Miami Ghost Chronicles
There is a ritual tradition that spans three centuries practiced by Dutch settlers in Pennsylvania known as powwow, (or Braucherei in the language of the Pennsylvania Dutch). The folk practice blends facets of religious belief, health and healing.
Lonely stretches of road all over the country are said to be haunted by the spirit of lost hitchhiker ladies, always trying to reach their final destination.
The Roaring Twenties were in full swing in Miami, when the Cuban Consulate was built in NW Dade County replete with Moorish arches and Spanish tiles.
It was completed in time to survive the Hurricane of 1926 that ripped through Miami, and that same strange luck saved it from the wrecking ball as the years trudged by and the city grew around it.
Presently over a third of frogs and toads are found in rainforests around the world, but when it came to fossil records little or no records could be found of these amphibians. Like something straight out of the film Jurassic Park several fossils were found of frogs that lived over 99 million years ago trapped in a lump of amber.
Essential in exorcisms rites is backup, and the Vatican now uses all the modern tools at its disposal including a cellular phone to connect clergy to assistance and prayers.
One day in 1885, a man named Martin Nelson slaughtered seven innocent people in the town of Bonito, New Mexico. As the years passed, it became a ghost town destined to be flooded and it exists only in the depths of Bonito Lake. Like many mining town of the Southwest it has it share of ghost stories.
The belief in evil spirits and demons have been part of human history from time immemorial, however in recent time this phenomenon has spiked worldwide, and according to certain sources there is a reason for this increase.
Researchers have discovered a fascinating mystery with several theories but no concrete answer. They have found that approximately 5 to 7 thousand years ago the majority of the male population in Europe, Asia and Africa disappeared, and there were 17 women for every man. What happened?
In ancient Rome, crucifixion was a painful way to execute criminals and slaves, and to remind the populace the consequences of breaking Roman laws. Recently direct archaeological evidence has been found through skeletal remains that confirm this type of execution.
In the last 1.4 billion years the moon has moved further from the earth, increasing the length of a day by six hours, thus days are 30% longer.
In the northwest corner of Missouri, a gravel road with cornfields on either side will take you to an isolated and ramshackle building that was once a one-room chapel. Even in daytime, gnarled trees enhance the atmosphere of decay and desolation that surrounds the place. Legend is that those who once came to worship here since the turn of the century, still consider it sanctuary, or in some cases hell.
Late on the afternoon of October 7, 1949, 26-year-old, bit-part actress Jean Elizabeth Spangler left her Los Angeles home, which she shared with her 5-year-old daughter and her mother. This was the last ever seen of pretty Jean.
In October 1969, twenty teenagers were returning from a charity walk using Pentylands Lane in Highworth (UK). It was already 10:30 pm at night and there was a full moon, when they all claimed they saw a "white figure" moving across fields that were nearby. They were horrified but even more so when it came towards them.
It's ironic that a place devoted to healing and saving lives is also a hotbed of supernatural occurrences. Hospitals and nursing homes also seem to harbor a large amount of demonic entities.
In 2016, Highway 99 a 400-mile highway that runs through Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto and other valley cities was found to be the deadliest highway in a five year span.
An old postcard that has survived the years, turns up in a Vermont antique shop. It's a tidbit with a personal message from a person long forgotten, but in the message is a reference to a murder that has never been solved.
On May 4th, 2018 a jogger made a discovery on Island Beach State Park beach in New Jersey which is believed to a monster from the prehistoric era.
Throughout the years that WWI raged, many lives were claimed however in the Somme Offensive, 68,000 men were killed on the first day alone making it one of the bloodiest battles. It is little wonder that ghosts have seen throughout the years, for many WWI is not over yet.
Built in 1070 at the site of the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex sits the ruins of Battle Abbey. Over 6,000 soldiers were killed at Senlac Fields, during the Norman Conquest. Amid the gore of battle William the Conqueror is said to have knelt and given thanks to God for his success. As he had agreed beforehand with the Pope he vowed to build a huge Abbey in gratitude, which was dedicated to St. Martin upon its completion. It is the Benedictine monks who lived at Battle Abbey, and not the soldiers who are commonly seen in spirit form.
Poyang Lake is a large 1400 square mile body of water in China's Jiangxi Province. The lake was formed around 400 A.D. when the Gan River backed up and the flood swallowed the countryside sending people fleeing for their lives. Was this ravenous hunger from the newly formed lake a foreshadowing of a hunger that is never satisfied?
The Chateau des Noyers du Tourneur had the typical hauntings associated it such as a white lady that walks the grounds, and a werewolf that stalked the peasants in the vicinity, however between October 1875 and January 1876 the terror that made itself known during those months had no parallel.
Modern-day Sasquatch lore paints this cryptid as being very wary of man, and watching him only from afar, however Native American tribes for centuries have painted a different picture of Bigfoot. They describe how given the chance they would snatch up women or children and take them away never to be seen again.
There is an area between Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington, Michigan and south to Benton Harbor that has its history of mysterious disappearances comparable to the Bermuda Triangle.
On January 20, 1910 a horrifying murder was discovered that was compared to those committed in London a few years before, one of the headlines in the local papers was "Chicago Fiend Second White Chapel Ripper". Little did the police or the public know that this grisly crime was only the beginning.
On an autumn day in 1910, a family of five set out on the Pigeon River in a canoe. The father was intent on fishing, and the rest of the family to enjoy a day on the water. In this peculiar story they found anything but what they sought.
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance paranormal investigator and writer.
Over the years I have gathered the most interesting stories that I have witnessed firsthand or that have been retold to me, but there is so much more happening in the mysterious world of the paranormal. I will provide a wide range of the true stories, folklore and urban myths that are a delight to the weird folk that enjoy the supernatural world.
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