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Are Shadow People Real?

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Are Shadow People Real?

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Thousands of people around the world have reported seeing dark figures known as shadow people. But are these beings real, or are they nothing more than frightening hallucinations?

Shadow People Sightings

Simply put, shadow people are dark humanoid figures thought to be ghosts, demons, or inter-dimensional travelers. Though cases vary, shadow people sightings typically follow a pattern. At first, witnesses spot dark figures moving in their peripheral vision. When they turn to look, however, nothing’s there. Sometimes that’s all that happens (as in my case), but the figures often become more pronounced.

Shadowpeople.org describes the frightening progression:

“For weeks, months, or years, the fast dark movements in your peripheral vision are dismissed until it finally happens without warning. You see the shadow directly in front of you: face to face, blacker than black, darker than dark, like a void that has punched a hole into the inky fabric of night itself.”

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Shadow man in kitchen

Though shadow people nearly always appear abysmally dark, that’s where the similarities end. Descriptions vary from a dark being with glowing red eyes to a black mass with no discernible features. In some reports, shadow people seem to float, glide, or hover. In others, the black figures dart about like cats or birds.

Reactions to shadow people also vary. Many witnesses feel hatred and anger radiating from the dark beings and are terrified of what they might do. Others believe shadow people are there to protect them and have no fear in their presence.

Shadow People Explanations

Though many paranormal enthusiasts believe shadow people are spirits, demons, or inter-dimensional beings, skeptics aren’t so sure. According to several sources on Wikipedia, explanations may include:

  • Sleep deprivation – Going without sleep for long periods of time can trigger hallucinations.
  • Stimulant psychosis – Certain medications can cause people to see things that aren’t there.
  • Sleep paralysis – People suffering from sleep paralysis may hallucinate.
  • Mental disturbances – Schizophrenia, delirium, psychosis, dementia, and other mental conditions can all cause visual hallucinations.
  • Heightened fear or anxiety – Heightened emotions may cause people to jump to conclusions. For example, a scared person walking alone at night might mistake a ill-light tree for a shadow person.
  • Imagination or misinterpretation – Sometimes people just misinterpret what they see or imagine things that aren’t there.

Shadow People Stories

shadow man in house

Shadow person in home

Over the years, many people have sent me stories about dark figures and shadows that behave oddly. Here are a few excerpts.

“One night, I opened the door to check on my son, when I saw a weird shadow sliding across the wall. I’ve never seen a shadow move the way the one this one did. It seemed to be consciously moving away from the light.” – Darth Vader

“I once saw a man in a long coat and tall hat walking back and forth down the hall. It wasn’t until much later that I heard about ‘shadow people’ and realized they matched nearly the exact description of the entity I saw so many years ago.”The Trench Coat Man

“Though the hospital is long gone, legend has it that deceased patients now haunt Herdklotz Park which stands in its place. At night, people spot shadows flitting in the darkness. In fact, some people living near the park claim these shadowy beings enter their homes after dark.”Greenville’s Haunted Herdklotz Park

“I was three years old when I first saw the apparition. It was a black figure that always stood in the hallway, right in front of my parents’ bedroom, and I would only see it out of my peripheral vision. Whenever I thought I was being watched, I turned directly to face it, and it would become this massive black ball, fly around the living room and disappear.”The Man in Black

Do you think shadow people are real? Have you seen a shadow being yourself? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or submit your shadow person story here!

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Ghost Photo: Spirit Animals

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Ghost Photo: Spirit Animals

Does this photo show ghostly horses at England’s Berry Pomeroy Castle?

Built in the late 15th century, the Tudor-era castle is now a tourist attraction. And like many castles, Berry Pomeroy has a reputation for being haunted. Legend has it two brothers took their lives by riding their horses off the castle rampart rather than surrender to enemy invaders. Today, many visitors claim to hear moans and screams in the area of the castle known as Pomeroy’s Leap. Recently, a group of teens exploring the grounds late at night claim to have captured photographic proof of castle spirits.

“We went in the early hours of this morning and the image was taken just before 1 a.m.,” said one of the trespassing teens. “Lots of people think it’s horses chasing someone, which I 100% believe. I have always been skeptical about ghosts, but this photo is enough to make me believe.”

What do you think of the image? Is it ghosts or something more easily explained?

