The Greenbrier Ghost Story

The Greenbrier Ghost Story

In this article we will be taking a look at the Greenbrier ghost story from 1897, and the dreams that surfaced after Elva Zona Shue was found dead in her West Virginia home…


The Dreams

Mary Jane Heaster began having heartbreaking dreams a month after she buried her daughter, Elva Zona Shue, in 1897. In these dreams, Zona called out to her mother and told her that her death was not from natural causes – she had been murdered.

She pinned the blame on her husband – Erasmus (Edward) Stribbling Trout Shue. She claimed that the fickle man had lost his temper and ended her life because she had not managed to provide him any meat with his dinner.

He then apparently broke his wife’s neck.

The ghost of Zona demonstrated the injury in the dream – by turning her head around 180 degrees (Exorcist style!).

greenbrier ghost west virginia

The heartbroken, and angry Mary Jane, went to the local prosecutor at once…but understandably, he did not really believe her ghostly dream story.

She was persistent though, and managed to get him to agree to exhume her daughter’s body and perform a thorough autopsy…

She was right – Zona was found to have a broken neck…she had been murdered.


The Marriage

Elva ‘Zona’ Heaster was born in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, in 1873. She had led a simple life right up to the point where she managed to get pregnant, out of wedlock, in 1895.

In those days this kind of thing was BAD news – nobody wanted to marry a ‘loose woman’ with poor morals, and a kid in tow.

However, she got lucky when a guy named Edward Stribbling Trout Shue moved into the area – he was looking for a new start in life, and didn’t really care that Zona had a child.

greenbrier ghost house

On October the 20th, 1896, the lovestruck pair were married…but Zona’s mother, Mary Jane, never really approved of Shue as a husband.

The couple seemed extremely happy in their new life – for three short months…

On January the 23rd, 1897, the body of Zona Heaster Shue was discovered at her home by a young boy running errands. She was found in a heap at the bottom of the stairs, as if she had tripped and fallen.

By the time the local doctor arrived at the house, Shue had moved his wife’s body upstairs to their bed, and had dressed her in a high-neck frock. When the doctor tried to examine the body he was continually interrupted by the sobbing Shue.

Whenever the doctor attempted to examine the head area of Zona’s body, Shue would suddenly cradle the head, and tell the doctor to leave them alone.

The doctor eventually listed her death as an ‘everlasting faint’ that was linked to childbirth…although he had no idea if the girl was indeed pregnant or not!


Edward Shue

When Mary Heaster was finally able to convince the county prosecutor to reopen the case – she was already sure in her own mind that Edward Shue had killed her daughter.

The prosecutor did a thorough job of visiting all of Zona’s neighbors and friends in the area, and they all agreed with Mary Heaster’s claims of murder.

When the exhumation was set to take place, Edward was told he would have to be present…he then knew that the game was up, and he informed the prosecutor that he was about to be arrested.

Zona was found with a broken windpipe, and deep finger marks on her neck. Her vertebrae was dislocated and the ligaments torn.

Edward Stribbling Trout Shue collapsed in a heap – he knew the game was up, and he was arrested on the spot.

greenbrier haunted
The House Where The Shue Family Lived

The later investigation found out that the mysterious Edward Stribbling Trout Shue had been married twice before he arrived in Greenbrier. His first wife had left him, due to the constant beatings he gave her…and his second wife died under mysterious circumstances.

Edward Shue was found guilty of murder on July the 11th, 1897, and sentenced to life imprisonment (he somehow managed to escape the death penalty). He was imprisoned at West Virginia State Prison where he died three years later.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Greenbrier ghost story, please leave them in the comment section below.

Haunted White House Stories

Haunted White House Stories

The world-famous office (and residence) of the President of the United States – a site of numerous landmark political events and home to some of history’s most important and interesting figures.

But did you know that the White House is perhaps one of the most haunted places in the United States?

In this article we will be covering a handful of haunted White House stories recorded over the years – specific areas that supposedly attract powerful paranormal reactions…


The White House Attic

The White House attic is thought to be haunted by the shortest-serving president in history – William Henry Harrison.

