There was once a time that murderers, rapists and common criminals would be buried at crossroads, or their bodies would be pitched in a ditch. Anywhere except the regular cemeteries where everyone else was interred.
As the years went by things have changed, but not for everyone and not everywhere. There is a 1997 federal law which bans burying convicted criminals at veterans' cemeteries. So what happens when one slips through and ends up getting buried in a graveyard among other veterans? They get dug up and turned over to family, if there's one, other wise it's a pauper's grave.
The story of Jean l’Ecorcheur which translates to John the Flayer or John the Skinner has its origins from the intrigue of the 14th century, French court.
It was said that he was an assassin who acted at the behest of Catherine de Medici, whose own family of origin was notorious for dark political machinations, when she was the Queen of France. Not surprisingly John the Scourge as he was also known came to a violent end, but not before promising to return and carry out his deathly curse.
One of the first books I read which gave me a new perspective on the spirit world is Carl Wickland’s Thirty Years Among the Dead. which he wrote in 1924. Initially it was a little overwhelming to realize how enmeshed living humans as incarnated beings are with discarnates. I spent a couple of days mulling it over, and then plunged into Dr. Wickland’s book, discarding my disbelief, and truth be told, my fear over what he was describing.
Straight out of one of the climatic scenes in the movie Poltergeist, in 2015, underneath the basement of a Paris supermarket, over two hundred skeletal remains which were believed to have been transferred during the 18th century to the Paris Catacombs were in their original resting place.
The initial assessment of the archaeologists is that these were plague victims that died during several times the Black Death came to Paris, however it was during the French Revolution that the bodies should have been moved, and it appears that those who were alive thought it was expedient to just leave them where they were.
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…
Vince "Trapper" Nelson (born Vincent Natulkiewicz) was found dead on July 30th, 1968 inside his chickee, from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his stomach. He was a very interesting character, and larger than life both literally and figuratively as he measured 6'4" in height. It is the ghost of Trapper Nelson or the Tarzan of the Loxahatchee as he was also known, who is said to roam the Jonathan Dickinson State Park where he lived and established a wild life zoo which was shut down in the 1960s.
The reason for his haunting could be that he was murdered as many of the locals claimed instead of committing suicide. He could also be guarding his treasure which park rangers found in April 1984 inside a hiding place in the chimney of his home. Inside were 5,005 coins, totaling more than $1,800. The coins ranged in date from the 1890s to the 1960s. The land he owned at the time of his death was worth more than $1 million. No other treasures were ever found, so the mystery remains as to why Trapper Nelson is tied to the land he loved so much.
On September 16, 2016 in Rome, the internationally known exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, died. From 1986 until his death, he was head of the diocese of Rome. Amorth, together with other exorcists, founded the International Exorcist Association (AIE) in 1994, whose president he had been until 2000 and has been honorary president since then.
What Father Amorth was on an international level, Father Vincenzo Taraborelli is at the Italian level. Father Vincenzo Taraborelli is Carmelite and belongs to the Carmelite monastery on the Via della Conciliazione. He had been an exorcist of the Diocese of Rome along with Father Amorth for the past 27 years. He has now followed Amorth's footsteps as a de facto chief priest of the Pope's diocese.
Father Taraborelli offers regular consultations for exorcisms which are the Catholic rite of expelling evil spirits. An exorcist "must be accessible to everyone," says the Carmelite, and he is serious about it. Anyone who goes to the monastery website will find Father Taraborelli's office hours.
On December 10th, 1909 Eliza Gribble and her daughter Carrie Ohlander were discovered beaten to death inside their home located at 401 West Perry Street, in Savannah, Georgia. Not too far from them Maggie Hunter was found clinging to life, she was also beaten and her throat was slit. She died three days later at the hospital.
The neighborhood where the house was located was on the outskirts of Savannah and known as Frogtown. It was not considered a good part of the city and was close to the railroad yards. A widow who was renting out rooms in a rundown boarding house occupied by two divorcees, fit right into the dubious reputation that the Savannah townspeople had for those who lived in this part of town. The reason that this figures in the story, is the area housed many undesirables, including thieves, drug addicts and unsavory characters any of who could have committed the crime. Gribble House was situated close to the railroad tracks, and some people theorize that the real killer was a railroad worker who committed the deed and then left the area.
Since time immemorial there have been stories of the spirits of murder victims coming back to point a finger at their killer and seek justice for themselves. Such is the sad story of Zona Heaster Shue who lived in rural West Virginia at the turn of the 20th century.
ZONA AND THE STRANGER
Born Elva Zona Heaster in 1873 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, Zona’s life is something of a mystery before she met her eventual husband Erasmus Stribbling “Trout” Shue in 1896. Shockingly only a year prior to their meeting, the records of Greenbrier County indicate that when she was twenty-two years old on November 29, 1895, she bore an illegitimate male child, who’s supposed father was an unskilled laborer named George Woldridge. According to census records the absence of any child born in or near 1895 to the Heaster family indicates that Zona’s illegitimate child was raised by someone else, or that he died in infancy, but if so, his death is not recorded. That he is called Heaster in the birth book would seem to indicate that he would be accepted and raised by the Heaster family, but apparently that was not the case.
Zona was twenty-three when Trout Shue, a good-looking drifter came to town and found employment as a blacksmith which had been his father’s profession. However in those times just moving to another county could give a person a clean slate, and unbeknownst to Zona her beau was a man with a dark past that did not come to light until after her untimely death. Zona never knew that she was his either third or fourth wife, and in her ignorance of his past life, she found herself falling in love with the new blacksmith and accepted his proposal of marriage. Her mother Mary Jane Heaster, adamantly objected to the marriage from the beginning, citing an odd feeling and instant dislike of Shue. They married in October 1896.
Claire Sloan, owner and investigator of Shadows of the Night Investigations and Paranormal Events retells the investigation of the tunnel.
The Victoria Tunnel in Newcastle upon Tyne, England is a preserved 19th Century wagonway. It extends under the city from the Town Moor to the Tyne. Its purpose was to transport coal from Spital Tongues (Leazes Main) Colliery to the river. It operated between 1842 and the 1860s. In 1939, the Tunnel was converted into an air raid shelter to protect thousands of Newcastle citizens during World War II.
Today, when the revelers of Newcastle are partying away, underneath lies a dark past. The three northeast witches were hung on the Town Moor at Newcastle, multiple deaths were reported in the area, and there were haunting stories told of what went on down there during World War II when Newcastle was being bombed by the Germans. It’s safe to say that there are a few lingering spirits in the Tunnel.
So, what paranormal investigator wouldn’t want to go into the Tunnel to investigate and gather evidence? Unless, of course, you are afraid of small, confined very dark spaces and being 85 feet underground.
A deserted leper colony, convent and hospital is slowly being reclaimed by the jungles on Chacachacare Island, which lies close to Trinidad, B.W.I.
For many years the Dominican sisters ministered to those who had been exiled to this island due to having contracted leprosy.
The echoes of the past are easily envisioned among the ruins where so many came to live and die.
For many years there have been reports of ghosts, especially the White Lady of Chacachacare, who is supposed to be the apparition of a nun who committed suicide. There are other reports of supernatural encounters since at least 2,000 lepers lived on the island during its 60 some years as a Hansenian Settlement.
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Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance paranormal investigator and writer.
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