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Michigan’s Haunted Traverse City Hospital

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Michigan’s Haunted Traverse City Hospital

Fewer places seem more ripe for a haunting than former insane asylums. And while Michigan’s Traverse City Hospital certainly has its share of ghosts, its resident spirits aren’t what you might think.

The Traverse City State Hospital, also known as the Northern Michigan Asylum, opened its doors in 1881. At first, it was strictly a facility for the mentally ill, but it eventually expanded to include rehabilitation for drug addiction and wards for diseases like typhoid and tuberculosis.

Life at the State Hospital wasn’t what you might expect, given the usual horror movie treatment of asylums. In fact, many of the stories about the State Hospital ghosts suggest they aren’t tortured souls trapped in a place they hated, but the spirits of people returning to a place they felt valued. See, there were no straitjackets or electroshock sessions at the State Hospital. The doctors believed that beauty and work were therapeutic. The grounds of the hospital included gardens and farmland, and patients were encouraged to care for the plants and animals. In a time when people with mental illnesses weren’t considered fit for regular jobs, the State Hospital took the “radical” step of treating them like people.

But even as progressive as the State Hospital was, it couldn’t keep up with changing times. By the 1950s, asylum-style hospitals were falling out of favor. The farm was closed; buildings were shut down and demolished. The remaining patients were sent to other facilities or released to find their own way, and in 1989, the State Hospital closed for good.

Well, not quite.

The historic buildings sat vacant for decades, gathering graffiti and legends of hauntings, until a development company stepped in, turning the facility into a mixed-use space filled with shops, restaurants, and apartments. And when people started living at the State Hospital, now known as the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, they also started living with the dead.

Legend has it there’s a host of shadowy children at the old hospital. These shadowy beings could be easily mistaken for local kids, except they appear and disappear despite locked doors and barred windows. And they’re not alone. In one of the newly developed shopping areas, workers report seeing a woman in contemporary business attire who steps up to the front register only to disappear when they come around the counter to greet her. This particular apparition is an eerie reminder that the State Hospital’s history isn’t quite as far removed as we might think.

The most famous of the haunted places at the State Hospital is the Hippie Tree. Legend has it that the great tree was struck by lightning and fell, breaking into three pieces. It’s still there today and serves as a canvas for local artists who have covered it with graffiti and artwork. One of the local stories says that two boys were found murdered at the tree, though there’s no record of the crime. Whether or not any deaths have occurred there, the legend holds that walking a certain pattern around the tree will open a gateway to Hell. No one knows what that pattern might be, though, or if they do, they haven’t been able to tell.

You can check out the State Hospital yourself, either by browsing the public spaces or by signing up for a Twilight tour. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even encounter a former resident or two.

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Ghost Photo: Cosmopolitan Spirit

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Ghost Photo: Cosmopolitan Spirit

Photo-bombing child or ghost from beyond the grave? The picture above recently appeared on Reddit’s r/Ghosts. The OP writes:

“My uncle’s sister-in-law went to the Cosmopolitan Hotel, as seen on Ghost Adventures. Zoom in on the bottom left corner. Two pictures were taken at the same time and she only appears in one.”

Legend has it a number of ghosts roam San Diego’s Cosmopolitan Hotel. The most famous is perhaps the proprietor’s daughter who reportedly died onsite. The lonely girl is said to switch lights on and off and rock in a chair. A spirit known as the Lady in Red also haunts the historic hotel.

What do you think of the photo? Real or fake?

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Chicago’s Haunted Water Tower

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Chicago’s Haunted Water Tower

The Chicago Water Tower is one of the oldest buildings in the Windy City. Is it also one of the most haunted?

Located on Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Water Tower was one of the few buildings to survive The Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Though flames destroyed more than four and half miles of the city, the Water Tower remained untouched and soon became a symbol of Chicago’s resilience in the face of adversity.

