Most people are familiar with Victor Hugo's masterpiece The Hunchback of Notre-Dame. Various versions have been made, one of the most famous is the 1939 movie in which Charles Laughton plays Quasimodo. Even Disney produced a cartoon, sanitized for young viewers.
Contrary to the stories appearing on film, in Hugo's novel Quasimodo is a gypsy changeling who is exorcised and then left as a deformed foundling at Notre-Dame. The gypsy Esmeralda is ultimately executed by hanging at Montfaucon, Paris' most famous gibbet which was usually covered in carrion crows who pecked at the various corpses left there to rot.
In 1999, the discovery of a diary in Cornwall appears to reveal the real-life inspiration behind the character of Quasimodo the deaf bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his tragic, unrequited love for the gypsy girl Esmeralda.
Deep in the night of March, 1911 a fire started on the third floor of the Assembly Library in Albany, before long it had reached the fourth and fifth floor. The only person who stood between the destruction of the entire library was 77-year-old Samuel Abbott, a civil war hero who was the night watchman.
He was the only one to die in a fire, that was rumored to have been started by the curse a disgruntled mason left behind when he carved a small, demonic looking face into the wall near the Great Western Staircase
Much is known about the Pennsylvania urban legend known as the Green Man, but much less is known about the real person who was nicknamed Charlie No Face by the locals where he lived.
In 1924, a railroad tunnel was built named the Piney Fork Tunnel to service the coal mines of western Pennsylvania. By 1962 it had been abandoned, which is when it became known as the Green Man Tunnel.
The dare was for teenagers to drive into the tunnel with their headlights turned off, and call out to the Green Man who would appear out of the darkness. He was horribly disfigured due to an electrical accident, which also caused his skin to glow green. If he touched the car it would stall out.
This is but one of the legends of the Green Man, who it turns out was a real person.
Sightings of Mothman have been reported from all over the world, but it became famous after this portender of doom was seen by several people in Point Pleasant, West Virginia just a few months before the Silver Bridge collapsed in December, 1967.
Fifty years later it is being seen in Chicago. Could the high amount of homicides that the city has recently become notorious for be enticing this eerie creature?
The setting is 1890s Nevada. A lonely miner turned rancher was murdered by his friends. He was dismembered, burned and buried so no one would be the wiser of what truly happened to him. The restless spirit of this man would not lie quietly, and not only was the heinous crime discovered, but the first woman to be legally executed in Nevada faced justice due to the revenge of the miner's ghost.
When you read a ghost story that was reported over a hundred years ago, some people just think it’s just an urban myth that’s been retold when times were simpler, and people were superstitious. Many suspect that it’s either exaggerated or not even true, but that’s not always the case.
Such is the story of the Crawford Ghost, which was reported in the newspapers of that time.
Poliʻahu Heiau sits on a bluff on the north bank of the Wailua River near Opaekaʻa Falls. In 1000 A.D. the first Tahitians migrated to Hawaii and may have landed at Wailua. They brought new forms of worship that included human sacrifice especially when preparations were being made for war.
In 1930 Juliet Rice Wichman, along with the staff who lived there, would hear the sound of Hawaiian ghost soldiers in the dark of night.
My wife and me are from West Palm Beach and had our honeymoon 11 yrs ago, we stayed in the Mayfair back than and decided for our 11th anniversary to stay in South Beach since we have never visited.
We stayed at a hotel on 14th and Collins and we were not happy with the amenities so during our walk that evening which would be April 12, 2002 we decided to head south from the Carlyle Hotel. We visited a few hotels and when we came to the Cxxxxy Hotel, I told my wife, let's check this hotel out since I knew someone at work who stays here all the time, several times a year since her sister owns a shop in the area. When we walked in everything seemed nice and on the dark side in general.
Originally posted on 12/27/2010
Another true ghostly experience submitted to Miami Ghost Chronicles
History of Richmond Heights - Naval Air Station Richmond, a blimp base hastily constructed in the early months of World War II was home to 25 K-series blimps, three hangars, and 3,000 men. The hangars were 16 stories tall, built of Douglas fir brought in by train. The blimps protected ship convoys in the Florida Straits, and Richmond Naval Station was the headquarters for the fight against Nazi U-boats operating in the Caribbean.
