Back in December 2000, the story goes, a guy named Ted started a blog about his investigation of a "Mystery Cave", as he called it. He called it "Mystery Cave" because he didn't want to reveal the true location of the cave for fear that people would seek out this strange and dangerous spot that he had discovered.
The blog abruptly ends in the middle of 2001, on a very bad yet hopeful note.
Many people wonder what happened to Ted or even whether there really is a Ted.
Here we will look at his story, who he is and what actually happened to him.
Summary Of His Story
The story starts with Ted and a friend he refers to as "B" exploring caves and coming upon a fist-sized hole with wind coming from it. Upon investigating the hole, the men started hearing rumbling and howling sounds coming from it.
Nevertheless, the fact that wind was coming out of the hole made Ted more interested in exploring the hole, so he set about, with the help of B, to widening the hole. He had to come back at a later time with the proper equipment.
Over the course of months, and many trips to the cave, the men worked on opening up the hole. During this time, occurrences at the spot of the cave, Ted named this newly discovered cave Floyd's Tomb, got stranger and scarier. At some point the men hear a scraping sound coming from the hole. Another time, they bring Brad's dog and the dog doesn't even want to get near the hole. At one point the men hear a terrifying scream from the hole, described by Ted as half-human and half-animal. Also, the wind from the hole stops at times as they work on the hole.
Finally the men are able to open up the hole enough for Ted to squeeze through. He inches his way through a small crawl space on the other side, eventually reaching some open space where he sees a weird drawing on the wall and a room with a big rock sitting beside its entrance.
On one venture back to Floyd's Tomb, they bring Joe. Joe goes through the hole to explore but soon comes running back out, terrified with scratches and cuts on his body.
When Ted takes another trip through the passage to Floyd's Tomb, he begins to feel like he's being "followed". He becomes so distraught he starts running back to the entrance and feels like he's being chased by a "horde of demons". On the way back out he finds the rock next to the room has been moved, revealing a big hole. He and B escape the area, but feel their rope being pulled from behind as they leave.
Ted begins to have nightmares after this last visit to Floyd's Tomb, starts seeing and hearing things in his home, can't eat or sleep and has to take leave from work. He meets up with Joe, seemingly by accident though feeling driven to go to a spot that overlooks the city where Joe happens to be. Both men decide they need closure and plan to go back to Floyd's Tomb. Ted goes to B's house and tells him of the plan.
The blog ends with Ted feeling hopeful about making this final trip to the "Tomb". He promises to update everyone after the adventure. But the blog ends there and we never know what happened.
The Real Ending
One of the claims made about this story is that it is actually plagiarized from a short story by Thomas Lera called Fear Of Darkness. However, the fact is, Fear of Darkness was written after Ted's blog and most say it is an attempt to tack on an ending to Ted's story.
In fact, Ted himself has objected to this accusation that he copied the story. He came out of "hiding", and onto a Cavers' forum , to let everyone know he made the story up and it was totally his own creation. He said that a good part of the story is true, he actually discovered a cave and went to work on exploring it, but he embellished the paranormal aspects of the tale. The pictures on his blog are real and he really did take B's (actually, Brad's) dog down to the cave. His friend Brad is for real too, a caver who had sustained a rather serious injury while caving but continued his adventures anyway.
A friend of Ted's backs up his story. Turns out Ted really did explore Gypsy Passage and Floyd's Tomb and they are located at Freeway Cave in a cave network in American Fork, Utah. The cave happens to be near a freeway, which might explain the rumbling sounds Ted was hearing during his adventure.
So, it seems the story was all in good fun, Ted thought it would be fun to embellish the story; and he was right. People have been entertained by the spooky story for years and it's become an urban legend. It is a spooky story and we like to be scared. We also like mystery, and the fact that no one knew whether the story was real or not and whether Ted was okay or not, just added to the fun and suspense.
Hopefully I didn't burst your bubble. We should just be glad that Ted is alive and well.