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True Paranormal Hauntings: What Happens After Dark? Creepy True Paranormal Haunt

 

True Paranormal Hauntings

 

What Happens After Dark? Creepy True Paranormal Hauntings and Stories from All over the World

 

Book 3

 

Table of Contents

 

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Ghosts of Alcatraz Island

Chapter 2: Danny the Poltergeist

Chapter 3: Moss Beach Distillery: The Blue Lady

Chapter 4: Thornton Heath Haunting

Chapter 5: Haunted Culberston Mansion

Chapter 6: Ghosts of the Thousand Doors

Chapter 7: Ghost Family of Linares Palace

Chapter 8: The Stockholm Ghost Train

 

Conclusion

 

 

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Introduction

 

I want to thank you and congratulate you for downloading the book, “True Paranormal Hauntings”.

 

The world is a curious place and the things that humans know are scarcer than the unknown and unexplained. The existence of ghosts is probably one of the things that science cannot either prove or disprove; in all its aspects, at least.

 

Though their presence on Earth is not widely accepted, the air of mystery that hangs about ghost stories keep them alive. It is the furtive truth in them that keeps people wanting to know more about them; and with this curiosity, some hauntings have even been proven true.

Each culture and country somehow have their own versions of ghosts and hauntings. What’s fascinating is that, across borders and traditions, these hauntings share the same spine-tingling and hair-raising effect on those that get to hear or read about them.

This book includes true creepy ghost hauntings from around the world that will make you conclude that ‘they’ really exist. From haunted islands, confirmed poltergeist cases, to restaurants haunted by an estranged lover, mansions and palaces that serve as a home to a number of ghosts, and even a ghost train that never lets its passengers off, this book will provide all your ghostly curiosity and mystery seeking needs.

Thanks again for downloading this book, I hope you enjoy it!

 

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Chapter 1

 

Ghosts of Alcatraz Island

 

Overview

 

The island of Alcatraz in San Francisco is deemed to be one of the most haunted islands in the world. Holding a long history of native settlement, war, a military prison and numerous deaths, the penitentiary on the island houses violent and eerie paranormal activity witnessed by visitors, guards and staff of the place alike.

 

The establishment is a hotspot for the paranormal, experiencing varied ghostly activities: apparitions of notorious and murdered individuals, clanking of chains and locked cell doors, screaming ghouls and different intensities of poltergeist activities.

 

History

 

Alcatraz Island, its name coming from the Spanish word ‘alcatraz’ meaning pelican, is located in San Francisco Bay, California. It was discovered by a Spaniard, Juan Manuel de Ayala, together with three other islands in 1775. It is a relatively small island; measuring approximately 9 hectares only.

 

Island of Evil Spirits

 

The Native Americans were noted as the first visitors of Alcatraz Island. They did not settle on the island since they believed that it is the home of vicious, evil spirits. Instead, because of the perceived nature of the place, the natives banished the criminals who broke their tribal law to the island. It was the ultimate punishment during that time to live in isolation and with the company of malevolent spirits on Alcatraz.

 

Military Citadel and Prison

 

The island had a very prominent rock perched on the center of it, some giving it the moniker ‘The Rock’. The US Government took notice of it and noted its possible advantages in military defense, especially in the time when the gold rush was flourishing along the American River of California. Eventually, in 1853, initial buildings, including the first lighthouse in West America, was erected on Alcatraz.

 

The product of the continuous planning and building on the island was a garrison that housed around two hundred soldiers and 105 cannons in 1861. In the long run, the ideal location of Alcatraz encouraged the government to keep prisoners of war on the island.

 

Following the Civil War, the fortress was converted into a military prison; a brick jailhouse was built and it originally held only twenty-six prisoners. In the course of the Spanish-American War, however, the population of the prisoners of war increased to four hundred and fifty by 1906.

In the following years, more captives added to the safety confinement of Alcatraz. Hundreds were transported to the island after the earthquake in San Francisco in 1906 and a three-story cell block was built to accommodate the growing number of inmates. The original cell block was demolished, leaving only the basement, and the new concrete one was built above it.

Though the prison was known to have stringent rules, like dividing the inmates into three different categories according to their conduct and restricting certain privileges, the structure and the security of the facility was at its minimum. The cells were only used for sleeping and the inmates spent the day gardening, cooking and cleaning for the locals.

 

The ‘punishment’ and jobs for the inmates were varied and they somehow served as servants for the native population residing on the island. Due to the laxness of security, some prisoners tried to flee from the prison island but they would often be faced by the large cold waves surrounding Alcatraz and would drown in vain.

 

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary

 

The increase in the number of criminals and the rise of the existence of notorious gangs led to a number of problems for the law enforcers on the mainland. The facilities in the San Francisco jails were either unequipped or too small to contain the rapidly growing number of criminals.

 

The solution was simple; they needed a maximum-security facility located away from the mainland that would pose an intimidating image to the aspiring law breakers. As a result, in 1934, the citadel and prison in Alcatraz became an official federal prison, later renamed the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.

 

Extensive renovations took place and anything that indicated the lack in security was replaced with high-technology equipment, tool and fool-proof buildings and over-all maximum safety measures.

 

Aside from the improved security, the first warden of the penitentiary, Warden Johnson enforced strict but efficient rules within the prison. Every pleasant activity, such as receiving and writing letters, going to the library and even work was considered a privilege and each activity was ‘earned’ through merits from good conduct.

 

Suffering in Alcatraz

 

Though the ways of Warden Johnson were praised outside the prison by critics and skeptics, the inmates secretly gave the facility the name ‘Hellcatraz’ because of the numerous sufferings experienced there. The criminals had the notion that once one enters Alcatraz, it would be the end of his/her criminal career and his/her life.

 

The guards would beat the prisoners in various ways and sometimes it would end in a violent death. Other punishments include putting corresponding additional weights on the inmates while they work. These weights include chains and metal balls that would make moving around difficult.

 

The citadel has almost the same structure of the prison cells except for the one at the basement, D-block. D-block was known to be the “Treatment Unit” where difficult prisoners were punished for misconduct. The block is made up of 42 cells; all of which are highly-secure and escape-proof.

 

When a prisoner was banished to D-Block, he was not allowed out for a certain period of time, depending on the weight of his violation. He was devoid of human interaction, allowed only a maximum of two showers each week, and would eat his bland porridge meals accompanied by only the four walls of the small cell.

 

The block faces the San Francisco Bridge and thus, strong and cold winds usually plague the already lonely inmates. Also, it is rumored that a guard was fond of blasting the air conditioning of the area to intensify the suffering of the prisoners held in D-block.

The other cells in block D are known as the ‘Strip Cells’, also located at the basement of the prison. The ‘lawbreaker’ would be stripped down to his/her underwear and confined in a small cell that only contained a single toilet and sink. The prisoner would be kept inside for days without human interaction.

 

Bare naked and given a thin mattress that would stay only for sleeping hours. Prisoners in the strip cell were only given a small piece of bread a day. A dim bulb was also present in the cell but guards could choose to turn it off. Some prisoners would be driven out of their wits because of extreme boredom or loneliness.

The last cell in D-block was called “The Hole” as it is but a steel cell that cannot let any light in. It didn’t have a sink or a toilet, only a hole in the floor used for defecation. All the senses were impeded in The Hole; the total torture of silence, darkness, cold and loneliness.

 

Famous People held in Alcatraz Island

 

The maximum-security facility of Alcatraz enabled the prison to hold notorious and famous inmates who were involved in large-scale crimes.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Al ‘Scarface’ Capone

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Al Capone was a member of a gang in Chicago and eventually became the crime boss of the Chicago Outfit. His gang earned around $100 million per year through organized crimes such as prostitution, robbery and gambling.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The Chicago Outfit was associated with the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929 which resulted in the death of seven other mobsters.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Quite ironically, Al Capone was sent to Alcatraz for tax evasion. It was on the island prison where he claimed that he finally ‘got licked’.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Convicted for kidnapping, Kelly stayed on Alcatraz for around 17 years. He got his nickname from the machine gun that his wife gave him and which he always carried around.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Robert Stroud (Birdman of Alcatraz)

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Stroud was first convicted of manslaughter after he brutally shot a bartender in Alaska. He was angered when his victim wasn’t able to pay for the prostitute that he requested.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Stroud was transferred to different prisons because of his prominently violent behavior often causing deaths of guards or inmates.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Before he was sent to Alcatraz, Stroud was allowed to raise canaries in his prison cell in Leavenworth, Kansas. He kept his birds, which accumulated to 300 in number through time, inside his cell and studied their physiology. This later made him produce two books about birds.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. He was transferred to Alcatraz when it was discovered that he used his bird equipment to brew alcohol in his cell.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. In Alcatraz, Stroud was never allowed to keep birds in his cell.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Alvin ‘Creepy Karpis’ Karpowicz

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Dubbed by the FBI as “Public Enemy No. 1”, Karpowicz stayed in Alcatraz for 25 years, probably the longest sentence that anyone served in the island prison.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. He was nicknamed as “Creepy Karpis” for his sinister and disturbing smile.

