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Curse of the video tape

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a character in “Se7venth: THE RING”, as played by WadeJackel

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Please watch the Cursed videotape first
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHqiUNKp4ys


The entire township of Winfalls Connecticut was all a-buzz concerning the 'supposed' cursed VCR cassette, though no one will admit to as much. Opinions regarding the true origin of the cursed video vary from person to person, as no one knows which version of the legend is accurate. Everyone seems to know the general legend - A cursed videotape, which if watched will cause the viewer to murder someone within a week's time.

They had heard of the newlywed couple, the young servant girl, the murderous and criminal conspiracy to kill a well known American businessman living abroad in Japan. This however, is where their certainty begins to break down, for no one knows which version to accept as truth. The second version of the legend seemed too foreign for some people to swallow, the third version hits too close to home, and the first? Well who's to say.

May 7th 2012 Winfalls Connecticut

The day had been an uneventful one for the majority of Winfalls citizens, the sun was on the verge of settling for the day, as the remnants of its glorious light were slowly consumed by the coming of night. Winfalls was a quiet little community of just under seven thousand residents; largely comprised of families-Both new and ancestral.

The town was founded in 1876 by the grandson of a New England businessman and industrialist, named William Bloom. The Bloom family had come to even greater fortune through the exportation of goods, mainly blue stone, and shell fish.

Life in Winfalls changed drastically with the coming of the early 20th century, those families who had ancestral ties to the town had either moved or simply dwindled away as the result of advanced old age and death. It was at this time that the Carter family came to Winfalls, having migrated from the urban hardships of New York.

Being a low-middle class family, the Carter 's were no strangers to hard labor-Though coming into the 21st century their fortunes changed substantially. Young Johnathan however was determined to make a living for himself rather than rely on the wealth of his mother and father. By 2009 Johnathan had secured a well paying job driving limousines up in fashionable New Britain Connecticut, then in 2011 he came into contact with Brenda Allers for the first time.

She had been working as the cleaning person for the Cossack family up in Hartford-Where she was well liked by Karoline Cossack, her employer-Albert Cossack had never met Brenda, as he was living in Japan at he time.

One of the most impressive aspects of Winfalls is how the streets are completely abandoned by the 7th toll of the bell within the towns historic bell tower.

Deeming it fashionable to do so, most families would tend to hold their dinners at this particular hour-The younger crowd, on the other hand, saw this as an opportune time to inhabit 'Pete's Old-Town Bar, on the corner of Filbert and Dweller streets. The bar overlooked the wide open spaces of Roosevelt forest.

In order to achieve the height of hipness it was important that one secure a table near the immense glass window which gave a spectacular, though often eerie view of the dark woods.

This was Brenda and Johnathan's favorite spot-Unfortunately it also had an air of attractiveness to Jane Ashton.

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A young girl who was sitting by herself at the empty side of the tavern suddenly arose from her chair, pulling a revolver from a small handbag she raised the weapon with her trembling hand and pointed it at one of the other customers.

After a brief moment of indecision the girl turned the weapon on herself and pulled the trigger. The single shot fired from the firearm penetrated her skull from where it had been placed beneath her chin, the girls head snapped back from the force of the powerful blast, her limp and lifeless body fell to the hardwood floor of Pete's bar.

The tragic event was but one in a series of attempted murders leading to the death of the assailant. There had been an inordinate amount of such cases in Winfalls within the last year.

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Pam Strandon had married Lawrence Gilden a year ago, by all accounts their relationship was without suspicion or infidelity, though some questioned the possible longevity of their marriage. Beyond the fact that they cared for one another deeply Pam and Lawrence had nothing in common socially. In the back of both their minds they perhaps knew that they were headed for an eventual breakup, though they were determined to prove wrong those who questioned their dedication to one another.

She was the sixth child of a large low income family from the poor side of south London, a section called Brixton Hill. Her husband was from a smaller family who had lived in a far more affluent part of London, the good side of the tracks, so to speak. Things began to look up for Pam, after marrying Lawrence she had been hired by a London Architect as his personal assistant.

