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The Ghost of Dead Woman’s Crossing

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The Ghost of Dead Woman’s Crossing

In 1905, a young mother named Katie DeWitt James filed for divorce and boarded a train in Custer City, Oklahoma. She brought along her infant daughter with plans to visit her cousin across the state. The two never made it. For reasons unknown, Katie disembarked with a stranger and met an untimely end on a wagon crossing. Now her tortured spirit reportedly haunts the site of her death near Weatherford, Oklahoma.

The Crossing

Katie filed for divorce on July 6, 1905 and boarded the train with her daughter the next day. Her father, Henry, saw them off and all seemed well for awhile. However, Henry grew concerned when he didn’t hear from Katie after a few weeks and eventually hired a private detective to locate her.

The detective soon learned that Katie had gotten off the train at Weatherford rather than her intended destination. Witnesses saw her leaving in a wagon with a woman named Fannie Norton, a known prostitute who was also rumored to have killed a bartender. Some time later an agitated Fannie returned with Katie’s baby and handed the child to a farmer’s son before galloping away. The child was wrapped in a bloody dress, and Fannie’s wagon was also spattered with blood.

When authorities tracked Fannie down, she denied killing Katie and poisoned herself soon after questioning. A month later, a fisherman stumbled upon Katie’s remains along a creek near Weatherford. He found her beneath a wooden wagon crossing, a bullet lodged in her skull.

A heartbroken Henry interred Katie in Weatherford’s Greenwood Cemetery. An inscription on her tombstone reads: “How Many Hopes He Ended Here.” Katie’s daughter Lulu Belle returned to her father Martin but died when she was just eight years old.

The Dead Woman

According to local legend, Katie haunts the site of her murder. The old wagon crossing is long gone, but a concrete bridge was built nearby and it’s here where Katie roams. Locals call the bridge Dead Woman’s Crossing.

Eerie events at the bridge include dancing blue lights and the sound of creaky wagon wheels. Some visitors hear blood-curdling screams. Others hear an anguished woman calling out for her child. Those who dare walk along the creek at night may encounter the murdered woman’s spirit roaming the banks.

Unlike many legends, the history behind Dead Woman’s Crossing is undeniably true, whether or not the haunting is. Do you think Katie’s ghost roams the site of her murder? Or is the story nothing more than a chilling myth?

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True Ghost Story: The Petersborough Poltergeist

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True Ghost Story: The Petersborough Poltergeist

The following story appeared in the Eugene Register Guard on March 4, 1892

“The people of Petersborough, Minnesota are greatly disturbed over a haunted house, which is said to be in the heart of the city. Some months ago, a man named Howard rented a house on the principal street of the town. It was a small frame house and had been constantly occupied. Ever since going into the house, they had been subjected to the most extraordinary experiences, and at last, became so terrified that they left the house.

For some time, they supposed they were the victims of practical jokers, but all attempts to catch them failed, and even the neighbors, called in to help discover the cause of the strange noises, were unable to find what was wrong.

While the residents were in bed, an invisible hand would jerk the bed clothes from them, and then the door would slam and heavy steps would be heard across the floor. All efforts to find whence the noise came were unavailing. On another occasion, a door was broken while the whole family was sitting in the room.

The most terrifying manifestations were the unearthly noises which accompanied them. Those noises varied from the sound made by the crashing of a table full of dishes to that which would be made by a wall falling down in a room.

Notwithstanding the noise, there never was anything disturbed in the house. The manifestations were almost invariably preceded by a loud humming sound which gradually become louder until it culminated in an awful crashing and rumbling, which made the hair of the listeners stand on end. Not less than 15 people were ready to swear that they had heard these manifestations and are convinced the place is haunted.”

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Ghost Photo: Gettysburg Soldier

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Ghost Photo: Gettysburg Soldier

A Reddit user recently posted this photo to the site’s r/paranormal group. It seems to show a ghostly man lurking in the grass at the Gettysburg Battlefield site. What do you think?

Fought over three days in July 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg claimed more than 7,000 lives and marked a turning point in the American Civil War. Today, the battle site is a national military park, and many people believe it’s one of the most haunted places in the United States.

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Ghost Photo: Castle Spirit

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Ghost Photo: Castle Spirit

A man visiting Hurst Castle in Hampshire, England got the fright of his life when he spotted an apparition with glowing eyes lurking near the window.

“I didn’t see the figure until I watched the footage, but the whole time I was in the castle I felt something watching me,” the man, Tony Ferguson, told an English tabloid.

But is it really a ghost? To many, the video footage seems to show nothing more than another person quickly peeking through the window. Not possible, Tony says.

“That window is connected to another window by a tunnel,” he said. “The tunnel is so narrow you could barely fit a pool stick down it so it’s impossible for a person to be down there.”

What do you think?

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Drowned Slaves Haunt Georgia’s Igbo Landing

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Drowned Slaves Haunt Georgia’s Igbo Landing

In the early 1800s, a shipload of captured Africans drowned themselves in a Georgia creek rather than submit to a life of slavery. Legend has it their spirits remain at the site now known as Igbo Landing.

“That’s the place where they bring the Ibos over in a slave ship and when they get here, they ain’t like it and so they all start singing and they march right down in the river to march back to Africa, but they ain’t able to get there. They gets drown.” – Floyd White, Federal Writers Project Interviewee, 1930s

In May 1803, 75 slaves rebelled against their captors as they sailed from Savannah, Georgia to their intended masters in St. Simons Island a short distance away. Many of the captives were Igbo people from West Africa, a group known for its fierce resistance to slavery. Harnessing this infamous spirit, the captives took control of the ship, drowned the crew, and grounded the vessel in Dunbar Creek at a site now called Igbo, or Ebo, Landing.

Once on shore, the bound men and women drowned themselves in the creek rather than risk recapture. As they marched into the water, the Igbo reportedly chanted, “The water spirit brought us. The water spirit will take us away.”

Artwork by Donovan Nelson

Today, Igbo Landing appears serene and idyllic. However, the drowned slaves reportedly haunt the landing and surrounding marshland. According to local mariners, the sounds of clinking chains and chanting voices drift over the water when the moon is full and the water still.

“Even today there are ghost stories about unrequited Igbo spirits and recurring reports of unsubstantiated sounds and shadows in the marshes at Igbo Landing,” said a local activist. “The voice of our ancestors at Igbo Landing cries out still from those foreign waters to come home to Igbo land.”

Do the spirits of long-dead slaves really haunt coastal Georgia? Or is the story nothing more than a troubling myth? If you’re ever in St. Simons Island why not pay a visit and discover the truth for yourself.

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Ghost Photo: Attic Dweller

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Ghost Photo: Attic Dweller

When a couple heard banging sounds in the attic, they went to investigate. The search yielded nothing, but just before they closed the attic stairs, this terrifying face emerged from the darkness. Real or fake?

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