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Happy New Years!

New Year Celebrations T'was the day before New Years with only minutes to go. Everyone was waiting for the new year to show. There were party hats, noise makers, and lots of champaign. Good food and good music no one could complain. When suddenly the ball began to drop. Everyone in the room came to a stop. When the ball reached the bottom the crowd began to roar. And confetti dropped from ceiling to floor. Happy New Year! Happy New Year was all you could hear. 2006 was finally here. Here's hoping your new year will be festive and live. And may the fun continue until 2006. Poem and Graphics Provided By: funmunch.com

Happy Holidays

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This is going to be the last post until after Christmas or New Years. I haven't decided yet. Anyways, just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays.

Ghost Show Cleared of Deception

Viewers complained that the Living TV show, featuring "psychic" Derek Acorah, deceived the public by claiming to find evidence of paranormal activity.

But Ofcom ruled that Most Haunted was an entertainment show, not a legitimate investigation into the paranormal, and should not be taken seriously. - Courtesy of BBC News.

I'm sorry, but I feel bad for anyone who actually took this show seriously. I admit I'm not an avid Most Haunted watcher but I have seen several episodes and I watched all four parts of Most Haunted Live (as well as watched a few webcams). It was pretty obvious that this show was more about entertainment value than actually conducting a scientific investigation.

It takes a show like this to develop a lot of gullible people. I think some people can be easily deceived. Concerning the paranormal especially ghosts, you shouldn't accept any little evidence as truth. If you take a picture and something a little odd appears on it, don't just accept it…

Ghost Cam

I'm not sure how many of you watched the webcams during the Most Haunted Live shows before and on Halloween. I tried to watch them and I felt it was a waste of time. I stumbled onto another live "Ghost Cam" website. The Oklahoma City Ghost Club is performing investigations in an Oklahoma abandoned hospital. They have six cams, an infrared cam and an investigation cam displayed on the OKCGC website for viewing. The cams refresh every 15 seconds and if that's too fast for ya, you can slow down the refresh rate.

The exact location of this hospital, from what I can see, wasn't listed on the website. Even though I'm pretty sure I know where it is I won't disclose that information here for obvious reasons. They have EVPs, photos and video clips of evidence listed on their website of what they have caught so far.

So sit back and enjoy the "show".


*Update*: Check sidebar for link.

My Appologies

I've spent the last few weeks trying to find a blog template that I like and fits the content of this blog. Unfortunately, I couldn't find one. I guess this one will have to suffice for now. I appologize for any inconvenience. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you enjoy the new layout.

Hoosac Tunnel

Work began in 1848 on the Hoosac Tunnel, a.k.a. "Bloody Pit" in Massachusetts and wasn't completed until 1877. The tunnel was located at Hoosac Mountain which interestingly in the Mohawk language means "forbidden". More than 200 men died from explosions, fires, tunnel collapses and once by the hand of another worker. But the murder which occurred in 1865, is what gave the tunnel it's reputation.

That year, the construction crew at Hoosac Tunnel was the first to use the new explosive nitroglycerin. Three explosive experts by the names of Ned Brinkman, Billy Nash and Ringo Kelley used the nitro to continue their work on March 20, 1865. After placing a charge, they ran back to the bunker that would shield them from the blast effects but unfortunately, Brinkman and Nash never made it. Kelley set off the charge early, burying the two men alive under tons of rock.

The authorities began to believe that the "accident" wasn't an accident at all when Ke…

Mythical Creatures (H-Z)

Harpy- winged female monster with sharp talens.
Hydra- many-headed water serpent.
Kraken- giant squid.
Minotaur- half man, half bull.
Mummy- dead, embalmed body.
Ogre- man-eating giant.
Pegasus- winged horse.
Phoenix- brilliant-plumed, large bird that sprang from ashes of fire set by previous phoenix.
Sea Serpent- umbrella term for many large sea monsters.
Sphinx- human head, lion's body.
Unicorn- animal generally depicted as having head and body of a horse, the hind legs of a stag, the tail of a lion, and having a long tapering horn growing from the middle of its forehead.
Vampire- undead, blood-sucking creature.
Werewolf- human that transform into a wolf at night.
Wraith- specter seen before death.
Yedi- creature usually described as a shaggy man-beast that is only ever briefly seen moving across snow swept landscapes.
Zombie- living dead.