 

Deaths in Alcatraz

 

Alcatraz Island has experienced hundreds of deaths even before its discovery. From the banishing of law-offending Native Americans and deaths of military men to the murders and escape failures of the Alcatraz penitentiary, the island has been a venue where suffering and demise hang heavy in the air.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Native Americans

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Some native Americans believed that Alcatraz Island is the home to menacing spirits. As to why they think that that is the case, no one is sure.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The ‘criminals’ who were banished to live in isolation in Alcatraz were believed to have died on the island; either by numerous escape feats or by dying of old age.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Prisoners of War

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. In the late 1800s, prisoners from the Civil War and the Spanish-American War were held in Alcatraz.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Some of them attempted to flee the island but they always failed, owing to the fact that the seas surrounding the island are almost impossible to swim across.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Inmates of the penitentiary

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. From 1933 to 1963, the Alcatraz Penitentiary has seen about fourteen escape attempts. Thirteen inmates have died in their escape attempts:

*
**
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Six of them were shot dead by the guards

**
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Two died while trying to escape by sea

**
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Five disappeared and they were presumed to have drowned

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One very organized escape happened in 1946 when 6 prisoners got hold of certain weapons from the facility. However, since they weren’t able to retrieve the keys, a bloody fire battle took place between the guards and the inmates. The encounter, named ‘The Battle of Alcatraz’, resulted in the death of two officers and three aspiring escapees. The other two were tried later and were given death sentences as punishment.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. There were also random brawls in the prison. Around 13 inmates were beaten to death or murdered by other prisoners. A guard was killed in the laundry room and five inmates took their own lives while serving their sentences.

 

Current Situation and Landmarks

 

After 30 years of operation, the expenses for the maintenance and operation of the facility rose sky high. The concrete buildings were starting to wear out because of the salt from the surrounding sea and all the necessities for the prison needed to be shipped over to the island. In 1963, the Alcatraz Penitentiary was officially closed.

 

At present, the island’s main establishments still remain: the main prison, the lighthouse, the warden’s house, the library, the dining hall and the two industry buildings are the most prominent structures left in the island.

 

 

 

 

Ghost Hauntings

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Sounds heard

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. While the prison was still operating, Warden Johnson who was not a believer of the paranormal, toured a number of visitors around the grounds. When they passed the ‘dungeons’, Johnson and the guests heard a wailing woman. The crying lasted for a number of minutes and then abruptly stopped. The group was then enveloped by a sudden drop in temperature while they were still inside the building.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. On several occasions before the prison was officially closed, the guards would hear cannon fire from outside but when they checked, everything would appear as if nothing had occurred. All the cannons showed no signs of them being fired.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Musical instruments are also heard in the abandoned halls of the prison. Several guards have reported hearing the harmonica playing. Some hear the banjo in the shower room. The caretakers suspect that it was Al Capone’s soul that was playing the banjo. While the notorious crime boss was still alive, he would go to the shower room and practice his instrument.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Locked cell doors are often heard swinging open and then closed.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Ghostly voices are heard all over the facility. In the dining hall, there are chattering voices and clattering utensils. In the hospital ward, screams often resound on a silent night.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The ghost of Stroud is believed to roam his cell since some rangers reported hearing chirping birds in the area. The odd thing was, Stroud was never allowed to bring any of his canaries to Alcatraz.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. There are anonymous whispers in the halls and some screaming in the dead of the night when the cells are obviously unoccupied.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Sounds of dragged chains, running and crashing sounds are also heard by the staff.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Apparitions

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The ghosts of some of the former inmates were also reported to be seen in Alcatraz.

**
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Alvin Karpowicz was seen roaming the bakery and kitchen of the facility. He would show himself with his usual creepy smile.

**
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One section of the prison called C-block is said to be haunted by the ghost of Abbie Maldowitz. His apparition would be seen or heard opening cell doors. He is also seen in the laundry room where he was brutally murdered by his fellow inmates.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. George Kelly or “Machine Gun” has been seen in the church grounds on several occasions.

**
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Some rangers have seen the ghost of Al Capone playing his banjo.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. A mysterious man has been said to haunt the Warden’s house. Even when the prison was still operational, the apparition already disturbed the area. At the Christmas Party of the guards and the warden in 1940, they saw a man wearing a gray suit and a cap just outside of the premises. All the attendees of the party saw the apparition appear and disappear. The fire on the stove went out and the room suddenly became ice cold.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. A phantom lighthouse is said to appear during cold and foggy nights. Apart from the massive apparition, an unearthly whistling sound and a green light would also roam all throughout the island.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One psychic claimed that he had a conversation with a ghost. The apparition told him that his leg bones were purposely broken as a punishment. He was then put into secluded confinement for months.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Unexplained Smoke

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. On one occasion, the fire alarm of the laundry room went off. When the rangers went to check, the room was full of black smoke. However, as they were about to locate the origin of the fire, the smoke mysteriously disappeared.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Ghosts caught on Camera

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Since the island is open for some tours, Alcatraz receives a number of curious visitors.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One of the visitors, who snapped a number of pictures around the area noticed an image of a woman through a glass. The woman was wearing a black dress and hat, peculiarly styled like that of the Victorian era.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. When they checked the other visitors, no one was wearing the same dress as the captured image. The glass was also not reflective so it was impossible that the image was one of the living, strolling the premises of the prison.

 

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Erratic devices

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. When some investigators and psychics went to check for paranormal activity in Alcatraz, they bought a magnetometer to detect any abnormal magnetic waves often caused by any supernatural energy.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The group came to the front of the New Industries Building and picked up an erratic reading on the device. One of the psychics felt a throbbing pain in her neck. They later found out that a murder took place at the same spot where they picked up the erratic reading. One of the inmates had stabbed another in the neck in front of the New Industries Building.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Possession

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. As Alcatraz became popular as a haunted island, skeptics and psychics flocked to the area to confirm the claims. One of the curious men was Ted Wyant, a radio anchor who did not believe in paranormal phenomena.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Wyant brought his crew and a psychic, Jeanne Borgen, for an overnight stay at Alcatraz. For the duration of their stay, Wyant did not feel anything out of the ordinary until the wee hours of the morning. The anchor awoke with an anger that he later identified not coming from himself. He stated that at that time, he wanted to brutally beat up or shoot someone.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. According to his crew, Wyant threw lewd and rude curses to them with an expression that they never saw him have in the past. He looked like he was about to kill someone.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Incidentally, they found out that the place where they camped was the exact location where the “Battle of Alcatraz” happened. It was where the three inmates died while they were fighting against the guards.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. On yet another one of the tours, a woman was allegedly possessed by a German child. She started talking in a small voice and talked straight German; a language that she had no knowledge of.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. D Block

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Known as the block that held intense feelings of suffering and pain, D-block is said to be the most haunted place in Alcatraz.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The screaming in the block is said to belong to the ghost of the inmate who was strangled to death by a guard. Just after his death in the 1940s, the guard who killed the prisoner was head counting the inmates when he realized that the count was one person more. They turned around and saw the ghost of the departed inmate. The apparition vanished like smoke.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Of the 42 cells in D-block, the most active are cells 12-D and 14-D. When passing these cells, one can feel an eerie feeling of being watched, of an unbelievably cold breeze and of intense negative feelings. The temperature in the cells is always below normal room temperature, even during hot summer days.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Curious visitors noted different negative emotions in 14-D but all of them indicate a very heavy feeling when going inside. One psychic and an author described having tingling sensations in their fingertips. The psychic energy was so strong they had to get out as fast as they went in.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Ghost hunter Richard Senate spent a night in cell 12-D and felt cold hands wrapped around his neck. At the same time, he saw images of dismembered corpses in his mind.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The “Thing”

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Probably one of the scariest spirits in Alcatraz is “The Thing”. Visitors and guards who have had an encounter with the evil spirit describe it to be accompanied by a foul stench and crying sounds. The Thing itself is said to have bright and glowing eyes.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One of the most violent encounters of the Thing was when the prison was still operational. An inmate in D-Block was screaming loudly as if he was being attacked. He also claimed to be accompanied by an apparition with glowing eyes. However, the guards ignored him, as they thought it was only the prisoner’s way of luring the guards to open the cell doors and release him. In the morning, the guards inspected the cell after the inmate became suspiciously silent. The prisoner was found dead; an obvious pained expression etched upon his face and purpling handprints on his neck, evidence of strangulation. When his body underwent an autopsy, it was found out that he did not strangle himself.

