Find us on Google+

Reader Submission: The Weeping Woman

by cnkguy
Reader Submission: The Weeping Woman
low angle photo of trees and flying birds

“My Gran was from Ireland, and she often told my cousins and I scary stories about a banshee. She once said that when she was 13 she and her sister Mary were running an errand for their mum. They had to go through a wooded area to get to their destination. There was a small stream in the woods where kids liked to fish and play. As they approached the stream from a distance, Mary said to Gran, ‘What’s that?’

They both stopped and looked. A woman was standing beside the stream with her back to them. She had long, dark hair and wore a light-colored dress. Her feet were bare. The girls were silent so they could hear the woman’s soft, gentle weeping. Without waiting another minute, my Gran and her sister turned and ran the other way as fast as they could.

When they got home, they told their dada about their adventure (their mum weren’t too happy they’d returned without completing the errand). Their dada said it was probably the local banshee. Their mum just rolled her eyes and mumbled something under her breath.

The next day, a passerby discovered the body of a young girl. She was face down in the stream, in the same place the weeping woman had been. Legend has it the banshee appears just before a tragedy or death.”

Have a true ghost story you’d like to share? Click here.

The post Reader Submission: The Weeping Woman first appeared on Ghosts and Ghouls.
Source:

TRUE GHOST STORIES

Ghost and Ghouls


Posted in Ghosts and Ghouls and tagged by with no comments yet.

The Phantom Hiker

by cnkguy
The Phantom Hiker

Located near the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina’s Grandfather Mountain is one of the highest peaks in the Blue Ridge Mountains. More than 12 miles of trails sprawl across Grandfather Mountain State Park, and some say a phantom hiker roams the park’s challenging terrain.

The sightings

Legend has it the phantom hiker appears just before dusk, when most visitors are leaving. He’s an older man with a grizzled beard and a weathered appearance. He wears old-fashioned work clothes and a canvas army backpack. In one hand, he clutches a long, wooden walking stick. The mysterious figure never speaks to other hikers or responds to any greeting. He simply walks quickly past before abruptly vanishing from sight.

Here’s how one witness describes his encounter with the phantom hiker:

“As we headed along the trail in the direction of the upper parking lot, a tall gruff fellow with a craggy face and a beard hiked past us. He was wearing old-fashioned clothing and had a rough sort of pack on his back. He didn’t look at us as he approached, and did not acknowledge our nods of greeting as he passed us. He must be hiking all the way down to the bottom of the mountain. Which was just plain foolish, because there was no way he could reach the trail head before dusk. My friend nudged me as the man passed us and said: ‘He’ll never make it to the bottom before dark. We should offer him a ride to his car.’ I nodded and we both turned to call to the hiker. 

He had vanished. I stared blankly at the wide-open, rocky surface of the mountain. The tree line was at least five hundred feet away on all sides. Where had the hiker gone?”AmericanFolklore.net

Alarmed, the men reported the strange incident to a park ranger, but no one found the man or evidence of a missing hiker.

Who is he?

So who is the phantom hiker? Is it the embodiment of Grandfather Mountain himself? No one knows, but some guess he is the ghost of man who died on the mountain decades ago. Perhaps the man got lost and succumbed to the elements. Perhaps he was injured or fell from a cliff. Perhaps his undiscovered remains lie somewhere off-trail. Or maybe the phantom hiker is a man who loved Grandfather Mountain so much he chose to spend the afterlife there.

Have you had a strange encounter while hiking? Share your story here.

The post The Phantom Hiker first appeared on Ghosts and Ghouls.
Source:

TRUE GHOST STORIES

Ghost and Ghouls


Posted in Ghosts and Ghouls and tagged by with no comments yet.

Reader Submission: Stay or Go?

by cnkguy
Reader Submission: Stay or Go?

“I went with my aunt, uncle, and cousin to Yosemite National Park when I was 16. We camped, we hiked, we swam in Lake Tenaya. In between all that, one day I was out near the trees not far from where we were camped, when I sensed, and sort of saw, these Native American men ghosts smiling at me and making motions for me to go with them somewhere. I don’t know where. I had a choice before me: go with them, or stay in this world. Even though the ghosts never mentioned it, I had a very clear understanding that if I went, I would never come back. Knowing this, I chose to stay.

As we were leaving the park on our way back to the city, I looked out the window of the car and knew just by looking at the outside scenery that Yosemite National Park was haunted by a ton of spirits that came out after dark when all the people who visited in the summer went home for the cooler months. I could almost see them flying around in the night. Especially on a hill or mountain I saw in the distance. I wish I could say what kinds of ghosts they were, but it wasn’t clear.”

Have a true ghost story you’d like to share? Click here.

The post Reader Submission: Stay or Go? first appeared on Ghosts and Ghouls.
Source:

TRUE GHOST STORIES

Ghost and Ghouls


Posted in Ghosts and Ghouls and tagged by with no comments yet.

Ghost Photo: The Menger Mystery

by cnkguy
Ghost Photo: The Menger Mystery

San Antonio’s Menger Hotel opened in 1859 and has hosted such notables as Babe Ruth, Mae West, and four U.S. Presidents. The Menger still welcomes guests today, and like many historic hotels, is reportedly home to several spirits. Is this photo proof?

