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The Abandoned Village In Michigan That Most People Stay Far, Far Away From…..


Today, most people stay away from Pere Cheney, Michigan (near Roscommon) but it’s not simply because there’s nothing left of the place except the old cemetery. Or because it’s on a difficult to travel road that resembles the ruts made by two wagon wheels.

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The Disturbing Case of the Dark Mirror: Investigating the Haunted Object That’s Terrified Hundreds……


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Haunted objects are a fickle thing. Many people claim to own them, some collect them, and even more people sell them. Unfortunately, regardless of how creepy your vintage doll looks or how authentic your cursed idol is, most haunted objects carry a bad case of stage fright, flat out refusing to perform to the public, opting instead to reveal their true nature in the middle of the night, just out of the view of security cameras and skeptics.

For most of us, the closest we’ll ever get to experiencing the menace behind a haunted object is when it’s inevitably turned into a big screen spinoff of The Conjuring.

At least that’s what I thought until I met the Dark Mirror, a mysterious piece of glass that’s managed to terrify hundreds of people, from skeptics to believers, in just a few short months. Frankly, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.

The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult

Over the last 15 years of tracking down cryptozoological monsters and paranormal mysteries, I’ve collected a good assortment of items that are allegedly haunted. Some of them are connected to famous cases like The Amityville Horror, most are relics from strange cases I’ve investigated, and a few of them were simply given to me by their former owners, many of them paranormal researchers themselves.

After awhile, I started to realize that keeping these things locked up in Planet Weird HQ was a waste, so I formed The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult with my wife Dana. Over the last year the museum has visited loads of conferences and events across the country, including many held in some of the most iconic haunted hotspots in paranormal history. We don’t sell anything and we don’t charge anyone to see the pieces, we just plain enjoy doing it.

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As word of the museum spread, so did the size of our display. More and more people began to reach out with stories of their own haunted objects, eager to send us a troublesome Ouija planchette, an eerie painting, or even things as mundane as a patch of graveyard dirt.

You might think with all of these spooky things lining the shelves at Weird HQ, we’d be swimming in the ectoplasmic residue of a multitude of ghosts, but to be perfectly honest, most of these things don’t so much as as rattle in the middle of the night, with most of their “creep factor” stemming from a frightening backstory or an off-putting appearance. In fact, it wasn’t until this week that we started needing to lock up some of the items at the HQ rather than keep them on display.

Sometimes all it takes is introducing one bad apple and the whole bushel turns rotten.

The Dark Mirror Arrives: A Brief History of Evil

Back in June, we were approached by a woman about an item that had started to cause particular strain on her family. We’ll call her “Sarah”. Sarah told us that after visiting a yearly Psychic Expo, her mother had taken an interest in black mirror scrying, purchasing her own mirror at the event.

Even if you don’t know it by name, if you’ve ever seen someone gaze into a crystal ball, you’re familiar with the concept of scrying. Since at least the 10th century, scryers have used reflective stones, bowls of water, and dark glass in order to induce a trancelike state they use to see the future, speak with the dead, or perform certain magic rituals. Hell, Joseph Smith even used scrying to help found the Latter Day Saints movement back in the 1820s.

Thanks to popularization by folks like Rosemary Ellen Guiley, scrying is starting to see a bit of a modern resurgence, but not in the pop-culture form which most people are familiar with. Instead of using a crystal ball, “black mirrors” have become the preferred method of divination, and it’s not hard to find them on Etsy, eBay, or lining booths at New Age Expos like the one Sarah’s mother attended.

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Sarah told us that in the weeks that followed the expo, her mother became increasingly distant as she practiced her scrying with the new mirror. When she could manage to get her mother on the phone, her conversations were vacant and full of “gloom and doom”. Eventually, Sarah’s mother confided that no matter how hard she tried, her scrying attempts were less than successful. In fact, she believed that there was something wrong with her mirror.

