Miami Ghost Chronicles
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.
Places that have a history of tragedy and death begs the question, was it something there, already cursed that caused these events to take place, or is it a human being's last anguished moments that act like a magnet for other deeds of evil to repeat themselves on those grounds? Whether one or the other, paranormal occurrences plague these places, refusing to be forgotten or just a reminder that evil never dies.
It was Halloween 1969 and St. Petersburg police was called to the scene of a gruesome murder. The body of a woman dressed only in a filmy, green nightgown was discovered neatly wrapped in plastic bags, and concealed in a black, steamer trunk near the parking lot of the Oyster Bar Restaurant.
In a 1924 stucco-and-wood, Port Orange house located next to a canal that connects to the Indian River, rumors are that Capone used the house to keep his mistress and stash illegal booze.
Supposedly, he would ride a boat up the canal and then use a tunnel from the canal to the house’s full basement to access the house unseen.
It was Halloween, 1958 when off a dirt road on Skinner Ridge south of Grand Canyon National Park, the skeletal remains of a young girl were found. Her body was nude and it was estimated she had been there nine to fourteen months.
In December, 2015, a single grave was dug at Los Angeles County Cemetery to receive the cremated remains of 1,300 persons who had been sitting on a shelf in the medical examiner's office since 2012. Even the most optimistic know that more than likely once they're in the ground forever, they'll remain unclaimed and in many cases unnamed.County officials wait three years between death and burial to give family members a chance to come forward.
In December 2017, over 1,500 people that had been waiting since 2014 will be buried. In 2016, the number of people was 1,430. Los Angeles has been burying the indigent, unknown and unclaimed since 1896.
An ex-priest accused of killing a South Texas beauty queen in 1960 was found guilty of her murder.
Dorset has its fair share of ghosts, but none more famous than phantom coaches occupied by headless travelers and attendants.
The Belvedere Orphanage in Newfoundland is slated for demolition after it was damaged by fire in April. The question is what happens to the spirits that are said to haunt this centuries-old orphanage, school and convent when it stands no more.
Two Polish fishermen thought they had made the catch of a lifetime when they landed a 410 pound catfish who had been swimming the waters of the Oder River for over a hundred years. The big surprise though was what was inside the belly of this fish.
Mexico City was built on the ruins of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, and humans have lived there dating back to prehistoric times. If one wonders if there are ghosts in Mexico City, you only need to recognize that tales of skulduggery and murder abound in this ancient city, and the answer should be obvious.
There are locations from around the world which are scenic, but for all their beauty and historical significance come with a turbulent past, and troubled souls that refuse to rest in peace.
In 1897, several astounding discoveries were unearthed at Leap Castle in Ireland, one of them was tied to a haunting that had plagued the castle for centuries.
When and how a non-human spirit known as The Elemental came to haunt Leap Castle in Ireland is unknown. Its origins,the first person to encounter it, and even its exact nature until this day are shrouded in mystery.
Lemuel Smith was born into the least likely of bedeviled households on July 23, 1941. He was part of a strictly religious Black family living in Amsterdam, New York. His father was a minister, and both of his parents lived in the household. There were no reports of physical or mental abuse. There were no known reasons why Lemuel would have such a compulsion to kill, which according to him started as early as when he was twelve years old when he nearly smothered a nine-year-old girl to death.
The RAF Museum at Cosford houses hundreds of aircraft, but there is one craft, an Avro Lincoln RF398 which is said to be haunted by a pilot that was killed in a crash.
Tamworth has many ghosts that are said to be haunting it's ancient walls, but two of the most famous are the Black Lady and the White Lady.
Waikumete Cemetery is located in Auckland and it is the largest cemetery in New Zealand, and the second largest in the southern hemisphere. It covers almost 300 acres, and has over 70,000 burials. Is it little wonder that it has a fearsome reputation as being very haunted.
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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