Tuesday, June 1, 2021

DO YOU BELIEVE IN GHOSTS?

 

Hi Guys! Welcome back to HH365 for a very short and easy question for Research we are doing for your favorite Haunted Attractions Website. Feel free to answer anyway you feel like. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. However! Just click on of the links on the right side and leave a simple Yes or a Simple No or write whatever you feel like! Keep it here to Halloween Haunts 365.com! Thank you! This should fit for a very long and entertaining study! So make sure you Participate now! Not our artwork but the picture is awesome! 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

WE ARE A GUEST ON AN AWESOME UP AND COMING PODCAST: HORROR 365!

 

Welcome back to HH365! Today we want to introduce some friends of ours and their new podcast concentrating on the world of Horror! 

The Hosts Jimmy J and Brian aka South Jersey Jason do an Outstanding job with Interviews, News, Reviews and everything Horror while keeping the conversation interesting and fun to listen to. I listen to a hell of a lot of Podcasts in my travel for work. Four hour car rides are an everyday thing for me, so the Podcast needs to keep me going if I am going to drive to it and Horror 365 brings that to your ear and eyes since every podcast makes it on to YouTube. Right away you can feel the friendship between the two and it turns into an Entertaining show. 

We were recently invited to be a guest on the show and we had the best time. You can find the link to the interview over on the right side of this website and right below a link to Horror 365 so you can like and subscribe to these great Hosts! 


Make sure you subscribe and turn notifications on as I see big things coming out of this new Podcast. We had a blast talking to the boys and talking Horror is always one of my favorite things. 

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Monday, March 29, 2021

MONDAY TRUE HORROR: JOHN WAYNE GACY

 

Welcome back to another edition of HH365! Today we continue our True Horror Segment with one mean son of a bitch John Wayne Gacy. This guy makes everyone's skin crawl and makes you want to take a shower. Let us get into one of the most Notorious Evils of this Century. 

John Wayne Gacy, (born March 17, 1942, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.—died May 10, 1994, Statesville, Illinois), American serial killer whose murders of 33 boys and young men in the 1970s received international media attention and shocked his suburban Chicago community, where he was known for his sociability and his performance as a clown at charitable events and childrens’ parties.

Gacy was born into a blue-collar family and seems to have had a fairly ordinary childhood. But he exhibited a growing tendency toward sadism, which resulted in several encounters with the law in the 1960s. In 1968, after his conviction for sexually assaulting a teenage boy, he was confined in the Iowa State Men’s Reformatory (Anamosa State Penitentiary) and forced to undergo psychological evaluation. After his release in 1970 and while still on parole, he was again arrested for sexual assault, but the charges were later dropped. Gacy then became a fairly successful independent contractor and bought a house in suburban Chicago.

In 1978, after one of Gacy’s victims, Robert Piest, was reported missing, police learned that Gacy was the last person known to have seen him. After obtaining a search warrant, police discovered the bodies of 29 boys and young men in or near Gacy’s house; four other bodies were found in the nearby Des Plaines River. Indeed, the area of the house had emitted a foul stench for years, but Gacy had told his houseguests and his wife that the smell was the result of moisture buildup. At his trial Gacy’s plea of innocent by reason of insanity was supported by the testimony of several psychologists, who diagnosed him as schizophrenic, but was rejected by the jury, which found him guilty of all 33 murders of which he was accused; he was executed by lethal injection in 1994.

Thank you to Brittanica.com for their great info and bringing so much light quickly to this subject. Now, we like to shine a bright light onto the list of the Families effected by this Criminal. 

Timothy McCoy (January 3, 1972)

Gacy told investigators his first murder victim was a teenage boy he picked up outside Chicago’s Greyhound Bus Station in the winter of 1972. Unlike his later victims, who were strangled, Gacy said he stabbed the boy in the chest. He was also the first of his victims to be buried in the crawl space beneath his house. In 1986, dental records identified him as 15-year-old McCoy, who had been traveling for the holidays, and had a bus layover in Chicago.

Unidentified Victim (1974)

Gacy said he next murdered in 1974, and it is assumed his second victim was an unidentified white male, whose body was found buried in his backyard. The victim was between 14 and 18 years of age and it’s estimated he died between 1972 and 1975.

