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Reader Submission - Quija Part III

A few months ago I googled the word ZOZO. To my shock, many other people have also been contacted by a demon by the SAME NAME! I read about 20 similar stories and I am now convinced that this simply CANNOT be mere coincidence. Supposedly ZOZO is an ancient demon name which possibly stands for "The Destroyer." Claims of demonic possession are associated with this ZOZO, and I feel it my duty to warn people to steer clear from this if it happens to present itself during a Ouija board session. I am currently researching this phenomena for a future book, and am in the initial stages of presenting my findings to a reputable demonologist who has been involved in hundreds of cases of paranormal activities across the world including "A Haunting in Connecticut."

What is this ZOZO? Supposedly the 3 headed dog demon which guards the gates of hell has a tattoo on it's forehead that spells ZOSO. Also, ZOZO is a term Aleister Crowley claimed meant "666." Jimmy Page of the rock group Led Zeppelin also used ZOSO as a symbol on the Zeppelin 4 album. Could ZOZO and Zoso be connected somehow? How can so many different people from so many different parts of the world somehow lie about this ZOZO spirit? And if they aren't lying, than how can you explain these visitations by this wicked entity? Is ZOZO the devil himself? Or a wayward demon who has the power to manifest itself wherever and whenever it is called?

Heed my warnings people, if you are playing around with a Ouija board, and you jokingly ask it if it has a name and it spells ZOZO. Close the session properly, cleanse the house, NEVER I repeat NEVER ask it again. And if you are brave enough to carry on conversations with this spirit do NOT antagonize it, or act on it's directions. I know what I have seen, and I know other people have also come into contact with this spirit. It is dangerous beyond words. I realize not every session results in negativity, but when you play with this ZOZO you are playing with fire. Everything I have described here is true, and I am not exaggerating one bit. It may take me years, but I DO intend on writing a book about this, as I have many more stories that I do not have time to mention here. They all stem from true events that took place while talking to this ZOZO.

Folks I have been told by people wiser than myself that the spirit world is "MORE REAL" than this world of so called reality. Ouija boards can cause many bad things to happen in your life. I am including the Ouija Ghost picture within this submission. Maintain an open mind, and most of all BE CAREFUL!

GS Question of the Week

What is the Devil's Bible known as?

Ghost Picture - Tantallon Castle

In May 2008, Christopher Aitchison toured Tantallon Castle in Scotland and took several photographs of the castle. One has recently gained some attention. He captured a figure staring down from the Scottish ruins wearing what appears to be greenish ruffs. But is it a ghost?

Tantallon Castle was built in the 1350s by the Earls of Fife. It later passed to William, the 1st Earl of Douglas. For 300 years, the Douglas earls of Angus was one of the most powerful families in Scotland. In 1639, Tantallon was seized by the convenanters. Almost twenty years later, it was attacked by General Monck on behalf of Cromwell, and surrendered after 12 days of bombardment by Monck's cannons. It was left to ruin after this, and eventually sold to the Dalrymples in 1699. Dalrymples descendant left the castle to the UK Government's Office of Works in 1924 and is now in the care of Historic Scotland.

Tantallon Castle has a bloody past. That doesn't mean it's haunted. The photo in question was released to the public after Aitchison sent it to Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He solicited "photographic evidence of ghosts" for the Edinburgh International Science Festival. Some believe the castle's stonework may be the cause of the "figure". Or an actual person wearing a period costume though the staff claims no one was in the castle on that day. Some have suggested the figure is the ghost of King James V of Scotland.

If you have any theories about the photo or have some of your own, contact Richard Wiseman.

Reader Submission - Quija Part II

When guests would spend the night in our house they would claim that they heard frightening voices coming from inside the walls. Objects would be thrown across the room, and spiders seem to come from nowhere. My girlfriends brother whom lived with us complained that he couldn't sleep at night because the "conversations" were so loud that he simply could not rest. He believed in ghosts, and though he wasn't afraid of them, he said that it definitely felt demonic. Lights would come off and on by themselves, doors would open and unlock themselves. One night in our bedroom a viscous laughter emanated from thin air, and to this day I cannot explain the terror in that laughter.

