In 2018, on the small islet Chapelle Dom Hue the remains of a man without hands was unearthed by archaeologists. The skeleton of a dolphin dating back to medieval times was buried only a few feet away.
It was once a showplace home in Laurel Canyon, but only ashes were left of the 14-room house. Before its destruction on July 31, 1928, it was the scene of wild parties, a gun battle, an explosion and ultimately a fire.
Traditional summer rains fell upon a well known haunted house which faced a square bounded by Washington and Tchoupitoulas Streets. The specter of demolition loomed on the horizon, and more than one group of thrill seekers made plans to get inside and find out if the legend was true of a skeleton hidden in a corner of the wall at one of the windings of the grand staircase. But it was not a burial, but a punishment to keep a secret, and the person was walled up alive.
The winds were savage, the cold penetrating just below the timberline near La Garita Mountains in Colorado. John C. Fremont looked at his camp where 34 men faced starvation. Their mules had frozen to death, all 120 of them. The expedition had tried to cross a 12,000 foot pass without success. The men struggled to the southeast side of the pass, but their provisions were gone.
Earl Wiseman, 25, and George Shanks, 44, were serving prison terms at the Missouri State Penitentiary. They were convicted of killing Arthur Robinson in 1934. The only thing left of Arthur was a small pile of human bones and teeth found in the ashes of a huge log fire on the banks of Mingo Ditch, about eight miles southwest of Puxico, just outside his cabin.
On April 26, 1986, the No. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine experienced a lethal nuclear accident. Several explosions culminated in an open-air reactor releasing radioactive contamination for nine days. In the aftermath stories circulated of a flying humanoid figure with glowing red eyes seen days before the incident.
In the pantheon of monsters, vampires and werewolves are two of the best known, however when it comes to hunting them, werewolves are much harder to find, making them perhaps more dangerous. They can blend into humanity and are not restricted to moving about after nightfall; more importantly, they are not dead. Outside of the time when they are in the power of the full moon they can live among other human beings.
Reports are received worldwide that in the aftermath of disasters those that perished appear to be ignorant that they are no longer among the living. Calls are received at emergency centers, taxis are hailed, and these lost souls try to reach homes that are demolished or connect with loved ones who are dead as well.
In 1906, spiritualism's popularity gathered strangers to hold hands and call spirits to attend their summons, however the suspicion of a haunting at your home, unbidden drove many from their properties. Too scared, they never bothered to investigate what truly bumped in the night and terrorized them.
In urban myths she is known as the Poinciana Woman originating in Darwin (Australia) in the first half of the 20th century. In one version she is a spirit who meets the ghosts of mothers and their newborn who died in childbirth under the branches of a frangipani tree. In another, she is a vampiric entity that seeks revenge.
The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse sits on a piece of land replete with history and colorful legends. It was completed in 1860. Thousands of visitors have crossed its threshold through the years, and many of them have reported hearing "strange noises" and feeling "cold spots" while climbing the 100-foot spiral staircase. Others felt hands touching their shoulders when there is no one behind them.
Lone Pine, California has only one road with a traffic light. Whitney Portal Road heads westward across Highway 395, traversing the Alabama Hills and onto Mount Whitney which is nine miles away. It is the tallest mountain in mainland United States. Like many routes that started out as trails they are witness to human traffic and tragedy, and inevitably tales of hauntings.
In 1897, on the corner of a building at the southeast corner of Geary Street and Grant Avenue, San Francisco the ghost of a missing man stalked the halls.
Many times the reason for a haunting remains unknown, and even the identity of the ghost is a mystery. Such is the ghost story reported in 1890 by an unwilling witness.
There was a boarding house on Commercial Street in San Francisco kept by 'Red Pat' Riley. It was here that a hardened detective told the story of seeing a ghost.
Mines, both mysterious and treacherous are believed by the men that work there to be haunted. Sometimes these apparitions try to give a warning of pending disaster, other times they lure the living to their doom. In Grant Town, West Virginia the Federal No. 1 mine operated from 1901 until 1985 and was said to be haunted by a Russian miner.
The no-man's land of the underground has always fascinated and terrified mankind. Most of the time when people are consumed by their daily errands they do not give it much thought. Some places are created by the earth itself such as caves and sinkholes, but others were purposely made by people to enhance their daily existence. Tunnels, subways and sewer systems are some of these. However in these places where sunlight seldomly invades it, many of the sightings of things that exist here inspire the utmost terror.
In March 2011, over 18,000 Japanese people were swept to their deaths by a devastating tsunami. The initial assessment of those who died, the financial fallout and other collateral effects of this event were tallied, and Japan turned to rebuilding. However their was something that was not measured which were how many of those killed still lingered behind, hungry to reclaim their lives.
In 1890, a long time employee of the Louisville, St. Louis and Texas Railroad Company in Henderson, Kentucky, resigned from his position which he held for many years because of fear of encountering the ghosts haunting the yards at night.
Over 30 years ago on November 17, 1988, a heavily pregnant woman named Jackie Hernandez moved with her 2-year-old son to an old bungalow in San Pedro, California. The reason for the move was a troubled marriage, but soon enough this was the least of her worries, when she realized the house was badly haunted.
In North Carolina, on UNC campus east of Chapel Hill there is a monument to a mysterious student love triangle where a blood-stained rock is the only clue to the unknown fate of Peter Dromgoole.
On September 28, 1889, Sarah Ann Adams, 25, died at her father's home situated on the outskirts of Savannah, Georgia. The cause of death was consumption. It wasn't long before an apparition was seen at the house, but it wasn't Sarah haunting it.
In the Trás-os-Montes region of northern Portugal, there is a place called Torre de Dona Chama. It is an ancient place established in the 8th century, and named after a noblewoman who owned a castle there. There was once a story of an enchanted well haunted by a Moorish maiden cursed to be a snake.
Portluck is a ghost town located on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Established as a salmon cannery early in the 20th century. It sits on Port Chatham bay, and a once thriving community fled the area in the 1950s after reports of Bigfoot attacks and unexplained disappearances.
There can be no doubt that terrifying things can happen in a hospital, as this is the place were human beings sometimes breath their last. What happens when supernatural forces creep into a place meant to give succor?
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