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Cemeteries are places most likely to be haunted. Do you think it is ethical for paranormal groups to do investigations in them?

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Snowball Mansion Lives Again



I have received a few inquiries concerning the status of Snowball Mansion. Information had suddenly fallen silent…that is until now. Mike and Nancy Stevens bought the house a few weeks ago.

About three years ago, the mansion was involved in a little real estate scam. The Fuhrings who ran the establishment as a bed and breakfast put it on the market for $1.9 million, initially. The expected buyer put down $1 million on the Snowball Mansion and financed the remainder with two loans. She never made a payment on those loans nor moved in. It turned out the buyer was part of a multimillion-dollar real estate fraud scheme, and the house was tied up in an F.B.I investigation. Those involved were arrested and charged. Finally, earlier this year the mansion was returned to the lender and placed on the market.

So for three long years it sat vacant, waiting for new life. Vandals broke windows and doors. The copper wiring and air conditioning unit was also taken. Graffiti covered the walls. Windowpanes were cracked. Fences needed mending. Despite its slight decay, the Stevens still snatched up the property for $470,000 with hopes of restoring it.

It’s bed and breakfast days may be behind it for now. Mike and Nancy along with their two teenage children and Mike’s elderly mother have moved in to the five bedroom house. Walter Molony, a spokesman for the National Association of Realtors, says it’s not required by law to disclose a house’s haunted status to potential buyers. However, Gena Riede, the real estate agent who represented the new owners, was kind enough to inform them of Snowball Mansion’s ghostly secrets.

The family has only lived in the house for a few weeks but so far only the elderly mother has experienced anything out of the ordinary. She occupies the “granny apartment” on the ground floor and often complains of furniture moving on the floor above her during the night. The rest of the family is asleep two floors above and knows nothing concerning the sounds. However, Mr. Stevens believes his mothers sensitivity to noise is to blame…not ghosts.

Reader Submission - Garage Man of Marysville Part IV

OLEN B. KITCHENS' UFO SIGHTING:

Good Afternoon, I spoke with Debbie on Saturday, July 4th, 2009 regarding an unusual event which I observed the previous Wednesday.

At or about 2010, while observing thunderheads east-northeast of highway 95 from my home in downtown Fallon , Nevada . (The weather was mostly cloudy with high winds from the west as a series of thunder cells were moving through the area) I observed what appeared to be a black circle viewed face on, approximately 2 meters in diameter, silhouetted against the horizon at approximately 3 degrees and ten to fifteen miles distant as judged by surrounding terrain. The object had no observable features, but had an unusual quality of darkness which seemed to "avoid light". As I continued to observe, the object made slow progress toward the southwest appearing to move against prevailing winds. As the object approach my viewing area, I noted that the object appeared to be growing in size but demonstrated no change in aspect, it remained a circle viewed face on but it appeared to change color becoming a dark red but not displaying any luminosity. The object was observed to approach the bottom of a thunder cell and then disappeared. It did not appear to go into the clouds but rather simply was no longer visible. The event lasted approximately 6-8 minutes.

While I am unsure what the object was, I remain sure that the object was not would be normally found in the sky surrounding Fallon, even when considering the nearness of the Naval Air Station. I have historical experience with both civilian and military aircraft, having served as an Inflight Medical Specialist with the search and rescue organization based at the Naval Air Station here in Fallon and this object seemed to resist convention as I understand it. You may feel free to use this report as you deem reasonable and I will provide credentials if you require them.

I hope that you may find this information helpful and am hopeful that you may provide some insight as to the nature of this event. It has caused me some consternation and remain perplexed as to what was observed.

Thank you for your interest and time, Blessing +JMJ
ojkitchens@aol.com

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ATSION LAKE , NEW JERSEY GHOSTLY SIGHTINGS:
July 7, 2009, Tuesday: Paranormal hotline calls. The caller is Josh. He is calling me from Atsion Campground near Atsion Lake in New Jersey . Josh and his friends are camping out in the woods as they are talking with me on the cell phone. They are surrounded by a multitude of ghostly people that are peeking at them from the woods. They ask for my help and I walk them through the hedge-of-protection prayers. The activity subsides. Before they called me, one camper witnessed a woman without a head. Another camper saw an eerie glowing red light in the woods. No one saw the Jersey Devil this night. This morning, I receive a call of thanks. Paul Dale Roberts, HPI General Manager/Demonologist/Ghostwriter

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VIDEO FROM CAPAY INVESTIGATION:
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The Wallet Man



I have read and wrote about some of the worst of humanity. The history attached to Jimmy’s Restaurant in Morristown, New Jersey certainly falls in that category. The original building was constructed in 1749 by John Sayre. Generations of his family lived in this house without incident. It has seen its good days including Alexander Hamilton proposing to his beloved Elizabeth in the room later known as the Tap Room. However, the sweet would turn to sour.

After about a century of peace, Samuel, his wife Sara and their maid Phoebe were the latest Sayres to inhabit the home in 1833. Samuel hired Antoine Le Blanc, an immigrant sailor from the West Indies, to help around the farm in the house. A simple misunderstand turned to murder. Le Blanc thought he would be supervising a large operation. He spoke very little English, contributing to his mounting frustration. He decided to cut his loses and run away with the money he believed the Sayres were hiding in their home.

On May 11, 1833, Le Blanc put his plan in to action. He snuck in to the Sayre home and bludgeoned Samuel and Sara to death with a shovel and buried them in a dung heap. Then, moved on to Phoebe. Using an ax, he sent her to an early grave as well. He ransacked their home and took Samuel’s clothes, a horse and what little money he could find and fled the home. His plan was to escape to his native land but with the blood of Morristown’s most esteemed families on his hands it was only a matter of time before he was tracked down and captured. He never left the state. Le Blanc was brought back to Morristown.

His trial took a total of nine days. Today, if you can not afford a lawyer, you are appointed one by the court. In 1833, Le Blanc didn’t have any money and therefore was appointed not one but three of the top attorneys. This was unheard of in the 19th Century. His legal team requested a jury made up of naturalized U.S. citizens, a change of venue and a cooling off period. All were denied. On August 13, 1833, Le Blanc was convicted of murdering the Sayres (not including Phoebe's murder) after a 20 minute deliberation. He was sentenced to death by hanging. He made a full confession of all three murders, with the help of a translator, prior to his death.

