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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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Reader Submission: The Little Old Lady

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Reader Submission: The Little Old Lady

“When I was five or six, my mama and I lived in my gran’s council house with extended family. Decades before I was born, my gran and granddad lived there for years with nine children, and at times, a few grandchildren and my great-grandmother.

My great-grandmother had passed more than 10 years before I was born, when my mama was quite young. My mama and I shared a large back room which doubled up as a sitting room/playroom. One night, I was sleeping in my bed facing my toy cupboard which had no door but a really pretty sheet which mama had painted and nailed onto the frame of the cupboard.

I remember suddenly opening my eyes to see a little old lady in the doorway of my toy cupboard. I wasn’t scared (which in itself was slightly strange,) as i felt the old lady was familiar and safe. She just appeared to be a regular little old lady with slightly strange looking clothes. Without moving her mouth she said ‘It’s OK Pet, I’ve just come to see how you are. Go back to sleep.’ The words sounded clear in my head, and being five or six, I said OK and went back to sleep.

The next day, I was playing in the garden with mama and I told her about what I said was a dream. Mama, who was very close to her grandmother, asked me to describe the little old lady, so I did. Mama looked a little strange and then changed the subject

Years later, we were talking about family with my older cousin Jimmy who was living with mama and I at the time. Mama then told me that when I described that little old lady I had actually described my great-grandmother. Jimmy laughed and said when he stayed in the same bedroom, he’d seen our great-grandmother in the same place I’d seen her. There were only three differences: Jimmy knew our great grandmother before she passed (albeit, he was very young, but he remembered her well), it was in the middle of the day, and she just smiled at him without speaking.

I still wasn’t sure, so my mama got out a really old-looking family photo. Sure enough, in the middle of family members I knew, was the very same kindly looking little old lady.”

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Spirit of South Carolina

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Spirit of South Carolina

The following article appeared in South Carolina’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal on July 16, 1988 (edited for clarity). Is it evidence of a rare haunting or an elaborate hoax?

“VALLEY FALLS – A 30 year-old woman who believes she has seen ghosts in her rented house suffered two seizures early yesterday morning. The seizures came after a crowd of friends, relatives, and neighbors gathered to investigate mysterious shadows and lights. Several of the woman’s relatives also believe they’ve seen ghosts in the home.

Yesterday, several family members who have lived at 167 Third Street in Valley Falls for five weeks, said they plan to move their belongings from the small, blue house and will not sleep there again.

Debbie Williams, a forklift driver for a Spartanburg cloth company, said a woman claiming to be a psychic told her she collapsed because an alleged boy ghost may have encountered her body.

The family, however, believes the seizure was caused by fatigue since no one has slept much during the past week.

Mrs. Williams, her 27-year-old sister Michelle Conley; her 50-year-old mother, Hazel Conley; and her 13-year-old niece, Susan Ford, described the boy ghost as a vague, white outline of a child approximately four years of age.

At about 1 AM yesterday, the ghost was tugging at Michelle Conley’s pants legs, Mrs. Williams said.

“Then all of a sudden, he disappeared right quick,” Mrs. Williams said from her room at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Seated in a chair near her sister at home yesterday morning, Mrs. Williams collapsed on the floor for about three minutes while people in the room screamed and cried.

“She threw her arms into the air and started shaking like a devil,” said Cecil Sanders, Mrs. William’s uncle. “She said something touched her. She was laying there jerking and kicking, and her body was cold when you touched it. It’s mysterious to me, but I think she was scared into it.”

The family took her to Spartanburg Regional at about 3:30 AM where she was treated and released, Mrs. Williams said. On the way back to her car, she collapsed and was admitted to the hospital.

She remained hospitalized in stable condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Mrs. Williams said she has undergone various tests to discover the cause of the seizures.

Fifteen to 20 people, including friends, relatives, and coworkers, were in the darkened home about 1 AM Friday, while a half dozen more stood in the yard, the family said.

“(Those inside) all said they saw something,” Sanders said. “But all I saw was a little circle of colored lights in the bedroom and that could have been something I imagined from the dark.”

A reporter and photographer at the scene said they saw no mysterious lights or ghostly apparitions in the house, even when family members attempted to point the specter out to them.”

