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Ghost Photo: McPike Mansion Spirits

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Ghost Photo: McPike Mansion Spirits

The ghostly faces in this photo are peering down from the historic McPike Mansion in Alton, Illinois. According to local legend, a host of spirits haunt the 149-year-old mansion, including the McPike family and their servants. Ghost Lab investigated the property in 2009 and recorded a chilling EVP. What do you think of the image?

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Ghost Photo: The Black Monk Returns

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Ghost Photo: The Black Monk Returns

The Black Monk of Pontrefact is at it again. Taken inside one of the UK’s most haunted homes, this photo reportedly shows a ghostly monk clutching rosary beads. Do you think it’s legit?

The Pontefract Legend

In the 1960s, a family moved into a haunted home in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England. What followed was akin to America’s Amityville Horror House.

Unexplained activity in the home included levitating objects, slashed photographs, and physical abuse from an unseen entity. One night, the entity grabbed the family’s daughter by the throat and dragged her up the stairs. On another occasion, the adults in the home awoke to see a black-robed hooded figure hovering over their bed.

Today, the home is open to paranormal investigation groups such as East Drive Paranormal which took the photo above. Investigator Claire Cowell snapped the picture after hearing taps and bangs in the hallway.

“I was unaware of what I’d captured until I went back into the living room to tell the team,” Claire told The Sun. “The arm you can see in the photo is not a solid form – it looks like mist and is very strange. It really is the only solid picture we have ever really caught of the monk up until now.”

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Is Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave Haunted?

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Is Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave Haunted?

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The largest known cave in the world, Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave features 392 miles of interconnected passages. Despite its popularity with tourists, folks know Mammoth for much more than its awe-inspiring size and stunning gypsum flowers. Legend has it a number of spooks haunt the vast cavern, including tourists from days gone by, a mischievous woman who left a man to die, and Floyd Collins, an adventurous explorer who died after becoming wedged in a tight passageway.

Tourists from Beyond the Grave
According to a report on PrairieGhosts.com, a few rangers in Mammoth Cave have spotted visitors who don’t seem to belong. Dressed in old-fashioned clothing, the visitors hang back from the main tour groups and disappear before everyone exits the cave. At times, tourists interrupt a ranger’s speech to ask about the strange man (or woman) lurking in the shadows. Another ranger reported that someone, or something, shoved her as she was leading a lantern-lit tour in the cavern.

Update: A reader recently shared this story of his experience in Mammoth Cave.

“This July 2018, my sister and I went on a tour in Mammoth Cave. At one point, the ranger asked everyone to turn off or cover all light sources so we could see how dark the cave was. We did, and I heard a woman’s voice behind me. She was clearly upset about something. A moment later, a man behind me said, ‘What the hell are you doing?’ Then, I felt a hand move across my wrist and cover my watch for about 2-3 seconds.

Later, when the light came back, my sister asked if I’d heard the commotion. She said that the woman claimed someone had grabbed her. I told my sister that I felt her hand touching my wrist. She swore she never touched me. We soon realized that something, or someone, touched that woman, that man, and me while the lights were off.”

Melissa’s Prank
Another legend tells of a woman named Melissa who led a friend (or ex-lover, depending on the version) deep into Mammoth Cave. As a joke, Melissa left the man to find his own way back, but the unfortunate friend never returned. Some say Melissa roams Mammoth Cave today, searching for the man she unwittingly left to die. Rangers have reportedly heard a woman’s voice calling from deep within the cave’s passageways, as well as screams and garbled voices. According to an article in Knickerbocker Magazine, Melissa confessed the sordid tale on her deathbed before succumbing to tuberculosis. Could this be why some rangers have heard violent coughing deep within the tunnels of Mammoth Cave?

Update: Turns out the tale of Melissa leaving a man behind is a short story from 1858, “A Tragedy of the Mammoth Cave” by Lillie Devereaux Blake

The Tragic Tale of Floyd Collins
By far, the most disturbing tale involving Mammoth Cave is that of the ill-fated Floyd Collins. An enthusiastic spelunker, Floyd became trapped in a narrow tunnel one day after a rock collapsed on his leg and pinned him to the spot. Floyd’s friends and family worked for nearly two weeks to set him free, and their tireless efforts attracted the attention of the media and tens of thousands of curious onlookers. Sadly, the effort was all for naught as Floyd died just three days before rescuers reached him. To add insult to injury, the man who purchased the cave and family farm from Collins’ father exhumed Floyd’s body and displayed it at the entrance to Crystal Cave for many years. At one point, the body was stolen but was eventually recovered, minus the injured leg. Is it any wonder, then, that Floyd reportedly haunts the area, screaming for help and begging to be rescued from his stone tomb?

