Poltergeist – The Tina Resch Case

Poltergeist - The Tina Resch Case

This article will be covering the rather tragic Tina Resch case, which started with the claims of a poltergeist haunting…and ended with the death of a child…

Let’s take a closer look…


Tina Resch

Tina did not really have the happiest of upbringings, at the age of just ten she was abandoned by her real mother and ended up being adopted by an incredibly strict family from Columbus, Ohio…

The Resch family.

The head of this twisted family, John and Joan Resch, were absolutely awful to Tina, and she endured many years of abuse from them living in their house…

Until something paranormal starting happening…


The Poltergeist

Around about the time of March, 1981, locals who knew the Resch family started spreading rumours involving Tina and poltergeist activity. It wasn’t long before the media picked up on this story.

When it hit the papers – investigator William Roll decided to look into the case.

Roll contacted the Resch family directly and they were more than happy to invite him to stay at their house, so he could witness the paranormal activity himself.

He wasn’t to be disappointed, on his first night in the household he witnessed all manner of furniture and kitchenware being thrown through the air by an invisible force. He also witnessed the TV coming on by itself, even though it wasn’t plugged in!

Tina Resch

Roll left the Resch household and told the world that the family was telling the truth – there was something paranormal within the house.

The media moved in and started interviewing Tina on a daily basis, but on one visit, the camera recording seemed to catch Tina pushing a lamp off a table and pretending it was a ghost – were the family behind an elaborate hoax?

When quizzed about this incident, Tina insisted that she was sick and tired of all the interviews, and pushed the lamp off the table so that the media would stop harassing her.

When Tina reached the end of her teenage years, the poltergeist seemed to tire of her…and eventually the paranormal activity stopped completely.

The media finally finished with Tina’s life…until 1992…


Tragedy

At the age of 18 Tina managed to get pregnant, and gave birth to a daughter she named Amber. When Amber was the tender age of 3, she was brutally murdered inside Tina’s home.

For some reason Tina was charged with the child’s murder…but she was not even in the house when it happened?

Tina’s boyfriend, David Herrin was supposed to be looking after Amber at the time of her death and he claimed he did not touch the child. After a number of days in the police interview room, Herrin cracked and admitted to sexually abusing the child on numerous occasions when she was alive.

He was immediately given 20 years in prison.

Tina faced the death penalty in court, even though she was nowhere near the child when it died. She tried her best to convince the jury…but in the end had to accept a plea bargain…just to stay alive.

Tina received a sentence of life in prison with an extra 20 years…she is still locked up today.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Tina Resch case, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Capuchin Catacombs Mummies

The Capuchin Catacombs Mummies

In this article we will be taking a look at the mysterious Capuchin Catacombs mummies, one of which is a rather famous corpse of a young girl that they nicknamed ‘Sleeping Beauty’…


The Most Beautiful Mummy in The World

The Capuchin Catacombs lie silently in Palermo, holding a diverse selection of mummified corpses…and the most beautiful mummy in the world.

Why does this mummy stand out above the others?

Why do people and paranormal experts find it so fascinating?

Well, this beautiful mummy of a little girl…sometimes feels the need to blink at whoever is looking at her!

Rosalia Lombardo


Rosalia Lombardo

When she was alive, the most beautiful mummy in the world was a little girl named Rosalia Lombardo. There’s not that much information on her life but what researchers can gather is that she died around the age of two, back in 1920.

There are rumours that she fell victim to pneumonia and never recovered.


The Master Craftsman

Rosalia Lombardo was apparently embalmed by Alfredo Salafia – a known master craftsman in his day. Many modern-day embalmers still insist that Salafia’s work is still better than anything they can manage with modern techniques.

capuchin catacombs italy

But how could this Italian craftsman have reached this level of expertise over a century ago?

Well rumour has it that he learned his trade by studying the ancient Egyptian techniques of mummifying, therefore he left all the organs untouched inside the dead bodies he was working on.


The Blinking Girl

Many people are drawn to the mummified corpse of this little girl due to her innocence and the beauty Salafia has managed to capture in his work…but she is also known to blink at certain visitors.

capuchin monks catacombs

The reports came through thick and fast, so the owners of the catacombs decided to set up a time lapse camera to see if they could catch this paranormal event.

They managed to catch her blinking – Through the camera frames they clearly witnessed the young girl’s beautiful blue eyes as she blinked.


The Capuchin Catacombs Mummies

There are numerous conspiracy theories linked to the blinking girl in the Capuchin Catacombs – most of them border on the side of the paranormal.

