Showing posts from August, 2005

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…


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 …