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Real Paranormal Photographs

Real Paranormal Photographs

Who Is That In The Photo?

I recently met a woman who has given me permission to post all of the following photographs that are real paranormal photographs. Each one was taken in her home. For privacy and safety reasons, I am not revealing her name or where she lives other than the photos were taken in the state of Alabama.  However, I will tell readers that she is central to four cemeteries very close to her home and she lives in a very small town. What’s interesting is that one cat she owns is especially tuned in and will regularly sit in the window and stare at something on the porch. Other people in her area have also had paranormal encounters.

In addition, there is a great deal of paranormal activity going on in her home. She has heard her name called, has a framed painting on a wall that moves daily and has seen spirit mist on her front porch. She has also heard tapping on a back room window while watching television. Someone would need a ladder to reach this window from the outside. She is in regular contact with investigators who may visit for a walk through of her home and the town she resides in. You judge for yourselves and please leave comments below. I would love to hear your opinions as to what you see in each photo. If you are an investigator and interested in speaking with this lady and/or arrange an investigation, leave your information in the comments section and I will relay the information for you.

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The Photographs

(all owned exclusively by S.W. and not for reproduction without permission from owner)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Is An Aura?

What Is An Aura?

Charles Webster Leadbeater

An aura, also known as a human energy field is, according to New Age beliefs, a colored emanation said to enclose a human body or any animal or object. Psychics and holistic medicine practitioners often claim to have the ability to see the size, color and type of vibration of an aura.

The concept of auras was first popularized by Charles Webster Leadbeater, a former priest of the Church of England and a member of the mystic Theosophical Society.  Leadbeater had studied Theosophy in India, and believed he had the capacity to use his clairvoyant powers to make scientific investigations. He claimed that he had discovered that most men come from Mars but the more advanced men come from the Moon, and that hydrogen atoms are made of six bodies contained in an egg-like form.

In his book Man Visible and Invisible published in 1903, Leadbeater illustrated the aura of man at various stages of his moral evolution, from the “savage” to the saint. In 1910, Leadbeater introduced the modern conception of auras by incorporating the Tantric notion of chakrasin his book The Inner Life. Leadbeater didn’t simply present the Tantric beliefs to the West, he reconstructed and reinterpreted them by mixing them with his own ideas, without acknowledging the sources of these innovations. Some of Leadbeater’s innovations are describing chakras as energy vortexes, and associating each of them with a gland, an organ and other body parts.

In the following years, Leadbeater’s ideas on the aura and chakras where adopted and reinterpreted by other Theosophists such as Rudolph Steiner and Edgar Cayce but his occult anatomy remained of minor interest within the esoteric counterculture until the 1980’s, when it was picked up by the New Age movement.

Steiner

In 1977, American esotericist Christopher Hills published the book Nuclear Evolution: The Rainbow Body, which presented a modified version of Leadbeater’s occult anatomy. Whereas Leadbeater had drawn each chakras with intricately detailed shapes and multiple colors, Hills presented them as a sequence of centers, each one being associated with a color of the rainbow. Most of the subsequent New Age writers will base their representations of the aura on Hill’s interpretation of Leadbeater’s ideas. Chakras became a part of mainstream esoteric speculations in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Many New Age techniques that aim to clear blockages of the chakras were developed during those years, such as crystal healing and aura-soma Chakras were, by the late 1990s, less connected with their theosophical and Hinduist root, and more infused with New Age ideas. A variety of New Age books proposed different links between each chakras and colors, personality traits, illnesses, Christian sacraments, etc Various type of holistic healing within the New Age movement claim to use aura reading techniques, such as bioenergetics, energy spirtuality, energy psychology and energy medicine.

Christopher Hills

What’s Your Color?

Here is a link to take a short quiz to find out the color of your aura. Mine is red. Also for further interests, you may enjoy this website.

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Happy 2018 to all! May this be your best year ever!

 

Haunted Forests

Haunted Forests

Haunted Forests

 

Here in the United States

Here are the Top Nine haunted forests in the United States. What has happened at these locations? Reports include missing people, Orb sightings, strange noises, shadows, satanic rituals, floating pirate ships, inexplicable deaths, Big Foot sightings, apparitions, strange lights and frightened dogs once in the woods. Here are a few you can Google and read up on. I will mention that a permit is required to visit Dark Entry Forest, Dudley Town in Cornwall, Connecticut.

  • Old House Woods, Virginia
  • Freetown Fall River State Forest, Southeastern, Massachusetts
  • Devils Tramping Ground, North Carolina
  • Pine Barrens, New Jersey (The Jersey Devil)
  • Appalachian Trail near the Bluff Mountain, Virginia
  • Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Indiana
  • Dark Entry Forest, Dudley Town, Cornwall, Connecticut (permit required to visit)
  • Randolph Forest, Maine
  • Robinson Woods, Illinois

Real Stories

I found a link where individuals were willing to share their stories. What do you think? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

WHITE MOUNTAINS CREATURE (New Hampshire)

  • This was different than the usual bear grunt. It was more like someone sneaking in the trees. I immediately grabbed the flashlight. What I saw haunts me even now. I saw a being in the trees. It was naked. It looked gray. And this sounds crazy, but it looked like a person, but not really. It was hunched down, very muscular and its legs were backward, like a bird’s. Then it quickly turned and bounded off down the hill. I couldn’t even follow it with my light. We left the next day. We went back to the same campground this year. Back to the same site. Again, I stayed up late poking the fire and reading. It was maybe one or two in the morning when I heard a noise. I shined the light in that direction. That same creature, being, whatever, was there. It looked exactly the same as I’d remembered from last year. It just sat there, crouched at the small tree line that separates the campsites. I slowly walked toward it. I tried not to make any threatening moves or gestures. I got to within 20 feet when it just jumped backward and disappeared. It looked like it might be five to six feet high if it stood up. It was definitely gray. It had human features, but more leathery. And its face was very wide. Its eyes were so big, and, even though they reflected light, they still looked black, like two intensely black marbles. Its legs were very muscular, but turned backward. I know what I saw. It was real. – Kevnh

PHANTOM CAMPERS (New York)

  • At about 9:30 p.m., it was getting dark, and we were beginning to worry about Randy and Tommy. Only a few moments later, we saw car lights at the front of the cabin. We were in the middle of nowhere, so it had to be them. We heard the car doors open, heard Randy and Tommy as plain as day. I yelled. “We’re on the deck.” The car doors closed, we heard footsteps rounding the corner… and at the point that someone would have rounded the corner… it was silent. I looked at Todd. He was looking at me. It was quiet. I yelled, “Hey, Randy. Hey, Tommy.” We got up and walked around front, and… nothing. No car, no people, no sound. Ninety minutes later, the phone rang. It was Todd’s mother calling to inform us that at 9:30 that evening, a fatal traffic accident involving Randy and Tommy took place 30 miles from the cabin. It’s almost as if they just wanted to keep our tradition alive. – Nightraven

  • I had just stretched out when a huge crack erupted from the woods. Both of us thought it was a branch or old tree that had fallen. After he turned off the living room light, we noticed that the light coming from the windows was abnormally strong. This sent our nerves to a new high. The light seemed to pulse several times and got so bright at one point you could have read a book by it. It couldn’t have been a car as we were almost a mile off the road on a dirt trail. Plus, the light came in from all the windows equally. Every so often we would hear a strange humming noise that penetrated that cabin. This lasted almost half an hour. We talked about just running out to the car and leaving but neither one of us wanted to go outside. After the light went out, we sat on the couch, occasionally putting forth theories on what it could have been. Around four o’clock in the morning, there was another loud crack. We worried that the light might come back but nothing happened. – R. Bassil

THE BLUE SPECTRE AT CAMP (Canada)

  • My friend and I were walking just outside of the circle of cabins. It was a bright night with all the stars shining and the moon was well lit. There was a campfire going, and in one of the big cabins there was a party going on with music and so on. We were walking, and we both got a really weird feeling, as if we were being watched. We both turned toward the sea… we saw a blue figure, very tall – about 7 feet – walking through the trees. It made no sound at all. It was a bright blue and glowing figure walking through the forest. It was emitting a shimmery aura, and my friend and I both became very frightened. We shouted at whatever that thing was and we were asking it what it was. We got no reply, of course, but we expected one. We stared as it walked away and out of our vision; we didn’t dare follow it. We then ran back to the group of people at the camp fire, screaming and describing what we saw. Another friend of mine claimed he was watching it from a distance not far from were we were and was just as frightened as I was. – Devin

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U.S. White House Hauntings

U.S. White House Hauntings


Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln was said to have dreamed about his assassination and was known for having attended two of his wife’s seances that she held. Mary Todd Lincoln had a deep interest in the Occult and regularly attempted to communicate with her deceased sons. Lincoln’s apparition has been the most frequently reported sighting in the White House over the years. Abraham Lincoln life was cut short by an assassin’s bullet in April of 1865. Grace Coolidge, wife of President Calvin Coolidge, was the first person to say she had actually seen Lincoln’s ghost. Grace stated that the former President was standing looking out a window of the Oval Office, across the Potomac to the former Civil War battlefields. Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Johnson, stated that she felt Lincoln’s presence one night while watching a television program about his death.

Sightings of Lincoln’s ghost were frequently reported during the long administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who also presided over his country during a time of great unrest. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt used the Lincoln Bedroom as her study, and said she would feel his presence when she worked there late at night. During her visit to the White House, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands heard a knock on her bedroom door in the night. Upon answering the knock, she saw Lincoln’s ghost and promptly fainted. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who frequently visited the White House during World War II said he observed Lincoln sitting by the fireplace in his room. He had just gotten out of the shower. Psychics have speculated that Lincoln’s spirit remains in the White House to be on hand in times of crisis, as well as to complete the difficult work that his untimely death left undone.

Abigail Adams and David Burns

Abigail Adams and her husband John, the second president of the United States, moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue from the former U.S. capital in Philadelphia. Washington, D.C. at this time was still just an average, undeveloped town, built mostly on swampy land on the banks of the Potomac River. The East Room of the new White House was the warmest and driest and Abigail hung her laundry in this area of the home. Her ghost has been seen heading towards the East Room, with outstretched arms like she is carrying her laundry.

In 1824, Andrew Jackson, also known as “Old Hickory”, lost the election to  John Quincy Adams in one of the most contentious presidential elections in history. Elected president four years later, Jackson continued to hold grudges against those who had supported Adams. In the early 1860’s, Mary Todd Lincoln told friends she had heard Jackson swearing and carrying on in the halls of the presidential residence. The Rose Room, Jackson’s bedroom while he was President, is reportedly one of the most haunted rooms in the White House.

Jackson’s apparition supposedly also showed up in the White House according to the writings of Harry Truman, the 33rd President of the United States. In June of 1945, just two months into his first term, Truman wrote to his wife Bess regarding the creepiness of of his new residence: “I sit here in this old house and work on foreign affairs, read reports, and work on speeches–all the while listening to the ghosts walk up and down the hallway and even right in here in the study. The floors pop and the drapes move back and forth–I can just imagine old Andy Jackson and Teddy Roosevelt having an argument over Franklin Roosevelt.”

A Good Report

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Phone Calls from the Dead

Phone Calls from the Dead

Is It Possible?

Have you ever talked to anyone who has claimed to have received a phone call from a dead relative or friend? There is one case that I briefly touched on in a previous article. The case of Charles E. Peck.

Charles, along with twenty five other people, died as the result of a train accident that occurred on September 12, 2008. The Metrolink commuter train collided with a freight train in Los Angeles, California. Charles’ time of death, on impact, was 4:22 p.m. For eleven hours, prior to his body being located by the rescue team, his cell phone called his fiance, his son, stepmother and his sister. They all heard the same thing: static and then his voicemail. As a result of these calls, rescuers were lead to the location of his body. Exactly one hour before his body was discovered, all phone calls stopped. Charles Peck’s cell phone was never located.

Relative’s Connection?

Here is a telephone call received from a woman who swears that the voice is from her recently departed grandfather. What do you hear? The date of this upload is  April 12, 2011 and we’re told that the uploader’s grandfather passed away on December 23, 2010.

 Dean Koontz

Koontz is an American author. His novels are described as suspense thrillers that incorporate horror, science fiction, mystery, satire and fantasy. Several of his books have been New York Times Best Sellers with both 14 hardcover and paperbacks reaching number one position. Dean Koontz used pen names in his early career including Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey and David Axton.

In 2013, and according to Katherine Ramsland, PhD of Psychology Today, Dean Koontz had been at his office and received a telephone call. When he answered, a distant female voice told him, “Please be careful.” He did not received a response when he asked who was calling and the voice only repeated the message to him three more times. Then there was silence. Koontz was very puzzled as he had an unlisted telephone number. Dr. Ramsland continued with his story:

 Perhaps it had been a number simply misdialed. He mentioned the incident to his wife, but told no one else.

“It was such a strange call,” says Dean. “I don’t claim that it was a ghost. I don’t know what I believe. It certainly was odd. People report these kinds of events all the time, and it’s always struck me as interesting that everyone seems to have had an experience or two of the uncanny. Sometimes I believe that call was from my mother and sometimes that it was a very strange, serendipitous wrong number. I think you always have to keep some skepticism about things like this, but it’s comforting to think that there may be a realm where the personality survives.”

Two days after this call, Dean went to visit his father at the facility where he lived. The staff was dealing with Ray’s behavioral problems, and they had asked Dean to come and talk with him. Ray had punched another resident, a man on a walker, and the nurses were worried.

Dean was unaware that Ray had used some of his small allowance to go buy a yellow-handled fishing knife and had honed it to razor sharpness and oiled the hinge to make it open like a switchblade.

When Dean came into the room, Ray moved fast. He grabbed the knife from a drawer, and Dean had to try to wrestle it away from him. He just managed to avoid being slashed.

There were many witnesses to this altercation, and one of them called the police. Finally Dean got the knife without incident and carried it out into the hall—just as the police arrived.

