In 1974, the Sarasota-Tribune newspaper ran a short article titled, Exorcism Daily Occurrence at Miami Jackson Hospital. Your first thought is that this was due to the notorious film, The Exorcist which was released in 1973; however according to Dr. Sukhdeo, the director of the crisis Intervention center at Miami Jackson Hospital at that time, the influx of patients as many as 900 in one month, had nothing to do with the film. He described how patients came in asking for evil spirits to be driven from their body, apparently believing that their symptoms, whether mental or physical, were demonic in their origin.
He described where many of these patients such as Haitians, Cubans, Puerto Ricans and other West Islanders had a strong, cultural belief in the influence of evil spirits. Bahamians complained of “jumbees” or ghosts inside of them that were causing them to hear voices. Other patients believed they had been hexed, even to the point of thinking they would die at a specific time.
In late September 2015, Mark & Debby Constantino, paranormal researchers in the field of EVPs, who made several guest appearance on Ghost Adventures, died after a murder suicide situation played out. The couple were estranged due to domestic violence. This is a recording from 2005, made with psychic Chris Fleming, in which Mark Constantino is actually channeling a spirit who is believed to be himself 10 years in the future.
Presently stories abound about haunted houses, castles, cars, collector items etc, but for me, the real question lies in how did this come about, and if there is really a way to truly release the agony, torment and terror of incidents that produced this haunting, whether intelligent or residual.
Some desperate measures taken, especially when the haunting takes place in a structure, is to burn it down, however I don't think that really does the trick, because I believe that the spirits of those who experienced moments so extreme that they are trapped there even after the death of their physical bodies, do not recognize the purifying effect hoped for by those of us still in the material plane.
Read Kristal Hawkin's narrative describing just such an event titled Keddie Resort, Calif: The Unsolved Nightmare in Cabin 28, and tell me what you think, and if this story describes what many times has happened, unrecognized and unknown for years in other places around the world. Long after witnesses and family have passed away, and stories in newspapers or books are buried and forgotten, those that stumble upon these places will wonder how it became cursed.
It was a warm August night back in 1999. My friends and I decided to go see the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. So we parked at our friend's house that lived a block away then we proceeded toward the huge landmark.
We walked in like as if we owned the place, right by the bellboy and the front desk, straight to the back of the hotel and then outside. There were 5 of us including myself. Two of my friends stayed at the golf course just talking as I and my other 2 friends crept into the utility elevator in the back. We pressed the 3rd floor which then takes you to the main elevators. We got to the third floor then found the other elevators. I was surprised to see the elevator to the far left leads to the tower. We got on that and pressed the infamous 13th floor. It didn't light up. We then took the elevator to the lobby, but before getting to the lobby it stopped on the 7th floor. The doors opened, we stood still for a couple of seconds, and then the doors closed (why it stopped at the 7th floor, who knows).
In North Miami off 441 just off the Cloverleaf Interchange, an abandoned hospital sits off the expressway. The best view of the hospital comes from the Palmetto Expressway, as you get on the highway from 163rd street. A friend of mine was working security there for a short period of time, so some of us went to visit him. He would sit on the 1st floor right next to the morgue.
This is a something that happened last year while visitng my friend Valerie while she was living on her own in Orlando. She was up there for school and her parents bought her a 1 bedroom apartment near the UCF campus.
The buildings looked pretty new but you could tell they were renovated especially when you went into the elevators. Anyways, we were spending the weekend there with her with a bunch of our other friends to go to Halloween Horror Night at Universal Studios.
Another true ghostly experience submitted to Miami Ghost Chronicles.
I'd like you to look into a condominium, which is where I used to live approx. 6 years ago. The only words I can use to explain the place is, infested! While living there, at least 5 people died, and about 1 year ago a man shot himself in the head and died on the 1st floor and another lady was murdered in the elevator.
The one prominent entity in that apartment building was a dark shadowy figure of a man, which seemed to have a negative origin. Lucky me, I was the only one in the apartment that he never had an encounter with. I heard about it on a daily basis from my sisters who constantly had to deal with it.
"My family owns an old home in rural Davie. The tiny home was hand-built by my great-uncle (via marriage) - a person I have never met. His name was Charles C. and he and his wife, Betty, lived there.
Once owned by actor Nicholas Cage, the home’s old-fashioned façade still keeps its secrets, especially those surrounding the atrocities committed by its mistress close to 200 years ago.
The three-storied home at 1140 Royal Street (Rue Royale) in the French Quarter is presently for sale for a cool $2.9 million, but for many years it stood empty and ruined. It was only back during 1832 when it was just newly built for its owners, Dr. and Madame LaLaurie that it was as beautifully furnished as it is now.
For two years Delphine LaLaurie, a Creole socialite, hosted lavish soirees that were attended by all the prominent citizens in New Orleans; however all that changed on a spring afternoon on April 10th, 1834 when an old Negress cook set a fire in the kitchen. Neighbors rushed in to save valuables, including the slaves and what they found confirmed their suspicions beyond their worse expectation.
A possible death penalty looms on the horizon for a woman accused of the robbery, mutilation and death of a local psychic and her daughter.
Almost five years ago in a small stucco house on Bird Ave in Little Saigon, Tanya Nelson and her accomplice Philippe Zamora allegedly consummated their plans to rob and murder Ha Jade Smith and her daughter Anita Nhi Vo.
It all began when Smith, unable to return Nelson’s lover to her through her psychic powers had advised her she couldn’t change reality. Nelson then allegedly recruited Zamora as a hitman and accomplice, and both traveled across the United States to exact revenge, but according to the Orange County Register Smith’s family and investigators believe the killers were also after the money and jewelry kept in the house.
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance paranormal investigator and writer.
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