Michael East

Does a “Computer” Found at the Bottom of the Ocean Prove the Ancients Were More Advanced Than We Ever Imagined?

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It was in 1900 that sponge divers made one of the most remarkable archaeological discoveries all time while diving off Point Glyphadia on the Greek island of Antikythera. 148 feet below the surface of the crisp blue Mediterranean was the wreck of a Roman cargo vessel, inside were many large ancient artefacts. There were bronze and marble statues, unique glass, jewellery and coins. These things alone would have been a fantastic find. However, in 1901, something else was found — an ancient form of a computer. It would change everything historians knew about the ability of the ancients.

It isn’t known how the Antikythera Mechanism came to be in the Roman ship, and some have speculated the item was plunder, being taken to form part of a parade by a triumphant Caesar in Rome. Some believe the device to have been the work of Hipparchus of Rhodes, though ancient sources suggest that Archimedes may have been ultimately responsible. After discovering the gears, archaeologists believed that the device was an astronomical clock. Still, it was far more complicated than that, and few thought it could ever have been built at the same time as everything else that was being pulled from the wreck. It would later be dated to around the second century BC. …


What Happened to the Young Woman Who Vanished From a Sleepy Swedish Town in 1992?

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Helena Andersson was 22 years old and carefree, her whole life seemingly ahead of her. However, that would all change on June 14, 1992, a hot summer’s day in Mariestad, a small town of around 15,000 in North-East Sweden. Helena had been out dancing with friends at a local hotel, enjoying herself. Tired, was ready to come home. She phoned shortly before closing time to tell her sister she had forgotten her keys, and during the same phone call, her sister insisted Helena get a taxi. However, she never came home. The next day, police searching the area for the young woman came across the only trace they ever found — her sandals laying in a pasture and her rings alongside the road Helena would have walked. …


Does the Loch Ness Monster, the World’s Most Famous Cryptid, Truly Exist?

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Loch Ness is a 23-mile freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands. The stretch of water is the second-largest such loch in Scotland after Loch Lomond and also the second deepest after Loch Morar. Such is the vastness of the place that it contains more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined, and the area is home to a variety of fish such as trout, salmon, pike and sturgeon. …


Was the Disappearance of a Seventeen-Year-Old Swedish Woman in 1948 Really Murder?

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Viola “Vivi” Widegren was born on May 2, 1931. She was a health care assistant and grew up on a farm in Västerbränna, Sweden. Her parents had previously run a small business and moved into the area after her mother became seriously ill through diabetes and tuberculosis. Viola’s father, Karl Widegren, worked as a timber surveyor and carer, looking after both his daughter and sick wife, his single income no doubt making life difficult. She died in 1937 when Viola was six, and he subsequently remarried in 1938, having another daughter, a half-sister to Viola. Despite limitations, the family was able to buy a new property in 1944 and a few years afterwards even added a second, renting it out to a mother and her two children. …


Did Satan Himself Visit the English County of Devon One Cold Night in 1855?

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It was on the night of February 8, 1855, that heavy snowfall covered the southern British counties of Devon and Dorset. The inclement weather would continue for days, and upon waking, villagers and townsfolk in the mostly rural locations were horrified to find cloven hoof prints at as many as thirty sites across the region. While you might not think this unusual, with goats to be expected in the countryside… these footprints were up to four inches long and the creature, whatever it was, seemingly walked on two legs…

The “Devil’s footprints” covered a distance between 40 and 100 miles and were between eight and sixteen inches apart and, while some were described as four inches long, most were in fact only an inch a half or two inches. Reports of the phenomenon came from across Devon, mostly centred around the Exe Estuary in the east and south of the region. However, there were reports of such Satanic footprints as far away as Dorset, the next county to the east. The tracks were mostly straight with no object seemingly phasing whatever creature was responsible, smoothly moving over haystacks, houses and rivers. The footprints even appeared on roofs, and according to some accounts were directed toward the country house of the Lord of Exeter. …


Who Was Responsible for the Killings of Connie Svendsen and Louise Borglit?

