Ghosts & Ghost Hunting
The photo above is Amythyst Raine
at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont, NE.
The tombstone in this photo belongs to:
George E. Herman
Died: January 17, 1893
Aged: 35 years/9 months/25 days
Upon this page you will find:
Ghost Hunting 101
The Bell Witch
Personal Paranormal Experiences
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Our House...Personal Paranormal Experiences
We live in a house that has always been very active with ghostly paranormal activity. So much so, that I began recording some of these events, and now I’m sharing them with you...
Monday, March 31, 2008
I had been lying awake for quite some time, as usual, tossing and turning in the dark. I glanced at the glowing face of the digital clock one more time as I fluffed my pillow.
It was going for 4am.
I lay down and closed my eyes—hoping I could get back to sleep. Suddenly, I heard a soft “click” sound. I opened my eyes to find the room aglow in the soft light of the lamp on my nightstand.
Later in the morning my 12 year old daughter told me that on a visit to the bathroom during the night, she heard a soft knocking sound. She thought someone was at the bathroom door and she opened it...no one was there.
She turned around and a small mirror hanging on the wall was gently swinging back and forth. This wall is a divider for the shower—there is nothing on the other side of it other than the shower head.
Update: At 2pm this afternoon, one of the girls was going to enter the bathroom and stopped short. She called us to come quickly and look...there was the mirror, swinging away on the bathroom wall.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Last night I had a nightmare. One so sharp and startling and real that I was covered in goosebumps when I woke up. And then, of course, I couldn't go back to sleep, so I laid there...and laid there...and...
About 3:45 am I heard the front door being opened-- my Isabella coming home-- I heard her taking keys out of the lock and I heard her give the door a mighty slam so that it shut all the way.
Then I heard someone crying-- a female voice-- soft. I raised my head off the pillow to listen better and to see if I could tell who was crying. I thought it was either Isabella or our Resident Elf (our youngest).
I got up, put my robe on, and went to see what was going on. Our little Elf was sound asleep, I pulled the covers up over her. I peeked out the living-room window, to look for Isabella's car-- the driveway was empty.
To be sure, I went to the front door-- had to unlock it-- and looked outside, stuck my head out to see clearly...the driveway was indeed empty.
I knew I had heard someone come into the house. I knew I had heard the front door being slammed shut. I knew that I had heard someone crying.
I went downstairs to the family room. My son was still awake, absorbed in the computer. I told him what I had heard. He said that he hadn't heard a sound. He went around the house with me (all 6'1" of him with a baseball bat) to check all the rooms in the house, as well as the back doors and the garage doors.
I peeked in the girls' rooms-- everyone was sound asleep and all was quiet
Tuesday, November 8, 2007
My 12 year old daughter and I were kept awake most of the night by all kinds of “noises” in the house, including the sound of a large round object being rolled up and down the wooden floor of the hallway outside our bedrooms.
When we would get up to investigate these noises, there was nothing there.
Everyone else in the family had a good night's sleep and heard nothing.
March 19, 2007
A couple nights ago I sat up in my bed and watched in fascination as a small ball of light moved very slowly and deliberately back and forth, back and forth, and then up and down, up and down at the foot of my bed.
This went on for at least 3 to 5 minutes and then the light disappeared.
I was lying in bed...I thought that my husband had turned over and laid his leg across mine—I could feel the weight on my leg. It was uncomfortable and I reached down to push his leg off mine—There was nothing there. My husband was clear over on his side of our queen sized bed. I laid back down.
A few minutes later he said, “Did you hear that?”
I asked what and he said, “It sounded like something running across the floor.”
The sensation of weight on my leg was gone.
Sunday, August 13, 2008
My 19 year old daughter told me she has begun to see “spiders” out of the corner of her eye—spiders that aren’t really there. I have also been experiencing this strange phenomenon with spiders, and this is why I found it so extraordinary—I hadn’t discussed my experiences with her.
Friday, June 17, 2006
During the past couple of weeks...