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True Ghost Story: Mother’s Helper

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True Ghost Story: Mother’s Helper

Soon after moving to a new apartment, a woman placed her baby’s playpen in a certain corner of her living room. Not long after settling into her new home, the woman noticed that the baby had begun to cry a lot, unnaturally, as if in terror. She would go to the playpen, and none of the physical things which irritate a bay would be apparent. The baby was in good health and there was nothing to cause a the constant, terrified screaming.

One day, the woman mentioned her baby’s behavior to the next-door neighbor. The friend listened, and then with some reluctance, asked where the baby’s playpen was. The woman told her. The neighbor then explained that the baby’s playpen stood in the same spot as another child’s. The mother of this child had died, and the family immediately moved away. They’d lived in the same apartment as the woman and her baby.

The neighbor’s explanation was that the dead woman, the baby’s mother, was coming back to see her child, not knowing that it had been taken away. It was this strange spirit form that was frightening the living woman’s child. The neighbor advised the woman to move the baby’s playpen to another corner of the room. She did, and the baby did not cry anymore.

West, Dorothy, and Mrs. Laura M. 
Ghost Story.
New York City, New York, 1938.
Manuscript/Mixed Material.
Retrieved from the Library of Congress

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Ghost Photo: Man in the Mirror

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Ghost Photo: Man in the Mirror

A couple staying at the infamously haunted Stanley Hotel was shocked to see a black figure reflected in a hallway mirror. Could it be a ghost?

“My wife and I were the only people on this floor, but the mirror shows we may have had company,” said the man who took the photo. “We couldn’t see the figure with the naked eye, nor did we notice it when the picture was taken. We didn’t see it at all until reviewing the pictures later that night.”

Colorado’s Stanley Hotel is reportedly home to several spirits and was the inspiration behind Steven King’s The Shining. Check out more Stanley ghost photos here.

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Haunted Headlines: March 2018

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Haunted Headlines: March 2018

From a haunted wheelchair to ghostly voices created by the US military, here are the paranormal stories that made headlines in March.

Princess Diana ‘Will be There at Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding,’ Say Psychics
Mirror
March 28, 2018

“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can expect a visit from the late Princess Diana when they marry on May 19. The mother of the groom wouldn’t miss the royal wedding ‘for the world,’ psychic twins Terry and Linda Jamison have announced.”

Once a Jewel of its Time, Eastern State Penitentiary Now a haunted, and Crumbling, Landmark
Fox News
March 26, 2018

“The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, which opened its doors in 1829, emphasized reform rather than punishment and would serve as a model for penitentiaries worldwide. With generation after generation passing through, and over 1,000 people dying inside the prison walls, some violently, many believe it’s haunted.”

Eerie Footage Captures Paranormal Activity Inside WWII Plane ‘Haunted by Ghost of Female Co-Pilot’
Mirror
March 22, 2018

“Tony Ferguson, 33, claims a poltergeist threw his camera across the cabin of the plane before the spirit appeared as a white ‘angel’s feather.’”

Oregon Ghost Conference Makes the Paranormal Normal for Kids
Coast Weekend
March 22, 2018

“A ventriloquist doll whose eyes shift on their own a little more than they should. An antique baby doll that looks like she’s seen too much. Delving into the phenomenon of haunted toys is one way the seventh annual Oregon Ghost Conference is encouraging more kids to participate in the paranormal.”

Paranormal Guest’s Leg Appears to Have Been Amputated After Sitting in ‘Haunted Wheelchair’
The Irish Sun
March 21, 2018

“The investigator claimed the wheelchair was haunted by hundreds of wounded soldiers and added: ‘I sat in it and it felt like my left leg had been amputated.’”

Haunted and in High Demand
Arizona Sonora News
March 21, 2018

“There is nothing better than relaxing in your hotel after coming back from a long day of sightseeing and shopping. That is unless your hotel happens to be home to mischievous ghosts who play tricks.”

Tanzania: Clerics Exorcise Haunted School
All Africa
March 21, 2018

“Efatha Church Ministry clerics and several members have spent the entire night exorcising a legion of evil ‘spirits’ allegedly afflicting Kabwe Primary School located along the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Nkasi District, Rukwa Region.”

The US Military is Making Lasers That Create Voices Out of Thin Air
Defense One
March 20, 2018

“Within three years, the Pentagon’s non-lethal weapons lab hopes to have a direct energy weapon that can produce an effect like a haunted walkie-talkie or the biblical burning bush.”

