Monday, June 18, 2018

Cryptokubrology Meets Bigfoot

Cryptokubrology: A useful methodology for deconstructing cinema, history, and synchronicity. Involves the syncs of Stanley Kubrick's films linked to items found in other realities.

The Shining is a 1980 horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick and co-written with novelist Diane Johnson. The film is based on Stephen King's 1977 novel of the same name.

The Shining is about Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the isolated historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies. Wintering over with Jack are his wife Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) and young son Danny Torrance (Danny Lloyd). Danny possesses "the shining," psychic abilities that allow him to see the hotel's horrific past.

One very infamous scene involves Wendy Torrance's sudden discovery of a man in a work suit in a compromising position with an apparent man or woman in a bear suit.

In Stephen King's book version of this interaction, the suit is of a dog. Rob Ager's analysis of the scene notes that he believes that "a shift from dog to bear costume doesn’t have any significant effect on the aesthetic scariness of the scene, so there must have been some sort of logic at work in Kubrick’s decision." (Source.)

Enter Bigfoot....

Whether by coincidence or by design, an internal mirroring presentation of the "form" of the bear-in-front-of-a-man appeared in an ad for an Animal Planet program in 2011. In 2010, during the photographic sessions for the pilot of Finding Bigfoot, a series of images  were taken in Alaska.

A few of these were chosen to be used for the promotion of this series that would go on to be successful for 100 episodes, from 2011 through 2018. The show has ended, so I shall report on a cryptokubrology image that was there from the beginning.

The four hosts (Ranae Holland, Matt Moneymaker, James "Bobo" Fay, and Cliff Barackman) were presented in poses reflecting their investigative fieldwork.

But if examined closely, was someone in the public relations department playing a little cryptokubrology prank?

Was what was going on at Animal Planet some sort of Disneyesque covert message? It is a well-known historical fact that cartoonists working at Disney would hide subliminal messages and sexual images hidden in Disney cartoons.

Or was the Finding Bigfoot-The Shining overlap just a cosmic coincidence?

Certainly, in the realm of jokes and politics, The Shining bear imagery has been used to convey an editorial or comic point of view. 

Another Cryptokubrology-Bigfoot sidetrek...

Over on Twitter, in 2017, we find this "237"/Kubrick moment:

That is why it is called twilight language.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cryptokubrulogy Meets Trump

Cryptokubrulogy shows that Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut of 1999 collides with Donald Trump's reality television presence in 2005.

Eyes Wide Shut is a 1999 erotic drama film directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick. Based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 novella Traumnovelle (Dream Story), the story is transferred from early 20th century Vienna to 1990s New York City. 

Principal photography for Eyes Wide Shut began in November 1996. Filming finally wrapped in June 1998. The Guinness World Records recognized Eyes Wide Shut as the longest constant movie shoot, "for over 15 months, a period that included an unbroken shoot of 46 weeks"

Kubrick died six days after showing his final edited cut to Warner Bros.

The framing of Donald Trump in the Hollywood Access tape with the blonde woman who wears almost the same style and color of the dress nearly matches the above scene from Eyes Wide Shut

The Hollywood Access video was recorded in September 2005 in the NBC Studios parking lot while Trump was preparing to appear in an episode of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Upon arriving at the lot, the camera crew was let off the bus so they could record Trump and Billy Bush disembarking and meeting with Arianne Zucker, who portrayed Nicole Walker on the soap opera and appeared alongside Trump in the episode in which he guest starred.

On October 7, 2016, during the 2016 United States presidential election, The Washington Post published a video and accompanying article about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and television host Billy Bush having "an extremely lewd conversation about women" in 2005.

William Hall Bush was born in Manhattan, New York, to Josephine Colwell (Bradley) and Jonathan Bush, a banker. William Bush's uncle (his father's older brother) is George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. George W. Bush, the 43rd President, and former Florida governor Jeb Bush are William Bush's first cousins.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Anthony Bourdain and Joy Division

Asia Argento is Anthony Bourdain's girlfriend. On Instagram, she is shown with a Joy Division poster in the background.

Joy Division was a Manchester UK group, named after a Nazi term for the sex slaves unit that served Germany's World War II-era soldiers.

In "The Hanging of Ian Curtis: A Legacy of Copycats," I consider the links between hanging suicides of Curtis, Chris Cornell, and Chester Bennington.

BTW. In Paul Montgomery's "Anthony Bourdain Joins the Court of Owls," posted July 14, 2012, there is this:

Chef, travel writer and Get Jiro! author Anthony Bourdain has joined the Court of Owls. Or maybe he’s just trying to shop the con floor incognito using one of those free masks from this week’s Batman panel. Either way, it’s a hoot.