*McLaughlin, Barb (2005). Mythical Creatures. Retrieved on November 15-16, 2005 from the Soul Quest Learning Center MSN group website: http://groups.msn.com/…

Mythical Creatures (A-G)

Angel- A spiritual being who serves God.
Banshee- Female Irish fairy who wails to warn impending death.
Basilisk- King of the serpents.
Centaur- Half man, half horse.
Cyclops- Giant with a single eye in the middle of the forehead.
Demon- supernatural evil spirit.
Djinni (genie)- evil or good spirit that grants wishes.
Doppleganger- human double.
Dragon- large flying reptile, sometimes fire-breathing.
Elemental- a being composed of one of the fundamental elements.
Fae- umbrella term for other-worldly little people.
Gargoyle- hideous creatures carved on Gothic buildings as water spouts and to ward off evil spirits.
Ghost- disembodied spirit.
Ghoul- evil spirit that feeds on corpses.
Giant- humaniod creature of prodigious size and strength.
Gremlin- mechanically oriented mischievous creature.
Griffin- Lion's body, eagle's head, long ears and an eagle's claws.

More to come. Some of these creatures (those that I haven't already) will be described more in later posts.

Stories of Strength

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I don't usually post anything about my writing career on this blog. I have a separate blog for that but this is important and for a good cause.

Stories of Strength is an anthology to help raise money for hurricane victims. Writers at Absolutewrite.com joined together for this special project. Disaster relief charities such as The Red Cross, Americares and Salvation Army will receive 100 percent of the proceeds. SoS was published at Lulu.com a POD (Publish on Demand) company. They also generously agreed to donate their profits from the project.

Sos was officially released on November 1st. After only 6 days, we have sold 241 books, raising $1,226.69 for charity! Our goal is to raise at least $100,000.

Headed by Jenna Glatzer, author of Celine Dion biography For Keeps, this project attracted contributions from many well-known writers, including award-winning science fiction novelist Orson Scott Card, famed actor Wil Wheaton (Star Trek, Stand By Me), and Christian romance author Robin Le…

History of Halloween

Halloween or All-Hallows Eve, as some may call it, started out as an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1st which marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of winter. It was a time that was often associated with death. The Celts believed that on the night before New Year the boundary of the worlds between the living and the dead became blurred.

Therefore, on the night of October 31st, they celebrated Samhain, the day ghosts were believed to return to Earth to cause trouble and damage crops. The Celts also thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids and the Celtic priests to make predictions about the future. For those dependent on the violatile natural worlds, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To celebrate this event, the Druids built huge sacred bonfires to sacrifice crops and animals to the Celtic deities. During t…

Cheesman Park

Did you know that the movie Poltergeist was based on the history of a real cemetery? Located in Denver, Colorado, Cheesman Park was apart of a city government scandal. Buildings weren't built on the cemetery by mistake. How about I start from the beginning.

In 1858, William Lamier set aside 320 acres of land for a new cemetery named Mount Prospect. Sites on the crest of the hill were set aside for the wealthy, paupers and criminals were buried on the far sides and the average people were buried somewhere in the middle.

John Stoefel murdered his brother-in-law and was sentenced to hang from a cottonwood tree. Stoefel and his brother-in-law were buried in the same grave. More and more murder victims and those killed from accidents were buried in the lower parts of Mount Prospect. Nicknames like "Old Boneyard" or "Boot Hill" were soon given to the cemetery.

In 1873, the graveyard was re-named the City Cemetery. The lack of interest and care made the cemetery becom…

Sloss Furnace

From 1882 to 1972, Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama transformed coal and ore into hard steel. From skyscrapers in New York to automobiles made in Detroit, Sloss Furnaces were relied on for providing materials to produce thousands of products.

