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June 2014

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Ghost in Alcatraz

Tourist photographes female ghost in Alcatraz

This spooky picture was taken by Sheila Sillery-Walsh at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, just off San Francisco, California.

The former prison site, long considered to be one of the most haunted places in the US, was once home to hundreds of notorious murderers, bank robbers, and gangsters.

Captured in this image is a shadowy girl who can be seen staring directly through the window at the camera from inside the inmates’ visitation waiting room.

Sheila Sillery-Walsh said: ‘Alcatraz Penitentiary is a must see for any tourist, but as soon as we entered the prison, everything felt very eerie. I didn’t feel comfortable there.

‘Whilst doing an audio-tour of the place, I casually stopped to take a picture of the empty visitation block window on my iPhone.’

‘When I glanced at the photo on my phone, I saw this dark female figure in the picture. I looked at the window again and there was no-one in the room.

‘I knew straight away that the woman in the photo was a ghost and showed the snap to Paul.’

‘From that point forward, I wasn’t interested in the Alcatraz tour anymore. I just kept looking at the picture over and over again.’


Paul has never believed in ghosts but admits that the strange picture has shaken his confidence.

The 50-year-old said: ‘When I first saw the photo, I tried to rationalize the female figure away by saying it was just Sheila’s reflection.

‘But with closer inspection, it’s obvious that this is not the case at all. The woman’s hair and clothing is from a different era, it looks like she’s from the 1930s or 40s.’

‘I have no logical explanation for the girl in the picture, I’m baffled by her. It’s funny because she’s staring right at the camera, with a knowing look.’

‘I was really skeptical about ghosts before but I’m more of a believer now. I do believe that the woman in the photo is a ghost.’

The couple has tried to find out the identity of the ghostly woman in the photo by contacting staff at the Alcatraz site, but none of the old-timers recognized the woman in the picture.

‘I am so curious to know who she could be though, perhaps she was a female visitor of a prisoner who kept returning back. I would love to know why she’s shown herself in my photo.’ Sheila said.

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a maximum high-security federal prison, which ran from 1934 to 1963.

Officials for Alcatraz publicly dismiss reports of ghosts at the site, several former guards and park rangers have revealed their paranormal experiences at the prison.


Summercourt Cornwall

Cornwall’s Bermuda Triangle?

Is this Cornwall’s Bermuda Triangle? Villagers think dozens of cars are POSSESSED because they keep locking and unlocking by themselves

Residents of Cornish village fear their cars may have been ‘possessed’ after vehicles started mysteriously locking and unlocking themselves.

People in Summercourt, near Newquay, have reported door locks bizarrely activating on their own, on one occasion trapping a frightened child inside.

Baffled motorists say dozens of cars in the village have been ‘possessed’ and have dubbed the area the ‘Summercourt Triangle’.

Lin Howard, who has been affected, said residents have changed key fob batteries but the problem, has remained.

She said: ‘Another driver has not been able to start their car.

‘They have to go home, get someone to look at the car, then after a period of time it starts again.’

Wendy Malham said: ‘I got in the car to drive to school and the locks were going on-off, on-off, like it was possessed.

‘I can’t actually lock my car anymore because the alarms go off.’

Kelvin Malham said, ‘We went to Andover where we didn’t have a problem, but when we returned it started again.’

Expert Mike Parris from car technology consultancy firm SBD said the most likely cause was accidental radio interference saying that it was ‘not unheard of’.

He said it could be caused by “almost anything that is wireless”, such as alarm systems, weather stations or walkie-talkies.

‘Residents could try and keep a log of when they have difficulties, the locations which are worse and anything which helps to try and pinpoint it.

‘These things are notoriously difficult to pin down,’ he said.



Slender Man as we know him

What is “Slender Man”?

Slender Man is a mythical creature often depicted as a tall, thin figure wearing a black suit and a blank face. According to the legend, he can stretch or shorten his arms at will and has tentacle-like appendages protruding from his back. Depending on the interpretations of the story, the creature may cause memory loss, insomnia, paranoia, coughing fits (nicknamed “slendersickness”), photograph and video distortions, and can teleport at will. This urban legend has inspired fan arts, fictional creepypastas and a mockumentary series in the style of the 1999 indie horror film Blair Witch Project. As the character has grown in popularity, he’s gained a number of other nicknames including The Operator, Mr. Slim, The Administrator, Daddy LongLegs, Mr. Thin, The Tall Man, The Thin Man and Slendy.


On June 8th, 2009, a “’paranormal pictures” photoshop contest was launched on the Something Awful (SA) Forums. The contest required participants to turn ordinary photographs into creepy-looking images through digital manipulation and then pass them off as authentic photographs on a number of paranormal forums. Something Awful users soon began sharing their faux-paranormal creations with layered images of ghosts and other anomalies, usually accompanied by a fabricated witness account to make them more convincing. On June 10th, SA user Victor Surge posted two black and white photographs of unnamed children with a short description of “Slender Man” as a mysterious creature who stalked children.

On June 11th, 2009, Victor Surge continued to improve upon the myth by adding another picture and a fake doctor’s account. The next day, SA user LeechCode5 posted a photograph of a burning building with a Slender Man back story. On June 14th, SA goon TrenchMaul reused the Slender Man character for his own story. The original thread, which still remains active today, extends now for 46 pages as of June 2011.

The creation of “Slender Man” may have been also inspired by an ongoing series of adventure games titled “Chzo Mythos”, published by Ben Croshaw in 2003. In the games, one of the main vilains is called “Cabadath” and is sometimes referred to as “Tall Man.” Making his first in-game appearance in Trilby’s Notes, the character was portrayed in the third installment is a tall, thin man dressed in a long, black, high-collared coat with tails that reach to the floor and having a blank face. Throughout the adventure, the Tall Man can be seen stalking and trying to kill the main character.


Canada's new 'ghost bride' coin

Banff’s ‘ghost bride’ haunts new Canadian coin

A new Canadian coin features the image of a ghost who is rumored to haunt the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

The story of the “Ghost Bride” dates back to the 1930s. According to legend, a bride on her wedding night died at the four-star hotel, falling from a staircase.

The Royal Canadian Mint’s limited edition 25-cent coin uses lenticular technology so it appears that the bride’s eyes open and the candles behind her light up when the coin is tilted. A collector coin made of cupronickel, it costs nearly $30.

This coin, along with a Canada Post stamp showing the same bride, was released Monday at the hotel in Banff.

“Bringing intriguing Canadian tales out of the shadows is what stamps continue to do,” said Mike Shearon, a Canada Post spokesperson. “We are pleased to join the mint to highlight these stories and offer the perfect keepsake for those who revel in this particular type of folklore.”



by cnkguy
June 2014

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