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Drowning Victims Haunt Infamous Lake

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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?

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A Hanged Man and Nameless Spirits Haunt Tampa’s Oaklawn Cemetery

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A Hanged Man and Nameless Spirits Haunt Tampa’s Oaklawn Cemetery
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Described as the final resting place for “white and slave, rich and poor,” Oaklawn is Tampa’s oldest cemetery at just over 160 years old. Several prominent Tampa families have graves in the historic cemetery, as do pirates, slaves, soldiers, and victims of yellow fever. However, according to local legend, not all of the interred rest in peace. 

Oaklawn Cemetery Ghosts

According to Deborah Frethem, author of Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay, spooky legends surround several of Oaklawn’s dead. In 1882, an angry mob hanged a man named Charles Owen after he allegedly broke into a wealthy family’s home and attempted to rape a young woman. Now, Frethem says, the shadow of a man hanging from a noose occasionally appears near Owen’s grave at sunset. At least one Oaklawn visitor has seen Owen himself

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Cigar magnate Vincent Martinez de Ybor is also buried in Oaklawn, though he hoped Cuba would be his final resting place. Legend has it a confused Vincent wanders through the cemetery at night, perhaps searching for signs he is home.

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Stories Oaklawn visitors have posted online contain the usual haunted rhetoric: ominous feelings, the sense of being watched, darting shadows, etc. Some people claim they’ve photographed full-bodied apparitions.

William and Nancy Ashley

Though there isn’t a ghost tale about William and Nancy Ashley (that I’ve heard), their story is interesting nonetheless. In 1837, William, a white man from Virginia, arrived in Tampa with Nancy, a black woman he technically owned but considered his wife. Though they could never legally wed, William and Nancy lived together in Tampa for over 30 years. William died in 1871 and was buried in an all-white section of Oaklawn. When Nancy died a year later, the executor of William’s estate was unable to buy her a plot next to William due to the cemetery’s racial segregation. So, the executor instead opened William’s grave and put Nancy inside. The epitaph on the Ashley’s joint headstone reads:

Here lies
Wm. and Nancy Ashley
Master and Servant
Faithful to each other in that relation
In life in death they are not separated
Stranger consider and be wiser
In the grave all human distinction
of race or cast mingle together 
in one common dust.”

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Are the stories about Oaklawn Cemetery true or nothing more than fanciful tales? If you’re ever in Tampa, stop by and see for yourself.

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The Headless Dog

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The Headless Dog
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On September 16, 1921, the Yorkville Enquirer published an article about true ghost stories in the antebellum South. The following tale was among them. What do you find more frightening, the headless dog or the girl’s reaction?

Near Lowndesville, in Abbeville County, South Carolina, was a spot in the road where a traveler was allegedly murdered and a large, black dog with him also killed. This spot was said to be haunted, and between sundown and dark, a large black dog with no head would run across the road.

A family lived nearby, among them a beautiful young girl that was just budding into womanhood. One day, the girl went to visit a neighbor, and her walk carried her by the haunted spot. Just before sundown, the young woman’s brother remarked that she had not returned and that she would have to pass the haunted spot in the road. He volunteered to go and meet her so she wouldn’t be afraid.

So off he went, but he didn’t notice that his large Newfoundland dog had trotted on ahead. Just before reaching the haunted spot, the woman’s brother heard a heart-rending shriek. Upon rushing to her aide, the man found his sister lying in the road in convulsions. It seems that his dog had startled the girl just as she had reached the haunted the spot. Her mind undoubtedly on the story of the headless dog, the unfortunate girl mistook her brother’s dog for the ghost dog and dropped in the road with a shriek.

The girl’s brother tenderly carried her home, and her family made every effort to restore her sanity, but to no avail. An eminent physician of Lowndesville, Dr. Alexander Arnold, was sent for. Despite his every effort, the girl continued convulsing. Her family eventually sent her to any asylum where she died any years later, never regaining her mental faculties.”

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Reader Submission: The Holy Spirit

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Reader Submission: The Holy Spirit

“About five years ago, I got down on my knees and asked God to show me he’s real. Really strange things began to happen around my home shortly thereafter.

My mom said that her ring would randomly fall off in the middle of the night, and every morning we would find it underneath the bed, right in the middle. It always ended up in the same place. There’s no way it could roll under there and stop in the same exact spot every night.

I also began to feel like someone was watching me. I started having paralytic dreams, dreams about murder every night, same theme but different scenario. I was even having dreams about the apocalypse. One night, I had a dream that something took over my body and I couldn’t move. Whatever had ahold of me took me over to my mom’s full-length mirror in her bedroom and smashed my forehead against it. In my dream, I kept asking it “what do you want?” It responded by forcing me to look in the mirror, and it kept saying “I want to kill” you over and over again.

The boy with blue eyes

I was also having dreams that seemed very real. I dreamed about a boy who looked like he was in his early twenties. In the first dream, he was in a cave-like setting. He was wearing a blue plaid shirt and his eyes were so brightly blue that when he turned his head to the side, it looked the same way a flashlight would if you turned it to the side. The light in his eyes were like a beam of light. In that dream, I was very attracted to him. I kept trying to grab onto him and hug him, but he kept grabbing my arms gently like he was trying to tell me something. It was if he was trying to hold me still, look at me in the face, and talk to me. I then woke up.

