The Mermaid Inn in Rye

The Mermaid Inn in Rye

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


The Mermaid Inn Ghosts

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

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

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

The Mermaid Inn Ghosts

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

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

But where do all these ghosts come from?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Old Inn

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

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

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

The Old Inn

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

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

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

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

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


The Haunted Mermaid Inn in Rye

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

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

The Haunted Beelitz Heilstatten Hospital

The Haunted Beelitz Heilstatten Hospital

This article will be taking a look at the paranormal activity linked to the Beelitz Heilstatten hospital in Brandenburg, Germany. Originally built to accommodate the growing number of tuberculosis patients then converted into a military hospital for the Imperial German Army, then the soviet army…

What spirits remain behind it’s dark walls?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Historic Town of Beelitz

The small town of Beelitz multiplied in numbers around the 1247 mark due to a historic ‘miracle’ taking place in the Saint Mary and Saint Nicholas Parish Church. At some time in this period locals reported a bleeding host miracle, which resulted in the then very small community become a site of pilgrimage.

Towards the end of the 1800’s, there was a lot of people in and around Beelitz, resulting in a sharp increase in viruses and disease. Unfortunately, tuberculosis was top of this list.

In 1898 architect Heino Schmieden was commissioned to create plans for a brand new sanatorium for the area – somewhere to safely quarantine the already sick members of the community.

The Historic Town of Beelitz

When the First World War broke out the sanatorium/hospital was quickly converted into a medical facility for the Imperial German Army. A young injured soldier by the name of Adolf Hitler was rumored to have ended up there!

Towards the end of World War Two the Red Army occupied the hospital and it was still used by the Russians up until 1995, when the building was converted once again, to accommodate sufferers of Parkinson’s Disease.

Some parts of the property are still used for medical purposes, others are privately owned…and the remaining buildings are left abandoned and in ruin.


The Dead

Understandably, there have been a lot of deaths in the Beelitz Heilstatten hospital over the centuries. Many historical reports suggest that most early patients there struggled to reach the five year mark…before passing away.

In the early 1900’s, locals point to a serial killer being present in the area. Apparently he/she used the hospital grounds as a ‘killing room’ of sorts.

beelitz heilstatten germany

Another murder took place on the site in 2008. A young professional photographer managed to hire the services of a beautiful model and drive her out to the Beelitz Heilstatten grounds.

He then proceeded to beat her death in the hospital’s former gatehouse…and perform twisted acts of necrophilia.


The Famous Beelitz Heilstatten Ghost Report

A couple of decades back, a German teenager and four of her friends decided to visit the abandoned parts of the hospital for a bit of a dare. The buildings were locked up but the teenagers managed to get inside.

While they were in one of the old surgeries, she heard someone asking her for a scalpel in German. She thought it was one of her friends so she turned around to see which one was winding her up…she was the only one in the room!

The Famous Beelitz Heilstatten Ghost Report

Suddenly she heard her mates yelling out her name, and when she found them they too had a curious story to tell…

Her friends insist that it had been a full half an hour since they had visited the original surgery – they had then gone off and visited other rooms before noticing that she had disappeared.

The curious thing is her friends swore she had been with them right up to the moment they started to call her name.

So, the young girl had actually been alone in that surgery for over thirty minutes…but to her it felt like a matter of seconds…

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

The Ghosts of the Manila Film Center Tragedy

The Ghosts of the Manila Film Center Tragedy

This article will be taking a look at the harrowing Manila Film Center tragedy of November the 17th, 1981, and the paranormal activity that followed the incident…


Please Call my Family…

As a man walks past the now abandoned Manila Film Center in the mid 1990’s, he notices a man shuffling towards him gingerly. Without warning, this stranger hands over a calling card and asks the man if he would please call up his family.

A strange request, but the man is intrigued to find out more – he asks why he needs him to phone his family.

The stranger tells him that he needs to relay a message – that he wants them to be informed that he is okay, and he will be free soon.

The man agrees, and phones the stranger’s family up.

When he starts explaining to the family member who he is with, and what their message is…he is suddenly stopped in his tracks. He is told that the man he is talking to died at this location…about a decade earlier…


The Manila Film Center History

The center was finally completed in 1982 and was going to be the main building used in the upcoming 1st Manila International Film Festival, which was organized by Imelda Marcos.

