I’m a fan of the slightly spooky. A full moon on a chilly night or an abandoned house in disrepair appeal to me at some level. I like those spooky sounds tapes available for Halloween at the public library. It may even be a genetic condition – one of my sisters likes to refer to herself as ‘Queen Creepster’. Occasionally however real life situations are a little too creepy for me. Take, for instance, the recent discovery of yet another foot in BC. This one washed up along the Fraser River.
What’s really spooky about the whole situation is not the fact of a foot in a shoe but separated from a body. I mean, it probably was pretty creepy to find the shoe, but a dead foot is not the spookiest thing I can think of. The creep factor for me really comes in with the origin of the feet. These weren’t feet that were hacked off – they supposedly came off the bodies through a natural decomposition process. The question for em is just where all these decomposing bodies came from. it’s not like they’ve had that long to decompose – the shoe models were from 1999-2004. And it’s not like these are shoes washing in from a known burial site – all of them are athletic shoes, which is not what people are typically buried in. What makes it creepy is that somewhere out there are the lost and unclaimed bodies of those we cannot identify and may never know. Their families and loved ones may never know what happened to them, or where their final resting place may be – even if a foot or two is positively identified. The unknown, as always, is the creepiest thing there is.