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It’s common for children to have imaginary friends, but what happens when these friends turn out to be not so imaginary after all? One new mother asked parents on Reddit this very question and the answers she received were disturbing to say the least. From dead children who live in the closet to monstrous creatures with eyes that glow red in the night. Is it overactive imaginations at play or something much worse?

Out of the mouths of babes, here are 15 disturbing stories of imaginary friends shared by terrified parents around the world.

1. Sign of the Cross

“My daughter used to tell me about a man who came into her room every night and put the sign of the cross on her forehead. I thought it was just a dream. Then my mother-in-law sent over some family photos. My daughter looked right at the picture of my husband’s father (who has been dead for 16 years) and said ‘That’s the man who comes into my room at night!’ My husband later told me his father would always do the sign of the cross on his forehead when he was young.” – Rcrowley32

Related: 31 Terrifying Real-Life Horror Stories That Will Chill You to the Bone

2. Creeper Man

“My son from the age of three always tells me about the “creeper man” who lives in my mom and dads bedroom. He brings it up after he visits them. I made the mistake once of asking what he looks like. My son said, “Oh, he doesn’t have a face.”” – TravelsWithTheDoctor

3. Kelly

“When my daughter was three she had an imaginary friend named Kelly who lived in her closet. Kelly sat in a little rocking chair while she slept, played with her, etc. Typical imaginary friend shit. Anyway, fast forward two years later, the wife and I are watching the new Amityville (the one with Ryan Renolds) and our daughter walks out right when the dead girl goes all black eyed.

Far from being disturbed, she said, “That looks like Kelly.”

“Kelly who?” we say.

“You know the dead girl that lived in my closet.”” – BrownXCoat

Related: Contacting the Spirits: 15 Scariest Ouija Board Stories

4. Roger

“My little brother’s imaginary friend, Roger, lived under our coffee table. Roger had a wife and 9 kids. Roger and his family lived peacefully alongside us for three years. One day, my little brother announced that Roger wouldn’t be around anymore since he shot and killed him and his whole family.

I don’t know if he remembers any of this, but his genuine lack of remorse was very disturbing.” – ritzcharlatan

5. Easter Bunny

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“When I was 16, I babysat twins who were in the third grade at the time. They always spoke of a man in an Easter Bunny costume, and they were terrified of him. One day I was babysitting, and one twin was in the shower. His brother and I were sitting downstairs watching television when all of the sudden, he said, “you need to go check on Matt.”

Seconds later, Matt yelled, “He’s in here! He’s in here!” I ran upstairs, and I had to check every room before he would calm down. I’m not sure which part of the experience freaked me out the most.” – NiceColdPBR

6. The Captain

“A parent of one of my students told us in a meeting that she was concerned because her son (7 years old) talked about an invisible ghost who would talk to him and play with him in his room. He said the ghost was called The Captain and was an old white guy with a beard. The kid would tell his mom that The Captain told him when he grows up his job will be to kill people, and The Captain would tell him who needed to be killed. The kid would cry and say he doesn’t want to kill when he grows up, but The Captain tells him he doesn’t have a choice and he’ll get used to killing after a while.” – MidnightXII

7. Boy in the Tree

“My folks’ farm surrounds a cemetery, and my dad and my niece were walking down there. My niece (4) looks up and says “What’s that boy doing up in that tree?” There was no boy, but she insisted there was and could describe him.” – themightyspin

8. Bad Rabbit

“My cousin, when she was 5, and I was 17, had a stuffed rabbit that she talked to and carried everywhere. One day she was asleep on the couch while I was watching her, and she woke up and started yelling at her rabbit for no reason. One minute she was knocked out, the next, she’s awake, glaring at her rabbit, yelling, ‘No! You can’t do that! That’s bad! Don’t do it!’ I asked her what was wrong, tried to get her to stop, but she wouldn’t listen. I finally just took the rabbit up to her room, and when I came back down she was asleep on the couch again. Fuck whatever that rabbit was planning on doing.” – trethompson

Related: 5 Terrifying True Stories of Shadow People

9. Punishment

“I was seventeen and babysitting a friend of the family’s six-year-old. He’d been in bed a couple of hours and I just peeked in to check on him. He wasn’t in the bed and when I opened the door wider, I saw he was standing in the corner, facing the wall.

Creepiest fucking thing ever.

I asked him what he was doing and all he did was turn around, smile, and put his finger to his lips as if to say “shhh”. I asked him again what he was doing and all he says is, “leave us. It is the punishment.”” – laughingyotus

10. Red Eyes

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“When my boy was 4, his imaginary friend would sit in the corner of the room when you switched off the lights and light the room with red glowing eyes.” – starlinguk

11. The Lady

“When my nephew was 3 or 4 there was ‘a lady’ that sat at the end of his bed most nights, he said she had old clothes and would often keep him awake at night talking to him. He got really worked up when no-one else could see her, adamant ‘the lady’ was there and would visit him at night.

He spoke about her with such conviction, my sister moved house shortly after.

Recently her 1yr old, my niece, has been seen at roughly the same time (around 3.45am) a few nights, stood in the corner of her cot, talking (babbling) to an empty corner of the room. Freaky. I think my sister will soon be able to build a new house with the amount of bricks that have recently been shat.” – ChronicleUK

12. Jim-Jim

“My mom tells me that when I was really young, I had an imaginary friend named Jim-Jim that (as I used to say, she says) had “black eyes, black hair, and looks like paper”. She and I assume that I meant that it had really white skin. It creeped her out because Jim-Jim was one of the first things she ever heard me say and she had always found me laughing or crying at a certain corner of my bedroom since I was a few months old.

What pushed her over the edge was one night she heard me scream and start crying. I was 4 when this happened and she just assumed I had a nightmare. When she asked what was wrong, I pointed to the corner of the room and said “Jim-Jim’s mad and she says she wants me to hurt you”, then I started crying and apologizing to the corner of the room about telling her that.

There was no mention of Jim-Jim in the house after that.” – Hatweed

13. Emily

“When my sister was probably about 6 or 7, she had an imaginary friend named Emily. She told us Emily lived in her closet, wore an old black dress, and had long dark hair and she was the same age as my sister. My sister played with Emily constantly. My parents started noticing my sister acting weird. Just sitting in the middle of her room whispering to Emily quite a bit and acting a lot more distant towards them. I remember a very specific day, my brother was walking by her room and my sister was sitting in the middle of her room….but she turned around and hissed at him. He was scared shitless. He told me it didn’t even look like my sister. My parents ran up to her room and I could hear my sister just screaming and screaming.”

“I have no idea what happened in that room but I ran to the bottom of my stairs and the screaming stopped, I saw my parents holding my sister crying their eyes out, she was sobbing as well. I’ve asked her about it today. She’s 24 now. She told me that Emily used to tell her to do horrible things to herself. She actually used to wake up on the roof and not remember how she got there. I’m not kidding. Apparently, Emily absolutely hated my parents so she turned my sister against them. She hates talking about it so I never brought up that specific night. This all happened at my old house. When we moved into a different house, Emily was gone. I’m not making any of this up. My sister’s little friend was a really big deal to my family and messed things up for a long time. I’m just relieved we left that house.” – Gooddaybrittney

Related: 21 People Share their Creepiest Experiences of Paranormal Activity

14. “You’re Doing a Good Job”

“My wife and I overheard my 2year daughter on the baby monitor wake up on Saturday morning and say “what? OK, I’ll tell her” then get up and come into our bedroom and told my wife, “Mary says you’re doing a good job.” Mary was her grandmother that she was extremely close too that passed away.” – Enxer

15. Dead Friends

“Kid I used to babysit had imaginary friends. They were dead. One had no head. One was an old lady. They were both bloody. The one with no head had insides sticking out of his neck.

I didn’t ask him questions about them because fuck that.” – Baja_Ha

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Lady in White: The Haunted Burial Grounds of Union Cemetery http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/lady-white-haunted-burial-grounds-union-cemetery/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:00:33 +0000 http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/?p=10593 By Orrin Grey. It’s been called one of the most haunted burial grounds in the United States. Union Cemetery near Easton, Connecticut has played host to numerous paranormal investigations and is the alleged home of a variety of specters—including the famed White Lady. The burial ground earned its haunted reputation thanks in no small part […]

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By Orrin Grey.

It’s been called one of the most haunted burial grounds in the United States. Union Cemetery near Easton, Connecticut has played host to numerous paranormal investigations and is the alleged home of a variety of specters—including the famed White Lady.

The burial ground earned its haunted reputation thanks in no small part to the efforts of Ed and Lorraine Warren. The self-taught demonologists are best known as the paranormal investigators behind the Amityville Horror case; their exploits have inspired everything from The Conjuring to Annabelle and The Haunting in Connecticut. The Warrens conducted so many investigations at Union Cemetery, in fact, that it led their fifth book, Graveyard: True Hauntings from an Old New England Cemetery.

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World renowned paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren (circa 1970s)

The duo’s interest in Union Cemetery and its alleged ghosts may stem in part from the fact that the burial ground rests just a few miles from their home and “Occult Museum” in nearby Monroe. In their book, Ed Warren claims that he managed to capture the graveyard’s famous White Lady on film.

That said, reports of paranormal encounters at Union Cemetery predate the Warrens by quite some time. The cemetery was founded in the early 1700s, at the junction of routes 136 and 59, near the old Easton Baptist Church. Visitors to the historic cemetery have reported everything from glowing orbs to rolling mist and rods of light.

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Then there are the cemetery’s resident apparitions. One well-known spectral tenant goes by the name of Red Eyes. Red Eyes is said to appear as a pair of glowing crimson eyes hovering in the air. To whom or what those eyes are attached remains unknown.

