Lots and Lots of Setbacks

The con yesterday was... kind of a disaster.  Didn't get approached by anyone looking for me, but I just couldn't enjoy myself.  Got a bit of nausea and that nasty feeling of being watched one usually gets when He's around, but I never saw him.  I suspect my cosplay probably had something to do with that "watched" feeling, but still...

Anyway, right around dinner time I started coughing and realized the battery on my camera was dead.  I had to leave early, and still felt followed the whole way home.  I passed out in the evening and woke up feeling like crap around noon today.  I really hate passing out like that without meaning to sleep.  I've had a history of it happening long before I ever knew any of this, but it's taken a more disturbing tone in light of these events.

An apology for the lack of videos in the last week or so... schoolwork has been vast and time-consuming, including a group project for a 50-minute presentation about Bloody Poetry, tcom scene treatments and a screenplay all due in the next few weeks, I've been pretty tied up.  In the meantime, I can at least try to keep people updated on things.  Now... the setbacks I mentioned:

Jay began to tweet about being unable to open his Youtube. Then slowly tweeted himself out of conciousness, then this happened.

So... was Alex haunted as a child long ago? Did someone like totheark edit an old home movie to make it appear so? What happened to Jay?

Poor Alana. I doubt she survived that. I'm still unclear on the facebook assets of this case, so I'm not sure if we know for sure who Baghead is.

Retroactive, but still. I shat brix and am particularly worried for how much Noah's sanity is slipping here.

The only step forward, if we wish to call it that, is that Jeff and the others got a step closer to Dr. Corenthal, and get burned for it. Hopefully the items from the storage unit will yield some useful information.

Everyone's been facing major setbacks in the last week or so.  I know things usually get worse and don't get better in these situations.  Just wish we all could have made some kind of progress by now.  I've been trying to figure out Benefactor puzzle based on some of your suggestions.  Still no progress, though like I said, I haven't had much time.  Let me know if you find anything.

P.S. A lot of people have been tweeting/messaging me about certain videos.  Please check the playlists on my channel before you do.  If it's on the Playlist, I've seen it already.  Thanks.


Benefactor Makes Me Watch A Duran Duran Ad... Oh Yeah, and everything we thought we knew was wrong


Got a tip from @Arkwatch that Benefactor favorited something on the Youtube, so I went to his channel to see.  As I opened his channel, I got hit full in the face with an ad for Duran Duran before the video played. (Jeez asshole, couldn't find ad-free version of it anywhere?)  It was a music video for a band I hadn't heard of.  The video itself... MASKS... MASKS EVERYWHERE.

I think he likes just throwing music at us to figure out what he's trying to say.  Don't get me wrong, I'm liking the tracks so far.   I'd like it a lot more if they weren't converted into... what's Josh call it... cryptic bullshit?  I figure it has to mean something since he's only ever used the channel to send such messages before.  Oh, and the background of his channel's changed... got some cards on it.  Take a look.

In other news...

Well... I don't even know what to say about this.  We don't even know how true it is.  Too many people have met/fought revenants, including the PTC, for me to fully believe it was a mass hallucination caused by the Slender Man.  Then again, if it was, he's far more powerful and INTELLIGENT then we've given him credit for.  And that truth seekers, is a terrifying prospect.

Given the above, I'm having a hard time figuring out His endgame.  If he's smart enough to do something like this, then I doubt he would be acting simply on instinct.  We've seen evidence in the past of people who have put words to his motive... the cult of Damien's parents... Conaghan... simply mad or perhaps more?

Noah's back.  We'll see what happens next.

- Dr. Cairo


The Deck List

Here is the list of the cards.  I'll add photos soon, but I've described the writing where I could.

All the cards with additional writing besides the corner writing are listed first, while all the rest are organized by suit.  The slashed-through Operator symbol he's been using, I'll refer to as the "benefactor symbol" below.


The two Joker cards have the following:
- When laid side by side, they form a message on both the front and back.
- Front Message: BET YOUR LIFE (with the benefactor symbol split between the two cards)
- On both cards the O in Joker has been altered to an Operator symbol.

- Corner Text - 52
- Written on the card, split between the two halves: The moment man devoured the fruit of knowledge, he sealed his fate.  Entrusting his future to the cards, man clings to a dim hope.
- The Final Boss of the video game Persona 3 said this exact line, though I'm not sure why he'd reference it.  Of course, this isn't the first reference to Japanese pop-culture he's made.

 - Corner Text - 4D
 - On both ends, "rk" has been added to the A to spell "Ark", but then a line is drawn through them.
 - The brand name of the cards was written across the center of the spade, but it's been blacked out, and a benefactor symbol  was drawn around the spade

- Corner Text - 53
- Another benefactor symbol is drawn over the heart.
- Laughter is written all over the card: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

- Corner Text - 4E
- Words are used to create the lines in another benefactor symbol.  The phrases are repeated twice in each direction to create radial symmetry.  The diamond has a "?" in it, which I guess is the punctuation for all the phrases.
- "Am I Alive" - (The A in Am is the printed red A of the card)
- "Who"
- "Why does it kill"

- Both faces of all four King cards have been erased with either while paint or white out.  Aside from that, each only contains corner text.
- King of Clubs - 49
- King of Spades - 44
- King of Hearts - 54
- King of Diamonds - 4D

The rest of the cards contain only corner text.

Q - 4F
J - 43
10 - 45
9 - 45
8 - 4E
7 - 53
6 - 45
5 - 44
4 - 54
3 - 45
2 - 4F

Q - 48
J - 4E
10 - 44
9 - 54
8 - 43
7 - 52
6 - 4F
5 - 53
4 - 4C
3 - 48
2 - 45

Q - 4F
J - 45
10 - 4F
9 - 4F
8 - 54
7 - 54
6 - 55
5 - 52
4 - 54
3 - 49
2 - 49

Q - 4E
J - 52
10 - 52
9 - 49
8 - 41
7 - 46
6 - 45
5 - 43
4 - 46
3 - 49
2 - 41

Whew, that's everything.  Let me know if anyone comes up with sommething.


Intrusion and the Deck

Came back to school today.  Someone's been in my room while I was gone.  The "Stop" sign on the door had the Operator symbol slashed through.  I found this the inside of the door.
The Guy Fawkes mask I had in my room was missing.  The sheets were ripped off the bed and laying in the floor.  My Vincent Valentine figure was lying in the floor, along with an empty pizza box.  And finally, the little articulated statue had been moved and posed.
Benefactor's been here.  I called the campus cops to report a break in, but since nothing was stolen or missing aside from the mask they don't really believe me, and it's not like I can explain what's really going on here.  They are going to change my lock, but I doubt that will help.

Anyways, the deck of cards in that box is... I dunno, weird.  I'm trying to figure out what kind of message he's trying to send.  If I can't make any progress on the cards in the next day or two I'll post them up here and see if you can make anything out.

Yeah, it has the four faceless-king cards that were in thefifth.avi.  But there's a lot more.


In the Case of Josh Rallus (Also, Animals and Slender Man)

Everyone else here at home is asleep now... except me and my dog, so I can safely get on to update.  I've been having trouble keeping up with happenings in the active cases, what with being on the road and keeping people from getting suspicious.  Tonight though, I've caught up on Josh Rallus' case and, well, see for youself.

Josh linked this unlisted video on Friday (3/4), which I saw the day I left. Saturday morning he tweeted about heading out to Nathan's house with Austin and Spencer and since then, he's obviously been severely affected by something, as evidenced by his recent tweets. Amongst the messages were a number of URLs, encoded in ROT-13, that led to more hidden videos on his channel. I'm posting them here.

There is... a lot to discuss here.  My most pressing question here is if the entity attacking them at the end truly is the Slender Man?  He hasn't been seen wearing a hat in the videos previous to this, and the only record I know of at this point of Slender Man wearing a hat come from one of the Matthew Selby sketches from the Just Another Fool case... Is it an impostor or proxy dressed as him, or is his appearance undergoing an evolution?