John Butkovitch (July 31, 1975)

Butkovitch, 17, was one of several employees of Gacy’s construction company, PDM Contractors, who fell victim to his boss’ bloodthirsty desires. He went missing after going to Gacy’s to pick up a paycheck, and his remains were later found underneath the concrete floor of his garage.  

Darrell Sampson (April 6, 1976)

In March 1976, Gacy’s divorce from his second wife, Carole Hoff, was finalized. With the house all to himself, his murderous impulses were unchecked. Sampson, 18, was the first victim of this two year blood-run. His body was later found buried underneath the dining room of Gacy’s house.

Randall Reffett (May 14, 1976)

Reffett, 15, was last seen walking home from school. His body was later found in Gacy’s crawl space, dead from asphyxiation.

Sam Stapleton (May 14, 1976)

Gacy’s second victim in a single day, Sam Stapleton was just 14 when he disappeared on the way home from his sister’s apartment. He was buried with Randall Reffett in Gacy’s crawl space.

Michael Bonnin (June 3, 1976)

Bonnin, 17, was found buried in the crawl space with the ligature that was used to strangle him still around his neck.

William Carroll (June 13, 1976)

Known to his friends as “Billy,” the 16-year-old was found buried in Gacy’s crawl space.

Unidentified Victim (Summer 1976)

It’s assumed this victim was murdered between June and August 1976 due to his burial location in the crawl space. He was a white male between 23 and 30 years of age, who was missing his top two front teeth and wore a removable denture. 

James Haakenson (August 5, 1976)

Long one of Gacy’s unknown victims, 16-year-old “Jimmy” Haakenson was identified in July 2017 thanks to DNA evidence. He had run away from his home in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the summer of 1976, but called them on August 5 of that year to tell them he was in Chicago. It was the last they would ever hear from him.

Rick Johnston (August 6, 1976)

Johnston, 17, was last seen going to a rock concert at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. Afterwards, he was supposed to call his mother for a ride home, but she never heard from him. His dead body was found in a stack with Haakenson and another unidentified victim.

Unidentified Victim (Summer or fall 1976)

This unknown victim was between 18 to 22 years old and had dental problems at the time of his death.

Unidentified Victim (Summer or fall 1976)

this unidentified white male was between 15 to 24 years old at the time of his death.

Kenneth Parker and Michael Marino (October 25, 1976)

Friends Parker, 16, and Marino, 14, were last seen hanging out together on Chicago’s North Side, and they were reported missing by their parents the following day. They were strangled and buried together and later identified by their dental records. In 2014, Sherry Marino, Michael’s mother, had both bodies exhumed and claims DNA tests show that the remains given to her are not her sons, who she believes is still alive. Meanwhile, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and medical examiner stand by their findings.   

William Bundy (October 26, 1976)

Bundy, 19, occasionally worked for PDM Contractors and went missing one night after telling his family he was going to a party. Though his family had always suspected he was one of the victims found in Gacy’s crawl space, his remains weren’t identified until 2011 when his surviving siblings provided DNA samples to police.

Gregory Godzik (December 12, 1976)

Godzick, 17, had only worked for PDM for a short time before he went missing after dropping a girl off from a date. His wallet was found during a search of Gacy’s home, and it was later confirmed that his remains were among those found in the crawl space.  

John Szyc (January 20, 1977)

Known as “Johnny” to his friends and family, the 19-year-old was another PDM employee who went missing and whose remains were later found in the crawl space.   

Unidentified Victim (Winter 1977)

This unknown white male was between 22 to 33 years of age and was found in possession of a key fob with the name “Greg” on it.

Jon Prestidge (March 15, 1977)

Michigan native Prestidge was visiting friends in Chicago when he had the misfortune of crossing paths with Gacy. The 20-year-old's body was later found in the crawl space.  

Unidentified Victim (Spring or summer 1977)

At some point before his death, this unknown white male had his left clavicle broken and was between 17 and 21 years old.

Matthew Bowman (July 5, 1977)

Bowman, 19, was found in Gacy’s crawl space with the rope used to strangle him still wrapped around his neck.

Robert Gilroy (September 15, 1977) 

Gilroy, 18, was the son of a sergeant on the Chicago Police Department, who lived four blocks away from Gacy at the time of his disappearance.  

John Mowery (September 25, 1977)

Mowery was a 19-year-old US Marine who was studying to become an accountant. According to CBS Chicago, he had gone to Gacy’s house to inquire about work and never returned.  

