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An Accounting of Strange and Unusual Occurences
« on: December 24, 2019, 07:39:04 PM »
Ok, this thread is going to be operating along the lines of an ID Channel investigation, with an Fictional approach into the events of various classic films of the genre(but done like an paranormal investigation documentary..) Please feel free to add to it, and above all have fun!  ;)

Investigation #1 The Ancient Egypt Murders

In the years 1942-1944, the town of Mapleton, Massachusetts was the scene of a set of bizarre murders that had some connection to a mysterious Cult of Arkam, originating in Cairo, Egypt. Stephen Banning, his sister, Jane and his friend, Babe Jenson, Of New York City were all murdered in a short span of time, in what was seen as the time as vengeance killings. Apparently, 30 years(!) prior, Banning had led an archeological expedition that discovered the tomb of an Egyptian princess. Some kind of dispute occurred while the group ws there and several deaths were involved. This cult of Arkam sought revenge for what they deemed some kind of religious transgression, leading to the killings in Mapleton, years later.

Egyptian national Mehemet Bey, was later deemed to be responsible for the murders. Bey had recently taken up a post as caretaker in Mapleton's town cemetery and was believed to have been using it as a base of operations while planning the murders. The most macabre aspect of the murders was that Bey seemed to have an accomplice whom, at the time was not identified. This person was identified as the actual murderer and was outfitted in an outfit resembling an Egyptian mummy.

The first string of murders came to an end when Bey was shot by law enforcement, while attempting to murder John Banning, son of Stephen. The disguised killer was tracked to the Banning estate, having taken a local woman, Isobel Evans, hostage. A sheriff's posse and mob of locals burned down the estate while rescuing Evans and it seemed that the unidentified killer died in the house(although no body was found.)

Several years later, a new series of murders took place in the same area when yet another Egyptian national, Yousef Bey, showed up in the town and either the same killer returned or some other unidentified person took up a similar disguise. The first murder this time was a Professor Norman, a scholar from the local university. He had testified previously that he believed the prior murders had a supernatural aspect to them and that the murderer was an actual walking corpse. The next murder was of a local farmer, Ben Evans, who had apparently come across the killer on his property.  Youself Bey himself was killed by the same assailant for unknown reasons before the killer, who had taken a student, Amina Haroun, hostage, chose to to drown himself and the coed in a nearby swamp. Haroun was initially considered a suspect in the Norman murder after being found outside his home after the killing, but later was found to be innocent. Exactly what her connection to the suspect was, was never established.

As an aside to these murders, it is believed that the same person murdered a night watchman at the Scripps Museum in New York at the same time that the second Mapleton murders took place. NYC Police Inspectpr Walgreen later attested that Bey's fingerprints along with those of the killer were found at the museum murder and were a positive match for the Mapleton killings. Walgreen assisted Mapleton law enforcement in tracking down the killer later on.

Upon further investigation by law enforcement agencies at that time, the killer was given the nickname "Kharis" , due to references made by the Bannings and found in the writings of both Beys. These were officially deemed to be cult murders and the files have been sealed.  To this day, the are several aspects of this case that remain unsolved and although the case is considered closed, no suspect was ever officially identified and charged with the murders.


Mehemet Bey

Stephen Banning

Babe Jenson and John Banning(taken after Stephen Banning's death)

Law enforcement at the Banning estate shortly before its' destruction by fire

Photo of suspect believed to be murderer "KHARIS", taken by local press at the time

Photo of Yousef Bey(later found in his personal belongings)

Coed Amina Haroun seen here with boyfriend, Tom Hervey, shortly before her death

Inspector Walgreen and consultant, Doctor Ayad, of the Scripps Museum investigating the murder scene there.

Professor Norman(seen here with Mrs.Norman) shortly before his murder

The difference between martyrdom & suicide is press coverage...