Ghost Sightings by Famous People

Ghost Sightings by Famous People

In this article we will be covering a handful of ghost sightings by famous people – prominent individuals who have either claimed or been said to have had paranormal encounters…


The Joan Rivers Ghost Experience

When Joan Rivers bought a Upper East Side penthouse condo in 1988, she was looking for a bit of peace and quiet away from the cameras outside…not the ghostly niece of financier and banker J.P. Morgan.

As soon as she started adapting and renovating the property she noticed things going wrong with the heating and electrical appliances. She also had problems with her pet terrier not wanting to enter the home.

The Joan Rivers Ghost Experience

The building’s elevator operator finally informed Rivers that “Mrs. Spencer is back” – this prompted the comedian to hire the services of a New Orleans voodoo priestess.

But this cleansing did not work – the ghost remained.

Rivers eventually decided to befriend the spirit by hanging a portrait of her in the building lobby and leaving floral gifts around the property.

Apparently – it worked!


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Experiences

After Sir Arthur Conan Doyle became famous with his Sherlock Holmes series, he took on a rather obsessed interest in the paranormal.

He openly believed in ghosts, life after death and fairies – writing about each subject on numerous occasions. He even attended his fair share of seances.

In his 1930 book, The Edge of the Unknown, he covered handful of paranormal experiences that he had gone through over the years…

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Experiences

The most famous of these paranormal encounters involved Doyle waking up in the middle of the night, with the clear consciousness that there was someone in the room. But this someone…was definitely NOT from our world.

He couldn’t move a muscle in his body as he listened to footsteps tapping their way across his bedroom. He then felt the presence lean over his rigid body and whisper:

“Doyle, I come to tell you that I am sorry.”

With that, the paranormal visitor seemed to vanish, and Doyle could once again move his body.


A Sting Ghost Story

Musician Sting claims to have met a ghost when he owned a 16th century English manor house – he even went through the whole experience in a 2009 interview with BBC Radio 2.

A Sting Ghost Story

He woke at 3 a.m. to find his wife standing in the dark corner of the bedroom with one of the kids in her hands. He reached over for the bedside light and realized that his wife, Trudie, was still in bed with him.

She even woke up and witnessed the female figure herself.

When Sting finally drummed up the courage to get out of bed and approach the ghostly figure…it simply vanished into thin air!


Dan Aykroyd – The Ghostbuster

The famous Ghostbuster gave an interview to Esquire in 2013 where he came clean about his own personal paranormal experiences.

He claimed that he once lived in a Hollywood property that was also home to Cass Elliot – the musician from American folk rock group The Mamas & the Papas.

Dan Aykroyd - The Ghostbuster

He also claimed that this property was haunted by the spirit of a man who had been buried under a hillside next to the house.

A handful of has staff at the time also backed up his claims – they had witnessed common poltergeist activity and direct contact in terms of tactile touching, by an unseen hand

If you have any thoughts or opinions on these ghost sightings by famous people – please leave them in the comment section below.

The Black Cat of Killakee

The Black Cat of Killakee

In this article we will be taking a look at the legend of the Black Cat of Killakee, which really sprung to life in 1968, when a young couple bought the rundown Killakee House and started renovating it…


The O’Briens Start Work

Nicholas and Margaret O’Brien purchased Killakee House in 1968 when it was an extremely run down property. They had dreams of eventually turning it into an arts center for Ireland.

They started renovation work on the location, and during this time, several workmen lived on the site. Within days the men got used to the rather eerie setting…but then a sinister feline turned up…then disappeared into thin air…


The Legend

The Black Cat of Killakee is an old, legendary creature that has reportedly been sighted in the area for centuries. However, Margaret was less than impressed with the paranormal reports put forward to her by the workmen.

That is…until she witnessed the large cat herself…

Her first encounter with it was in the hallway of the house – squatting on flagstones, just staring at her.

The Black Cat of Killakee is an old, legendary creature

Margaret had no idea how the animal had got into the house, as all the windows and doors had been locked shut.

The most famous paranormal encounter with this cat came from a painter named Tom McAssey. He was working on the house with two of his employees in March 1968…


The Painter’s Tale…

All three of the painters were working inside the same room in the house, when the temperature suddenly dropped to an icy cold level.

Without warning, the door to the room smashed open and a strange hazy figure could be seen in the darkness of the corridor.

Tom thought it was a local lad playing a trick on him, so he shouted that enough was enough, and to come into the room – the painters were not buying it!

To his shock – his request was met with a growling sound.

The three men downed tools and left the room through another door, as Tom looked back, he saw a large hideous black cat with red eyes snarling at him.


Exorcism

After hearing about the painter’s ordeal, Margaret decided to get some religious help in to finally get rid of this phantom cat.

The building was eventually exorcised by a priest and the cat seemed to disappear…until…

In October 1969, a group of actors that were staying at the Killakee House Art Center got a little adventurous after a few drinks.

They decided to hold their very own seance…which resulted in the Black Cat of Killakee returning to the location!

The cat was bad enough – but their amateur seance session had also managed to raise the spirits of two nuns. These nuns have been spotted on numerous occasions since 1969.

