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Unexplained podcast & some venting...

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So I was listening to the podcast Unexplained (http://www.unexplainedpodcast.com/episodes/2016/1/24/episode-1-opening-the-gate) which has lots of Cthulhu inspiration. I went back to listen to the first one and heard about the Netta Fornario mystery- (http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/scotland/occult/netta-fornario-ionas-occult-mystery.html) - a Golden Dawn adept in 1929 who travelled to Iona and tried making telepathic contact with the spirits and faeries there, before trying to leave the island in a panic, was unnable due to lack of boats and was then found dead atop a fairy mound the next morning naked save for a cloak, dagger, a silver cross turned black and scratches all over her, but no visible wound.

 

But while I accept that Unexplained goes for the most Fortean explanation going, (pineal glands, making contact with faeries from other dimensions, psychic attacks from dead Golden Dawn leader Moina Mathers) and that is their schtick, some of the other facts about the case-  Netta's unhappy childhood, not fitting in, beliefs in her own telepathy, regularly getting lost on the island and falling into trances all speak more of an unhappy woman with mental health issues who had a psychotic break or other mental breakdown  and then wandered the moors naked in a daze or panic, scratching herself on gorse before dying of hypothermia or exposure.

Maybe its just my inner Occam's razor, but this episode just really wound me up the wrong way.  It's a tragedy, and she was doing some unusual stuff prior to her death,  but its not unexplainable.

Still I'm vaguely disappointed that Netta Fornario hasnt shown up in any Cthulhu Brittanica books (Scotland or London)

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jlynn

I have yet to acquire a copy of it, but does "The Golden Dawn" by Scott Aniolowski have any mention of her in it?

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WinstonP

I have yet to acquire a copy of it, but does "The Golden Dawn" by Scott Aniolowski have any mention of her in it?

Officially the author is Alan Smithee. :)

 

I'll check my copy but since the books focus is on Gaslight, I'm. It sure this case shows up in the Golden Dawn book.

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jlynn

Since I don't own it, all I could do was show the author listed by Amazon.com.

 

I figure it would be unlikely, since it IS Gaslight, but I thought I'd ask... ;-)

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skaye

I have yet to acquire a copy of it, but does "The Golden Dawn" by Scott Aniolowski have any mention of her in it?

 

 

It does not, from my poking through it.

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jlynn

Well, it was the only major campaign that seems to at least partially be predicated on the Golden Dawn (at least, if we go by its title), so I thought, "just maybe..."

 

Ah well.

 

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