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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Darr Bridge

Ever been to a cement bridge known as Darr Bridge in Nebraska? Located off of I-80 between Cozad and Lexington, many visitors have reported ghostly encounters.

There is a story of an old Pioneer covered wagon crashing off the bridge in to the river below. A woman and her baby boy did not survive the accident. With such an alleged tragedy, a haunting is born.

Supposedly, if you travel over the bridge at midnight during a foggy winter's night, you may see her. She will not appear in front of you. She is always seen from the rear view mirror either in a covered wagon or searching for her dead son.

I warn you though. If you want to visit the bridge but don't live near the area, you may want to reconsider. All those who go to Darr Bridge, there is not guarantee you will see this female spirit. You may drive a long way just to go home with nothing.


Sources:

Strange USA

Unexplainable.net

Hauntin.gs (this site has photos)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Reader Submission - Kanaka Pete and Severed Feet

I would like to share an experience I had in August 2013.

Photo provided by Donald Ray
I accompanied my son and a group of Scout age boys and couple of their parents on an overnight camp on Newcastle Island off the Coast of British Columbia. We had read how Newcastle Island is a hot spot for paranormal activity so we thought this would be a fun experience. One of the boys brought along an EMF ghost meter. One of the youth had seen a found footage movie that he believed to be true, about a group of college students filming a documentary about the paranormal happenings on Newcastle Island back in 2007.

Apparently they were searching for the ghost of the notorious axe murderer, Kanaka Pete who was hung then buried in an unmarked grave on the far side of Newcastle Island near Kanaka Bay. The college students went missing that night, their video tape was later found and shortly afterwards severed feet in running shoes were discovered along the shoreline. This is all true as I had seen many news reports, including CNN, on this a few years ago.

Nothing is better than a late night ghost story when camping. This was the perfect setting.
Photo provided by Donald Ray
A Paranormal Island, the unmarked grave of an axe murderer, the place of origin of severed feet in running shoes found along the shore over the past few years and a found footage video from the Island, it just does not get any better. We brought along a portable video player and we had downloaded a copy of that found video tape from ITunes called “Severed Footage”. At 11 pm we gathered around the campfire and watched the video.

There was some pretty scary paranormal stuff happening in the video and we recognized many of the spots we had seen during the day.   There is a big sign saying “No Camping Beyond this Point”.   We were told that is as far as the spirits can travel from their tombs and it is not  safe camping past those signs.  Of course we all thought that was a big joke, but we did set up camp on the safe side of the signs anyway.  The students in the video camped on the wrong side of the signs;  bad things happened to them, much of it was seen with their night vision camera.

After we watched the video some of the braver boys thought it would be
a cool experience to go down to Kanaka Bay and search for the unmarked grave of Kanaka Pete with the ghost meter, just like the students in the video. The adults were less thrilled than the boys. We reluctantly gave in as the boys were all excited and trying to act brave, daring each other to go all the way to Kanaka Bay. When we left on the hike it was a nice warm evening but as soon as we went past the sign that said   “No Camping Beyond this Point”  a very cold chill hit us that we could feel right down the back our necks.  Now all us brave souls became quiet and a little concerned. As we followed the path towards Kanaka Bay a wind came up and was making the most eerie noise through the trees. Then all of a sudden about 100 meters ahead of us appeared two glowing eyes staring right at us, we thought it to be a raccoon or deer’s eyes refection from our flashlights.
Photo provided by Donald Ray

We turned off the flashlights and the eyes were still there glowing as bright as ever.  This was very unnerving, some suggest we turn back but other trying to act brave wanted to continue because the ghost meter had not gone off.  As we got closer the eyes disappeared.  When we got to the place where we thought we saw the eyes it was the place of the large tree with the supposed symbol of Kanaka Pete on it as seen in the video we had just watched.  We were about half way to Kanaka Bay.

As we were looking at the carved symbol on the tree the EMF ghost meter one of the boys was holding started to beep and flash, slowly at first. We all gathered around it watching in amazement. Then it started beeping faster and faster until it hit max reading. I do not know who screamed first but there was a ton off screaming as everyone ran back the way we came. After about 100 meters the ghost meter stopped and so did we. The wind was still quite strong, the air was icy cold and 10 boys and a few adults just had
Photo provided by Donald Ray
the (blank) scared out of them. Someone suggested that we try passing that point again real fast so we could get to Kanaka Bay. He was voted down by everyone so we headed back to camp.  As soon as we passed the “No Camping” sign the wind stopped and the air was warm again.  We all thought we could hear a low but audible eerie sound coming from where we had just been.

We all sat around the campfire talking about what we had just experienced, no one wanted to go to bed or maybe we were too scared to go to bed so we sat around the campfire till daylight. Some said it was the most thrilling experience they had ever had while some said it was the most frightening. It is definitely one we will never forget. Camping ghost stories are supposed to be scary and fun…we never dreamed we would become part of one.

Donald

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Armstrong Road

Where the Armstrong Road meets the train tracks in Columbus, Mississippi, there is a story about a young woman who committed suicide. Supposedly, her husband died by accident due to a train on his way home from the war. Grieving over her lost, she stood in front of an oncoming train and died.

They say if you stop your car on the tracks and honk your horn, you can see a light in the distance. It's allegedly a lantern being used by the spirit of the woman looking for her husband. However, there are some reasonable explanations for the presence of the light. It could be a streetlamp partially obscurred by trees or the headlights of a car crossing over further down the tracks.

Either way, I don't recommend attempting to test this for safety purposes.

Sources:

Strangeusa

Hauntedplaces.org

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Announcement

I appologize for the lack of posts lately. I have been without a computer for the past month. I'm in the process of researching new topics and will have something posted soon. In the meantime, you can leave a comment with a personal paranormal experience or submit your story via the new submission form to be published here at a later date.