Encounters with the White Lady are no less chilling. She is sometimes seen drifting among the tombstones, or resting forlornly on one of the graves. She also has a reputation for materializing before passing motorists, only to vanish once the car strikes her. Reports of drivers who believe they ran over a woman, only to emerge from their vehicle and find no body, abound in the area.

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Union Cemetery, Easton, Connecticut.

As one would suspect, the White Lady appears in a long, diaphanous gown with flowing black hair. Some say her outfit is a wedding dress. Beyond that, however, not much is known about her.

Numerous stories have surfaced that seek to explain her identity. Some say she was a woman who murdered her husband and was later killed. Another story states that the White Lady was murdered at the turn of the 20th century, her body dumped into a sinkhole behind the Easton Church. Perhaps the most popular variation, however, holds that the White Lady is in fact the spirit of Harriet B. Seeley. Seeley’s gravestone is in the cemetery, and says that she was preceded in death by a son, who perished in 1853. According to these stories, the White Lady is Seeley’s ghost, who roams the cemetery in search of her dead child.

Related: 15 Eerie True Life Ghost Photographs to Give you the Shivers

Whatever her origins, sightings of the White Lady date back to at least the 1940s. Paranormal investigators and legend trippers have flocked to Union Cemetery ever since—though if you make a nighttime trip today you’re more likely to run into a police officer than a restless spirit. Even those who fail to see the White Lady still report strange lights and sudden fluctuations in temperature, and maintain that an eerie aura hangs the air.

Little wonder for a burial ground that’s hundreds of years old.

[via Westport Weston Daily Voice; Damned Connecticut; Haunted Places]

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10 Most Gruesome Archaeological Finds Ever Discovered in History http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/10-gruesome-archaeological-finds-ever-discovered-history/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:15 +0000 http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/?p=10559 History really is full of surprises, but they are far closer at hand than we generally like to think. The field of archaeology focuses on just such remnants, as it is “the Study of the ancient and recent human past through material remains,” according to the Society for American Archaeology. Analyzing what remains of the […]

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History really is full of surprises, but they are far closer at hand than we generally like to think. The field of archaeology focuses on just such remnants, as it is “the Study of the ancient and recent human past through material remains,” according to the Society for American Archaeology. Analyzing what remains of the past can reveal secrets, but some can be less than savory.

From human sacrifice to the undead, archaeologists are often on the front lines of the weird – and of making sense of it for the rest of us.

1. The Headless Vikings of Ridgeway Hill

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The seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset, England is home to more than just tourist attractions. Archaeologists discovered a gruesome mass Viking grave there in 2009 while surveying property earmarked for a new roadway. Among the fifty or so dead, the bodies had been piled in one area and the skulls in another. Apparently, somewhere between 970 and 1025 AD, the invaders had been captured, likely during a raid, and then killed by local Anglo-Saxons. However, they had done so with particular rigor – hacking the young men’s heads off in one blow, even as the Vikings faced their executioners, refusing to look away.

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2. Screaming Mummies

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For archaeologists in the past, the banal could often appear terrifying. For instance, when Gaston Maspero, the Head of the Egyptian Antiquities Service in 1886, first opened a plain sarcophagus, a screaming face met his gaze. The man inside had had his hands and feet bound before being buried in sheepskin, which ancient Egyptians viewed as unclean. Yet, the mummy known as Unknown Man E was simply victim to the natural process of decay, during which heads often fall backwards, creating the impression of anguish. More striking is an iconic mummy from the Chachapoya Indians of Peru, whose hands seem held over its face in terror. However, both are merely happenstance expressions – not actual, undead emotions.

3. Vampire Corpse

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Vampire corpses are found the world over, but perhaps nowhere has so great a concentration of undead remains as Bulgaria. With over 1000 such graves unearthed so far, this country has a long history of hunting the creatures of the night, going back to the Middle Ages. At that time, the suspected undead would have an iron or wooden stake hammered through their chests to prevent them from doing harm. Most likely, this tradition originated with the opening of crypts to bury plague victims, whose bodies would bloat with gas and have blood seep from their mouths after death.

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4. Neanderthal Cannibals

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In 1994, archaeologists discovered the 49,0000-year-old bones of a Neanderthal group deep within Spain’s El Sidron cave system. At first, it was unclear how the possible family of 3 men, 3 women, 3 adolescents, and 3 children had all died suddenly and simultaneously. However, bone markings indicated that they had been disarticulated, muscle had been removed, and long bones had been shattered for marrow. Even their skulls had been split to extract their brains – a clear sign that they had been attacked and eaten by other Neanderthals. Worse yet, there was apparently no fire present, so they had been eaten raw – and with vigor.

5. Tomb of the Sunken Skulls

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In Motala, Sweden, experts discovered the remains of a strange stone structure at the bottom of a prehistoric lake bed in 2009. It had apparently been sealed at the lake bottom, with stone tools, animal bones, and the 8,000-year-old remains of 11 people of various ages stored inside. The strangest thing was their condition, as several had been set alight after having stakes driven through them. One skull that had been lodged deep into the mud inside the structure had been smashed using another of the skulls, as evidenced by a fragment lodged inside it. Archaeologists have since concluded that this was likely a monument of war trophies crafted by a group of warriors after defeating their enemies.

6. Pits Full of Severed Hands

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One of the most bizarre discoveries in the study of ancient Egypt was a series of pits full of dismembered hands. A team of archaeologists unearthed four such pits at the 3,600-year-old palace of King Khayan in Hyksos, an area of Northern Egypt once ruled over by a West Asian civilization. Two had been placed outside the palace walls and two just outside the throne room, but all contained the right hands of adult males. Archaeologists later deduced that these were the evidence of an ancient practice of ritually removing enemies’ hands in order to steal their power. Upon presenting them to their leader, soldiers then received a reward, while the hands were dumped into just such ceremonial pits.

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7. The Bog People

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Thanks to their lack of oxygen, low temperatures, and high acidity, the peat bogs of Northern Europe are full of perfectly preserved human remains. In particular, going back to the early Medieval period, people used these grounds to execute criminals or commit ritualistic murder. Farmers today regularly unearth their remains – each incredibly preserved as they were in the moments after their untimely demise, with food in their stomachs and blood in their veins. The most famous is Grauballe Man, who was murdered after a bad harvest in 8,000 BCE and whose stubble indicates that he was a held for a time before being killed and buried in a consecrated bog area.

8. Huacas de Moche Temple

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Peru has hosted several remarkable civilizations, including the Incas and, before them, the Moche. This sophisticated northern society existed between 100 and 800 AD and consisted of a hierarchy topped by a powerful warrior class where religion and battle were one and the same. Unsurprisingly, captives were sacrificed at temples, with many murals portraying bound foreigners offered to the gods. The biggest find has been at the ruins of the adobe-brick Huacas de Moche complex. There, archaeologists continue to unearth the remains of people from distant lands whose bodies were mutilated – with skulls forged into cups and bones into displays. There was even a ditch where the last bits were left for scavengers.

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9. Tools Made of Human Bones

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Although it may be shocking to some, the bones of family members have been commonly used to create tools throughout human history. One of the most well-known traditions goes back to the pre-Aztec civilizations of modern Mexico. For instance, research done in the ancient city of Teotihuacan has found that bones were transformed into household implements from combs to buttons. In particular, family members would scrape flesh from bone shortly after death and then shape them into the necessary forms. Alternately, some of the oldest cups crafted from skulls have been found in Somerset, England, where they were likely used as part of a cannibalistic group, over 14,000 years ago.

10. The Sacrifices of the Peruvian Temple

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Last but far from least, one of the most troubling examples of human sacrifice comes from Peru. In 2012, archaeologists were investigating a tomb at the Temple of Pachacamac, whose complex included around 20 pyramids and a full cemetery. However, they discovered an astonishing arrangement of adult skeletons inside a concentric circle of baby ones, some of which had false, wooden heads. All were likely diseased pilgrims who had traveled to visit the mysterious Ychsma tribe, an ancient, pre-Incan civilization associated with an unclear cure. Whatever fate they met – whether death by natural causes or as sacrifices – will likely never be known.

Many of the above examples are truly astonishing, but all make a certain degree of sense when placed into the cultural and social context of their own era. Archaeologists help demystify these seemingly bizarre remnants of the past. In so doing, they also do the incredibly important work of help humanity learn from history – rather than being doomed to repeat it, human sacrifice and all.

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The Evil That Devours: 7 Terrifying Legends from Native American Folklore http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/evil-devours-7-terrifying-legends-native-american-folklore/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:00:56 +0000 http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/?p=10540 Legends and folklore are a part of all cultures around the world. And few are more terrifying than the legends present in the history and culture of Native American tribes. Much of this ancient lore, which is populated by evil spirits, witches, demonic creatures, and monsters, goes back generations and has haunted the American landscape […]

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Legends and folklore are a part of all cultures around the world. And few are more terrifying than the legends present in the history and culture of Native American tribes. Much of this ancient lore, which is populated by evil spirits, witches, demonic creatures, and monsters, goes back generations and has haunted the American landscape long before European settlers arrived and experienced these frightful tales for themselves. Told and shared orally, these legends vary from each geographic location but they all share a common theme of being utterly terrifying.

The following seven legends of monstrous creatures and ancient spirits serve as ghoulish warnings to be pay heed to the land and nature that surrounds us, lest we too conjure any of these nightmarish legends for ourselves.

1. Wendigo: The Evil That Devours

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The wendigo is the most well-known and feared creature in Native American mythology. Originating from the northern forests of the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of the United States and Canada, the wendigo was told as a cautionary tale against of the evils of cannibalism. The legend tells of an evil spirit conjured by anyone who eats human flesh. They would be transformed into a skeletal creature of pure evil and cursed with an insatiable hunger to devour mankind.

