Posted 4 days ago

sixpenceee:

With the advent of photoshop and all the techniques used to manipulate photographs it’s hard to tell whether a picture is truly genuine or not.

Never the less I appreciate the concepts behind all of them.

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Posted 1 week ago

theparanormalguide:

Dead Children’s Playground
- Ghosts and Hauntings

- In 2007 the city of Huntsville, Alabama, attempted to remove a playground in order to enlarge the neighbouring Maple Hill Cemetery. A public outcry at the removal of the park was heard and soon new play equipment was installed. Local children could continue to use the parks facilities… but many who know of the legends of the area will tell you that not all of those children are living.

Many locals know the playground, located in Maple Hill Park, as the ‘Dead Children’s Playground’ due to the reportedly high level of ghostly activity that has been experienced there. Children playing, children calling out to each other, mothers calling their children’s names, the playful footfalls of running children… all of these events have been experienced by many people who enter the playground after dark. It is believed that the most active time is between the hours of 10pm and 3am, as the children reclaim the park from the living, so they too can enjoy their play.

It is believed that the vast majority of these children come from the adjacent Maple Hill Cemetery – the largest and oldest in Huntsville, with well over 80,000 burials. The original land (much smaller than the size of the cemetery today) was sold to the city in 1822 by planter LeRoy Pope. Although this is the official date, it is known that the land was used for burials prior to this time, with the oldest intact grave marker being that of infant Mary Frances Atwood, who was buried there in 1820.

Later the cemetery was expanded to encompass the nearby private cemetery of the Pope family. Many of the new burials at this time were of Confederate and Union Soldiers who died during the Civil War. Over the years the cemetery grew and grew with new land purchases in order to keep up with the growing city.

It was not until 1901 that the cemetery was given its official name. Up until that time it was simply referred to as ‘the burying ground’.

The cemetery still needs new land and in 2007 it made the attempt at taking over the local park resulting in the public outcry.

The Dead Children’s Playground, aside from its reputation of a haunting ground for deceased children, also has another macabre tale attached to it, though this one probably falls more into the realm of urban legend.

Between 1945 and 1955 the area the playground now sits was the site of a limestone quarry. The high cliffs that surround the playground are not natural and were all formed as part of the quarrying process. When the quarry was closed and abandoned, plant life began to reclaim the land and wildlife along with it. Soon, within a matter of years, the area will have been a natural bushland, filled with weeds and trees of a more opportunistic nature.

Come the 1960’s a unknown person made use of the old quarries and the thick plant growth for their own dark opportunities.

A series of child disappearances began to be reported in Huntsville, and, with none of the children turning up, it was soon feared a child murderer was prowling the neighbourhoods. These fears were soon given substance when a small skull was found by someone walking through the abandoned quarries. On investigation several skeletons were recovered, along with the small corpses from fresher murders.

It was never determined who the murderer was but it was discovered that the children were not simply taken and killed, they rather they showed signs of a long detainment, with malnourishment and partly healed wounds found on the bodies of the more recent victims.

With the discovery of the bodies the disappearances stopped and the tragedies all but removed from the memories of those who lived in fear for their own children.

Many of the childrens remains, being local, were buried in the adjoining Maple Hills Cemetery. In 1985, twenty years after those terrible events, the quarries and surrounding land were turned into Maple Hill Park and the original play equipment was erected.

Today the equipment is quite modern and the park is well looked after. Even if you did not know of the stories and legends, visiting the park is said to be quite eerie. Although you are not too far removed from the suburbs, the natural rocky bowls, the well grown trees and other natural features leave you feeling like you are in the deep wilderness. It is eerily quiet and once night falls the area takes on a different feel.

Come 10pm you might be lucky enough to witness the vestiges of play, the swings move as if occupied and mothers calling out the names of their lost children.


Ashley Hall 2013

Main Picture: Dead Children’s Playground by Kyle Crider
Inset Left: The swings are said to move of their own accord.
Inset Right: Quarry walls surround the playground. By Kyle Crider.

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Posted 1 week ago
Polish “Blair Witch”
Poland also has its own Blair Witch ;). There is an old castle in Reszel, Warminsko-Mazurskie. The Eastern Keep is probably the most spooky part of the castle, due to the events that took place there in 1811. In August 11, 1811 the Eastern Keep was the last room in which Barbara Zdunk slept (if she managed to fall asleep) – the very next they she was burn at the stake as the last woman accused of witchcraft in Europe. It’s a sad story, because she became a scapegoat after the fire in the castle, in 1807, that was actually started by political prisoners. Because Prussian government did not wanted to admit this, they accused an innocent woman of witchcraft.
But the castle itself isn’t haunted – the area near it is. A river called “Sajna” is the place. An entrance to underground dungeons can be found there, and spook lights (also known as will-o’-the-wisp), groans and yelps can be heard also. Finally, at the location a tragic accident happened, in which father and son had died when driving on a motorbike. Up to this day, the cause of the accident has not been found. Due to this fact, a legend about the witch was reborn, and it lives to this very day.

