'Site of the Massacre'
research facility - undead massacre
Ice station mystery surrounds
Exposure - Part one
Exposure - Part two
Northern Exposure - Part three
of the Pardue Expedition, part of the 'Cicero' (Climate In Control &
Environmental Research) Organization.
The goal of the study was to enrich knowledge of the relationship
between sea ice coverage, atmospheric conditions, the circulation of
Arctic Ocean waters, and the impact changes may have on the natural
system and the human
activities that depend on it.
We flew by chopper to the remote ice station. I did
half expect it to be abandoned and boarded up at this point. But the
small cluster of buildings was rife with scientists, hazmat teams, and
a dozen or so state troopers.
It didn't take the Cicero expedition long to deploy
their own crew to the site. Understandable I suppose. There was a lot
of expensive equipment, rich in data information that needed securing.
However, local authorities were equally concerned not to let any evidence
be removed before collation. Add to that hazmat's reluctance to let
anyone into the infected area and as you can imagine, tensions were
In fact, I was not allowed access to the interior of
the main building. This was the one where all the deaths occurred, and
had not yet been given clearance. Just how do you clean a small quarters
where nine people were brutally slain? Where the very blood is contagious
with the most deadly virus known to man? I posed this question to Sheriff
Lipton. "You probably don't. I heard that it's so cold here right
now, that any blood could incubate and survive." he shrugged his
shoulders, "Don't know if that true or not, but I imagine they'll just burn the whole place down. Make sure."
The night in question
Sheriff Lipton then proceeded to walk me through the events as they
now know them.
"Well, it seems from what we can piece together
that sometime between 11:30 and midnight on February 28th, the members
of this facility were first aware of a figure outside their main quarters.
They probably thought it was either an intruder or what ever else. Not
an undead, that's for sure. We think three members exited the facility
and confronted the zombie. It looks like from the tracks left in the
snow that the undead was sort of shuffling around in no particular direction.
Possibly even moving away from the quarters. They may have been fine
if they had just kept quiet. But sadly they went out to see who he was
and when they saw he was naked they perhaps thought he was drunk or
in some sort of trouble. We figure at this point they went to within
10-15 feet of him. I don't know if they knew he was undead, but they
did see enough to make them run real fast back to the cabin.
The tracks suggest no struggle. They just up and ran
into the building. The necro followed them and this is around 12:09
am when local state troopers received the first call."
The 911 call
Sheriff Lipton explained that it was from research worker Fran Kopach.(28)
she made a frantic call describing how an unknown intruder was trying
to gain entry into the facility.
911 - "Are all doors and windows locked.
FK -Yes. I think so. (shouts) Jill, Nat are all the doors closed? Are
911 - Do you have anything to protect yourself with? Can you secure
FK - We have a hunting rifle. (shouts) Mark get the gun, get the (expletive)
911 - Where is he now? can you see him? what's he doing?
FK - He went round ...hang on....(pause)....he went round the side.
911 - Is the intruder armed?
FK - No. He's not wearing anything.
911 - What do you mean?
KF - He's naked
911 - Did you say naked?
FK - Yes
911 - And he's outside? but not armed.
FK - Yes, ...when are you coming? when is help coming? did you send
911 - Yes Ma'am. They have been dispatched. A unit will be there shortly.
FK - Good. I think he might .....(sound of glass breaking) .... hang
911 - Hello?
FK - (expletive) inaudible. Get it. Get it. Fire it.
Sound of three gun shots
911 - Hello? Ma'am ...are you there? what's happening now?
(Scream followed by 2 more gun shots.)
FK - Oh God, its a (expletive) necro. It's a (expletive) necro.
911 - Please repeat. I am having trouble understanding you. A what?
please calm down and repeat
FK- It's a (expletive) get it shoot it again for (expletive) sake. In
the head. Oh Jesus, Nathan....Nathan....get away from it....are you
911 - What's happening now? Fran talk to me.
(Voice of man in background) - When are they coming? (expletive) it
....get it the (expletive) away from me. Mark hit it. Hit it. Fran get
off the (expletive) phone and help me.
911 - Fran are you ......what's happening now?
FK- It's ....push it out.......push it the (expletive) outside.
At this point, it seems they managed to defend themselves to a degree
where they were able to force the undead back out through the door.
God, its a (expletive) necro. It's a (expletive) necro."
- Fran Kopach (911 caller)
911 - Fran. Authorities are almost there. What is happening now?
FK - He's gone. We got him outside. We think he was a necro. (inaudible)
911 - A what? Please repeat
FK - (Screams into phone) a (expletive) necro. A (expletive) zombie
911 - Ok. Fran calm down. I want you to do something for me right now.
FK - Yes.
911 - I want you to see if any of your family have been bitten.
FK - (Sobbing) Its friends. We are at the research station. You know
(shouts) has anyone been bitten? ..........
911 - hello?
FK- Yes. Nathan and Jill. Both bitten.
911 - Where are they bitten?
FK - On the hands.....Oh my God. Will they get it? will they become
911 - Calm down Fran. It's not like in the movies. They wont just turn
into zombies. We can get them to a hospital for observation and quarantine.
FK - Are you sure? Wont they turn? Should I hide?
911 - If the intruder has left, try to help your friends. But do not
get any of their blood on you. Are injured or cut? Do not let blood
get into an open wound. Fran, that's very important. Stay on the phone
(Loud crash, followed by inaudible shouting)
FK - Its back....is it back? Harris....where the (expletive) have you
been? Help Nath. He's ok. No. Help him block the door. Leave it. Just
911 - Hello
FK - It's in again......please hurry. I have to go help them.
Sadly, that was the last communication we had with Fran Kopach. When
authorities arrived they found the remains of all nine Cicero workers
dead. Nathan Bentley (22), Jill Green (32) and Fran Kopach (28) were
all found together, Mark Norrock (31) Harris Sheer (47) and Tim Headley
(29) were found in an adjoining room. Adalbert Faulke (52) Norah Race
(42) and Alphonse Bruyere (25) were found in the kitchen area.
It appears that Norrock and Bentley were in a state
of partial reanimation and unfortunately authorities had to neutralized
As was earlier reported, the assailant was found, frozen
and affixed by the blood of an open torso wound, to a tree three
it is. A horrible scene by anyone's imagination. Nine gifted researchers,
spearheading scientific knowledge in order to benefit our planet.
There is a palpable sense of sadness that seems to hang over any murder
scene, but this one seems to have an added sense of gravitas. I, as
a journalist should be capable of expressing what that feeling is. But
I find I cannot gather the words to convey it with any sense of justice.
It's just a canopy of death that has descended over this beautiful and
relatively unspoiled area of the world. Perhaps, that's it. It's the
thought that even out here, death and mortosis can reach and claw it's
way into your life.
undead is Captured on an outside security camera.