One night I was awakened by what felt like hands on my throat choking me. I could not breathe, I could not scream. After about 30 seconds it released it's grip and I gasped for air. The same thing happened to my girlfriend the next night. Another night me and her brother were standing just outside the back porch sliding glass door when we were talking about a supposed curse of their family. I abruptly exclaimed "I rebuke this curse in the name of Jesus Christ!" I no longer finished saying those exact words when a deafening sound and a vibration struck the entire house with such an alarming "boom" that the neighbors came over to ask if I had heard something strange. I knew it wasn't our imaginations, I got out the ladder to see what had landed on top of the house only to find nothing. Things settled down after that, and to this day I believe that whatever made that noise also caused the disturbance to go away... For awhile.

My girlfriend broke up with me, and I met someone online in Michigan, where I moved up to be with her. She didn't believe in spirits, and although I knew better, I decided to make her a believer as well. Living in a very small town in Marshall Michigan there were no stores that sold Ouija boards so I downloaded one from the Internet. I printed it out, and to my horror ZOZO returned. It said it came from "cyberspace"...and when I asked it where it lived it spelled "SKULL NICKLACE"... We didn't think much of this until I asked it again where it was, this time spelling "MIRROR." The was only one mirror in the bedroom where we were crouched on the floor, and I heard a scream coming from her 7 year old niece who was watching us with another young friend. We looked up at the mirror and saw the skull necklace swaying back and forth with glowing eyes looking down at us! My new girlfriends son had hung the necklace on one of the posts of the water bed hours before I downloaded the paper board. We almost jumped out of our skin, and although 3 feet of fresh snow had fallen that night we all found ourselves in the front yard not knowing what to do, scared shiatless and frozen in terror.

My girlfriend was so fascinated she drove 40 miles to purchase a new glow in the dark Ouija board much to my dismay. The next night we had another session in the same room. ZOZO immediately came forth, and even without me being a participant. My girlfriends nieces were using the planchette and I would secretly write down a color onto a small piece of paper, then crumple it up where NO ONE could see. I asked the young girls to ask the board if it knew which color I had written down, it quickly scooted to "YES!"..."BLUE!" I remember chills coursing up and down my spine as I threw the wadded up paper to my girlfriend. Her eyes widened as she read the written color BLUE! We then tried the same thing with shapes, and words and every time the board knew.

One night we asked the board if the spirit would show itself. It spelled YES and told me to turn out the lights and take a picture of the necklace above the board. I did just that and what turned out is eerie to say the least. On the upper left hand corner of the picture you can plainly see "winged" skeletons flying about, and they are of the exact same weird shape of this "skateboarders" skeleton necklace. Towards the middle you can make out hideous faces, I have seen at least 4 evil faces in this picture. I took this picture about 6 years ago, people have stolen it off of paranormal websites claiming they took it, when I know truthfully it was me. I have sent this picture to several "experts" and they have all said they cannot explain the images inside. As if all of this wasn't strange enough now comes the REALLY scary part.

The final installment will be posted on Tuesday...

Reader Submission - Quija Part I

The following was sent in by Darren concerning his Quija experiences. It's too long for one post. Therefore, it had to be broken up in to several. Thank you, Darren, for sharing your story.

My name is Darren and I am from Tulsa Oklahoma. I am currently 40 years old, and have held a fascination with the occult since an early age. I have had many bizarre experiences with Ouija boards and I am writing this as a warning to people that bad things can happen because of these "portals."

Parker brothers doesn't care if a demon possesses you, or if you come under some type of attack from something you know nothing about. The majority of people from The United States holds a skeptical view regarding the scientific evidence of spirits or ghosts, and many people who believe in these things also believe that it is for this very reason that ghosts and poltergeists occur here and exist "under the radar" so to speak. These Ouija boards are manufactured under the precept that they are mere "toys." Let me tell you first hand that THEY ARE NOT TOYS, and should be used with strict caution, and probably should not be messed with AT ALL. Other countries take a more open minded view of spirits, demons, and ghosts, and many many cultures have based entire religions from these beliefs.