A special gallows was constructed in the Morristown Green just for Le Blanc. The traditional trap door was replaced with a counterweight and pulleys. The purpose was to hoist the killer eight feet off the ground for public viewing. After the hanging, Le Blanc’s body was subjected to re-animation experiments by a Princeton scientist named Dr. Joseph Henry with the help of Dr. Canfield. The only reflexive hints of life were rolling eyeballs, limbs contracting and a contorted grin. Then, his head was plastered, preserving his death mask. His body was skinned, allegedly taken to Atno Tannery to be made in to souvenir wallets, book covers and purses. Each was signed by the sheriff in 1833 to prove authenticity. These items were sold to cover the expenses of the trial and the celebration afterward. A piece of his skin was also found at Princeton University Library tucked inside a book. Last, by court order, Le Blanc’s body was dissected and buried.

His remains were dug up near the courthouse about a century ago but has since mysteriously disappeared.
Since the murders, the house seen its share of owners and businesses. In 1946, it was converted in to a restaurant which suffered a devastating fire eleven years later. Reconstruction included expansions and additions to the building while saving a tree growing through the atrium dining area. In the 1970s, the house momentarily left its restaurant days behind to make way for the Wedgewood Inn owned by William McCausland. David DeGraff later turned it back in to an eatery called the Society Hill Restaurant. And most recently it was Jimmy’s Restaurant. Jimmy’s was closed and demolished in 2006 to make way for a bank.
Some say Phoebe still haunts the location, still seeking justice for her murder. The room Phoebe once occupied was reported to always be colder than any other room. Waitresses use to see Phoebe’s reflection in the mirror instead of their own. There were reports of behind touched on the shoulder. One person supposedly saw a bloody hand reach out from one of the paintings. Le Blanc’s spirit is also believed to be haunting the grounds. Considering the gruesome treatment of his body after death, I’m not entirely surprised if he is. Objects were known to move on their own. Candles extinguished become lit again. On the night of the Society Hill’s grand opening, a punch bowl cracked and split apart, spilling the punch. Chairs rock by themselves and lights go on and off.

Exorcisms have been performed on the property but the activity continued. The above claims are from the property’s past. I don’t know if the bank is experiencing much the same. But if there is any truth to the reports, I’m sure they have.

The Hand Print

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 latex paint but it became clearly visible.

"There is proof of my words. That mark of mine will NEVER be wiped out. It will remain forever to shame the county for hanging an innocent man." - Alexander Campbell, June 21, 1877

Picture of Hand print: http://www.thecobrasnose.com/xxghost/handprint.html

More Info: http://www.visitjimthorpe.com/new/history.htm#handprint

Originally posted on June 11, 2005

Goatman’s Bridge



The Goatman is believed to be the spirit of a man named Oscar Washburn, a black goat farmer. About fifty years after the Alton Bridge was constructed in 1888, he brought his family to North Texas and moved them in to a house nearby. He soon came to be known as a dependable, honest businessman, earning the nickname “Goatman”. Unfortunately, successful black men were still not welcomed in the 1930s. Klansman in the local government became outraged when he displayed a sign on the bridge: “this way to the Goatman”.
 
One night in August 1938, Klansman turned their headlights off and crossed the Alton Bridge. They burst in to his home and drug the Goatman away from his family to the bridge. Standing him on the side, they fitted a noose over his head and pushed him over. The Klansman peered in to the water to examine their handiwork when panic set in. The rope was still there but the Goatman’s body disappeared. The Klansman rushed back to the house and slaughtered his family. Oscar Washburn was never seen again and was presumed dead.

Since his attempted murder, strange occurrences have taken place on the bridge. Some believe the Goatman haunts the bridge and nearby woods. If you crossed the bridge with your headlights off, you would meet the Goatman on the other side. An alarming number of abandon vehicles and disappearances led to the construction of a new concrete bridge. The old red iron one remains accessible to the public by foot.

The Tampa Theatre

Tampa Theatre is the city’s only non-profit theater. Operating costs are mostly covered by its membership program, various corporate sponsors as well as ticket sales. It features a wide variety of independent, foreign and documentary films and has been used as a backdrop for movies, MTV videos and local programming. The theatre was built in 1926 and officially opened on October 15 the same year.

John Eberson designed it to reflect Florida Mediterranean including touches of Italian Renaissance, Byzantine, Spanish, Mediterranean, Greek Revival, Baroque, and English Tudor and seats 1,446. Inside, audiences are transported to a lavish, romantic Mediterranean courtyard complete with old world statuary, flowers, and gargoyles. Above them is a nighttime sky with twinkling stars and floating clouds. For decades, the Tampa remained a centerpiece in the city’s culture. People were treated like royalty uniformed ushers and attendants, sole kisses in the balcony and followed the weekly newsreels.

By the ‘60s and ‘70s, America’s economy shifted. More and more people fled to the suburbs, leaving the downtown business districts to slowly die off. The Tampa’s audiences dwindled as the costs rose. Many of the nation’s movie palaces were demolished as the land became more valuable than the building. In 1973, The Tampa Theatre faced the same fate. But in this case, Tampa citizens and City leaders got involved until an agreement was made. The city rescued it by assuming its leases. The Arts Council of Hillsborough County agreed to manage the special events, concerts and films. The theatre reopened in 1978 and became a national model on how to save an endangered theatre.

The theatre is believed to be haunted by three ghosts. Foster "Fink" Finley worked in the theatre’s projection room. He died on December 17, 1965 of a heart attack while working the projector. Hogley "Hog" Higley worked in the concession stand. He also died on the job on September 16, 1962. Godfrey "God" Gidget entered the 16-mm Shrine through the screen and disappeared on October 23, 1959. Visitors have reported mysterious gushes of air throughout the theatre, and voices.

