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.

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 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!

The Chase Family Vault and The Creeping Coffins

The Chase Family Vault and The Creeping Coffins

In this article we will be taking a look at the creeping coffins of the Chase family vault – are the dead really awake inside this mysterious tomb?


The Chase Vault

The Christ Church Parish is similar to most churches on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean – peaceful and picturesque.

However, the graveyard contains one of the most well-known, chilling and sinister tombs in the world…

The Chase Vault.

The vault/tomb was originally built by the Honorable James Elliot in the 1700’s – it’s first ‘tenant’ was James Elliot’s wife, Elizabeth, who died on May 14th, 1792.

About a decade later, the impressive vault was bought up by the Walrond Family so they could bury Mrs. Thomasina Goddard.

When the tomb was opened to receive Goddard’s body…Mrs. Elliot and her coffin had completely disappeared without a trace…


The Chase Family

In the early 1800’s, the Chase family purchased the vault. Tragically, the first Chase family member to enter the tomb, was baby Mary Anne Marie Chase who died at the age of two on February 22, 1808.

The tragedy came thick and fast – in 1812 Mary Anne’s older sister, Dorcas, entered the tomb.

The Chase Vault

There are many rumors surrounding the death of Dorcas – many of which point to her father, Colonel Thomas Chase, abusing her.

A month after Dorcas’s death, Colonel Thomas Chase committed suicide…maybe through guilt?

When the tomb was opened to accept his body…the coffins of his two daughters had been thrown all over the place – one of them was even found upside down!

There was nothing of any worth inside the tomb and the heavy marble slab had not been moved.


Four Years Later…

Moving on 4 years, and he vault was once again opened so that the body of eleven year-old Charles Brewster Ames to be laid to rest.

When the tomb was opened, all of the coffins, even the heavy lead casket of Colonel Thomas Chase, had been scattered violently.

The story started to spread across the island…and paranormal rumors started to creep in.

The Chase Family

52 days later, a man named Samuel Brewster was due to be buried in the vault. Before his body entered the tomb, the locals checked it over first – it was completely airtight, water-tight and everything seemed in order.

But when they opened the heavy stone door – they discovered the coffins had moved once again!

One coffin seemed to remain in place – that of Thomasina Goddard.


The Puzzle of the Chase Vault

The mystery of the vault finally reached the attention of Barbados’ governor, Lord Combermere. He decided enough was enough – it was time to solve the mystery of the creeping coffins.

He ordered the tomb to be made impenetrable from the outside, and also ordered sand to be laid around the vault’s door to track possible footprints.

The tomb then remain untouched for two whole years. During this time numerous locals had reported strange sounds coming from inside the tomb.

Eventually Combermere decided the tomb should be checked out – hundreds of onlookers watched Lord Combermere and his men inspect the vault then open it…

The coffins had once again, been thrown all over the place!

The outside of the tomb was untouched – even the sand was smooth.

How had this happened once again?


The Mystery of the Chase Family Vault

There have been many theories on the creeping coffins of Barbados over the years. Earthquakes, flooding, explosions…

Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle chipped in with his thoughts on the matter – he believed that the disturbances were created by the ghosts of two inhabitants of the tomb, Dorcas and Thomas.

The Puzzle of the Chase Vault

Now it’s over to you – what do you think is behind the creeping coffins of Barbados?

Natural occurrence or paranormal activity – you decide!

The Ghost on Highway 281

The Ghost on Highway 281

In this article we will be taking a look at the story behind the now famous ghost on highway 281 – Lackey.

Numerous reports have described a unkempt hitchhiker, in light-blue shirt and tan or light brown trousers walking the stretch of road at night. His neck bares a deep cut and one side of his shirt is covered in blood…he also carries a long knife.


Lackey Starts Slashing!

Nobody really knows why, but, a man named ‘Lackey’, from Johnson City, decided to pick up his knife and go to town on his relatives (the exact date is unknown – but it’s safe to say it was over a century ago!).

He managed to carve his way through several relatives before he was eventually caught by the law. He was then taken to the then County Seat, Blanco, where he was put in the jail.

Highway 281

Lackey obviously had a bee in his bonnet with his relatives – but unfortunately for him, most of the locals got on fine with them…


Jailbreak

One night something on the order of a dozen or so of these locals, dressed themselves up in masks, and took a wagon down to the local jail.

They broke into the building and pointed their guns at the head jailer – they wanted the key to Lackey’s cell.

He handed it over.

The dragged Lackey, kicking and screaming, to the wagon, then carted him off North.


The Execution

Halfway between Blanco and Johnson City, the ‘posse’ pulled over the wagon and positioned it under a nearby tree. They then stood Lackey up, on the tailgate of the wagon, put the noose around his neck, and asked him if he had any last words.

He did…

“If you’ll turn me loose and give me a knife, I’ll go back to Johnson City and finish what I started, and after that I don’t care what you do to me.”

