There has to be rules…

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I just made a video about what I think the reason for passive mob mentality is, and using the backdrop of the apocalypse because it is just so good for putting  things into frame.

Basically what I was talking about was how scary people in groups who blindly follow for which ever reason is. And that I think these followers could be any of us really. We might think we are the heroes, but what if we are not? Odds are that we aren’t. If you like me got children to protect for instance, I don’t think you’d make a horrible ruckus of yourself, you just swim down stream and hope for the best, all to protect your family.

I did talk about Maslows pyramid, which in short terms is about human needs – Actually I see the pyramid more like a staircase, but it is a pyramid. So like the food pyramid what we need the most of us the largest portion, and the bottom portion. This largest part is the physiological aspect, meaning that it’s crucial to your survival. Second there is safety/security which I read more like I have a weapon to defend myself, I have food so I won’t starve. Lastly (for the steps I find basic in the pyramid) is social interaction/love.

Social interaction is not crucial, but I think that people would automatically look for others to join, be it a small community with a wall that would cover the two other steps as well, or just for the sole reason of acknowledgement. Humans thrive on acknowledgement, it’s important to every single one of us in terms of mental health.

And really what would you be ready to do in order to fit into a group if it was life or death? Or at least you thought it was?

The whole topic makes me think of the lord of the flies, if you have not read it – you should! I remember reading that book as a teenager and it really changed a lot for me, because just as much as you were rooting for some of the characters, you found yourself understanding the dystopian outlook – it just seemed so cruel and wrong, but in reality the kids on the island did nothing that adults wouldn’t do. Actually they did what they thought adults would do.

Food for thought really.

Backmasking for Satan

 

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I’m sure you all know the urban legend about Gloomy Sunday, but just in case it’s a story about this song made by the composer Rezső Seress and released in 1933.  Some pages say that the track was originally named Vége a világnak (The world is ending), but I don’t know if that is true or not. The urban legend is pretty simple, it just says that everyone who listens to this song commits suicide.

Radios around the world actually banned the song for a while.

Personally I’d say that the reason people committed suicide in droves was more likely because of the great depression that hit the western world in those days.

Anyway I really like the idea behind the urban legend, I have heard several versions as to why this song should be so depressing, one being that  Rezső Seress had been in an concentration camp and the lyrics were born of the sorrow of all those dead people. Only one problem there, it’s recorded in 1933, which means it’s probably written up to a year before that – and 1933 was the year Hitler became chancellor of Germany. The first concentration camp, Dachau, was built in 1933. The others were built from there till roughly  1939. So all in all that theory is pretty easy to debunk… but then what?!

The composer himself committed suicide by jumping off a building in Budapest, in 1968, and he never made another hit song besides Gloomy Sunday. Some pages say 17 some say 19  suicides is linked to the song, hard to prove though.

We can’t talk about killer music without mentioning the Lavender Town Syndrome, and that urban legend in short is about the original release of Pokemon red and green. Once the player reached a specific place in the game known as Lavender Town (everything is purple) the music played were said to drive people to insanity and death. The urban legend says that over 200 kids committed suicide after playing. The company later changed the music in Lavender Town, but it’s said that first edition Asian cassettes might still have the song as it was originally.

I’m sure you see where I’m going with this right? Everyone who is my generation will know of James Vance and the whole Judas Priest subliminal message court trial. So what makes these stories so creepy is the fact that it IS possible to hide messages, backmasking it’s called, it’s basically something that was born out of the era of Satanic panic, but hey – it can be done.

And with electronic music like the story of Lavender Town it’s easy to make a hidden pitch that will make the listener uncomfortable, because your brain hears so much more than you think you hear. I’m no tekkie, but I know that it’s possible to manipulate moods in people with specific combinations of sounds. I play the guitar and I remember my dad taught me that there is a reason songs played in minor will always sound more melancholy. So even something so “practical” as a folkish tune will manipulate you – on a minor scale of course, but my point is that it’s definitely real that specific tunes on the spectre speaks to specific human emotions and we don’t know why.

If I were to go into all the stories about visual backmasking or subliminal images I’d write you a 17 pages long entry,  but think about it, if the brain is able to “see” an image that is presented so quickly that your conscious brain doesn’t see it. Who’s to say that it cannot be done with music. To some extend it’s done with I-dosing, and if you don’t know what that is, it’s “music” composed with that exact purpose, to make the listener hallucinate. Can’t claim I understand the geek stuff behind it, but it’s designed to hit some specific brainwaves with the listener.

So who is to say that it’s not what went on with Gloomy Sunday? That there was a specific combination of tones that speaks to something subconscious?

Creepypasta I-Doser //  Wiki on I-Dosing // Wiki list of backmasked songs //  Rolling Stones magazine: James Vance vs Judas Priest // Creepypasta Lavender Town Syndrome // Historical Mysteries on Gloomy Sunday // Wiki on Subliminal Stimuli //

 

Did you know..