2. Yee Naaldlooshii: The Skinwalker

The Yee Naaldlooshii mythology comes from Navajo legends in the American Southwest. Commonly known as a skinwalker, the creature is a witch with the ability to shapeshift into an animal (not unlike the Eastern European vampire mythology). They are typically men who have taken to studying the darker parts of the Navajo spiritualism and renounced Navajo ways. Known to attack people and animals a rumored rite of passage for those who undertake the dark arts is a blood sacrifice of a loved one or relative. A skinwalker is not all that dissimilar to the belief of a wendigo but is less animalistic and more human in its evil deeds than cannibalism and a bottomless need to feed.

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3. Kanontsistonties: The Flying Heads

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To the East Coast is an Iroquois legend with a little less spook factor but still has cast an eerie shadow over the land for several centuries. According to the tribe legend of present day upstate New York, a Flying Head drove the native peoples from their village long before European settlers came. The Flying Head laid claim to their hunting grounds and ancestral home, terrorizing anyone who came close for many years and forcing them to relocate in the wilds of the Adirondacks. According to some, the location of this tribal displacement was Lake Sacandaga (“land of waving glass” in English) and the name of the tribe in question has been lost to history. To this day many consider the original location of the unnamed tribe cursed. Even worse, several hotels have been erected on the ancient site and many of suffered financial or even physical ruin, which is believed to be the result of the Flying Head still laying claim to the land.

4. Camazotz: The Death Bat

The mythology of the Maya people in present day Central America is vast and, at times, unnerving for the novice researcher. But one belief, not all that dissimilar from our own perception of this creature of the night, is in the Camaztoz, a bat god of night, death, and sacrifice. The Camaztoz show up in various legends, most often associated with the underwood known as Xibalba. They sometimes served as warriors, messengers, and trials for those looking to explore life after death. Bats are creepy creatures by nature, and the stories of the bat deities who guarded the realms of the underworld were a source of terror and respect in the Mayan culture.

5. Mishipeshu: The Water Panther

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The Mishipeshu or the “underwater panther” is a prominent figure in the mythology of tribes located around the Great Lakes. The image of the creature is terrifying – a large cat with scales and spikes running along its body. Or, to some, a fierce scaled serpent. Many tribes believed this creature resided on an island in the middle of present day Lake Superior. One origin of the legend is that the creature guarded wealthy deposits of copper in the lake from an ancient and anonymous group of people looking to harvest it (archeological evidence does show attempts at mining copper from the area from ancient times). During a copper rush in the 1840s, many ships fell victim to sinking’s in the lake believed to be the work of this strange guardian, keeping its treasures safe. A Jesuit priest once even claimed the creature attacked him when he attempted to take copper from the lake. Is this the ancient guardian of goods from the earth? Or perhaps, like many dragon-like creatures, he’s protecting his treasure from would-be thieves.

6. Hestovatohkeo’o: Two-Face

Two-Face is a creature that comes from the stories of the plains tribes who believed in a ghastly creature with a human face in the front, a much more malevolent face on the back of their heads. Though some described it as an ogre-like creature, many traditions see it as a very human entity. Like Medusa, it was believed that eye contact with the second face would render the victim dead on sight. Some tribes believed only men could become two-faced while others believed it only women who could possess this monstrous disfiguration. Two-Faces were often blamed for murders, mutilations, and kidnappings and often chose children as their victims.

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7. Tah-tah-kle’-ah: The Owl Women

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If you’re a fan of Twin Peaks, then this eerie legend from the Yakama tribe in present-day Washington state is right up your alley. In short, this was believed to be a race of owl-women hybrids who hid in caves during the day and hunted humans at night, cannibalizing them. And while they did feed on other forest-dwelling creatures, like rats and snakes, it was believed they preferred the flesh of children. According to legend, it was from the owl women that the owl of the forest was born from after she drowned and plucked out her eye. Owls have since become a symbol of death and bad fortune in many native tribes across the land.

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5 Haunted Horror Hotels with Grisly and Mysterious Pasts http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/5-haunted-hotels-grisly-mysterious-pasts/ http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/5-haunted-hotels-grisly-mysterious-pasts/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:00:43 +0000 http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/?p=4833 Haunted hotels are a horror staple. From The Shining to American Horror Story, haunted hotels are one of the easiest settings in which to stage a horror tale. Stephen King’s novels constantly reference his belief that buildings hold a certain remembrance of what occurred between their walls, and manifest themselves in a peculiar and sometimes […]

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Haunted hotels are a horror staple. From The Shining to American Horror Story, haunted hotels are one of the easiest settings in which to stage a horror tale. Stephen King’s novels constantly reference his belief that buildings hold a certain remembrance of what occurred between their walls, and manifest themselves in a peculiar and sometimes terrifying manner.

The following five hotels share a brutal and grisly history, and from the accounts of those who have stayed in them, the walls did not forget.

1. La Posada

5 Haunted Horror Hotels with Grisly and Mysterious Pasts
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La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico was originally a mansion, built by Abraham Staab in 1882. His wife, Julia, became extremely depressed after the death of their eighth child, as well as a string of failed pregnancies. She started to withdraw from their social circles and spent all of her time shut in her bedroom, where she perished in 1896. When the house became a hotel, Julia’s bedroom became room 256. This room has been the subject of multiple haunting tales since, beginning with a maid’s sighting of Julia herself in 1979. Guests have heard screaming from behind walls and received phone calls on a disconnected phone. Even in the hallways and dining room, guests have reported seeing glasses smash and candles go out with no cause.

Related: 9 Chilling Unsolved Crimes That Will Give You the Goosebumps

2. The Coral Gables Biltmore Hotel

5 Haunted Horror Hotels with Grisly and Mysterious Pasts
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Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the Biltmore Hotel has one notorious ghost. The gangster Thomas “Fatty” Walsh was killed by the hotel manager in 1929, who later escaped to Cuba to avoid retaliation or formal murder charges. His death took place on the 13th floor, which he is said to haunt to this day. The ghost of Thomas Walsh also plagues the elevator in the hotel, which stories suggest he uses to bring attractive women to his floor. Women regularly report being on the elevator with a different floor selected, only for the elevator to remain closed until they reach floor number 13. Even former president Bill Clinton had an encounter with Walsh’s ghost, it reportedly turned his TV on and off while he was renting a room on the 13th floor.

Related: 10 Blood-Curdling American Hauntings That Will Give You the Shivers

3. The Crescent Hotel

5 Haunted Horror Hotels with Grisly and Mysterious Pasts
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Known as the most haunted hotel in America, The Crescent Hotel has experienced incredible death and suffering. Thrill seekers from around the country flock to Eureka Springs, Arkansas for a chance to experience the haunting for themselves.  The hotel is haunted by a multitude of ghosts ranging from original builders to patients from its time as a hospital. There are said to be eight spirits in total, including Norman Baker, the owner who turned the hotel into a hospital. A 2005 episode of Ghost Hunters revealed a full-body apparition, corroborating the tales told of this haunted location.

4. Claypool Hotel

5 Haunted Horror Hotels with Grisly and Mysterious Pasts
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A corporal in the Women’s Army Cops, Maoma Ridings checked into the Claypool Hotel while on leave in 1930. One night, the housekeeper entered the room to find her body half-naked and bleeding. She had died of a beating and stabbing from a glass bottle. The motive was originally assumed to be a robbery, as there was no money found in the room. However, an employee stated that he had made a delivery to the room hours before the murder, and that there was another woman in the room as Ridings opened the door. The woman was seated on the bed and dressed in all-black. The woman’s identity was never revealed, and the murder was never solved.

Related: 10 Locations with Violent Pasts that are Terrorized by Spirits

5. The Bangor House

5 Haunted Horror Hotels with Grisly and Mysterious Pasts
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The Boston Strangler terrorized the city of Boston in the 1960s, murdering over ten women. He was later identified as Albert DeSalvo and arrested. A few months after his detainment, an eerily similar murder took place a few states away. Effie MacDonald, an employee of the Bangor House in Bangor, Maine, went missing and was later found murdered in an unrented room. She had been strangled and sexually assaulted, much like the victims of the Boston Strangler. This crime was deemed to be unrelated, and is consequently unsolved. The question remains, did they get the right man?

Even to a skeptic, some of these stories are hard to explain away. When one person tells of a supernatural experience, it is easy to ignore. When multiple people experience the same thing at the same place, it begins to seem as though something larger is occurring. From the history that these hotels hold in their walls, it’s no surprise that these entities were trapped. Buildings are not evil, but the spirits who reside in them may be.

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The world is full of mysteries, murders, and deeply disturbing true stories. Most of us have at least one good horror story to share at a party or on a dark night around the campfire. The good people of the internet are no different. Thousands of people around the world have been sharing their most terrifying real-life horror stories on Reddit. From strange tales of ghostly encounters to abductions, serial killers, and stalkers that can’t let go. The horror is real. And if it happened to them, it could happen to you, right?

If you’re looking for something truly disturbing to keep you awake all night (and of course you are) here are the most bone-chilling real-life horror stories ever shared.

1. The Abandoned Asylum

“Me and some friends went to an abandoned mental asylum at night not really expecting much. We busted in one of the boarded up windows and when we were inside we all heard talking. We figured other people were there so we followed the sound. We’re walking down the hall and heard what sounded like a woman whispering “Why did you take my baby” over and over again. At this point, I’m visibly shaking and we all believed we found where the sound was coming from. We go in this room and there was a huge cage. It looked like one of those pet carriers but human sized.

I don’t know what the fuck happened that night. I don’t really believe dead people were talking in there but the sheer creepiness of it all was too much.” – BrandyAlexander9

2. The Watcher

“My cousin and his family (wife and infant son) had lived in their house for about 5 years. His wife left home to drop the baby off at daycare before work but realized she had left her phone at home. Entering the house, she turned the corner to the hallway and nearly ran into the drop-down attic ladder which was fully extended. They never used the attic as it was filled with loose insulation and my cousin had left for work hours earlier.

