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    "Death is no more than passing from one room into another." – HELEN KELLER

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. After seeing him in the mirror only and "supposedly" felt his cold touch on her shoulder, the employee ran out of the Haunted Mansion and quit her job.

There are also stories of a woman who scattered her son's ashes, after being told not to by park officials, in the Haunted Mansion. It is said that it was her dying son's wishes but some people think otherwise. The little boy has been spotted in the Haunted Mansion crying. Despite many stories, only one person has actually died in the Haunted Mansion. A teenage boy died after falling fifteen feet and breaking his neck. He decided that he wanted a closer look at the séance room and got out of the "Doombuggy" but what he didn't realize was the gap between the track and the display.

Next time you take a trip to Disneyland make a quick stop by Disney's Haunted Mansion. You may actually get to see more than you bargained for.


More info: http://theshadowlands.net/famous/disneylandHM.htm


* catmz@theshadowlands.net (2005) The REAL Ghosts in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Retrived April 22, 2005 from The Shadowlands: Ghosts and Hauntings website: http://theshadowlands.net

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. Thus, causing major confusion.

There have been many stories through out history where doppelgangers have appeared before famous people including John Donne, Queen Elizabeth I, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Guy de Maupassant, etc. One of the most interesting accounts of doppelganger is told by American writer Robert Dale Owen. It was about a 32-yr-old French woman named Emilie Sagée. Sagée was a French teacher at an all girls school near Wolmar in what is now called Latvia. There were many accounts of when her doppelganger appeared in front of the students. Once was when she was writing something on the blackboard. Her doppelganger appeared right next to her copying her every move. Another time was when she was out in the garden. All the students were gathered in the student hall for sewing lessons when her doppelganger appeared sitting in the teacher's chair motionless. Emilie Sagée claimed to have never seen her doppelganger but did say she felt weak everytime it was said to appear somewhere.

Maybe we really do have a twin somewhere out there. And if we really want to be in two places at once, we can make it happen. Despite all the eyewitness accounts of doppelgangers, do you really think they are real?


More information on Doppelgangers: http://paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa111102a.htm


*Wagner, Stephen (2005). DoppelGanger! Retrived April 15, 2005, from the About website: http://www.about.com

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 claimed to hear voices in the Amityville house to win over an insanity defense, but that soon backfired on him.

After 13 months, the Lutz family moved into the DeFeo house. A priest blessed the house the same day they were moving in. As he was doing his ritual on the second floor, he claims he heard a distinct male voice telling him to "Get out!" The priest later told the family not to use that room, John and Marc DeFeo's, as a bedroom. They took his advice and turned it into a sewing room. Since the day they moved into the house, Kathy and George Lutz claimed a lot of strange incidents occurred during their 28 day stay. Things such as mysterious odors, attitude changes, black stains in toilets, being touched, constant chills, and many others. The situation got so worse that one night the Lutz family packed a few of their belongings and left.

Of course this story is from a book by Jay Anson. It is said that George Lutz and William Weber, DeFeo's defense attorney, concocted this hoax, which Weber confirmed later on in an article published in People's magazine. Lutz, on the other hand, still claims it is all true.

More Info on the Amityville Murders and Ric Osuna's book The Night the DeFeo's Died: http://www.amityvillemurders.com/


*Berry-Dee, Christopher & Morris, Steve (2005). A Reader's Submission - The DeFeo Murders, debated Retrieved April 7, 2005, from New Criminologist online edition: http://www.newcriminologist.co.uk/home.asp
*Taylor, Troy (2001). Amityville:Horror or Hoax? Retrived April 7, 2005, from Ghosts from the Prairie: http://www.prairieghosts.com/

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