IL - In search of the Mad Gasser of Mattoon

Discussion in 'Bizarre and Off-Beat News' started by wfgodot, Aug 15, 2013.

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    wfgodot Former Member

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    This actually was Weird and Off-Beat the 1940s. But the mystery remains. Couldn't think where to put this extremely odd subject so it's here. Mass hysteria? An actual physical presence dementedly attacking home sites? Still unknown.....

    The Wiki entry also has much info on similar incidents which occurred in Botetourt County, Virginia, about ten years earlier.

    Very good article here:

    In Search of the Mad Gasser. (Fortean Times)
    The Mad Gasser of Mattoon is often held up as a classic example of mass hysteria and has led to even more extraordinary claims of Nazi or alien involvement. But is the case really as mysterious as it seems? Jonathan Downes ventures to the American Midwest to investigate.
    much more at the link

    Wiki: Mad Gasser of Mattoon

    Many other internet sites include coverage of the events also.
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    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    Yes, and in 1968 the Mattoon High School was attacked by hoards of deadly brown recluse spiders! That town is right out of a 1970s drive-in movie.

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