Polish “Blair Witch”

Poland also has its own Blair Witch ;). There is an old castle in Reszel, Warminsko-Mazurskie. The Eastern Keep is probably the most spooky part of the castle, due to the events that took place there in 1811. In August 11, 1811 the Eastern Keep was the last room in which Barbara Zdunk slept (if she managed to fall asleep) – the very next they she was burn at the stake as the last woman accused of witchcraft in Europe. It’s a sad story, because she became a scapegoat after the fire in the castle, in 1807, that was actually started by political prisoners. Because Prussian government did not wanted to admit this, they accused an innocent woman of witchcraft.

But the castle itself isn’t haunted – the area near it is. A river called “Sajna” is the place. An entrance to underground dungeons can be found there, and spook lights (also known as will-o’-the-wisp), groans and yelps can be heard also. Finally, at the location a tragic accident happened, in which father and son had died when driving on a motorbike. Up to this day, the cause of the accident has not been found. Due to this fact, a legend about the witch was reborn, and it lives to this very day.

Posted 1 week ago

In the town of Golub, there is an old castle, a symbol of the power of the Teutonic Order. It’s not a secret that the castle is haunted. A lot of rooms and halls in the building was once a chamber of torture. During the night, it’s possible to hear screams, groans and howls, and other mysterious sounds of unknown origin as well.

But the most popular ghost of Golub Castle is the Anna Wazowna herself – a perfect example for the phenomenon know as the “White Lady” or “Lady in White” – it is known what her apparition is often walking through the corridors of the old castle.

The Golub Castle is probably the best Polish example for residual haunting.

Posted 1 week ago
Duchna – The Haunted Road
There is a road on the edge of Kampinoska Forest, between the towns of Laski and Izabelin, known as the “Duchna” on which a strange things happen. When night comes, you can become a witness of an activity of strange balls of light, the ORBS visible by naked eye. Or maybe those are the spirits of the ancestors known as will-o’-the-wisp? It is a natural phenomenon for swamp areas, except the fact that there are no spamps anywhere near, and the terrain is very dry.
Another strange phenomenon is directly related to the sense of smell – it is possible to smell a nice, sweet aroma in two places of the road. Source of this phenomenon has not been determined yet. Sufficient to say that this phenomenon has been noticed during spring as well as winter. People say that the aroma comes in waves, and there are few seconds (50-70 seconds) between each wave.
In a few places we can notice growing birches, curved in unnatural way. Trees has been checked by dowsers, and as they admitted – such unnatural trees are prove for negative earth radiation. The very same radiation is causing electrical equipment malfunctions, just as it has been reported in famous Bermuda Triangle or during poltergeist activity. Fascinating!
Finally, witnesses say they have seen apparitions of horse raiders, soldiers from different periods of Europe history, and finally, a woman with huge, black dog. Spooky!
Language trivia – name “Duchna” comes from “Duch”, which in Polish means “Ghost”. The ending “-na” suggest that something is swarming with ghosts, that something is haunted.

Duchna – The Haunted Road

There is a road on the edge of Kampinoska Forest, between the towns of Laski and Izabelin, known as the “Duchna” on which a strange things happen. When night comes, you can become a witness of an activity of strange balls of light, the ORBS visible by naked eye. Or maybe those are the spirits of the ancestors known as will-o’-the-wisp? It is a natural phenomenon for swamp areas, except the fact that there are no spamps anywhere near, and the terrain is very dry.

Another strange phenomenon is directly related to the sense of smell – it is possible to smell a nice, sweet aroma in two places of the road. Source of this phenomenon has not been determined yet. Sufficient to say that this phenomenon has been noticed during spring as well as winter. People say that the aroma comes in waves, and there are few seconds (50-70 seconds) between each wave.

In a few places we can notice growing birches, curved in unnatural way. Trees has been checked by dowsers, and as they admitted – such unnatural trees are prove for negative earth radiation. The very same radiation is causing electrical equipment malfunctions, just as it has been reported in famous Bermuda Triangle or during poltergeist activity. Fascinating!

Finally, witnesses say they have seen apparitions of horse raiders, soldiers from different periods of Europe history, and finally, a woman with huge, black dog. Spooky!

