Many people still wonder… was Amityville Horror a hoax or not? Well, the following facts and true accounts will give you an opportunity to come up with your own verdict and version of the truth.
Our research took us back to the 70’s when America’s bestselling horror story began…
#1 – The real horror took place one cold February night at around 3 A.M. (the infamous “witching hour”…) way back in 1974 in a house located at 112 Ocean Ave. That’s in Long Island, NY.
The DeFeo’s were unfortunate (sorry to say…) to have Butch as a son. Evidence produced in court by the prosecution led by Gerald Sullivan proved that Ronald DeFeo Jr. killed his entire family in cold blood and was found guilty for all 6 murders.
#2 – In 1976 the Lutz family moves in and only live in the house for 28 days. They bought the 6-bedroom property for only $80, 000 since nobody wanted to live in a house where all those people died.
I bet you wouldn’t either, but George and Kathy sold their individual homes and decided to pool their finances and move in together as a family in this big Dutch colonial home.
#3 – The Lutz family were perfectly aware of what had happened in that house and the reason why they were able to get the house at such a price.
#4 – The Lutz family (well, George…), call Butch’s state appointed attorney William Weber and tell him about the supernatural disturbances going on around their home and wonder if he could use that to help his case.
Weber begins to build his defense around a plea for insanity to help his client Butch escape the hangman’s noose.
Of course Sullivan tears through this weak defense and gets a conviction, sending a cold killer to jail for 6 lifetimes.
George pitches a book idea based on the horror stories experienced by the Lutz family. Weber brushes it off.
#5 – George Lutz approaches Jay Anson who agrees to write the story into a novel. The book goes on to sell over 6 million copies but the Lutz family only lands $300, 000 from the whole deal.
Both the Lutz family and Anson get huge media attention.
#6 – New York’s Local TV station reporter Laura Didio holds a slumber party for big psychic names including the Warrens; you know, the Ed and Lorraine Warren ghost busting couple…
Other big names include paranormal studies professor, Hans Holzer. All the psychics and the good professor confirm the presence of “Unnatural spirits” roaming the Amityville house.
#7 – None of the subsequent residents of this house have reported any supernatural occurrences.
#8 – Someone or some people really made and continue to rake in a fortune from this single story.
Unproven Facts: Highly Disputed
#1 – The Lutz family reports paranormal activity inside the Amityville house during their short and extremely troubled stay. This is the beginning of the whole Amityville horror story that spawns into books and…
#2 – Swarms of insects covering their windows, green goo falling from the ceiling, levitating sleeping bodies, and so many other small events.
#3 – A priest brought in to pray for the house and ward off evil spirits, Father Pecoraro, is slapped by an unseen entity and ordered to leave the house.
He also starts to bleed through his palms. Sounds more like a movie scene…
#4 – Lorraine, a self-proclaimed light trance medium says there’s an angry Indian spirit haunting the 112 Ocean Avenue house since it was supposedly built on an “Indian graveyard”.
This is where everything becomes confusing…how can such vivid and “true” horrible accounts of a tormented family, as told by Anson in his 1977 publication be a lie?
No believer of the Amityville horror story wants to hear this but there are just too many missing links.
Everyone involved in the creation of this fascinating horror story/book/movie/almost occult following, have all come out and said that it was all a lie.
Although George still holds on to his story and claims everything was absolutely true, Anson contradicts this by saying he might have sprinkled a pinch of salt in his book to make it juicy for his readers.
Weber is on record saying that they (together with George who controlled much of what went into the novel by the way…) totally made up the Lutz haunting story over a few bottles of wines.
Of course now we know what inspired all that wild imagination…
They could easily have made everything up since it’s obvious they all, including Weber, had financial gain as a very strong motive.
Rumors have it that the first book deal between the Lutz family and Weber fell apart when the lawyer tried to include Butch as a beneficiary to the perks made from the sales.
Apparently the Lutz family felt it was not right that a killer was going to make money out of such grim atrocities. All in all, everything seems to be driven by financial gain.
If the Amityville horror story is proven to be a lie, what becomes of the big names that confirmed the presence of ghosts inside the Amityville house?
I mean, their reputation and everything they stand for definitely takes a nose-dive right?
Although it could be true that the house is haunted, did an evil spirit possess Butch driving him to kill his family?
Were the Lutz family haunted by the massacred DeFeo’s and forced out of their dream home? Was Amityville horror a hoax?
Please leave your thoughts and opinions on the subject in the comment section below.
Scary stories almost always fascinate people. Not only does the audience listening get the chills up their spine, but also the narrator gets his thrills from the way he describes the chilling encounter…
The legend of the screaming woman is said to have taken place on State Route 152, which runs through California – from Watsonville in south Santa Cruz County to Route 99 approximately 30 miles north of Fresno.
This incident is said to have occurred quite a few years ago. Hitch-hiking is a common feature on this route and some truckers feel obliged to stop and help these tired travelers.
