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The Headless Dog

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The Headless Dog
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On September 16, 1921, the Yorkville Enquirer published an article about true ghost stories in the antebellum South. The following tale was among them. What do you find more frightening, the headless dog or the girl’s reaction?

Near Lowndesville, in Abbeville County, South Carolina, was a spot in the road where a traveler was allegedly murdered and a large, black dog with him also killed. This spot was said to be haunted, and between sundown and dark, a large black dog with no head would run across the road.

A family lived nearby, among them a beautiful young girl that was just budding into womanhood. One day, the girl went to visit a neighbor, and her walk carried her by the haunted spot. Just before sundown, the young woman’s brother remarked that she had not returned and that she would have to pass the haunted spot in the road. He volunteered to go and meet her so she wouldn’t be afraid.

So off he went, but he didn’t notice that his large Newfoundland dog had trotted on ahead. Just before reaching the haunted spot, the woman’s brother heard a heart-rending shriek. Upon rushing to her aide, the man found his sister lying in the road in convulsions. It seems that his dog had startled the girl just as she had reached the haunted the spot. Her mind undoubtedly on the story of the headless dog, the unfortunate girl mistook her brother’s dog for the ghost dog and dropped in the road with a shriek.

The girl’s brother tenderly carried her home, and her family made every effort to restore her sanity, but to no avail. An eminent physician of Lowndesville, Dr. Alexander Arnold, was sent for. Despite his every effort, the girl continued convulsing. Her family eventually sent her to any asylum where she died any years later, never regaining her mental faculties.”

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Reader Submission: The Holy Spirit

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Reader Submission: The Holy Spirit

“About five years ago, I got down on my knees and asked God to show me he’s real. Really strange things began to happen around my home shortly thereafter.

My mom said that her ring would randomly fall off in the middle of the night, and every morning we would find it underneath the bed, right in the middle. It always ended up in the same place. There’s no way it could roll under there and stop in the same exact spot every night.

I also began to feel like someone was watching me. I started having paralytic dreams, dreams about murder every night, same theme but different scenario. I was even having dreams about the apocalypse. One night, I had a dream that something took over my body and I couldn’t move. Whatever had ahold of me took me over to my mom’s full-length mirror in her bedroom and smashed my forehead against it. In my dream, I kept asking it “what do you want?” It responded by forcing me to look in the mirror, and it kept saying “I want to kill” you over and over again.

The boy with blue eyes

I was also having dreams that seemed very real. I dreamed about a boy who looked like he was in his early twenties. In the first dream, he was in a cave-like setting. He was wearing a blue plaid shirt and his eyes were so brightly blue that when he turned his head to the side, it looked the same way a flashlight would if you turned it to the side. The light in his eyes were like a beam of light. In that dream, I was very attracted to him. I kept trying to grab onto him and hug him, but he kept grabbing my arms gently like he was trying to tell me something. It was if he was trying to hold me still, look at me in the face, and talk to me. I then woke up.

I had another dream. I think it was about the same boy. I dreamed that he walked me through a town, and in this town, there was a road where a bunch of souls were walking. I could see my grandma’s face among the souls. I remember running up to her and trying to get her attention, but he ran after me, grabbed my hand, and said “she can’t hear you.”

Communicating with spirts

I began researching means of spirit communication to find out what was going on. I learned about EVPs, or electronic voice phenomenon. They say you can hear spirits on audio recordings that you can’t hear with natural hearing. So I thought I’d give it a try. I shut off all the TVs, all the radios, and anything else in my house that made noise. I hit record, I spoke into the recorder, and when I played it back, I clearly heard a male voice. It was as if he put his mouth right up to the microphone and said “I’m sorry Amber.”

This really piqued my interest. I continued doing EVPs for several months and from what I understood, I was communicating with spirits. I actually got really good at it. One day I was in my kitchen doing EVPs when I heard something banding on my window. When I looked up, I saw something big and black outside. It appeared to have a cape and long black fingernails, like an animal. It was there for about five seconds and then it disappeared.

The green-armed goblin

One night I was laying in my parents’ room watching TV. All of the sudden I could not move and could not speak. I could feel my body becoming lighter as I stared at the TV. I had trouble keeping my eyes open. I could feel my head sinking back and my body becoming lighter. I honestly believe that I was being levitated. I remember worrying I would land on my dog if I fell. I was trying to talk in my head but I could barely think. I finally mustered enough strength and felt my body slowly sinking back into bed. As I sank, I saw two green arms come out from beside my body. I could tell they weren’t human because they had a green tint and they were a bit more muscular than a human’s. The forearms were longer and they had long, black fingernails. They waved around in front of my face as if they were saying “look I’m here!” Then one of the hands reached down and tapped me on the forehead and that’s when I could move again. I know this sounds strange, but I wasn’t afraid. I just continued watching TV as if nothing happened.