The homes at Richmond Heights were built on part of the original parcel of land where the base was situated.
Hi this happened when I was 18, I had picked up my niece's coloring book, I'd walked maybe five steps and it slipped from my hands, and while I saw it fall it disappeared into nothing, this happened in Richmond Heights.
A nineteen-year-old man attacked a woman who was visiting Georgetown Cemetery for no apparent reason. Is this a case of mental illness or spiritual influence or both?
Georgetown Police arrested a man they say tried to strangle a woman in a cemetery, with the intent to kill her.
Police say Brice Gross, 19, snuck up behind a woman on Saturday evening in the Georgetown Cemetery. Police say he attacked the woman and began to try to strangle her. The woman was able to fight him off, and Gross ran away, police said.
When exorcists need help, they call him.
A small group of nuns and priests met the woman in the chapel of a house one June evening. Though it was warm outside, a palpable chill settled over the room.
As the priests began to pray, the woman slipped into a trance -- and then snapped to life. She spoke in multiple voices: One was deep, guttural and masculine; another was high-pitched; a third spouted only Latin. When someone secretly sprinkled ordinary water on her, she didn't react. But when holy water was used, she screamed in pain.
What else can you call a tree that's been tainted by the blood of innocent human beings? This 150 years old oak situated in a residential park in Port St. Lucie, Florida was a silent witness to the atrocities committed by serial killer Gerard Schaefer against two victims who he tortured and then buried under the tree.
More than forty years have passed since the skeletal remains of those teenage girls were recovered, but just as the years passed so did the tales of paranormal events and sightings of hooded figures increase.
How much of these tales are urban myth, and how much is the truth?
In January 2016, a house located in Gary, Indiana, and alleged to be infested with demons was torn down.
Zak Bagans the host of Ghost Adventures had bought the house in 2014, and during 2015 had filmed a documentary in the home about the events that had transpired there. He claimed that there was something powerful, dark and intelligent haunting the small structure.
The release of the documentary has been delayed and as of this date there is no further information about it. The following article which appeared in the National Catholic Register quotes Father Michael Maginot, pastor of St. Stephen Martyr Church in Merrillville, Indiana, and the priest who freed the family through a series of exorcisms in 2013, as believing that there is a supernatural agent interfering and causing the delays.
St Ann's Retreat is located in Logan Canyon, Utah, just off U.S.89. The campsite has been there for about 100 years, and many think it's haunted by nuns who used to vacation there, but who truly walks through the woods and peeks around the side of the cabins?
Originally this site was called Hatch’s Camp or Pine Glenn Cove. It wasn’t referred to as St. Ann’s Retreat until after 1959 when the Sisters of the Holy Cross would come to the camp for respite. Due to the presence of the sisters, it came to be called the Nunnery as well, and throughout the years different stories have abounded how the ghosts of nuns roam the ground, but the truth be told there are much more likely candidates that might walk the paths of the now derelict campsite inside Cache National Forest.
You would be surprised how many other more plausible sources for the haunting are present, especially in an area which is adjacent to U.S. 89 which for years has seen horrific accidents, ending lives under violent and sudden circumstances which is one of the main ingredients identified as the trigger for a haunting.
The initial and most important step in investigating stories about a haunting or an urban myth, is to go back to the when humans started inhabiting the area, bringing with them their drama, dark deeds which many times ended in murder.
Any historian will tell you that despite the golden patina of yesteryear memories, people committed horrible acts to others and themselves, leaving heartbreak and unanswered questions in their wake. Midnight burials in unhallowed ground, kept killers safe and victims rotted in secret graves, never receiving justice or resolution. The families or communities when faced with scandal, did not want to be tainted with the occurrences and would hide them, and just not talk about it anymore.
Most paranormal investigators eventually encounter stories of injustice and hidden truths, and identify them as the catalyst for full-blown intelligent hauntings.
So let’s go back to the beginning…
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.