The Last Stop - New York City's Subway Conspiracy
For decades, New York City covered up 28 disappearances from it's subway. Police never solved the cases, instead shuting down the station and rail line where the people vanished. Problem solved for 58-years until the old track was needed to re-route traffic for maintenance. Tonight is that night.
Inclusion StatementDIVERSITY: It is important to the producers to accurately represent the diversity of the people of New York in the cast of "The Last Stop." Two major supporting characters are African American, the lead is Italian and several featured characters will be of other ethnicities and will represent Ir
About The Project
Beginning in 1918, the year of the deadliest subway accident in the history of the MTA
that killed 93 people, a phenomenon began taking place on the Manhattan east side Number 6 train which runs uptown to downtown in Manhattan.
On 28 occasions over a more than forty-year period, people reported random persons simply vanishing without a trace. These events always occurred as the subway train passed between the Canal Street and Worth Street stations. The passengers would always reportedly be in one of the first three cars. In other cases passengers reported seeing momentary flashes of people who would appear for a few seconds and then disappear again. Witnesses always said the people in the flashes had horrified looks on their faces. Additionally, the apparitions were often dressed “out of the period,” from the 1900’s through the early 1960’s.
Even though missing person reports were filed, a Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request
to the city of New York turned up no official documented witnesses which makes it difficult to
build a link between the missing. All of the disappearances have occurred during interruptions
in the train’s lighting. This would take place during the intermittent power strikes caused as
the train passed over dead spots in the electrified track. When the subway car lights would flicker,
the person would either disappear or reappear and be from a different period in the span between 1918-1962.
The names of the missing have never been released because the City of New York refuses to confirm or deny anything has ever happened. Our FOIA has turned up no police reports even though we are confident they must have once existed.
According to the information we have researched from over 100 years of records, a "time slip" effect exists in a specific area of the New York City subway.
People disappeared without a trace and in some cases reappeared for mere moments over a 42-year period.
After millions of dollars were paid to families of the missing and members of the media to stifle the story, the city found a solution. They closed the Worth Street Station and re-directed a portion of track to bypass where the incidents took place.
The tactic worked until October 2017 when the MTA switched several trains back onto the track so maintenance work could be performed on the main line. The city took a six-hour risk that re-opened the portal.
Between 1918-1962, riders and MTA workers reported seeing a male in his 50’s dressed in circa 1910s conductor uniform walking through train cars and in tunnels. It is suspected the individual is an Brooklyn Rapid Transit conductor named Jack Novak who was employed from 1904 until his disappearance in 1918.
MTA files reveal Novak is believed to have killed himself, another transit worker and damaged a train badly enough that it had to be removed from service during an intentional crash, after learning his son had succumbed to the influenza epidemic that claimed 851 New Yorkers that year. However, the body that was recovered from the wreckage was rumored to have been so badly mutilated and crushed, that a positive identification was impossible by any means that existed at that time.
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About This Team
David Schifter spent 15-years as a TV news investigative reporter prior to pursuing a career as an actor and producer. He has appeared in dozens of features and on TV series often portraying detectives and reporters.
While no longer following a news beat, David is still intrigued with New York City paranormal mysteries and is excited to be telling this story which is rooted in history and fact.
Bill Rahn has been in video production since 1984. Video production was his main profession until he started making feature films in 2008. Since then, he has produced 8 feature films, directing and editing 5 of them.
Bill formed Tri-Rahn Pictures to produce films that have a strong message and tell stories that stir emotions, creating an exciting entertainment experience. Whether it is an action packed family film or an emotionally charged faith film, his focus is to have high production values in his projects.
Bill's director reel can be viewed here. https://vimeo.com/259262587