All kinds of other strange things happened. Pictures fell off the walls. I would sometimes smell sulfur or the stench of something rotting. It was a very strong smell. My parents also witnessed some of these experiences. When I tell my story, people ask if I was on drugs or if I’m schizophrenic. When these things were happening, I went to two different psychologists who both deemed me not only mentally fit, but very self-aware as well. After seeing all these things, I came to the realization that God is real and that there is something bigger out there.

Spiritual transformation

So I began focusing all my attention on God, and I now talk to him no matter what I’m doing or where I’m at. I can be in the kitchen cooking, and I’ll talk to him. I can be in the shower, and I’ll talk to him. Everything I do in my waking life, I include God in it. Ever since I stopped doing spirit communication and began a relationship with him, not only did all the paranormal stop, but my life has gotten 100% better compared to what it was before. I developed such a strong love for him that I try to do everything in my power to not do anything to upset him. I don’t drink, or do drugs, and I haven’t been in any kind of relationship since. Before it always seemed like the devil was attacking me. It was always one bad thing after another. I haven’t had one single bad thing happened to me since. As a matter of fact, my mom had a stroke last year. Instead of panicking I went directly to God and asked him to help her. She is now walking and talking again as if nothing ever happened. Whenever I am in pain or suffering, all I have to do is ask God to make the pain stop and it stops immediately.

I now have a relationship with the spirit world that I never dreamed I could ever have. I now make it in my mission to reveal to as many people as I can that there is something bigger out there. I am so lucky and blessed to have the experiences that I did. I want to teach others how to build a relationship with God. That is my dream and I hope that one day it can come true.”

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Ghost Photo: Window Pain

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Ghost Photo: Window Pain
Angry spirit looking out a window from within a building

Does this photo show an angry spirit glaring out the window?

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The Water Babies of Pyramid Lake

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The Water Babies of Pyramid Lake

Nevada’s picturesque Pyramid Lake attracts anglers and photographers from around the world, but the lake also has a dark side. Legend has it malevolent “water babies” lurk in the depths, eager to drag visitors to a watery grave.

Stretching over 125,000 acres, Pyramid Lake is so scenic, Apple featured it on the home screen of the original iPad. Fisherman come for the rare cui-ui and Lahontan cutthroat trout, while other recreationists enjoy swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Sadly, many of these visitors disappear without a trace.

“There is something bad about that lake,” one local said in a story about Pyramid Lake. “People die out there every year, and they never find the bodies.”

Some locals believe water babies are to blame. According to local legend, the Paiute Indians once drowned their critically ill or deformed infants in Pyramid Lake to conserve resources and purify the tribe’s bloodline. Now, these drowned infants terrify guests with their ghostly wails. Known as water babies, the young spirits are most active around sunrise or sunset and are fond of drowning swimmers, capsizing boats, and dragging fisherman deep into the lake.

“I’ve never seen an actual water baby,” a local guide told a writer from the Grandy Drummer. “But, I have seen a number of inexplicable things on the sonar. Images appear out of nowhere on the screen, then suddenly disappear.”

The water baby legend isn’t unique to Pyramid Lake. Similar tales appear in Idaho, California, and other parts of Nevada. The similar crybaby bridge legends are even more common.

Do the spirits of drowned infants really haunt Pyramid Lake? Or is the story nothing more than a troubling myth? If you’re ever in the area, why not pay a visit and discover the truth for yourself?

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Reader Submission: The Little Old Lady

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Reader Submission: The Little Old Lady

“When I was five or six, my mama and I lived in my gran’s council house with extended family. Decades before I was born, my gran and granddad lived there for years with nine children, and at times, a few grandchildren and my great-grandmother.

My great-grandmother had passed more than 10 years before I was born, when my mama was quite young. My mama and I shared a large back room which doubled up as a sitting room/playroom. One night, I was sleeping in my bed facing my toy cupboard which had no door but a really pretty sheet which mama had painted and nailed onto the frame of the cupboard.

I remember suddenly opening my eyes to see a little old lady in the doorway of my toy cupboard. I wasn’t scared (which in itself was slightly strange,) as i felt the old lady was familiar and safe. She just appeared to be a regular little old lady with slightly strange looking clothes. Without moving her mouth she said ‘It’s OK Pet, I’ve just come to see how you are. Go back to sleep.’ The words sounded clear in my head, and being five or six, I said OK and went back to sleep.

