The White Lady
A White Lady is a type of female ghost purported to appear in many rural areas, usually having died or suffered trauma in life. These legends are found around the world, with common themes involving the loss of or betrayal by a husband or fiancé. They are often associated with an individual family line, signifying a harbinger of death. When a lady in white is seen it indicates that someone in the family is going to die, similar to the appearance of a banshee.
Generally the ghost is female, dressed in late era Victorian garb, is often seen driving along a rural road, and/or associated with some local legend or tragedy. Most reports referring to white ladies have similar attributes. These ghosts possess clouded, white eyes and not-so-long white hair. Their skin is like milk, and indistinguishable from their clothes, save for the outlined details of their hair, nose, eyes, eyebrows and lips. Her face is often sad, not scary in the slightest.
White ladies are said to look directly into one’s eyes, with many reporting that they felt she wanted to tell them something. Also, these ghosts seem to only appear to specific people, and usually only once, the disappearing the moment someone else is called to observe.
The Pink Lady Of Greencastle
These pictures were taken in Greencastle Indiana by paranormal investigators who were investigating an abandoned mansion on the outskirts of town. While one investigator entered the house, the other stayed outside to take pictures of the exterior of the ruined building.
The investigator on the inside became panicked by a feeling that he wasn’t alone and began hearing what he described as a heartbeat next to his ear. He quickly left the house and he and his colleague, spooked by the entire encounter, fled the area in a hurry.
When the film was developed, three consecutive pictures showed a wispy figure bathed in a pink light in one of the windows while another picture showed the same figure at the backdoor.
The Ghost of Hampton Court
To the sceptic it may simply look like a fuzzy CCTV image of someone in a long coat walking through a doorway. Experts say the long-coated figure could be the best proof yet found that things really do go bump in the night… and the day too. The mystery surfaced two months ago at the 16th-century palace, once home to King Henry VIII. Security staff heard alarms ringing near an exhibition hall, indicating fire doors had been opened. But on investigation they found the doors closed. Perplexed, they examined CCTV footage, and that is when it got spooky. The cameras showed the heavy doors popping open but no one there. Then, suddenly, the long- coated figure appeared and slammed the doors shut. The guards were told the same thing happened at the same time - about 1pm - the day before.
To add to the mystery, the doors also flew open at the same time the very next day. But the ghostly figure has been spotted only once. The suspected spook has not just been sighted by CCTV. Australian tourists also claim to have seen a ghost near the exhibition area. The palace, in West London, has ruled out its guides as suspects because they do not enter that part of the building. Psychologist Dr Richard Wiseman said the spectre, nicknamed “Skeletor”, might prove to be a significant discovery. ‘It could be the best ghost sighting ever,’ he said. ‘I haven’t seen anything that would match that at all.’
A team of scientists based in Las Vegas has been conducting a study that may be different from anything that’s ever been tried. The research is focused on a ranch in rural Utah where, for 50 years or more, paranormal activity has been reported, including UFOs, Bigfoot, mutilated animals and poltergeists. Some call the place Skinwalker Ranch, and George Knapp of the I-Team is the only journalist allowed to visit the property.
Oil executive Gregory Todd is one of the hundreds, if not thousands of north-eastern Utah residents who’ve seen weird objects — call them UFOs — over their homes in the past 50 years. The Utah basin has also been a hotbed of other strange activity including Bigfoot encounters and mutilated animals.
In a basin known for an array of unexplained phenomena, the epicentre of high strangeness seems to be a picturesque spread known to many as Skinwalker Ranch. Native Americans who live near the property advise members to steer clear because, they say, this is the path of the skinwalker, an evil force.
The last family to live on this spread lasted only 20 months. From the first day back in 1994, they were terrorized by an unseen intelligence that played mind games with them, shadowy figures inside their house, objects that moved on their own, disembodied voices and bad things happening to their animals beginning with cattle and bulls that disappeared and others that were carved up with surgical precision in broad daylight. A gigantic wolf that attacked one of their calves was tracked through the mud, but the tracks simply stopped as if the animal had evaporated into thin air. Three dogs were vaporized after while chasing blue orbs of light in a pasture.
In 1995, the ranch came to the attention of NIDS, the National Institute for Discovery Science based in Las Vegas. NIDS bought the property and began an unprecedented scientific study. Observation posts were built. Video cameras were installed and operated. Scientific personnel and former lawmen were on the property 24-7 for 8 straight years. Dr. Colm Kelleher headed up the NIDS study.