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15 Chilling Folktales, Traditions, and Objects

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15 Chilling Folktales, Traditions, and Objects

With Halloween right around the corner, there’s no better time to explore spooky folklores, stories, and traditions from cultures all over the globe. Invaluable rounded up some of the creepiest, from decomposing creatures to cursed paintings. Explore the story of La Llorona, Mexico’s “weeping woman” who preys on children. Read about the legend of La Ciguapa, Dominican Republic’s small, feral women who capture lonely men. Watch out for the Crying Boy paintings that were known to cause a series of fires, killing everyone in their paths.

Check out the above and many other blood chilling stories, sure to spook everyone. Keep these stories in your back pocket next time you’re around a campfire or at a Halloween party.

Deer Woman

Deer Woman is an animal spirit that appears throughout Native American art and mythology. She is sometimes depicted in animal form, sometimes human form, and sometimes both. Deer Woman is associated with love and fertility, but in contemporary tellings she takes on a mischievous role. The spirit is known to seduce promiscuous men and leave them to die or waste away from longing.

La Ciguapa

The legend of La Ciguapa is one of the most renowned in the Dominican Republic. Ciguapas are small, feral women that inhabit the mountain areas, lurking in the shadows and waiting to capture lonely men. They appear to have extremely long hair that covers their thin bodies and backwards feet. One of the earliest written accounts of these creatures appeared in novelist and poet Francisco Javier Angulo Guridi’s 1866 short story “La Ciguapa,” where he provides a lengthy description of the mountain women. Since, they have been an important part of the Dominican Republic’s culture and represented in mythical paintings and sculptures.

Botan Doro 
Also referred to as The Peony Lantern, the story of Botan Dōrō originated in 17th-century Japan and continues to be one of the most famous ghost stories in Japanese culture. Though there are multiple versions, the general storyline is as follows: On the first night of Obon—a Japanese festival that honors ancestral spirits—a widowed samurai meets a beautiful woman named Otsuyu and quickly falls in love with her. They meet every night from dawn until dusk, and she is always accompanied by a young girl holding a peony lantern.

Soon, someone grows suspicious and spies on them, horrified to discover that Otsuyu is a skeleton. Though petrified, the samurai’s love for Otsuyu is so strong that he ignores warnings to stay away and follows her to a grave in a temple. The next day, his dead body is found entwined with the woman’s skeleton. This famous folktale has been the subject of many Japanese paintings and was also developed into a Kabuki play.

Want more? Click here to read the rest of Invaluable’s “15 Chilling Folktales, Traditions, and Objects From Around the World”. 

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Ghost Hunting with Thermal Cameras and Thermometers (October 2018)

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Ghost Hunting with Thermal Cameras and Thermometers (October 2018)

Updated October 2018

Paranormal investigators around the world rely on temperature-gauging equipment to help them find ghosts. But how do devices like thermal cameras and infrared thermometers work? And do they really detect spirits? Here’s a brief guide to the theory of temperature and ghosts, as well as the cameras and thermometers investigators use to find spirits.

Temperature and Ghost Hunting

The temperature theory goes like this: To manifest, spirits must draw energy, or heat, from the air around them. This causes a sudden drop in temperature, and investigators can find ghosts by taking temperature measurements and searching for cold spots. Paranormal investigation shows regularly reference cold spots in their on-air investigations. Plummeting temperatures are also a common trope in horror films.

Infrared Thermometers and Paranormal Investigations

To search for fluctuations in temperature, many paranormal investigators rely on infrared thermometers which determine an object’s temperature by evaluating the thermal radiation the object emits. Infrared thermometers are particularly useful as they can measure temperature from a distance. Other names for infrared thermometers include laser thermometers, non-contact thermometers, and temperature guns.

Here are a few of the most highly rated infrared devices. To see more, check out Amazon’s best-selling infrared thermometers.

Etekcity 1022 Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer Temperature Gun $17.99 – $20.99 – “Overall this is an excellent product. The grip is nice, the display screen has a backlight and you can’t beat the price.”

Etekcity Lasergrip 800 Digital Infrared Thermometer Laser Temperature Gun $25.99  – “Terrific as either a tool or a toy. Useful and fun.”

Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-Contact Digital Laser Infrared Thermometer $18.88 – “I would greatly recommend purchasing this over the higher-end thermometers. Very solid product and definitely accurate.”

Infrared Thermometer, SURPEER IR5D Laser Thermometer Gun $21.89 – “More fun than a tool ever should be.”

Fluke 62 MAX IR Thermometer, Non Contact $91.69 – “Rugged and reliable with a wide temperature range.”

Temperature Gun ennoLogic Dual Laser Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer – $56.35 “Great tool that’s accurate and easy to use.”