GS Question of the Week

Do you think Data loggers are an effective tool in paranormal investigations?

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Conjuring a Demon in a Church

It seems a little battle has been brewing in Cambridge, United Kingdom between a Catholic Church and a self appointed “King of all Witches”. Magus Lynius Shadee owns occult shops in France and Normandy. His next branch is to be located in Cambridge, supposedly opening on December 24th. Church leaders fear he may prey on the vulnerable or the distressed. While they aren’t believes, a concern rose in the possibility of Shadee using manipulation of people’s fears which may result in mental problems.

Shadee has yet to reveal the location of his shop other than it will be in the city centre. The shop and "surgery" will be open to the public and will offer exorcisms, physical research, paranormal phenomena, direct voice communication, manifestation of "ghosts" and witchcraft. He has offered to prove his abilities to anyone interested. However, it seems he has already begun the demonstrations without any inquiries.

On a visit to the city, he claims to have performed an incantation to conjure a demon. The purpose was to prey on worshipers with the possibility of the element possessing and driving them to suicide. I don’t know whether he is trying to convert Father David Paul of St Laurence's Roman Catholic Church, a driving force of the skeptics, or looking for a little publicity for his soon-to-be new occult shop.

Either way I think it’s in poor taste to conjure a demon in a church. According to police, his only potential crime is under the Public Order Act which could have been committed if anyone was in the church at the time of the ritual and was alarmed or distressed by it.

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Reader Submission - Garage Man of Marysville Part III

Part I and Part II

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Governor revokes parole of convicted child killer
Monday, August 18, 2008
By Staff Reporter

After being imprisoned for 26 years, convicted child killer Gina Sargent had her parole date reversed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week.

In November 1980, Sargent, then 22, pushed her 5-year-old stepdaughter Ilana down a flight of stairs in Pioneer, causing injuries that ultimately killed her. Initially, Sargent claimed Ilana had fallen, but after investigations and an autopsy, it was discovered that Ilana had been a victim of sustained child abuse. Sargent was arrested in 1981 and convicted of second degree murder and endangering the life of a child. Her sentence was 15 years to life.

According to the Indeterminate Sentence Parole Release Review, Sargent acquired her GED and took college courses while in prison, along with vocational training courses. She has also retained close ties with family and friends and made arrangements to live at a transitional facility in Los Angeles . Despite the positive factors, Schwarzenegger said in the ISPRR his decision was swayed by Sargent's crime being "especially atrocious." He said her "release from prison would pose an unreasonable risk of danger to society at this time." One factor was a statement from the emergency room physician who treated Ilana and said he believed she could have been saved had Sargent contacted authorities immediately instead of waiting more than three hours after the fall. Sargent now admits to abusing Ilana daily over a six-month period that the child lived with her, even though members of the family attempted to intervene. A state parole board recommended release in 2007, which the Amador County District Attorney's Office protested. In his letter, Schwarzenegger said that was another factor that went into his decision.

"At age 50 now, after being incarcerated for approximately 26 years, Gina Sargent made some credible gains in prison," Schwarzenegger's letter said. "But given the current record before me, and after carefully considering the same factors the board must consider, I find the gravity of the murder committed, along with previous record of violence by Sargent, presently outweigh the positive factors."

Stranahan House



The Stranahan House is the oldest surviving building in Broward County, Florida. Built in 1901, Frank Stranahan was the first settler along the New River. He made the trip to Fort Lauderdale in 1893 due to health reasons. Frank decided to use the site to run his Barge Ferry as part of the new road between Lantana and North Miami. Stranahan was also Forth Lauderdale’s first postmaster as well as a banker and businessman. This trading post for settlers and Seminole Indians soon became a community center and town hall for the area. Frank married Ivy Julia Cromartie, one of the area’s first schoolteacher.

The upper floors hosted community festivals and dances until 1906 when it became the Stranahans permanent residence. The house came with modern plumbing, electric wiring, wide porches, running water, interior stairways, and bay windows. Throughout the years, it was remodeled and expanded to represent the original 1913-1915 look. The original furnishings were either sold or given away over the years. Stranahan House has since been restored to its original interior and exterior.

Frank Stranahan committed suicide by drowning himself during the Great Depression. His bank failed, leaving him unable to repay the many friends he owed. At the hour of his death, his wife stopped all the clocks in the house as it was a custom in the 1900s. After his death, Ivy lived on the upper floors while renting the first floor to outsiders for use as a restaurant. In 1971, Ivy passed on as well. The restaurant closed eight years later when the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society took over ownership. Today, it operates as a museum owned and managed by Stranahan House Inc.

While Stranahan House does not have a bloody history, it still has had numerous paranormal occurrences. Days after the house became a museum, the clock in the parlor began to tick on its own. The ticking originally was stopped after Frank’s death. Burglar alarms have a tendency to go off where no intruders can be found. The mysterious smell of a woman’s perfume often makes its presence known. Some say Frank and Ivy have never left their Fort Lauderdale home. If you speak to them during a visit, they may make an appearance in one of your photos.

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 thought this worthy sharing with everyone.

To see pics of the gravesite go here: http://www.vermonter.com/evergreen.asp

Pythian Castle



Following such fraternal orders as the Freemasons and Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias was founded during the Civil War. It’s considered the oldest secret male fraternal organization in North America. Its first official meeting took place in Washington D.C. on February 19, 1864. By 1895, there were 269 Knights of Pythias lodges and 21,000 members in Missouri alone.

In 1913, the Knights of Pythias built the Pythian Home of Missouri as an orphanage and senior citizens homes for its members and families as well as a meeting place for the order in Springfield. Its exterior was designed to appear like a castle befitting royalty. The building is constructed of “Carthage Stone”, a hard variety of limestone quarried in the Ozarks. A common theory in the paranormal world is limestone stimulates paranormal activity. The original main floor featured a grand foyer, meeting room, ballroom, dining hall, and sitting parlors. Dual staircases leads to the second story dormitory areas for children and adults. The upper floor also contains a theater, used also for Sunday services, with original ticket booth, seats, upper projection, changing rooms backstage and lighting room. The building also contained a full basement used as gymnasium and basketball court by the orphans. A power house, once located behind the main building, housed the boiler and the institutions laundry facilities.

