The Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery

The Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery

In this article we will be taking a look at the Black Angel of Oakland Cemetery – a bronze monument to tragedy that apparently causes the death of anyone who decides to touch it…


The Black Angel in Oakland Cemetery

Iowa City’s Oakland Cemetery is located in a run-of-the-mill neighborhood near Hickory Hill – it is well known for it’s impressive collection of monuments to the dead.

One of these monuments stands out from the others – a bronze Black Angel that stands over the graves of Teresa Dolezal and her family, apparently put in place near the start of the 20th century.


The Dolezals

Teresa Dolezal arrived in Iowa City with her son Eddie back in the late 1800’s and was lucky enough to quickly land a job as a midwife. She worked at this career until 1891, when Eddie tragically died of meningitis.

He was buried in Oakland Cemetery below a strange carving of a tree stump, that acted as his headstone.

Full of grief, Teresa moved on to Oregon where she met and married Nicholas Feldevert. Maybe this new love could mend her broken heart?

Unfortunately, Feldevert died in 1911, leaving her carrying the pain of two family members she had tragically lost.


The Black Angel

Broken and in pain, Teresa returned to Iowa City and commissioned the construction of an eight-and-a-half foot tall bronze angel. The Chicago artist Mario Korbel took on the job and constructed a rather dark yet impressive piece.

The statue was placed in the cemetery in 1913 and her son’s monument was moved so it could stand right beside it.

Her late husband’s ashes were apparently spread throughout the concrete base of the angel. When Teresa eventually died in 1924, her ashes were also added to the base of the strange monument.

For some reason, there were no dates added to the names of the dead on the statue…and this got tongues wagging locally…

The Black Angel

On top of this, the statue lost it’s bronze color to it’s now dark hue by the time Teresa died. This led to rumors surfacing regarding Teresa’s actions when she was alive – was the statue warning the living about this (evil) woman?

Another account claims that there was a severe thunderstorm on the night of Teresa’s funeral. During this storm a stray bolt of lightening hit out and caught the bronze statue – turning it black.

Other versions blamed the blackening of the statue on infidelity – did Teresa really swear on her husband’s grave that she would lay with no other man?

Some locals even went as far as claiming that Teresa had killed her son, Eddie, and managed to cover it up with the sickness story. The monument blackened as a mark of her guilt.


The Angel of Death

The most famous legend to hang off this sinister monument goes something like this – any girl kissed in the shadow of the angel’s wings will die within six months, and anyone who touches the bronze skin of the angel on Halloween, will die within seven years.

But there’s more…

Apparently, if you decide to kiss the actual statue, your heart will stop instantly…but if you are a virgin, the kiss will have no effect on you!

The statue itself is also thought to be a paranormal entity – locals insist that it has been spotted numerous times over the years, walking silently through the graveyard at night.

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

Where Did Fairy Tales Originate From?

Where Did Fairy Tales Originate From?

It’s a marvelous way to get your little bundles of joy to sleep…finally…but where did fairy tales originate from?

Let’s follow the nightmarish breadcrumb trail to the most popular tale’s gloomy origins…


The Hansel and Gretel Plot

I always found Hansel and Gretel a little bit disturbing – not exactly the perfect picture to paint a kid before you turn the lights out…

Parents decide that the only way they can avoid starvation is to abandon their children (the stepmother’s idea). Kids end up hiding in the forest where they meet a two-faced witch who fattens them up for eating.

The Hansel and Gretel Plot

At the time, this plot was not a million miles away from the nightmare of the Great Famine of 1315-1317…apparently this was the inspiration for this kid’s cannibal tale.


The Dark Red Riding Hood

When the Brothers Grimm finally got hold of Little Red Riding Hood, they actually humanized the tale so that it was more acceptable for children.

The original version, by Charles Perrault, sees the little girl actually cannibalize her grandmother by mistake!

That’s right – good old granny gets ripped to shreds by the big bad wolf and poor ‘Red’ ends up unwittingly feeding on her guts.