Russell Nelson (October 17, 1977)

A 22-year-old University of Minnesota architecture student, Nelson traveled to Chicago with a friend, and he was last seen at a dance club when he went missing. His remains were later found in the crawl space.

Robert Winch (November 10, 1977)

Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Winch was just 16 years old when he was murdered. His remains were later found in the crawl space.

Tommy Boling (November 18, 1977)

A 20-year-old father of one, Boling was found in Gacy’s crawl space, dead from strangulation.

David Talsma (December 9, 1977)

Like John Mowery, Talsma was a 19-year-old US Marine. He was identified on what would have been his 21st birthday.

William Kindred (February 16, 1978)

Kindred was 19 years old and was the last of Gacy’s victims buried in the crawl space beneath his house.

Timothy O'Rourke (June 1978)

Only 20 years old at the time of his death, O’Rourke was the first of four victims Gacy dumped from a bridge into Illinois’ Des Plains River, after his crawl space had become too crowded with dead bodies.

Frank Landingin (November 4, 1978)

Landingin’s body was discovered in the Des Plaines River. The Washington Post reported a pair of underwear had been stuffed in the 19-year-old's mouth, and investigators determined he had died from strangulation, not drowning.

James Mazzara (November 24, 1978)

Mazzara was 20 years old when he went missing on Thanksgiving Day 1978. He was later found in the Des Plaines River, and evidence found in Gacy’s home tied him to the crime, according to The New York Times.

Robert Piest (December 11, 1978)

Gacy’s final victim was 15-year-old Robert Piest. Prior to his disappearance, he had been seen in the pharmacy where he worked talking to Gacy about a summer job at PDM. Police began investigating Gacy after learning about his history of sexual abuse, leading to the search of his home and the discovery of 29 of his 33 victims. Piest, however, was not among those found. His body was eventually pulled from the Illinois River on April 9, 1979.

Thank you to Oxygen.com for the great list. 

Well, That is a lot of names. Simply Horrifying. That is what we have for you today at Halloween Haunts 365.com. Where Every Day Is Haunt Season! 


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

True Horror: Richard Ramirez "The Night Stalker"

 

Welcome back to another episode of HH365! Today we continue our True Horror segment. Today we tackle "The Night Stalker" Richard Ramirez. Netflix put out on hell of a Documentary about Richard Ramirez recently and we recommend you watch it. Do not be surprised if you finish all of the episodes in one sitting as it really grabs you. Let us get to "The Night Stalker" and the lives that he changed. 

Richard Ramirez, byname Night Stalker, (born February 29, 1960, El Paso, Texas, U.S.—died June 7, 2013, Greenbrae, California), American serial killer, rapist, and burglar who murdered at least 13 people in California in 1984–85. He was convicted and sentenced to death but died while in prison.

Ramirez grew up in El Paso, Texas, the youngest of five children born to Mexican immigrants. According to reports, when he was 12 years old, a cousin who was a Vietnam War veteran showed him pictures of Vietnamese women he had allegedly raped, tortured, and killed. The following year Ramirez was a witness to his cousin’s fatal shooting of his wife. Around this time, Ramirez began breaking into homes. After dropping out of high school, he moved to Los Angeles. He continued to commit crimes and was briefly imprisoned for stealing a car.

In June 1984 Ramirez committed his first known murder, raping and stabbing a 79-year-old widow. (In 2009 he was implicated in the April 1984 murder of a nine-year-old girl after his DNA was determined to be at the crime scene; however, Ramirez was not charged with the crime.) He then apparently waited some eight months before resuming his killings. Most of the deaths occurred in the Los Angeles area and took place during home invasions. Ramirez’s victims—some of whom survived—were often sexually assaulted and beaten, and Satanic symbols were found at many of the crime scenes. The “Night Stalker,” as the killer became known, created a panic that saw a surge in gun sales. Eventually a fingerprint was discovered that led to Ramirez’s identification. On August 30, 1985—six days after his last known murder—Ramirez’s name and photograph were released to the public, and the following day a man in East Los Angeles saw him and notified police. A chase ensued, and as Ramirez tried to steal a car, he was surrounded by a crowd and beaten until police arrived.