Language trivia – name “Duchna” comes from “Duch”, which in Polish means “Ghost”. The ending “-na” suggest that something is swarming with ghosts, that something is haunted.

Posted 2 weeks ago

unexplained-events:

La Pascualita

Urban Legend

This mannequin has been in a store window in Chihuahua, Mexico for the past 75 years. Pascualita also has a very unique urban legend behind her. Many believe that she is not a mannequin, but the perfectly preserved corpse of the previous owner’s daughter.

Sonia Burciaga, a shop worker says, “Every time I go near Pascualita my hands break out in a sweat. Her hands are very realistic and she even has varicose veins on her legs. I believe she’s a real person.”

Other stories include Pascualita chaning positions on her own, her eyes following you around and the usual superstitions that come with haunted maannequins.

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Posted 2 weeks ago

theparanormalguide:

Ghosts of The Mermaid Inn
- Ghosts and Hauntings

- If you are ever in the town of Rye in East Sussex, England, you may find yourself seeking lodgings for the night. There are a number of quite beautiful and old locations you can stay but if you have the inclination to have a potential paranormal experience you might want to look at the Mermaid Inn.

If given the choice book room 1 – ‘The James’ and settle in for the night. Toss off the clothes you wore during the day, leave them on the chair near the fireplace and then jump into bed for a good nights rest… A pleasant sleep is to be had in the large, luxurious, old antique bed, unless you are awoken by one of the inns ‘extra’ guests.

You may wake up in the night to find that you are no longer alone, the chair you left your clothes on is now occupied.

A lady dressed in white (sometimes grey) sits there, a empty, blank expression on her face. She may look at you or just into the room in no particular direction. She will stay visible for a minute or two before fading into nothing. Depending on your thoughts you may likely be in shock and make haste from the room.

Eventually your weariness will take over your racing mind, you may try to rationalise what you had just seen and bravely make your way back to your room. Your hand moves to the doorknob but you hesitate… it maybe best find another room for the night…

However, about one in five rooms at The Mermaid Inn have their stories, such as the man who walks through the bathroom wall in ‘The Fleur de Lys’ room, crosses past the bed to disappear near the opposite wall. Maybe you accidentally stumble into ‘The Elizabethan Chamber’ where bottles have been reported to fall off the shelves or the man who sits on occupied beds in ‘The Hawkhurst Suite’.

Stuff it, you give up and go downstairs and try to make yourself as comfortable as you can on one of the lounges as many patrons of The Mermaid Inn have done before you. Hopefully, those clothes you left in your room will now be soaking wet, another calling card of the Lady in White/Grey who haunts ‘The James Room’.

Why all the ghosts?

Well, The Mermaid Inn is old, real old, the cellars are believed to date back to 1156. The underground sections of the Inn, used to store wine, are the oldest parts of the building. Built of stone they are the sole remains of the original Inn built on the site which was burned to the ground, along with many of the old wooden structures, by the French in 1377.

About fifty years after this attack on Rye, the inn was rebuilt and served as the main inn in the town. Most of the materials used in this new construction were recycled timbers from dismantled ships, the stone from their ballasts and no doubt much of the labor was provided by crewman awaiting more work on the seas.

The Mermaid became very prosperous during the 16th and 17th centuries, brewing its own ale, serving ‘suitable’ food and providing accommodation along the towns main road. That all changed briefly in the mid 1700’s when the rather infamous and bloodthirsty Hawkhurst Gang used the Inn as a second centre of its operations smuggling stolen goods.

The gang originated in the town of Hawkhurst in Kent but as their influence extended far beyond their town they set up several other locations where they could ply their rather illegal trade. It is said that as they lounged in the Mermaid Inn that they would keep their weapons at the ready, plainly visible in site on the tables before them. Although this would be considered an outrage, the law was not keen to tangle with disreputable men in such large numbers and the locals were happy to support them as they provided well paid work.

However it soon became obvious that the gang were involved in a number of quite bloody and violent murders – disappearing people who took too much of an interest in them, burying a customs officer alive, beating people to death and even throwing one poor soul down a well before throwing large rocks in after them.

The public seemed to have had enough and a militia was formed and the gang defeated in a battle with many of their number being executed via hanging and having their bodies chained up publicly in 1749. Due to this one gang the London Gazette began to publish the names of known smugglers and giving them forty days to surrender to a trial. Failing that they would face an automatic death penalty if they were apprehended.

It is believed that one or more of the Hawkhurst Gang haunts the Inn along with one of their girlfriends who was killed by fellow gang members as ‘she knew too much about their operations’.