In the early 1900s, James "Slag" Wormwood was the foreman of the graveyard shift where 150 workers toiled to keep the furnace fed. Only the poorest and most desperate men would take on the harsh conditions of working the graveyard shift during the summers. Wormwood would make the workers take dangerous risks in order to impress his supervisors. Forty-seven men lost their lives during his reign not counting the numerous accidents that left men unable to work. They weren't allowed breaks or holidays.

In 1906, James "Slag" Wormwood lost his footing at the top of Big Alice (the highest blast furnace) and fell into a pool of melted iron ore. He was killed instantly. It was reported that he became dizzy from the methane gas…

History of Jack-o-Lanterns

How many of you knew that carving a Jack-o-Lantern at Halloween is an old Irish tradition? Those who didn't know that don't feel bad. Neither did I. If you didn't know that, then you probably didn't know that the original Jack-o-Lantern wasn't even a pumpkin. Ok so here is how the legend goes.

Hundreds of years ago in Ireland, there was a man named Stingy Jack who was a miserable, old drunk. He loved to play tricks on everyone including family, friends and even the Devil himself. One time, he tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree and once he was up there, Stingy Jack placed crosses around the trunk of the tree. Since The Devil was unable to come down the tree, Jack made him promise not to take his soul when he died. Once the promise was made, Stingy Jack removed the crosses and let the Devil down.

Years later, Stingy Jack died and his soul went to the pearly gates. Unfortunately, Saint Peter denied him access to Heaven. Saint Peter told him that he was too…

Automatic Writing

One link between the supernatural and writing is automatic writing. According to mediums throughout time, spirits are constantly trying to communicate with us. Automatic writing is writing allegedly directed by a spirit through a person's subconscious. Where did the concept "automatic writing" come from?

Automatic writing derived from the Spiritualist movement and made known by the Surrealists. Andre Breton, leader of the Surrealists, created the concept from Freud's theory of 'free association'. Freud developed this theory to uncover inaccessible memories. Breton believed automatic writing was the absence of critical intervention in writing. He also believed in a practice called Dedoublement where the mind and body separate. This concept would guarantee automatic writing is possible but it is only a theory. He went on to write a genuine automatic text called The Soluble Fish.

Mediums including Kate and Margarete Fox also helped develop automatic writing as a m…

Supernatural

Supernatural is one of the WBs new shows premiering this Fall. The first episode aired on September 13th after the Gilmore Girls season premiere. After two episodes, Supernatural has proven to be an interesting show.

Supernatural is a show about two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who lost their mother to some unknown entity when they were young. Since then, the brothers and their father searched for the thing that killed her until Sam decided to leave his ghost hunting life to go to college. As he was preparing to enter law school, Dean shows up unexpectedly with bad news that their father had disappear.

Despite a big interview concerning his future in law, Sam travels with his brother to a small town in California where their father supposedly disappeared at. During their investigation, they discover the town's paranormal secret. The ghost of a young woman who is said to be a woman in white is seen walking next to a road waiting for some unexpected guy to offer her a ride which…

The Exorcist-Part II

The exorcism began in the home of Robbie's relatives in St. Louis. After he went to bed, the priests began the ritual. He went into a trance. The bed shook. Welts and scratches appeared on his body. Over the next two hours, Robbie was branded and scratched over 30 times on various places of his body. Words such as "Spite" and "Hell" appeared often on the boy during the ritual. Robbie cursed and screamed in different tones from bass to falsetto. The ritual ended at dawn but they were far from being finished.

The ordeal continued for weeks. As time went on, the boy's responses became more violent. He spoke in Latin and different voices. He spit and vomited on the priest sometimes from great distances and with great accuracy. He slapped and punched the priests and witnesses. It is said that he belched and urinated constantly. It's also said that he taunted the priests with information about themselves that he couldn't possibly know. Though each morning,…

The Exorcist- Part I

I know many of you may have seen the 1970s movie The Exorcist but how many of you know the true story behind the movie? The subject of the real story is not a girl but actually a 13 yr old boy who I'll call "Robbie Doe." He grew up in Cottage City having a troubled childhood and dysfunctional family.

In 1949, Robbie Doe's parents began noticing strange occurrences. They would constantly hear scratching in the walls and on the ceiling. Dismissing it as being just mice, they contacted an exterminator but he found none. Instead, he made things worse. Things started to move around on their own and sounds of people walking down the hallway could be heard.