That Denmark had a serial killer once? And to the best of my knowledge we have only had this one who would classify as a serial killer.

Her name was Dagmar Johanne Amalie Overbye. (nicknamed the Angelmaker) And from 1913 to 1920 she killed somewhere between 8 to 25 kids, they couldn’t prove all of them you see. (Yes i know wiki says 9, but it is 8.)

She had 4 kids of her own, she smothered one of them before they turned 1. Left another out somewhere, and the youngest died of heart failure. The oldest survived his mother, and was shipped off to a state home when his mother was convicted.

Dagmar moved to Copenhagen in 1916, and made a living in caring for children born outside marriage, officially she would find “loving families” in Copenhagen for these children, but in reality, these children only survived a matter of hours in Dagmar’s care. She would smother them, or drown them, and then stuff them in the family masonry heater.

To her this was the perfect goldcalf, because people would pay good money to get rid of children born outside marriage, because abortions were illegal and very dangerous. And to keep a child born outside marriage would cause the poor mother an inevitable social deroute of poverty and shame. So to hand your kid off in anonymity seemed like a good thing to do. And Dagmar the business woman that she was, would even send off letters to the unhappy mothers, telling them how their child found a loving, wonderful family.

Now there was no such thing as an adoption law back then, and so even if it was not exactly a honourable to help people with their “unwanted” children, then it was not illegal, and so neither was it illegal to print advertisement in newspapers with this service. Dagmar demanded 300 DKk (£35) per child. And the Police intel found that she had made a little over 1.200 DKk (£140) a year on her little murder-factory.

And then Karoline Aagesen happened.

In 1920 Karoline lived with her parents, and her two weeks old daughter Sarah. She had no job and Sarah’s father was a waiter, and didn’t think he could provide for the family so therefore he gave Karoline money to adopt the child away. I realise it seems backwards, but yes! Back then you paid people to take your child off you, not the other way around. Karoline saw Dagmar’s advertisement in the newspaper and decided to go see this Overbye woman.

Karoline loved her daughter dearly and was in utter torment when she walked to stairs to Dagmar’s apartment. None of the unhappy mothers was ever allowed inside Dagmar’s apartment though, she would receive the child and the money in the door to the hall.

For the remains of the day, and the entire night, Karoline twisted and turned, wondering if she had done the right thing. And came to the conclusion that she couldn’t live with giving away her beloved daughter. She wanted Sarah back, even if it would cost her money! So she went to see Dagmar Overbye again, and this time, the smiling motherly woman she had met the day before when she took the baby, was gone. Instead Karoline met a wall of anger, and there was absolutely no way that Karoline could get her child back, and then Dagmar slammed the door in Karoline’s face. But Karoline refused to leave, she waited on the stairs till Dagmar had to come outside. Then Dagmar told her that she had given Sarah to a prostitute, but Karoline didn’t believe that story at all.

So Karoline went to the police, and two officers came with her back to Dagmar Overbye’s apartment. There they found little Sarah’s clothes neatly stacked, and when Dagmar still couldn’t come up with a plausible reason for the childs disappearance, she was arrested. At the station she would come with some very fantastic stories, all of them so crazy that the police in the end, decided to go take a look at her apartment. There they found remains of baby bones in her masonry heater. And then she finally confessed.

She said that when a mother had handed off her child to her, she would carefully undress it in the kitchen, so she could sell the clothes in a close by children’s clothing store. And then she would kill the child, either by smothering it, or drowning it. The smallest ones she would then burn in the heater to get rid of the body. I know there is stories going around on the internet that she would burn the children alive, that is just for shock value, and not true. Not that i think this story needs to be more shocking than it already is.

The police couldn’t figure out what her motive could be, apart from greed. And all in all Dagmar would admit to 16 child murders.

The first one was shortly after she had arrived to Copenhagen, and she had looked after a kid named Harry. A part of her job had been taking the child out on walks in the park, and one day she had been fed up with Harry’s crying, and so she had choked him and tossed the little body on the city dump. To Harry’s parents she had said that she had been attacked by two men whom had taken the child. And even if she couldn’t offer a very good description of said men, the police just abandoned the case.

She also admitted to before she came to Copenhagen, “setting her child out” As it was called back then, this would be basically just leaving the child in a forest or somewhere unpopulated, letting the elements and wildlife do the rest.

All in all she was tried and found guilty on 8 accounts of murder. But this case had much bigger consequences. It was no longer possible for the Danish population to ignore the fact that a lot of the children born outside marriage, mysteriously disappeared, and their mothers were left to a miserable existence. So Dagmar’s case meant that there was build “mother-housing” for the young mothers, and that there was made a law about supervision in regards to adoption and foster parents.

Dagmar herself did get the death penalty, but since we didn’t really have capital punishment, then it was transformed into life in prison, and when they said that, back then. It meant LIFE in prison (not just 16 years as now). She died in 1929, 42 years old, after serving the last years of her life in a maximum security mental ward for the criminally insane.