Dr. Colm Kelleher said, “We probably have, if you count all the pre-NIDS and post-NIDS incidents, close to 100 different incidents. If you look at all of them, the one thing that jumps out is how unreproducible they are.”
In other words, nothing ever happened the same. The scientists would spend all night out in the darkness and witnessed dozens of UFOs and odd balls of light. They also encountered large unknown animals, including ones that emerged from tunnels of light in the fields. Whatever it was proved elusive. The cameras that were installed atop telephone poles were attacked and dismantled, but whatever did it was invisible.
Dr. Colm Kelleher said, “We checked the time stamps on this pole versus this pole. We looked at when the camera lost power and nothing was on the tape. There should have been something visible because the range of these things is pretty good.”
NIDS still owns the ranch, but it appears the phenomena have gone underground, as if weary of being hunted. As yet, the mystery of Skinwalker Ranch remains unsolved. Kelleher said, “If anything, it has created more questions that I had when I came into this thing.”
The ranch remains off limits to outsiders. Visitors — from this world anyway — are not welcome.
The Hat Man
There are very few objective descriptions of this particular, and rather specialised, shadow entity.
Known as “The Dark Man, The Shadow Man or The Hat Man”, it’s appearance is said to be something of an omen. Though believed to be a shadow person capable of choking, scaring or instilling fear in those he visits, he is nonetheless a very unique take on the shadow archetype. Presenting itself as a tall, distinctively “male” presence, dressed in a formless black cloak and a wide-brimmed hat, this type of spirit has haunted numerous places the world over.
Some say they have seen him in their home, down a hallway or in the corner of a room. However, unlike shadows that seem to dissipate the moment they’re seen, the Hat Man tends to linger, intimidating those he targets. Some have had very physical experiences, been touched or felt breathing. Others have described him in dreams, a man in a cape and hat filtered through the dreamer’s subconscious and often manifesting thereafter in the waking hours.
This seemingly dark presence is known to cause - or be attracted by - hostile environments and aggressive behaviour. Those who see him are often witness to domestic disturbances and family breakdown, noting a tangibly negative atmosphere, sense of dread or hopelessness. For this reason, many have labelled the spirit a “demon”. An intelligent haunt, capable of both physical and psychological manipulation, the Hat Man may well be able to “oppress” those it comes in contact with, seeming to lend credence to this theory.
Regardless, the proliferation of this singular entity the world over is intriguing, and has allowed The Hat Man to carve its own place in modern paranormal lore.
Signs Of A Haunted House
Beware of the empty rocking chair. Some people are skeptical, but others claim they have experienced otherworldly residents living in their homes.
Sometimes this can be nerve wracking, but in some instances it may be a blessing. A spirit may interact with one or more residents of a home. This is called an intelligent haunting. When spirits seem to be ignorant of anything going on around them and do their tasks as when they were living, these are called a residual haunting. There are other types of paranormal activities, but these are the primary ghostly types. Haunted homes still house their previous occupants because of their love of the property or a tragic event may have held them in such fearsome state they don’t know how to leave or won’t leave. Unfortunately, the latter can be unsettling to try to live with. Many will not. Some simply don’t know they have died.
Some homes will have inexplicable happenings in them. Doors may open or footsteps heard in specific places in a home. Sometimes sounds of feet on hard wood floors will be made on carpeted floors. Dresser drawers may be heard opening and closing in empty rooms. One private residence has a very helpful spirit who is seen in her favorite window. She dusts furniture and performs other household tasks to keep her home neat. Another has a Civil War Colonel that still sits at the kitchen table enjoying the aromas and atmosphere. The living may not always see their apparitions, but their essence, works, or sounds may be present. People sensitive to entities experience these things and grow to accept them as just others living in their houses. They may appear in dreams as well as around the premises. Ghosts may need help or want to help another spirit or living person. They will try to speak in ways to get the living to aid them.
Cold spots that can’t be explained by a draft of any type are another common manifestation of a ghost. It’s a feeling one may get repeatedly in a certain place that seems to come and go. A thermometer to measure the general room temperature and then the particular cold area can verify that something may be going on. Basements have long been known to produce fear, but in some cases these fears are symptoms caused by gas heaters with improper ventilation or electrical hookups with high magnetic fields. Both can be safety hazards and should be checked. However, dastardly deeds may have occured in a cellar and haunting spirits be present.