 

 

 

Chapter 2

 

Danny the Poltergeist

 

Overview

 

In 1998 in Savannah, Georgia, the once peaceful Cobb family was disrupted by an unwanted poltergeist activity by the ghost of a boy named Danny. Danny would leave messages for the family at first, somehow appearing friendly. However, the paranormal activity increased; opening of kitchen cabinets, moving furniture and even trying to hit one of the Cobb children with a plate.

 

Danny and the Bed

 

During Christmas of 1998, Al Cobb bought an antique bed for one of his twin sons as a present. The vintage design of the bed made it apparent that it was a style of the late 1800s and Al Cobb’s son, Jason, liked his present very much. The family rearranged the boy’s room to accommodate the new bed that they placed against the wall.

Three days after, Jason complained of feeling uncomfortable in the new bed. He told his parents that he felt an invisible presence as he was sleeping. It was as if someone was lying beside him, an elbow on the pillow and watching him sleep. He could also feel a cold breath on the side of his neck. Thinking that Jason was just acting up, his parents ignored the incident.

 

However, the next morning, Jason found the picture frame of his dead grandparents facing downwards. He fixed it and placed it upright but the picture faced down again the next day. On the third day, Jason vividly remembered how he put the picture in the right position, the picture was no longer on the table on the side of the bed.

 

Instead, it was in the middle of the bed, together with random objects originally placed in different parts of the room. The family was terrified but Al Cobb still managed to ask if there were any ghosts in the room and if there were, he asked their age. When they didn’t hear a response, Al left a piece of paper and some crayons in Jason’s room. They went out for a few minutes and when they came back, the paper had scratchy writing that said ‘Danny, 7’.

 

Danny’s Story

 

It was through crayons and writing that the Cobb family got to know Danny. Danny had told them in writing that his mother died in 1890 in the same bed that Jason was using. He deliberately stated that he did not want anyone sleeping on his mother’s bed by writing ‘No one sleep on bed’. Because of that, Jason moved into Lee’s room, his twin brother,

 

The communication continued and the ghost of Danny did not seem to do them any harm. When the mother of the family, Lila, asked what Danny looked like, the ghost described himself having brown eyes and hair. On some occasions, Danny wrote sorry notes for reasons the family did not know of.

 

He would leave random notes that would cause minor conflicts in the family, like telling Lee to stop smoking. The ghost would also play games with the family. When Al and Lila left a note with a tic-tac-toe grid, Danny reputedly filled the grid with ‘O’s and wrote a triumphant message of ‘Ha ha, beat you!’ using Jason’s crayons.

After some time Jason seemed to have gained the ability to ‘see’ Danny’s apparition. On one occasion, Jason came running up to his father to tell him that Danny was in the master’s bedroom, humming to himself and writing with crayons. When Al Cobb rushed to his and his wife’s room, he found a still moving scissor balancing on top of a lotion bottle. He also found a torn page from a coloring book signed with Danny’s name.

 

Continued Poltergeist Activity

 

Danny did not prove to be destructive until Jason tried to sleep in the antique bed again. When Jason finally did, a plate hanging on the wall swung forward and missed the boy’s head by an inch. That was the start of more intense poltergeist activity.

 

The family found themselves in a house with cabinets that opened and closed of their own accord. The furniture was often moved in different areas of the house and the chairs in the kitchen and the living room were sometimes overturned.

 

Other Ghosts

 

Aside from the increasing disruptive activity of Danny, Jason also claimed to have seen other ghosts in the house.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Uncle Sam

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Jason reported the presence of a ghost who called himself ‘Uncle Sam’.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. According to the ghost, his daughter was buried under the house and he came to claim her body.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Gracie

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Another ghost is a young girl named Gracie. Gracie was buried in the cemetery near the Cobb residence.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Her purpose in haunting the house was unknown but her existence in the past was somehow confirmed by a statue erected in the cemetery, subsequently carved with the name “Gracie”.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Jill

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Jill was yet another spirit of a young girl who communicated with the family like Danny.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. She would write notes on loose sheets of paper. On one occasion, she left a note inviting the family to a party she had set up in the living room.

 

Investigation

 

As the poltergeist case became known in the area through the morning news, a parapsychologist came to the Cobb’s residence to investigate the case. Andrew Nichols, the head of the parapsychology research unit in Florida, set up cameras all over the house and brought a Geiger counter to detect abnormal electromagnetic waves throughout the Cobb residence.

The investigation was filmed for a show, ’48 hours’, with another parapsychologist, William Roll. During the team’s two-day stay in the Cobb house, the camera set-up did not record any paranormal activity. However, the electromagnetic counter registered erratic readings in Jason’s room, especially on the wall adjacent to his bed.

 

According to Nichols, the house itself is probably haunted and the high psychic energy on the boy’s bed might have improved his ability to see, feel and hear ghosts like Danny and the other ghosts that haunt their house.

 

Chapter 3

 

Moss Beach Distillery: The Blue Lady

 

Overview

 

Probably one of the eeriest but most intriguing ghost stories out there is the haunting of the Blue Lady of the Moss Beach Distillery in Moss Beach, California. The Blue Lady is seen in her long dress, either blood stained or clean, in different parts of the establishment. Legend has it that she was brutally murdered by her husband on the beach as revenge for her unfaithfulness.

 

Moss Beach Distillery

 

Frank’s Place

 

The current Moss Beach Distillery in California was once known as Frank’s Place, in honor of the original owner Frank Torres. The place is located on the beachside facing the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant was erected in the 1920s, during the time when the importing, selling and drinking of alcohol was illegal, known as the Prohibition era in the United States.

 

Frank’s Place was one of the famous speakeasy’s, an establishment that sold and served illegal liquor, from the 1920s-1930s and even beyond that period. With its easy beach-side location, Frank’s Place was often the first place where smugglers of illegal alcoholic beverages dropped their supply.

 

The place was often hidden behind the fog, waves and some hills surrounding it so it was never suspected of any illegal activity. Other speakeasies were raided, but not Frank’s Place. The restaurant had a reputation of serving the best steak and seafood in the area to the regular customers. However, to the patrons such as actors and politicians, it was their refuge when they wanted a shot of their favorite booze.

 

Continuance of the Business

 

After the Prohibition era in 1933, other speakeasies closed down but that wasn’t the case for Frank’s Place. The restaurant was renamed Moss Beach Distillery and retained its beauty and pull for various customers.

 

Up until the present time, the Moss Beach Distillery is still in business; catering to the people who want to try good food and drink with a touch of mystery on the side.

 

The History of the Blue Lady

 

One of the most famous stories that hangs around the Moss Beach Distillery is that of the Blue Lady. The ghost of the lady in a blue dress is seen in different parts of the area; on the beach, kitchen, storage room, main restaurant and even on the road near the establishment.

 

Though it is said that the blue lady is a harmless ghost, the consistent haunting gives a certain amount of fright to the employees, visitors and even its owners. Upon investigation and research by psychics and experts, a story of a beautiful woman, thought to have the name Catye, was formed.

 

Catye worked in a nearby hotel during the Prohibition period and she frequently visited the distillery to listen to good music. She allegedly fell in love with a pianist who played at the hotel. Catye and the pianist’s love grew and her husband found out.

 

One night during one of the lady’s visits to Frank’s place, she wore her favorite long blue dress to meet her lover. However, she was shocked to see her husband barge in. There was a large brawl in the restaurant and the confrontation was taken to the beach side. The restaurant employees, thinking that it was not their job to break up a domestic problem, let the fight ensue.

 

The next morning, they found Catye’s dead body on the beach, her blue dress cut and tattered and her chest full of stab wounds. Her husband was not seen in the area ever again. However, the pianist still returned to Frank’s Place the night after the murder; with minimal bruises and a small injury to his leg.

It was thought that the pianist was a womanizer and that he had another affair with a different woman. The woman knew about the pianist’s relationship with Catye and she allegedly killed herself by jumping off one of the nearby cliffs. This information, however, is an unconfirmed part of the story.