One such case is of this young woman who was hitching a ride and got a lift from a trucker. The story goes on to say that she died on this journey and although the cause of death is not clear, there are many interpretations of the same.
Some say it was when the truck accidentally drove off the road or was involved in a crash, while others prefer to relate the version where she was murdered by the trucker.
No matter which way the story is being told, the ghost sighting of this young woman is normally the same.
According to this saga, commuters on the route have reportedly seen a phantom truck motoring down the highway with her screaming as she is seated in the passenger seat.
There are also instances of motorists travelling the route alone after dark, accounting their tale of her suddenly appearing in the passenger seat of their car.
She apparently sits there for a brief moment, screams and vanishes as abruptly as she appeared
The adaptation of this urban legend is said to be similar to others of its kind. The reports of this young screaming hitch-hiker in the moving phantom truck are possibly a variant of the commonly narrated stories of a “ghost wagon” or “ghost car” that are popular all over U.S.
The other version has traces of the “vanishing hitchhiker”, although there are differences in this tale.
In the story of the “vanishing hitchhiker”, there are two occupants in the car and after this paranormal encounter; they meet the parents of the deceased woman.
But in the case of the screaming woman, she merely appears and vanishes into the night- ending the account.
The bottom line of this tale is simply about a ghost of a tormented young woman who means no harm. Given the two variations of this story of the screaming woman, one is definitely spookier than the other.
The sighting of a monstrous truck with a screaming woman is without doubt is something that will frighten you, but the fact that it is just something that you witness makes it somewhat easier to comprehend.
On the other hand, imagine the scenario where you are driving in the darkness of the night, when what you encounter is something within the confines of your own vehicle.
Although the ghost is said to be harmless, the danger of losing control of your car makes this version definitely more terrifying.
If you have any thoughts or opinions on the case of the screaming woman please leave them in the comment section below.
The year is 1939, the place is Chicago. A young man Jerry Palus is attending a dance at the Liberty Grove and Hall near 47th Street and Mozart.
As the evening wears on Jerry is not particularly interested in any of the young ladies enjoying the music or the party atmosphere.
Standing watching the dancers, a young woman suddenly appears in the doorway and catches his eye. Tall and slender with long blonde hair and blue eyes, he is immediately attracted to her.
They spend the rest of the evening dancing and although he finds her a little reserved and cold to touch, he is smitten. At the end of the evening Jerry offers the young woman a lift home.
The lady agrees and gives Jerry her address. Puzzlingly though, she first asks her admirer to take her down Archer Avenue in the opposite direction.
As they drive down the road they approach the gates of Resurrection Cemetery. Suddenly the young woman asks her driver to stop.
Climbing out of the car she tells Jerry that he must not come after her, where she is going he can’t follow. As he watches, the woman disappears from view.
What Jerry doesn’t yet realize is that he may have just spent the evening with Resurrection Mary. Who is Resurrection Mary? You may well ask.
She is of course, Chicago’s most loved and famous ghost.
By the next morning Jerry is so concerned at abandoning his new friend in such a dark and isolated place that he decides to go to her home to make sure that she is safe.
Traveling across town he finds her house with little trouble and knocks on the door. A middle aged lady answers and Jerry asks if he can speak with her daughter.
Before his eyes the woman pales and almost faints.
Recovering her composure minutes later, she informs Jerry that her daughter died five years earlier and is buried in Resurrection Cemetery.
Shaken, Jerry slowly realizes that he has in fact been dancing with a ghost, the ghost of Mary Bregovy.
Mary Bregovy was born in Chicago in 1912. The daughter of Czech immigrants she worked hard in a factory and spent her evenings, when she could, dancing and enjoying herself.
A month before her 21st birthday Mary attended a dance with some friends at the O Henry Ballroom.
At the end of the evening Mary climbed into a car with three of her friends and was traveling through downtown Chicago, presumably on her way home.
As the group rounded a corner at Wacker Drive and Lake Street, the driver John Thoel, failed to see a piece of machinery.
Striking the large object, the vehicle overturned. Mary was thrown through the windscreen, dying immediately. Her companions although injured, survived.
In the months that followed Mary’s friends are rumored to have seen her near the cemetery where she was buried in an unmarked grave.
That cemetery was Resurrection Cemetery. During the 1950’s the caretaker of the cemetery who had known Mary during her lifetime swore that he witnessed her ghost moving through the gravestones.
So can we say for definite that Mary Bregovy is definitely Resurrection Mary?
Photographs of Mary Bregovy do indeed show a stunningly beautiful young woman, but she is clearly dark not blonde and as for her white dress, the tragic Miss Bregovy was buried in her favorite Orchid gown, a delicate shade of lilac.
Ona or Anna Norkus was born in Cicero Illinois in 1914. Once again she was the daughter of immigrant parents.
Part of a deeply religious family she took the name Marija or Mary in devotion to the Blessed Mother.
On 20th July 1927 Anna’s father took herself and her older sister to a dance at the O Henry Ballroom, possibly as a birthday treat for the two girls.