The Dark Red Riding Hood

Apparently, another early version of this tale sees ‘Red’ being forced to strip naked and join the wolf in bed. She goes through the motions with the wolf…who then eats her after he’s finished the job!

Not exactly the nightmare I want to put in my kid’s head before sleepy time.


The REAL Little Mermaid

Disney’s Ariel really had an easy time of it…when compared to Hans Christian Andersen’s nightmarish 1837 version…

This tale tells of a mermaid that gives up her singing voice so that she can grow legs and steal the heart of a local prince. However, the legs give her nothing but agonizing pain, and she has just one day to marry the prince, lest she be turned to sea foam.

The REAL Little Mermaid

She suffers through a tortured dance with the prince in complete pain…but he decides to marry another woman at the ball!

Ariel’s sisters provide her with a weapon to kill the prince and break the curse, but she cannot bring herself to do it…and turns into sea foam…


The Sleeping Beauty Nightmare

The original Sleeping Beauty fairy tale is based on an Italian folk tale entitled ‘Sun, Moon, and Talia’, by a poet named Giambattista Basile. It was apparently released in 1634.

The lead female character, Talia, somehow manages to get a sliver of flax lodges stuck underneath one of her finger nails causing her to appear dead to her father.

Her dad, who is completely heartbroken, cannot bring himself to bury her body…so he lays her down in a bedroom of the family home.

A few months later, a local king follows his hunting falcon into Talia’s estate and finds her asleep on the bed. When he’s unable to wake the unconscious woman, he rapes her!

The Sleeping Beauty Nightmare

Talia becomes pregnant with the king’s children, and manages to give birth to two children in her comatose state. One of these little angels then manages to suck out the flax lodges stuck underneath it’s mother’s nail, waking her in the process.

But the king has long since married, and when his new wife finds out about Talia and the children, she hatches a plan to capture the kids, cook them, then serve them to the king.

The royal cook agrees to this grizzly chore…but ducks out of it at the last minute – he serves the king lamb instead.

He then informs the king about his queen’s plan, and the king has her burned at the stake for punishment.

He then ends up marrying Talia.

Quite the horror soap opera really, isn’t it?


Where Did Fairy Tales Originate From?

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg – The Pied Piper of Hamelin, The Frog Prince and many other fairy tales are based on nightmarish visions…that should be kept well away from children.

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

Real Ghostly Images – The Belfast Linen Mill Girls

Real Ghostly Images

I’m not going to beat around the bush – running a website like this is pretty good fun, even the research rocks!

Well, that’s what I was doing yesterday when I came across this fascinating picture – researching topics for this site.

Before we go any further with this article, take another look at the picture above…


The Ghost Hand

How many of you eagle-eyed wonders spotted it?

HAVE you spotted it yet?

Okay, let’s make this easier – check out the full image below…

The Ghostly Hand

This is a photo of a group of Belfast linen mill girls taken back in 1900…but who does that phantom hand belong to?

Well the photo was published online by a Belfast website who was covering Irish trades that now no longer exist.

By chance, a Irish lady came across this picture on the site and had the fright of her life – apparently this picture used to hang in her dad’s house for decades, because her great grandmother was one of these young lasses!

She ended up contacting the Belfast website and asking them if they’d spotted the phantom hand in the picture – they hadn’t, and they were suitably shocked to do so!

Unfortunately, that’s all the information I have on this particular ghost image. If you know anything else about this story – please consider leaving it in the comment section below.

The Haunting of The Blue Lion Inn, Cwm

The Haunting of The Blue Lion Inn, Cwm

The paranormal actvity reported in the Blue Lion Inn in Cwm has it’s origin in the conflict between two brothers. This article takes a look at how this conflict AND haunting came about…


The Farmhouse

The story begins back in the day when the inn was still a working farmhouse. The farmer who owned the property had two sons – but these two brothers hated the sight of one another.

One day the farmer turned up in the local market and informed the villagers that one of his sons, John Henry, had left the Cwm area for good.

The locals had no real reason to question the farmer about this sudden disappearance…until a group of workmen stumbled upon a tampered grave in the church grounds near the farmhouse…


John Henry’s Body

They dug down into the grave and found the body of a man buried on top of an old coffin. The remains were later identified as John Henry.