1. I was working at the island in the kitchen. Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw my husband standing in the kitchen doorway (in his yellow shirt and blue shorts). It startled me and I was just ready to blurt out, “How did you get home so early?!”...
There was no one there.
2. I was lying down—getting ready to settle in, when I looked in the dresser mirror. Reflected within this mirror was the mirror across the room. Rising within the mirror within the mirror was a dark object.
I was startled and at first I was not going to look, but I did—
It was the image of my husband wearing a yellow shirt and dark shorts. He was staring at me.
(His physical self was lying beside me, sound asleep.)
3. I’m doing a tarot spread by candlelight on my bed. Everyone is out in the living room watching TV. I suddenly feel the bed push down, like when someone leans on the mattress.
I thought it was my husband and he was getting ready to say “boo” to scare me. I spun my head around, starting to shout, “Don’t you dare!”...
There was no one there.
Wednesday, June 1, 2005
I was lying in bed awake and my husband was leaving the room to go make coffee. I turned over in bed and glanced up—I saw a large spider, larger than anything I’d ever seen before. It was seemingly dangling in mid-air, suspended—I presumed-- from a thread of web. I sat up and opened my mouth to call my husband back into the bedroom.
Then I looked at it again. It began climbing up the invisible “thread” to the ceiling. And suddenly it began disappearing—very gradually, as though it were slowly crawling behind an invisible curtain.
I was stunned. I stared in disbelief as I said to myself, “It wasn’t real!”
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
The other night, while lying in bed, it felt like something had hold of my foot. I quickly sat up, thinking that my husband was teasing me. There was no one there. I lay back down.
A few minutes later something took hold of my left arm, which had been lying limp on my side, and tossed it in the air. I’ve never had this type of experience before.
Tuesday, June 2004
While standing in the main bathroom yesterday, between noon and 12:30pm, I was at the counter when someone touched the back of my head on the left side. It felt as though they were gently lifting my hair.
I turned to see who it was, thinking it was one of my daughters.
There was no one there.
I turned back to the mirror. Suddenly I felt an overwhelming “tingling” sensation, a “hair standing on end” sensation – but only in the spot on my head that had been touched!
My oldest daughter said this happens quite often to her, here upstairs, after everyone has gone to bed and she’s watching TV by herself. She said that something “messes” with her hair.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Yesterday, one of my daughters told me about two different occasions when she “saw” someone out of the corner of her eye walking through the hallway, passing from one bedroom to another. When she went to see who it was, she discovered that there was no one there.
My husband I and my oldest daughter all experience this phenomenon in this house.
Friday, May 14, 2004
I was awoken abruptly out of a sound sleep—someone was crying, calling out to me. I thought it was one of my children and even called out, “I’m coming!”
I got up and checked the house—everyone was sound asleep.
The next morning I told my husband about it. He said, “Last night I thought I saw someone walk into the bedroom and I thought it was you—until I realized my hand was on your hip!”
Also...yesterday, the lights in the living room turned themselves on three different times.
Note: The day before these odd occurrences, I had been released from the hospital from an overnight stay for a minor procedure. This is the same hospital that my husband’s girl friend had passed away in three years ago from colon cancer...Her name was Cheryl.
1. The nurse I had the two days I was in the hospital was named...Cheryl.
2. The nurse who prepped me for the procedure was named...Cheryl.
3. The lady who came in to clean my room was...Cheryl’s aunt, her mother’s sister.
Thursday, April 22, 2004
On the last weekend in March my husband and one of my daughters left to take care of some business in Iowa. My oldest daughter and I took advantage of an evening alone, putting the babies to bed early.
We lit white candles and placed them around us on the living room floor. We sat in the midst of it with a ouija board and tried contacting spirits.
We asked “Are there any spirits here now?”
The board answered, “Y’ no?”
Ever since, we have been waking up during the night this past month to find the TV in the living room has been turned on.
During the night, my youngest daughter called out to me in distress from her bedroom. When I went to her, she was thrashing around in her covers, upset and frightened. I asked her what was the matter.