Mrs. Williams, Hazel Conely, Michelle Conley, and Miss Ford believe they have seen four different ghosts in the past three weeks. The family has lived in the house since recently moving to Spartanburg County from Jacksonville, FL, so Hazel Conley could rest with relatives before undergoing an operation.

Last Sunday night, the four women said the ghost boy crawled across their legs and sat down in the bed among them. Tuesday night, a tall male ghost allegedly picked up Mrs. Williams’ seven-year-old daughter, dropping her in a bottom bunk bed when the women screamed.

Parapsychology professors said a multiple sighting – where several people see the same phenomenon – are rare. Experts said investigations usually reveal that most ghostly manifestations are caused by small animals or natural lights that are misinterpreted by the human mind.

People who believe they have witnessed a supernatural phenomenon often attribute naturally occurring events to that phenomenon, said Donna McCormick, a researcher for 13 years at the American Society of Psychical Research in New York.

“It’s largely a matter of the individual’s interpretation of what’s happening,” Ms. McCormick said.

She also said she has never encountered a case where apparitions picked up people after “taking possession” of a person’s body.

“I’d take a good hard look at it,” she said.

Neighbors and owners of houses on the street said they have never heard similar tales and do not believe any of the ghost stories.

Although he remains skeptical about the existence of any wayward spirit, Sanders said he will not return to the house.

“I’m staying out of there,” he said. “I saw enough last night.”

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The Philadelphia Phantom

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The Philadelphia Phantom

On June 27, 1877, Philadelphia’s Public Ledger published the following story about a famous haunting in the city. Here’s my edited version of the tale.

Fanciful stories of haunted homes are so common that many people no longer believe in ghosts. But recently, hundreds of people in the city have recently become fully convinced, not just of the possibility of ghosts, but of the actual manifestation of one. Why? Because they’ve seen the real thing.

Hundreds of people swear they have seen a spirit at 223 Monroe Street. Residents in the area noticed strange phenomenon about a week ago, and the southern section of the city is now in a feverish state of excitement.

They say the ghost, a white figure bearing light, appears at the same second-floor window every night between 9:00 and 10:00 PM. Now, hundreds of people begin assembling before dusk each evening, jockeying for the best spots, and waiting in heightened anticipation until the ghost appears. When it does, all noise in the crowd instantly stops and faces turn up to the window in wonder.

After the ghost slowly fades from view, the awe-stricken crowd gradually disperses in small groups, eagerly discussing the strange appearance in tones little above a whisper. One skeptical young woman in the neighborhood was so distressed to see the ghost, she fainted and awoke a firm believer.

The haunted home is an old-fashioned brick dwelling more than half a century old. The striking residence is currently uninhabited, but many refined and worthy people have called it home. The former headquarters of Mosher and Douglas, the abductors of Charley Ross, is in the immediate neighborhood. Could the haunting somehow be related?

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Ghost Photo: Face in the Forest

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Ghost Photo: Face in the Forest

This group in Wernigerode, Germany set out for a work day in the woods and returned with this strange photo. Is the face an optical illusion or evidence of a paranormal entity?

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The Haunted Apple Tree

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The Haunted Apple Tree

On August 12, 1900, The New York Times published a story about a haunted apple tree. Here’s my edited version of the creepy tale.

Douglass, MA is perhaps the only town in America said to be home to a haunted apple tree. According to local legend, an unknown assailant murdered a man in an orchard there several years ago. Now, they say, the victim haunts the site of his murder.

The story goes like this: one afternoon, a peddler lay down to rest beneath an apple tree in the orchard. Later that day, someone discovered the peddler’s lifeless corpse. His throat had been slashed and he’d bled to death in the afternoon sun.

Locals suspected the orchard’s owner, but the man was never charged, and he eventually moved away. Some say it was to escape justice, others say it was to flee the peddler’s angry spirit.

After the owner’s departure, the peddler haunted the orchard at night, terrorizing anyone who walked on the road nearby. According to witnesses, the terrifying spirit clutched his bloody neck and screamed so loudly people could hear the anguished wails from a mile away. The spirit was so horrifying that officials eventually routed the road far from the orchard.

Though the old trees in the orchard still bear fruit, there’s something strange about the tree the peddler died under. Its apples are streaked a bloody red, and the marks extend from skin to score. Many say it’s the blood of the murdered peddler who refuses to be forgotten.

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