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Do Ghosts Walk Salem’s Historic Hawthorne Hotel?

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Do Ghosts Walk Salem’s Historic Hawthorne Hotel?

Named after famed author and Salem resident Nathaniel Hawthorne, the Hawthorne Hotel opened to great fanfare in 1925. More than one million visitors have passed through its doors, including the cast of Bewitched, former presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, actress Bette Davis, and many others. However, legend has it some guests never checked out.

Eerie events at the Hawthorne include unexplained banging sounds, moving furniture, flickering lights, and sudden cold spots. Guests and staff say most paranormal activity takes place in rooms 325 and 612.

In 325, the sounds of a crying baby disturb guests, though no baby is ever around (much like the Skirvin Hotel haunting). Touches from unseen hands and faucets that switch off and on are also common complaints.

On the sixth floor, a woman in white reportedly wanders the hallway, lingering outside the door of room 612, before slowly fading away. A report on TripAdvisor recounts one couple’s strange experience in the infamous room. It seems the pair was settling in for the night when a loud banging sound startled them out of bed. They searched the room, and the hallway outside, but found nothing that could account for the banging.

Ghost Hunters investigated the site in 2007 and found no definitive proof of ghosts, though a cash register did print out a receipt for seemingly no reason. See the episode here.

Is the Hawthorne Hotel truly haunted? Or are the tales nothing more than creepy legends found in hotels across the country? I’ll be there next week to find out. Stay tuned!

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5 Haunted Places in Greenville, South Carolina

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5 Haunted Places in Greenville, South Carolina

I live in Greenville, South Carolina, a small city in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While Greenville isn’t famously haunted like other cities in the South, it has its share of ghostly legends. From a historic hotel to a cursed bridge, here are five haunted places in my hometown.

Greenville Army-Navy Store

Veteran Harry Zaglin opened the Greenville Army-Navy store in 1946, and it is now one of the oldest businesses in Greenville. Zaglin died in 1995, and though Zaglin’s son Jeff runs the store today, some believe Harry is still around. In 2011, a paranormal investigation group exploring the store after hours heard a disembodied voice, believed to be Harry’s, call “Get out!,” “We’re closed,” and “Come back next week.” According to local paranormal researcher Jason Profit, other eerie events in the store include flashing lights, boots that move on their own, and a drawer that refuses to stay put.

Westin Poinsett Hotel

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The Poinsett Hotel opened in 1925 and was a bustling business for many years. However, the good times didn’t last, and the hotel closed for good in 1987. For 13 years, the building sat vacant until a group of investors snagged the property and reopened the hotel as the Westin Poinsett in 2000. The hotel is now booming again, though some say it harbors a ghost or two.

In his book, Haunted Greenville, author Jason Profit shares the story of a Poinsett guest who woke up at 2 a.m. after hearing loud noises in the bathroom. The noises stopped when he went to investigate, but soon started again, this time in the hallway. Thinking it was the cleaning crew, the irritated guest called the front desk only to learn there was no cleaning crew on duty and that he was alone on the floor. Other guests have spotted an old man in their room, only to see him disappear before their eyes.

Herdklotz Park

Between 1930 and the early 1950s, the Hopewell Tuberculosis Sanatorium treated hundreds of patients suffering from tuberculosis. Many of the patients died. And though the hospital is long gone, legend has it that the deceased patients now haunt Herdklotz Park which stands where the old hospital once did.

In Haunted South Carolina, author Alan Brown reports that visitors hear a number of strange sounds in the park, including banging, screaming, and the clanging of unseen bells. At night, people spot shadows flitting in the darkness. In fact, some people living near the park claim these shadowy beings occasionally enter their homes.

Springwood Cemetery

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Greenville’s Springwood Cemetery is over 200 years old and home to more than 10,000 graves. The cemetery is the final resting place for Confederate soldiers, prominent politicians, and even a NASCAR driver, and like many historic graveyards is rumored to be haunted.

Several paranormal
investigation groups have explored the sprawling cemetery, reporting everything
from phantom knocks to full-body apparitions. According to Jason Profit, many
children who enter the cemetery see spirits adults cannot. Other eerie reports
from Springwood include disembodied voices, light anomalies, and blurred faces
appearing in visitors’ photos.

Poinsett Bridge

Built in 1820 and located in Landrum (not Greenville, but close enough), Poinsett Bridge is the oldest surviving bridge in the state and was once part of a road that connected Charleston and Columbia to the mountain communities of North Carolina. It’s now rumored to be haunted.

Several legends
surround Poinsett Bridge. One attributes the haunting to a lynched slave, while
another claims the bridge sits atop an ancient Indian burial ground. A third
legend claims a mason died during the span’s construction and is now entombed
inside.

Conflicting legends
aside, many people are convinced something haunts the bridge. One paranormal
investigation team noted unexplained red and white lights in the vicinity of
the bridge, while a photo revealed a “mist of man-sized proportion.” That same
team recorded an EVP that sounded like a human heartbeat. Other creepy reported
incidents include unexplained screams, eerie moans, and odd lights.