“There’s ‘A Lady’ bothering me,” my daughter told me.
After a few more questions, this is what I got: “The Lady” had been standing beside her bed off and on during the night. The Lady was angry or upset or sad.
Unlike the majority of parents, when my children describe unseen entities and paranormal activity to me, I believe them. Also, while standing by my daughter’s bed talking to her, I had a rush of tingling goose flesh run from the bottom of my feet up my legs. I knew that some kind of presence was in the room.
In order to clear my daughter’s room of this “Lady”; I lit a white candle and some incense, tossed a handful of salt about—including under her bed, and left a small bowl of salt on her night stand. I told my daughter that if “The Lady” came to bother her again, she could just take a pinch of salt and toss it at the entity and it would go away.
Reassured, my child—and I—went back to sleep.
The next day came the daily local newspaper:
Yesterday evening a pregnant young woman, along with her year old baby, was killed in a head on collision with a semi-trailer truck just a few miles north of our home.
This young woman had been the daughter of the people we had bought this house from several years ago.
My daughter was sleeping in what had been this young woman’s bedroom.
My House is Haunted: A True Ghost Story
TAPS: A Ghost on Thermal Camera
Here's a very brief list of a few haunted cemeteries in the US and a link to this site at the bottom of the page. How I wish that some of you were closer so we could go ghost hunting together on a full moon night!!
Stull Cemetery - Kansas City, Kansas...It's nickname is the Gates of Hell. It's said that the devil's child is buried here. A boy who was believed to be able to turn himself into a werewolf. Satanists conduct rituals in this graveyard. At the spring and autumn equinoxes evil forces are suppose to materialize.
Old York Cemetery - York Village, Maine...A friendly ghost makes this cemetery her home. Mary Miller Jason, a white witch, would help sick people by prescribing herbs and exorcising neighbor's homes in her life. She died in 1774 and sightings of her have been occurring ever since. Children have also told stories of a good invisible woman that pushes them on the swings of the playground across the street.
White Cemetery - Barrington Illinois...A very strange cemetery. Glowing lights hovering over the tombstones. A strange black car haunts the surrounding area. One block away where a large house once stood, (now burned down), the house has been seen reappear and then vanish again.
Adelaida Cemetary - Palo Alto, California...A ghost wearing a long white nightgown makes her appearance in this old cemetery every Friday night between 10 pm and Midnight. This mennonite ghost lays flowers on the grave of one of her children that died in the diphtheria epidemic. She may have also committed suicide in her own life.
McConnio Cemetery - Monroe County, Evergreen, Alabama...Respected locals, individuals and passers by have reported strange events in this cemetery since 1865. Phantoms of Union soldiers have been seen riding their horses across the graveyard. Ghostly parades of troops march in lines with bandages rapped around their heads. Men in Civil War uniforms wander throughout the area. Even now people visiting the McConnio Cemetery with no knowledge of its ghostly past witness strange vanishing apparitions of soldiers killed in battle. For any ghost hunter that's also a Civil War buff this is an excellent place to put on your travel list.
Resurrection Cemetery - Justice, Illinois...This cemetery is home to a well known ghost story. It's the story of Resurrection Mary. Her name is Mary Bregavy, a young Polish girl that was killed in a car accident in 1939 while going home from a dance at the O'Henry Ballroom, now the Willowbrook Ballroom. Her ghost makes appearances all along the cemetery roads and at the Willowbrookk Ballroom. She has been known to dance with men at the ballroom and ask them for a ride home only to disappear from their cars as they pass the cemetery. She been seen hitchhiking on the nearby roads by many creditable witnesses. A taxi cab driver saw young girl walking one evening in 1989 and picked her up. The two of them were talking and driving but as the cab passed Resurrection Cemetery the girl, (Mary), disappeared from the front seat of the cab.
