Video PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 September 2018 Stacia Briggs and Siofra Connor Weird Norfolk: The old man of Hopton. Pictured: Night closes in on the A12 where a Lowestoft police constable had a spine-chilling encounter with the unexplained. Date: 24 Dec 1980. Picture: Archant Library Archant Sea frets have often blurred the lines between this world and the next – and one such creature to appear from the mist is the Old Man of Hopton, who stalks the A47 in front of terrified drivers, some of whom claim to have driven straight through him. In the Winter edition of The Lantern in 1980, the tale of a Lowestoft man on the new A12 Hopton Bypass was reported: Frank Colby of the British Transport Police was driving with his wife when he saw a man crossing the duel carriageway at Hopton.Stocky in build and wearing a calf-length, shapeless garment, he was hunched over and wearing “fantastically huge footwear…and he was lifting them up well as he … [Read more...] about Weird Norfolk: The old man of Hopton
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A FUGITIVE'S 'man bun' was mercilessly mocked online after cops issued a photo of the wanted man who locals say looks like "Princess Leia on a bad day". London police released a photo of 19-year-old Joseph Longman on Friday saying he was wanted for a serious assault. The post of the teenager was captioned by police: "Fugitive Friday: Can you help us track down Joseph Longman, age 19? He is wanted for a serious assault." Residents said it shouldn't take long to track the teenager down given his distinctive hair-do, which some said looked like Princess Leia from Star Wars or Minnie Mouse. Richard Favre commented: "What’s the crime? Doing a bad impersonation of Princess Leia?" Scott Turnill wrote: "How can you not find a guy that's walking around with Princess Leia's hairstyle??? Not exactly inconspicuous." Some people in the comment thread on the post - created by police in Hillingdon, West London - thought the jokes were inappropriate, but the gags kept rolling in. Craig McGhee … [Read more...] about On-the-run man gets a ribbing after police release picture of him sporting Princess Leia-inspired man buns
TWO teenage girls carried out a bloody knife attack on a pal, stabbing her multiple times and leaving her for dead to please a fictional horror character Slender Man. Anissa Weier, 15, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree homicide as a party to a crime, with use of a deadly weapon while Morgan Geyser was sentenced to 40 years in a mental health unit. Here's what you need to know about the harrowing case. Who is the Slender Man? The Slender Man is a fictional character created as an internet meme through a forum called Something Awful in 2009. Depicted as a very tall, very thin, faceless man in a black suit, he was developed through a thread on the forum which asked users to edit every day photographs to appear paranormal. An entry into the competition from "Victor Surge", real name Eric Knudsen, consisted of two black and white images of groups of children. He had added a tall, thin figure wearing a black suit to the photos and named his character The Slender Man. … [Read more...] about What was the Slender Man stabbing case, where are Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser now and why did they attack Payton Leutner?
A FICTIONAL character created in a Photoshop contest grew into an internet horror sensation the world over. The Slender Man, a child-catching suited creature with gangly arms and legs, has become a part of modern literature, art, video games and even film — but it also influenced an attempted murder. Who is Eric 'Victor Surge' Knudsen? Eric 'Victor Surge' Knudsen is the original creator of the Slender Man. He submitted an image of the fictional character to an online forum called Something Awful. Although he has sparked the cult following which grew from Slender Man's creation, Knudsen says he does not spend much time on the internet. He is now in his mid-30s and lives with his wife and child in Florida. He said he was inspired by Stephen King's short stories, HP Lovecraft and William S Burroughs to create Slender Man. He said: "I don't spend a lot of active time on the internet since I usually have a lot of real-life stuff going on." Apart from the initial inception of the … [Read more...] about What is Slender Man, who is Eric ‘Victor Surge’ Knudsen and what was the Slender Man stabbing?
IT’S been a hit on stage and film, and now the Beeb is bringing the sad and fascinating tale of The Elephant Man to TV. The BBC1 biography will star Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton as Joseph Merrick, whose disfigurements from a rare combination of diseases led him to be displayed in Victorian freak shows. British-born Charlie will start filming later this year in Wales after finishing his commitments for series three of Stranger Things on Netflix. He said: “This is such a special role and a challenge for any actor. Joseph has such an incredible story and I can’t wait to bring him to life.” The two-part drama, set to air next year, will be very different to previous versions of The Elephant Man, who has been portrayed by Sir John Hurt, David Bowie and Bradley Cooper. A telly insider said: “Other interpretations have focused on Joseph in adulthood, but this will take you right back to his childhood and outline just how tragic his life really was. … [Read more...] about Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton to star as the Elephant Man in new BBC1 drama