Marcos, the first lady of the Philippines, really liked the idea of mixing in big circles – especially internationally. She wanted her country to follow her ambitious visions…so she rushed the organization of the film center.

The Manila Film Center History
Imelda Marcos Accepting Flowers

The constructions started off pretty well…until Marcos started changing the plans and causing long delays, bypassing safety regulations in some instances.

She eventually managed to get over 4000 workers there, employed in three shifts, working 24 hours a day.

There were constant reports of these workers being ordered to cut corners…so they did…


The Manila Film Center Tragedy

Early morning, on November the 17th, 1981, and tragedy struck the construction area when a large portion of scaffolding collapsed and tipped 169 workers into quick drying cement.

Marcos and the authorities realized that this meant trouble – they had been ignoring safety measures far too frequently. Instead of sending for the emergency services…they simply closed off the area and put up a security blackout.

This blackout lasted for over nine hours in total, before the rescue services could get in. Some workers had managed to get themselves out of the cement, others had died in the fall…and some died stuck in the cement, from their injuries.

The Manila Film Center Tragedy

Marcos indicated that the area was closed off because she thought there was some form of sabotage on the construction…but many people believe she was trying to save face, and still get the building finished in time.

It is estimated that 15 of 169 workers died that day…but the building was eventually finished on time, and the film festival went ahead…


The Haunting

After the festival, the center was turned into a film archive and became quite a popular location…until an earthquake hit it in the mid 1990’s, leaving it abandoned for a decade. It was eventually reopened as a stage for a trans-gender acting and dance group.

We touched on the spirit of stranger who wants visitors to phone home…but there have been many other instances of paranormal activity recorded at the location.

Visitors frequently leave the building in distress after claiming they have heard cries and moans of distress, coming from the concrete foundations of the building. There have also been a handful of reports where witnesses have seen apparitions stuck in concrete partitions and flooring.

Many performers hate the late night rehearsals because the paranormal activity seems to escalate after dark. Many leave early after complaining about a crushing, claustrophobic feeling as they try and work.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the paranormal activity linked to the Manila Film Center Tragedy, please leave them in the comment section below.

Entally House

Entally House

This article will be taking a closer look at the spirit of Entally House, located in Hapsden, 15 kilometers South West of Launceston, Tasmania. Who is this turbaned male Indian entity that materializes on the staircase, and why is he linked to the property?


Sneaky Mary

The house was built in 1819 by Thomas Haydock Reibey – son of Mary and Thomas Reibey. His mother, Mary, was a bit of a girl really – she was arrested and charged with stealing horses back in 1791, in Lancashire.

This resulted in her being sentenced to seven years transportation, and she arrived in Sydney in October, 1792.

It was here that she met her husband-to-be, Thomas Reibey.

entally estate

Now, Thomas was a bit of a razor-sharp businessman, and he ended up with several successful companies. When he died in 1811, Mary took over all the businesses and they became even more successful.

She retired extremely wealthy, in 1830.

Mary Reibey died on the 30th of May, 1855 – she outlived five of her seven children. She had been involved in numerous charities supporting local areas – she has even featured on the Australian $20 note since 1994!!!

The businesses were then left to her eldest son, Thomas Reibey II, who began building the Entally Estate in 1819…

Mary Reibey
Mary Reibey

The Entally Ghost

Entally House was named after a suburb of Kolkata, in India. Thomas decided to honor a merchant who had aided his father in India many years before, by naming the estate, and the house, after the area this man lived – Entally.

The Entally ghost first hit the headlines in 1954 when a Melbourne-based newspaper, The Argus, published a story on it.

The article mentioned a woman who had ran into the ghost in Entally, and had been so traumatized, she ended up being sent on to the New Norfolk Asylum to recover.

Over the years there have been other sightings of this ghost – an apparition that appears as a Turbaned Indian.

Locals believe that he only ever appears to you on the stairs of Entally house…and he can only be seen by women.

These days the staircase is cut off half way – so if you walk up them, you will arrive at a section you will not be able to pass. This is the point where he appears.