In the summer of 1976, the Justice police received a phone call from a man who said that he saw a girl locked in the cemetery after hours. It was 10:30 PM when Sergeant Pat Homa responded to the call. Homa shined his flashlight through the cemetery bars into the darkened burial grounds. He didn't find any girl. He did find two of the bars on the gate were bent apart at a weird angle. They appeared have been bent apart by human hands. After a closer examination, imbedded in the metal were the impressions of small handprints. On the surface of the green patina of the bronze were scorch marks that looked very much like skin texture. Metallurgist experts could not explain how the bars were bent. Officials had the bars cut off and sent them away to be straightened. The bars were gone for over two and a half years. They were finally reinstalled in the gates in the early 1980's. The same bars were put back, but are refitted upside down.
Los Angeles Pet Cemetery - Calabasas, California...Pets of movie stars and the rich and famous are buried here. There have been sightings of many different animal ghosts playing in this graveyard. The ghost that gets the most attention is the spirit of a great Dane named Kabar. Kabar belonged to Rudolph Valentino. The animal, deceased since 1929, still makes frequent appearances near its grave to lick the people that pass.
Masonic Cemetery - Central City, Colorado...Every April 5th and November 1st a beautiful women in a black satin dress appears and lays flowers on the grave of John Edward Cameron. There are many different rumors for the connection between this ghost and Cameron, who died on November 1, 1887. Once twelve people gathered together at Cameron's grave on Nov. 1st to see the ghost. At sunset, she appeared as always. Two men tried to grab her but she flew off and vanished on a hill not far from the cemetery.
Woodland Cemetery - Dayton, Ohio...A young girl, blond with a blue sweater tied around her waist, has been seen floating over the grass and skipping down pathways. At night her tombstone glows eerily.
Chestnut Hill Cemetery - Exeter, Rhode Island...A young girl, Mercy Brown, died on Jan. 18, 1892. Her father later dug up her body thinking that she had become a vampire. With local help they removed her body and the medical doctor drained her organs of the remaining blood. This violation of her grave has caused Mercy to appear in the graveyard at night. Many witnesses report seeing strange blue lights moving in the graveyard. Mercy's spirit.
Oak Hill Cemetery - Cedar Rapids, Iowa...A Czech girl haunts this graveyard carrying flickering candles and trying to pull people into one of the mausoleums. The ghost is believed to be named Tillie. She is buried in the potters field section of the cemetery.
Wolfinger Cemetery - Toledo, Ohio...Tombstones dating back to the late 1700's. Very small area surrounded by a forest. Along the far side of the cemetery there are five graves, mother, father and three children all of whom were deceased within weeks of each other. It has been reported that these three children have been seen playing among the tombstones. Particularly a young girl dressed in the style of the late1800's. She wears a blue dress with a white pinafore, and appears to be 10-12 years old.
Unknown Cemetery - Carey, Ohio...The story goes that a wife was found dead. She had been strangled. No murder changes were ever brought up because of lack of evidence. Today her husband is also deceased and they are buried together under one tombstone that reads husband and wife. The solid marble tombstone is near the road. It's said that if you park in front of the tombstone with the headlights on there are "unnatural lines" at the top of the marble stone that depict the two individuals. They are facing each other and the husbands hands are wrapped tightly around the wife's throat. The tombstone has been altered more than once but the pictures still return. The cemetery has also blocked off the area so that cars can no longer park in front of the headstone.
Things that go "bump" in the night.
Aka: infestation, knocking spirits, ghostly sounds and lights
Description: Initially meaning "noisy ghosts" (from the German poltern "to knock" and geist "spirit"), the term in its modern definition is now associated with physical paranormal activity inside homes such as mysterious noisy disturbances or moving, misplacing of objects. Included in the most common types of poltergeist activities are the rains of stones and other small objects; moving or throwing of objects, including large pieces of furniture; voices, loud noises and shrieks; odors which sources cannot be found (i.e. pipe tobacco when no one smokes). Poltergeists are known to have caused interference in telephones and electronic equipment, and turning lights and appliances on and off. The poltergeist might even become a full bodied or partial bodied apparition. Some poltergeists are said to pinch, bite, hit, and sexually attack the living.