A self-described Satanist, Ramirez made various references to Satan during his legal proceedings; he notably drew a pentagram on his palm. His trial began in early 1989, and in September he was convicted of 13 murders and a variety of other crimes. Nearly two months later he was sentenced to death, with the judge stating that his crimes showed “cruelty, callousness and viciousness beyond any human understanding.” Ramirez never expressed remorse, and, after receiving his sentence, he stated, “Big deal. Death always went with the territory.” He was believed to have committed other murders and rapes but was never charged for any additional crimes. While on death row at San Quentin State Prison, Ramirez was diagnosed with cancer. He died in 2013.

Thank you to Brittanica.com for that look into this Horrible Demon. Let us hear from his Victims by posting their Identity so if one person can remember the name of one victim then it is worth the post. Again, there is no Glorifying here. These are Horrors and Atrocities that need to be remembered for the Hundreds of Thousands of people touched by people like this. 

Jennie Vincow – The 79-year-old was killed by Ramirez on 27 June, 1984, when he also burgled her home in Glassell Park LA.

Dale Okazasi – On 17 March, 1985, Ramirez shot and killed 34-year-old Okazasi at her home in Rosemead, California, after also attacking her housemate Maria Hernandez, 20, who survived.

Tsai-Lian “Veronica” Yu – On the same day (March 17, 1985) as the murder in Rosemead, Yu, 30, was dragged from her car and killed.

Vincent Zazzara – On 27 March, 1985, Ramirez broke into the home of Vincent Zazzara, 64 and killed him while he slept.

Maxine Zazzara – The 44-year-old was killed as part of the same attack as her husband Vincent Zazzara on 27 March, 1985.

William Doi – Ramirez broke into the home of Doi, 65, in Monterey Park on 14 May 1985 where he fatally shot him.

Mable “Ma” Bell – The 84-year-old died after Ramirez attacked her at her home in Monrovia, California, on 29 June, 1985.

Mary Louise Cannon – The 77-year-old widow was killed at her home in Arcadia, California, on 2 July 1985.

Joyce Lucille Nelson -The 61-year-old was beaten to death on 7 July, 1985, by Ramirez, who also burgled her home in Monterey Park.

Max Kneiding – The 68-year-old was attacked with a machete, shot and killed by Ramirez on 20 July, 1985.

Lela Kneiding – The 66-year-old wife of Max Kneiding was also killed on the same day (20 July, 1985) after Ramirez broke into the couple’s home in Glendale, California, which he also robbed.

Chainarong Khovananth – The 32-year-old was shot and killed while asleep in his home in Sun Valley in 20 July, 1985.

Elyas Abowath – Ramirez shot and killed the 31-year-old on 8 August, 1985 in Diamond Bar, California, during a burglary of the family home.

List was courtesy of Inews.com.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

NEW SEGMENT: HAUNT SPOTLIGHT: FIELD OF SCREAMS!

 

Welcome back to another new segment of HH365! Haunt Spotlight. We wanted to take sometime during the Off-Season to show our appreciation to all of the Haunted Attractions we can. We figure why not give an overall review of the last five years of us working with Haunts with Reviews and helping to get the word of mouth going further. Our First Stop on The Haunt Spotlight, one of our favorite's, Field of Screams.

Field of Screams is one of the couple Haunts that is on my mind constantly throughout the year. It is our kickoff show as it is one of the earliest to open. Every year we like to pester the Ownership team about this time of year about what is new and what they have for us the upcoming year and I always get the same hysterical generic answer: We are always working on all our Attractions in the offseason, We look forward to seeing you guys! Haha. Year after year, we get that response and we look forward to it. 

FOS kicks off their opening weekend with a VIP event that Saturday night were they invite the media in to check out that years show. It is a weekend I look forward to all year once I get into the car to leave. 

FOS is easily one of the Best Haunted Attractions Ever. From Movie Quality set ups to some of the most skilled Actors in the business. FOS works hard all year long to present one of the World's best Fall Show. There is very little derogatory things you can speak about this Haunt. Even during a Pandemic, Field of Screams found a way to make distance scaring a thing. We still enjoyed the hell out of our night during that 2020 season. 

FOS is a fully immersive experience. Even if Haunt's are not exactly your thing and you are more into family night outs. FOS delivers with food aplenty and games galore. You do not even have to enter a walk through to have fun at FOS. From Escape Rooms, Carnival games and the Atmosphere, Field of Screams delivers everywhere. 