The most frightening occurrences happened to Robbie Doe. His bed would shake violently. His sheets were torn and sometimes pulled off his bed. He was even pulled from the bed to the floor with them gripped in his hands. The strange events progressed to witnessed attacks on Robbie Doe.

The Jesuit priests who later went on to…

Fort Mifflin

In 1777, George Washington's Colonial army was defeated at Brandywine by British forces. Led by General William Howe, 20,000 British troops moved into Philadelphia. He needed supplies that were on 200 British ships at the mouth of the Delaware River. Howe had to get his ships up the river before it froze in order to pursue Washington. What he didn't know was that there was a small contingent of troops in an unfinished British fort called Ft. Mifflin. Their objective was to delay the British ships.

The siege of Ft. Mifflin began in November of 1777. The British took over the fort after about a week. Before and during the battle, Washington arrived at Valley Forge and out of reach from British troops. The river began to freeze and Howe didn't get his supplies.

Fort Mifflin was used during the Civil War and the Korean War as a prison. It was closed in the 1960s and is now open for tours. Most of its' haunted past deals with the Civil War but there are other spirits that h…

Echo

Here is a story straight out of Roman mythology.

Echo was a beautiful nymph and Diana's favorite but like some women she talked way too much. One day Juno was looking for her husband and Echo distracted her while the nymphs got away. When Juno discovered what Echo was doing, she said, "You shall forfeit the use of that tongue with which you have cheated me, except for that one purpose you are so fond of -- talking back. You shall still have the last word but no power to speak first."

Echo spotted a beautiful youth, Narcissus, one day running through the mountains and decided to follow him. She desperately wanted to talk to him but waited for him to speak first. After being separated from his companions, Narcissus one day asked, "Who's here?"

Echo replied, "Here."

After looking around and seeing no one, he called out, "Come."

"Come," she replied.

He then replied, "Let us join one another." Echo said the same words and …

Update

I'm not sure if any of you have noticed but I recently transferred all the posts from my old AOL blog over to this one. For those who didn't read my old one, I welcome you to read some of the old posts. Some older entry topics are The Jersey Devil, The Bunnyman Bridge, Myrtles Plantation, The Bell Witch, Waverly Hills Sanitarium, etc. Just click on any month under the archives section and enjoy!

Chupacabra

This animal, also known as "the goat sucker", is well known in Mexico and Puerto Rico. It got its name when some goats turned up dead with puncture wounds in their necks and totally drained of their blood. But what is it exactly?

There's no one answer to that question. From the thousands of eyewitnesses, several so called "descriptions" of the creature have been noted. Some say its half alien, half dinosaur. Others describe it has a panther with a snake-like tongue. It's even been linked to aliens. Of course, when aliens involved, theories of a mass government conspiracy aren't far behind.

The attacks began around 1995 and have claimed around 2,000 animal deaths. Authorities in Puerto Rico claim that it doesn't even exist. They explain the attackers to just be stray dogs or other animals. They go on to say that the "Chupacabra cases" show nothing unusual to suggest such an animal exists.

Is it possible that this creature does exist? Sure, …

Ball Lightning

Ever heard of the phenomena called Ball lightning? Most people haven't. Matter of fact, the first time I heard about ball lightning was on a National Geographic special about Spontaneous Human Combustion. But what is it exactly? There is a Japanese legend that calls it hiro dama or just odama which refers to the soul of a great samurai who took the form of a ball of fire. Its physical form is a sphere around a centimeter to a meter in a diameter. It doesn't appear in any one color. What makes it so confusing is that it defies the law of nature. Ball lightning usually appears during a thunderstorm but it's no stranger to broad daylight.

Some facts about ball lightning are that it has been know to pass through and/or melt walls, cool to the touch, lasts about five seconds up to a minute, can be made in the microwave (but is VERY dangerous. So please do NOT attempt to try it at home), explodes violently, etc.