As Sarah’s mother became more and more withdrawn and obsessed with perfecting her divination, Sarah finally decided to step in, visiting her mother’s home and demanding to see the mirror herself. Her mother, visibly distraught, opened a closet and pulled out a small frame draped in a black veil. When Sarah asked her mother why she’d been keeping the mirror covered and locked away, she broke down in tears and replied that it was simply “evil”. Sarah kept the mirror wrapped in its cloth, stuffed it in a box, and took it home with her.

Shortly afterwards, Sarah got in touch with us and admitted that while she had decided to chalk most of the events up to an elderly woman taking her hobbies too seriously, she still couldn’t shake the heebie-jeebies the scrying mirror gave her. Under the condition of anonymity (and regular updates), she donated the mirror the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult. We cleared a display space for it in the living room, and like most of our items, it sat there quietly and without issue.

As curious as I was was, I’d only taken a peek at the mirror. Why? Because I was scared. Not scared of the mirror’s alleged powers, but scared that it would have no effect, thus ruining my enthusiasm for an interesting artifact with a spooky history. For about a week, the mirror sat on the mantle, no different than any other frame in the house, save for its black veil.

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The Woman Who Saw Her Own Corpse

On the morning of June 20th, we surveyed our weird collection of paranormal ephemera and began packing up the pieces we wanted to display at the museum’s latest stop: the Perryville Battlefield in support of Ghost Adventures‘ Nick Groff. Eager to share the new object and its story, I grabbed the scrying mirror and placed it in our travel box. This would be its first time on public display.

It’s not an unusual occurrence for the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal to draw a crowd before being completely set up, and within minutes of unloading our boxes, guests were already inquiring as to what was hidden under the black veil. After recounting the history of the item, I reiterated one of the biggest draws of our traveling display: if you’d like to hold it, use it, experiment with it, or test it, be our guest, the caveat being that you do so only at your own risk. One woman waved her arms and bellowed a hearty “hell no!”, others pursed their lips and squinted their eyes while they weighed the pros and cons, but one woman wasted no time reaching down, grabbing the mirror, and ripping off the veil. She only gazed into the glinting black glass for about thirty seconds before her expression changed from incredulity to horror.  She quickly slammed the frame face down on the table, her eyes wide with shock.

“So, what did you just see?” I nervously inquired.

“I saw my own decomposing corpse looking back at me,” she stammered. “That’s a dark mirror. I should not have done that. I need to go say a prayer. Excuse me.”

The lady wandered off quietly, and the name stuck. For the rest of the event, guests were whispering about the Dark Mirror, some eventually building up the courage to come and try it out for themselves. For many, the scariest thing they saw was their own reflection, but for the rest, the negative reactions were coming in so often and so aggressively that I began to wonder if I needed to rework our disclaimer.

Reports of strange visions, warping faces, and a general sense of dread were pouring in from the mirror gazers. Later in the evening, one woman decided to press her palm to the surface of the black glass and wound up spending the next two hours violently polishing the mirror in an attempt to get the imprint to disappear. She too had claimed to see her own corpse in the reflection, along with other visions she refused to repeat, and it wasn’t until she threatened to smash the mirror that her palm finally faded from the glass.

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The mirror wasn’t quite the same when we brought it home, or maybe I wasn’t. After we had unpacked our collection and returned the items to their usual places, I began to notice myself staring “off into space”, and when snapped back to awareness, realizing that I’d been staring at the covered mirror the whole time. I’d started to feel a strong urge to gaze into black glass. Maybe I was just subconsciously weirded out by the disturbing reports of those who’d gazed, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that the mirror wanted me to use it. Whether it was own mind playing tricks on me or not, I resisted.

The Taste of Blood: The Dark Mirror Gets Physical

The following month, the museum was visiting Pennsylvania’s infamous Pennhurst Asylum when the mirror once again became the centerpiece for weirdness. We still had an hour to go before doors opened to the public, but the caretakers of the property, the Pennhurst Paranormal Association, were checking out the table and inquired about the mirror. As usual, I gave the history and then the option to try it out themselves. One woman, who referred to herself as the group skeptic, decided to give it a whirl. Moments later she was telling us that she’d watched her mouth whisper to her even though we could all vouch that her mouth had never moved.