During my experiences with Ouija boards one particular spirit always seemed compelled to make it's presence known. It's name is ZOZO. Today I refuse to even pronounce it's name as I believe the mere pronunciation of it can cause it to manifest itself. Too many times to count, it has at first pretended to be a nice spirit, or pretend to be whomever I was trying to contact. But eventually it showed it's true self, cussing me, threatening me and others present in the room. Once it actually cussed me using what looked like Latin or Hebrew, and using biblical terminology. I was genuinely fascinated and startled by how many times ZOZO showed up, even in many different states and many different Ouija boards. It always wound up being very nasty and commented freely about how it wanted to posses my girlfriends and take them to paradise. When asked where paradise was, it spelled H.E.L.L.

One time after ZOZO was being extremely evil, I walked into my bathroom only to see my 1 year old daughter about to drown. Her mother had left her alone in the tub "just for a second" and somehow the water got turned on and was overflowing. Instinctively she had her face tilted up and was seconds from going under when I grabbed her from the water. The next day she was hospitalized for some weird internal infection and was put in isolation for 14 days straight as doctors tried to diagnose the illness. We almost lost her, and that was when I began to suspect demonic attack.

At this same time my girlfriend maintained a "trance like" state. Her personality changed from a very sweet person, to withdrawn, and uncaring. ZOZO said before this that it was going to possess her and eat her soul. I was recording music for a future rock project and I remember jokingly asking if it had an opinion on what I should name the band. It spelled IRON TONGUE, which at the time I thought was pretty cool, only later when my daughters tongue swelled up in the hospital to the point of asphyxiation I realized that this wasn't cool AT ALL! Her tongue became rock hard, and distorted her face, swelling up to where it hung grotesquely from her mouth. We took turns bedside at the hospital for what seemed like forever before my daughter began to recover from this strange affliction.

Lights Out

I'm a country girl from small-town America. The thought of gangs didn't have the same effect on us as The Phantom Killer did in the 1940s. This is not to say that every small town is safe in that regards. One urban legend that has floated around for quite some time is that of the "Gang Lights Initiation".

Like many urban legends, there are many variations to the story. The one highlighted in the movie Urban Legends consisted of the girls driving along with their headlights off. Then a car passing by was being courteous by flashing his own headlights to signal them. While he continued to drive on, the girls did a U-turn and raced after him, flashing their lights until the guy had a wreck and died. Other versions consist of the initiative to kill their "targets" by shooting them.

It's unclear what the origins of this urban legend is. Some believe it derives from a Hell's Angels initiation in Montana. Or possible a gang initiation in Memphis Tennessee. Circulations concerning this legend have been determined as all hoaxes. Seriously what gang would publicize their upcoming initiation procedures? This isn't to say there haven't been incidents similar to this legend: road rage, imitative shootings (non-gang related), and so on. My advice is to flash with caution.

A Haunting in Connecticut

I'm sure the majority of you has seen the trailer for the new horror flick A Haunting in Connecticut. This movie is based on the experiences of the Snedeker family who lived in a former funeral parlor in 1980s. Their story was also featured on an episode of "A Haunting" on the Discovery channel. The current residents and their surrounding neighbors are being plagued by the film's fans who are taking time out of their busy schedules to view the famous house.

When the Snedeker family resided in the home, their son claimed to have heard noises in his basement bedroom which use to display caskets next to the embalming room. He also claimed to have seen shadows on the walls which belonged to no physical person. Their niece, while visiting, stated she felt hands on her body as she slept and the covers levitated off of her. While Carmen Snedeker was mopping one day, the water turned blood red with a fowl odor to boot. Crucifixes throughout the house disappeared.

Many believe their experiences was a hoax especially since the current owners have lived in the house for ten years without any disturbances. Do you think it has anything to do with Ed and Lorraine Warren's involvement? Lorraine claims there was an evil presence in it and experienced the haunting when she, Ed and their team basically moved in for a period of time. An exorcism was performed by a priest in 1988 which supposedly drove the evil presence out of the house. Ray Garton who wrote the first book on the hauntings stated in an interview with Ric Osuna he had to "make up" details of the story.