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12 Scary Asian Demons and Ghosts

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12 Scary Asian Demons and Ghosts

Asia is home to many interesting cultures, each with varying traditions. With this comes a huge assortment of spirits and ghosts that haunt the midnight streets. From underwater ghosts to mummified zombies, here are 12 of the scariest Asian entities.

Chinese Spirits

Ox Head and Horse Face

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Extremely popular in China and Japan, these two spirits guard and confine the spirits within hell. They also escort dying souls there, much like the Grim Reaper.

Initially farm animals, Ox Head and Horse Face were worked to death by their farmer. Understanding their plight, the king of hell turned them into soldiers and escorts, keeping their animalistic characteristics, but turning them into intimidating humanoid figures.

Though supposedly folklore, sightings of these spirits are common, and they appear everywhere from deathbeds to the site of fatal accidents.

Jiang Shi

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Known as the “hopping zombie,” a Jiang Shi is typically a reanimated corpse with superhuman strength and is often dressed in Qing-era attire.

One odd and well-known account in China describes how a young man encountered three Jiang Shis on a bus one night. The story goes like this:

One evening, three Jiang Shis boarded a city bus. Despite the astoundingly odd appearance of the spirits, the bus driver and conductor brushed them off as actors. Regardless, the passengers felt uncomfortable.

Eventually, only the young man, a fellow passenger, the conductor, driver, and three Jiang Shis were left on the bus. The fellow passenger suddenly accused the young man of stealing, so the bus driver dropped them off to walk to the nearest police depot.

Once they were off the bus, the fellow passenger confessed to the young man that she had made up the accusation because she’d noticed the three Jiang Shis had no feet. It’s a good thing the pair got off the bus when they did.

A few days later, that same bus was found inside a reservoir with three awfully decomposed bodies trapped inside. One belonged to the conductor, another to the driver. The third was unknown. Rumor has it that the bus’s petrol tank was filled with blood instead of oil.

Shui Gui

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A more ‘traditional’ ghost by Western standards, a Shui Gui is the spirit of a person who has drowned in a body of water. These ghosts roam the ocean at night, haunting seafarers and anyone foolish enough to be near the water.

Depending on their cause of death, these ghosts may be out for blood. They often pull unsuspecting swimmers below the surface when no one is looking.

Once they drown their victim, Shui Guis assume the deceased’s body while the victim’s spirit becomes the new Shui Gui. Be wary when you are close to a body of water, or you may become a ghost yourself.

Japanese Spirits

The Okiku Doll

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A young man bought a doll for his two-year-old sister Okiku to play with. Okiku loved the doll, always hugging it to sleep and bringing it along on outings. However, a year later, Okiku passed away. Bereaved by the loss of their daughter, Okiku’s family started worshiping the doll and named it after her.

Strangely, the doll’s hair slowly started growing. First, it extended beyond the doll’s shoulders, then its waist, and then its knees. Day by day, the hair grew longer. Eventually, the family to donated the doll to a nearby temple.

Ever since the doll’s arrival, priests at the Mannenji temple have trimmed its hair. Legend has it Okiku appeared in one of the priest’s dreams and asked that they trim her hair, thus beginning an 80-year-old tradition.

Futakuchi-Onna

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In ancient Japan, legend claimed women who did not eat would eventually grow a mouth at the back of their heads. Soon enough, this ‘mouth’ would demand twice the amount of food one would normally eat. If unsatisfied, the second mouth would scream in anger and cause immense pain to the bearer.

Eventually, the mouth would use the lady’s hair as tentacles, grabbing and gobbling as much food as it could. Though a mere legend, the Futakuchi-Onna has since caught on as a popular icon in Japanese media.

Kuchisake-Onna

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In this popular legend, an extremely beautiful lady had an affair with a lowly soldier. Her husband, a Samurai, was enraged, and he mutilated his wife by cutting her cheeks open from ear to ear, creating a Glasgow smile. She then committed suicide, and now her spirit seeks revenge.

They say she wanders quiet streets at night, wearing a mask and asking passerby if she’s attractive. If they say yes, she reveals her face. Those who gasp or scream, get their own hideously carved smile.

Thai Spirits

Kuman Thong

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A mischievous and playful entity, a Kuman Thong is a child spirit trapped within an amulet or effigy. Often times, the child was stillborn or aborted, and witch doctors allegedly performed necromancy to trap the newly deceased spirit. Sometimes the fetus itself is encased within a statue.

Kuman Thongs are commonly sold to households as a way of protecting property and ensuring good fortune. However, homeowners must buy refreshments, clothes, and toys to keep Kuman Thongs happy. If angered, these child spirits will grow restless and eventually bring misfortune to the home.

Many people insist Kuman Thongs are the stuff of legends and myths. However, these spirtis are a very real presence for Thais, and many households have reported unfortunate events.

Krasue

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Krasue are female demons damned to become ghosts for acts of fraudulence and sin done in their previous lives.

Often illuminating like a traditional will-o-wisp, Krasues hunt for food late at night, seeking flesh and blood from humans and animals. During the day, however, she could be anyone walking down the streets of Bangkok. There have been many alleged sightings of this creature in provinces across Thailand and Cambodia.