The Ghost

Nobody was ever charged with the murder of John Henry, but locals were convinced that he was killed at the farmhouse. Most people believed that his brother murdered him then buried him in another person’s grave late at night.

But these accusations did not stick.


The Ghost 

The Ghost of John Henry is now a regular visitor to The Blue Lion Inn and the nearby churchyard. Hundreds of eye witness reports claim that he is dressed in the fashion of the period he died in – with a waistcoat and breeches.

For some reason, his apparition is always carrying a heavy sack on it’s shoulders. At times it has also appeared with two other ghosts, which locals believe are his father and hated brother.


Paranormal Activity

Locals believe that the ghost of John Henry could be linked to strange happenings at the inn that were reported back in 1969.

A former proprietor of the Inn, Mr. Evans, had a love of strange and exotic animals. He kept snakes, a monkey and an alligator in cages behind the hotel’s grounds.

One morning he woke to find that all the cages had been opened, and all the animals had escaped. Thankfully they had not gotten that far, and Mr. Evans had managed to get them back in their cages by lunchtime.

The following morning he was confronted with the same problem – someone had once again opened the cage and let the animals roam free.

Paranormal Activity

Enough was enough – Mr. Evans now believed that local animal rights activists were behind the night escape attempts, so he carefully placed sand around the animal’s cages in order to gather footprint evidence.

The following morning he was confronted with all of the animals missing once again…but the only footprints in the sand…were made by the animals.

Was the ghost of John Henry behind these midnight escape incidents?


The Blue Lady

John’s ghost is not the only well known paranormal visitor to the Blue Lion – an entity known as the Blue Lady also resides there.

This elderly lady likes to communicate with visitors to the inn and has been reported frequently, on numerous occasions.

The young son of a former owner of the inn encountered the Blue Lady in his bedroom. She simply walked into his room and lay down on the bed opposite him.

When she noticed the boy she sat up and informed him she did not feel well. She then lay back down, and disappeared.

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

The Hotel Galvez Haunted Room

The Hotel Galvez Haunted Room

In this article we will be covering the legend behind the Hotel Galvez haunted room – is this trapped spirit a bride-to-be-named Audra that has been locked inside the location’s walls for over half a century?


The Story of Audra

During the 1950’s, Audra was known to have gotten engaged to a mariner who was the love of her life. His job meant that he was constantly on the move – in and out of the Port of Galveston.

At the time she was staying in Room 501 in the Hotel Galvez. Whenever she recieved word that her love was returning, she would take an elevator to the eighth floor, then climb up a narrow ladder to get to the hotel’s roof area.

From here she would enter one of the metal-ribbed hexagonal turrets that sat upon the roof, and wait for her lover’s ship to appear on the horizon.


The Storm

One day, Audra was informed that her lover’s ship was on it’s way back – she would see him once again by nightfall!

She made her traditional journey to the top of the Hotel roof, and sheltered in one of the turrets.

Within hours a terrible storm brewed up across the coast – there was no sign of her lover’s ship. She climbed to the same turret and waited for the next few days…until word came through that her lover’s ship had sunk due to the poor weather conditions.

The grief-stricken bride-to-be refused to believe that she was now alone in the world. She cut off all communication with her friends and family and continued to climb the hotel’s roof every day…waiting for her lover’s return.

Within weeks she finally realized that she would never see her love again…and promptly hung herself in the west turret.

The real tragedy of this story is the fact that her lover was not dead – he actually turned up days after her suicide…

The Hotel in 1914
The Hotel in 1914

The Ghost of Audra

Over the years there have been numerous sightings of Audra’s spirit by staff and visitors. Senior concierge Jackie Hasan, who was born locally, believes that Audra’s spirit has a special link to her.

She is actually the fourth generation of her family to work at the Galvez – many of these family members have reported incidents with Audra over the years.

Jackie’s familiarity with the tragic spirit has led to her taking the lead role in the ghost tours that now take place at the hotel. The most popular request is to set foot in Room 501…

The hotel has become quite the paranormal hotspot over the years with further reported incidents of a phantom girl, bouncing a ball, in the lower level of the hotel and odd occurrences in the restaurant and lobby.

