Within the last week, a video has been sweeping social media. The viral clip accomplishes two of the three things I mentioned above. And for that, my hat is off. Here's the thing...it's security camera footage from a resident of Morehead, Kentucky. So how authentic is it?
As Justïn Stäggs Ⓥ comments on Twitter:
Cool that they have handheld security cameras in Kentucky. Nice Try
So yeah, it DOES look like a handheld camera, certainly an odd choice for a security cam.
CREEPY CAM FOOTAGE ARGUMENT HAS TWO SIDES
On the other hand, the Northern Nevada PRDS (Paranormal Research and Development) offered this as a sort of rebuttal:
To answer why the camera is moving, you can see the reflection of the person recording this footage from their phone in the glass of the monitor… as to what it is, a recording or a recording degrade the quality of the original footage. No way to know what we’re seeing.
But there has been some confusion. Paranormality Magazine says the footage is near Morehead. Images FROM that video were posted to a Facebook group by Morehead resident Douglas McLoney III, according to JournalNews.com. He says it's "from a security camera at a cottage at the gorge."
IS THE CREEPY IMAGE A 'WHO' OR A 'WHAT'?
So what in the world is that thing? It puts me in the mind of the legend of the Slender Man. He's a very tall, well-dressed figure without a face. He's just white except for the clothing. He's been a source of online fiction and a popular horror movie.
That's an urban legend, and I'm not sure I'm ready to go that far. But the image on that security video is very creepy, and I certainly can't tell how it's fake if it IS fake.
Scariest Ghost Town In KY Has A Truly Terrifying Past And Can’t Be Found On A Map
The month of October fills me with even more passion for abandoned and haunted places and things. I love to research legends, folklore, and stories from all over the world, but especially right here in Kentucky. Some of the stories are pure legend with no real facts to back them up. But, I’m a sucker for a good ghost story.
One such legend involves a small town, a murdering teacher, and mysterious disappearances that went on for decades. This is what I learned about the legend of Elsewhere, KY.
A construction worker and journalist, by the name of Seamus Coffey, was volunteering at a Senior Citizen’s center and he met a man named, Earl. The gentleman was about 80 years old and told him a story of something that happened in Elsewhere. KY.
"When I was a boy, my pa’ and I went to the Elsewhere General Store to get some rock candy and chicken feed. I stood outside while pa’ talked to Mrs. Ellison the shopkeep. Pa’ loaded the feed into the truck and handed me the candy. Right about then, there was this loud scream from the schoolhouse. I don’t know right well what happened ’cause pa” told me to stay in the truck, but after that we never went back to Elsewhere."
"When I was a few years older, I went back there with some friends. We were just dumb kids foolin’ around. My friend Jason went inside the schoolhouse and I never saw him again. We spent the rest of the day looking for him and later the police did a search but found nothing. Shortly after that the county disconnected Elsewhere road from HWY 280. It’s been about 60 years and you’re the first person to mention the place in half a century, son."
After that, Seamus started searching for any information he could find about Elsewhere. He found an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal. The article covered a story about Elsewhere being abandoned for health and safety reasons. It was dated April 2nd, 1953. The article also gave him a piece of the puzzle that was missing, the exact location of Elsewhere. The town was located two miles north of New Concord (KY) just off of HWY 280. So, of course, he had to go there for himself.
This is the terrifying story of what he found in Elsewhere.