Witnesses claim that the air suddenly turns freezing cold on the staircase and the Turbaned Indian suddenly appears for a few seconds, before disappearing again.

Paranormal experts believe that this Indian spirit is somehow linked to Thomas Reibey, and his experiences with the merchant in suburb of Kolkata. Others believe that Reibey brought back a possessed item from India, and his son unwittingly placed it in the house he built.

What do you think?

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

The Tulip Staircase Ghost

The Tulip Staircase Ghost

This article will be covering the Tulip Staircase ghost image that was snapped on what is possibly the first unsupported spiral staircase in England, in June, 1966. Did retired clergyman Reverend Ralph Hardy manage to capture an image of a paranormal entity?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Photograph

The image that was snapped in June, 1966, seems to reveal the dramatic movements of an individual pulling themselves up a staircase, looking quite morose. Reverend Ralph Hardy insists that he was only taking a photograph of the elaborate staircase – nobody else was present at the time!

Ralph Hardy was a Canadian minister that was visiting the Queens House in Greenwich with his wife when he decided to take the photograph in question.

His wife was the one who actually suggested that they should visit the location, as she had seen a photograph of the wonderful staircase in a magazine publication back home.

Paranormal Activity 

Hardy tried his best to get a position underneath the staircase – so he could point the camera upwards and capture the impressive spiral design. Unfortunately the staircase was cordoned off for security reasons, so he made do with his sideways vantage point.

He took the shot and thought no more of it…until he returned home and got his holiday pictures developed.

Shocked by what he saw, he sent the ghostly image on to experts who then took them to the Kodak laboratories. It was a true image – the photograph had not been tampered with in any way.


Paranormal Activity 

When the photograph was finally released to the public, the Tulip Staircase became an instant hit for ghost hunters and psychics from all over the world. Numerous seances were held in the building and they even attempted a strange re-enactment of the photo, attempting to recreate the same conditions.

Unfortunately, these psychic and ghostly gatherings did not work – they could not manage to make contact with the spirit in the photograph.

But, there has been numerous other reports of paranormal activity at the Queens House…

Some visitors have claimed to have heard soft footsteps on the staircase…followed by the strange sound of a group of children chanting.

There has also been a handful of paranormal incidents involving a pale woman, dressed in old fashioned clothing. She has been spotted mopping up what appears to be blood, on the first step of the staircase.

This woman is thought to be linked to a maid that fell to her death from the staircase, many years ago.

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

The University of Toronto Haunting

The University of Toronto Haunting

This article will be taking a look at how a student learned the identity of the spirit behind the University of Toronto haunting – through a tale of love, betrayal…and sinister murder…


Conversation With a Ghost

A student named Allen Aylesworth was walking through the university grounds some time in the 1870’s, when he encountered a large bearded man wearing a dark hat and long coat. Aylesworth decided to make a little chit-chat by commenting on the cold weather.

The tall dark stranger replied that it was always cold in his world.

This reply interested Aylesworth, so he struck up a conversation with the stranger, who then identified himself as Ivan Reznikoff.

Conversation With a Ghost

After a few minutes Aylesworth realized that the weather was starting to eat through to his bones, so he invited Reznikoff back to his apartment to get out of the cold. They spent the remainder of the night downing rum and talking…

This conversation managed to reveal the identity of the ghost who was frequently spotted on one of the university stairwells…


The Stonemason

Reznikoff explained to Aylesworth that he was a stonemason who worked on the university building and ended up falling for a local lass named Suzie, who he planned to propose to.

Unfortunately a Greek worker named Paul Diabolos was also in love with this local girl…and a feud was born.

The competition was on – and both men set out to show each other up.

This resulted in Diabolos carving a likeness of Reznikoff as one of the leering gargoyles that decorate the corner of the university. Reznikoff was not happy about this – and he realized that Diabolos was actually a more talented stonemason than him!


The Affair 

Diabolos’s witty carving seemed to win Suzie over, and she began having an affair with him. Just before the planned wedding Susie called it off…and ended up getting engaged to the talented Diabolos.

Reznikoff was furious – and chased Diabolos across the university grounds with his trusty axe. They ended up running through the east wing but Diabolos managed to hide and get the drop on Reznikoff, stabbing him the back in the process.