Yep – the man DEFINITELY had BIG problems with his relatives!

Anyway, they didn’t cut him loose.

The wagon pulled off and Lackey was left hanging off the tree…but this particular rope was much too thin for this sort of execution.

As he struggled, hanging there, the thin rope cut into his neck and he eventually bled out – not the most pleasant way to go.

The Execution

His body was eventually found by the sheriff the following day – one side of his shirt was completely covered in blood that had spouted from his neck.

The remaining relatives, that he didn’t manage to get at, decided that they wanted nothing to do with his body…so he was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave.


The Ghost on Highway 281

Over the years, there have been numerous reports of Lackey’s ghost trying to scam a lift back towards Johnson City. Certain truck drivers refuse to travel that stretch of road at night…

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

The San Antonio Ghost Train Tracks

The San Antonio Ghost Train Tracks

I first came across the ‘story’ of the San Antonio ghost train tracks about a decade ago – at the time it hadn’t been hit up by the debunkers and the skeptics (man I HATE those guys!).

Anyway, over the last decade or so…this paranormal report has take a little bit of a beating…


Fact or Fiction…

So what’s the story behind the San Antonio ghost train tracks?

Okay, to get this paranormal ‘episode’ to work – you have to set your car up first…

What?

Yep – you have to first drive to the train tracks on the South Side of town near Villamain and Shane roads. After this you need to get out and spread baby powder (or Talcum Powder – depending on where you live!) all over the back window of the car.

You then drive up onto the tracks…and leave the car parked in neutral.

You then have to wait until a train approaches.

At this point, a team of ghostly children are thought to appear and push your car to safety!

ghost train tracks

Now, I’m not exactly condoning this sort of thing – if you are mad enough to try it out for yourself – go for it!

Just don’t blame me if things go…wrong!

But why do these ghostly children appear?

Well, it all comes from a local legend that says that in the early 1900’s, a bus got stuck on these very tracks, and a train collided with it…

Killing all of the children on board.


But…

Recent research points to the fact that this tragic bus accident probably happened elsewhere – in Utah.

On top of this, a group of skeptical ghost hunters discovered that the road near the tracks provides an optical illusion where it looks completely flat, but in fact, there is a gradual decline.

This means that if you leave a car in neutral – it will gradually move along as if someone is pushing it along a flat road with no incline!

skeptical ghost hunters

Now it’s over to you – real paranormal happenings or nothing more than a urban legend?

Do you think these ghostly children exist?

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

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street

The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street

In this article we will be taking a look at the apparition that is said to haunt The Bank of England – the old lady of Threadneedle Street (also known as The Black Nun).


Philip Whitehead

Successful banker, Philip Whitehead, was a member of the esteemed financial staff in the early 1800’s. His primary job was a privileged position inside the Cashier’s Office which he held until November 1811…

When his luck took a turn for the worse.

Without warning, the successful Philip was charged with forgery by his peers and was sent for trial at the Old Bailey.

Unfortunately, they returned a guilty verdict, and Philip was sentenced to death.


Sarah Whitehead

Several months after Philip’s execution, the bank was surprised to find his sister, Sarah Whitehead, turn up on their doorstep.

When the bank workers realized who she was they decided to spare her feelings and lied – they said he was away on important financial business.

Threadneedle Street Bank

She began to turn up to see her brother every day, but she was met with the same explanation about his absence.

Each time Sarah turned up at the Bank, she was always dressed in the same clothing – a long black dress with a matching black face veil.

Eventually a newer member of staff let the truth slip…and Sarah found out about the fate of her brother.


Breaking Point

Sarah did not take the news well – some say something broke inside her and she was never the same again.

Within days of finding out about her brother’s death, she turned back up at the bank requesting to see him.

Something was very wrong with her stance – she seemed intense and disturbed…and in complete denial.

Whenever she turned up she would cause unease among the bank’s customers. Eventually the Governor of the Bank at that time made the decision to offer her a compromise.

He put together a package that would give her a little money from time to time – an apology for his staff keeping the truth from her.

There was one condition to this deal – she was never allowed in the bank again.

She agreed.


The Ghost

When Sarah eventually died, the bank agreed to pay for her funeral and bury her on the grounds of Threadneedle Street…

This turned out to be a big mistake.

It was as if the deal had been lifted – Sarah’s death had allowed her to return to the bank and continue her search for her brother.

For the next couple of centuries, numerous reports of a strange woman in dark clothes asking random passers-by if they have seen her brother anywhere have been made.

Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London

Sarah’s ghost is also thought to haunt the nearby Threadneedle Street Underground station. There have been countless reports of the apparition of a lady dressed in black by Commuters over the years.

There have also been incidents where Underground workers have heard moans and wails along the platforms, late at night. A few of them have also reported dark feelings of despondency suddenly sweep over them.

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