Though never attacking anyone directly, the Krasue has allegedly attacked livestock on multiple occasions, and sightings of strange lights and body-less entities continue to persist.

Phi Kong Koi

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The Phi Kong Koi are one-legged entities roaming the northern hillsides of Thailand and Laos.

There are mixed opinions on what kind of creature the Phi Kong Koi is. Some say they’re ghosts, while others, especially locals, claim they’re a long-lost tribe of pygmy humans.

Traditionally, however, Phi Kong Kois are ghosts who hop around the jungle with one leg. They are small in stature and often hunt for humans with crossbows. At night, they allegedly shout “Koi Koi Koi,” hence the name Phi Kong Kois.

Malay/Indonesian Spirits

Orang Minyak

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The Orang Minyak, or “Oily man,” are humans who gain the flexibility and viscosity of oil through dark magic. This allows them to shapeshift and go through locked doors. Orang Minyak often spy on, molest, or rape women in the dead of night.

There are many reported cases of Orang Minyak raping women, especially in remote villages. Often, search parties and nightly patrols roam the area to ward off the ever-present threat of Orang Minyak. However, this superstition can backfire when real rapists get away with their crimes due to blame falling on the mythical creature.

Pontianak

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Likely the most well-known, and ferocious, Malay/Indonesian ghost, Pontianak roughly translates to “woman who died in childbirth.”

A vicious spirit that knows no bounds, Pontianaks tend to attack anyone and cause them to fall sick or faint afterwards. They even fought a famous battle against a group of soldiers in the aptly named Indonesian city of Pontianak.

Often carrying the scent of fresh frangipanis, these spirits find solace within these trees. Going near them might disturb their rest, which would result in their ungodly appearance and blood-curdling screams.

The Pontianak is likely the most common spirit in Southeast Asia as sightings of these spirits are scattered across the continent.

Hantu Pocong

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Wrapped in white fabric, the Hantu Pocong is a lot like the Chinese Jiang Shi, except for its ability to teleport.

In traditional Malay practice, the deceased are enshrouded by the Islamic Kain kafan. Knots cross different sections of the body, and are subsequently removed before burial.

However, if the knot is not removed, the soul is unable to leave its body for 40 days (as Muslims believe the soul remains that long after death). They then hop out of their burial grounds. Oddly, these spirits can roll faster than a sport car, but are typically quite harmless.

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Ghost Photo: The Shadow Person

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Ghost Photo: The Shadow Person

A pair of sisters took this photo at their father’s home 15 years ago. While looking through a box of old pictures, one sister found the picture and discovered something strange. Who, or what, is that in the doorway?

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Reader Submission: Ma Barker’s Fury

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Reader Submission: Ma Barker’s Fury
The infamous Barker house

On January 8, 1935, FBI agents surrounded the home of gang matriarch Kate “Ma” Barker and her son Fred. After an intense shootout lasting several hours, Ma and Fred succumbed to the hail of bullets. Legend has it Ma still haunts her former home and harbors an intense hatred of law enforcement. Here’s a story from a retired police officer who encountered Ma on the 70th anniversary of her death.

“I’m a retired police officer, and in January 2005, I attended the annual Ma Barker shoot-out re-enactment done in downtown Ocklawaha, Florida. Officials had built a small home front to depict a house that looked similar to Ma’s real place. I asked a Deputy where the real home was, he reluctantly gave me the location, and I went to visit it.

I parked down a desolate side road that abutted Lake Weir, and there it was through the thick bushes, trees, and vegetation. I walked closer to get an unobstructed picture using my 35mm Minolta camera. Once I saw that no one was anywhere around, I snapped several photos. At the time, there was no one on the rear porch.

After taking a few photos, I sensed the presence of Ma Barker and at least two adult males in her driveway. She was a visibly angry, an intense ball of fire-like energy, and said ‘Get outta here, lawman!’ Needless to say, I told her ‘no problem,’ and I left, never intending to return.

In April, upon my annual return to NY, I had the film developed at a local CVS store. The clerk inspecting the photos for quality purposes asked, ‘who’s the lady in the photo?’ I said, ‘what lady?’ After an 8X10″ enlargement, there she was as clear as day. Ma Barker.

Fast forward: In 2016, the Tampa Bay Times investigated the matter, verified who I was, and insisted on an on-camera interview. The video was dead-on, however, the story by Lane DeGregory was a bit on the exaggerated and untrue side, with a degree of disrespect. While I understand the Times must sell papers, the story should not have included things I never said or did. The video would be viewed by no less than 25 million people worldwide, but is nowhere to be found now. Why?

My story has been verified by Carson Good, realtors, Ed and Loraine Warren (deceased) and many, many more. The Ma Barker house now rests about two miles across the lake from its original location and is now an open to the public attraction, replete with original artifacts. It’s still thought to be haunted by Ma Barker herself.”

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Ghost Photo: The Face Within

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Ghost Photo: The Face Within

The photo above originally appeared on Reddit’s r/paranormal and was taken at a ruin in Scotland. What do you think of the face in the window?

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