In the late 1970s parapsychologists Alan Gauld and A. D. Cornell did a computer analysis of those cases collected since 1800 to that time. They identified sixty-three general characteristics, which include the following: 64 percent involved the movement of small objects; 58 percent were most active at night; 48 percent featured raps; 36 percent involved movement of large objects; 24 percent lasted longer than one year; 16 percent featured communication between the poltergeist and agent; 12 percent involved the opening and shutting of doors and windows. The Gauld-Cornell analysis found only 9 percent of the cases attributed to demons, 7 percent to witches, and 2 percent to spirits of the dead.
Generally poltergeist activity starts and stops abruptly. The duration of it may extend over several hours to several months; however, some cases have been reported to last over several years. The activity almost always occurs at night when someone is presence. Typically this is the "agent," an individual who seems to serve as a focus or magnet for the activity. The agent is usually female and under the age of twenty.
Time: anytime but paranormal activity usually increases at dusk
Theory: Poltergeist activity has occurred globally since ancient times and was blamed on the Devil, demons, witches, and ghosts of the dead.
The development and increase of psychical research during the late 19th and early 20th centuries helped confirm the conviction that poltergeist activity was genuine. Among the early investigators were two founders of the Society for Psychical Research, Sir William Barrett and Fredric W. H. Meyers. Meyers believed in the genuineness of poltergeist activity and that it was distinguishable from ghost hauntings.
In the 1930s the psychologist and parapsychologist Nandor Fodor advanced the theory that some poltergeist disturbances were caused not by spirits but by human agents suffering from intense repressed anger, hostility, and sexual tension. Fodor successfully demonstrated his theory in several cases, including the most famous "Thormton Heath Poltergeist" in England, which he investigated in 1938. The case involved a woman whose repressions caused a poltergeist outbreak and apparently a vampire attack. The Spiritualists severely criticized Fodor, but he won a libel suit against a Spiritualist newspaper.
William Roll, project director of the Psychical Research Foundation in Durham, North Carolina, further explored this psychological dysfunction theory. Starting in the 1960s, Roll studied 116 written reports of poltergeist cases spanning over four centuries in more one hundred countries. Roll identified patterns that he labeled "recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis" (RSPK), which are inexplicable, spontaneous physical effects. Generally, he discovered, the most common agent was a child or teenager whose unwitting PK was a way of expressing hostility without the fear of punishment. In this case, those subjects are mainly in puberty and girls rather than boys. The individual was not aware of being the cause of such disturbances, but was, at the same time, secretly or openly please that they occurred.
Other investigators have also investigated agents finding that those in poor mental and physical health are vulnerable to stress. Patient having unresolved emotional tensions have been associated with houses where poltergeist activity occurred. When studying the personalities of agents psychologists found anxiety reactions, conversion hysteria, phobias, mania, obsessions, dissociative reactions, and schizophrenia. In some cases therapy eliminated the poltergeist activity.
However, the psychological dysfunction theory has been disputed by other researchers, including Gauld and Cornell who said the psychological tests employed were invalid. Psychiatrist Ian Stevenson proposed that spirits of the dead may account for more poltergeist activity than realized. In his study of a number of cases attributed to agents and to spirits of the dead, Stevenson noted significance differences. The phenomena in living agent cases was without purpose and often violent, while cases involving spirits of the dead featured intelligent communication, purposeful movement of objects, and little violence.
Poltergeist activity is often found in correlation with psychic adolescent children who are finding their journey into adulthood difficult or fearing the responsibilities expected of them. The more sensitive the child, the more adverse is the spirit's reaction to the fear being transferred, often leading to objects being moved or hurled across the room or ectoplasm being ejected by the spirit. The spirit rejecting or de-toxing itself of the fear it's been presented with causes such activity.
Cases: Poltergeist activities have been reported in many countries, and chronicled by occult writers such as A. R. G. Owen and Colin Wilson. The Epworth Poltergeist case is one of the best-documented cases of poltergeist activity.