They drew their guns and ordered him, “Drop the knife!” (Dean Koontz was physically abused by his alcoholic father growing up)

Text Messages

Numerous people have also reported receiving text messages from dead relatives and/or friends. A man who resides in Lancashire reported that he was being haunted by text messages from his deceased wife. She had been buried with her cell phone and these messages contained details that were only shared between the couple, in addition to phrases she used with her husband. There was never a telephone number shown when the text messages were sent. He claimed to have smelled her perfume at times when he received the messages.

If you’ve had such an experience, feel free to share your story in the comments. Also, if you are on Facebook, check on the paranormal group Prairie State Paranormal.

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Disappointments Rooms

Disappointments Rooms

TRUTH

 

I watched this movie last night and was not impressed. I came across this article that you may find interesting. The cruelty of such a room is hard to wrap one’s mind around.

 What Did They Look Like

 

They were found in average homes, not always associated with the wealthy. Many poor families also isolated their disabled family members.

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Haunted Talking Rock Georgia and Neighboring Town

Haunted Talking Rock Georgia and Neighboring Town

The beautiful Appalachian Mountains of the United States has its share of folklore and ghost tales. This includes Talking Rock, Georgia and neighboring towns. I thought I’d share two that I’ve come across in my travels. Interesting to say the least!

Talking Rock, Georgia

Talking Rock Georgia

Talking Rock is located in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains between the towns of Ellijay and Jasper in Pickens County. It is the third smallest town in the State of Georgia and was established in 1883. Not much has changed in the town and a train was the life vein of the community. The area is rich with tales about the Trail of Tears,The Great Depression, the railroad and the Civil War. The origin of the name of the town is unknown but some believe it is due to the noise from water rolling over the rocks in the creek. Other beliefs include the name originating with the local Indians or folks sitting on a rock and talking with a neighbor.

The Haunted Train

Talking Rock Train

The back car of this train was the scene of a murder many years ago. The story is that a young woman was stabbed to death in this car and discovered in a huge puddle of blood. It is reported that after the blood was cleaned up, people reported seeing blood appearing in the cracks in the floor of the car. This train is no longer in operation.

Dahlonega

This town, located about 25 miles from Talking Rock, has several documented haunted locations and is regularly visited by paranormal investigators.  Here is a link for more information about the various paranormal activity in this town. Below is a small list of what can be found in this town.

El Rayos Authentic Mexican Restaurant Calhoun, Georgia

The building that houses El Rayos Authentic Mexican Restaurant was once a private home. Legend has it that it was inhabited by a woman and a little girl. The young girl was hit an killed by an automobile. The woman lived here until her death of natural causes. Paranormal activity has been report by numerous people at this location.

Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery is haunted

According to a psychic, Mount Hope Cemetery and the areas nearby are a hangout for a group of Civil War veteran ghosts. A town librarian claims to have photographic evidence. People have reported being grabbed at this cemetery and one woman had her necklace broken by an unseen entity. This is a popular location for tourists and paranormal investigators.

Historic Worley Bed and Breakfast Inn

The above image of a boy was caught on camera lying in a bed. The ghost was said to be that of Claude Worley who was struck by a train and was brought to this inn, but never recovered.

Holly Theater

Dahlonega is haunted

Holly Theater is rumored to be haunted by ghosts who have shown up to watch rehearsals and sometimes play tricks, such as turning lights on and off. One of the ghosts here is believed to be Edwin Booth, a well known 1800’s actor and brother of President Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.

Fred Jones Building

Former Mayor Fred Jones passed away under suspicious circumstances at his Chevrolet dealership. No one is sure if he committed suicide or whether or not he was murdered. The dealership was eventually turned into a cafe with an additional four stores. The mayor has been spotted sitting in the cafe where his old office was located.The shopkeepers here have found their locked doors standing open in additional to reporting other paranormal activity. I plan on visiting this town soon. More haunted locations in Georgia can be found through this link.

There are other stories about the State of Georgia in my archives and you can find them here.

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Will You Play This Game?

Will You Play This Game?

Crazy

After reading this article, will you play this game? It’s called the Elevator Game and based on an Urban Legend. It was brought to my attention by a recent comment left by a reader on my website. I thought I would look into this game, especially since there is a theory that Elisa Lam (Read about her here) played this on the last day of her life. Her untimely death provided an opportunity to boost the game’s notoriety. The video shows her strange behavior in an elevator.

Rules

This game comes with many warnings to those that take the challenge. It is believed to be of Korean origin. After researching several articles about this game, I came across rules that were translated from the original into English.The claim of the game is that it transports one to another world. It’s referred to as the most dangerous game. It has been played by many people for the past several years with many believing that “something” has followed them home. Personally, I would not play this and do not necessarily buy into the paranormal aspect but, to each his own. Leave me a comment below if you decide to play the game. I’d love to get your feedback.

Here Goes:

Only one person can play at a time and the individual can only play this game in a building at least 10 stories high. The building must have at least one elevator in it. (pretty obvious!)

  1. Enter the elevator from the first floor by yourself. If anyone else gets on from the first floor wait until you can enter the elevator alone.
  2. Press the button for the fourth floor.
  3. Do not get out when the elevator reaches the fourth floor. Stay in the elevator and press the button for the second floor.
  4. Do not get out when you reach the second floor. Stay on the elevator and then press the button for the sixth floor.
  5. Do not get out when you reach the sixth floor, remain in the elevator and press the button for the second floor.
  6. Do not get out when you reach the second floor. Stay on the elevator and press the button for the tenth floor. Do not respond to any voices you may hear. (Important)
  7. Do not get out once you have reached the tenth floor. Stay on and and press the button for the fifth floor.
  8. A woman may enter the elevator on the 5th floor. She will be engaging and may look like someone you know. Ignore her. 
  9. Next, press the button to head to the first floor. If, instead of going towards the first floor you begin to ascend to the tenth, then you have performed the ritual correctly. If you descend to the first floor then you have done something wrong. Get off on the first floor immediately. 
  10. If you reach the tenth floor, you can either stay on the elevator or exit the elevator. If the woman is still with you, do not engage in conversation.
  11. There is only one way to know whether you have traveled to the Other World for sure. You will know because you will be the only person there. Things will also feel at bit off.

The Elevator Game

Traveling Back To Your Home World:

(Also, if you do not exit on the 10th floor)

  1. Press the button for the first floor and keep pressing it until the elevator begins to move.
  2. Once you have reached the first floor, exit immediately. 

If you do exit the elevator at the tenth floor the elevator you used to get there is the only one you can use to return.

  1. When you get back on the elevator, press the buttons in the same order you did in steps 2 through 8 which you used to travel. This will take you to the fifth floor.
  2. Once you have reached the fifth floor, press the button for the first floor.  You can press the button of any floor lower than ten to stop ascending but you have to do it before you again reach the tenth floor.
  3. Once you have cancelled the ascension and reached the first floor all should appear normal. If  anything seems strange, if you hear voices or smell another odd, do not exist the elevator. Repeat step two until everything on the first floor seems normal. 
  4. Once you are satisfied that everything on the first floor is as it should be in your world then you can exit the elevator.

Additional Information on Traveling:

  • The Other World has been described by travelers as dark but otherwise exactly like your real world. Again, you will know that it is not your world because no one else will be there. You may see a distant red cross through a window. It is not exactly known what this is.
  • Electronics often do not work.
  • People report becoming disoriented when exiting the 10th floor.  Examine everything around you to make sure it’s as it should be.
  • If you get on the wrong elevator on your return trip then do not enter the return sequence. It will not work.

What foor will you get off of playing the elevator game.

Real Elevator Horror

 

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Stay safe in elevators and stay lucky playing the elevator game.

 

Florida History Horror

Florida History Horror

Evil and Ignorance

Florida slave toddler

I came across this Florida history horror and could not believe what I was reading. It’s true, acknowledged and verified by some individuals who experienced first hand one of history’s disgusting practices. African American babies used as gator bait. The babies of slaves. This was not common practice and there are no actual numbers that I could find on exactly how many families this happended to. Much is hearsay recorded on audio and retold by elder’s recollections.It’s hard to wrap one’s head around the idea of this happening. Such incredible hatred and ignorance.

African babies used as alligator bait

What Exactly is the Truth?

In a 1923 Time Magazine story:

  • From Chipley, Fla., it was reported that colored babies were being used for alligator bait. The infants are allowed to play in shallow water while expert riflemen watch from concealment nearby. When a saurian approaches his prey, he is shot by the riflemen. The Chipley Chamber of Commerce said the story was a “silly Lie, false and absurd.” However, it was widely reported in the American press during this time. Also, this practice was mentioned and depicted in the following:
  • Film: The practice has appeared in at least two films: “Alligator Bait” (1900) and “The ‘Gator and the Pickaninny” (1900). Two tales of boys used as alligator bait were told in “Untamed Fury” (1947).
  • Language: From at least the 1860’s up until the 1960’s “alligator bait” was a racial slur among whites for black children. In Harlem in the 1940’s it was applied to blacks of any age from Florida.
  • There is an account of it in Cooper Sun, a 2006 book written by Sharon Draper.
  • A blog from Ferris State University implies the practice continued into the 20th Century.
  • In 1908, the Washington Times reported that a keeper at the New York Zoological Garden had baited alligators with pickaninnies.
  • On September 21, 1923, the Oakland Tribune reported, “Pickaninnie bait lures voracious gator to death and mother gets her baby back in perfect condition. And $2.”
  • Look at these post cards and trinkets depicting children being used as bait. These existed between 1900-1960. Items such as these are found in the The Jim Crow Museum which is located on the Lower Level of Ferris State University FLITE Library in Big Rapids Michigan.

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 Another bait baby post card.

Trinket of Florida bait baby

Black baby's head pokes out of alligator mouth trinket

Many of the artifacts and media pieces within the Jim Crow Museum contain explicit images of violence, nudity, offensive language, and other mature themes. Recommended ages of 12 and over for visits.The Museum is free and open to the public.The Museum is dependent on donations. More museum information here.

Who Was Jim Crow?

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thomas-dartmouth-rice-1808-1860

According to history, a white entertainer by the name of Thomas Dartmouth Rice (1808-1860) performed a song and dance act which was modeled after a slave. The slave’s name was Jim Crow. Rice painted his face black, spoke with an exaggerated imitation of African American English and acted like an idiot on the stage. Other actors did the same however, he was the most popular and he spent time touring in both the United States and England..By 1840, Rice suffered from a type of paralysis which limited his speech and movements, resulting in his death at age 52.

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia Hauntings

Shepherdstown, West Virginia Hauntings

Hauntings

Shepherdstown is a town in Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA, located along the Potomac River. It is arguably the oldest town in the state, chartered in 1762 by Colonial Virginia’s General Assembly. 

Potomac River falls

Shepherdstown is well known for being the oldest town in West Virginia. It is also referred to as the most haunted town in America because it has always been home to inexplicable hauntings, strange accidents and unsolved crimes and mysteries. In a town of 1,700 residents, almost every single person has had an experience and the police have joined with the paranormal community to help solve some of the town’s deepest mysteries. Some of the events occurring in this town include the following:

  • Strange lights
  • The haunted Entler Hotel, now the town’s visitor center and museum
  • Haunted streets that begin from the top of town at Duke Street all the way to River Road
  • The ghost of Peyton Smith, a poker player who challenged another player to a duel after an argument
  • Table 25 at the Yellow Brick Bank
  • The clock tower of McMurran Hall, Room 1

Battle

The Battle of Shepherdstown, also known as the Battle of Boteler’s Ford, took place September 19–20, 1862, in Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia), at the end of the Maryland Campaign of the American Civil War.

Shortly before dusk on September 19th, Union Brig General Charles Griffin sent two regiments across the Potomac River at Boteler’s Ford. They attacked Pendleton’s rearguard, capturing four artillery pieces before being recalled. Pendleton incorrectly reported to Gen. Robert E. Lee that he had lost all 44 guns of his artillery reserve.

Early on September 20th, Porter sent two brigades across the Potomac on a reconnaissance-in-force. Major Charles Lovell’s brigade of Regulars encountered Maj. General A.P. Hill’s “Light Division” about a mile from the river. While withdrawing back to the ford, Hill’s men attacked under heavy Federal  fire and the casualties were tremendous.

Col. James Barnes’ brigade was ordered to the top of the bluffs to cover the retreat, and two more Federal brigades were ordered to cross to the Virginia side of the river. After a violent clash along the heights bordering the river, Porter ordered a withdrawal. The colonel of the inexperienced 118th Pennsylvania  refused to retire until orders were received through the proper chain of command. Their first time under fire, the 118th Pennsylvania were driven in by four Confederate brigades and suffered 36% losses.

Total Union dead and wounded at Shepherdstown makes it the bloodiest battle fought in what would become the state of West Virginia.  George McClellan decided that an active pursuit of the enemy was not possible at this time and established a defensive posture along the Maryland bank. And for the Confederates, Robert E. Lee chose to abort his army’s movement back into Maryland. With the Confederates driven from Northern soil, President Abraham Lincoln used the opportunity to issue the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862.

Friends

Peyton Smith was not intent on killing his best friend over a game and according to the story, his pistol was not loaded intentionally. His friend attempted to shoot over Peyton’s head but missed. Peyton was taken to the Entler for treatment but died from the wound. He reportedly had been placed into Room 1. Since the tragedy, several people have reported hearing him crying out for his mother.

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The manager of this establishment has reported paranormal activity. There is a story of a woman back in the mid 1900’s who was too afraid to sit at Table 25, stating there was a ghost of a woman who lives in that booth. Wine glasses have fallen off of racks and there are reports of a stereo being turn on that plays old time music. The below photo is from yellowbrickbank.com.

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Other Occurrences

The paranormal activity is not exclusive to the downtown Shepherdstown area because additional hauntings have been reported at the Shepherd University’s campus. An old man supposedly haunts the clock tower of McMurran Hall. This location was also used as a hospital during the Civil War and it is believed that soldiers haunt the location. The photo below is of Shepherdstown’s Presbyterian Church which was also used as the hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers. (Historic Shepherdstown Museum)

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Finally

A six part series is coming our way in June that investigates the reports about  this town and the paranormal activity.