Some entities are not sociable or nice to have around and may drive residents away or need to be exorcised for them to leave. They may cause an assortment of disturbances from breaking things to actually attacking individuals to scare them away. Remodeling, restructuring, or changing a dwelling in other ways can stir up spirits that might be not want the changes to happen. A residual haunting might be repeating a violent or unhappy circumstance, not really interacting with residents, but nonetheless, causing panic.
Renovations aren’t always alarming to those who have lived in a home before. In fact, some report that when a home is brought back to its glory days spirits may appear to show their approval at the continuation of care by the living residents. A smiling face may appear from a female appartion, a stately gentleman may tip his hat, or children may run playfully through the house. Many are never seen again.
Bobby Mackey’s Nightclub Ghosts
Many people have reported strange happenings inside the club including one man that was attacked in the bathroom, but no one was there. This alone would make the average person never go back. However, the haunting has made this the hottest nightclub to be at late in the evening. There are many ghosts that haunt the nightclub including a woman named Pearl. Pearl was rumored to have been decapitated for a satanic sacrifice.
Over the years, there are many deaths that occurred inside the walls of the now country music nightclub. This nightclub does have a reputation, but it is not for the music, it is because of the ghosts that haunt the club. Some investigators have experienced some horrific ghosts while in the nightclub. If you believe that ghosts do exist, then you can believe that ghosts do not always show. Some days the nightclub has no problems and other days, it is one thing after another. The demonic nature in the club is chilling according to many.
Because of all the deaths inside the walls, it is very possible that the ghosts are haunting the club. It may be that they are seeking revenge, but they could be trying to drive the business out. Although Bobby Mackey does not intend to sell the famous club, he may have some problems keeping customers if the ghosts get any meaner than they have already. One ghost tried to push an investigator down some steps. Then there is a ghost named Scott who repeated that it was his girlfriend’s fault that he and another man were dead. Could these ghosts be looking for justice?
We have to believe that ghosts are here for a reason. One reason could be that there has been no justice served for the killings. Many haunted places are the scene of murders in which no suspects were caught and tried. Why do ghosts haunt places? Is it because they are looking for revenge or someone to find their killers. If you look at other haunted places, you will see that the ghosts are of people that were murdered and no one was ever caught and tried. The Bobby Mackey’s Nightclub has ghosts and all died within the walls of the building over the years.
One would have to look into the deaths of all the ghosts to see how they died and if anyone was arrested for their murders or deaths. Maybe this would help understand why the ghosts are so vindictive. The ghosts in the nightclub are not your typical ghosts, they are mean and try to cause harm to the people that enter the building. There has been some incredible activity in the club and no one knows why. Some day, maybe the ghosts will find justice or maybe someday they will succeed in killing an unsuspecting customer.
Stairway To The Afterlife
In 1966, Rev. Ralph Hardy visited the National Museum in Greenwich, England. While in the Queen’s House section of the Museum, Hardy snapped a photo of the beautiful staircase. Upon developing his photography Hardy made a shocking discovery. One of his photos showed a ghostly figure climbing the staircase. The figure was not in the photography when Hardy took the picture. The photograph and the negatives were examined by experts, some of which were from Kodak, and all have concluded that the negative was not tampered with nor is it a double exposure.
The Brown Lady
This photograph is considered by many to be the most famous “ghost” photograph. It was taken in 1936 at Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England and still today cannot be explained. The photogenic ghost is thought to be that of Dorothy Townshend who lived in Raynham Hall with her husband, Charles Townshend, in the 1700s. Legend has it that Dorothy was a mistress to Lord Wharton and Charles found out about it. He then imprisoned her in a remote section of the Hall until she died from his abuses. Legal records show she died in 1726, but many believe this to be a sham, as Charles wanted people to believe she was dead, so he could punish her for her infidelity.
The Fire Girl
On November 19, 1995 Wem Town Hall in England caught on fire. The fire raged on all through the night until the building was nothing but rubble. As firefighters battled the flames, a local citizen, Tony O’Rahilly, decided to snap some pictures of the event. In one of his photographs there appears to be the clear image of a little girl standing in front of the inferno. No one remembered a young girl being at the scene and there was definitely not a young girl in the burning building. Some believe this is the ghost of a young girl named Jane Churm who, in 1677, accidentally started a fire that destroyed many homes in the town. Jane also died in the fire. Perhaps the photo is just smoke creating the amazing illusion of a girl or perhaps it is a real ghost.