As he stumbles forward through the dense thicket of trees in front of him, James Rankin’s eye is caught by a strange sight in the near distance. He descends the short hill in his path, hoping to investigate the scene further – and as he does, the true horror of the mysterious situation unfolds before his eyes.
Before his story went viral, Rankin was just like any other normal guy. Based in New York, he’s a music promoter who gets his kicks hiking through woods and exploring unknown areas. And, usually, he doesn’t find that much out of the ordinary.
On October 3, 2016, however, that was all about to change. But as Rankin headed off into the Long Island woods, he couldn’t possibly have expected to find what he did. After all, Berkeley Jackson County Park was a place he’d frequented plenty of times before.