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The Hotel del Coronado Haunting

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The Hotel del Coronado Haunting

In 1892, a beautiful young woman checked into the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, California. The woman claimed a man would soon join her, but the companion never showed. Five days after checking in, the mysterious woman took her life outside the hotel. Officials eventually identified the woman as Kate Morgan, and legend has it she’s has haunted The Del ever since.

The Life and Death of Kate Morgan

Unlike many haunted hotel ghosts, Kate Morgan was undeniably real, and her death is well documented. According to historical records, Kate grew up in Iowa and married when she was 20. However, the relationship didn’t last, and she eventually left town with another man. On Thanksgiving Day 1892, Kate checked into the prestigious Hotel del Coronado, telling guests and staff a man was coming to join her. Days later, he still hadn’t shown and Kate grew increasingly despondent. On November 29, 1892, an electrician discovered the young woman’s body on a set of stairs outside her room. A gun was nearby, and she’d perished from a single gunshot wound to the head. Officials ruled the death a suicide, and that was the end of the story…until the ghost sightings began.

The Haunting

Legend has it Kate haunts her former room, #3327, as well as the hotel’s hallways and the nearby beach. Strange activity includes flickering lights, chilling breezes, and doors that slam on their own. Disembodied voices and unexplained footsteps are also common.

One guest claimed a ghostly face appeared on the room’s TV screen, even though the television was unplugged. Friends of another guest stopped by the haunted room and heard voices behind the door. No one responded to their knocking, so they wandered down to the bar and found their friend at a table. He insisted he’d been there for hours and had no idea who, or what, was talking in his room.

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Ghost Photo: Spirit at Jerome Grand Hotel

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Ghost Photo: Spirit at Jerome Grand Hotel

Taken at Arizona’s Jerome Grand Hotel, this photo appears to show a misty figure in the hallway. Is it a ghost?

Built in 1926, the Jerome Grand Hotel was formerly a hospital. They say 9,000 people died during the hospital’s 23 years in business. Now, the ghosts of former patients reportedly roam the historic property.

“We were skeptical and didn’t believe it in the beginning,” general manager Chris Altherr told a local news outlet. “We only had six rooms open at first and immediately began receiving reports from guests hearing voices.”

Today, 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 Jerome Grand Hotel and recorded dark masses, slamming doors, and shouts in the dark.

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Reader Submission: The Girl Who Talks to Trees

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Reader Submission: The Girl Who Talks to Trees

“My eight-year-old niece Amelia talks to trees. She spends all her free time outside, whispering to the leaves and listening for replies. I used to think it was a silly game, but then something happened that changed my mind. You see, I’m pretty sure the trees talk back.

Amelia has always loved trees. When she was four, she snuck out of her room one night and feel asleep under an old pine tree in the back yard. Her parents were terrified when they found her missing. When they demanded to know why she’d left her bed, Amelia said the tree was lonely and had called to her for company.

Another time, a large fire broke out a few miles from her home. Amelia didn’t sleep for days and became so exhausted that her mom took her to a pediatrician. When the doctor asked what was wrong, Amelia said she couldn’t sleep because the trees were screaming.

Up until this point, I thought Amelia just had an overactive imagination. I thought the trees were her version of imaginary friends and it was a phase she’d eventually grow out of. Now, I’m not so sure.

Last weekend, several members of our family got together for a camping trip. We reserved a couple of large camp sites to celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday. The sites were near a lake, but Amelia wasn’t interested. While the rest of the kids played games or splashed in the water, Amelia spent the day introducing herself to the trees.

That night, Amelia and I shared a tent. Around midnight, she woke up screaming.

‘He’s going to fall! He’s can’t hold on much longer!’

She began yanking at the tent’s zippers, screaming that we had to get out. I tried to calm her down, but she wouldn’t listen.

‘He’s falling, he’s falling, he’s falling,’ was all she would say.

I was groggy and disorientated, but something in Amelia’s tone chilled me. I followed her out of the tent without bothering to grab my shoes or socks. Not even 30 seconds later, one of the trees crashed down and flattened our tent. If we’d been inside, we would have been killed.

Things were pretty chaotic after that, but once we were settled, Amelia grabbed my hand and said the tree was sorry.

‘He didn’t want to hurt us,’ she said. ‘He just couldn’t stop stay up.”

Can my niece truly talk to trees? I don’t know. But if she has another warning, you can be sure I’ll listen.”

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Ghost Photo: Friends Forever

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Ghost Photo: Friends Forever

The photo above appeared in a 1939 edition of LIFE Magazine. An accompanying caption reads:

The terrier above was the constant playmate of the big dog at right. When the terrier died, the big dog was heartbroken. A few weeks later, an acquaintance, not normally a psychic photographer, snapped the woman and her big dog. Little dog’s spirit appears over big dog’s rump.