Throughout the rest of the night, the reports from gazers were twice as creepy as before, if not more-so. One particularly large and imposing man, upon seeing the commotion the mirror was causing, shrugged off the warnings from bystanders and laughed as held the mirror at arm’s length and stared deeply, only to stagger backwards and nearly drop the piece, yelling a string of profanities the whole time. The man claims he’d watched another person, who looked exactly like himself, peer around from behind his reflection and walk away.

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Unlike the Perryville Battlefield event, the experiences this time weren’t simply constrained to visual strangeness. Nearly half a dozen gazers reported the feeling of electricity coursing from the mirror’s frame as they held it, even rubbing their sore arms afterwards. Some complained of headaches after staring into it. One woman vividly described the feeling, and taste, of her mouth filling with blood.

When it came time for the guests to begin their paranormal investigations of the property, Jennifer Kirkland, one of the organizers of the Nick Groff Tour and investigator with SHOCK Paranormal, took the Dark Mirror to one of Pennhurst’s quiet rooms for her own experiment. Half an hour later she returned, her eyes wide, telling us how she’d watched people who weren’t there mill around the empty room.

When we arrived home from the event, I placed the Dark Mirror back on its usual shelf and collapsed from exhaustion after an eight hour drive. When I woke up, I noticed that both of our cats were sitting in the chair at the far end the living room, doing that hilarious head-bobble thing they do when they see a squirrel out the window. That’s when I realized that not only do they never sit in the same chair at once, but that they weren’t looking out the window at all. They were looking at the mirror… and it was uncovered, its veil lying on the floor.

Sure, maybe the cats pulled the veil off and got spooked. Maybe I was so tired after the drive that I made a half-assed attempt at covering the mirror before giving up and crashing. Maybe the wind did it. As I picked the frame up and went to cover it, the cats scattered and and ran into the next room. In fact, the cats would go nowhere near the mirror, even going into hiding when presented with it.

For the next several days it continued. Each morning we’d walk into the living room, pausing quietly when we found the unveiled mirror glinting in the sunlight. The mirror was uncovering itself at night.

I pulled out the motion activated trail camera that we’d snagged for our Bigfoot hunting adventures, mounted it on a tripod, and for the next week, pointed it at the Dark Mirror every night before bed.

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Not only did I find the mirror uncovered three out of those seven nights, but the camera memory card was empty each time. No cats, no wind, nothing. Even stranger, on day seven, I went to check the SD card, only to find it had been corrupted. I can tell that it has nearly 100 megabytes of used space, but it refuses to open. Any attempt to even format the card fails, creating a status bar that keeps growing to infinity.

Live On Air: The Ohio State Reformatory Incident

A few weeks ago, we displayed the museum at Ohio State Reformatory (where I’d previously had a frightening experience that I still can’t explain) for Unity: A Journey of Hope’s annual LOCKDOWN fundraiser, and again, the Dark Mirror was willing to perform. No corpses this time, but instead, at least three separate guests reported watching a “black mass” hover near their left shoulder, while others claimed to see themselves age forty years.

The highlight though, came when Brock and Dave, the guys from Paramania Radio, invited me to sit down for a live interview, during which someone hands me the mirror. I’m sure you can tell where this is going.

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After a bit of coaxing from Dave, who was back in studio, Brock, who was seated next to me, decided that he would give the mirror a try live on air. With an exclamation of “holy shit!”, Brock described watching his face distort as a twisted grin spread across his face. He covered it up and refused to look into it any further. You can hear the broadcast here (the bit with the mirror starts around 1:28.25).

That about brings us up to date, and to the current issue with which we’re attempting to deal with at Weird HQ. You see, it seems that that Dark Mirror is a bad influence. Not just on the people who dare to gaze into it, but on the objects that it’s displayed with. Suddenly and for the first time, many of the objects that were presented to us as haunted are starting actually act that way; the Haunted Painting as finally tossed itself from a wall, the creepy doll named Ruby has mysteriously disappeared, and while neither of us have seen it, we’re pretty sure we’ve heard the charred Ouija planchette sliding around in its glass display case late at night.