One interesting theory I read came from a man pointing out that the changing humidity in the Capuchin Catacombs was responsible for the eye movement in the girl’s mummy.

But, folklore in Palermo points to the fact that Rosalia’s spirit has been restless inside her mummified body now for nearly a century – the blinking is an indication that it want’s to get out and move onto heaven.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

Joliet the Haunted Doll

Joliet the Haunted Doll

In this article we will be taking a look at Joliet the haunted doll – a so-called ‘cursed item’ that has remained in the protection of one family for over four generations…

But why do this family keep hold of this demonic item?

Let’s take a closer look…


Joliet the Doll

The doll is currently owned by a lady that goes by the name of Anna – we’re not 100% sure that is her real name or a pseudonym to stay anonymous in this case.

Anna claims that the doll has been in the possession of her family for over a century and it’s always carried the spooky ability to cry at night – sounding a lot like a baby that has just woken up.

Sometimes there is only one cry, other times there is a chorus of four different babies in distress.

Anna believes that the she knows the four souls that are trapped inside the doll’s body, because they are actually linked to her family tree. This close bond with the trapped spirits is the reason behind her wanting to keep the doll.


The Cursed Doll

This paranormal case seemed to have began when Anna’s great grandmother was given the doll when she was carrying her second child. It was a gift from a friend of the family that had a dark and hidden personality…and she really didn’t like Anna’s great grandmother.

Joliet the Doll

Anna now believes that this woman was so jealous and twisted inside, that a dark force was created from her which entered the doll.

The great grandmother eventually gave birth to a lovely little boy…who tragically died three days later from an unexplained illness…

This same tragedy would unfold for at least four generations.

From this point onward – every female member of Anna’s direct family tree would have two children, a boy and a girl. The male infant would always die just three days after it’s birth.

Anna’s great grandmother also insisted that her dead son had somehow entered the doll – she would break her heart listening to him crying through the doll in the depths of night. She could never get rid of the doll – because she firmly believed that it contained her dead son’s soul.

When she died she passed the doll onto her daughter (Anna’s grandmother) for safekeeping. This turned out to be another deadly move…

Anna’s grandmother had two children – male and female…and the boy died three days after birth.

Anna also lost her son, three days after he was born, and she believes his cries have been ‘added’ to the doll’s disturbing orchestra.


Joliet the Haunted Doll

Each mother in the family has refused to give up this paranormal doll – they all believe that it somehow contains a trace of their baby’s soul. The strange thing about this case is that the cries of the doll can only be heard by female members of Anna’s family.

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

Was Carole Compton a Witch?

Was Carole Compton a Witch?

In this article we will be taking a closer look at the case of Carole Compton and her employment as a nanny with two Italian families…who firmly believed that she was a witch who was bringing all manner of dark events into their homes…


1982

Carole Compton found love in the form of an Italian man who was passing through her hometown of Ayrshire in Scotland in 1982. He was completing a British placement for his military service, and on his way back to Italy.

Compton was completely in love, and decided to move to Italy so she could be close to him when he finished his military responsibilities.

As soon as she arrived in Italy she found a job as a nanny within days of settling down…

Carole Compton and her Italian Man


The Ricci Family

Carole’s first employers were the Ricci family, and she settled into her new position, and career direction, with relative ease…

Until one day, as she was walking past a religious painting in the home, it mysteriously fell to the floor and smashed. One of the Ricci Family’s maids was on hand to witness the incident…

Unfortunately for Carole, this maid had been brought up in a strongly religious family, and she began voicing concerns over Carole’s soul. She told the heads of the Ricci family that Compton immediately sank to her knees and prayed as soon as the painting hit the floor – as if this sort of thing had happened to her before.

Just days later Carole accompanied the Ricci family when they went to their holiday home in the Italian Alps. Over the period of the holiday visit, three fires broke out in the Alps home.

A investigation on the property took place and the Ricci family were informed that the fires were down to an electrical problem at the home…but the Ricci family were not convinced…and ended up firing Compton just days later.


The Tonti Family

Carole got lucky, and within a matter of weeks after her sacking from the Ricci family, she found employment with the Tonti family, who lived in their grandparent’s home on the island of Elba.

During the first few months of her job, Carole seemed to fit right in with the family’s lifestyle…but unfortunately this did not last…

All of a sudden Carole began complaining to certain members of the Tonti family about strange scratching noises following her around the property. She also seemed to be responsible for the destruction of numerous religious statues throughout the home.

