On October 3rd, Long Island hiker James Rankin came across a scene in the woods so terrifying it could have been a scene straight out of a horror movie. Luckily the year is 2016 and anything creepy as hell can be well documented, Rankin pulled out his camera and filmed the whole thing – because why should this guy suffer from screaming nightmares on his own?
So here’s what happened…
The location was Long Island’s Berkeley Jackson County Park; Rankin had stumbled across a group of trees in a small valley with more than 25 real-life missing person cases taped to them. Rankin also uncovered a large camping tent, a bed, open cans of food and a fire pit arranged in a circle in the woods.
Then just to throw an element of Blair Witch in with the mix, he also found a strange pattern of branches lashed together symmetrically.
Suffolk County police told top bullshit investigators Snopes, “The man was on private property and the owners had set up for a Halloween party.”
However this is something Rankin strongly disagrees with. He fired back on his Facebook page, “As of 9AM Oct. 4th, the police have told me that the homeowner of the adjacent property is claiming this was set up for a “Halloween party,” and that it would be taken down after Halloween. They are not investigating further.
What I wanna know is, if these were “Halloween party” decorations, why have they been hanging there for weeks or months? Because it was plainly obvious that the stuff had been there for quite a while, and not set up recently. That’s clearly the case as seen in the videos. Seems to me they’re just using the time of year as an excuse (just my opinion).”
He added: “Also gotta wonder just what sort of person thinks it’s OK to use real missing persons posters of people’s lost loved ones as party decor.”
The New York Post reported that police have closed their investigation, ignoring thousands of social media users demanding answers about what is actually going on here. Whereas local press reported different, as they confirmed the situation is active but police have no other updates or explanations.
Reddit users came to these following conclusions:
- It’s a viral promo for the new “Blair Witch” movie. (Author note: Bit too late don’t you think?)
- It’s an an old independent film location that didn’t clean up after itself.
- It was created by a copycat killer. User heart_of_gold wrote: “Sometimes sociopaths will worship similar acts to their desires that already have been (presumably) committed.”
You can decide for yourself by watching the full version of the video that was originally published on Facebook here: