No thanks, they also lead to places being destroyed or put under 24/7 police watches because of "weird nj hunters". I'm just after the entire history of the place - good, bad and mysterious.Yeah, if you want to get all hopped up on cults and what not just pick up a copy of WeirdNJ. They make a killing on stories like that.
Yeah, I saw the paintball mess when I was there last weekend. Like I said, all I've heard about actual human abduction is rumors so its one more thing that needs investigation, but I saw for myself the animal remains and such back in 2001. Our high school used to go there as part of a tour of the Pine Barrens (we all live there), but those trips were cancelled after the one in 2001 after all the remains/symbols/blood and such were found by the students. When my dad retired from the state in 2002, there were talks of demolishing the place because of the activities that had been going on there, but I'm guessing the historical society stepped in or something because obvously the ruins are still there. I know some of the guys that work up around there (state rangersand such) so I'll have to get in touch with them and see what they know.The area seems to have developed its own identity. I know that there is a pagan group that meets in the area called "Red Oak Grove" (not to be confused with the ghost town of the same name), but as far as "Satanist" activity, I would be skeptical. There would be police reports to substantiate such claims of abduction and human sacrifice. And, before claims are made about such activities, I would check old police blotters and contact the local PD. I think that more than anything, there is just a group of really bored local teens who use and abuse the area. And, coupled with the local tradition of folklore (there are many fanciful tales of goings-on in the pine barrens), these bored kids' stories begin to take on lives of their own. Sometimes, they have a factual base, but are often very far removed from that.
In addition to alternative religions, paintballers also frequent the area and have abundantly left their mark on the structural remains.
My grandfather, rest his soul, was what you might call a "pillar or his community". A descent man of high morals. Never heard him say a foul word. I don't even think I remember him saying "darn" or "heck". However this man had a rather strong dislike for Italians which he called "grease balls". Now I don't know why he had this dislike for Italians. I can only guess they were the "Immigrants De Jour" of his generation, being born in the very late 1800's.After reading that article about the Brooks Brae Factory a couple more times, it looks like typical folk lore. I am sure that it is based upon some fact, but it would be interesting to locate the actual police reports for that area. Ironically, there were several instances in that area that Italian immigrants were blamed for illicit activities. In fact, the deaths of the older couple were also blamed on an italian immigrant. Amazing the prejudice that was prevalent in those days. This is not to say that we do not have our own prejudice in this day and age, but merely illustrates how rampant and unchecked it was back then.
My grandfather on my mothers side (100% eyetalian) in Perth Amboy, always talked about throwing the Puerto Ricans right in the G_D-Damned River.My grandfather, rest his soul, was what you might call a "pillar or his community". A descent man of high morals. Never heard him say a foul word. I don't even think I remember him saying "darn" or "heck". However this man had a rather strong dislike for Italians which he called "grease balls". Now I don't know why he had this dislike for Italians. I can only guess they were the "Immigrants De Jour" of his generation, being born in the very late 1800's. Steve