Part of a larger group at the dance, the family of three accepted a lift home with friends. Traveling down the pitch black city streets at 1:30 am they passed the Resurrection Cemetery on Archer Avenue before turning onto 67th Street.
Tragically, the car they were traveling in plunged down an unmarked railway cutting 25 feet deep. Young Anna was the only fatality, her happy evening shattered and her young life snatched cruelly away.
Could Anna be a candidate for Resurrection Mary?
Photographs of the young Anna clearly show that she is blonde and beautiful but is she too young?
Mary Petkiewicz was a 17 year old bride who sadly lost her life on Christmas day 1932. Mary was one of five people traveling in a car driven by her young husband Casimir.
On the corner of 55th Street and Cicero, their vehicle collided with another driven by a Steve O’Donnell. Mary was thrown from the car when it overturned and died almost immediately.
Sadly information regarding Mary Petkiewicz is scant and there are no images to compare with the sightings of Resurrection Mary.
Mary Miskowski was a young Polish girl who died in 1930. Aged just 19 Mary was on her way to a Halloween party dressed as a bride after borrowing her mother’s old wedding dress.
As she made her way along the road she was knocked down and killed by a hit and run driver. Described as a pretty blonde by those who knew her, Mary is perhaps the likeliest candidate for our young ghost.
She is certainly the popular choice for many people who leave her flowers, notes and prayers at Resurrection Cemetery.
Sadly, there are no records to confirm Mary’s life or death, possibly due to a misspelling of her name somewhere along the line. She remains a ghostly enigma.
Sightings of Resurrection Mary
Since 1934 there have been countless sightings of Resurrection Mary. She is usually seen walking slowly along Archer Road near Resurrection Cemetery.
Described as blonde, blue eyed and beautiful, she wears a diaphanous white gown and dancing shoes. Initially Mary appeared to be a hitchhiker who would step into the road and try to flag down cars.
If they failed to stop she would jump up onto the running board of older vehicles or throw herself in front. Those who stopped described her as disappearing before their eyes.
In 1973 Mary entered a club called Harlow’s on two occasions. Wearing a faded white dress she danced the night away.
Despite the doors being manned and the building secured, nobody saw Mary enter or leave the building.
On August 10th 1976 at about 10PM the local Police Department received a call informing them that a young girl had been seen locked behind the gates at Resurrection Cemetery.
Arriving at the cemetery the two police officers sent out to investigate found no sign of the girl. What they did find was the cemetery gates damaged.
Something very hot had been used to melt the bars. Impressed into them were the fingerprints of a small adult.
On 12th August 1976 a young female driver reported the body of a woman wearing a white dress lying in front of the cemetery gates.
When the police arrived they found the young driver distraught. The body which she had clearly seen disappeared before her eyes.
In 1978 a truck driver on his way to work in the early morning also spotted the body of a young girl lying in front of the cemetery gates.
Climbing out of his truck, he discovered the girl was severely injured but still breathing. With nobody around the man climbed back into his vehicle and rushed off to seek help.
Returning with an ambulance a few minutes later he was astonished to discover the woman had gone and there was no sign that an accident had ever taken place.
In May 1978 a young couple were driving down Archer Road when a woman wearing a white dress darted in front of their car.
Hitting the brakes too late, the driver knew that he must surely strike the lady. Bracing themselves for impact the couple were astonished when their car passed straight through the body of the young woman who promptly melted away as if she had never been there at all.
In 1979, a cab driver called Ralph turned onto Archer Avenue and spotted a young woman standing by the side of the road. The weather was cold and the young woman didn’t have a coat.
Pulling over the cabbie asked the woman if she would like a lift. The young lady climbed into the front seat of the cab. She broke the silence once only to remark that the snow had come early that year.
As they approached the cemetery the woman became agitated and shouted for the driver to stop. The bewildered driver looked around for a house but could see nothing.
Turning to his passenger to ask where she lived, he was astonished to discover that she had disappeared.
On the last weekend of August in 1980, Mary was spotted by numerous people who reported their sightings to the police. Included in these sightings was one by the deacon of the local Greek Church.
He reported that as he was driving down Archer Road a young blonde haired woman in a long flowing white dress crossed in front of his car before stopping in the middle of the road.
The deacon described the lady as barefoot and walking with her arms outstretched as if she was reaching for something.
On September 5 1980 a young man left a softball game and drove down Archer Road on his way home. As he passed The Red Barrel Restaurant he spotted an attractive young woman standing at the side of the road.
Not one to pass up an opportunity the young man pulled up and asked the pretty girl if she would like a lift. Climbing into the car it was clear that she didn’t want to engage in small talk but indicated that she wanted to go up Archer Road.
Traveling at least 45mph the car did not stop or slow down as it approached the cemetery. Keen to get a date with the lovely young woman the driver turned to ask if she would like to accompany him for a drink.
The young woman had disappeared into thin air.
