I’m always intrigued by modern-day reports of poltergeist activity due to the amount of technology we have at hand to ‘capture’ the incidents. Unfortunately, this technology can go both ways…
Technology gives us the power to capture paranormal activity but at the same time it also gives us the power to create hoaxes.
When I first came across the case of the Bassa Villa Hotel poltergeist online, it really did capture my attention…but something stuck out like a sore thumb in the video footage…and I just couldn’t shake it’s effect.
Anyway, watch the video first and see if you notice what I noticed on first viewing…
The Bassa Villa Hotel Poltergeist Footage
The hotel owner, Nick Bevon, arrived at work one morning (in Bridgnorth, Shropshire) to find shards of glass all over his pub/bar room floor. He quickly turned on his CCTV system to see what had taken place in his property the night before.
He was half expecting to see a group of youths messing about in the bar area but nothing prepared him for what came next.
He watched in awe as individual glasses seemed to move on their own in the dark, late at night. Nobody was in the bar – there was no evidence of anyone breaking in!
Nick reviewed the video footage once again and took note that the incident happened at 1:43am – a long time after the last staff member had left after clearing up the bar area. He also checked the other CCTV camera angles out and ended up with the same spooky footage.
When interviewed Nick went on to explain that the Bassa Villa Hotel was frequently linked with paranormal reports, even before this poltergeist footage was recorded. He claimed that his wrist had been grabbed by an unseen entity on numerous occasions and had even witnessed strange shadow figures walking across the bar room then disappearing.
He links the paranormal activity with a rumour that in the past, two children had been buried in the cellar area of the hotel (many, many, decades ago…one presumes?).
Fact or Fiction?
Okay, back to the video and the main gripe I have with this paranormal report…
Now, before I go any further, I should really point out that I am not calling ‘hoax’ here in any way, shape or form. It’s just that I noticed something in the video that set alarm bells ringing in my head.
Near the start of the footage, above the bar surface where the glasses start moving you can see a number of chalk boards. Notice what’s written in chalk on the board that is directly above the glasses…
“Hi, Thanks For Looking”
Now, this could be a complete coincidence…or it could be someone’s attempt at sarcastic humour?
It may be completely innocent, but I don’t know why this statement would be set above a bar area like this…it just doesn’t seem to fit?
What do you think?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.
Perhaps it is normal to encounter things in life that may weird us out, frighten or scare us, or just outright make us scream at the top of our lungs. Even in this time and age when everything is easily accessible through the Internet, there are just things that Science finds difficult to explain.
Imagine catching yourself alone in your own house and for some reason a drawer opens up and the air is still and you are far away from it.
Who do you call?
For sure, you would have thought of Ghostbusters, but unfortunately, they are not real. But it’s a good thing that paranormal psychics are here to help you answer stranger questions from strange occurrences in your life brought about by paranormal activities.
But first, let us talk about what is the paranormal, because having had a paranormal experience does not necessarily mean you are dealing with ghosts of the dead or spirits from a different world.
These can very well be energies around you which mean you no harm.
Energies are able to communicate and, more often than not, only need help to know what happened to them so they can finally get a closure and move on.
We have listed some of the surefire ways on how you can deal with paranormal activities. We hope that by the end of this article, you will have already been equipped and armed with sufficient knowledge on what to do if you experience one in the future.
Learning Everything You Can About Paranormal
Not everyone is brave enough to do a research about the paranormal, especially at night. That is why we recommend that you do it out in public with the sun up where light is abundant.
We feel secure and safe in places where it is bright. When doing your research, steer clear of websites that have ominous background music or those that have really dark layout and color scheme.
These elements of the website should not distract you from learning what you want to learn. Watch out for websites that delve deep in the subject matter without using words that are unfamiliar to most humans.
You should be able to learn where most paranormal activities, sightings, and manifestations usually occur so you can prepare yourself should you encounter one in the future.
Being Skeptical and Logical at The Same Time Goes a Long Way
There will come a time when your brain will play tricks on you. It will make you see, feel, and hear—and ultimately make you believe—that you are indeed experience an out of this world activity. This happens mostly when we are scared.
Our minds conjure images that are really not there in the first place. What you can do is compose yourself and do not cause a scene, especially if you are in a public space.
