Categories
Weird and Strange History

The Tammy Lynn Leppert Mystery

The Tammy Lynn Leppert Mystery

1983 looked like a promising year for model and actress Tammy Lynn Leppert. She was only seventeen years old at the time, but already by then, she’d won over 280 beauty pageants, started a professional modeling career and had broken into the film industry. Her first big break happened just the year before when she had a role in the teen exploitation movie: “Spring Break.” This is where The Tammy Lynn Mystery begins.

Tammy’s mother would describe her as an exceptionally beautiful child who “woke up with a smile on her face and went to bed with a smile on her face”, as someone who could light up the room when she walked in and on the surface, these may just look like the words of a loving parent, but Tammy’s mother was also something else.

Linda Curtis was Tammy’s agent and the one who worked tirelessly to help her daughter succeed and she was also the main force behind the busy schedule that was Tammy’s life. She would run Tammy from pageants to rehearsals to casting interviews, but things at home weren’t always picture-perfect. When Tammy was seven, her parents divorced and she would move out with Linda to set up their own home where they would continue with Tammy’s busy schedule.

And it was during this period that Tammy gained a sibling. She already had a sister, but it was during this time that she got a brother too. Wing Flannagan was eleven years old when he moved in with Tammy and Linda. He was also one of Linda’s clients and it didn’t take either of them long to start acting like siblings, and it was in this patchwork-family that the children grew up.

Wing remembers how Tammy would kiss him on the cheek whenever she was on the way out and he hated it. She would leave a patch of lipstick on his cheek and he would get embarrassed, but over time, he grew to love it and wear it as a badge of honour.

And he was proud again when Tammy went to Florida to play her role in Spring Break, but he, just like the rest of the family noticed a huge shift in Tammy’s behavior when she came back. After filming had finished up, Tammy went on her own to a staff party and something happened on that trip that would forever change her.

When she came home, it was like she had shut down. She was always worried and would watch the street through the windows. Then she started not eating any food or drinking anything that didn’t come in an unopened package, and then she started talking about things that would just leave her family chilled. One day when Wing answered the phone, Tammy told him to tell whoever was calling that she wasn’t there. Wing didn’t know what to do, but when the caller, a man Wing didn’t know or recognize, asked for Tammy, Wing told him that she was out of town.

That seemed to put Tammy a little more at ease, but when Wing hung up the phone and asked her what was going on, she told him that she had seen something awful and she wasn’t supposed to see it. Wing tried to get more out of her, but Tammy wouldn’t say anything else about it, and it wasn’t long after that that she asked her mother, Linda, what she would say if Tammy told her that someone was trying to kill her.

Linda didn’t know how to answer that and instead asked Tammy what was going on and what had happened, but Tammy told her mother the same thing. She said that she had witnessed something that she shouldn’t have and “they” would kill her if she ever talked about it.

Then Tammy started spending more and more time in her room, sometimes not coming out for days at a time and at one point, she called Wing over to the window. She told him to look across the street and tell her what he saw and he saw that the neighbors had a new van so that was what he told her. At first, Tammy only said, “Exactly,” but when Wing asked her why it was so important, Tammy told him that the van had mirrored windows which meant that the people inside could see out but the people on the outside couldn’t look in, and then she went on to explain that that was where “they” were watching her from.

This kind of behavior went on for two weeks, but when Tammy was offered a small role in the Al Pacino film, “Scarface”, she made her way to Miami to the film set. Things went well enough at first, but then came the day when they were shooting a scene with a lot of blood and Tammy went ballistic. She started hysterically crying and no one could calm her down and eventually they had to call the family friend that she was staying with to come and pick her up.

When he got to her trailer, she was still crying and saying things about money laundering and how “they” were going to kill her and she didn’t know where to hide. He didn’t know what to do with her either, so he called Linda to come and pick Tammy up and told Linda that he should get Tammy to a hospital and to make sure that she talked to the police so they could look into what she was saying.

Linda did take Tammy home and she did take her to their local sheriff station, but when Tammy was there, she never once told law enforcement that her life was in danger or even that she thought it was, so they sent her home.

But Tammy’s behavior only got worse. She then started only eating from other people’s plates to make sure that her food wasn’t poisoned and she sometimes asked Wing to taste her food to make sure that it was safe.

But she had her good days. Her family remembers times when she was almost herself again and they held onto that hope that she would come around and deal with whatever it was that was going on, but one day, Tammy just snapped.