The United States Military commandeered the facility in 1942 during World War II. In conjunction with adjacent O’Reilly General Hospital, Pythian Home was renamed The Enlisted Men's Service Club and was used to entertain and rehabilitate injured U.S. soldiers. The facility featured a movie theater, ballroom, bowling alley, pool hall, library, and arts and crafts area. Some of the most famous movie stars, comedians, and entertainers of the era performed in the theater while the ballroom was host to big bands playing for USO dances. German and Italian prisoners-of-war were held in the dungeon areas and helped maintain the grounds and roadways. After the war ended, the military continued to use it as a reserve center until they sold it in 1993 as “surplus”. Now the castle is owned by Tamara Finocchiaro who also resides on the property.

With over 90 years of history, some would think it not uncommon to be classified as haunted. Many mysterious noises have been heard throughout the building such as male or female voices, doors shutting or boxes being moved when no one is around. Temperature changes, orbs, voices and ghostly images have all been documented at Pythian Castle. Tamara says her ghostly roommates are for the most part friendly.
Pythian Castle has seen it’s share of notoriety especially in the Booth Brothers documentary Children of the Grave. However, Tamara has recently seen her share of problems. The City of Springfield shut down business on November 16, 2007 due to zoning and safety issues. There have been some “conspiracy theories” attempting to explain their actions, but Pythian Castle has been recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hopefully, all problems will resolve and business will resume soon.

The Devil House

How does a house earn such a name as The Devil House? Perhaps being associated with such people as the KKK is enough to acquire such a name. There once stood a house made from concrete in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. It use to be located three miles down a gravel road and ten miles from any sign of civilization. The KKK allegedly owned the property. Considering what they are known for, there’s no telling what all may or may not have taken place in or outside house. The structure has since been torn down but the reports of unexplained activity still continue.

When the house was still standing, people reported freezing cold spot even in the middle of Summer. Signs of bonfires have been seen one minute and mysteriously disappear the next. A car has been seen fifteen miles from the demolished remains. They say this car drives insanely fast around the curve at night. Then, disappears in to a nearby wife fence out in to a cornfield. Even stranger, no tire tracks of this alleged phantom car have ever been found.

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The Widows Tavern and Grille

When I was a senior in high school, we did this little experiment in English class. Each person on the far left of the room was given a sheet of paper with a few sentences on it. Those people were instructed to whisper the sentences in to the ear of the person sitting to the right of them. Then, that person was to whisper the same words to the person on the right of them. And so on and so on until it reaches the other end of the room. The last person to hear the sentences was told to write down what they hear and then read it aloud when called on. The story the person on the far right heard was much different than the original. If you don’t remember something, you tend to make something up to fill in the blanks. Ghost Stories are unfortunate victims of this. The story of Marvin at the Widows Tavern and Grille in Stockertown may never be proven true.

Back in the stagecoach days, Widow’s was a brothel. It was during this time Marvin met his demise. How he died is uncertain. Story goes he was the innkeeper who fell in love with one of the “house ladies”. One version states he was jilted, killed the girl and then himself. Another states he was asked to leave, refused to and killed himself or was murdered. Either way Marvin died and now supposedly haunts Widow’s.

During its heyday, the Widows Tavern was known as the Widow Browns. John Nyari and his father owned it a period of time. A white shadow has been seen descending the stairs. Three waitresses working on a Valentine night reported mysterious blood splotches on their uniforms. One employee witnessed a basement door handle turn on its own. A cleaning lady reported seeing an old man in tattered clothes sitting at the bar drinking beer from a stein after hours when all doors were locked. She assumed the manager let him in but after questioning him about the man, she realized who she had seen. Lights go on and off by themselves and doors swing. All believed to be the handiwork of Marvin the ghost.

Reader Submission - Garage Man Of Marysville Part II

Part I

Equipment used during this investigation: K2 Readers, EMF Readers, temperature gauges, digital audio recorders, digital video cameras, pendulum, dowsing rods.

Tammy picked up on three EVPs inside the home. Questions asked: “Can we help you?” “Are you here?” “Do you like it here?” A male’s voice all three times answers “yes”.

Cold spot located in the garage via a temperature gauge. Kathy feels her right arm pinched and later raked by fingernails. Robert feels a slight brush against the hairs of his arm. Tammy sees a flash of light around Renee’s legs while they sit in the living room.

We conducted a total of 2 investigative sessions that lasted two hours, with Yana and Donna Jackson falling into the role of lead investigators. We analyzed all collected evidence in front of Devon the occupant and the news crews. We ended the investigation with a séance using Donna Jackson’s spirit box.

Spirit Box/Séance Results:

Spirit Box says my name. It also says Devon ’s name as clear as a bell. I asked how it died. It says ‘heart attack’. At some point we did an experimentation and asked if Michael Jackson was in the home and Michael Jackson’s music came on. I asked to hear Michael Jackson’s voice and his voice came on. The Spirit Box indicated many songs and words of love to Devon, so it appears that if there is a male presence in this home, it loves Devon . There was also Spanish dialect spoken as answers to our questions. This is another classic ‘Casper Haunting’. The occupant has nothing to fear from the entity, because the entity is benevolent.

During our investigative sessions we went to Tammy Straling’s home. We had a HPI potluck that consisted of lasagna, fried chicken, apple pie, French bread, cakes, pasta salads, sodas. It was nice to take a break from the investigation and eat and socialize with my HPI family.

When I was headed for Marysville one of my HPI car magnet signs flew off on I-5 and Laguna Blvd , so if any of you truckers find it alongside the freeway, give me a ring okay? Damn signs, they don’t have the magnetic capabilities like they used to!

When Tammy Straling returned back to her home after the investigation she found her deceased brother’s renaissance faire swords moved into the middle of the living room. A few days ago, she had found a heart picture frame moved and the glass to this frame was shattered. When Tammy saw her deceased brother Frederick’s swords moved, Kathy took a picture and there was a bright shiny orb in the photo. Kathy’s batteries to her camera instantly died after that. Renee Martine walks into Tammy’s bedroom and actually sees Frederick sitting on the corner of Tammy’s bed. If you ask me if we will be investigating Tammy’s home soon, the answer of course is ‘yes’.