Close your eyes and try to think well if there is a logical explanation of what happened. Those scary and weird noises on the second floor may just as well be mice, the wind, or pipes. It could be the television.
If you panic, you will likely cause a disturbance; worse, you might end up embarrassing yourself. Do not discount the fact that your friends may be playing a game with you, in other term, pranking you for fun.
This is not a good thing to do to someone as it may cause trauma and other permanent fear.
Asking For Professional Help
Some spirits, energies, or ghosts would bother you to no end, and it is normal that you feel scared and helpless. When this time comes and you are no longer able to sleep well at night because of this, asking for help from a paranormal psychic is not something that you should be ashamed of.
These experts will know what to do with them and are able to provide you with necessary steps on what you can do to stop these from happening.
They will make sure that these spirits—evil or otherwise—are expelled from your property so you can start getting a good night’s sleep again. Amulets and charms are usually given by paranormal psychics to keep you safe from them, but methods are varying.
These professionals are trained to deal with the paranormal and their years of extensive research and psychic will speak for themselves. You may go online and check for their reputation so you can feel better.
Being Around Friends Also Helps
While professionals tend to your house and dispel the energies bugging you there, you can be with friends for the moment. There is strength in number, or so a popular saying goes.
Be with your close friends who would never take advantage of your situation and vulnerability. You may start talking about happy memories from the past to keep you distracted from the situation.
Whether they are your family, your close friends, your roommate, be with the people you trust the most who know how to calm you down in a very stressful situation; people who can easily lighten up the mood.
You can choose to put on a really funny movie and start laughing to your heart’s desire. Eat your favorite comfort food. You can also choose to go to the nearest church, if you are religious, and start praying and giving thanks for the good things you have received so far and ask for perpetual guidance and safety from the evil elements of this world.
There are worlds that coexists with us, and it is important to recognize that. Some entities, although invisible to the naked eye, are following us wherever we go as they are trying to communicate with us.
We hope that this article helped you enough on how you can react if you experience a paranormal activity. If you wish to share more tips, you can leave a comment down below.
In this article we will be taking a look at the Himuro mansion in Japan. Located on a rocky area within the outskirts of Tokyo, this impressive building hosts many malevolent spirits due to its dark and twisted history…
The Himuro Family
Legend suggests that the Himuro family had a dark responsibility thrown upon them – every half century they were tasked with performing an ancient Shinto ritual.
This ritual centered on raising a woman in secret so that evil forces might eventually enter the world through her limbs (she was effectively torn apart by being strapped to large and powerful oxen).
The final woman that was sacrificed (said to have been in the early 1900’s) managed to strike up a relationship with a local man before her death.
This secret love essentially negated the sacrifice and the heads of the Himuro family became frightened about the demonic force’s response.
Taking a traditional sword, the patriarch murdered his entire family – he felt that this death was a much better option for his family than what the evil forces had in store for them!
Ever since the mass murder of the Himuro family there have been a wide variety of paranormal incidents reported at the location of the house.
The most common of these reports usually involves apparitions of the family members combing the area. These sightings have taken place both in the day and at night.
Witnesses have also reported seeing hand prints made from blood on the mansion walls along with blood splatters…similar to the blood markings left behind by a sword swipe.
Legend has it that the spirits of the mansion have also claimed a few lives over the past century – several bodies have been found with rope marks burnt into their wrists and ankles…
An interesting report from Japan right? But is it true?
The Himuro Mansion is actually best known to gamers who fell in love with the video game Fatal Frame. The creators of this game claim to have based it on the legend of the Himuro Mansion.
So where is the exact location of this mansion?
Well that seems to divide opinion…but why? Why would the location of such a famous paranormal property be kept under lock and key?
Over the last few years numerous people have come forward online claiming that this story is actually an American urban legend – it has nothing to do with Japan!
There are also those who claim this was a consciously created urban legend – for a viral marketing campaign linked to the game itself!
Was the presence and the power of the internet the main reason this paranormal report (story) became so popular?
Why do some people still insist that this mansion actually exists and the legend is true?
Is it nothing more than a rather successful attempt at marketing a popular video game?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.
Throughout the construction of this site I have come across thousands of images of real ghosts caught on camera (as you can imagine!).
