Mad Gasser of Mattoon

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The Mad Gasser of Mattoon (also known as the "Anesthetic Prowler", the "Mad Anesthetist", the "Phantom Anesthetist", the "Mad Gasser of Roanoke", or simply the "Mad Gasser") was the name given to the person or people believed to be responsible for a series of apparent gas attacks that occurred in Botetourt County, Virginia, during the early 1930s, and in Mattoon, Illinois, during the mid-1940s.

Whether the attacks were anything more than a case of mass hysteria, if the individual reports were connected, and the ultimate explanation for the events all remain debated


The scent precedes the madness.
Main street USA
This city, lay victim to the fumes of fame

It's floating in the air
Such a shot in the dark
God damn it, don't panic
There's nothing there

Nobody's bleeding, but there is a strange smell

Was it a ghost whose legs ceased the function in yours
God damn it, don't panic
There's nothing there

The planet pegged them, for the butt of a joke
Their spirit is not broke
Maintained to this very day
Mad gasser, is here to stay.


from Crossbows and Catapults EP, released May 15, 2014
Recorded by Benjamin Trimpe and Joe Wasson at Stormy Muffin Studios
Mastered by Chad Clark at Silver Sonya Mastering



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