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Civil War Ghost Photos

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Civil War Ghost Photos

Civil War Ghost Photos

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El Campo Santo CemeterySan Diego, CaliforniaJust a few footsteps away from the Whaley House, El…

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El Campo Santo CemeterySan Diego, CaliforniaJust a few footsteps away from the Whaley House, El…

El Campo Santo Cemetery

San Diego, California

Just a few footsteps away from the Whaley House, El Campo Santo Cemetery is also known for its haunted occurrences. Established in 1849, this Roman Catholic cemetery was originally the burial ground for more than 450 people, including Yankee Jim Robinson, who was hung on the grounds of the Whaley House years before it was built. The trouble here started when the city built a horse-drawn carriage line and later paved over part of the cemetery to make way for car travel.

At least 18 graves are known to be under the street and sidewalk, leaving those buried below very unhappy. People who visit the area and park their cars along the street have reported having trouble starting their cars and having their alarms go off for no reason. Those who walk the grounds of this historic cemetery have also had mysterious experiences: An icy chill coming over them, glowing figures, a floating image of a native American, a specter that appears to be dressed in period clothing and a woman in a Victorian gown, just to name a few.

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McPike MansionIllinoisTucked away in the southwest corner of Illinois, not far from St. Louis, lies…

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McPike MansionIllinoisTucked away in the southwest corner of Illinois, not far from St. Louis, lies…

McPike Mansion

Illinois

Tucked away in the southwest corner of Illinois, not far from St. Louis, lies the town of Alton. Considered one of the ‘most haunted small towns in America’ Alton has no shortage of ghost stories and haunted places. One of the best known is the McPike Mansion.

The Italianate-Victorian style building looms over citizens of Alton from atop the highest point of the town, Mt. Lookout. Nestled among contorted oak trees, McPike Mansion ranks as one of the most haunted buildings in the state. The structure has been featured on two television shows, ‘Scariest Places on Earth’ and ‘Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files.’

The three-story red brick building was erected in 1869 for Henry McPike and his family. McPike was a local businessman and horticulturist. He served as mayor of Alton for three years and developed the nationally known McPike grape. With its 16 rooms and vaulted wine cellar, the McPike Mansion was one of the largest and most extravagant private dwellings in Alton at this time.

The mansion’s next owner was Paul Laichinger. During his time in the home, Mr. Laichinger rented out rooms to boarders. Soon, these tenants began to experience strange events that could not be explained. Some of these occurrences involve the sounds of children playing and laughing together when there were no children on the grounds.

After Laichinger’s death in 1945, the property sat vacant. Weather and trespassers helped to turn the dwelling from elegant to menacing. The rusting iron fence, broken windows, dilapidated structure and graveyard made passersby intrigued and fearful. Reports of faces looming in the windows began to surface.

In 1994, the McPike Mansion was purchased by Sharyn and George Luedke. Their hope is to restore the building to its former glory and allow it to serve as a bed and breakfast or a historical attraction. Within six weeks, Mrs. Luedke had her first experience. She was gardening in the front yard when she looked up to see a strange man staring at her from the window. He soon disappeared, but not before she was able to take note of his attire. Later, while researching the history of the mansion, Mrs. Luedke was startled as she came across a photo of previous owner Paul Laichinger wearing the same outfit as the man in the window.

Since then, McPike Mansion has hosted numerous psychics and mediums. Many have felt the presence of the McPike family and other residents of the estate. Sharyn Luedke herself believes the ghost of not only Paul Laichnger, but also of servant girl Sarah Wells roam the halls. Her lilac perfume can still be smelled in the attic.

Other experiences include light orbs that appear in photos, sensations of being touched, pacing footsteps and vanishing objects. Some of these have been caught on film. The most active room in the house is the wine cellar. Here a mysterious mist appears and seems to follow visitors as the move around the basement. A bulky metal door leading to the area scraped across the floor as it moves on its own.