For that reason, we don’t keep the mirror on display in our living room anymore. Instead, we’ve wrapped it in a sheet, draped a rosary over it, and locked it in a chest. It’s only been a few days, but so far, nothing out of the ordinary, and the other objects seem back to “normal”, or as normal as they can get, anyway.

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Feeding on Fear: Reflections on the Dark Mirror

After coming into possession of the Dark Mirror and watching hundreds of people have their own terrifying experiences while using it, it’s our belief that the piece isn’t exactly “haunted” per se, but an object that seems to feed on human interaction, even fear. In the beginning, The Dark Mirror was just another object with an intriguing story behind it, but as we began to feed it a steady stream of freaked out experiencers in haunted locations across the country, it became pretty easy to see that the mirror was affected by all the attention. It took Sarah’s mother several weeks of regular, individual scrying sessions for her interactions with the mirror to come to a head, but for three months we’ve been feeding it a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet.

While we’re still in the very early stages of experimenting with the mirror, it’s clear that it has an effect on its surroundings, enhancing and influencing already strange objects and places. After being handled by a few hundred people and reintroducing it to Weird HQ, many items which never showed any kind of activity started to exhibit anomalous behavior. Objects that were allegedly haunted started to actually act haunted for the first time.  But why?

It’s as if the Dark Mirror is acting as a kind of battery. After each event, the phenomena that the mirror exhibits gets a little harder to ignore, leading me to believe that by allowing the brave and the curious gaze into the mirror, not to mention doing so in some of the world’s most haunted places, we’re “charging it”. In turn, it seems like the “juice” gets used not just by the Dark Mirror, but by other objects as well.

There is some precedence for this kind of “storage”. Throughout history, a number of cultures believed that mirrors had the power to capture energy, even souls. Serbo-Croatian cultures would bury their dead with a mirror in order to trap the soul of the deceased, preventing it from wandering the Earth for the rest of eternity. Even before that, mirrors were believed to act a kind of portal to the “spiritual realm”, and that they could be used to capture and contain evil spirits… only to release them later.

Like most folklore, it’s easy to for some to dismiss these stories as tales told by the uneducated during superstitious time periods, but even modern day science lends credibility to the claim that mirrors can store energy. In fact, a lot of research into green energy is invested in the use of mirrors to trap and contain sunlight.

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Now for something really spooky. In 2011, a team of physicists claimed that they were able to use mirrors to turn “virtual” photons into real photons.

“According to theory, a mirror can absorb energy from virtual photons onto its surface and then re-emit that energy as real photons. The effect only works when the mirror is moving through a vacuum at nearly the speed of light — which is almost impossible for everyday mechanical devices.”

Did you catch that? What these physicists are saying is that they were able to take a reflection and pull it from the mirror and into reality. Granted, it takes a vacuum, the speed of light, and boatload of cash, but the precedent is there. If a photon that only exists in a reflection can pop out of a mirror and into reality, could something larger? Makes you think twice about playing “Bloody Mary”, doesn’t it?

Continued Observation of the Dark Mirror

Considering what we’ve seen from the Dark Mirror in just the last three months, the question now is, “should we continue to bring such an object to events?”

Of course! So far, while most experiences with the mirror have been downright scary, they haven’t been dangerous. Nothing has been flown through the air, no one has been possessed, and no one’s eyes have exploded. Yet. Why shouldn’t we share the mirror with as many investigators as possible? After all, how often has anyone had a strange object that liked performing in front of a crowd?

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The whole purpose of the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult is to offer the curious the ability to get up close in personal with allegedly haunted items while allowing paranormal investigators test the objects for themselves. It’s rare enough to see someone who owns a haunted item offer it up for public scrutiny, and even rarer to find an item that so regularly interacts with a crowd. It seems like a real waste to keep that kind of thing locked up in a case or bound at the bottom of a river, particularly when so many are looking to have a paranormal experience of their own.

