Miami Ghost Chronicles
In January 1911, 605 Western Avenue in West Crowley, Louisiana was the scene of a horrific murder of an entire family. Officer Ballew, the first to arrive found a Walter Byers, his wife and small son all lying in bed with their skulls split wide open. The sheets underneath them were drenched in blood. The front door was locked which indicated the murderer had entered through an open window. There was no need to search for the murder weapon since in a corner of the room next to the head of the bed, was a bucket full of blood and a bloodied ax propped next to it.
Wells Hall was built in 1938, and it is home to Northwest Missouri State University’s Department of Communication and Mass Media. Normally there are several students working on projects throughout the day, but in the month of June, on Sundays it stands empty, and this is when it becomes apparent that it's not as unoccupied as it appears.
In Vegas del Genil, Spain the town hall is plagued with cold drafts and feelings of dread, and the politicians have only one solution: call an exorcist.
Prickly skin, a feeling that you're being watched or there's someone standing right behind (when there isn't) and a drop in temperature are all the hallmarks that you are in the presence of the "other side". In Miami there are certain places we're you're more likely to have these encounters.
What's going on in ET World? UFO investigators have been flooded with reports of sightings from all over the United States, which include 25 orbs shaped liked flying buses and another UFO shaped like a triangle that was being trailed by military helicopters.
Lilias Adie lived in the Scottish village of Torryburn in 1704. She was accused of witchcraft, and after enduring torture as part of her interrogation, she admitted she was.
In 1901, Stewart's Castle or Stewart's Folly as it was also known was demolished.It had been built for Nevada Senator William Morris Stewart after the end of the Civil War. Contrary to popular expectations as to who would be the phantom to haunt this place, it was not Senator Stewart, but the origins stem from the time this building served as the Chinese Legation from 1886 to 1893.
In 1883 a local historian of San Luis Obispo wrote of place that many considered was haunted by a proud Spaniard who had made a dying request that his body should be interred at lonely, seaside home he had built called "El Morro".
For years, as students walked about the campus of the University of Mississippi's Medical Centre they were unaware that they were only a few feet from the remains of as many as 7,000 patients who died while institutionalized at Mississippi's first insane asylum.
A Mexican hitwoman whose made-up name is Juana but known as "La Peque Sicaria" due to her short stature worked for one of Mexico’s most dangerous cartels, the Zetas. Now incarcerated in Baja, California, she admitted to becoming sexually aroused by blood, murder and gore.
The stately Victorian buildings may be derelict, but the contents inside them betray lives that were at times happy, but mostly tragic. The buildings were part of the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane where the discovery of suitcases in the attic of the building provided a cache of information as to the lives of the patients that came here, and sometimes spent their remaining days there.
St. Martin of Tours in Louisville, Kentucky was built in 1854. Few people known that the skeletal remain of Saints Bonosa and Magnus have been on display here since 1902.
In 1824 Alexander Pearce was executed for the crimes of theft, murder and cannibalism. When asked if he had any last words, he unapologetically said, "Man's flesh is delicious. It tastes far better than fish or pork". Can you imagine how the conversation went between Mr. Pearce and the guard who asked him what he would like for his last meal?
There are women who run with killers who are classified as compliant accomplices, in other words they were aware and at times participated in their crimes either in fear of their lives or that the relationship would end. There are other women who claim they were in total ignorance that the person they were involved with was killing other human beings.
Well over 100 years since the gory murders committed in the White Chapel district of London, the identity of Jack the Ripper is still in question, and just how many others were masters in their own right of similar, bloody handiwork.
Nearly 75% of American do not know that the day before Halloween has a special name all its own. It's not surprising that a day when tricks, treats and pranks are the order of the day and what better name than Mischief Night?
Just as Halloween is known for being the day when the veil is thinnest between the worlds, the two days following it also remember those who have passed away, whether they are family or Christian martyrs.
November 1st is known by a variety of names: Hallowmas, All Hallow's Day and All Saints' Day, and November 2nd is All Soul's Day.
In the first days of September, 2017, Aaron Mitchell, a 41-year-old man was attending the Burning Man Festival held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Despite the security measures surrounding a blazing fire, he tried to immolate himself by throwing himself into the flames of a wooden man effigy which is part of the annual festivities.
In April 1903, a Massachusetts man described ghostly visitations from his sister's ghost.
Stories, legends and myths surround the building of Henry Flagler's railroad. The history that is most intriguing is Flagler’s marriages, and, via his wives, the disbursement of his fantastic fortune and the tragic destiny of his three wives.
The home where serial killer Ted Bundy grew up in has a contractor who is remodeling it, scrawling Bible verses on the walls and calling in the clergy.
In February 2017, Philadelphia crews working on an apartment building in the city's historic district got a shock when their backhoes started hitting coffins and unearthing fully intact human remains. The site was supposed to be a former burial ground from 1707, and all remains were supposedly exhumed in the 1800s and moved to a different cemetery, which apparently they weren't.
The name Herman Webster Mudgett is largely forgotten, but he was an infamous figure in late 19th century America, where he was better known as H. H. Holmes.
The 1980 film The Changeling starring George C. Scott and Trish Van Devere is based on the paranormal events Russell Hunter experienced while living in an old home near Cheesman Park in the late 1960s.
On December 19, 1996, Joe Roy Metheny, was charged with the murders of three women in three separate incidents. He confessed to killing a male victim, as well, and in time he admitted to killing at least 10 people, however it was what he did with the bodies that was the most nauseating aspect of his crimes.
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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