She quietly left the house, drove around the corner and called the police.

When the police investigated, they found a short-range transmitter connected to several cameras hidden throughout their home. The light fixture in the shower, the ceiling fan above their bed, even a pinhole in the nursery were sending videos to a nearby location.

Their neighbor a few houses away had been given a key by the prior owners and installed surveillance equipment once he knew their schedule. My cousin’s wife walked in on him updating his equipment but he forgot something at his house and left to get it when she walked in.

He had been watching them for years.” – matlaz423

Related: 10 People Share the Most Terrifying Experiences they’ve Ever Had

3. The Blind Old Woman

“Worked at a women’s clothing mail order catalogue call center. During training, a veteran worker was talking about getting to know the frequent callers and the story of one of them.

So, old lady used to call in often. She was blind but would have someone help her pick out things. The manager of her apartment complex I think. She would order often, and they got to know her by name. Well, eventually, she stopped calling in. So they contacted the number they had for her, which was the apartment manager’s number. Old lady was fine, but had to be moved to a new building because…

Well, the old blind lady, was very meticulous with her cleaning. She cleaned everything often, at old lady level. So the manager had come in to do some maintenance for the first time in many months. Every room in her apartment, above head level, had thick webs and nests of black widow spiders. Hundreds and hundreds.

Can you imagine? An oblivious old lady walking around blind in a house she thinks is spotlessly clean… But there is a soul-freezing nightmare swarming all over the ceiling.” – MechaClown

4. Noises Behind the Door

“This actually happened to a friend of mine. She used to live in an entirely different town when she was younger and her closet had this strange door in the back of it. Well whether it was imagined just due to her being a child at the time or if it really did happen she started to hear noises coming from behind this door whenever she went to bed. She told me that several times she tried telling her parents that she was hearing these noises, but they never believed her.

So some time goes by and one day her parents get a call from the police because they just arrested a homeless man. This was not just any homeless man though. This homeless man was living in some sort of tunnel that goes straight to that door in the back of her closet. So every once in a while for whatever reason, this man would come through that door and watch my friend sleep in her closet.” – Rabadawg211

5. Mrs Black

“My Gran was in the local town doing her shopping and running various errands. On her way home she met one of her neighbours out doing their gardening, she stopped, asked how they were, they had a chat and Gran came home.

When she got in my Grandad asked how town had been, if she met anyone on the way, Gran started talking about the neighbour, Grandad interrupted her “Mrs Black?? We were at her funeral two weeks ago”.

Apparently, Gran nearly passed out once she realised.” – caca_milis_

6. Under the Bed

“True story about my grandma that takes place before they had children.

My Grandpa (Darrell) worked night shifts so my grandma (Dora) was home alone most nights. Her sister-in-law (Rose) would randomly come over to keep her company. Dora decided to go to bed early one night. Rose came over that night to see how she was doing. She went to Dora’s bedroom after calling for her with a reply of “I’m in bed, just come in”. Upon entering the room, Rose starts acting weird and telling her she really wants her to get up and come help her with something in the kitchen. Dora was ready to go to sleep and was already in bed and really didn’t want to. Rose was really adamant for her to come help her telling her it was urgent. After a

After a while, Dora eventually got up and followed Rose to the kitchen. Upon entering Rose whispers in a panic with tears in her eyes “there’s a man under your bed with a knife”.

Dora of course didn’t believe at first but seeing the panic in Rose’s eyes she couldn’t not believe her. They preceded to call the cops and left to the neighbor’s house. The cops came and found a man hiding in the closet with a Butcher knife. And that is the story of how my grandmother was almost murdered and why I still to this day as 30-year-old man checks under the bed.” – doo138

7. Early Morning Run

“My friend was visiting family in the states. They lived in a rural community of Maine and one morning she woke up before everyone else and decided to go for a run. After ~30 minutes she turned back and started noticing a van following a few blocks behind her. She thought it was strange so started turning down a few streets with the van following every move. She started sprinting and the van sped up too.

She ran to the first house she could find and started banging on the door. No answer. Hopped the fence and started banging on the back door. Dog in the house started barking at her but no one answered. She jumped into the empty pool in the backyard and hid while dialing 911. A car parked in front of the house and man started calling out to her offering her a ride home.

The dog in the house was now barking like crazy and the man left after about a minute. Police showed up and took her back to her family’s place. She gave a report and they identified the van from a nearby HVAC business. It had been stolen early that day.” – pm_me_recipies_girl

Related: 28 Terrifying True Tales of Ghosts and Other Strange Encounters

8. The Blind Date

“About 30 years ago my mom went on a blind date. Her date took her to a restaurant, and although he was nice enough, she just wasn’t into him. Not even halfway through the meal she was already thinking of ways to leave early.

The waiter could tell. While my mom’s date was in the restroom, the waiter approached her and asking her if she was okay. She explained she was on a blind date and not having much fun. Turns out the waiter was just about to get off work. He offered to give her a ride home if she waited another ten minutes. She considered it, and was about to say yes, when her date came back from the restroom. She gave a subtle head shake “no” to the waiter and smiled. She and her date finished their meals, and he took her home.

The next night my mom was watching the evening news. A story comes on about a woman being raped and murdered behind a restaurant the night before.

The restaurant was the one she had been at. They showed the murderer’s picture. It was the waiter.” – mollsabell

9. Up on the Roof

“I used to live next to a senile old woman who would knock on my door late at night crying and saying there was somebody in her roof. I’d always have to assure her that it was just possums running around and that it was fine. This went on for years until her kids finally sent her to a home and new people moved in.

A week or so after this I woke up to police cars on the street outside my house, I asked the new neighbour what happened and he told me he got out of bed and saw legs dangling out of the ceiling in the kitchen and assumed he was being robbed. The guy got away but when the cops checked inside the roof they found chairs, cans of beans, water bottles, magazines and some blankets. Old mate had been set up there for at least 2 years, assuming her complaints coincided with him moving in.

She once told me her dementia was so bad she’d sometimes have to go grocery shopping a few times a day because she’d come home and realise she forgot to buy anything. I wonder now if it was just because he was taking all her food.” – Anonymous

10.  Hidden in the Tree

31 Terrifying Real-Life Horror Stories That Will Chill You to the Bone
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“This couple had a huge tree in their backyard and it started to smell and ooze. They had arborists come in and look at the tree but no one could figure out what was wrong. The couple decided to have the tree removed. When The branches started coming down a body fell out. A homeless woman was sleeping in the tree and died. Her body had been decomposing for ages.” – chelcdora

11. Abduction

“I was only 4 when this happened. Was playing outside with my siblings and neighbors and while they’re busy playing, a lady approached me and took me to her place. A nearby neighborhood. After a while, everybody was freaking out and they started looking for me everywhere. This lady was severely depressed, her husband left her after their son died. He couldn’t handle her depression apparently.

She took me to her place, fed me and gave me tons of candy. For couple days. She also made me wear her deceased son pajamas. At some point, She took me to buy some candy from the store, the store owner knew her so he reported that to the police. She didn’t hurt me at all, the doctor even said I was well fed. I always think of her and pray she’s in a better place now, even tried to go visit her when I was a college student, her house was sold and she moved away apparently.” – Acherub

12. A Close Call

“My high school teacher attended Central Washington University in the early 1970’s. She and her best friend, Susan Rancourt were leaving the library late at night to go to a movie.

Susan was offering to carpool together on the way out, when they were approached by a guy with a broken arm, trying to carry a diorama of some sort. He asked for some assistance, which they both gladly agreed to but my teacher had left one of her books in the library. The last she saw of Susan was her smiling face as she graciously helped this guy to his Beetle.

Susan was reported missing, and it turned out that she was abducted and murdered by Ted Bundy.” – Schadey03

Related: 21 People Share their Creepiest Experiences of Paranormal Activity

13. Pitter-Patter

“I went to my aunt and uncle’s house one family vacation about 10 years ago. We drove from South Texas to some small town in Missouri, can’t remember the name, we arrived there at 1 am. Family consisted of myself, 2 younger sisters, mother, father. Most of the family was hungry from the long drive and wanted to see if a McDonald’s was open. I was tired from the long car ride and wanted to stay at the house. Mom said one of my sisters would be staying as well. I settle down into the living room watching TV, slightly dozing off. I can remember hearing pitter-patter down the hallway and assumed my sister was just running around, she’d been eating sugary snacks the whole way up. I get a call from my mom asking what I wanted to eat and in the background can hear both my sisters arguing. I hear a giggle somewhat behind me stand straight up and look around, nothing. I ask my mom if my sister ended up going with them, which she confirmed.

I stood in the corner of the room till everyone got back.” – Faux_F0X

14. Skinwalker

“This happened to a friend of mine, and was verified by her sister and girlfriend.

The three of them were camping in an area in southern Utah (sorry I don’t remember the exact location), and it was during the fall/early winter so it got dark very early, around 5:00. When it started getting dark the three of them built a fire and sat around it, just talking and eating, normal stuff.

Everything was fine for a while, but they started to hear this weird chirping noise. She described it to me as a kookaburra call slowed down. They got kind of freaked out at this point because it didn’t sound like any regular animal. They also kept noticing rustling/movement out of the corners of their eyes but could never see what was making it.

After a while they went to bed, and everything was fine until my friend was woken up in the middle of the night to see what looked like hands pressed up against the outside of her tent, and she heard a weird wet breathing sound (like when someone has a stuffy throat and kind of wheezes while breathing). She said she was so scared she couldn’t talk, but was able to wake up her sister. They stayed quiet and eventually the hand prints kind of just faded away.

