Saturday, July 8, 2017

Terre Haute Local Urban Legend: John Heinl, Stiffy Green, and Martin Sheets


I have finished Biblio IH and Biblio B and I thought it would be perfect to be convivial in nature and attempt to suppress some of my reclusive ways. For a long time now, my personality has been a confluence of subjects in occultism, magick. paranormal, socio-political commentary, and love of art. So I will be coalescing these together in my website and on my channel. So in this particular blog post,  I will be reviewing a paranormal local legend about John Heinl and his canine, Stiffy Green, and the man who feared being buried alive, Martin Sheets. In the video above was in my exploration of these particular mysteries. 

The local newspaper was assiduous in their approach to this story here. John Heinl has passed into the depths of death in 1921 and was buried in Highland Cemetery in Terre Haute, Indiana. However, death has not attenuated his legend, it has rather allocated him into a field of inscrutable legends. But his way into fame did not come from himself or any intrepid action, but his dog. 

Stiffy Green was the nickname given to his companion. One of my friend's mother has sworn to have seen the spirit of the dog that was in grievance of his master dying. A plethora or people have claimed to have achieved results without cajole to see this haunting animal spirit. There have been reports of people hearing the poor dog barking or being identified with his green eyes in the grave yard. This dog originally sitting in the Heinl Mausoleum, but it was removed because of vandalism.



But what was this infamous canine? Many invoke his name saying the dog is stuffed in the Vigo County Historical Museum. On my investigation in early 2017 on this venture to find answers the journey was far less insipid than I could have ever imagined. I called one of the curators of the historical museum to speak with them and they had stated, "Stiffy Green is a statue. He was not a real dog." This was supposedly the ghost of the dog that forever remained loyal to its owner, even after the veil of death. 

The answer was innocuous to those without dogma, but inherently threatening to those who innately had experiences or wanted to have devout faith in the paranormal. I started to ask, how could these people see the dog of this man if it was a statue? The answer was lucid. The statue of this little dog was the target of inundated attention creating a thought-form, or a spirit which was permeated through ebullient attention. So this story was quickly elucidated  through facts and the drive to the graveyard. 




Then we have the story of Martin Sheets. He was a successful businessman who had a fear of being buried alive. His fanaticism is well understood for his period, as science did not have the proper tools to determine if someone was in a true deep sleep or death many times. Even my great grandmother was at a funeral where the woman actually woke up at her funeral. Death is such an enigmatic topic full of encumbrance that it is easy to fall prey into obsession for some people.


So he had the tremendous idea to put a phone in his mausoleum if he was buried alive and he could call out. Martin Sheets died in 1910 and the weirdest part of this story is not too long after his death, there was a call from his mausoleum to his widowed wife! WTHI confirmed that the call was real and the phone line removed from the grave.




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