Thermal Cameras and Ghost Hunting

A form of night vision technology, thermal cameras use infrared sensors to display infrared energy, or heat. They don’t require any ambient light and can pierce through obscurants like smoke, fog, and haze. Because of this, many investigators rely on thermal cameras to discover hot or cold spots they might not otherwise find. Like full-specturm cameras, thermal technology helps investigators see things that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

Here are few highly rated thermal cameras. To see more, check out Amazon’s best-selling thermal imagers.

Perfect-Prime IR0002, Infrared (IR) Thermal Imager & Visible Light Camera with IR Resolution $204.99 – “Great sensitivity to heat. Nice product.”

220 x 160 IR Resolution Infrared Thermal Imager, Handheld 35200 Pixels Thermal Imaging Camera, Infrared Thermometer $409.99 – “All or more than expected at a very reasonable price.”

FLIR TG165 Spot Thermal Camera with Image Storage $379.97 – “Fascinating and beautiful instrument.”

FLIR C2 Compact Thermal Imaging System $499.00 – “Great build, nice weight, sturdy. Highly recommend it.”

Perfect-Prime IR0001, Infrared (IR) Thermal Imager & Visible Light Camera with IR Resolution $189.99 – “Very good value for this instrument.”

Of course, not everyone believes temperature-gauging devices can find ghosts. Critics believe cold spots can be explained away by drafts, AC units, and countless other causes. They also point out that’s there no evidence for a relationship between heat and ghosts to begin with. What do you believe?

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7 Haunted Places in Arizona

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7 Haunted Places in Arizona

Arizona is famous for its desert beauty, stunning canyon views, and Wild West ghost towns. It’s also home to countless spirits. From caves in the Grand Canyon to a beloved restaurant in Phoenix, here are seven of Arizona’s most haunted attractions.

Grand Canyon Caverns – Peach Springs

Nestled more than 200 feet below the surface, the Grand Canyon Caverns has a haunting reputation. More than eight people have died or been buried there, and visitors report seeing mysterious shadows and hearing distant chants. Some say the shadows belong to Indians buried in the cave, while others think the souls of lost explorers are to blame. Particularly brave guests can spend the night in the Caverns’ unique Underground Suite where previous guests have seen shadowy figures.

The Buford House – Tombstone

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The heartbroken spirit of a scorned male reportedly haunts Tombstone’s historic Buford House. Strange occurrences include lights that turn on and off, knocking sounds in the walls, and a doorbell that rings at three a.m. The naughty spirit also gets frisky with female guests. One woman claimed an invisible entity slid the covers off her body. Another felt a hand stroking her hair and neck.

Jerome Grand Hotel – Jerome

Built in 1926, the Jerome Grand Hotel was once a hospital. As many as 9,000 patients died there, and now their frightened and confused spirits reportedly roam the historic property.

Eerie activity includes disembodied voices, the sound of rolling hospital gurneys, and a ghost cat that jumps on guests’ beds. In 2011, the Ghost Adventures crew investigated the hotel and recorded dark masses, slamming doors, and shouts in the dark. There’s also the legend of the angry repairman who was crushed by the elevator and now paces up and down the hallways.

Bird Cage Theatre – Tombstone

The Bird Cage Theatre opened in 1881 and was equal parts theatre, brothel, saloon, and gambling parlor. After less than a decade, the rowdy business closed, and the building was sealed for 45 years before becoming a haunted tourist attraction. Today, guests report seeing apparitions in Western clothing, as well as a wispy woman in white and a man wearing a visor.

Big Nose Kate’s Saloon – Tombstone

Legend has it Big Nose Kate’s Saloon harbors spirits other than liquor. The most famous is a rowdy miner named Swamper said to watch over his lost treasure. Legend has it that Swamper hid silver somewhere in the building and wants to keep it safe. Other creepy tales involve tumbling mannequins, silverware that falls off tables, phantom sightings, and hazy forms that appear in photos.

Copper Queen Hotel – Bisbee


The historic Copper Queen Hotel is home to many ghosts, including a former prostitute named Julia and a mischievous little boy. They say Julia took her own life after a man rejected her and now teases male guests by whispering in their ears and dancing provocatively near the stairs. The boy reportedly drowned in a river near the hotel and spends his afterlife running in the halls and playing pranks on guests.

The Stockyards Restaurant – Phoenix

Eerie events at this 71-year-old eatery include flickering lights, chandeliers that shake, muffled voices in empty rooms, and shadowy figures in the dining area. A woman in a red dress reportedly steps out of the restaurant’s hand-painted mural and appears to ill-fated diners. One witness disappeared soon after seeing her.

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