Secret Discord Screening
A few months ago I was caught up in a very real seeming thread on 4chan. Some guy going by ‘K Anon’ claimed he received a hard-drive full of footage from his missing friend. The footage was from his friend’s investigation into his neighbor’s murder. The imgur link above is a much better summary of the events of that night than I can write out concisely. For the sake of brevity, ‘K Anon’ disappeared in real time that night and another man seemingly disappeared the next night, all related to K’s friend’s footage/investigation which K had titled Murder Death Koreatown.
I was part of a discord group discussing/researching what was going down because it seemed very realistic and also we all thought it was an ARG and not a documentary or film project. After the supposed disappearances, things died down for a while. But a few weeks later a man claiming to be ‘K Anon’ popped into the Discord group with a creepy message: “I see you have a taste for danger. Would you like some more? Who wants the real thing?”. There were only a few people left in the room, but K invited all of us to see his friend’s footage if we lived in Los Angeles. I think out of the 10 or so people invited, only a few were LA locals (I’m from Riverside). K left an email address and I was pretty invested so I reached out.
We had a very cryptic conversation. And I was basically only given an address and a password (which I won’t share but it was very… unsettling). K stopped responding. The address was in Koreatown. I hesitated because the last guy who showed up to a different address supposedly disappeared watching this same footage (I was pretty sure it was fake, but still). But I did my research, and it was a bodega. So I waited a few days until I could make it to LA and bit the bullet.
I show up to this bodega and its really cramped and dark and creepy looking. This older African American gentleman greeted me. I told him the password and he smiled and said something I’ll never forget “So you’re ready to join us?”. Uh sure. He closes the door to his shop and leads me to the back of the small room – it’s really dark. At first I didn’t notice her, but there was a really older lady (maybe the guy’s mom) sprawled out on a couch sitting in the back of the room. She was awake but didn’t really talk, she looked dazed out maybe just really old. Next to her was a table with a TV and DVD player hooked up to it. I was sat down right next to the lady. The guy turned on the TV. It was really just like the imgur gallery – the same exact setup except in this weird bodega. This creepy detective guy was on the tv screen wearing a facemask, the same pic in the gallery, the one K always posted.
The bodega guy said “whenever you’re ready” and went back to his chair. I press play and watch this strange footage. I don’t want to say much about it but it was very weird and unsettling. The most unsettling part was that at some point in the footage, K’s friend ends up at a bodega. The same bodega I was sitting in, and he talked with the same guy who was there and the older lady was there too. It was too real and too creepy. Was I watching a documentary about a man going insane? Bc I felt like I was going insane myself. I have no clue but I was feeling increasingly anxious and almost left a few times and I couldn’t wait for this screening to be over because I felt something bad was going to happen to me. I stuck it out and was getting out of there when the guy’s last words were “you’re one of us, now and forever”. I left and made it home safe. But honestly I’m done with creepy internet stuff for a while.
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