The unfortunate president actually died in the famous building not more than a month after his inauguration (pneumonia).

Apparently, several modern-day presidents have experienced sounds of an individual rummaging through the attic contents – looking for something unknown. Guards have also been sent up to check the area out on various occasions.

The White House Attic

These subsequent residents all believe that this is the ghost of William Henry Harrison.

But Harrison is apparently not alone up there – in Truman’s era, a close protection guard reported a ghostly voice stating “I am David Burns”.

Historic research tells us that David Burns was the man that owned the land that the White House was originally built on. He didn’t want to sell it – but was forced to by the government at the time!


The White House Rose Garden Location

A lot of famous presidential announcements have taken place in the White House rose garden location. It was originally planted by First Lady Dolley Madison in the early 1800’s.

When First Lady Ellen Wilson moved into the residence, more than a century later, she didn’t particularly take to this area of the garden, and requested that it be dug up and changed.

The White House Rose Garden Location

The workers and gardeners were brought in…but stopped working within hours of starting!

They all claimed that Madison’s angry ghost had appeared to them as soon as they cut into the earth – she was there to stop them from damaging her beloved rose garden.


The White House Basement Ghost

The White House basement ghost seems to be a much more sinister entity – a reported demon cat!

There have been numerous paranormal reports over the years that claim the cat first appears as a cute little kitten, but as you get closer to it…it becomes a larger and larger phantom beast.

The White House Basement Ghost

The cat has been linked to many events over time – people now believe that the appearance of the demon cat serves as a warning of a great national disaster.


The White House Yellow Oval Room

When president Lincoln was in office, the White House Yellow Oval Room acted as his own personal library – he spent A LOT of time in there.

Over the years, numerous White House employees have reported glimpsing the ghost of Lincoln, gazing out the windows of this room. First Lady Grace Coolidge also came forward and admitted she had encountered the former president’s spirit in the room.

The White House Yellow Oval Room

It has also been noted that the ghosts of both Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Tyler have appeared in this former library.


The White House North Portico

The spirit of a lady named Anne Surratt is said to haunt the White House North Portico. Surrat’s mother, Mary, was executed in 1865 for her role in the Lincoln assassination.

The White House North Portico

Surrat’s specter is often seen banging on the North Portico doors, pleading for her mother’s release and pardon. Some witnesses have even seen her ghost on the front steps every July the 7th – the anniversary of her mother’s execution.


The Lincoln Bedroom Ghost

Often referred to as ‘the most haunted room in the White House’. Winston Churchill famously encountered the Lincoln Bedroom ghost after he had emerged from the bath – it was standing beside the fireplace.

Churchill was so shaken up the following morning, he refused to ever go in the room again.

The Lincoln Bedroom Ghost

The presidential children, Susan Ford and Maureen Reagan, also reported seeing the ghost of Lincoln standing in the exact spot that Churchill described.

The room has also been prone to attacks of poltergeist activity over the years.


Haunted White House Stories

Now it’s over to you – have you heard of any paranormal activity in the White House that we have not covered above?

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the White House ghosts we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Case of the Hammersmith Ghost

The Case of the Hammersmith Ghost

This article will be covering the Hammersmith Ghost that terrorized the London area back in the early 1800’s. The ghost became so feared that locals began arranging armed patrols at night, to keep the entity at bay…


The Paranormal Entity

1803, in Hammersmith, a district in West London, and numerous reports start surfacing regarding a male paranormal entity haunting the area.

The ghost was thought to be that of a man that had cut his own throat, and was then buried in the Hammersmith Churchyard.

Why did locals believe that this was the ghost of this particular man?

Well, religious studies point to the fact that suicides are not supposed to be placed in consecrated ground – this resulted in a restless soul that was doomed to walk the area for eternity.

The ghost was known for haunting the church and graveyard location, and the lanes that connected to one another outside the cemetery.

Most paranormal entities make do with just being seen by passers by – but this ghost was different. It opted to chase whoever it appeared to…

In one famous case, it chased a woman and actually managed to catch up with her. It then gripped onto the poor lady with a supernatural force, until she eventually passed out.