The story goes that a guest taking photos around the hotel noticed the dark shadow pictured above. The figure in red is a child, and she was the only person moving around the hall at the time of this photo. So who, or what, is the thing in black? One guess is Sallie White, a former chamber maid murdered by her husband in 1876. Or perhaps it’s one of the hotel’s many ghost children seeking a new playmate. What do you believe?

See more ghost photos here.

The post Ghost Photo: The Menger Mystery first appeared on Ghosts and Ghouls.
Source:

TRUE GHOST STORIES

Ghost and Ghouls


Posted in Ghosts and Ghouls and tagged by with no comments yet.

The Haunted Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas (Video)

by cnkguy
The Haunted Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas (Video)

The Place: The Hotel Adolphus in Dallas, TX

The History: Named after Adolphus Busch, founder of the Anheuser-Busch company, the Adolphus Hotel opened its doors in 1912. This Baroque-style luxury hotel has hosted more than a few notable guests, including Warren G. Harding, George H. W. Bush, Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip. However, it seems not all of the hotel’s guests have checked out.

The Haunting: The most famous spirit at the Hotel Adolphus is the lady in white, a ghost thought to belong to a young woman left at the altar during the Depression era. Legend has it the jilted bride was so upset by her fiancé’s change of heart that she hanged herself in the hotel’s grand ballroom on the 19th floor. Now, the bride-that-never-was roams the halls of the Adolphus, sobbing piteously and trailing after guests. In another creepy tale, a rich man’s mistress reportedly fell to her death in a secret passageway and now haunts the historic hotel.

However, the bereaved women aren’t the only ghosts roaming the 109-year-old hotel. Guests regularly phone the front desk to report heavy footsteps in the hall or muffled conversations in empty rooms. However, no one is ever around when security arrives to investigate. Big band music also blares on the 19th floor, though the hotel has long since sealed off its grand ballroom.

Adolphus employees have also reported strange activity within the hotel. Maids, for instance, feel a tap on the shoulder when no one’s around. Bartenders complain of glasses that move in the middle of the night. One one occasion, a window burst open without warning, enveloping workers in an icy chill. Many staff members, particularly those on the graveyard shift, feel as if an unseen entity watches their every move. According to local records, at least 13 people have perished at the hotel, dying of everything from accidental falls to gruesome elevator accidents.

Evidence?: Several videos on YouTube show elevator doors on the 19th floor opening and closing for no apparent reason. The courtesy phone in the hall also rings, though no one is ever on the line when a bewildered guest picks up. Is it the lady in white, another spirit at the Adolphus Hotel, or something more down to earth? Take a look and decide for yourself.

The post The Haunted Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, Texas (Video) first appeared on Ghosts and Ghouls.
Source:

TRUE GHOST STORIES

Ghost and Ghouls


Posted in Ghosts and Ghouls and tagged by with no comments yet.

Drowning Victims Haunt Infamous Lake

by cnkguy
Drowning Victims Haunt Infamous Lake

In 1994, South Carolina’s John D. Lake became the site of an infamous murder. Just two years later, a horrific accident claimed seven more lives. Now, some locals say ghosts lurk near the water.

The Susan Smith Murders 

On October 25, 1994, Susan Smith strapped her two young sons into their car seats, drove to John D. Long Lake, and purposely rolled her car down a steep boat ramp. The boys, ages three and 13 months, drowned in the murky water. There they remained  until divers discovered their bodies nine days later. The case gained international notoriety, both because of Susan’s heinous act and because she originally claimed a black man kidnapped her children. Sadly, there were more deaths to come.

Subsequent Drownings 

Soon after Susan’s arrest, the murder site became a major tourist attraction, attracting dozens of people a day. On the night of August 31, 1996, an SUV full of 10 people parked near the boat ramp and adjacent memorials. As five people got out of the vehicle, the SUV rolled down a steep embankment and into the water, just as Susan’s car had two years earlier. Four children and one adult drowned inside the vehicle, while two others died trying to save them. The victims included an entire family, and the drownings led the state to close the infamous boat ramp and grass it over.

The Ghosts of John D. Long Lake 

It wasn’t long before talk of ghosts began.

“It’s like the lake is haunted or something,” a local man told The Associated Press. “It keeps taking lives.”

Soon after the accidental drownings, the Weekly World News published an article claiming an ancient Indian curse was responsible for the deaths at John D. Long Lake.

“According to the centuries-old oral tradition of the local Yamasee Indians, the ‘jinxed’ lake is inhabited by an evil spirit with the power to draw humans to their deaths,” the tabloid reported.

Today, visitors hear disembodied laughter or the faint sound of a baby crying. Sightings of strange mists, orbs, and shadowy figures are also common according to reports on paranormal-themed sites like GhostVillage.com and HauntedPlaces.org. A stranded fisherman also reported seeing a strange light in the sky.

What do you think? Is John D. Long Lake truly haunted, or has its tragic history caused imaginations to run wild?

Have you seen a ghost? Share your story here! 

The post Drowning Victims Haunt Infamous Lake first appeared on Ghosts and Ghouls.
Source:

TRUE GHOST STORIES

Ghost and Ghouls


Posted in Ghosts and Ghouls and tagged by with no comments yet.