Miami Ghost Chronicles
There are those persons who seek out an encounter with the supernatural, and there are others who have incidents unfolding before their eyes, making them unwilling witnesses to the shades of those who have long since been dead.
Sister Michelle Lewis, 39, was one of two nuns that lived at Holy Cross Academy in Miami, Florida. On the night of March 24, 2001 she watched television until 9:30 p.m. and then went to sleep. Her room was situated on the south side of the living quarters. Sister Marie Lurz, 83, woke up the following morning and went to Sister's Michelle's room and found it locked. She became alarmed thinking something had occurred to the Sister Michelle who suffered from asthma. The grisly truth that was found on the other side of the door was far beyond what her imagination could conjure as to why the younger sister did not answer her calls.
For eleven years, this mask of terror was what children saw as they were stolen from their homes by a depraved predator known as "The Beast of Jersey".
It was a freezing January morning in 1937, only months before Japan occupied the Forbidden City of Peking, when Pamela Werner's savagely, mutilated body was found near the Fox Tower just outside the city's Legation Quarter.
In 1903, Colonel Barog, a British engineer made a mistake in the building of Tunnel No 33 on the Kalka-Shimla train route. Subsequently he was fined for wasting government money and publicly reprimanded which humiliated him deeply. He rode his horse to the dark entrance of the unfinished tunnel and shot himself in sheer desperation near what now is the state government-run Barog Pine Wood Hotel. He has never left the place since.
A tunnel is the perfect setting for a scary story, let alone the anxiety experienced by those who suffer from claustrophobia. Can you imagine sitting in a dark, enclosed space dug into the earth, and then hearing something move in the darkness close to you? And then you see the gleam of eyes staring at you from the darkness.
A new study finds that many of the benefits related to meditating turn out to be false. It was found that it does not make a person calmer or more compassionate, and just as aggressive or prejudiced if this was in their nature to begin with.
In 1970 Carol Anne Fitzmaurice, a 23-year-old nurse, without any known enemies was savagely stabbed to death in her home. Both her family and the investigators in the case, not only question the identity of the killer but the motive as well. Despite the passage of almost 50 years both of these questions have never been answered.
In 1962 three prisoners disappeared from Alcatraz, and the mystery remained as to how they had escaped and if they had survived the cold, shark infested waters to gain their freedom. After more than 50 years it appears that the truth of that escape has come to light.
Despite our ignorance about the vast oceans that cover the majority of our planet's surface, many find it difficult to believe that gargantuan, humanoid-type animals have been seen in different parts of the Pacific Ocean.
Not only was the identity of Jack the Ripper a mystery, but also if indeed he was the author of several letters received by the police after the murders. A forensic linguist from the University of Manchester has found part of the answer.
Call it urban myth or a malevolent elemental spirit, the Goatman demon that is said to haunt the railroad trestle over the Pope Lick Creek has said to lure many victims throughout the years; and that is the one real fact about this story, which is the amount of people that have met their death at this spot.
In 1965 a bride-to-be on the eve of her wedding day, lost her life and since then the stretch of road has been the scene of reports of a phantom hitchhiker.
In 2005, archaeologists were called in following the discovery of human remains during the excavation of a trench for a new waterline behind the main building at Eastern State Hospital in Kentucky. Prior to this discovery the known cemetery had grass that was almost as high as the fence and very little was known about its history.
Strolling down a country lane, one would think is the safest thing a person can do, however for one woman it was the most dangerous. Little did she think that by accident or design, the word "duck" would have saved her life.
A few days before Christmas 1900, a twelve-year-old girl named Inez came home from school on Friday afternoon. She told her younger brother she was going inside for a moment, and when she failed to return he went to search for her; he saw something reflected in the mirror that faced the open closet that sent him screaming from the room.
The Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis once received powerful politicians and even President Lincoln in 1861, when it was the Bates House. However in the years that followed it could not escape the stigma of murder that stained it luxurious and upscale reputation. In August 1943, Maoma Little Ridings was brutally killed on the seventh floor of the Claypool Hotel. Her assailant was never apprehended. In July 1954 the body of a brunette was found stuffed into a dresser drawer located in Room 665 of the hotel.
WWII was raging, and 33-year-old Corporal Maoma Little Ridings checked into Room 729 at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis to enjoy her weekend leave. That same evening her mutilated, semi-nude body was found sprawled across the bed. Almost seventy-five years later, no one knows the identity of who killed Maoma that hot August night of 1943.
For more than 70 years, a solitary grave under a lonely mulberry tree in Willoughby Cemetery simply read: "Girl in Blue. Killed By Train. December 24, 1933. Unknown, But Not Forgotten." The ground around the grave is littered with dimes and pennies in remembrance of this unknown victim of tragedy.
Built in 1862 and spread over a 407 acres campus the Department of the Insane in the Western Pennsylvania Hospital of Pittsburgh was built to be a self-sufficient institution to offer state-of-the-art care for those suffering from mental illness and diseases of the brain. It opened with 113 patients, and all those who had ended up in almshouses and jails soon swelled its numbers. It was renamed the Western Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane at Dixmont to honor the memory of Dorothea Dix, a 19th-century activist for mental health patients who served as superintendent of Army nurses for the Union Army during the Civil War.
It was closed in 1984, and eventually demolished in 2006, however there is one part of the hospital that cannot be sold or repurposed which is the hospital's cemetery.
The wendigo is the darkest of spirits, described as having too-tight skin, towering antlers, and an inexhaustible appetite for human flesh.
Many think that the wendigo is just a character out of Native American mythology, but in 1879, a Cree by the name of Swift Runner did its bidding by killing and cannibalizing his entire family.
The summer of 1969 three couples had parked by a clearing on the shores of Lake Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. A favorite hangout place for the teenagers of the area changed on the night of July 9th when a beast straight out of a horror movie jumped on top of one of the automobiles, trying to grab one of the girls through the open car window. They sped away before it could pull her out.
In the far reaches of the largest fjord in Norway, perched on the side of a mountain is a 16,000 square foot castle overlooking the town of Luster. For all its fairytale appearance, when it operated as the Lyster Sanatorium, this was the place where many came to die.
On Jan. 31, a total lunar eclipse will occur known as a Super Blue Blood Moon. Not since Jesse James committed his first hold up in 1869 have the heavens displayed the moon as big and bright as it will today.
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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