The woman was found walking aimlessly around the area in complete shock – she never recovered, and died a matter of days later.

The Paranormal Entity

The ghost always fit the same description – an extremely tall man that shone brilliant white.

Before long, local businesses in the area started to claim that the entity was effecting their profits. Apparently, certain clients and deliveries did not want to venture to that part of London…as they were afraid of bumping into this frightening paranormal force.


Tragic Events

By 1804, locals had had enough of the ghost and it’s antics – they started to form armed groups and patrol the streets at night. On the 3rd of January that year, one of these armed citizens came face to face with what he thought was the ghost of Hammersmith…

The patrolman was named Francis Smith, and he was in the process of covering Black Lion Lane. Suddenly, a figure appeared from nowhere and started making it’s way down the hedged lane towards him.

Smith called out to the figure and told it to stop and stand still…otherwise he’d shoot!

The figure in white continued to walk down the lane, and Smith eventually let off a shot. The figure then dropped to the floor, dead.

Tragic Events

Francis Smith had tragically managed to kill a bricklayer and plasterer by the name of Thomas Millwood. This unfortunate guy had been wearing traditional clothes of his trade – all white. A later investigation found out that he had actually been mistaken for the ghost before, days before his tragic death.


Murder

Francis Smith was a decent man, and he was horrified by what he had done – he contacted the authorities immediately.

Unfortunately, the authorities were rather strict with him…

He was put on trial for for willful murder, although numerous heads of the public came forward to back up his good character. The judge would have none of it – he told the jury to find the defendant guilty of murder if they believed the facts behind the case.

They eventually found Smith guilty of manslaughter…but the judge would not accept this verdict…and Smith was then found guilty of murder and sentenced to be hanged and dissected.

Luckily, Smith managed to get his verdict reduced, and ended up serving 12 months of hard labor.

The actual Hammersmith Ghost ended up being a local shoemaker named John Graham, who dressed up to scare his apprentice (or so they say…).

The tragic spirit of Thomas Millwood is said to now haunt the Black Lion Lane pub, where his body was kept, after he was shot that night.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Hammersmith Ghost, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Dead Children’s Playground

The Dead Children's Playground

In this article we will be taking a look at what is known as the Dead Children’s Playground, in Maple Hills Park, Huntsville, Alabama. Many locals to the area now believe that children buried in the nearby cemetery, rise from the dead to claim the park for their play….


They Only Come Out at Night

The council and authorities of Huntsville, Alabama, decided that it was time to knock down an aging playground so that the nearby cemetery could be expanded slightly.

The local were less than impressed.

Within days of the authorities statement of intent, a public outcry was underway, that eventually managed to change the council’s minds. They even replaced the old play rides with modern play equipment.

Many believe that the public outcry was due to the fact that so many kids used the playground…but not all of those kids were flesh and bone…


Paranormal Activity

Locals who live near the Maple Hill Park refer to the area as the ‘Dead Children’s Playground’. Over the years there have been numerous paranormal reports linked to the area.

Paranormal Activity

Most of these incidents have occurred after dark. Witnesses have claimed to have heard the ghostly yells of mothers calling out to their children, children playing, children calling out to each other and the sound of numerous small feet pattering around the area.

Locals believe that the most active time for this paranormal force is between the hours of 10 pm and 3 am – this is the time when the dead children know it is safe to come out and play.


The Nearby Cemetery

The nearby cemetery is called Maple Hill Cemetery, and many paranormal investigators believe that this is where the ghostly children come from at night.

It is the biggest cemetery in the Huntsville area, with over 80,000 burials throughout it’s history. The oldest intact grave marker is that of infant Mary Frances Atwood, who was buried there in 1820.

Strangely enough, the Dead Children’s Playground also has a popular urban legend linked to it…


The Child Disappearances

During the the early 1950’s, the area where the playground was built was apparently a limestone quarry. The cliff faces that surround the children’s area were all put in place during this quarry work time.

