Tag: Baltimore Sun

June 1, 2017 – B1:D2

12oct15_430

The investigation continues as I start piecing some of the clues together. But I honestly feel more lost than I did yesterday. Today I decided to focus a little more attention on the constellation map (item 1:4). And how it relates to the swan (item 1:3). I found out the origins of both these items came from really old books.

The constellation map came from a book titled “Easy Star Lessons” by Richard Anthony, published 1894. The map can be found on page 204 of the book (page 213 in the pdf file). I also found reference to the Cygnus (swan) constellation on page 87, figure 16 “Part of Cygnus” and on page 214, figure 34 “Cygnus, Lyra, Vulpecula.”

I also found that the swan picture came from a book titled “Infant’s Cabinet of Birds and Beasts” published in London 1820. The pdf version of the book does not appear to have page numbers, but the swan is part of the second group of pictures in the book. And shares a page with “The Vulture.”

So now I know where he got these two images from. I’m not sure how much it matters, but it is comforting to have that knowledge and ability to reference these books for future inquiry. So then I wanted to dig a little deeper into this whole swan connection. Cygnus is also known as the swan, and I kept hearing a rumor about a serial killer swan play in Baltimore, and today I finally found a review about it. Actually two reviews, “Blood, Smoke and Ballet: A Night With a Killer Swan” by Andrew Sargus Klein, and “Serial Killer Ballet” by Rowan Fulton. Both published December 2015. The creator of this ballet, Alexander D’Agostino even had a kickstarter for the play complete with a creepy video trailer and another video of a performance art piece. He does appear to be an actual artist with a flare for the grotesque. Or is he an elaborate part of this story? Well I sent him a friend request and a quick message on facebook (eep), so we shall see how he responds.

Going back to the constellations, I also stumbled across another Scott Dance article “Where is Kepler-452b?” And another article by The Baltimore Sun that was linked in the article. And tried the other link in the article only to have it fail so I searched within the site for the “Summer Triangle” for more clues. Albireo, of Beta Cygni (Cygnus) is a double star of blue and gold, which I thought was worth noting considering “Le Cygne” or “the swan” is the 13th and penultimate movement of “The Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens. The song is meant to be played with a cello and a piano accompaniment. But is very much tied to the ballet and apparently men dancing to it.

Going back to the Summer Triangle, it appears these three stars (Deneb, Vega, and Altair) can be used to locate the Milky Way through out the year. Albireo is a star located in the middle of these three stars during the time frame the item 1:4 constellation map depicts. I’m still trying to figure out if there is significance in this fact or not. And what is the answer to the question Scott Dance posits in his article “Where is Kepler-452b?” My best answer so far is that it is 1400 light years away located in the Cygnus constellation.

Ah… Lyra (the location of the Vega star) is also known as… VULTURE! Well isn’t that something. So Deneb is the brightest star in the Cygnus (swan) constellation, Vega is the brightest star of the three and is in the Lyra (vulture) constellation, so that leaves Altair, aka Alpha Aquilae of the constellation Aquila (aka “eagle”). And then there’s Albireo, right in the center of these three stars that roughly translates to “hen’s beak.”

I don’t know where all that leaves me other than knowing there’s a pattern here. For now that’ll just have to be a mystery left to solve another day.

 

May 31, 2017 – B1:D1

May 31, 2017 – B1:D1

Hello All! I just started an investigation into “Hunt-a-Killer” and decided to keep a blog of my discoveries. Been wanting to get back into the blog-o-sphere ever since the death of myspace and livejournal… so here it goes!

So I started investigating about a week ago. Dug real deep into some rabbit holes around the sinkhole in Baltimore. I was lead there by the article in box 1 (Item 1:6). I suppose I should start with how I choose to organize my inventory. I figured one of the first things I should do when starting an investigation is to get organized!

Using the little bookmark “this month, your package contains…” and filling in the 10 items with the same list password protected, I keep track of which item I’m referring to by using the given list of items and placing them in the same order. The 6th item in the first box is “News Article copy” so it is referred to as “Item 1:6”. The assumption will also be made that if you are reading this, it is because you are also investigating this case, so I will not bore you with the details already found in the package, and just stick to observations and random ramblings I come across along the way.

I started with the article because it seemed the easiest to google, and indeed it was. I found the article in the Baltimore Sun by Scott Dance rather quickly and was soon able to fill in the blanks to find aside from all the proper nouns being redacted, “John” had also left the message “the leaky pipe, carries more water, breaks and leaks, are, more likely to show a depression, to last decades, and perhaps a century.” Instead of diving into the meaning of that statement though, I decided to investigate the sinkhole and the people surrounding it.

One of the curious things I found was when I went to google maps to find the exact location of the sinkhole and to investigate the events leading up to the sinkhole. I found a video attached to the article (item 1:6) and am still not sure if this video or article is completely faked or not. From what I can gather, the sinkhole did occur, and someone fell into it and was injured, but not seriously. There was another article I found about sinkholes published in the City Paper, “Sinkhole: What is happening beneath the ground downtown?” by Baynard Woods.

In this article there is a ton of information on the history of sinkholes in the area, and several curious details surrounding the sewage system of Baltimore. In particular, I found it curious when Woods spoke of Robert McClane, mayor of Baltimore in 1904 during the great fire that resulted in McClane purposefully burning down 5 buildings in an attempt to stop the fire, only to make matters worse. And while this fire was devastating, it allowed the long over due sewage system to begin construction. But in the middle of the night, the day after breaking ground on the new sewage system, McClane supposedly shot himself. But the whole thing reeks of murder.

I wonder if this has anything to do with the Mr. Puzzle clue in the LFoA Winter Newsletter. Who is Paul Redfern? He was a pilot that didn’t make it to Brazil and was born in 1902. But how is that connected to “Lloyd,” a psychiatric patient that doesn’t remember killing a girl, Rachel? Beatrice? What was her name…