The Affair 

Reznikoff finished his story saying that Diabolos had buried him under the stairs where his undiscovered body still lay.

The other members of the university construction group all thought that Reznikoff had ran off – broken hearted and embarrassed by his loss in love.

Reznikoff then claimed that he had been standing near the stairs where his body was buried, ever since, in the vain hope that someone would discover it.

Aylesworth woke up the following morning and the man named Reznikoff was gone – surely he had drunk too much rum and imagined the ghostly story the stonemason had told him?


The Discovery

In 1890, a devastating fire burnt out a large area of the university and the east wing was gutted by it. During the repair work, after the fire, workers stumbled upon human remains beneath the stairwell.

Aftermath of the Fire
Aftermath of the Fire

Allen Bristol Aylesworth, now a successful lawyer, returned to the university grounds and revealed his story. The remains were eventually interred under an old maple tree in the University College’s quadrangle.

Aylesworth went on to become a Canadian Parliamentarian…but he always stuck to his story of meeting the ghost of Reznikoff…

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

The Lalaurie Haunted House

The Lalaurie Haunted House

We first covered the Lalaurie haunted house in an article named Louisiana Haunted Houses back in March, 2016. It’s such an interesting (and disturbing) subject, we thought it deserved an article all of it’s own…


The Lalaurie House Story

The house was built in the early 1830’s on the famous ‘Royal Street’, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s a strikingly beautiful property but it is often referred to as ‘the most haunted building in New Orleans’.

Over the years there have been numerous reports of ghostly cries of children, as if they are playing outside in the courtyard, and dark screams of pain from inside the house. There have also been incidents of visitors hearing the sound of chains been dragged down the upper stairway.

Numerous paranormal apparitions have also been spotted – the most famous being that of the house’s previous owner, Delphine LaLaurie


The Madame Delphine Lalaurie House

Born to Irish parents in 1775, Delphine Macarty grew up to be a prominent and extremely good looking woman. She ended up being married a total of three times – her last husband being a physician named Leonard LaLaurie (whom she married in 1825).

The Madame Delphine Lalaurie House

As soon as they got married they purchased a plot of land and a small building at 1140 Royal Street, which they quickly converted into an impressive three-leveled mansion.

Before long the married couple were looked upon as extremely fashionable and prominent citizens of the area – they were invited to all the ‘big cheese’ gatherings.

Like many other families with status back then – the LaLauries owned a handful of slaves…but locals noticed that these slaves seemed to be completely neglected most of the time.

Rumors started to circulate, but Delphine LaLaurie was good at covering her tracks in public.

Eventually a neighbor spotted her chasing an eleven-year-old slave girl around the back courtyard with a whip. She was apparently in a rage and the young girl had to climb up onto the building’s roof to escape a beating.

Unfortunately, she lost her footing and fell to her death.

The LaLauries were unable to escape punishment, even after they hastily buried the child’s body on their grounds – they were found guilty of cruelty, and had to forfeit nine slaves.


Murder and Mutiliation

The cruelty to the remaining slaves continued, but nobody realized how bad things had got…until a female slave set fire to the main property’s kitchen on April the 10th, 1834.

This slave had been informed she was going to be taken to the ‘uppermost room’ – a place where slaves seemed to disappear. In her fear she set the fire to attract the authorities…and it worked.

Murder and Mutiliation

When the fire was raging, locals ran into the house to see if they could help get everyone out. Delphine told them they were not to go in the locked slave quarters.

Of course, the locals ignored her orders – they didn’t want to have to hear the screams of slaves burning behind a locked door!

When they eventually managed to break through the locked door, they found themselves in a scene of pure horror.

Slaves were in various positions of torture, with hyper extended limbs and snapped joints, hung up in various positions…most were still alive.

Worse was to come…in the uppermost room…

Male slaves were chained to walls after having their eyes gouged out, some had been skinned, others had no fingernails…and a handful of female slaves were found with their mouths sewn shut.

It was a complete mess.

The newspapers at the time were instructed to ‘water down’ the findings within the house – authorities did not believe that the public could handle such a wicked and twisted scene.


Escape!

The LaLauries managed to flee the local mobs in time, living out the remainder of their lives in Paris, were Delphine is believed to have died in December 1842.

