The Legend of La Llorona
by Lucia Kezele '18
The Legend of La Llorona is widely believed to have originated in Mexico around the time that the conquistadors came but the Native people of the country (the Aztecs and Maya) had their own versions of Llorona before the Spanish came.. However, this story may have Mexican roots but it is known throughout the western hemisphere. In the southwest of the United States parents tell the story to their children to try to keep then from straying out after dark and to encourage them to come home before nightfall. In Latin America the story is told in the same manner in the hopes of producing the same effect. Throughout the world there are many different legends that have similarities to Llorona -- some can be seen here http://www.lallorona.com/1cultures.html. La Llorona has been around for centuries and will likely continue to haunt our memories throughout time.
The story of Llorona begins with the birth of a baby girl, named Maria, to a peasant family in Mexico. As the girl grew up her beauty was so imminent that it shocked many who saw her. Men chased after Maria but she always ignored their advances as she felt she was too good for them. One day a man came into the village and caught Maria’s attention. She knew that he would fight for her love just as every other man and so she played aloof to his advances. Ultimately, she and this man married and had children together. At this point the man began to stray from Maria and pine for his old rebellious and wild ways. He began to ignore Maria and focus more of his affection onto their children and other women. Maria was constantly jealous of her children and began to resent them for this very reason.
One day Maria was out for a walk with her children when her husband passed by in a stagecoach. He stopped and said hello to his kids but completely ignored Maria and did not care that she could see the woman that was accompanying him. After he left Maria was so filled with rage and jealousy that she took their children and drowned them in a nearby river. Realizing what she had done, Maria drowned herself in the river because she was so heartbroken over the loss of her children. Later that day Maria’s body was discovered a ways down the bank of the river. That night the townspeople could hear wailing coming from that same river. They went to investigate and found a ghostly figure clothed in a white gown wailing for her lost children. The woman bore a striking resemblance to Maria. The named her La Llorona, or, the Weeping Woman.
Since this moment it is said that La Llorona will haunt the banks of any body of water and come nightfall you can hear her high pitched wails and sobs for her children. The legend says that any children near a body of water after nightfall will be snatched up by the Llorona as an attempt to fill the void in her heart from losing her children. The children she takes are never seen again.
The legend is believed to resemble the trials of motherhood. Mothers are often faced with tough instances of jealousy and betrayal from their spouses as well as their children and some do not confront these feelings properly. Maria did not and the story shows how a mother must learn to control these feelings or else suffer eternal heartbreak and misery. Also, the story shows the correlation between actions taken during you life and the effect that those actions have on your life after death. This correlates with the idea that those that do good will receive eternal gratification while those who do bad will burn in the pits of hell. Maria allowed jealousy and anger to overwhelm her and because of that she is sentenced to a life of walking the earth in eternal misery and sadness while she searches for the souls of her lost children.
A poll was taken to see how many people believe in the legend of La Llorona and if they know where the legend originated. Seventy-two teenagers were polled, seventy-one (out of about 900 students) of which were Gallup High School students. Thirty-six GHS students believe in the legend (37 out of all polled) and 35 do not believe in the legend. Out of those questioned, 29 students (30 out of all polled) knew where the legend originated from while 42 did not know the origins of the legend. 28 adults were polled on La Llorona and 26 of those adults believed in the legend while 2 did not. However, all 28 adults that were questioned about the origins of the Llorona do know where the legend originated from.
by Shawn McCraith '18
Slenderman is the latest internet creation that has been the hype for the past couples of months since its creation back in June of 2009. This dark conjuration was brought into reality on SomethingAwful forums for a thread called “Create Paranormal Images” by the wonderful mind of Eric Knudsen. Eric goes by the alias “Victor Surge” and has been shaping the story of Slenderman ever since the beginning. It was scary figure pulled from pure imagination and creativity. Many people today believe that Slenderman is real and that he is scarier than he is made out to be. He is a tall, white, humanoid figure that has multiple appendages coming out of his body like sharp swords and has elongated arms and legs. The worst feature of all is that the figure does not have facial features of any kind. Some Redditors have given their take on the internet monster and have said that he has made open fields or dark forests scarier for them than before his creation. They have said that he slowly terrorizes you, but what he does to you if he catches up to you is unknown, which makes it even more horrifying.
