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.
The belief in evil spirits and demons have been part of human history from time immemorial, however in recent time this phenomenon has spiked worldwide, and according to certain sources there is a reason for this increase.
Researchers have discovered a fascinating mystery with several theories but no concrete answer. They have found that approximately 5 to 7 thousand years ago the majority of the male population in Europe, Asia and Africa disappeared, and there were 17 women for every man. What happened?
In ancient Rome, crucifixion was a painful way to execute criminals and slaves, and to remind the populace the consequences of breaking Roman laws. Recently direct archaeological evidence has been found through skeletal remains that confirm this type of execution.
In the last 1.4 billion years the moon has moved further from the earth, increasing the length of a day by six hours, thus days are 30% longer.
In the northwest corner of Missouri, a gravel road with cornfields on either side will take you to an isolated and ramshackle building that was once a one-room chapel. Even in daytime, gnarled trees enhance the atmosphere of decay and desolation that surrounds the place. Legend is that those who once came to worship here since the turn of the century, still consider it sanctuary, or in some cases hell.
Late on the afternoon of October 7, 1949, 26-year-old, bit-part actress Jean Elizabeth Spangler left her Los Angeles home, which she shared with her 5-year-old daughter and her mother. This was the last ever seen of pretty Jean.
In October 1969, twenty teenagers were returning from a charity walk using Pentylands Lane in Highworth (UK). It was already 10:30 pm at night and there was a full moon, when they all claimed they saw a "white figure" moving across fields that were nearby. They were horrified but even more so when it came towards them.
It's ironic that a place devoted to healing and saving lives is also a hotbed of supernatural occurrences. Hospitals and nursing homes also seem to harbor a large amount of demonic entities.
In 2016, Highway 99 a 400-mile highway that runs through Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto and other valley cities was found to be the deadliest highway in a five year span.
An old postcard that has survived the years, turns up in a Vermont antique shop. It's a tidbit with a personal message from a person long forgotten, but in the message is a reference to a murder that has never been solved.
On May 4th, 2018 a jogger made a discovery on Island Beach State Park beach in New Jersey which is believed to a monster from the prehistoric era.
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance writer and paranormal researcher.
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