On October 23 1980 four people witnessed Mary dancing in Archer Road. None of the witnesses knew of the ghost story attached to the cemetery and only discovered that they had seen a ghost when the reported the incident to their families.
Sightings of the beautiful apparition of a young woman continue to be reported near the cemetery on Archer Road to this day.
Who was Resurrection Mary in life?
We will probably never know.
In this cemetery with over 150,000 graves there must be many Marys all with their own story to tell.
The only thing we truly know about the ghostly Mary that Chicago has taken to its heart is that she was a beautiful young woman who loved to dance whose life was cruelly taken far too soon.
Dead at age 42 of an apparent heart attack, Elvis Presley was one of, if not the most revolutionary and impacting artists of his time.
He died in Graceland, Memphis, triggering the shock and lamentation of his millions of fans. Elvis was buried in Graceland as well.
However, hundreds of testimonies and claims seem to suggest that the death of the star was not the end of his journey.
Elvis Presley ghost sightings throughout the United States propose that the legendary King of Rock and Roll continues to live on, periodically visiting his favorite locations as he did touring around the country when he was alive.
In fact, Elvis is reportedly one of the most significantly spotted celebrity ghosts…
His Hometown of Graceland, Memphis
Elvis resided in Graceland preceding his death in 1977. Elvis was, evidently, the happiest while he was living in Graceland.
Several sources have reported seeing his ghost standing near his grave or looking out of windows. In addition, there are multiple reports of people feeling his presence in his Graceland mansion – in particular, in the kitchen.
Pictures have also been taken there depicting his face in curtains and windows, visitors to Graceland have also reported hearing Elvis singing.
Interestingly, some claim seeing a younger Elvis in Memphis – Elvis is often seen as his younger ‘soldier self’ wandering around Graceland.
Those touring through his home have reported seeing this many times, at first thinking it to be an actor or impersonator but later discovering that it was not.
His mother, whom Elvis had a great relationship with, is also allegedly seen around Graceland. Also, there have been incidences of poltergeist activity within Graceland – footsteps, toilets flushing, doors opening and closing.
And finally, perhaps the strangest sighting of the King’s ghost, actress Paz de la Heurta insists that he gave her an orgasm while she was visiting the recording studio of his home!
The Venue of The Las Vegas Hilton & Hollywood
The Hilton was the location of Elvis’ very last performance in 1976. The nightclub was one of his most notorious venues, and was consistently sold out and packed every time he performed.
His ghost has been spotted in multiple areas of the hotel, especially his old penthouse suite. He has also been seen in the basement and the elevator.
When spotted in the Hilton, witnesses describe him wearing his typical outfit: a white rhinestone-studded suit.
Las Vegas sightings of Elvis are particularly high nearing his birthday and the date of his death, and a few have also claimed to have seen him driving along the Strip in a vintage red Cadillac.
Those who see him usually assume he’s an impersonator (it’s Vegas, it’s realistic to assume) until describing that if they continued looking or tried to speak with him, his apparition would disappear.
While definitely one of the lesser discussed locations of supposed hauntings by the singer, Hollywood elaborates to being visited by Elvis as well, a man who made over 40 films there in his lifetime.
He often stayed in the Knickerbocker Hotel which he used as a photo-shoot space for Heartbreak Hotel.
The room he stayed in while he was there has reportedly fallen prey to paranormal activity as well, mainly the temperature of the room dropping to strangely low temperatures at random intervals and technological issues.
RCA Recording Studio of Nashville
Since Elvis’ death, the RCA Recording Studio has long been demolished. There, he recorded his first single: Heartbreak Hotel, a monumental song with chilling lyrics – interestingly enough, the writer of the song mentioned that the inspiration of the song had been the words of a suicide note.
There have been many reports of ghost activity, inherently claimed to be Elvis, haunting the location where his career kicked off.
Unexplainable occurrences have happened there – lights suddenly go out, noises, bang, and footsteps seem to come from nowhere, and things fall randomly.
Today, the rooms of the old recording studio are utilized for television production. Workers have publicly stated that simply by saying the King’s name, strange things will immediately start to happen.
Several workers, in addition, say that they have observed his ghost.
A Legend Lives On
While Elvis may not be touring around America doing concerts anymore, he has undoubtedly found a way to continue touring around America and surprising us from the other side.
As he was in life, in death he continues to be spontaneous, lively, and unpredictable. In this way, the several Elvis Presley ghost sightings suggest that the King will never truly die – he and his spirit live on.
Harry Price was a man who stood out as a truth seeker. As a researcher of psychic phenomena and a respected author, he pursued his investigations with passion, and is regarded today as a man who was not afraid to be criticized.
During his lifetime he wrote many books and papers on the subject of the paranormal, conducted scientific investigations and helped to publicly expose many fake mediums and paranormal hoaxers.
A Man of Many Interests
During his younger years Harry Price was a man with many varied interests, such as coin collecting, archaeology and space-telegraphy but the most fascinating was his interest in stage magic and conjuring.