In the morning they wanted to get the hell out of there, so they started packing up their stuff at sunrise. My friend looked around where the handprints had been, and saw a trail of long, skinny footprints leading up to their campsite, but not away from it.

Her and her sister aren’t the kind to bullshit around, so I believe that this really happened. To this day she’s convinced it was a skinwalker.” – bovidaes

15. The Crowbar

“My friend came home from school one day to find that her house had been broken into. She decided to go inside, and look around whilst she called her mum. She was done looking at the second floor when she made for the stairs, her mum convinced her to go outside and wait for the police (who she had called). Later on, the police asked the family if they owned a crowbar, the said they didn’t. They then said it looks like the offender was still in the house when she got home, and they were waiting at the top of the stairs with a crowbar, which they stupidly left behind when they fled. – FlarpyBlundergufff

16. Bad Dreams

“Years ago I stayed for some nights at a hotel in the New Forest which is a national park on the South coast of England. The hotel was a large former hunting lodge built sometime in the 19th century. I felt very uncomfortable in my room and almost as though there were others there with me or someone watching me. I am not the kind of person that is normally given to such feelings but they were very strong and extremely uncomfortable. I was with a large group staying there and speaking to others after the first night many felt the same.

That first night it took me a long time to fall asleep and for the first time in my entire adult life I could not bring myself to turn out the lights before I went to bed. When I eventually fell asleep I had the most vivid dreams that felt extremely real of being in a trench somewhere during the Great War and hearing the constant banging of explosions and of artillery pieces firing. I woke up feeling extremely distressed and with a cold sweat. There was a banging noise which I assume must have been some metal roofing not affixed properly moving in the wind. I’ve never felt anything like it since and had never felt anything like it before. It felt so very real and I was completely overwhelmed with so many emotions and utterly terrified. I couldn’t get back to sleep, I felt like I was in the company of others, I felt like someone was near or that feeling you get when you know people are looking at you, and I spent the rest of the night in a kind of daze.

In the morning I went downstairs for breakfast and saw a frame on the wall containing some photographs and a story about how the hotel was converted to a military hospital during World War I. I did not know anything about this before I arrived and before that night. I had also not been reading anything about the war or had seen anything on television recently about it.

I’m a practical and skeptical woman but I don’t know what to make of that experience. I spent the remainder of the stay with one of my friends in another room. The oppressive atmosphere and general feeling of something wrong and frightening to me did not lift and my friend I stayed with was also afraid and was glad of me to stay with them in their room.” – ColourfulParrots

17. Walking in the Woods

“A few years ago I was walking through the woods off the beaten track a bit and I smelt this really overpowering sweet smell. Being nosey I pulled back the undergrowth to have a look and found a dead body.

The guy had clearly been there a while and wasn’t looking great, all swollen and green and black with various runny bits. The local wildlife had also been dining well for a few days.

I called the police who told me to wait with the body until they arrived. Being in the middle of no-where it took a while for them to arrive and it got dark and I was just sat there in the dark with him for a long time.

It turned out he had committed suicide. For a long time afterward I had dreams about him and he would talk to me and not nice things. Mainly about how he was angry I had disturbed his resting place and he wanted me to kill myself. Probably just my imagination but all pretty disturbing at the time. He still turns up in my dreams from time to time and no doubt will be tonight after typing this…” – Anonymous

Related: 911 Operators Describe the Most Disturbing Calls they’ve Ever Taken

18. Unplugged

“My ex-wife and I woke up in the middle of the night to find all our lights out in the house. We had not lost power. The living room light that we always leave on overnight had been turned off. The bathroom night light was removed and placed under the sink. The computer had been unplugged, and the monitor cord was unplugged and neatly folded on the desk. All of the doors and windows in the house were unlocked, undamaged, and standing wide open. Our bedroom door was open, and the TV we always fall asleep to was turned off.

Nothing was taken. Our cats were both hiding behind the refrigerator and stayed there for most of the next day. Whenever someone came and knocked at the door, our larger cat would start to growl and stare at the door from then on. She no longer does this after we moved.” – roundeyeddog

19. Midnight Man

“I had awesome parents who let me sleep in the living room on weekend nights when I was very young because my sister was a light sleeper and I could stay up until dawn. But of course, I always end up sleeping on the couch because Nick At Nite made me tried.

So, one night I wake up to the prickly feeling. Like an instinct. Just bolted into a sitting position and stared out the front window. We lived in rural Georgia, so you can imagine the magnitude of trees. In perfect light cast from the moon, I see a silhouette of someone in this fucking tree. The family dog dashes to the window and is snarling into the glass.

Terrified, I run into my parent’s room and try to explain to my parents that there is a strange person outside. Dad grabs something defensive and darts outside with the dogs to beat the wax off the hot head. I tremble in Mama’s arms until Dad comes home and says he saw no one and to go to bed.

I decide to sleep in my regular bedroom. I fill in my sister in as to what happened. Dad is making regular rounds in the house with a cup of coffee. We’re all still and I finally think “I can sleep.”

Nope. I notice the man outside my window. From what I can see in the moonlight, he gives me a shush signal and runs away. Just turns around to run a straight line away.

I swear I couldn’t stop crying for what felt like hours.” – SaintSparkles

20. The Phonecall

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“This happened to me last summer when I was back at my parent’s house during the holidays. It was around 3am and I was in my room on my computer when I got a call from my sister. Now that was already a little bit weird since my sister’s room is just down the hallway from mine and she could have just came in my room. I went to pick up and the call ended as soon as I reached the phone.

I figured that she wanted to speak with me so I got up and went to her room. As soon as I reached her door, she started screaming that someone was in the room with her so I busted in and of course nobody was here.

After she stopped crying she told me that she woke up and saw a dark shadow just centimeters from her face and that’s when she screamed.

So I told her that she called me, she tell me that her phone is not in her room and that she was sleeping. Sure enough her phone is actually downstairs in her purse. The weird part is that I have the log of her call on my phone but she doesn’t. Never managed to explain this one.” – arthurc

21. The Warning

“My grandmother swore by this story till her dying day. It was during the war in London, and my dad was a baby. She was bombed out of her house and was staying with a friend. The friend had set her up in a room on the top floor. Anyway, she was taking my dad upstairs to bed when a figure materialised on the stairs telling her not to sleep in that room tonight. She quickly went back downstairs and told her friend that she, and my dad, were sleeping in the sitting room that night. Her friend was annoyed but agreed.

That night a bomb exploded near the house and the roof caved in, right on top of my dad’s cot – he would have been killed.” – Anonymous

22. The Bloody Bonesaw

“I used to work for a hazardous materials company that went to different facilities to pack chemicals and dispose of them. anyways, we got a call to clean up some chemicals from a mental hospital in orange county ca, near Diamond Bar. The hospital has shutdown but they still use parts of it for helping the blind, which is still pretty freaky pulling up to the place and seeing people walk in a single file line holding each other’s shoulders because they couldn’t see the outside world.

Anyways, the director of the place wanted to take us to the morgue, which hasn’t operated in 40 or so years, to pick up some formaldehyde and some hydrochloric acid that needed to be taken out. now this morgue was straight up out of a horror movie; dark, stainless steel table in the middle of the room with drains for blood, and. big metal wall with doors and individual racks for bodies. also a long creepy hallway.

well we start packing the materials and the director starts looking in the drawers for more waste, when he opens one drawer and inside were bloody latex gloves and a bonesaw all bloody. he quickly shut it and said to us to hurry up and move on.” – baby_batter

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23. The Hitch-Hikers

“Back in the 70s my grandfather dropped my grandmother, mom, and her 2 sisters off to do some shopping on his way to work. Since he wasn’t able to pick them up, they hitch hiked home. My mom at the time was only around 10 or 11, middle sister would’ve been about 7 or 8 and the youngest was about a year old.

They get picked up by a guy in pick up truck, who has them all sit in the back row with one of them holding the baby. My grandmother was giving directions to their home from the highway, but the guy ignored her and went by their exit claiming he had to make a stop first. Didn’t really say much else to them during the drive, my mom remembers my grandmother being very quiet and very nervous.

Eventually they come up to a farm, driver tells them to wait in the car and goes inside the house. While he’s gone they just sit there terrified, they’re in the middle of nowhere and know they couldn’t make it out on foot. A few minutes later the driver comes out with a second guy who looks into truck and sees my mom’s youngest sister. He starts flipping out, screaming at the driver that he shouldn’t have brought the baby back, they aren’t going to do anything with her and some other things I can’t remember, ends up telling him to get them away from the farm.

Driver gets back into the truck, apologizes, and they get back on the highway and drive again in silence. My grandmother, normally a very smart woman, had him drive directly to their house (although I suspect her reasoning was she’d already given him the address before anything seemed off). They lived at that house for several years and luckily never saw either of them a second time.” – Zrinski

24. “I Know You’re Not Sleeping Princess”

“My sister’s boyfriend’s sister (Yeah you read that right), lived in an apartment with a few of her other girlfriends. Some ball or late-night party came around but she decided not to go, and ended up being home alone.

She went to sleep but was awoken when she heard the front door unlock accompanied by some footsteps. She thought it was just her friends coming back home from the party-ball thing but kinda freaked out when the person(s?) came into her room and started rummaging about in her drawers and stuff. Burglars. She peeked out, kind of pretending to be asleep not wanting to get into any trouble, just let them take some weird pervy stuff, some jewelry maybe and stay safe.