The quarry was closed, and nature moved back in, creating natural bushland, filled with weeds and trees.

The Child Disappearances

In the 1960’s, a rather sinister individual decided that this overgrown area would be perfect for his/her twisted actions…

Around this time, a series of child disappearances began to be reported in Huntsville…unfortunately, none of these children ever turned up…alive.

A local man who was walking his dog through the quarry area, stumbled across a tiny skull, and reported the find to the police. The whole area was searched thoroughly and several young bodies were uncovered.

They never managed to track down the twisted murderer, but they did find out more about the children who were killed. The bodies revealed that they were probably detained for long periods, and were suffering from Malnutrition.

The children’s remains were eventually buried in the nearby Maple Hill Cemetery.

Are these the children that use the park between the hours of 10 pm to 3 am?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions, in the comment section below.

Old Changi Hospital Ghost Stories

Old Changi Hospital Ghost Stories

This article will be covering a few of the Old Changi Hospital ghost stories that often arise at paranormal gatherings. Are these tragic hauntings linked to the death and cruelty that took place within its walls?

Let’s take a closer look…


Plans For The Singapore Changi Hospital

The Old Changi Hospital was last purchased in 2006 by a developer that proposed to build a luxury resort – it had been put up for sale by the Singapore Land Authority.

For some reason this purchase and construction plan went drastically wrong, and the location ended up being returned.

The people behind the purchase claimed that it was due to the high costs of the project…but locals believe it was down to the paranormal residents who still reside in the building…


Old Changi Hospital History

The Old Changi Hospital was built in 1935 as the Royal Air Force Hospital. In 1942 the ownership changed hands…when the Japanese invaded Singapore.

Many believe that the paranormal activity started in the hospital when the Japanese occupied it. They quickly turned it into a prison camp and base for the Japanese Secret Police.

Old Changi Hospital History

Many locals believe that resistance fighters were frequently taken to the hospital to be horrifically tortured for information. Apparently, hundreds of civilians and soldiers were killed there.

After the war the hospital reverted into a medical center once again, and in 1965 turned into the Singapore Armed Forces Hospital.

The hospital was closed in 1997 and has remained abandoned ever since.


Old Changi Hospital Haunted Happenings

These days, the hospital is considered the most haunted location in Singapore, with hundreds of paranormal experiences linked to it.

More often than not, brave visitors report seeing numerous shadow people in the abandoned wards and corridors. Many people have also reported hearing tortured, disembodied screams from groups of unfortunate, invisible people.

The strangest paranormal ‘event’ that takes place at this location happens when groups of thrill seekers enter the hospital…

During their ‘search’ through the hospital, the group will suddenly realize that one of their members is missing. They then make their way through the abandoned rooms until they find the missing member, in a lonely part of the hospital.

They will be disorientated and tell an all too familiar tale…

They enter the building with the full group, but suddenly one of the group members convinces them to break off from the main team – maybe they could experience more paranormal activity with just two of them?

Old Changi Hospital Haunted Happenings

So, they break off, and start exploring with the other friend…who suddenly disappears.

This is the point where the terror kicks in, and they are usually discovered by the group in a right old state of fear. When questioned they realize that this friend never left the group with them…they just walked off by themselves at some point!

Nobody seems to know much about this strange paranormal force, or why it takes the image of a friend and then deserts it’s victim?

It’s worth noting that over the last half century, several people have been rumored to have entered the building alone, never to be seen again…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Old Changi Hospital ghost stories, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Backseat Driver Ghost

The Backseat Driver Ghost

I remember first seeing this picture as a ten-year-old kid, when I was still in primary school. At the time we were allowed to take two books from the library a week, as a kind of school ‘treat’ (yeah – it was a rural school and it didn’t really have that much funding!).

Anyway, there was one book in particular that I used to go for – World’s Unexplained Mysteries (or something close to that title!).

It had a whole section on famous paranormal pictures, including The Brown Lady image and this one – The Backseat Driver Ghost.