FINDINGS:

Various EVPs that were captured and will be analyzed further. Shadow and orb anomalies in photographs. Spirit box with concise answers to questions asked, perhaps a coincidence, I am not sure. Results: Pending.

CONCLUSION:

All indications are that this home has unusual activity. Is it paranormal? Further analysis is warranted.

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A BIG THANK YOU (WE ARE INVESTIGATING THE PIONEER CASE ON JULY 25, 2009, SATURDAY!)

I want to thank paranormal investigators Lisa Holt and David Mace for their research on the Pioneer Case. Below is information that David Mace has discovered that seems like a perfect match for our investigation in Pioneer:

Female Child Murdered in Pioneer
Name: Ilana Michelle Sargent
Sex: FEMALE
Birth Date: 29 Sep 1975
Birthplace: California
Death Date: 21 Nov 1980

Clinton Road




What elements does a road need to be labeled genuinely creepy? Isolated area? Thick forest on both sides? A dark history? Clinton Road in West Milford, New Jersey certainly would qualify. This ten mile stretch of curves and dips makes you feel like you’re millions of miles from civilization. Clinton Road along with the reservoir and brook received its name from the settlement Clinton, once located where it crosses the brook. The KKK and Satanists have all been known to worship in places near it. The woods next to Clinton Road was also the site of serial killer dumping ground. Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski was a mob hitman who claimed to have murdered over hundreds of people but the one found near Clinton Road led to his 1986 arrest. The legends attached to the road attracts and terrifies all those who attempt to drive on it.

In 1905, a writer warned travelers to avoid the road due to reports of banditry and witchcraft. This was one of the earlier reports but certainly not the last. There are still stories of local cannibals. If you’re driving along the road and come to a fallen tree blocking your path, you must turn around immediately or you will be trapped and eaten.
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One of the well known stories is of a boy at Dead Man’s Curve. He supposedly was playing on a bridge near by and fell to his death on the jagged rocks below. They say his ghost haunts the spot. If you toss a coin over the edge of the bridge, it’ll be tossed back at you. Other ghost stories include a girl driving a ghost Camaro. She supposedly died in a fatal car crash in 1988 and if you mention of this story while driving at night, you risk triggering a manifestation. There are also reports of a phantom truck either white or red who chases people off the road. Some people claimed to have seen two park rangers who allegedly died on the job in 1939 while camping.

There are even reports of strange creatures seen on or beside the road. From hellhounds to unidentified hybrids, they are believed to be the survivors of Jungle Habitat, a nearby attraction that has been closed since 1976, who supposedly crossbred. Some claim to have seen the infamous Jersey Devil make an appearance.

These are but only a handful of eyewitness accounts and stories told about Clinton Road. Would you be brave enough to take a late night drive on this desolate byway?

Ohio State Reformatory

For those of you who think you've never been or even seen Ohio State Prison, you may have and didn't even know it. It was used as the setting for the movie Shawshank Redemption. It's even listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. 154,000 inmates passed through it's gates during the entire 94 years that it was a working prison. Some never left. There are 215 numbered marked grave sites of prisoners who died from disease, influenza, tuberculosis, and others from violence. The worst occurred in a lonely place, deep in the prison ground known as solitary by some but by everyone else it was called the hole. Near total isolation could crack the toughest cons. One inmate hung himself, another set himself on fire, once two men were left too long in a tomb like cell and only one walked out, leaving his cellmate's body behind stuffed underneath a bunk.

The bloodiest incident that occurred at the prison happened outside it's walls in July 1948. The Reformatory's farm boss, his wife and daughter were kidnapped and shot to death by two parolees that were seeking revenge. A six state manhunt for Robert Daniels and his partner James West which ended in a shootout that left Daniels in custody and West dead. Later, on January 3rd, 1949, Daniels was executed. A year later, the Warden's wife was removing a jewelry box from a shelf and dislodged a pistol from it's hiding place. When it hit the floor, it went off inflicting a fatal wound. The Warden, himself, died of a heart attack while working within the same decade.

Could this be the reason for all the activity in Ohio State Reformatory? Maybe so. As of right now OSR offers tours as well as ghost hunts. Do you dare to find out if the stories of whispers and footsteps are actually true?

More Info and Pics: http://www.mrps.org/index2.html

Originally posted on December 1, 2004

Delta Queen



The Delta Queen is an American sternwheel steamboat turned U.S. National Historic Landmark. It is 285 feet long, 58 feet wide, and draws 11.5 feet. The boat weighs 1,650 tons, with a capacity of 176 passengers. Its cross-compounded steam engines generate 2,000 indicated horsepower powering a stern-mounted paddlewheel. The hull, first two decks and steam engines were ordered in 1924. The Delta Queen and her sister boat Delta King were shipped in pieces to Stockton, California two years later. There the California Transportation Company assembled the two vessels for regular service between San Francisco and Sacramento, and excursions to Stockton, on the San Joaquin River. At the time, they were the most lavish and expensive sternwheel passenger boats ever made. However, they were decommissioned after a highway was built connecting Sacramento and San Francisco in 1940.

Then, they were purchased by Isbrandtsen Steamship Lines for service out of New Orleans. During World War II, the two vessels were requisitioned by the U.S. Navy for duty in the San Francisco Bay. Over fifty years or so, The Delta Queen changed ownership a number of times. Betty Blake, president of the steamship line, lobbied for a presidential exemption to the law prohibiting the operation of overnight passenger vessels with wooden superstructures. This battle was won in 1971.

She recreated historic steamboat races during the Kentucky Derby Festival in the Great Steamboat Race against the Belle of Louisville on the Ohio River. Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter have all sailed on the Delta Queen. Majestic America Line recently took ownership of the Queen. At the end of 2008, she ceased all operations allegedly due to a temporary exemption from SOLAS being thrown out in a recent Congressional decision. Without the exemption, the Queen cannot operate legally. In response, Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, and 15 other members submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament in an effort to preserve the ship. In the United States, a “Save the Delta Queen” campaign was created. Majestic America Line not only announced the Delta Queen would not operate in 2009 but added the ship and all its assets were up for sale.

