A Strange legend surrounds a railroad crossing of San Antonio, Texas. The intersection of the roadway and railraod track, so the story goes, was the site of a tragic accidents in which several school-aged children were killed – but their ghosts linger at the spot and will push idled cars across the tracks, even though the path is uphill. Andy and Debi Chesney’s daughter and some of her friends had recently been to the crossing to test the legend, and she took some photographs. Inexplicably, a strange, transparent figure turned up in one of the photos.Source: knbc.com
A woman named Mrs. Andrews was visiting the grave of her daughter Joyce, who died at 17. Andrews saw nothing unusual when she took this photo of Joyce’s gravemarker. When the film was developed, Mrs. Andrews was astonished to see the image of a small child sitting happily at her daughter’s grave. The ghost child seem to be aware of Mrs. Andrews since he or she is looking directly into the camera. Is it possible a double exposure? Mrs. Andrews said there were no such children nearby when she took the photograph and moreover did not recognize the child at all. It was no one she would have taken photograph of. She remarked that she did not believe it was the ghost of her daughter as a child.
Bowman Cemetery is supposedly haunted. Legend has it that there was a local witch who murdered children. She was caught, and was hanged from a tree near the center of the cemetery. People claim that the spirits who haunt this cemetery are very violent, and in addition to seeing apparitions, people have been shoved, pushed, and scratched by unseen forces.
Chambers Mansion, California: The Chambers Mansion was built in 1887. The mansion’s first owner Richard Chambers had two nieces who lived with him. One of them named Claudia is said to be haunting it to this day. Why? It could have something to do with her death. She reportedly died when a piece of farm equipment nearly cut her in in half. Today the home is the Mansion Hotel. Many guests have reported strange occurrences while staying there.
Croke-Patterson Mansion, Colorado: Stories include the sounds of babies crying in the upper floors and swinging parties in empty rooms. Thomas Patterson, once the owner, has been seen wandering the carriage house. Guard dogs on the premises were once found dead on the sidewalk outside the home. Something in the house had led them to jump out of a third-story window to escape. What evil forces could have frightened the dogs into committing suicide?
In 1924 James Courtney and Michael Meehan, two crewmen of the tanker S.S. Watertown, were accidentally killed by gas fumes while cleaning a cargo tank. The crew of the Watertown – on its way to the Panama Canal from New York City – buried the two sailors at sea off the Mexican coast. That was on December 4th. On December 5th the first mate reported that the faces of Courtney and Meehan were appearing in the water off the port side of the ship. Over the next several days every member of the crew witnessed the faces appear and disappear, including the ship’s captain. When he reported this to his supervisors after docking in New Orleans it was suggested that he try to photograph the faces. Captain Keith Tracy bought a camera and the ship was soon underway again. Sure enough, the faces appeared, and Tracy took six pictures, then secured the camera in the ship’s vault. The camera was not removed until it was taken to a commercial developer after docking in New York City. Five of the photos showed nothing unusual, but the sixth clearly showed what was said to be the faces of the two dead crewmen. No evidence of forgery or tampering of the film was ever discovered. The faces stopped appearing after a new crew was brought aboard the Watertown.
In 1959 Mable Chinnery went to the cemetery to visit the grave of her mother, as any devoted daughter is apt to do. She took some photos of the gravesite and then turned and took this picture of her husband sitting alone in the car’s passenger seat. The film was developed and this came out: somebody sitting in the backseat wearing glasses, clear as day. Mrs. Chinnery swore that the “backseat driver” was none other than her own mother… whose gravesite she was standing next to when she took the picture! Hmmmm… a live husband and a deceased mother-in-law looking over his shoulder: there’s a joke here, I just know it.
In 1982, photographer Chris Brackley took a photograph of the interior of London’s St. Botolph’s Chruch, but never expected what would appear on the film. High in the Church’s loft, seen in the upper right hand corner of his photograph, is a transparent form of what looks like a woman. According to Brackley, to his knowledge there were only three people in the church when this photograph was taken, and none of them were in that loft.