Was it a hoax? I don't know. I don't count out the possibility that it was once haunted and an exorcism cleared the house of any evil or whatever. There's suppose to be a new book coming out around the time the movie premieres written by Carmen Snedeker, John Zaffis and Chip Coffey. If this is true, it's certainly not going to quiet the skeptics. However, I do not advise anyone to visit the actual house. Susan Trotta-Smith and her family live there now. They aren't comfortable with people just showing up and trespassing on their property. I know you're curious but they have kids. They have a right to be concerned. Leave it alone.

EDIT: Saw the movie. It makes for a good horror film but would have been better if they had used more fact rather than fiction.

GS Question of the Week

Do you think real alleged "haunted" homes, particularly those that are currently inhabited, should be used as inspiration for horror films? Why or why not?

Edith Wharton Mansion



Edith Wharton was an American writer of novels and short stories including Crucial Instances, The House of Mirth and The Greater Inclination. The Age of Innocence won a Pulitzer Prize in 1921, the first female to win such an award. In 1902, she designed and built The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts. Her and her husband Teddy used the mansion as a writing retreat. Unfortunately, the marriage didn't last as she pursued a love affair in France and Teddy became mentally unstable.

The Mount was also the hub for Shakespeare and Company, a theater troupe. It's now a museum dedicated to Edith Wharton. This location was chosen by TAPS for an investigation which will air on Wednesday. Several spirits are believed to reside here.

Edith herself has been seen reading. Her husband Teddy and a servant girl who may have lived in one of the rooms on the top floor are also active in the house. There are also reports of a well dressed man checking his pocket watch. This man is believed to be that of Edith's lover who lived briefly in The Mount.

Is it really haunted? We'll see what TAPS discovers on Wednesday. In the meantime, check out their website for more information on their upcoming Ghost Tours.

Save Seven Sisters Inn

There seems to be a common theme this week. I was asked about the status of Snowball Mansion Bed and Breakfast. It seems this place may be closed down. Whether it be permanent or temporary, I don't know.

I logged in on Myspace the other day to learn that the Seven Sisters Inn is in danger of foreclosure. That's right foreclosure. As in going to auction on April 7th unless someone buys it before then. The current owners Ken Oden and Bonnie Morehardt have been trying to sale the inn for years. They had a buyer but the deal fell through. No matter what happens I hope the Seven Sisters Inn is put in good hands.

For more on this matter: http://tinyurl.com/cvddqr

Mystery Mile

Kelly Road connects Industry and Ohioville, Pennsylvania. It may look like an average road but many know it by its more sinister name, Mystery Mile. It is said that animals go from docile to aggressive to the point of chasing people on this two-mile stretch. Others claim to hear unexplained noises, tempers are raise and some see white apparitions. But what could be responsible for these disturbances?

The exact explanation is unknown. Some believe it's tied to cult activity. However, the popular theory is the supernatural occurrences is possibly linked to a curse placed on Mystery Mile by Native Americans, angry from the "White Man" taking their homes. Whatever the cause, after reaching the one-mile marker, the disturbances cease.

Mystery Mile provided inspiration for the film The Way of the Seeming. Check out their website for more information on this legend.

GS Question of the Week

What do you think about hoax contests?

Borneo Monster Pics Fake

It's official. Recent photos of the mythical giant snake Napau a.k.a. Borneo Monster are indeed fake. Online investigators managed to find the real photo minus the snake. Nathan Crawford, a Kansas librarian, used a reverse search engine. Turns out the photo is of the Congo River in Africa and not the Baleh River in Borneo.

The second photo of the Borneo monster is also a fake though I doubt there's anyone who would dispute that. The picture was created and entered in to a 2002 hoax contest (a reason why there really shouldn't be such contests). AOL included a poll with their Borneo Monster story. Fifty-five percent believed the images showed a 100-foot long snake (see what I mean about the contest thing).

