Tales of hauntings, murder and scary mysteries, Every week Twisted Two’s dives into a pair of uniquely terrifying true stories that are worthy of a more in depth look.
For this week, we focus on a woman dubbed as the “lady in the drum,” and the haunted and terrifying curse of a Wedding Dress. Get ready for Scary Mysteries Twisted Two’s.
#1 Reyna Marroquin
Everyone who dreams of getting to America, often thinks of heading to and living in New York city. This bustling metropolis has become a sign of hope for many immigrants over the centuries and where El, Salvador native, Reyna Marroquin set her sights in getting to.
Reyna left her home country, headed for America in August of 1966. In her late 20s, she was looking for a fresh start after a failed marriage. She attended fashion school there and eventually got a job as a nanny, then finally worked at the Melrose Plastic Company. She thrived in the city and created a good circle of friends.
Despite her usual happy demeanor, her close friends began to notice a change in her. When her best friend, Katherine Andrade, asked her if something was wrong, she broke down, admitting that she was pregnant. Although she wouldn’t say who the father was, she mentioned he was married. Reyna said the man promised to marry her at some point, But as time passed and nothing happened, Reyna became desperate.
One day, Katherine received a phone call from a frantic Reyna – she was in a panic, telling her friend, “He’s going to kill me!” Katherine tried to calm her but couldn’t, so she decided to head to Reyna’s apartment right away. When she reached the door and knocked, no one answered. The door was slightly open so she stepped inside. Katherine noticed warm food was left on the counter Everything looked fine. Even thought it was winter, Reyna’s coat, boots and gloves were there but she was no where to be found.
Katherine waited a few hours, hoping her friend would come back before contacting police. However, police dismissed the case saying Reyna probably took off with her boyfriend. For the next 30 years, Katherine never found out what happened to Reyna, simply put…. She had vanished without a trace.
On September 2, 1999, Ronald Cohen was preparing to move out of his home in Jericho, New York. He had recently sold the home and was clearing extra items before the new owners moved in. In the crawl space was a sealed 55-gallon drum that had been there since he moved in but since it was so heavy and tightly sealed, he never bothered to open or move it. But this time around, he wanted to dispose of it properly. He rolled it to the curb of his home with difficulty because it was so heavy. Once there, he decided to pry it open, curious as to what was inside. When he opened it, a noxious chemical smell wafted through the air and from the pile of green sludgy pellets was a human hand sticking out.
Authorities arrived and found the barrel on the curbside and sure enough, there was a body inside. After close examination, authorities determined the body was that of a young woman with long dark hair and unusual dental work. She had died from blunt force trauma. Even more shocking is that she was several months pregnant. The fetus measuring about 17 inches long.
Inside the drum barrel, various items were also recovered. This included a degraded address book, two rings, a locket, green dye, remnants of plastic leaves, and polystyrene pellets.
Detectives initially focused on the address book and found an alien residency number but also discovered the number of Katherine Andrade, who was still living at the same address 30 years later. Andrade provided police with information, including what happened in the days before Reyna disappeared but she had no idea who the father of Reyna’s child was.
Police traced the origin of the drums back to Melrose Plastics, a company who used the drums for transporting dye. It was the same company where Reyna had worked. Melrose Plastics was partly owned by Howard Elkins. Detectives asked neighbors around and said the home did once belong to Howard Elkins, but he had since moved to Boca Raton, Florida. Moreover, an anonymous caller told police Elkins had been having an affair with a Hispanic woman who worked in his factory during the 1960s.
Detectives headed to Florida to speak with Elkins on September 9. They found him alive and well, living in his upscale apartment. They presented him with the finding of the barrel, along with the green dye they found leading back to his company. Elkins admitted to having an affair but said he couldn’t recall her name or what she looked like. Police asked if he would provide a DNA sample to find out if he was the father of the fetus, but he refused. Before leaving, police told Elkins they would secure a court order to obtain his blood sample.
Soon after, Elkins bought a shotgun and ammunition from Walmart. He then killed himself on September 10, 1999. The DNA testing proved later on that he was in fact the father of the unborn baby.
Police believe that on the night Reyna disappeared, Elkins visited her at her apartment or possibly lured her to the factory to kill her. He then attacked her, repeatedly hitting her head. he then took the body and placed it in the drum, filling it with the plastic pellets. Investigators believe his intention was to take the barrel and dump it into the ocean using his boat. However, the barrel became too heavy to move and in the end, he left it under the crawl space of his home.
After the case made headlines, writer Oscar Corrall, went to San Martin, El Salvador where he found Reyna Marroquin’s 95-year old mother. And eerily, There She told him she had dreamt her daughter was trapped inside a barrel. Reyna’s remains were buried in El Salvador. About a month later, her mother also passed away and was buried alongside her daughter’s remains.
#2 Anna Baker’s Wedding Dress
For most women, wearing a wedding dress and walking down the aisle is a dream come true. And It was no different for Anna Baker of Blair County, Pennsylvania.
The third child and first daughter to prominent ironmaster, Elias Baker, Anna was a headstrong woman for someone born in the 1800s. She was stubborn and strong willed…. Her father was a tenacious and proud businessman who bought a dying furnace business in Blair, partnering with his cousin, Ronald Diller. This turned out to be a good move as the business became a success. Soon, Baker bought out his cousin’s shares and became a prominent businessman.
With his things going well, Baker hired architect Robert Long to design and build him a massive Greek-revival style mansion. It took several years before the structure was eventually finished and in 1849 the family moved in adn enjoyed a life of luxury.
However, for Anna, she didn’t care much for the amenities or the luxurious life. She had also fallen in love with a worker from the local steel factory but Being a proud man, Elias, disapproved of the relationship from the start.
Anna and her lover planned to marry in secret, hence, she bought a wedding gown, but Elias found out and put a stop to it. Out of bitterness, Anna remained single for the rest of her life.
After Anna’s death, the Baker Mansion was transformed into a museum and the wedding dress displayed right inside Anna’s former bedroom. Guests who visit the museum say the dress moves and sways by itself even without anything causing it. Could this be Anna’s way of displaying her love and desire to still be with her lover?
Those who visit the museum not only talk of the haunted wedding dress, but of seeing apparitions of Anna herself and even the rest of the Baker family, including Elias and his wife, Hetty. On certain occasions, cold spots, strange footsteps and unusual odors have emanated from the rooms. Guests and staff members have reported seeing apparitions and a mysterious music box playing at random times. Today, Anna’s wedding dress remains a permanent fixture of the Blair Museum.
So there were a two of the most vicious and scary stories around. The world can be a crazy place and Twisted Two’s is sure to show you why.
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LINKS AND SOURCES:
The Reyna Marroquin Story Unsealed
Body of pregnant Reyna Marroquin found in a barrel under house after 30 years in Grave Secrets
*The Body In The Steel Drum* – The murder of Reyna Angelica Marroquin
Anne Baker’s Wedding Dress`