He was a skilled amateur conjurer, noted for his expertise in sleight of hand.
It was this skill together with his thirst for the truth, that set him on the path to becoming a notable and famous paranormal investigator.
In a time where spiritualists, spirit photographers and mediums were extremely popular and almost unquestioned, Harry Price set out to authenticate their claims.
Although most of his work and investigations resulted in the mediums being exposed as frauds, Harry Price did actually endorse some of spiritualists he investigated.
His knowledge as a magician helped him to set up credible tests to investigate these practitioners’ paranormal claims.
While his work was revered by some, it made him very unpopular with others.
One of his noteworthy critics was Arthur Conan Doyle who insisted that Price wrote “sewage” about mediums, and together with his friends tried to keep Price’s papers out of circulation for many years.
Although Price was a member of the Society for Psychical Research, they also became one of the biggest criticizers of his work as he continued to expose fake mediums and disprove phenomena such as ectoplasm.
The Society for Psychical Research disapproved with Prices’ practice of paying mediums to test them, and also with his opinion on the meduimship of the spiritualist Rudi Schneider.
In 1926 Harry Price formed an organization called the National Laboratory of Psychical Research to act as a rival to the Society for Psychical Research.
Price used a variety of methods to observe and test the claims of spiritualists.
These included analysis of so-called “ectoplasms” by some mediums, which were shown to actually be the regurgitation of materials such as chewed paper, egg whites and cheesecloth.
In the case of William Hope, Price secretly marked his photographic plates and gave him other plates that had a distinct etching.
When Hope produced his photographic spirit images, Price was able to prove that they were a hoax, as they did not display the etching nor the secret marks.
In the infamous case of Rudi Schneider, Price used photography himself to prove that Schneider’s claims of levitation were merely created by sleight of hand.
Price was able to discredit the meduimship of George Valiantine, who claimed that he had contacted the spirit of Italian-speaking composer Luigi Arditi.
Price studiously recorded all the phases that were credited to the composer, and on investigation he found them to be exact matches to segments in an Italian phrase-book.
A True Believer
But Harry Price did not believe that all of his encounters with the paranormal had scientific explanations.
He wrote about one such experience that he had during a private séance. A woman named Kathleen Goldney is said to have encountered Price the morning after this séance occurred, and reported that he seemed visibly shaken.
During this session Price wrote that he had applied starch powder to the floor, locked the door and taped the windows of the room in which the séance took place.
At some stage during the séance a young girl, who called herself Rosalie, had appeared in a lifelike form.
Price reported having spoken with the girl and being able to touch her.
While he was suspicious during the encounter, he found that once the séance was over none of the seals had been disturbed and there was no evidence in the starch powder that any human being had moved over the floor.
Although the Society for Psychical Research attempted to discredit him, Price was convinced that this was a true paranormal encounter.
Although his work uncovered many mediums and spiritualists as nothing more than hoaxers, Harry Price was a true pioneer in the field of psychic investigation.
The legacy he left is one that reminds that while we can, and should, believe in the paranormal we must always be weary of those who seek only to fool us.
If you see Lorraine Warren today, you’ll probably see a frail 89 year old woman but looks can be deceiving! Back in day, Lorraine and Edward Warren were what you’d call the “Bonny and Clyde” of ghost busting.
You’d have to be from another dimension if you haven’t heard of the Ed and Lorraine Warren cases.
The couple’s profound interest in the supernatural led to the establishment of a ghost hunting team and an organization called the “NESPR (New England Society for Psychic Research)” which began in 1952.
The NESPR has and still is a big part of America’s history and involvement with the underworld.
The Paranormal Pair
These two were literally a match made in heaven to uncover hell! Staunch Catholics; self proclaimed demonologist and medium (clairvoyant – light trance), the perfect recipe for something very, very unnatural.
And let’s not forget that Ed served in World War II and again as a cop. We all know what happens with guys who’ve been to overseas war right? …the PSTD?
Probably one of the reasons why the ghost hunting duo has so many critics. Their fascinating stories and adventures during their ghost hunting days have also created a massive following too.
Some of their real life cases have been adapted into hair raising horror movies and blood chilling books.
With an impressive 10, 000 paranormal investigation cases under their belt(s), it’s no wonder Hollywood came knocking on their door to borrow their diaries to develop scripts.
Some of the most notable encounters with the supernatural which started in 1970 include (not in chronological order):
The White Lady of Union Cemetery – This was a case where Ed claims to have captured the essence of the ghostly lady on camera during an investigation following reports of the cemetery being haunted. He later wrote a book about it which was published in 1992.
The Annabelle Doll Mystery – The story goes that two roommates discovered that their doll (an old raggedy Ann doll) was possessed by a demon going by the name of Annabelle.
The couple is said to have confirmed the doll’s possession by an unearthly spirit and actually took it and included it as one of their prized collections in their backyard “Occult Museum”.