Wing was on the couch reading a book and she accused him of looking at her. When he said that he wasn’t and asked her what was going on, she blew up, yelling at him and running outside of the house. She only made it a few steps out onto the porch before it all got too much and she turned around and tried to get back in, but the wind had blown the door shut and she was locked out. She started screaming, banging on the door and yelling at everyone inside to let her back in, but then she grabbed a baseball bat and started smashing in the windows.

Wing opened the door for her and tried to calm her down, but then she pounced on him, pinning him down on the floor and attacking him with her hands and screaming at him. She accused him of locking her outside of the house, but at that point, Linda had made it out there and she tried to get Tammy off of Wing. She kept telling Tammy how much she loved her and saying things like: “It’s your mother. It’s me, Tammy, I love you,” and eventually, Tammy came around.

It was after that that Linda checked Tammy into a mental hospital. She was afraid of what would happen if Tammy lost it again and she was either not around to help her or that maybe the next time Tammy just wouldn’t listen to her. Tammy stayed at the hospital for 72 hours while doctors ran tests and observed her behavior, but they didn’t diagnose her with anything or find any evidence of drug or alcohol abuse and Tammy was sent home.

As soon as she got back, Tammy told Linda that “he” was still going to try to kill her and that Linda had to promise to get him back when he did.

A friend picked Tammy up the next day and she would tell him that she had seen something that she wasn’t supposed to and they would both go together to church so that she could pray. While she was there, Tammy kept uncontrollably crying and then she told her friend that she loved him and she may be going away for a while.

The next day, she woke up and made plans to go to the beach with another friend and he picked her up around 11:00. Linda remembered getting incredibly nervous as she watched Tammy get into her friend’s car, but she bit it back and tried to be happy that Tammy was out and about and trying to be her normal self, but this was the last time that Linda would actually ever see Tammy again.

Tammy’s friend, Keith Roberts, said that when they were driving towards the beach, he and Tammy started arguing. She got more and more upset and finally she asked him to just drop her off somewhere. He dropped her off in a parking lot around five miles away from her home and then that was the last he saw of her. Tammy tried to call her aunt’s shop, which was very close to where Tammy was dropped off, and she left three messages, but her aunt was on vacation and didn’t see them until she got back. Then Tammy tried to call a friend who also couldn’t answer the phone, and then Tammy just disappeared.

The police would question everyone, including Keith Roberts, but eventually the case went cold. Everyone pointed the finger at someone else. Tammy’s friends said that Tammy had been having problems at home, that she and Linda had been arguing over her career and that Tammy had told them that she was going to get out of there as soon as she turned eighteen so she’d probably just had enough and left on her own.

But Linda said that everything was fine between them. She admitted that they had had some disputes over Tammy’s career, but nothing that would’ve warranted her running away and she pointed the finger back at Tammy’s friends, especially Keith Roberts. She said that Tammy had told her that Keith wanted to kill her and Linda suspected that Keith was the man that Tammy had been warning her about all along.

But the police didn’t believe he was a suspect.

Has Tammy Lynn Leppert ever been found?

They actually looked into several possible suspects, including a few serial killers that were active in and around the area at the time, but Tammy’s case still remains open to this day.

Some people believe that Tammy had a mental breakdown and suffered from paranoia. Her family believe that she was telling them the truth and that something happened to her because she witnessed something that she shouldn’t have. They wish that they could go back in time and believe her from the very start and that, maybe, they could’ve asked her something that would’ve been able to help her before she disappeared.

But Linda would die in 1995 without ever finding out what happened to her daughter and both Wing and Tammy’s sister, Suzanne, are still fighting for her case to be solved and are hoping for someone to come forward with the truth.

 

Categories
Videos Weird and Strange History

The Kate Yup Mukbang Mystery

The Kate Yup Mukbang Mystery

Kate Yup is a mukbang channel that went viral in 2019 for the strange behavior of a mysterious woman eating in front of the camera. She would eat huge amounts of seafood in very little time while wearing a mask. She never talked to the camera and she was incredibly thin considering the amount of food she was capable of eating, but it was not until Kate started appearing with wounds and bruises on her lips and arms, that viewers understood that there was something very dark happening behind the camera.

 

What is Mukbang?

