In 1826, Ann Roche was arrested for the murder of her grandson, Michael Leahy. Michael was a four years old boy, who was unable to stand or walk or even speak. Ann bathed the boy for three days in a river and on the third day she held the child under the water, drowning him. During the trail, she maintained her innocence claiming Michael was a changeling and she only intended to wash the fairy out of the boy.
In Japanese folklore, one of the most recognized yokai is the Kappa. Legends described this entity with the face of a monkey with the beak of a turtle and the top of his head has a plate-shaped depression. The Kappa has green, reptilian skin and often has a turtle shell on his back. Many myths mention this yokai has webbed hands and feet along with the ability to elongate its arms and legs
Cryptids are creatures not recognized by the scientific community or thought extincted, but believed to still exist today. Loch Ness, the ahool, the altamaha-ha and the grootslang are some examples of such beast. Among other reported cryptids are humanoids that resemble humans in anatomy. These creatures have two eyes, opposable thumbs, able to walk upright, and in some cases possessed a human like intelligence. Bigfoot, Mothman, Skunk Ape and the GoatMan are well-known cryptids within this category along with an infamous one called the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp.
I have always enjoyed reading about a good mystery, be it an unsolved murder, sudden disappearance or some unexplained enigma in nature. Ones that are the most thrilling are those hinting to a possible supernatural cause. This pass weekend, I learned of a few more bizarre mysteries after watching this YouTube video by Matthew Santoro.
Japanese folklore holds some of the most frightening and dark tales on the planet. There are stories about monsters that hunger for human flesh, house items coming alive to terrorize their owners and the dead arising from the grave to devour souls. Some legends warn if one been wronged in life, their spirit could return as a malicious force capable of harming the living. One such entity, fishermen and sailors fear lurking in the open water is the funayurei.