I thought it was about time I covered this famous ghost image in an article…


The Visit

Mrs. Mabel Chinnery and her husband were visiting a cemetery in back in 1959, so that she could get a few photographs of her mother’s grave (why?).

Anyway, she took a few snaps of her mother’s resting place then spun around to take a quick picture of her husband, who was waiting in the car.

Pleased with the haul of photographs she had managed to take, the pair of them then returned home.


The Backseat Ghost Image

When the negatives were finally developed, the Chinnerys got a bit of a surprise…

A backseat ‘visitor’ had somehow joined the husband in the photo that Mabel had snapped…

The Backseat Ghost Image

Apparently, Mrs. Chinnery immediately recognized the image as that of her mother whose grave was quite close to where the car was parked.

The image became quite famous in paranormal circles, within a short space of time. It was eventually handed over to a photography expert who concluded that there was no double exposure or odd reflections at play.

You can definitely see the ghostly image of someone in the back seat of the car, but if I’m honest…you really can’t tell if it is male or female (well I can’t, anyway!).

What are your thoughts on this matter?

Do you think that this is the ghostly image of Mrs. Mabel Chinnery’s mother?

Do you think that this is a photographic fault or even a clever fake?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

The Fred Valentich Disappearance

The Fred Valentich Disappearance

This article will be taking a look at the mysterious Fred Valentich disappearance of 1978 – could it be attributed to a UFO that numerous people reported witnessing that evening?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Disappearance

At approximately 7 pm on October the 21st, 1978, a young pilot named Fred Valentich mysteriously disappeared.

Due to his body and aircraft never being found – the young man is presumed dead.

But…many ufologists believe that Valentich did not simply crash and die…but rather he was killed or abducted by a UFO…


Fred

Born on the 9th June, 1958, Frederick Valentich live with his family in Melbourne, Australia. He had always had an interest in planes and when he was old enough, he joined up with the youth Air Cadets.

He attempted to get into the Royal Australian Air Force on two separate occasions, but unfortunately he did not hold enough qualifications to pass the entry requirements.

Fred

Valentich then decided to aim all his efforts towards becoming a commercial airline pilot. He was issued his student pilot license and then private pilot license in 1977.

Valentich’s family also claimed that their son was a bit of a ufologist, and regularly studied reports of UFO’s he’d picked up from the Air Force.


The Flight

On the day of his disappearance, Valentich handed in a flight plan that suggested he was heading towards King Island in the south-eastern state of Australia.

This journey would have taken him through an area known as Bass Strait – well known for maritime disappearances and shipwrecks (it was a section of sea between Tasmania and the mainland).

He took off at 6:15 pm and at about 7 pm he radioed in to Melbourne air traffic control asking about any other aircraft in the area – he was told that he was the only flight in that specific area.

He then informed traffic control that he was looking straight at an extremely large aircraft that had four large landing lights. He also noted that this air vessel was traveling at fast speed and had passed about 1,000 feet above him.

The Flight

Valentich then went on to describe the strange vessel in more detail. He claimed that it seemed metallic and had a strange green light shining out of it…

Then he reported that it had vanished!

Moments later he radioed back in to air control claiming the vessel had reappeared and was hovering right next to him – it was definitely NOT an aircraft.

He then reported that he was experiencing engine problems with his plane…

Air control then heard about 20 seconds of a strange scraping or scratching sound before the communication fell silent.

Valentich’s plane never made it to King Island.

A search was put together that combed the Bass Strait for over a week…but they never managed to recover Valentich or his plane.


The Valentich UFO Link

Twenty minutes before Valentich reported engine trouble, a man near Cape Otway managed to capture an image of a fast moving flying object leaving the water in one of his photographs.

When Valentich’s mysterious disappearance became public knowledge, numerous people came forward claiming that they had seen extremely bright lights in the sky, around about the time the young pilot radioed in to air control.

The Valentich UFO Link

A handful of witnesses even claimed to have seen Valentich’s plane in a steep dive with a strange bright light following it.

Authorities managed to keep the young pilot’s description of the UFO under tabs until 1982, when it finally became public knowledge. Many UFOlogists believe that this initial secrecy points to an extraterrestrial cover up.