I had another dream. I think it was about the same boy. I dreamed that he walked me through a town, and in this town, there was a road where a bunch of souls were walking. I could see my grandma’s face among the souls. I remember running up to her and trying to get her attention, but he ran after me, grabbed my hand, and said “she can’t hear you.”

Communicating with spirts

I began researching means of spirit communication to find out what was going on. I learned about EVPs, or electronic voice phenomenon. They say you can hear spirits on audio recordings that you can’t hear with natural hearing. So I thought I’d give it a try. I shut off all the TVs, all the radios, and anything else in my house that made noise. I hit record, I spoke into the recorder, and when I played it back, I clearly heard a male voice. It was as if he put his mouth right up to the microphone and said “I’m sorry Amber.”

This really piqued my interest. I continued doing EVPs for several months and from what I understood, I was communicating with spirits. I actually got really good at it. One day I was in my kitchen doing EVPs when I heard something banding on my window. When I looked up, I saw something big and black outside. It appeared to have a cape and long black fingernails, like an animal. It was there for about five seconds and then it disappeared.

The green-armed goblin

One night I was laying in my parents’ room watching TV. All of the sudden I could not move and could not speak. I could feel my body becoming lighter as I stared at the TV. I had trouble keeping my eyes open. I could feel my head sinking back and my body becoming lighter. I honestly believe that I was being levitated. I remember worrying I would land on my dog if I fell. I was trying to talk in my head but I could barely think. I finally mustered enough strength and felt my body slowly sinking back into bed. As I sank, I saw two green arms come out from beside my body. I could tell they weren’t human because they had a green tint and they were a bit more muscular than a human’s. The forearms were longer and they had long, black fingernails. They waved around in front of my face as if they were saying “look I’m here!” Then one of the hands reached down and tapped me on the forehead and that’s when I could move again. I know this sounds strange, but I wasn’t afraid. I just continued watching TV as if nothing happened.

All kinds of other strange things happened. Pictures fell off the walls. I would sometimes smell sulfur or the stench of something rotting. It was a very strong smell. My parents also witnessed some of these experiences. When I tell my story, people ask if I was on drugs or if I’m schizophrenic. When these things were happening, I went to two different psychologists who both deemed me not only mentally fit, but very self-aware as well. After seeing all these things, I came to the realization that God is real and that there is something bigger out there.

Spiritual transformation

So I began focusing all my attention on God, and I now talk to him no matter what I’m doing or where I’m at. I can be in the kitchen cooking, and I’ll talk to him. I can be in the shower, and I’ll talk to him. Everything I do in my waking life, I include God in it. Ever since I stopped doing spirit communication and began a relationship with him, not only did all the paranormal stop, but my life has gotten 100% better compared to what it was before. I developed such a strong love for him that I try to do everything in my power to not do anything to upset him. I don’t drink, or do drugs, and I haven’t been in any kind of relationship since. Before it always seemed like the devil was attacking me. It was always one bad thing after another. I haven’t had one single bad thing happened to me since. As a matter of fact, my mom had a stroke last year. Instead of panicking I went directly to God and asked him to help her. She is now walking and talking again as if nothing ever happened. Whenever I am in pain or suffering, all I have to do is ask God to make the pain stop and it stops immediately.

I now have a relationship with the spirit world that I never dreamed I could ever have. I now make it in my mission to reveal to as many people as I can that there is something bigger out there. I am so lucky and blessed to have the experiences that I did. I want to teach others how to build a relationship with God. That is my dream and I hope that one day it can come true.”

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Ghost Photo: Window Pain

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Ghost Photo: Window Pain
Angry spirit looking out a window from within a building

Does this photo show an angry spirit glaring out the window?

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The Water Babies of Pyramid Lake

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The Water Babies of Pyramid Lake

Nevada’s picturesque Pyramid Lake attracts anglers and photographers from around the world, but the lake also has a dark side. Legend has it malevolent “water babies” lurk in the depths, eager to drag visitors to a watery grave.

Stretching over 125,000 acres, Pyramid Lake is so scenic, Apple featured it on the home screen of the original iPad. Fisherman come for the rare cui-ui and Lahontan cutthroat trout, while other recreationists enjoy swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding. Sadly, many of these visitors disappear without a trace.

“There is something bad about that lake,” one local said in a story about Pyramid Lake. “People die out there every year, and they never find the bodies.”

Some locals believe water babies are to blame. According to local legend, the Paiute Indians once drowned their critically ill or deformed infants in Pyramid Lake to conserve resources and purify the tribe’s bloodline. Now, these drowned infants terrify guests with their ghostly wails. Known as water babies, the young spirits are most active around sunrise or sunset and are fond of drowning swimmers, capsizing boats, and dragging fisherman deep into the lake.

“I’ve never seen an actual water baby,” a local guide told a writer from the Grandy Drummer. “But, I have seen a number of inexplicable things on the sonar. Images appear out of nowhere on the screen, then suddenly disappear.”

The water baby legend isn’t unique to Pyramid Lake. Similar tales appear in Idaho, California, and other parts of Nevada. The similar crybaby bridge legends are even more common.

Do the spirits of drowned infants really haunt Pyramid Lake? Or is the story nothing more than a troubling myth? If you’re ever in the area, why not pay a visit and discover the truth for yourself?

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