At this time of the year, people actually pay to visit a supposedly "haunted house" and of course hope that they will walk away with their own, special, first hand encounter with "whatever" or "whoever" has given the house its creepy reputation. All of this is good and fine, because just like when you see a horror movie at the theater, where after the horror part, the lights go up and you go to live in your safe home. The point is everything changes when it comes to actually buying and then living in a house that's stigmatized either by murder, suicide or an actual haunting.
How or why the number thirteen has acquired a connection to bad luck is not quite clear, but this superstition dates back hundreds of years to the Vikings, the Romans and even to present day when many buildings don't have a 13th floor. However at the end of the 19th century a club was formed whose purpose was to fly in the face of all superstitions including the dreaded number 13.
Caracas has become the murder capital of the world. In the heart of this city where poverty and violence are experienced by those living there on a daily basis is a shrine. The altar is not populated by recognized religious statues but by colorful cap-wearing images with brightly-colored trousers and cigarettes hanging from their mouths. It is to these dead gangsters that the desperate come to pray for protection.
In March 2017, Franklin county officials found a grisly scene when they arrived at a house on U.S. Highway 64. Eighteen-year-old, Oliver Mauricio Funes-Machado had beheaded his own mother with a butcher knife. He was still holding her head when they responded to the 911 call that he himself had made. He told the dispatcher that he had stabbed his mother "like eight times" and that he had committed the atrocity "because I felt like it". He had been released only a week before from a mental health facility, based on a court order.
In November 2017, a sphinx head standing six feet tall and weighing over three pounds was unearthed by six archaeologists. It's not thousands years of old, it's not even 100 years old. It was left behind in 1923 when Cecil B. DeMille filmed the silent movie “The Ten Commandments” on the sand dunes on the central California coastline.
Wyoming Frontier Prison is known as The Old Pen, with a reputation of being the most haunted prison in the state. Of all the inmates that were held there, one of the most grisly and psychopathic was Andrew Pixley who was executed in the gas chamber in 1965. Not surprisingly he has not moved on from where he met his demise and justice was served.
Hurricane Michael blasted through Florida's panhandle only two days ago, and rescue units are now transitioning to searching, as it's feared that thousands of persons that have informally been reported missing are deceased. It's hoped that friends and relatives that haven't been heard from are just unable to get a call out since many of the cell phone towers are down in the area. So far the toll for Hurricane Michael stands at 17 deaths.
Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan has established a "delivery ministry" to rid people of demonic attacks, and he warns that reiki and other healing modalities can be a gateway to evil spirits.
A couple is arrested transporting plastic-wrapped body parts in a baby carriage. Further investigation finds that they might be responsible for at least 20 other murders of mostly single mothers.
It was after 1912 that the first houses were built overlooking Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills. A spacious, Bavarian-style house was constructed at 9820 Easton Drive sometime during those years, meant to house a member of the newly minted Hollywood elites, but why death was to become a familiar visitor there remains a mystery.
Tim Berners-Lee has recently unveiled his radical, new plan to decentralize the web and by extension tech giants like, Facebook, Google and Amazon.
Roughly one hundred years ago more than 33% of the world's population, about 500 million souls, were infected with a deadly disease that could kill them within the first 24 hours. Of those infected 50 million did die, and strangely this illness targeted young adults versus the aged or children.
It was 1915, and on the outskirts of eastern Austin Texas, the Metz Elementary School was built. Nearly a hundred years later it was slated for demolition, its hallways empty and full of graffiti, but someone or something was intent on standing in the way of the school's destruction.
There is a 200 square-mile area in Eastern Massachusetts known as the Bridgewater Triangle as well as the more ominous-sounding The Black Triangle.
Archaeologists had previously found a few hundred skulls in the the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan the site of present day Mexico City, however new research has found that this was only the tip of the iceberg and the human sacrifices numbered in the thousands.
Over a hundred years ago, a frail nun who lived in a remote Michigan village was murdered and buried in a shallow grave in the very basement of the holy grounds where she lived and worshipped. What was uncovered during the subsequent trials spoke of lies, sexual trysts by those holding holy office and the attempt to spare the Catholic Church embarrassment even if it meant covering up a murder.
Sitting off the northwest coast of Martha's Vineyard in Buzzard's Bay is a small island that was possibly visited by Vikings as early as 1003. Throughout the years explorers in the area made a stop there, Giovanni da Verzzano in 1524, Jehan Alfonce in 1542 and Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602.
It happened twice during the summer of 1973 near the Big Muddy River on the outskirts of Murphysboro. Those events were the sighting of a tall, white-haired creature by two police officer that was like nothing they had ever seen.
During the 17th century German Dutch and Swedish immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania brought a tradition of creating hex signs that were painted on barns and homes, mostly in the southern and northeastern United States.
There is a ritual tradition that spans three centuries practiced by Dutch settlers in Pennsylvania known as powwow, (or Braucherei in the language of the Pennsylvania Dutch). The folk practice blends facets of religious belief, health and healing.
Lonely stretches of road all over the country are said to be haunted by the spirit of lost hitchhiker ladies, always trying to reach their final destination.
The Roaring Twenties were in full swing in Miami, when the Cuban Consulate was built in NW Dade County replete with Moorish arches and Spanish tiles.
It was completed in time to survive the Hurricane of 1926 that ripped through Miami, and that same strange luck saved it from the wrecking ball as the years trudged by and the city grew around it.
Presently over a third of frogs and toads are found in rainforests around the world, but when it came to fossil records little or no records could be found of these amphibians. Like something straight out of the film Jurassic Park several fossils were found of frogs that lived over 99 million years ago trapped in a lump of amber.
Essential in exorcisms rites is backup, and the Vatican now uses all the modern tools at its disposal including a cellular phone to connect clergy to assistance and prayers.
One day in 1885, a man named Martin Nelson slaughtered seven innocent people in the town of Bonito, New Mexico. As the years passed, it became a ghost town destined to be flooded and it exists only in the depths of Bonito Lake. Like many mining town of the Southwest it has it share of ghost stories.
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance writer and paranormal researcher.
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