The Controversial Amityville Haunting – Now this is one story that has stirred up a lot of talk and people still continue to throw shadows of doubt on this famous couple based on this particular case.
Okay, the case went on to attract a few negative public reviews plus a couple of lawsuits in a bid to uncover the truth about the whole Lutz family haunted house saga.
A book published in 1977 and written by Jay Anson titled The Amityville Haunting is one of the many ways the Ed and Lorraine legend has been kept alive.
The haunted house tale is said to have been started by two sisters (11 and 13) when they told their mother of strange knocking on walls and moving furniture. See why it’s so easy to doubt it?
More ghost stories include the werewolf demon case, the demo possessed murderer, the witch haunting the Perron family and Smurl family haunting among others.
Some of the infamous cases like the Amityville case, the possessed doll (Annabelle) and the Perron family house haunting have been adapted in Hollywood movies.
Going by the large number of divided believers and skeptics, it’s extremely hard to tell whether the Ed and Lorraine duo really encountered any real ghosts during their ghost hunting career.
The fact however is that they used many credible factions in their investigations and this included members of the clergy, law enforcement and other professionals (notable figures) in the field of supernatural happenings.
This to some extent throws a little weight behind their bizarre claims and collected “evidence” over the years.
We wonder if the late Ed still calls in to check on his wife from the “other side”…..now that, would be some interesting headline!
We are still waiting for someone to come up with concrete proof that these two actually met some real ghosts or if they helped people get out of their haunted situations. We are not saying that the Ed and Lorraine cases are a hoax and neither do we say that we believe them but… yeah, there’s a but there.
The opposing sides (believers and skeptics) almost match each other in terms of the following which is the number one reason we are letting you have the final word on this matter.
Winters in Indiana can be cold and brutal, temperatures frequently drop well below freezing and when a blizzard blows in from the East, the snow can last for weeks.
The winter of 1937 was no exception. Times were hard and jobs thin on the ground. To have work and a warm place to sleep was a blessing.
As he dragged himself out of bed on a bitter winter morning the janitor of Willard Library must have had mixed emotions.
Grateful for a job, it was still a struggle on those icy winter mornings to rouse himself and tend to the library furnaces.
Nevertheless, at 3 am he let himself into the deserted building and made his way down to the cellar pausing only to pick up a lantern.
Not long into his task, his only source of light was suddenly and inexplicably extinguished. Cursing and fumbling about in the dark with only the glow of the furnaces to guide him, he struggled to relight the lantern.
When he did, he received the shock of his life. Standing before him, watching him carefully, was a woman dressed in grey.
But this was no modern lady who had slipped into the building looking for shelter. Her dress was of Victorian style, her buttoned up boots long out of fashion and her hair was pulled neatly into an elegant chignon.
Startled at the apparition before him, the janitor dropped his lantern and fled. Resigning from his post soon after, he was clear about his reason, he had come face to face with the Grey Lady of Willard Library and he was not prepared to do so again.
The Willard Library is housed in a beautiful Gothic building in Evansville, Indiana. Built with money donated by Willard Carpenter in 1881, the library houses many important genealogical documents as well as local archives.
Attracting visitors because of its architecture and literary collections, it has lately become a world -wide phenomenon for another reason.
Rumored to be haunted by the Grey Lady, web cams dotted about the library stream images that can be accessed by anybody with a computer.
Thousands of people across the globe now visit the library’s website every day hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive ghost that is said to haunt the building.
Sightings of the Grey Lady
Since 1937 the grey lady has been spotted by staff and visitors to the library on numerous occasions. Fortunately, unlike the janitor before them, most have realized that the ghost is mischievous but benign.
The Grey Lady was last sighted on August 10, 2010 by the Assistant Children’s Librarian. Sitting alone in the library she felt somebody brush her hair back and gently touch the long dangly earrings that she had chosen to wear that day.
Assuming at first that it was a curious child admiring her glittery jewelry, she was stunned when she turned around and realized that she was in fact alone.
One Sunday afternoon, two library workers keen to get home and enjoy what was left of the weekend, found themselves with more work on their hands than they expected.
Tidying up after the last of the visitors had left, the librarians straightened up the chairs and tables. Carefully, tucking one chair under the table, they were stunned to see it pushed back out a few minutes later.
Once again they tucked the chair in and once again it was pushed out. After this had happened a number of times the staff left the chair as it was, the Grey Lady had clearly not finished.
The Head of the Special Collections Department recorded her own strange experience while working in the library. She claims to have seen a box file jump off a shelf as if it was pushed by unseen hands.
The box contained lots of individual sheets of unbound paper. Rather than fall in a disorganized heap, the librarian was astonished to see that the contents arranged themselves in a perfect fan shape on the floor.
One long serving employee of the library, Margaret Maier, claimed a special relationship with the Grey Lady.
Margaret was the children’s librarian for over fifty years and saw the apparition of the Grey Lady on many occasions.
The Grey Lady seems particularly fond of the Children’s Library which is in the basement of the building and perhaps felt a special attachment to Margaret.