Under a lease, Harry Phillips, a Chattanooga businessman, docked the vessel at Coolidge Park Landing in Chattanooga North Shores. The Queen was turned in to a floating boutique hotel. On June 5, 2009, The Delta Queen Hotel officially opened for overnight guests. However, will her permanent guest approve of the new accommodations?

Mary B. Greene played an important role in the Delta Queen’s history. She was one of the founders of the Delta Queen Steamboat Company as well as the first female ship captain. She loved the Queen and took excellent care of her. Ma Greene, as she was known as, worked to keep the ship family friendly and definitely did not approve of the sale of alcohol. She didn’t allow a drop of it on her ship. In 1949, Ma Greene passed away. Most employees tried to adhere to her wishes. However, a group decided to set up a saloon on the Queen. Minutes after the first cocktail was served, A barge wrecked in to the ship, completely destroying the saloon. Ironically, the barge was called Captain Mary B, named after Ma Greene. Many associate this accident as Greene’s displeasure with the saloon. An apparition of a lady believed to be Ma Greene has been seen wandering the steamboat. Many say she is friendly but remains to keep a close eye on her beloved Delta Queen.

Ghostly Thirteen

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Ghostly Thirteen was inspired by the Thursday Thirteen meme. You list thirteen paranormal-related things for example your top 13 posts (if you have a paranormal blog), mythical creatures, gods, haunted houses, etc...

My Theme – Haunted Roads Worldwide

1. Tuen Mun Road – road in Hong Kong. It has seen its fair share of accidents some due to ghosts popping up out of nowhere causing drivers to lose control of their cars. Legends go back hundreds of years.

2. Bloodspoint Road – there are several intersecting roads in Boone County, Illinois including Wheeler, Flora Church, Pearl, Poole, Sweeney, Cherry Valley, Stone Quarry, Fairdale, Irene and, of course, Bloodspoint. These roads have seen murders, suicide, a rape, hangings, a train derailing, children who died as a result of a bus going off a bridge and stories of witch. There are even stories of a phantom farmhouse where hangings allegedly took place, a black phantom truck and demonic dog.

3. Kelly Road – there is a one-mile section of this road in Ohioville, Pennsylvania with numerous reports of paranormal activity. No one is for certain the cause, though some believe responsibility lies with past cult activity and/or curses, but animals suddenly turn violent and white apparitions and voices can be seen and heard here.

4. Stocksbridge By-Pass – built in 1989, this road was part of the M67 motorway in England but is now a single carriageway. Children in period clothing have been seen and heard. The apparition of a monk has also been seen here. Some say the ghost children are linked to the many pit shafts where they may have fell in. The monk may have been apart of Hunshelf Priory and was disillusioned.

5. Clinton Road – There is a ten-mile curvy road in the woods of West Milford, New Jersey plagued with the sense of isolation. This was the chosen place of a serial killer for his dumping grounds. There are reports of being followed, watched and a red-eyed hound from Hell. There are also reports of a phantom truck that chases you off the road.

6. State Road 15 – legends states if you drive north on this Hibernia, New Jersey road you will come across a house on the left pass the toll road. If you wait long enough, the apparition of the former owner will part the curtains and wave at you.

7. Highway 12 West – in Fredrica, Delaware there is a legend of a man who murdered his landlord, grounded him in to cornmeal and fed him to his dog. Now, eyewitnesses have reported seeing a phantom dog with glowing red eyes along the side of the road at night.

8. M6 – the longest road in the UK and perhaps the most haunted. There have been unusual sightings of a phantom truck driving in the wrong direction, Roman soldiers walking on the road and an upset woman hitchhiking.

9. Shades of Death Road – numerous murders, accidents and strange happenings have occurred on this New Jersey road. People have been killed by wildcats. Mutilated corpses have been found. Spirits of the Lenni-Lenape tribe attacked by the Iroquois Indians are believed to haunt this road.

10. A75 Kinmont Straight – for over fifty years, this South West Scottish road has been the location for numerous hauntings. So many it has earned the nickname “the Ghost Road”. One witness claimed to have seen a couple walk in front of his truck and vanished as he “struck” them. Years later, two brothers saw a hen fly straight at their windshield and vanished before impact. Then, seconds later, a woman running towards them followed by a man shouting and a variety of animals. The moment they stopped their car it began to mysteriously shake violently.

11. Mona Lisa Drive – in New Orleans, there once stood a statue of a philanthropist’s daughter named Mona. Careless teenagers destroyed it and ever since, a sad Mona has been seen floating silently next to cars, scratching the glass and disappearing.

12. Salem Church Road – in the 1900s, a family of six was hung due to accusations of witchcraft. Now, they are seen walking along this highways in Newark, Delaware. searching for the descendants of their accusers.

13. US HWY 20 – between the hours of midnight and 5 am, a Lady in White has been known to appear, wearing a wedding dress. When people attempt to pick her up, she disappears. Might be a good idea to stay away Brushy Prairie, Indiana during the holidays.

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Do you think Michael Jackson is haunting Neverland Ranch?

Apsley House

What can be more frustrating than having a rowdy spirit in your business establishment? How about one giving away drinks for free? An UK pub called Apsley House in Southsea, Hampshire is precisely having that problem.

The pub was once a Victorian girls school. Then, later, used as offices by the city council. The building was then turned in to a pub in the 1960s. The resident poltergeist was nicknamed “Reedy” after the legendary actor and drinker Oliver Reed. Janice and Patrick McCormack took ownership of the pub a decade ago but the free refills problem didn’t begin until the beginning of this year. Whenever a customer visits the restroom or puts their drink down for a second, they turn to find an extra inch of beer.

The owners are happy their little bar is attracting new customers. Not so much that its people hoping to get the free beer. Even more so because it is costing them money. Their frustrations have pushed them to hold a séance and attempt to exorcise the ghost from Apsley House.