 

Ghost Activity and Encounters

 

Since the murder, an apparition of a lady in blue is often seen roaming around the property. Through the years, she continues to haunt the Moss Beach Distillery, either walking on the beachside, in the storage room where the employees keep the wines and liquor, the restaurant itself and all over the area. Non-believers of the paranormal are forced to throw away their beliefs when they encounter the Blue Lady of Moss Beach Distillery.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Haunting of the customers

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. There were several occasions when customers of the distillery would complain about rather odd happenings when dining at the restaurant.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Reports of a levitating checkbook are not uncommon.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Earrings of the female visitors of the restaurant would go missing and would be found in a different location, days after.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Some would also notice their glassware moving on their own accord. On one occasion, a guest literally saw his glass levitate and move to the other side of the table. He was so shocked that he wasn’t able to talk and move for a few seconds.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Haunting of the employees

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Employees in the distillery believe that the Blue Lady is not a disruptive spirit. However, this doesn’t make them always feel safe. They would often see the Blue Lady in the restaurant itself, sitting at one of the tables, lingering by the counter or descending to the distillery.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One employee, who admittedly was afraid of ghosts served in the restaurant for four years without being bothered by the Blue Lady. However, during one of her shifts before the holidays started, she was forced to lock up the place by herself. When she went down to the room where the good quality alcohol was stored, she felt that someone was watching her. After a few seconds, she felt a cold hand brush the length of her back. She then heard a woman’s voice saying ‘Stop!’ According to the employee, she felt that the intention of the ghost was to comfort her since she was alone, but it only made her more afraid.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Two employees have experienced seeing a bar stool levitating. Originally placed in front of the counter, the chair just floated on thin air and softly dropped in front of the two personnel. Although flabbergasted, they tried to return the chair to its original position, but again, right in front of their eyes, it toppled by itself.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. A different employee, more recently, claimed that she felt something touch her leg while she was cooking in the kitchen; when, in fact she was all alone during that time.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Hauntings of the owners

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The Moss Beach Distillery has changed owners several times through the years. Each one of them had a certain encounter with the Blue Lady; even those that don’t believe in the paranormal.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One of the past owners, Goldfarb, was talking to another manager about business just after the restaurant had closed for the day. Their conversation arrived at the point when they were sharing both their ghostly encounters in the area. While in the middle of their discussion, the clipboard just across the counter moved by itself, creating a creaking sound and a faint clanking from the beads of the Mardi gras behind it. Both were stunned, but they were very sure that the windows were all closed and an earthquake did not happen.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Storage room haunting

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The storage room is hypothesized by some to be one of the meeting places of the Blue Lady and her lover. There have been numerous reports of seeing the ghost in the storage room.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. During the 1980s, while the restaurant was flourishing, they kept all the wine in a small cellar with only one door without windows. When one employee tried to open the door, it did not move. It was somehow impossible to be locked from the inside since no one entered the room in the course of the day. When the employee, together with the others, finally opened the cellar door, a number of bottles crashed to the floor. They found all the wine stacked against the door to prevent it from being opened. No one was inside the cellar and there was no way someone did the prank and escaped, since it only had one door.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Various owners of the place had reported being locked out of the basement, the room being locked from the inside.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Random Poltergeist activity

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Apart from frequent sightings of the Blue Lady, there are several reports of random poltergeist activities in the Moss Beach Distillery.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The glassware is not the only things that move. The furniture would be moved to different positions during the night which makes very loud noises.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. There have been many occasions when the telephone rang and only a static noise was heard.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One poltergeist activity witnessed by two employees was when they were working late to finish paperwork for the restaurant. They saw a number of checkbooks levitate and then drop loudly onto the floor. They were stunned and tried to reenact the event that they had seen; however, they concluded that it was possible for the books to be knocked over, but not to levitate in midair and suddenly drop without any external force.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Encounters reported by Children

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The Blue Lady is not only seen inside at the restaurant and the shore but also near the cliffs. However, it’s always children that claim to see the lady in the area of the high cliffs. A number of children from different times and situations have wandered outside the restaurant and they would see a beautiful woman in a long blue dress. She would tell them to go back and be careful. Some say that they would just hear whispers urging them to stay away from the edge.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Various children would also spot her near the men’s comfort room or the other unlighted rooms in the distillery.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Policeman’s accident

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Because of the increasingly high ghostly activity at the Moss Beach Distillery, it came to a point when one visitor reported it to the police. The policemen, though thinking that the act was somehow silly, still responded but left right away since no one had committed a crime.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. While they were on their way back to their station on Highway 92, the policemen had an accident as the car inexplicably veered towards a ditch. They were unharmed, but both policemen were taken to the clinic.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. In the clinic, the patrolman who fetched both men from the accident asked them about the woman who was with them in the car. The policemen were puzzled since they were very sure that they left the distillery unaccompanied. When they asked the patrolman to describe the lady, he told them that she very beautiful and she wore a blue dress.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Electronic glitches

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. There was a time when the electronic thermostat broke down for unknown reasons. Even after all the repairing and reprogramming, it wasn’t fixed. However, it miraculously worked fine again one day.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The accountant of the distillery was working late in the night when the printer, that she was one hundred percent sure that she had turned off, printed a single page. When she looked at the screen of the computer, no document was open. As she checked the paper, there was a small picture of a heart on the page. The accountant found this very comforting rather than disconcerting and even cut up the small heart and kept it with her. She felt that the Blue Lady was keeping her company while she was doing her work.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Another electronic glitch in the distillery was very notable since it affected all the computers in the area. The dates in all the electronic devices changed to 1927, the year when Frank’s Place started its business. When the technician changed all the dates back, he told the owner that he couldn’t fathom how all the dates in all the computers would change simultaneously.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Psychic’s encounters

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The place was investigated by a well-known parapsychologist, Loyd Auerbach, in 1991. He had a number of ghostly experiences in the restaurant as well. On many occasions, he felt as if someone or something passed through him during his 1999 investigation.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Another well-known psychic Aiko Gibo, accompanied Auerbach during the investigations. Together, they experienced lamps swinging and glassware moving.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Gibo claimed that she did sense something in the room that was under renovation during the investigation. During one windy night, Auerbach was sure that he closed the door tightly when it popped opened by itself. Gibo said that the Blue Lady was coming in.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Gibo talked with the ghost for a number of hours, which looked like she was talking to herself. Gibo reported to the team that the ghost’s real name was Elizabeth Clair Donovan but she liked the name ‘Cayte’. She came to that town with her husband and her child but left them for some time because of her husband’s beatings.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. According to Gibo, the Blue Lady was wearing a long black dress. When asked why she was not wearing her signature blue dress the night when they contacted her, the Blue Lady said that she wanted to look good for the visitors.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The place was also featured in a reality TV show, the ‘Ghost Hunters’. Though they entertained the possibility that indeed, the Moss Beach Distillery was haunted, they revealed that the managers of the place had installed devices to simulate sounds that resembled a woman’s unearthly voice and other effects to make the haunting more believable. The installed devices were not denied by the management or Loyd Auerbach, the parapsychologist who spent years in investigating the place. However, according to Auerbach, the hauntings have been recorded since the early 1930s until the present time. The encounters have been shared through various periods, people and situations and the investigations have been conducted before the installation of the devices. Also according to Auerbach, he was a part of the planning for the installation and it was never kept a secret that the distillery had a number of effects mounted for a complete experience in the famous haunted distillery. He reiterated however, that all the hauntings that he and his team investigated are genuine; that indeed the blue lady exists and she still haunts the Moss Beach Distillery to this day.

 

 

Chapter 4

 

Thornton Heath Haunting

 

Overview

 

In an averagely-sized house in Thornton Heath, England, a poltergeist terrorized a family by exhibiting violent paranormal activity ranging from simple levitation of things to moving furniture, from loud footsteps to physically attacking the members of the family. The poltergeist was apparently the ghost of a mid-1800s farmer who once lived in the same spot as the family’s house. For their peace of mind, the family decided to have their house blessed, only to be welcomed by worse poltergeist activity.

 

The First Paranormal Activity

 

In 1972, a family in Thornton Heath in England, whose names were not revealed to the public for their own privacy, was living a rather normal life. However, during one November night, they were suddenly awoken by a very loud garbling that they later realized to be their radio.

 

When the father checked, the radio was broadcasting a foreign station blasting a foreign program. The volume was on maximum so that it woke up the whole family. Thinking it was only one odd and isolated incident, the family ignored it. However, they were shocked to have another odd event occur a few days after the radio happening.

 

While the family was taking a rest, the lampshade in their living room was knocked down but an unseen force. According to them, the lampshade did not simply fall down, it seemed like it was forcefully pushed. No matter how many times they erected the lampshade, it would still fall down of its own accord.

Christmas and New Year Hauntings

 

On Christmas, the father was sitting on the couch when an ornament from the Christmas tree allegedly flew straight at him. The Christmas ball hit him straight in the face with such an incredible force that he fell on the floor. As he was trying to stand back up, the whole family witnessed their large Christmas tree moving violently as if someone was taking hold of its trunk and shaking it.