What do you think?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Could Dinosaurs Still Exist?

Do Dinosaurs Still Exist?

The blockbuster Hollywood movie Jurassic Park suggested that dinosaurs could live through our planet’s current conditions – many cryptozoologists even believe that certain dinosaur species survived the big bang.

Could dinosaurs still exist?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Mokèlé-Mbèmbé

Abbé Lievain Bonaventure was a French missionary who published works on his travels through the Congo River region in 1776.

Some of his writings told about a huge clawed monster footprint he had come across that was over three feet long.

It is thought that this is the earliest known reference to the western world of Mokèlé-Mbèmbé – a famous water beast that pops up in Congo folklore.

This beast tends to divide opinion – certain locals believe it is a real beast, of flesh and bone, whilst others believe it is a powerful spirit.

The Mokèlé-Mbèmbé

Over the last few decades, numerous cryptozoologists have taken an interest in this beast. After a lot of research, and interviews with the local tribe people – they believe that this creature is in fact a Sauropod dinosaur.

Numerous expeditions, dating back as far as over two centuries ago, have set out to try and capture the Mokèlé-Mbèmbé.

Over the last decade a number of television shows have filmed documentaries following attempted expeditions to find proof on the creature.

Unfortunately, none of them have been able to locate any concrete proof on the creature’s existence…but many of them have encountered large unexplained tracks near rivers.

Some expedition members have even reported hearing loud ‘demonic’ roars throughout the night.

Back in 1959, a group of missionaries stumbled across a tribe who told them that the Mokèlé-Mbèmbé had recently been captured and killed.

The tribesmen who slayed the beast, apparently devoured it’s meat and died shortly afterwards.

They believe that the creature’s meat still harnessed some of it’s amazing powers – and that’s what killed the men who consumed it.


Lake Tele

In 1988 a Japanese film crew captured some aerial footage over Lake Tele for a documentary…and it seemed to capture a beast that looked like the Mokèlé-Mbèmbé.

do some dinosaurs still exist

The footage shows some sort of object causing a disturbance and a noticeable wake in the water – it appears for about 15 seconds in total.

Numerous cryptozoologists believe that this could well be the fabled beast…whilst many skeptics point to the fact that it is probably some sort of elephant.


African Dinosaurs

Another breed of dinosaur, that natives believe still lives in Africa, is the Emela-ntouka species.

On top of this there are reports of the Ngoubou, which is said to have 6 horns on it’s head and the Nguma-monene – a dragon-like creature that also lives in the water.

In 1932 two photographs surfaced from the Congo that captured the beast known as Kasai Rex. This beast was apparently in the process of attacking, and killing a rhinoceros when the images were snapped.

do dinosaurs exist today

The photographs were eventually proven to be fakes, but there have been numerous other reports covering this Tyrannosaur over the years.

One of these reports claims that a man was killed when driving his jeep through the valley. Apparently Kasai Rex appeared from nowhere and snatched him right out of the jeep as it sped past!


Do Dinosaurs Still Exist?

These are just some of the modern-day dinosaur reports that are floating about – there are many, many more.

Australia has the Burrunjor, whilst Scotland has the world famous Nessie (The Loch Ness Monster)…

If you have any cryptozoology examples you would like to include in this article, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Mermaid Inn in Rye

The Mermaid Inn in Rye

This article will be cover the paranormal reports linked to the 900-year-old history of The Mermaid Inn in Rye, East Sussex, England – thought to be one of the most haunted accommodations in this part of Britain…


The Mermaid Inn Ghosts

The most famous ‘paranormal room’ in The Mermaid Inn is Room 1 – also known as ‘The James’.

Many visitors to this room have woke up in the middle of the night to find that they are no longer alone. A lady dressed in white (sometimes gray) sits in the chair next to the fireplace with a blank expression on her face.

In some cases, she has looked straight at the shocked Inn visitor, as they sit in bed. But most of the time she justs stares aimlessly at the fireplace, before slowly fading after about a minute of being visible.