As we continue to pack up the Dark Mirror for events across the country, now with the added step of unlocking the big wooden chest where it’s stored, I’m just as excited as I am nervous to see what kind of charge it gets from the next crowd. Will we manifest a full body apparition? Can we get the mirror to intelligently interact with the latest ghost hunting gadgets? Will someone’s eyes explode? There’s only one way to find out, but I still won’t look into it.

Next month the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and the Occult is scheduled to appear on a friggin’ haunted island with Strange Escapes, and I’m more curious than ever to see how the Dark Mirror acts after being cooped up in a locked chest all month.

Just remember, you gaze at your own risk.


Have you gazed into the Dark Mirror at a past event and experienced something strange? Do you have a haunted object that’s been tormenting you? We want to hear from you! Drop us a line on Facebook, tweet us @WeirdHQ, or email me at greg@weirdhq.com with your story and we might feature it in a future article.

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Welcome to Helltown, Ohio – The Abandoned Town Filled With Ghosts and Legends…..


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Helltown is one of the most legendary areas of Ohio. Hundreds of legends surround the abandoned town, from ghosts to Satanic cults to chemical spills to mutants and more. It wasn’t always called Helltown and that is not its official name. The area is officially known as Boston Mills in Summit County. Settled in 1806, it is the oldest village in Summit County. In 1974, President Ford signed a legislation that allowed the National Parks Service to claim eminent domain over Boston Mills and take possession of the land. The idea was that they would raze the town and turn the area into a national park. Residents had to leave immediately, leading to graffiti that read “Now we know how the Indians felt.” However, the government being the government, they didn’t really get around to knocking down all the structures, so many streets would contain rows and rows of abandoned homes with “No Trespassing” signs, seated next to the burned-out remains of homes that had been used in fire department exercises.

With what is essentially an abandoned town, it is natural for ghost stories and legends to grow. While none have been confirmed, they are still really fun, spooky tales to share.

Helltown, Ohio

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One common rumor involves an abandoned school bus in the woods. Stories maintain that the children in the bus were slaughtered by a serial killer, mental patient, or Satanic cult (depending on who you ask. In reality, the bus was used as a temporary shelter for a family whose house was undergoing renovations. It was not uncommon for vehicles and machinery that was no longer working to be left behind when residents left.

Another rumor maintains that the area was the site of a toxic chemical spill. The National Park story was just a ruse to cover up the abandoned houses and rumors of mutants living in the woods, including a monstrous snake nicknamed “Peninsula Python.”

Other popular legends suggest that two of the churches in town are used as meeting places for Satanic cults, home to ghosts that leave candles burning all night, and a strange man (possibly the one who killed the bus load of children) lives in the basement; a ghostly figure appears on a bench at the cemetery at night, even though there is no bench in the cemetery; a man who will chase you away with a hearse if you get too close to his property (which may have been based on a real resident who brought out a hearse on Halloween); and a road that leads to the end of the world, is haunted, will terrorize you, or something to that effect.

THE LEGENDS OF HELL TOWN

The stories currently circulating regarding Hell Town are so numerous that it is almost impossible to track them all. And in many cases, the stories often intermingle. But here are some of the more well-known legends, complete with the true story behind them:

Government Conspiracy
The Cemetery
The House in the Woods
The School Bus
The Church
The Hearse
End of the World
Highway to Hell
Dead-End Roads
The Slaughterhouse
The Funeral Home
Children of the Corn
Animal Mutilations
Figures in the Woods
“Satanic Activity” Warnings
Ghostly AAA

GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY

Legend:
The government is attempting to cover up the fact that they spilled deadly chemicals in the area. These chemicals are said to have caused bizarre mutations to area residents and their children.

The Truth:
Stories regarding a government conspiracy refer to the area where the chemicals were spilled as either Butane Town, Mutane Town, or Mutant Town-the first two named after the chemical said to have been spilled and the latter describing the results of the spill.