Remember how Archie Bunker liked his recliner so much that he never let anyone else sit in it? Well, ol’ Archie doesn’t have anything on Lord Combermere. After being ran over by a horse-drawn carriage he died in 1891. A photographer set up a camera with its shutter open for one hour in the manor’s library while the entire staff was off at Lord Combermere’s funeral, some four miles away. When the plate was developed, the startling image of what looks to be a man’s head and arm sitting in the chair was immediately noticed. Many of the staff said that the image looked very much like the late lord, and it happened to be sitting in Combermere’s favorite chair in the library.
Rev. Ralph Hardy, a retired clergyman from White Rock, British Columbia, took this now famous photograph in 1966. He intended merely to photograph the beautiful staircase in the Queen’s House section of the National Museum in Greenwich, England. Upon development, however the photo revealed a shrouded figure climbing the stairs, seeming to hold the railing with both hands. Experts, including some from Kodak, who examined the original negative concluded that it had not been tampered with. Its been said that unexplained figures have been seen on occasion in the vicinity of the staircase, and unexplained footsteps have also been heard.
Reverend K.F. Lord took a picture of the altar at his church in North Yorkshire, England (why are the GOOD ghosts always found in England?) and this is what came out. The picture and the negative are said to have been thoroughly examined by photographic experts and they can’t find any evidence that this was either a double exposure, or artificially altered. The “thing” is calculated to be standing nine feet tall, and no one’s found any record of a monk that humongous ever being at Newby Church. Who is it? What is it? Trick of light or something else?
Located in Kansas, this cemetery has gained the reputation as one of the world’s most haunted cemeteries. Some people even consider it to be one of the seven gateways to Hell. There are so many legends, stories of witchcraft, ghosts and supernatural happenings surrounding it that even Pope John Paul II allegedly ordered his private jet not to fly over Stull while he was on the way to a public appearance in Colorado in 1995. The Pope considered Stull “unholy ground”.
But just how terrifying is this place? There aren’t many places as controversial as Stull Cemetery. My favorite tale is that the devil’s only half-human son is buried there with his mother. Perhaps that’s why the devil himself has been visiting the Stull Cemetery at least once (some legends report twice) a year since 1850. However, Tracy Morris, author of the Tranquility series of paranormal humor mysteries, asks a legitimate question: “Presumably, Mrs. Lucifer and little Luci Jr. would go to hell upon death, where the Prince of Darkness reigns supreme. So if they’re in hell with him, why visit their graves at all? Maybe he just wants a vacation.”
The Oregon Caves Chateau – Hotel Room 310- – In 1948 a couple checked into room 310. The next morning the young lady was found dead on the sidewalk. It was thought a suicide at first, but the man was gone and she was found to have a handful of dark hair in her fist. The murderer was never found. Many people report of a hot, evil air that hits you as soon as the door is open. People who have stayed in the room report a strong urge to throw themselves out the window.
Allegedly this is the marker for the Witch’s grave at Highland Cemetery, Mannington, WV. The witch who is said to be buried in the grave at Highland Cemetery is sometimes known as Zelda, Serlinda Jane, or sometimes Sarah Jane, but her tombstone reads “Serilda Jane Whetzel”. She died on May 29th, 1909. Supposedly, the tombstone has an image of a downward descending staircase leading to hell engraved on it. She was also buried facing away from the rest of the graveyard.
Calvin Tuck, his wife, and six children suffered an ordeal by fire when their four-room house (not wired for electricity) became the target of an apparent poltergeist. In a short period, 52 fires were set. Some happened in front of eyewitnesses, who said the fires were reddish in color and smelled like sulfur. One of the strangest incidents was when a loaf of bread on a table spontaneously burst into flames. When the house was gutted by an uncontrollable fire, the Tucks moved to a new residence, but the fires continued. They left to occupy a third house. Five fires broke out on the first day and more followed. When their fourth house was plagued by fires, authorities coerced a confession from one of the children, though the “confession” was doubted by the many witnesses including police officers, firefighters, and reporters.