What do you think of the ghostly image? Does it show the terrier’s spirit, or is it a hoax?

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True Ghost Story: Locust Ridge Mountain Spirit

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True Ghost Story: Locust Ridge Mountain Spirit

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“My uncle was a doctor one time, and he had to go lots of times late at night to doctor people. Every time he’d start down Locust Ridge Mountain, a woman would run out and throw her hands up. He said he could see the bones in her hand and every bone in her fingers.

He shot at her one night. Said she jumped on the horse and rode down the mountain with him, then jumped off and disappeared, and he didn’t know where she’d went to. Said one time he took him a gun up on the mountain when he went a trip. He said he shot at her, and said he never could hit her. He said he told the people that if they wanted a doctor they’d just have to call him in daytime, or not call him late a night, for he wasn’t going to be on the mountain late at light. Because he was afraid.”

Listen to the original recording here.

Hall, Joseph S, Unidentified Woman, and Unidentified Boy.
Interview with 70+ year old white female and 15 year old boy, Tennessee.
[Unknown] Audio.
Retrieved from the Library of Congress

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7 Haunted Places in North Carolina

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7 Haunted Places in North Carolina

From a banshee-plagued river to a mountain with mysterious lights, North Carolina is full of haunted places. Here are seven of the most frightening.

Grove Park Inn – Asheville

According to local legend, a tragic figure known as the Lady in Pink haunts Asheville’s Grove Park Inn. Like many hotel ghosts, the Lady in Pink reportedly fell to her death from an upper-level room. In this case, room 545. Some versions of the tale claim she jumped after a love affair gone wrong (like the female spirits here and here). Others say the Lady in Pink slipped by mistake. Either way, the playful spirit is said to roam the historic inn dressed in a beautiful pink ballgown. Legend has it she’s fond of whispering to children, tickling guests’ feet as they sleep, and switching off electrical devices, among other things.

Brown Mountain – Morganton

For generations, mysterious balls of light have appeared over Brown Mountain in Burke County, North Carolina. The phenomenon is so common that a local sign reads: “From early times people have observed weird, wavering lights rise above this mountain, then dwindle and fade away.” Are the lights paranormal? It depends on who you ask.

According to one Cherokee legend, the Brown Mountain Lights are the spirits of women searching for fallen warriors. Modern theories attribute the illumination to distant cars or trains. Others say ball lightning, swamp gas, or even UFOs are to blame.

The Devil’s Tramping Ground – Bear Creek

The devil himself reportedly haunts a bare patch of earth in Chatham County. According to local lore, the prince of darkness ascends from hell and walks in circles, plotting death and destruction for mankind. Though the devil doesn’t reveal himself, the spot has been forever cursed by his foul presence. Eerie activity includes objects that disappear, shadows that slink through trees, and soothing voices that lure visitors into the woods.

Latta Plantation – Huntersville

Built in 1800, the Latta Plantation was once home to a prosperous merchant and his family. Today, it is a 52-acre living history museum. Legend has it the historical site is also home to a few ghosts. Some visitors and reenactors have seen shadow people on the property, while others have heard children playing in the upper level. Other activity includes doors that slam shut on their own, a heavy mirror that crashes to the floor without breaking, and disembodied whispers.

Tar River – Tarboro

According to local legend, a banshee haunts Tar River near the small town of Tarboro. During the Revolutionary War, a group of British soldiers allegedly killed a patriot who swore a banshee would haunt them after his death. The soldiers laughed and drowned the man in the river, but sure enough a banshee visited each of the men just days later. Now, the banshee appears to those who wade into the same area of the river at night.

Gimghoul Castle – Chapel Hill

The legend of Gimghoul Castle at the University of North Carolina goes something like this. In the 1800s, two young men were in love with the same woman. They agreed to a duel, and one of the men, Peter Dromgoole, was killed and buried under a rock that now bears his name. The woman at the center of the love triangle soon died of heartbreak, and the two lovebirds now haunt UNC’s campus.

Lovers Leap – Hot Springs

Legend has it a beautiful Cherokee woman hurled herself off a cliff after her husband was murdered. The woman, Mist-on-the-Mountain, and her husband, Magwa, now haunt the ledge known as Lovers Leap. Though contemporary accounts of the haunting are rare, the doomed couple is reportedly most active “when the June moon rises, and the flooded river laps at the base of the rock.” Eerie activity includes disembodied screams, howls, and odd splashes in the river below. Lovers Leap is along the Appalachian Trail, and countless hikers trek past it each year. How many unknowingly encountered the spirits of the doomed lovers?

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