Mukbang translates to “eating broadcast”. In South Korea, professional mukbangers can make up to $10,000 a month not including sponsorships from food and drink brands. Essentially, mukbangers get paid to eat, or rather, getting paid for people to watch them eat large quantities of food.

With Kate Yup’s strange behavior continuing, the mukbang channel grew immensely after the theories went viral. However, her last video was published November 10th, 2019.  This video is even more unsettling than the rest, because Kate loses two of her teeth during that meal. After that, the channel stopped posting videos and viewers feared the worst, but some people didn’t stop their research on Kate Yup and as of 2021, there are Youtubers who have found leads that give new information on who Kate Yup is and what could possibly be happening to her.

Kate Yup’s channel continued to post videos, her viewers started noticing more and more of her strange behaviors. Some commented on quote how aggressively she eats the food as if she hasn’t had a meal for a while. Other people were surprised by how little she cared about the aesthetics of the video she didn’t mind. Getting dirty or having food fall out of her mouth. Other viewers noticed how Kate ate faster with each video that came out as if someone was rushing her and there were more more leads to come.

That made viewers believe that Kate was being forced to appear in front of the camera in one of the videos. Kate has a very big bruise on one of her arms and a wound on her lip. This triggered many speculations from the viewers, the main one being that Kate was actually kidnapped and in a hostage situation, some people thought it was clear that she was being starved and then force-fed in front of the camera. The owner of Kate Yup’s channel, however, addressed these rumors on the channel’s community.

In one of Kate’s video descriptions said; “everything is okay for me, nobody forcing me to eat and i have any health problem. These marks on my arms are caused by the sun. Just like this wound. On my lip, usually called herpes labialis, i love what i do.” People were still not convinced, viewers identified some unsettling sounds a door creaking open whispers. Some people went as far to say that they noticed someone’s voice.

The voice allegedly said things like,  “I will kill you” “fast” or  “hurry up” . This theory was too far-fetched and they thought the sounds were just normal sounds and that the words were actually just chewing sounds, but even if they were, the situation was already weird enough and it was about to get even more serious when SOS messages started appearing on Kate’s videos. The first one of the hidden messages appears to be in morse code. One viewer noticed that Kate was tapping her fingers on the bowl in a strange pattern and he interpreted it as morse code for s-o-s. In that same video, one of the texts that appear over the screen says quote: the meat is so delicious soft and tender, and people in the comments section noted that the capitalized letters were s-o-s. There is one pinned comment in a later video on the channel in which Kate or whoever manages that account briefly addressed the rumors and said quote: it’s not morse code that isn’t even how morse code works and then added:

“There is no correlation between her tapping and morse code. I couldn’t identify a single letter.”  However the viewers thought that it was very weird that the message coming from Kate’s account was written in third person referring to her instead of I, and as if the SOS messages weren’t enough, in another one of her videos dated August 15th, 2019. The capital letters of every beginning, word of Kate’s text over the screen spell H-E-L-P. Was that an actual cry for help, or just a person trolling for views or a very strange coincidence?

After all of these red flags, people on Reddit and Youtube came up with different theories of what could possibly be happening to the woman on Kate Yup’s videos by answering some questions first, why is she wearing a mask? The obvious answer for some is that she wants to protect her identity. However, other theories claim that the woman actually has a nose deformity that she wants to hide. Was she kidnapped and someone is forcing her to eat? The kidnapping theory is one of the most believed.

However, it has some logical flaws. Why would a kidnapper allow their victim to edit their own videos? If someone was starving, Kate and then forcing her to eat huge amounts of food, it is very unlikely that they would give her any creative freedom. Some claim she an eating disorder. Is she purging the food off camera?

Some say that would explain the fact that she is so skinny, despite the huge amounts of food that she consumes, and also the fact that two of her teeth fell out of her mouth in the last video she posted. Is she trolling? This theory implies that the channel started as a regular mukbang channel, but when Kate realized how viral her content was becoming, she decided to go with it and she purposefully makes it look as if she were in danger just to get more views after that last post, where she loses two teeth. Little more was known about Kate. Until very recently, in August this year, Youtuber Toria Kinlov found things that may lead us to knowing who Kate Yup actually is and where she’s, from by doing an image search. Toria found an image of a woman called Kate Yup that took her to a Facebook profile.