When you do face the fear and enter a walk through or the Hayride, get ready to have your head blown. I fell in love with this place at first sight. During the day, with no machines or effects operating. It is the detail. Detail is very important to the team at FOS. And they strive every year to add to it. 

We want to thank everyone involved at Field of Screams. The friendships we have built has helped grow this site and we Thank you all so very much. FOS will always hold a special place in my Heart and I will always look forward to that weekend in Mid-September. 

That is all we have for you today at HH365! Where Every Day Is Haunt Season!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Haunt History: Castle Dracula Wildwood NJ

 

Welcome back to another edition of Halloween Haunts 365.com. Today we go back into the past and dig up a relic of the Jersey Shore and the Haunted Attraction Community. Castle Dracula. We have covered other historic Haunts such as the ill-fated Brigantine Castle and the Horrible past of Six Flags Haunted Castle. Let us continue with another New Jersey staple with a sad ending. The picture was not us and we take zero credit for it even though we wish we could go and shoot it for you. 

In my favorite Shore Town Wildwood, NJ stood an epic representation of the past and doors to the future. Castle Dracula or Dracula's Castle as some called it was a walk through dark ride on the Wildwood boardwalk. The Nickles Family built Castle Dracula in 1977. It was a combination of walk through and Dark boat ride. It was built on top of a pre existing old mill ride which was constructed in 1919. This ride became the Dungeon Boat Ride and the top level became Castle Dracula. Although the Castle was two stories tall, only the bottom half was used for the Attraction. The above level was used for storage and maybe one day to expand the Haunt. 

Unfortunately, Castle Dracula met its drastic death on January 16th 2002. The Nickles had planned on rebuilding the majestic Castle but from what we can see there were a ton of obstacles in their way with permits and so on. Sadly, Castle Dracula is gone forever. 

The cause of the fire was Arson. It was claimed to be an accident as the two charged were Teenagers who broke in to the Attraction and used rags and aerosol cans to try and see around the Attraction. The building went up and the 5 Alarm fire started. It took out the building and part of the boardwalk. 

All that stands there now are a bunch of little huts housing Retail and food. Directly across is Mariner's Landing also known as Morey's Pier since they own all three piers now. Another sad tale from New Jersey and Haunted Attractions. 

That is all we have for you today at HH365! Where Every Day Is Haunt Season!   


Friday, March 19, 2021

FUN FACTS FRIDAY: HALLOWEEN RESURRECTION

 

Welcome back to another edition of Halloween Haunts 365.com. Today we take a comical look at a terrible movie but a movie apart of a Franchise so we must do some Fun facts about it! Halloween Resurrection. We can go on and on for years about the problems with this movie so we are just going to hop right into some entertaining facts about it! Lets go!

1.Was first named "Halloween: The Homecoming", but producers wanted a title that said Michael Myers is alive so in February 2002, the film was officially named Halloween: Resurrection (2002).

2. John Carpenter has stated that the movie made him cringe.

3. Several new endings were written during production and the cast was never sure how the film was actually going to end. Four different endings were filmed, and the director wanted the studio to ship a different ending to each theater, a technique used before during the theatrical release of Clue (1985). However, the studio disagreed and the endings now appear on the DVD and Blu-ray.

4. Bianca Kajlich cannot scream and her screams had to be dubbed in post production.

5. Actors Brent Chapman and Kyle Labine, who have small roles in this movie, went on to appear in Freddy vs. Jason (2003). This makes them the only two people to be in a Michael, Jason, and Freddy film.

6. The name of the psychology professor at Haddonfield University is Dr. Mixter. This was also the name of the doctor in Halloween II (1981) that treated Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and was killed by Michael Myers with a needle in the eye.

7.  Sara says that Michael's knife would be in an evidence room locker, in the beginning of Bride of Chucky (1998), Michael's mask is shown in an evidence room locker.

8. Freddie Harris' surname is an homage to Danielle Harris, who played Michael Myers' niece, Jamie Lloyd, in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989). 

9. The only one movie to establish Michael Myers' birth date: October 19, 1957.

10. Michael's use of a spiked leg of a tripod as a weapon is an homage to Michael Powell's Peeping Tom (1960).

Well. Thank you to the internet for some interesting facts about what some call a ridiculous Movie. Well, We move onto Rob Zombie's Halloween and I cannot wait! 

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