There are sounds you hear in your house or things you see that immediately fall in the “odd” category, but end up being predictable, like the unwelcome invasion of a rodent. Then there are other problems that can happen, and they fall in the category of the unexplained but clearly a problem that needs to be addressed or avoided. For one mother, noises in the night became far more than an occasional irritation, and ultimately ended affecting all of her family as well.
Starting With a Video
Heather Brough had had enough. She kept hearing noises at night while she was trying to sleep, and it had gotten to the point that she was confronting her fiancé, Joshua, about the racket which he was denying. Finally, she set up a monitor in her child’s room where it seemed to come from. However, what she ended up seeing was more than she bargained for in the process.
Scratches and Noises
The fuss started with Heather finding scratches on her baby’s face and an unexplained racket every night. There were only two people in the home, her and her fiancé. So, Heather finally confronted her partner about the matter. He denied anything. So, she set up a video monitor to catch what was going on in the guesthouse they were living in on Joshua’s mother’s property.
A Year Passed
The young couple had been borrowing the guesthouse from Joshua’s parents to have a place to live starting a new family. Heather and Joshua had just had a baby daughter and had spent their first year focusing raising their new girl. However, at about 13 months or so Heather noticed something odd about her child and realized the baby’s face had been scratched.
The first scratch was chalked up to the child’s fingernails. However, the scratches kept show up with new injuries on the baby’s face. Finally, Heather decided to question her fiancé as he was the only other person who had been in the guesthouse with the child besides Heather. It didn’t help their relationship.
Things Were Great Before
The couple were in a simple but ideal world. They lived in a small town, quiet, and enjoyed their new life together with their baby. They were deep in love and a baby daughter had added another aspect to their relationship. Now, things seemed to be unraveling out of control.
With her senses on alert, Heather woke up one night when she heard noises in the house at night. There was a floor thump, a door squeak, and sounds like someone walking around. The next morning there would be new scratches again on her child’s face. Small, but they were new each time.
Getting Down to the Truth
Now it was time for confrontation and to pin down what was going on. Heather went right to the jugular and asked her fiancé if he was getting up in the middle of the night and moving around. Specifically, she asked if he was going into Lily’s room at night. Was the truth going to shatter their wonderful home?
Denial and Proof
Joshua denied any possibility of moving around at night or going in their daughter’s room at night. But Heather didn’t believe him. She heard the sounds, and her daughter’s face kept getting injured. If it was really Joshua, then Heather was going to have to catch him doing the harm and figure out why. Maybe he was sleepwalking. Maybe he was taking drugs and not in his straight mind. She didn’t know, but she had to figure it out.
Joshua continued to refuse acknowledging anything was his doing. Heather started feeling like she was somewhat losing her mind. Clearly, something was harming her child. Something was making the noise in the house at night. And something was creaking the doors. But Joshua was flat out refusing any of it was him. And Heather made sure everything was locked before going to sleep.
Eliminating all the quick and immediate explanations, Heather started realizing that another possibility could be occurring. The video monitor was going to confirm things conclusively. Either Joshua was involved and he was lying, or something else was happening. The couple agreed to get a monitor and set it up just to have peace in the house again.
The couple made sure the baby’s crib was in full view of the monitor. Heather also trimmed her daughter’s fingernails to insure they weren’t the cause as well. Joshua was sure that was the cause because babies are prone to scratching their faces during sleep from what he had heard separately.
Going the Extra Step
The couple didn’t cut corners on the monitor either. They made sure that the Logitech Circle 2 they bought could produce a clear video image and would continue to record everything going on as well as with night vision, showing anything moving in the dark.
The next morning, their daughter, Lily, woke up again with scratches on her face, new ones. The video was going to make it clear what the heck was going on. Heather was convinced she would find the answer. She was right. However, it wasn’t the answer she was prepared for. It was something else.
Time for an Investigation
The video did indeed catch a figure in the room. It wasn’t Heather, and it wasn’t Joshua. There was a man’s blurry image, which at first she immediately assumed was proof Joshua was indeed involved.