The money was good and the couple needed the extra income, Lawrence before marrying his new wife had been disowned by his parents, and found himself removed from the safety that their wealth and position would have afforded them. Her employer, who was unmarried became fixated with the young attractive woman, from that point their professional relationship, which had thereto been mutually beneficial gradually declined into jealousy and mistrust.

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Benjirou had been taking pictures of the tavern, not for spirit photography, but just for fun. He liked the way the light was shining off of it. Plus it was a nice old building, if anyone asked he’d just say it was for his photography class. Which wasn’t exactly a lie… he often used some of the pictures he took while wandering for that class. He was a skilled photographer, but he mainly just did it for spirit photography… not that he was successful in that at all. In fact he had no true spirit photography pictures. He put the latest polaroid in his pocket and aiming his camera again, this time through the window. Benjirou started to shake as he slowly lowered the camera as he saw a woman pull out a revolver from a handbag and point it at one of the customers.

“…oh shit…” he whispered, his eyes widen as she turned the gin on herself and pulled the trigger, the sound of the gun was dimmed because of the glass, but he heard it still. His hand flinched making him snapped a picture of the death. He felt like hurling at the scene, out of reflex he put the picture into his satchel with the rest. He didn’t know what to do. “police… right.” He muttered as he took out his phone and dialed nine one one. He glanced behind him and saw people fleeing the scene, and some doing the same as him; hopefully they were calling the cops and not the media. In the four years he had been living here, this was the first time he saw an attempted murder and then a suicide. Though he heard it was on the rise, he just… never believed it, after all Winfalls was such a sleepy town a nice sleepy peaceful town.

When he reached through to the nine one one line he jumped a bit at the voice, "Hi, um yeah there has been a... a shooting I guess it is called? I-I don't know. Anyway someone is dead at Pete's Tavern at Winfalls. W-what? Oh the person with the gun? They are the one who is dead. They shot themselves. Please hurry." he said as he hung up and waited, he knew bettered than to run from the scene.

He took a few deep breaths to calm himself down, though he couldn't seem to stop shaking not even when he held his arms, it was like he was cold, but he knew better than to assume that. It was the shock from seeing what had just happened. "please, hurry up..." he thought to himself, time seemed to crawl on by as he waited for the police to arrive on the scene.

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Amy was filling up some orders at the bar. Working there, ofcourse, wasn't her first choice, but it was better than nothing while waiting for that stupid interview. The pay wasn't much, but it was enough to use on personal spendings, like going out with friends, meanwhile the money she was given by her father was for important things, like food, and such. Her friend, Rosa, was kind enough to get the owner to let Amy work for a while, and Amy appreciated that, so she tried not to get the boss angry or anything.

As she took out a glass from the counter, she froze. For a minute, she couldn't move, her hands were shaking. She looked up at a girl, which was pointing a gun at a customer. Amy's eyes widened, she gasped. Thinking that she had to do something, she reached out for her bag, where her pistol was, but it was too late. The girl had shot herself. Amy dropped the glass with a loud bang, and one of the small glass pieces which flew apart, slightly cut her leg. She didn't notice it though, she was shocked, paralyzed.

A moment after, she realised what happened. 'A murder, no, suicide at Pete's Tavern!? How could that be possible? ' She muttered silently to herself as she backed away from the counter. She looked at Rosa, which was trembling. She came up to her, "Hey are you okay..?" she asked. Rosa shook her head, turned around and looked at Amy, 'I'm not feeling so good...', she said. Amy nodded and helped her to a seat. Then, she approached the body, slowly.

"Crap.." She snarled out, "So much for a calm job, huh.. Did anyone call the police?!"

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Within a half hour several police vehicles pulled up to the scene, stooping their cars only inches from the curb, one patrol car actuaally went up on the sidewalk, it was placed into parked there, walking around the vehicle to the left the police officer stopped by the front door.

From out of the second car came Detective Paul Ambler, who was in charge of the "Winfalls tragedy" case, as it became known. Stepping into the blood splattered cafe the detective shouted commands.

"Step away from the body Miss."

