actually find creepy shit comforting.
What does that say about me?
I have no idea what the fuck that thing in that pic is…it’s kind of cute.
10 days until Halloween!
by Tracy Vanity
Ok, no more going easy on you. If my creepypasta posts from now on don’t creep you the fuck out, I’m doing something wrong!
The title of this rockin’ music video from glorious and mentally well-adjusted Russia, translates to:
“Ensemble of Christ the Savior and CHEESE MOTHER EARTH Our icons rip”
….if that helps you at all
by Tracy Vanity
This video reminds me of tripping on DXM or mushrooms. The mind can be a very fucked up place…
Also this video proves once again the awesomeness that is ferrofluid!
Here’s how to make your own ferrofluid. It’s really quite easy and the perfect Bizarro science project..
Now you can make your own futuristic mind-fuck art!
I love science!