The Close Up
Heather could see the man in the room walk past the baby’s crib. She could also see her daughter was awake and noticing the presence. Her baby sat up in the crib for attention. The figure then turned towards her daughter, and Lily gets closer standing up using the crib wall. At this point in the video Heather knew immediately the figure was not Joshua at all.
Heather literally had a physical reaction run through her as she realized what she was looking at. Her heart felt like it stopped. The man was unknown, a total stranger in her child’s room. She couldn’t blink or turn away. Who the heck was this figure in her child’s room at night and how did he get in?
The figure didn’t stop with Lily. He kept moving around the room. Heather had to get to the bottom of things and figure how this guy was getting past locked doors into her child’s bedroom. She also needed to know how he was harming Heather’s child.
Heather felt like she played the video over a thousand times. With the repeat detail, the mother could see the figure was at one point see-through or transparent. She was not dealing with something normal. Heather felt at chill at that second reached for her daughter.
Whatever the reason, Heather didn’t take long to put two and two together. The guesthouse was haunted. She confronted Joshua again and demanded that they leave the home, immediately. The scratches on her daughter’s face didn’t calm Heather any further.
Heather continued to react in shock. She was crying, questioning, panicking and freaking out. She grabbed a jacket, her daughter, and ran to Joshua’s mother’s house nearby. The scratches didn’t come from Lily. The side and distance didn’t match her baby daughter’s hand size.
How to Protect?
Joshua was relieved and scared at the same time. The video proved it wasn’t him, but something else was definitely in their house. He needed to protect them immediately. He practically stumbled outside right after Heather and called the police.
An Explanation for Everything
The police didn’t discount what Joshua and Heather reported. Instead, they were referred to the Scientific Paranormal Investigation of Michigan, an outfit that focused on investigating issues that didn’t follow the normal rules of cause and effect.
More Details Come Out
As it turned out, the baby was not the only one affected. Now it was starting to make sense. Heather finally admitted there had been mornings she would wake up struggling to breathe like someone was choking her, but no one was there. So, she thought it was a bad dream. She would also hear a male voice, like someone swearing hitting their shin on something.
Mike Priest, one of the paranormal investigators, already felt there was a good chance they would find something. The details and descriptions matched up behavior the team had seen before in other homes and locations that turned out to be haunted.
Barely started on the investigation at Heather’s home and the team knew they had a live one. They would hear sounds, quirks, reactions and more to their presence. Mike quickly shifted the team to a full investigation mode.
Watch, Repeat, Watch, Repeat
Good paranormal work tries to follow the scientific process objectively confirming what’s going on, observed, and reconstructing it again repeatedly. Mike’s team follows the same process with video and tracking to repeat the same results that Heather described in the baby’s room.
Lots of Stories
The mother-in-law speculated quickly the figure was the ghost of the last resident in the guesthouse. When the bought the properly an elderly lady had lived in the guesthouse and died on the property, but that was in the main house. The death was due to a stairway fall and accident. Joshua’s dad thought a different story applied. A tenant had been in the guesthouse and turned out to have been schizophrenic. He was the brother of the lady who died.
While the paranormal investigation ultimately did not confirm anything further, Heather and Joshua were far from over with the issue. They weren’t going back into that guesthouse.
Meantime on the Internet
The video that Heather’s monitor had recorded end up on the Internet. And that triggered a viral reaction as the images were shared. Soon enough, an number of skeptics started voicing their opinions that the video may have been faked.
A Professional Skeptic
Kenny Biddle was a particularly focused skeptic, asking a lot of questions about the details on the video. He noticed shadows which shouldn’t occur with a real ghost. In short, he summarized the video figure as actually being one of the parents getting up in the middle of the night, walking through the room and unaware he or she had been recorded. Further, the scratches were common with babies and sharp fingernails.
