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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.”

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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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Reader Submission: Motion Pictures

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Reader Submission: Motion Pictures

“When I was kid, I slept in my grandmother’s room. She loves to keep lots of photos of everyone in the family. In fact, there is a whole wall just covered with pictures of my uncle, cousins, aunts, great great grandparents, my sister, and my mother and father. None of the photos themselves are creepy, but what they did is.

I have always had trouble falling asleep, so sometimes I stare into the dark and think. One night, when I looked at the pictures, I saw that the people in the photos were moving. I saw them bouncing the babies they’d been holding and laughing like they’d just been told a joke. I remember them all moving very slowly, and they seemed to move very stiffly, kind of like a poorly made claymation movie.

I don’t remember the last time it happened, all I know is that I just forgot about it. I didn’t think about it until recently actually (within the past few months). I remember telling my grandma about it, but she told me it was probably just a dream. But I explicitly remember this happening while I was awake, and it happened a few different times.

I keep an eye on photos in my room now waiting to see if it’ll happen again. I found it kind of comforting actually. I want to know if I was dreaming or if something like this has happened to anyone else. And if I was dreaming why did I dream that almost every night for about a year?”

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7 Chillingly Haunted Places in North Dakota

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7 Chillingly Haunted Places in North Dakota

An abandoned hospital, a college dorm, an isolated country road. North Dakota is full of haunted places, here are seven of the most chilling.

San Haven Sanatorium – Dunseith

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Wails from a ghostly infant, dark shadows, mysterious orbs, and apparitions are just a few of the strange things said to occur at the historic San Haven Sanatorium. The 104-year-old hospital once housed tuberculosis patients, as well as mentally impaired men and women. No one’s sure how many people have died at San Haven, though estimates range in the thousands.

Sage Hill Bed and Breakfast – Anamoose

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Sage Hill was once a quaint schoolhouse but is now a charming B&B. And like many historic inns, Sage Hill is reportedly haunted. Legend has a cigar-smoking spirit haunts the 88-year-old building. In 1996, workers tasked with renovating the old schoolhouse noticed the strong scent of a cigar, though no one on the job site was smoking. They also heard eerie moans. Today, guests have experiences of their own. Strange happenings include lights flicking on and off, moving items, and phantom scents.

Moorhead Railway Tracks – Moorhead

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Legend has it a woman once tried to jump aboard a train near Moorhead but missed. She was subsequently pulled under the train and dragged through town. Now, they say, a woman with glowing red eyes walks up and down the tracks, terrifying anyone who happens to be near.

White Lady Lane – Leroy

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A number of legends surround an isolated road known as “White Lady Lane”, but they all agree on one thing: a young woman died, and her tragic spirit now haunts the roadway. In one legend, the unmarried woman becomes pregnant and is forced to marry the child’s father. Her baby dies at birth, and the devastated woman hangs herself from a bridge. In another legend, a hopeful suitor murders the woman after she rejects his advances. Today, people traveling on the aptly named White Lady Lane see a woman in white flitting among trees along the side of road, or in some cases, looking in at cars with piercing red eyes.

Old Armory – Williston

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Built in 1916, the Old Armory is now Williston’s center for the performing arts. And like many theatres and historic landmarks, the Old Armory also has a reputation for being haunted. According to local reports, strange events at the old building include disembodied whispers, staircase apparitions, and mannequins that move on their own.

Stairway to Hell – Tagus

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The tiny town of Tagus is reportedly home to all sorts of paranormal activity, including hell hounds, glowing graves, and a stairway to the underworld. Several years ago, a church burned down and was soon inhabited by devil worshipers, or so the stories go. Now, people who visit the site of the old church hear the screams of those condemned to hell.

University of North Dakota – Grand Forks

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The ghost of a student who froze to death outside her dorm allegedly haunts UND’s John C. West Hall. Today, mysterious electrical problems plague the dorm, and some students they’ve seen an apparition outside the building. Strangely, the apparition isn’t complete, it’s just that of a woman’s torso.

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Reader Submission: The Phone Call

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Reader Submission: The Phone Call

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“A good friend of mine passed away on Monday, October 31, 2016. He worked at my gym, so I went there the next day to stretch and exercise, as well as mourn his loss.

That day at the gym, I received two phone calls a few minutes apart. They were from an unknown caller, and I heard only two beeping sounds. My mom, who is very superstitious, mentioned that I should watch for signs of contact from my friend. I thought this was silly, but still could not help wondering if the calls were some sort of attempt to contact me.

I went to the gym again the next day. This time, there was a small table set up with flowers and a photo of my friend. His girlfriend was also there that day. Again, I received the same call from an unknown caller with the same two beeps.

I felt silly, but for fun I decided to say, ‘Cool, I hear you.’ and hang up. A few minutes later, I received another call from the unknown caller and heard a beep. Feeling silly, I said, ‘Is that you?’ Immediately after I said this, I heard three or four more urgent and unrhythmic beeps. Again, feeling silly, I said, ‘Are you trying to tell me something?’ This was followed by a few more urgent and unrhythmic beeps.

This is where it gets creepy. I said, ‘Okay, give me one beep.’ I heard one beep. Then I said, ‘Okay, give me two beeps.’ I heard two beeps. As I began to panic, I said, ‘Okay, give me three beeps.’ I heard three beeps, and then the phone call disconnected. I began to tremble and cry and ran out of the gym as fast as I could. I am not superstitious in any way, but I cannot ignore the craziness of this experience.”

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