But records show that there never was a chemical spill of any type in the area, by the government or anyone else. These stories were no doubt created out of the need to tell the “truth” behind the various US Government signs affixed to the abandoned buildings.

THE CEMETERY LEGEND:

“The local cemetery is haunted by a ghost that sits on a bench and stares blankly into creation.”

The Truth:
To begin with, The Ghosts of Ohio have no idea what it means to stare “blankly into creation”. But oddly enough, that is almost always the way the ghost is described. And despite receiving numerous e-mails and reviewing postings on the Internet, The Ghosts of Ohio have yet to come up with any further description of this alleged ghost other than it “stares blankly into creation.” You would think that an eyewitness who was close enough to see a ghost’s eyes would be able to give a better description.

There is also the fact that the “blankly into creation” quote appears on a popular ghost Web site. This leads The Ghosts of Ohio to believe that many visitors to the Web site are reading the legend and passing it along verbatim.

The home to this spirit is said to be Boston Cemetery. And while people still continue to report seeing this ghost sitting on a bench in the cemetery, there’s one major problem: there are NO benches in Boston Cemetery.

Legend:

“The trees in the cemetery move”

The Truth:
This legend is another one that appears verbatim on a large number of Web sites. And again, no additional information is ever given. However, one e-mail The Ghosts of Ohio received said the trees were the work of a “Satanic cult” that caused the trees move in order to protect the cult’s secrets.

Needless to say, there’s nothing to this legend, although it did lend itself to a lot of sarcastic comments (“sure the trees move-whenever it’s windy”).

Legend:

The cemetery is a dark, foreboding place that sits atop a cliff:

•”The cemetery is possibly the creepiest place in northern Ohio.”

•”The cemetery road winds along a cliff.”

•”You could try to drive your car up there, but odds are you’d slide down the rocky cliff on the other side.”

The Truth:
The vast majority of descriptions of the cemetery describe it as a spooky cemetery that sits alongside a “cliff” at the top of a huge hill. And while this is not necessarily paranormal in nature, it does add to the sense of foreboding that is said to permeate the cemetery.

Boston Cemetery does indeed sit atop a small hill. And the road is unpaved and does wind around the top of the hill. But on our last visit to the cemetery, The Ghosts of Ohio were able to make up this hill in a Honda without effort. And if we did slide off the side of the hill, we would have simply slid down through the grass. Granted, there are some trees at the bottom of the hill, but it is a far cry from the steep, rocky ravine some would have you believe.

Legend:
Boston Cemetery contains the graves of a large number of children who were all killed in a bus accident.

The Truth:
As with any cemetery, there are children’s graves in Boston Cemetery. But none are the result of any bus crash. This legend was apparently started in an attempt to tie the cemetery to the legend of the school bus (see below).

**NOTE: Ohio cemeteries, gated or not, close at dusk. So if you are inside a cemetery after dark, you are trespassing. Due to the recent vandalism in Boston Cemetery, the area is now patrolled on a regular basis. If you are caught inside Boston Cemetery at night, you will be arrested. To put it another way: there is nothing inside Boston Cemetery worth going to jail for.

THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS

Legend:
“There is an abandoned house in the woods where one light always appears in the upstairs window.”

The Truth:
Believe it or not, there is house in Boston Township where a light stays on all night. It’s the local hostel-a lodging house for young travelers. The light stays on in since it functions as a boarding house that accepts guests 24 hours a day.

Saying that this house is “in the woods” is debatable. For while it does sit a bit off the road, there are several signs alerting you to the fact that you are approaching the hostel and one was even placed at the end of their driveway. It seems around the time of the signs being put in place, the story of the “light in the upstairs window” shifted away from the hostel and down the road a bit to the infamous “school bus house.”

THE SCHOOL BUS

Legend:
A whole busload of children were slaughtered in the woods by (choose your favorite from the list below):

•A serial killer

•A band of serial killers

•An escaped mental patient

•Several escaped mental patients

•A group of Satanists or cult members

The bus is still there, although all the seats have been removed. But sometimes (again, choose your favorite):

•The bus fills up with the ghosts of the murdered children, each one sitting in their ghostly seats.