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New Hampshire’s General Jonathan Moulton

New Hampshire’s General Jonathan Moulton

General Moulton

The Man

General Jonathan Moulton was considered to be one of the wealthiest men in revolutionary era New Hampshire. He was a successful soldier and businessman. He owned eighty thousands acres in the Hampton area and it is here that he built his home and fathered fifteen children. His Puritan neighbors stated that he must have sold his soul to Satan to have obtained his wealth. Jonathan Moulton was a general of consequence in the colonial wars, but a man not always trusted in other than military matters. A rumor spread that his first wife, Abigail, died before her time, and Jonathan found consolation in his bereavement by marrying her 36 year-old friend. He was fifty years old. One night, the bride was awakened when she felt a cold hand pulling on the wedding-ring that had belonged to the dead Mrs. Moulton. A voice then whispered in her ear, “Give the dead her own.” She jumped out of the bed screaming and discovered that the wedding ring had disappeared. Moulton had given his young new wife all of his deceased wife’s jewelry.

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How He Obtained His Wealth, So They Say

Time went on and one evening Jonathan was sitting by his fireplace and was worrying about money. He was always very fond of money. He started muttering to himself, “If only I could have enough gold, I’d sell my soul for it.”  He started hearing something coming down the chimney and an apparition of a tall, thin person all in black stood before him. “Come. You know me said this entity. Is it a bargain?” The general was in complete shock yet, at the same time, thinking about the advantages being offered to him. He asked the entity for proof and suddenly coins started appearing and falling at his feet. He wanted more proof and asked for liquor at which a container was filled with rum. This devil promised to make him the richest man in the area and presented him with a paper to sign. The agreement was that on the first day of every month Jonathan’s boots would be filled with gold. If he attempted any tricks he would pay dearly. He signed the paper and the entity disappeared back up through the chimney.

The Moulton home

Jonathan went out the next day and bought the biggest pair of jack-boots he could find. Moulton became very wealthy and the neighbors were at first amazed which turned to feelings of envy and finally suspicion. Thinking he was especially crafty, Moulton cut the soles from the boots and the floor was knee deep in money since tons of coins were emptied into the huge boots with no overflow. The devil knew exactly what Jonathan was doing and burnt the house to the ground. One story reports that eleven of his children perished in the fire. Moulton assumed the coins would have melted down and that he could recover the gold. He looked everywhere but found nothing. All of his wealth had disappeared. After he died, people again were spreading rumors that the gravesite where he was buried was causing disturbances in the cemetery. His coffin was dug up and found to be empty. In reality General Jonathan Moulton was buried on his property. The below stone is just a memorial. The exactly location of his body on his personal property remains unknown. The rebuilt Moulton House has long been referred to as the Haunted House and even written about by local poet John Greenleaf Whittier. A bedroom is said to be haunted by Moulton’s first wife and slaves who were working in the residence were convinced that the home was haunted. (more here)

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Goblin and Ghoul Folklore

Goblin and Ghoul Folklore

Stories That Never Die

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Gifted storytellers of goblin and ghoul folklore were grandmothers, wives, mothers, ranchers, farmers, sheepherders as well as many others. The tales that were told spoke of ghosts, sorcerers, witchcraft, tricksters, the young helped by supernatural forces and the evil people who ultimately paid for all of their misdeeds. There were also the tales of the people turned into animals from a cast spell. Any and all embellishments made the stories more interesting and frightening.

Last year my husband and I spent time in New Mexico and I purchased a book locally full of stories about the “undead”–Many of the stories were passed down by Franciscan monks, Comancheros (Mexican traders) and ciboleros (Mexican Buffalo hunters) to remind us all of the evil that exists in the world. The majority of the tales are about goblins, vampires, witches, even a werewolf; all supposedly true.

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There is even a story about Maria Flores (Mary Flowers), also known as Bloody Mary who was a weird child, spoiled by her parents (who were suspected of really being her grandparents) and a girl who preferred the company of her pet parrot to people. The Flores family lived in El Porvenir, a ghost town in northeastern, New Mexico. She disliked other children and fired her slingshot at other kids, hitting them with rocks. Whenever she went into town with her parents, she stared at any children and would make strange faces at them. So weird was this trio, that rumors began to circulate as to what they were actually doing at their homestead. The father was often observed going into the woods behind their property and was known for carving weird figurines. Maria wanted a carved wooden doll so was sent off into the woods to choose a piece of hardwood that she liked. She search for several hours and could not find anything that she wanted. She ended up deep into the forest and eventually found a huge wrangled tree trunk that had enormous tree branches towards the top. She wanted one of the branches and started to climb up the tree but fell several times. She eventually sat down under the tree and a branch fell and landed in front of her. It had hit her in the head and left a gaping wound which bled all over her. When she eventually got home after dragging the limb through the woods, her mother shouted “Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary.”

Once work was started on the doll, the story is that Mary’s own hair and nail clippings were used. Mary’s mother hand made a dress for the doll and Mary placed her saved baby teeth into the mouth socket created on the doll. The doll was names Ari. Maria kept the doll at her side at all times while her parrot clung to her shoulder.

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When winter arrived Maria became extremely ill. She was known to refuse to wear her coat outside. Regardless of the amount of herbs and spices fed to Mary by her mother, her health continued to decline. She paled in color, all the while her doll started to appear lifelike. While Mary became cold, the doll felt warn. The parrot disappeared and never returned to the household. Mary eventually died and her parents were heartbroken. They took her body into town to have a  Memento Mori (mourning picture) taken of her. The parents decided not to bury the doll with Mary. After a mourning period the doll was placed in a silver case and stored under a bed.

The parents died and the home was shut down. After many years the home was in dilapidated condition and area children started entering the property. One young girl, named Valeria,  found the silver case, still under the bed and found the doll. She was holding the doll and looked at her reflection in the bedroom mirror. The doll was covered in blood, but only in the mirror’s reflection. She started screaming, “Bloody Mary, Blood Mary, Bloody Mary!” Valeria dropped dead, and the rumor was, from fright.

A folklore expression used pertaining to the tale is: “Left for love and good for spite; left or right, good at night. What do you see and what do you hear? The days has eyes, and the night has ears.”

Other folklore titles popular in New Mexico include:

  • Wailing Woman
  • Vampire Witch
  • Thunder Mountain Goblin
  • Attack of the Werewolf
  • Dead Ringer
  • Bibiana
  • In the Gloom of the Night
  • Holy Company
  • Duendes (mythical creatures that lured boys and girls)

 Nursery Rhymes

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All around the world, children have been put to sleep with various nursery rhymes and most rhymes are based on fear and superstition. Many relate to war, storms and plagues.For example, “Rock-a-Bye-Baby:

*The first printed version from Mother Goose’s Melody (London, c. 1765), has the following lyrics:

Hush-a-by baby, on the tree top

When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.

When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall.
And down will fall baby, cradle and all.

*The version from Songs for the Nursery (London, 1805), contains the wording:

Rock-a-bye, baby, thy cradle is green,
Father’s a nobleman, mother’s a queen…

*Alternate Lyrics as shown in The Real Mother Goose published in 1916:

Rock-a-bye, baby, thy cradle is green;
Father’s a nobleman, mother’s a queen;
And Betty’s a lady, and wears a gold ring;
And Johnny’s a drummer, and drums for the king.

*The most common version used today is:

Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetop,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.
Nursery Rhymes were meant to keep evil at bay and children were taught to be careful at night because werewolves were especially feared. One belief was that if a person’s middle finger on each hand was longer than the second finger, the person was a werewolf. (I would have been in big trouble) Werewolves were believed to have the power to control all creatures of the night. They drew their strength from the moon, slept with one eye open and were associated for the most part, with men.
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Connection To Smiley Face Killer?

Connection To Smiley Face Killer?

Another Victim? Smiley Face Killer?

 

I came across this story today that has the same scenario of the original case I wrote about in January, The Smiley Face Killer. Here we have another young man just found deceased. What’s your opinion? Please leave me your thoughts in the comment section.

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/missing-in-america/body-found-scioto-river-identified-missing-columbus-man-joey-labute-n548556

Photos of the Smiley Faces related to each victim

Very Interesting Report on CNN related to this mystery.

Evidence of Smiley Face Killer

Boston’s Vanishing Men

Another excellent write up on the victims. The FBI needs to get involved again in a pro active way.

https://cryptidantiquarian.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/bostons-mysterious-vanishing-men/

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Smiley Face Killer-What’s Happening?

Smiley Face Killer-What’s Happening?

The cause of  the deaths of so many young adult men is the center of a dispute among theorists and police officials. If you are interested in this mystery, you’ll want to take the time and watch this video. (Not to be confused with The Happy Faced Killer)

The Smiley face murders is a theory of two retired New York City Police Detectives. Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte believe that a number of young men found dead in bodies of water across several American states  for over a decade did not accidentally drown. The detectives believe these young men were the victims of a serial killer/killers. The term smiley face became connected to the alleged murders when it was made public that the police had discovered graffiti of a smiley face near locations where the bodies were dumped. This occurred in at least twelve of the murder cases. Law enforcement, in additional to other experts, remain skeptical to Duarte’s and Gannon’s theory.

In 2008, Gannon and Duarte were looking at evidence as far back as the late 1990’s they believe connected the deaths of 45 college age males whose dead bodies were found in water in eleven states after leaving parties or bars where they were drinking. Most were white, good students. popular and athletic. The detectives theorized that the young men were murdered by an individual or an organized group of killers. There have been many more cases since their investigation.

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Police forces that investigated dispute the conclusion that the cases are linked. The La Crosse Wisconsin police department, in charge of eight investigations, released an official statement that concluded that the deaths were accidental drownings of inebriated men and that there were no smiley face symbols found in connection with any of these cases.

Criminal profiler Pat Brown calls the serial killer theory “ludicrous”, arguing that the evidence does not fit what is known about serial killers. Brown also believes that the smiley face images found in some of the cases are likely nothing more than coincidences based upon making a guess at where the body entered the water and searching a wide area until an example of smiley face graffiti can be found. “It’s not an unusual symbol,” she told Matt Smith of the Minneapolis-based newspaper City Pages. “If you look in an area five miles square, I bet you could find a smiley face.”

The Center for Homicide Research in Minneapolis, Minnesota has recently published a research brief that also attempts to scientifically refute the theory. In March 2009, Lee Gilbertson, a criminal justice faculty member at St. cloud State University, voiced his support for the theory on an episode of Larry King Live which discussed the alleged murders.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued the following statement:

The FBI has reviewed the information about the victims provided by two retired police detectives, who have dubbed these incidents the “Smiley Face Murders,” and interviewed an individual who provided information to the detectives. To date, we have not developed any evidence to support links between these tragic deaths or any evidence substantiating the theory that these deaths are the work of a serial killer or killers. The vast majority of these instances appear to be alcohol-related drownings. The FBI will continue to work with the local police in the affected areas to provide support as requested.

Link To The Most Recent Death of Another Young Man

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2016/01/body_of_missing_hoboken_man_found_in_hudson_river.html

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The Evil Eye

The Evil Eye

Origins

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There are many cultures that believe receiving the evil eye will cause injury or misfortune. The curse is cast by a malevolent glare and given to a person when they are unaware. Talismans created to guard against the evil eye are also called “evil eyes”.

Some of the countries that pursue protective measures against the concern over the evil eye include:

  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • Morocco
  • Southern Italy (Naples)
  • Afghanistan
  • Levant
  • United States (Hawaii-“stink eye”)
  • India
  • Ethiopia
  • Pakistan
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Arabia

History

The evil eye belief dates back to Classical Antiquity and references to it are made by Plato, Diodorus, Hesiod and many others. Peter Walcot’s Envy and the Greeks listed more than one hundred works by authors who mention the evil eye. The evil eye was treated as a phenomenon from an inexplicable source and feared  in certain areas of the Roman Empire more intently. There were locations where people felt more conscious of the dangers associated with the evil eye and some tribes believed that they, as a whole, possessed the powers of the evil eye. Pontus and Scythia, were believed to be transmitters of the evil eye. The phallic charm called fascinum in Latin for the verb fascinare, “to cast a spell” (the origin of the English word “fascinate”) was used against the evil eye. The belief of the evil eye spread towards the East as a result of the Empire of Alexander the Great which spread Greek ideas throughout his empire.

Where is the belief Strongest?

  • West Africa
  • Latin America
  • East Africa
  • Central America
  • South Asia
  • Europe
  • Mediterranean region
  • Northern Europe-Celtic regions
  • Americas

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In the Aegean Region where light-colored eyes are relatively rare, people with green eyes and especially blue eyes, are thought to bestow the curse, intentionally or unintentionally. In Greece and Turkey amulets against the evil eye take the form of blue eyes.

Evil eye, Isabat al-’ayn, is a common belief that individuals have the power to look at people, animals or objects to cause them harm. It is tradition among many Muslims that if a compliment is to be made one should say “Masha Allah”, God has willed it or, “Tabarakallas”, Blessings of God to ward off the evil eye.

Among those who do not take the evil eye literally, either by reason of the culture in which they were raised or because they simply do not believe in such things, the phrase, “to give someone the evil eye” usually means simply to glare at the person in anger or disgust.

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Christian countries make the sign of the cross with the hand and point two fingers, the index finger and the little finger  towards the  source of influence or victim. This was described in the first chapter of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula published in 1897:

When we started, the crowd round the inn door, which had by this time swelled to a considerable size, all made the sign of the cross and pointed two fingers towards me. With some difficulty, I got a fellow passenger to tell me what they meant. He would not answer at first, but on learning that I was English, he explained that it was a charm or guard against the evil eye.

In Judaism the evil eye is mentioned several times in the classic Pirkei Avot, Ethics of Our Fathers by Rabbi Eliezer. He states that an evil eye is worse than a bad friend, neighbor of an evil heart. Judaism believes that a “good eye” designates good will and kindness towards others. Such a person will prosper. An “evil eye” is the opposite attitude and a man with “an evil eye” will not only feel no joy but will experience distress when others prosper.

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It has also been suggested the 10th commandment: “do not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor” is a law against bestowing the evil eye on another person.