The Big Odd Detail
However, what Biddle really found blew a lid off the whole thing. As it turned out, Heather had set up both a Facebook page and a GoFundMe page. The Facebook page had been around since November 2018. The GoFundMe request page was established on March 26, 2019, requesting help to raise $5,000. The reason: moving costs to escape a paranormal guesthouse.
Following Up on the Details
Kenny Biddle followed through on the contact details to Heather’s Facebook page to get more info and ask questions. This was normal; he had been investigating supposed paranormal events for two decades. He referenced Heather’s video and asked if he could see the entirety of the recording versus just the clip with the mysterious figure.
Unfortunately, while Kenny’s questions were fair giving the publicity of the video and Heather’s GoFundMe page asking for help, he never got an answer. To date, Heather has yet to respond to the information request at all.
Father Decides to Set Up Cameras After His Daughter Wakes Up With Strange Marks
What happened inside the house of an Ohio couple couldn’t have been predicted. Troublesome commotions could be heard in the wee hours while everyone slept. No one thought much of it until something strange occurred.
Darren’s suspicions were initially directed at his fiancé, who suspected of playing a practical joke on him. They staged a camera to sort things out after she denied it ultimately. The unsettling footage, on the other hand, would rock their world.
Father Takes Action After Daughter was Expelled for Appearance
Enough Is Enough
This father’s jaws fell open as he listened to the scathing remarks from his daughter’s school administrator, stating the reason for his daughter being booted from a prom event. He was at boiling point and had enough.
He thought enough was enough after only a few seconds and was ready to address the situation head-on.
40 Unforgivable Movie Bloopers
With that goes with making a movie, especially one for the big cinema screen, it’s not surprising when mistakes occur or edits are need. That’s what the editing room is for to go through the draft film and tighten up all the problems or loose spots in the film as well as to get it within the acceptable viewing time allowed. However, once in a while even the best of movies, including Oscar-winning films, have bloopers in them that just can’t be forgiven. They are such clear violations of quality film-making, people wonder how the blooper got through to the public viewing, and yet it does anyways. Here are 25 examples of film bloopers that never should have been allowed or the detail missed, but in the fictional world of movies they occur regardless.
Homeless Man Who Helped a Woman Turned Out to be a Hoax
The story of the homeless man who helped out a woman needing gas for her car by donating his few dollars went viral on the Internet and had hundreds of people wanting to reach out and help. They did so through a GoFundMe site that ended up generating a sizable amount of charity and gifts. For those who gave money, it made them feel better instantly. There was only one problem. The story was made up. The man was not homeless, and the woman had never run out of gas.
Instead, the two were involved in an online scam that ended up defrauding folks out of approximately $400,000 in online money gifts. It was not only enough to trigger a serious crime, the pair got themselves charged with a federal conspiracy case and ultimately pled guilty in a New Jersey federal court. Johnny Bobbitt and Katelyn McClure both separately admitted their crime of wire fraud. Given their involvement and degree of actions, Bobbitt is looking at a potential 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 in fines. McClure for her part faces a bigger sentence of 20 years and a similar financial penalty. Both will find out for sure when they are sentenced. In addition to the federal charges, the pair also have a second round of trials to go through with state charges as well. It was a blunt, cold ending to a story and scam that started in 2017 and took off like wildfire, far better than Hobbitt and McClure thought it would.
The story was plausible and reasonable enough. A couple told their story online about how they wanted to help a homeless man who helped them. McClure and her partner posted that Bobbitt realized McClure was in trouble, stuck in Philadelphia without gas. She needed to get home, and Bobbitt, who was nearby, realized the problem. He then gave her his only $20 to buy gas so she could travel again. To show their gratitude, McClure and her boyfriend were trying to raise $10,000 to help Bobbitt out as a thank you. The story took off.
Unfortunately, the media got involved. Loving a story out of the norm with a good newsworthy ending, they showcased the story on TV, and it got big attention. All of a sudden, what was supposed to be a little scam turned into a big one, raising some $402,706 with the added attention in a short three weeks. While Bobbitt did get $25,000 set aside by McClure and her partner, the rest of it was burned like kerosene on fire via clothing, trips, a car, vacations, gambling and more. However, Bobbitt didn’t appreciate the small share, and sued the pair for more, arguing he should have gotten $75,000 at least. GoFundMe got involved by trying to avoid bad press and making sure Bobbitt, the alleged homeless person, got his fair shake.