•The ghost of a man (“the killer”) smoking a cigarette is seen at the back of the bus.

•Children’s screams and/or laughter are heard coming from inside the bus.

Locals have tried to tow the “cursed” bus away, but each time they attempted to do so, some mishaps, which often resulted in injury and even death, resulted. As a result, they decided to leave the bus there.

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Amityville horror…The Hoax….


In 1974, six members of an Amityville, New York, family were killed by their youngest son, Butch DeFeo. The following year George and Kathy Lutz and their three children moved into the home, and soon, they claimed, they were supernaturally attacked by a demonic ghost or spirit. They collaborated with novelist Jay Anson, who embellished their tale, and the story was soon adapted into a screenplay for the hit film “The Amityville Horror.” Investigators, skeptical of their claims, were proven correct years later when DeFeo’s lawyer admitted that he and the Lutzes made up the whole thing, and all profited handsomely from the hoax.

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Mad Halloween pumpkin……don’t try to take away his candy!!


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Ghost??..strange image on Gettysburg Battlefield photo


This photo was taken at the Gettysburg Battlefield….in the first photo a strange image shows up to the right of the building…section was cropped and magnified….ghost?, blur on camera, a digital camera was used, several photos taken that day, but this is the only one that had an addition image in the photo…you decide what is there…..

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Ghosts and Haunting’s in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Albuquerque Press Club – Originally built as a family residence in 1903, it was called the Whittlesey House. Over the years it passed into various hands and at one time many of the rooms were rented to people who were convalescing from two nearby sanitariums. Today, the building serves as a nightclub and most of the phenomena are the many strange sounds heard by the staff and visitors. High heeled shoes are often heard walking across the bar and lobby areas, the piano sometimes plays of its own accord, and strange voices are sometimes heard. The apparition of a woman in a black shawl that the staff call “Mrs. M” has appeared to numerous people over the years.

The Arroyo – The Spirit of La Llorona, the weeping woman, is said to wander along this draining ditch crying and searching for her lost children. Thought to have murdered her children long ago, the legend is often told to children by their parents in order to get them to behave.

  – Allegedly there are glowing rooms that have been seen in unused portions of the hospital as well as invisible “force fields” that sometimes stop people from passing through doors and hallways. These barriers make a hissing sound when encountered. Also reported, are the sounds of sobbing, voices and heartbeats and black robed figures are seen in the darkened hallways.

Church Street Café – This 18 room hacienda, nestled in the heart of Old Town, dates back to 1709. Originally built as a residence by the Ruiz family, it was referred to as the Case de Ruiz for nearly 200 years. One of the oldest structures in the State of New Mexico , it remained in the Ruiz family until the last family member, Rufina G. Ruiz, died in 1991 at the age of 91. After Marie Coleman purchased the property and began renovations for the Church Street Café, it was found that the building continued to be inhabited by the spirit Rufina Ruiz’s mother, a woman named Sara Ruiz. Known to be a “curandera,” or healer, Sara was obviously not happy with the renovations as she once yelled at Marie when she brought in a contractor, “Get him out of here, now!” Once a contractor was finally hired, buckets began to mysteriously get kicked around. These types of antics continued until Marie began to talk to the spirit. Employees have seen Sara’s spirit in the café dressed in a long black dress and a number of customers have felt her presence.

Haunted Hill – Located at the end of Menaul Boulevard in the foothills, allegedly visitors have heard the sounds of screaming, phantom footsteps and bodies being dragged. According to the legend, an old man once lived in the caves at the top of the hills, sometimes bringing prostitutes there and killing them. Other reports tell of the apparition of an old man walking and the swinging of a lantern by unseen hands.