In the 1980’s the Children’s Library was closed for a brief period while it was remodeled. During this period, Margaret believed that the Grey Lady followed her home.
She began to smell the perfume of the Grey lady around her house as well as seeing her apparition in her living room.
Chillingly, Margaret’s nephew also saw the apparition of the Grey Lady in his aunt’s house. Clearly disturbed by the building work in the library, Margaret’s ghostly guest was probably seeking some home comforts.
Not surprisingly children visiting the library have reported seeing a grey spirit. In the 1980’s a three year old boy was part of a group decorating an Easter tree.
Wandering away from his mother and clearly upset, he refused to be tempted back to the activity. When asked by his mother why he wouldn’t join in, he claimed that he was frightened of the lady ghost who was standing with the group.
On another occasion a group of children were playing near the stairs outside the Children’s Library. Laughing and joking, they were making far too much noise for a library.
When they suddenly went quiet an adult investigated.
Questioned, the children informed the adult that a lady in a grey dress had come down the stairs and placed her finger to her lips to indicate they should be quiet.
The lady then disappeared into thin air.
The director of Willard Library recalls a television interview where the Grey Lady almost made a ghostly appearance on the local news.
The library was holding a book sale and a local news team was filming an interview with the director to gain publicity for the event.
Working in the background, two female members of staff were tasked with selecting children’s books for the sale.
Leaving their shelves unattended for a few minutes, they were stunned and upset to discover on their return that every fourth book had been pulled from the shelves and placed at an angle.
This should have taken a significant amount of time, yet it had been completed in minutes by an invisible force. Realizing that they may be witness to a paranormal event, the film crew recorded images of the shelves and interviewed one of the women.
Editing the footage later they were stunned to discover that whilst the interview regarding the book sale was intact and undamaged, all evidence of the paranormal incident was wiped clean.
One of the most fascinating developments in recent years has captured the ghostly image of the Grey Lady on numerous occasions.
Embracing their ghostly occupant, the library has set up numerous webcams which are streamed to the internet. Log into the library’s site and you can flick between the different rooms in the library.
What appears to be a grey apparition has been captured by many observers across the world and reported back to the library.
Worryingly these sightings often take place when the library is at its busiest. The Grey Lady is clearly unconcerned that she will be spotted as she peruses the book shelves or strolls along the corridors.
Often filmed standing next to or right behind them, she appears to go unnoticed by visitors.
Other phenomenon recorded at the library include faucets being turned on and off, footsteps in empty corridors, the elevator moving up and down of its own volition, electrical equipment stopping and starting, strange objects appearing and a lingering musky perfume which is said to signify that the Grey Lady is nearby.
Who is The Grey Lady?
So who exactly is the mischievous Grey Lady who has made her home in Willard Library? The general consensus is that she is Louise Carpenter, daughter of the library’s founder Willard Carpenter.
Divorced and left penniless by her gambling husband, Louise was incredulous when her father died and left her nothing.
Challenging the legality of his will she was angry that her father’s entire fortune was left to the library. When her legal bid failed and she died in poverty, Louise’s spirit is rumored to have returned to haunt the library for spite.
Others dispute that Louise is the Grey Lady, pointing out that the ghost that haunts the library is benign. Would the disgruntled Louise really be so peaceful?
Surely the ghost of this scorned woman would want to wreak as much havoc as possible?
The true identity of the ghostly spirit and why she has made her home among the books and documents of this Indiana library is still uncertain.
What is certain is that her ghostly presence has been witnessed and recorded many times over the years.
Lacking in malevolence, she appears to be curious about the people who visit the library, touching them gently or playing pranks upon them.
The library itself has embraced its ghostly occupant and made her a feature of their building, honoring her status as spirit in residence.
Webcams have been placed in the areas she likes to frequent, hoping to record definitive evidence that she really does exist.
Across the world thousands of ghost spotters join in, carefully scrutinizing the recorded footage every day, hoping to be one of the lucky few who capture a glimpse of the Grey Lady of Willard Library.
Lucille Ball could easily have been considered one of America’s sweethearts. She premiered in Hollywood, on Broadway, and on the big screen, where her talent and beauty won the hearts of viewers everywhere.
She starred in movies such as My Favorite Husband in 1948 and continued to act in her later life, Forever, Darling in 1956 and Yours, Mine, and Ours in 1968 being some of the more readily recognized films.
Ball was most memorably revered for her role the famous sitcom I Love Lucy, showing from 1951 to 1956. She is, arguably, still near and dear to the heart of the American public.
And, as it seems, we are still dear to her. Reports of Lucille Ball ghost sightings began only a few years after her death.
Lucille Ball purchased 1000 North Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills, California in 1954 with her first husband, Desi Arnaz. She resided there until her death at age 77.
After she passed from a dissecting aortic aneurysm in 1989, her second husband, Gary Morton, sold the house a few years later.
It was demolished, and a new house was built on the property.