Don't believe me? Check out what the others are saying: Scientific American, NunoXEI, BoingBoing

When Zombies Attack

Repost from SOUTHern WRITEmares

Today we should be wielding rabbit's feet and four leaf clovers. But furry limbs and plants aren't going to save us this time. Today is International Zombie Awareness Day 2009. That's right. On this day, zombies all over the world are organizing and we are on the menu. What are poor, helpless humans suppose to do?

You could always hunt down a copy of Max Brooks book The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead. However, you would most likely die before finding one. There's always the wiki route. Although it is a wiki which aren't known to be the most reliable. That's the difference between life or death. If all else fails, watch a 1950s educational video clip. They know what they are talking about.



GOD HELP US ALL!

Wayside Inn

Longfellow's Wayside Inn was built in 1716 and is considered the oldest in the country. The Inn was an expansion of David Howe's home known as Howe's Tavern. Four generation of Howes operated and expanded as business thrived until 1861. Relatives who inherited the establish stopped overnight accommodations but rented it out for dances and lengthy visits. Henry Longfellow never owned Wayside Inn but it was renamed after him in 1892.

Longfellow wrote a series of poems based on fictional characters who gathered regularly at the Inn. Published in 1863, The Tales of Wayside Inn launched it to national fame. Edward Rivers Lemon purchased the Inn in 1892, renamed it and operated it as “a retreat for literary pilgrims.” In 1923, Henry Ford, the last private owner, purchased and expanded it to 3,000 acres. He added several buildings including The Martha-Mary Chapel, Grist Mill, and Redstone School.

Longfellow's Wayside Inn has had it share of famous visitors but is it haunted? Many have reported seeing Civil War soldiers but one entity stands out the most. Jerusha Howe a.k.a. "The Belle of Sudbury" was the sister of one of the Howe family members. She is often seen roaming throughout the house but appears mostly in Rooms 9 and 10. Her perfume has been detected in various parts as well. Many paranormal investigators will tell you to document the ghostly experiences in your home or business. The Inn began this tradition in the early 1900s by establishing the Secret Drawer Society or SDS. Letters are hidden through the rooms containing details of the writers experiences during their stay. This tradition continues until this day.

For information, please visit their website: http://www.wayside.org/

GS Question of the Week

This is Ghost Stories 100th Question of the Week! Yay! I think I've found the perfect one to ask on such an occasion. I was reading a post over on Sue's blog about a common argument among the paranormal community. It has to do with ghosts and clothing. I've never really thought about it, personally, but it brings up a good point. When a person describes an apparition, clothes are usually apart of that description, but why? Why are ghosts always seen clothed and not naked?

Why are ghosts clothed?

Reminder Sunday

They are back! Ghost Hunters International wrapped up their season this week with an eventful investigation at Karosta Prison in Latvia. Now, the originals are coming back in to TV action this Wednesday, March 11. Their first investigation for season 5 takes place in.....the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, PA.

The Betsy Ross house was built in 1740. Betsy and her husband John never actually owned the house. They rented it to also be the site of their upholstery business between 1773-1786. During this time, she supposedly sewed the first American flag (this is a rumor not a fact. Learn more here) even though she did sell flags as a part of her business. In 1786, Betsy moved in with married daughter. Up until 1898, the property switched hands and was the site for several businesses. Then, the Betsy Ross Memorial Association acquired it.

After she died, Betsy was buried in the Free Quaker Burial Ground, but her remains were relocated to the courtyard of the Betsy Ross House. Many eye witnesses have reported seeing Betsy sitting at the end of the bed, crying. Others claim that the founder of the Ross Museum, Charles H Weisberger, haunts the basement along with a gift shop employee who was murdered at the location during a robbery. We will find out on Wednesday how accurate some of these reports are.

In other Sci-Fi news, Destination Truth has been picked up for a third season. Nine new episodes will be airing sometime in the Fall. While Josh can be a little annoying at times, I'm curious to see what other crazy stuff he does.

White Dogs of Marley Woods

From the title, I'm sure you're scratching your head asking yourself "What could be so strange about a couple of white dogs". They haven't been classified as dogs per se. Eye witness accounts describes these creatures as "large, white, and dog-like".