The house was completely ransacked by the local law, who found several more bodies in the courtyard (two of which were children).

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Lalaurie haunted house, please leave them in the comment section below.

Bostian Bridge Statesville NC – Phantom Train

Bostian Bridge Statesville NC - Phantom Train

Article that covers the phantom train of Bostian Bridge, Statesville, NC – thought to be the apparition of a steam train that crashed there in the early morning darkness of August 27th, 1891…


The Train Crash

On August the 27th, 1891, the Richmond and Danville engine 9 left Statesville at about half past two in the morning. It was apparently in a bit of a hurry because the list of passengers boarding was so long…so it traveled at speed to try and make up for the lost time.

Minutes later the train flew off the North side of the Bostian five span bridge at a speed of about 40 mph. Carriages landed on top of carriages, crushing passengers within as they landed.

A handful of survivors managed to stumble to a nearby town and alert the locals to the tragedy. It took the rest of the night and well into the next day for searchers to locate the survivors and the dead.

Historic reports also suggest that local prisoners were also drafted in to help with locating bodies.

The Train Crash

A large majority of the passengers, that did not die in the crush, eventually drowned in the slowly rising waters.

The injured had nowhere ‘official’ to recover – there was no hospital in the area in those days, so locals had to take them back to their homes and care for them there. The dead bodies were taken to a local tobacco warehouse.

An eventual investigation into the crash found that railway spikes had been stolen from the tracks on the bridge. Two men were eventually arrested for this crime.


Paranormal Activity

Exactly one year following the train crash, a group of friends were walking near the bridge area when they heard some sort of mechanical crash – had another train come off the lines?

They ran to the bridge and stopped suddenly when they saw a man in a railway uniform asking what time it was. They found this a little creepy…because he was looking at his own pocket watch when he asked this question.

The group didn’t have time to mess about with this strange man, so they ran onto the bridge and peered over the side.

There was no crash below.

They turned back around to see that the man with the pocket watch had disappeared into thin air.

Survivors from the crash believe that this was the spirit of Hugh K. Linster – an elderly baggage master that had perished in the crash. He was apparently showing off his new gold watch the night of the tragedy.

following the train crash

Fifty years to the day of the crash, a woman’s car broke down near the bridge, leaving her wait for help at the side of the bridge.

Suddenly, she could hear a train approaching…but she couldn’t see it anywhere.

Without warning, a train suddenly appeared and flew off the rails in front of her, crashing into the ground below. She leaned over the bridge and saw the twisted carriages, and heard the screams of the trapped survivors…and ran to the road for help.

As luck would have it, her husband and his friend were just pulling up. She frantically told them what had just happened and they all ran to the side of the bridge…

The crashed train had disappeared.

People have since claimed to witness this strange event or at least pieces of it. More often than not the paranormal activity consists of scraping metallic sounds – a crash and screams…but nothing visual.

In 2010 tragedy struck when a group of ghost hunters were caught on the bridge on the anniversary of the accident. The Norfolk to Southern Train passed over the bridge with them on it…resulting in a 29 year old man being struck and killed.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Bostian Bridge phantom train, please leave them in the comment section below.

Wan Chai – The Haunting

Wan Chai - The Haunting

This article will be covering the Wan Chai House on Nam Koo Terrace, which is considered to be one of the most haunted locations in Hong Kong…


The Group

In November, 2003, a group of young teenage locals decided to go on a bit of a ‘ghost hunt’ around certain locations nearby – the Wan Chai Haunted House topped their list.

They had heard that even by simply stepping onto the property, was enough to drive some visitors mad with feelings of appalling loneliness.

The students got into the house without any problems, and set up a small party-like campsite inside one of the abandoned rooms. One of the teenagers had decided to bring a Ouija board

The young group set everything up, and decided to attempt to contact a few spirits. During this Ouija session, three of the young girls involved started to have visions of awful images that they couldn’t shake.

The group decided to quit the session but it was too late…one of the young girls had turned completely psychotic.

wan chai district

The group had experienced enough of the house, and all of them fled to the front gates…but the psychotic girl was unable to cross the gate line and leave the property. The other two girls that were effected by the Ouija session, suddenly started hearing the voice of a man, calling them back into the house, and up to the second floor!