The wife of one of the gangs founders, George Gray, was said to haunt ‘The Kingsmill Room’. She would be seen in a old rocking chair or the chair would be seen to rock on its own. The chair has since been removed due to the number of guests who had been disturbed by the site.

Soon after this period of time serving as a base for the Hawkhurst Gang the Inn ceased to be open to the public. It was eventually bought and used as a private home before reopening to the public as a club in 1913. Canadian officers used it as a billet (sleeping quarters) during World War 2 before being purchased by one of them.

Today it is still open to the public, serving as a place to spend the night, eating the fine foods and drinking the wide range of ales, beers and wines (and no doubt more than a few spirits).

Due to its haunted reputation it has been featured on many paranormal investigation shows and is a must stay for any paranormal investigator, researcher or enthusiast who happens to be in the area. Asides from the aforementioned ghosts footsteps are heard and light anomalies are seen on a fairly frequent occasion.

One of the more interesting experiences is that of a previous landlord and a medium who briefly stepped back in time (a timeslip?) and watched a duel play out before their eyes. The fight was said to carry through several rooms before one man ran the other through with his blade before concealing the corpse beneath a floor board. Unfortunately I can not find anything that details whether that area of the underfloor was later searched.

The Mermaid seems to have seen it all ranging from the town being sacked and set on fire by the French, through a brief period of smugglers using it as a base, a billet during WWII and of course the many and varied hauntings. The mermaid still has more secrets to uncover with several secret passages having been discovered over the years and rumours of even more linking up several buildings in the area.


Ashley Hall 2013

Photos: Small alleyway that leads to the courtyard of the Mermaid Inn.
Inset left: Part of the Mermaid Inn, a rather meandering piece of architecture.
Inset Right: The entrance hall.

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Posted 2 weeks ago

notyourmamasmessiah:

odditiesoflife:

The Legend of the Mothman

"On a chilly, fall night in November, 1966, two couples drove into the TNT area north of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, when they realized they were not alone. What they saw that night has evolved into one of the great mysteries of all time; hence the Mothman Legacy began. It has grown into a phenomenon known all over the world by millions of curious people asking questions: What really happened? What did these people see? Has it been seen since? It still sparks the world’s curiosity - the mystery behind Point Pleasant, West Virginia’s MOTHMAN."

The Mothman legend centers around a horrific event that took place in Point Pleasant on December 15, 1967. On that cold December evening, the U.S. Highway 35 Bridge, known as the Silver Bridge, collapsed (picture 3). Thirty-seven vehicles were on the Silver Bridge when it collapsed causing 31 cars to plummet into the river. Forty-six people died that night and another nine were seriously injured.

For about a year prior to the accident, residents in the Point Pleasant area had witnessed sightings of a black, man-sized bird with piercing red eyes near the bridge.

The first Mothman sighting occurred in the early 1960s, when a woman driving her car has to suddenly stop to avoid hitting what she thought was a man in the road. The figure turned to face her, its eyes glowing red from the headlights. It spread two large, thin wings and took to the air.

In 1966, the Mothman was seen multiple times and the incident that created the memorial plaque (picture 2) occurred. Two couples were driving towards Point Pleasant when they saw a tall figure on the side of the road in an area known as TNT. They told officials that it stood at least seven feet tall, had large wings folded behind its back and that it flew above their car.

Between 1966 and 1967, over 100 people stated that they saw the winged Mothman. All reports had the creature standing close to seven feet tall, with bat like wings and glowing red eyes.

The TNT area (picture 4) became known as the home of the Mothman. The TNT area is a large tract of land covered in many concrete “igloos” that were used to store ammunition during World War II.  The whole area is covered in dense forest and steep hills and is riddled with tunnels, making it the perfect hideout.

The Mothman’s legacy lives on in Point Pleasant. Every year in September, the Mothman Festival is held, drawing thousands to the small local community. One of the highlights of the festival is the eerie TNT-area haunted hayride. The TNT area is literally unchanged since the Mothman sightings from throughout the 1960s. In the middle of the Gunn Park at the center of Point Pleasant, stands an imposing stainless steel statue of the Mothman (picture 6), a reminder of the black winged monster that is still claimed to appear before disasters occurring all over the world.

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Holy Cross Orphanage in Marquette, MI

I just wanted to let you know that The Holy Cross Orphanage is not haunted. I’ve been there multiple times, and i have done plenty of research, the nuns were not abusive, and no children died there or were put on display. None of this is recorded its just a bunch of rumors spread by teens who freak themselves out by going in there at night.