The next day, I was playing in the garden with mama and I told her about what I said was a dream. Mama, who was very close to her grandmother, asked me to describe the little old lady, so I did. Mama looked a little strange and then changed the subject

Years later, we were talking about family with my older cousin Jimmy who was living with mama and I at the time. Mama then told me that when I described that little old lady I had actually described my great-grandmother. Jimmy laughed and said when he stayed in the same bedroom, he’d seen our great-grandmother in the same place I’d seen her. There were only three differences: Jimmy knew our great grandmother before she passed (albeit, he was very young, but he remembered her well), it was in the middle of the day, and she just smiled at him without speaking.

I still wasn’t sure, so my mama got out a really old-looking family photo. Sure enough, in the middle of family members I knew, was the very same kindly looking little old lady.”

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Spirit of South Carolina

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Spirit of South Carolina

The following article appeared in South Carolina’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal on July 16, 1988 (edited for clarity). Is it evidence of a rare haunting or an elaborate hoax?

“VALLEY FALLS – A 30 year-old woman who believes she has seen ghosts in her rented house suffered two seizures early yesterday morning. The seizures came after a crowd of friends, relatives, and neighbors gathered to investigate mysterious shadows and lights. Several of the woman’s relatives also believe they’ve seen ghosts in the home.

Yesterday, several family members who have lived at 167 Third Street in Valley Falls for five weeks, said they plan to move their belongings from the small, blue house and will not sleep there again.

Debbie Williams, a forklift driver for a Spartanburg cloth company, said a woman claiming to be a psychic told her she collapsed because an alleged boy ghost may have encountered her body.

The family, however, believes the seizure was caused by fatigue since no one has slept much during the past week.

Mrs. Williams, her 27-year-old sister Michelle Conley; her 50-year-old mother, Hazel Conley; and her 13-year-old niece, Susan Ford, described the boy ghost as a vague, white outline of a child approximately four years of age.

At about 1 AM yesterday, the ghost was tugging at Michelle Conley’s pants legs, Mrs. Williams said.

“Then all of a sudden, he disappeared right quick,” Mrs. Williams said from her room at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Seated in a chair near her sister at home yesterday morning, Mrs. Williams collapsed on the floor for about three minutes while people in the room screamed and cried.

“She threw her arms into the air and started shaking like a devil,” said Cecil Sanders, Mrs. William’s uncle. “She said something touched her. She was laying there jerking and kicking, and her body was cold when you touched it. It’s mysterious to me, but I think she was scared into it.”

The family took her to Spartanburg Regional at about 3:30 AM where she was treated and released, Mrs. Williams said. On the way back to her car, she collapsed and was admitted to the hospital.

She remained hospitalized in stable condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Mrs. Williams said she has undergone various tests to discover the cause of the seizures.

Fifteen to 20 people, including friends, relatives, and coworkers, were in the darkened home about 1 AM Friday, while a half dozen more stood in the yard, the family said.

“(Those inside) all said they saw something,” Sanders said. “But all I saw was a little circle of colored lights in the bedroom and that could have been something I imagined from the dark.”

A reporter and photographer at the scene said they saw no mysterious lights or ghostly apparitions in the house, even when family members attempted to point the specter out to them.”

Mrs. Williams, Hazel Conely, Michelle Conley, and Miss Ford believe they have seen four different ghosts in the past three weeks. The family has lived in the house since recently moving to Spartanburg County from Jacksonville, FL, so Hazel Conley could rest with relatives before undergoing an operation.

Last Sunday night, the four women said the ghost boy crawled across their legs and sat down in the bed among them. Tuesday night, a tall male ghost allegedly picked up Mrs. Williams’ seven-year-old daughter, dropping her in a bottom bunk bed when the women screamed.

Parapsychology professors said a multiple sighting – where several people see the same phenomenon – are rare. Experts said investigations usually reveal that most ghostly manifestations are caused by small animals or natural lights that are misinterpreted by the human mind.

People who believe they have witnessed a supernatural phenomenon often attribute naturally occurring events to that phenomenon, said Donna McCormick, a researcher for 13 years at the American Society of Psychical Research in New York.

“It’s largely a matter of the individual’s interpretation of what’s happening,” Ms. McCormick said.

She also said she has never encountered a case where apparitions picked up people after “taking possession” of a person’s body.

“I’d take a good hard look at it,” she said.

Neighbors and owners of houses on the street said they have never heard similar tales and do not believe any of the ghost stories.

Although he remains skeptical about the existence of any wayward spirit, Sanders said he will not return to the house.

“I’m staying out of there,” he said. “I saw enough last night.”

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