Now, in this day and age of Photoshop we all know that a large majority of these more modern examples are complete sh#t (sorry about the profanity but ‘it is what it is’ at the end of the day!).
Anyway, I’ve tried to showcase as many of the more famous or ‘mainstream’ examples – not all of you will agree with me but you’re free to express your opinions in the comment section below.
Don’t forget to bookmark this page as we will constantly be updating it with new examples we stumble across. We are looking to hit a 10,000 word count eventually…which will make it the largest page on this subject on the internet!
Real Ghost Images Caught on Camera
1) Praying Alone
I decided to include this photograph first as it was taken in the same year I was born – I also find it incredibly peaceful and moving for some reason…
Unfortunately I can only find a small amount of information on the picture itself, so if you have anything to add to it please contact us so we can include it in the article…
The picture was taken by a couple who visited the Worstead Church in Norfolk in 1975. The husband took a photograph of his wife praying silently in one of the old pews.
When they developed the photograph they realized that she was never really praying alone…
2) The Wedding Photographer
This picture was apparently taken by a wedding photographer who was testing out his equipment on farmland where an upcoming wedding event was taking place…
When he developed the shot he discovered the image of a young child staring right at him. He returned to the farm a few days later to carry out his job and asked the owner of the farm about what he had snapped in the photograph.
The farm owner was not at all surprised with the image and told the photographer that he often encountered the spirit of a young boy in a nightgown walking around his property!
3) The Shining
Those of you that are Stephen King fans will already be VERY familiar with the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. It’s the hotel that inspired the writer to pen The Shining.
This photo was actually snapped in April of 2016 by a guest at the hotel – it’s taken inside the hotel’s grand lobby and stairwell.
Henry Yau took the photo and he claimed that nobody was around the stairwell at the time, he just wanted a picture of this famous lobby.
Paranormal researchers have been all over this picture and a larger majority of them think that there are two ghosts in the frame – a woman dressed in period black clothing and a small child to her left…
4) The Hanging Man
In the mid 1950’s the Cooper family were excited to move into their new property in Texas – they decided to preserve this monumental family moment with a photograph…
The joyous family portrait seemed to show up a lot more than one would expect…
5) Freddy Jackson
The image below was taken of Sir Victor Goddard’s squadron in the second World War. The photograph was snapped on the same day as the funeral of an air mechanic named Freddy Jackson.
The zoomed-in section of the photograph shows Freddy peering over his good friend’s shoulder as his own funeral was taking place.
Maybe he just needed to let his squadron know that he was okay and he would always be with them in spirit?
6) The Amityville Boy
These days, the Amityville haunting tends to divide opinion due to all the hoax claims that have surfaced over the years…
After Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his family in the house on Ocean Ave. in 1974, Kathy and George Lutz snapped it up at a bargain basement price.
It wasn’t long before they reported green slime oozing from key holes and supernatural entities openly gazing at them from the house windows.
The paranormal activity became too much for the family who eventually fled the property…but they decided to let a handful of investigators into the abandoned house to see what they could find.
This photo of a ghostly image of a little boy was apparently taken by one of these investigators.
If you’re looking for a juicy and genuine ghost story, then the countryside of Sudbury, Massachusetts is where you should be headed next; 72 Wayside Inn Road to be more precise…because that is where you’ll find the legend of the Longfellow Wayside Inn ghost.
The Longfellow’s Wayside Inn which is currently owned and managed by the Ford Foundation Trust wasn’t always known by that name.
In fact, the first structure was built over three decades ago by David Howe in 1707. It was a 2 roomed house with an upstairs bedroom constructed on an ancient Indian settlement for his wife and their first of 7 children.
The Howe’s were well-known inn keepers but it wasn’t until 9 years later in 1716 that David was licensed to run an inn in the premises.
It operated under the name Howe’s Inn when it opened its doors to the public as an entertainment spot. From there the family business was handed down through 4 generations until sometime in 1830 when the last of the Howe’s by the name of Lyman inherited the inn but sadly died without an heir to take up on the business.
Although the Ford Trust has carried out a few renovations on the property, careful consideration was made to preserve much of the original style and decorum. The inn currently doubles up as a museum.
However, maybe it’s important to note here that the original Howe’s Inn had undergone at least seven additions throughout the 4 generations it was passed down to family members.