From what I saw in the conclusion of the last video, it's some mirace Josh survived to be posting this.  Josh, we've spoken before... please try to contact me if there's anything I can do.  And be safe.  I hope your mental state can recover from this.

My dog hasn't been reacting or acting suspiciously since I got home, and I take that to be a good thing.  One assumes that animals can sense something so threatening and she'd give me some kind of sign if he was near.  We have precedent for this with Rocky (Alex Kralie's dog) and Sparky reacting to the Rake. But this got me thinking... what is Slender Man's relation/behavior with animals?  Does anyone have any stories to share about this?  Has he been known to attack animals?  Will animals attack him or simply flee?



Haven't seen or heard a peep from you-know-who or fearfulXbenefactor since I was recording this early in the morning on Friday... but let me tell you, it's really screwed up my Spring Break plans.  Yeah, shockingly I still had them, but I really don't want to take the chance of Him following me to my planned destination.  So what am I doing right now?  Be-bopping across the state to various relatives.  One night each.  All told maybe about 12 hours at each destination.  Unfortunately, I've on the last one.  I have little choice but to go "home"  until the school reopens on Sunday.

My parents... and the rest of my family... have no fucking clue what's going on here.  I've done everything in my power to keep them ignorant of the world of cosmic horrors just below the surface of my daily life.  As someone who grew up with a close-knit family and deep seated commitments to them... distancing myself from them has been a painful and trying experience.  But it's for the best... because they currently hold the most powerful card in the game...

Ignorance.  Ignorance, not truth is the strongest card to hold.  But Cairo, you may ask, then why all this work towards finding the Truth?  Because...  truth is the second strongest card.  And if you know ANYTHING, if you've seen anything, if you've so much as heard His name, you can never hold the ignorance card again.  We all start with it... but the moment you start playing the game you lose it and can never get it back.  And I'm doing everything in my power to keep them out of the game.

So... contact will be limited while I'm there.  Can't take the chance of them looking over my shoulder and asking what I'm working on.  I'll try and get what I'm working on now up tomorrow before I leave, if not, you'll have to wait for Sunday.  I pray nothing happens... if it does, I'll bolt for a hotel somewhere instead, although my limited funds may lead to a few nights in the car.

One last thing, please.  If anything ever happens with me... don't try to contact my family, my friends, or anyone else who knew me.  Don't drag them down with me.


I Shouldn't Have Done That

I let my guard down last night.  I am regretting it.

Late last night, eh, probably about 1:00 AM, I was filming a short video update for the Youtube channel.  Basically just a place for people to request blogs for compilation and a brief bit of me talking about "Liar" and the benefactor situation.  How did I let my guard down?

I had my door open.  I used to let it hang open all the time, so that I could talk with passerby and friends on the floor.  Invite them in to play some Smash Bros and what not.  I always close, lock and/or bar the door when I'm asleep or out.  But last night, for some reason, I had my door open, if only to feel a little less alone.

I saw what I can only assume was Benefactor.  Don't know who he was, but I got some kind of idea.  He was smaller than one might expect.  Dare I say it, Slender... *slaps self* Bad joke, sorry.  Jeans and a black hoodie with the hood drawn.  Couldn't make out any details of his hair or face as he had his back to me almost the whole time.  Well, he showed up at my door... evidently had the balls to leave a message on it with me standing right there.  Soon as I saw that envelope with the Operator Symbol on it I chased after him.  Unfortunately, he's quite fast and I'm quite fat. (This I plan to address over the summer, assuming I make it that far.)  He made it to those tunnels you saw in the Fire Alarm video and I lost him... it's kind of a maze down there with lots and lots of doors.

So, I made it back to the room and checked out that envelope.  You'll see what was in it shortly.  But that's not the reason I didn't sleep last night.

I found it odd I hadn't seen him since that day in January.