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Please note: There is no suggestion that these two cases are linked.

The Betrayal and Murder of Connie Svendsen

Connie Svendsen was well known on the island of Bornholm. She lived at Rønne and had a large circle of friends, being 51, divorced and working as a waitress. On September 1, 1997, she failed to arrive for work, alarming colleagues due to her reputation for punctuality and always phoning managers before being absent. Her boss, Birte, subsequently decided to do a welfare check at her apartment and found that the front door was unlocked. …


Mysteriously Vanishing Into History, What Really Happened to the Lost Legion?

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Britain is an island awash with legends. From witches and bogarts to tales of giants and dragons, the mysteries of the ancients have enthralled for millennia. However, none of these legends is perhaps as significant as what happened to the Spanish Ninth Legion, one of the forces sent to occupy the land after the Roman Invasion. While historians have long debated the mysterious disappearance of the men, legends say that they were sent north to fight the Scots, marching into the mists and never being seen again…

It was in 43 AD that the Roman emperor Claudius instigated the empire’s invasion of Britain and it seems likely that the Ninth Legion were one of the units involved. In the year 50, the company is one of those who defeat the British chieftain Caratacus and the same year they begin the construction of a fort at modern-day Lincoln. They wouldn’t have it all their own way in Britain, however, suffering losses so severe at the Battle of Camulodunum that the event became known as the Massacre of the Ninth Legion. The battle was a significant victory during the revolt of Boudica around the year 60. …


Who Was Responsible for the Shocking Copenhagen “Carnival Killing”?

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It is now over thirty years since the brutal killing of Anne Stine Geisler, a murder that shocked Danish society. The nature of the crime, including evidence of sadism and torture, made revolting reading. Possibly linked to one of Denmark’s most notorious serial killers, the slaying of an 18-year-old woman in her own basement remains unsolved to this day.


Is One of the Greatest Hoards Known to History Laying at the Bottom of an Italian River?

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The Sack of Rome on August 24, 410, is one of the most significant events in world history. It was the first time that the “eternal city” had fallen in 800 years, and many mark the event as the beginning of the end for an already beleaguered Western Roman Empire. While the city by that point was no longer the capital of the empire, nor even the city it had once been, it still held immense symbolism throughout the world as one of the centres of civilisation. Into this civilisation came the fury of the Visigoths and King Alaric.

The Germanic tribes had been increasing in power for over 400 years, with their technology and abilities increasing exponentially following their first contact with the Roman Empire. The Goths had been raiding the empire for nearly 200 years by the time of Rome’s sacking, and after the failed Gothic rebellion, the Eastern Roman Empire seemingly forced a peace in 382. In return for this peace, the Visigoths were allowed to remain autonomous, yet were expected to provide military service. A new king, Alaric, had other ideas. …


“It’s Korsør, Almost Nothing Happens Here”

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Located on the west coast of Denmark, Korsør is a small town of just 14,608 people, being a rising tourist destination in the country that is full of Scandinavian charm. However, a darkness lingers over the place, with the unresolved murder of 17-year-old Emilie Meng in 2016 still haunting both local residents and the nation alike. Murders rarely go unsolved in Denmark, and the senseless killing of a regular Danish teenager shocked the nation.

It was on July 10, 2016, that Emilie Meng was last seen in Korsør, departing the train station and headed for home following a night out with friends in Slagelse, a town to the east. The friends were celebrating their success in end of year exams that had concluded their first year at Slagelse Gymnasium, having achieved their high school diplomas. The atmosphere during the night was said by friends to be jubilant, with the three visiting a shisha cafe and McDonald’s during their time out. The girls were described as kind, well mannered and respectful. There was no suggestion that alcohol or drugs were involved during the night out, or as a part of Emilie’s life in a broader context. However, at McDonald’s, the atmosphere changed and Meng was said to have become upset when she received a Facebook message from a boy, ending their relationship. …

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Michael East

Writer. Publisher. Designer. Writing primarily on history, socialist politics, true crime & folklore. Working toward a book. http://MichaelEastWriter.com

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