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.
Known as El Silbón, or the Whistler, this urban myth originated during the 1850s in Venezuela's Los Llanos region. Hearing his whistle from far away is a sign of impending doom and death.
Early in the 19th century, the railroad was the only way to travel throughout the United States and where goods were shipped to different destination points. Many times the depots were on the outskirts of town, which became the seedier area known as the tenderloin. Saloons and brothels were close by and the poor often lived in the area since it was the only place they could afford. Such was the story of a poor woman who lived in a shanty in Harper's Ferry in West Virginia. Her name was Jenny.
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.
Built in 1876, an arched, stone tunnel was built under the Grand Trunk railroad tracks in Niagara Falls. So how did something built as a drainage passage become known as the "Screaming Tunnel" or the "Blue Ghost Tunnel"?
She is mostly known as La Llorona, which is Spanish for the weeping woman. Depending on the source her story can vary, but she is commonly described as being a mother who either drowned her children, or they drowned in an accident and she perpetually searching for them, usually in the vicinity of bodies of water. She is to be feared because she will drag an unsuspecting child and drown them thinking it is one of her own.
Call it urban myth or a malevolent elemental spirit, the Goatman demon that is said to haunt the railroad trestle over the Pope Lick Creek has said to lure many victims throughout the years; and that is the one real fact about this story, which is the amount of people that have met their death at this spot.
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…
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