Reader Submission - Garage Man of Marysville Part I

This investigation story was sent in by Haunted and Paranormal Investigations International Paul Dale Roberts General Manager/Ghostwriter/Fortean Investigator. Since it is of great length, I was forced to break it up in to four parts. Return every Saturday for another installment.

"Supernatural Reality: A Look at Garage Man of Marysville.
By Paul Dale Roberts, HPI General Manager/Ghostwriter/Fortean Investigator

Date: July 10, 2009 Friday. Time: 1900 Hours. I didn’t realize so many things were going to happen on this Marysville case, but it did.

But before I get into this story, watch "2012 The Real Truth" by Shannon McCabe & Paul Dale Roberts. A behind the scenes documentary of the Penn & Teller "Bull****" Show. "The Apocalypse" is airing on Penn & Teller's "Bull****"- Showtime Television July 16th, 2009, now see the videos at this link: http://www.ShannonMcCabe.com

Let’s get a roll call. Present on this case are HPI Paranormal Investigators: Paul Dale Roberts - HPI General Manager; David Mace - Researcher; Renee Martine - Intuitive; Tammy Straling - Case Manager; Kathy - Professional Photographer/Intuitive; Tom; Angel Wolpert - In Training; Devon Lemmenes - In Training/Occupant; Julia Cottel - In Training; Donna Jackson - Lead Investigator; Yana - Lead Investigator; June Baker - In Training/Observer; Robert Kyer - In Training/Observer; Lisa Noggle - In Training/Observer.

Also present: Channel 13 Kris Pickel and her camera man.

To see some of the pictures of this investigation, click on:
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To see the HPI Marysville Paranormal Strike Force (group photo), see this link:
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You are probably saying to yourself, come on Paul, can you get to the story already? How many links are you going to send me to? Okay, hold your horses, here comes the story. Geesh, impatient people. I’m doing my best here.

Channel 13 met up with us and we got this investigation going. Right off we hit on an EVP in the garage area. After two tries, the question was asked..”is there anyone here?” I believe the EVP says…”You stay”. It sounds like a man’s voice and this EVP was captured right in front of the Channel 13 cameras. One thing started after another. New batteries being drained for no apparent reason. Investigators taking pictures of designer orbs, a couple of the orb photos seem to have faces inside their intricate designs within the circle. Yes, I know orbs can be light refractions, dust, skin flakes or lint, but some of these orbs had pattern movement, if they were dust, they should have dropped to the ground a long time ago, but they kept moving in a horizontal line. So perhaps, just perhaps these orbs may be spiritual containment fields. We have a series of 3 photos, showing a black mass getting ready to engulf my investigators, the 2nd picture they are completely engulfed and 3rd picture everything is back to normal. David Mace sees a silhouette of a person next to him, he looks back again and it’s gone. Devon Lemmenes, the occupant wonders if her deceased brother Daniel is one of the entities of her home and she seeks the answer this evening.

I did some interviews with some of my investigators and got some interesting stories and experiences. Here is the run down:

Lisa Noggle: She tells me that her first and only paranormal experience was at an Arkansas hotel. She was taking a tour of the hotel and came to a room that had gutted floors. She saw a little boy’s reflection in the hotel window and as she looked at the little boy, his head tilted to one side and he smiled.

Kathy: She feels an energy in the garage, she picks up the name Daniel and learns later that is Devon ’s deceased brother. She feels that the man in the house next to Devon ’s home died of emphysema and she learns she is correct. She feels chills and heaviness throughout the house.

Robert Kyer: Robert was in the Army in Iraq and on June 2003 he was in an Iraqi military unoccupied officer barracks. He felt ghostly soldiers moving and brushing up against him. He hears Arabic speaking all around him and there is absolutely no one in the room with him at the time. He learns later that many Iraqi soldiers died in these barracks from a 155 mm artillery shell.

Renee Martine: She felt a male presence in Devon ’s home. She feels a male presence was holding onto a little girl spirit from going into the light. This male presence may have died from opium poisoning in the 1800s. She also felt a Quaker connection with the spirits in the home.

Angel Wolpert: She felt at times disoriented and felt someone was watching her.

June Baker feels a strong presence alongside the house and in the house next door is where the man died of emphysema.

Some History about Devon ’s House and her Neighborhood:

Across the street, criminals were hung by their neck in the 1800s until they were dead. A city official man and his wife died in Devon ’s home. The Garage Man may have been a vagrant that would stay in the garage, to shelter himself from the weather, when the home was abandoned. The home may be about 80 years old.

Stone Balls of Costa Rica





Stone Balls have been discovered all over the world. The ones located in Costa Rica are the subject of many books and some of the authors misrepresented themselves as the ones who discovered them. However, they were actually found in 1940 during agricultural activities by the United Fruit Company. They were clearing land Diquis Delta to be used for banana plantations. An archaeological investigation was underway shortly afterward along with the first scholarly publication about them appearing in 1943.

Hundreds of these balls have been documented all over the country of Costa Rica. Although some have been destroyed, dynamited by treasure hunters or cracked and broken by agricultural activities. Only six are believed to be in their original locations. They range from a few centimeters to over two meters in diameter. Almost all of them are made of granodiorite, a hard, volcanic stone, possibly taken from a Talamanca mountain range about 50 miles from their location. Unlike the stone balls in Jalisco, Mexico, they are not natural in origins but monolithic sculptures made by human hands.

No one knows exactly how old they are. Costa Rica has no recorded history before 1502 when Columbus made his fourth transatlantic voyage. Archaeologists used pottery and other artifacts found near the balls to make their best educated guess. They believe the balls could have been made anywhere between A.D. 200 and 1500. Old but not as old as the pyramids or Stonehenge.

How or why they were created remains a mystery.

