Did Captain Kutchie Stop By?

For those of you who read my post I Tried Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies!, there’s been an interesting development. On that same post, there are two comments, which I at first thought were spam, but I’m not so sure.

They appear to have been written in ciphertext, but I have no idea what algorithm they’re using, if that’s the case.

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As people like Elder’s Vault and Nightmare Expo have mentioned on their videos, “Captain Kutchie” often leaves comments on random sites and articles. What also tends to happen is that sometimes the commenters reply to each other, as if in conversation. That’s what seems to have happened here, except that for the first time I’m aware of, the comments are written in code.

The first comment, from someone named “sUmpybUdv,” reads “tWOisjjWhk PuWXEYkZlX TUdAdIFjKC rzYLfPULJW FsBRftDMsw jqOlRJlwgs rddhwwfnva SMbBILFtzI JQYUtYnpWm HvRXmHGhoL.”

The reply, from “rAtlebAjfs,” reads “xIdhjsKUgh OruttExsad FjnkjnIcIv rudFgjklkk KIjzifKugH.”

Interestingly, under the info for the first user, it says that their email address is “ljjyit@snepzn.com,” which is probably a spoofed email. Also, the first commenter lists their website as ixzuffja.com, which doesn’t appear to exist. The IP address of the first commenter reads “185.159.131.192,” while the address of the second reads “134.3.216.30”.

I attempted to look up these IP addresses using the WHOIS IP Lookup Tool, and this was the result I got:

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Access denied?! Oh well. So, is this person just a spammer, or are they trying to tell me something? I would have assumed the former, but the fact that it was on the Captain Kutchie post makes me curious.

In the meantime, please enjoy your key lime pie – and tell Mrs. Anita Pelaez that I said hello.

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I Tried Captain Kutchie’s Key Lime Pies!

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This post has nothing to do with the dark web, unless there’s a keylimepie772ma.onion.  It’s just a subject that’s mystified me a bit lately.

I mentioned on the post Investigating Translate Gate that I’m a fan of the YouTube channels Nightmare Expo and Elder’s Vault (links below), because, let’s face it – I love a good mystery.

On March 30, Elder posted a video entitled The Impossible Poster: My Look into the Infamous Captain Kutchie, which discussed a strange phenomenon occurring across the internet for what appeared to be 10 years or more.

There’s an “entity” who posts on all types of sites (e.g. recipe websites, forums, and relationship advice articles), referencing a place called Kutchie’s Key West Kutcharitaville Cafe (also called by other names). The reviews tend to be strange and rambling in nature, and while you could just pass them off as any old food review, that’s clearly not the case.

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As Elder mentions in his video, this “Captain Kutchie” has made hundreds of thousands of posts across many different areas of the internet (although not the dark web yet, to my knowledge!). According to his research (as well as mine), this is a place that once existed, although at present, it appears to be closed – for good, that is.

The restaurant in question appears to have been located at:

2186 Hendersonville Road

South Asheville-Arden, NC 28801

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For an example of one of the reviews I’m referring to, here: Foodio54: Kutchie’s Key West Kutcharitaville Cafe. There are several different comments by different accounts rambling about the restaurant, its key lime pie, and its owners. In fact, that’s one of the other strange things about the comments – they often have a sexual undertone to them.

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Examples? Of course I had to use a green font – it’s key lime pie, after all:

“It just doesn’t get any 
better than seeing the gorgeous “Mrs. Anita Pelaez” over at her and her 
husband “Captain Kutchie’s” place..Some Folks Also Call Him..”The 
KutchMan others call him The Kutchmon!”…Most Just Call Him “The Most 
Interesting Man In The World”….(Anita and Kutchie Pelaez’s Key West, Key 
Lime Pie Factory and Grill)…Just watching the lovely couple baking together all those Yummy 
Key Lime Pies at their Key Lime Pie Factory and Grill in Asheville. 
…It’s always worth the trip to visit them in they’re Historic Key Lime 
Pie Factory and Grill…It should be on everyone’s bucket list for 
sure..And The World’s Best Key Lime Pies!..YUM-YUM-YUM….­­.”Talk About 
World Class” What An Understatement!…….AA­­HHHHH!….The Magic Of The 
Lovely..”Mrs. Anita Pelaez” And Her Delicious Key Lime Pies Baked With 
Pure Love…Always……40 Years And They’re Still Going Strong….” 

Like Elder and Nightmare Expo, I can really only speculate as to who this “person” or group is, and what the motivation behind all these posts is. One of the answers that they both posited was that a large group or cult could be responsible, which would be able to explain how the posts could be so widespread. It would also explain how they could get past any anti-spam/anti-bot measures.

Still, even if that explains the “how,” it doesn’t explain the “why.” Could they just be trolls, or is there some kind of hidden meaning behind the pie reviews? If it is a cult, are they worshiping key lime pie? Heck, it’s the internet; anything’s possible.

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Perhaps it’s some combination of all the different theories – maybe some of the comments are by a bot, while others are by humans. It’s also possible that a group of people are behind it. Given all the sexual references, could it be a group of people that are into some kind of kinky stuff and are using “key lime pie” as a code? That could be a bit of a stretch, but you never know. After all, there are lots of forums for that sort of thing.

