Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion

Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion

Article By Site Contributor Frank Statler

The Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion occurred on November 22, 1987 on two Chicago television stations. The two stations were WGN-TV channel 9 and WTTW channel 11.


The First Interruption

The first on air interruption was on WGN-TV channel 9 during the 9 0’clock news. It was in the middle of the nightly sportscast when suddenly the television screens of hundreds of thousands of Chicago-land viewers became covered with static.

Then it went black for about 15 seconds and then abruptly ,without out warning, the television character named “Max Headroom” appeared on the screen. The strange figure hopped around for a little bit but did not actually do anything. Little did viewers know that this was just the appetizer for a wild main course that would play out later that night.


More Interruptions…

Around 11:15pm that same night another television program, Dr. Who on station WTTW in Chicago, was interrupted by a similar signal intrusion. The show was interrupted by television static, after which an unidentified man wearing a Max Headroom mask and sunglasses appeared, saying “That does it. He’s a fricking nerd.”

The intruder was speaking about the sportscaster “Chuck Swirsky” whom he said he was “better than”, going on to call Swirsky a “fricking liberal”. The man started to moan, scream and laugh. He continued to bellow foolishly and utter various random phrases. He advised the viewers to “Catch the wave”. Which was the slogan of a soda product called new coke.

All of this while holding a can of Pepsi in his hands (The character known as Max Headroom was promoting New Coke at the time). After holding the soda can up to the camera he tossed it to one side.

More Interruptions

He then held up a gardening glove and said, “My brother is wearing the other one.” After putting the glove on, he continued, “But it’s dirty! It’s like you got bloodstains on it!” He then removed the glove and threw it away in disgust. Then the man was shown with his trousers around his ankles and his buttocks exposed.

An unidentified accomplice wearing a french maid costume then told him to “bend over, bitch.” At this point the man on the television was having his buttocks whipped with a fly swatter and was crying out in mimicked pain.

The transmission then blacked out for a few seconds before resuming the Doctor Who episode in progress; the hijack lasted for about 90 seconds.


Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion

The most amazing thing about this strange story is that even 30+ years later the authorities have never even come close to finding the electronics genius that pulled this hilarious stunt. I personally feel that we will not find out who this outlaw is until their death. Then again maybe we will never find out.

Sources:

-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion

-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWdgAMYjYSs

-https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/11/thirty-years-later-max-headroom-tv-pirate-remains-at-large/

Frank M. Statler

The Carmen Winstead Story

The Carmen Winstead Story

This article will be covering the tragic Carmen Winstead story and the paranormal chain letter incidents that followed the 17-year-old’s death.


The Carmen Winstead Death

Carmen Winstead was a run-of-the-mill Indiana teenager who was tragically killed when she was pushed into a sewer by five other students. The incident happened when her school was in the process of completing a fire drill.

Carmen had been having a few problems with a group of female students – she stood out as a little different therefore she was picked on occasionally…and that is exactly what happened when she was pushed down the sewer entrance.

It was supposed to be a joke – a way of embarrassing Carmen in front of the school…but she did not reemerge from the sewer.

The Carmen Winstead Death

The police were brought to the scene and they soon located and recovered her body in the sewer. Her neck had been completely broken, probably happening when her head hit the metal ladder on the way down.

The students at the school were questioned but none of them witnessed what the group of girls had done – these girls did not own up to their actions. Instead, they told the authorities that it was a clumsy accident – Carmen had simply fallen through the open sewer cover.


The Carmen Winstead Chain Letter

A couple of months after the tragedy, numerous students at Carmen’s school started receiving emails and messages on their myspace accounts titled ‘They Pushed Her’.

These messages contained the truth about what really happened on the day of the fire drill.

The messages did not contain specifics on who pushed Carmen into the sewer…but they did warn that the guilty party needed to come forward…otherwise there would be horrible consequences!

The Carmen Winstead Chain Letter

Most of the students thought that this message was nothing more than a sick joke…but five girls got REALLY worried.

They had a right to be worried – within several days of the message going viral, each of the girls was found killed and disfigured in the same sewer Carmen had died.

Many now believe that Carmen is a very real entity, that is hell-bent on informing the world about her murder. Not content with the deaths of the guilty party, she will visit anyone who does not believe the story and forward it on to others.


Is the Carmen Winstead Story True?

Well yes, these events apparently happened in 2006…but the ‘entity’ of Carmen Winstead is regarded as a bit of an urban legend.

Some skeptics claim that Carmen never really existed – that this story started as a hoax and went from there. Many believe this…but if they receive an email entitled ‘They Pushed Her’…they always forward it…just in case!

Others believe that these events DEFINITELY took place, but they were in another part of the world. As a side note – this subject is often researched through search engines from various parts of the Philippines.

What are your thoughts on the Carmen Winstead story?

Do you believe in the Carmen Winstead chain letter?

If you do not forward the letter with the words ‘They Pushed Her’ in the title…will the spirit of Carmen come after you?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.