A local medium named Sheila St. Clair was invited to the Killakee property to find out more about these new paranormal visitors. Her sessions led to her believing that the two spirits were linked to a pair of women that had been forced to help out with satanic rituals in the 18th century.

These rituals had apparently been held by a notorious group named The Hell Fire Club.

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

The Ghost of Queensferry Hotel in Garden City

The Ghost of Queensferry Hotel in Garden City

The ghost of the Queensferry Hotel in Garden City, Flintshire, is often mistaken for a dull and boring phantom. Over the years it has been spotted on numerous occasions, simply standing in the shadows, or humbling around in it’s trench coat.

But don’t ever judge a book by it’s cover…


Fred and the Band

A man simply known as ‘Fred’ used to work and reside at the Queensferry Hotel. He was on occasion, also allowed to hold band practice in parts of the cellar after closing time (he was obviously a bit of an amateur musician!).

During these band jam sessions, Fred would frequently run upstairs to grab a few freebie refreshments for the band members – if nobody’s behind the bar…you don’t have to pay!

Fred and the Band

Anyway, one night, when Fred was gathering up the refreshments in the kitchen area…he began to hear strange scratching sounds coming from the front door area.

He investigated, but found nobody there.

The sounds did not disappear though – on several more occasions over the following months, Fred encountered these sounds, late at night.


Upstairs

Eventually the owners of the hotel decided to let Fred and his mates move upstairs to practice late at night. The musicians soon became aware of phantom footsteps on the stairs and in some of the disused rooms on the second floor.

The band members would often explore these rooms to find the source of the footsteps, but never managed to catch any intruders.


The Trench Coat Man

Before long, the haunting moved onto it’s next phase…

One night, Fred set the hotel’s security alarm and retired to his bedroom with his girlfriend Sharon. Not long after they had fallen asleep, the whole hotel was woken up by the alarm ringing out.

Fred jumped out of bed and ran downstairs to check all of the rooms, but when he came to the taproom, he saw a dark figure standing in the corner, wearing a hat and trench coat.

The Trench Coat Man

Fred ran back upstairs to his cousin’s rented room to wake him up. They then both returned downstairs to check the area once again – there was no sign of the trench coat man.

The following day Fred decided to bite the bullet and tell his employer, the landlord, about what he had witnessed. To Fred’s surprise, the landlord just laughed and told him that the phantom had been present in the hotel for many years – he was not the first to experience this sort of paranormal activity.


The New Landlord

These days, the landlord of the hotel is a lady named Shelia, who has had many experiences with the trench coat man.

She frequently witnesses barrels being moved by an invisible force along with phantom footsteps up and down the stairs. She also believes that her daughter is the only one that can now see the ghost – and he continues to visit her at night as she sleeps.

On numerous occasions Shelia has been awoken by her daughter’s screams – when she runs into the room her daughter is sitting up in bed, pointing to the door…too scared to speak.

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

The Phantom Lady of Bailey’s Arms Hotel

The Phantom Lady of Bailey's Arms Hotel

More often than not, paranormal entities pop up after stories of greed, romance or murder…the phantom lady of Bailey’s Arms Hotel, in Deri, seems to appear as a protector to those who witness her…


That Sunday Afternoon…

On a peaceful Sunday afternoon, back in 2002, Caroline and her family decided to visit their local pub, the Bailey’s Arms Hotel, in Deri, Gelli-Gaer, Glamorgan.

At the time Caroline was just over 5 months pregnant, so she abstained from any alcohol.

She was in a deep conversation with her partner’s brother, when, without warning, she started to feel a splitting pain across her forehead…


The Lady in Grey

She looked up to see a lady in a long grey dress and a tight bodice approaching her family’s table. This elegant lady had her hair tied up in a very old fashioned bun style.

This lady looked completely out of place with the surrounding visitors, but nobody else seemed to take any notice of her.

Caroline suddenly felt a strange sensation throughout her mind – as if this lady was conveying a message to her mentally.

The lady in grey wanted to know if Caroline and her baby were alright.

The Lady in Grey

Caroline thought that this sudden apparition was down to the splitting headache she felt and the pregnancy combined – she excused herself from the table and went to refresh herself in the Hotel’s toilets.

When she returned to her family’s table she decided to spill the beans and inform everyone about the strange encounter she had just experienced. Her partner’s father readily believed her and started to make a few inquiries with the Hotel’s staff.

The landlord of the Bailey’s Arms Hotel informed him that this strange grey lady had been encountered by visitors many times in the past…but this was the first time she had appeared in several years.


The Protector

A few months after this paranormal experience, Caroline gave birth to her son, Alun. Unfortunately, he had a very complicated birth, but thankfully, he pulled through it.

The Protector

But Caroline insists that she never once felt afraid for herself or her son during the day of his birth – she always knew that the phantom lady was watching over them both…making sure they would stay in good health.

Caroline also believes that the phantom lady of the Bailey’s Arms Hotel has been keeping Alun safe ever since…

If you have any paranormal experiences with the Bailey’s Arms Hotel, we would love to hear from you. Please leave information on 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 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.