The owner of the profile has some common traits of the woman in the youtube channel that may indicate that they’re the same person, her hair, color, her very thin figure and the rings she uses. Also the location linked to that facebook profile is in France, which is also the place in which Youtuber Toria Kinlove linked the brand of the waffle iron that Kate yep uses in one of her videos. So if the location of Kate Yup is France, which makes sense if we consider that in the first video on her youtube channel, the title is both in english and in French, as well as the description of the video. Sadly, there are no more leads that can indicate where exactly this woman is so people don’t know what next steps to take to make sure that Kate Yup gets the help she needs, if she actually needs it, but regardless of which (if any) one of the conspiracy theories ends up being the truth, it is safe to say that there is definitely something very dark behind this mukbanger. Whether it is a kidnapping, a force-feeding situation, a starving experiment, an eating disorder, or just a very elaborate troll is yet to be discovered.

 

.

 

 

Categories
True Crime Videos

The Black Dahlia Murder Locations

The Black Dahlia Murder Locations

The unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahila, is one of the oldest cold cases in Los Angeles and true crime history. The Black Dahlia: https://www.ghosttownpod.com/123-the-black-dahlia

The unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahila, is one of the oldest cold cases in Los Angeles and true crime history. The crime scene photos of Black Dahlia are legendary, and gruesome.

According to FBI.gov, “On the morning of January 15, 1947, a mother taking her child for a walk in a Los Angeles neighborhood stumbled upon a gruesome sight: the body of a young naked woman sliced clean in half at the waist.Let’s revisit the locations that made the Black Dahlia cold case so infamous.

The body was just a few feet from the sidewalk and posed in such a way that the mother reportedly thought it was a mannequin at first glance. Despite the extensive mutilation and cuts on the body, there wasn’t a drop of blood at the scene, indicating that the young woman had been killed elsewhere.

The ensuing investigation was led by the L.A. Police Department. The FBI was asked to help, and it quickly identified the body—just 56 minutes, in fact, after getting blurred fingerprints via “Soundphoto” (a primitive fax machine used by news services) from Los Angeles.

The young woman turned out to be a 22-year-old Hollywood hopeful named Elizabeth Short—later dubbed the “Black Dahlia” by the press for her rumored penchant for sheer black clothes and for the Blue Dahlia movie out at that time.”

 

 

Categories
Videos Weird and Strange History

The Strange Case of Mary Reeser

The Strange Case of Mary Reeser


The strange case of Mary Reeser is a mystery. Was a case of spontaneous human combustion? The Toxic Lady: https://youtu.be/8bkWVWzvCwQ

On July 1 1951, at 9pm Mary Reeser’s son, Dr. Richard Reeser Jr. had left his mother after a visit. She was alone for the night and decided to enjoy a cigarette before bed. Reeser, who was 67 would not be seen alive again. When the landlady Pansy Carpenter tried to deliver a telegram the next morning, the door to research small apartment on 1200 Cherry Street was warm at the handle and too hot to touch inside. The charred walls still crackled, firefighters burst into a certain smoke filled apartment. Mary Reeser was gone and only a pile of black ash remained.

Police found coil springs from the chair and part of Reeser’s backbone. Her left foot sat in the pile still wearing a black silk slipper. Her skull reports say had shrunk into the size of a cup. Firefighters found evidence of extreme heat, and warped electric switches line the room and lower down the walls were clean and the electric switches look normal. Reeser’s newspaper remained untouched, as well as the sheets on her bed. Mary Reeser went up in flames, without the rest of the room burning. Was is spontaneous human combustion, or another mystery?

Mary Reeser on Strange Year: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/strange-year/e/67224158?autoplay=true

Subscribe so you don’t miss a video: https://bit.ly/34FMue3

Abandoned LA Book: https://www.ghosttownpod.com/book
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/thejasonhorton
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jason_horton
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thejasonhorton

Ghost Town Podcast: http://www.ghosttownpod.com
Ghost Town YouTube: @Ghost Town Podcast
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/ghosttownpod
Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/ghosttownpod

Shot & Edited by David Prater: @David Prater

The Strange Case of Mary Reeser: https://youtu.be/2E7BnPhVuVA

 

Categories
Videos Weird and Strange History

The Toxic Lady Mystery (Gloria Ramirez)

The Toxic Lady Mystery (Gloria Ramirez)

On February 19, 1994, Gloria Ramirez was admitted to Riverside General Hospital in Riverside, CA. How it affected the staff is what made the press dub her: The Toxic Lady.