Kimo Theatre – The Kimo Theatre, a Pueblo Deco picture palace, was opened on September 19, 1927. No institution stands through time without something bad happening and the Kimo is no exception. In 1951, a six year old boy named Bobby Darnall was killed when the boiler in the basement exploded, demolishing part of the original lobby. It is this boy, wearing a striped shirt and blue jeans that is often seen playing on the lobby staircase. But he is also known to play numerous impish tricks, such as tripping the actors and creating a ruckus during performances. To appease the spirit, the cast hangs doughnuts on the water pipe that runs along the back wall of the theatre behind the stage.

Luna Mansion – Actually located in Los Lunas, New Mexico, a nearby suburb of Albuquerque, the Luna-Otero Mansion in is known for its great steaks, hot chili, and tantalizing deserts; but that’s not all it’s known for. It’s also renowned for its resident ghosts. In side this 1881 mansion turned restaurant, there have been many reported sightings of the ghost of Josefita Otero, who seemingly prefers the second floor bedrooms and the stairway. Other reported phenomenon includes chairs that move on their own accord and pots and pans that often heard rattling in an otherwise empty kitchen

Maria Teresa Restaurant –This beautiful old hacienda, turned restaurant dates back to 1783 when it was built by a man named Salvador Armijo. Today it has the dubious distinction of being one of New Mexico’s most haunted buildings. At least four different spirits have been seen wandering through the restaurant on various occasions. Other phenomenon includes a piano that seemingly plays of its own accord, employees who are touched by unseen hands, reflections of ghosts appearing in mirrors, unseen voices, and flatware and tables that mysteriously move on their own.

Rancho de Corrales – Not actually in Albuquerque, but about 15 miles north of the city, in Corrales, New Mexico , this gracious old hacienda was built in 1801 by Diego Montoya. The sprawling adobe home, with its thick walls and heavily timbered ceilings was, at first, a peaceful oasis surrounded by orchards. However, that all changed when the Luis and Louisa Emberto purchased the property in 1883. Some five years after they moved in, a bloody shootout occurred. It all started when Luis discovered that his wife was having an affair and moved out of the hacienda promising to return and kill both her and her lover. On April, 1898, made good on his promise and shot his wife twice.

An armed posse soon surrounded the hacienda and in the gun battle that ensued, Luis was struck down. Due to the scandalous circumstances of the couple’s death, they were not allowed a proper burial in the church cemetery and were their remains were interred across the irrigation ditch to the west of the building.

Today, the restless pair continue to make their presence known at the hacienda turned restaurant. Reported activities include items that seemingly move on their own, the sounds of disembodied voices, and the appearance of a woman in 1800’s era clothing. Others have heard the sound of midnight parties in the old hacienda.

San Pedro Library – There are said to be a number of strange occurrences in the library including lights that turn on and off of their own accord and objects that move by themselves. Additionally, at night a disembodied voice is often heard to say, “Please, come check out a book.” Others report the apparitions of children that are seen in darkened rooms.

Wool Warehouse Theater Restaurant – This building, a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1929 by prominent wool business man, Frank Bond, as his New Mexico headquarters. Designed by T. Charles Gaastra, who had recently returned from a trip to Egypt, the building prominently displays the Egyptian influence. Today the historic building is part of the Double Tree Hotel Complex. Encompassing some 5,000 square feet, the Wool Warehouse Theater Restaurant is housed on the second floor. During performances a man in a cream-colored double breasted suit has been known to have appeared on the stage. Thought to be Mr. Bond himself, the spirit seems to be pleasant and is also known to happily watch the productions from the side stage. On the other hand, the stairs behind the stage that lead to the basement, are thought to hold are more malevolent spirit. Employees have reported feeling pushed by unseen hands, something or someone that grabs their ankles, and strange noises emanating from the walls. This has frightened some to such an extent, that they refuse to go to the basement. Other paranormal activities reported are the feeling of hot and cold spots, being watched, and items that are mysteriously moved.

Xilinx Building – Today, this building serves as a technology development center, but this has not always been the case. The building once served as a mental health hospital. Today, staff report mysterious banging sounds throughout the building, groans heard in the courtyard, and whispers in the back office area. Others tell of objects that seemingly move of their own accord, and shadowy figures that are soon moving along the hallways.

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