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Bunnyman Bridge

I'm sure some of you have even heard of Bunnyman Bridge from the show "Scariest Places on Earth." It is located in Fairfax, Virginia on Colchester Road. Now there are various stories about the Bunnyman but most conclude that he loved bunnies, of course, and also children. Some say he was a lunatic that escaped from a nearby asylum and nourished himself mainly on rabbits, leaving their dead carcasses to be found. Others say that he always dressed up as a rabbit when he killed his victims always with an axe and left them hanging near the bridge. The most common story that I have found is this:

In 1904, there was an insane asylum near a small town in Virginia. The townspeople didn't like it so close to them so they took a vote and decided to move the asylum somewhere else. While transporting the occupants, the bus broke down near the bridge and they all escape. They were all found and captured except for one. All the police found were dead rabbits which they concluded that was what he was eating to stay alive, but the guy was never found dead or alive.

Some have stated that if you go to the bridge and say 'Bunnyman' three times, he will make himself known to you in some way. But do know that even if he doesn't, you will still be watched upon entering the bridge. The local police installed surveillance cameras due to its fame. Here's the question: Do you dare to find out if the stories are true? Or maybe some of you already know.

Source: The Center for Paranormal Research and Investigation

Originally posted on November 17, 2004

Hayswood Hospital



In Maysville, Kentucky, a four-story brick building stands tall on Market Street. Its charm still shines in remembrance of the lives it help saved and the ones who were lost. A set of steep steps lead up to the structure. Three Greek columns still stand on the front of the building between floors two and three. Marble once placed at the top of the columns are missing along with some windows. A fence guards the past but this building is not the original hospital.

In the 1800s, the Wilson family and friends built a medical facility known as the Wilson Infirmary. This facility was run by May Pearl Wilson until her death in 1908. The hospital was demolished to make room for the new and improve. Hayswood Seminary was constructed in 1915. Eight years later the name officially changed to Hayswood Hospital to reflect a full service facility. Two additions were added on in 1925 and 1971. There eighty-seven beds to accommodate the needs of a small community. However, it didn’t meet the needs of a growing community by the 1980s. There was no room to expand. The hospital’s location was hard to get to in an emergency. The streets were too narrow to handle the traffic.

This resulted in to a new hospital being constructed on the outskirts of town and Hayswood Hospital being closed in 1983. It remained vacant for eleven years until purchased at a public auction by Ester Johnson. Plans were formed to renovate the building, turning it in to retail stores or apartments. Unfortunately, the price seemed too much to bare. It remains in limbo looking for a new purpose.

Hospitals are like cemeteries in the sense hauntings are considered a guarantee. People reported feeling watching, inside and outside the building. Neighbors have claimed seeing glowing lights in the windows, an apparition who enjoys standing by the last third floor window, and shadow people much like Waverly Hills. Disembodied voices and moans of the long dead suffering can also be heard along with the cries of unseen babies. A woman carrying her newborn baby has been seen walking the maternity ward. It is believed this woman may not know she is dead. Reports say she stands, crying, and holding her dead baby. Shadows of doctors and nurses have also been seen throughout the building possibly still trying to help and save the sick.
You need permission to tour the building or you risk being arrested as so many in the past have been.

Pope Lick Monster

Does a human-goat hybrid really exist? According to legend, the Pope Lick Monster resides beneath a Norfolk Southern Railway trestle over Pope Lick Creek in Louisville, Kentucky. It has been described as having powerful fur-covered goat legs, an alabaster-skinned face with an aquiline nose and wide set eyes, short sharp horns protruding from its head and long greasy hair the same color as the fur on its legs. Sights of this creature began in the 1940s and 50s. There are several theories on the origins of this creature and how it claims its victims.

Some believe it uses hypnosis or voice mimicry using the panicked cries of a loved one to lure trespassers on to the trestle as an oncoming train sends them to their deaths. Others claim it jumps down from the trestle on to passing cars. It attacks with a blood stained rusty axe or the very sight of it sends people flying off the trestle, committing suicide. However, the monster prefers to terrorize people by pelting them with stones and/or making disturbing sounds. But where does one alleged creature come from?

Some legends state it is a human-goat hybrid who vowed revenge after being mistreated. A second version claims the monster is a twisted reincarnated form of a farmer who sacrificed goats in exchange for Satanic powers or its the product of a perverted bond between the farmer and a goat.

The final legend links the Pope Lick Monster with another tale synonymous with the trestle, the "Ghost Train" that is also rumored to appear on the tracks. A sudden flutter of vibration from above as a train passes overhead along the trestle but yet makes no sound of approach or passage. In the late 1800s, there were rumors of a wild animal roaming the Canadian wilderness. The creature's presence caught the attention of a circus owner by the name of Silus Garner. He offered a substantial reward for the creatures capture. Once someone tracked and captured the beast he began to exhibit the Goat monster in his freak show. From town to town they went, the monster being one of his star attractions. Until one fateful night while bound for Louisville, lightening struck the track derailing the train and killing all passengers aboard except for one....the Goatman.

A low budget film called The Legend of the Pope Lick Monster was made in 1988. Many were excited to see the legend come alive on screen but the authorities weren’t. A number of accidents and deaths have occurred at the trestle since its construction. An 8ft tall fence guards the trestle and everyone is encouraged to not trespass for your own safety.

GS Question of the Week

What are your thoughts on the Parallel Universe Theory?

Saxony Motor Inn

In Edmonton, Saxony opened its doors in 1966 displaying its fashionable Spanish style to welcomed guests. But like so many businesses, its grandeur began to crumble and the ownership transfer began. In the 1980s, the inn converted in to a strip club. Then, later, stripping was traded in for bingo. On December 21, 1990, a 46-year-old masseuse named Lorraine Wray was found in the bathroom of her massage studio (situated in a strip mall next to the inn) strangled to death. Now, the Saxony has returned to its inn roots operating as a Howard Johnson Hotel. Staff members have had problems with guests of the ghostly nature.

One in particular has presented himself as the resident trickster. Lights have been known to flicker, footsteps heard in the empty stairwell, and knocks on doors have all been attributed to a spirit named Bob. TVs, microwaves and toasters also sporadically become unplugged. Does Bob have company? The scent of rose perfume has been smelled in the former Saxony.

Spend the night at the Howard Johnson and you may get more than what you paid for.
 
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