On February 19, 1994, Gloria Ramirez was admitted to Riverside General Hospital in Riverside, CA. How it affected the staff is what made the press dub her “The Toxic Lady.” What happened is not a mystery, why it happened is still unknown.

 Gloria had been suffering from the effects of cervical cancer. She had been receiving chemotherapy at home and according to her family, was expected to live a couple more years. However, on that evening, her fiancée, Johnnie Estrada, called an ambulance after Gloria complained about severe chest pains combined with vomiting and respiratory issues.

As she was rushed through the doors of the hospital, she was awake but incoherent. She was taking shallow and rapid breaths and her heart was beating at an alarming rate. In an attempt to sedate Gloria, medical staff injected her with several drugs including Valium and Ativan.  Gloria immediately started responding to the drugs negatively leading doctors to defibrillate her heart.

There appeared to be an oily sheen which was covering Gloria’s body and a fruity, garlic, odor emanated from her mouth. When a nurse attempted to draw blood from Gloria, she noticed an ammonia-like smell. When another nurse attempted to draw blood, she noticed crystal-like particles floating in the blood.

Suddenly, the nurse fainted, followed by another nurse and another nurse.

In total, 23 people within the vicinity of Gloria became ill with 6 being hospitalized. It appeared as though some sort of fumes had risen up from Gloria and affected the hospital workers. They suffered from dizzy spells, fainting, vomiting and respiratory trouble. “I’ve worked in an emergency room for seven years and I’ve never had anything like this happen,” said Susan Kane, one of the nurses affected. One of the most baffling aspects of the case is that none of the ambulance staff, who were in extremely close vicinity of Gloria, were affected by the bizarre symptoms that other workers experienced…”

 

 

Categories
Videos Weird and Strange History

Max Headroom Incident Mystery

The Max Headroom Incident Mystery

The Max Headroom Mystery. In November 1987 in Chicago television stations, someone using sophisticated equipment managed to briefly and illegally override broadcast signals on WGN TV and WTTW, even in a medium. That is no stranger to bizarre moments. These were truly bizarre, starting first on WGN TV at 9:14 Sunday night during a sportscaster well quarters finally did on November 22nd 1987 two television stations in Chicago Illinois had their broadcast hijacked with a bizarre video which became known as the Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion Max Headroom was a fictitious AI, like television host who had his own movie and TV series and was featured heavily on MTV.

The first single hijack took place on WGN-TV’s nine o’clock news. The screen went black and then showed a person wearing a Max Headroom mask and sunglasses, swaying back and forth in front of a makeshift max headroom like background the broadcast lasted 28 seconds and ended after engineers at WGN switched the broadcast frequency later that night on WTTW Doctor Who aired an episode called horror at Fang Rock.

Suddenly the doctor was replaced by Max Headroom the character in the Max Headroom asked, appeared and swayed back and forth while saying a number of barely audible words that does it. The figure said its voice distorted he’s a freaking nerd. After a moment, he paused a claim. He had made a giant masterpiece for all the greatest world news paper, nerds, referencing, wGNS, acronym and corporate parent, the Chicago Tribune. He held up a glove like the one popularized by Michael Jackson and exclaimed.

My brother is wearing the other one. He then pulled it on saying, but it’s dirty. It’S like you got bloodstains on it. The camera then cut to a shot of a man’s torso and partially exposed buttocks. The Max Headroom mask had been removed and was being held up to the camera.

The rubber extension that had covered the figures finger was stuffed inside the mouth of the mask. They’re coming to get me, the man screamed bend over [ __ ], a female voice responded. The man was in spank repeatedly with a fly swatter, as he screamed the entire Max Headroom hack lasted 1 minute and 22 seconds before signal transmitters were able to black it out. They discovered at the time of the incident. There were no engineers on duty at the WTTW transmitter tower.

Had there been someone there, the signal could have been stopped by the time. They noticed the error. However, the 90 second transmission was over. Eventually the FCC worked out. How the hacker had done it by placing his or her dish antenna between the transmitter tower?

The hacker could have effectively interrupted the original signal. They wouldn’t have even needed expensive equipment, just good timing and positioning. They were also able to pinpoint a location where the video might have been shot. Based on the background of the videos agents from the FCC determined, it was most likely the role down door of a warehouse and tracked it to a district that had warehouses with doors like it. The parties involved are not known and the Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion remains a mystery.