 

The terror of the poltergeist did not leave them even after the New Year. The poltergeist activity in the house only increased tenfold. Loud footsteps were often heard all over the house especially in the dead of the night. On one occasion, loud footsteps were heard in the master’s bedroom even if all of them were together in the living room.

 

The son was awoken one night by a feeling that someone was watching him. When he eventually opened his eyes, he saw a man in his 50s or 60s standing at the edge of his bed. The man wore old-fashioned clothes and was looking at the boy with such contempt and anger. In his fright, the boy stayed in his bed until the apparition disappeared.

 

Probably one of the scariest paranormal activity in the house was during one particular night when the family invited a number of guests for dinner. They were having a peaceful meal when loud pounding on the door startled the group. When the father stood up to open the door for the rather impatient visitor, the door burst open and a strong gust of air blew in. Almost at the same time, the lights all over the house lit up.

 

Mr. Chatterton’s Ghost

 

Disturbed by the activity in their house, the family decided to call for the help of a priest. After some investigation, the experts found out that the poltergeist in the house was the ghost of a farmer named Mr. Chatterton. Historical files were found and reviewed and indeed, a man with the surname Chatterton once lived in the same spot as the house during the middle of the 1800s. It is said that the farmer was angered by the ‘trespassing’ of the family on his property and that he wanted them to leave the place.

 

Increasing Poltergeist Activity

A number of religious rituals and blessings were done in the house; the exorcism of the house did not seem to take effect. However, the opposite happened and the ghostly activity continued to worsen. The loud sounds coming from different parts of the house added to the loud footsteps. There were noisy rappings on or seemingly inside the walls and crashing sounds at odd times of the day. There was a time when an earsplitting smash was heard; as if heavy furniture was slammed onto the floor of the bedroom.

 

When they came to inspect, the room was as peaceful as they left it. Random things from all over the house, especially kitchen utensils, would often levitate and sometimes be thrown at the family members.

 

Almost ironically, just after the house was blessed, the whole family saw the apparition of what seemed to be Mr. Chatterton’s wife. The family described her as a middle-aged woman with a gray hair bun. She would appear in parts of the house and when one laid their eyes on the apparition, she would slowly fade away until she completely disappeared.

 

The increasingly violent activity of the ghosts in the house drove the family away and they decided to leave the house for good. Up to this day, the identity of the family who experienced the haunting is still kept a secret.

 

 

 

 

Chapter 5

 

Haunted Culberston Mansion

 

Overview

 

The Culberston Mansion is a large Victorian-era mansion that stands in New Albany, Indiana. It holds not only a long history of Indiana but the creepy tales of fires, murders and cruel scientific experimentation. Probably the creepiest part of the mansion’s history was that of the insane doctor who experimented on his patients and killed his own family; and whose souls haunt the place up until now.

 

History

 

Civil War Hospital Legend

 

Before the flourishing of the business career of William Culberston and the construction of the Culberston Mansion, it is said that a Civil War Hospital once stood on the mansion’s site. Hundreds of soldiers have lost their lives in the location.

 

Most probably plagued with diseases such as dysentery and tuberculosis and others dying from war wounds and injuries. The existence of the said hospital is not confirmed, but the area was teeming with beleaguered and anguished souls, way before the mansion was erected.

 

The Culberston’s

 

The Culberston Mansion was the home of a rich man, William Culberston. He was probably the richest man in Indiana during the late 1800s and the mansion was proof of his social status. It was built in the year 1867 and was finished two years later due to the intricate and complicated architecture of the property.

 

The $120,000 worth, three-story mansion had twenty five fully furnished rooms with walls and ceilings carefully hand-painted. The linings of the ceiling frescoes were adorned by gold and brass finishings. A spiral stairwell decorates the middle of the house and the glistening crystal chandeliers reflect the afternoon sunlight.

 

Even the plumbing of the mansion was praised for it had an efficient waterway which delivered hot water for each room’s bath. A two-story carriage house was also built near the house, intended to house the Culberston’s horses on the first floor and use the second as a maid’s quarters.

 

During that time, a railroad was built just behind the property, the house obviously being one of the landmarks of the history of the development of Indiana. William Culberston had amassed a fortune through a dry-goods business but his family life was not as lucky as his financial status. Culberston has married twice during the construction of the mansion.

 

His first wife died before him. His second wife, Cornelia, already had children when they got married but Culberston’s love for her encouraged him to build a luxurious house for her and their family. Cornelia, however, passed away, too, and left her children to Culberston.

 

He then found a new love, his third wife, but this time, it was him who died first, just before the turn of the century in 1899. With no children interested in the property, Culberston willed the ownership of the house to his third wife.

 

The Fire

 

In 1888, during a strong typhoon, lightning unfortunately hit the carriage house near the house. Following the hit, the carriage house caught on fire, not leaving time for the maids and the horses to escape the building. The carriage house was thoroughly damaged and all the living things; maids and horses, even the cat named Misty, were burnt alive.

 

After some time, the carriage house was fixed and renovated. New servants were hired but most of them reported having felt or seen ghostly figures in the maid’s quarters. This made them refuse to stay in the carriage house and left it empty and somehow decaying until the 1930s.

 

The Webbs

 

In the 1930s, the ownership of the house was transferred to the Mcdonalds, who in turn renovated the carriage house into a rental property. After only 3 years in the business, the Mcdonalds sold the property to the Webb family for unknown reasons.

 

The head of the Webb family, Dr. Harold Webb was an established doctor and dentist, who wanted to have a clinic in his own abode. He saw the Culberston Mansion as an ideal site for his family life and his profession so he bought it without hesitation. The slightly renovated carriage house was then again converted for a different purpose. He turned it into an office and a clinic.

 

At first, the family was overjoyed to be living in a beautiful mansion. However, there came a time when the children stated they had seen a ghostly shadow, the ‘dark man’ according to them, passing through their walls at night. This made the children thoroughly scared, making them bother their parents every night.

 

The terror did not stop there; the children then reported hearing chains at night. The clanging was so loud that it would resound in the walls of the house, even though it seemed that it came from the basement. Screams were also heard and a strong, pungent, horrid smell usually wafted through the mansion.

Though the mother tried to ignore the claims of her children, thinking that they were just making up stories, she could not deny the fact that she, too, smelled the horrible smell from the basement. Her husband, however, strongly disagreed that something was wrong.

 

Insane Doctor

 

Due to the continued clamors of their children about the dark man, the screams and chains and the unbearable smell, Dr. Webb would always check the basement and come back to ensure his family that nothing odd was happening in their basement.

 

The family would let things slip but some of Dr. Webb’s patients continued to go missing after having a consultation with him. They also noticed that the doctor’s behavior was starting to change. He would easily get angry at the smallest of things and would always look very anxious.

 

After some time, the family wasn’t the only ones feeling uncomfortable in the house and the clinic, Dr. Webb’s patients would also hear screams from below and would even feel ghostly activity going on. Due to this, Dr. Webb’s clinic started to get a tainted reputation with rumors of ghosts and unexplained events. This led him to lose a large chunk of his clientele.

 

Bloodbath

 

As soon as it was found out that the last visited place of the missing patients was Dr. Webb’s clinic, an investigation of the house was commenced. Days after, some of the patients, apparently not believing the rumors that surrounded the mansion and the clinic, arrived for their respective appointments. To their surprise, the house and the clinic were locked. Thinking the family just went on a vacation, they left the mansion without suspicion.

 

The house had been void of activity days after and this initiated a police inspection of the house. The policemen forced entry into the establishment and the gore that they saw made their stomachs turn. All of the Webb family was brutally killed. The wife, the children and even Dr. Webb had been slaughtered.

 

The wife had a severely bruised body and her skull was cracked, their daughter had numerous stab wounds and the son had his skin partially taken off from his flesh. It is not known who killed the family but it is thought that Dr. Webb killed them and then committed suicide.

 

Upon further inspection of the house, the police found out that the house had a number of tunnels in the basement. Through the tunnels lay a number of rooms that were turned into an investigative facility where Dr. Webb performed many of his supposedly experimental procedures.

 

The bodies, thought to be the patients of Dr. Webb, were ruthlessly mutilated; their internal organs and body parts scattered all over the place. Some of them were already decaying. The hidden experiments and decaying bodies are probably the sources of the horrid smell and the screams that the children heard at night were the cries for help of the patients of their insane father.

 

Current Situation

 

The house was then locked up after everything was cleaned up. It was sold to the American Legion and after two decades, the house was considered as too rundown, and it was in danger of demolition to be replaced by a gas station. The locals opposed the knocking down of the place to the point that they even mortgaged their own properties to help save the Culberston Mansion.

