Some things can nag when left unanswered too long.
Like, whatever happened to that mom with the maybe-haunted kitchen closet? Or the couple who turned their wedding into a super hero theatrical extravaganza? Joy? Regrets?
We wondered, too. So we updated five stories that kept us guessing.
Kick back, uncork a little marinating king cobra and enjoy. May 2010 be half as wicked weird.
'Nightmare' move over, shadow men to come
The western Maine crew behind "Your Worst Nightmare: Supernatural Assault," has a follow-up in the works, a film to pursue in 2010 and a Rachel Ray Show segment in limbo.
That next documentary, on ghosts, spirits and shadow men?
"Some of the people we interviewed had stories that will make your hair turn white," said Paul Taitt.
Taitt, Andrew Barnes and their wives make up Soul Smack productions. They released "Supernatural Assault" on DVD last October. In May, the Rachel Ray Show called after watching it. Taitt said the TV show flew out a Portland woman Soul Smack had interviewed for the documentary and taped a segment on sleep paralysis.
"They had us running around like headless chickens trying to pull all the footage together they wanted," he said.
Since then, no air date. Yet.
Meanwhile, he and Barnes have done multiple radio shows and are halfway through the edit of their second DVD. They'd like to shoot the third project, a film, next year. Taitt doesn't want to give away the plot, but ...
"When we saw 'Paranormal Activity,' I looked at that and I thought, 'Oh my goodness, that should have been us.'"
Bigfoot at home on Congress Street
A few people have been halfway through the tour when Loren Coleman says they've looked up and realized, "Oh, you're the guy on ‘MonsterQuest.'"
In November, Coleman opened the International Cryptozoology Museum and most days, he's the one running the show.
The museum is laid out in a single 500-square-foot room at 661 Congress St. in Portland, reached through The Green Hand Bookshop. With decades' worth of Bigfoot, Loch Ness and other strange paraphernalia, the cryptozoologist says he plans to rotate part of the exhibit four times a year. It all used to be kept, by appointment only, in his home.
Museum-goers are already bringing in their own finds, like a Yeti's Best produce box from Whole Foods and Vietnamese wine with a king cobra inside. For the latter, Coleman said he Googled and found that it's the Asian equivalent of tequila with a worm at the bottom. Into his collection it went.
He has a three-year lease on the property, with an option for three more, and plans to expand to the building's second floor.
Museum hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m., closed Monday. Admission is $5 per person.
Author back with more Maine lore, more mayhem
After tackling tales about ax murders and an unsolved decapitation, Bucksport librarian Emeric Spooner has written a new book.
This one features some very old Maine urban legends.
Oh, and a couple of murders.
"Because that's what I do," he said.
Author of the self-published and Weird, Wicked Weird-profiled "In Search of Sara Ware" and "A Return to Smuttynose Island: And Other Maine Axe Murders," Spooner has now written "In Search of Maine Urban Legends." Also self-published, the book is on sale at Amazon.com.
His latest book features among
other stories, the supposed curse of Bucksport's founder by a witch, a white whale found swimming in the Penobscot River and a pair of nuns who were attacked by a creature with glowing red eyes, as well as two stories about female serial killers from the 1800s.
All were tales that had caught Spooner's attention over the past 20 years as he researched other works.
"These are the stories that are passed down from generation to generation," he said. "At the heart of them is a truth that needs to be searched out."
Some of the tales — such as the woman who killed her four children, first and second husbands and one stepson — are gruesome enough to seed the plot of a modern horror movie. Others — such as the elephant that got away from a circus train and spent four days roaming Bucksport and swimming in the local lake — are almost too absurd to be believed.
Spooner doesn't believe in the curse of Bucksport's founder or the evidence so often pointed to: the image of a leg dancing on Buck's gravestone.
"It's just a flaw in the stone," he said.
Still, with that story and others, Spooner tries to stay neutral. Maybe it's a curse. Maybe not. He lets the reader decide.
Ghost no more in Biddeford, group catches phantom 'meow' in Fryeburg
Dani King's 3-year-old son isn't talking about "The Man" in the closet anymore.
In January, Maine Paranormal Society did an overnight investigation of King's Biddeford apartment. As soon as she moved into the converted mill building, King said she experienced strange burning sensations on her legs and phantom drips coming from the ceiling. Her son was insistent about "The Man" in the kitchen closet.
After catching curious sounds on tape, MPS returned a few months later.
"Literally nothing has happened at all (since)," King said. "I still have a hard time believing it because it was so strange."
In addition to Biddeford, the Maine team affiliated with TV's "Ghost Hunters" also conducted investigations this year in Fryeburg — where they believe they caught a ghost cat on tape — and the Poland Spring Resort. Case manager Jennifer Moreau said another investigation at a home in Thomaston really stood out.
They collected 40 EVPs (electronic voice phenomena) and made out the sounds of six different men and women, none of whom where there in the flesh that night, Moreau said.
"(One,) we call it the old crone. She sounds like a typical Hollywood witch casting a spell," she said. In another, "The homeowner says, 'That's wild.' You can hear the spirit repeat, ‘That's wild.'"
Their 2010 calendar is already full.
Super hero wedding: More to come
They made ABCnews.com's list of World's Most Unusual Weddings along with the couple married underwater and the couple with a grizzly for a best man.
Tony and Sarah Lucchese were all over the Web in August after trading vows dressed as Superman and Wonder Woman.
"We spent a lot of time on our honeymoon checking the Internet," Tony said. "It was fun to read people who thought we were crazy, people who thought it was fun."
The couple, both University of Southern Maine students, traded vows on an elaborate Fortress of Solitude set built in a Portland waterfront warehouse and had encouraged guests to dress up. They agreed: The ceremony went just as hoped.
"(The wedding photographer) took a photo of heroes on the roof — that was kind of a traffic-stopping moment," Sarah said. Her new husband struck a pose by a flagpole. "The wind was blowing his cape back. At that moment, I realized that was the happiest moment of his life."
They did e-mail interviews afterward with media outlets and bloggers as far away as India.
Tony wore his custom-made Superman costume again for Halloween. Sarah said she's kicking around the idea of putting Wonder Woman back on for their anniversary, maybe someday even skydiving in the outfits.
And stay tuned: They promise a YouTube video of the day is coming.
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