Even today, their origin brings controversy as it is believed to be the remaining spirit people that once lived.
Location: inside inhabited houses
Veracity factor: 9/10, numerous sightings and records have not been explained so far by any rational or human causes.
For more information, follow the links below:
The Bell Witch
We watched a movie the other night called, "An American Haunting", based on the legend of The Bell Witch. The movie had an interesting little twist and take on the subject, one that you probably won't see coming.
I love old legends like this. I'm a sucker for a good ghost story or a haunting, and I found more than a few websites covering this subject. I also discovered that there is a Myspace page devoted to this legend.
THE BELL WITCH
Located in sleepy Adams, Tennessee is the former location of the John Bell Farm, one of the most famous haunted spots in American History. This sinister case involved spectral creatures, disembodied voices, poltergeist activity and even resulted in the death of John Bell. . .all at the hands of the infamous Bell Witch.
THE LEGEND OF THE BELL WITCH
According to the annals of supernatural history, the story of the Bell Witch started in 1817 when the Bell family, prosperous farmers from Tennessee, began experiencing strange phenomena in their home. First, the house was plagued with knocking and rapping noises and scratching sounds.
Blankets were pulled from beds, family members were kicked and scratched and their hair pulled. Particularly tormented was a 12-year-old Betsy Bell, who was slapped, pinched, bruised and stuck with pins. At first, John Bell was determined to keep the events secret, but soon confided in a friend , who then formed an investigative committee. John Bell's friends soon learned that the strange force in the house had an eerie intelligence. It soon found a voice and from that day on. . .was seldom silent.
The spirit identified itself as the "witch" of Kate Batts, a neighbors of the Bell's, with whom John had experienced bad business dealings over some purchased slaves. "Kate" as the local people began calling her, made daily appearances in the Bell home, wreaking havoc on everyone there. People all over the area of soon learned of the witch and she made appearances, in sounds and voices, all over Robertson County.
The ghost became so famous that even General Andrew Jackson decided to visit. He too experienced the antics of the witch and his carriage wheels refused to turn until the witch decided to let them.
John Bell fell victim to bouts of strange illness, to which "Kate" claimed responsibility. While he was sick in bed, the spirit cursed and prodded him, never allowing him to rest. One day, he went to bed and never recovered. He was found senseless in his bed one morning and a strange bottle was found nearby. Bell's breath smelled of the black liquid in the bottle, so a drop of it was placed on the tongue of a cat. . .the animal dropped dead. John Bell soon followed suit and "Kate" screamed in triumph. She even made her presence known at his funeral, laughing, cursing and singing as the poor man was buried.
"Kate" didn't vanish immediately after the death of her proclaimed enemy though. She stayed around, threatening Betsy Bell to not marry the man that she truly loved, Joshua Gardner. The witch would never say why, but she did allow the girl to later marry the local schoolteacher, Richard Powell. "Kate" soon left the family but promised to return in seven years. She did come back and plagued the family again for two weeks. Before departing, she appeared at the home of John Bell Jr. and made a number of predictions that Bell recorded. The warning proved true, reflecting the Civil War and the later World Wars of the next century. "Kate" said that she would return again 107 years later, in 1935, but the year came and went without incident.
Who was the Bell Witch? Was she really a ghost, who claimed to be connected to a living person? Or did the resentment and the hatred of the real Kate Batts create an entity of it's own? Or could the haunting have been poltergeist activity linked to Betsy Bell? No one will ever know for sure. . .but whoever, or whatever, the Bell Witch was, many believe that she has never left Adams, Tennessee at all.
The owners also offer tours of an authentic reproduction of the Bell Family cabin, complete with period antiques, and recountings of the strange events that occurred back in the early 1800's. Cabin tours are $5 per person.
On the outskirts of Adams, visitors can also see the Bellwood Cemetery. There is a large burial plot and memorial to the Bell family. In front of the Bell School, on Highway 41, is a road sign about the haunting. It was designated by the Tennessee Historical Commission.
And here's a link to another site...
An American Haunting