The group of youngsters decided to phone the police for help. When they arrived they forcefully attempted to remove the ‘psychotic’ girl from the property, but she kept on attacking them like a savage animal.

They eventually managed to drag her into their car and she was sent off to a hospital for psychiatric assessment and treatment.

Her two female friends, who heard the male voice, also went with her.

The following day the media got hold of the story…and the Ouija session became nationwide news.


The Dark House

This house has a pretty bad history linked to it…

It was built in 1920 and purchased and leased by prominent Chinese businessman named To Chun-man. During the 1940’s, when the Japanese invaded and occupied Hong Kong, the house got turned into a military den of iniquity.

The Dark House

Over this period there were many reports of local women being snatched by Japanese soldiers and dragged into the building. They were then apparently raped, tortured and then killed.

There are also old reports that suggest the bodies of these unfortunate women were decapitated by the soldiers, and then left to rot on the streets outside.

Over the years the house has also been known as a bit of a popular suicide spot – several bodies have been recovered from the house (the most recent in 2010).


The Ghosts of Wan Chai

Most of the paranormal reports which come out of the house involve apparitions of headless blood-stained women. They are said to be screaming out in pain…but once you hear their screams…it takes hours to block them back out.

The ghost of a man in black has been seen wandering the building on occasion – many believe this male ghost to be the voice the two teenage girls heard, calling them back into the house.

These days nobody really ventures into the house at night – even ghost hunters arrange their investigations for the daylight hours.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the hauntings of Wan Chai, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Ghosts of The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

The Ghosts of The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

This article will be covering the paranormal activity that is linked to the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire that claimed the lives of 146 factory workers.


The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire New York City

On March the 25th, 1911, at about 5 o’ clock in the evening, terrified onlookers witnessed the 8th, 9th and 10th floor windows of the Asch Building burst into flames.

The public had been alerted to the flame-ridden disaster above them by a man slamming into the sidewalk…he had jumped 30 meters to his death.

In the end, 20,000 New York spectators watched in horror as the fire either burned people alive, or forced them to jump to their deaths.

The eldest fatality of this fire was a woman aged 43, and the youngest, was a child of just 11.

triangle shirtwaist fire date


The Fire

It is thought that the fire started up about 4:40 pm in a fabric scrap bin on the 8th floor. A message of warning was relayed to the 10th floor but there was no phone on the 9th floor.

The employees on the 9th floor continued to work until one of them noticed smoke bellowing past one of the windows.

Understandably, there was a huge panic amongst the workers who all ran for the elevators and emergency escape door…which were unfortunately locked!

reforms after triangle shirtwaist fire

The factory had seen an increase in the amount of fabric being stolen by the female workers, so they kept the emergency doors locked until all the employee’s handbags had been checked at the end of every work day.

The women were left petrified, slamming on the emergency doors, trying to get them opened. The foreman who held the keys, was one of the first to exit the building and run when the fire started…


Acquitted

The owners of the company, along with the foremen who held the keys, were the first out of the building – like rats on a sinking ship.

They were eventually held up on charges of manslaughter but the jury at the time, acquitted them.

New work safety reforms were created as a result of the fire and implemented across New York.

triangle shirtwaist fire history

The building managed to withstand the terrible fire, and ended up being converted and refurbished to accommodate study areas for the New York University. The students have renamed it ‘The Brown Building’.

Many of them have experienced paranormal activity at the location…


The Ghosts of The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Numerous students, lecturers and visitors to the building have reported having psychotic episodes as soon as they enter through the main doors. Something overcomes them – a feeling of wanting to immediately flee and get back outside…to some sort of safety.

There have also been a number of paranormal reports concerning disembodied screams in the afternoon…usually around the 4:30 to 5:00 pm time zone.

Several students have even witnessed a ghostly woman appearing out of nowhere and running, screaming, down the corridors. She has also appeared in a number of the bathrooms on the higher floors of the building.

On the ninth floor, just as you leave the elevator there is a tall rectangular mirror. Many students have reported looking into the mirror, only to be shocked to see someone else staring right back at them. They reflection is wearing the same clothing as the watcher…yet the face has changed into someone else’s…

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