In some cultures over complimenting equates to casting a curse. The same is true about envy. According to the book The Evil Eye by folklorist Alan Dudes, the belief’s premise is that an individual can cause harm simply by looking at another’s person or property. But protection is easy to come by with talismans that can be worn, carried, or hung in homes, most often incorporating the contours of a human eye. In Aegean countries people with light-colored eyes are thought to be particularly powerful, and amulets in Greece and Turkey are usually blue orbs. Indians, Muslims, and Jews use charms with palm-forward hands with an eye in the center; Italians employ horns, phallic shapes meant to distract spell casters.

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Murder House-H.H. Holmes

Murder House-H.H. Holmes

Who Was H.H. Holmes?

“I was born with the devil in me. I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing — I was born with the ‘Evil One’ standing as my sponsor beside the bed where I was ushered into the world, and he has been with me since.”

– H. H. Holmes
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His given name was Herman Webster Mudgett and he was born of May 16, 1861 and died on May 7, 1896. H.H. Holmes was one of the first documented American serial killers. He is known for Murder House. Holmes designed a hotel for the specific purpose of murder. He opened the hotel at the time of the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. Holmes confessed to 27 murders but his actual body count is believed to have been up to 200. He brought his victims to his World’s Fair Hotel which was located 3 miles from the fair. (Holmes was also a bigamist and con artist)

Early Life

Holmes was born in Gilmanton, New Hampshire on May 16, 1861 to Levi Horton Mudgett and Theodate Page Price, both descendants of the first English settlers in the area. Mudgett was the third born with one older sister and brother. His parents were farmers and Methodists. Holmes’ father was a violent alcoholic. Holmes was the victim of bullies because he excelled in school and became their target. The bullies forced him into a local doctor’s office and made him stand with a human skeleton. He later stated that this experience fascinated him. He became obsessed with dissecting animals and with death. Other notable facts about Holmes:

  • Graduated from high school at the age of 16
  • Enrolled in the University of Vermont in Burlington at the age of 19 (left after one year)
  • Entered the University of Michigan’s Department of Medicine and Surgery in 1882. Graduated in 1884
  • Stole cadavers while enrolled, disfigured the bodies and claimed victims were killed accidently in order to collect insurance money from policies he took out on each deceased person.
  • First marriage fell apart and he abandoned his first wife and son.
  • Holmes moved to Mooers Forks, New York and was seen with a little boy who later disappeared. No investigation ever took place after he claimed that the boy moved to Massachusetts.

On January 28, 1887, while he was still married to Clara, Holmes married Myrta Belknap in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He filed for divorce from Clara a few weeks after marrying Myrta, but the divorce was never finalized. They had one daughter together named Lucy who was born on July 4, 1889. Holmes lived with Myrta and Lucy in Wilmette, Illinois and spent  his time in Chicago tending to business. Holmes married Georgiana Yoke on January 17, 1894, in Denver, Colorado while he was still married to Myrta.

The Murder Castle

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Holmes went to Chicago where he met the owner of a drugstore by the name of Elizabeth S. Holton and it was not long before he was employed there. When Elizabeth’s husband died, Holmes offered to purchase the drugstore from her and she readily agreed. Holmes was able to purchase the drugstore with the funds he obtained by mortgaging the store’s stock and fixtures. Elizabeth was never seen or heard from again and Holmes told people that she had moved to California to be with relatives.

Holmes purchased an empty lot across the stree from the drugstore and this is where he built the block long hotel building. The building was 162 feet long and 50 feet wide. It was named the World’s Fair Hotel and opened in 1893 as a hostelry. The structure was a labyrinth of rooms with doorways opening to brick walls, stairways leading nowhere, and many other deceptive constructions. He constantly fired construction workers in order to hire new ones which ensured that he was the only one who had full knowledge of the building’s design.

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Holmes had a partner in crime by the name of Benjamin Pietzel who was a carpenter with a criminal past. (Pietzel eventually became another Holmes’ victim and this murder is another long story in itself. Holmes also murdered Pietzel’s three children. (You can read more about this here) Holmes victims were mostly female and employees that he killed after requiring them to take out life insurance policies and naming him as the beneficiary. He also did the same to lovers and hotel guests and he killed them all.

One victim included his mistress, Julia Smythe. She was the wife of Ned Conner, who had moved into Holmes’ building and began working at his pharmacy’s jewelry counter. Holmes began an affair with Smythe. After Conner found out about the affair, he quit his job and moved away, leaving Smythe and her daughter Pearl behind. Smythe gained custody of Pearl and remained at the hotel, continuing her affair with Holmes. In 1891, Smythe told Holmes that she was pregnant with his baby, and demanded marriage. Holmes agreed to marry her, but told her that they could not have a child. He then suggested performing an abortion, and she agreed. The abortion was planned for Christmas Eve. Holmes murdered Smythe by overdosing her with chloroform and later killed Pearl.  His various methods of killing included the following:

  • Victims were locked in soundproof bedrooms with gas line that allowed him to asphyxiate them at any time.
  • Holmes installed blow torches to incinerate victims at any time.
  • Victims were taken to a secret hanging chamber.
  • Victims were taken to a souondproof bank vault were they were left to suffocate.
  • Bodies were put inside a metal chute or dummy elevator that dumped into a cellar where he dissected them, stripped them of flesh and sold the skeletons to medical schools.

Minnie, another murder victim

Holmes met a railroad heiress, named Minnie Williams, while on a business trip in Boston. He introduced himself to her as “Henry Gordon”.  Although Holmes had to return to Chicago, he kept in touch with Williams and sent her love letters. In February 1893, she moved to Chicago and contacted Holmes. He offered her a job at the hotel as his personal stenographer, and she accepted. After rekindling their relationship, Holmes was able to persuade Williams to transfer the deed to her property in Fort Worth, Texas to a man named Alexander Bond (an alias of Holmes). In April 1893, Williams transferred the deed, with Holmes serving as the notary. After proposing to Williams, Holmes encouraged her to invite her sister Annie to Chicago, and she accepted the invitation. Holmes eventually started a friendship with Annie Williams and even gave her a personal tour of the hotel. While working in his office, Holmes asked Annie to go inside his office vault to get a file for him. While she was inside the vault, Holmes intentionally locked her inside and turned on the gas line that led to the vault, killing her.

Aftermath
Eventually the law caught up with Homes and he confessed to insurance scams. It was while he was in prison in Philadelphia that Chicago police began investigating him. They were focused on the three missing Pietzel children and the death of their father. Holmes’ fate was sealed after a thorough search was conducted in the hotel which revealed many, many grim findings.

In October 1895, Holmes was put on trial for the murder of Benjamin Pitezel, was found guilty and sentenced to death. By then, it was evident that Holmes had also murdered the Pitezel children. Following his conviction, Holmes confessed to 30 murders in Chicago, Indianapolis and Toronto. 

On May 7, 1896, Holmes was hanged at Moyamensing Prison for the murder of Benjamin Pitezel. He asked for his coffin to be contained in cement and buried 10 feet deep, because he was concerned grave robbers would steal his body and use it for dissection. Holmes’ neck did not snap; he instead was strangled to death slowly, twitching for over 15 minutes before being pronounced dead 20 minutes after the trap had been sprung.

The Murder Castle was mysteriously gutted by fire in August 1895. According to a newspaper clipping from the New York Times, two men were seen entering the back of the Castle between 8 and 9 p.m. About a half an hour later, they were seen exiting the building, and rapidly running away. Following several explosions, the Castle went up in flames. Afterwards, investigators found a half-empty gas can underneath the back steps of the building. Some people believe that someone broke into the Castle and started the fire in order to destroy any remaining evidence that the police hadn’t discovered yet. Other people believe that some outraged citizens started the fire to prevent the Castle from becoming a future tourist attraction. The building survived the fire and remained in use until it was torn down in 1938. The site is currently occupied by the Englewood branch of the United States Postal Service.

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Transplant Experiences

Transplant Experiences

Came Across This Article-What Do You Think?

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Transplant patients sometimes take on part of their donors’ personalities.

Glenda lost her husband, David, in a car crash. She made his organs available for transplant. A few years later, as part of a study by neuropsychologist Paul Pearsall, she met the young Spanish-speaking man who had received her late husband’s heart. Filled with emotion, Glenda asked if she could lay her hand on his chest. “I love you, David,” she said. “Everything’s copa­cetic.”
The Heart’s Code, which provides other remarkable examples of transplanted hearts with memories.

An 8-year-old girl received the heart of a 10-year-old girl who had been murdered. The recipient ended up at a psychiatrist’s office, plagued by nightmares about her donor’s murderer. She said she knew who the man was. After a few sessions, the psychiatrist decided to notify the police. Following the girl’s instructions, they tracked down the murderer. The man was convicted on evidence she had provided the first clues about: the time, the weapon, the place, the clothes he wore, what his victim told him. Everything the girl said turned out to be true.

Pearsall’s book is based on 73 heart-transplant cases in which parts of the donors’ personalities appear to have been transferred to the recipients.

Pearsall argues that the brain is not the only center of human intelligence. The heart, he says, carries equal importance. He posits that the body is made up of cells that transmit “information.” Cells communicate this information to each other electromagnetically. Thus a transplanted organ can continue to broadcast old information, something like amputees’ experience of pain in lost limbs. Phenomena like these suggest cells have memories.

Critics deny the existence of proof that memories can be transplanted along with organs, and fear such assertions will cause donor numbers to fall. Some non-believers attribute personality changes in transplant recipients to the heavy drugs they must take to prevent organ rejection.

But what should we make of the documented story of an 8-year-old Jewish boy who died in a car wreck? His death was the salvation of a 3-year-old Arab girl with a dangerous heart condition. As soon as the girl woke up from the anaesthesia after surgery, she asked by name for a type of Jewish candy she could not have known existed.

Pearsall’s book raises fascinating questions that shake the foundations of science.

Article Origin: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/do-our-organs-have-memories.html#ixzz3pnWbb68R

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Greystone Mansion

Greystone Mansion

History

Edward Doheney was murdered in his mansion.

The Greystone Mansion, located in Beverly Hills, California, comes with a haunted reputation based on the following story and information gathered from Wikipedia. Paranormal investigators from all walks of life continue to visit this historic landmark:

On February 16, 1929, four months after Ned Doheny, his wife Lucy and their five children moved into Greystone, Ned died in a guest bedroom in a murder-suicide with his secretary, Hugh Plunket. The official story indicated Plunket murdered Ned either because of a “nervous disorder” or inflamed with anger over not receiving a raise. Others point out that Ned’s gun was the murder weapon and that Ned was not buried in Los Angeles’ Calvary Cemetery, a Catholic cemetery, with the rest of his family, indicating that he had committed suicide. Both men are buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, within a few hundred yards of each other. Both were involved in the trial of Ned’s father in the Teapot Dome Scandal.

Ned’s widow, Lucy, remarried and lived in the house until 1955, whereupon she sold the grounds to Paul Trousdale, who developed it into Trousdale Estates, and the mansion to Chicago  industrialist Henry Crown, who rented the estate to various film studios. In 1963, Crown planned to subdivide the property and demolish the mansion. Beverly Hills stopped the demolition by purchasing the mansion in 1965] The estate became a city park on September 16, 1971, and on April 23, 1976 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The city leased the mansion to the American Film Institute, from 1965 to 1982, for $1 per year, hoping to get repair and upkeep work from the institute.

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Greystone is now a  public park, and is also used as a location for special events, including the Beverly Hills Flower & Garden Festival. The estate is popular as a filming location due to its beauty, manicured grounds and Beverly Hills location. Some productions contribute to the upkeep and renovation of the mansion. The 2007 film There Will Be Blood, loosely based on the life of Edward Doheny via the Upton Sinclair book Oil!, renovated the downstairs two lane bowling alley to include it in the film.

In addition to the numerous events that take place at Greystone, the mansion plays host each year to Catskills West, a theater arts and drama camp run by Beverly Hills Parks and Recreation, from mid June to early August. The camp presents a play in the pool area twice during the summer. The mansion is also used for performances of the play The Manor written by Kathrine Bates, directed by Beverly Olevin and produced by Theatre 40, of Beverly Hills. The Manor takes place in a number of different rooms of the mansion. The audience is separated at certain times during the play to watch some scenes in a different order. The plot of the The Manor is a fictionalized account of the Doheny family, involving Doheny’s involvement in the Teapot Dome scandal and his son’s murder. The Manor has been performed at Greystone Mansion since 2002.

Ned Doheny murder scene

Greystone Mansion is also the location of “The Annual Hollywood Ball” where hundreds of celebrities gather each year for a grand fashion show, dinner and auction to raise money for the Pure Foundation, helping children in need around the globe. The million-dollar gathering also includes live performances by leading artists. Since 2010, an annual Concours elegance  car show has been held at the Greystone Mansion.

According to an article written by Ghosthunters of Urban Los Angeles:


The official story (as reported in the newspapers of the day) is that Plunkett went crazy one night and murdered his employer, and then turned the gun on himself. The reasons given for Plunkett’s psychotic episode have ranged from a salary dispute to his recent divorce. (His ex-wife, incidentally, was an out-spoken believer of the paranormal.) The homicide detective who arrived at the scene, Leslie T. White, later wrote an autobiography entitled “Me, Detective,” in which he devoted a chapter to the injustice of the Doheny investigation. In addition to waiting a couple of hours before calling the police, the family (with help from the family’s doctor) apparently staged the scene of the crime and the placement of the bodies as well as tried to disguise the time of death (which all contradicted the blood and bullet evidence). A proper investigation was never conducted (perhaps because of the family’s political influence). Despite the obvious tampering and the “rehearsed” eye-witness testimony from the family’s housekeeping staff, the case was declared solved by the District Attorney’s office the next day, and the bodies were immediately cremated (even though this practice was contrary to the family’s religious beliefs.

Over the decades, there have been many theories and rumors surrounding this case. One of the most popular stories is that Ned’s religious wife killed both of them, when she discovered that they were having a gay romance. It should also be noted, that earlier that day, witnesses claimed that the two men were having a loud argument at Plunket’s apartment (636 South Cochran Avenue), followed by what sounded like doors slamming. Did the other tenants actually hear gun shots, and just mistake them for doors? Curiously, the Doheny family also buried the remains of Hugh Plunket, the supposed killer of Ned Doheny, near their beloved son/husband’s remains. Why?