Thanks for your patience. Have a great day!

Monday, January 06, 2014

The Bullock Hotel

Seth Bullock traveled from Montana to Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876 with his partner Sol Star. They bought a piece of property where the Bullock Hotel stands today and built a hardware store and warehouse. The selling of goods was not the only service they provided Deadwood. With Star at his side, Bullock was appointed the town's first sheriff and put an end to barroom brawls, gunfights and murder. Unfortunately, his success would hit a few road blocks.

In 1879, his hardware store suffered and survived a devastating fire. However, the second one in 1894 would claim the store, leaving Bullock with only the brick warehouse. He could have rebuilt the business but instead decided to provide Deadwood with a luxury hotel. When the Italianate style building was completed in 1896, it was equipped with a restaurant, lobby with red velvet carpeting, offices, sample room for salesmen, brass chandeliers, Steinway grand piano, 63 furnished rooms with skylights, bathrooms, library and parlor. In 1900, a nearby small building was acquired by Bullock and converted in to a Gentlemen's Bar.

The Bullock Hotel saw much success in it's time. Today, it's believed to be haunted by Seth Bullock. The rumor is he died on September 23, 1919 in Room 211 of the hotel as an explanation of why he may have stuck around after his death. However, the truth is he died of colon cancer at his ranch. Despite the factual misunderstanding, there have been many paranormal reports from guests and employees which include strong feelings of a paranormal presence, plates being thrown, glasses shaking, lights and appliances turning on and off and sounds of whistling and footsteps.

A tall ghostly figure known to be Seth Bullock himself has been seen throughout the hotel, restaurant and basement. Objects are moved. Showers turn on by themselves. People have been tapped on the shoulder. Strange misty anomalies appear on photos. Alarm clocks go off on their own among other unexplained occurrences.

In 1976, the building was converted in to a hardware store. The current owners, however, renovated in 1991 to 1993 and turned the structure in to the hotel it is today. If you would like to experience it's haunted presence for yourself, the Bullock Hotel offers ghost tours.


Sources:

Legends of America

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Reader Submission - "The Anguished Man" UPDATE

Last year, Sean Robinson shared a story about a haunted painting called "The Anguished Man". Below is an update on paranormal activity surrounding the object. Thanks Sean!

I thought you might be interested in the latest Anguished Man news. I have recently temporarily moved in with my parents and obviously took the painting with me. It was only in the house for a few days when the noises started, the same noises I had previously experienced. Then on the third night my father fell down the stairs, the same as my son did at the other house. Thankfully he was unhurt but I have now moved the painting back into storage.

I have been working closely with John Blackburn and Ian Lawman for the Mysteria Paranormal group. Taking the painting to some of the allegedly most haunted locations in the UK, including 35 Stonegate at York and Chillingham Castle in Northumberland. It was on the evening of 18th May 2013 at Chillingham Castle that a group of people experienced events that were both terrifying and unexplainable. None of the guests were prepared for what was about happen in the early hours of Sunday Morning.

The room went icy cold, a large dark figure appeared in the middle of the séance circle and a large wooden bench banged on the floor of its own accord in response to John Blackburn’s questions to the painting, then suddenly the bench was flipped upside down violently by what was believed to be John Sage, one of Chillingham Castle’s resident powerful spirits, who we think was showing his anger to a foreign uninvited spirit to his castle. John Blackburn stated it was the strangest experience in all his years of investigation.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Happy Blogiversary!



In 2004, I didn't expect a simple interest in researching the paranormal would turn in to a 9 year project. It started with the Bunnyman. Then, expanded with stories from across the world. Although my writing has taken my time away from here more than I like, I hope to continue this for as long as possible. 

A special thanks goes out to all of you. Without your support and spooky stories, Ghost Stories would have closed up shop a long time ago. You all are the best!!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Reader Submission - Hampton - Lillibridge House

Kidnapping. Murder. Loss. Suffering. Yellow Fever. Suicide. Possession. Exorcisms. Seance. Parapsychologists. Poltergeist. Demonologist. All words associated with one Savannah home, the Hampton-Lillibridge. Over 50 years ago, before ghost tours or real tourism in Savannah, Jim Williams — one of Savannah’s preservation visionaries and the main character in the “non-fiction novel” Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil — “rescued” a home that some believe might have been better off being allowed to die.

Beautiful and austere-looking today, and arguably on Savannah’s nicest colonial-era street, the home became the wellspring of all things haunted lore and ghost economy in Savannah. Some say it’s haunted by its past as a hospital during an epidemic in 1820, the family found dead in the home, believed to be poisoned by their slaves. Or perhaps later when a German sailor set himself on fire in the upper floor where so much poltergeist activity has been experienced. Others have offered the more simple explanation to the home’s upset: “you never, ever move a house.” It didn’t help much that when developers attempted to restore the home in 1961, they found a large, watery grave on the move location and proceeded to renovate right on top — now the grave is just part of the basement. No big deal.

Jim Williams routinely encountered and heard others refer to a violent spirit, “the evil man upstairs,” with one scientist even believing it had tried to murder him. Before Williams sold the home in 1971, it had been exorcised once and declared “the single most psychically possessed home in America,” by Duke University, after documenting some 300 instances of Level Four & Five Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis (RSPK) — or in effect, violent poltergeist activity. Although more people know the name Amityville via the pop culture legacy, no home in America has so much of a historical haunted rap sheet along with scientific one as does the Hampton-Lillibridge, and what better destination to find it in but America’s Most Haunted City? And yet, there’s still an asking price for anyone who dares to take it on: 2.1 million.

Shannon "Dr. Buzzard" Scott

Excerpt from Celebrate Halloween by Discovering Your Town’s Spooky History at Zerve.com
 

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