Again, I wish I had a “solution” to all this, but that’s what makes a mystery fun, right?

P.S. If you’re wondering if this is on the dark web, I checked briefly on Tor, and didn’t come across it. Maybe we should keep it going there, just for the hell of it! What do you say, fans??

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For reference, here are a few other Captain Kutchie posts, as well as Nightmare Expo’s video:

Strange Reviews for “Pie” That Doesn’t Exist

They call it Crack Pie – A PIECE of TOAST

Lago Mar Beach Resort & Club – Google+

https://books.google.com/books/about/The_New_Partridge_Dictionary_of_Slang_an.html?id=mAdUqLrKw4YC

https://books.google.com/books/about/Unprintable_Ozark_Folksongs_and_Folklore.html?id=rXAE-KbkomsC

https://www.tvfoodmaps.com/restaurant/FL/Key-West/Blonde-Giraffe

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/comment/545831#comment-545831

 

Dear FCC – I Care About Net Neutrality

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It occurred to me that as a writer, particularly one who talks about controversial subjects, that “net neutrality” should matter to me. And it should matter to you too.

Without it, ISPs (the big guys like Comcast, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable) would have full ability to create so-called “Internet fast lanes” that give preference to certain websites over others. Is that what you want?

On July 12, 2017, net neutrality allies sent 1.6 million comments to the FCC, many in creative ways, demonstrated what would happen if net neutrality were abandoned, and the reins given over to such big-name ISPs. For a few examples, stop by Massive protest to save #NetNeutrality sweeps the internet

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While the big day of protest is over, on the site Dear FCC, It’s Our Internet and We’ll Fight to Protect It, they give you a chance to write a letter to the FCC and explain why net neutrality is important to you.

I did so today, and you can too – I urge all of you who care about freedom on the internet, and the liberty to use and access what you want, to do the same!

It feels as though we’re going backwards in time, with a whole lot of pro-censorship laws being enacted right now, such as the anti-encryption bills in the US, Australia, and the UK.

We, the people, need to speak out. Join me in this fight.

And of course, if you have suggestions, feel free to add them here!

Are Dark Web Red Rooms Real?

EDIT: At the time I wrote this, I was less informed about Tor, and believed that red rooms could exist on it. Given what I know now about how Tor works, I find this very unlikely. If you can prove otherwise, let me know.

One frequently asked question, with regard to the deep web and dark web, is about so-called “red rooms.”

And before I get into this, let me clarify a few terms: the term “deep web” generally refers to sites that aren’t indexed by major search engines, like Google.  The term “dark web” refers to sites that are purposely hidden, and require specific software or configurations to access.  The Tor network is one of these.

There has been much debate, on both the dark web and surface web, as to whether red rooms exist or not.  There have also been numerous horror stories on Reddit, YouTube, and other social media sites about this terrifying legend.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a red room, in theory, is a live stream of a victim (male or female) being graphically tortured and murdered.  An audience member generally pays a certain amount of bitcoin to be admitted to the show, and pays a higher amount to be in charge of what happens.

I only say “in theory” because I have yet to directly witness anything like this, and many people, even on the dark web, deny its existence.

You may think this strange, but I still tend to believe that they exist.  I’ve seen a number of other incredibly sick things on the dark web thus far, and it doesn’t seem too farfetched that something of this nature could be real.

I have, in fact, found three sites that claimed to be red rooms (or to link to them), but I don’t have absolute proof that they’re real.

The one that sticks in my mind the most was a blog post (on Tor) that claimed to have access to a list of red rooms.  The post, written in somewhat broken English, said this (and I’m paraphrasing):

“Send me an email, and I give you the bitcoin address to pay for access [sic]the list.

For be [sic] spectator of the show (you just see people tortured and murdered), send 0.40 BTC with the text, ‘SPECTATOR.’

For be [sic] master of the show (you decide how to torture and how to kill), send 0.70 BTC with the text, ‘MASTER.’  I then send you the bitcoin address to pay.  Once it has received confirmations, I send you the password for access [sic] the list.”

Mind you, this could have all been a scam, as scams run rampant on the dark web.  Still, you have to wonder – if enough people had been ripped off, you would think word would get around.

YouTube user mutahar addresses this in one of his videos, entitled Are Deep Web Red Rooms Real?  According to him, they do exist, although he hasn’t said how he knows this for certain.  Also, YouTube user Corpse Husband shares a horror story that involves red rooms, called Horrifying Deep Web Stories: “Why I Quit Hacking”.  I have no proof that the story is real, but it’s very scary, nonetheless!

I have a couple of other theories regarding red rooms: it’s possible that they’re just so difficult to find, even on the dark web, unless you’re actively looking for them.  Plus, they may have such stringent security protocols that it’s difficult to access the site(s) in the first place.

On top of that, some of them may simply be staged with special effects and makeup, but presented as if they’re real.  This has happened before, with such films as Snuff (1976) or Cannibal Holocaust (1980).

So, what do you think?  Are red rooms real? Has anyone experienced anything like it?  Feel free to comment!