Then pointing to the waitress. "You too, do not move."

He then called for the other officer to enter and take control of all persons within the incident location. Several other cop cars pulled up outside at that point, each screeching to a stop near those individuals who might be witnesses to the attempted murder/suicide.

Several hours passed before the three eyewitness were allowed to leave the vicinity, though they had been informed that they would be contacted in the next few days to arrange for further questioning at the station.

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Benjirou watched as the emergency vehicles arrived on the scene, dodging out of one patrol car that went to park on the sidewalk. His Polaroid camera was still around his neck as he saw a police officer get out of the patrol car and stopping at the door. Another man soon came out; he had seen him on the news when his dad watched it, Detective Ambler. He could hear the commands as he was led to a vehicle a blanket draped on him as he was asked questions. He repeated over and over what he remembered, which to be honest he drew a blank on some of it. For one he forgot that he had taken a picture of the event or of the building. Only of the college girls. He was pretty shaken up after all.

In the middle of the questioning his phone buzzed startling him as he looked at the number, it was his mom. He hung up on them, I mean what would he say to her? ‘Hi mom I just saw someone commit suicide after they tried to shoot someone can I call you back?’ was not a topic he wanted to discuss with his mom, or dad. When they finally told him he could go he only nodded, he was not going to look forward to the next few days, he didn't really want to be 'arranged for further questioning.' He just wanted to go home and well... he wanted this day not to have happened to be honest, well not the entire day, maybe just the event. As he got up to leave a loose photo fell out of his satchel blowing in the wind to land near the crime scene. He chased it as he bent over to pick it up out of habit.

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Amy didn't know what to do. She wanted to move, but it seemed like something was keeping her. Suddenly, as the police arrived, she came back to her senses, slightly surprised she hadn't passed out or anything. She seemed to be happy, untill she heard that she wasn't allowed to move. "Seriously? You've got to be kidding me?" She said, as she narrowed her eyes, looking at the officers. One of them seemed awfully familiar, probably someone she could've seen on T.V., but it didn't ring a bell.

She turned around, looking at Rosa. The girl wasn't there. That made Amy surprised, 'Where could she have gone to?' she wondered as she raised an eyebrow, staring at the spot where her friend was. She sighed, 'Well where ever she went, she's probably better than I am now..', Amy muttered silently to herself, then she looked at another girl, which hid under the table. Then, her eyes moved to a boy with a camera. She snarled something under her breath, 'This isn't fair, I wish I would've called in sick today.. Although.. I think I am sick, I'm so selfish it's sickening, a person died, and I'm worrying about myself.. I imagine how that poor girl's family must feel. Actually no, I can't.'

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Benjirou had lost one of his precious photo's, having falling from his satchel and blown away by an arrant wind. The photo landed against the base-wall of the tavern so that the image comprised of positive and negative shades was facing out toward the street.

The photo was one of those Benjirou had taken of Pete's tavern prior to the shooting. Upon leaning over to pick up the runaway photo Benjirou noticed something very strange, an aspect of the image which had not revealed itself upon first glance.

The photo was that of the bare frontage of the tavern, a clean and clear shot of the front window, although the sun had prevented him from capturing any detail within the tavern, the bright sun which struck the reflective surface had produced a back flash effect.

Though the sun had blotted out all detail Benjirou could see a vague outline within the white flash-A dark and twisted human form fused within the glare.

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As Amy stood and glared at the young guy standing outside the tavern, her glance shifted briefly to the eerie girl standing directly behind the Asian youth. Her black hair covered the right side of her pale face, the opposite side was darkened.

The momentary distraction was corrected by a sudden clinking of glass as one of the police officers bumped a table with his leg.

Looking back Amy immediately noticed the girl's absence.

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Alisha was passing an abandoned building on Kaiser Ave when she caught a brief glimpse of someone standing within the crumbling frame of its front door, the stranger seemed out of place somehow, particularly in that part of town.

The person seemed to be that of a young girl with unusually long black hair, all of which had been pulled over her front, thereby blocking out all features, save for the general outline of her body.