Greyfriars Cemetery. Agreed by many to be the most haunted cemetery in the entire world….scratches, faintings, people getting horribly sick…something very dark is said to be there…sometimes paramedics stand outside the gates once tours are going on…
Harling Point, B.C. – According to the Old Cemeteries Society, the house was built in the early 1890s by James Sterling Smith. After he died, his widow and son continued to live there until they moved to Vancouver in the fall of 1958. Since that time witnesses have reported hearing a baby crying and noises that sound like rattling chains. Also, a pair of glowing eyes from an upstairs window have been seen, followed by some curtains blowing straight out an open window from the inside.
The Dybbuk Box
In Jewish folklore, a dybbuk is an evil spirit. Supposedly, a Holocaust survivor accidentally summoned the demon while using a homemade Ouija board, but managed to trap it inside the wine cabinet. Kevin Mannis bought the box at an estate sale in 2001, and immediately started having nightmares about an evil hag — as did friends who stayed with him. Mannis gave the box to his mother, who suffered a stroke on the same day. The box’s later owners have also claimed the dybbuk has appeared in their nightmares as well. The last owner was Jason Haxton, Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine, who not only had nightmares but developed a strange skin disease and began coughing up blood. At that point, Haxton contacted his local Rabbis, sealed the Dybbuk back in the box, and then hid it from the world.
Mike Parsons and his family’s ordeal began when his wife found a dictionary smoldering in the wood-box—while all the wood around it remained unburnt. Next, a sack of sugar in the kitchen burst into flames, but the fire went out as soon as Mike touched the sack. Subsequent incidents included a doll spontaneously consumed by fire while it sat in the middle of the floor, a box catching fire and burning a groove in a chest of drawers, and fires erupting in the corners of a bedroom without electricity or a fireplace. An RCMP investigation ruled out deliberate arson, but failed to find a cause. After a priest visited the house and performed a blessing, the fires stopped. The phenomena have never been explained.
Photograph taken in Thailand may show a man’s spirit leaving his body. His face has been blacked out to conceal his identity. The ghost photo was taken by Chiang Mai police while the scene was being investigated after the man was murdered in a fight. A volunteer interviewed said this was the first time he has seen a photo like this in his 30 years of working with police. Authorities and locals were both shocked and awed by the image.
Stickney Mansion, Illinois: The Stickneys believed that spirits could get stuck in the corners of houses, producing terrible results. They felt that having a 90 degree angle corner would attract evil spirits. All rooms in their home have round smooth corners except one, which ended up with a 90-degree measurement. George Stickney was one day discovered dead from heart failure next to the only corner in the house. In the 1970s, Rodrick Smith moved in and began to hear strange noises and his dog began to exhibit strange behavior. According to findings, satanic worship that took place in the mansion during the 60s conjured up an evil presence that resides in the house.
Say you’re digging around your yard and discover of 15th century silver Italian vase. Inside the vase is a note which reads: “Beware… this vase brings death.” You’d immediately set it back down, heap dirt over it, and go get drunk, right? Well, whoever found the vase in 1988 was kind of a jerk, because he threw the note away and sold the vase to an auction house. The vase was bought by a pharmacist who of course died three months later. A surgeon bought the vase, and died two months later, despite being only 37 years old. Next an archaeologist bought it;, died two months later. The next owner died within a month. According to some Italian newspapers, the police confiscated the vase and reburied it in a lead box at an unknown location.
The Bell Witch Cave – The Legend of the Bell Witch is probably the most well verified haunting in the history of the USA. Even U.S. President Andrew Jackson experienced this entity in person. Said after the encounter – he would rather fight the entire British Army than fight the Bell Witch! (Adams, Tennessee)
The House of Wills located in Cleveland, Ohio by the owner of a prominent black entrepreneurs John Walker Wills. The funeral home also served as a meeting place for Civil Right Movement. Reports of phantom footsteps, strange mists and shadow people, disembodied voices and a full bodied apparition of a man dressed in a suit, possibly Mr.Wills himself. Reports of an energy vortex in the old casket room.