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Harden HouseClermont, FloridaThe Harden House is believed to be haunted by the ghost of John Harden,…

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Harden HouseClermont, FloridaThe Harden House is believed to be haunted by the ghost of John Harden,…

Harden House

Clermont, Florida

The Harden House is believed to be haunted by the ghost of John Harden, a native of Clermont, Florida. He was separated from his first wife and living with his second one and newborn son in it when one night, he woke up to the smell of smoke and looked out to find his truck in flames. While trying to put out the fire, an unidentified person shot him in the chest. His killer was never caught. Years later, a woman named June Farris began having strange dreams of a house that she had never been to before and that she ran down the back staircase and out the door before waking up.

Years later, June and her family bought a new house and discovered that it was none other than the one in her dreams. They soon began experiencing strange phenomena. Her son saw a bright apparition come down from the attic, and her daughter was visited by a male figure at her bedside. At night, other family members heard the sounds of heavy male footsteps on the ground floor. A boat hitch also lifted itself off the truck in the driveway. In researching the house, June learned about John’s murder and found that he had gone down the same staircase she went down in her dreams before he was killed. She believes that he is trying to have his murder solved through her. It is believed that he still remains in the house, restless and awaiting justice.

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Ghost ChildrenThe concept that there are ghosts who are children is often hard to accept. Just…

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Ghost ChildrenThe concept that there are ghosts who are children is often hard to accept. Just…

Ghost Children

The concept that there are ghosts who are children is often hard to accept. Just thinking about this causes deep feelings of sadness and concern. Ghosts are often thought of as being lost or confused, or trapped because they have unfinished business etc.

So when we think of children that we consider innocent being in a state of limbo it is disturbing. But unfortunately the reality is that ghost children are seen as often as adult ghosts.

Living children often report seeing ghost children, this could be because they have something in common. Often when children recount their experiences with these ghosts to an adult they use terms like, my sister or brother or my friend. This is why parents or caretakers often think the child is referring to an imaginary friend.

These encounters are most often harmless but there is one exception to this rule and it is disturbing. Sometimes negative energy takes on the shape of a child to gain the trust of the living so they can manipulate or use them. These child ghosts appear before adults as well as children.

A specific example of this in my state is a belief held by the Pueblo Native Americans. They believe in shapeshifters and they feel these shapeshifters appear sometimes in the form of children. Pueblo Native Americans live in wide open spaces and strangers are not often seen. Some warn each other not to talk to the child they spotted alongside the road, a few miles back, because it is not a child but a shapeshifter.

A phenomenon that has been discussed a lot in the paranormal community is Black-eyed Children. These children are normally seen in pairs and their eyes, including the white part of their eyes, are completely black.

They approach the living requesting help or if they are at your door they request to come in. More often than not people who encounter them sense something is not right or they just get freaked out and refuse their requests. It is believed these children are demons or evil energy and that they cannot harm the living unless they are invited in. In one of my former posts I discuss Darkness Radio’s discussion about this phenomenon.

Most ghost children however are benign compared to the two examples above. Like most ghosts they just want attention– which means they are an intelligent haunting. Some are just a memory the building or place keeps– which means they are residual in nature. The ghost children I have personally encountered have been very sad, or very curious. *

Unfortunately some ghost children are victims. They are trapped because of an act of violence that was done to them leaving them to face unfinished lives. One child ghost I have encountered appears to fit into this category. He witnessed a murder and when the murderer spotted him he was murdered as well. At present he stays in one specific part of a building my group investigates.

Some theorize that ghost children stay around because they like the feeling of lightness they experience after death. Others assign a much more dark reason for their presence, they feel these children might be trapped because they are being held against their will by a stronger force.

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The Cecil Hotel Ghost PhotoThe Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is notorious for its dark and…

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The Cecil Hotel Ghost PhotoThe Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is notorious for its dark and…

The Cecil Hotel Ghost Photo

The Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles is notorious for its dark and haunted history: serial killer Richard Ramirez (The Night Stalker) and “Black Dahlia” murder victim Elizabeth Short had both stayed there, and the building has played host to numerous gruesome deaths – the most recent of which involved the body of a missing student discovered in a rooftop water tank after hotel guests reported foul-smelling black water coming from their taps.

“When I looked at that window, it just looked kind of creepy to me,” Alderete told KABC, “and then I showed my friend, and he kind of freaked out.” He also claims to have suffered nightmares after taking the photo.

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