Meet James Rankin
Meet James Rankin, a music producer from New York. James loves to get away from the busy city life for some peace and quiet solitude deep in random forests. Let’s just say that James’ journey on this particular occasion BEGAN well.
Just In Case…
James is a prudent guy and he knows that anything can happen to anyone at any time… especially when they go by themselves deep into the woods. James ensured that his will and testament were up-to-date!
It’s The 21st Century
Since it’s the 21st century, James did not need ANY paper maps, not when he had Google! Instead, he let the chips fall where they may and assumed he would have a cellular signal in the middle of nowhere. What could possibly go wrong?
Into The Woods We Go
James’ journey began just as you would expect… on a dreary day in October with James standing on a frozen lake. His destination… the Long Island woods.
Not A Good Start
After a few hours of trekking and enjoying nature, he came to a clearing that was suspiciously blocked with “fallen” trees. It looked like they had fallen with someone’s help and were arranged to block anyone who tried to enter the clearing. James did not turn around like a normal person would have.
Uh… What’s This?!
Thankfully, no one was around and James began to relax, until he saw something very peculiar. There were a bunch of trees, in close proximity to one another, with some papers attached. Perhaps they contained information about the local wildlife? Perhaps not.
Now Might Be A Good Time To Freak Out…
If there was ever a good time to lose your cool, this would have been it! The papers attached to the trees were, in fact, missing person posters. All of them were clustered together, in the middle of nowhere, where no one would see them.
The Creepy Shrine
Creepy does not even begin to describe this deep-woods shrine to missing persons. James could not find any obvious connection between the missing people. He decided it was time to take action!
James did what any person in this day and age would do if they found themselves in the middle of such a scary situation… he took out his camera phone and began to film. And then, you guessed it, he posted it to social media. The result? It quickly went viral!
People on the internet, as they’re apt to do, quickly came up with their own theories in regards to James’ discovery. The trolls also had their say and quickly began to question whether this was all legitimate or not.
The theories people came up with were all over the spectrum. One person said it was just an ad for the knife that James kept showing off. Someone said it was an abandoned set from an indie movie. There was even talk of it being a promo for The Blair Witch Project sequel.
James actually contacted the police after coming across this place, and they began an investigation into the strange site! Obviously, James was not the only one shocked by the discovery!
The police confirmed that these people were legitimately missing and many of the cases were still on-going. One of the women, Brenda Heist, turned up after she had been missing for 11 years. Tara Grinstead, on the other hand, was still missing and had been since 2005.
One day after the video was posted, the police told James that the scary camp was a nearby landowner’s Halloween party site. They said the missing posters would be removed once Halloween was over.
Something’s Not Quite Right
The police closed their investigation and said they were satisfied with the neighbor’s explanation. James was not as convinced. The neighbor actually put up a “no trespassing” sign to keep other people out.
How Do You Explain THIS?!
James noticed some unexplainable weathering on the posters that could not be explained by them being props for a Halloween party. How do you explain that evidence?
Someone online answered this question by saying the posters were put up for an early Halloween party that took place in the summer… but that contradicts with the police’s statement that the posters are needed there until Halloween on October 31st!
Real Missing People
Regardless of when the posters were put up, one online user raised a good point when he said that it’s not okay to use real missing people as a decoration for a Halloween party! We have to agree, that’s pretty cold!
James Ain’t Satisfied!
James was not deterred by those weak explanations and still suspects something might be up. We can’t really blame him as the evidence doesn’t really sync well with the explanations.