Perhaps Mike Clelland, the author of The Messengers: Owls, Synchronicity, and the UFO Abductee, could tell us more about this?

Bourdain certainly syncs with other hanging suicides.

Robert Damon Schneck, author of the original story that inspired the film entitled The Bye Bye Man (2017), points out that the main character "Elliot" (Douglas Smith) wears a Joy Division shirt. (Schneck had nothing to do with the design and production of the film.)

In the film, the "Bye Bye Man" tries to get "Elliot" to die by suicide.

The Bye Bye Man is also about mass shootings, the name game, and more. Principal filming for The Bye Bye Man took place in Cleveland, Ohio, from November 2, 2015 to January 13, 2017.

Douglas Smith told Robert Schneck that "his favorite part of the movie was that the character wore a Joy Division shirt." (Schneck, Correspondence, June 14, 2018).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Wayne Name Game Has Tragic Ending in Orlando

The victims of another "Wayne" killer.

Within the "weird news" field, it has been a well-known truism that if a criminal has a middle name of "Wayne," no one in the newsroom is surprised he is being charged with murder. The examples are multiple. The most famous case, of course, is John Wayne Gacy.

An early correspondent of mine, Chuck Shepherd, has been a student of the Wayne "name game" for years. Here's what Chuck says about it, in an introduction to the topic:

The Classic Middle Name
It only occurred to me in the early 1990s that "Wayne" was a popular middle name among a few of the most heinous murderers of our time, e.g., the clown John Wayne Gacy (who killed almost three dozen boys and young men in the late 1970s and buried most of them beneath the floorboards of his Des Plaines, Ill., home) and Elmer Wayne Henley (sentenced to six consecutive life terms in 1974 in Houston for his role, with ringleader Dean Allen Corll, in the murders of 27 young men). I began to publish periodic lists in 1996, and soon readers made sure I never missed a one that made the news. Source, plus his impressively long list of names.

Orlando's Wayne Name Game

The most recent example occurred the day before the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre that left 50 (including the perpetrator) dead in Orlando, Florida.

It all began early on Monday, June 11, 2018, when 35-year-old Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr., a felon who was on probation for arson and other charges, shot a police officer in the eye. This occurred at an apartment complex, 4932 Eaglesmere Drive, off Kirkman Road, near Universal Orlando. Officer Kevin Valencia was wounded and taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was in critical condition after surgery but expected to survive.

A standoff lasted nearly 24 hours, and it ended when Lindsey apparently shot the children he had taken as hostages — ages 1, 6, 10 and 11. No names of these victims have been released.

The gunman Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr. was discovered dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a closet when officers entered the apartment between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Eastern time, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a news conference just before midnight.

Read more here:

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Bourdain and Hawaiian Pizza

Anthony Bourdain died on June 8, 2018.

In one episode of his show, anti-pineapple-pizza-activist Anthony Bourdain changed his mind in Rome. He accepted pineapple on pizza as having redeeming value.

Of course, maybe Bourdain realized it wasn’t an American pizza, after all, but a Greek-chef-living-in-Canada’s invention.

What is bizarre, the "sudden death" of that Greek cook occurred on June 8, 2017, one year before Bourdain's surprise suicide by hanging.

Sotirios "SamPanopoulos (Greek: Σωτήριος Πανόπουλος; 20 August 1934 – 8 June 2017) was a Greek-born Canadian cook and businessman, credited as the inventor of Hawaiian pizza (putting pineapple on pizza). He emigrated to Canada in 1954, aged 20, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He settled in London, Ontario, and lived the rest of his life there. In good health, he died unexpectedly at 82. No public details are known about his cause of death.

In a doubly bizarre "coincidence," Clemens Wilmenrod (July 24, 1906 – April 12, 1967) who was the first German television cook (real name Carl Clemens Hahn), is considered the 1955 inventor of Toast Hawaii. He died by suicide in a Munich hospital in 1967.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Suicide by Scarf

Kate Spade was found dead by her housekeeper in her Manhattan apartment at around 10:20 a.m. on June 5, 2018, hanging by a red scarf tied to a doorknob. She was 55.

Kate Spade's husband is Andy Spade, the brother of comedian David Spade. She is the aunt of “The Marvelous Ms. Maisel” actress Rachel Brosnahan.
Her sister Reta Saffo told her local newspaper that Spade had been obsessed with the suicide of Robin Williams and believes her plan to kill herself may have started taking shape as she obsessively watched reports of his suicide. Source.
Reta Saffo described how Kate watched the news report on Robin Williams death "over and over again." Source.