As they were about to leave one of them, or the only one, she wasn’t sure how many people it was, crouched down next to her bed and said “I know you’re not sleeping princess” and left the apartment.” – choreander

25. The Shadow Person

“When I was a teenager I was home alone one weekend and I was sleeping in my parent’s room since there was a TV in there. Sometime around 2am I felt like I was being stared at, from the direction of the hallway. I looked up and I saw a shadow person looking at me. It was weird because it was a pure man-shaped black mass and I could see him in the dark hallway, I’m guessing light from the tv helped. I sat up and stared back but I was terrified. We looked at each other for probably 5 seconds and then it turned and walked down the hall, a few seconds later I heard a loud crash. I was so scared I turned the tv to the Disney channel and stayed awake for as long as possible.

When I woke up the next morning I walked down the hall to the bathroom and that’s when I noticed a mirror that was hanging and fallen off the wall and was shattered. My family still doesn’t believe me, but I know what happened.” – nessag

26. Night Time Visitor

“Laying in bed one night, it’s pitch black apart from the light creeping under the door from the landing. My mum was actually with me in the same room as we had only just moved in and she was sleeping on the floor.

I look up and the door slowly creeks open and slowly an oldish women peers around the door looks at me and goes away. I just thought I was in a nightmare and turned around real fast and went under the covers, hoping I would wake up.

Then I will never forget my mum whispering to me “Did you just see someone peer round the door?”. Safe to say we didn’t sleep a wink that night.” – PM-ME-YOUR-POEM

27. Pictures in the Mail

“Somebody mailed my friend a bunch of pictures of his wife just going about her day. Some of them were taken through windows of their home.

Police were called and everything, but nothing ever came of it. They actually moved because of it.” – iMakeItSeemWeird

Related: 15 People Share their Scariest Ouija Board Stories

28. Man on the Platform

“This happened recently, it was midnight, I was at the train station waiting for my train to arrive, and there was this really tall guy walking my way carrying a suitcase, as he came closer I noticed he was struggling to carry the suitcase as it looked rather heavy and oddly enough it was leaking some sort of liquid, not water, but it seemed thicker.

As this guy approaches he orders me to take the bag, the tone of his voice was a little aggressive and he didn’t sound sober, taking a closer look at him, I noticed his covered in dirt up to his face and cuts on his forearms, I said ‘sorry’, struck for words I started to walk away, my train starts to arrive and the guy follows me saying things I couldn’t quite understand, I hop on the train, door shuts, he is outside pointing at me yelling more gibberish, train slowly departs and suddenly punches the window in frustration with his eyes locked on me, relieved I’m on the train, fellow commuters looking at me puzzled with all the commotion of me and that guy. Creeped me out. ” – dcel8

29. The Old Orphanage

“Mom walking through a house with a realtor, 3-year-old me in tow. Realtor mentions that the house used to be an orphanage (mom loves old houses, this one had plenty of rooms and old house-y-ness).

About 15 minutes in, 3-year-old me kept asking, “Where’d that little boy go?”  – TwoStickZach

30. Hotel of Horrors

“It happened when I was at a hot spring hotel in South Korea with my siblings. Our room got upgraded to a suite with a tatami room, a double bedded room, balcony, dining area and kitchenette. As we were on the fourth floor, we could see the rice fields from the balcony.

The moment I walked into the room, I had an uneasy feeling that made my hairs on my arms stand on end. I attributed it to the air-conditioning at first. At around midnight, when my siblings and I were midway through our pillow fight in the tatami room, we heard knocking from the wall in the other bedroom. There was no one else in the suite with us. Feeling creeped out, we decided to stop fooling around and sleep huddled together in the tatami room. That was when we heard tapping coming from the glass doors of the balcony. It was the unmistakable taps of nails on glass. That was when I remembered that there were no trees or branches near our balcony. We totally freaked out and didn’t even dare to walk out to draw the curtains to check. Throughout the whole night, I clutched my jade amulet and prayed.

The next morning, other members (of the tour group that we were in) staying on the same floor mentioned that they had experienced disturbances at night too. The other most notable incident was of an old lady whose blanket kept getting pulled off her bed.” – awwsnapz

31. The Clean-up Guy

“After college I spent 3 years working for Servepro. Mostly cleanup of sewer backup, mold removal, fire damage. If the job was particularly shitty, bonuses started kicking in. Automatic 50$ if shit was involved, 25$ after 6pm, 50$ after midnight etc. Fucking hoarders were so shockingly common it was sad, but you got 25$ a day. The big money was dead bodies. Murder was more than natural death unless the body had been sitting for a bit. Suicide was second only to dead kids. Kid suicide was 250$. Mind you the bodies were no longer there it was just site cleaning.

Anyway, I ended up going on three teenage suicides, total. Problem was all were in the same apartment, one in November, two in December. Roughly one year apart. Same fucking apartment. Even with three guys working during the daytime, there was an oppressive creepy dread that was almost physical. Like in your clothes the way campfire smoke lingers.” – Anonymous

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Resurrection Cemetery: The Haunting Tale of the Ghost of Resurrection Mary http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/resurrection-cemetery-haunting-tale-ghost-resurrection-mary/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:00:21 +0000 http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/?p=10453 By Elisabeth Tilstra. Just outside of Chicago, Archer Avenue leads motorists past Resurrection Cemetery, the final resting spot of a young woman killed in the 1930s. Many believe the same young woman mysteriously returns to the cemetery night after night, dancing and hitchhiking her way back down the avenue. Of all of Chicago’s ghost stories, […]

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By Elisabeth Tilstra.

Just outside of Chicago, Archer Avenue leads motorists past Resurrection Cemetery, the final resting spot of a young woman killed in the 1930s. Many believe the same young woman mysteriously returns to the cemetery night after night, dancing and hitchhiking her way back down the avenue. Of all of Chicago’s ghost stories, this one has been told and retold for over 80 years.

Resurrection Mary, as she is called, was reportedly first sighted in 1939, when a man named Jerry Palus met a beautiful young blonde woman in a white dress at a local dance hall. After dancing together all night, Jerry offered the beautiful stranger a ride home. She directed him down Archer Avenue, having him stop in front of Resurrection Cemetery, where she vanished before reaching the front gates.

Related: From Beyond the Grave: 10 Most Haunted Cemeteries in America
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Throughout the years, dozens of other men came forward with eerily similar stories. They all involved an attractive blonde wearing a white party dress, who would dance and, ultimately, disappear near the cemetery. Some claimed to see her walking down the road, seemingly playing, or even jumping into traffic. Others would say that they stopped to give the girl a ride and, in traditional “vanishing hitchhiker” form, the white-clad woman would disappear as they neared Resurrection Cemetery—sometimes after she got out of the car, and sometimes as the driver walked around to the passenger side to open her door.

Related: Bachelor’s Grove: The Most Haunted Cemetery in America

The stories of the girl behind the ghost vary. The most prominent is that Mary, as she came to be called, was out one evening with a boyfriend, dancing at the Oh Henry Ballroom (now the Willowbrook Ballroom). They got into a spat and, unable to stand his company any longer, the young woman stormed out of the ballroom to walk home alone. Not long after departing the dance hall, Mary was struck by a car and killed. Mary’s parents later found by her body; they dressed her in white and buried her in Resurrection Cemetery. The young woman’s spirit then rose from the grave, wandering the cemetery grounds and haunting her old favorite dancing places. Unlike other reported ghosts, it seems that this spirit does not hide from human contact—rather, she seeks it out.

Others have tried to pin Mary’s identity on a couple of other young girls named Mary that were killed in automotive accidents in the late 1920s or early 30s; one of them was a brunette, though, while the other was about 12 years old—neither matching the description oft-told of a blonde in her early 20s.

Resurrection Cemetery: The Haunting Tale of the Ghost of Resurrection Mary
Mary’s ghost scorched a portion of the cemetery gate by grasping the bars with her hands.

Local legend states that in 1976 Mary’s ghost scorched a portion of the cemetery gate by grasping the bars with her hands. A dark stain does indeed mark the bars, though authorities maintain that a truck caused the damage.

In either case, Mary’s story has captivated ghost-hunters for decades. Some write it off as merely an urban legend, but the sightings over the years are undeniably striking.

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The Woman in Black and the Mystery of the Charfield Railway Children http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/woman-black-charfield-railway-children-mystery/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:00:07 +0000 http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/?p=10438 The Charfield railway disaster has long held the imagination and lingered in the memory of the town’s residents for generations. A mere 60 seconds was the difference between life and death for sixteen people in the late hours of October 10th, 1928 as a train filled with passengers crossed the English countryside. After colliding with […]

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The Charfield railway disaster has long held the imagination and lingered in the memory of the town’s residents for generations. A mere 60 seconds was the difference between life and death for sixteen people in the late hours of October 10th, 1928 as a train filled with passengers crossed the English countryside. After colliding with another stationary train, gas cylinders ignited and within seconds the train was an inferno, consuming everything and everyone in its path. The crash was a national tragedy and a chilling and horrific scene for those who were there to witness it. But amid the burning wreckage and the charred remains of those aboard a mystery was revealed.

The strange events after the crash have left an everlasting question mark on the identity of two young victims who, to this day, remain unidentified. And then there were the subsequent sightings of a woman dressed entirely in black, who mysteriously arrived each year to lay flowers upon the children’s grave.

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At 4.28am on Saturday, October 10th, 1928, a mail train headed from Leeds to Bristol was passing through the station at Charfield village, located in Gloucestershire, where another freight train was already parked. The night was described as misty by witnesses but the railroad officials had deemed the visibility good enough to not employ the use of the foggy weather signalmen.

If they had, it might have prevented the entire disaster.

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[Image via Charfield] Aerial photo of the Charfield Railway Disaster

According to post-crash investigations, juries found no fault with the signalman Henry Button, who accepted both this train and the goods train at the station before putting the red sign up for danger to bring the mail train to a stop so the goods train could leave safely. However, in the misty night air, the conductor Henry Aldington Aldington and his fireman Frank Want read the signal as green for clear and continued their journey through the station. Seconds before the collision, Want and Aldington saw the train in front of them and applied the breaks before they both ducked down to avoid the brunt of the initial impact.