The Slenderman origins was developed by many thread followers and they all contributed background stories, doctored photos of Slenderman with children, and harrowed captions. Photos of old paintings were altered to depict a Slenderman-like creature that was abducting children throughout history. By mid-June of the same year the thread was so long and is in accordance to a single PDF that is about 194 pages long. The craze about Slenderman went viral when two girls stabbed another girl, in a Wisconsin city by name of Waukesha, because Slenderman had told them to do the heinous deed. The girls Anissa Weier, and Morgan Geyser were involved with Geyser being admitted to a mental hospital for 25 years. Surge has also posted realistic, horrifying attacks and encounters of Slenderman that were produced using the internet but they weren’t real, they were only spooky stories to build the myth around Slenderman.
Anywhere you go there is bound to be some type of advertisement or association with Slenderman. A movie bound for a 2018 release will feature the internet creature due to its ability to terrify or make people uncomfortable with its presence. In the game Minecraft, that was also released the year Slenderman was created, has been referred to in the game by a less-frightening adaptation called the “Enderman” who has the same abilities like teleportation and relentlessly following the main character after being spotted. To think that an idea of an internet user has changed people’s lives is insane but will definitely push more people to be more creative and create something even more terrible than Slenderman who can kidnap children, maybe people reading this article?
by Mariah Tso '21
Do aliens exist? Hundreds of pictures and videos of UFOs are taken every year and many people believe them and that they could be proof of of the legend or even a hidden conspiracy. Extraterrestrial life, also called alien life, is life that occurs outside of Earth and that probably did not originate from Earth. Basic probability asserts that alien life must exist. People have been seeing things in the air for a long time. A UFO is a mysterious object in the sky for which, it is claimed, no orthodox scientific explanation can be found. UFO sightings have been reported throughout recorded history in many parts of the world. UFO’s became the inspiration in numerous films and books. Physicist and inventor, Paul Bennewitz claimed he had discovered an underground base occupied by extraterrestrials near Dulce,New Mexico. But Dulce, New Mexico is not the only place on earth where it is believed underground bases exists, but it is the one which has received the greater notoriety in recent times. Dulce, New Mexico is not the only place there has been sightings, there has been many sightings in Roswell, New Mexico. In Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 there was a unidentified flying object crashed on a ranch northwest of Roswell sometime during the first week of July 1947. The Rancher W.W. “Mack” Brazel said later he found debris from the crash. He was struck by the unusual properties of the debris and, after dragging large pieces of it to a shed, he took some of it over to show the Proctors. Brazel and the proctors drove into Roswell, the county seat, and reported the incident to Wilcox, who reported it to Maj. Jesse Marcel, intelligence officer. There are also alien museums in Roswell, New Mexico the International UFO Museum And Research Center. But the question still stands what are they? Will they ever come to earth if they haven’t already?
The Mystery of Bigfoot
by Meche Williams '19
Bigfoot, the giant hairy creature that appears half man and half ape, has existed for centuries in various parts of the world, the only place it hasn't been sited or have folklore stories is in Antarctica.
In the Himalayas they refer to something similar but rather call it, “Yeti” or another well known name is the “abominable snowman” that is huge and has big feet with sharp sabre teeth and grey or white fur, it roams the snowy mountains. It said to have violent evolutionary past and the origin originated from folklore. The sherpa have many stories of the Yeti and how dangerous they are to see or come close to. Most of their folklore about wild animals is a way to teach their kids that they are dangerous and not to be taken lightly when encountering one. For sasquatch in Canada they say he is very tall, giant, and smells terrible. Some believe that sasquatch is shy, reclusive, tend to avoid human settlements, and they abduct humans from time to time but for the most part they don't harm humans and others believe that he sasquatch is dangerous and will attack humans on site and kidnap children, it varies but most of the folklore came from the Athabascan tribes of the Canadian north.
