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.
Built in 1876, an arched, stone tunnel was built under the Grand Trunk railroad tracks in Niagara Falls. So how did something built as a drainage passage become known as the "Screaming Tunnel" or the "Blue Ghost Tunnel"?
At 4:10 a.m. on April 29, 1903 the inhabitants of a small bootlegging and mining community named Frank heard a distant roar. It was located in a place known as Crowsnest Pass and sat at the base of the Turtle Mountain in Canada. Little did they know that within less than two minutes, a landslide brought down over 80 million tons of debris that obliterated the eastern end of the town, including many inhabitants that have remained entombed until this day. Little wonder that the area has ghosts that haunt the area.
Dating back a thousand years, the Ancient Ram Inn is considered one of Britain's most haunted establishments, with plenty of dark history to justify its reputation.
Lord Combermere died in 1891 and a photograph taken during the time he was being buried, became renown for establishing proof of life after death.
Barbados' Christ Church Cemetery has been in existence for well over 200 years, but besides the obvious, which is that all its occupants are deceased, there was one family crypt that for many years suffered from unexplained events that even brought the governor of the island to the cemetery to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Why do you think modern buildings are more likely to be graffitied versus older construction? Because people do not like them.
Over 40 years ago Karen Klaas was raped and then strangled with a pantyhose. Despite the attention the case received since she had been married to Bill Medley from the Righteous Brothers, eventually the case went cold, and stayed that way until 2017.
She is mostly known as La Llorona, which is Spanish for the weeping woman. Depending on the source her story can vary, but she is commonly described as being a mother who either drowned her children, or they drowned in an accident and she perpetually searching for them, usually in the vicinity of bodies of water. She is to be feared because she will drag an unsuspecting child and drown them thinking it is one of her own.
It was the spring of 1943, and World War II raged throughout Europe, when four English teenagers were hunting for birds' nests in a private estate near Birmingham named Hagley Woods. Bob Farmer climbed up an old wych elm tree and made a gruesome discovery that continues to mystify police for the next seventy years.
Bloody Mary has been invoked by many names, Mary Worth, Hell Mary, Mary White or Mary Jane, however the fate of all those who call upon her have always been terrible indeed. Always identified as an evil spirit, her tale emerged from British folklore in the 1700s, and took on a new vengeful twist with the advent of the Internet in the 1990s.
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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