Following Hurricane Ike, which struck Galveston in September 2008, a group of staff members were left stranded at work due to the roads being closed. Several of these staff members reported an incident with a spectral woman dressed in an old-fashioned maid’s uniform and a man.

This strange, old-fashioned couple were spotted walking through a guest room, then disappearing through the wall!

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

The Conwy Castle Hotel Chambermaid Ghost

The Conwy Castle Hotel Chambermaid Ghost

The historic Conwy Castle Hotel has provided many services over the centuries. It began life as a Cistercian abbey and then moved on to become a popular coaching inn that attracted many travelers to the area.

This article will be taking a look at the paranormal case that is known locally as ‘The Unfortunate Chambermaid of The Castle Hotel’ and the spectral friends she brings with her…


The Chambermaid’s Tale

Over the years there have been numerous reports from visitors that suggest a blond girl, no more than 12 years old, haunts the old hotel.

There is some interesting historical evidence to support the appearance of this lost spirit…

A girl that fits the description of this ghost was employed by the hotel during the 1920’s as a chambermaid. Unfortunately for her, the manageress at the time was a little bit of a cow!

The young girl fell terribly ill suddenly and pleaded with her employer to have the day off – the manageress would not agree to this, and forced her to work throughout the day in her poorly condition.

The Chambermaid's Tale

The following day the girl’s sickness got worse…but the manageress yet again refused to let her rest…she collapsed hours later.

As she lay on her deathbed she pleaded with her employers to send her body back to her home of Anglesey – they agreed to do so.

Once she had passed the manageress went back on her word – maybe to cover up her harsh treatment of the girl?

Her body was swiftly and crudely buried in the graveyard adjacent to the hotel.

Within days the hotel was struck by a series of hauntings that involved a spectral young girl – it got to the point where nobody wanted to stay there!

The manageress had the body exhumed and sent down to Anglesey…but she was too late…the spirit of the girl has never left the hotel.


The Phantom Cat & The Cellar Dweller

There have also been numerous reports at the hotel of a phantom cat that some believe is linked to the chambermaid’s ghost.

Apparently this ‘pet ghost’ still feels drawn to the warmth of hotel visitor’s beds, and is frequently felt walking slowly across the bedsheets in the dead of night.

The Phantom Cat & The Cellar Dweller

A handful of employees to the hotel have also reported an entity down in the building’s cellar – it is unclear whether this is the spirit of the chambermaid or not.

This creature of the dark likes to violently push visitors to the cellar up against the wall, as if he/she/whatever is trying to get past them in a hurry.

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

Ghost Caught on Security Camera

Ghost Caught on Security Camera

I don’t often include ghost footage from YouTube archives on this site because I would be working around the clock – hundreds of new examples pop up on the streaming service every single day!

So, I try my best to limit their coverage to the uploads I find interesting.

The example we will be looking at today shows a ghost caught on security camera in an Egyptian pharmacy.

I decided to showcase it here NOT because I think it is legit…but because I think the ‘person’ who put it together has done quite a good job…


A Ghost Caught on CCTV Camera?

Hell no – but the editor of the video should really think about putting his/her talents forward for work on a indie horror film (don’t you think?).

It’s impressive enough to watch, but it’s blindingly obvious it’s fake.

First things first – do security cameras like this have audio on them?

I’m not 100% sure but I haven’t come across a CCTV setup that includes audio…well, not one that a chemist can afford, anyway!

Also, the glitch effect used on the final rendered video looks like a million green screen effects available (for free!) on YouTube itself – you’ll find numerous Found Footage Horror movies using them!


Fake?

I wouldn’t normally include anything on this site I felt was fake, but the level of editing and effort put into this was quite impressive at the end of the day.

Unfortunately, this is the type of thing we are up against these days – the truth will always end up being diluted by the high quality hoax efforts…which is a shame really!

Now it’s over to you – just because I think it’s fake, doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to follow suit!

What are your thoughts on this new ghost footage?