There are many theories as to explain what ball lightning is. Some be…

EVPs

EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomena. It is also called Raudive Voices after Konstantine Raudive who recorded over 100,000 voices. The most common profession that EVP is associated with is ghost hunting. Some paranormal researchers believe that voices of spirits can be recorded and played back on magnetic audio tape. There are skeptics that believe the sound really isn't the dead talking but actually, CB or radio transmissions. The words or sentence that you think you hear on the tape is only in your mind or what someone has you convinced is what is being said. But what is the history behind EVPs?

One afternoon in 1959, artist Fredrich Jurgenson was recording bird sounds in the Sweedish countryside. When he played it back, he could distinctly hear a man talking about birds in Norweigan. He heard nothing while recording the birds but heard many voices when playing it back. He spread the word about the phenomenon in his book. But it was first discovered by researcher writer Raym…

Superstitions

Superstitions have been a big part of our lives for generations. Whether or not you believe in them, they have affected our lives. A groom carrying his bride over the threshold. Covering your mouth when you yawn. Saying "God Bless You" when someone sneezes. There are numerous amount of superstitions, some more unusual than others. Here are just a few:


1) Nails should be bitten, not cut, for the same time, for that would make them thieves.
2) If you go to the bathroom in the night with no clothes on, insects will fall on you
3) An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.
4) If you want to see a friend again, then don't ever say goodbye to them on a bridge.
5) If soot bums in a ring at the back of the grate, pleasure and happiness are on their way to you.
6) Malice and envy are to be feared when sparks jump out of the fire.
7) To put on your stockings or socks inside out is an omen that you will shortly receive a present. If your stocking comes down, your lover is thinking of you.
8) I…

Truth about "Bloody Mary"

Ever heard of a game played at parties where you stand in front of a candlelit mirror while saying a name thirteen times in hopes of summoning a vengeful spirit? This game is played mostly at sleepovers with squealing girls but boys have been known to call upon her also. There are many variations of this game including total darkness instead of lit candles or instead of saying "Bloody Mary" you say "Hell Mary." But what is the history behind the game? How did it start? Above all, who is "Bloody Mary"?

Some say Mary was a witch that was executed about a hundred years ago for practicing black magic. She has also been confused with Mary I of England who was nicknamed "Bloody Mary" because of the number of Protestants she had put to death during her reign. Mary, Queen of Scots was also said to have been "Bloody Mary" but this Mary wasn't known for murdering her subjects although it said she had a hand in her husbands death. Of course, t…

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The Handprint

Alexander Campbell was a hotel owner and a liquor distributor. He was said to be an Irishman who made good on his word. Prosecutors suspected that Campbell was the backbone of the murder plot. He proclaimed his innocence throughout his entire trial.

Alexander Campbell was falsely accused of killing a local mine boss during a bid by the Irish miners to organize labor unions. In 1877, Campbell was convicted first degree murder in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. He was sentenced to death. When it came time to take him to the gallows where he would be hanged, he struggled to get free long enough to place his hand on the wall and declare it would remain there forever as a reminder of the injustice that took his life.

For years, sheriffs in Carbon County have painted the wall numerous times but the hand print ALWAYS reappears. On one occasion the entire wall was replaced but yet again the hand print reappeared in cell #17. Sheriff Charles Neast tried to cover over it thirty years later with green l…

Pandora's Box

According to Greek mythology, Epimetheus, the first man on earth, was given dominion over the earth and its creatures. In return, He praised Zeus but after a while it became boring to Zeus. He decided to create a mate for Epimetheus. Zeus gathered all the gods together and told them of his idea. From water and earth, Pandora was created. The gods gave her many talents including beauty and music.

When Epimetheus found the gift, he was delighted. He made sure to take special care of Pandora. Soon after, Zeus became bored once again. So he called Hades, god of the underworld, to him and asked him to go to dark places and gather sprites such as hunger, disease, sorrow, etc. Then, Zeus requested that he put them all in a box.