Whatever happened that rainy day (regardless of “official” reports) remains a true mystery. It is these unanswered questions of this tragedy that most likely are at the heart of this historic house’s haunting. Why else would the apparition of a man be seen walking the halls outside the scene of the crime? Is it the ghost of Ned Doheny, or is it Hugh Plunkett? Why does a pool of blood appear (then disappear) on the floor of room where the murders supposedly happened. Why just one pool of blood when there were two victims. Who’s blood is it? And more importantly, what are the manifestations trying to tell us?

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Secrets of October Mountain

Secrets of October Mountain

October Mountain Forest beauty

October Mountain State Forest

Located in Berkshire County, October Mountain State Forest is a hotbed of paranormal activity as evidenced by the numerous accounts throughout the years. The name of this location dates back to 1853 when Herman Melville wrote a short story entitled “October Mountain” for Putnam Magazine.

October Mountain State Forest consists of 11,000 acres of beautiful land in Becket, Lee, Lenox and Washington in the New England state of Massachusetts. A large percentage of this land was once owned by William C. Whitney who was the Secretary of the Navy under President Cleveland. In 1915, a group of individuals purchased the land and donated it to the state. Trip Advisor Information about this area.

Historical Note

Gideon Smith was a Loyalist who was well known, described as obnoxious, and very active in Berkshire County. Smith had harbored a British prisoner of war and had to flee and eventually he ended up hiding out in a gorge which became known as Tories Glen. The Indians who were living in the settlement in Stockbridge protected Smith from the determined British patriots and brought him food on a regular basis. His wife and children also visited him. He survived the war and after enduring three mock hangings,  eventually befriended his old foes.

The Paranormal Sightings

October Mountain contains a small, long forgotten cemetery from the 19th century and it is reputed to be haunted. One of the most popular stories is that of an apparition of a young girl who has been seen in the cemetery. Her name is Anna (Annie) Pease and she died on January 22, 1829 at the age of ten. She was the daughter of Olivea Pease who died in 1850. Anna is the only child located in this cemetery. People have reported seeing a young girl in a white dress and also have reported hearing odd humming noises in this area.

Reports of strange lights were investigated throughout the 1970’s in this area of Massachusetts and, these two lights visited the same location over and over again. They made no noise whatsoever and would fly off in a vertical direction at an extremely high rate of speed.

Other reports from visitors to the area include UFO sightings, a creature described as a Bigfoot and an anthropoid creature reported in 1983 by two men from Pittsfield. They were in an area called Felton Lake near the site of an old Boy Scout camp named Camp Eagle. They stated that the being that they saw was about seven feet tall and that it had glowing eyes. A similar report was filed in 1989 by a hiker to the area who reported seeing something very large moving about 100 yards away. He watched the creature through binoculars and reported that it had human-like features and was covered in reddish-brown hair. The creature also stood fully erect and had very long arms. The creature was stacking large rocks and pulling roots.

The Cemetery

Below is a short video of the Pease Family paying tribute to their ancestor, Anna after locating her long neglected grave.

If you are planning on visiting Massachusetts in the future, other haunted locations definitely worth looking into include the following:

  • Danvers State Hospital
  • Lizzie Borden Murder House
  • USS Salem
  • Glouster-Dogtown
  • The Bridgewater Triangle (bring a friend!)
  • The Hoosac Tunnel

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Deaths on the Coronado Bridge and More

Deaths on the Coronado Bridge and More

The Bridge

 

The coronado bridge has seen 300 suicides since 1969.
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I just read an article recently about the Coronado Bridge, one of San Diego, California’s most deadly structures. Since it opened in 1969, 300 people have committed suicide there. The trauma caused to the families, friends, the people who witness these ghastly deaths, and those that recover the victims is difficult to imagine. Literally hundreds of people have gone on this bridge to end their lives but either changed their minds or were grabbled by rescuers. Suicide related traffic jams are a regular occurance for those who live or work in the area. Twenty-fiver percent of those that commit suicide from the Coronado Bridge are women.

The bridge is the third deadliest in the United States following the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Aurora Bridge in Seattle, Washington. The Coronado bridge has posted signs urging those considering suicide to call a hotline number. One reported suicide was actually a murder. Jewel P. Hutchings, 52, was forced to jump off the bridge at gunpoint. Her husband, James Albert Hutchings was charged with her murder. This was the first death on this bridge and during this investigation it was noted that the victim’s two daughters watched from the car as their father forced their mother to jump at gunpoint. He was only convicted of involuntary manslaughter and incarcerated for a few years then released on probation. He eventually violated his probation and served additional time in prison.

Coronado-Lots of Strangeness

 

Hotel Del Coronado–Haunted

Kate Morgan died at the Hotel Del Coronado and hautnes this lcations.

I’ve been in the Hotel Del Coronado on several occasions and it is spectacular. The Hotel Del Coronado was opened in 1888 and became one of  the most popular destinations for people worldwide. This is a must see if you visit San Diego. Yes, it’s haunted with a ton of stories of encounters that people have experienced. The reports revolve around Kate Morgan. The most accurate information I located about her is the following.

Kate Morgan was married to a Tom Morgan and they spent a great deal of their time on trains during the late 1800’s. They were con artists who swindled people out of their money. Kate was very attractive and used her looks to her advantage. This is how they made a living. In late 1882, Kate discovered that she was pregnant and wanted to settle down and raise a family but her husband was not in agreement. They had an argument while headed in a train towards San Diego. Tom got off of the train in Los Angeles and Kate went on to San Diego. They agreed to meet for Thanksgiving at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. Kate checked into the hotel under the false name of “Lottie Anderson Bernard” and waited for Tom. Tom never showed and Kate looked for him at several other hotels but could not locate him.

Kate could not locate here husband Tom at other local hotels.

Staff at the hotel reported that Kate had complained that she was not feeling well and that she looked pale. One theory is that she performed an abortion on herself. During this time Kate also purchased a gun and, shortly after the purchase, was found shot in the head on steps leading down to the beach. Her death was ruled a suicide. The suicide was accepted for many years until a book was published in 1990 by a lawyer by the name of Alan May. Mr. May specialized in murder cases. The book is entitled The Search for the Ghost of the Hotel Del Coronado. Mr.. May came to the conclusion that Kate was murdered by her husband and believes this because the bullet in Kate’s head was a different caliber than the ones in the gun that she bought. In addition, her body position was not consistent with a suicide. Kate was 24 years old when she died.

The room that Kate Morgan checked into was 302, now changed to 3327. It is haunted along with room 3519 which was a maid’s quarters. This maid became friends with Kate and was reported to have been murdered and the suspect was Tom. She disappeared the day after Kate’s funeral. These two room are requested on a regular basis and many paranormal teams have spent the night. The following is experienced in both rooms:

  • cold breezes
  • objects that are moved
  • electrical disturbances
  • feelings of oppression
  • curtains that move even with closed windows
  • people report hearing murmuring
  • Kate’s ghost has been seen standing at windows and walking down hallways
  • electrician reported that light over steps where Kate died does not stay lit regardless of bulbs being changed regularly

 Other Haunted Locations

If you decide to visit the San Diego area, there are many opportunities to check out haunted locations yourself or, you can join one of the many tours offered.  Here are haunted locations to visit:

Villa Montezuma-Build in 1887 and haunted by first owner and musician Jesse Shepherd who was also in spiritualism. This location is also haunted by an elderly woman who was another owner of this property.

El Cortez-An old building in San Diego that housed homeless people. There are reports of many deaths in this building and many ghost sightings. It’s now a casino and hotel in full operation.

Star of India-1865 sailing ship that is haunted by many ghosts. I have been on this ship and it is magnificent.

The Star of India is haunted and located in San Diego, California.
Star of India

U.S. Grant Hotel-Apparitions and moving objects are the claims made about this location.

William Heath Davis House Museum-Apparitions, EVP’s captured and moving furniture.

 

The haunted William Heath Davis house is visited by many visiting San Diego.
William Heath Davis House (sandiego.org)

Horton Grand Hotel-Room 309 is haunted as reported by many individuals who have stayed there.

USS Midway-There are reports of 30 different ghosts on this ship.

Old Point Loma Lighthouse-Haunted by a former light keeper. Moaning has been heard at this location.

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is haunted.
Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery-Apparitions of soldiers have been reported at this cemetery. The cemetery size is 77.5 acres and there are 101, 079 graves.

Pioneer Park-An old location where 4,000 people are buried. There is quite a bit of destruction here and people have reported seeing the apparition of an elderly woman and experiencing feelings of being watched while on the property. It was turned into a park after headstones were removed. People have no idea that they are picnicking on top of dead people.

Pioneer Park
Pioneer Park (examiner.com)

Whaley House-This is a famous home that is haunted by members of the Whaley family and also by the ghost of a man who was hung at this same location.

Casa de Estudillo-Another San Diego historical location that is haunted by the Estudillo family. Many paranormal teams have been at this location.

Cosmopolitan Hotel and RestaurantI wrote about this location and have visited many times. It is a beautiful landmark.

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Famous Believers-Paranormal

Famous Believers-Paranormal

History

It’s not uncommon for scientists not admitting to a belief in the paranormal. There were, however, several famous believers in the paranormal. There is a long history of scientific inquiry that coincides with a fear of ridicule. There are exceptions and here are a few of the people who openly participated in experiments and openly discussed their findings.

William James was a psychologist and philospher.

William James, a psychologist and philosopher, worked on many paranormal and mesmerist cases. He was one of the first and was well respected in his field and his work is studied to this day. He remained a skeptic in regards to psychic powers and some paranormal realties and he devoted a considerable amount of time and resources into researching the paranormal. Thomas Edison and Freeman Dyson also researched the paranormal and they were followed up by others who came to controversial, as well as, extremely varied conclusions.

  Carl Jung

Carl Jung also studied the occult.

This well known psychiatrist and psychotherapist spent twenty years studying synchronicity which is the belief that events that are not casually related can be meaningfully related. Many individuals believe this to be the foundation of the modern theories that consciousness is a creative force in the universe. Carl Jung was influenced by an interaction he had with one of his patients. Here is how he explained his experience:

“A young woman I was treating had, at a critical moment, a dream in which she was given a golden scarab. While she was telling me this dream, I sat with my back to the closed window. Suddenly I heard a noise behind me, like a gentle tapping. I turned round and saw a flying insect knocking against the window-pane from the outside. I opened the window and caught the creature in the air as it flew in. It was the nearest analogy to a golden scarab one finds in our latitudes, a scarabaeid beetle, the common rose-chafer (Cetonia aurata), which, contrary to its usual habits had evidently felt the urge to get into a dark room at this particular moment. I must admit that nothing like it ever happened to me before or since.”  (Synchronicity: An Acasual Principle (1952) The Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Paragraph 843, Princeton University Press Edition)

Much of Jung’s life work was spent exploring literature, astrology, Western and Eastern philosophy, sociology. His interests in the occult led many to see him as a mystic. Jung treated the Nobel-winning quantum theorist Wolfgang Pauli who suffered a nervous breakdown in 1932. He stressed to Jung that his dreams were full of synchronistic significance. Pauli became the namesake of the “Pauli effect” which referred to the belief that humans could interfere with electronics through macro-psychokinetic phenomena. Pauli’s presence, on several occasions, was responsible for breaking experimental equipment to the point of his being banned from the lab of his friend, physicist Otto Stern. Pauli stated that he believed in “the existence of relatively constant psychic contents that survive personal ego. All we can observe is their effect on other living people, whose spiritual level and whose personal unconscious crucially influence the way these contents actually manifest themselves.”

There are many notable scientists who have paranormal beliefs.

Other Notables

  • Alan Turning-A pioneer computer theorist who believed in telepathy, or mind reading.
  • William James-A psychologist who was the first president of the American Society for Psychical Research. He investigated paranormal phenomena, including ghosts.
  • Freeman Dyson-Physicist who believes in extrasensory perception and has stated that “paranormal phenomena are real but lie outside the limits of science.”
  • Brian Josephson-Another physicist who believes in extrasensory perception. He won a Nobel Prize in 1973 at the age of 33 and is a strong supporter of research on psychic phenomena.

Paranormal Activity Lab At The University of Virginia

Yes, it exists. The Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) is located in the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine. It was founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson and the mission is “the scientific empirical investigation of phenomena that suggest that currently accepted scientific assumption and theories about the nature of mind or consciousness, and its relation to matter, may be incomplete.” The division is comprised of a small group of hard working scientists, all highly respected and credentialed, whose focus is on:

  • Near death experiences
  • Out of body experiences
  • Claimed memories of past lives
  • Poltergeists
  • ESP

  A Video From DOPS

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Paranormal Games

Paranormal Games

Have You Played Any of These?

Many dangerous game that are related to the paranormal are played by many people.

Things have grown considerably in the world of paranormal related games since I was a kid. I am not referring to the hundred of video games we all have access to. I am talking about the personal games we can play alone, with relatives or friends in person…all hands on. These games are all paranormal related and are those that are not routinely heard of. Many are for teens, young adults or for the kid in you. We’ve all heard of Candy Man, the Ouija Board and Mary. These are the not so popular ones. If you know about a scary paranormal related game, please leave me the information in the comments section at the end of this article. Thanks.

Here Are A Few To Check Out-If You Dare

  • White Kimono
  • Red Man
  • Black Mirror
  • Answer Man
  • Dry Bones
  • Six Murders
  • Black Phone
  • Love Me Game
  • How To See A Ghost
  • Satoru
  • Another World
  • Hosting Game
  • Little Finger
  • Closet Game
  • Thumb Game
  • Card Game
  • Pencil Game

The detailed instructions can be found here if you are interested in playing any of these games. I’ve reviewed several of them and for the most part, they appear to be best suited for teens and young adults.

There are numberous paranormal games for teens ande young adults than can be found online.

Here is an interesting adult interaction game called Hidden Spirit Game (posted for Halloween) but one that can be played at any time. For more interactive paranormal games you can test your skills here.

There are also many adult interactive paranormal games.