Lower Downtown Haunt Sells to Investor for $2.4 Million
Colorado Real Estate Journal
March 16, 2018

“Dating to 1863, the Blake Street Vault building at 1526 Blake St. is one of the oldest buildings on Blake Street. Completed as a saloon and boarding house in 1863, it is said to be haunted by an old-time saloon girl.”

Motion Camera Films ‘Spirit’ Outside Family Home ‘Proving Afterlife’
Express
March 13, 2018

“The Internet went into a frenzy of afterlife speculation after bizarre motion camera footage appeared to show a ghost on the porch of a family home.”

Is This the Moment an Angry Ghost Hurls a Glass at Woman Inside Haunted Sheffield Pub?
The Star
March 13, 2018

“An ‘angry ghost’ was captured on camera apparently hurling a glass of red wine at a woman across a haunted Sheffield pub.”

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7 of Indiana’s Most Haunted Places

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7 of Indiana’s Most Haunted Places

A eerie library, a fortune-telling cemetery, a mansion with whispering walls. The Hoosier State is home to several haunted locations. Here are seven of the most terrifying.

Edna Collings Bridge – Putnam County

Built in 1922, the historic Edna Collings Bridge (sometimes called Edna Collins) is one of Indiana’s most haunted places. Legend has it the bridge’s namesake, Edna Collings, drowned in the creek below when she was just a child. Edna now reportedly leaves hand prints on vehicles that stop on the bridge and honk three times. Some say she will even try to climb inside. Other travelers claim to have seen the ghostly child with her beloved dog.

Whispers Estate – Mitchell

With the tagline “where the walls really do talk,” the historic Whispers Estate is famous its paranormal activity. Built in 1894, the mansion was once home to a couple who adopted orphans and abandoned children. One child, Rachael, died after setting fire to the front parlor. A 10-month-old baby and the lady of the house also died in the home, and their ghosts spook the living today. Visitors report smelling baby powder, seeing a young girl running up and down the stairs, and hearing a woman’s labored breathing. Legend has it the walls also “whisper” and door knobs rattle by themselves.

The Willard Library – Evansville

A number of spirits reportedly haunt Evansville’s Willard Library which is more than 110 years old. The library even streams live video, and a number of odd figures have appeared on camera, including a chilling black creature in the children’s room. The most famous spirit, however, is The Grey Lady who was captured floating between shelves. Though no one’s sure who she is, patrons and staff have seen the Grey Lady since the 1930s.

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant – Mishawaka

The Hacienda Restaurant was once a private mansion, and legend has it the former owner had an affair with a maid. When the woman became pregnant, the owner threw her out and then hanged himself in the attic. Now, restaurant staff and guests hear strange noises, and water facets turn on and off by themselves. They say the heartbroken maid also appears in the bathroom mirror like a scorned Bloody Mary.

Slippery Noodle Inn – Indianapolis

The Slippery Noodle Inn is the oldest bar in Indiana and once served as a bordello. During the Civil War, the inn was also a stop on the Underground Railroad. Is it any wonder that ghosts reportedly haunt the historic building? Paranormal activity includes unexplained cold spots, whispers in the basement, and shadowy apparitions that lurk in corners. A slave, prostitute, and cowboy make up the Inn’s diverse group of spirits.

100 Steps Cemetery – Brazil

Wondering how you’ll die? Legend has it a ghost at 100 Steps Cemetery can show you the way. Simply climb all 100 steps of this rural cemetery’s staircase on a dark and moonless night. Once you reach the 100th step, a ghost will reveal the manner of your death. If you don’t like what you see, just climb carefully down, making sure to touch all 100 steps. If you’re successful, you won’t die as shown. If you trip and fall, your fate is sealed. Those who opt to climb the grassy hill instead of taking the stairs risk being pushed by an unseen entity.

Schenck Mansion Bed and Breakfast – Vevay

Built in 1874, the historic Schenck Mansion was once home to the wealthy Schenck family and is now a charming bed and breakfast. The mansion also has a reputation for being haunted. A Victorian woman in white reportedly roams the second floor, seemingly unaware of the living. Disembodied voices and footsteps are also common. Perhaps most disturbing are the “ghost kisses” male visitors awake to in the middle of the night.

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