October’s almost over and Halloween’s right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you need to let up on dousing yourself in creepy horror stories and frightening local legends. Around this time of year when the air gets cold and the crisp leaves fall to the ground, it’s nice to snuggle up on the couch with a good blanket and eerie show to watch at night.
You may already know that one of the more spine-tingling shows that many of us have been anticipating to return to our screen is Netflix’s Stranger Things. But did you know that the main inspiration behind your favorite show comes from terrifying stories about a New York small town? Keep reading if you’re brave enough to hear about this small town’s past.
If you’re currently one of the many people in America who’s binge watching Season 2 of Stranger Things on Netflix, this may be of interest to you! Something viewers may not know about the show is that it was originally sold with the working title being “Montauk” and was going to take place out on Long Island. The main basis of the Netflix show comes from the years of conspiracy theories that have been played out in the public about what is known as the Montauk Project.
While some are quick to write off the local legends and conspiracy theories, many believe in the stories that are told about Camp Hero. Since the 1980s people have speculated that the government had been experimenting with mind control and psychological warfare using children. It was in the early 1980s that a man by the name of Preston B. Nichols came out with a series of books where he wrote about working at Camp Hero and the secret experiments that had happened here over a significant period of time.
Once Nichols came out with his series of books and was vocal about what exactly he remembered happening with the secret experiments, handfuls of other people involved came forward with what they remembered. Many of the people who claimed to have been a part of the experiments that happened at Camp Hero went on to give interviews saying the secret projects involved them working with other dimensions and spaces in time.
In the late 1980s a movie called The Philadelphia Experiment came out talking about a similar situation in history where the government had reportedly been working on experiments involving time travel and mind control. After watching the movie a man by the name of Al Bielek felt as if what he had watched was a bit too familiar to him. Feeling as though he had an itch he couldn’t scratch, Bielek sought out different forms of therapy that might lead him to uncover repressed memories.
Eventually Bielek uncovered his lost memories and would come to realize that he had been involved in both The Philadelphia Experiment and the Montauk Project. Bielek went on to discover that his actual name was Edward Cameron and he believed that his memories had been washed away from his mind in an effort to keep the government’s experiments secret.
Once Edward Cameron got his memories back he was able to recall that he had a brother who also worked on The Philadelphia Experiment with him when they were in their 20s. It was during this time of the 1940s that Cameron claims Nikola Tesla was able to find a way to make the U.S.S. Eldridge invisible and also opened up a wormhole that took the ship 40 years into the future. Holy moly Batman! During the 1990 UFO Network Cameron explained to crowds that the government had attempted to force him into living his life under a different name and had his memory wiped clean against his will.
Nichols went on to say that he worked with Duncan on what was known as The Montauk Chair, a chair that had the ability to amplify psychic powers using electromagnetism. Using Duncan’s extremely powerful psychic ability and The Montauk Chair, the government attempted to use the man’s power to perform mind-control experiments.
Similar to what you see in Stranger Things, children were reportedly abducted on a regular basis so that they could be brought to Camp Hero for experiments. The abducted children Nichols claimed were known as the Montauk Boys, sent to unknown areas of space and time and brought to the camp to be psychologically broken down like animals in a lab.
From what we’re told by those who actually remember being involved in the Montauk Project, the experiments were eventually shut down after things had gone too far. Reaching a point of uncomfortableness, the government apparently had mastered consistently traveling to other places in time. It was in the mid 1980s when the entire experiment would be shut down, wiping the memories of all employees involved and blocking off the areas of the camp that had been used for the secret experiments. Creepy!