History 

Games are a part of all cultures and are one of the oldest forms of human interaction. Common features of all games include:

  • competition
  • change
  • fiction
  • goals
  • enjoyment
  • rules
  • unknown outcome
  • separate time
  • separate place

Games were crucial social and cultural bonding events and also important teaching tools and indicators of social status in many cultures around the world. Games were given as gifts and were common in the court culture with royalty. Historic games such as the Mesoamerican Ball Game and Senet were full of religious and mythic significance. Games such as The Mansion of Happiness and Gyan Chauper taught ethical and spiritual lessons. Weigi and Shatranje were games that developed mental skills and strategic thinking used by the military and those involved in politics.

Video Games

There is currently a top listing of the best horror games for PS4, Xbox, One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. One that I have checked out is called Sanitarium. Sanitarium is a point and click psychological horror games that was released for Microsoft Windows and published by ASC games.

The other recommended games for players are:

  1. Silent Hill 2
  2. Fatal Frame II Crimson Butterfly
  3. Amnesia-The Dark Decent
  4. Five Nights AT Freddy’s Series
  5. Silent Hills/PT
  6. Amnesia-A Machine For Pigs
  7. SCT-870
  8. Scratches
  9. Dead Space
  10. Silent Hill
  11. Obscure
  12. I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream
  13. Slender
  14. Siren/Siren: Blood Curse
  15. Rule of Rose
  16. Condemned: Criminal Origins
  17. F.E.A.R.
  18. Haunting Ground
  19. Silent Hill 4-The Room
  20. Penumbra Series
  21. Resident Evil 2
  22. Clock Tower
  23. Alone In The Dark

 

 

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Beware of Old Hag Syndrome

Beware of Old Hag Syndrome

What is It?

Old Hag Syndrome is another term used for sleep paralysis. The hag is a creature from folklore who causes people to feel her presence, cause them to become immobilized and experience a great sense of terror. This sleep terror is experienced by people from all around the world. People report that she will sit on their chest causing pressure and difficulty in breathing. Some people state that they have felt strangled. Sleep paralysis is also common in people with Bipolar disorder or those that are suffering with extreme anxiety. There are many explanations out there however, experts agree that they are still not 100% sure what the root cause is. What we do know is that something is messing with our ZZZ’s. Some of the theories include:

  • History of depression
  • Sleeping on one’s back contributes to sleep paralysis (although it really can occur in any sleeping position)
  • Not getting enough quality sleep
  • Too much stress in one’s life
  • Always overtired/overworked
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor diet

Sleep paralysis effects 65 of the population

A quote from the Household Cyclopedia of 1818 offers up this bit of advice in regards to a proper diet in order to avoid a nightmare:

“Great attention is to be paid to regularity and choice of diet. Intemperance of every kind is hurtful, but nothing is more productive of this disease than drinking bad wine. Of eatables those which are most prejudicial are all fat and greasy meats and pastry… Moderate exercise contributes in a superior degree to promote the digestion of food and prevent flatulence; those, however, who are necessarily confined to a sedentary occupation, should particularly avoid applying themselves to study or bodily labor immediately after eating. Going to bed before the usual hour is a frequent cause of night-mare, as it either occasions the patient to sleep too long or to lie long awake in the night. Passing a whole night or part of a night without rest likewise gives birth to the disease, as it occasions the patient, on the succeeding night, to sleep too soundly. Indulging in sleep too late in the morning, is an almost certain method to bring on the paroxysm, and the more frequently it returns, the greater strength it acquires; the propensity to sleep at this time is almost irresistible.

What People Experience

Approximately 6% of people in the general population experience sleep paralysis and the common age range is 25 to 44 years of age. Also, men and women experience sleep paralysis equally. The sleep paralysis occurs when a person is falling asleep or upon awakening. Other symptoms may include:

  • Not being able to move
  • Not being able to speak
  • Hearing voices
  • Seeing ghosts
  • Seeing Shadow People
  • Seeing alien beings
  • Experiencing total panic
  • Observing an intruder (various descriptions in addition to those in this listing)
  • Visit from an incubus
  • Overall feeling of a menacing presence
  • Feeling of helplessness

 Sleep paralysis is common throughout the world.What’s Your Opinion?

The ability to move just one finger appears to break the sleep paralysis spell and I agree with this since I experienced sleep paralysis when I was in my twenties. I never saw any type of entity but did experience whispering up above my face and the inability to move while on my back. I remember feeling panicked and my goal was to move any part of my body to break the terror I was feeling at the time. My younger son has told me that he has had a few episodes of sleep paralysis. It is thought to be a common thread in some families. There is a great deal leaning towards a genetic link.

The general consensus is that you do not need to fear the hag sitting on your chest because it’s your brain that is the cause. I have not formed a conclusive opinion on this one after researching this subject. Scientists certainly do not know everything and some of the stories told by individuals lead me to believe that there just might be a paranormal relation to the terrifying experiences. If the cause is our brain, why not make it a happy experience then?

A 2015 documentary was produced entitled The Nightmare and it discusses the causes of sleep paralysis. It was released in theatres on June 5th of this year. Many interviews were conducted and are seen through the interviews with documentary participants who are played by actors.

A Very Interesting Documentary

 

Have you had an experience with sleep paralysis? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this subjects. You can share your story here or leave a comment or question below.

 

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Wood Island Lighthouse is Haunted

Wood Island Lighthouse is Haunted

Wood Island Lighthouse

 

Located in New England, Maine is a beautiful state full of history. I’ve visited there several times throughout the years because ancestors on my grandfather’s side are from upstate Maine. Wood Island Lighthouse is said to be haunted and is located in Saco Bay. This short video gives you an idea of what to expect if you visit this lighthouse. It’s haunted and many people who have toured the area have stories to tell. The lighthouse itself is 47 feet high and is conical in shape and currently painted white. Wood Island Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse in the state and was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1988. Constructed in 1808 under the directive of President Thomas Jefferson, the tower rotted out by 1830 and was replaced by a granite tower in 1839. In 1858 the keeper’s dwelling was built and still stands to this day. The island hosts a small population of deer, Snowy Owls, Scooters and Loons.

 Murder

According to historic records, a gruesome murder took place in the 1890’s followed by a suicide. A local squatter living on the west end of the island was involved in a fight. He was eventually located and confronted by a sheriff’s deputy who went to the squatter’s shack on the island. The squatter murdered the sheriff’s deputy and then tried to turn himself in to lighthouse keeper Thomas Orcutt. Orcutt was so alarmed that he turned the squatter away. The deputy was married and the father of three young children. The squatter killed himself out of guilt. Legend has it that the ghost of the murdered deputy still haunts the lighthouse. There are also reports of a crying woman and the spirits of others who roam the lighthouse. This location has been visited by paranormal investigative teams who have gathered quite a bit of supportive evidence.

A Cool Little Dog

Excerpted from St. Nicholas, Volume 47, Part 2 By Mary Mapes Dodge
1920

Sailor the Dog

Among the dogs whose names go down through the years, as a tribute to their wonderful sagacity, stands that of Sailor, the noted Scotch Collie of Wood Island, off the Coast of Maine. Sailor was not always a nautical canine, but was born on a Maine dairy-farm where his mother tended the cows. When but a two- months-old puppy, Sailor was brought to Wood Island by his new master, Thomas H. Orcutt, then keeper of the Wood Island Light.

Every one knows the intelligence of the Collie and of the patient care with which he guards the farmer’s cows and sheep; hut Sailor, deprived of these usual duties, turned his attention to other things.

Sailor

On a platform on the outside of the lighthouse was a large bell, with which, by means of rope attached to the tongue, Mr. Orcutt was accustomed to salute all passing craft.

For a long time Sailor had seemed to take great interest in this almost hourly performance. One day, when Mr. Orcutt was busy at his work, he heard the bell ring. Surprised, he listened, and it sounded again—a clear, resonant peal. Mr. Orcutt hurried to the platform, and there stood Sailor, with the bell-rope in his mouth!

At first it was thought that Sailor’s ringing; of the bell was purely accidental, but when, some hours later, Mr. Orcutt started for the bell platform to salute a passing steamer, he found Sailor there! before him, vigorously pulling at the bell-rope.

From that day on, as long as he lived, Sailor rang the bell for every passing vessel which he saw, and in a very short time the captains who passed the island regularly became accustomed to seeing Sailor tugging at the bell-rope, and, one and all, they would send back hearty salutes to the “dog watch” of Wood Island Light.

Several years ago Sailor passed to his “dog- ish” reward, but his memory lives on in the hearts of his friends and his name is often on their lips.

Another Haunted Lighthouse Story

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Paranormal Tours

Paranormal Tours

Fun Times-Bring Your Camera

 

I’ve been on paranormal tours over the years and really enjoyed them. One was in San Diego, California and it was a walking tour that evolved into a terrific history lesson. The tour guide really knew his history and was extremely knowledgeable about the paranormal. His knowledge of Wyatt Earp was impressive, especially the small details not in the history books.He was engaging with the group (about 50 people) and was funny and friendly to all.

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According to Kenneth Cilch’s book, Wyatt Earp The Missing Years, Wyatt came to San Diego between 1885 and 1887 and could have remained here as late as 1896. He was an active businessman in addition to a gambler and was engaged in a variety of real estate ventures, capitalizing on the land boom in the mid 1880’s. Earp leased four saloons and gambling halls in San Diego, the most famous was his Oyster Bar located in the Louis Bank of Commerce on Fifth Avenue. He was listed as a capitalist (gambler) in the San Diego City Directory in 1887 and among his other winnings, he won a race horse.”

The second ghost tour was in St. Augustine, Florida and was also very good. This time, it was a very small group and we were led around by a woman dressed in period clothing. We hit several graveyards and haunted dwellings. My only criticism was that she was so rehearsed her presentation did not come across as sincere. She had her facts correct but something was missing.

Haunted paranormal tour in St. Augustine, Florida

So, what is important if you are going on a ghost tour? I would say that the staff must be knowledgeable about the history of any locations you will be visiting, the guide must be a good speaker, and he/she should be able to do tours during the day as well as into the evening hours. Also, they need to be aware of who is in their group. Does anyone have a physical disability? It’s important to remember to guide people down stairways and when crossing the street–just general safety, common sense things. Any reputable company will have a decent website up and running, a contact phone number and all current tour information and prices listed. If you do not find this, look elsewhere as the competition is fierce in this industry. It’s very lucrative for the states offering quality tours. Savannah, Georgia alone offers 47 ghost tours (2013 information) in a city with a population of 132,000 people. Savannah sees approximately 12.5 million tourists and the yearly revenue in the industry is 2 billion dollars.

Here’s a list of ten ghost tours that have received really good reviews. So, if you are in any of these areas, learn a bit of history and enjoy a memorable tour.

1. The Original Ghost Tours of Catalina, Catalina Island, South Carolina–Travelers will tour a small village named Avalon that was build over a burial ground. An apparition named Zane Gray is seen smoking along Via Casino Walkway and he disappears when he’s spotted and he leaves smoke behind.

2. Chattanooga Ghost Tours, Chattanooga, Tennessee–This tour takes people to a haunted hotel called the Sheraton Read House where a woman was murdered there in 1920 by her husband in room 311. The tour is given by actors and storytellers.

3. New Orleans Ghost Tour, New Orleans, Louisiana–What’s not haunted in New Orleans? This is a two hour tour with a break at a haunted bar. It’s a walking tour that takes travelers to many haunted locations. (Read about St. Louis Cemetery)

4.  Old Bisbee Ghost Tours, Bisbee, Arizona–Travelers will learn about two ghost in this 125 year old town; The Lady in White and The Lady of the Evening.

5. Providence Ghost Tour, Providence, Rhode Island–This tour takes travelers to the scenes of several deaths in this New England town and all stories have been researched and are the real thing.

Savannah, Georgia and old, haunted cemetery

6.  Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia–This tour has been in operation for 40 years and takes travelers through the historic Lower Town section of Harpers Ferry.

7.  Tombstone Ghost Tour, Tombstone, Arizona--Many stories in this famous location about cowboys and all of the Wild West stories.

8. Hearse Ghost Tours, Savannah, Georgia–You take this tour in an old hearse that transported the dead for 15 years. The tour covers old homes, streets and cemeteries of which there are many in Savannah, I’ve been there several times over the years and the area is filled with many, many stories. If you are into history, I recommend this location.

9. Park City Ghost Tours, Park City, Utah–Reported apparitions in this ski destination. A former mining town that is known for the ghost of Lizzy at the Imperial Hotel and the apparitions of miners in the No Name Pub.

10. Market Ghost Tour, Seattle, Washington–Photos taken on this tour have produced results while in the city’s first mortuary and a really old graveyard while learning about Seattle’s past.

Savannah, Goergia has a very haunted history and is a great location for a paranormal tour.

What Do You Think?

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Dolls -Gotta Hate ‘Em

Dolls -Gotta Hate ‘Em

What’s A Haunted Doll?

Do you hate dolls? I owned a few growing up and never really enjoyed having them around. Someone bought me a big one and it stood about 3 feet high with black hair, blue eyes, and a matching blue dress. It was placed in the corner by my bedroom door and I remember her eyes shining at night. There was just enough light coming into the room from the hallway. I was afraid of that doll and eventually threw her in our attic.There are many stories related to dolls and paranormal activity and some of the stories are terrifying. If you are a paranormal enthusiast, then you have heard about the doll named Annabelle, right?

A doll such as Annabelle is possessed or cursed by evil. Paranormal activity can also involve a stuffed animal that is homemade or manufactured. The history of haunted dolls goes back to Egypt. Wax images of Ramses II were created to cause his death. Other objects used to curse people include voodoo, poppet and effigy dolls, all associated with the occult.

This is an example of a voodoo doll used to curse people.

 

Other Haunted Dolls 

  • Pupa
  • Amanda
  • Emilia
  • Haunted Barbie
  • Bebe
  • Joliet
  • Caroline
  • Mandy
  • Letta The Gypsy Doll
  • Devil Baby Doll

Shopping

Google even has a link where people can buy haunted dolls.The same can be found on eBay. Lots of people are in on the act these days. How many do you think are the real deal? 

Why Fear Dolls?