Grandmother Tonti had seen enough, and began to call Carole a “Strega” or witch.

The rest of the family seemed to take Carole’s side, and told the grandmother she was being a ridiculous old superstitious fool…but all this changed when a fire eventually broke out in the bedroom of the Tonti’s three year old child.

When the police looked into the incident they noticed that Carole Compton had been linked with strange fires at her previous post as a nanny (with the Ricci family), and she was promptly arrested.

She ended up spending sixteen months in lockup as she waited for her trial to take place (for attempted murder).

The Tonti Family


The Trial

Eventually Carole stood trial in December of 1983, and was found not guilty for the main charge…but guilty for the charge of arson and attempted arson and sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

However, the judge realized that she had been in jail for quite some time leading up to the trial, and decided to release her once proceedings had finished.

Unfortunately, numerous newspapers throughout Europe caught onto the case, and began publishing stories of Carole labeled as the ‘nanny witch’.

Carole now lives with her husband and children in Yorkshire and rarely talks about the incidents that happened in Italy.

Do you think that Carole was somehow linked to the occult – that she was indeed a witch?

Maybe poltergeist activity was following Carole Compton around Italy?

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

The Immortal Count de Saint Germain

The Immortal Count de Saint Germain

In this article we will be looking at the rather long lifeline of the Count de Saint Germain – a figure that has continually popped up throughout history since he first appeared around the time of Christ.

Do immortals walk among us, hidden in plain sight?

Let’s take a closer look…

 


Live Forever

Numerous researchers believe that this ‘count’ was born sometime in the 1600’s…but there is a certain amount of evidence that he first appeared around the time of Christ.

He seems to continually appear throughout history, and is always aged around the 45 mark. The last apparent sighting of this man was in the early 70’s.

The Count has rubbed shoulders with many of the ‘high and mighty’ during his time on Earth – Casanova, Madame de Pampadour and George Washington all claim to have met him and spent numerous hours in his company.

Live Forever

Annie Besant, an author who developed a deep fascination with this character, went as far as creating a genealogy on him…which resulted in her firmly believing that the Count was the son of Francis Racoczi II, Prince of Transylvania in 1690.

 


Eternal Life

The Count never attempted to hide the fact that he was immortal, and frequently boasted that he had discovered the secret to eternal life.

He found worldwide celebrity status in the years between 1740 to 1780. During this time he traveled to every corner of Europe…and never seemed to age a day!

He was also known to be and extremely talented man…at just about everything he turned his hand to. There are reports of him excelling at various forms of art and he spoke over ten different languages.

Eternal Life

Whenever he arrived at a city for the first time, he would immediately purchase a building and set up an alchemy laboratory. He didn’t have any bank accounts…but he always had money to burn.

He made friends with ease – wherever he ended up.

He would frequently be spotted out with large groups of socialites, but he never ate a bite of food in public.

History also points to the fact that he had strong connections in the Rosicrucians, Freemasons, Society of Asiatic Brothers, the Knights of Light, the Illuminati and Order of the Templars.

 


Immortal?

Apparently, this popular Count eventually died in 1784…but less than a year later he was spotted in Germany with the pioneer hypnotist Anton Mesmer. Many friends of Mesmer later claimed that the Count had turned up to teach the hypnotist elements of the dark arts, to aid his work.

In 1789, the Comtesse d’Adhémar reported having a meeting with the Count after the taking of the Bastille. In this conversation, the Count was able to predict France’s future with eerie precision.

Comtesse d’Adhémar also admitted that many more meetings were set up with this strange character, from 1789 until 1820. In all this time – he never aged a day.

 


Who Was Richard Chanfray?

In the 1970’s, a man named Richard Chanfray came forward to claim that he was the mysterious Count de Saint Germain. When the press picked up on his story he was invited onto numerous television shows (on one of these shows he appeared to turn a chunk of lead into gold).

Who Was Richard Chanfray?

For some reason Richard Chanfray committed suicide in Saint Tropez in 1983…but his body was never found…just a suicide note from the man himself.

Who Was Richard Chanfray?

Do you believe that he was the modern version of the Count de Saint Germain?

Do you believe that immortals walk among us?

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

Ghosts of the London Underground

Ghosts of the London Underground

In this article we will be covering the most (in)famous ghosts of the London Underground, and the areas of the system they are reported to appear…

 


The London Subterraneans

The London Subterraneans are entities that are based on an old urban legend – they are thought to be a group of Londoners that chose to live underground in the late nineteenth century.