When the trains hit, the mail train derailed partially, sending several carriages and the engine off the tracks and clear to the area surrounding the track. The rest of the train, was not so fortunate as the two vehicles telescoped and became wedged together under the nearby bridge. Horrifyingly, the gas cylinders of the first four cars were punctured in the crash, causing the gas to ignite and starting a fire that would be responsible for 14 of the 16 deaths in the crash. The 40ft high flames could be seen burning in the night sky from miles around.

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Villagers nearby and attendants at the railway station immediately came rushing down to the tracks to try and free those who had been trapped inside cars with the quickly moving fire burning all in its path. Several survivors told guilt-ridden stories about leaving behind fellow passengers who were unable to be freed before the flames go too close.

Meanwhile, Aldington and Want immediately got into an argument with Button over the mix up of signals, but the systems employed for signaling made it nearly impossible that human error on Button’s part was responsible for the crash. And as the flames ate their way through the train, 14 more passengers died as their screams for help went, ultimately, unanswered, despite the best effort of first responders.

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[Image via Charfield] Charfield Railway Station.

Of the 14 charred bodies, 12 were so badly burned they were recognizable to family members only by jewelry and personal effects found near them. Because of this, many family members of victims agreed on a mass grave, as provided by the railway company, to lay their deceased loved ones to rest. However, not all the body identifications were routine.

Two bodies believed to be that of a young boy and a young girl, perhaps brother and sister, were found in the wreckage but remained unidentified and unclaimed in the days and weeks following the crash. When it became clear no one was going to come forward for the two bodies, they were placed in the mass grave with the other victims.

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The question of who the children were plagued those involved in the tragedy. Several theories began to pop up across the country about the identity of the children and why no one came to claim them. Among the theories that cropped up were that the two bodies weren’t human at all, but ventriloquist dummies. Another popular theory was that they were not the bodies of children, but instead of small riding jockeys. Some even claimed the entire story was a hoax generated by the media to make more of a story out of tragedy. There was also talk of a woman who came forward at some point claiming the bodies belonged to her two brothers but the assertation was never given much weight and never followed up on. Whatever passed through the rumor mill, the bodies remained unidentified.

And, like all good mysteries, it doesn’t end there. For years after the crash and burial, a woman in dressed entirely in black was seen periodically visiting the memorial for the two children in Charfield. Those who claimed to have seen the mysterious woman said she was old, frail, and had about her an air of great sadness. At the memorial, she would leave flowers before hastily departing in her chauffeur-driven limousine. No-one knew who she was or why she visited the memorial. Many began to speculate she knew something about the crash that no one else did and perhaps even the identity of the children. However, like many stories lost to time the woman in black ceased her visits in the early 1960s and her identity and purpose has remained a mystery ever since.

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Memorial at Old Church of victims of Railway Disaster

Over the years the Charfield railway disaster has been the topic of many films and books. Nick Blackstock’s novel Something Hidden paints a fictionalized history for the two unknown children, and many think it may not be far from the truth. Was the entire crash part of a massive conspiracy or cover up? Were the children simply orphans with no family to claim them? Did the woman in black really know something about the crash the rest of the world did not? Unfortunately, we may never know the answers.

However, in one last twist to the tale, local legend has it that in the area surrounding the crash site, people have witnessed strange sightings over the years of ghost children who stand together, hand in hand silently looking down the tracks. Locals say they are the children, patiently waiting for the day someone identifies them so they can finally rest in peace.

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10 Most Haunted Places in Scotland to Visit http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/10-haunted-places-scotland-visit/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 07:00:10 +0000 http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/?p=10419 Scotland has long had a reputation for the uncanny. In particular, this small country’s violent history means that each town and city located therein is steeped in centuries of unquiet dead. From spooky forests and glens to remote castles and sprawling houses, the spirit world is never far off. As we will see, even the […]

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Scotland has long had a reputation for the uncanny. In particular, this small country’s violent history means that each town and city located therein is steeped in centuries of unquiet dead. From spooky forests and glens to remote castles and sprawling houses, the spirit world is never far off. As we will see, even the nation’s most iconic buildings have their fair share of eerie sounds and ghostly apparitions.

Although a thriving ghost tour industries mean you can easily explore such sites, beware – it’s not long before the spirit hunter becomes the haunted.

1. Mary King’s Close

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The capital of Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most haunted cities, and Mary King’s Close is one of the city’s most infamous areas. This spooky lane is one of several that branch off The Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Mary King’s Close was infamously bricked up after the plague overtook its residents, though today you can tour its many mysteries, including Greyfriars Cemetery, where the ghosts of Covenanters lurk.  Its spirits include a Death Coach drawn by flaming, headless mounts with no driver. Some say that is the preferred vehicle for the late Major Thomas Weird, who confessed to bestiality and witchcraft before his execution. Others merely note that it is an ill omen of impending death.

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2. Boleskine House

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Boleskine House came to fame when so-called “wickedest man in the world” Aleister Crowley moved there in 1899. However, even before Crowley, this former hunting lodge had a sinister reputation. Originally built in the 18th century, it supposedly sat atop a 10th-century Scottish kirk or church that caught fire while filled with its congregation, killing all of them. The building also sits above a graveyard to which it connects through underground tunnels. Crowley’s performance of various demon summonings then led to rumors after he left of poorly closed portals allowing hellish creatures into our world. Since then, though, it has been owned by Jimmy Page and run as a hotel before mostly burning down in 2015.

3. Culloden Moor

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This windswept grounds near Inverness was the site of the last battle fought on British soil – and the final hurrah for the Jacobites. In 1746, the rebel army led by Bonnie Prince Charlie was crushed by government troops, and around 2,000 members of the Stuart, Macdonald, and Fraser clans were killed and wounded. Cairns dot the landscape to mark where these men died, though the ghostly armies that occasionally march across the moor help, too. People nearby have reported spirits marching through their yards, while tourists regularly run into spectral soldiers. Any visitor to the Moor will notice a heavy atmosphere where this bloody battle took place, and many say birds don’t even sing near the memorial cairns.

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4. Glamis Castle

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Since it was built in the 14th century, this castle of the Bowes-Lyons family has gathered more than its fair share of haunts. Early on, the Ogilvy Clan sought refuge here from their enemies, the Lindsays – only to be walled up to die of starvation. While their spirits linger in an unknown Haunted Chamber, the Lady Jane Douglas sometimes appears as an ill omen, after being burnt as a witch. The Earl Beardie can also be heard playing an eternal card game with the Devil, but, most famously, the Bowes-Lyons family passed down the tale of the Glamis Monster. This disfigured prisoner or deformed child was hidden away in the castle – only to become a great and aged giant that haunted the family long after its death.

5. Cawdor Castle

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Cawdor Castle dates back to at least 1454, when it was built around a holly tree with a gold-laden donkey to ensure the inhabitants’ prosperity. You can still view the original tree, although it died in 1372. The castle’s main ghost is a spectral lass with no hands, who is likely the spirit of the daughter of an early Earl of Cawdor. According to legend, she angered her father by becoming too friendly with a rival chieftain’s son. Filled with rage, he chopped her hands off – either in her bedroom or while she desperately clung to the window of the highest tower. In both versions, she perished and began haunting the castle grounds.

6. Fyvie Castle

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Although the National Trust now cares for Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire, it has passed through many families since its construction in 1211. Its inhabitants include an ominous phantom trumpeter and meddlesome spirits that move and steal away objects. The Grey Lady is a relatively young ghost who appeared shortly after the secret, locked tomb of Lady Meldrum was unearthed during renovation in the 1920s. Dame Lillias Drummond has haunted Fyvie Castle for far longer, beginning shortly after her death by starvation in 1601. She started by disrupting her husbands’ wedding night with his new bride but lingers still as the Grey Lady who appears when the castle’s owners are in danger.

7. Stirling Castle

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Another Green Lady haunts Stirling Castle, though the specter in this case, is merely one of Mary, Queen of Scots’ servants. As the castle was long home to the Kings and Queens of Scotland, a noblewoman haunts its halls as the Pink Lady, whose spirit leaves a scent of rose blossoms. Rumors abound of her death, from a tale of a noblewoman dying of a broken heart during the Wars of Independence to the story of Mary Witherspoon, whose body was stolen by grave robbers and sold for dissection. A Highlander in traditional costume also roams the grounds and, before disappearing, is often mistaken for a tour guide by hapless visitors.

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8. Edinburgh Castle

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Like much of Scotland, the capital of Edinburgh bears the scars of a long and bloody history. The city’s 2,000-year-old castle is thus surrounded by steep cliffs and spooky stories. When the nearby tunnels to Royal Mile were first found, a bagpipe player was sent to explore while playing the pipes but disappeared halfway – only to return to haunt the capital from below. In addition, a headless drummer boy sometimes warns of danger on the battlements, while former prisoners haunt the dungeons. One especially smelly prisoner will try to shove visitors down the battlements, much as he was tossed to his death after hiding in a dung barrow.

9. Greyfriars Kirkyard

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This graveyard was built near the southern edge of Old Town Edinburgh in the late 16th century and sits around Greyfriars Kirk. Although residents include many notable names, the most infamous is the MacKenzie Poltergeist. This irksome spirit lurks in the Black Mausoleum section of Covenanter’s Prison, an area of enclosed vaults that was used to imprison around 400 prisoners from the Covenanting Wars. Lord Advocate George Mackenzie, known as “Bluidy Mackenzie”, ensured that conditions were horrid for prisoners but was laid to rest just yards from the prison itself. Due to the ghost’s dangerous activity, the area is closed off for public safety, though some ghost tours can schedule and lead visits.