I remember seeing an episode of The Twilight Zone about a “Talky Tina” doll that terrorized a family. The husband kept throwing her away and she kept returning. Here is a brief clip from that episode.


The fear of dolls is a phobia that affects many people from all walks of life.

  • It’s a common fear and called Pediophobia.
  • Pediophobia includes the fear of stuffed animals, ventriloquist dummies, animated dolls, lifelike dolls, baby dolls and robotic toys.
  • The fear may manifest in early childhood or develop suddenly triggered by an event.
  • Many people with a fear of dolls never seek professional help.

Many people with a fear of dolls never seek professional help.

People Are Strange

Last year in Southern California, someone started leaving porcelain dolls on the doorsteps of homes where in each case, a 10 year-old girl lived. The dolls resembled the girls and a total of eleven dolls were left a various homes in the community. Not knowing if this was a prank or a case of children being stalked, the families contacted police and an investigation was launched.

Eventually the mystery was solved when a woman admitted that she was leaving the dolls as a kind gesture. The dolls were part of her collection and she was giving them away because her daughters were too old for them. The embarrassed woman admitted that she intentionally matched the dolls with the girls in the families. All people involved belonged to the same church. If she didn’t intend on creeping people out, why didn’t she knock on the doors and actually communicate with the families? Sorry, but I still think what she did was weird. How’d you like to find this on your doorstep?

How'd you like to find this on your doorstep?

 

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St. Simons Lighthouse Haunting

St. Simons Lighthouse Haunting

History of the St. Simon’s Lighthouse

Haunting

OldStSimonsLighthouse

The St. Simons Lighthouse operated 24/7 and the lighthouse keeper and his assistant shared living space, along with both of their families.The assistant and his family lived on the second floor. A central stairway connected the two floors. In 1880, an argument grew to epic proportions when lighthouse keeper Frederick Osborne spoke insultingly to the lighthouse assistant’s wife. John Stephens, the assistant, shot Osborne who died from his injuries. Stephens was arrested and charged with murder but was acquitted after the jury heard the entire story. Osborne was described as a constant faultfinder.The day of the murder and at the time of this duel, Osborne had a pistol and Stephens possessed a shotgun which was loaded with buckshot.

Reports of Osborne haunting the lighthouse made national news in 1908 and the tale of his ghost is one of the most popular stories in the South. The Stephens’ family dog was said to have been harassed by the ghost of Osborne.The 1908 published account talks about how Osborne’s wife had trouble with the mechanism of the lighthouse one time when her husband was away. He had told her if she ever needed help to call out to him. After Osborne’s death she again had a problem with the mechanism and, in an exasperated state, she yelled out:

“Well, come and fix it now!” There was a clink and a rattle, and looking up Mrs. O— saw the distinct figure of the French Canadian bending over the works. Overcome by the reaction, she fainted, and when she regained consciousness the steady “click, click,” of the works assured her that all was well with the light.

As stated in the newspaper account, she claims she saw the apparition of her husband standing over the mechanism and that she could actually hear the sounds of him working of the equipment. The theory is that Osborne’s murder happened so quickly he did not realize that he was dead and continued on with his routine as the lighthouse keeper. Many people have made claims of hearing footsteps going up and down the spiral staircase during the late evening hours. Osborne’s figure has been seen in the tower and has also been observed walking around the tower grounds.

DL Paranormal claimed that on November 30, 2013 they identified EVP with the actual voice of Frederick Osborne which is recorded on video. The video was posted on December 3, 2013. Also discussed is the case of Lisa Register who allegedly committed suicide by jumping off of the lighthouse on August 19, 1999.

Lisa was a 37 year-old mother of two sons who worked at a local elementary school as a paraprofessional. Her death was attributed to multiple injuries sustained when she jumped from the 104-foot tall lighthouse. There was no indication of foul play and tourists were in the immediate area at the time of the incident.

Throughout the years, many lighthouse keepers have been responsible for the St. Simons Island Lighthouse so, perhaps there are several old souls who remain behind.

  1. Head Keepers: James Gould (1811–1837)
  2. Lachlan McIntosh (1837–1852)
  3. Alexander D. McIntosh (1852–1855)
  4. John F. Carmon (1855–1861)
  5. Bradford B. Brunt (1872 – 1874)
  6. Frederick Osborne (1874 – 1880)
  7. George W. Ashbell (1880 – 1883)
  8. Isaac L. Peckham (1883 – 1892)
  9. Joseph Champagne (1892 – 1907)
  10. Carl O. Svendsen (1907 – 1935)
  11. Arthur F. Hodge (1936 – 1945)
  12. David O’Hagan (1945 – 1953)

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Pure Evil-Gertrude Baniszewski

Pure Evil-Gertrude Baniszewski

True Crime

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I really had trouble posting this woman’s photos while writing this blog. Her name is Gertrude Baniszewski and she has been dead for many years. She died of lung cancer in 1990 at age 60. She was released from prison after serving 14 years. She was well behaved in prison and the younger female inmates called her ‘Mom” which I found extremely repulsive. In my opinion, she should have received the death penalty. Just looking at her face is like looking straight into my version of what a true demon can look like, especially if you happen to be a young teen and her victim.

This is a true crime story and I am writing about it because I wonder where this creature went when she died. Just imagine her haunting a dwelling after you are finish with this story. Her crime shook me on so many levels because there were so many willing participants in this murder.

I just read a statistic the other day that states the average person walks by a murderer at least 37 times during one’s lifetime. That’s a ROUGH AVERAGE. They blend into neighborhoods, just like Gertrude did.

Profile of Gertrude

  • Born 1929 in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Third of six children of Dutch/Polish descent
  • Died 1990
  • Married twice-First time she was 16 years old
  • Seven children-six miscarriages
  • Father dropped dead in front of her of a heart attack-She was ten years old
  • School drop out
  • Her relationships with husbands were abusive-her last child was with a lover who left her-She was 34 year old and he was 18 years old.

So, What did She Do?

Gertrude, in addition to most of her own children and several neighborhood kids, tortured, mutilated and murdered Sylvia Likens who was a young girl that was a under the care of Baniszewski. At her 1966 murder conviction, the case was described at the “single worst crime perpetrated against an individual in Indiana’s history”.

Gertrude Baniszewski murdered Sylvia Likens

Sylvia’s parents were traveling carnival workers who met and hired Gertrude to take care of their two daughters (yes, there is a sister) for $20 a week. They thought they had a great deal. after all, this was a loving mother to seven children. Sylvia was 16 and her sister Jenny was 15 years old with health issues. The year was 1965 and the sisters attended church, social functions and high school with the Baniszewski children. The first time Gertrude did not receive her weekly payment on time, she beat both of the girls. She then accused them of stealing candy and the world of seething evil opened at this moment in time. It’s pretty clear that Gertrude was evil to the core because in late 1965 this was her activity with the kids:

  • Encouraged and allowed her older children to beat Sylvia and push her down a flight of stairs.
  • Accused Sylvia of being a prostitute and preached sermons about how filthy women were in general.
  • Jenny was forced to hit her older sister.
  • Baniszewski’s two older daughters brought classmates to the house, in addition to local boys, to beat up Sylvia.
  • When Sylvia became incontinent, she was locked in the basement and given scalding water baths with salt rubbed into her wounds.
  • Sylvia was often kept naked.
  • Sylvia was rarely fed.
  • Sylvia was forced to send a dictated letter to her parents telling them she had run away.
  • Baniszewski and her 12 year old son, John Jr. made Sylvia eat her own feces.
  • Shoved a glass Pepsi bottle into her vagina while tied to a bed. (John Jr.)
  • Carved “I’m a prostitute and proud of it” on her stomach with a hot sewing needle. (Gertrude with help of Ricky Hobbs)

The younger sister Jenny sent a letter to her older sister, Diana telling her what was happening but the information fell on deaf ears because she simply was not believed. Diana thought her sister was making up stories so that they could live with Diana.The older sister did, in fact, make a trip to see Gertrude but was not allowed inside of the home. She saw her sister Jenny outside but when approached, Jenny ran away telling Diane she was not allowed to speak with her. Diana contacted social services who showed up and they were fed a ton of lies. “Sylvia ran away”–“Sylvia is a prostitute and on the streets”–Case closed

Sylvia overheard Gertrude planning her murder. The plan was that John Jr. was going to leave Sylvia in a nearby garbage dump to die. Sylvia attempted to run away but she was caught by Gertrude on the front porch and thrown down into the basement. From this point on Sylvia was beaten repeatedly with a broomstick to the head in addition to a wooden paddle that rendered her unconscious. They left her on the basement floor. Two days later they decided to give her a bath, fully clothed, but Sylvia was dead. Baniszewski’s daughter Stephanie and her boyfriend Richard Hobbs eventually called the police. After a series of insane lies and attempted cover ups, Gertrude was arrested along with her children and various other suspects.
Aftermath

Baniszewski, along with all of her children, Hubbard and Hobbs were held without bail until their trials. Sylvia’s official cause of death was brain swelling, hemorrhaging of the brain, shock, and severe damage to her skin. Baniszewski was sentenced to life in prison. She appealed and the Indiana Supreme Court granted her a new trial based on heavy new media coverage deemed a prejudicial atmosphere. Gertrude was again found guilty of first degree murder in 1971 and sentenced to life in prison. She came up for parole in 1985 and the parole hearing caused outrage throughout the Indiana community. Over 40,000 signatures were collected from citizens that demanded Baniszewski be kept behind bars. It didn’t work and this monster walked out of prison, changed her name to Nadine Von Fossan and moved to Iowa until her death.

Baniszewski was sentenced to life in prison

The Other People Involved

  • Baniszewski’s daughter was fired in October of 2012 as a teacher’s assistance after her past caught up with her. Paula (Baniszewski) Pace shocked everyone when they learned that she had pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the torture death of a young girl 47 years ago.

You can run but you can't hide.

  • Hobbs died of cancer at age 21.
  • Jenny Likens Wade died in 2004 age the age of 54.
  • Hubbard has had constant trouble with the law.
  • The victim’s parents, Lester and Betty Likens divorced and Betty died in 1998 at the age of 71.

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remembering Sylvia Likens

Flight 401-Phantom Traveler

Flight 401-Phantom Traveler

What Happened?

I remember the crash of Flight 401 in the Florida Everglades well. The subsequent reports of a phantom traveler, namely a deceased pilot, were well known and wide spread. The Jumbo-Jet crash was the worst aviation disaster in the history of the State of Florida.

In 1972, the Eastern Air Lines L-1011 was headed for Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida. The flight, containing 163 passengers and 13 crew members departed from JFK Airport in New York. Commanding the flights were:

  • Captain Robert Loft, a veteran Eastern Air Lines pilot.
  • First Officer Albert Stockstill
  • Second Officer Donald Repo
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At 11:32 P.M. the uneventful flight was approaching it’s destination and the crew prepared for landing when First Officer Stockstill saw that the landing gear indicator was not illuminating. Captain Loft and Second Officer Repo in their attempts to assist Stockstill became distracted and the plane crashed into the everglades. There was speculation about other factors being involved in this scenario and investigation revealed that the indicator light issue was caused by a burned out light bulb. The landing gear could have and should have been manually lowered without the light. The crash was caused by the crew’s error.

Eastern Airlines Flight 401-Actual Plane
Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

On this disastrous date, out of the 176 passengers on board, 101 died including Stockstill. Captain Loft died before being pulled from the wreckage and Repo died on the following day.

Siightings of the crew from Flight 401

Within several months, many Eastern Air Lines employees reporting seeing dead crew members Loft and Repo on board during the flights of L-1011’s and it was discovered that these particular planes had been fitted with salvaged parts from the crashed plane of Flight 401.

Management was so concerned about the spreading stories that employees were threatened with termination. The best selling author of The Ghosts of Flight 401, John G. Fuller completed an extensive investigation pertaining to the hauntings and was assisted by several of the airline’s personnel. As a result, the testimony produced was compelling.

Eventually the salvaged parts were removed from planes and stories stopped being reported by airline personnel. However,  the media maintained its extensive and continued coverage, books were published, and a movie was produced surrounding this paranormal mystery.

Here is a short video of what occurred:

Phantom Travelers

The ghosts of Flight 401 were frequently referred to as phantom travelers. Such phantoms are said to haunt specific locations, roads, vehicles, and rest areas associated with some type of traumatic event. The emotional connections are said to be strong and sightings occur repeatedly.

Sightings of phantom travelers dated back to the 1600’s in Russia and Europe and the phantoms have always been reported to appear solid and real.  They disappear just as suddenly as they appear. One of the apparitions from Flight 401 sat right next to a female passenger and appeared solid while another showed himself in the glass door of a microwave to a flight attendant.

Read survivor stories and view photos here.

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Warning: Nightmares!

Warning: Nightmares!

So I had a nightmare the other night.........

Fun Stuff

So, I had a nightmare last night which woke me up at 2:11 A.M. It’s been a couple of years since I had one. I reviewed the tape in my head of yesterday’s activities and there were no red flags. I was not stressed out, did not eat anything weird, did not eat anything right before going to bed, no alcohol. Perhaps it was an overdose of caffeine?

Some doctors believe that nightmares are caused by people working through traumatic events, are associated with stress and can evolve into a disorder causing social and occupational impairment. A nightmare occurs during your REM sleep which is rapid eye movement. A nightmare causes the following:

  • terror
  • extreme anxiety
  • distress
  • fear
  • awakens the sleeper

Nightmares are usually recalled by the dreamer and they are more common with girls than boys and the average age of onset is ten and can continue well into adulthood. Unless they really mess with your sleep patterns, nightmares are considered normal. The average person spends about two hours dreaming. My husband always tells me that he never remembers his dreams. Do you remember yours?

Nightmares occur during REM phase of sleep Rapid Eye Movement.

What Causes Nightmares?

Nightmares, while spontaneous,  can also be caused by many factors:

  • A distinct sleep disorder-repeated, extensive history of nightmares
  • Food-increases metabolism and signal brain to be more active
  • Medications-narcotics and antidepressants, blood pressure medications
  • Withdrawal from alcohol and/or tranquilizers
  • A change in medication
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Sleep apnea
  • Restless legs syndrome

 What The Experts Have To Say

I reviewed several resources written by experts who have conclusions about dreams and nightmares. Here is what many have to say:

1.)  We all dream at some point during our sleep. Not dreaming is a myth and it is more a matter of someone simply not remembering their dream. Experts feel that we must dream as a ways of dealing with the daily stress in our lives.

