Miami Ghost Chronicles
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.
The village of Bradley in Lincolnshire England has existed since medieval times, and no one is sure when the Black Lady made her appearance. She became so well known that parents in Bradley and the surrounding area, would scare their children that they should behave or the black lady would come and get them.
In 2005, the Allegheny County coroner's office visited the McKeesport garage of Robert B. Winston, Jr. a former funeral director. As soon as they set foot inside the investigators knew they were dealing with death. The odor was awful. And the stacked boxes from which the smell was emanating were clearly labeled as fetal remains.
Julie Mott's body has been missing for over two years. It was given to the Mission Park Funeral Home, and what happened to it is still a mystery.
In the early morning hours of January 27th, 1974, while it was still dark, a man's body was found at San Francisco's Ocean Beach. The corpse was starting to stiffen with rigor mortis. The slightly overweight white male had been stabbed various times, and his hand had evidence of defensive wounds. The coroner noted that the John Doe #7 was wearing underwear, shoes, socks, pants a shirt and jacket. He only had $21 in his pocket and was wearing a Timex watch.
In 1864, four men and four women were executed in Haiti for the murder of a young girl that was later cannibalized. The claims were that it was all done as part of a voudou ritual done at the behest of a priestess.
John Edward Robinson was born on December 27th, 1943 in Cicero, Illinois. His father was an alcoholic, and his mother a disciplinarian. In 2003 he was convicted of murdering three women, and he later admitted to five additional murders. After 1993, he trolled social networking sites using the name "Slavemaster" looking for women who enjoyed playing submissive in S&M roles.
Located between the Bronx and Riker's Island, situated in the middle of New York City's East River in an area known as Hell's Gate is North Brother Island. In 1885 if you were sick and contagious, you would be brought to this 20-acre island along with other patients from the five boroughs. In most cases the patients did not come here voluntarily but were forced to do so. It was far enough to stop disease from spreading, leaving those living and dying there feeling isolated. But in a city that was overcrowded and pestilence-stricken it was the best option to keep the populace safe.
Foxborough State Hospital, historically known as the Massachusetts Hospital for Dipsomaniacs and Inebriates was established in the 1890s. In 1914 it became a psychiatric hospital, and it was closed in 1975. Throughout those years employees passed down a story of a patient who had been buried alone because they had some type of communicable disease. No one knew the identity of this patient, where they were buried, or if it was true at all.
Until the late 1800s, there was no spooky belief assigned to Friday the 13th. So how did this date become associated with bad luck and highlighted on the calendars of the superstitious?
Portugal's Capela dos Ossos is lined with more than 5,000 skulls and assorted human bones. This memento mori chapel is a small portion of the larger, bone-free complex named the Igreja de Sao Francisco.
Underneath the portrait of a 16th-century man dressed in a black doublet, is believed to be a hidden image of the doomed Queen of Scots.
It was October, 1915 in San Francisco and Mr. Pamias who had a job as a conductor was surprised when his wife told him she wanted to sleep in another place besides the rooms they rented in a lodging house. When he pressed her on the reason, she admitted to killing a peddler who she said had tried to attack her after she refused to elope with him. She wanted to flee the city, but her husband took her to the police station the following day.
Marchioness Townshend of Raynham and Maude Ffoulkes wrote a book in the 1930s titled True Ghost Stories. One of the most intriguing tales is about a ghost that haunts a castle in the south of Ireland, that appears to be something between a man and an animal.
Construction workers made a macabre discovery May 2016 when they were renovating a garage for a home located in Sn Francisco.
Underneath a cement slab they unearthed a child's coffin measuring 3.5 feet, made of lead and bronze. Through two windows placed on the lid, a small, blonde toddler girl could be seen. She was perfectly preserved, dressed in a white dress and holding a rose.
Her elaborate, airless coffin had no markings or plaque to say who she was.
The FAA confirmed that on October 25th, 2017 an unidentified aircraft flew over Oregon. No flight plans, collision avoidance signals or identification transponder could be found, and the North American Aerospace Command couldn't find it in the sky. The Air Force launched F-15s to track it, but lost sight of the it over Oregon
Long before Anne Rice wrote her vampires stories or the fictional town of Bon Temps was featured in the HBO series True Blood, the 1960s soap opera Dark Shadows had its own brooding vampire and werewolf neighbor.
The yokāi (monsters) and yūrei (ghosts), which for hundreds of years have been part of Japanese tradition, are still believed in by the present-day population but with a modern twist represented in Japanese films such as The Ring and The Grudge.
In the early 1790s Adam Livingston and his family fled their farm in Pennsylvania after experiencing a succession of calamities, from his cattle dying to his barn burning down. They settled in Virginia, but their troubles were not far behind them.
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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