And to the main mystery of Bigfoot, in the northwest of the United States of America. Native americans of the pacific north had stories of the “wildman” long before the white settlers came to the US. The Native americans had various stories of Bigfoot being a friendly and harmless creature just getting by to a cannibalistic creature living in the mountains, the story changes because of how it's told from tribe to tribe, person to person like the game telephone. Believers of bigfoot think of him as six to eight feet tall, large forehead, a obvious brow line like the cavemen, a head shaped like a gorilla, having red or brown fur, and huge feet with claws similar to bears. But the idea of Bigfoot turning out to be real boosted in 1958 when a man named Gerald Crew found a set of huge footprints at a construction site in california and had a friend cast the print so they could preserve and share it. Gerald gained so much attention that it was published in the Humboldt Times making Bigfoot international. Later the truth came out that the footprints were fake and the family of the construction site confessed that they were the ones who put it there. It didn't end there, this hoax jump started “bigfoot hunters”.
Resulting into true believers of bigfoot investing their time to uncovering the truth, making tv shows, creating websites dedicated all to Bigfoot sightings and conversations, and many going out into the dark of night in the middle of the woods in hope to catch or see Bigfoot. Many were curious as to whether the rumors of sightings were real and that there really was a creature out there that could kill them or possibly be their friend, but as of today there has been no actual body to prove of its existence besides people finding hairs they believe to belong to Bigfoot. I asked various students, teachers, adults, and minors whether or not they believed in bigfoot and here are the results:
Overall all I asked a total of 60 people and 50% don’t believe in Bigfoot, 35% believe in Bigfoot but don’t know background knowledge and 15% believe in bigfoot and know background information. From the 60 people I broke them down into more categorise: students, teachers, adults and minors. From the students 56% don’t believe in Bigfoot 30% believe in Bigfoot but don’t know background knowledge and 14% believe in bigfoot and know background information. From the teachers 100% don’t believe in Bigfoot 0% believe in Bigfoot but don’t know background knowledge and 0% believe in bigfoot and know background information. From the adults 50% don’t believe in Bigfoot 40% believe in Bigfoot but don’t know background knowledge and 20% believe in bigfoot and know background information. And lastly from the minors 48% don’t believe in Bigfoot 36% believe in Bigfoot but don’t know background knowledge and 16% believe in bigfoot and know background information.
California Sliding Away
by Lucia Kezele '18
California has had a hellacious year when it comes to natural disasters. The state has been ravaged by fire, wind, rain, and now...mudslides. These mudslides are actually a result of everything else that the state endured throughout 2017. This is because the fires destroyed any vegetation that was left on these hillsides. Vegetations helps to hold down the soil/dirt and keep it from blowing away. Consequently, the wind blew away rocks and remnants of plant life that were contributing to the stability of these mountain sides. Ultimately, the rain caused the dirt and debris to become weighed down to the point where it began to slide and fall of of the mountain sides. The fires were the largest contributing factor, they caused a reduction of infiltration in the soil which increases the likelihood of soil erosion and runoff due to rain and wind. These mudslides originated in Montecito, CA as the result of a 15-minute, very heavy downpour of rain that caused the mud to rush down the hillsides, picking up boulders, trees, etc. on it’s way down.
A week later (January 16th, 2018,) there is a total of twenty men and women who have died from the mudslides in Montecito. There are still 3 missing in the debris of the mudslides as of Monday, January 15, 2018. Highway 101 coming off of Montecito is still closed as of Monday, January 15, 2018. Officials say that their top priority is repairing the highway but they are not sure when it will be done. Consequently, Santa Barbara is facing a huge economic crisis as these mudslides, and the disaster they have caused, force their tourism into a standstill. Its estimated that the floods destroyed 65 homes and damaging hundreds of others throughout the area. The scariest thing is that these mudslides could happen again at any moment. The area is forecasted to get more rain similar to this last storm in the coming weeks.