By the time Lyman was the boss, the simple house had transformed to full tavern and inn with more additional rooms and a downstairs bar plus the parlor that was formerly an added 2-story family quarters.
Short Chronological History
1707 – David Howe builds the original home for his young family
1716 – The Howe’s are allowed to run a public entertainment house under the name Howe’s Inn
Late 1740’s – David’s son, Colonel Ezekiel takes over the business and renames it to “the Red Horse”. He carries out his own renovations adding more rooms which include a ballroom that also acted as the reception. Colonel Ezekiel also used the inn as a meeting for the militia during the Civil War.
1793 – Ezekiel’s son Adam takes over control and builds more additional rooms and a kitchen.
1830 – Adam passes ownership to Lyman his son who ended the Howe’s reign by dying single without a child. However, one of the most notable events during Lyman’s tenure as the boss has to be the time when a writer by the name of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow stayed at the inn in 1862 to get over the death of his wife as well as the writer’s block he was experiencing. Henry was successful with the book titled Tales of a Wayside Innwhich he completed a year later in 1863.
1897 – A wealthy merchant named Edward Lemon buys the unused property from the Howe’s and renames it from the Red Horse to its current name, The Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. Edward also remodels the place to include an art gallery where most of his prized art collections were displayed.
1923 – Edward’s wife Cora sells the building to Henry Ford after Edward dies. It is Henry Ford who renovates the inn to what it is today.
1923 to date – the inn/museum is still under the Ford Trust.
So, where did the haunting and ghost stories begin?
The Unknown Jerusha Howe Becomes Famous in the Afterlife
Nobody knows for sure when Jerusha lived at the family property, but one thing is now very clear, she has never left!
As a matter of fact, witnesses and members of the “Secret Drawer Society” have drafted small notes recording their ordeals and encounters with Jerusha’s ghost and stuck them in drawers or other crevices all over the inn since the early 1900’s.
But why is Jerusha’s ghost still at the inn?
Well, historical accounts say that Jerusha was once in love with a Brit who promised to marry her upon his return to the US after a short trip back home in Britain.
Again, nobody knows what happened to the poor chap but he never showed up…but Jerusha was ready to wait.
And wait she did, she kept attending to her chores and playing her music from the piano for years until she also died single and miserable in her old age.
Some people speculate that the guy was a Casanova and that he had a family in Britain – that’s why he never came back.
Anyway, a few centuries later, and Jerusha still hangs on to the idea of love finding her at the inn even after death.
Visitors at the inn speak of an unseen presence that wears a citrus-scented perfume and also enjoys caressing men fondly.
Some men have claimed that she joined them in bed while some report receiving warm hugs or seeing strange lights.
All this happens in two rooms on the second floor; No. 9 and No.4, where her former living quarters are rumored to have been located.
Jerusha’s ghost can also be heard walking up and down the twisting stairway leading to the upper rooms.
More witness accounts have reported hearing music coming from the empty building after everyone has left. Apparently the Copenhagen Waltz is her favorite tune.
Is There Any Solid Proof of this Haunting?
The only evidence confirming the haunting is from the countless notes stashed all over the inn by eye witnesses.
Victoria Shearer (writer/artist) is one of the known witnesses to ever experience Jerusha’s presence. She was treated to some amazing ghost light show while staying in room 4 at the inn.
So, is the Longfellow Wayside Inn ghost story real?
Well, you can make your way to Sudbury, Massachusetts and find out…the numerous ghost notes scattered within the inn’s walls are a good way to start your investigations.
Remember, mysteries are only solved as you move from the known, to the unknown.
FYI: There are claims of two more unknown apparitions currently residing in the inn with Jerusha but that has not been conclusively ascertained.
What do you think?
Do you have any proof of the existence of the other two ghostly residents at the Longfellow’s Wayside Inn?
The upscale Bed and Breakfast that seems to be a popular San Francisco spot for weddings has passed through many hands oven the years.
But did the previous occupants really leave the pink-colored crown jewel of Victorian architecture?
Is the Queen Anne Hotel haunted?
The Queen Anne Hotel History
The elegant building was constructed by Senator James G. Fair in 1889. Fair had made a lot of money through his silver mines in the Comstock Lode, located in Nevada.
He decided to put some of this money into a elegant boarding/finishing school in his hometown of San Francisco.