 

In 1976, the state took over the ownership of the mansion and turned it into a historical site. The mansion and the carriage house underwent several renovations and it was able to regain its former glory. A non-profit group called ‘The Friends of the Culberston House Mansion’ spearheads the majority of the events held in the mansion.

 

During Halloween season, and even all-year round, the Carriage house serves as the main haunted house where several scaring events are held. A wax representation of the late William Culberston’s corpse in a coffin located in the house’s basement adds to the spookiness that the mansion already provides.

 

Ghosts Sightings and Encounters

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Fire Victims

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The fire that engulfed the Carriage House killed a number of servants. As early as the 1890s, there were already a number of souls that roamed around the property.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The servants reported seeing shadows through the windows and hearing footsteps in the maid’s quarters.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The Second Wife

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One of the ghosts of the Culberston Mansion is the spirit of William Culberston’s second wife, Cornelia.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. She had died before Culberston, and left her children in the care of William and his third wife. Legend has it that Cornelia’s ghost returns to protect her children from the evil ways of the third wife.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Cornelia’s ghost is seen roaming around the main mansion, appearing and disappearing at random.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The Dark Man

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The dark man was seen by the children of Dr. Harold Webb in the course of their stay in the house.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The dark man was a ghostly figure, resembling a shadow, which the children described as going through the walls of their rooms. The appearance of the dark man was the start of the mayhem in the house. It jump started the string of horrifying events that unfolded in the Culberston mansion.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Gray Lady

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The Gray Lady whose identity is still unknown, has been seen by servants, curators and visitors alike. Some believe that the gray lady is one of the servants who perished in the fire of 1888 but some hypothesize that the gray lady is indeed the second wife.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The apparition of the gray lady is often seen in her long gray skirt. Her wardrobe looks like it was from the late 1800s because of her black top shoes and black bow pinning her hair back.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. On one occasion, a family visited the mansion out of pure curiosity of the ghosts that are rumored to haunt the mansion. The husband, who was a strong non-believer of ghosts, caught a glimpse of a lady in a gray skirt and black boots walking along the second floor before she vanished by passing through a wall. He looked for his wife and their female guide and they recalled hearing a clunk of high heeled boots from the second floor.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Misty the Cat

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Apart from the ghosts of humans, the Culberston mansion also houses another variety of spirits.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. There have been some reports of seeing a white cat, whom some believe as ‘Misty, the ghost cat’, going up the large, oval staircase. Misty can be expected to be seen on the nights when the moon is full.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Haunted Doll

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The Culberston Mansion also has its share of possessed things. Stories from the staff include that of a tattered doll who walks into rooms at night.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The doll would go inside the children’s rooms and inspect the beds one by one. They testify that seeing an inanimate object walk and move on its own is much scarier than seeing the dark lady or Misty.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Patients’ Souls

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The anguished and angered spirits of Dr. Webb’s clinic are often heard though the clanking of chains coming from the basement.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Screams can also be heard in the dead of the night; startling the sleep of the staff who stay inside the mansion.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Electronic glitches

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The lights in the main hallway would always flicker even though they are well maintained and often changed for new ones.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. On one occasion, an employee recalled using the vacuum cleaner and making sure she turned it off. When she went to the other room, she heard the vacuum turn on. She came back and saw the vacuum cleaner unplugged and a vase of flowers scattered all over the floor. This event not only happened once, but twice.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Curator Encounters

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The mansion has had a number of curators in the several years that is has been a historical museum.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Some of the curators and staff have left their positions because of the number of things that they have experienced in the Culberston mansion.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One curator recalled hearing footsteps to be followed by the loud noise of a piece of furniture being moved in the next room. The door slammed right after that. Though he admitted that he was terrified, he grew accustomed to the activity in the long run, as these events happened frequently.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Another curator shared that one time when she was locking up the place, she felt a presence. After she closed the door, she felt a hand push her when in fact, she was alone. She ran quickly to her apartment and locked up.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Common Ghostly Activities

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Common ghostly activities seen and heard all over the house include whispers, murmurs, and closing and opening of doors from rooms which are obviously empty. The floorboards would creak, as if someone was tiptoeing over them.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. At times, there are sightings of people passing by a window; which is a normal thing if the window is located in the ground floor. However, the people passing were seen through the second floor, a feat only possible if one was floating.

 

 

Chapter 6

 

Ghosts of the Thousand Doors

 

Overview

 

The Lawang Sewu, a Javanese term which translates to Thousand Doors in English, in Indonesia used to be a massive and glorious building that showed the influence and the power of the Dutch invaders. However, after a certain time, the building was transformed into a place where several people were executed and to this day, the air of pain and anguish still lies within the numerous doors that line the historical and haunted building.

 

History

 

Construction of the Buildings

 

The Lawang Sewu, or Thousand doors, doesn’t really have ten hundred doors. Instead, it got its name from the numerous door-like windows that line the halls of the building, giving it a unique and eerie atmosphere.

 

The construction of the establishment started in 1904, the time of the Dutch colonization of Indonesia. It was originally built to serve as a headquarters of the Dutch Indies Rail Company, housing offices that managed the operation of the massive transportation company.

 

Lawang Sewu had four buildings; all of which were finished only after 15 years, in 1919. The buildings were huge, and quite grandiose for a railway company. The buildings were constructed with underground tunnels that connected to the main locations in Semarang; including the Governor’s House and the wharf. The massive buildings still remain today:

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Building A

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The main building, which was finished in 1907 was named Building A.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Building A somehow resembles a church because of its facade. It has a main building with obvious Gothic influences and an enormous door which opens into the main lobby with a grand staircase.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The interior design of Building A showcases beautiful glass-stained windows which illuminate the building with dozens of colors.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. It has two identical tall towers, originally used to store about 8 thousand liters of water.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Building B

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Just behind Building A stands another building named Building B. It has three storeys, with the first and the second floor containing offices and the highest floor having a function hall probably used for holding parties of the company.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Building B has a basement that can be filled with water; an early architectural style that provides an air conditioning system to the building.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Building C and D

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The two smaller buildings, C and D, are located along Pemuda Street. These two other buildings were used as extension buildings to hold additional offices for the Dutch Indies Rail Company.

 

Demonstration of the Power of the Dutch

 

The Lawang Sewu is somehow a glamorous headquarters for a railway company. The glass stained windows depict the obviously advanced technology of the Dutch during that time. However, delving into history, it is believed that the headquarters was the Dutch’s way of showing their power throughout their colony. It is through the massive transportation medium that they established their supremacy all over the region. Lawang Sewu somehow turned into a shrine that praises the European Supremacy.

 

Tortured by the Japanese

 

During the Second World War, the Japanese tried to conquer the whole of Southeast Asia and Indonesia wasn’t skipped on the list. In Semarang, the Japanese army took over Lawang Sewu and captured prisoners, Indonesian and Dutch alike.

 

The glamorous headquarters of the Dutch was turned into a detention center of the prisoners of war. The walls and the halls of the Lawang Sewu are said to be the witness of numerous tortures and executions that the Japanese performed.

Building B’s basement, originally used for the good intention of air conditioning, was turned into a large detention and torture chamber. The Japanese would lead prisoners to the small compartments in the basement, just enough to accommodate one crouching person and cram into it six live prisoners in the most impossible positions.

 

When it rained, the vats would fill with water, and the people were left to drown. In some cases, the other occupants of the vats would still be alive and they would endure being next to the cold and bloated corpses of their comrades.

 

In the next room was the execution room where, according to the tour guides, the Japanese beheaded the prisoners, and the heads would roll across the floor. The cubicles next to the execution room look like they were just big enough to accommodate 4 standing people. However, 12 prisoners were packed into the minute standing prison, left in the darkness to die in starvation or to drown.

 

Confirmed Deaths in Lawang Sewu

 

In 1945, the Dutch and Indonesian nationalists decided to fight back against the Japanese and launched an attack in Semarang. The party used the secret passages to Lawang Sewu and other sites in the city. The skirmish lasted for days and ended with the bitter death of six railway workers who fought for their country. A monument is erected in Lawang Sewu in honor of the lives of the heroes that fought in the battle.

