Have you wondered why, exactly, the Netflix original Stranger Things captivated our nation this summer? Have you wondered if the fascination runs deeper than mere John Hughes/Stephen Spielberg ‘80s nostalgia? What if someone told you that the show hit a chord because its stories are based in truth?
Apparently, an old legend out of Long Island, which consists of actual evidence, shows that the experiments, portals, the monster, and the children with psychic powers of Stranger Things all actually existed.
And we thought the show was freaky.
Conspiracy theorists believe that in 1983, an incident occurred at either Camp Hero or the Montauk Air Force Station on Long Island involving U.S. government experiments on a child that gave rise to a monster and opened a portal to another dimension. Umm, have you heard of Eleven and the Demogorgon and the “Upside Down?” Are you running for the hills yet?
In a book titled The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time (1982), author Preston Nichols tells of recovering repressed memories about his experience as an abductee and subject of a mysterious experiment. He also tells the story of two brothers, Edward Cameron and Duncan Cameron, who had been in the military in World War II, and had jumped through a time wormhole opened by Nikola Tesla on the U.S.S. Eldridge, and landing at Montauk’s Camp Hero — on August 12th, 1983. The military then sent them back through the wormhole with a mission to destroy the equipment on the Eldridge, which they did successfully. They then had their memories wiped and lived out the rest of their days under pseudonyms, while the government continued conducting experiments on building portals into the future.
That all sounds nuts enough, but just wait:
In the 1960s, Edward Cameron convinced his father to have another child so they could transfer Duncan’s consciousness (as in, memories) from 1983 into the new sibling. This child, named Duncan, born in 1963, was found to have psychic powers, and became the subject of many experiments. Apparently, when sitting in an electrical contraption called the “Montauk Chair” he could manifest objects just by thinking about them, and could enter another person’s consciousness.
The first experiment was called “The Seeing Eye.” With a lock of person’s hair or other appropriate object in his hand, Duncan could concentrate on the person and be able to see as if he was seeing through their eyes, hearing through their ears, and feeling through their body. He could actually see through other people anywhere on the planet.
Other boys were brought in and experimented on until Nichols and his team finally decided that continuing with the experiments might be more dangerous than the whole thing was worth. They devised a strategy to destroy the experiment that sounds like it was lifted straight out of a twentieth-century version of Dungeons & Dragons:
We finally decided we’d had enough of the whole experiment. The contingency program was activated by someone approaching Duncan while he was in the chair and simply whispering “The time is now.” At this moment, he let loose a monster from his subconscious. And the transmitter actually portrayed a hairy monster. It was big, hairy, hungry and nasty. But it didn’t appear underground in the null point. It showed up somewhere on the base. It would eat anything it could find. And it smashed everything in sight. Several different people saw it, but almost everyone described a different beast.
And with that, the US military ended the secret experiments they had been conducting on children for four decades.
Man, the ’80s really were weird.