The school became known as the Mary Lake School For Girls and it first opened it’s doors to the public in 1890.
The main reasoning behind this boarding school was not only a monetary one – he also built it so his daughters Virginia and Tessie would have a good education when they arrived at San Francisco.
Over the years Fair had managed to create a strained relationship with his daughters due to his success and the work he carried out – he wanted to change this and become much closer to them.
Senator James G. Fair was known as a bit of a ladies man, and his favorite conquest was a lady named Mary Lake.
He employed her as Head Mistress of the school and she took responsibility for the women from upper-class society that attended the school.
She absolutely loved the job and loved her close relationship with the young ladies there – she was absolutely broken when the school closed down in 1896.
Feeling she had nothing left for her in the area, Mary disappeared from the city one night and was never seen or heard of again.
Due to financial difficulties, the building was sold on a few years before the destructive earthquake of 1906. Somehow it managed to avoid any sort of damage from this tragedy.
It went through numerous owners over the next several decades before it was finally converted into The Queen Anne B & B Hotel in 1980.
But this much-needed renovation work seems to have disturbed a past occupant…
The Haunted Queen Anne Hotel
When old buildings are renovated, the spirits get upset – often the spirits who reside there make their presence known to the living.
However, the main spirit who occupies this hotel seems to be overjoyed that the building has so many occupants again.
Many psychics who have visited the hotel claim to have come face to face with Mary Lake. They reassure the owners that the spirit is not in any way hostile, but relieved to have a post there once again!
Mary Lake dedicates herself to making sure that her guests are comfortable and frequently unpacks suitcases and even hangs up the clothing contained inside.
Objects that guests drop are consistently returned to their starting place before anyone has a chance to bend down and pick them up.
Many witnesses have woken in the dead of night to feel their bed-covers tightening around their neck. They claim this is not a hostile move, it feels more like they are being gently tucked in against the cold.
Most of the visual manifestations of Mary have taken place in room 410 on the fourth floor of the building.
This room apparently used to be her Head Mistress Office but now it is converted into a very high-end suite within the hotel.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.
Some believe that this delightful old Welsh inn dates back further than 1110 when records show that a certain John Crowther was executed inside the building.
He was (apparently) caught steeling local sheep and hung from one of the beams inside the main room of the inn.
Over the next 8 centuries a total of 182 similar criminals would meet the same fate as good old John Crowther.
Execution does seem a bit of a dark tactic for a local inn to employ but ‘way back when’ the building also doubled up as a local courthouse.
The executions were still taking place until half way through the 19th century when a new set of owners decided that enough was enough. It was time to concentrate on getting people pissed instead!
With so many shady characters meeting their end within the walls of this building there is bound to be a certain paranormal echo resonating throughout.
The spirits of those executed in the inn often make their presences known in a rather direct and frightening manner.
A strange and overwhelming sensation has effected many visitors to the inn in recent times.
They often report the feeling of something cold being slipped over their neck before their lungs lock up – they are unable to breathe until they manage to break free from the malign grip.
These frightened customers often display bruised rope burn marks around their necks days after the disturbing experience.
The Lady of The Inn
A unknown lady also haunts the inn but is a much less threatening entity. Although never seen, she is both felt and heard by staff and patrons as she frequently rustles past them.
Her presence always coincides with a distinct drop in temperate within the inn walls.
In the mid 90’s a live radio broadcast took place in the inn which involved a well known local medium. He claimed that he was in the presence of a young lady that actually died in the inn of consumption many years before.
The landlady at the time was not really a believer in the paranormal but she thanked the medium for his time in a polite manner – she could not prove or disprove his statements.
Several months later a couple turned up at the inn and started to ask the same landlady questions about the former owners.
They were in the process of researching their family tree and one of their bloodlines led to the inn.
The landlady discovered that one of their ancestors was named Harry Price and his wife had died whilst living in the inn of consumption. She was in her early thirties.
She then discovered that this same wife was buried in a local graveyard where she still lays to this day.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Skirrid Mountain Inn, please leave them in the comment section below.
In this article we will be taking a look at the known haunted tube stations in the South London area. If you are from this area and have additional information to add to our findings please feel free to use the comment section found at the bottom of this article.