 

Ghost Encounters and Sightings

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Headless Dutch Woman

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. During the Japanese invasion, legend has it that they not only killed the prisoners but they also sexually abused the Dutch and Indonesian women; either working in Lawang Sewu or just lurking outside their fortress.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Legend has it that the fetishes of the Japanese soldiers came to a point where they gathered twenty women, ten of them were virgins and ten were married and had children. All the women were raped and then beheaded.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. There were a lot of reported sightings of a headless white woman that roams around the Thousand Doors.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Lady in White

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. In an Indonesian reality show, Dunia Lain, a man was left by himself in the basement of Building B in a pitch black environment and only one infrared camera. He was not a believer of the paranormal but he admitted that he was terrified when the staff left him alone.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. A few minutes after, an ear-splitting bang was heard in the basement. The man was visibly scared but he did not budge and continued to stay where he was. He was actually sitting a few meters away from a dark doorway which led to the main hall of the basement. Then, according to the participant, he heard faint laughter coming from what seemed like small monkeys.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The next scene was clearly seen on tape. A white apparition materialized in the dark doorway of the basement door and the man was already panicking. The apparition started to take the form of a white cloth and then it turned into a woman with long black hair. The man, whose eyes were transfixed on the doorway, tried to call for the help of the staff who quickly came running to his aid. The lady in white suddenly disappeared when the lights were turned on.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. National Geographic also featured Lawang Sewu as one of the scariest places on Earth. They interviewed a guard who worked in the place for a long time. According to him, even after years of working in the Thousand Doors he had not experienced any paranormal activity, until one particular night.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The guard was patrolling the building just after a number of visitors had passed through. When he ascended the flight of stairs, he noticed a woman in white also climbing the stairs behind him. Thinking that the woman was a guest who had lost her way, he called out to her. The woman did not respond and continued to climb. When she reached the same level as that of the guard, she lifted her head and the man saw her face. Blood was soaking her horror-stricken face and she was getting nearer and nearer to the security guard. He was so scared that he didn’t move from where he was and actually looked at the floor only to realize that the woman’s legs were not touching the floor; she was actually floating.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. According to him, he was so afraid that he did not move from his position for a number of minutes even after the apparition had disappeared.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Kutintalak

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Because of the Lawang Sewu’s haunted reputation, a movie was made featuring the reported ghosts in the building.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The story centers on a number of teenagers who were partying in the vicinity of Lawang Sewu. In their drunken stupor, they ended up in Building B, and some of them urinated in the building. The ghosts living in the place were angered because of the disrespect they had shown.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The Kutintalak, the vampiric ghost of a woman who died while she was pregnant, decided to haunt the teenagers. In the end, it was found out that the Kutintalak was one of the boys’ ex-girlfriend whom he got pregnant. She killed herself by jumping into a well in Lawang Sewu, because of the rejection of the boy and his family.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. A kuntintalak was indeed reported to be seen roaming the halls and doors of Lawang Sewu by staff and visitors alike.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Prisoners of War

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. A number of common ghostly activity were reported by different visitors and staff of the current Lawang Sewu.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. There have been sightings of a man, probably an Indonesian prisoner, dragging a ball and a chain wrapped around his leg.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Strange sounds of screams and cries are also heard in and around Lawang Sewu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 7

 

Ghost Family of Linares Palace

 

Overview

 

One of the majestic landmarks of Madrid is the Palace of Linares which obviously flaunts the architecture and history of the mid-1800s. However, behind its beauty lies a sad story of a family that was doomed to a sad destiny: a young girl was murdered by her own parents to avoid the scandal of their unintentional incestuous relationship. The girl’s, as well as her guilty parents’ souls are often seen roaming the vast expanse of the historic memorial.

 

History

 

The Palace of Linares stands in the busy street corner of Plaza de Cibeles Square, a breath of fresh and lush architecture in the tourist-laden city of Madrid. The palace is of baroque design, having three main doors that decorate the majestic entrance that leads to a large hall and a vast number of intricately designed rooms.

 

Construction

 

The construction of the palace started as early as 1873, during the time of the Jose de Murga, the hailed Marquis of Linares. The Marquis commissioned admirable and well-known artists of the period, like Jeronimo Suñol and the architect Carlos Colubi. The works on the palace lasted from 1873 to 1900, but the Marquis transferred to the palace only a year after it started its construction, thus, they were entirely present during the completion of their abode.

 

Features

 

The palace boasts a number of features throughout its expanse. The four storeys of the building have numerous rooms with hand-painted tapestries and ceilings, floors of either hardwood or marble, and imported decorations from France and China. It also has an enormous marble staircase in the main hall with branches to the variously themed rooms, a garden with an intricate landscape and a chapel.

 

The outdoors is lined by a number of stables were horses of the family are kept. It also has a hall of mirrors and a number of ballrooms. A particular feature of the palace that has a surrounding rumor about it is the Doll House on one side of the palace: it was designed by Manuel Anibal Alvarez for the foster child of the Marquis next to Jose de Murga.

 

Current Situation

In 1992, the palace was eventually turned into the headquarters of the Casa de America, referring to an organization that aims to maintain a strong relationship between Spain and South America. The organization is in charge of displaying Latin American influence: the palace has a gift and bookshop, a museum and holds a number of conferences and cultural events.

 

Aside from its cultural aspects, the palace is also famous for its horror story. Tours of the allegedly haunted places in the palace are held occasionally, not forgetting to mention the origins of the story.

 

The Legend of the Linares Family

 

In the mid-1800s, Mateo de Murga was the Marquis of Linares. He had a son named Jose de Murga, whom he raised to be a fine gentleman. The conflict started when the son told his father that he had fallen in love with but a daughter of a cigarette vendor with the name Raimunda Osorio.

 

To Jose’s surprise, his father strongly disapproved of their relationship but their love remained strong. The couple did not separate so the Marquis forced his son to go to England, to pursue his studies and to leave his lover behind.

 

Jose, who wanted to fulfill the wants of his father, finished his studies in England. When he came back to Spain, his father had already passed away. He grieved his father’s passing but he later married Raimunda, whom he truly loved. They became the Marquis and the Marques of Linares.

 

It was only later when he discovered a hand-written letter by his father stating the reason why he strongly opposed their relationship. Mateo de Murga revealed in his letter that he had a relationship with a certain cigar vendor from the Lavapies area. He suspected that Raimunda Osorio was his illegitimate child from his out-of-wedlock affair.

 

The couple was devastated upon learning that their marriage was incestuous, that they were actually half brother and sister. They wrote to Pope Leo XIII about their case and received a papal bull. It indicated that due to their lack of information about their relationship, they were allowed to stay wedded but in absolute chastity.

 

While the palace was still in the process of construction, the couple instructed the builders to separate the palace into the lower and upper partitions. The husband would live on the first two floors and the wife would live in the upper floors.

 

However, despite their constant avoidance of the ‘sin’, Mateo and Raimunda still produced their own child. Raimunda gave birth in absolute secrecy and raised their daughter discreetly. In time, the couple realized that the presence of their own child would cause a scandal and a permanent stain on their reputation.

 

As a result, they murdered their own daughter by drowning her in a well in the palace. Then, they buried and cemented her remains in one of the walls of their home, along with the eventual completion of the Linares Palace. The couple then adopted a girl to be their foster child.

 

Raimunda Linares, realizing the gravity of the murder and the grief of losing her own child, died years after due to sadness and guilt. It did not take long before Mateo took his life with a bullet to his head. To this day, it is said that the ghosts of the whole family roam the palace.

 

Ghost Sightings and Encounters

 

In the middle of the 1900s, the palace was abandoned and slowly decay. However, in 1990, there were efforts to remodel the Palace of Linares to become Casa America. As a result, the initiators employed staff and workers to work on the restoration of the establishment’s beauty. Months after the project commenced, the media was plagued with reports of the intense paranormal activity that the workers experienced while working in the palace.

 

As a result, a string of investigations led by Carmen Sanchez, a reputable parapsychologist in Spain, was initiated. The investigation has been a media spectacle and the whole nation was glued to their televisions, radios and newspapers to find out the truth of the haunting.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Ghostly activity experienced by the workers

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. As the workers tried to restore the palace, they couldn’t take too much ghostly activity and they started complaining to the management.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. According to them, they would hear doors slamming shut or swinging open in the middle of the night. They definitely know that the Palace was abandoned and they were the only people there at that time.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. They would also hear earsplitting screams at random times of the day.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Workers also reported that in the area of the Doll House, they would experience a heavy and desolate feeling.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Ghost of Mateo

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. On numerous occasions, the ghost of a man in elegant attire is seen roaming the lower floors of the palace.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. It is believed that the ghost seen on the ground floors is the lingering spirit of Mateo de Murga.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Ghost of Raimunda

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. A newspaper report of May 31, 1990 stated that the ghosts of the Palace were successfully investigated and indeed, the wife of Mateo was also haunting the place.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The press that went together with the investigators recorded an unearthly voice of a woman, which they later identified to be the mother’s voice.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The recording, which was played on Spanish national television, vaguely said that her daughter is already resting, and that she never heard her say the word ‘mother’.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. There have been sightings of a ghostly apparition of a lady in Victorian era clothes in the upper floors of the Palace; most probably the ghost of Raimunda looking longing for her child.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Ghost of the little girl

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One member of the press during the time of the investigations claimed that he has seen a young blonde girl in white running along the grand ball room.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Before the media flocked to the palace for the investigation of the paranormal activities, there had been reports of a little girl’s singing voice resounding through the halls. The voice sings of tunes of children songs and is sometimes heard calling her parent’s names.