The Mermaid Inn Ghosts

Another room at the Inn, named ‘The Fleur de Lys’, also has it’s own resident specter. This is the spirit of a man who walks through the bathroom wall, crosses past the bed to disappear near the opposite wall.

Over the years a total of five rooms within this old inn have been reported as having some sort of paranormal resident.

But where do all these ghosts come from?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Old Inn

The Mermaid Inn is thought to date as far back as 1156 – this dating was done through the cellar area of the building. In 1377 the French attacked Rye, and the Inn was one of the buildings that was burned to the ground.

It was rebuilt 50 years later, with the original cellars still in tact.

The Mermaid became very prosperous during the 16th and 17th centuries. It became well known for brewing it’s own high quality ales and serving good food with accommodation.

The Old Inn

Unfortunately, the inn lost it’s popularity in the mid 1700’s when the infamous and bloodthirsty Hawkhurst Gang started using it as a meeting place for their smuggling plans.

At first, the public in Rye seemed to like the idea of the gang – they provided good work and brought money into the area…but soon they became linked to a number of local murders.

Enough was enough – a militia was formed and the gang was defeated. Many of these members ended up being hung publicly in 1749.

Paranormal experts have concluded that two members of the Hawkhurst Gang now haunt The Mermaid Inn – George Gray and his unfortunate girlfriend.

After the gang was defeated, the inn closed down for a number of years. It eventually got bought, and converted into a home, but it then turned back into an inn during 1913.


The Haunted Mermaid Inn in Rye

These days The Mermaid Inn is considered a paranormal hot spot by many paranormal investigators – the apparitions and ghostly incidents have never ceased.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Firefighter Handprint

The Firefighter Handprint

This article will be covering the mysterious firefighter handprint that was visible on a Chicago fire station’s window for two decades. Was this the ghostly residue of Francis Leavy – a firefighter who predicted his own death, when he was cleaning that very same window in 1924?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Prediction

Career firefighter Francis Leavy, was working through his daily chores at the Chicago Fire Department, when his colleagues noticed him suddenly go silent. When asked what was wrong, he responded that he had the strangest feeling that he was going to die that day.

When he experienced this feeling, he was in the process of washing one of the Fire Department’s windows.

It was April the 18th, 1924, when Leavy made this spooky statement…and several blocks away, a building known as ‘Curran’s Hall’ suddenly caught fire.

firefighters handprint

Leavy was one of the firefighters that responded to the building’s blaze at 7 pm that night. The fire proved to be a worthy adversary for the fire crew of the Chicago Fire Department.

After about 30 minutes of the firefight, the roof of the building collapsed, killing the firefighters inside, and many of the firefighters outside as well.

In all nine firefighters were killed in the collapse, among them, Francis Leavy. On top of this, one civilian died and twenty firefighters were seriously injured.

Career firefighter Francis Leavy


The Ghostly Firefighter Handprint

A couple of days after the tragic events at Curran’s Hall, firefighters at the Chicago Fire Department noticed a strange stain appear on a window pane, in the engine house.

Workers to the area began trying to remove the stain by washing it, then scratching at it…but nothing seemed to budge it!

As each day passed, the stain became clearer and clearer – it soon became obvious that it was the shape of a handprint.

Many of Leavy’s work colleagues were disturbed by this handprint as it was in the exact same spot where the fireman had experienced his premonition. The authorities in charge of the fire station decided it would be best to get rid of the handprint.

They hired professional window cleaners and chemical solvents, to even trying to scratch it off – nothing would remove the ghostly handprint.

The Ghost Handprint

Some of the firemen suggested getting rid of the pane of glass completely…but by this point, many of Leavy’s friends had changed their tune. They believed it was best to leave this paranormal event alone – don’t mess with what you don’t understand!

So, the handprint was left in place for many years, as a reminder of Francis Leavy – the firefighter who knew he was knocking on heaven’s door.

Unfortunately, in 1944, an idiot paperboy managed to throw a delivery straight through the window…destroying all traces of the fireman’s ghostly handprint.

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