One morning, Epimetheus and Pandora were sitting under an olive tree eating when they noticed a stranger carrying a heavy box. As generous as they were, they offered to help carry the box for the traveler. He agreed. They carried the box as they led the stranger over …

Salem Witch Trials of 1692

We have all heard of the Salem Witch Trials from history class and/or other sources. What is the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word "witch?" You automatically assume that it's a female. But how many of you knew that men were also prosecuted as witches during those long four months in 1692? Nineteen men and women were convicted of witchcraft and sentence to hang at Gallows Hill. One man was pressed together under stones for refusing to go to trial. Hundreds of other men and women were accused of witchcraft while dozens were kept in jail without a trial. So here's the question. How did it all start?

In 1688, John Putnam, an elder of Salem Village, invited Samuel Parris, a planter and merchant in Barbados, to preach in the Village church and later on accepting the offer to be Village minister. He moved his wife Elizabeth, their daughter Betty, his niece Abagail Williams and their Indian slave Tituba to Salem Village. During February of 1692, youn…

Disney's Haunted Mansion

The name of the ride really fits for this attraction. Disney's Haunted Mansion started out as an original idea by Walt Disney himself. Sadly it wasn't finished before he died in 1966 and construction was put on hold. However, by 1969 the construction was finally finished and was opened to the public. Originally, Walt Disney planned for this ride to set in a New England style house and you were to follow through story until the climatic graveyard scene. But when it opened, it was changed to a New Orlean's style house and visitors rode in a "Doombuggy," and it retained the graveyard scene.

Disney's Haunted Mansion shelters many ghosts. One is said to be a 1940s pilot that crashed in a lake near where the park was to be built. He is known by employees as "the man with a cane." Another ghost that has been often seen, no one really knows who he is. A park employee spotted the shadowy gentleman one day will operating the ride. He was wearing a tuxedo. Aft…

Doppelgangers

To some this name may sound a little familiar. It's the title of a Drew Barrymore film made in 1993. But actually they are creatures of myth or should I say something out of a Doublemint commercial. Doppelgangers have been known to be a person's exact double much like a twin. What makes these creatures rare is that they are more apparitions that actual humans. So here's the question. Do you think that a person really can be in two places at once?

According to some, if you have a doppelganger than the answer to that question would be yes. Let's dig a little deeper into what Doppelgangers really are. The word "Doppelganger" is actually German for "double walker." They are shadowy figures of yourself that is said to accompany you. Some people say that they are a sign of death. Usually, only the person who possesses a doppelganger can see it but on occasion, it can appear before your friends and/or family, talking and acting as if they were really you. T…

The Amityville Murders: Fact or Fiction

With the upcoming release of The Amityville Horrors, the story is fresh on everyone's minds. But is the story really true? Some experts don't believe the infamous house is haunted. The overall appearance of the house is creepy enough. How about you judge for yourself.

On November 13, 1974, Ronald "Butch" DeFeo Jr. murdered his entire family, his mother and father and four brothers and sisters. All were shot execution style. After he murdered them, Butch ran to a nearby tavern and claimed someone had shot his mother and father. Six men, including Butch's best friend Bobby, came to his aid and rushed over to the house. They searched the house and found the six dead bodies and called 9-1-1. Later on December 4, 1974 Butch DeFeo was sentenced to 25 years to life for the murders. Even though he was the only one convicted of the murders, many believed he wasn't the sole gunman. New evidence determined that theory was true. At one point in the trial, DeFeo actually …

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The Brady Theater

The Brady Theater is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is named after "Tate Brady" who at the time was the affluent oil baron. Even though it is named after "Tate Brady" the real owner is Mr. Peter Mayo. Mayo renamed the theater to reflect the district which was also named after "Tate Brady." The Brady Theater was the largest theater west of the Mississippi River. It hosted some of the most famous actors of its time including the one that is said to haunt it til this day, the famous Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso.