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Paranormal Investigation Results

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The investigation of the paranormal activity reported by the workers in 1990, was spearheaded by a well-known parapsychologist, Carmen Sachez. Reporters, journalists and psychics alike flocked to the palace for the investigation.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. All the rooms were carefully measured and photographed. Recorders were placed in every place possible in the hope of capturing the unearthly voices of the haunting ghosts in the palace.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The results of the paranormal investigation suggest that it is highly likely that the palace is haunted. The majority of the photographs contained energy orbs which most likely suggest the presence of a paranormal entity. The temperature would abruptly change from the normal to a freezing temperature, way below zero degree Celsius.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The investigators have also seen a couple of pieces of furniture moving by themselves, apparently pushed by an invisible force.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The electronic devices of the investigators picked up unusually erratic signals all around the palace but it was apparently strongest in the area where the large doll house is located. The ghost believers were certain that it is the place where the ghost of the murdered child stays and plays.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Probably the most conclusive evidence of the haunting in the Palace of Linares are the number of recordings acquired throughout the palace:

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Some captured the desperate and detached voice of a woman mentioning the name of her child.

**
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Other recordings picked up the voice of a young girl singing and humming children’s songs usually sung to lull kids to sleep.

**
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The recorder in the music room recorded the organ playing music by itself.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Apart from the actual sightings of curiously moving furniture, the recorders also caught noises resembling wood scratching on the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 8

 

The Stockholm Ghost Train

 

Overview

 

One of the most efficient means of transportation in Sweden is probably its train system. The trains, usually green in color, always bring the passengers to their respective destinations on time. However, there exists an odd silver train, also known as the Silverpilen (meaning Silver Arrow), that is deemed to be a phantom that picks up and carries dead passengers, and occasionally possible victims to take to the afterlife. The ghost train is connected to a ghost station, a place where only the dead get off.

 

History

 

Existence and Service

 

In the 1960s, the government of Sweden obtained a C5 model train. Being the only one of its kind, the train had been purchased to serve as a test-unit. It had 8 cars and a peculiar, unpainted, aluminum body. The train was never painted to follow the color of the other operating trains, which were all green.

 

The Silverpilen got its name from its unique appearance, which is a silver-colored, 8-car train. The unit was only used as a sort of backup train during the rush hours and its schedule would depend upon the traffic of a certain day. If the common trains could handle the number of people in a day, the Silverpilen would not leave the train parking yard.

 

To the usual commuter in Sweden, seeing the Silverpilen in action would somehow be a shock, especially during the busy hours of the night. The difference of the Silverpilen to its modern versions is basically its color, the faded graffiti on its body, the doors and the particularly loud sound against the railroad tracks. Those who have not lived as early as the operation of the silver train would most likely not know that it even exists.

The Silverpilen served its purpose of helping the train system of Sweden until 1996. Its service was no longer needed after a number of additional trains had been purchased and its use was eventually discontinued after about 30 years of serving as the rush hour back-up train.

 

Urban Legend

 

The urban legends around the ghost train of Silverpilen probably stemmed from its unique look and close to zero appearance on the railways of Sweden. One story about the train centers on a certain accident, which is said to have been hushed up by the local government, when a number of passengers died on board the Silverpilen.

 

This accident happened near the station of Kymlinge Station. Intriguingly, during that time the station was closed for renovations but was never renovated and it never opened again. Today, the Kymlinge Station is known as the ‘ghost train station of Sweden’.

 

Other versions of the urban legend surrounding the Silverpilen started with a movie in 1993, titled Sökarna. It featured the silver train as the location of a murder. On board the Silverpilen was a number of Neo-Nazi supporters, who threatened and abused the immigrants also riding the train.

 

During the course of the journey, the Neo-Nazi passengers and the immigrants broke into a fight. The fight led to the edge of one of the cars and two immigrants were pushed off the tracks. They were eventually run over by the train, their dismembered and bloody body parts left on the tracks.

 

Current Situation

 

The location of the Silverpilen at present is not known. Some people assume that after the government put it to rest in 1996, it is now located in a train yard, decaying away. However, in the wee hours of the morning, the Silverpilen is said to screech past the different train stations all around Sweden; looking for a chance of picking up clueless passengers to take to the world of the dead.

 

 

Ghost Sightings and Stories

 

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Sightings by Subway workers

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. In a number of abandoned tunnels, workers report having seen a silver train rushing past the tunnels.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The train would go so fast that they wouldn’t have enough time to look at the contents of the train. Having the idea that the train was the popular Silverpilen, they were wise not to give it any indication that they wanted a ride.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Rush hour sighting

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Some people who travel during the rush hours in Sweden would be very wary of a silver train that might go in between the busy train schedules of the normal green ones.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The Silverpilen is sometimes seen racing past the crowded stations. People who have actually seen the phantom train, describe it as a fast paced train with a dim interiors. Some even report having seen a number of ghostly apparitions inside; shadows and transparent apparitions going to and fro throughout the eight cars of the ghost train.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Some say that the train rushes through all the stations just after midnight, trying to pick up weary commuters.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Picking up passengers

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. In some stories, the Silverpilen is said to stop at certain stations. The dim lights that line the train would slowly light up, revealing the somehow vintage interior, painted with a pale green paint that is slowly chipping off.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. If one foolishly goes inside and takes a ride, it is believed that one cannot get off at will and possibly never get off at all. Passengers who ride the Silverpilen are never seen again, or are only seen months or years after.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Locals often tip off people that have no knowledge of the silver train of what to do if the Silverpilen arrives and take in passengers. If the person absentmindedly boards it, make sure that one does not take a seat, or else he/she would never get off.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One particular unconfirmed case was when a young working woman had allegedly got on the ghost train. She went missing for a number of months and her body was found in the woods near the train station.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Ghost passengers

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Those who claim to have gotten on the ghost train tell stories about what the other passengers of the train look like.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The passengers of the ghost train are said to be the souls of those who died in there. Some people believe that the apparitions that lurk inside the train are the spirits of the passengers who never got off.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Kymlinge Station

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The Kymlinge station, also known as the ghost train station, has been around since the Iron Age but the location itself was not developed.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. The area didn’t have any inhabitants and was only used as a farm. It was planned to be developed in the 1970s, and a train station was eventually built.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Named after where it was situated, the Kymlinge was almost done when the development of the whole area was halted. The status of the station has been ‘for renovation’ for almost 50 years; the renovations only included in talks when an election is approaching.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. When one visits the Kymlinge station, it is an unfinished and unpainted train station that coincidentally matches the physique of the Silverpilen.

*
p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. Apart from the story that those who ride the Silverpilen never get off, there are also rumors other passengers get off the Kymlinge station. Although the passenger successfully gets off, it is believed that he/she cannot find the exit, so he/she is still trapped, nevertheless.

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p<>{color:#1C1C1C;}. One of the famous sayings in the cities of Sweden is the phrase ‘In Kymlinge station, only the dead get off’.

 

 

 

Conclusion

 

Thank you again for downloading this book!

 

I hope this book was able to help you to find creepy true paranormal hauntings and stories from all over the world.

 

Our world sure has a lot to offer: from fascinating and inspiring stories to spine-tingling mysteries, we have an ample supply of tales worthy of sharing. The paranormal world is no doubt a realm that gains the attention of a lot of people. Ghosts, spirits, hauntings and supernatural beings have not been thoroughly debunked by science and this fact makes things even more interesting.

 

It has been the same and somehow different in each country. Countries, whether they like it or not, already have the paranormal ingrained in their culture; each having their own versions of different entities that are not of the same dimension as ours.

 

This book has brought different stories from various countries: from the United States, the story of the haunted island of Alcatraz, the poltergeist of the boy Danny, the longing spirit of the blue lady and the haunted mansion of the Culberston’s. From Asia, the torture and execution chambers of the Thousand Doors in Indonesia and from Europe, the haunting in Thorton Heath and the haunted palace of Linares.

 

The history of these hauntings probably give the ghost tales their character which transcends distance and differences in culture all over the world. Ghost stories, especially true and investigated ones bring universal feelings to the fanatics: fear and sometimes even excitement.

 

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