A real recording of paranormal activity…or nothing more than an impressive piece of amateur CGI?

Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

The Mystery of The Salyut 7 Angels

The Mystery of The Salyut 7 Angels

In this article we will be taking a look at the fascinating mystery of the Salyut 7 Angels. What really happened on the Salyut 7 space station in 1985?


The Orange Cloud

The six crew members on board the Soviet space station were worried – over the past week of their mission they had been experiencing numerous technological problems that never seemed to end.

Without warning, a strange orange gas-like cloud filled the entire space vessel – had the station finally caved in on them? Were they about to perish in space?

The crew desperately ran around the station looking for the source of this strange orange gas cloud.

At first they thought it was a fire that was linked to the computer problems – but they could not find the source of the cloud, no matter how hard they tried.

Suddenly the orange gas turned into a bright white light that left the astronauts blinded for several minutes.

Strange orange gas-like cloud filled the entire space vessel

They gradually regained their sight, and after the panic subsided, they noticed the light dim a little…but something was outside the space station…


The Space Angels 

The crew were amazed to find seven strange beings floating about outside the space station. There was instant panic among the astronauts…but that did not last…

These strange beings had wonderful smiling faces which seem to bring a calmness over the experience.

The crew claimed that the bodies of these ‘space angels’ were very humanoid in shape, although they stretched out well over 10 foot in length.

They had large wings spouting from their backs and it looked like they had halos floating above their heads.

The Space Angels 

The Salyut 7 team were convinced that they were in the presence of messengers from god – angels that had found them in space.

They contacted their Russian HQ and informed them about the experience.

The Russian authorities were not impressed one bit – they came to the conclusion that the crew were going nuts through isolation in space.

They decided to sweep the report under the carpet and wait until the crew returned to Earth.

About a fortnight later a new group arrived at the space station to take over the astronaut tasks.

Within a day, this new group of astronauts claimed to have been visited by the exact same entities as the initial crew.


The Report Leaks…

The Russian authorities decided that enough was enough – they ordered both sets of astronauts to go through a full examination back on Earth.

They were both found to be in excellent mental and physical health.

They tried to keep the ‘space angels’ report from the media…but somehow it got leaked.

A engineer from the Hubble Project eventually came forward to back up the astronauts claims – he said that they had been witnessing these strange beings through the telescope for quite some time.

He described them as being about 20 meters in length with a huge wingspan – at times they reached the same size as a modern jetliner.

The Hubble engineer’s backup report seemed to open the floodgates – next the SOHO Observatory came forward and claimed they had spotted these angel-like beings around the outskirts of the Sun.


Contact With Angels

Many conspiracy theorists believe that our governments have known about these space creatures for years…but have decided to cover the issue up.

A retired NASA operative came forward on July the 29th, 2008, and claimed he had seen one of these ‘angels’ having a conversation with two American astronauts, in a space shuttle payload bay.

His claims were quickly rubbished, but conspiracy theorists took note that this was a respected NASA employee – who had 34 years of service under his belt…

Why would he lie?

Please leave your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below.

The Colwyn Bay Ghost

The Colwyn Bay Ghost

Colwyn Bay (or ‘Bae Colwyn’ as it is known in Welsh) is a seaside town in the Conwy County Borough on the north coast of Wales overlooking the Irish Sea. It was established as it’s own parish identity back in 1844 when it was no more than a group of houses making up a small village.

In this article we will be taking a look at the reports surrounding the Colwyn Bay ghost of the Princess Theatre Bingo and Social Club


Multiple Sightings

Over the years, especially since I’ve been reporting on paranormal matters, I’ve come across my fair share of skeptics.

Well that’s okay – at the end of the day they have their right to an opinion, just like everyone else.

Skeptics will always have the opportunity to ridicule paranormal reports from single witnesses…but what happens when these reports come from multiple, respected sources?

Quarry Jetty in Colwyn Bay


The Picture

In 1990, Sandra Lloyd, the manageress of the Princess Theatre Bingo and Social Club, decided to take a few snaps of the club after closing time. She spent about an hour walking around the staff cleaning up, taking various shots at various angles.