The destruction of her home and its subsequent replacement doesn’t seem to bother Lucille, who has, according to the current homeowners, not left it.
There are multiple reports from the current homeowners and passerby alike that have earned the home a place on the lists of most famous haunts in America.
The first reported sighting of Lucille Ball occurred while a friend drove past the home. His anonymous report is that Lucille was standing inside the property, looking at him through the fence.
She looked frustrated, likely because at the time, her home was in the process of demolition. While this was the first recorded of the occurrences, it certainly would not be the last.
Ball’s spectral activity is centered around the attic, according to the subsequent homeowners. Unidentified noises can be heard emanating from the attic.
There are reports of sounds loud enough to be a party coming from upstairs. Voices are heard shouting, even when the attic is empty.
Boxes and furniture are routinely moved, arranged differently than they were when the homeowners left them. There is even one instance of I Love Lucy’s theme song drifting down into the house from the attic.
There is some dissent among the reports of whether Lucille Ball has caused any damage to the home.
While some say there has never been any, others claim that windows have been broken on the property with no explanation.
The homeowners’ belongings will disappear, only to reappear in places they shouldn’t have been.
The Lucille Ball ghost sightings continue to draw our attention to the actress even after her death. The current owners of the house have declined any help offered to remove Lucille from the property, claiming that the star doesn’t deserve an exorcism.
It seems that Lucille Ball simply couldn’t leave her still adoring public, and her public has no wish to be rid of her, either.
Ball will live on in the hearts of those who still love Lucy, and, apparently, in the attic of her old home.
Bumps and scrapes in the night, strewn bed linen, and George Reeves’ ghost sightings at 3am are to be expected within the Benedict Canyon Drive home.
Once the former residence of this fifties Superman icon, it has been reported to be haunted by his restless spirit.
What sinister secrets lie within these four walls that are dying to be uncovered?
June 16, 1959
In the early hours of that particular morning, a shot rang clear. Such a tragic event would forever be a topic of mystery and speculation.
Days later George Reeves’s death would be ruled a suicide, but those close to him believed otherwise. It was no secret that George Reeves had an obsession for women and tended to break a lot of hearts along the way.
So it’s no surprise that a jealous ex-lover, with influential ties to the police and organized crime, could potentially be the reason for his sudden demise.
Close Encounters With Death
In the months leading to his death, a series of three automobile accidents took place. One, in particular, indicated that there was foul play at hand.
The third incident left Reeves fighting to gain control over his car when his brakes failed. Upon inspection of the vehicle, a mechanic revealed that fluid had been syphoned out the brakes.
After the inexplicable occurrences with the car, Reeves began receiving death threats telephonically, which escalated to the point that he approached the police.
Reeves immediately suspected his ex-lover (Toni Mannix) to be behind the threats and the tampering of his car.
Toni had married a very influential man, who had ties to some unsavory characters. It was quite possible that this man could’ve had the influence to torment Reeves and ultimately have him offed.
Reeves’s Frame of Mind
Before his death, Reeves’s career was going from strength to strength and he was going to marry Lenore Lemmon.
On the night in question, Lenore had a couple of friends over really late. Although Reeves was unhappy with the lateness of the guests’ arrival and somewhat intoxicated, he returned to bed and apparently shot himself.
The ‘Suicide Game’
Reeves had a macabre game that he enjoyed to play in front of others, which included a gun with blanks and a mock suicide attempt.
Oddly enough, Reeves would always take precaution to hold the gun away from his head when shooting the blank. Someone in a suicidal frame of mind wouldn’t take care to prevent getting burned by the blank’s powder.
Investigation into his death exposed a lot of discrepancies that were ultimately overlooked. The most disturbing evidence was that there was no gunpowder found on the actor’s skin, indicating that the gun wasn’t held in close proximity to his head.
The gun in question had blanks, so how did an actual bullet end up in it? Furthermore, there were no fingerprints found on the gun and no gunshot residue on his fingers.
Also, investigators found him on his back with the bullet casing underneath him. If he had shot himself, he would’ve been thrust forward and away from the discarded casing.
Toni Mannix’s Confession
In her later years, Mannix developed Alzheimer’s and senile dementia. During a period of lucidity, Mannix confessed to a priest that she needed to be forgiven for her sins before she passed on.
As she deteriorated, she would loudly pray to Reeves and a higher power to grant her the forgiveness she sought.
All the former renters of this home say that George Reeves’ ghost has frequently been sighted. Many believe that the actor is in a state of unrest and that he wants justice for his untimely death.
Tenants have reported that at times they find his former bedroom in a state of disarray after it has been tidied.
Pets also seem to pick up on a threatening spirit in the house. Former occupants have reported seeing an apparition in a Superman costume!
Other reports included hearing a gunshot in the middle of the night and then smelling gun powder. Many of the residents do not settle for too long since the unexplained noises and lights are too much.
With all the secrets buried within the home and the unjust murder of a man at his prime, it is no wonder that this house is considered a paranormal hotspot.