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Okiku and her high school sweetheart Taketsune had both come from middle class families and were blessed with every comfort in terms of their education and upbringing. Okiku had taken the position of personal nurse for the wealthy American business man Albert Cossack. Although they had come from good backgrounds the financial pressures which all newly married couples experience began to weigh down on them.

The couple were totally dedicated to one another and had made a pack that nothing would separate them once they were betrothed. Tomonosuke, Cossacks business partner was a greedy man who felt that he had not been given the respect that he deserved. Albert's intention was to hand over his business to his younger brother, Anthony; whom he barely spoke to, was the final straw.

Tomonosuke was outraged.

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Tomonosuke' outrage could have found its match in the anger of Brenda Allers, the girlfriend of Johnathan Carter, a limo driver for a well-to-do Connecticut family. For several months prior to the murder of Jane Haggard, Johnathan had been receiving presents and love-notes from a secret admirer, Brenda knew that the girl sending the letters and gifts was Jane.

The situation got worse after Jane started showing up at Johnathan's place of business, it gone too far and Brenda set out to entrap her rival, while simultaneously testing Johnathan's devotion to her, she too being extremely obsessive.

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Benjirou stumbled as an irate looking girl who looked a few years older than him bumped into him. A light frown on his face as he again went to pick up his picture hoping no one bumped into him or stepped on it. He could hear the police and other talking as he knelt down and picked up the picture.

The picture wasn’t the best he had taken; it was the bare front of Pete’s tavern mainly of the front window. Nothing much to see, and the sun had of course had caused a back flash. As he looked closer though he thought he saw… something in the bright white flash. A figure in the flash, but how?

He started shaking as he looked closer at it, the figure looked… wrong twisted, evil and dark. Like something from a horror movie or gave, and that is just the feeling he got from that vague outline! “…An over exposure or jam in the camera?” he muttered as he shook his head at the last one. He kept his camera in perfect condition checking it daily. “Spirit… Did… Did I actually take a spirit picture?” he thought to himself with a slight shiver. He slowly stood to his feet as he continued to study the picture, lost in thought.

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"Umm...hello?" Baby said inching towards the little girl who stood peeking around the doorway, her face obscured by the thick unkempt strands of the girls pitch black hair, which was eerie. Baby had intended on walking past the girl. She didn't like children. She didn't like taking care of children either, but something about this girl had caused baby to stop. the street was empty. All others, children and elderly, were inside when the Sun began to set. This little girl was- out of place for this time of day. "Aye, you okay? Shouldn't you be at home?"

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(OOC: its actually not a little girl ;) But leave it anyway, I have an idea)



In stark contrast to Benjirou' reaction to the spirit-photo, Baby had managed to rationalize the strange sight before her eyes as nothing more then a misplaced little girl.

Her hopes for a simple explanation were suddenly dashed as a most terrifying and strange thing happened.

As Baby stood there awaiting an answer to her question of concern, the dark figure of what seemed to be a little girl began to grow and stretched into the shape of a much older women.

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Benjirou was distracted by something strange in the same window where he had witnessed the girls death. The black shape was definitely appearing as a reflective upon the glass surface, but it seemed to be standing right where the girl had been when she shot herself.

The figure had its head facing the floor obscuring a possible full view of her facial features, all he could determine from this seconds long visage was a definite female shape.

The creepy black figure which was devoid of all distinguishing detail and physiological highlights pointed to a specific section of the window, at which time the glass fogged and then the forming of an address suddenly appeared within the smoked area.

The address which appeared was in fact directly across the street from where Benjirou was currently standing-The post office.

It was then that a disembodied voice spoke to him. "P.O. Box 245"

A certain video tape patiently awaited discovery.

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Benjirou blinked as he put away the picture, stumbling back at the black shape in the window. “W-what in the world?!” he thought to himself as he stared at it shivering, something was not right about this. Not right at all. He wanted to run, but he couldn’t… it was like he was stuck to the spot. He couldn’t move or avert his eyes! Then an address appeared like someone had written on a window on a rainy day, it was to the post office. His heart already pounding in his chest he nearly jumped when he heard that voice speak to him. It… wasn’t pleasant to put it simply.

