Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First Reference to Gustav Von Weren In Easttown News Article

Here's an article from the Easttown Ledger that I found in the local archives and scanned for everyone to read. I've discovered a number of articles from the newspaper that fit the right time frame for the stories I've heard over the years. I'm still sorting through a lot of it, but this one seems like a good place to start. It talks about Gustav Von Weren (werewolf?) and his wife moving into the abandoned Otley Mansion. The mansion is still standing today (once again abandoned and in disarray) and has long been rumoured as a hotbed of paranormal activity.
A scanned copy of The Easttown Gazette from 1894.
The article describes Von Weren as "a scientist of moderate renown, best recognized for his studies into the creation of new mechanical appendages and rejuvenation of dead tissues." Pretty creepy stuff, if you ask me. It also seems that even back then, people were afraid of the mansion. It had only been abandoned for ten years and still there were "rumors of it being cursed." The article is accompanied by a photo of Von Weren and his wife. It wasn't uncommon for wealthy families to have their photos printed in the paper during certain announcements. A European doctor moving in to an abandoned house certainly would have been news.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Welcome to Noises in the Attic!

I’m starting up this blog to chronicle my investigation into the paranormal phenomenon that has been known to occur on the property of the long abandoned Otley Mansion. As an expert and experienced paranormal investigator, I will uncover the history surrounding the mansion and verify or disprove the terrible stories that have surrounded it. Growing up in nearby Malvern, I heard plenty of ghost stories about the old mansion. One of them takes place in the late 19th century and tells of a werewolf that would drag victims (both live and dead) back to its lair and turn them into monsters. The story has many forms, but I hope to find some historical account that may straighten things out. This is the first tale I shall work on finding truth in.