The Elephant & Castle Footsteps
The Elephant and Castle tube station is said to be haunted by ghostly phantom footsteps, tapping sounds and doors which open of their own accord.
Numerous staff members have reported the sound of unseen footsteps leading from a main platform to the booking hall area.
One particular night porter put in several reports claiming that his office door would violently swing open and then closed again throughout the night.
He would often jump out of his seat and run onto the platform believing he could catch the culprit. Whenever he got to the other side of the door the platform was eerily deserted.
More recent porter employees have reported the sound of strong footsteps walking along the platform at night. They would reach the porter office door and suddenly stop, as if someone was about to barge into the room.
One particular porter employee heard the phantom footsteps lead up to his room followed by a loud banging on the office door.
He left the job the next day telling his employers he would never work at the station again.
The Haunting of The Kennington Loop
Kennington station forms part of the Northern Line in the London underground and over the years it has received it’s fair share of paranormal phenomena.
Kennington is the terminus for the Charing Cross branch line. To prevent the need for shunting, terminating trains proceed in to what is known as the Kennington loop.
This loop is basically put in place so that trains can switch direction and return to the same platform for a return journey in the opposite direction.
The most famous Kennington paranormal incident happened one night in 1980 when a train was held at a loop signal as it waited to return to the station platform.
Only the driver and guard were on the train at this time and they both heard someone walking through the carriages loudly slamming the doors behind themselves.
The driver and guard were separated at the time so they naturally thought that the other was making his way through the train…this was not the case!
When they finally came off duty later that night they reported the incident to their bosses.
It turned out that they were not the only tube workers to have experienced this – other train crews had also experienced the opening and slamming of the carriage doors on several occasions.
The Oval and Stockwell Worker
Paul Fisher, a London Underground trainee manager, was hard at work one night in 1984 after he had been given the task of walking the line between the Oval and Stockwell stations.
Deep into the walk he exited the south Island place tunnel to find an old man working at replacing a portion of the train track.
He noticed that this elderly gentleman was using an old tilly oil lamp for work light and he asked where the man had got it from.
The elderly worker replied that he preferred to use these types of lamps and had always opted to use them.
After some further conversational pleasantries Fisher resumed his walk and ended up in his destination in Stockwell.
On arrival, his first task was to inform the line controller that there were no real problems on the train line, other than the elderly worker by the south Island place tunnel.
The controller informed Fisher that no workers were booked in to be working the track that night so they both returned to the track area to see if they could locate the man.
When they arrived there was no sign of the man or the work on the track that he had been carrying out.
Fisher was adamant that he met and talked with this elderly worker and decided to look into the matter further.
He found out that in the 1950’s, a track maintenance man, working on a noisy compressor, failed to hear a approaching train and was killed.
The driver of the train wasn’t able to stop in time before hitting the elderly worker who was carrying his trusty tilly lamp…
In 1942, in the midst of World War 2, the Japanese forces swept into and ultimately occupied the British colony of Singapore.
For those Allied men, women and children who had not succeeded in escaping, years of hell were to follow. Interred in Prisoner of War camps they were treated with appalling cruelty and torture.
Starved, beaten, denied medical treatment and basic sanitation, many tried desperately to escape. For those that failed, retribution was swift and brutal.
It was shocking enough that Allied civilians were treated in this dreadful way but the cruelty of the Japanese was to extend to the indigenous population of Singapore.
To be suspected of aiding the Allies or to be anti-Japanese meant immediate death.
In acts of atrocity, they were rounded up and massacred on the shores of the Straits of Johore. Now known as haunted Changi Beach, the souls of these innocents are still witnessed wandering the sands as they seek an explanation for their sudden and violent deaths.
The Sook Ching Massacre
In an echo of Nazi Germany, the phrase Sook Ching is roughly translated as ‘purge by cleansing’ and is used to describe the massacre of thousands of innocent Chinese in the British colony of Singapore in 1942.
On the 15th February 1942, Singapore fell to the Japanese. Three days later and the Japanese began rounding up local Chinese people who they believed were anti- Japanese or who had British sympathies and began to murder them.
For almost a month the massacre continued at various places across Singapore.
One of the first places where executions took place was Changi Beach. Those who were rounded up included those with British connections, men with tattoos and people from China who had migrated to Malaysia and Singapore.