2.)  Many people have recurring dreams to deal with life lessons which are sometimes lifelong. Such dreams build on a common theme. Such dreams are useful for personal growth.

3.)  Nightmares are not signs that something sinister will happen and should be used to learn and grow from. Nightmare are a way for us to relieve pressure and release anxiety.

4.)  Nightmares are a call to action. Ask yourself: “What am I afraid of?” “What does this dream suggest about me right now?” “What can I do to learn more about the root fear that this nightmare reveals?” We are told to ask ourselves “what am I afraid of” and what is the nightmare revealing about you?

5.) Dreams and nightmares can be illogical. Most people think in abstract ways and, as much as we like to think of ourselves as logical, we spend a great deal of waking hours moving in illogical patterns.

6.) Some people can actually influence their dreams by focusing on their thoughts and intentions and we often like to recall a favorite dream.

7.) Death dreams are about our confusion and anxiety surrounding the topic and is not about a premonition that you are going to die.

Death dreams are not about our imminent death.

What To Pay Attention To

  • Who are the main figures in the dream and what’s your relationship in and out of the dream with these people?
  • Pay attention to your own personal association to life symbols and while there are universal symbols, they will not always connect to you.
  • Take note that dream interpretations books carry misconceptions and analysis is not concrete.

Dream analysis books can be misleading so do not depend upon them.

Ten Common Nightmares

Tell me about a nightmare that you have had in the comments below!

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How Safe Is Your Yard?

How Safe Is Your Yard?

Warning: Monsters in the Yard

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People who live in the woods enjoy an environment filled with mystery and lore. How safe is your yard? Many also believe that woodlands are also locations of menace and danger. Strange things happen in people’s yards. Also,  there are many reported experiences and disappearances associated with trips to the woods which I have discussed in a previous article. Strange occurrences have been reported in back yards and wooded areas. People who have reported strange experiences in their wooded areas or hiking woodlands have a shared set of reactions which include:    

  • Imminent danger
  • Woods becoming strangely quiet
  • Feelings of being watched
  • Feelings of being stalked
  • The need to find other people as soon as possible
  • Terror        Greek mythology and protector of the woods is a held belief surroundings woodlands. Some are convinced that nature has its own intelligence and the feeling of panic in the woods has long been connected to the mythological Greek God Plan; the protector of our wild locations. Is this panic a warning system that we must pay attention to? I lived in and hiked throughout the Adirondack Mountains in the 1980’s and many times I was alone and, at one point, eight months pregnant while in the woods. I always felt a feeling of serenity, nothing ever sinister came my way. I ran into quite a bit of wildlife and always enjoyed myself. Of course, this was always during the daytime and I would not have considered going into the woods at night. We lost our cat, Velcro to a creature of the night. We never found him; he simply went out the front door one afternoon to do his usual yard patrol and vanished. He was a big cat and I suspect that his killer was a fox or owl.
Velcro,my pet cat who lived with me in the Adirondacks
Velcro

 

Cluster Flies In The Yard 

A home we originally rented in the in the Adirondacks was located in Westport, New York and it was built in the late 1800’s. It was a very old farmhouse with approximately two acres of land surrounding it. The house was two levels, large, and creepy with hardwood floors that creaked and a dark and dingy basement that I seldom visited. There were many windows to the home and it had a huge, wrap around porch. I always had the feeling, especially at night, that something was looking inside. The nearest neighbors were down a short winding road so we were fairly isolated. I never liked being alone in this place and the overall “bad vibe” to the house was a reason we did not pursue buying it when it became available. I also experienced night terrors during my second pregnancy and heard whispering frequently. That’s another story for another time…………..

1984 Collin (6 weeks old) Graham 2 years with their Mother (Donna)and Grandmother (Charmaine)
On porch of farmhouse with my mother six weeks after delivery of second son.

It was the yard where we experienced repeated episodes with cluster flies crawling up a section of the outside of the house and onto windows. There were hundreds of them and they were disgusting. I always experienced a sense of dread when I looked at them. They hardly moved at all and watching them from the inside of the windows made my skin crawl. Some believe there is a paranormal connection of evil (spirits or demonic) with these insects but it is a fact that in the fall they seek out warmth for survival. 

Videos

 “Something” can been seen at about 2:27 into this short video. Taken in 2010-What do you think? I am on the fence regarding this clip.


I think that I’ve have watched every episode of Paranormal Witness. How safe is your backyard? Take a look at what this family experienced. Fact or fiction; you decide.

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Gardner Haunted Mansion

Gardner Haunted Mansion

 

History

I recently came across a story about the Gardner Massachusetts haunted mansion and had never heard of this historic dwelling before. There is a very interesting story surrounding the family who currently owns the home and their ongoing paranormal experiences. Several well known paranormal investigative groups have been here over the years.

The home was originally built in 1875 by one very wealthy Sylvester Knowlton Pierce who was the founder of the SK Pierce & Son Chair Company. Famous visitors to the home included Norman Rockwell, Bette Davis, President Calvin Coolidge and P.T. Barnum.

Here is a photo of S.K. Pierce

The home is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of:

  • A murdered prostitute
  • A young child who drowned on the premises
  • The first wife of S.K. Pierce, Susan, who died of illness only three weeks after moving in. She contracted a bacterial infection.
  • A nannie by the name of Mattie Cornwall who loved the mansion.
  • Members of the Pierce family
  • S.K. Pierce himself
  • A border by the name of Eino Saari who died from spontaneous combustion in 1963.

After his first wife died, Pierce married a woman by the name of Ellen who was 20 years his senior. This marriage upset Pierce’s son terribly. Ellen eventually inherited the property instead of Pierce’s son and when Ellen died, her son Frank took over the home in the early 1900’s. Frank eventually lost the home in a card game but was allowed to live in the basement. It is reported that he is one of the ghosts. The home also operated as a brothel and one of the “working girls” was murdered in an upstairs bedroom.

The house stood vacant for 20 years and was scheduled to be demolished but a young couple purchased the property. They, unfortunately, didn’t stay long and it was again put up for sale and purchased by the current owners in 2008.

The mansion is now up for sale as of April, 2015.

Want To Buy It?

This house is for sale again for $329,000. You can read more by following this link:

http://www.countryliving.com/real-estate/news/a35307/would-you-buy-this-famously-haunted-victorian-mansion/

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The Forgotten

The Forgotten

A Sad Tale Indeed

A sad tale of the forgetten, in this case a beautiful 38 year old woman.

The following sad story is about a forgotten woman. The forgotten are unusual cases that occur everywhere. The reality is that this story is not an isolated case.

Joyce Carol Vincent was born on October 15, 1965 and was a British woman who, prior to her death, had cut all contact with family and friends. As a victim of domestic abuse, Joyce ended up quitting her job and moved into a shelter in 2001 during this period of time in her life. It was thought that she cut all contact with people because she was highly embarrassed about her situation. At the time of her death, she was in another apartment and she died in 2003 without anyone taking notice. Her remains were not located until January 25, 2006.

The forgotten and Joyce Carol Vincent

When Joyce died, half of her rent was being funded by a benefits agency and after several months, the unpaid portion was growing. Her heat and electric were both paid through automatic debit. When authorities finally entered her apartment to repossess the property, the television was still on! The way the apartment was laid out, no one could see into the windows so people were not aware that anything was wrong.

Joyce’s cause of death was thought to be a result of an asthma attack combined with her history of a peptic ulcer. She was hospitalized once in the past for treatment of her ulcer. Neighbors had noticed a foul odor over a period of time but attributed it to trash that often accumulated in bins outside of the building.

Dreams of Life, a documentary film, detailed the death of Joyce and her story also inspired a rock album entitled, Hand Cannot Erase by Steven Wilson.

Dream of Life, a documentary film about forgotten Joyce Carol

Joyce’s parents immigrated to London from Grenada and she was from both African and Indian descent. When Joyce was eleven years old her mother died from complications after an operation. Over the years her relationship with her father became strained and he was described as a distant person. Joyce’s four older sisters took responsibility for her care during her formative years. Joyce eventually left school at the age of 16 and a string of jobs followed, in addition to an abusive relationship which changed her life.

Forgotten Joyce isolated herself from family ad friends.

When Joyce’s skeleton was found, she was lying on her back, on her sofa and was surrounded by wrapped Christmas presents. It is not known who the gifts were intended for. It is also reported that she had a fiance at the time of death but he was never located. Also, Joyce’s sisters had hired a private detective to find her and once they had an address, they sent her many letters that all went unanswered. The assumption was that Joyce did not want any contact with her remaining family members. The coroner ruled that Joyce had died of natural causes and foul play was never considered.

Joyce Vincent

There are many stories from around the world about forgotten people.

There are several documented cases of people going unnoticed over extensive periods of time. There are cases from all around the world. A few examples include the following:

  • A Croatian woman who died and sat in front of her television for 42 years.
  • Barbara Salinas-Norman, 70 mummified remains were found in her home after a period of one year. She was a teacher, author of children’s books, and an activist. She had several family members.
  • Geneva Chambers of Florida was dead in her home three years before being discovered by a landscaper. She preferred solitude and was an unfriendly woman to those who lived around her.
  • David Carter was a suicide whose skeletonized remains were found by a real estate agent who went to the home after is was repossessed because of tax foreclosure. David had quite his job as a nuisance control officer and was described and funny, kind, and generous. He told friends that he was moving to New Mexico but instead, committed suicide. He had been dead in his home for four years.
  • An elderly Australian woman was dead for eight years before being found. Natalie Wood’s skeletal remains were finally found after her sister-in-law eventually called authorities to report that she had not heard from her. Natalie lived as a reclusive.
  • Chattanooga twin brothers found dead side by side in their easy chairs and they had been alone, deceased in their home for three years. The 63-year-old twins were often seen in their yard wearing surgical masks but no one ever saw them with visitors.

Mother Teresa

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.”
Mother Teresa

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Staying Safe

Staying Safe

Caution

Investigator’s priority should be about staying safe and at times some locations just might be the ones you stay away from. There are always dangers associated with paranormal investigations and they include:

  • Entity following you home (demons, spirits, any other kind of entity)
  • Mental breakdown (many stories to be found about people becoming obsessed) behavioral changes, and withdrawal from family members and close friends)
  • Physical and emotional worries

I wrote a blog a while back about investigations and recommendations and you can read it here if you missed it. The history of a building or haunted area should always be checked into beforehand and taken seriously by all in the paranormal group. Safety first!

Remember This One?

In 2014 a paranormal investigator at the site of the Villisca Ax Murder House in southwest Iowa stabled himself in the chest resulting in critical injuries. He was in the home where eight people, including six children were murdered with an ax 100 years ago. The crime scene attracts paranormal investigators from around the world who have the option of spending the night, without electricity or running water, for $428.

The self-inflicted stabbing occurred at approximately 12:45 a.m. while this investigator by the name of Robert Laursen Jr. was at the location as part of a recreational investigation.

 Has Anyone Ever Been Killed By A Spirit?

The Bell Witch is a true story about a woman by the name of Kate Batts. She was a nasty woman who lived near the John Bell Family in Adams, Tennessee. This Tennessee tale from 1817 is the story of one of the most famous hauntings in the history of America. It even caught the attention at the time of a future President, General Andrew Jackson. The story is that Kate believed that John Bell cheated her in a land purchase and she swore on her deathbed that she would haunt the Bells forever.

Drawing of the John Bell HOme in Tennessee, a dwelling most would rather keep out of due to the danger found inside.

According to documentation, the Bells were, in fact, tormented by Kate Batts’ spirit. The evidence reports that John and his daughter Betsy were favorite targets of the spirit and, for the most part, was nice to Mrs. Bell and usually left her alone. The spirit was never seen by anyone, only heard, and this includes any visitors to the Bell home. This spirit:

  • Threw furniture and dishes
  • Spoke in a nerve-racking pitch
  • Yanked hair and pulled noses
  • Stuck needles into John and Betsy
  • Yelled at night to keep everyone awake
  • Stole food right out of their mouths while the family was eating.

The ghost continued to torment this family for many years and Andrew Jackson heard the stories (by now well known just about everywhere) and visited and spent time with the Bells. His bedcovers were torn off of him during the night and the ghost spoke to him when he was leaving the residence.

The Death of John Bell

John Bell oil painting in home in Tennessee.

John Bell fell ill in October of 1820. It was believed that he was struck with an illness while walking on his farm. One theory is that he suffered a stroke because he had difficulty talking and swallowing. He rapidly declined over a period of a few weeks and only managed brief period where he was out of bed.

The Tennessee State University documented part of the story:

On the morning of December 19, he failed to awake at his regular time. When the family noticed he was sleeping unnaturally, they attempted to arouse him. They discovered Bell was in a stupor and couldn’t be completely awakened. John Jr. went to the medicine cupboard to get his father’s medicine and noticed it was gone with a strange vial in its place. No one claimed to have replaced the medicine with the vial. A doctor was summoned to the house. The witch began taunting that she had place the vial in the medicine cabinet and given Bell a dose of it while he slept. Contents of the vial were tested on a cat and discovered to be highly poisonous. John Bell died on December 20. “Kate” was quiet until after the funeral. After the grave was filled, the witch began singing loudly and joyously. This continued until all friends and family left the grave site.

The gravesite of John Bell in Tennessee.;

There is a great deal written about the Bell Witch and it is an interesting story that has never been fully explained. People claim the area is still haunted. Many people have visited this part of Tennessee over the years. It is quite the tourist attraction.

On the way to danger in the Bell Witch Cave in Tennessee.

Movies based on the Bell Witch:

  • The Blair Witch Project, 1999
  • Bell Witch Haunting, 2004
  • An American Haunting, 2005
  • Bell Witch: The Movie, 2007

Also:

  • The Danish metal band Mercyful Fate has a song called The Bell Witch.
  • Bell Witch, a Seattle based doom metal band chose their name based on this legend.

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