According to the legend, Enrico Caruso went to see an oil well in Sapulpa accompanied by two other cars. The day had been wet and rainy and all three cars ended up breaking down. Caruso had to walk 1/2 mile to the Brady Theater for his sold-out concert. Enrico Caruso died about 9 months later from abscesses on his lungs do to pleurisy in 1921. It is said that Caruso haunts the Brady in retribution of his illness from walking in the wet Tulsa weather.…

Leap Castle

The O'Carrolls of Ely once was the principal seat of the Original Tower House of Leap Castle. It once stood near the Slieve Bloom Mountains. In 1553, family rivalry broke out when The Chief of the Clan passed away. The Bloody Chapel is where "One-eyed Tadhg O'Carroll" killed his brother who was a priest. He was holding mass at the altar at the time of his death. A hidden room with a drop door was found near this chamber. Prisoners were hurled into this spiked oubliette and forgotten. The last use of the murder hole was in the seventeenth century. In 1599, Charles O' Carroll hired a force of MacMahons of Monaghan as mercenaries against the Earl of Tyrone. When their work was finished he got them drunk and had them all massacred in their sleep.

In 1695, Jonathan Darby married Charles O'Carroll's daughter therefore acquiring Leap Castle. It is said that he hid vast amounts of treasure on the grounds but after serving many years in prison for treason, he forg…

The Jersey Devil

There are various versions of the story about the Jersey Devil. One was that Mrs. Shrouds of Leeds Point, New Jersey made a wish that if she ever had another child, she want it to be a devil and he was born misshapen and deformed. She sheltered him until one day his arms turned into wings and he flew away. Another was that a young woman fell in love with a British soldier during the Revolutionary war. She was eventually cursed by the people of Leeds Point and she gave birth to a devil. Some people believe the birth of the devil was punishment for the mistreatment of a minister by the Leeds folk.

Despite how the devil supposedly came into this world, there have been several eyewitnesses how swear they have personally seen the Jersey Devil. In the 19th century, a naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur accidentally hit a flying creature while testing a canon. Former king of Spain Joseph Bonaparte spotted the creature while hunting. George Saarosy, a prominent business man, saw the devil at…

Timothy Clark Smith

First of all, I want to apologize for how short this entry is but I only found limited information about this guy. I felt his unusual grave site was worth mentioning here. Something out of a Stephen King novel unusual.

Timothy Clark Smith was a world traveler. It was because of his world travels that he requested an unusual grave site. He had a fear of being buried alive. He ended up dieing on Halloween in Middlebury, VT in 1893.

He had pre-arranged how he would be buried in a special made grave. His head was positioned under a 6ft cement tube. The tube ends at a 14x14in piece of thick glass. A bell was also placed in his hand.

The reason for this is: Smith's face is gazing up through the glass. So that if he was buried alive, he could ring the bell (not that anyone would be able to hear it) and they would be able to see him through the glass. Even if he was buried alive, Smith would probably die from of lack of oxygen before anyone would have able to dig him out. But oh well. I thou…

Vampires

Ok so yeah we all know what vampires are or at least several different versions of how we see vampires. There are the Hollywood version. The ones that occur in nature, bats. And last but not least, the real life ones. Yes that's what I said the real life ones.

For years, vampires have lived in the world, survived mostly in books and movies. Bram Stoker was the first person to really bring them into our lives through entertainment with Dracula. Others followed his lead adding their own touch of the vampiric lifestyle and appearance. Anne Rice wrote the Lestat Chronicles and there are tons of movies like The Lost Boys, Interview of the Vampire (which was based on Anne Rice's book), Dracula, etc. Of course, I can't forget about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the movie and the series. Hollywood gave the world a set vision of vampires while othe forms and views are hidden in the shadows.

We can't forget our vampires in nature. The infamous bats. There are of course tons of species…

Lovers Lane

A girl and her boyfriend, looking for a little privacy, decide to park their car in the woods so they could make out. When they were done, the boy got out to go to the bathroom and the girl waited for him in the safety of the car.

After waiting five minutes she became nervous and got out of the car to look for him. Suddenly, she sees a man in the shadows. Scared, she gets back in the car to drive away, when she hears a very faint squeak... squeak... squeak...

This continued a few seconds until the girl decided she had no choice but to drive off. She hit the gas as hard as possible but couldn't go anywhere, because someone had tied a rope from the bumper of the car to a nearby tree.

Well, the girl slams on the gas again and then hears a loud scream. She gets out of the car and realizes that her boyfriend is hanging from the tree. The squeaky noises were his shoes slightly scraping across the top of the car!!!


This is a very popular urban legend that some believe is based on a true stor…