At least 66 men were executed as they lined up against the water’s edge before they were beheaded.
The Japanese proudly photographed the piles of heads stacked on the sand, cruelly leaving them to be retrieved by grieving relatives who wanted to bury their dead.
Others who met their death at the beach were taken a short distance out to sea in small boats thrown over the side and machine-gunned as they floundered in the water.
Prisoner of War Sabotage
For British and Australian soldiers interred in prisoner of war camps, escape was the ultimate aim. If escape proved impossible then sabotage was the next best thing.
On one occasion a group of saboteurs escaped from Changi Camp and managed to gain access to the Changi aerodrome.
Discovering a number of plane engines waiting to be serviced, they decided to tamper with them.
Looking around them they discovered some batteries and jars of Sulphuric acid. Brushing the engine cylinders with the sulphuric acid, they managed to sabotage eight planes in total before sneaking back into their camp.
Around the same time the Americans began to fly their B29 Bombers over Singapore. In response, the Japanese unwittingly scrambled the planes that had been sabotaged.
When they crashed immediately or failed to take off they realized that sabotage had taken place.
Unable to believe that soldiers had escaped from and then re-entered the prisoner of war camp, they looked around for suspects. With no evidence whatsoever, they blamed local workers.
Rounding up the innocent men they took them to Changi Beach where they tortured them for two days before executing them for an act they were completely innocent of.
Execution of the Japanese
In an act of complete irony some of those who cruelly tortured and murdered innocent people on Changi Beach, later met their fate in the same way.
When the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan, brought the war to an end, those who had committed war crimes in Singapore were forced to pay for their actions.
The first to die was Lieutenant–General Fukuyei, accused of executing two Australian and two British soldiers on the shores of Changi Beach, he was sentenced to hang at the same place.
Also condemned to hang on Changi Beach was Vice-Admiral Hara. He along with five other Japanese soldiers was found guilty of murdering nine Burmese soldiers on Changi Beach.
By the time the war trials ended Changi had hosted a further 135 executions, this time in an act of retribution all those executed were Japanese.
The Haunted Beach
Visitors to the beautiful Changi Beach today have reported strange and unexplained events that suggest the spirits of those executed on its shores are reluctant to leave.
Haunting cries and screams have been heard echoing through the night as well as the sobbing of women who presumably came seeking the bodies of their dead husbands.
Decapitated heads have been witnessed bobbing up and down on the tide as well as flying through the air. Headless bodies wander the shoreline looking for their heads.
Perhaps they cannot travel onward to their afterlife until they are complete again.
Some people claim to have seen bloodstains appear from nowhere upon the sand and others are adamant that they have seen the replay of executions before their eyes.
So why do these troubled souls refuse to leave?
The locals in Singapore believe that the innocent victims of Japanese war crimes are angry at the injustice of their fate and cannot rest until they have retribution.
Ironically, some of those who ordered their deaths were later executed at the same spot. How sad to think that the souls of the innocent are bound forever to their tormentors.
The haunted Changi Beach is probably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Miles and miles of golden sands stretch down to the Straits of Johore.
Facing eastwards to the sea, visitors are stunned by the spectacular sunsets, scarlets, golds, deep blues and reds, rippling across the horizon.
Encompassing all that is beautiful about the natural world it also epitomizes all that is cruel and wicked in mankind.
Seventy plus years after the end of the Second World War and fishermen still discover human skulls caught in their nets.
Each tide covers and then uncovers the hundreds of funeral urns left by grieving relatives upon the sand.
Rumored to contain the cremated remains of those executed upon the beaches, a curse will befall anyone who attempts to remove them.
Many atrocities were committed during the Second World War. The Japanese were particularly cruel to those unfortunates who became their prisoners.
In turn, they were forced to surrender by an act that many still find hard to justify today. All these years later and some cannot forgive and forget.
The people of Singapore believe that to this day, Changi Beach is haunted by the innocent locals, murdered by the Japenese during a war that should not have involved them.
These restless, troubled souls can’t make sense of their own deaths and are destined to wander eternally searching for answers they will probably never receive.
Perhaps then, more than anything these beautiful but blood-soaked sands stand as a reminder that war is a futile waste of life and in times of conflict, it is always the innocent who suffer most.