Murder Spree...9 People Killed
by Shawn McCraith '18
In the past month a 35 year-old man named Cleophus Cooksey jr. was accused of killing 9 people laster ending on December 17. It ended with the killing of Cooksey’s stepfather and mother in their home who was arrested at the scene. These cases were turned because of evidence that was found throughout the 9 cases of murders. The beginning of the murder spree was sometime between thanksgiving and Christmas which lasted about 3 weeks where he named himself “Playboy.” in that time, Cleophus had murdered his ex-girlfriend’s brother, a drug dealer, a woman whom he kidnapped and sexually assaulted. The murders took place in Phoenix, Avondale and Glendale. Identifying the link between the other murder cases was able to happen due to “the use of new technology.”
Cleophus was arrested back in 2001 for armed robbery and was jailed for 16 years but was released in 2015. While imprisoned he had several infractions and was released early but later jailed for breaking parole. Only 4 months after being released he began the crime spree and was caught. Authorities are crediting the capture of Cooksey to the membership in a National Crime Intelligence Center Initiative that sped up the testing for link between evidence found at the various crime scenes. In the years of 2015 and 2016 there were obstacles of linking a murderer of 9 people again in Arizona. Another man went on a crime spree but was not guilty because of the time it took to test guns from local pawn shops. Without the participation of the new program the police may have not been able to link Cooksey to the other treacherous crimes.
The Big Welcome Home
by Meche Williams '19
On November 5, 2017 there was a shooting at a church in San Antonio, Texas. At least 25 were killed but the number jumped to 26 when they found out one of the women caught in the fire was pregnant said Texas governor George Abbott in a press conference. About 20 others were wounded, said Freeman Martin, all ranging from 5 - 72 years old. The suspected shooter was identified as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, they found him dead in his vehicle. They also found out that before the shooting he spent a year in jail because he assaulted his spouse and child, which; in result, dropped his rank in the US Air Force. All of the other victims hospitalized at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio or Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville were discharged way before a 6 year old boy named Ryland Ward who was shot 5 times. Because of his critical condition and surgeries Ryland spent two months in the hospital and even celebrated his birthday there, he had a fighting spirit and continued to fight through all the pain til the day he got to go back home. Thursday, January 11th 2018 the six year old boy was released form the hospital and got a ride home in a firetruck. The man driving the truck was the one who got the credit for rescuing Ryland from the shooting, his name is Rusty Duncan. All along the side of the road there was tons of people who were proud and excited for Rylan Wards homecoming, many were emotional and even donated things to the family to show their support. Many of the town members said they were proud to be in a small town that's close and comes together. As exciting as it was to hear of Rylan Wards welcome home the family requested for privacy, because as the family did gain their son back they lost three of Rylan's sisters and his stepmother, Joann Ward during the Church massacre. Everyone is glad he’s back home and hope that they will stay strong and push through this hardship.
20 Car Accident on I-25
by Lucia Kezele '18
On Monday, January 15, 2018, there was a multi-car collision south of Las Vegas, NM. This crash caused the shutdown of a portion of Interstate 25. The car involved twenty vehicles, one being a semi-truck. The crash resulted in two deaths and multiple injuries. More information can be found at the link below.
2 Lawmakers Accused of Sexual Harassment
by Lucia Kezele '18
Two Utah lawmakers were accused of sexual harassment recently. No names or additional information regarding whether they were in the Senate or the House of Representatives as; “that would reveal their identities.” Below is a link to an article that provides more information on the incident.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers how they felt about New Mexico being recognized as a high crime state: 67% of people said that they were embarrassed while the remaining 33% did not care.