All of the financial attention caught the eye of the Feds who started investigating McClure. They seized well over 60,000 digital messages between the couple, which included admissions that the whole story was made up – a smoking gun text in the fraud conspiracy. Interestingly, McClure’s partner, although he enjoyed the spending of the money with McClure, was not charged or seen as involved in the conspiracy. The Feds went after McClure and the alleged homeless partner, Bobbitt, for the fraud. And GoFundMe yet again found itself in the middle of a crazy criminal scheme gone public and bad, stealing money from people who wanted to help others online. It turned out to be an odd, miserable ending to what many had hoped would have been a story of human charity done right.
Drones, COVID-19, and Girl Scout Cookies: How One Virginia Troop Made It All Work
Nestled in the heart of Montgomery County is Christiansburg, VA. A small town with just over 20,000 within its city limits, Christiansburg was first founded in 1671. Hundreds of years later, the city continues to thrive despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has been wrecking so much of our day-to-day life.
One particular group of Christiansburg locals made it their goal to deliver Girl Scout Cookies no matter what during the pandemic and Google’s parental company, Alphabet Inc., decided to help them out.
Cookies From the Sky
During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, it seemed unlikely that there would ever be a time when the pandemic would end. As economies shuttered and businesses quarantined, people had to get creative to continue working their trade. A team of Girl Scouts in Virginia was determined to deliver their famous cookies this past year, but due to COVID restrictions, they knew that this would bed difficult.
Lia Reich is a global communications lead at Wing, a subsidiary of the company Alphabet Inc.. Wing develops drones for Google, and it was through their futuristic work that Thin Mints would rain down from the sky. Lia says of COVID restrictions impacting the Scouts, “Selling cookies outside (grocery stores or shops) is difficult this year.”
According to Lia, sales within the Girl Scouts have dropped more than 50%. Lia would go on to tell the team at USA TODAY during an interview, “It was a natural fit to partner with the Girl Scouts.”
Despite soaring vaccination rates and loosening COVID restrictions, the drone program would get launched through the Wing App and its corresponding website. According to Reich, the plan at Wing is to help deliver more than 3,000 total boxes of cookies via its drone delivery service, if not even more.
For the Girl Scouts, cookie season typically begins in January though flavor availability and onset will vary based upon the region. For the longest time, Girl Scouts have prioritized selling their goods in residential neighborhoods, outside of grocery stores, and even through company programs at local businesses.
Unfortunately for the Girl Scouts, the COVID-19 pandemic would put an end to convention. In March 2020, the Scouts would suspend all of their traditional cookie booths and door-to-door sales campaigns. To make up for this loss in action, the Girl Scouts of Virginia would prepare virtual cookie booths through their online social media campaigns to partner with their drone-delivery methods.
Considered one of the largest girl-led programs for entrepreneurs on the planet, the Girl Scout Cookie drive is immensely important for multiple reasons. Not just an important institution, the Girl Scouts are a defining one.
Take Flight With Wing
While the Girl Scouts of Virginia will enjoy drone flying assistance with their cookie deliveries, they won’t have to worry about running the controls themselves. As the first drone delivery company in the country to earn Air Operators Certification from the FAA in 2019, Wing has used the Scouts delivery service as a way to showcase just how far drone flights have come.
According to Reich, “COVID gave people who might not have a reason to try drone delivery, and we saw deliveries increase by more than 500% in 2020.”
Reich’s assertion was backed by a local survey released by Virginia Tech. The survey found that Christiansburg locals enjoyed the idea of a residential drone delivery company with support coming in at 87% in favor of the idea.
Are you ready to start ordering your Girl Scout Cookies through drone delivery services? How about your next grocery order? As it turns out, the sky might be the limit!
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