In 2008, a man spotted this creatures about 800 feet away. At that distance, some may question his ability to describe them accurately. How did he know they looked like dogs? Or, that they appeared to be in the 200 lb category? According to the eye witness, they were large enough for him to fear the safety of his cattle. He grabbed his rifle and wounded one of the "white dogs". The dog turned red but didn't react like a wounded animal and no blood was found in that area. A couple of days later, his daughter saw the dogs on her property but said there was no blood or evidence it had ever been shot.

From September to December, several other people have seen the "white dogs". The only physical evidence found were clumps of white hair. These hairs were sent to a microbiologist. Preliminary results have not been able to match the hair with any known laboratory animal including some variety of dogs.

What could these animals be? The Center for Physical Trace Research Special Investigations Unit are continuing to investigate the matter. Marley Woods is no stranger to abnormal sightings. Amber lights and UFOs have been sighted in this area. Do you think the three could be connected? Or is Missouri's Marley Woods a hot spot for unexplained phenomena?

McPike Mansion


The McPike Mansion Mist


Built in 1869, architect Lucas Pfeiffenberger crafted a home with sixteen rooms, a vaulted wine cellar, eleven marble fireplaces and beautifully carved banisters in Alton, Illinois. McPike Mansion was home to Henry Guest McPike and his family. A famed horticulturist, he perfect the McPike Grape and became well known across the country.

It is believed the McPike family lived in the mansion up until 1936. Although there may be some discrepancies with the dates. Records state Paul a. Laichinger owned and lived in the house between 1908-1930. Either way, it has been unoccupied since 1950s. The current owners Sharyn and George Luedke bought it at an auction in 1994. They are in the process of restoring it to its former beauty.

There have been many stories told about McPike Mansion. Though some believe a whole army of spirits haunt the place only two have supposedly been identified. One is a female servant of the McPikes which Sharyn has dubbed "Sarah". "Sarah" has been described as the friendly sort, touches and sometimes hugs guests at the mansion. The other spirit is believed to be that of Paul Laichinger. Sharyn has claim to have seen him wearing a striped shirt and tie. She possesses a photograph of Laichinger wearing the same thing.

Above is a clip about McPike Mansion from Worlds Scariest Ghosts Caught on Tape. Visit their website to take a virtual tour of the mansion and more: http://mcpikemansion.com/index.html

GS Question of the Week

What does bĂȘte noire mean?

Superior Scribbler Award

Leah from Daily Piglet has bestowed upon me the Superior Scribbler Award! For some reason, she thinks I'm one of the special people who deserve to have it. Of course, now that I have it, I'm giving it back to ya, Leah. Though I am suppose to hand it off to some other people I feel are superior scribblers. With this award, there are rules attached. Sometimes they feel more like memes than actually blogging awards but anyways. Let's get pass the formalities.

Rules:

  • Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.
  • Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author & the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
  • Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.
  • Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we'll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honor!
  • Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.
There are a number of people who deserve this award but these are the ones I decided to choose:


1. Season of Shadows is a site all about the spookiest of holidays: Halloween. This one is a bit new to me but I love to learn about what I don't know concerning this holiday. John Wolfe certainly provides that and more!

2. Aura's blog Encounters With the Unexplained is much like my own. You can find all the latest on ghosts, cryptozoology, UFOs and so on. If you're a fan of Ghost Stories, you are sure to be a fan of hers.

3. I came upon Sue Darroch and Matthew Didier's Paranormal Blog a few years ago through Blogexplosion I believe. It's the only paranormal investigator site I read regularly. Based out of Toronto, they are actively involved in the paranormal scene. Their posts are insightful and informative. Definitely, the type of people you can trust if you're having a little ghost situation.

4. The Poisoned Apple is another new blog on my reading list. The author behind the apple is Catherine J. Garner. She's witty, funny and a horror writer to boot. Definitely my kind of gal....and I mean that in a very professional way.

5. The last on my list would have to be the PARANORMALIZER. The idea behind this one is promote the paranormal community. One way to do that is review paranormal related websites. Sort the good from the bad. From the sites I've checked out for myself, he's pretty right on the money. And no, my opinion doesn't reflect the good review he gave me.
 
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