Lack of sunlight and living in dark and damp conditions has apparently led to this group mutating over the years. Incidents involving the subterraneans seem to surface every couple of years. Many people believe that they now survive off the junk food discarded in the underground system.

There are also a number of rumors suggesting that these ‘creatures’ have feasted on missing night commuters…

 


The Faceless Woman of Beacontree Station

In 1992 a station employee at E11 (Greater London), Beacontree Station, was working alone in his office when he heard the doorknob begin to rattle. At first he thought it was a joke…but it continued to happen several times.

He eventually stood up and opened the door to find a woman standing there with long blond hair but no face. She had a smooth sort of ‘plate’ where her facial features were supposed to be.

When he later reported the incident to his superiors he discovered that numerous other underground workers had encountered the Faceless Woman over the years.

 


The Ghost of Sarah Blackhead

This is apparently the same ghost that haunts the Bank of England – Sarah Blackhead (The Black Nun). In life, Sarah went crazy when she realized that her brother was dead, and returned daily to his office to meet him.

She always turned up in black clothing – which is why she ended up with the nickname The Black Nun.

She has apparently been spotted on numerous occasions in EC2 (Greater London) , Bank Station, Central Line.

 


The Insane Rebecca Griffiths

EC2 (Greater London), Liverpool Street Station, is apparently haunted by the ghost of Rebecca Griffiths – a former resident of the Hospital of the Star of Bethlehem (a notorious insane asylum).

When she finally passed away, she was buried without the coin she spent most of her life gripping onto. Witnesses now believe that she has returned to haunt the area because she is in search of this beloved coin.

 


The Phantom Steam Train

During the Second World War, many locals to the Highgate High Level Station reported hearing the sounds of an invisible steam train.

The station was never actually finished, but numerous passers by reported hearing the ghostly sounds of an old fashioned train coming from the area where the track was going to be laid.

Skeptics believe that these sounds are nothing more than floating noises coming from the nearby stations which were active until the 1970.

 


The ‘Repeating’ Woman

Numerous commuters in NW1 (Greater London), King’s Cross Station, have encountered a distressed woman in one of the corridors leading outside. She always appears to be on her knees with her arms outstretched…crying and screaming away.

Witnesses claim that she appears like an old fashioned reel of film – repeating every couple of seconds…

 


The Monks

These phantom monks tend to appear around the Jubilee Line, from Westminster to Stratford, and have been reported hundreds of times since the year 2000.

They are always spotted walking along the tube tracks, silently.

Many locals believe that these monk’s grave’s were disturbed when the Jubilee line was being constructed, disturbing their peace and resulting in them roaming the underground station.

 


The Ghosts of the London Underground

phantoms that are spotted in the London Underground system

Now it’s over to you – these are just some of the more well-known phantoms that are spotted in the London Underground system, but have you heard of any others that would compliment this article?

If so we would love to hear from you – please leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

The Goatman Urban Legend

The Goatman Urban Legend

In this article we will be taking a look at the strange entity behind the Goatman urban legend that has surfaced around Beltsville in Maryland, Louisville in Kentucky, and Fort Worth in Texas.

Does an axe-wielding half man/half goat creature really exist…or are the rumors nothing more than urban legends?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Goatman Legends

For just over half a century now, teenagers in the small town called Beltsville have passed down stories involving a sinister creature. This creature is thought to haunt the local woods and a stretch of road which ‘doubles’ as a lovers lane.

The first real ‘report’ involving this creature comes from 1957, when a randy couple decided to park on this secluded road for a bit of private time (the road is actually known as Fletchertown Road).

Without warning, something big hit the front bonnet of the car, making a terrible crashing sound.

When they looked up, they saw an extremely tall horned figure staring down at them…holding a double-edged axe!

For some reason the creature didn’t hang about, and ran off into the night just seconds after frightening them.

The Goatman Legends


Sightings

This 1957 sighting was the first ever recorded incident involving the Goatman…but many more followed over the years.

It is said to be between 7-8 feet tall and weighing 300 pounds. It has a normal (yet tall) upper body with the head and legs/feet of a goat.

Some witnesses claim that the creature is completely covered with a strange fur, whilst others have reported it only being partially covered in hair.

Over the years the creature seems to have got more and more violent in it’s ways. The first few incidents involved the entity merely watching young lovers – scaring them.

Move on a couple of decades, and the legend now involves the creature chasing a young man through the forest and eventually decapitating him!

This report was followed by hundreds of locals claiming that the Goatman had captured and killed their pet in the middle of the night.

kentucky goatman legend


The Sexual Predator

Why does this strange creature have such a fascination with young lovers?

