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Reader Submission: Hello from the Other Side

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Reader Submission: Hello from the Other Side

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“My father passed away of cancer when I was 15 years old. He had been sick for a long time, going through periods of getting better and then worse again. He was an engineer and a tech geek, and had installed an internal phone network in our three-story house – each of the rooms had a telephone, and we could call each other as well as make outside calls. The internal and external ring tones were different.

Two or three months after my dad passed away, I was home alone doing laundry. The clothes dryer was in our basement, right by my dad’s old room, or man cave. As I was standing there, the phone in his room started ringing with the ringtone for internal calls. I didn’t feel threatened in any way, just surprised, so I walked over and picked up. There was nobody on the line, just silence. When I went upstairs, I saw that the handheld telephone on the first floor was picked up.

When my mom came home, I told her about what had happened. She looked at me and said ‘Oh no, don’t tell me it happened again!’ She then told me that the same thing had happened to her a few weeks prior.

I never heard anything again, but I’m certain it was my dad. The phone had some significance, because on the day he passed away, phone records show he had tried calling my mom over and over from the hospital but could not get through to her for some reason. By the time the hospital called, he had lost consciousness, so she never got to talk to him again. I like to believe that he was trying to tell us that was okay, especially since I never felt threatened in any way.

This happened almost 15 years ago, but it has certainly shaped the way I see the world. I had never been a spiritual person, but now I understand that there are things beyond my understanding.”

Have you had a paranormal experience? Share your story here!

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Truth or Legend? The Bell Witch Haunting

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Truth or Legend? The Bell Witch Haunting

The strange tale of the Bell Witch is one of America’s most famous ghost stories. The spooky legend has terrified thousands and even helped inspire The Blair Witch Project. But is it true?

The Legend

Legend has it that between 1817 and 1821 a malevolent spirit terrorized the prosperous Bell family in Adams, Tennessee. The incidents reportedly started when family members noticed unnatural animals on their property. In one version, a creature with the head of a rabbit and the body of a dog scratched at the Bell’s door. When someone went to investigate, the creature scurried off into the night.

Not long after the sighting, the Bells began hearing eerie sounds in their cabin, sounds that resembled choking, gasping, chains dragging across the floor, and rats gnawing on the bedpost. The sounds quickly escalated to physical violence, with John Bell, Sr. and daughter Betsy suffering most of the abuse. Betsy claimed she was slapped by an unseen entity, while John felt something poking the side of his throat. The witch also yelled, cursed, and threatened the family.

After enduring a year of horror, John confessed his troubles to church members who came to witness the strange events for themselves. Spectators soon flocked from miles around to see the Bell witch in action. The spirit reportedly belonged to a neighbor named Kate Batts and spoke of its desire to kill John Bell and stop Betsy from getting married. The witch eventually got her wish. Betsy and her suitor broke off their engagement and John Bell died of mysterious circumstances in 1820, or so the stories go.

The Truth

While the Bells were undoubtedly real, some say the Bell Witch story is nothing more than Southern folklore. Critics point out that details of the alleged haunting stem from a handful of sources, all written decades after the alleged events, and that none provide evidence of the Bell family’s struggles. The first source, An Authenticated History of the Bell Witch by Martin Van Buren Ingram, was published in 1894 and contains the full text of Our Family Troubles, the alleged diary of Richard Williams Bell (John’s son). No one but Ingram saw the diary, or even mentioned it, leading some to doubt its existence. None of Ingram’s claims can be verified (not even Andrew Jackson’s alleged visit to the Bell house), leading skeptics to believe the Bell Witch tale is nothing more than folklore gone wild.

“I chalk up the Bell Witch as nothing more than one of many unsubstantiated folk legends, vastly embellished and popularized by an opportunistic author of historical fiction,”writes Skeptoid’s Brian Dunning.

Whether or not the Bell Witch legend is true, it’s safe to say the story will continue to capture the imagination of generations to come. What do you believe?

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7 Haunted Places in Nebraska

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7 Haunted Places in Nebraska

A vengeful brother, a faceless adulterer, a pack of ill-tempered albinos. Nebraska is home to several terrifying spirits. Here are seven places to find them.

Seven Sisters Road (Road L) – Nebraska haunted road nebraska

The gruesome legend goes like this: a man got into a terrible argument with each of his seven sisters. In a rage, the man then led his sisters, one by one, to separate trees near their home and hanged them to death. Now, travelers on the road report all sorts strange activity, including failing headlights, stalling engines, and screams that echo in the night.

The Speakeasy – Holdrege

Legend has it a ghost named Faceless Fred haunts the Speakeasy restaurant in Holdrege. During the Gold Rush, Fred was a married man who preferred the company of other women to that of his wife, Jane. The furious Jane eventually got revenge by killing the straying Fred and slicing off his face. The murder reportedly happened where the Speakeasy now stands, and today Fred makes his presence known by hurling pots and pans to the floor and trailing after pretty young waitresses.

Robber’s Cave – Lincoln

Originally known as Pahuk Bluff, Robber’s Cave was once a sacred meeting site for the Pawnee Indians. Perhaps that’s why residents heard chants and the beating of drums, long after the Indians were gone. Reports of screams, moans, and muffled voices were also common. The cave was sealed for several years, but now Blue Blood Brewery sits over the entrance and offers tours to the curious.

Forest Lawn Cemetery Chapel – Omaha

A large black mass reportedly haunts the historic chapel at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Those who spot the shadowy being feel horribly ill and notice an odd tingling sensation, as if electricity is coursing through their bodies. One investigator recorded an EVP ordering her to “get out.”

Olde Main Street Inn – Chadron

A pair of ghostly siblings named Anna and Jack reportedly haunt Chadron’s historic Olde Main Street Inn. Odd events include slamming doors, disembodied footsteps, and water glasses that move on their own. Legend has it Anna occasionally appears in a bright red satin dress.

Hummel Park – Omaha

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A haunted park isn’t unheard of, but Hummel is in a league of its own. Depending on who you ask, Hummel is terrorized by phantom lights, Satan worshipers, or a pack of evil albinos. And that’s not counting the “Stairway to Hell,” a set of steps that changes form depending on who’s walking up or down. Visitors also hear screams and moans in the middle of the night.

Witch’s Bridge – Grand Island

The notorious “Witch’s Bridge” is reportedly haunted by a woman burned at the stake for witchcraft. Legend has it that an evil force causes cars to stall on the bridge, and that stranded motorists hear a woman sobbing. Locals have also noted the unusually high number of accidents on the old bridge.

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