And then he could move. He sighed in relief as he looked behind him towards the post office. “…Curiousity killed the cat, Benjirou…” he muttered to himself, but something his mom told him after that saying got him to walk towards it. “But knowledge brought him back.” He entered the post office as he looked around for the number, he doubt he’d be able to find it, or open the box if it was locked. So there would be no harm… right?

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A wall of metal, hinged boxes awaited Benjirou, he hoped that he would be unable to locate the correct one, or be able to open it if indeed he could. As he examined hundreds of post boxes it seemed he would get his wish. It didn't take long to locate the correct box, but as he had expected it was locked and he had no key.

Benjirou breathed a sigh of relief as he stood before the metal wall. To his left there appeared a black shadow-form, it was the same apparition that Benjirou and the others had seen minutes before. This time however the shadow was blocked from Benjirou's view, slowly it approached him, the shadow flickered like a television set on the brink of blowing out.

Closes and closer it came until finally it was upon Benjirou, standing right next to him its face inches from his, but with its head still lowered and covered by long black hair.

Slowly it began to take on a more solid form, its head tilting with sadistic slow intent until it finally settled, it was now starring at Benjirou. Strands of its thick black hair gained sentience and separated to reveal the pure white skin of a faceless spirit. Just then P.O. Box 245 popped open and revealed its contents

-The cursed VHS cassette.

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Benjirou started to relax when he saw it would not open. “Heheheh, it’s locked.” He said as he let out a sigh of relief rubbing the back of his head. “Time for me to go then.” He said as he turned, he saw something to the left, the shadow figure. He backed up, his heart pounding in his chest as it came closer, not walking though… more like a skip on a dvd player. He couldn’t move! He wanted to run, to get away from this thing. But… He. Couldn’t. MOVE!

His eyes were wide with fear when it stood next to him, a mass of black hair covering it’s face as it turned it head slowly, sadistically slow as it… stared at him. He started trembling. The hair seemed to have a life of it’s own as it parted to show him their face, well rather the lack of one on their almost luminescent white skin.

A sound finally broke the spell allowing him to turn to P.O. Box as it popped open with a creak of metal. He looked inside as he saw the object in there. A VHS tape. “…Oh hell.” He muttered, his hands reacted before his mind could as he grabbed it and put it in his satchel before closing the P.O. Box.

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Albert Cossack's health was deteriorating fast, the cancer had spread throughout his entire body and it was only a matter of time before he succumbed to the disease. Okiku had been asked to increase the hours that she spent with the dying American businessman, she had been hired as a part time nurse by the Cossack family, but the cancers acceleration meant that Okiku would have to come and live at the residents to take care of Albert and serve as his full time nurse.

Tomonosuke had made several bad investments and had run into some financial problems, Albert had become aware of his partners situation a year before he learned of his cancer. Albert had supported Tomonosuke in the beginning, even promising his partner that he would bail him out of his financial responsibilities.

Unfortunately this wasn't enough, Tomonosuke's desires were much larger and he had a plan that would assure him of far greater wealth, this however would mean certain death for Albert Cossack. Tomonosuke would use Okiku to do his dirty work and for her complacency he promised to help Okiku and her new husband out of their own financial problems.

She had initially declined to take part in Tomonosuke's plan, but over the months while her and Taketsune's savings dwindled she began to reconsider the offer. She had first rationalized the murder as some sort of mercy killing, as an opportunity to relieve Albert Cossack of the constant agony that he was going through.

Then on the night of January 23rd 1982 Tomonosuke and Okiku put their plan into action, it was decided that Okiku would be the one to carry out the actual murder, for she had the knowledge which would make Albert's death seem like a legitimate example of death by natural causes. It was only at the most crucial point of the plan that Okiku lost her nerve and attempted to back out of the arrangement, for Tomonosuke this was not an option.

Tomonosuke was smart enough to stay far from the Cossack residence on the 23rd, he wouldn't learn of Okiku's betrayal until a few days later when he came to call on Albert.