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10. Overtoun Bridge

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The Overtoun Bridge was built in 1895 on the approach to the house of the same name in West Dumbartonshire. Around one canine companion jumps to their death on the waterfalls 50 feet below each year – from the same side and in clear weather. Some believe that dogs are spooked or suspicious enough of a spirit to throw caution to the wind, and others point to the Celtic belief that bridges are walls between realms. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds investigated at one point and found that particularly smelly mink trails were luring dogs to their deaths. Yet, not even science can explain why Kevin Moy threw his son from the structure in 1994 before attempting suicide, believing his child to be the devil incarnate.

With such a storied history, Scotland has more haunted places than most to offer spectral spectators. From Grey Ladies to phantom pipers, haunting Highlanders, and everything in between, the ghost hunter in you will have more than enough to do. Along the way, be sure to show respect to the dead and to the inexplicable occurrences at each site – or else you may find yourself too soon among them.

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911 Operators Describe the Most Disturbing Calls they’ve Ever Taken http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/911-operators-describe-disturbing-calls-theyve-ever-taken/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:00:00 +0000 http://www.theoccultmuseum.com/?p=10399 Most of us will only ever talk to a 911 operator on the worst day of our lives. They listen to our stories of death, pain, and crime all the while staying professional and calm. The job entails the ability to work under stressful situations, listening to the very worst aspects of life but when […]

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Most of us will only ever talk to a 911 operator on the worst day of our lives. They listen to our stories of death, pain, and crime all the while staying professional and calm. The job entails the ability to work under stressful situations, listening to the very worst aspects of life but when the shift ends what happens then? Who do they tell their stories to?

A group of 911 operators shared their unforgettable phone calls on AskReddit. Here’s a selection of the most disturbing tales they had to tell.

1. “Daddy’s Eye Fell Out”

“Had a call for a brother who killed his other brother with a hammer (the pick part) while the victim’s little daughter was watching. The daughter called us from another room and told us her daddy’s eye fell out.

Perp was apprehended, daughter taken by relative. Had to smoke after that one, and I don’t even smoke.”

– rainbowbrite0091

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2. “I Need your Help”

“There was an old couple who lived on a run-down ranch house about 20 miles east of town. When the husband passed away, the woman would call 911 at least three times a week, asking for assistance with very mundane tasks not normally dealt to first responders. “I need help turning the thermostat up”, “I need help boiling water for my tea”, etc.

The woman developed dementia, and eventually, it progressed to the point where she believed she was calling 911 to ask her deceased husband for help. All of the dispatchers would recognize the address immediately, even though all she could say was “(husband’s name), I need help. Please come home and help me”

One day she called, and again was only able to repeat her husband’s (I’ll call him “John”) name. “John, I need help. Please come home and help me John.” By the time the first responders arrived on scene, they found the woman lying dead in her bed. The first unit on scene called dispatch to confirm that it was the woman herself who had called 911, as rigor Morris had already set in. We wrote it off as the fact that the heater in her house wasn’t working, and the ambient temperature in the room was about 50 degrees.

We continued to receive 911 calls from that woman, at that address for just over a year after she passed away. Even after her home was vandalized, and burned to the ground, the phone calls did not stop. “John, I need your help. John, please come home and help me.” We were obligated to send a response each and every time, but not once did we find anyone on or near the property.

Multiple calls to the phone company confirmed that the phone line had been disconnected, and the call was not coming from another address.”

– Nevadadrifter

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3. Glass Breaking

“1979 NYC. Got a call from a crying child – a little boy – saying his mom and dad were fighting and his dad said he was going to throw the mom out of the window. I could hear a terrible fight going on in the background – woman screaming, things breaking, man yelling, etc. The poor kid didn’t know his address. We didn’t have the technology for call ID and would have to use reverse telephone books. A trace would take forever. Anyway while I’m trying to get the address I hear a horrific scream and glass breaking. A few seconds later the other operators in the room are getting calls about a woman lying in the courtyard who came out of a window. Very sad.

Worst of all is that I am sure someone else in this apartment building must have heard this fight but no one called for help until it was too late. Poor kid. Working 911 in NYC during the 70s/80s was a nightmare.”

– Mizcreant908

4. Alone in the House

“The single worst call I’ve ever taken though was a woman who was calling in that she was hearing weird noises in her house. While walking through her house she started screaming and told me there was someone in her house. There we a couple soft pops followed by a gargling sound. After the officers had cleared the house and found her, it finally came out during the investigation that her adult son had killed her while high and freaking out.

Gunshots don’t sound like you’d think on the phone, they’re rather soft. It’s an eerie sound, something so violent being so soft that if you aren’t paying attention you can miss it.”

– 4x49ers

5. Static on the Line

“My uncle works for dispatch in my town and he recently told my family of the weirdest call he’s ever gotten. He says that he had received a call from a landline one night and when he answered it there was only static on the other end. This happened two more times. Finally, he calls a squad to go check out the address from the caller ID. When the cops got there and walked into the house they immediately saw that there was a dead body. The person had been dead for 5 months.

The craziest part about it was that there was no electricity or any other utility working. So there is no way they should have been able to get those calls into dispatch. But if they hadn’t, who knows how long that person’s body would have stayed there.”

– Zombie_Dance_

6. A Long Raspy Exhale

“Christmas Eve night I answered 911 for a hysterical lady who was crying so hard she couldn’t breathe. I asked her what was going on and she told me these exact words “my boyfriend and I… we were watching a movie… I fell asleep. I woke up and he wasn’t here.”

I thought this was a little odd so I said, “okay ma’am, do you know where he may have went?” she wasn’t done. She said, “I found him.. in our closet, he hung himself.. with our bed sheets.” I walked her through cutting him down and starting CPR. when in the middle of it, he starts making this long raspy exhale that sounds exactly like something from a horror movie, it’s the rest of his air leaving his lungs. She starts getting hysterical again begging him, “oh my god, he’s breathing, please breathe baby, please breathe..” But I knew that’s not what he was doing.

Police/fire/ambulance got there and of course, the guy was way dead. I felt so bad for that woman. That’s really the only call that has ever stuck with me.”

– JeCsGirl

7. Halloween Night

“My mom was a 911 dispatcher in the early 90’s (I was 5 years old-ish) in Washington State. When I got older, I remember asking her about some of the calls that she could still recall. One in particular was pretty bad. She was working one year on Halloween night and around 10 or 11pm she had a call come in that a couple guys were driving around town with a dummy or something dragging behind their truck. The dummy was falling apart and pieces of clothing/plastic were being torn off and scattered around the city.

Being Halloween, it seemed like a prank but she had a patrol car try to find and stop the truck. As time goes by more and more people started to call in about it. Eventually the patrol car caught up with the truck and it turns out that it was a person.

The guys had gone to a store earlier and when they left, they had backed their truck into an elderly man whose clothes got caught in the rear bumper or whatnot. The two guys never even knew that they were dragging around another human being all across town, for miles.

The elderly man had passed away and those pieces of clothing scattered around town, was his clothing, flesh, and body parts. Still gives me chills.”

Turkeyshoes

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8. The Man in the Attic

“I worked dispatch for a total of three months, and in that three months I only received one call I would call creepy. It was the voice of a little boy, and I was trying to be calm because it felt like he was having a hard time breathing. I asked him if he was in danger and he said no, not anymore. I asked him why he had called and he said “well, the man in the attic finally killed my mom. I asked him if he could still see his mom and he said “no, the man took her to the moon” I asked him if he was alone in the house, to which he replied “no, I still have the mans dog here” I asked him what the doggies name was in the hopes I could keep the boy calm, the boy replied “his name is shaitan” I asked him to say it again thinking he said “satan” but he clearly replied “its shaitan”. By the end of the call, the police showed up and I still don’t know what ever happened with the boy and his mother.

But years later I was researching the Djinn/jinn and according to ancient texts, evil spirits like djinn are able to manifest themselves as a dog or other animals and guess what the djin were known as? Shaitan.

I still have a hard time sleeping at night when I think about this call.”

– Mr–Night

9. Possessed

“I was a 911 call taker 10 years ago when I received one of the creepiest calls ever. It was freezing that night, which usually equaled a calm, quiet shift due to even the criminals not wanting to go outside. Around 3am my call box popped up green and as usual I asked what was the emergency. A man starting frantically screaming that his still was possessed by a demon and tried to cut his heart while he slept. He had ran when the attack started and locked himself in his bathroom. I ask him a series of questions trying to figure out what the hell is going on.

I ask him a series of questions trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Everytime he tried to answer I heard what sounded like scratching and banging on the bathroom door. He whispered “There is a demon in my sister’s body, it has been battling me for days. It got free from the chains…” I swear what I heard next chilled me to the core. This unearthly voice began taunting my caller through the door. It didn’t sound like a 20-something woman. It was low and guttural, like she had gargled razor blades before speaking. She continued to growl and speak in a strange sounding language until police arrived. She let out a terrifying scream when the officers broke in, then dead end.

The call was over, I was shaking and had to know what happened? Even my supervisor (who had been listening to the call in real time) was pale and speechless when the line abruptly ended. Before my shift ended the commanding officer on my creepy call called in to tell me what they found. He told me he would have nightmares for the rest of his life.

Apparently, when my caller said his sister got out of her chains, he wasn’t joking around. She still had a chain tied to a bloody handcuff when the officers came in. Her whole body was covered in self-inflicted scratches, her one eye had popped a blood vessel and was bright red. Most of what she was wearing was also shredded and her skin looked like she had been drained of her blood. She was taken in for a psych consult and as you probably guessed, stayed there for a long time. The brother was okay except for deep gouges in his chest. His sister literally tried to dig out his heart.

There was some talk about arresting the brother but nothing ever came of it. I still can vividly remember that voice, it still makes my blood run cold.”

– QueenoftheNorth82

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