Well, modern-day incidents seem to indicate that the Goatman is now creeping into homes in the middle of the night…and raping unsuspecting men and women.

Is this what he/she has learned over the years – from watching numerous young lovers in their cars?


Theories

Many believe the stories began due to the presence of an old hermit that lived in the area in the 1960’s. This strange man was often seen walking down Fletchertown Road in the dead of night.

Another theory involves a scientist that used to work in the area – carrying tests out on goats. He apparently went mad (for no particular reason!) and started to stalk the area at night…dressed as a goat!

goatman legend texas

The most popular theory simply centers around a local farmer who lost his temper after local youths killed some of his goat herd. He then took to the woods and road to exact revenge…night after night.


The Goatman Urban Legend

Stories of a similar creature are also told in Fort Worth, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky. A real entity…or nothing more than a local urban legend?

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

The Mexican Legend of La Llorona

The Mexican Legend of La Llorona

This article will be taking a look at the Mexican legend of La Llorona – a simple folktale…or a legend based on fact?

Let’s take a closer look…


The La Llorona Ghost Story

There are several versions of the 500-year-old Mexican ghost story…and all of them start with the most beautiful woman in Mexico…

The woman’s name is Maria, and she is very adapt at using her beautiful ‘assets’ to get what she wants from the male population of where she lives. It’s no surprise really that she ends up marrying the most eligible and wealthiest bachelor in town.

Unfortunately for Maria, her rich husband lost interest in her after she had given him two young sons. Legend points to the fact that he began disappearing on ‘business’ trips for months at a time.

Before long she realized that he was having numerous affairs…and she began to blame her sons for her husband’s bad behavior.

The La Llorona Ghost Story


The River

One night Maria decided to take her two young sons with her for a walk along the local river banks. After a couple of miles of their stroll, her estranged husband pulled up in a horse drawn carriage…with a younger woman!

Maria’s husband was not happy about the fact that his sons were out this late, and that they were walking in such a dangerous area.

He demanded that the two boys get in the carriage with him.

When Maria saw her children with her husband, and his new conquest, she realized that they now had the love she so desperately wanted from her man.

In a possessed rage, she dragged the two boys out of the carriage and threw them into the river.

Her rage suddenly disappeared…and she realized what she had done…

She ran down the river bank frantically trying to catch up with her drowning children…but she was too late.


The Weeping Woman

Maria never got over what she had done…and slowly went crazy through extreme grief. She would roam the river banks for weeks on end, her white gown began to soil and deteriorate, gaining her the horrifying signature look.

The Weeping Woman

She refused to talk to anyone, and she refused to eat. She spent the rest of her life walking along the river bank weeping uncontrollably for her lost children.


The Mexican Legend of La Llorona

Rumor has it that you can sill hear her restless spirit weeping and still mourning the loss of her children around the banks of the Santa Fe River.

There have also been numerous sightings of her weeping spirit between Mora and Guadalupita.

Locals to the area are dead set on the idea that Maria’s ghost, La Llorona, is a real entity, and it has been haunting the area for centuries.

Skeptics believe that La Llorona is nothing more than a tale created to frighten young children away from the river…a tale that has somehow now turned into a bit of an urban legend.

What do you think?

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

The Eilean Mor Lighthouse Keepers

The Eilean Mor Lighthouse Keepers

What really happened to the Eilean Mor lighthouse keepers?

Were they the victims of alien abduction? Were they dragged through a wormhole into another dimension? Did they fall foul of local paranormal legends?

Or did they simply ‘do a runner’, and carry through an elaborate escape from their job?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Lighthouse Keepers

Eilean Mor is one of a group of uninhabited islands known as the Flannan Isles, located in Scotland. It is a lonely outcrop of land that is surrounded by jagged cliff faces, and a lighthouse stands on top of it’s main grass covered hill.

On December the 7th, 1900, three lighthouse keepers (Donald MacArthur, Thomas Marshall and James Ducat) landed on the island to start a fortnight long shift.

The Lighthouse Keepers

When they arrived at the shoreline, they were met by their superior – Robert Muirhead. The three workers, and their boss, then checked the island to make sure all the equipment and supplies were in order.

Before leaving the men to their two week shift, the Superintendent let them know that there had been severe problems with mist around the island over the previous week.

He then departed to leave the three men to their duties.


The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Mystery

On the mainland, the coastguard service that ran the lighthouse, had a large telescope fitted so that they could keep an eye on Eilean Mor and it’s lighthouse.

