The Dark Horde – 25: National Ghost Hunting Day, Bigfoot Hunter Shot Human, and The Poltergeist Film Curse

Manny/ September 26, 2020/ From Manny

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EXPLORE THE SPOOKY SPOTS IN PASADENA ON NATIONAL GHOST HUNTING DAY
Link: https://www.pasadenanow.com/weekendr/explore-the-spooky-spots-in-pasadena-on-national-ghost-hunting-day/

The Tale of the Don Juan Dentist is a much-talked about story of a Pasadena dentist, a Russian-born lover of music and the arts and of women. The dentist was said to have been murdered under mysterious circumstances around 1933. His body, shot multiple times, was found near the Sphinxes that guard the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena, according to news reports published at that time. His death remains to be a mystery even today.

National Ghost Hunting Day: https://www.pasadenanow.com/weekendr/explore-the-spooky-spots-in-pasadena-on-national-ghost-hunting-day/
For centuries, seeking out mysteries, exploring the unknown, and satisfying mystical curiosities have been part of our human code. This sentiment has led to a growing American phenomenon … Ghost Hunting. Also known as paranormal investigating, ghost hunting embraces history while breaking open the supernatural and seeking to solve the mystery of the unknown.

Established in July 2016, National Ghost Hunting Day™ recognizes and celebrates the novice, curious and expert execution of ghost hunting methods. As an official listing on the National Day Calendar, it is held on the last Saturday of each September. This date was chosen by design, commencing the start of each new Halloween season. Its noble intention is to globally promote the most haunted properties in the world while recognizing the work of paranormal investigators dedicated to these iconic locations!

Bigfoot hunter arrested for attempted murder
Link: https://www.alexcityoutlook.com/news/bigfoot-hunter-arrested-for-attempted-murder/article_402dabf6-f397-11ea-91cf-3390c7b1be5b.html

Gwendolyn Michelle Jones, 39, is in the Shelby County Jail after firing a weapon at a sleeping male in a Shelby County home on Sept. 2.

“Jones shot a Ruger LCP .380 handgun multiple times at (a victim) while he was sleeping,” court records state. “Once the victim awoke he witnessed Jones standing across the room holding the pistol. She then fired additional rounds while standing in the hallway.”

The Outlook reported last month about Jones affiliation with Bigfoot Research as the southeast regional coordinator. In a video of Jones recorded by The Outlook, Jones said she was helping conduct a search for Sasquatch in a portion of the Talladega National Forest. She stated she was in the military and law enforcement for 15 years. Jones also told The Outlook she had discovered adult male and female Sasquatch in the area along with juveniles and that she left food weekly for the creatures.

Jones was searching for others across the Southeast who have credible sightings of Sasquatch.

Jones has been charged with attempted murder, a Class A felony; attempted first-degree domestic violence, a Class B felony and first-degree criminal trespassing, a Class A misdemeanor.

According to the Shelby County Jail website Jones has a $81,000 bond available to her.

The tragic real-life story of the Poltergeist cast
Link: https://www.looper.com/224331/the-tragic-real-life-story-of-the-poltergeist-cast/?utm_campaign=clip

Dominique Dunne – Dana Freeling
Perhaps one of the most grisly and tragic deaths was that of 22-year-old actress Dominique Dunne, who played the eldest sister in the first film, Dana Freeling. Her character was mentioned in Poltergeist II as being off to college, but the reality was, any ideas screenwriters might have had for her character in the sequel had to be scrapped entirely due to Dunne’s untimely death just months after the original movie was released.

On the evening of October 30, 1982, Dunne was brutally strangled by an aggravated ex-boyfriend. The assailant, identified as sous chef John Sweeney, showed up at her West Hollywood home in hopes of repairing their relationship and moving back in with her. An argument erupted on Dunne’s driveway, where the deadly attack took place. When police arrived at the scene, Sweeney was quoted as saying “I’ve killed my girlfriend!”

At the time, Dunne was still alive; she was rushed to Cedar’s-Sinai Medical Center, where she remained in a coma for five days and never regained consciousness. On November 4, 1982, just three weeks before what would have been her 23rd birthday, she was removed from life support and pronounced dead.

Julian Beck – Kane, the malevolent preacher in the 1986 movie Poltergeist II

Unlike Dominique Dunne’s shocking murder, Beck passed away after a long battle with stomach cancer, something he had been diagnosed with in 1983. So while his death is certainly unfortunate, it also definitely wasn’t out of left field. Beck was dying of stomach cancer during the production and the entire crew was well aware of his diagnosis. Some believe it even influenced his chilling final performance in a film.

Heather O’Rourke – Carol Ann

The most well-known death that sparked and fuels the “Poltergeist curse” fire to this day was the shocking loss of Heather O’ Rourke, who played Carol Ann — the young, angelic face of the entire franchise. During production of Poltergeist III in 1987, O’Rourke was undergoing treatment for Crohn’s disease, which would turn out to be a misdiagnosis.

Fast forward to January of 1988, when O’Rourke became severely ill and her health started deteriorating at an alarming rate. On February 1, 1988, she was rushed to the hospital, where she ultimately died due to septic shock caused by undetected intestinal blockage. This blockage ruptured and the toxins released in her body proved to be too much. During an operation the 12-year-old O’Rourke was undergoing the same day of her death, it was also revealed that she did not have Crohn’s disease, but an acute bowel obstruction due to a congenital stenosis — something that could’ve been surgically corrected had it been detected sooner.

Released in June 1988, the film marked O’Rourke’s final feature, as she died four months before its release at the age of 12. Her death resulted in marketing complications for the film’s studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who did not want to exploit the tragedy.

If there is a Poltergeist curse, what caused it? One widely-discussed theory is the fact that real skeletons were used by the effects crew in the first two movies, most notably in the muddy swimming pool scene from the original with Diane Freeling, played by JoBeth Williams. Desecration of human remains plays a big role in the first film as the probable cause of the Freelings’ pesky poltergeist problem.

Movies
Poltergeist in 1982
Poltergeist II: The Other Side
Poltergeist III in 1988

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