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. On August 11, 2014, Williams died by suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, California.  Williams was found clothed, hanging against a closed closet door, with a belt secured around his neck, and the other end of the belt wedged between the door and the door frame, with Williams slightly suspended in a seated position. In the initial report released on August 12, 2014, the Marin County Sheriff's Office deputy coroner stated Williams had hanged himself with a belt and died from asphyxiation.

While Spade started with handbags, she eventually branched out into other items, including scarves.

Kate Spade used the same method to kill herself - a scarf from a door knob - as had been used by L'Wren Scott, 49, on St. Patrick's Day in 2014. See here

Laura "Luann" Bambrough (April 28, 1964 – March 17, 2014), known professionally as L'Wren Scott, was an American stylist and fashion designer.

A photo of dresses hanging from a tree which was posted on L’Wren Scott’s Facebook page hours after her death has been labeled an “eerie” coincidence. The posting was pre-written and pre-scheduled to automatically publish on her account.

Scott used a black satin scarf to kill herself in her ninth-floor duplex on 11th Avenue and West 24th Street, New York City.

L'Wren died on the birthday of Alexander McQueen, who hanged himself in 2010.

Alexander McQueen, a top designer, died by suicide by hanging in 2010, being found in a closet.

Lee Alexander McQueen, CBE (March 17, 1969 – February 11, 2010) was a famed British fashion designer and couturier. McQueen died by suicide, at the age of forty, at his home in Mayfair, London. His mother had died on February 2, 2010. McQueen left a note saying, "Look after my dogs, sorry, I love you, Lee."

Monday, June 04, 2018

For The Record: Scottsdale Spree Killer

In May and June 2018 a spree killer sought out and killed six people in Scottsdale, Arizona. The spree began on May 30 and ended June 4.

The suspected shooter that the public was told to look for was sketched out as follows:

Steven Pitt (59), a well-known forensic psychiatrist was shot and killed outside his office at 5:20pm on Thursday 31 May. Pitt had examined [Dwight Lamon] Jones in connection with a "bitter" divorce. In 2006 Pitt helped the police identify the Baseline killer who had raped and murdered a series of women in Phoenix, Arizona. [Pitt also worked on the JonBenét Ramsey case. (Source.)]
Veleria Sharp (48), and Laura Anderson (49), paralegals, were shot and killed at 2:15pm on Friday, 1 June in the downtown Scottsdale offices of Burt, Feldman, Grenier, the law firm where they worked. A lawyer at the firm had worked on the Jones divorce. By 11:30 pm on Friday June 1, police knew that the same gun had been used to kill Anderson, Sharp and Pitt.
The body of Marshall Levine (72), a psychologist and counselor, was found just after midnight, as Friday turned to Saturday, June 2, in his Scottsdale office. Levine was subletting his office from a woman who had provided counseling services to his son during the divorce, Jones' intended target.
By Sunday afternoon, police had Jones under surveillance as he drove around Fountain Hills in his gold Mercedes Benz. At one point, Jones ditched a small bag containing a .22-caliber pistol, which police later determined to belong to one of two people, 70-year-old Mary Simmons and 72-year-old Bryon Thomas, who were shot and killed inside a Fountain Hills home. Their bodies were not discovered until Monday, 4 June. Police stated that ballistics ruled out the 22-caliber gun from having been used in any of the shootings. Source.

Background info, here.

Sergeant Lewis of the Phoenix Police described the suspect in Dr. Pitt’s killing as a bald, white male wearing a dark-colored hat with a short brim, “kind of like a fedora.”

Some felt the cap actually looked like this:
In a standoff with the suspect, the police cornered the gunman.

It turned out that the suspect was black. The shooter was Dwight Lamon Jones, aged 56.

The murderer killed himself. Note the pics show the Agua Caliente plaza sign in the background of the hotel where the stand-off took place and where his suicide occurred.

Caliente = Hot. Fuego = Fire (Fuego Volcano eruption).


There was some concern for the safety for one other individual.

Footnote: This same general area is home to the Arizona medium and profiler Allison DuBois. She skyrocketed to fame as the subject of the popular CBS television show Medium (2005–2011). The series Medium was based on DuBois' book Don't Kiss Them Good-Bye. Patricia Arquette, who played the role of DuBois, won an Emmy for her portrayal. Glen Gordon Caron, the creator of Moonlighting and many other hits, was the head writer on the series. It was produced by Paramount Pictures and Grammnet, owned by Kelsey Grammer. Source.

Thanks for background insights from Steve L. and Tracy B.