When the developed photos returned, a few days later, she was shocked to see that a few of the images showed a ghostly figure hovering above the venue’s busy barman.

This figure had definitely not been there when the pictures were first taken.

The pictures stirred up quite a fuss locally and were eventually published in County Pioneer.

NOTE: Unfortunately we have not been able to locate examples of these images for this article. If anyone reading this article knows where we can find them – please contact us through our contact page located HERE


Numerous Staff Reports

It turns out that a large number of the staff that had worked at the venue over the years had experienced some sort of contact with this ghostly apparition.

Many of them describe the entity as a fleeting, hazy figure – there one minute…and gone the next!

Princess Theatre Bingo and Social Club

It has also been noted that the ‘spirit’ is not that fond of large groups of people, as it only seems to materialize after the customers have left the venue.


Origins

Many locals to the area believe that the haunting most likely has it’s origins in the accidental death of a man when the building was used as a cinema.

This unfortunate guy somehow managed to die in a freak accident inside the projection box.

As we touched on above – we are struggling to locate examples of the photographs that Sandra Lloyd took back in 1990. If you know of any way we can obtain copies for use in this article, please either leave a comment below or contact us through the this page.

Thanks for reading!

Natasha Demkina X Ray Eyes

Natasha Demkina X Ray Eyes

This article will be covering the wonderful paranormal talent of the ‘X Ray vision girl’ – Natasha Demkina.

Does this Russian girl really have the power to see inside people and spot their illnesses?

Welcome to the power of the Natasha Demkina X Ray eyes…


The Power

Natalya Nikolayevna Demkina was born in Saransk, western Russia, in 1987. When she was ten years old see went through an operation on her appendix that she claims gave her paranormal powers – the ability to look into a person’s body and locate various illnesses.

She says that she can actually spot colors inside people that make up pictures – she can then analyze these pictures to find out what is wrong with the individual.


The Test

When she first came out with these claims, the local doctors thought she was going slightly mad – in their book, this was impossible!

They decided to test Natasha by taking her to a local children’s hospital and introducing her to a few of the young patients.

The Test

She ended up correctly diagnosing several children correctly – one of which was seriously ill.

She also managed to correct a mis-diagnosis made by a doctor at the hospital on a female patient’s case.

This female had actually been told that she was suffering from a cancerous growth, but Natasha discovered that there was no cancer…only a harmless cyst.

This claim led to a second diagnosis…proving Natasha was correct.


Hitting The Headlines

In 2003, the wonderful story of the X Ray vision girl finally hit the big time – The Sun newspaper, in the UK, picked up on the Russian girl’s exploits.

Reporter Briony Warden brought Natasha over to the UK for the purposes of testing her for a future article in the newspaper.

Warden had been involved in a terrible road accident the year before he met Natasha – he decided that he would use his own body as a test subject to catch out the Russian girl.

Natasha had no problem in locating all of his past injuries, and where they had been on his body.

A British morning breakfast show, This Morning, decided to get Natasha on as a guest after the newspaper article was released. She then successfully diagnosed one of the show’s medical presenters – he ended up discovering that he had possible tumor in his intestines.

The Discovery Channel then wanted a piece of the action – but many believe that their program, set up by Ray Hyman and Richard Wiseman, was deliberately put together to discredit Natasha’s claims.

On the show, she was put through a test of 7 people – she had to correctly diagnose 5 of them to pass.

She ended up diagnosing 4 of them correctly.

Natasha complained after the experience claiming that the show was rude to her and set up to make her look like some kind of failure. The show responded by releasing information regarding one of the test subjects she had examined.

Apparently he had a metal plate in his head – why did Natasha not pick up on this?


The Japanese Test

Natasha eventually agreed to go through another test with Professor Yoshio Machi of the Department of Electronics at Tokyo Denki University. This time she made sure she had a few rules put in place.

She passed this test with no problems at all – she even spotted a prosthetic knee and a new pregnancy in a woman.

Now it’s over to you – what are your feelings on Natasha Demkina and her X Ray Eyes?

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