If there was ever any trouble on the island, the lighthouse workers could simply signal to the mainland, and the telescope would pick up their call.

A couple of days after the Superintendent had left his workers on the island, the severe mist returned, making it impossible to zoom in on the lighthouse structure.

During the period of December the 7th to December the 15th, the lighthouse was only spotted on three separate occasions.

A passing ship did manage to catch a fleeting glimpse of the island structure, but they were amazed to find that it didn’t seem to be in working order!

The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Mystery


The Deserted Isle

The boat that was booked to bring the men home after their two week stint, ended up having to be delayed until December the 21st, due to the bad mist conditions surrounding the island.

When it finally arrived, it’s crew noticed that the lighthouse flag was not flying. This flag was usually set to show the incoming boats that the lighthouse workers were prepared to row out and meet them.

The crew decided to row ashore and find out what was happening.

When they got to the lighthouse – they found it locked up. When they finally managed to break into the building, they discovered a meal sitting waiting on the table and the fireplace untouched.

The three lighthouse workers were nowhere to be found.

They then frantically searched through the lighthouse log records, and discovered that the final entry was made on December the 15th – a day after the mist cloud had hit the island.


Mother Nature?

The Superintendent eventually informed the public that mother nature had taken the lives of the three missing lighthouse workers…but not everyone went along with this theory…

He was convinced that a rogue wave had hit the island and swept all three men out to sea, where they drowned.

Mother Nature?

Conspiracy theorists believe that the island was/is a hot-spot for alien activity, and the men were abducted by UFO’s.

Some locals also believe that the island has a strange link to another dimension – a hidden wormhole that is linked to numerous paranormal events over the years.

What do you think?

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

The Boggo Road Gaol Ghosts

The Boggo Road Gaol Ghosts

This article will be covering the Boggo Road Gaol ghosts. Also known as Brisbane Prison, this location is said to be haunted by both former prisoners and a warden/guard…


The Early Years of Boggo Road Gaol

The Boggo Road Gaol opened it’s doors to inmates in 1883, after the original Brisbane Prison was finally closed down and demolished. The recycled materials from this first prison were then used to build the newer location.

The new prison was constructed on Bogga Road, Dutton Park, Queensland, Australia. The road got it’s rather strange title from the nickname of ‘Bolgo’ – which came from the fact that the road often turned into a messy bog after a heavy downpour.

In 1903, prison authorities decided to convert a section of the location so that it could be used as a female prison, as well as male. The conversion was a huge success, and the prison ended up replacing the surrounding women‘s prisons and lockups.

The Early Years of Boggo Road Gaol

Unfortunately the women of the area seemed to be quite well behaved – and the female section of the prison never really got more than half full.

The male side of the prison was completely overcrowded – so in 1921 the women inmates were moved out, and the male population of prisoners were spread throughout the whole location.


A Dark Place

From the period of 1883 to 1913, 42 inmates were executed at the prison, and then buried in unmarked graves in South Brisbane Cemetery. A lady named Ellen Thompson (nee Lynch) was the only female among the 42.

She was arrested with John Harrison in 1887 and accused of the murder of her second husband, William Thompson. She was found guilty and hung at the Goal.

Unfortunately the executioner had a bit of a bad day, and ended up misjudging the length of the rope. It ended up cutting straight into Thompson’s jugular leaving her to bleed a painful death.

Many witnesses claim that her blood splashed out and covered her black dress, and the stones below the gallows.

The quadrangle of Boggo Road Gaol

The prison became headline news in the 1980’s when it was taken over by riots and rooftop protests. This prison unrest was down to the terrible conditions at the Goal.

The authorities looked into the location and decided that the conditions were indeed too poor for the inmates – Boggo Road Gaol closed its doors in 1992.


The Boggo Road Gaol Ghosts

The prison location is now said to be haunted by the ‘pet’ of the establishment in the 1970’s – a cat named ‘Tripod’.

Numerous visitors to the site have witnessed the strange three-legged black and white cat rub up against them, then casually disappear into the darkness as it walks away.

It is also known to house the ghost of Ernest Austin. Austin was a terrible man who was convicted of the rape and murder of eleven year old Ivy Mitchell. When he stood on the executioner’s block, he informed the public that he would be back to haunt the building forever more.

His ghost is often spotted in the Division 2 area of the prison.

Many of the locals also believe that the spirit of warder Officer Bernard Ralph walks the dark halls. He was an unfortunate prison employee that ended up being killed at the Goal…by a metal bar wielding prisoner.

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