The Julia Legare legend. Back in the mid-1800s, Julia was declared dead and interred in the family’s mausoleum. 15 years later it was opened again and Julia’s remains were crumpled at the foot of the mausoleum’s door. She had been buried alive. After that every time the door was closed it would be found open a day later. Now there is no door to the J.B. Legare mausoleum, it’s thought that her spirit can now rest.
This ghost photo was taken in 1999 at Historic Worley B Inn in Dahlonega, Georgia. The owners hired a photographer to take publicity photos of the inn and its rooms. One contained the faint image of the upper portion of a man lying on the bed. The Inn’s owners believe the figure may be the ghost of Claude Worley. A descendant of Captain William Jasper, he reportedly died in the house in 1889 after being hit by a train.
Thomas Busby’s Chair
Do you have a favorite chair in your home? Consider cursing it after you die so no one else can sit on it without dying. That’s what Thomas Busby did in 1702, right before he was executed for strangling his father-in-law to death for — you got it — sitting in his chair. Supposedly 63 people who have sat on the chair met untimely deaths, sometimes mere hours after plopping their keister on Busby’s beloved chair. In 1972, the Thirsk Museum actually had to suspend it from the ceiling to prevent people from committing suicide by chair.
According to local legend, the staircase at the Greenwood Cemetery in Spokane, Washington, is more than just a little haunted. If you walk up the stairs without any lights on, the story goes, you will see the faces of men, women, and children when you reach the top. Those brave enough to climb the stairs will also hear, they say, the shrieks and cries of the dead and they will feel something akin to rain on their skin.
In 1998 a 19-year-old young bride moved with her husband into a new house in Seattle, Washington. The couple had just ended their honeymoon, and everything was normal, until the car pulled up to the front curb. As she walked toward the front door of her new home, she was astonished to see an image of herself coming down the front walk toward her, wearing a stylish black dress and crying. It was undeniably herself — not only did she recognize her own face, hair, and body, but there was a jolt of primal recognition when she saw this mirror image of herself. As the image approached her it vanished, leaving her feeling unsettled and nervous.
Years later, this same woman came home from a late-night party to find her husband and her best friend were having an affair. Distraught and crying, she turned around and walked out of the house, never to return. As she strode down the walk, she had a vivid flashback to the day she had arrived as a hopeful bride, and realized that she was wearing the same black dress she had witnessed on her mirror image that sunny afternoon.
A disturbing phenomenon, doppelgangers have been witnessed for hundreds of years. Meaning “double walker,” they are a manifestation of a person which appears to family, friends, or even to that particular person. Often called an “evil twin,” a doppelganger brings with it a feeling of unease but usually doesn’t actually cause mischief or trouble. Although occasionally a person will see his or her own doppelganger, more often doppelgangers appear far from the location of the actual person and are often seen from the back, hurrying away. A loved one may call out to this image and try to follow it, only to find that nobody is there. And while it may not actively cause any harm, it often precedes heartbreak, accident, or death.
Throughout history, doppelgangers have been seen as harbingers of death or misfortune. Celebrated poet John Donne saw his wife’s doppelganger twice in one evening, walking through the room carrying a dead child in her arms. Only later did Donne learn that his wife had given birth to a stillborn daughter. Likewise Abraham Lincoln famously saw a doppelganger of himself before his assassination, looking exactly the same except several shades paler, almost corpse-like. Many times a doppelganger will have the appearance, attitude, and dress of the person at the time of their misfortune, as if it is a visual premonition of exactly what that person will look like when the terrible events unfold.
Are doppelgangers ghosts or spirits? This seems unlikely, given that they are always manifestations of people who have not yet died. Some believe that they are astral projections, sent consciously or unconsciously from the minds of those who are “copied.” The Seattle bride, for example, may have felt such strong emotion on those two occasions — coming to and leaving her home and marriage — that somehow her mind bridged the gap and she witnessed both at the same time. Another theory is that humankind is so emotionally connected that the close friends and family of a person in danger somehow sense it, and have a vision of that person as if they could warn them of what is to come. Whatever the explanation, doppelgangers are phenomena that continue to trouble many people.