The Hanging Man

According to local legend, a worker was manning the water pumps when the massive fire swept through the city. As the flames drew closer, the dedicated man refused to leave the building, instead choosing to operate the pumps. Soon, however, the heat and smoke became too much to bear, and the man hanged himself rather than submit to the flames. Though there is no official record of the man, locals say he is behind the tower’s paranormal activity.

Today, both tourists and locals report seeing a man’s shadowy figure hanging near the building’s upper windows. One group of tourists was so concerned they flagged down a police officer for help. Though the officer also saw the hanging figure, he found no one in the building when he went to investigate.

A Mysterious Phone Call

Because the Water Tower is a historic icon, the building is open to the public for tours. While exploring the building, many visitors reportedly feel a sense of dread or uneasiness. Occasionally, orbs will appear in photos. Some people have even been touched by an unseen entity.

The strangest event occurred in the late 1980s when The Water Tower was under renovation. One night, the Chicago Fire Department received numerous calls from the old building. There was just one problem. The phone service had been shut off during the renovation. No one knows how the calls came through, or who or what was doing the calling.

The next time you are in Chicago, be sure to check out some of the city’s haunted places. If you tour the Water Tower, you may even get a visit from a resident of Chicago’s past.

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Ghost Photo: The Grey Man

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Ghost Photo: The Grey Man

In South Carolina, a mysterious figure known as the Grey Man appears on the beach before dangerous storms. The harbinger spirit normally appears in Pawleys Island, but a recent photo has some wondering if he’s come to warn residents of Myrtle Beach.

Dating back to 1822, the legend of the Grey Man goes something like this:

A mysterious man in grey appears on the beach – either walking near beachgoers or waving to boaters – before disappearing without a trace. Soon after his appearance, a major storm strikes the area, leaving many people hurt or homeless. Though the area is devastated, those who saw the Grey Man before the dangerous weather survive the storm unscathed.

The Gray Man in Myrtle Beach? 

Earlier this month, a family vacationing in Myrtle Beach took pictures from their balcony and were surprised to see a gray figure in one of the images. Is it the Grey Man? Myrtle Beach is 25 miles from Pawleys Island, but perhaps the beach-dwelling spirit traveled north to warn residents of an impending hurricane. Check out a report of the sighting below.

WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

What do you make of the photo?

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Ghost Video: Underwater Pursuit

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Ghost Video: Underwater Pursuit

The following video is currently making the rounds online. Does it show a ghost swimming beneath the water’s surface?

According to online reports, a woman recorded her tubing excursion through an irrigation canal in Isabela Puerto, Rico. However, when the woman reviewed her footage, she was horrified to see a ghost pursuing her underwater.

Take a look at the video and see for yourself.

Believers claim the underwater figure is everything from a ghost to a mermaid. Skeptics claim it’s nothing more than a regular swimmer, clever video editing, or a dead body. Speaking of dead bodies…

In July 2013, police pulled a man’s body from the same canal after someone spotted him in the water. Does the footage show the victim’s spirit?

Here’s a translated version of the news report:

Identified man found dead in irrigation canal in Isabela
A call alerted about the situation

Sunday, July 14, 2013 – 5:16 PM

Personnel from the Homicide Division in the Aguadilla area were mobilized this Sunday to an irrigation canal in Isabela, where the body of a 45-year-old man with an open wound on his head was spotted.

Police said the lifeless body of Edgar González Pérez was floating near a pump station of the Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (AAA) located in the Arenales Bajo neighborhood in Isabela.

The police press officer in Aguadilla, Diana Hilerio, said the information about the dead person was offered through a telephone call to the 9-1-1 Emergency System.

Hilerio added that agent Felix Figueroa went to the site to investigate. Shortly after noon, the authorities inquired with relatives of González Pérez, and his father indicated that he saw him alive for the last time yesterday at 5:00 p.m.

According to Antonio González, father of the victim, at that time he took his son to a mechanic’s workshop located in the community of Mantilla, in Isabela.

The Homicide Division continues the investigation of the events, reported midmorning.

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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.

Have you encountered Kate’s ghost at Hotel del Coronado? Share your experience here!

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